my honey’s new baby

This is my Honey’s new baby.  He is so pleased that he has been showing a photo of it to everyone he sees.  This past trip to the Villa was the perfect time to try it out. The four of us headed out on an expedition to the “lookout on the top of the world” (according to honey). It took us about an hour on two ATVs to get there and the last bit was really rocky.  The view alone was worth the trip.IMG_6421

The weather wasn’t great, but you can’t wait for the weather to be perfect in Newfoundland (or you might not ever go anywhere) so we all got our rubber boots and rain gear and headed out anyway.  We had packed a little picnic and huddled around the rocks to get a bit of relief from the wind but it was definitely damp and chilly.

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Between the rain and the water on the trails we got just a little wet!

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It was invigorating to be out exploring.

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Here were all are on the top of the world. Honey is so happy I think he might just split his face from smiling so much.

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harbour visitors

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We escaped for the weekend to the “Villa” (aka hubby’s family summer home) which is a little spot of heaven that we want to fix up.  (Check out this past post about painting the doors). Although we didn’t get there until late Friday night and had to leave again early Sun morning, it was SO RELAXING!  Just leaving the boxes behind in St. John’s for a little bit, was freeing.  As if it wasn’t enough to just be near the ocean and smelling the salt air, the Harbour had a school of porpoises visit Saturday morning!!  They were so close to shore – maybe 200 feet away, and it was simply amazing to watch them swim around and around.  You could see the babies swimming alongside the mamas and it seemed as if they were feeding on something yummy.

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I could have just sat and watched them forever.  The pics really don’t capture how cool it was, but I wanted to share with you.  What a Saturday morning treat!!

two of my favourite people

This past week was my parents 45th Wedding anniversary and we wanted to invite some family & friends to celebrate with us!  Sister #3 hosted at her place and did a FABULOUS job of displaying photos of Mom and Dad and our family.  Some of the older pics are so cute! So 60’s with Dad looking like Elvis and Mom in her Bouffant hair style.

My sisters and I are three of the luckiest people to be able to call these two our parents.  They have loved and supported us in so many ways. Here are just a few photos of the party. I tried to pick just a few but it was so hard to choose! I hope I managed to get everyone in the pictures!

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I really loved seeing all these people that have been in our lives forever.  Having been away for so long, it could be easy to feel disconnected.  But instead of feeling disconnected, it was just such a warm feeling to see everyone again.  I guess that is the special thing about family – you are always a part of each other’s past.  And that really shapes who you are.  I am just so grateful to all these people for being a part of my life.  And now that we are home, I am relieved that my kids will know about being a part of something bigger than just the four of us.  *Blessed*

catching up

I think the word “busy* is overused. So I won’t tell you I was busy last week, but I will tell you my head was full of stuff. And for a little while there, I wondered if the house buying gods were conspiring against us, but I’m now hoping that is over (please keep your fingers crossed that everything goes through smoothly with our house purchase this week!) In among the crazy, we have still managed to do some fun things. So I have lots of fun blog posts this week to share!

The weekend before last was chock-a-block FULL of activities. I love that there are always so many fun things to do here in the summer. I’ll let you know in February if I’m still feeling that way.

The St John’s Farmers Market (www.stjohnsfarmersmarket.org) was our destination on Saturday morning. It runs from June 1 – Dec 21 and is every Saturday from 9-2 at the Lions Club. There were many interesting vendors selling everything from jewelry and crafts to food. I didn’t buy any vegetables. I haven’t been cooking much since we have been in our temporary location. We have been relying on pre-made grocery store salads these days for the veggie intake… sad but true.

Either way – I didn’t buy veggies but we did manage to snag a waffle from the waffle lady. Did you see the photo I posted on Twitter of my waffle?? Check it out – too delicious. We had just finished eating them when Shakespeare by the Sea started their show Shake It Up, which is a collection of comic tragedies. My 5 year old niece was enthralled with the show! Fabulous for kids and adults.

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That afternoon, the “Psychobilly Cadillacs” (which is a band) had their 3rd annual Barnyard BBQ. This was our first time attending but was it ever fun. The band itself is so upbeat and happy with mostly a country/rockabilly vibe. People came dressed in the country theme (think pigtails, cowbow hats and boots) and they were serving brisket and honey badgers. (with lots of other food) The honey badgers were a drink, but since I was the dedicated driver, I didn’t try one. Reports were a little sketchy on how they tasted.

We had our son and a friend with us. The band was inviting anyone to perform in between sets, so the boys were scheming from the get-go to figure out a song to play. They settled on Say it Ain’t So by Weezer and convinced someone to play base for them. They did really well and were SO excited when they were finished.

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Then as if that wasn’t enough excitement for the weekend, on Sunday afternoon we went to Bowering Park to see Honk the musical. It is based on the Ugly Duckling story and was a Best Kind production. I thought it was fabulous and both kids enjoyed it too.

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So I’m getting caught up telling you about our adventures. There’s more to come this week so check back to the blog to find out about my parent’s anniversary, and our weekend visit back to Hant’s Harbour. Spoiler alert – there were some interesting visitors in the Harbour Saturday morning!

There’s no place like home.

simple

The other night I was getting overwhelmed with everything. Overwhelmed with all the details of life really. Making sure everyone gets where they need to be. Arranging for both kids to get signed up for school and courses (that’s just a little bit important hey?). My mind was racing with orthodontist appointments, electricians, unanswered voicemail, contractors and socks with holes (I don’t think my kids own any socks without holes!). Two weeks left before school and I still haven’t found a place for ds to do martial arts… and I need to change the time of his guitar lessons already (and he hasn’t even started them yet!).

These are all just part of the everyday experience of living. Just life. And during this transition stage, most of our stuff is still packed. I don’t have access to any of my dishes or appliances. I don’t remember the last time I baked muffins or made a smoothie. I am soooo craving a smoothie.  Or maybe I am just craving routine again.

Bleh. Overwhelmed.

So to get organized,  I sat down to make a to-do list and I put one of my playlists on the iPod speakers.  This was one of the first songs to come on. And from the very first few notes I felt better. Music really does that for me. Powerful. It lifted my spirits and I thought I would share it with you.

Life is not simple, especially this time of year. But ultimately love *is* simple. I don’t mean romantic love. Just love. Deep breaths.

Sing it KD!

the cabin (guest post by dd)

Today’s blog post is courtesy of my 13yr old daughter. She took all the photos and did the writing when she spent this past weekend with my parents at their cabin. Leave her a comment to let her know if you liked this post!

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Hey it’s me!

As you have probably guessed I am the DD of Marlayne and I am the guest blogger!

When I go out to the cabin in Trinity Bay, it is always such a nice feeling to be out and about with family. I always have an awesome time being out in the fresh, crisp air. The first thing I do when we arrive, is either go on the buoy swing next to the cabin, or go out for a walk on the beach. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous! This time, it looked as if the sky is reflected perfectly on the water.

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Ever since we moved to Newfoundland, I have been anticipating a visit to the falls! It is a tiny little swimming (and occasionally showering!) water fall area. We go almost every time we come out to the cabin. Unfortunately, the first time we came out, it wasn’t quite hot enough to go in! So this time I was very excited to go!!! It is always cold, and loud, but absolutely beautiful. We usually bring the shampoo (lol) but this time was just a swim!

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After an awesome day, we finished with bologna and beans. We were planning a quick fishing trip but the tide was not right, so instead we went out for a quick walk on the beach to watch the sunset. It was really special! (And gorgeous)

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Every time I come out to the cabin, I feel completely relaxed, and most of all, I feel special.

Home really is where the heart is.

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one month

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We have officially been in St. John’s for one month. We’ve done a lot in that month.

– DD has found her dance studio and made some friends.

– Both kids have done a musical theatre camp and DS was asked to join in the Wizard of Oz musical cast for performances in October.  He has started rehearsals, is loving it and making friends.

– Went hiking, hiking again, sea kayaking, to Hant’s Harbour, Daniel’s Cove, Spreadeagle, the Regatta, Signal Hill and more!  Whew! We’ve packed a lot into one month!

– We bought a house! We are in the process of arranging renovations, but at least we know where we are going to live.  And the best part is that it is exactly in between sister #2 and sister #3. Yeah!

– We have seen lots of family and feel so lucky to be so close to everyone!

– DH is settling into working at home.  It will be better once we have our house. The sun room will be his office and is bright and happy.  Since he will be working out of the house, having a positive place to work each day is key!

– I have lots of house and life details still to arrange, but I will need to start job hunting soon.  Wish me luck with that!

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So all in all, a productive month. Every now and again someone will comment to me that this was “quite a big move for us all“, or that it is “a big deal to move your entire family at this point in our lives (especially the kids)“. Sometimes I get that look of “Are you crazy?“.  Well, I guess it is a big deal. And maybe we are a bit crazy. It doesn’t feel crazy. I still have this gut feeling that everything is right in my world, even when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. And honestly I do have those moments. But we are where we need to be.  That much is still crystal clear.

Can’t wait for month two.

dear yoga mat

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Dear Yoga Mat:  Life hasn’t been the same without you!

I finally went to a Moksha Yoga class here in St. John’s.  I LOVE Moksha Hot Yoga.  Last fall and winter I was getting my butt to Moksha Yoga in Ottawa regularly.  With all the craziness happening in recent months, it has fallen to the wayside and I have missed it.
So I seized the moment last week and drove down to Duckworth Street to try out the St. John’s Moksha Yoga.

There is something so calming about familiarity. It was a relief just walking into the building –  It even smelled the same as the Ottawa studio. As the teacher started the class and walked us through the first few positions, I felt such comfort in doing the same positions I have done many times before.  <insert big happy sigh here>

The only real difference was the humidity.  As soon as I walked into the practice room, the room felt HEAVY with humidity.  And really, I find Ottawa humid too, but this was an entirely different humidity! Once I got started with the class though, I forgot all about it.

My favourite pose is triangle pose. I love when you move from Warrior two to triangle.  Although it is a challenging pose (for me anyway) I love how the transition feels. I love looking up to the ceiling and feeling my arms stretched out in opposite directions and breathing. Things just seem to click somehow.

It always amazes me how my yoga practice is truly a reflection of my life. The last time I did a Moksha class was in Ottawa when DH and I were discussing whether or not we should move to Newfoundland.  The class was the same as it always was, but somehow I just wasn’t feeling it.  I couldn’t get centered.  Couldn’t focus, couldn’t balance, was totally wobbly.  I think it may have been my worst class ever. Three quarters of the way through the class I thought to myself “Where is my balance today?”  and then the light bulb went off and I realized at that point, I wasn’t feeling balance in my life either.

Tonight I felt centered and focused and balanced, well, mostly ;-). A good sign for sure.

Check out my friend VMChick’s blog post about the Moksha class she did with me in Ottawa! http://vmchick.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/moksha-yoga/

sea kayaking

When I realized we were going to be moving to Newfoundland, the very first thing I booked was Sea Kayaking.  DH and I did this many years ago and I really wanted to kids to have this experience. A few of my lovely girlfriends were able to join us with their kiddies so we were a group of 10.20130811-211215.jpg

I booked this with Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures (www.wildnfld.ca) and if you have a group of 10 or more you get a discount.  This is a family owned business and they are professional, yet warm and encouraging throughout the entire experience.  If you are going to be visiting St. John’s (or if you already live here) I HIGHLY recommend this! They operate out of Cape Broyle on the Southern Shore. Cape Broyle is such a protected harbour – it was so safe and calm with lots of interesting little areas to discover.

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Our two guides were Chris and Claire and they did a fabulous job keeping the whole group together, telling stories about the different areas in the bay and engaging the kids. We saw waterfalls, went into a cave and heard stories about shipwrecks and tea houses.

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We also saw sea creatures such as sea stars, jellyfish and sea urchins.  We even ate a little of an urchin.  Very fishy and sushi-ish.

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Overall an AWESOME morning.  Now I want to go back with my DH and do the “Go and Tow” where you see more of the harbour and then they tow you back….  Not sure if that will happen this summer, but it is on my list for next year for sure!

regatta fun

Last Wednesday was the St. John’s Regatta, which is the oldest sporting event in North America. It is always held on the first Wednesday of August, weather permitting.  So for the residents of St. Johns, the August holiday falls on a Wednesday, as long as the weather is good.  If the winds are too high for the boat races, then the holiday falls on the Thursday instead.  20130808-155404.jpg

When I was a kid, I thought the regatta was all about the games and people all around the edge of Quidi Vidi Lake.  I was probably 11 when I realized the Regatta was actually a boat race!  Ridiculous, I know, but as a kid the games and the hopes of winning a blue puppy or a purple monkey was too alluring to focus on what was happening on the lake lol.  Our first stop was checking out the ring toss. Does anyone actually win these things??

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We also bought some tickets on the Cash Wheel.  We had good thoughts about these numbers!

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But no luck on the numbers!

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We stopped by the jumpy castles to see Sister#2’s kids.

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While DS was hanging out with some buddies from Ottawa, DD and I kept ourselves busy at the photo booth.  We laughed, since we were not prepared for the camera in the second photo.

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The crowds were crazy down at the lake, but it was fun for the kids to check it all out.