14/20 December Blog Challenge: Three Of My Proudest Moments (So Far).

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I’ve been sitting here and thinking about what are three of the proudest moments in my life are. It’s funny how as time goes by, these change. Things become more important, or less important or even forgotten altogether.

My number one proudest moment was mid November 2011. I believe it was the 15th or the 16th… It was the day that I introduced my daughter to my grandpa. I still remember how proud I felt presenting him with my little bundle of joy. Here is a photo of the occasion. This is my grandpa, my mom and of course my daughter.

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Another of my proudest moments is hard to pinpoint. My fiance is in the forces. Due to privacy and media being used to obtain information, I won’t be specific on his rank, position or which branch of the military he belongs to. I can tell you that I am very proud that he has such an important career. Being a “military wife” isn’t always easy or fun… But the future that he is working so hard to provide to our daughter and myself is so amazing… and I mean that in both the sense of providing for his family as well as protecting our country and home.

And finally a third proud moment of mine is probably the time when a few months ago, My daughter and I were sitting at the table eating lunch after she got home from school. Her communication and speech is very delayed, but constantly improving. I never noticed how much until I asked her a question, not expecting much of an answer. She surprised me! I asked her “What did you do at school today?” Usually she would ignore me or just say something random and probably unrelated. This time however she basically went through a timeline of her day telling me that she rode a bike, sang row row row your boat and had a snack of *whatever I sent that day*. I just couldn’t believe my ears! So proud! My girl works so hard everyday and it really shows!

What are your proudest moments?

Mira

13/20 December Blog Challenge: My Fears.

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My fears…

I have many fears. Throughout my life I have been afraid of many things, this or that, it doesn’t really matter anymore.  I have learned that when you become a mother/parent, that those fears you had all start to seem pretty trivial.  Now my fears all seem to revolve around my daughter.

If you are a follower of my blog, you probably already know about my daughter and her genetic disorder. For those of you that are new, My daughter has a rare genetic condition called Prader Willi Syndrome. One of the most dangerous symptoms of her condition centers around eating. Her body doesn’t metabolize food like her typical peers, in fact her body can only handle about 60% of the calories that her peers can. With the slow metabolism there is ( and thankfully this hasn’t kicked in yet for our daughter) also an insatiable hunger that is a main trademark of PWS.  Imagine never feeling full, no matter how much you eat.

The hunger of PWS is the root of many of my fears. I fear that my daughter will never feel full after eating. I fear that this hunger will control her life and she will not be happy. I fear that a remedy will never be found to help her. I fear that the hunger will drive her to be someone that she is not. And I fear, more than anything, that someday… for just one moment my attention won’t be on her, and she will gain unsupervised access to food and in that time she will eat herself to death.

These are horrible things to be afraid of. These are things that no one should have to fear. Food, it is such a complicated topic with PWS…. We need food to live… it’s what sustains us.. gives us life… but for my daughter is the one thing that is also so very dangerous.

I also fear that people will not understand my daughter and the seriousness of her condition. This is why I started my other blog ( Fight the HUNGER) which also has a facebook page. It is my mission to spread awareness for PWS, help fund-raise for research that will hopefully help with the symptoms of PWS and to do anything I can to help my daughter live the best possible life she can while managing her syndrome.

76_French-Emelyn-00052I fear that I will never be able to give her the amazing life she deserves… But I will never stop trying.

whoa these blog posts just got real…

Mira

12/20 December Blog Challenge: The Meaning Behind My Blog Name.

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Pickles are Cucumbers was named because when asked what I should name my blog my fiance said: ” Hey, what about pickles are cucumbers?” and I said ” OK!”

Now, that’s how my blog was named.. but perhaps I should tell you about why my fiance said such a random phrase as pickles are cucumbers.  It all started a few years back when he told me the tale about when he finally realized that pickles were actually cucumbers… He was out with some friends eating and his pickle tasted a bit off… he exclaimed “weird.. this pickles tastes like a cucumber.”  How long ago was this? well… lets just say he was way past the age where he should have realized where little pickles come from… but never the less, he had no clue and was like ” wait, what? pickles are cucumbers?!” I like to tease him about not knowing this little tidbit of information, but then again, I completely understand that if you never thought about it, or have never had to think about it, how would your brain come to the conclusion that two things are actually related.

I am pretty grateful that he has such a funny story, and thus sparking my blogs name… who knows what crazy name I would have otherwise?!

 

Mira

11/20 December Blog Challenge: What Do I Collect?

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Actively, not too much these days. I’ve actually been on a pretty good campaign to downsize… with the exception of water bottles collecting beside my bed… or the collection of chip crumbs under my desk… But I can tell you about the things I have collected in the past.

Notebooks: I have a serious addiction to new and cute notebooks. I have so many my fiance has said I cannot buy anymore until I use the ones I have. Really tho, I only like to write on that first crisp page. SO, currently I am not collecting notebooks because I am not writing in the old ones, however I DO have quite the collection downstairs… like stacks… I can understand where he is coming from.

Fabric: I have a growing collection of fabric as well, and I have not been sewing – Kids take up so much time that by the time you have time to do something… its time for bed or you are too tired and want to go to bed. lol. But I do have a good stash of fabrics, Thanks to my mom! I have to wonder…. really is this my collection or hers? considering every time I visit her, my collection grows and hers dwindles. Ha, I lie, my mom has so much I don’t even put a dent in it!

Maybe I don’t really collect anything anymore? I am collecting the Disney princess precious moment birthday train for my daughter. Each birthday that she has, I get her a new figurine. I’m certain that I like it more than she does. But, I do think she will appreciate it when she is older and possibly even look forward to getting the new ornament. And at my mom’s house.. she does have a box full of Star Trek Action Figures that I collected as a kid… and totally played with every single day. Yah, I was am a nerd… and proud!

What do you collect?

Mira

10/20 December Blog Challenge: An old photo of Me.

Ok, so this post is supposed to be an old photo of me. Which, technically this is true because I am in the photo and it is old.  Almost 23 years old to be exact. I was around 10, my other sister was 8 and this photo is us meeting my new baby sister for the first time.

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Having a baby sister when you are 10 is so much fun. I remember that I always took her to the park, sometimes to play with her, sometimes just so I could show off my baby sister.  I used to get a few bucks allowance back then, and there was a dollar/corner store across the street. I would always spend my money on my little sister. I always bought her a new plastic animal figure any chance I got.  I remember wanting her to be a genius! My other sister and I would always teach her things, usually math. I think we had her knowing her times tables before she hit kindergarten… It was always so much fun teaching her things, and reading to her as a kid. I’m pretty lucky that now I have my own kid that I can read to, and someday help teach math!

I’m sure you all noticed those outfits my sister and I are wearing… yes they are matching! And yes completely dorky…. But, I remember quite liking this outfit… it was like there was a skirt on the bottom of the shirt, and a flowing floral collar… whats not to like?! I was styling. Thanks Mom!

So there you have it, an old photo of me, which includes my two little sisters. 🙂

Mira

9/20 December Blog Challenge: Doodle something… Anything!

So when starting this challenges I had fully intended to actually doodle something or draw something. Now I haven’t had time to doodle…. I have been too busy with my Christmas baking. I have made, 24 butter tarts, 36 cinnamon buns, 70 shortbread cookies and 133 sugar cookies.

Yesterday I spent the morning decorating 60 of those sugar cookies, and I really think it can count towards my drawling/doodling challenge.

Check out the photos below.

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See the evil snowman? I think he is my favourite lol! And there is one in there(middle pic near the bottom) that my 3 year old daughter did. Shh had a lot of fun! They are all super tasty- I know this because I’ve been taste testing them a little bit 😀

Do you think this counts towards the doodle challenge?

Mira

8/20 December Blog Challenge: Where have I traveled.

Traveling. It’s a pretty amazing thing to do. There is so much to see, learn and experience. Its so great in fact that many people list it as one of their life ambitions. I am no different. I love traveling, the excitement of seeing a new place…. or even revisiting somewhere and the price in knowing how to get around. It’s all so amazing and its absolutely wonderful that we live in a day and age where, although not cheap, pretty much anywhere you want to go is a possibility.

I have not done a lot of traveling compared to some people… but I have gone to a few places. 🙂

Countries I have visited

1. Canada – of course I live here… I have been to all but 2 provinces and the territories ( Newfoundland and Manitoba – in case you wanted to know the two i haven’t been to.. yet!)

2. USA – I have mostly been to the border states. Too many to list… Ill have to just add a map!

amChart3. Mexico – Ive been to places right along the border because I used to live in Arizona and you can pretty much toss a rock into Mexico from where I lived. Ive also been to a resort outside of Playa Del Carman. It was pretty awesome swimming in the hot hot ocean water!

4. Europe – I worked on a cruise ship in 2010… so for 4 months we traveled around to Italy, France, Spain, Tunisia and Malta. It was pretty amazing… Also when I was in grade 10 or 11, I traveled to Italy and Greece and visited turkey. And I had an amazing layover in 2010 in Amsterdam. It was so much fun exploring around and getting a quick taste of another country.

 

I would love to travel more places. Some of the places on my list are : Japan, Norway and because I want more beaches and swimming.. places like Dominican, Cuba, Bahamas and Jamaica!… I would also like to travel to outer space…

Where have you traveled or where have you always wanted to go?

 

Mira