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A Clean House

I have only one problem with cleaning my house. I become a monster about every crumb left sitting around on the counter, even a small ring of water from a slightly wet cup needs to be dried up.

We hosted a little shared dinner the other night so I did a quick clean of the house. It was needed and sometimes having people over is the motivation I need to make it happen, you know, more than a tidy up. Once I had it clean, I couldn’t stop making my kitchen counter perfect. I was obsessive! I was thinking, no wonder I don’t do this all the time. It’s so nice to have a clean house but I hate always watching and making sure it stays that way. It’s exhausting.

It’s said that a clean house gives people joy but it, honestly, turns me into a snappy, tired, crazy person.

And then, Rod comes down and reads what I’ve been writing and says “You should clean up every drop of water.” and my response is “You should!” because I’m super mature.

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Goat Sauce At Fernie Hotel & Pub

I snapped some shots of my husband’s terribly named band. They rocked last night!

A Break From Fernie – Everyone Needs It Once In A While

Rod, Phoenix and I took off to Ontario for a little over a week to introduce our little one to our families and we had a fabulous time. We also enjoyed getting out of the GTA to spend quality time with the Brink family at a cottage. I was reminded once again how beautiful Ontario is with it’s beautiful lakes and landscapes. We were also reminded of 401 traffic and hot and humid summer days – no thanks.

Here are a few favorite photos from our travels.

Don't miss driving on Highway 401Taking phoenix to the park - Rod had a good time on the swingSchenk Family Children - Adia, Brody, Max, PhoenixDriving up to cottage country - Haliburton areaBear Aware OntarioRod and his Brother StevePhoenix's turn on the swingBrink Cousins at the cottagePhoenix experiencing the cold lake water temperatureToronto for a birthday party - Ellie, Bowie, MikeTrip Home - This says it all.
Our flight home was extended about 5 hours due to weather conditions in Calgary (we found ourselves in Kelowna with very little baby food and a few hours of uncertainty of how we’d get home) but we made it home in one piece and with very little fussiness so I can’t really complain. Phoenix was a star on every flight we took. She was smiling at everyone and everyone smiled right back. HUGE success!

One little note though – our success in flying with Phoenix was playing the distraction game. I’m not sure what we would have done without Cheerios.

The Move And Settling In

We did it. We moved successfully and we are loving our new home. If it wasn’t for our friends I probably would have had a minor heart attack, but I was saved! It took a few days for everyone to settle in but we’re back on schedule.

Here are a few photos from the past week.
Moving to Annex neighbourhood in Fernie - boxesMoving to Annex neighbourhood in FernieAdjusting to new home - finally fits in dwight's t-shirtAdjusting to new home - leroy dog getting comfortableAdjusting to new home - new ideasAdjusting to new home - first day playing outsideAdjusting to new home - don't get me startedAdjusting to new home - bath bubble beardAdjusting to new home - ladybug composer

First Trip To Fernie’s Aquatic Centre


Thanks to Teenie and Ben for lending us Jackson’s bathing suit and Andre and Marni for coming up with the idea to take the babies swimming for the first time. The family change rooms are amazing – there are separated change room and showers!! I’m going to try and make that a regular family fun time for sure.

Christmas At Our House

Our amazing Christmas in Fernie, in no particular order…. christmas bingo^ Christmas Bingo^ Booties from TP^ Good times with friends^ a bit young for the jolly jumper but she still enjoyed it^ Don’t be fooled by the thumbs up pose, the gravy was a mess.^Christmas morning. still waking up.^ Secret Santa game this year was like Copycat in Cranium^ Secret Santa pressies^ Phoenix and her new headbands from Simon Brink^ Jen bars! delicious^ traditional brandy pudding on fire – thanks to Rob’s mom!^ Brandon holding a flower child^ Orphan Christmas dinner^ Marie and Tristen

First Tree Decorating For Phoenix

Christmas 2011 - First Tree Decorating For PhoenixChristmas 2011 - First Tree Decorating For PhoenixChristmas 2011 - First Tree Decorating For Phoenix
It was a full moon when we decorated our Christmas tree but nothing too weird happened, other than eating a family sized meal between Rod and I. Is that really THAT weird though?

The last picture is of Phoenix putting up her first Christmas ornament, thanks to Oma and Opa Schenk. It’s a family tradition to receive a new ornament every year – I’ll most likely keep the tradition going because some traditions seem silly when you’re young but down the road you begin to appreciate the little things your parents did for you.