I almost cried at the sight

It was one of my last days in Newfoundland and I had the opportunity to pick up the youngest one from school while the other kid (a year older) came with me — he was out of school that day.

The school bell rang at 2:45 and my little 5 year old nephew spotted me down the long hallway. After spending hours playing the evening before, and all the days prior he was genuinely thrilled to see me. The look on his face was so priceless that it truly brought tears to my eyes to see how excited he was to see his “Ancy Nancy” picking him up from school.

ruairi stepping on my bootGotta say the little buddy takes after me with his many facial expressions (as he steps on my boot purposely in the above pic lol). When he spotted me waiting in the lobby of the school, his face dropped into a shy but expressive jaw-dropping smile. It was adorable. Once he got close, he starting running to me. I bent down to my knees and gave him a warm bear hug. One of the best moments of my trip.

It’s so bitter sweet. I almost cried at the sight. I’m not a crier. I was ecstatic picking up my nephews from school, but sad in a way that I don’t get to do it more often.taking off ruairis cap

I have to say that is truly one of my favorite things about being home. The joy of picking up my nephews from a full day of school. A school that I went to Jr High (grades 5-8) in, now turned into an elementary school. The hallways back then seemed long, the classrooms seemed extraordinary large. Going back into that same building, with that same foul apple-smell in the hallways (why do all schools SMELL the same?) brought back so many memories of attending that school. Plus omg not to mention — the hallway is SO LITTLE. It’s funny how your perception changes as you grow.

It’s also a little disheartening cute how kids see adults as all the same age. I even went on a FIELD TRIP with my nephew’s 7 year old class. How crazy is that? His mother (my sister-in-law. Duh) attended as well. We the class learned about the weather and had some cool experiments that I gladly participated in. My nephew blurted out a question while we were on the adventure walk with the class “Who is older? YOU or my MOM?” Legitimate question, I understand your concerns kid. But omg there’s a freaking DECADE plus a few more years tacked on between our ages. I suppose he thinks me and my own mother are only 3 years in the difference too. Right?

Either way. Won’t be that log until I’m back again. 7 more weeks til I’m home for Christmas and get to see these sweet faces again.nephews and i smiling

Huge thanks to my Mom for taking all these fantastic candid shots of my nephews and I that day in Bowring Park, St. John’s.

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Highlights of Newfoundland

Photo post overload! I wanted to just invade your blog feed with TONS of fun photos of Newfoundland while I was there over Thanksgiving! Enjoy the post :)

Hanging out with Daddio.IMG-20131018-01657

Going for a cruise with my Dad, again!

My parents fireplace is amazing. IMG-20131019-01678

Trying on hats at Posie Row, downtown. Loved this one, didn’t buy it ($50!)IMG-20131019-01676

Next up, some candid shots that my Mom took of us three in the park. These are my fav!

Took my nephews winter hat off his head just to tease him. Love our expressions! I totally lived in my MPG hoody the entire time. It’s incredibly comfy and definitely durable.IMG_6309

Hanging out in one of the trees talking about poop most likely.IMG_6490

Guys, I used to live in trees in our backyard as a kid. I can’t believe how HARD it is to climb a tree now that I’m “old”! LOLIMG_6482

Having a chat with the little guy. I think this is when he was stuck and I was about to help him get down.IMG_6467

Piggy backs while running are fun for me. Scary for the nephew ;)IMG_6435

Don’t SIT on me, kid!IMG_6418

Pretending to shoot each other. Boys.IMG_6416

Playing tag. I TOTALLY nabbed him. Slow kid ;)IMG_6387

I laughed until I cried when I saw this picture. Here he is hanging on for dear life. IMG_6347

Cracking up at this photo. Caption: “Ancy Nancy I want a turn… is it my turn yet?” as I hog the swing and my nephew tries to catch me. Hah!!!Not yet kid!IMG_6322

I was told before the jump, we all had to hold hands and say “1-2-3 DONKEY KONG”. IMG_6316


My favorite shot of my entire trip. nephews and i smiling

My nephew trying to bother me. Standing on my boots!!!ruairi stepping on my bootHeading back to the car all holding hands. How sweet!!!IMG_6514

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Do you have any nieces or nephews?

How far away do you live from your family?

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Bits of my week

 I feel like all Canadians know when the American Thanksgiving is, but not so much the other way around. I was on a flight back home to Newfoundland for a Thanksgiving break, spending 8 days with my family. On the flight to head home there was a couple of men from the states. The older gentleman sitting next to me asked me where I was from, and why I was heading out east. You betcha I questioned him just as much as he did, me. That’s when I found out he was from North Dakota with a few of his friends, getting ready to go hunting moose in Newfoundland. Fun fact: The Bush Family have been to Newfoundland/Labrador to go fishing and hunting. After we landed in St. John’s I told him Happy Thanksgiving, not necessarily forgetting he was from the states, especially with his accent — he had a confused look on his flight. It’s Thanksgiving in Canada? He asked. Yup, I said with a grin and explained to him that the Canadian thanksgiving happens on the same weekend as Columbus Day in the States. Fun little fact there, for the American readers of spiffykerms ;)

I feel like I’m all sorts of messed up with my posting schedule. I usually like to have blog posts up as early as 6:00am, but lately I’ve been pumping them out during the later part of the evenings. Bare with me as I get back on schedule :)

I went to CrossFit two nights in a row, after taking a three+ week break from it. Why do I do that to myself? All day today I’ve been pushing doors with my body instead of using my arms.

Alfie turns 4 years old today! We’re going to celebrate by taking him for an extra long walk in the park and get him some treats!
I’m surprised at how high functioning I am after 5hrs of sleep last night. I normally require and get double that. Lol. We saw a movie last night. Of course it was the late one, because we’re always busy and head out the door moments after getting home from work. I went to CrossFit last night, making it two days in a row. After a 3 week break, my body is definitely feeling it.

It’s laundry day. I have 3 loads in the wash right now and I forgot to put soap in the first washer with one of those silly tide pods. It’s an apartment style washer so i can’t open it when it’s running. So I had to race back upstairs, get liquid detergent and pour some in after it started. Of course, it’s the more “important” load that needed to be done tonight, for something going on tomorrow. If it’s not clean, I’ll just run it again ($$$) with even more soap. Lol.

I mailed off my friends birthday gift during my lunch break. Her birthday is on Sunday. I hope it gets to her on time!

I also mailed off a dancing Halloween card to my nephews in Newfoundland. Thinking it will definitely get there on time. Unless Canada Post is slow. Which is usually is.

I need to get on the ball and send Leanne the photos of the giveaway prizes I took yesterday morning. We’re doing a collab giveaway on both of our blogs. I don’t want to give anything away yet. But stay tuned!

Oh! Oh. Don’t forget to enter into the Annabelle Cosmetics 24 twistup lipstick crayons giveaway! It’s open to everyone in the USA & Canada until October 29. :)

In the next few days I’ll be compiling a fun little post of some of my Newfoundland vacation highlights for you guys.Here’s a sneak peek. Fun right??nephews and i jumping

What exciting things happened to you today?

How many times a week do you get exercise?

When is the last time you took a vacation?

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