Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Last night of 2008

They say time flies when you are having fun, but man it's crazy!

Tonight, being New Year's Eve, is the last night of 2008. Threepeat's second New Year's Eve, Boy Oneder's 12th and Middleman's 9th. Wow. My 39th! Ugh.

We have decided that this year, we are going to stay home...just the five of us (MIL is going to her sister's house). We will eat our supper on the familyroom floor and watch movies together. Boy Oneder and Middleman will have no problem staying up until midnight...in fact, they will probably put US to bed. Threepeat, I figure, will make it till about 10:00. Maybe we will then play a few board games with the older boys.

There are so many choices when it comes to New Year's Eve...we can go to downtown Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square (with about 1 million other revellers) but when we did that one year, we were cold and nearly got trampled by the hoards of people. We could go to a hall and be squished in like sardines, only to eat cold food and be surrounded by strangers that have all paid hundreds of dollars to attend. We could go to a friend's house, which is always fun, but transferring Threepeat from the friend's house to the cold car and then from the warm car to our house is too much to even consider.

So, we will stay home in our warm jammies and do family stuff.

2008 was a mixed year for us:

We started off the year with me returning to work a little early from maternity leave in January.

In February, we had an AMAZING trip to Florida with BIL and the girls and my Mom. We visited all of the Disney Parks and made lifelong memories.

March was a sad month that ended on a (short-lived) high note. I went home to England to say good-bye to Nanny B who had been diagnosed with lung cancer. I went for 4 days and just as I was leaving for the bus station, the phone rang and it was her cancer nurse, advising that she didn't have lung cancer afterall.

April was Threepeat's first birthday. We celebrated a year with a little boy who came into this world unexpected, but so desperately needed. He continues to shine a light on our family each and every day.

May was the month that we lost my beloved Pampy B. He had suffered for a long time and finally lost his battle. He will forever remain in my heart and in the hearts of all who knew him.

June marked Boy Oneder's 12th and Middleman's 9th birthdays. We had a great skating party at the local rink with lots of friends and family. I can't believe Boy Oneder will be a teenager next year!

July was another sad month. We lost Nanny B, even though she seemed to be over all of her ailments. We are still waiting for a cause of death. No one seems to know what happened. I miss her dearly and will until I meet her again.

August marked my last birthday of my thirties. Ugh. It was pretty uneventful, but emotionally, I am a bit coo-coo about it. I can't believe I will be 40 next year. Ugh. Hubster, the boys and I met Mom in England for Nanny B's funeral. I am so glad that we went. As emotional as it was, my children have now seen where I was born and where my heart will live forever.

September was Mom's 60th birthday. I threw her a big surprise karaoke party and had some people there who she hadn't seen for years, along with her dear friends now. She enjoyed it so much and it was a great success.

October was Hubster's 42nd birthday. It was a quiet one, but that's just the way he likes it. I broke some ties that needed to be permanently broken and mended some fences that desperately needed to be mended. I am a MUCH better person because of these decisions and I have absolutely NO regrets. I no longer hold any grudges and I wish those who I have broken ties with nothing but the best. It was something that I needed to do and looking back, I know with everything in me that it was the best thing to do.

November was flu shot month and we suffered through our first bout of winter sickness...Middleman, Threepeat and Hubster all felt the full wrath. I got a little piece, and luckily, Boy Oneder escaped unscathed.

December was a wonderful month of family get togethers, Christmas shopping and planning and awesome friends. Did I mention eating? Oh my gosh the eating. I FINALLY got my Tassimo...mmmmmm...and everyone was happy with their gifts. My nieces had a sleepover and we had tons of fun. If only all months could be December.

And so, as 2008 comes to a close, I am grateful for all of the blessings in my life. Although we have had loss, we have had so much to be thankful for as well. We are so richly blessed with love and health, friends and family. Who could ask for anything more?

I hope that 2009 brings us more good health and that we grow closer and closer as a family. I pray that we will make memories to last a lifetime.

I also pray that you and your family have a joyous, prosperous, healthy, happy 2009! Pin It

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