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Vendors We ADORE {A partial list, only} Open this post

Apr 29
2009

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Vendors We ADORE {A partial list, only}

Well, you’ve been asking for it…”Give the people what they want!” <I always say.>   So, without further ado, we’re pleased to provide you with our list of preferred vendors.  This list is based on our own experiences and ongoing feedback from our clients over the years.  We’ve boiled down the criteria to:   Excellent ethics, complete [...]

Well, you’ve been asking for it…”Give the people what they want!” <I always say.>  

So, without further ado, we’re pleased to provide you with our list of preferred vendors.  This list is based on our own experiences and ongoing feedback from our clients over the years.  We’ve boiled down the criteria to:  

  • Excellent ethics, complete professionalism, personal integrity, and total honesty
  • Provide a quality product/service to all brides-to-be at all times
  • Contribute to the wedding industry by continually striving for excellence in customer service

There are two small caveats, however; please bear in mind that we do believe the majority of all wedding vendors in the NorthWestern Ontario area have something special to offer their unique target audiences; which makes sense since every bride has her own distinct style in mind.  This list is simply meant to trumpet those we feel do an absolute stellar job.  

Finally, you will note we have overlooked a few categories as we will not just plunk down the name of a business unless we have also had in-depth experience in dealing with them directly … and with that in mind we’d love your ideas to help us round out the list.  <PS: if you are one of the allied professionals out there reading this list and your name is not on it; please do not be offended.  This is a partial list only.  Part two will be released in the coming month.>

Best Wedding Décor 

Maggie’s Magicals hands down delivers in this department.  She is cutting edge; she knows the trends; she can take your vision and make it a reality.  We have seen her literally transform the plainest of sites to something dreamlike and ethereal.  It is so worthwhile to build into your budget an investment <large or small, she works in all budget ranges> for decorating.  Truly, its the icing on the cake; and your best bet is to leave it to a professional.  

Best Flowers

While there are many very talented and creative florists in Thunder Bay, for their consistently stunning arrangements and high-impact designs The Flower Shed is always top of mind in our book.  There is something very modern and “clean lined” about what they do.  It’s simplicity, really.  Miranda and her team do a stellar job and their service is unbeatable.  We had a wedding in our backyard several years ago and our personal experience was (a) incredible arrangements that “popped”, (b) on-time delivery and (c) so reasonably priced.  

Reception Sites 

For something really special <large or small>: The White Fox Inn.  Lisa Lemarquand has been putting together weddings of all variety for over 13 years and is a true professional.  She has a back-up plan for just about any scenario.  With a stunning backdrop of the NorWester mountains and an idyllic, intimate setting…we’ve seen some memorable events come to life there. The guest rooms are romantic and well-equipped, the food is gourmet, the wine list is top-notch and we’ve already discussed the stunning location itself.

Wedding Planner

Bethanie Foster’s You’re Invited Certified Event Consulting is our number one go-to company when it comes to planning the wedding of your dreams.  Bethanie knows virtually ALL the vendors in town; she can save you time, money and headaches and we’ve seen her in action.  I personally have assisted her with one of her recent weddings and will attest that she literally was the glue holding it all together.  Control freaks need not despair: Bethanie has numerous packages available and will not “take over” unless you say this is what you want.  If only she had been around and also located in Costa Rica when we got married 7 years ago… my stress level the day of would have likely been nil!

Musicians 

This is a tough one as there truly are myriad talented folks in this town.  For our money, the most rockin’ reception band is 21-Gun Fun.  This band is lead by multi-instrumentalist (and über-talented) Danny Johnson and they literally can play ANYTHING.  As a point of interest, just getting in touch with Danny directly can be the most important, educational call you make when it comes to deciding on your musical stylings.  Danny knows everyone in town and if 21-Gun Fun is not up your alley, he will have other ideas for you.  For a smaller affair, your guests might really enjoy the classical sounds of the Women in Black.  

Officiant

There just are not enough superlatives in the English language to express how much we adore Rev. Joyce Hannaford. We’ve done countless weddings she’s presided over; including one in our own family.  It’s because we’ve seen her so frequently that we can honestly attest she approaches each wedding differently; ensuring a ceremony that is meaningful and personal to each couple.  Her words are never canned nor rehearsed.  She takes time to get to know you beforehand, so that she can create a ceremony that is so uniquely intimate and personal.  And we soooooooo appreciate that she does not make jokes.  Honestly, the joking around within the context of a ceremony is completely inappropriate… especially when we know how it can often be insincere and rehearsed <as in, gee… where have we heard this same material before??!> 

Wedding Attire

Our experience both personally and with our brides always comes back to Casabella.  Gerry and his staff make you feel like their most important client.  They give honest feedback throughout the whole trying-on process.  And they have a large and varied selection of top wedding gown designers.  Any Casabella bride we have dealt with has only ever offered up glowing reviews for this boutique shop.

Beauty <Hair & Make-up>

Again a toughie.  We have had nothing but rave reviews in dealing with Casabella, Mirror Mirror, Pneumaticity, Hair Infinity and Michael’s Hair Design.  If any of these are on your calling list you will not be disappointed.  And if you are having your hair professionally done on your wedding day, it only makes sense to go the extra mile and arrange for a make-up artist.  There is a myth out there that this is a luxurious, costly and perhaps unnecessary option.  Au contraire.  We have found that the beauticians at all of the above salons are well worth what they charge and we have never had a bride disappointed.

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August 29, 2009 OPENING Now Available for Wedding Images <still or moving> Open this post

Apr 27
2009

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August 29, 2009 OPENING Now Available for Wedding Images

Hello world.  As it happens, sometimes weddings are postponed.  It turns out that we have had a cancellation this summer, freeing up a premium Saturday in August (the 29th).  If you would like to discuss the possibility of booking with Bliss, or if you know of anyone who has not yet finalized their photographer/cinematographer; drop [...]

Hello world.  As it happens, sometimes weddings are postponed.  It turns out that we have had a cancellation this summer, freeing up a premium Saturday in August (the 29th).  If you would like to discuss the possibility of booking with Bliss, or if you know of anyone who has not yet finalized their photographer/cinematographer; drop us a line and let us know.  

We hate to see a Saturday in the summer sit empty!

<Now available: August 29th, 2009>

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On Bubbles, Septic Fields + Hannah Fever Open this post

Apr 25
2009

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On Bubbles, Septic Fields + Hannah Fever

So today was just about the most incredible day.  It was “mommy/daughter” day <for one half of the Plavins’ daughters, at any rate!> and the countdown had been on all week.  Here’s how it all went down… Piper had come home with a stellar report card just prior to Easter and as was customary in our [...]
Our Hannah-loving, bubble-blowing, inquisitive superstar.

Our Hannah-loving, bubble-blowing, inquisitive superstar.

So today was just about the most incredible day.  It was “mommy/daughter” day <for one half of the Plavins’ daughters, at any rate!> and the countdown had been on all week.  Here’s how it all went down…

Piper had come home with a stellar report card just prior to Easter and as was customary in our home, we always make a slightly big deal out of the success <though not TOO big so as to create an unnecessary sense of entitlement>.  When asked what she wanted more than anything to celebrate her S.K. achievements, it took less than a nano-second before the words “Hannah Montana Movie” left her 5-year old lips.  Alrighty then.  Hannah Montana it was going to be <once the movie was released, we were back in town and all the other stars were aligned!>.

Well today finally rolled around and following the usual Saturday Ballet bandwagon, Piper and I came home to commence with Mommy/Daughter Day:  ”The Hannah Installation.”  But of course it was only 2 pm… what to do… what to do.  I’m not sure I could have planned it any better.  

The sun was warm and inviting and beckoned us outside.  We blew bubbles off the balcony for an hour.  We walked down to our little Horseshoe Lake.  Took note of a happy little duck couple and a few random Canadian geese honking carelessly away.  We talked on the swing out on our lower deck: about birthdays, God, heaven <”mommy are there birthday parties in heaven?”>, pine cones & sap, hornets, Goldie & Oscar <our fish, one of whom sadly went into the septic field this past winter>, dying <”Mommy will I go to the septic field when I die?” “Mommy will I live to be 100?”>, babies, love, playgrounds.  It seemed there was no topic we didn’t flirt with.  

I just loved it.  LOVED it.  Such precious moments and I hope, I pray, it created a lovely little memory for her.  

And then the gong show awoke <Saffron> just in time for us to head out to dinner and the movie.  And what a movie it was.  

Now I will admit that you will frequently find me rolling my eyes when I find the TV tuned, once again, to Hannah Montana. But I gotta say… this was a quality little movie.  I loved it.  LOVED it.  Yes, I, Samantha Plavins, loved the Hannah Montana movie <maybe as much as Piper>. And when it was over and we were giggling our way back to the car, the best part of my day, the absolute icing on the cake was her sweet little hand grabbing mine and her sweet little voice telling me that this was one of the “best days of her life.”

Can a mom ask for anything more?  I’m thinking no.  Thanks, Hannah.  You rock.

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Angela + Jamie (Treasures from Fall 2008) Open this post

Apr 21
2009

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Angela + Jamie (Treasures from Fall 2008)

As we gear up for the 2009 wedding season, we like to reflect back on some of our favourite clients of 2008.  Meet Jamie and Angela, who came to us last winter in search of a photographer that would offer them something out of the ordinary.  They were uninterested in controlled studio shots.  At the [...]

As we gear up for the 2009 wedding season, we like to reflect back on some of our favourite clients of 2008.  Meet Jamie and Angela, who came to us last winter in search of a photographer that would offer them something out of the ordinary.  They were uninterested in controlled studio shots.  At the top of their list were photos that reflected their whimsical, outgoing personalities.  They wanted the definite “wow factor” shots.  (Sounds like a no-brainer, right?  I mean, what bride doesn’t?)

But what was so special in working with them is that they literally were up for anything; including doing their photo session prior to the ceremony at White Water.  Now many traditionalists might suppose this would spoil the drama factor <of not seeing the bride until the proverbial walk down the aisle>, but we captured his first glimpse of her in full wedding attire and his reaction was breathless.  A quiet, intimate moment shared just by the two of them <and us lurking behind the scenes>.  

 

Beautiful Angela on her wedding day.

Beautiful Angela on her wedding day.

 

Reception bound by golf cart: Angela & Jamie at White Water.

Reception bound by golf cart: Angela & Jamie at White Water.

 

Hanging out for photos at a rustic old garage.

Hanging out for photos at a rustic old garage.

Jamie in the foreground with his parents, the Smith's, in the background.

Jamie in the foreground with his parents, the Smith's, in the background.

A walk on the Jackknife Bridge... Her smile says otherwise, but Angela was a bit freaked by this!  What a trooper.

A walk on the Jackknife Bridge... Her smile says otherwise, but Angela was a bit freaked by this! What a trooper.

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Angela strikes a pose and yes, that is a TV she is stepping on.

 

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Spice Up Your Hum-Drum Music Selections Open this post

Apr 18
2009

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Spice Up Your Hum-Drum Music Selections

Hellooooooooo…. Greetings from the Toronto Airport.  Good times, this airport business.    Apologies for being MIA over the past week.  Recent travels found half of the Bliss Team in San Francisco for some R & R with wonderful friends Sara & Chai.  The visit was just what the doctor ordered; you cannot beat friendship therapy and [...]

Hellooooooooo…. Greetings from the Toronto Airport.  Good times, this airport business.   

Apologies for being MIA over the past week.  Recent travels found half of the Bliss Team in San Francisco for some R & R with wonderful friends Sara & Chai.  The visit was just what the doctor ordered; you cannot beat friendship therapy and bonding with some ueber friendly dogs (shout-out to Choco & Schmonzty).  

I’m coming back to TBay with some inspired editing ideas and groovalicious new tunes I thought I’d share.  Music is such a meaningful part of your wedding day; but from time to time we can all find ourselves stuck in a rut choosing from the same old portfolio of standards <case in point, if I EVER hear “I Knew The Bride When She Used to Rock ‘N Roll” at a wedding again it will NEVER be too soon….no offense to the die-hard Nick Lowe fans>.   

So why be normal, I ask?

Here is one new wicked tune I think would be a refreshing addition to any reception.  To listen to the two others I’m currently digging click on our portfolio link.  Of course if you’d rather YouTube them yourself they are ”Say Hey” by Michael Franti & Spearhead (thanks to Sara for sharing this one) and ”Beautiful Life” by Fisher. Enjoy.  

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Seven Years of Wedded Bliss = 2 Kids I Really Miss Open this post

Apr 12
2009

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Seven Years of Wedded Bliss = 2 Kids I Really Miss

Ahoy maties.  Happy Easter to our friends of the Christian faith.  Happy Passover to our Jewish friends.  This post will be full of the usual personal meanderings that have been welling up inside for quite some time; along with some must-mention, newsworthy items related to our little clan. Anniversary Thoughts Today is our Seven Year wedding anniversary [...]
Saffron our mop-top.

Saffron our mop-top.

Ahoy maties.  Happy Easter to our friends of the Christian faith.  Happy Passover to our Jewish friends.  This post will be full of the usual personal meanderings that have been welling up inside for quite some time; along with some must-mention, newsworthy items related to our little clan.

Anniversary Thoughts

Today is our Seven Year wedding anniversary and don’t even ask where I am… (Needless to say it is not in TBay)  On April 12th, 2002, shortly after 5:30 pm, Alvi and I exchanged personally-written wedding vows on an idyllic Costa Rican beach with just immediate family looking on. It was a sweet, heartfelt exchange; illuminated by the setting sun and made all the more special by local children who sat in the sand cheering us on.  Hard to believe it’s been seven years…. I would say that I know not where they have gone but that would be a lie.  I know exactly where they have gone…and I would not have traded them for the world.

Our seven years of togetherness have been filled with the typical ups and downs of newlyweds, but have produced the absolute best parts of our life.  Piper our eldest — she is full of life, comedy, drama, tender kindness and rock solid organizational skills at the tender age of 5; Saffron our new little one — she is full of mischief, stubbornness, laughter, monkey business, all-round cuteness.  And here on this day, when I am far away from the family I am missing these two more than anything.

No Such Thing as Seven-Year Itch

So here’s to the monkeys at the Plavins zoo that keep us on our toes and make us genuinely believe we are rich beyond the stuff money can buy.  And here’s to you, Alvi.  There ain’t no seven year itch happening here… Thanks for putting up with me and my neurotic tendencies.  I scored big time when I happened to <strategically> bump into you at Emma’s wedding. 

You see, folks?  Weddings truly are amazing.  You never know who you might meet…

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Piper the comedian.


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15 Ideas to Make Your Wedding Unique Open this post

Apr 09
2009

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You’ve waited a long time for this blessed day to come about; and you’ve put your dues in.  Sixteen times a bridesmaid.  Twice a “master-of-ceremonies”.  Eight bridal showers hosted.  Countless hours devoted to the success of your best bud’s shag. But now it’s your turn! And one thing that you know for sure, is your wedding will [...]

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You’ve waited a long time for this blessed day to come about; and you’ve put your dues in.  Sixteen times a bridesmaid.  Twice a “master-of-ceremonies”.  Eight bridal showers hosted.  Countless hours devoted to the success of your best bud’s shag.

But now it’s your turn!

And one thing that you know for sure, is your wedding will be unique.  You want it to be outside-the-box; as alternative as you are.  We’ve come across some pretty cool ideas over the years and have been stock-piling them on the side…. now that we’ve got a blog, there’s a forum to share them!  Hope a few of them really turn your crank.

1. Precise ceremony start-time. Create mystery and drama by staging your ceremony at a time that is specific.  It can be as random as 3:21 pm; or as meaningful as the exact time he popped the question.  It will certainly get your guests talking and might ensure those perpetually late buds of yours show up on time!

2. Well-wishes booth. Have your videographer set up a ‘faux’ studio at the reception where guests can drop by and have their well-wishes permanently recorded.  Fair warning: best to do this early in the night!  Although the messages can be far more entertaining as the wine continues to flow…

3. Make a difference. Already have everything you need to set up your home?  No financial concerns? A desire to help others?  Include in your invitation a notice that suggests “in lieu of gifts, we would be thrilled if you made a contribution in our honour to “x” charity.”

4. Love, love the lighting! Talk to your decorator about lighting.  The impact of professional lighting can be intense, dramatic and memorable.  Chances are that a wide spectrum of colours is a possibility, and that extra wash of colour can add a dramatic flare to your event.

5. Creative table naming. Why assign numbers to your tables?  When making seating arrangements, think creatively about each grouping of people and name the table accordingly.  Alternately, if you are hosting a themed event, skip the table numbers and come up with a name that relates directly to your theme.

6. Hand-written notes to Mom & Dad. Write a hand-written thank you note to your parents and leave it on their seats at the ceremony site.  What to say?  It can be anything from a heartfelt thank you for their support over the years to your gratitude for all the values they instilled in you.  They’ll be touched you took the time to put thoughts to paper and the tears will be flowing before you walk down the aisle.

7. Karaoke! Instead of hiring a regular d.j., get interactive with your friends and family…. go for a reception with Karaoke!  This works extremely well and makes for the most memorable of receptions, especially if you’re having a smaller-sized reception (i.e. 80 guests or less).  Trust us on this one.  We know from personal experience.  When looking around, make sure you get someone who is set-up to do both regular d.j.ing and also karaoke.

8. Mix-it-up with a unique cocktail reception. Create a drink menu based upon the familiar “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. Take recommendations from special people involved in the wedding for their favorite old/classic drink, a new/modern drink, a favorite borrowed unique drink recipe, and a blue cocktail.

9. Be kid-friendly. Have a “kids zone” area at your reception… Parents will LOVE this idea.  Stock it up with crayons, colouring books, board games, stuffed animals, barbies, lego, and, if you can swing it, someone you know and trust of baby-sitting age to supervise the whole shebang.

10. Customized wedding CDs. This idea is cumbersome but oh-so-rad…. consider handing out custom-created CDs as wedding favours.  You create your own wedding soundtrack based on music that is meaningful to you, or based on the year you and your sweetheart met, or, based on the year you were born.  With a little bit of time and the help of a graphic artist, this keepsake idea can really hit home and will stir up memories for years to come.

11. Love story movie at the reception. Instead of showing a slideshow of pictures from your childhood, have your videographer help you create a moving piece of footage that explains how your love story evolved.  Get creative; reenact the moment when you first met.

12. Host a Green Wedding. In today’s environmentally concerned society, why not set an example and strive to be earth conscious when making decisions about your big day? From buying conflict-free diamond rings and recycled gold wedding bands to serving locally grown, free-range fare and donning bio-friendly wedding dresses made of 100 percent silk and cottons.  And for sure, skip the expensive printed invites and make use of the internet with a savy e-invite.  There are some terrific wedding sites that allow you to customize your own website free-of-charge.  Have your guests weigh in on decisions along the way, too!

13. Go with a theme wedding. Get your family and friends into the spirit of your union… host a costume masquerade, a wedding with an old-Hollywood glamour theme complete with a band that does the vintage crooner favourites.

14. Arrange for solicited advice. Instead of clinking glasses to get you to kiss during the reception, have your married couple family and friends offer you their advice as you begin your new life together.  Some of them will be itching to pass along the do’s and do nots!

15. Wedding programs with a twist. Create a wedding program that reads like a newsletter.  Include get-to-know the wedding party section, notes about musical selections, readings, and cherished loved ones who are there in spirit.  This is easily achieved by making use of software like Microsoft Publisher, or get a graphic artist involved.

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Why Hotels Rock & Family Reunions are Solid, Dude Open this post

Apr 06
2009

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Ahhhhhhhh crisp white linen sheets. No clutter. Tastefully decorated ensuite. A pool and hot tub just down the hall. A button near the bed, from which an enthusiastic voice promises to deliver whatever sundry items were forgotten at home. S-w-eeeeeeeeeee-t!!!! Leaving Thunder Bay for this little road trip meant saying a [...]

Ahhhhhhhh crisp white linen sheets. No clutter. Tastefully decorated ensuite. A pool and hot tub just down the hall. A button near the bed, from which an enthusiastic voice promises to deliver whatever sundry items were forgotten at home. S-w-eeeeeeeeeee-t!!!!

Leaving Thunder Bay for this little road trip meant saying a sorrowful goodbye to the chaos of our messy house. Poor house. Oh how we will miss you and your dust-bunny vagabonds, lurking about in all the corners these days. Not! Thank GOODNESS we were leaving town because things were getting more than a little out of control. I’m not sure about you; but of all life’s priorities, keeping our home spic-and-span seems to always fall to the wayside.

So we made it to Sudbury, Ontario this past Saturday evening, having risked our lives by opting for the private logging route that promised to shave about an hour off our time. Now when I say “risked”, I’m actually not exaggerating for dramatic effect. I was dozing in and out of consciousness and figured that Alvi would make the best decision when it came to which route to take. And we were warned of the imminent snowstorm that had left about 35 cms of snow in its wake…. completely unplowed territory for the logging route. Talk about white-knuckled. This is a twisty-turvy, single-lane dirt road with nary a cell-phone signal in site. I think I said a total of 10 prayers hoping we would make it the some 80 km to the end. There was one moment where we lost control of the van and amazingly, Alvi was able to regain its traction and we narrowly avoided rolling into the ravine.

The purpose of this little sojourn was actually to celebrate Dad’s (dad-in-law for me) 82nd birthday — there was somewhat of a bash planned, and the whole family would be in town to celebrate. This included Dagmara and John who flew in from Muscat, Oman for the occasion, Inese and Freddy from Hamilton, Laila from Toronto, the Plavins clan from Thunder Bay and various members of the ski-patrol, friends and neighbours who live in the Sudbury region. Mom Irene put together an incredible do, with all the usual trimmings of Thai cuisine, turkey, the incredible Latvian torte she lovingly slaved over (with, might I add, 18-year old jam) and just so much more.

Needless to say we arrived just in time — one hour to spare before the big event. At the last minute, we also made a strategic decision to check into a hotel rather than heading to the happy but overwhelming chaos of First Ave. Piper LOVES hotels, and most importantly, the so-called “trolley” which is inevitably laden with mounds of our paraphenalia and lastly, little Piper. She thinks its a ride and its hysterical to watch how excited she gets by this simple little device.

So we showered up and headed out to see the family. The girls were dressed in their matching Easter dresses and in spite of the bags under their eyes looked absolutely adorable. It didn’t take long for Saffy to get over her shyness and start strutting around like she owned the joint. She is a going concern, that one. It was wonderful to catch up with everyone and as is always the case when with the in-laws, I ate like a queen. Ohhhh the carrot cake. Thanks Inese. It was heaven.

We’ll try to get back into the more ‘client-appropriate’ postings in the next day or so. This is a working holiday, no getting around that!

If you’re reading this and happen to have any drag with the Big Man Upstairs, please order us some spring weather! Please? It’s currently -10 and blizzarding. Oy.

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Freddy Scott & Inese Plavins

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Uncle Johnny (Bondo) with Saffron (nice nose-picking shot, Alvi!)

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Ann Suzuki & Taizo Miake

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Saffy and Opa (Olgerts Plavins, birthday boy... lookin' good for 82!)

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Inese & Dudzi (Dagmara) & our hostess with the mostess, Irene Plavins

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On April fools, sweet additions, and tragic situations Open this post

Apr 01
2009

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Hi there.  How is your April Fools Day going?   If you live under a rock or outside of Northwestern Ontario you might be enjoying some dry, perhaps spring-like weather.  If you hail from this neck o’ the woods, you would agree that Mother Nature has pulled a royal fast one and gotten the better of all [...]

Hi there.  How is your April Fools Day going?
 
If you live under a rock or outside of Northwestern Ontario you might be enjoying some dry, perhaps spring-like weather.  If you hail from this neck o’ the woods, you would agree that Mother Nature has pulled a royal fast one and gotten the better of all of us.  As IF a foot and a half of snow fell last night.  Yup.  God bless our neighbours, the Beck’s, who continue to plow us out storm after storm.  

One sweet turn of events on this kooky day resulted in our dear little Maple.  My sister and brother-in-law who live in Ireland welcomed their first baby into the world, a girl they dubbed ‘Maple Margaret.’  Their namesake was shrouded in mystery throughout the entire pregnancy (driving me, the quintessential control freak crazy!) and when it was revealed today, along with the story behind it, it just made perfect sense.  So now, as the joke has gone, we have in our realm of wee ones, a tree, a spice and a bird (Maple, Saffron and Piper).  What a bunch of hippies we are……… !!  When we’re given clearance to post some pics you can bet that we will.  She’s a real beauty.

Of course our journey is rife with valleys as it is mountains.  The last few days have been painful, stressful and heart-wrenching for some people we love dearly.  Our nature is to question “why”?  Why do bad things happen to such good people?  But this is a futile question with no good answer.  All we can do is try to offer our unconditional love and support in situations like these; say lots of prayers and be ready to help pick up the pieces.  

And so in light of the intense ups and downs of the past 36 hours, I am giving thanks for the most important blessings in our life: two little rugrats whom we can never take for granted.

 

Hanging out in Guatemala (circa January 2009)

Hanging out in Guatemala (circa January 2009)

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