Be Your Own Adventure

Creating Everyday Adventures


Mawwiage…That Dream Within a Dream

“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam. And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah and evah… So tweasuwe youw wove.” The Impressive Clergyman, Princess Bride

My husband & I just celebrated 13 years of marriage a few weeks ago.  I can hardly believe it’s been that long and at the same time, it seems like we’ve always been together. It’s been a wonderful thing sharing life with my Colin. However, being married ain’t all gum drops and slow dancing! Especially being married to me. There are times when marriage is hard work, there are times when it is boring, there are times when it’s not much fun at all. Nothing has challenged me to grow like being married & I was kicking and screaming a bunch of that time.

My husband and I were friends before we started going out. We had both had previous relationship experiences that made us want to enter into our own relationship with honesty and openness. We have a lot in common, but plenty of differences to keep things interesting. I believe we had a great start to our marriage, but that doesn’t mean it has been easy. We have had some incredible disagreements, arguments, and fights. There have been slammed doors, unkind words, painful silences and I can tell, you the sun has definitely gone down on our anger!

I just said "Yes"! Near Tower Bridge, London

There is also this amazing shared story. The private jokes, the pain that no one knows but us, the secrets we keep for each other, the respect that we have for each other, the love that no one else can match for our sons. There is no doubt that we have seen each other at our worst and we have shared one another’s joys and triumphs.

Lake Victoria, Uganda

In recent years, I have actually felt our relationship deepening and maturing. The greatest contributing factor in that has been learning to communicate. There will always be things that come up that need to be worked through, but I believe that if you learn how to communicate, the battle is mostly won. Styles of communication are unique to every couple, but when you know your own hang ups and your spouse’s quirks, it makes things so much easier.

A few days before our wedding, London

We disagree regularly, but we resolve things so much quicker than we used to. We are able to laugh at ourselves mid-argument (randomly laughing or making fun of each other doesn’t always work, but it will occasionally do the trick!)

My parents have always said that if you are committed to staying married (and we are, for better or for worse, the D word isn’t a part of our vocabulary) then you might as well enjoy it. Be nice, be kind, be polite. Nurture your relationship. The boys see us disagree, but they see us resolve those disagreements. They see us laugh (a lot), they see us play, they see us love each other.

We said "I Do"!

I count it a joy and honour to be married to Colin. I’m thankful that we found one another, each thousands of miles from our own countries. Someday soon, I’ll write down our love story – I think it’s a good one.

The Blacketts

I’m looking forward to more adventures, more of everyday life, more growth and more laughter together. I believe that a healthy marriage is the greatest gift we can give to our sons and to ourselves!


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Cardboard Fun on Creative Night

Last night we had a Blackett Creative Night. I try to do this once a week, it doesn’t always happen, but I don’t beat myself up if it doesn’t. When it does, it’s really good. I come up with an activity for the whole family to do that is creative. It might be painting, dancing, making music or some fun craft that I found on my interweb searching.

This week, I came across this idea for a Cut Up Cardboard Sculpture. During the day Jude & I got prepared by drawing shapes on cardboard & cutting them out. I chose not to paint the pieces beforehand because I intended to just spray paint the whole thing when it was done. This didn’t happen, I’ll explain why in a moment.

After dinner we cleared the table & laid out all the pieces and started on a base. We cut slits into the shapes & started fitting them together. We built a fun sculpture & everyone enjoyed it.

Things we learned:

  • Just cutting a slit is okay, but actually cutting out a gap (I just cut a long, narrow triangle) works much better.
  • It’s not going to be a long-lasting, secure structure. This is why I decided not to paint it. It’s pretty precarious & falls apart easily.
  • It was a lot of fun!

An easy, fun activity to do as a family.

They're part of the sculpture too!


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Challenge #4 Passover

It’s Good Friday. I love this Easter season – the idea of Spring, the candy, the eggs, the kid’s excitement, but most especially the reminder of life & resurrection. Tonight, my Mom organised a Passover meal for us. My sister, my Mom & I all prepared various dishes & my Dad led us through the words & ceremony of Passover. Mom had prepared some packets for the kids & they loved participating in the recitations & tasting the different foods. I think we have a new tradition in our family. An amazing opportunity to reflect on freedom from slavery & Jesus’ sacrifice. It was just a great time for our family. My Dad wrote a bit about our celebrations here.

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Busy Day, Comfy Clothes

Super busy day today, so I dressed comfy & casual. I also realised when I took my photos that I have no accessories on today – shocking! I really love this outfit though – so simple & off the charts comfortable. I always love wearing my bright pink flats – so Springy.

I am so excited for this coming Easter weekend. We have a full weekend + of family times & activities. That’s why I am so busy today – preps. Time with family is the best & I have the best family!

I will do a report on my Lent challenges after the Easter Weekend.

Shirt/Dress: Angie
Leggings: Target
Shoes: Dollhouse

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Challenge #4 Pi Day!

March 14 (3-14) is Pi Day! We celebrated Jude’s Pi day when he was 3.14 years old. It was a great day – pie for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Colin taught Jude what Pi means & they had a great time. I’m glad that Pi Day comes around every year.

For Pi Day this year, I made red velvet whoopie pies from a mix I got on clearance after Valentine’s Day. So yummy!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

We had dinner at my Mom & Dad’s house that evening so she & Jude made us a chocolate banana cream pie. Probably my favourite pie ever, and that’s saying a lot because I love pie!

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Since I wasn’t cooking dinner, I didn’t do any kind of meat pies which I love. There’s always next year! (Or next week).

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Challenge #4 Celebrate Interesting Holidays

I love finding weird & wacky or significant holidays to celebrate with my family. I usually use this site to find them. I certainly don’t pick them all, I select the ones that I think would be most interesting & fun for me & my boys.

I’ve already picked the holidays for the rest of 2011 & will report on our activities related to those holidays throughout the year.