Labour Day Weekend

It has been a great weekend so far!!  Drove home on Thursday and on Friday, once Mark got home from work, we drove into Ottawa to pick up Gala.  Ryan has been so excited and was outside playing with her at 6:30 Saturday morning.  The weekend weather has been gorgeous and we have taken full advantage of it.  Today we took a walk to the Petawawa dog park, and strolled around the neighborhood for about 2.5 hours.  Everyone was pretty tired and so we relaxed on the deck in the afternoon.  Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Gala in our backyard

Ryan and Gala playing in the backyard, love the look on Ryan’s face….

Gala in the pool, she loves it.

Some quiet time with Evan.

Can’t believe the weekend has passed so quickly and I will be back to Valcartier tomorrow.  Luckily only a few weeks left.  On the bright side, I have been reading a lot!

I decided to participate in Carla’s Sunday night chit-chat, you are supposed to start off with a favourite picture.  I chose this one that was taken with my iPhone.  When I was in Brossard, Quebec, we stopped for lunch at a micro-brewery restaurant called Les Trois Brasseurs.  I ordered the “Maxi Poutine”, the fries were deep fried using beer.  MMMMmmmm.  Bad for your waistline though….


I downloaded a book called Amber Frost off of the Ontario Library Services website.  I love that with my library card number and pin code I can download available library books.  I have about 10 on hold (the max) and another 10 or so on my wish list.  So much better then spending money on books you may or may not like.  I download them to my phone but I believe you can download them to Kindle/Kobo and iPad.


No plans.  May watch “Storage Wars” that are recorded or the movie “Contagion” that Mark hasn’t seen yet.

Listening to?

Right now Ryan and Evan are watching Scooby Doo.


We made homemade mini pizzas for supper.  I would like to bake some muffins tonight and maybe get a soup started.  All depends on how long we can maintain energy, everyone is pretty tired today 🙂

Happy you accomplished this week?

Picked up the dog and got her settled in.

Looking forward to next week?

It’s my mom’s birthday next week, hoping to drive to Laval and hang out with her a bit.  Also looking forward to seeing my younger sister and her kids.

Do you collect anything? Purple elephants? Unicorns? Etc… 😉

Not really.  Got a decent collection of stamps for card making though.



I have been in Valcartier for almost a month and took a couple of pictures, I really should get out with the camera more.

This is the 5 Brigade statue at the entrance to the base.  It has the crests from all the units on it.

This statue is also by the entrance to the base.  I didn’t actually read the plaque.  Maybe next time.

My room.

And that is all I’ve got for today.  For some reason I thought I had taken more pictures but when I downloaded them there were only these ones.  No big deal, I’ll take some more next time I am out for a walk.

In other news… keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to leave tomorrow for Petawawa.  Rumour has it we will be given the day off on Friday and if that’s the case I am hoping to start driving ASAP.  Ryan is looking forward to me coming home although I’m not sure if he is more excited to see more, or that we are picking up the dog…..

August Update

A month has passed so quickly!  Once we got back home from Newfoundland I spent a week trying to get things at the house organized, it’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate over the years.  When Mark and I were in Shilo we had a small 900 sq ft PMQ and two young babies and we were happy as hell.  Now we are sprawled out in a house twice that size!  We have too much crap 🙂  Anyhow, Mark has been selling some stuff on Kijiji and I have made numerous donation to Value Village.  Then I spent another week at work, or mostly at work, getting ready to leave for CFB Valcartier.

Speaking of Valcartier, I’ll get some pictures of the base and post them here when I remember to take my camera with me.  Training has been steady but there has been a fair amount of time off (read:  lots of time off).  I have been doing a lot of “running” although I am slow as hell.  Hopefully, if my will power holds out, I’ll be able to lose a few pounds.  I am going to be in Valcartier until the end of September although I am heading home again for the Labour Day weekend.

We are getting a dog!  I went home this past weekend because Mark found a dog that he and Ryan fell in love with.  We drove to Ottawa and visited and decided then and there that we had to have her.  She is an18-month old  Australian Shepherd and her name is Gala.  We are very happy to be getting a dog that needs a good home (she has had a few families already) and no worrying about training and dealing with a puppy.  Mark is planning on picking her up in a couple of weeks which should give him time to get things ready at the house, and I can ensure we have all the stuff we need (bowls, leashes, brushes, toys, etc…).  Ryan is so excited he can barely wait.  I think this dog will be a great addition to the family and she is absolutely going to love visits to Newfoundland!


Our holidays in Newfoundland are almost over.  Ryan is heartbroken, he has so much fun playing outside, especially down by the river, taking Uncle Rick for long walks.  Last night I had my very first Jig’s Dinner:  Salt Beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots/turnips, gravy and a turkey with dressing.  From what I understand the turkey is not necessarily part of a traditional Jig’s Dinner, but either way, there were not many leftovers!   There was also some rum involved but that was optional 😉

Took Evan for a stroll today and snapped a few pictures.  He tends to look down a lot so without someone else to get him to raise his head it’s hard to get a straight-on shot.  Here is one of my favourites, taken right in front of some freshly baled hay.

I decided to play along with Carla’s “Sunday Night Chit Chat”.  Here are her questions:

What are you….

Reading? I just finished a fluffy romance I bought on Kindle (From this Moment by Bella Andre).  Sometimes you just need an easy read… going to look for a good dystopian fiction novel to read next.

Watching? Everyone is watching Swamp People right now, waiting for it to get dark.  We had bought some fireworks so the plan is to set them all off tonight.

Listening to? Swamp people in the background.

Baking/Cooking? Not much today, we did leftovers and easy stuff on the BBQ.

Happy that you accomplished this week? I am on vacation 🙂  But I did get some laundry done and hung on the line.

Looking forward to next week? Next week is my final week of holidays before I start pre-deployment training in Valcartier.  I have plans to get all my stuff organized and packed.  Also, I want to start going through my closets and do some purging,  pack up some hobby stuff that I won’t be using and get things organized for Mark so that he is not completely lost without me LOL….


Max Relax

The last few days have been really nice.  No schedule.  Have taken several walks through the countryside, Mark showed me the pastures where they use to keep the cattle.  Downside:  I have been bitten by both mosquitoes and horseflies, and I have a touch of hay-fever.  The land here is beautiful and the pace is much slower than what I am accustomed to.

Here are a couple of  pictures from the walk today.  Have to charge the camera and take some more later.

Playing with rocks by the Grand Codroy River

In the pasture (between front of the house and river)

No plans for the next few days other then heading into Port-aux-Basques to pick up some building supplies and a hitch for our van.  Mark is going to build a new garbage box for the end of the driveway.  I need to look for shoes for Evan, the ones he currently has are getting a bit snug.

May need to find a book store too, stupid me forgot to bring any reading material!!!


Codroy Valley

We arrived in Newfoundland yesterday morning.  The day was a write-off for me.  I found out that evening, during the ferry crossing, that I get seasick.  Maybe the grey skies and rain played a part but I felt nauseated and completely at odds.  It rained most of the day but towards suppertime the sun came out and Mark and I had a chance to go for a short walk before the rain started again.

Today has been another lazy day, enjoyed hanging about with nothing on the schedule.  Ryan played in the back with his kite, and is now at Bingo with Nanny.

The house

View from the road by (the end of the driveway)



I know it’s been *forever* since I posted, life has been keeping me busy!   In May I was preparing for, and then away on, Exercise Spartan Bear II in Meaford, Ontario.  Here is a picture of our group during a water crossing with the Combat Engineers (2 CER).

Once I got back to work I had to get my paperwork started as I will be deploying on the next rotation to Afghanistan and I also had to prepare to attend a 3-week leadership course in St-Jean, Quebec.  The thing is, as part of the pre-deployment training, I have to use all my vacation time,  less 5 days.   I have to be in CFB Valcartier (Quebec) on August 5th, so I will be using all my available vacation time this month.  Mark, the kids and I are currently en route to Newfoundland.  We drove all day and are getting a good night’s rest (I hope!!) at the Best Western in Fredericton. Ryan was pretty excited to be staying in a hotel…


Tomorrow we are heading to North Sydney, NS to catch the Ferry to Newfoundland.  We are looking forward to spending some time with family and RELAXING!  I will be posting pictures throughout, stay tuned 🙂

In other news, Carla has several giveaways on her blog – definitely worth looking into.  I am particularly interested in the Magic Marigold one (HERE)since I am always looking for a better cream.  My hands are always sooooo dry and cracked, hard to find a good product that isn’t greasy.

Anyhow, it’s already 10:30 pm (local) and I should start getting ready for bed.  I will post again soon *promise*