“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite.”

So apparently both Christmas and New Years have come and gone.  When did that happen?  The older I get, the more the holiday season seems to just fly by.  Boo to that.

Well, a couple things to update you on I guess. To start, I totally made a Christmas wreath this year.  Yay!  It was one of my not-completed things on last year’s list.  Turned out pretty well I think.

Steps to make the wreath. Plus showing you how distracting Parker can be!

Actually pretty simple, though VERY VERY time consuming.  I think it would have been easier had I found a styrofoamy wreath base that I wanted to use,but alas  none that were the right size were for sale at Michaels, so I used a flat one.  Which totally added more work.  The longest part of the wreath was definitely wrapping the yarn around and around the base until it was covered.   IT took forever!   Turned out ok though.  And now we have it forever! (Though I will probably attempt a better one next year.  haha)

Oh also, we (or I mean I) put out another annual Christmas card!  Sadly it was almost a no go, as a couple weeks before Christmas we were forced to put down Foster :(.  Definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, and I know Matt feels the same.  I won’t go into details, but he was in pain, and it was the right thing to do.  So RIP Foster.  We didn’t want to leave him out of the card so he made an angelic appearance.

I also completed (although barely) my 2nd boxing day 10 miler (That’s 16km)!  Eileen and I cut 10 minutes off our time from last year, which was our goal, so that was exciting.  One of my friends from University- Tom, ran by us while we were walking which was pretty hilarious.  AND I’m very proud to say that he came in like 51st place (or around there).  Go Tom!!! 🙂  (PS we came in at 2hrs 42 minutes….walking.  We were booting it!)

Ok that might be it for today.

Hope everyone had a great holiday! 🙂

❤ Erin

PS Is it wrong to still watch Christmas movies after Christmas?!

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Quitting, Cupcakes, and Cuteness (in no particular order).

**Disclaimer**

This blog post was written ….probably about 2 months ago-ish.  I’m now just posting it.  So sue me.  I had a couple sentences to add, and some pictures to upload, so no I didn’t just make Halloween cupcakes, but yes I am just blogging about it now.  Deal with it.

What up!

Ok so let’s chat shall we?

  1. I’ve quit Shoppers Drug Mart.
  2.  I made some awesome Halloween cupcakes.
  3. My friends all have babies.

1. Au Revoir ma famille de Pharmaprix! (Good-bye my Shoppers Drug Mart family!)

Sigh.

After 14+ years of service at various locations throughout southwestern Ontario, I’ve FINALLY given up my discount and polyester pants.  NO, I did not get a permanent teaching job… BUT I decided that the one or two shifts a week weren’t worth the long days and late nights, and worrying about booking off weekends, and working holidays.

What am I doing with all my extra time?  Currently, a little extra house work and a little extra baking.  Just knowing that I can come home and relax makes me feel so good though.  Yay to only having one job!! 🙂

2.  I made some super cute Halloween cupcakes, and one of my loyal followers (Hi Kristen!) requested that I blog about them!

Honestly, all they really were, were from the box chocolate cupcake mix, and creativity (and google of course!).

I just used leftover icing from other projects, moulding chocolate wafers from Micheal’s, and icing writers (the little gel tubes of icing for fine stuff).

I think if I had not left them to the very last minute they might have looked a little bit better, but for grade 4 students… they were just fine!

Scaaaaaaaaaaaarrrry!

3.  It’s about that time…

I’m surrounded by babies!  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

I guess it’s that time in our lives where the baby clock starts ticking and reminding us that if you’d like to be a mommy or daddy, the time is upon us.  Go back a couple years, and there were wedding showers galore.  Now?  Baby showers.

Let me tell you this- my friends might have the cutest babies ever.  Just saying.  I have for real fallen in love with one in particular, possibly because I’ve been able to spend so much time with him and his mom!  This pic was taken by an awesome photographer (also a friend!) named Aunika Hinks…  if you do travel to her website (and I recommend that you do!), you will find a couple familiar faces; as I said a lot of my friends have young babies right now!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

May I present to you, my main man Cole!

He’s much bigger now!  And totally looks like a toddler instead of an infant.   So fricken cute!

Another recent baby to be welcomed to the world is Abigail, who is also on Aunika’s website!  Cute cute cute!

What is that on her head you ask?  Oh!  Why it’s a headband that I made for her!  I also made her a tutu….

I think I’m trying to make up for the fact that I’ve only met her a couple times by making her cool stuff. So far it’s working!

Anywho, that’s it for now.

New post to come soon.  For real.  I’ve been baking, and crafting, and well just enjoying life in general.  Lots of blog worthy stories to come! 🙂

Peace!

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C’est L’Halloween. C’eeeest l’halloween, HEY!

Short post for tonight my blog-world friends (or real life friends too!) due to the late hour, HOWEVER I will be following this blog up in the next couple days with a major catch up blog since I do not believe I’ve written a post since the Western Fair!

I will just say this though- last week (and today as well!) I’ve had a 5 day teaching job (yes, I’m STILL on the supply list this year!) AND I had the opportunity to teach 2 classes french!  “But Erin, I didn’t know you speak French!” Oh yes my friends I do…. well enough that is to teach grade 4 and 5 French.

In honour of Halloween, and the fact I was teaching French- I taught both classes the most fantastic (and catchy) French song ever…..

C’est L’Halloween!

Yes, I know you all remember it!  I’ve been singing all weekend, and annoying everyone I’m around in the process! 😛  I can’t help it, it’s just great!

Here’s the video for you all to watch and  transport back in time to elementary school….

ENJOY!

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Yo yo yo yo.
So I’ve been writing about the Western Fair ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL week.  Which has led me to realize 2 things:

  1.  I CAN blog a lot!  I’m on my 4th blog post…yay!
  2. Blogging is a lot of work.  Ok, well actually it’s not a huge amount of work this week, since I’m writing only about one focus point, but it does take up some time to write, revise, then post.

So that being said, As soon as I finish my blogging for the fair, I shall update you on how my week went (unless you’ve been reading my posts on the Western Fair site.  Which I guess some of you are!)  If you aren’t, you can catch up on the “real serious fun blog” here!  The other 4 bloggers are great- check out their posts too!
4 more Fair Days left!

~Erin

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September 10, 2001.

NYC.

10 years ago (- 2 days) I was seeing Michael Jackson in concert with 3 friends from University.  It took us a whole day to get there.  We stayed over that night, and saw as much as we could the next day before the concert.  We took in parks,  monuments, famous stores, great food, and spectacular buildings.

Instead of staying in New York after the concert that night we decided to drive the whole night, and head back to Ontario.  (We did start school the next day after all!)

We crossed the border, stopped at a friend’s parents house for breakfast and watched the very same building we had been in less than 24 hours ago erupt in flames.  We thought it was on fire only.  We didn’t see the commotion 5 seconds before.

We listened to the second plane hit the other building while in the car on the way back to our residences.

The sightseeing was great.  The concert, phenomenal, but forever in my mind will be the tragedy that DID happened, and how our road trip could have been so much different had we not drove 10 hours in foggy weather that night.

We were amazed at how tall they were.

Hard to read, but it's the receipt for a snow globe I bought in the lobby gift shop on September 10.

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Ummm helloooo Summer! Where did you go?!

So I woke up on Labour day morning to find that it was fall.  Yes, school started the following day, yes my maple tree has already been shedding leaves for most of August, but COME ON!

I went to work on Tuesday morning freezing my behind off, my car telling me it was only 12 degrees out!  I ALMOST broke down and got a hot chocolate instead of my usual ice capp……. but I just couldn’t do it.  I’m not ready for fall!  So I said F you fall and got an ice capp on the way to work, AND had ice cream for breakfast just to spite mother nature.(And boy was breakfast delicious!)

I did however get a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks today, but we’ll just keep that a secret!

I’m not ready to rake up the leaves, I’m not ready to unpack my wintry sweaters, or coats, and I’m definitely not ready to begin shoveling snow!  Many people I’ve talked to have been super excited for the cooler weather, but all I can think of when Autumn gets here, is Winter.  Is that really fair to be hating on Autumn? Nope.  But I dread Winter!  Ok, so the first snow fall is cool, and Christmas, and my birthday, but I’m over the rest of it.  Cleaning off the car, driving white knuckled and tense, yard duties in an open field, wet boots everywhere….gross. GROSS!

I can totally see myself becoming one of those elderly people who go south for the winter.  What do they call them?  Snowbirds?  That’ll be me- Erin the snowbird.  One thing to aim for I guess.

Come on retirement! 🙂

Yours truly,

Erin (the future Snowbird)

PS- the “real serious fun blog” for the Western Fair is up and running.  This week it’s been everyone’s submissions.  I believe mine should be posted tomorrow since it hasn’t been yet.

So I guess Fair season is one thing to look forward to in Fall! 🙂  Yay Western Fair! (and Yay to it starting on Friday! 🙂 )

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‘Twas a Year of Firsts….

So, I started this blog just over a year ago, and my goal was to blog about making things, or doing things I’ve never done before.  I think I’ve been somewhat successful non?

Let’s look back and see shall we?

  • I created this blog. (Sweet!)
  • All our wedding stuff was DIY’ed and boy am I glad that is over!  (Though secretly I loved it!) 😛
  • I played on a dodgeball team! (AND am going to play again!!)
  • Tried Sushi for the first time. (Sooooooooooo good!)
  • Traveled to New Orleans and San Francisco.
  • Tried a Chip Buddy.  (If you’ve never had it, look it up.  It’s quite tasty, and yet so simple!)
  • Completed my first AQ for teaching.
  • Created a heck of a lot of Monday Meals! (All were recipes I’ve never tried before!)
  • Held an ugly sweater party! (Which I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do!) (Which got real hot real quick)
  • Walked in a 10 mile “race“.  (Race is in quotations simply because it’s clear myself, Kathy, and Eileen were not racing.)
  • Created my first hair piece for someone! (And I don’t even have pictures…)
  • Ate a bug.  Gross.  Does not taste like nothing.  Tastes like gross.
  • Drank beer out of a glass boot.
  • Got married.  (Definitely something I’ve never done before! :P)
  • Took a Bollywood class (then taught the dance to about a hundred kids!)
  • Took a Belly dance class.
  • Chose the colours for, and painted a whole room by myself.  Nope, never done this before.  Might not be 100% finished yet, but still painted none the less!
  • Went to an NKOTB concert! Woot woot! (not to mention BSB too!)

Ummmmm….I feel like I’ve done more, or made more.  It’s actually quite hard to sum up your accomplishments/actions from a whole year.

Oh yes one more for sure…

If you’ve never been, then what are you waiting for?!?

It’s super big, full of super fun rides, super awesome fair food to eat, super neat booths to see,  it’s just super period.  And I get to blog about it!

Needless to say I’m really excited- when I started this blog it was really just to share the fun and crazy things I get up to, or talk about getting up to.  But the more I do it, the more I realize I quite enjoy writing and really enjoy reading people’s reactions to them.  I love seeing that I have an email to tell me that someone has commented -It kind of makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Wow that got kinda emosh.

Anywho, I’m super excited about the contest win, and VERY flattered to be chosen!

Here’s to another year of silly projects, new experiences, and hopefully entertained readers! 🙂

PS

For your viewing pleasure, here are some pics from the last year that you might enjoy!

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