Happy New Year For 2020!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our home to yours!

We rang out the old year, old decade even, at the tenth edition of our Dutch New Year’s Eve Party!

In the second year that we celebrated the end-of-year here in Canada, we started our series of Dutch New Year’s Eve Parties. … » full post and pics!

Books I Read In 2019

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Earth's Children books by Jean M Auel

And 2018. And a bit of 2017 as well. Since I haven’t posted about books I read before, I figured I’d include all that I have on my tiny list since I started it in 2017 🙂

So my friend Kristin’s brother Tom inspired me a few years ago to … » full post and pics!

Christmas Tradition

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Christmas at the Stephensons, Ken is in the pic too (his arm)

When we talk about a tradition it is implied that it is a habit that is supposed to stay the same over the years. But we do adapt traditions over time, we mold them to our changing lives, circumstances and wishes. And some get dropped… while at other times we » full post and pics!

Chocolate Mousse

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chocolate mousse with whipped cream

One of my family’s Christmas traditions was making chocolate mousse, or “heavenly mud” as it’s often called. My mom always made it seem so hard to do. After my mom passed away, my dad and I started to make it ourselves. And then we realized it’s actually pretty easy! My … » full post and pics!

A New Dawn

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a new dawn

Good morning from my temp office in the living room while my home office is still under construction! It’s been a while as my office job kept me busier than I wanted, after 11+ years of being a casual, organizational changes sort of forced me to go full time. Well … » full post and pics!

New Fence!

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caps on the fence posts

Back yard updates… two elm trees had to be removed and the Northern Tree guys were able to come in with their truck to make the job easier. It was fascinating to watch how quickly they dismantle and remove that humongous beast that hung over roofs and power lines! Then … » full post and pics!

Last Day At Work

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Last day at Empower! Surreal to quit the job after 11.5 years! Thanks for all the friendship, leadership, support and fun ❤ PADM rocks!! 🤘
Fun last day with Tim Hortons coffee, Timbits, Dutch stroopwafels, lunch with Tyler T and Marga (forgot to take pic), cake and many selfies 😂… » full post and pics!