Its all Happening!!!!

This week is just going to kick ass!  It started off with me scoring 98% on a test I had to write for work.  Total weight off of my shoulders.  Tomorrow Matt and I are going to see Belle and Sebastian at Massey Hall.  I bought the tickets as a Christmas gift for Matt.  It seemed to take forever for the day to come but it finally has.
If a concert wasn’t enough its also a short work week thanks to Easter….oh yeah and the weekend is going to be filled with good food, chocolate, friends and family!  EEEeeee!  I’m so excited!
I’m also grateful for all this fun, it helps the time pass….cause OMG….I can’t even type the words without freaking out!  My BFF and I are getting out of the poop weather here in Ontario and heading out for a week of Sun, fun, Sand, Relaxing, Bonding, and Reading in the Dominican!
This girl has been my best friend since high school.  Unfortunately she is a 5 hour drive away from me, so this trip really means the world to me!  Its an entire week of hanging with my girl, with no worries about what to make for dinner, alarm clocks, and appointments.  Its a week just for us!  I honestly have the best family for being supportive and encouraging me to go.  Matt’s doing something for me that I’m not sure that I could do in return.  I’m so in love with this guy its crazy!  Its going to be hard to be away from him for a week.  He really has no idea the extent to what he has given me.   The best part of being a part is coming together again.  Just as much as I am looking forward to my trip, I am looking forward to coming home to Matt and the Kids!

Happy Easter to everyone!
Enjoy your families and the long weekend!

Leslie
xoxo

I'm one lucky girl!

I’m one lucky girl!

We’re in it together…all In!!!!

Its your neighbor, it’s your friend, your mother, your teacher, the crossing guard, the waitress at your fav greasy spoon, your friends friend, its the person you smile at when passing on the sidewalk, it could be you!  In this case its my sons fellow classmate, friend, and teammate.  Only its not just him.  Its his entire family who is your friend, your neighbor, your teacher, you best friend, your university study buddy and the cute guy that you wish had a locker beside you at the local high school.  You see the Schonewille’s are in this together.  It is not up to just one of them to beat cancer but all of them….for that matter all of us!

Cancer is this horrible thing that somehow brings out the best in us.  It turns a store owner into an angel for jumping into action to help a friend without having to think about it for even a second.  It makes the janitor at McMaster a smile maker by using his magic to entertain.  It makes the friend you haven’t spoken to in while know that you are still there whenever you need them.  The mom becomes the healer but really hasn’t she always been!  Only this time its different because she is also the soldier who will  stand beside you through it all, and it is impossible to let her down because she loves you!  It turns a shaved head into a badge of honor.  It brings courage when you thought you had none left.

Two days ago the kids of Steele Street School came together and stood in support of their friend.  20 kids shaved their heads but all of the kids became an active member in Isaac’s Army and by doing so they have brought an entire community to the fight.  My guess is that Cancer has never regretted messing with such a strong army of people.  Its not just on one person, its on all of us.  No one stands alone here!

Really cancer didn’t bring the community together the Schonewille’s did because they are your, friends, your teacher, your neighbor, the person in line beside you at the grocery store, your team mate that passes the puck to you in hockey, the cute guy that has class with you and the pretty blond walking across campus.

If you are feeling inclined please click the link to make a donation to Isaac’s Army.  Just know that positive thoughts, and smiles will also get you into the army!
http://www.gofundme.com/lp5jdc

I believe that Isaac’s Army bracelets can still be bought at Grants on West Street, Port Colborne for $2.00

I am so proud to be a part of such a great community!

Leslie
xo

Isaac's Army!

Its a Wrap

I’m really not one to reflect on the past.  I tend to just look ahead to the next thing.  Sometimes I consider this trait a fault and other times a gift.  Being that this is the first day of a new year I do feel slightly obligated to talk about the future thankfully I’m excited for the next 364 days of tomorrows.

In order to talk about the future I do need to bring up the past.  Not the long ago past but the past few months.  Many of you that read my lil old blog know that I fell in love with wakeboarding this summer thanks to Boarder Pass and the great, inspiring girls of “Fearless Females”!  Once the lake got to cold to play in I found myself dreaming of wakeboarding.  I had these grand ideas that I would lose a ton of weight over the winter to be in better shape for the next season of wakeboarding.  The thing is I was in a total slump.  I went from feeling like I was part of something to feeling lonely and bored.  Realizing that this was the beginning of a very sad winter full of self loathing I decided to beg for two things for Christmas.  I’m not very good about putting myself first, which is part of what makes me a good mom but also isn’t awesome for my well being.  So this is why I decided to beg for two things that I would love to own but would have never bought for myself.

Item #1  a SNOWBOARD  I begged my husband for this.  Every time he asked me what I wanted I said a snowboard.  I only had two requirements.  It had to be pretty and the right size for me.

Item #2 a pair of Hiking Boots.  Good hiking boots.  This I dropped hints to my parents weekly.  I didn’t really care what make they were or where the came from so long as they fit and they felt good to walk in.

Being that I have an amazing husband and parents who love to go for hikes I found both gifts under the Christmas tree!

There was only one reason I wanted these two gifts so badly.  To change my life.  No big deal and maybe too much pressure to put on myself, but what the hell!!!

The snowboard gets me back on a board while I wait to get back into the water.  We don’t have lots of money to spend on lift tickets but it will give me something to look forward to and a reason to consider making healthier choices.  I skied when I was a kid but have never been on a snowboard ever.  Hoping to give it a try next week….weather permitting.

The hiking boots…..well those are all about making healthy choices, about getting outside and enjoying nature.  I got a gift certificate to Mountain Equipment Co-op.  On Tuesday Matt, Tristan and I went to Burlington and hit up MEC.  Love this store so much.  Everything I look at just screams possibilities.  I found the perfect pair of boots.  I took those boots for a hike the next day around the quarry with Tristan and the dogs.

I have this grand idea that these two items will begin to change my life.  A life where I start to question what goes into my body, where I start to believe that I am worth it, a life where the boots feel better on my feet then the couch does on my ass.

Taking this next year one day at a time and not focusing on my failures but celebrating my attempts is how I’m going to live for the next 365 days.  I’ll be looking for reasons to be happy in the moment that I am in.  I’m going to do my best to stop adding salt to my food and choosing anything to drink other than pop.

My hope for everyone is that you find contentment with just being.  That you try new things and care for others.  Also, that you remember to care for our planet and the animals that we share it with and make choices with these two things in mind.

Happy New Year!!!

Leslie
xoxo

These Boots Were Made For Hiking!

These Boots Were Made For Hiking!

…….and there’s nobody here but you my dear

Just over a week ago while I was waking up from an awesome sleep, Matt turned to me with his sleepy eyes and asked if I would be in a music video with him.  First things first I love to bust a move.  I’m not an awesome dancer but I like to dance.  The video was being shoot in Toronto for one of Matt’s favorite bands “Belle and Sebastian”.  Matt was so excited that he was chosen to go and film.  I on the other hand had to work on one of the 2 days that they would be filming so I didn’t apply for the video.  As it was looking Matt would have to do this on his own.

My Matt doesn’t like to dance but loves music.  Music is totally a part of who he is.  If you know Matt and I, you know that we do pretty much everything together.  Being that I had to to work on Saturday which was the first day of the shoot Matt would be on his own.  This would be his first time driving to Toronto and dancing without me.  I thought that it was so awesome that he had the courage to just go for it.  It didn’t happen without some gentle pushing but he did it.  After shooting for 9 hours and driving for 4 hours he made it home.  All happy and excited and wishing that I would join him for the second day of shooting.

It didn’t take much to convince me to join him.  The thought of spending a day dancing with my husband sounded perfect.  Then I remembered that there would be cameras….I like to be behind the camera not a big fan of being in front of it.  So I was a little freaked out…..until they yelled “PLAY BACK!”  That’s when the music would start.  It instantly changed everyone’s mood on set.  It was when the work ended and the fun began only the fun was really the work.  I danced and laughed with my husband for 9 hours that day.  He looked at me like I was the most beautiful girl in the room.  We danced, we drank beer from empty bottles and we laughed.  We got to be a part of something.  We got to make friends with people that otherwise would have been strangers.  The one thing the entire group of us had in common was the love of music and the willingness to just let loose, to just be in the moment even when the moment only lasted 30 sec and had to be done over and over.

Once it was all over the room went dark and still there was no more “play back” we all left the shoot going in different directions but knowing that we all, now, having something in common.  That one Day where we danced like it was our own private dance party with the best strangers ever!!  We gave it everything cause we didn’t know when we would hear that song again.

Such a great memory day!

Leslie

 

One of the cameras they were shooting with

One of the cameras they were shooting with