…October!?

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Oh hey there! Can someone kindly tell me where September went? Thanks 🙂

Seriously, I can hardly believe I’m typing out October 1, 2013.  I was still kind of personally in that “summer2013” mode.  But that’s definitely passed. It’s back to hot drinks at cozy coffee shops, boots and scarfs and jackets…and really, fall is a lovely time of year…one of my favourites.

Just popped in here to say I’m alive and (very!) well and am excited to get back into blogging.  I’ve missed it.  Come back soon for updates, I have some great stuff to share with you (soonish!) 🙂

Always, Aims

The (official) Remmy Story!

I thought I should share this story sooner than later because it will be continued as I travel more. 🙂 Having just finished sharing about my trip to England, I’m thinking now would be a good time to introduce “Remmy”.

The first “Remmy Pic” ever posted. Our friend’s like Starbucks more than we do! Hence, the significance of this picture.

It’s kind of a long story, so I’ll try condense it a little. 🙂 My sister and I have these really great friends, also a set of sisters….and they have these little stuffed mice (named Remmy.) Somehow, their Mom realized we didn’t have any of our own…and gave my sis and I each one. (Yeah, they have a cool mom!)

This was shortly before our trip to England and these two friends would’ve done almost anything to come along on such an adventure!

Knowing this, I promised to pack Remmy and take pictures of him in some of the places I would visit, and later “tag” them on facebook. So this is (the short version) of how Remmy came along to England.

I had a layover in Scotland on the way… so “technically” Remmy has been to Scotland, right? 😉

Tower of London and Part of Tower Bridge.

Still at the Tower of London… Remmy in a quiver of arrows. (Remember how much I like arrow slits, right?)

On the beach in Bournemouth, England.

We were about to leave Oxford when I suddenly realized not only did I have the Remmy in my purse, but I hadn’t taken a picture of him yet… So my “Oxford Remmy Picture” is at the Oxford train station…

Harrod’s Department store.

Windsor Castle.

So that is the beginning of Remmy’s travels…officially chronicled on my blog! 😀

Remmy has since been to two other countries (on of them twice!) so come back as Remmy will continue his travels….!

(Don’t laugh at me! I have my own mascot…and I think it’s cool, so there!)

Always, Aims

P.s. Sorry for the “silence” around here this week…(after posting every day last month it does feel like silence!) But there have been some SUPER exciting things happening in my life… I will be updating soon! 😉

Simply Thankful…

There are just so many (simple) gifts for which I’m thankful today…things that I often take for granted:

I’m thankful that it’s FINALLY spring, that it’s sunny outside… that it even smells like spring (…so very thankful I can smell too!)

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That I have ears and can enjoy listening to my favourite music! (What, would life be without music?)

For the extra cup of coffee I had this morning… (that I can taste and enjoy it!)

That I can see…that I can enjoy all the colours around me. (Have you ever closed your eyes and tried to describe a colour using only words. It’s harder than you think. How would you describe “green” to someone who is blind?)

For (true) friendship.

Being able to squish and kiss my little 4 year old sister, Boo…and listening to her giggles and the smile on her face when I gave her a candy.

That our cat, Night-Fury came back after not being around yesterday. (Around here if a cat hasn’t come back for a couple of days, that usually means it’s “gone”….as in deceased.)

So take a moment, step back… and be thankful for those simple gifts.

Always, Aims

A hint for tomorrow’s “best friends” feature:

 

 

Easter via “Cellphone Cam”

Easter Sunday… as seen through the lens of my cell phone. 🙂

For some reason our family was never into the whole “Easter hunt” thing. I can’t really remember doing “egg hunts” etc. growing up… and we still don’t now that I’m older, haha.  However, on Easter morning… our table is always laden with various Easter type candies.  I baked Maple Nut Scones for our family’s Easter breakfast (please notice: I took a picture of food! 😀 Or, at least I tried, ok?!) Of course, no matter the day, Easter breakfast wouldn’t really be complete without coffee…

Easter chocolate from Oma:

I remember the days when the only way to get this stuff was when someone brought it from Germany!

 

The Easter lily on our counter. Our spring wreath and some tulips. I LOVE that spring…means flowers! 🙂

In the evening our church service was called “the road to Calvary”.  We read through the different events leading up to the resurrection.

Some tangible reminders of what we remember at Easter:

A palm leaf, similar perhaps to what the people waved in the triumphal entry. Perfume, a reminder of the spikenard Mary wiped upon Jesus’ feet.  30 coins, the price they paid for Jesus. A cup and bread, reminds us of the last supper. Thorns, used for His crown.  A sponge, it was dipped and offered to Jesus as he hung on the cross.  Dice, for they cast lots for his clothes. The cross reminds us how He died. Strips of cloth; they wrapped His body in these after He died.

 

But this is the reason we celebrate!

 

Hope your Easter was as special as mine! 😀

Always, Aims

Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday…

Whew…! It’s nice to take a breath in the middle of a busy long weekend.  Today might be a little more of a “wordy” post…just sayin’. 🙂

It’s gorgeous outside today…a sunglasses and bright smiles kind of day, warm enough to leave my jacket at home.  There are pros and cons about part timing two cities…today for example.  I’m missing out on the first paintball game of the season. 😦  But, one of my favourite coffee shops is in walking distance from where we live here.  I took advantage of the sunshine and took a walk.  I love sitting in the corners of coffee shops and observing etc. especially when I get a seat on a comfy couch, like I did today!  This coffee shop is adorable!  It used to be a house, and the owners transformed it into a little coffee shop.  There are vintage-ish knickknacks, black and white photographs on the walls, a basement, and porch (and free wi-fi! Yay!) It’s a cozy little place and I come here often. 🙂 It’s here that I, I mean my sister, discovered a mango tea latte with a shot of vanilla…wow!

The one sentence that’s been going through my mind over and over this Easter is:

“He bore the wrath, I know the grace”.

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Cross in the Berlin Wall.

That pretty much sums up my thoughts on Easter in one sentence.  Words can never describe how thankful I am, and how much it means to me.

Saturdays are for unexpected plans, like today when my friend and I went out for pochos… I’m not one of those people who takes pictures of food (yet!) so I didn’t.  But if you’re ever in the Okanagan Valley make sure you find a Kelly Os and have some; SO yummy…!!!  You kind of have to eat them to believe how incredibly awesome they are (think cheesy fries with a honey mustard dip…and BACON!) 😀

Hope you all had as much sunshine as I did this Easter!

Always, Aims

Entering the blogging world; officially!

Honestly, it’s somewhat daunting sitting down and writing my very first blog post – ever! However, there’s also a ripple of excitement in the under current because I’ve wanted to start a blog for awhile and just never got around to it… until now 🙂 (yes, I like using “emotions” when I write!) I feel as if I’m at the beginning of a journey and I don’t know when or where (or if?) it will end… I just know that it’s bound to be an adventure! 🙂 All great and exciting journeys must start with taking the first step… and I’m officially taking my first step (yes, it’s a somewhat tentative one!) into the virtual world called “blogging.”

Thanks to my lovely friend Christi for capturing this moment!

So… where does a person start? Well, I started by pouring myself another cup of coffee (what better way to start something new than with coffee, eh?) and playing some epic music.  It’s quite in my usually not-so-quiet house tonight, so I’m taking the opportunity while it’s here because the quietness won’t last. 😉

I was thinking about doing a whole “meet me!” type of post, but have decided against it. There’s no way express who I am by one blog post… little pieces of who I am will appear as I continue to blog (I hope!) This blog will be a specific place where I can share my love of life through words, but mostly through pictures, which are simply memories and moments caught in time.