Everyday or almost everyday we read a devotion. The kids and I read it on our way to school. We put our focus on God to get our day started and keep us centered.
Our favorite devotion book is called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
You can find the book at Lifeway Christian bookstore or order it online through various book stores. Richard’s mom gave me this book and it has been a treasure ever since. I also have the app on my phone. That way God’s words are with me at all times.
Below is a painting of a sunrise at my favorite beach spot. AMI – Anna Maria Island. Elise painted this for my birthday. Love that girl!!!
Sunrise AMI – July, 2013
by Elise Hackney
I love this bag. It is perfect for walking around Toronto or traveling with Richard. It is much smaller than any purse or handbag I own. It holds everything I need for a subway ride downtown to go exploring, taking in a show on Yonge Street (2 city block walk) or shopping hands-free!
Sidewinder by Mosey
I found it at a shop on Bayview called WLW – What Lola Wants. Cute shop with a variety of jewelry, gifts for the girlfriend and seasonal items. I need to go check it out again for spring accessories are coming in!
Back of Sidewinder. Pocket it great for the cellphone.
Bag is made in the USA! Check out their website if you want learn more about the Sidewinder or other bags they make. WWW.moseylife.com. I enjoy supporting companies that have a story like theirs.
Note: This is a bag I enjoy carrying and find useful it may not be for everyone. If you are a friend of mine you know how I love to share a cool find.
The Hackneys are ready for the snow and ice to melt. You know go away and come back next November when we are not here! We have had enough winter. It started early this year in November. Every Canadian I talk with is ready for the white stuff to go away. On Wednesday it reached 40 degrees here. The kids and I were able to break up most of the 4 inch thick slab of ice at the bottom of our driveway so water would drain off the driveway and into the street instead of making puddles and freezing over.
Our driveway sits on an angle. It is never fun pulling in after it has snowed or sleeted.
This is a picture of the last snow we received. About 4 inches in total. Snow is much easier to clean up than ice.
February 21, 2014
This is the driveway today. See the ice. Remember sometimes you can’t see ice! I slipped a few times and so did Richard. We didn’t fall but Preston did. He went down on his back. Bruised his right wrist and elbow. Thankfully nothing is broken!
Drain at house 2/21/14
This drain is a big culprit to the ice problems. Why they would put the drain down the middle of the driveway is beyond me. It should be moved to the side of the house and down the edge of the driveway with a long pipe to the street. Underneath my car is a 1/2 thick sheet of ice. Until the weather reaches 40 and above consistently this problem in not going to go away any time soon.
So again I state melt snow and ice. Melt!!! Also sun please come out to shine!
Growing up in Michigan I rarely watched baseball. I played softball one year in grade school. This was my parents idea. I didn’t like it one bit. The coach wanted me to play first base. I thought my height was the main reason I was at first. No, it was because I didn’t run very well with my long legs and couldn’t throw at all. Every time I saw a runner approaching first I had fear of getting run over and missing the ball.
Growing up I did attend a few Detroit Tigers games but found it boring. Not enough action. I was use to watching football and basketball with my dad. Dad would explain all the plays to me. It was our bonding time. Plus my dad didn’t like baseball either. I really didn’t understand the game.
It wasn’t until Preston finished Tball and started playing Coaches Pitch that I enjoyed the game. Preston’s coach, Bruce White, needed someone to keep score of the game. Well if you know me, you know that I am involved. Of course, I was Team Mom so who better than me to keep score according to Bruce. I had never done this before. Never been asked to keep “the book”. The role of Team Mom is to provide every parent a schedule of games, assign snack, and collect money for the coaches. I always thought another dad or assistant coach would keep score. Well I was about to learn.
All I can say it the game became interesting. I kept score for several years that Preston played in Little League. Preston has now graduated to school ball. He is currently on a travel team. Practices are every Tuesday night. The season will start in April. I can’t wait!
Leaside Leafs practice 2-18-14
For this task each student was required to create a 3-D animal head using paper mâché. Elise’s teacher thought a frog head would look a bit strange so she allowed Elise to create the entire frog. She even created a lily pad.
Paper Mâché Frog & lily pad 2-2014
Frog with lily pad 2-2014
Today I made Giadia’s (http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com) Strawberry-Mint Omelette from her new cookbook. It is a bit sweet for breakfast but I believe it is perfect compliment dish for a brunch with ladies.
Every weekend Richard and I (sometimes the kids) walk up to the shops at Bayview. I am thankful for having everything we need close to us. There is a Metro grocery store it not my favorite but it has all the essentials. There is the Beer Store next to the Metro. Although we don’t drink beer it is handy for returning all the empty liquor, wine and beer bottles. Each one is .10 cents. Perfect for parking.
On this day it was snowing. My picture doesn’t capture the beautiful snow falling. Sometimes it is so quiet you can almost hear it snowing.
Cumbrae’s is our meat shop. Cobs Bakery for bread and Passion Fruits for fruits, vegetables, spices & sauces.
Richard and Preston get their haircut at Fiorio and there are cute boutiques to browse through during the walk.
I love our weekend walks to the local shops.
Today was one of those days when you wish for a snow day. We woke up to about 2 inches of snow. The first words out of Elise’s mouth were “is there school?” My reply “of course there is school we live in Canada”. On the inside I was so hoping for a snow day. I wanted Elise and Preston to stay home with me and play games, watch movies and drink hot cider or cocoa.
Richard started shoveling around 6:20 a.m. By the time the kids and I were ready to leave at 7:50 a.m. there was another inch on the ground. In Canada getting a snow day is a rare occasion. According to one of Preston’s teachers at BVG there have only been 5 snow days in the 18 years of her teaching at the school. In my opinion, today should have been number 6.
The above picture was taken from our front door about 11:45 a.m. If the kids were home I would be preparing lunch with a load of wash going while Elise and Preston were making a movie selection on Netflix. It is a bummer there is no snow day today. Around 12:30 Elise texts me saying “I miss you and wish I was home on this snowy day.” I was feeling the same way. I can dream all I want but it is not going to happen. It snowed until 4:30 p.m. In all we received about 8 inches of snow. Richard and I shoveled 4 times to keep up with all of it.
I left at 4 p.m. to pick up the kids at 5 p.m. The drive to school on an average day take about 20 minutes. Today it took 1 1/2 hours to get to the school.
Today was the perfect snow day!