Tuesday, March 26, 2013

#BlissDom and @MsAmberPRiley

Pin It This past weekend I was in Texas at BlissDom

I failed to take very many pictures but here are a few that I did take ... or stole from my dear Shannon (who was also my roommate).

the lovely Shannon (aka @shasherslife)
BlissDom was held in Dallas, Texas this year so Shannon and I took pictures outside the Gaylord Texan hotel when we got there to prove that we were in a place with NO SNOW! 

We also took a whole bunch of pictures inside the hotel because it was spectacular... I mean it was right out of control.

me on the balcony of our room - looking INSIDE the hotel
Shannon on our balcony overlooking the hotel courtyard
I tried to take a bunch of pictures to show the sheer incredible fabulous-ness of the inside of this hotel but really, they can't do it justice...

the view from our balcony

there is a big star in the centre of the glass roof

I was on the BlissDom staff so I spent most of my time working like crazy and running from one task to the next but I still got to enjoy some fantastic moments.

On one of the nights we got to see Amber Riley (from Glee) sing and that was especially cool for me. She has a fantastic voice.

Here I am on the shuttle on the way to our private concert with my friend Katie (aka @motherbumper)

and here is proof that I was in the same room (albeit on the balcony) while Amber Riley was singing... 
Amber Riley 

I actually got a picture taken with Amber Riley but I have no idea who actually TOOK the picture or where it is right now... hopefully I can locate it at some point though just for fun. 

I got to see a lot of other really wonderful people too but have no pictures to prove it. My other roommate Shannon (aka @zchamu) and I never managed to get a single picture together. Sad. But at least I got to see her. There is simply no replacement for real life hugs with dear friends. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Escape To Downton Abbey

Pin It I am a newcomer to the wonders of Downton Abbey. I just started watching it (on the advice of about a dozen friends) 2 weeks ago and now I am totally addicted. I had no idea what I was missing!

I just love everything about it.

Especially Dame Maggie Smith. She is my hero.

It is such a delightful escape from reality!

Just thought I would share :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Break Adventures

Pin It It is Spring Break this week and what a week it has been... and yes, it is only Wednesday.

My mom is here visiting and the kids are absolutely having a blast with her.

on Grandma's birthday

They have even managed to convince her to play outside with them several times in the piles and piles and piles of snow we still have.

the boys wanted to do silly faces... can you tell?

Of course the majority of us have been sick - because what would Spring Break be without illness? It started with Olivia and then progressed to Aiden and my mom and myself just for good measure. So far only Owen and Doug have escaped.
Olivia's fort

And just for some extra fun the roof in the kids' room, directly above the boys' bunkbeds, sprung a leak. Our landlord came over and shovelled off all the snow / chipped the ice off our roof so the water stopped coming in. But in the meantime we just had a sleepover on the living room floor! The kids thought it was great fun of course. We just pulled all their mattresses into the living room and set up camp.

Olivia inside her fort

All in all our Spring Break has been good though. Next week I head off to Dallas for a few days for the BlissDom conference where I can experience a whole different kind of adventure. I have to dig out my summer clothes because apparently there is no snow in Dallas (yay!).

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Tiger vs. The Tigger Hat

Pin It While I was away at the MomBizRetreat my husband and kids went on an adventure. One of the things they did was visit this fine feline at the Lake Superior Zoo. The Tiger doesn't seem too impressed with Olivia's bright orange Tigger hat ...

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