Monday, March 28, 2011

Lazy Sundays

I love Sundays. There is just something about a Sunday afternoon that is so inviting and relaxing. Some Sundays we watch Nascar or football depending on the time of year. Right now, it's Nascar, which-yes seems a bit out of the norm for even me- however, it is actually not too bad as the lull of the cars go round and round the track, often putting both of us to sleep. Other Sundays, we read the paper, a good book or just skip the lullaby of Nascar and go straight for a nap.

Yesterday, after a good lunch of homemade guacemole for me and grilled cheese for the Hubs, we walked out to the Maple Syrup Shack, also known as the Sugar Shack. It is about a half a mile walk (give or take a bit - I'm not always the best judge of distance). The walk is beautiful though as you can either walk through the swamp & creek bed or up through the trees. Both treks are beautiful as the woods are just so peaceful and relaxing. The stillness brings a type of peace that few places can bring. It's probably why the Hubs& I love them so much.

We stoked the fire and enjoyed the quiet stillness of the woods behind our house. I brought out my good friend Harry Potter as I am working my way through the series for a second time. Soon we were joined by some more McCoys and enjoyed good conversation as we made hot dogs and s'mores and split some wood.

There is just something about Sunday afternoons that I love. Perhaps I am clinging to the fact that yet another weekend has slipped by way too quickly. Perhaps it is the dreadful thought that I am going to have to get up to an alarm in the morning instead of the warm sunshine pouring through our windows. I just love Sundays...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Avoiding Good-Byes.

The Hubs and I had the pleasure of hosting my mother for a week. It was a fantastic week! I even took some time off of work to enjoy some Minnesotan activities with her.

We got to begin our Maple Syrup Season in our Sugar Shack back in the woods. We tapped 40 trees and even had the great surprise of collecting 56 gallons of sap one afternoon. Due to the recent heat wave (high 40's!) we had to trek out in our rubber boots and galoshes through the marsh to make it to the Sugar Shack. It was a blast starting up the syrup season with her here.

We got to experience another 5 inches of snow, which for an Albertan/Oregonian can be kind of exciting, especially when you fly out the next day and can leave the cold, wet snow behind. We got to go for grande-no water-5 pump-chais, have great talks (you just can't have the same kind on the phone), get our nails done.... We went to a bookstore and perused the Chicken section as we brainstormed about where and when and how to build my dream-chicken coop. Some people have a dream house, apparently I have a dream chicken coop. We even bought a little book that has everything you need to know about chickens from choosing a breed to butching them for chicken cordon bleu.... Having my mum here made a fantastic 7 days.

I feel refreshed having had one of my own flesh & blood come visit. I don't know what it is, but having your mum around is so special. At the same time, I feel the deep sadness. It seems to grow every time I say good-bye to any of my family members. I try to cherish every moment I have with them during a visit, yet I can't help but feel like I missed out on something as I give my last hug & good-bye at the airport and watch them walk away. Most of the time, I just shove those awful feelings of loneliness away and focus on what's on the schedule for tomorrow, bake something delicious or plan a date with a friend.

I did something different this time. I dwelt on the fact that I love my family so much, it makes me teary when we have to part ways. Kind of a scary road to go down, but I grabbed my journal, Jesus Calling & my brand-spanking-new unopened devotional thoughts Bible. Both books, despite being written by different authors they both spoke my heart about giving up what is most dear to you and learning to focus on what truly matters. Yes, I can still miss my family. Yes, I can still mourn when my mother leaves. Yet, I can find encouragement that it's not the end. It's odd to say this when I felt so sad, I can find happiness and joy because God is good.

Today is a new day. I'm ready for it with a joy that I know is not just my own, because I still feel sadness that my mum is back in beautiful Oregon. I have my Friday camouflage thermos of coffee and Tim Hortons mug to make it through my work day and I am really looking forward to a stay-in date night with my wonderful husband. God is good.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Let the Good Days Role

I think that everyone should have the ability to laugh and themselves... Being able to look back on the good ol' times and have a good chuckle. Well, if you should ever need such an opportunity, good yourself. I did today and this is what I discovered: 

2002 SKOnline TV Interview


Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I have been prompted once again that my time is due for another blog. Perhaps it is my large ego that must have my fans crawling at my feet in order for another blog to be posted... or perhaps it is the idea that what I write is going to be public so it had better be pretty dang good and pretty dang good writing. Which ever reason you choose to believe (I will deny both), you have to admit blogging is an interesting concept.

Enough on my ranting of blogging. Quick update of where life has been for the past week and a half or so. Still no leads on the job search, despite increasing frustrations on this end. Recently, the Hubs came down with pneumonia (which he so kindly passed onto me) and he had a mini-vaca for 3 days + the weekend, which is almost a blessing in disguise. It's stressful applying and never hearing back that I am glad he got a bit of break just sleeping and relaxing for 5 full, whole days.

Not all has been negative though, on the bright side of things: we did get the pink room fixed up for a very special Mother to come visit (TOMORROW!) and the room is looking very cute. We didn't have the time to repaint everything, but honestly with the floors scrubbed (three, since it's the first time in close to 70 years), a dresser pulled in, curtains hung-up, a new bedspread and a good ol' floor rug, you hardly notice the pink anymore! Mother-dearest may think differently as the wonderfully bubble-gummy pink walls will be the last thing she sees as she falls asleep and the first thing she sees when she wakes up to the smell of homemade coffee & waffles every morning (Yes, sisters, I would even do that if you came to visit!) Regardless, the room is very cute! I have been meaning to take some photos and put some updates on here so you guys can see how we've decorated and such! Perhaps with my time off this weekend I'll just have to do that!

On my mind lately: Strengths. I don't know if any of you have taken the Strengths Finder Test 2.0, but I would recommend it. Since we are talking about it, my top five are: Belief, Responsibility, Achiever, Developer and Relator. I have been thinking about careers and what I am good at. I've been wondering why I feel stuck, despite having a full time job and benefits and yada yada yada. Let me explain how a very wise man, Matt Boda, put my strengths into plain english:

I am organized and administrate well. I take leadership when needed (the when needed part should be emphasized as I sometimes will not agree that it is absolutely needed). I am trustworthy, responsible and really like accomplishing and getting things done. Example: I make lists. I cross things off my lists. If something is not on my list, I add it just so that I can cross it off...  I enjoy people, and my developer side means that I recognize and cultivate the potential in others (really like this one and want to see where it takes me). I take things seriously and my word is my bond. What I do must matter. In other words: I can take on the tough stuff, need to see progress and it needs to matter.

So, this is Kylie. Broken down into 5 words. 5 deep words, but regardless I think they sum me up fairly well. I've been reflecting on them a lot, looking at how they relate to my current position (FYI - they pretty much don't), how I can develop them more, how I can grow and become more like Christ in these God-given talents. It's fascinating. A gal I work with suggested I would be good in a non-profit organization. Another gal said I would be a good counselor. What are you thoughts? What would I be good at?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Picture of the Day

Taken on our Honeymoon outside Seaside, Oregon (August 2010)
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