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Project 52 {details}

When I first saw the prompt for this weeks picture I thought – no problem! There are details everywhere! But then when it came time to take a picture of details, I was stumped!

I eventually settled on taking a picture of a painting I did a while back called ‘Mystic Sailing’. It is a very heavily textured painting, so I took some close ups of the painting to show you the ‘details’.

Not the most creative idea – but it’s all I got:)

Mystic Sailing

Details #1

Details #2

Details #3

Details #4

Since this one stumped me so much, I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone else came up with!

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In the Picture {black & white}

This month’s self portrait theme over at In the Picture was ‘Black & White’.

I am getting more and more comfortable in front of the camera, but not yet confident. Therefore all of my pictures are taken in the privacy of my house. One day I’ll venture out into the daylight – but probably not one day soon:)

Anyway, here are my 4 black and white selfies for this month.

Can’t wait to see what you all came up with!

I’m linking up with In the Picture at Urban Muser – check everyone out through the link below.


In The Picture



Caribbean Cooking {bajan fishcakes}

Here’s another recipe from my Caribbean Cookbook. Enjoy!

Hope you like it!

Skinny(ish) by Summer

While our last Challenge left us all approximately 10lbs lighter, none of us are happy where we are. We all still have some weight left to lose, some more than others (I’m the more:). So we have decided to go another round with the Challenge – hoping to be skinny by summer!

We started back yesterday, and I’m already hating it!!! But I want to get rid of this weight so… no choice really. Here is how this is going to work:

Weekly Weigh Ins

Every week we will weigh in with each other and calculate the points we got for the week based on the following:

4 hours of exercise = 2 pts

Sticking to your calories for the week = 2 pts

Each lb lost = equivalent pts

Mini Skinny Weigh Ins

Every 3 weeks we will tally up the points and declare a winner for that period.

Weigh In #1:  April 16th

Weigh In #2:  May 7th

Weigh In #3:  May 28th

Weigh In #4:  June 18th

With the Final Weigh In: Monday 25th June, 2012

The winner, every 3 weeks, will receive $15US (each month), from the other 2 participants. Every new month, the points will reset.

The overall winner at the end of the 3 months will be determined on June 25th by the % of weight lost.  That person will receive $25US from the other 2 participants.

The penalty for quitting is $25US and eternal shame and mocking from all members of our family (and you know we will!!!)

Good Luck Ladies!

Moving Pictures {will’s laugh}

I missed Scavenger Hunt Sunday yesterday! It’s the first one I’ve missed since I started doing them. But somehow I just couldn’t get myself into it this weekend.

I’ve had an extremely relaxed weekend. The boys had a friend over all day Saturday, so they were occupied and I sat on the couch and read a book… all day long.

Then on Sunday – I worked while Alex took the boys to the park. While I worked I watched a marathon of Sweet Home Alabama. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke… reality TV is my guilty pleasure:) It was a great weekend!

I needed that before getting back on the Weight Loss challenge today.

Anyway, without further adieu – here is my moving picture. It is of my son making his baby cousin laugh:) I love his little teeth, they crack me up!

Can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with! I’m linking up with:

Project 52 {hunger}

I’m assuming that this weeks prompt is because the movie ‘The Hunger Games’ comes out today? My husband and I listened to the audio book over the Christmas break while we were driving all over Canada. It was an interesting series. We both liked it, but I think he liked it even more than I did.

Alex liked it so much, in fact, that he is taking his lunch break from work today and we are going to watch the movie together. I’m excited!

Anyway, back to the picture… I saw this prompt and thought immediately of a picture I took of my youngest about a month ago when we went to an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet restaurant.

He was clearly very Hungry! And tried to get all of the food on his plate in his mouth at once:)

But since this is a phone picture and is an old picture, I decided to go out and look for something else I could take a pretty picture of for this week.

We have had FANTASTIC weather recently! I have been wearing sun-dresses in Canada in MARCH – crazy! So we went out for a nice walk and found these things that look like berries, although I don’t think they are. But what do I know? In Barbados we grow coconuts, bananas and mangos – no berries. I’m just going to go ahead and pretend they are berries for the purpose of this post!

Can’t wait to see everyone else’s interpretations! I’m linking up with:

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Have a great weekend!

Wishing {for a baby}

As I’ve mentioned, we spent March break at the cottage up north. The boys had a blast – they love playing with all of their cousins, especially their 18 month old cousin – William.  When it came time to leave the cottage, this conversation took place:

Xander said, “Mum, can we bring William home with us?”

No hun, we can’t.

Ethan says, “Awww :(

Xander leans down and whispers something in his ear.

Ethan smiles.

I say, “What was that?”

Ethan says, “Xander said don’t worry – that you are going to grow us another one!” (meaning a baby)

To which I reply, “Um – I don’t think so honey.”

Ethan, “Why Mum, cause you growed us already?”

Yeah – that sounds about right to me!

The truth is that I would love another baby. But me being home with the kids means that we are down one income, and kids – well they are expensive:)

So for now I am thrilled with the 2 I have! I really do adore these boys!

But if we hit the lottery one day soon – I’ll have a gaggle!


Who Knew??

For fun, a girlfriend and I decided that we would do a synchronized Swimming class. It started yesterday, and today – I CANNOT MOVE!!!

Who knew I would be this sore!! As I’ve mentioned before, I have recently got back into swimming. I have been doing pretty good at it too! So I never dreamt that Synchro would be a problem for me. But this morning I am hurting from the tip of my toes to the top of my head! Literally!

My lovely husband keeps reminding me, as I complain, that the 2nd day is always the worst for being sore – which means tomorrow is going to be a fabulous day!

Oh well – it was fun! It’s nice to get some exercise in with friends, feels less like exercise that way.

Hopefully I’ll be able to move my arms to post tomorrow:)

See ya!

Moving Pictures {boys colouring the driveway}

I am so sorry to be linking up so late this week!! Yesterday I was busy all day running errands and taking my drivers test.

Yes – you heard correctly. At 35 years old – I took my driver’s test today for the 4th time!

I got my license in Barbados when I was 16. Then, to get a US driver’s license in the states while I was at University, I had to take another test there. Fast forward 15 years and we moved to Canada.

Canada has what’s called a ‘graduated’ licensing program. There are 3 phases to this license. It is done mainly to keep a closer eyes on teens getting their license. If you move here from another country and have had your license for a significant number of time – you can automatically skip the first 2 phases and get the last license.

So I took the drivers test when we first moved here, and after the test was done – I realised that I had taken the WRONG test. So I got the 2nd phase license. The only real difference with this license is that you are not allowed to have ANY alcohol in your system when driving. I’m not much of a drinker (at this stage of my life:) so this wasn’t a big deal to me.

Taking tests of any kind makes me SOOOO nervous for some reason!! So I stayed with the license I had. But that is about to expire and you are not allowed to renew that one. You have to take and pass the next road test to get your full license. So I did that yesterday – and passed!! I am unreasonably excited about this:)

Anyway – onto the moving picture… it was lovely outside today and the boys spent the afternoon drawing with chalk on the driveway. I didn’t use a tripod, again – but I really need to do that!! I think it will make a big difference.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else did! I’m linking up with Georgia, see the link below!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday #7

Have I mentioned how much I love these Scavenger Hunts??? Well, I DO!

I also love trying to tie all of the pictures together. A few weeks ago I did all of my pictures on Swimming. This week I am going to use all pictures taken from our time up north at the Cottage over March Break. I am very excited!

This weeks SH items are:

  • Vintage
  • Word or Quote
  • Nature’s Own
  • People
  • Photographer’s Choice
This is a ‘vintage’ wood burning pizza oven outside the Cottage. Alex’s cousin makes THE BEST Napoletana pizzas. It is one of my favourite thing about going to the cottage! The day this picture was taken was very cold, so I took it from inside – notice the reflection of the window over the fire wood?
Word or Quote
This is a bit of a stretch, but since I am trying to get all of the pictures from the cottage… this is the only picture I had of any words. We came across this sign on a hike by the rapids nearby.
Nature’s Own
I had quite a few pictures to choose from for this prompt, but my hubby thought this one was the coolest.
My boys and their cousins. Watching them all play together is one of the great joys of my life. When they are not fighting, that is:)
Photographer’s Choice
I have seen many ‘Sunburst’ pictures, but have NO idea how to take one. That didn’t stop me from trying! Unfortunately, I didn’t do it right – but I like the result anyway. Has a bit of a dreamy quality to it, I think.
Happy Hunting everyone! I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with today!
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