Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I come from a French Canadian family but one of the biggest days of the year in our house was March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day. My mother loved to celebrate and she never met a holiday she didn’t love. March 17th was a double hitter in our home – a day to celebrate the life of a great Catholic saint and my father’s birthday.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

With the physique of a leprechaun, a twinkle in his eye, and a spring in his step, it was totally fitting that my Dad was allowed to be Irish one day of the year.

This year to celebrate this special spring holiday, I started the day by tending to my little seedlings. The first seeds I planted are coming along nicely. I hope they do not get too big before our garden is ready for planting.

Spring has sprung๐Ÿ€

Take care and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy Birthday Mark

Happy Birthday to my firstborn – Mark Benjamin. I remember bringing you home from the hospital like it was yesterday. You were so very tiny. Now, poof – forty three years later!

So much has happened in those years. I remember the little boy who refused to walk through puddles. How did you become the man who works construction, camps out with Erin and Dom every chance you get, crawls through the bushes with airsoft guns blazing and spends your spare time on one home improvement project after another? All the never, evers I heard for years and yet here you are. ๐Ÿคฃ

It truly makes me wonder where the next forty three years will take you?

Happy Birthday, son. I will love you forever, I will like you for always!

65th

This weekend we had the pleasure of spending a few days with son Dan and his family – Amanda, Gabby, Lucas and Cason – celebrating my 65th birthday.

Cason & Lucas helping blow out the candle on the cake son Dan made. German chocolate sour cream – amazing cake!!
Gifts and card. *The cookbook is a copy of one that I used throughout my children’s childhood. I gave the original to my daughter years ago when she started her own family.
My husband took me on this lovely trip, gave me a beautiful card, took me shopping for a couple of new outfits and bought my birthday supper (Chinese – totally delicious!)
Buddha Board from Genie – my talent does not do it justice. It is very relaxing and therapeutic. (Husband Dan decked it out with the river rocks)
Dan, Cason, me, Amanda – back row. Gabby and Lucas in front
Bacardi, Cornelius & Kat
Taking a scenic detour home
Son Mark took great care of everything at home while we were gone.

All in all, it was a lovely few days away. I came back a year older but that was to be expected. ๐Ÿ™„

Madison

Maddy & Grandpa

Ten years ago our family was blessed with a happy little sweetheart that we have come to know and love as Maddy.

Happy Girl
Being one of the’big kids’

Playing a practical joke on Mom by dressing up as Rory. Maddy thought it was hilarious. Sister Genie was not as innocent as she was trying to look.
Visiting Great Grandma – a wink from Maddy
First annual Boxing Day sleepover
Diving right in!
Walk in the park
Hangin’ on hangin’ on๐Ÿ˜‚
Happy Birthday Maddy, “We love you more!”

Today for Maddy’s birthday let’s all be a Maddy – Share kindness, share hope, share happiness, share a smile today๐Ÿ˜Š.

Sunflowers for Maddy