Wednesday, January 14, 2015


It's been awhile!  I stopped writing because things had gotten so busy but when I look back, I have to laugh because I would think that amount of "busy" to be quite nice these days.  Right before Christmas, I was approached by the University with an offer to become a faculty member as a piano instructor.  I jumped at the chance and quickly accumulated new students.  I went from 3 Kindermusik classes a week to 9 and from 3 piano students to 13.  I'm also still accompanying for the children's choir.  Things are busy but they are great.  I LOVE my job and am so thankful I get the opportunity to do it and to have the flexibility to drive my kids to and from school, take them to extra-curricular activities and volunteer in their classrooms.  As a downside, it means less time for the 4 of us as a family but we are adjusting and finding our new normal.

So, I usually have a whole whack of goals I want to accomplish every year.  I don't find it hard to motivate myself and for that reason and because of our hectic schedule, I happily enter into 2015 goal-free.  We have some financial goals we hope to accomplish with me working again and we'll share those when appropriate.

I wish you a happy, healthy 2015.  I do hope to find my voice here again on a regular basis but for now it remains a hope.  Not a goal.  :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Recital

We had Sammy's piano recital last weekend.  Sammy got a bad case of
stage fright and wouldn't play so I got to "perform" as well, ha!  I'm
glad Shawn got a video because it was really cute.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

4 YEARS!!!!

Presley is 4!!  Wait, what?  How did that happen?  It seems like just a short time ago that I was timing contractions, calling my mom and not being sure if she should make the drive down or not...if it was really time.  And there she was in my arms, 5 hours later.  We were so sure she was going to be a boy.  I even said, "it's a what?!".  Of course we were thrilled to have another little girl.  I always wanted 2 little girls but never wanted to get my hopes up.  If I could think of just one word to describe Presley, it would be sweet.  She really is.  She is also smart, very affectionate and silly with a touch of stubborn.

At 4:
-is enjoying her first year of school.  She looks forward to going and always greets me at the end of the day with a huge hug and a "I had the best day!".  She has made lots of friends, despite her quieter nature.
-is a good eater.  Her favourites are lasagna, chicken on the bone, cucumbers, pineapple, cupcakes and pancakes.
-knows the upper case and lower case alphabet letters.  She knows the sounds they make and words that start with that letter.  She can also sound out 3-letter words so we've started some light reading practice.  Thanks to having an older sister in French Immersion, she knows how to count, her colours and how to sing Happy Birthday in French.
-is sensitive.  If you have to correct her behaviour, her feelings get hurt and she goes straight to her room to throw herself facedown into her pillow or to the couch to cover her face.
-can be quiet and shy.  She is still happiest if I'm close.

Favourite things lately:
-playing outside
-going skating
-reading books
-helping make breakfast and baking
-wearing leggings with skirts

Things I never want to forget:
-how she created the word "evenways" and uses it from time to time.  She will get out of the habit of using it so we will try to use it a few times so she starts again.  It's just too funny!
-how unbelievably ticklish she is.  I can tickle the air near her and she explodes into giggles.
-how she randomly tells us she loves us.  She is so good at giving spontaneous hugs, cuddles and I love you's.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New 'Do

The girls and I had hair appointments today. Sammy has been wanting to cut her hair for a few weeks now and Presley only wanted a trim. Well, she sure changed her mind quickly when she saw Sammy getting a cut! I kept my own hair the same length but experimented more with colour and tried an ombré do.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We Remember

In Flanders fields the poppies grow,
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.