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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


I better report on my trip to Ottawa.

This is what my back deck looked like when I left Fredericton. And another major storm is on the way for this Sunday.  If you live in California, you can come and play to your heart content  but leave your bikini at home...

The flight was noisy but smoother than expected and so was the landing although the plane was a little late arriving because of flying against the wind. I didn't freeze to death in a crash and I was very happy for that, although I was freezing in the plane before take off.  It took a while to deice the plane and we were on our way.

I passed the time playing Free Cell on my laptop and it made the flight go quickly. My brother in law picked me up at the airport and drove me to my daughter Christine.

I went to watch Christine curl with her team at the curling club and they won two games that day.

After the games we went to the club and had a drink and I massaged some tight muscles on some of the girls.  The ice was different at this other rink and the girls lost the last game but they had a good time anyway.

The next morning James and Daniel kept me busy playing. I'm still in my PJ's and I'm glad you can't see my bedhead. The static in the tent doesn't make me look my best.

There was me, James, Mama and Daniel in the bear tent. You can only see Daniel's red slipper coming out. You can see how crowded the tent was...Oh and I forgot, Snoopy was in there also.

I got stuck in the green tunnel and James think I need some cars in there.

 I think I found a way out of the tunnel but I look like a witch who's flying without her broom. hahaha.

 We've been also playing at the kid gym and day care and having a lot of fun. This is Christine and Daniel coming down the tall slide.

James is big enough to come down by himself. He runs all the time, climbing way up there.

Now it's my turn to come down with Daniel. Can you tell we're having so much fun. That slide was fast for a old lady.

This tunnel slide is super fast and Christine came down looking like a pro but I know she's getting a good work out just running after the boys. There are lots of fun places to climb and crawl and the kids gets there lot faster than we both can. It's a full time job keeping up with them.

Oh my gosh, I had no idea how fast that tunnel slide was.  lol. Christine captured my surprise quite
well. I'm hanging on to Daniel for dear life...

After the workout I got it was nice letting Daniel playing in  toddler play area while I watched and caught my breath.

Daniel love running up the steps in the back of the small slide.

Chasing after kids is more tiresome than chasing after calves.

We all returned home for a nice hot supper and that evening the kids were so tired of running, they quickly fell asleep after their mom read books to them. I must say, I slept well too.

A couple of days later we went to a larger kid gym in another part of the city and had more fun all over again. Ottawa has all sorts of family oriented play and recreation areas, day care centres. There are skating rinks and lots of parks and playgrounds, etc... A great place to raise a family.

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments and HAPPY VALENTINE DAY everyone.


  1. you are SO cute! loved the fort and tunnel and slide action! i know you loved spending time with them!

  2. What a fun place for the boys ~ and grandma :)
    Thanks for all the great pics.
    BTW...free cell is the only game I play and I've been playing it for at least 15 years.
    Happy Valentine's Day.
    Hugs :)

  3. So glad you are having a great time. Those boys are adorable!

  4. Oh Julia! How much fun you've been having! That is so cool. I can't get over how big the boys are getting! They are growing like little weeds! They're just precious! Glad you were able to get away and have some fun!


  5. It looks like so much fun! Haven't been on a slide in years. Glad you had a fun visit! Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. It looks like you are having a great time! I bet it is good to see the kids and your daughter.

  7. What a nice and peppy granny you are! Everyone had FUN it seems! So cute!

  8. What fun you were having. I love all your pictures. I know those grandboys loved having you. So glad you didn't have cow chores for a little bit. Stay warm in all that snow. Hugs

  9. Oh Julia I am so happy to read that you are enjoying a little vacation time...those two sweet boys, James and Daniel are growing so fast...From experience I know you will sleep well not only tonight but each night you are there!!! Happy Valentines Day my friend...Safe travels...

  10. you look so happy!
    good for you!
    go girl!

  11. Looking at the snow photo from when you left town it certainly show that we have a lot of snow down. Well, we're getting a big storm right now as I type this and it's going to add 30 or 40 cm to what was there. According to the weather page it's been snowing since last night at 10:00 and it's supposed to snow right through until 5:00 a.m. tomorrow. But the roads will be clear by the time you get here on Tuesday.

  12. Oh my goodness!!! Looks like so much FUN!!! Kids keep us young... that's for sure! Keep on playing! :-)

  13. You look so dang cute coming out of that tunnel. I'll bet you also slept well even after returning home. What nice memories you have given your grandkids.

  14. What wonderful pics of you, your daughter and your grandsons. Looks like you had lots of fun together. What a wonderful city to raise two energetic little boys. Lots of great memories were made for all of you!
    Stay warm,

  15. I looks like you had a remarkable time on vacation.
    There is no better fun than fun with kids:)

  16. Oh, how I enjoyed these pictures sweet Julia. I am so happy to hear you are playing, you have certainly earned some play time. Sweet little James and sweet little Daniel are certainly enjoying the time with you. You are right that chasing after kids can be tiring, but what better tired than that...so much fun. Keep enjoying sweet friend you are making super wonderful memories for those sweet boys. You and Christine both look great! Hugs

  17. I am so glad you are having a vacation. I love seeing you having a ball with the kids. I love seeing you go down the slide too. You wouldn't catch me in a bikini ever. :)
    I bet you are glad you are missing that snow storm that is hitting your house today. I think Ottawa sounds like a fun place. I am glad you had a good flight. Have fun and rest, and rest. I loved this post Julia.

  18. What fun! You are all so adorable. I really enjoy your pists. Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful family! Hugs!

  19. I'm glad you're having a nice vacation and you look fabulous! So fun! Old? You? NO WAY! Anyone who can wrestle with a heifer and all that farm work can handle any kiddie park slide! Enjoy your visit! The boys are getting bigger and cuter (if that's even possible!) each time I see a pic!

  20. You nurture so well. Just so SO well:)
    I love the way you love. Your healing hands and warm smile
    have built a family strong; thanks for inspiring me so.

  21. Chasing after kids is rather exhausting. How fun! I think that's the best thing about being a parent and grandparent--you get to be a kid again for a little while. When else would you go down a big slide like that?!

  22. It looks and sounds like you had an amazing vacation for sure :)

  23. Hi,
    I just love all your photos. :-)
    Your plane ride sounds like an adventure.
    I am so glad you had the opportunity to visit your family.

  24. Hi Julia! I am back from my Swing dance weekend now, so sorry not to come over sooner! I ADORED this post- you look like you had a whale of a time! I can see the utter glee in your eye (or is that terror?!?!?) as you went down the slide. It's fun to live vicariously through you with this- I only went to something like this twice as a child so I always feel I wish I had done so.
    The tent shot made me laugh- so many legs!!!!
    I like you in the tunnel, you look like the Very Hungry Caterpillar!


    1. Oh and I replied to your comment on my 10 things post.
      Not sure if anyone reads the replies so I will post it here:
      I'm VERY glad you started blogging. Yes, when I started getting comments it was really exciting! You thought, "Ooooooh, I have a new friend from somewhere totally new!"" and that was a very fun thing.
      You are SO good at leaving lovely comments- I ALWAYS value yours and I am quite sure that's why you get sincere comments in return. You comment on all my posts when I know they must seem totally irrelevant to your life.
      What do you mean aby that 'followers will not get comments' do you mean that if people just follow a blog and don't interract with comments, they shouldn't expect comments. If so, yes, I agree. I have quite a few followers who have never commmented so I am not sure if they are reading or not so I tend not to go and say hi unless I think they are someone who actually WANTS that interaction.xx
      Happy Valentines too.

  25. I am still smiling from these pictures of you having so much fun with your grand kids....So glad you were able to get away and have some fun and I know they were glad you were apart of their days...You are a cutie pie; what a great smile....

  26. I thought we had a lot of snow here. You win!

    I have never seen curling in person! I am glad you got to watch your daughter play. Looks like you had a blast with your grandkids. What lucky kids to have such a fun grandma.

    Hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day!

  27. Good to see that you had a great time together, Julia. Can see Kids enjoyed their time with you.

  28. Your in for a surprise when your plane lands! Glad you had a fun time in Ottawa with the family. Your visit was just what everyone needed, you can see in the photos, by their look on the faces. :)
    Shoveling the snow is everyone's pastime these days in the maritime's. I bet your calves have missed your voice & gentle touch. Welcome back!
    Stay warm Julia, spring is just around the corner.

  29. Julia you play harder than most people work!!!!!

    It looks like you are having a great time.

    About that snow.....yuk!
    It's usually what we look like and this year is so very different! Nearly spring like temps.

  30. Looks like you had a great time even if the boys had you running more than the calves! At least you were warm!

  31. WHAT fun! oh man! I've missed so much! HAHAaaaa you big kid! love it. Just love seeing you have fun instead of trudging in the snow and all the work you do! Curling? boy, that is a Canadian thang... ;)

  32. So fun!! Only a grandma would crawl around in a tunnel and whiz down a slide--- I know-- been there-- done that!! Totally awesome!

  33. nice. lovely pictures