that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.


christmas and new years … in smithers

Ok.. so I am not good at the picture aspect of blogging… so please have patience but I am thrilled to share with you this recap of my holidays… especially since 90% of you all are genetically tied to most of the people in them! xox

Uncle Orv in the barn… I spent an evening wor
king in here with him and Tim. I think I missed my calling.
Sue and Suzanne… New Years

Young Adult Cousin Progressive Dinner… Too Cool

My Volleyball team for the tourney..

Steve, Megan, Me

I was cold.. and Megan was bonding with me.. or something.

Jess Hardy and I out at Driftwood… New Years again.

Jod and I… so good to see it.

Me and Darce.. my favourite SpruceKing

Viv… Suzanne’s Mom!
My Dad and I.. these moments are too few and far between!


Angela and I… New Years, Driftwood

Alfred and I… Evelyn, New Years
Jocelyn (sorta) and Jordie… Evelyn again.

Jod and Jess… he was a hot commodity or something!

Mark Hagen: First Holenstein Christmas. Look at his wife, eh.

Sweet Jayme.. I hope she turns out like me!

Stefanie, Myself, and Auntie Carolene… our hideous volleyball huddle… we were always on the same teams… we always lost.

Stams and Hagens… couldn’t ask for a greater family..

Dan came out with Ang and I… here he is, Mr. Hero.

Here’s the “Craft Kids”… our Moms are all tight and check it out: we turned out tight too!! Except older…

Jody, Kate, Mitch, Jes, Mark, Marli… it had been too long since one of these pictures!

Ang and I… Nana invited us over for lunch with our moms. You can tell how much we LOVED it.

There! I think that’s it thus far!!

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home … and stuff

Apparently we are heading up north BC for Christmas. I don’t have much more to say on the subject other than that… it is exactly one month today until the festivities begin. There is not much more special than the thought of the whole family back in Smithers for the annual Christmas Eve evening with my mom’s family. Or snow, something lacking in the Okanagan Christmasses. I am crossing my fingers inside that my uncle can create the snow maze in his farm fields and Lake Kathlyn’s water is frozen in to a beautiful skating rink. Maybe there will be brunch with the crafts group or salmon patté at Hawse’s. I know Hardy’s will still have a place to lounge (and pie) and the ski hill just might see me on it. And if it’s really cold, I will catch a flick at the Roi and a drink at the Alpenhorn, before bundling up to sled all the way down L’Orsa’s driveway. Hay ride singing Christmas carols? And are we old enough yet for Adult Games Night?

I guess I had a bit to say… but mostly, I can’t wait for a Christmas, finally, at home.