Category Archives: Mom Halk

Westie in 4 Generation pic

Weston with great grandma and grandpa Halk.

Westie with great aunt Theresa, and great uncle Jamie.

I am with my dad and all of my siblings, except Mary, so her son Andrew is in the photo right behind Weston.


More family photos in Canada

Weston with great aunt Theresa, uncle Jamie

Great grandpa and grandma Halk, cousin Andrew, uncle Jamie, aunt Theresa

With mom

Hanging out with Riley, mommy’s cousin’s son who is 6 weeks younger than Weston.



Westie trying a wrestling move.


Westie in the Great White North

Weston, Laura and I are visiting grandpa and grandma Halk.

He saw what an old phone looks like.

Cheap entertainment/ Canadian toys :)

He is enjoying Aunt Theresa.

He is having fun with Aunt Pattie.


Time to go home

Matt and I flew home last week, to visit mom and dad since they are getting old.
We had a fun time visiting with lots of relatives.

Mom got her Mother’s Day gift early since we were there.

We were able to visit Theresa at school which was nice to see.

Mom had a great time sharing family history with Andrew, Jamie and Matt.

Matt and I had a chance to visit with Jamie’s cat Ally. I think she was ready to come home with us.

Since there was not a Purdy’s candy store near by we had to stock up with other Canadian chocolate.

I liked this pic of mom with Jamie and Matt.


Baby books

Today when I was looking at baby clothes, I found all these old books. Laura and Trish can divide them up.

The Canadian Mother and Child was my mother’s book when I was born, so it is a few years old.
Now she can learn how to fold a diaper :)

International Woman’s Day

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In Mongolia International Woman’s Day is a official public holiday.

Mongolians celebrates this day within the family. Men give thanks for all women especially for their mother and wife. This day all men cook in their home for women. TV channels show especial programs during this day.
I enjoyed being in Mongolia for the holiday. At our apartment each woman was given a rose. It was taped on our front door.
My rose is still looking nice after a few days.
rose in vase
I would like to wish my dear mother a Happy birthday as it is also on the 8th of March, and a belated birthday wish to my favorite son Matt.
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Letter from mom!

My mom’s letter finally arrived. It took over 2 months to get here, but I am just glad that it arrived.

I am so thankful for the the Internet as I can’t imagine waiting 2 months to see pictures of my family.
Thanks mom, for keeping me up to date with family pictures.

Favorite memory

I love getting my old mittens out at Christmas. One of my favorite memories from my childhood.
I think my mom did not have to worry about me losing them, with my name sewn on, and the top of old socks attached to the top to keep them on.

Thanks mom!

Having fun at home

Since getting home I have been keeping busy with my lovely family.
Thanks mom for the early Canadian treats.

I got a fun Christmas pedicure.

Bowser is excited about Christmas also.

Bowser and Peach are getting along great.

We had a great time celebrating my birthday.

Now to get busy with my Christmas cards and shopping.

Trip to Canada

Laura and I had a wonderful time in Canada visiting with family and friends for many special occasions.
Great to see mom on her “smooth ride chair.”


Laura felt like going for a ride.

I enjoyed visiting with my cute little grand niece and nephews.


Also nice to visit with Michelle and Mason.


We had a great time at Dennis and Mellisa’s wedding.


My first time to a Portuguese/Polish wedding.


I was told that the food would be amazing!! After a 6 course meal for dinner the seafood buffet followed at midnight. The lobster, crab, mussels, shrimp, chicken legs, pierogi, fresh fruit, and all the dessert you could imagine.


My mom and dad will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary on June 26th. A mass was said in their honor on Father’s Day. A real celebration to have their 6 children attend.


A lunch to follow with family and friends.

Jamie, Pattie, Joan, Mary, Theresa, Joe

Anna, Donald

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My three sisters and me.


I wish my mom and dad many many more years of happiness.