Monday, February 26, 2007

Brunch Photos

Here's the brunch photos taken at my sister's this past weekend. We had lots of good food, some wine and the kids tobogganed and played air hockey!The cousins really enjoy getting together.

On another note, my brother-in-law, Willie, said I could expect a letter from his lawyer if I posted his picture without his permission. Well, I've posted his pic so I'll wait for the lawyer's letter! When I get it I'll post it too! LOL!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Drive Home

We spent a nice afternoon at my sister's today. We had a wonderful brunch and the kids were able to tobaggan, play air hockey and generally have a good time.

I'll post pics of the kids and brunch in the next day or so. In the meantime, I did take some pictures of our snowy drive home! It only took a few minutes more than usual!It really does look worse that it was.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Most Haunted

Yep, I'm coming out of the closet.......I'm a Most Haunted fan. Most Haunted is a tv show shot in Britain that investigates haunted locations for 24 hours. The locations are actually quite interesting. My family can't stand it! But I think I'm waiting for the show to absolutely convince me there is an afterlife. I'm not convinced yet so I keep watching. On the show so far I have seen light orbs, heard knocks, the occasional sound of something breathing in an ear but no ghostly figures. They also do seances where an upside down glass moves in answer to questions but I'm really not convinced it is the result of a spirit. Interestingly, when I tell people I watch it,I think they'll scoff about it, but they don't.....some people truly believe they have been visited or seen ghostly spirits. I don't know what to think, do you?

Here's a link in case you want to check it out!

By the way, the picture is of a real ghost and was captured in Raynham Hall in Norfolk. King George the IV of England and others had seen a ghost deemed the Brown Lady before this photo was taken. She has not been seen since this 1936 photo.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Harry Potter Countdown

I found a coutdown to the next Harry Potter book and added it to my blog primarily for Brianne. She's a big Harry Potter fan! Check out this site for all the latest HP news:

Monday, February 19, 2007

How you know you have a teenager in the house?!

Ok this is a bit of a riff off of Holly's post today but its short and sweet. How do you know you have a teenager in the house??
When you have to pull rank to get some computer time!!! LOL!!!

Amazing Race All Stars

Amazing Race All Stars started last night! It is one of my favourite shows and with the All Star version, we already know the participants. Of course everyone is out to get Rob and Amber! It will be interesting to see how Charla and Mirna do, will Mirna get on my nerves because she is always telling Charla to keep up? The beauty queens and the Kentucky couple(the ruthless version this time) are back from last time. I'm surpised no one has targetted winners Uchenna and Joyce yet but it is early! Hopefully Danny and Oswald will be a funny as they were the first time around. I'd forgotten about Teri and Ian but remembered when Ian began to talk, he amuses me. I didn't watch season one so don't know the male teams and the two other young couples are forgettable too!
And then there's Phil! I just love the way he arches his one eyebrow, how do people do that!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sunday Skating

As teenager, I used to go skating every Sunday afternoon at the local arena. And now, it is something I wish my family and I would do more often but weekend chores, home improvements, etc always seem to take precedence. But not today! Today we all went skating for a little while. And of course, I took the camera to get some pics for my blog! Squeezed in a couple of snow pictures too!

On Valentine's day, Steve brought home some balloons to decorate the kitchen with, I made a couple of valentine 'purses' and Brianne hand made me a Valentine. So they too all had to be posted on my blog!

Last night we played in a Euchre tournament that our friends John and Dana have made an annual event! It was a lot of fun but no pics for the blog this time!But there is always next year!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!

Macaroni and Cheese

There is something very satisfying about macaroni and cheese. I think maybe its the ultimate comfort food. And tonight, Brianne decided to make mac and cheese from scratch! She used a recipe from my old Betty Crocker cookbook and as the pictures show it turned out great! She set the table, put together a salad in addition to the mac and cheese. So dinner was ready and waiting when I got home from work! How awesome is that!

Monday, February 12, 2007


Is it only me or does Sting get better with age? Have a look at the video below and let me know what you think.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Venus, The Planet of Choice!

Brittany spent the afternoon today working on her Venus project for school. It is supposed to be an advertisement promoting travel to Venus. To teleport to Venus costs $300. You can stay the Holiday Inn Venus, a premiere resort! Venus is also much more reasonable and interesting than Mars!

Sunday Baking!

Brianne decided to bake today. She made rice crispie squares, then shortbread cookies then peanut butter bites and finally chocolate creme brulee. They all turned out wonderfully!

2007 Edition of Getting to Know You!

I received this a while back from my Mom and realised I hadn't responded. Thought it would be fun to post the answers here. I'm not sure what happened to question 23!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 8:30, that's too early
2. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Casino Royale, loved it
3. What is your favorite TV show? 24 and Amazing Race
4. What did you have for breakfast? Muffin that Brianne made and
5. What is your middle name? Marie
6. What is your favorite cuisine? Chocolate
7.What is your favorite Potato Chip? Dill pickle
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Il Divo
9.What kind of car do you drive? Honda Accord
10.Favorite sandwich? Egg Salad
11. What Characteristics do you despise? Two faced-ness
12. Favorite item of clothing? flannel nightie
13. If you could go ANYWHERE in the world on vacation,where would you go? Pretty much any where in Europe
14. What color is your bathroom? one is green,one is cork, one is vellum and the last is wallpaper with a lavendar print
15. Favorite brand of clothing? Nygard
16. Where do you want to retire? Carribean
17. Where were you born? London, Ontario
18. Favorite sport to watch? Figure skating
19. Who do you least expect to send this back?
20. Person you expect to send it back first?
21. What laundry detergent do you use? Tide
22. Pepsi or Coke? Diet coke
24. Do you have any pets? No, but the kids would like one
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? just returned from a cruise
26. What did you want to be when you were little? Crown Attorney
27. Favorite candy bar? Belgian milk chocolate
28. What is your best Childhood memory? one is of Christmas at the Cottage with my cousins
29. What are the different jobs you have had in your life? Communication Clerk, Abandonned Pit Inspector, Outside maintenance at Conservation Authority, Concession Stand at the Drive In, LTD Claim Adjudicator, Business Analyst, Claim Manager
31. Nicknames? Annie
32. Piercing? Ears
33. Eye Color? Brown
34. Ever been to Africa? No
35. Ever been toilet papering? No
36. Love someone so much it made you cry? Yes
37. Been in a car accident? Yes, minor
38. Croutons or bacon bits? Bacon
39. Favorite day of the week? Friday
40. Favorite restaurant? Lily Ruth
41. Favorite flower? Lily or Lily of the valley
42. Disney or Warner brothers? Disney
43. Favorite fast food restaurant? Wendys
44. What color is your bedroom? Late Wheat(green)
45. What color is your bedroom carpet? Cream
46. How many times did you fail your drivers test? None
47. Besides this one, from whom did you get your last e-mail? My Mom
48. What store would you choose to max out your credit card? Scrapbooking Store
49. What do you do most often when you get bored? Surf the net, watch tv, read
50. Bedtime? 11:00
51. Who are you most curious about their response to this
questionnaire? Everyone
52. What are you listening to right now? HGTV and Brianne, she's making rice crispie squares
53. What is your favorite color? Green
54. Ocean, River or Lake? Ocean
55. How many tattoos do you have? None
56. Which came first the chicken or the egg? The egg
57. How many people are you sending this e-mail to? None, posting on my blog
58. Time finished? 1:33 pm

Saturday, February 10, 2007

I just had to share this photo!

This is a cute self-taken photo of my nephew Brayden that my sister just sent me! Look at him with all the Christmas goodies in the background!

More Cruise Pics

I've added in a separate slide show with the photos we had taken by the professionals on the cruise. They are the first family pictures we've had done by a professional photographer in years.
I added in a few more pics to the other cruise slide show as well!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Cruise Photos Slide Show

Well, I finally created a slide show using some of the 522 cruise photos we took last week!! I'll add more details of the cruise in future posts.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Back from our Cruise!

We're back from our cruise of the Southern Carribean!We had a great time and I will be posting some of the 522 pictures we took as well details of some of the things we saw and did in future posts. In the meantime, I've posted a family picture taken by the photographers on the cruise.