Happy Family day!

I might be a little biased but I’m pretty sure I have the best family. So thankful for the parents that raised me- for loving, supporting, encouraging and helping me to become the person I am today. So thankful for my siblings- for two amazing role models who I can look up to and who have been there through all seasons. So thankful for the spouses we have added to our family over the years- for a sister in law who is like a sister, and now two new family members this year! So thankful for my little niece and the joy she brings. And especially so thankful for my husband and our own little family that we have become!

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Oldie but goodie

In reading old posts, I found one that I love and still rings true and wanted to share it again!

It’s rebellious, in a way, to choose joy, to choose to dance, to choose to love your life.  It’s much easier and much more common to be miserable. But I choose to do what I can to create hope, to celebrate life, and the act of celebrating connects me back to that life I love. We could just live our normal, day-to-day lives, saving all the good living up for someday, but I think today, just plain today, is worth it. I think it’s our job, each of us, to live each day like it’s a special occasion, because we’ve been given a gift. We get to live in this beautiful world. When I live purposefully and well, when I dance instead of sitting it out, when I let myself laugh hard, when I wear my favourite shoes on a regular Tuesday, that regular Tuesday is better.” -Shanua Niequest

I choose joy.  I choose happiness. I choose to see the good around me. I choose love. I choose laughter. I choose goodness, and richness and fullness. I choose to dance. I choose to sing. I choose hope. I choose to celebrate life. I choose joy.

What I Love The Most

I love love. I love celebrating love, and thinking about it and appreciating the people and things that I love. I think its something that should happen every day of the year.

  • I love my husband
  • I love Frankie
  • I love spending time outside
  • I love fresh air
  • I love winter
  • I love the prairies
  • I love sunrises and sunsets
  • I love how the seasons change
  • I love summer nights
  • I love spending time with my family
  • I love my cute niece
  • I love cuddling with my husband
  • I love date nights
  • I love good books
  • I love walks with Frankie
  • I love adventures with my husband
  • I love Christmas, and Christmas trees and everything related to Christmas
  • I love holidays
  • I love nights at home
  • I love going to bed early
  • I love loving what I do
  • I love our small town
  • I love old friends and new friends
  • I love real conversations
  • I love creating things with my hands
  • I love summer bike rides
  • I love camping
  • I love laughter
  • I love happiness and joy
  • I love love

Happy Gotcha Day!

Last Saturday marked one year of Frankie joining our family! He is a fun quirky, people loving dog with the best personality and we couldn’t have asked for a better dog to complete our family. Even though he drives us crazy sometimes, we can’t imagine our life without him!

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Highlights of 2016

New Years has come and gone, and it has taken me until now to get around to posting about it!

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Some of the highlights of 2016 include:

  • Adding a fluffy new member to our family, named Frankie
  • 3 years of marriage with my favourite guy
  • A girls weekend to wedding dress shop for my sister
  • Play dates with my favourite niece
  • A new adventure in beekeeping
  • Beautiful Saskatchewan scenery

Looking forward to 2017 and all the adventures it might hold!

 

Honey Harvest

Yet again, it has been a while since I updated on our bees- too many things on the go (school, work, summer, taking care of our bees, etc).  The summer has come and gone and our bees have survived and produced us some honey.  We checked them every couple of weeks just to make sure they were on the right track and more often than not we would find that they were building crooked comb and so we would have to fix them. Ryan ended up changing the frame guide and so hopefully next year this won’t be a problem.

Below are a few pictures from some of our visits!

 

We started harvesting honey a couple of weeks ago and it is definitely a learning experience.  Our bees didn’t seem to be to thrilled about us taking their honey and it resulted in quite a few stings, a fat hand from being stung a few times and a swollen lip.  We will definitely need to change our method next year.  Once the honey was out of the hive, then came the fun part- extracting the honey! We were able to extract a few frames with a hand extractor and the rest we crushed up to be strained. From the extracted honey, we were able to get 34 jars so far and will have a few more once the other stuff has been strained.  It is a good feeling and so satisfying to be able to have the end goal of delicious honey!

 

A bee update

So we have had our bees for around 3 months now and we are learning as we go! They didn’t fly away and we have managed to keep them around thus far, so hopefully they continue to stick around.  They are expanding and growing nicely, but they still will build crooked comb occasionally which takes quite a bit of time to fix. One of the hives is doing better than the other and has now grown to 5 boxes, while the other is around 4.  We have found one of our queens, but both hives continue to grow so the other one is around somewhere.  We hopefully will get a bit of honey this year!  I’ve managed to only be stung once, (I had a bit of a scare after being stung, as I was never stung as a child and didn’t know if I was allergic or not [I’m allergic to everything else outside, so I was little worried] but thankfully I found out that I am not!) Ryan has been stung about 5 times. It’s still unnerving having bees buzzing around you, but hopefully with time, these nerves will go away and I will get used to it- it doesn’t seem to bother Ryan at all. The bee’s continue to fascinate me, along with everything they do. It’s amazing how they just know what do and build comb and make honey- so cool! It’s been a fun journey so far!

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Ryan checking out the comb and bees!

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Our colorful hives- we have now added more boxes on each!

Our bee’s have arrived!

We got the call last week that our Bee’s were arriving on Friday, April 22nd.  So after work I headed to Peavey Mart to pick them up.  They were supposed to arrive at 10 but ended up not arriving until 6:00.  This in itself was a little stressful as we were supposed to be heading to Regina after work. So I waited around and then finally they arrived and I drove my hour drive home with 10,000 bees in the back of my car- probably one of the most nerve-racking things I’ve ever done, especially considering you could hear a low buzzing sound.  I arrived home just before dark and we hurried out to their hives to install them.  It was less than ideal conditions- quite cold and windy- and we had no idea what we were doing.  We both were a little stressed due to long days and being tired and feeling rushed, but somehow we managed to successfully get them installed, with Ryan only getting stung twice, and not too many bees dying while we were getting them in, and so far they are still around.  At the time we weren’t laughing, but now we can look back and laugh- definitely a good marriage building activity! Let’s hope they take to their hives and start producing us some honey!

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