Monday, April 30, 2018

Learning a Little More

For a while I’ve wanted to do a DNA test with Hannah to see if I could find out any new information for her.  I ordered a kit for her and she was excited! 

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I had been concerned about what I would say to her but I need not have been concerned.  She saw the box and exclaimed, ‘I’ve wanted to do this!’  LOL – and we were off!

Part 1 was filling the tube with spit.  LOL – my girl did great!  She was on a mission. Smile

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Afterwards we mixed it up; sealed it up;

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And mailed it off.

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Her results were ready in about 2 weeks and I remember my heart beating quickly as I prepared to open them.  I said a quick prayer as I knew what I read there could change things as we knew them.

In the end the results were wonderful and I learned so much!  Not a huge surprise but I found out that she is 100% Chinese.  What was interesting was to see what parts of Chinese ancestors make up my sweet girl.

The health portion was great as it was a way to find out more about Hannah.  I laughed when it said things like she likely had a Photic Sneeze Reflex.   This means she is likely to sneeze in the sun and she does – just like me – and her Grandma!  LOL!  God gave us all similar traits!

Something new that was recently added (they are constantly updating their website and things tested) and it say she is more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes.  Sadly that’s true. 

Some results were also off by a bit like the one that says she probably has light skin pigmentation.  Umm, nope.  I wouldn’t consider her to be light.

All in all I am so very thankful that we did this!!  As of right now there are 514 other DNA relatives related to Hannah that have also completed the testing.  To date the closest DNA relative to her is a third or fourth cousin but this can change as more people participate. 

For those considering doing this I would highly recommend it!  If you are interested in ordering a kit, please let me know and I’m happy to send a link to you.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Easter 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful 4 days off together during the long Easter weekend.  It’s always such a treat to have 4 days in a row where neither of us has work or school!

As we prepared for Easter, we enjoyed our annual visit to a local market to visit the baby chicks.

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We went to a Steve Green concert.  Oh how I enjoy his concerts.  Such a time of praise and worship!!

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We also prepared for the weekend by decorating eggs.  This year I heard of a new way to decorate them using whipped topping and neon food colouring.  It was a neat way to do them, enjoyable for my creative girl and oh so pretty in the end!

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She left the eggs out for the Easter Bunny.

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Easter morning

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Easter egg hunt at Grandma and Grandpa’s

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It had been a while since my brothers and I had a picture taken together.

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Off to church on Easter Sunday.

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(Starting tomorrow…..Disney posts!!)

Sunday, April 01, 2018

April Adventures 2018

Photo wrap-up of April.

Hannah and I suited up in our Toronto Blue Jays to celebrate the beginning of a new season!

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The children’s choir at church led us in worship one Sunday morning.  (LOL – not sure if they’re serious or scared! Winking smile)

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Piano practice.   Too much piano practice according to Hannah.

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Sometimes Hannah thinks Mommy ‘helps’ a bit too much with her practices.

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After hitting the big 5-0 a couple of years ago the doc was giving me those little kits to take ummm….’samples’ and mail in.  I asked for a new one this year but he had other plans!  ACK!!   The prep….IMG_1546

A great co-worker shared what to expect and honestly it wasn’t bad at all.  Honestly, the worst part of the entire test was the hunger the day before!

Bottom’s up!  Winking smile

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The best part of this entire thing was waking up as they were preparing to roll me out of the procedure room to hear the doctor say, ‘See you in 10 years!’  Yay!  All clear and very thankful as colon cancer runs in my extended family.

Friends came for a visit later in the month and we enjoyed an afternoon with the Harlem Globe Trotters!

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They were saying we were in for a bit of an ice storm but being that it was late in April I was skeptical.  Oops!  I was wrong, wrong, wrong!  I will drive in just about anything but ice scares me so we spent a couple of quiet days at home.  Everything was cancelled, even church for only the 2nd time in 90 years.

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Thankfully we didn’t lose power so we enjoyed extra time together baking and playing games.  It was a treat to spend this extra time together!!

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April is also International day at school for Hannah.  Looking so sweet.  Not sure how long she will want to wear her Chinese dresses to school so cherishing these moments while I have them!

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Although Hannah was still within the requirements of her car seat with the 5 point harness it was time to move her into the same seat in booster style.  One final pic of the 5 point.

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The end of April also brings on the release of Disney’s Free Dining for the fall.   Normally the date of the release gets hinted at but we don’t know what time it will drop.  Since I normally have a number of trips to book for family and friends (and this year for us) this is what my phone looks like the night before the release.  Sleep?  Who needs sleep?  There are Disney trips to book!!

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Thankfully it was all worth it when I saw this over and over again.  Woot, woot, 4 Free Dining trips successfully booked in about 90 minutes.  A good morning’s work…and then it was time to go to my real job for the day! Open-mouthed smile

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By the end of the month we were more than ready to say goodbye to the snow and colder temps.  You know we’re done when you find us shoveling snow onto the road to melt.  Bring on spring!!

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And finally, badminton.  Wonder if I’ll be able to win a game or 2 this year??

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hannah’s 9th Birthday!

Hannah celebrated her 9th birthday late in February!  (No, we are not mentioning or discussing the rumour that she will be in double digits next year!  La la la la la….I can’t hear you!)

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The weekend before her birthday was a weekend of celebrations starting with her birthday party with friends at a local pottery painting store.    Hannah truly does have a wonderful group of friends!  So thankful for these girls!

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Hannah and her cousin Makenna.  They are the best of friends!

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The girls’ creations turned out so well! 

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The party hosts at the pottery place helped Hannah create this beautiful keepsake plate. 

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It has her handprint in the centre and the fingerprints of each of her friends around the outside.  A treasure for sure!

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After we left her birthday party with friends we headed to Grandma and Grandpa’s for a family birthday party.  Mommy totally forgot to take family pictures.  D’oh!!

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The following afternoon we celebrated her 9th birthday with Nana and Papa!

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My sweet 8 yo who would wake up (lol….earlier than I’d anticipated!!) as a 9yo!

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Hannah woke up at 4am and then was too excited to go back to sleep!  What’s one to do when you’re open at 4am on your birthday?  Why, open presents of course!!  Her eyes about popped when I asked her if she wanted to open her presents in the middle of the night!  Smile

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Hannah’s final birthday celebration was supper at her favourite restaurant with Grandma and Grandpa on. her birthday

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Happy 9th Birthday Hannah!  You are loved by so many and are such a blessing to us all!  WE LOVE YOU!!! xoxoxoxo

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