This weekend my family went on a trip to Ottawa to visit my brother at university and to finally see what Winterlude is all about! It had been a two years since we’ve all been together away, even just for a weekend. Our trip may have been short, but we still managed to have lots of fun together. After a quick lunch, we headed out to see the festivities.  The ice carvings in Crystal Garden at Confederation Park were amazing.  The even… Read more »


A couple of weeks ago, Garrett and I looked at our calendar and realized that it was filling up pretty quickly with fun events with family and friends, but we wanted to plan something for just the two of us. We picked a weeknight to do some Christmas shopping on Main Street in Newmarket, Ontario and have dinner together in a cozy little restaurant. Last Thursday we had a wicked snow storm in Southern Ontario, but it didn’t stop Garrett… Read more »

Happy Friday! I hope you’re all having a great week. Have you had a chance to check out my Online Holiday Planner yet? I’ve been testing it out the past couple of weeks and I’m already finding it so helpful for my early holiday shopping. My family also has several birthdays this time of year, so I’ve been using it for that too. If you try it out, let me know. I’d love to hear from you! November is normally… Read more »

As I mentioned on Friday’s post, this year my family decided to do something different for Thanksgiving – we went for a hike. But this wasn’t just any hike, it was a trip back to the original family homestead from after the War of 1812. You may remember that I wrote about this back in July, when the Canadian government issued a plaque to commemorate my great (x5) grandfather, Jacob Rawn‘s service in the War of 1812. He came to Canada… Read more »


A couple of weeks ago, our good family friend Margaret was so kind to give Garrett and I some much coveted tickets to one of the hottest events of the season – the 26th Annual Wild Wild West Hoedown in Aurora, Ontario. Margaret is running for Mayor where she lives in the Town of Georgina (check her out on facebook and twitter!) and had a local event to go to, so she and her husband didn’t need the tickets anymore –… Read more »

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