Monday, November 21, 2011

Poop on a morning from hell..

Hello all you fantastic blog readers - Before I begin to explain how absolutely ridiculous my monday morning was Im going to state - that..:::::: I love my life. I love my husband. I love my job. I love my kids. I love my dogs. I am thankful each and everyday at how absolutely wonderfully blessed I am to have a healthy living beautiful family each day to grow with:::::: ON that Note - I am going to walk you through my morning today and let me know if it gave you a laugh ;) it certainly did not for me... well until writing it down of course.

7AM - little feet down the hall, feel warm breath on my face and a little voice whisper -"hi mommy.." little eyes pearing at me as I take my big puffy comfy pillow and cover my head and say.. "please girls.. give me one more minuet..jump on daddy"...and they reply with "but he's not here." Suddenly my head pops up and look across the bed to realize NO! he's not here..  and this is what plays through my head "he's not home from work yet.. shift ends at 2am, which means something bad happened.... oh no Daddy will now be nonexistent  until whatever case he is dealing with passes... oh please don't be something bad, I hope nobody died? maybe its just a car accident.. maybe he's just catching up on files at the office.. yah thats defiantly what he's doing, tomorrow day off doesn't want to be behind.. no come on, get serious Kait.. its -33 out there he's not just AT WORK. something happened.. PHONE!" So I run down the hall to dial the his number, he answers - "HI?..where are you? are you okay?" "Yah, Im fine.. might be a while yet..but I gotta go..I love you" "oh...okay" *click*
So as much as I hate hearing him saying things like that the I love you at the end is always the best part..
So I brush my tail feathers off and have and go to start my coffee-
7:15AM - walk over to my coffee maker located by my kitchen window and not only was it chilly I literally FEEL wind on my face..I shutter at how flippin cold I am in my own freakin house.. push start on my coffee maker.. doesn't work. push it again..doesn't work...3rd time's a charm push it again.. look - it's not plugged in.. we're on a roll!

7:30AM - Reese: "Mommy, Im STARVING..I need to eat right now, right now mommy! MOmmy MOMMY MOMMY!!!!!"..... pitter patter pitter patter pitter patter... Keeonah&Phoenix are standing at my feet both starring at me saying in their heads "you know, if you don't take us outside right now to do our business, we're going to shit all over your house and chew your furniture, and maybe even jump on your bed with our dirty stinky paws and turn around in circles a million times until we get the perfect comfy position, so take me out right now...!!" I look at my girls.. then look back at my dogs, and seriously THEY WOULD! open the door a crack - HOLY BANANA'S it's cold out there.. put my layers on, boots, hats, mits, jacket, scarf -put keeonah on the leash - at that final second norah throw's herself on the floor in tears because she wants to come with mommy.."mommy will be right back I promise, Im so sorry" meanwhile the phone rings - It's Justin HOORAY! "Ill be home in about an hour leaving right now..just need to do a few things at the office once I get back first" *insert mini happy dance*
stand outside trying to hook Keeonah onto the outside leash so she can go 'pee in peace' cause like a lady, refuses to do her business with someone watching HOW DARE WE! but of course it's FLIPPING FROZEN cause, clearly the temperatures are below Antarctica out there! so I have to run back in forth in my backyard with my PJ's at 7:30am to get her worked up enough that she HAS to poop! Phoenix is long time done his business cause he could care less if you watch him and is howling to go inside cause it's freezing cold.. Keeonah's done.. back inside we go - my nose hairs are at the moment all frozen together and I swear, if I pee'd my pants I probably would have pee'd frozen Pee! (the reason WHY I have to take them out on a leash is because our FENCE IS NOT DONE BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS ALWAYS WORKKKKKKKING!)

7:55AM- feed my kids dry toast with peanut butter and cut up strawberries that NEED to be eaten today or else my dogs won't even eat them.. yup mother of the year today! sit down and drink my coffee, so exhausted that the smell of it gives me a high not even a 20 year drug addict could appreciate.

8:45AM -sit down at my computer...mmm take a sip - skype with my girlfriend for a few moments before I hear Norah yell "POOOOOOP" AHH - go to see that not only did Phoenix JUST poop outside, he poop'd INSIDE as well.. and nope not on the floor but on the girls PILLOW! (this is where it get's REAL good) come back say bye to my skype friend, and then have to dispose of this poop on a pillow - good thing is I can just pick up the pillow and throw the poop outside and then bye bye pillow to the dump you go - by the way, I have yet to get dressed.. still in my PJ's

9:00AM - Pick up pillow... Open -30 air chilling door.. fold pillow slightly in half before tossing the poop off the deck into the snow covered grown - and Release Pillow, BIG GUST OF WIND - POOP SLINGSHOTS back from the wind and lands ONNNNN MYYYYY HOUSE!!!!!!!!! YUP that's right everyone, my blood pressure is rising just typing this, I flung hot steamy mushy poop off a pillow directly on the side of my house.."YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!" I yelled as it echoed through the streets of spiritwood "OH MY GOSH!!!! AAAAHHHH!!" I run back inside to try and figure what the heck Im going to do with this POOP on my house.. I grab the BBQ Spatula (still in jammies with housecoat on) run back outside LEAN over the railing and try to scrape it off, but of course.. like the pee would have frozen 'if i pee'd myself' the poop FROZE to the side of the house "you've got to be shitting me...literally" I say out loud as Im leaning over scrapping this crap off my house and cursing all at once. I hear my kids crying cause their hungry, the dog yelping cause I just gave him a lickin' and me scraping POOP that is STILL to this second still frozen to the side of my house...
sorry if this gross's you out.. but I bet its better then scraping poop off the side of your HOUSE!

9:25AM- I barge back into the house run to the phone and dial.... my husband "hello?" me, "YOU NEED TO COME HOME RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! - I Swear if you do not finish that fence I am going to pay someone $1000 to do it TODAY! I JUST HAD TO SCRAPE SHIT OFF THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE!!AND DON'T ASK WHY, JUST GET HOME NOWWWWWWWWWW!!!!" "ok im coming right now!"   *CLICK*

10:00AM- CRASH! BANG!! CRASH!!! crying.... - I run down the hall to see my girls have pushed Justin's hockey bag, then proceeded to put stool's on top of it so they could reach the wrapped Christmas gifts located on the TOP shelf in the hall closet.. "IM GOING TO LOOSE IT, YOU TWO BETTER GET DOWN RIGHT NOW!!!!!!"

10:15AM - Justin walks in from work... all is well with the world!

Friday, November 11, 2011

5 months & 3 weeks..

iI've been DYING to write for weeks now, and hate how I never have time for it..I've been busier than an ant in a picnic basket lately but it seems like there just haven't been enough hours in the day to get everything done...and because I value my hours of sleep I get - or should I say, lack there of. If you asked me quick I don't think I would be able to tell you the day of the week.. let alone that it's already November  (Minus the fact that my husband has something strange growing under his nose, but that's besides the point!).. Its all been a blur, between busying my girls, taking puppies for walk, helping my hubby with countless-endless jobs around the house, being Betty Crocker in the kitchen to satisfy the bellies of my offspring and then simply just having alone time - but all at once.. time is ticking so slowly.
It's been 5 months, 3 weeks, and 5 hours since we took off on our adventure to the Prairies. and it's now hitting home. Mom and Dad's for dinner isn't just a drive away, the In-laws for Friday night Chinese food isn't as accessible.. Life is moving on and we are miles away.

I had the pleasure of hosting my Mommy for 2 whole entire glorious weeks back in October! She really is THE BEST. Not being here even 24 hours, she was already in her painting clothes creating beauty and comfort in my home, cooking up a storm in my kitchen and getting the little things for my girls and I didn't have to lift a finger.. - and then..... I fell off our deck, snapped some ligaments and tendons and the hubs had to rush me to the yah, Mom - you came at the perfect time.. No, it truly is amazing having your mommy come from across the country and you get to spend some good quality time, we got to hit up Edmonton both for the first time - HELLO WEST EDMONTON MALL!

This is where we spent our afternoon.. Best.Pool.EVER
 And We got to see a pretty wicked sealion show and Reese got a special Kiss ;)

If you've never visited the most amazing mall of all time.. you have to visit the most amazing mall of all time! and you will all be shocked to hear, although I was in the WEM for over 4 hours I did not shop in a single store! This was all about a girls trip with me, my mom and my girls.. worth every penny and enjoyed every moment! Memories that will never be erased.

I so enjoyed having you here mom, and miss you everyday - you have instilled amazing things into me as a mother, You and Dad always put God first, and made music important - getting messy was okay, and leaving the dishes until tomorrow because us kids wanted to play a game wasn't a crime. Thank you for continuing to be such an awesome mommy.. Love you, and Miss you xo

Being far from home is hard. But taking in this journey is a once in a life time. For the first time in 24 years I didn't have to set my clock back.. but what's even better is I don't have to set my clock AHEAD in 6 months time, yahoo! Nope - No Daylight savings in this province.. And although my mornings will probably start at 10AM and end at 4:30PM we will soak in this ride. Weather Temps are dropping.. Hub's is finishing up the last of the deck, and my daddio flys in on Monday night! Like I said we have kept busy..

This is probably one of the most boring posts Ive ever written - but its almost midnight here and I have been staring at a computer screen since 6pm editing photos! my brain is fried! Next post will be killer I swear ;)

Have a great weekend everybody :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Whats your Job?

"That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."
Titus 2:4-5

My Love, My Life, My Joy, My Protector, My Best friend..


My "job" is being a full time mother, a loving wife and home maker. Recently each time I meet a new person at the park, beach, or just in our backyard, one of the first things people ask me is "what do you do?" and I reply.. "Well..I have one of the most challenging jobs, underpaid, and most fulfilling..I am a Mom of two beautiful, energetic girls and wife to the most amazing husband and provider, What do you do?" I normally get a small pause and "Oh thats great.." or "I see.." or "Interesting..thats nice.." It dosen't seem to be the "norm" here to be a stay at home mom and raise your kids. I take great pride and Joy in this.. although... it is not easy
And since moving away from my main support of family and friends I have been having some heart to hearts with some women in my life about how I can be a better wife becuase this wife thing.. mother thing.. is not easy and I want to be the best.

First off - I DO have one of the most amazing men, that was hand picked for me, although I can be a bit nagging, and probably a downer at times. My strive is to be a better wife the BEST wife.. and I encourage my fellow wives in whatever you do may it be a full time stay at home mommy, working inside the home or working outside the home that you take my advice.. Make out a list of "WHY I LOVE MY HUSBAND" and post it beside your bathroom mirror, so you can see it each morning you wake.. and each night you go to sleep.. Being a wife is one of the hardest tasks.. it is not easy, but it is the most sacred thing, it takes work, energy, communication & Love. In our 4th year of marriage, and still deeply in love with the boy I laid eyes on when I was 12, is amazing. Knowing that I got to step into this wife thing early into my life has been a blessing and so amazing, but as a "spring chick" I want to work at being the best wife and having a fulfilling long marriage. A wise women (you know who you are) told me that marriage is like a Garden.. without work, weeding, watering and consent attention it will die quickly, and the easy way out is to plow it over and start fresh. Marriage is not easy, it is not something that can be swept under the rug, it is not a one way street.. and with love, communication, trust, honor and respect poured into it each day it will flourish and you will be proud to call it yours. I have recently had an out of body experience in my dream that I watched the way I was treating my husband, it was not with love and respect, it was not with honor and trust.. it was with nagging, and disappointment, it was with harsh snappy words, and bitterness. Something I am not proud of.. I did realize I have not been giving MYSELF what I need and that is me time, I have not given myself time each day to dig deep into how I want to be a better wife and mother..I have not given myself time to relax and rejuvenate myself and by the end of the day I am spent, I am resenting that my husband goes to work each day and is not helping me at home.. -well DUH! How else would we survive, of course he has to go to work!!!? So We as a TEAM are taking an overhaul as a couple and in our marriage.. We want to grow old together and continue on our family story, but without looking at each other and pouring into our marriage that would not happen. So here is my LIST, my list of how I value my husband, how I love my husband and how I am Proud to call him mine. 

He gave me these two blessings

  • He is my best friend.
  •  He has shown me my true self.
  •  He is a HOTTIE!!
  • He has the ability to overcome anything and rise above it, in his work and at home.
  •  I get to go to sleep in his arms every night.
  •  I get to wake up in his arms every morning.
  •  He is the world's best dad (next to mine of course)
  •  He respects himself.
  • He respects Me.
  •  He is a good listener.
  •  He loves me without even thinking about it.
  • There is no mountain too high for him to climb.
  •  He loves me without make-up.
  • He has a very forgiving heart.
  •  I can be myself when I am with him.
  • He never gives up on me.
  •  He is simply irresistible
  •  He has an awesome sense of humor!
  •  He can ALWAYS makes me laugh.
  • Every time he looks at me my heart skips a beat.
  •  He holds the key to my heart.
  •  I feel safe in his arms.
  •  He is the most intelligent man I have ever met.
  •  He IS my better half.
  •  He carries himself with a great deal of pride.
  •  He has reachable goals in life.
  •  I love that he isn’t perfect.
  • God created him just for me.
  •  His smile.
  •  I love the way he says my name.
  •  I love the look in his eyes when he says “I Love You”.
  •  I love laying my head on his bare chest and feeling his heart beat.
  •  I still get butterflies when he kisses me.
  •  I love the way he wraps his arms around me and holds me tight like there is no tomorrow
  • The way he stands beside me and not in front of me.
  •  Because he looks at me when he thinks I am not looking
  •  How he forgives me over and over when I do something wrong.
  •  He is not embarrassed to call me pet names in front of others.
  •  He isn’t ashamed to cry in front of me.
  •  How he makes me feel when I think I am nothing.
  • He inspires me.
  •  I love the way he tries to explain any kind of sport to me when I really don’t understand.
  •  He loves his family with a great deal of passion.
  •  He is a good driver.
  •  I love that he demands respect but isn’t controlling.
  •  I love how he wants to make up after a fight.
  •  When I am grumpy, he still loves me. 
  • I love knowing that if I died today….I will see you again in Heaven my darling, and my life was better because of loving you.

So this is to my husband, and to us wives.. Take Pride in Marriage, strive for the best.. And don't forget to have Date Nights ;)

With Love xoxo

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Full swing summer, weiner roasts, beaches & playdates

So we are now in full summer mode.. while most of our days are filled with crafts, hot dogs for lunches, days spent in the sun& at the beach, freezies and walks - doesn't quite take off our mind how much we miss home.. but Im not going to bore you with my longing heart for the maritime air! I WILL tell you how much we LOVE our new home town.
10 Reasons why I love Spiritwood

1- We own a house! -YAHOO... its about time ;)

2- When I go to the grocery store here (not so often because it would cost an arm and a leg) they bag my groceries, load them in a cart.. and bring them to my car and load them in my trunk.. how freakin' awesome is that!
3- Lovely neighbors that bring us supper without even blinking!
4- I can walk to the post office, drug store, home hardware... yup just about everywhere
5- we bought a $40.00 Regional Park pass that gets us into all the beaches all summer long :)
6- My husband loves his job, and is beaming at each end of shift
7-The sun shines from 4:00AM - 10:30PM
8-We have learned Saskatchewan lingo  -- like a hoody is a 'bunny hug' hehehe
9- Are surrounded by the most kind hearted people, and loving community
10- Wiener roasts with our neighbors

So we have now been in our house for 3 weeks now and with each day, we fall in love with another piece and it is concrete of why we bought this house! although we have many little projects that need to be started - we have decided to put most of them on hold and enjoy the summer and so we have!
We have met our neighboors and absoutly LOVE THEM (wink wink, Monique & Lane) they are a young couple just like us, who have just recently gotten engaged and are getting married next summer!
So last Friday night they invited other neigh boors and we all bunked around their camp fire pit and roasted some good ol' fashion wieners! - As we were all preparing our dogs to be roasted Justin mentioned Spider dogs! - and with not much of a sound they all peep'd up at once.. What is a Spider Dog?? "You don't know what a spider dog is???" so we quickly pulled the hot dogs out of the bags got a knife and showed them how it was done.
Please excuse Lane's roasting stick.. a little inappropriate haha
So we had a great night of laughs and getting to know each other over camp fire roast, and straw berry short cake for dessert.. all went home to put our kids to bed, the gathered back at the camp fire for some drinks and smores!

We have spent many days at the closest beach to Spiritwood - it is about a 20 minuet drive.. which is perfect, long enough for the girls to have little power naps before we hit the sand.. and then another power nap after the long day in the sun to hold them over until bed time.. Norah has become a little more out going this summer with the water - by the third time we made it to the beach she was jumping off the dock (into my arms of course) and having a blast.. Reese on the other hand who is my fish is loving all this water time.. and with her life jacket on she is keeping up with the 'big girls' meanwhile mommy gets to veg in the sand with a book in hand and the warm sun wrapping my body.

Beach Bum!!

Sand.. dirty hands.. sand.. dirty hands we run back and forth to the water to wash her hands off more times...

Giving me some 'Pie' from their creation of sand :) 
I love how my girls can be so creative and use their imaginations! We go on speals of different stories, and they use anything at hand to make up some fun for an afternoon - after all- we are to cheap to get TV... so you HAVE to use your imagination in our house :)

We usually end our days with a walk down to the path that runs along Spiritwood.. Keeonah's favorite place to go, as she knows she is going to be able to go off leash for a bit.. Here are a few pics of Keeonah soaking up every moment of 'freedom' hehe

 We truly did get an amazing post.. the land here is stunning..
 Keeonah has just been off leash - she is doing great with her training.. she gets a bit side tracked with birds... but always comes back, we love her!
She sees stuff in the grass and does this Hop into the tall grass



And the adventure continues....



“I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.” -Rosalia de Castro


The Finlays

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Every Family has a story

Every family has a story that it tells itself, that it passes on to the children and grandchildren. The story grows over the years, mutates, some parts are sharpened, others dropped, and there is often debate about what really happened. But even with these different sides of the same story, there is still agreement that this is the family story. And in the absence of other narratives, it becomes the flagpole that the family hangs its identity from.    -A.M Homes

Our family story started back when we found out that we were having Reese.. not something that was planned, not something that was apart of the journey (or so we thought)... but we have come 4 years round to find our family that has bloomed into something I am so proud to call mine. As our journey progressed and Justin felt called to serve our great country in becoming one of the worlds GREATEST ;) Mounties.. it has brought us to where we are today..
I hope that our Children are able to carry on our family story for years to come as it has been such a God given journey for us and a story to tell!!

On May 16th 2011 Justin took his first steps into the life as an RCMP and the second half of our family's story began.. It was really amazing to have my brother who is also in the mounties be able to be the first to shake Justins hand and congratulate him as the newest member

Nat shaking Justins hand.. seconds after receiving his badge

Brothers by Marriage and Brothers as Mounties

Couldn't have been more proud.. I love you!
The days were long while we were in Regina but we soaked in as much as we could with what little time we had there.

Soon we were back in the Maritimes and saying goodbye to so many memories, friends and family - our family story began at around 4:08PM on a Sunday afternoon. Headed on the highway towards Quebec to begin our journey through the night to meet up with Justins brother and our sister in law with their 3 kids - hitting Edmonston to stop on the side of the highway for some supper and to stretch our legs we ran into a man who was taking his motor bike from Toronto to Nova Scotia - he too, was stoping for a bit of a break took out his trumpet and started playing! The girls were so excited and danced away

Day 1

Driving through the night was a one time thing on this trek - as we have realized that Norah is not one to love sleeping in her car seat :S After 1100KM on our first day, $173.00 in gas, seeing two Moose, drove through 2 provinces, Tim Hortons stop at 11:30pm (Thanks Pastor Jim for the Giftcard) I was pretty thrilled to hear the GPS say "in 1.5 km turn right at final destination" we pulled up to our hotel at 3:57 AM - taking a deep breath and realization that we had made the first leg of our trip was overwhelming, emotional.. but at that point- EXHAUSTED! We quickly checked in, brought our stuff up to the room put the kids to bed and crashed for a few hours until we heard the excitement on the other side of the door. The other Finlay kids were roaring to go... being the bestest wife I am, I let Justin sleep for a little longer as the kids bounced back and forth with stories to tell and hugs and kisses!
Day 2
We stayed put for about a day and a half, soaking in all the love family has to offer! Taking Keeonah for walks going swimming in the pool, finding parks to play and hills to roll down - we really enjoyed our time with family and can't wait to see them again

We found a park that was covered in "sunflowers" Also known as Dandelions.. the girls had a ball walking through and picking bouquets a pun bouquets for us!

Day 3
 We had so much fun with our cousins - brothers and sisters - We can't wait to share another time of togetherness! We miss you guys all the time! but nothing breaks the bonds between cousins!

it wasn't long before we were back on the road again.. the kids were asleep and we were in for a long haul of driving - we had about 10 hours until Sudbury,Ontario
the day was long and uneventful

a regular occurrence of wildlife along our trek

Driving through the rocks of Ontario was a little bit boring.. but exciting if you want to call almost running out of gas 3 hours into the middle of nowhere exciting - watching the gas tank get lower and lower and not seeing a gas station in site had Justins heart pumping a little bit. Luckily we ran into ONE gas station on a 5 hour stretch.. it was scary! which also had a tiny souvenir shop and Restaurant.. we ordered up ourselves some chicken fingers and fries - with some Ice cream to finish!

 This was a saving grace and hidden Gem for us.. our gas light was ON.. remember if you are driving through Ontario if you see a gas station make sure you FILL UP!
  Cotton Candy Ice Cream - YUMMMMMY!

 our tiny little gem that saved our butt and filled our tank! :) even gave us free cake!

we got to Sudbury at 7PM took the kids for a quick swim, fed them and put them to bed. We were not so eager to wake up super early the next morning.. only to realize that I was coming down with a bad head cold.. ordered room service for my lovelies.. hoped in the shower - got the truck packed up then hit Shoppers only to drop about $50.00 on any remedy that would cure me - Advil Cold&Sinus and Allergy meds were popped every 4 hours to help me feel a little better... along with a garbage magazine and two boxes of Kleenex! and we were off!

Day 4 
We are  in Manitoba now - driving across the Manitoba boarder - I never thought I would be so excited to see the Prairies as I was that day.. got out of Ontario and a little closer to 'home' We stopped in Winnipeg in a really nice hotel - the only hotel we could get a hold of that allowed dogs! they even gave us a little doggie treat bag - filled with a toy, dog treats and poop baggies! :) another short stay at a hotel before we ventured off to YORKTON! :) yay.. a close to my heart spot where our dear friends were posted and we got to share in a few days with them <3 


the newest members of the R.C.M.P chatting up with their little darlings

So there it is after Yorkton we packed up and drove 5 hours north to SPIRITWOOD!!!!! -Yes it was a short and sweet type up of our adventure across the country - but I do have two pesky little toddlers that don't allow me to sit at the computer for more then 5 minuets at a time without an issue arising - but for the most part.. that was our journey, and now we are here.. we are here in beautiful Spiritwood, Northern Saskatchewan! Taking in as much as we can as each day passes us by, Justin is in full swing as a member in the Spiritwood Detachment.. we are settling into our new house and have started to enjoy the lakes that surround us!
Thanks to all who have supported and encouraged us along our Story..we miss each and every one of you deeply! but hey.. we are just beginning our story now and hope that we leave a legacy behind that our children and grandchildren can tell in years to come.

LOVE TO YOU ALL xoxoxoxo

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Transition... there is a lot contained in that one word- part 1

"We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today.  I don't think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great.  If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time."  ~Art Buchwald

A quote I stummbled across when I have longed for home and the 'wonder years' with my family surrounding me and friends at my becking call... but to have my hubby home from what we call 'one hell of a journey' coming home from work happy and excited to tell me every detail is nothing more then bliss..

When I actually went to my blog page and realized I haven't blogged since APRIL! I almost freaked.. I can not believe two months have flown by so quickly when the 6 months of depot seemed like death, torture and a trillion years long.. at last we are whole again.

And still can't get a decent family picture.. geesh, some things never change

Where do you even start ???? When you have flown across the country with two eager toddlers to hug and kiss their daddy, took part in one of the most amazing graduation ceremonies of all time, been reunited with your best friend, lover & father of your children, flying back home to say goodbye to our parents, our friends, mentors and leaders - to embark on a family road trip that took us 4,200KM away from home, arrive in a teeny tiny town that is now our new home, check into our cabin that will house us for a month of limbo, become first time home owners, pack up our little cabin and move into our new house... all in 2 months time, can you say WHIRLWIND!
can you find him?

Well first off.. the moments leading up to waking my babies to tell them "Today is the day! we get to go on an airplane to see daddy!!!" Miss R. eagerly replied with "IS IT A PURPLE AIRPLANE?!?!?!" as much as a disappointment it was when I said it was not, she was through and through beside herself that she got to see her dad! The morning couldnt pass by fast enough to get to the airport, check in, wait an hour to load, squeeze a tiny plane packed full and take flight off to DEPOT!
With Justins busy last days we landed to late for him able to pick us up and see us.. but we didn't wait around long the next day as we poped into say hi on his lunch break!.. (Video to follow soon)
nothing like a fathers love..oh how he missed them!
Little R was so excited she came booming out of the Van and leapt into daddy's arms faster then anyone could blink.. for the 30 minuets we stood around Reese never let go of his neck repeating in her little toddler voice "I knew you would come back daddy!.." as I watched my shy 21 month old slowly creep closer to her dad and then finally let him pick her up.. That was it.. my heart could beat again, my family was a unit again. My husband was actually physically there holding our kids we were whole... it was done.
The week of Regina flew by.. Parades to watch, Ceremonies to be involved in, people to meet, stuff to pack up, Badge Ceremonies, Grad Banquets, Pictures and a whole lot more.. and then it was over.. it was time to pack up his six month journey back into a suitcase and fly home to begin another chapter in our lives.

Our flight left at 10:00am ...and we landed in Saint John at 7:45pm with the greetings and hugs of family.. nothing sweeter then smelling the fresh maritime air... things moved very quickly as soon as we got home.. but first things first we celebrated my birthday MARITIME STYLE!

This is my father putting about 6 lobsters to sleep.. standing them upside down and rubbing their noses.. only people who live by the sea know how to do this.... and mmm..mmm..mmm.. they were someeee good  :)

And my kids enjoyed every lick they could get of all the seafood! Muscles&Lobster, Steak&Veggies and of course chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting - birthday tradition in our house!

Reese is a pro at shucking muscles,dipping them in butter and eating them!

Norah chowing down on a lobster claw!



Moments later we were stuffed and I was panning the room and taking it all in knowing it would be the last of my birthdays I would be celebrating at home with my family.. it was a weekend to remember!

8:30am the next morning packers were there to pack up our lives.. the 7 wonderful years we got to spend together in the town we grew up in, get married, and where the births of our children took place.. all packed up into boxes and loaded onto a moving truck to be shipped to the prairies and would be stored awaiting for the perfect house to be found...and it was!
Reese watching all of our stuff being driven away (Yes that is our bookshelf strapped to the back!)

Saying goodbye to friends and family is nothing but hard.. We miss you guys more every day and wish you could be experiencing this adventure with us!
Tune in next time for our trip across Canada!!

"Man's feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell."  ~Jean Paul Richter

Jean Paul couldn't have put it any sweeter... LOVE TO YOU ALL!

~The Finlays~