Vacation 2017 Recap

This summer we have not been able to carve out much time at all for Vacation (busy around the house!) – but we finally managed to squeeze 9 days at the lake with my in-laws.

Due to Mr. Big’s parental sit-ee-a-shun, the trip is always broken into two halves – the first half with his Mom and Step-Dad and two brothers, and the second half with his Dad and Step-Mom and two brothers.

Part #1 – With Mom (M) & Step-Dad (SD):

This relationship is very complicated – we love M & SD very, very much – but their life is VERY different from ours, and visits with them are often stressful and exhausting. Mr. Big was raised by his Dad (for very good and real reasons), which adds a bit of complication to this equation as his Mom has never quite moved on from that. Regardless, we all love each other very much and work hard to maintain as good of a relationship as we can.

  • Sat/ Sun: The trip started on a sour note – our flight was 1.5 hours delayed – which isn’t so bad except it was midnight, the airport was mostly closed, and the flight (when it finally boarded) was so packed that Mr. Big spent the entire time leaning forward to prevent squishing anyone with his Neanderthal-like shoulder span. Neither one of us slept a wink, but thankfully it was a short flight (2.5 hours).
  • Mon – Wed: We spent the next few days visiting with all of the family on that side, and their friends. It was nice to see everyone, but very loud and long days with lots of booze, heat and not much else. We really enjoyed getting to visit with everyone, though, and it was nice to finally see their house – they’re surrounded by the most beautiful country.20170823_183435
  • They live near a pen of Bison, which was really cool to see – we got really close! P.S: Bison are HUGE and smelly.20170823_150246

Part #2 – With Dad (D) & Step-Mom (SM):

  • This relationship is much more solid. We have a very close relationship with D & SM – and we always look so forward to seeing them. Mr. Big was raised by them, so hearing the stories of him growing up is so much fun. I also love to see him with his Dad and younger brother – they are like three parts of one whole, so similar and so content in each other’s company!
  • Thurs – Sat: We drove to their Lakehouse – a beautiful cottage on a quiet lake, perfect for relaxing! We spent these days lakeside relaxing and getting ready for their 25th Anniversary party. Check out this fruit tray we made:20170826_162754
  • Every day I got to wake up and sip my coffee to this view:20170825_092525
  • It was so relaxing and just what I needed! 20170825_092559
  • Sat/Sun: The 25th anniversary party for D & SM could NOT have gone off better. We surprised them with custom built Adirondack chairs, with designs on them for their beautiful deck. 63 friends came to the party and it was a beautiful, fun, gathering that lasted until the wee hours. It was the kind of party where everyone is respectful, kind and just has a really good time (complete with Tiki Bar and Margaritas!) – no drama of any kind (my kind of party!). They truly have the best circle around them – probably because they are the very best kind of people!
  • Mon: We were all weepy when we parted. We are so close to D & SM, and I hate that we don’t live closer…but we cherish every moment we have with them. I cannot wait to finally have children, so we can share such an amazing Nana and Papa with them.
  • Our flight home was WAY better. We paid the extra $100 for the Plus seating and were so glad we did – the seats were roomier, the middle seat was empty, and Mr. Big was thrilled with the unlimited snacks!

Overall, it was a really good trip. We made some wonderful memories with both sides of the family and had a blast. As always, we were sad to leave, but are very happy to be home.


#MicroblogMondays – The Most Beautiful Wedding Reception Ever

I have been to my share of weddings – plenty of traditional, and a few non-traditional. But last night I went to a wedding that took the cake (no pun intended) for the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen.

Firstly, you walk in under a canopy of hanging cherry blossoms that smell delicious… and it leads you to this:


It was like something out of a magazine. There were leather couches everywhere, beautiful flowers, gorgeous chandeliers and Aerialists (women hanging from sheets from the ceiling, balancing/doing moves).


The food was AMAZING. I expected Indian fare (as it was an Indian Wedding) – but it was all Western food…. pizza, salad, french fries, roast beef sandwiches, sliders and poutine. So delicious.

There were probably 300 guests, and only a handful of us were not Indian – which meant the outfits of 90% of the attendees were breathtaking. Beautiful linens, hand woven, bright colours, embroidered – gorgeous!


The cake was massive – and beautiful!

Even though it was on a Sunday night, ran until the wee hours and I had to work for 6 am the next morning – it was TOTALLY worth it.

But for reals…what kind of a price tag do you think this would garner? I would think between $150K and $200K (gulp).

For more on MicroblogMondays – see Mel’s blog here!

Furry Friday – Pupdate

I see all these really cute updates on peoples kids – and feel a tad left out. So here is my version – a “Pupdate”!


Name: Maisy, Maisers, Chops, Chopsie, Brownbeard, Toothless, Wheezey, Wheezer and Crazy-Maizy!

Age: 4

Breed & Weight: Labradoodle & 72 lbs

Key Personality Traits: Spirited, Fun Loving, Energetic, Smart.

Likes: Food, weaving through legs and jumping 6 feet up in the air when I’m happy, food, chasing things that are there and sometimes things that aren’t really there, food, things that crinkle, food, standing on the deck and surveying my pride lands all day long, naps. Belly scratches – any time, any place.

Dislikes: Baths, grooming, rodents that threaten the peace of her lands (mainly rabbits, squirrels and wild turkeys).

Chops is our spirited, spunky, full of life girl. Always up for a good time, she keeps us on our toes. She is a wild animal, unwilling to be tamed – unless you have cheese/hotdogs/apples/carrots/steak/broccoli/milk/candy/chips food of any kind/something she things may be food of any kind. She is our first furbaby, and was hand selected from a breeder when she was just 3 weeks old. She is so smart and easy to train, although she definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. She truly believes she is the size of a chihuahua, and acts accordingly (trying to fit in teeny, tiny places, sitting in laps, etc). If we’d let her, she would live outside all the time and let her hair grow wild and free (like her spirit).



Name: Luna Lovegood, Luna, Loonie, Loonie-tunes, Lunabelle, Little Bit, Fuzz.

Age: 3

Breed & Weight: Goldendoodle & 78 lbs

Key Personality Traits: Loveable, Sweet (oh so sweet!), Gentle, Cute, Simple (in the cutest way ever!).

Likes: Balls, food, snuggles, soft fluffy beds, sharing snacks, giving love, receiving love, being with people.

Dislikes: Thunder storms, loud sounds, barking, being left alone.

Luna Lovegood was named perfectly – she is blond, ditzy, sweet and has the biggest heart. She loves everyone, constantly, all the time and would never do anything to challenge you (unlike her sister…cough cough). She is so sweet and gentle, and it’s these traits that make her… “simplicity/ditziness/airheadedness” endearing. She’s the kind of girl who, when a ball is thrown, it bounces on her forehead and rolls between her feet – and then she spends the next 5 minutes searching for it. She still loves balls, though, with all her heart because nothing gets our Loonie down and she is always ready to forgive. She came to us as a 4 month old rescue from a puppy mill – had never been inside a house, or without her 22 other siblings (yep, you read that right. 22 puppies shoved into one large outer kennel meant for 2 dogs), or touched by a human….and she has blossomed into the sweetest, most wonderful gentle dog I’ve ever known, and beloved by everyone who meets her.



Name: Toby, Tobes, Toberdoodle, Death-Breath, Jose, Beans.

Age: 5.5

Breed & Weight: Micro-Labradoodle & A whopping 14.8 lbs

Key Personality Traits: Loving, Energetic, Spicy, Spirited, a leader.

Likes: Sitting in laps, snuggling, wrestling, being held, food.

Dislikes: Cars, not being the centre of attention, anything that makes him feel smaller than the great dane he knows he is (he’s 14 lbs).

Tobes is our spitfire. He came to us as a rescue, abandoned on the steps of the SPCA due to “we had a baby and don’t have time for him now”. We have never looked back – he is the perfect addition to our family, and blends so well with his much larger sisters. He has the personality of a great dane, and the girls seem to think he’s one too because they let him lead even though they could swallow him in one gulp. He wakes up full of beans, and never stops going until bed time – and then he is the best snuggler. He truly believes he’s a big dog, and it’s hilarious to watch (One big dog who thinks she’s small, and a small dog who thinks he’s big….we’re a weird family).


Thanks for reading! These three keep our lives interesting, our hearts full, and our minds and bodies busy while we navigate infertility/family building.

Wordy Wednesday – Book Review

I actually am not reading anything good right now. I’ve tried to read a few, and just couldn’t get into them (I’m currently struggling through Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht and not loving it.). I need to find a new book – but I’m thinking it’s time to get a library card because: I read constantly and am slowly bankrupting us. Okay, not really bankrupting us but while some of you spend your extra money on shoes, clothes or make-up – I spend mine on books. And it adds up.

Anyway … since I have no good books to add. I will tell you about some other things keeping me enthralled right now.

#1 – Midnight, Texas. Have you seen this show? It’s brand-spanking-new, only had two episodes, but we are addicted. I’m serious, when it’s on there is not a sound in our house except the TV. It’s odd because Mr. Big set it to PVR based on a preview he saw, even though it includes all the things he doesn’t like (paranormal, vampires, etc.)….and he can’t even remember what it was that made him want to record it – but we are SO glad he did. It’s so good! We never got into Game of Thrones or Walking Dead or anything like that…but this one has us snapped up into it’s clutches begging for more.

#2 – America’s Got Talent. I always love this show – it is so neat to see the kind of things people do – there is some mad talent out there! But, to narrow it down, this year there was a piano playing chicken. I’m not lying. For reals. Piano playing chicken. Youtube it. Then I had to have a talk with my chickens about how they’re just a bunch of underachievers. Shockingly, they did not care…

#3 – Post Secret. Have you guys heard of this? I’ve been a follower for years, but I’ve never mentioned it on here before. Go check out the website, it’s truly interesting and unique. I look forward to the postings every single Sunday.

#4 – The New Girl. How did I miss this? It’s been on for a while, but somehow I have always missed it. I accidentally watched it when I was folding laundry and couldn’t find the remote…and I’m glad I did! It was funny!

What are you reading or watching right now? I’m always looking for new suggestions!