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Visiting Home, Summer 2017

Hello Folks,

So I’ve been playing “catch up” with my blog lately because of how dormant I’ve been the last couple months. I really should have been updating while things were happening, but we’re not all perfect haha. So I mentioned a few posts back that I visited my hometown at the beginning of the summer. I initially went home for my little sister’s high school graduation but a couple months prior we found out our family friends were coming from Louisiana to surprise my mum and to attend the grad. It was a fun week of getting caught up with old friends and celebrating my little sister graduating (with honours I may add, yay Bernece).

After our family friends left to go back to the states I had one weekend left before heading back to Ottawa. My boyfriend Ben did the lovely 6 hour drive north from Ottawa to spend the long weekend at my cottage and meeting my family. We tried to hit up all the tourist destinations in New Liskeard, safe to say they’re few and far between haha. All in all, I think Ben had a fun weekend in my small northern home town.

Here are some photos from my week at home, enjoy!

 

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My little’s graduation

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Three generations of strong women

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Friends from down South celebrating with friends from up North

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Being a tourist having Thornloe Cheese Factory Poutine with Ben

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Ben at my family’s favourite brunch place

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Ben and I out for dinner with my momma at my sister’s work

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Ben and I at the top of the Temagami Tower

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Ben not so secretly freaking out about the height (haha)

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Ben making his way down after I told him the tower has only fallen over ~once~ (it’s never fallen over)

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Ben and I soaking up the sun at my family’s cottage

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The little and I 

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What’s a family vacation if not to make your sibling take photos of you?

Love always,
Kate

It’s A New Year

Hello Folks,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their holidays. I know I have, although they went by way too quickly. I was lucky enough to get a week off work so I headed up north to spend the time with my family. As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s always so lovely to come home and just fall back into old routines.

I had a lovely time just relaxing, eating and spending time with my loved ones and friends that I don’t get the opportunity to see as much any more. My nanny lives in a cottage on a lake, which wasn’t frozen Christmas day (the first time in years!) so me and my sister took the mild weather as an opportunity to have a little photoshoot, and later my mum joined in. Here are some of my favourites.

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My mum mocking how my sister throws her head back in photos haha

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How much does my sister resemble my mum?!

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Unfortunately I had to head home on the 27th, so I didn’t get to spend New Years at home. I still had a lovely evening in the city at my friend Madie’s home, drinking with friends and strangers and eating yummy food cooked up by her talented boyfriend.

My New Year’s resolutions began a couple days early because who needs to a day to signify change? But I do think that making resolutions is a way to better enforce the changes you want to make, so I enjoy making some every year. I’ll share mine just as a way to add more pressure to myself to not give up haha.

My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

1. Become a Minimalist – this is something I’ve been leading up to for quite some time now. I don’t enjoy clutter or useless possessions and I constantly find myself shifting through my belongings and finding reasons to get rid of them. A couple days ago I donated 6 bags of clothing/items and I can’t wait to dig further.

2. Take better care of my body – everyone had the typical “work out, eat better” resolution, and although that is an aspect of my resolution, I also want to work on not tearing myself down, feeling better in my own skin, focus on getting all the vitamins I need without completing cutting out all the snacks I enjoy. Yes I want to work out, but to feel stronger, not look slimmer. This year I want to work on not only the physical aspects of myself, but the internal and psychological as well.

3. Start saving – I am literally the worst with money. I make poor choices with my finances and the rest goes to food and living expenses. I hope that this year I can build up a bit of a savings account, and now that none of my money is going to education I hope this will be a little easier.

4. Take up cross stitching – I’ve enjoyed crafts since I was a youngling (thanks to my creative momma) and I’ve been looking at finding a hobby with some sort of an outcome. I enjoy blogging and playing on Ryan’s DS but they don’t really have a physical outcome that I can look at and think “ya, I did that”. I stumbled across some super neat cross stitching on instagram and pinterest and I instantly knew I wanted to learn. I haven’t felt a real push to get started but as my days become more repetitive I need a hobby to keep myself away from electronics and my brain active.

5. Spend less time on my phone – I try to not be that person who’s always on their phone, especially when I’m out spending time with friends, but when I have nothing to say or I feel as if I can’t contribute to the conversation I have the tendency to whip out my phone to avoid feeling awkward and useless in the conversation. I want to work on feeling comfortable with my silences and become a better listener instead of tuning into my phone.

6. Become a pet owner – Being home for the holidays is the reason this became an official resolution. Everyone in my family has a cat. Seriously, on my mum’s side of the family there is a total of 10 cats, granted 5 of those belong to my Grandma haha. My mum was the anti-pet owner for years until her parter took in a “stray” and she instantly fell for the cat as well. After her partner’s passing we adopted the cat and he’s been a loving member of our family ever since. I swear every time I come home he’s more cuddly and affectionate than the last. He used to sit alone and if you tried to hold him he’d jump away, but now he comes to you and will lie and cuddle with you. A pet is something that loves you unconditionally, never expecting anything in return (expect food haha) but I finally feel at a place in my life that it’s stable enough to welcome a pet into my life. I hope that 2016 can finally be the year.

7. Get a job that makes me happy – Currently I work at McDonald’s, making minimum wage and waking up at 5am. I dislike fast food, I dislike uniforms and I dislike working before the sun has even made an appearance. These are all things I hope to ditch when I get a new job. Working only takes up 40/168 hours I have each week, but I hope that shortly those will be 40 more hours a week that I enjoy.

8. Grow out my nails + eyebrows – although this sounds like a purely ascetic one, and of course it kind of it, it also signifies not stressing as much (because that’s when I chew my nails) and caring less about my overall appearance (constantly taking care of my eyebrows).

9. Gain some confidence + enjoy being me again – this is something I’ve specifically struggled with for a while, although it may not be that obvious from the outside. I guess you could say I’ve been going through a bit of an identity crisis. Or more so, just that I lost touch with the things that made me, “me”. I started forgetting the things I truly enjoyed doing and the things that made me happy. I started focusing too much on the exterior of myself, thinking that if I looked a certain way, feeling that way would follow. And since the exterior of me is either in pyjama’s or a McDonald’s uniform 80% of the time, it was hard to remember who I was anymore. This past year I was far too hard on myself, labeling myself as nothing more than a uni drop out and fast-food worker and not allowing myself to be much more than that. I hope to tap into the internal aspects of myself this year, to focus more on the things people need to learn, instead of the things people can assume from the uniform I wear.

10. Get rid of the toxins in my life and welcome more enhancements – I think that as humans we tend to keep a lot of negative things in our life because we think it’s natural or that it’s too much work to change our habits. For example, toxic people, toxic habits, toxic activities. I’ve managed to cut a lot of these out of my life over the years but there’s still some dragging behind me like a ball and chain. I hope to this year finally rid my life of the lasting toxics to make room for more enhancements. Put time and energy into the people that deserve it, not the people that I feel obligated to. Focus on more positive thoughts and not get bogged down worrying. I hope to make 2016 my most positive and fulfilling year yet.

I hope you all have a lovely year spent however the heck you want.

Love always,
Kate

Holidays & Family

Hello Folks,

In less than one week I’ll be back in my tiny home town with my lovely family. I so desperately wished they lived in a city instead of a small town ages away from everything. I love my family and the older I get the more I wish I could spend time with them. After finishing school I considered moving home to save money and see them more often, but decided against it.

Don’t get me wrong, my home town is beautiful and there’s something about it that makes it special, probably just because it’s always been home, but it’s no place for a young adult. Our population completely lacks 20-30 year olds unless they’ve moved home after school to marry someone else from our small town and start having babies. I’m not kidding, that’s pretty much it. I couldn’t imagine being a single 20-something in New Liskeard, it would pretty much be a lonely nightmare.

It’s sad the older I get the more perspective I gain on everything I took for granted when I was younger and living at home. I left  home when I was 17 (soon to be 18) and I never went back, no summers, nothing. Not everyone has a wonderful family but I am so lucky to have been born into the one I have. We’re small, but a strong support system when support is needed. There’s a 99% chance someone is available to hang out with at any given time and I miss having that, even though it’s something I didn’t take advantage of enough while I was home.

I hope that when I get older and I reach the age of “settling down” that I can at least have my sister and mum by my side. I still remember when my sister told me that she wanted to live in the same city as me when she’s older and I almost cried, and my memory sucks but I still remember it to this day. We didn’t get along much when we were little (I think it mainly stemmed from me looking like the equivalent a piece of straw and her being a little curly headed gum drop), but as we got older we got a lot closer and it sucks not having someone to tell all your boring stories to and get outfit advice on the daily, along with a billion other things.

I love the holidays because I get to go home and see everyone and everything just resumes like I never left. Sure, everyone is a little older and some times things have changed slightly but generally everything is the same. This year my cousin (I have 2 ha) is coming home from Korea for the holidays, which is super exciting as it’s been over two years since I’ve seen him. The numbers in my family are dwindling with everyone growing up and moving away so it’s nice to have anyone we can be home for the holidays haha.

I wish everyone a happy holidays and hope that yours is filled with yummy food, cozy atmosphere’s, time with your lovely families, and I especially hope that you don’t buy anyone a present that they won’t let you live down for years (cough cough mum and the fruit hanger)…

Love always,
Kate

Home Sweet Home

Hello Folks,

Two weeks ago I returned to my home town for the first time in six months. I can’t explain how nice it feels to come back. When I was growing up I despised my tiny little home town in the middle of no where. I hated how everyone knew each other and how closed minded the general population seemed to be. My mum always spoke so highly of our little city and told me I’d miss it once I left and I never thought she’d be right (she is always right). I still don’t think I’d ever settle down here, but I can now appreciate why so many people do return to start a family, etc. Our community has dealt with so many heart aches, but from that we have accomplished so much. This past weekend was The Bikers Reunion, which consists of the main two streets in our town being shut down and filled with chip trucks, bouncy things for the kids, and stands from all the local shops. The fair ground near by is transformed into an area for daring performances, motorcycle equipment for sale, a massive beer tent and of course more food. The weekend is held to raise money for the cancer society. At the end of the weekend there is a Freedom Ride which consists of hundreds of motorcycles riding in memory of someone or just to support the cause, it’s truly something amazing to see. In our tiny community it’s hard to find someone that hasn’t been effected by cancer. Two years ago my mum lost her boyfriend (who was also a biker) to cancer. Ever since I think this event has meant a lot more to me. If you want to learn more about the event you can visit their website: http://www.bikersreunion.ca My two weeks home was filled with time catching up with family and friends, working at my mums shop Armstrong on Whitewood* and going to a lovely conjoint first birthday party for two little cuties. I’m sad to be leaving already but I’ll no doubt be visiting again before the summer is up. Here’s a few photos to sum up my week at home.


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Visiting Grandma


Babies first birthday

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Momma and I


Freedom Ride ft. Momma


Fireworks view from the driveway

Love always,
Kate

*Armstrong on Whitewood Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongOnWhitewood?fref=ts