Saturday, May 23, 2015

Visiting my family

I had an opportunity this week to come out and visit my mom. She has been ill and it was nice to come and spend some time with her. I always enjoy the time we spend together, and an added bonus to coming here is that my sister and my mom live in the same city. I get to hang out with her and her family as well and this year the timing was right for me to attend my niece and nephews soccer games! 
After a game earlier this week we were trying to get a photo of all the girls and my nephew was trying to photo bomb us. These two little girls came over from another team - total strangers and not even eight years old - and tried to join in on the photobomb ing. They were jumping up and down in front of my brother in law and not getting into the picture frame so they started throwing their water bottles into the air. We could not stop laughing. Making memories with my family is awesome . 

Tomorrow I leave already - I saw the kids for the last time this afternoon. I will miss them - it's times like these I am reminded of how I wish we lived closer so we could see more of one another as the kids grow up. 

I Love my goofy family. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Our garden plot

We live on six acres so we have enough room for a big garden but have never dug a spot. This year our awesome friend Ben came over and made a place for us so that we can get it started. I'm pretty excited about it - then it snowed.
Mother Nature is not being supportive of my hopes and dreams. 

Alberta Election 2015

Yesterday was a provincial election here in Alberta. I believe in voting and I always vote, but living here in Alberta it has always been a bit of a frustration to go and vote because this province has been known as the most conservative province in the country - AND the Progressive Conservative Party has been in power since 1971.

In the past few months I have been increasingly unhappy with decisions made my premier Jim Prentice. I was not unhappy that he called an early election, and couldn't wait to send a message in my vote that I was unhappy. I was fully expecting that he would still be in power, but hoped that seeing numbers cast against him would be a wake up call to him that all was not well in his world.

One of the problems we have had is a lack of good party leadership (on both a provincial and a federal level) I was thrilled to see Rachel Notley take the helm of the NDP in Alberta. Then in my local riding we had a great woman step forward as the NDP candidate and I had hope that people would vote her in because of who she is and what she has done in the community and maybe forget about party lines!

I am happy to report this morning that last night history was made in Alberta. Not only do the NDP have a majority vote, there was more women voted into positions than in any election in the history of Canada! I think that is awesome. it has been 44 years since anyone but the conservatives have had power in Alberta. I have great hope for the future - but I would be lying if I said I wasn't holding my breath a bit.

 Politics is a scary thing and a lot can go wrong!

Please Rachel - don't let me down.