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Lee Currie
mother | friend | writer | photographer | observer | listener | entrepreneur | introvert | artist | designer | storyteller | explorer | volunteer | cheerleader | foodie | investor | researcher | optimist | curator
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enjoying our first sunset of the holiday. photo courtesy of chloé. hello world. things have truly gone mad. this is the perfect week to escape the crazy of russia, the middle east, of all of it and just listen to the waves and soak up the sun. hello massachusetts. it is a long drive from home to here, but the 90+ minute wait at the queenston/lewiston bridge is well worth it when we arrived 9 hours later. hello sleep. the ocean air is wonderful for many things. i've shut off my alarm. so far i've managed to sleep a full... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Embrace Life
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hello boys. after weeks away my boys are home! hello girls. with less absense, the girls too :) hello final exams. grade 12 world history for cole - written in helsinki! grade 10 math for chloé - written in a far less exotic locale. hello baseball. miraculously we are here for a baseball game or two! i double-checked the calendar and it's true :) hello "the good wife". i'm almost caught up - mid-way through season 4! i am so happy i decided against becoming a lawyer. hello market. if anyone knows of anyone looking for a lovely freehold townhouse... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Embrace Life
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hello wait list. so my girl has been accepted at the school she loves. we are collectively holding our breath for someone to drop out so we can get packing and moving! hello pigs and grunts. the people least likely to change/evolve/learn lessons are often the ones most indignant when you suggest that possibility to them. hello honey do boys. holy smokes are austin and cody fabulous! my new front garden looks lovely - and loved. they have done a ton of work and WOW the transformation has been remarkable. hello cozi. i know, i know, google calendar is fabulous... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Embrace Life
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I am forever reading and researching online. I get regular notifications from some of my favourite sites. This week seemed to have more than the usual number of good things, so I thought I'd share them. That and the holidays are in full swing so there really is not an awful lot going on around here! The photo? Just about the only spot in my new yard with no weeds! Click on the photo to get to the Honey Do Boys (Austin & Cody) who will be here for a few days putting things in order! hello reasons why i... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Embrace Life
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So many moving parts this month with activities starting while others were winding down, it was overwhelming and my introvert self just wanted to turtle for a while. Maybe next month? We started with the volleyball banquet, it was eye opening - on so many levels. Bloodwork was re-done and 15 vials should yield some answers, I hope! I drove Chloé to Massachusetts to interview with a prep school. Sixteen hours in the truck for two hours of interview/tour should be sufficient proof that we're serious! The first day of exams was on a Saturday and Cole had two! He... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Embrace Life
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hello skype. it was so nice to hear from cole calling-in from poland! i'm looking forward to his next call - from czech republic (prague). hello typography challenge. i have oodles of fonts with fun swishes and swirls and absolutely no idea how to use/get to them! i'm hoping this tutorial will help. hello grade 10 math. chloé starts her summer course this week. hello backyard volleyball. my kids don't often ask for much, but when they all show interest in something i'm happy to get it. in this instance it is an outdoor volleyball court. i expect it will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Embrace Life
LOVED this post. I am a big fan of the big zippy bags, too! We just used quite a few and they were great - especially for the kids moving the contents of their desks and night stands. Though we only just moved a few blocks this time around, it will be in 2-stages so lots of moving parts! Good luck and have fun :)
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this is the face of my baby, my introvert, my social animal. what? social animal? yes. i am still suffering from the shock of it all! hello summer solstice. the longest day of the year was jam-packed with activity. everyone was happy to welcome the new season! hello packing. cole is off to eastern europe to get his world history credit over the summer. caden is off to muskoka with a buddy. crazy diverse clothing choices. i do hope i manage to keep the suitcases straight! hello type experiment. i love this idea! i wonder what the final font will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Embrace Life
Thanks Bettina, it's been a fun first few days, that's for sure :)
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I can't believe you're moving again! Holy smokes. You've got me beat by a dozen or so. Where are you off to this time? You'll make it look easy, of that I'm sure :) Good luck!
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I'm very optimistic :)
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Some day you'll have to explain all of that number stuff to me :) Come for a visit and you can tell me over tea - or wine!
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Thanks, Gail!
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the we've just moved - again - edition dateline: oakville, ontario, canada @ 11:18pm on 18 june 2014 weather outside: a clammy 21C - yes, humid! mood inside: exhausted yet open and optimistic drinking a glass of very cold sauvignon blanc - out of a red solo cup as the kitchen is still intact at the old house and i am at the one with internet! eating on the fly. trying to make good choices! the problem is the club makes the best french fries. embracing change - and the dust that comes with it. enjoying the first page of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Embrace Life
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beauty is everywhere. in front of what appears to be a ready-to-be-condemned building, each spring a dozen or so stunning poppies grow for a few weeks. i wanted to make sure to capture some photos this year. lovely. hello perspective. i enjoy perspectives of people who have a different life experience than me. a navy seal? he definitely falls into that category! his ten life lessons are really smart. hello vessyl. how i love this idea! imagine knowing exactly what is in your cup. hello clean routine. a lot of "routines" don't fit my life but i did find this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Embrace Life
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52 LISTS | Week Nine | list the places you want to go Graduations of all of my children from university - or learning institution of their choice . pottery classes to experiment with making the art that lives in my head . to Newfoundland - with my camera - to watch icebergs float by and eat fresh seafood and listen to the lilt of the Newfie voices enthralled in storytelling . to restaurants - new and old - to review for fun . for a walk, every day, at least 10,000 steps . on a photo-safari to South Africa... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Embrace Life
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Words are powerful things. I am becoming more mindful of how my words effect me and those around me. Surrounded each day by four teenagers, I often have to pause and take my time to construct, carefully, exactly what I say. I love words. All words. Or so I thought. Over the past few months, I have realized there are a handful of words that bring with them unkind, negative or judgmental connotations. With their simple elimination have added vastly to constructive conversation in my home. Those words include: WHATEVER is so passive-aggressive it makes my teeth grit and brain... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Embrace Life
So exciting, congratulations! We move into our new place on June 18th and I can't wait for the fun (and hard work) of it all! Enjoy your new adventure :D
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2014 on On selling Lee Avenue at Life on Lee Avenue
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Now that the weather is improving and morning is more welcome, I've realized I want to savour the start of my day rather than continue with the frantic jump out of bed at the sound of the alarm slapping my clock, setting up the coffee maker (I had not yet mastered the automatic setting), jockeying of cars to take kids to school, a quick shower and then drive to the school and back with green juice in hand. Just when I was forming my desire, I realized I wasn't the only one as I read this article which confirmed exactly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Embrace Life
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after a long drive she was ready and eager for her early morning interview! hello exams. cole has seven exams in three days. crazy. he's been studying like mad. two down over the weekend. hello presentation of learning. in lieu of exams, the middle school will be doing some kind of new testing of ability. who knows! the process changes every single year. at least it's only two days and then caden is d.o.n.e. hello ascent. another non-exam form of testing which teams up the kids in upper school. i suppose all i can do is cross my fingers that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Embrace Life
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It was the last day of school around here yesterday - and Chloé and I are on our road trip! After a very long winter and extended spring, summer feels like it is almost here. We just have exams, ASCENT and POL's (presentation of learning) academic evaluations to complete and then after Closing Ceremonies summer will start! The other day I saw that someone had visited my Summer Manifesto post from last year and I realized time was ticking and I wanted to do it again this year! I do like the idea of setting forth an intention. A manifesto.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Embrace Life
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the weather has improved so much it's patio weather! hello blog. i've been absent for a couple of reasons: troubles with typepad and trouble finding the time. i miss it and plan on making it a priority once things settle a bit. for now it'll be more "hello monday" posts. hello june. hard to believe half of 2014 has been lived! wow. staying active every day certainly has time pass quickly! hello last week of school. blink. hello exam review days. time to stock the fridge, change all social media passwords and remember to count to 10 since everyone will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Embrace Life
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Every year for the last decade, May is crazytime: tons of activity for everyone in the family! I'm pretty sure at the beginning of the month I took complete leave of my senses: for many reasons we're now in search of a Havanese puppy. I finished up B-School - and by that I mean barely started, but the course is over! Transcripts have been secured, SSAT test taken and results submitted and essays written - we are prepared and well-armed for new education adventures. I am so incredibly grateful for old friends who have become new friends in a new... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Embrace Life