The Mighty Icy Chill of Niagara Falls!

This winter has been COLD!  February came in with a vengeance, and we are still in shell shock.  It is now the middle of April and Grant still insists on putting on his down coat, just in case something cold comes our way!

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We have been to Niagara Falls twice, I guess it is a yearly venture.  It is a sad thing really because we live a mere 45 minutes away from pure AWESOMENESS!

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We were told that because of the cold weather, the ice on Niagara was extraordinary.

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So at the beginning of March on a semi warm day of 30 degrees we headed out to this natural wonder and we were not disappointed in the least.

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Niagara Falls is one of those places that to believe something this incredible exists, you just have to see it live.

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It was so spectacular even Zach who is our dare devil made sure no one neared the mighty falls.

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We are so grateful to be able to live this Canadian adventure.

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We even were able to get a Canadian out of this venture as well!

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Who loves me more than words can say!

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Bennett was super aware of the danger of the Falls!
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And to top it all off, we went to our favorite Timmy’s

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Skate the Dream

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would put any of my kids in hockey.  Even in Canada I saw the going rate of what hockey costs, and I thought…um no.  BUT then a miracle happened.  There is a program called Skate the Dream that costs a mere 10 dollars.  For your 10 dollars you get to borrow all the hockey equipment and they clean it for you for the following week.

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The course runs for 9 sessions from January to March, it happens every Monday from 6-8 pm.  Coaches provided, basically the works. So all this combined, I thought…all right all right.  I guess I’ll sign my sweet Zach up for hockey.

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And guess what?  He loved it!  There are so many layers of pads and a helmet that when you fall, it does not hurt.
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I don’t think we have a professional hockey player on our hands.  In fact the first time out on the ice, Grant started crying because Zach kept falling.

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But true to the Zach style that we know and love, he kept trying, and never gave up.

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This program was awesome, I can’t wait to sign up both of my boys next year.  They say if I have one more child, I would have a whole hockey team:)

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The best part was that at the end there was a family skate, and Zach helped his brothers learn the ropes of all that he learned.

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Grant was taking it all in, and sweet Bennett fell once, and all fury broke loose!

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Jamsey boy our Canadian has just barely learned to walk, but maybe I’ll put him in skates next year…

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Now I am starting to understand why hockey is huge in Canada, they make it possible for everyone to play hockey.  There are hockey rinks in backyards, parks, there are hockey nets and sticks everywhere, it is truly a phenomenon.

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Yet another reason why I love Canada, they embrace the culture of coldness and make the most of the crazy cold weather, with Hockey and Tim Hortens of course:)

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Find the people who make you Happy!

My sweet little Zach had a hard day at school yesterday.  His best friend was not there, and his other friend decided not to play with him.  He was left all alone, and he did not know what to do.

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So many emotions ran through my mind as he told me sad stories of being alone, and not being invited to birthday parties.

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As I held my sweet little Zach, I just wanted to him to be all right.  But I was grateful that he told me his struggles, I was grateful that he let me hug him while he was sorting out all these emotions.

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I was not mad at the situation, because this situation will ALWAYS happen during life.  It is crazy how you can relive your childhood all over again and remember the hard times in school that you wish you could forget!

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I prayed to know what I could do to soothe his sweet, tender heart and an idea came to me.  I got the class picture and said, “Look at each of these kids in your class, I will point to them and you tell me what ones make you happy and which ones make you sad.”

There are a total of 19 students including my sweet Zach, there are 10 boys and 9 girls.  Out of all the kids there were only two that made him sad.  I told him to go to the people that make you happy.

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That calmed him down, when he saw that most of he kids in his class made him happy and that only a few made him sad.  He saw other kids that could be his friends and that gave him the courage to try again tomorrow.

I LOVE my Zach, he has a strong sense of right and wrong and will stand up for what is right.  He is kind, quiet, persistent, pure of heart and always ready to flash a beautiful smile that shines from the inside out.

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It is hard to send your kids out in the world, because sometimes the world is not always kind to your priceless treasure.

But no matter where you are in life, there will always be kind people who will make everything better.  Cling to those people, treasure those people, and strive to be someone who makes others happy as well.

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This morning I asked him what his goal was today and he said, “Find the people who make me happy!”

That is right! And remember Zach,

I love you and you are my happiness!

Love always,

Mom