February 14, 2014 by Amie M
Some of my favourite ladies live far away from me. I don’t get to see them that often, and I miss them terribly.
So this year, I decided to up my ante for what I do for friends on Valentine’s Day, and send along some love to my girls who moved away from me.
To my Darlings Sarah, Kim and Jasleen I sent along two packages, one to each house. After Kim and Jasleen got theirs, and opened it, I was sent a very excited text message from Kim. I could hear her Trinidadian accent shouting excitement at me with every syllable.
I sent along some homemade bunting, cinnamon hearts, cupcake liners, balloons, Laura Secord chocolate covered marshmallow hearts, paper straws. Vanessa included David’s Tea Tea Valentine’s, and I included Rifle Paper Co. Valentine’s cards I found at Coriander.
To my wonderful niece and sister, I also sent along a package. They should have received it by now. If not, then, oops Miffa! Surprise broken! Haha.
Natalie and Melissa got a lot of the same things as Kim and Sarah, but I also included some Valentine’s toothpicks.
The bunting were all made out of scrap fabric I had lying around, and some ribbon I picked up at a discount craft store. The cupcake paraphenalia and cinnamon hearts were found in a sweets induced frenzy at Dollarama. The balloons and straws were leftovers from my bridal shower and a baby shower I helped decorate.
I think my ladies enjoyed their packages. It feels good to send a little love to those you don’t see as often as you would like.
January 29, 2014 by Amie M
Thank you to all who supported my Pops by watching Canada’s Handyman Challenge last night. Wasn’t he fantastic? Not only did he blow the judges away by building a rocking horse using only wood and glue with a little rope for the mane, he propelled past the audition competition with his slingshot and then a go-cart style land canoe.
If you didn’t get a chance to see my old man in action, HGTV Canada has the episode available online.
I really enjoyed how the show edited Dad and his time on camera. They are doing a great job portraying him as the humble, thoughtful and really intelligent man that he is. Dad never tackles a project without a plan first.
That’s why as soon as the judges said that they would have to toss a bag of salt, I knew exactly what Dad would build: a wooden balloon launcher. Two sturdy supports, a lightweight cargo basket and a lot of spring in the bungees (also one of Dad’s favourite things, bungees are, along with long underwear) were a given in his design.
Dad is always thinking of safety first, and that has a lot to do with his history as a 4-H member and 4-H woodworking leader. He is always considering the safest way to make something and how to teach someone how to be safer at what they are doing. He cares a lot.
When he put together that land canoe, I knew Dad would have the safety of the judges in mind. I also knew he would pull on his shenanigans as a farm boy with Uncle Brad, Uncle Doug and his best friends Uncle Jim and Uncle Cliff. He definitely made a much safer version of what they would have put together out of farm scraps in their teens.
I think it helped solidify how awesome my dad is in their minds over how they could not break his land canoe. Yes, it had no steering, or brakes, but Dad told me how all of the judges tried to break it and just couldn’t do it.
I am excited to see what kind of projects and challenges Dad and the other final 16 contestants will have thrown at them in Toronto!
*All photos are from Canada’s Handyman Challenge
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January 28, 2014 by Amie M
It’s been awhile. But I felt like coming out of hibernation to share some really exciting news with y’all.
This past June, on Father’s Day (in fact the day after the Jack and Jill Shower in Manitoba), Dad packed up an audition piece made entirely out of one sheet of plywood and wood glue and drove into Winnipeg to audition for Canada’s Handyman Challenge.
Last week was the premiere of Season 3 for the show, and as exciting as it was, it wasn’t share-worthy because Dad was not on it.
But tonight, oh tonight, Dad will definitely be seen in the Winnipeg auditions for the show.
Image via Canada’s Handyman Challenge Facebook page
Canada’s Handyman Challenge airs at 10 pm Eastern, 9 pm Central, and 10 pm Mountain, 9 pm Pacific on HGTV Canada.
As Auntie DeeDee put it: He is the tall dark haired man, lots of grey hair. He brings in a rocking horse.
Last week, I live texted with Dad my commentary on the show. Apparently I had some amusing musings on the Calgary auditions. I am tempted to venture into Twitter to Live Tweet it, but only if there is enough interest. It would be by the hashtag #mbsilverfox.
Some of my friends call Dad a silver fox. I just say “Ew, that’s my Dad.”
June 19, 2013 by Amie M
Paul and I backed our bags for a quick weekend jaunt to Manitoba for a Jack and Jill Shower the family put on in our honour.
It was a packed evening of laughter, love, and food.
Family from Mom’s side, and Dad’s side, friends I’ve seen when I was out last, and friends I haven’t seen since high school all came together to shower Paul and I in love, well wishes, and confetti.
Mom and her sisters Darlene and Marina, or DeeDee and Mia.
My great-aunts Ollie and Sophie, and Auntie Teresa.
My cousin Leanne, Uncle Donny, Gramma and Grampa.
My friends from high school! LeAnne, Kim and Jen, it was great to see you ladies!
Dad and Chris, with some help from Cal, roasted a hog for supper from Danny’s Whole Hog. It was delicious!
After supper, we were surprised by a specialty cake that Kim and Cal coerced Dairy Queen into making. It was complete with some Star Wars figures, DQ sandwiches, and the middle layer was crushed ice cream sandwiches! We ate the last two pieces for second breakfast the next day.
Natalie ate a whole ice cream sandwich to herself! Auntie Mia had to help her out.
Paul handled his on his own.
We opened some very generous gifts, and thoughtful cards from those who could make it, and from some who could not. Paul was tasked with writing in the cards what the person gave us, to make the Thank You cards a little easier later. Well, we’ve started those thank you’s, and Paul’s code is confusing.
Out of the whole evening, the best moments were the little ones: a good laugh with old friends about things we used to get up to; Gramma already harassing us about babies; seeing the people I used to babysit for stop by; and cousin Magdalena taking credit for Paul crawling under the deck to get a card that slipped through a crack.
And other little moments that Mom captured. Natalie’s Super-Grampa adores her, and she adores him.
Thank you to everyone who came Saturday night! It was so great to see all of you! We really felt the love and support you have for us as we begin our lives together.
To those who were there is spirit: thank you for all of your support, and we are sorry you missed it.
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May 31, 2013 by Amie M
Well, at least blog wise.
But the big sis convocated yesterday!
Not much I’ve rounded up to share other than:
This adorable little boy who is really questioning what he is eating, and why.
A sweet pencil case.
A clever way to hold down a flowy dress while biking.
Post cards that are just howling to be framed and put in my room in the new house.
Some delicious jello shots I may have to make for a certain rehearsal dinner in two months.
ModCloth now has bedding! I am loving this duvet cover.
Have a good weekend!