S: Going On A Journey
FC: Going on a Journey... McIntyre Memories
1: The McIntyre's Lisa, Christie, Christa, Mom and Dad! The three of us are married to great men who for some reason put up with all of our "high maintenance" habits...I'm sure they have asked Dad for advice!
2: September 16, 1967 Grandad and Nana (Dad's parents), Dad, Mom, Nanny and Grandad (Mom's parents) | Where it all began!
3: "I can guarantee we'll have good times and I can guarantee that we will face tough times. I guarantee that at some point - one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life, 'cause I know in my heart you're the only one for me." (From the movie Runaway bride)
4: Niagara Falls was a very special place for Mom and Dad!
5: Growing up McIntyre!! Growing up Mom would say "that we were living a Norman Rockwell life" and we never really understood what she meant by that. Looking back perhaps she meant that it was a magical time, the world was simple and growing up in a small town was ideal for learning life's lessons. Who really knows but when we think about Growing up McIntyre, Mom did have some good advice. Don't get me wrong, every family has ups and downs and we were no exception but somehow the good always ended up being so much more than the bad.
6: Christie, Lisa and Christa
7: Christmas Traditions... Mom loved to decorate, bake and entertain. Some of her best holiday treats were "Dominoes" or "Shit on a Stick" as she liked to call it and shortbread cookies. No matter what was happening Mom made sure she put on a great buffet of food ranging from cabbage rolls to shrimp cocktail. When we were young we used to open up 1 gift on Christmas Eve...which was always pj's. We were very fortunate at Christmas. Our Christmas morning consisted of Eggs Benedict, Champagne and Orange Juice and the traditional Beer (clamato if you desire) when the turkey is being stuffed!
8: We knew that Christmas was here when Uncle Bob, Auntie Berta and Cousin Robynne arrived in Stayner!
9: Mom with her Falconer plate. Mom showing Nicole pictures. Christmas on Sunnidale Road.
10: Mom at Christmas | Mom and Santa
11: Christmas By far Christmas was the biggest McIntyre holiday, it was Mom's favorite time of year! Growing up Mom and Dad would take all of us out on a Sunday night to look at the Christmas lights. We grew up knowing that we were very fortunate and we learned that we shouldn't take our situation for granted.
12: Mom made Lisa and Christas' outfits for their wedding's and for Christie's wedding she made Nicole and Jessicas' dresses. | Weddings
15: The Gibsons, The Thompsons and The Hollmanns
16: Some of Mom's Likes! * Figure Skating * Jewellery * Beef Wellington * Neil Diamond * The Food Network * A/E Biography * Big Bertha * Old Christmas Movies * Muffin and Guss
18: Christie - I remember when we would go out for supper and for whatever reason we had to get all dressed. I never really understood why! | Some Memories... | "Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are and the things you never want to lose."
19: I remember long drives to The Comfortable Pew restaurant. I always thought "what a long way to to drive just to have supper"! I remember Mom thinking that she had the patience to teach me how to drive...let's just say that it wasn't long before I was being taught by Dad! When I told Mom that I was pregnant with Nicole, she looked at me with so much excitement. Then she waited until I reacted before she said a word...I look back now and chuckle!
20: Each summer when we were kids, Mom would send us to Arrowhead Ranch. When the day arrived we would go to McDonald's for breakfast and then embark on our long drive to camp. Mom told me that camp was very far away, even though it was in Collingwood!
21: We were in Niagara Falls one summer and we really wanted to go to Marineland (this was not Mom's favorite place)...she told us that it was too far away from where we were staying and we weren't going to be able to go...many years later we realized that Marineland was not far from where we used to stay.
22: I remember when Mom arranged for Brian Orser to speak at my grade 8 graduation! I remember all the fun we had during my skating years!
23: I remember how proud Mom was of me when she watched me perform with Disney on Ice. I remember how creative she was when it came to making my figure skating dresses! I remember Mom and I spending a summer in California for skating!
24: Mom appreciated the fact that Brad was a straight shooter. Mom also loved the fact that Brad has Christie's best interest at heart. | Mom and her Son-in-laws!
25: Mom used to say "I like to cook for an army," one of the things that Mom loved about Mike was that he would help out with the leftovers! Mom also enjoyed taking football with Mike.
26: Mom and Stef shared a love of cooking. Even though Mom liked to be the expert in the kitchen she sometimes took a back seat if Stef was cooking, even though she still threw her two cents in!
27: The Grandchildren | When we were really young and Nana and Poppa had just moved to Barrie, we had a nickname that we used to call Nana and it was "Nana No No". We called her this lovingly because when we would mess things up or touch things in the new house Nana would come up to us and say "No no Nicole" or "No no Jessica". | Nicole
28: Nana loved a good rain storm. One day the rain was coming down hard and Nana wanted to go outside. When she asked us to come outside with her, we hesitated and she told us that " we weren't made of sugar and neither was she" and to prove it we all went outside in the pouring rain and danced and had fun. Nana was right, nobody melted! | Jessica
29: Zack and Emily | Zack and Emily
30: Alexis Wendy Hollmann born February 9/08. Lexi is the grandchild Mom never got to know but she'd be thrilled and honoured to know that she was named after her! She loved all the grandchildren and Lexi certainly is no exception!
31: Our Mom Taught Us... 1. Logic - "Because I said so, that's why". 2. Foresight - "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident". 3. Irony - "Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about". 4. Stamina - " You'll sit there until your supper is gone". 5. Weather - "This room looks like a tornado has gone through it". 6. How to become an adult - "If you don't eat your vegetables you'll never grow up". | Our Mom Taught Us... 1. Logic - "Because I said so, that's why". 2. Foresight - "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident". 3. Irony - "Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about". 4. Stamina - " You'll sit there until your supper is gone". 5. Weather - "This room looks like a tornado has gone through it". 6. How to become an adult - "If you don't eat your vegetables you'll never grow up".
32: 7. Justice - "One day you'll have kids and I hope they turn out just like you". 8. Anticipation - "Just wait until we get home". 9. Receiving - "You're going to get it when we get home". 10. Medical Science - "If you keep crossing your eyes, they are going freeze that way". | 7. Justice - "One day you'll have kids and I hope they turn out just like you". 8. Anticipation - "Just wait until we get home". 9. Receiving - "You're going to get it when we get home". 10. Medical Science - "If you keep crossing your eyes, they are going freeze that way".
33: Some more pictures!
34: Some funny pictures of Mom! She had a great sense of humour!
36: Married for 40 years!
37: About Mom and the lessons she taught! When we think of Mom we think of a strong woman, not in the physical sense but in the emotional sense. She was ethical and possessed a strong moral sense. She derived her ethics from simply caring about people. Mom taught us that it was easy to find the right thing to do as long as we cared about the situation. Through the years she taught us to learn from our mistakes. She taught us to forgive and to be the bigger person. While her life was too short, it was well lived. It was rich and it was full in all of the important ways that a life should be. It's sad that her life was cut short but there is comfort in knowing that her life was not incomplete.
38: Mom had a good life and a good family. She was married for 40 years, she watched her kids grow up to be people she was proud of and she became a grandmother. When her time on earth was done she was able to leave knowing that everyone she loved and cared for were being well taken care of. She taught us how to survive an ordeal such as her passing and told us that "when people die, it's because God needs them more than we do and somehow you just have to be okay with that". She used to say "that if you are sad and missing someone just look up at the sky and the first star you see will be them and then just start talking until your hearts content".
39: Wendy Simpson McIntyre was born on January 24, 1950 and passed away on September 6, 2007