Saturday, 31 December 2016

So long 2016!

And so, here we the final hours of 2016.  A year filled with turmoil,

I originally typed "A year filled with turmoil and disappointment" but that's not totally true.

Sure, we have had some disappointment..ok quite a lot...but it is so easy to focus on the negative and forget the positives!

Hubster lost his job.  That sucked.  But he was absolutely miserable there anyway, so it was a bit of a blessing.  He took another job and was laid off again.  That sucked.  And it was a blow to his already bruised ego.  He has worked hard to find another job, but he's "old" in the corporate world and has been passed over many times by "youngsters" who cost much less than a seasoned employee like him.  A little bit of good news is that he will be starting a non-corporate job next week.  It won't pay nearly as much as his previous jobs, but hopefully, it will be enough to pay the bills and I truly think he will love it...and that's the most important part, in my opinion.

We lost my sweet Granny in February.  She was 95.  She lived a long life and she was able to meet all of my boys, but I miss her voice so much.

I quit my highly stressful corporate job in May and have since started working my dream job as a supply teaching assistant at a local Montessori School.  I make less money per hour than my two sons do, but I'm happy.  I'm genuinely happy. I start full-time online college courses on January 10th with a goal of completing my ECE diploma.I'm excited and terrified at the same time, but I truly believe it is my destiny.

I am huge.  Bigger than ever.  And that's going to change.  Starting January 2nd, I am going back to Wheat Belly.  Enough is enough.  I feel like a hoompa loompa and I hate looking at myself in the mirror.  Nothing fits, I struggle to walk most days and I feel like a 90 year old.  Time to get healthy again.

I have a couple of dear friends who are very sick with cancer. Young moms who don't deserve to be fighting this evil disease.  I pray that 2017 finds them both cured and healthy again.

2016 was a stressful and eventful year, but I have learned a lot from the hurdles we have had to navigate.  It could have been much, much worse, for we have our health and we have each other.  That's most important.

2017 will be another year of change...hopefully all for the good!  We move to our new house in June, so the first six months will be spent preparing.  We've done quite a bit, but we have much more to do.  One day at a time.

If anyone is still out there reading my blog, I wish you peace, prosperity and happiness for 2017. Pin It

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

What a great couple of days it has been!

Time spent with my boys, my Mom and MIL.

Laughter, fun, food, drink, love and warmth.  All that this girl could ever ask for.

My Threepeat made a beautiful decoration at was by far, my favourite gift

My Hubster and three boys bought me a new Fitbit because my old one was being held together with bandaids for a few months.  I love my new Alta...except it reminds me to get up and walk when I am still for too long.  GAH!

Mom got me new plate sets...8 of them, along with new drinking glasses....all much needed.  They will be put away until we move.  She also got me some nice comfy jammies.

The boys were all happy with their I mentioned before, we laid low this year, but they were thrilled with their gifts.  Deep down, I knew they would be.  They are great kids.

I really missed speaking to Granny.  Our first year without her and she didn't leave my thoughts.  It was strange not to get together around the family room and take turns talking to her.  I hope she was with us in spirit.

Tomorrow, we get to spend time with my girlies at Grandma's house...more fun, more eating and more love and warmth.

So far beyond blessed...just so, so blessed.

Merry Christmas. xo Pin It

Tuesday, 20 December 2016


I have finished all shopping and wrapping (other than Santa gifts which I plan to do tomorrow)!

I just need to plan out food and drinks for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and do the shopping.  I am a bit ahead of schedule, so I might do some more baking on Thursday too.

I will admit, I'm feeling a bit better about Christmas than I did on Sunday.  I'm actually starting to get excited too!  It's such a relief to be ready ahead of time!!

Hubster is making great progress with the hardwood floors in the bedrooms and as he is doing the rooms, I am behind him, decluttering.  It's wonderful to have nearly empty closets and clean bedrooms for a change!  Declutering as he goes along will make things much easier when we start preparing to list the house in March and pack for the move in June.

I think that's about it for now.  BRING ON CHRISTMAS! Pin It

Sunday, 18 December 2016

One week from now

It will all be over. And my kids will be disappointed. This year is different. Hubster is out of work, I work for peanuts and we are closing in our new house in June. Christmas, gift-wise, will be a bust. And it sucks.

Christmas has always been a gift fest here. $300 per kid was the norm. This year, $100 is barely doable. And it sucks.

Christmas is not about the gifts...but it is. We celebrate Jesus' birth first. My kids know that this is what Christmas is about. But, due to high paying jobs, my kids have never known not getting what they asked for for Christmas.

But as much as Christmas morning will suck from a material perspective, my kids will have their parents and grandmothers around the tree. They will have a warm house, full bellies, love, all their necessities and stuff they don't need, but want.

We are abundantly blessed. Sure, life sucks at the moment financially, but we have our health, our love, all that we need and more. We just don't have over the top materialism. And I'm ok with that.

I hope my boys won't focus on what they didn't get and instead, focus on their blessings.

I'll keep you posted. Pin It

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

It's beginning to feel a BIT like Christmas

Our tree is up and the inside of the house is decorated.  We aren't decorating outside this year because we are moving in June and TBH, we have too much to do inside to spend time decorating outside.  So there.

I worked for the past week and a half and I'm sick again.  Damned biohazardous school kids.  Today was spent in bed for the most part, which sucks because I wanted to start wrapping and baking.  Tomorrow, I will get the stocking stuffers and a few last minute things and then wrapping will commence.  God, I LOATHE wrapping gifts.  Ugh.

Friday will be baking day.  I have a few different cookies I want to make and I am making a couple of tins for some special teachers at the school.  I'm back in my favourite CASA class on Monday for 8 days and then off on the 22nd until at least after Christmas.

The kids are good...parenting is not for the faint of heart though, that's for sure.  There's always something to keep me on my toes. The older boys are working a lot and we rarely have time as a quintet anymore.  There is almost always an empty seat or two at the kitchen table and as sad as that makes me, I realize that it's part of raising a family.  Sigh.

Hubster is still looking for work.  Lots of phone interviews this week, but nothing is sticking yet.  Fingers crossed that it won't be long until he's back in the saddle again.

Dudley is great.  He's right here at my side, as he always is.  He's the lappiest lapdog that ever lived, and I wouldn't have it any other way.  He kept me warm this morning when I was shivering under the covers.

We had nachos for dinner tonight.  Mother of the year right here.  But the turkey carcass from our roast turkey dinner on Sunday is in the crockpot, making us some nice leftover turkey soup for tomorrow's dinner, so I kind of redeemed myself there.

So, there's my update...quick and easy.

Happy Wednesday! xo Pin It
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