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Sunday, September 20, 2015

How Do You Say Happy Birthday?

Just going through my boxes of old mail and random birthday cards while preparing to pack for a big move! I found a few diaries which I quickly tossed in the garbage or recycle bin, cuz who wants to read old diaries anyway (well not my life anyway). The journal with the most attractive cover of Pablo Picasso Irises caught my eye and I happened to open it up the page about some old friends setting up a surprise birthday party for me!

Coincidentally, tonight is the night before my old friend's birthday who had passed away suddenly on Christmas Eve about five years ago. I don't have too many good friends who have passed away; there are many I've lost touch with. Memories are precious, I feel bad sometimes that I've moved on or life happens and you just forget about something neat that happened, like staring at an old photograph. I just want to remember about him a little bit longer, a friend who helped me pack boxes and move, or listen to me ramble about bad dates or breakups, introduced me to the music of Bon Jovi and the sport of hockey (watching hockey games that is) and hockey pools. A friend who wrote a software program to analyze the players stats from the regular season and choose a purely statistical estimation just for me because I didn`t official watch hockey and I really didn`t know who was who, but I just wanted to be in the hockey pool with the others at work. A friend and mentor who guided me through my first step into a career in the public service in the aerospace industry which I'm not longer a part of, but it lead me to a path I never thought of before. A friend who planned a fantastic surprise birthday party for me, and I wish that I could just do the same for him, or just to say Happy Birthday to him, again.

On a lighter note, here is my entry, word for word because it's fun to play "truth or dare" and read from any page in your dairy!!

dated 8 April
"Trevor and JF threw me a surprise birthday party! They're so smart. They just invited Anny and Alex and I for Chinese food. Trevor had a big box in his hand when I went to pick him up.  Well after we took a few detours to get to the right bridge, we finally found our way. Thx to Anny and Trevor!  JF listens to some pretty serious Rock & Roll.  He's got the ugly Iron Maiden posters everywhere.  Takeout Chinese food was ok.  Hey it was their treat! We watched Women's International Hockey, Canada vs. USA.  Well Canada kicks ass 3 - 2.

And when they brought out the cake, I was so surprised. 24 candles on a black forest cake! Wow. I was so happy!  How did they guess that was my favorite? haha. " happy face icon.

Happy times! Well among the many interesting things we used to talk about, Trevor told me about the Cayman Islands being the place where rich people go because there were no taxes and such. He told me about Lear Jets and navigation and all that.  In fact we completed one year of flight training together because of the nature of our work. All of these are unrelated facts to the uninteresting career of Geomatics Engineers lol. Anyway, that Christmas five years ago when I saw his photo splashed on the news that he was missing, my first thought was that he finally did it! He finally decided to disappear. We had previously read books and randomly talked about how people can disappear... I mean back in the day before the Internet was such a permanent digital record. I really felt deep in my heart, a bit of wishful thinking that he had just slipped away on a private jet, left the world behind and was enjoying an ice cold coffee on the beach somewhere on the other side of the world... But that`s not where they found him.  Regardless, it`s not about how somebody died but how they lived, and the moments with friends that your friends may still remember.  Even the children`s book he gave my baby girl was about the planet earth and navigation and where we are.

I don`t know where you are, but I know you`re in a safe place now, in the arms of Jesus. I creeped your facebook page again like most of your friends might every September or December. I just wanted to let you know that I still remember it`s  your birthday, Happy Birthday Sept 21.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Mission Trip to Guatemala 2015

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I'm going on a mission trip to Guatemala in November this year, in support of the Hogar Luz De Maria orphanage in Antigua, Guatemala. The team will be delivering bunk beds to families in the area and also providing toys (50 dolls, 50 superheroes), books, personal care products, and 100 backpacks filled with school supplies and materials for arts and crafts for the children.
Each of us has committed to personally raising money to fund the programs at the orphanage for this trip and beyond. As well, I have personally committed to bringing 10 of each filled backpacks, dolls and superheros, if you would like to donate for the purchase of these itemsl! Any amount you give from your heart would be so appreciated. Thank you!


The organization is called "For the Love of Mateo" and you can find information about the project at

I feel so blessed to be part of one woman's dream to go back and make this happen for the children in the poorest region where she adopted her son.

Dr Brainy's Spring Break Mission 2015

Once again, the long awaited Spring Break puzzle game at McDonald's! I managed to bring the kids to the Play Place location in time to catch the clues and pick up this year's game board - a playbook! I am immortalizing these posters online because I picked up extra copies of the game and my oldest still has not completed the quest yet. Voila!


Travel to space with Dr. Brainy to help him and his sister decode the message.

Clue #1 Match the Aliens
You've just landed at Commander Brenda Brainy's space lab. Travel to planet Limeturn and solve the puzzle for clue#1 then write the answer below.

hint: six letters

Clue#2 Space Maze
Put on your spacesuit and head over to planet Swirlto and solve the puzzle for clue #2, then write the answer below.
hint: five letters

Clue #3 Connect the Stars
Talk about star power. Hop over to planet Blupitor and solve the puzzle for clue #3. Then write the answer below.
hint: two letters

Clue#4 Milky Way Maze
You've almost solved it! Head over to planet Pars and solve the final puzzle for clue #4, then write the answer below. 
hint: six letters

Now it's time to complete the secret phrase! Arrange the words by clue number below to decode the alien message. 
__ __ __ __ __ __   __ __ __ __ __   __ __   __ __ __ __ __ __ 


Looking for more space-based ideas for Brainy parents? These were printed on the game card.
* Search for the stars with a homemade telescope made out of a paper towel roll
* Create your own galaxy mobile from painted styrofoam balls, a paper plate and strings
* Create an alien hat
* Play a space name game. Start a word with the last letter of the previous word, making sure every word is space related. Like Mars -> Star...