Monday, April 20, 2015

How Many Weddings?

 It was exactly one year ago...April 19th we gathered together,
in the drenching others reminded me of that chilling day.
Regardless of the weather,  Joe and Mikki were married.

 They were equipped for the rain!
Their smiles say it all!
Happy Anniversary Mikki and Joe!

 Here they are, a year later...enjoying the best year of their lives.

She just texted me a photo of their  overnight resort on Mt. Shasta.
That's where they both found each other and have created memories. 
I love the enthusiasm of the 'young and fearless'

 The New Wedding Party!

  What's looming in the future?
Wedding preparations are taking place.
Have you guessed the color theme?
 We are excited to invite Tara into our family.
 Mikki and Tara both chose the same flower girl.

Remember we talked about who's stealing the show?
It's obvious...this little one has won many a heart.

Have you guessed what their theme is?
We're looking forward to celebrating with Jeremy and Tara.
May 2, 2015.
Three weddings in three years...
Isn't that enough?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Who Steals the Show?

This Easter was special again.
Last year we celebrated Mikki's & Joe's wedding.
And there was no Paska!
This year the traditions carried on as usual.

 Instructions were given carefully.
If the egg was obviously was Ivy's.

 Her first Easter participating in hunting for eggs.
She caught on very quickly.

 She quite liked it...but I don't know if she actually got the chocolates.

I wonder who ate the chocolates?

The grass was a perfect length for  hiding the eggs.

 If only she knew what was inside...

Meanwhile the boys hunted...these eggs were not visible.
They searched and searched.
I can see why it's hard to see at times.

It seems like even the adults enjoy searching for those eggs.
I don't know if that's fair...looks who's the tallest.
 Jeremy and Tara are dreaming...and smiling as they sat by the fire
drinking coffee and eating Paska for an appetizer.

Paska is our traditional Easter Bread which can be formed in many ways and it's delicious.

 And at the end of the day...she gave hugs and smiles for all.
It's easy to see who really steals the show around our place.

Of course we missed Mikki and Joe!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Next Leg of My Journey

 I received this card for my birthday and I wondered who had taken this photo of me.
That's exactly what I looked like when I was younger.
Anyways that's exactly what I've been trying to do, strengthen my leg muscles.

I experienced a freak ski accident which resulted in a multiple knee injury,
I've been under an intensive physio program.
The MRI images implied that surgery was necessary.
I was told that I was too old for surgery.
But with the help of my physio therapist, I'm determined to beat the odds.

I have accumulated over 25 exercises that need to be repeated 3x daily.
Here I'm trying to raise  my leg...strengthen those gluts.
It takes every concentrated effort.
My whole living room looks like a work out place.
Tension bands, ice paks, braces, pillows....

 There you have it...I'm pushing that leg into the wall, getting that stretch.
Stretching and straightening the leg.
So hopefully by the time I have completed my therapy program,
I will be able to physically demonstrate the above technique on the card.

 This past week, my physio asked me to take a tea towel,
lay it on the floor and scrunch it with my toes toward me.
I burst out laughing...thinking,
 if only my Menno friends could see me.

At our last social event,  I was curious to see
how many of the girls could complete this exercise.
There were many I pulled out my table napkins.

I was the only one who could not curl my toes.
Try it....Can you curl your toes?
Do you recognize any of these gorgeous feet?

 When I'm not exercising I'm airing my brain outside.
With the help of a bike trainer, I cycle.
I open the garage door which allows me to feel wind, rain and sun.
And what inspires me more, is a view of the snow capped mountain range.
This is 'respite' for me.

 Today, I had the most wonderful drive into Hope, checking out Camp Kawkawa.
I savored the view of Mount Hope...seeing every glacier and crevice,
envisioning climbing it with snow shoes or heli-skiing down it's slopes.
I've realize that as long as I keep my focus above....
my dreams will come together again.
 My dreams may be restructured...but I will beat the odds.

 Meanwhile my hands are keeping busy...I have no time to waste.
Soon I will be heading back to Manning Park.
I wonder what will be the next leg of my journey?