Cloud 9 -- An Airplane Proposal

Gil Gauthier wanted to do something special when it came time to propose to the love of his life, Linda.  Check out the video to see what he came up with.  And - by the way - she said YES :)


Home, Home On The Range


Stained Glass Secrets
by: Elexis Penner
Home, Home On The Range



Home, Home on the Range…


So I guess I must have blinked.


We spent a few days at my parents’ cabin with our kids – all of them. It was a summer vacation miracle! These times are getting fewer and farther in between. With six schedules it’s getting harder and harder to make time together, and I was so grateful that this worked out.


I remember when we used to come here with our little troupe of four kids, ages six and under. I don’t know how we did it. I’m not sure WHY we did it.


We’d pack enough kid gear for every possible event or mishap. Then we’d spend each day riding herd – trying to make sure no one tripped into the fire, or slipped off the dock, or impaled themselves with roasting sticks. The list of conceivable perils is long when you combine toddlers and cabin life.


There were hours playing lego, building sand castles, and learning survival skills (aka tromping around in the bush). We’d endlessly cast from the dock. If we were lucky we’d catch a few perch. And with four little rods waving around, if we were REALLY lucky, no one got a hook in the eye.


Then we would finally coerce them into their beds and probably stay up half the night with a baby who wouldn’t settle in a strange place. Only to be woken up at the crack of some obscene hour by our eldest – the early-bird. Hardly relaxing. Usually there was more fighting and crying and tantrums than a session of parliament. And the kids were often upset, too.


Once, just as we were packed and ready to go home, we realized the toilet had backed up, and I spent an hour trying to entertain four homesick kids while Bruce spent an hour up to his elbows in... Well suffice to say, it was a pretty crappy (ba-dump-CHAAAA) ending to an already exhausting weekend.


Anyway… I don’t know how we did it, but I do know why. We love our family, and we love making memories.


That part hasn’t changed – but the activities have.


This weekend Bruce and our son, Rory biked (as in, on bicycles) to the lake – 200 kms!! This weekend the boys had a contest to see who could dump me off my air mattress. I won that one – I dumped myself – I will not be overthrown by two punk kids. This weekend everyone slept in – an event that was once just some kind of mythical thing that happened to old people. As in, people in their 40’s.


The kids are older and the tantrums are few. It warms the cockles of me heart to see them watch out for each other’s feelings. Sometimes it involves wrestling and yes, ‘Butt-Face’ can be a term of endearment.


My dad has an extensive collection of old westerns, and we usually end up watching one while we’re there. Maybe that’s why I kept finding myself singing ‘Home On The Range.’


You know, where seldom is heard, a discouraging word….


This is what I shot for this weekend. Six individuals in a small space can be a pile of fun, but it can also get a little squirrely. I made a deliberate effort to avoid any ‘discouraging words’. I did okay. But I can think back to some other cabin weekends that had some really ugly moments.


I sometimes catch myself in the past wishing I had been better at this when the kids were little. I tell myself that if I could go back and do it all over again I would, and I would be WAY better – more patient, loving, always having time. Lighter on the screaming. You know, perfect.


But it’s easy to say this now, with my uninterrupted nights’ sleep, and regular me time. No. Maybe I did the best I could with the sleep I had.


Because we aren’t perfect. And maybe the sooner our kids (and us!) realize that, the better.


To my sleepless friends who are in the thick of the toddler (or teenage) years, remember that line from Cheaper By The Dozen (this is the part of the movie where I go into full-on sobbing…)


“… you taught us that there is no way to be a perfect parent, but a million ways to be a really good one.”

(VIDEO) HOPE Growing Project Volunteer Video Montage

We've been seeing some activity on fields in Southern Manitoba as combines start to take off some winter wheat.  That pace will accelerate quickly and that's also the case with the Canadian Food Grains Bank.  The first field of 2014 special growing projects was combined at Ste Elizabeth near Arnaud. The event was captured on video

(VIDEO) 5th Annual Manitoba Fibreglass and Vintage Camper Rally

We made reference to this past weekend being a "wheels" extrvaganza. A VW rally at Killarney Lake called, Dubs on the Lake attracted some 60 entries, while another car show was held at Plum Coulee's Plum Fest. But what really drew a crowd was the fifth annual Manitoba Fibreglass and Vintage Camper Rally in the campground at St. Malo Provincial Park. On display were all makes of lightweight, fibreglass trailers with the most attention created by Bolers created here in Manitoba in 1968. A brilliant red Boler restored by Jack Klick of Kleefeld, generated a lot of buzz. Restored by Jack and daughter Kelly, the Boler arrived behind a minty 53 Mercury pickup. Jack told Al Friesen how the restored 39 year old trailer came to be:

Morden Tourism Photo Contest Winners


Morden Tourism Photo Contest Winner -- "The Calm Upon Lake Minnewasta" by David Charriere

The passion for photography has grown in recent years, with photo technology much greater than ever, and the Morden Tourism Marketing Team has been celebrating photography, by taking entries for a year-long Story/Photo Contest.

The competition organizers asked residents to submit a photo along with its corresponding story about their favourite thing to do in Morden. The photos and stories were judged on their relevancy, quality, and unique appeal to Morden’s outstanding tourism and recreational activities. There were 29 qualifying entries.

David Charriere's photo "The Calm Upon Lake Minnewasta" (pictured above) was taken with his Iphone, and came in first place. Here's David's reaction to the win:


2nd place winner: "Bronze & Gold" by Kimberly Striemer

3rd place tie -- "Exploring the Countryside" by Marianne Fenn

3rd place tie -- "Canada Day" by Melanie Goertzen


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