Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013

Well, yet another year has come to an end.  Funnily enough, I can't think of anything earth-shattering that happened this year.  Maybe that's a good thing.

After going through my blog posts, here's a summary of 2013 for our family:

January:  First month in my new manager role

February: We ridded ourselves of negativity and hate by cutting certain ties

March: Cruise-a-Palooza 2013

April: Hubster and I celebrated 19 years of marriage; Threepeat turned 6

May: Middleman was confirmed as a Catholic

June: Middleman turned 14 and Boy Oneder turned 17

July: Hubster lost his job

August: I turned 44

September: Grandma turned 65

October: Hubster got a new job

November: Threepeat had several night terrors

December:  I celebrated one year as a manager!!

I hope your 2013 was one to remember and I hope that your 2014 will be your best year yet!

Happy New Year!
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Monday, 23 December 2013

ARMAGEDDON!

Ok, maybe that title is a bit of an overstatement.  But, I have to say that yesterday had a very "end of days" feel to it.

On Saturday night, Southern Ontario was hit with a major ice storm.  I don't know what the official total amount of freezing rain was, but I can tell you that my van, trees and other outdoor objects were coated with no less than one inch of solid ice.

Thousands of trees are down, 250,000 people were without power and many (last check was 90,000) are still without power.

Traffic lights are out, trees strewn across roads and icy, treacherous walking and driving conditions.  I lined up for half an hour to get gas yesterday as many stations were closed due to hydro outages.  Major malls were crippled with no power.  It has been (and continues to be for many people) a nightmare.  Luckily, we were only without power for about 12 hours.  It was FREEZING in our house, even with the gas fireplace lit.  I can't even imagine what it is like for some of my friends, who are still powerless and woke up to houses at 10 degrees Celcius. :( Our home phone is still out and cell service is spotty.

There are thousands of people who will not have power until after Christmas. :(

Here are a few photos:

 Pretty, but devastating



 Ribbonsicle

I cut my fingers on the ice while scraping my van :( OUCH!

Before the ice:
 After the ice:
So many trees ripped in half like this one across from my office:

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Friday, 13 December 2013

Grateful.

We had a little scare this week.

Middleman has been on and off sick since the beginning of November.  It started with a cold, but turned into what the doctor said may be pneumonia, so we started antibiotics.  They called two days later to say it wasn't pneumonia, so we stopped the meds.  Then he spiked a fever two days later, so back to the doctor and back on antibiotics.  He took the meds for ten days and was better, but still pretty tired and weak.

Fast forward to early this week.  He has been lethargic, weak, tired, feeling nauseous, suffering from headaches daily.  He did a fitness test at school on Tuesday and had to have his teacher sit with him for an hour afterwards because he was so weak.  Then he got a headache.  He came home from school and slept until dinner time.  On Wednesday, he went to school, but called me at 10:30 to say he had a headache.  Luckily, I was working from home, so I drove to the school and gave him Advil.  I told him if it wasn't better in an hour, to call me.  An hour later, he called.  I picked him up and he slept for three hours.  Hubster took him to the doctor on Wednesday night and a blood test was ordered.  On Thursday morning, my Mom drove over to take him to the lab for the test and then dropped him off at school.  He had a slight headache on Thursday.  When he got home from school, he slept for two hours.

This morning, Hubster took him to the doctor for the results.  His bloodwork was all normal and his blood pressure good.  The doctor believes it is a virus.  If he still feels this way in a week, he is to go back.

I can't tell you how freaked out I get when my kids are ill.  I simply can't imagine ever having to deal with something major.  My heart goes out to parents who have, who do and who will.  :(

For now, I will be grateful to all of my friends who prayed for Middleman today.  God heard them and I am so, so thankful for my boy's health. Pin It

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Throwback Thursday

One of my favourite photos of Threepeat. <3 p="">




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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Too blessed to be depressed

Christmas time is always bittersweet.

When I was little, my parents made Christmas magical.  No matter how hard times were for them financially, there were always tons of presents under the tree filling the family room.  They went to great lengths to keep the magic alive and I believed in Santa until I was well past 12 years old.  Our extended family all lived in England, so it was just the four of us.  We had some very close friends who we spent time with though and they filled the missing family shoes.

After Dad died, things were different.  Christmas has never been the same.  When Joanne died, the little spark that was left disappeared.  Now, we sort of just go through the motions.  I try to make Christmas special for my boys, but as they get older, it gets harder to get really excited.  Tyler, our Elf on the Shelf has lightened the mood a little.  Threepeat gets such a kick out of finding Tyler every morning...it's very cute.  But this year, it was all I could muster to put up and decorate the tree.  I don't have any wreaths on the doors, no garland up the stairs, no decorations on the fireplace mantle.  I just can't be bothered.

But...

My Christmas shopping is all but done!  I only have stocking stuffers and gift cards left to buy!  I will have Boy Oneder help me with do all the wrapping, which I despise doing!  So at least the shopping stress is gone.

I also realize that although my heart is heavy and I am missing my Dad and sister tremendously, that I am so, so blessed.  I have a wonderful husband and fantastic sons.  I have a warm, beautiful home and food in my belly.  I have a great Mom and mother-in-law and amazing friends.  This is also the first year when I don't have to deal with drama and stress from people who do not deserve to be a part of our lives.  This year, I won't feel sick to my stomach, anticipating the arrival of hateful, negative people on Christmas Day.  That, my friends, is a wonderful thing!  On the nights when I cry myself to sleep, I wake up realizing just how lucky I am in the grand scheme of things.

And so, I am MUCH too blessed to be depressed.

Merry Christmas!  Only 14 more sleeps!  :) Pin It

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Throwback Thursday

 Daddy


This is my Daddy on my wedding day, April 9th, 1994.  He passed away on May 20th, 2004.  I miss him so much.  RIP Dad.
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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Wordless Wednesday


Tyler was hungry last night!

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Monday, 2 December 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Friday night began the Christmas season for me.  My company had its annual Holiday party at the hotel next to our office.  I don't remember having so much fun at a company party.  Ever.  There were tons of amazing prizes (I won a Samsung Galaxy 3 Tab!!!), lots of great food, drinks and an amazing DJ.  I think I sat for a grand total of about 30 minutes all night.  It was just awesome!  I stayed at the hotel, so it was a late night, and I was very sore the next day (my knees and feet were begging for mercy after a long night of dancing and my ears were ringing for the entire weekend).

Yesterday, we put up the Christmas tree at home.  I despise putting that sucker up.  I hate decorating for Christmas *almost* as much as I hate packing it away after Christmas.  I put on Christmas music to try an lighten the mood a bit, but I limp through the whole ordeal, sucking back wine like water.  I hate it.  For the first time since we had Boy Oneder, Hubster and I did it alone.  The older boys were busy doing homework and Threepeat was busy making bracelets with his Rainbow Loom, so it was just the two of us.  Our pre-lit Christmas tree is no longer pre-lit though...only the bottom section lit up, so Hubster ran out to Canadian Tire to get 300 new lights.  We left the dead ones on the tree and will remove them before we pack it away for the season on Epiphany.



Tyler, the Elf, arrived on Sunday morning too!  Threepeat was SO excited to see him!  The Elf Antics have begun!


My Christmas shopping is almost complete!  YIPPEE!!  I love online shopping, simply because I HATE crowds and malls and heat and and and shopping in general!  The boys are done, except for stocking stuffers.  Hubster is done.  My Mom is done. All I need to get now is MIL, stocking stuffers and gift cards for all my nieces.  Beauty.  I will probably pick up something for each of my awesome colleagues too, but they will be easy...bottles of wine rock!

So, the Christmas season is upon us now.  And I have a heck of a lot of wrapping to do.  GAH! Pin It
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