Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remember

I feel very honoured that I was able to go with my dad to the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek, just outside of Amsterdam, last April.

My dad's uncle, A.J. Gee, is buried there. Allan served with the 29th Armd. Reconnaissance Regt., South Alberta Regiment, R.C.A.C. and he died on March 5, 1945.




Here is Allan's grave. When we were there, we were hoping to meet a local woman, about my dad's age (65), who has been tending this grave since she was a little girl. We were disappointed when we were not able to connect with her.


It is pretty overwhelming to walk 
into the cemetery and see so many headstones. 






Thank you to the men and women who have risked their lives for the rest of us. When I hear about other countries around the world that are in constant flux due to war, I feel extremely blessed and overwhelmed with how lucky we are in Canada. I think we take it for granted. I can't imagine waking up every day and being fearful that a bomb could kill me or my loved ones.

Thank you to A.J. Gee, and to my grandfathers, Roger Gee and William McLean.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Out For A Rip...

...aka - our Halloween costumes!

Jeff's sister showed us this funny video while we were in England and we got such a kick out it. Jeff thought we should go as two of the dudes from the vid, so that is what we were dressed up as. We were pleasantly surprised when we walked into the Halloween party and someone immediately recognized us! Right on!



Where's Waldo?


Warning: This video is full of swears!

Halloween

Jeff came home to find Tassie 
posing with the Halloween decorations.

Pumpkin carving time.


Heather's pumpkin

Addie's pumpkin

Lauchy's pumpkin

The girls chose their costumes and we helped Lauchy with his.

The Evil Fairy


The Fashion Designer





The kids were not impressed with the candy they got in England last year. They were out for almost 2 hours to get all of this candy! There is quite a difference between what they collected last year and what they got this year.

Another Weekend Away

October was busy! Jeff was away for a weekend, I was away for a weekend, and then we had two trips away as a family. We went to beautiful Bayfield a few weekends ago.

The kids worked hard to rake these leaves into...

...this huge pile!


In they go!

Spot 6 kids.



A walk in the woods...






On the way home from Bayfield 
we stopped to choose our pumpkins.

Creepy Jeff!

Children of the corn


A Weekend Away

I was lucky enough to get away for a weekend with a group of fabulous women. We stayed in a "cottage" on Lake Huron. It was huge and gorgeous!

Here are a few snaps from the weekend:



The back of the cottage. The lake is behind me.







The front of the cottage.