Monday, December 31, 2012

27 questions about 2012

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Hmmmm ... ???

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions and will you make any for next year?
I don’t think I made any so I guess yes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don’t think so ...

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope. Thankfully!

5. What countries did you visit?
Visited the USA, went to NY (Plattsburgh, Lake George – twice! and NY City), Miami and Los Angles.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Money. Patience. Not necessarily in that order.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory and why?

January 20 – I was laid off from my job of 9 years and December 11 – the date I started my new job.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I am not sure it’s really an achievement, but I really enjoyed having almost a year off to be with the kids. I got to do some typical stay-at-home mom kind of things like attending school field trips and taking the kids to the local pool all summer.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Running. I started off ok, but then I was discouraged that I did worse on my 5K than last year. Then I kind of gave up in the summer because it was too hot and never really started up again. I had planned to start back up in the fall but I was just never really able to get my act together.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had a horrible flu last year between Christmas and New Year but other than that, not much else.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My very first Coach purse ... I ♥ it!

12. Where did most of your money go?
Mortgage and hockey ... oh, and that Disney vacation ...

13. What did you get really excited about?
The trips to LA (Disneyland) and Miami

14. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Gangham Style by Psy ... and I have heard it enough to last me a lifetime. Really. Enough already.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer?
Happier and fatter. Definitely poorer since I was unemployed for most of the year!

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Running.

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Cleaning. Seriously, when you have 2 kids, what is the point?

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas Eve was with Steph’s family and Christmas day with my family.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
Big Bang theory but I also enjoyed the Amazing Race and 2 Broke Girls

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I read so many novels this summer but I cannot remember any of the titles. There was one that I loved about an Indian man that started a matchmaking business out of his home. I was at the library at least once a week and reading at least 4 novels a week.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

Payphone - Maroon 5, Starships – Nicki Minaj, What Makes you Beautiful – One Direction

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Hmmm ... I saw a lot of kid movies – Hotel Transylvania was a fun one, so was the Lorax and Ice Age. I really enjoyed the new James Bond movie and Magic Mike (hehehe ...).

23. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I was 42 and....wow, what did I do? I can’t really remember since it was back in March. I think I was recuperating from the LA trip and getting ready for our trip to South beach. It’s a rough life, I know .... ;o)

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Winning the lottery?

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Yoga pants from Costco ... seriously, I think I took ‘laid-back’ to a whole new level. It was definitely a stretchy-pants mom-look kind of year. Oy.

26. What kept you sane?
Ice-cream, novels and podcasts.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

Stretchy pants and ice-cream do not lead to weight loss.  Who knew?

Seriously, I learned a lot about myself. As much as I enjoyed a year off of work and spending more time with my kids, I learned that I need a life too. While the kids are at school and Steph is at work, I need to be around other people – learning, contributing, etc... Now I know why so many SAHM’s work out for 2 hours a day or volunteer at the school. There is only so much cooking and cleaning I can do without losing my mind. I just wasn’t cut out for the life of a domestic goddess. ;o)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ski lessons

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One of the kids’ Christmas gifts was ski lessons.  It’s a special Christmas break camp for 5 days and started on the 26th.  The kids have lessons for 90 minutes every day this week.

On Wednesday, it was freezing … I mean –19 degrees Celsius (-2 Fahrenheit for my south-of-the-border friends).  On Thursday we had a blizzard.  Luckily it wasn’t too cold, but the visibility was less than 5 feet.  The drive to and from the mountain was a scary ride as well.  We got a total of 43 cm of snow – a record for the Montreal area.  

Today was perfect.  A lovely –7 degrees Celsius, almost no wind and the best packed powder snow conditions.  The mountain had been groomed and the snow was just right. 

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Here is a little video of Naomi in her group lesson – they are already at the bottom of the hill and on their way to the chair lift.  She is the third one  and has a yellow helmet.  

Naomi’s ski level is Explorer 2 and Francis is doing snowboard intermediate level 2.

This is after the ski lesson, on the way to the parking lot. This kid just cracks me up …

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas morning …

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Stockings first!

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OMG! A new skateboard for Francis ..

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… and an iPod Touch for Naomi …

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… and even some dog treats for Moka …

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… a coin collecting kit …

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… Twister dance …

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… a new hockey jersey (or football?) … and a whole lot more!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas eve 2012

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Checking out NORAD

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Making a plate of cookies for Santa

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2 sugar cookies, 2 oatmeal cookies, a carrot, milk and reindeer food …

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Ok, time for bed!

Build-a-Bear

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A few days ago we learned that the Build-a-Bear at our local mall was closing down.  Naomi has asked many times to build a bear but there was always some reason why we couldn’t do it.  Since we were at the mall on the 24th seeing the Big Guy, I figured I’d surprise Naomi by finally saying yes to a bear.  She was so thrilled.  They were having a big sale since they were closing down so the price was good.  I have to say that the service was a bit lacking – part of the fun is the experience but we were kind of left on our own to figure out the steps and get someone to help us out.  Nonetheless, Naomi seemed to really enjoy herself and was thrilled with her French Bulldog, Clarabelle.

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The Santa picture

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On December 24th I decided that I HAD to have a picture of Naomi on Santa’s lap.  I mean, she’s only 6 years old … there are only a few years to get those Santa pictures that I will treasure when she’s all grown up.  Of course I bought the ridiculously overpriced pictures that they sell but my scanner is currently not working so here are a few that I took with my own camera.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Moka and the Christmas Tree

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Sometimes it’s just easier to take a picture of a dog than 2 squirmy kids.  I think this is the closest I’m going to get to a Christmas card this year …

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Christmas party

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Stephan’s office does a kids’ holiday party which is always a lot of fun.  There is usually some sort of activity at the beginning – this year it was paint your own t-shirt.  Then Santa arrives on the roof and all the kids excitedly wave to Santa from the cafeteria windows.

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Then Santa comes in and all the kids crowd around.  Later he finds his special chair where each child is called to visit with him, take a picture and receive a special early Christmas present.

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Oh, and he also brings along Mrs. Claus!

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Gold!

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On November 30th Naomi competed in her very first figure skating skills competition and her team won gold (okay, in the interest of full disclosure there were only two teams, but still …) She was very proud of herself and she really enjoyed the competition.

She is still really enjoying skating lessons and we are looking into doing private lessons next year.  

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Halloween 2012

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Well it is hard to believe that Halloween has already come and gone.  The kids had a great time and got tons of candy (which I am trying not to eat).

The school asked that the kids dress in black and / or orange and they did a “crazy hair” day.  I was trying to be creative but before 7am I am not much of an artiste.  I did some funky pony-tails for Naomi and a bit of a spiky Mohawk for Francis and then doused them both in glitter spray. 

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Too bad the glitter spray doesn’t show in the picture.

After the kiddos got on the bus I put out the pumpkins and got a bit creative with some old pirate costume stuff we had hanging around (this is after several coffees).  Damn squirrels started eating my pumpkin’s face right off!

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Then I got even more creative and decided that Miss Mokie needed a costume too.  A bit of tulle and elastic and presto – doggie ballerina (she hated it).

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Francis had a hockey practice from 5:00 – 6:00pm – he was really not happy about having practice on Halloween but he made the most of it and made his teammates laugh:

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He rushed in in such a hurry after hockey that I didn’t even get a chance to snap a picture of him before he ran off with his friends to go trick-or-treating!  He was dressed in his baseball uniform with the LA Angels jersey and cap he bought in California last March.

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Naomi’s Halloween themed bday party

I am still recovering from all the fun.  Seriously, it was a blast but I will never again host 28 kids for a party again.  It was the longest 2 1/2 hours of my life. 

The good news is that all the kiddos had a blast.  I can’t believe that I didn’t take very many pictures! I didn’t get the food table, loot bags, etc … and I put so much time and effort into getting everything perfect.  Oh well.  *sigh*

We rented out our local chalet which is a small community building in the park around the corner from where we live.  It is pretty much a big empty room which includes a kitchen and bathroom.  When the kids arrived, there was a craft station and a tattoo station.  Francis was our tattoo artist.  Then we played a bunch of games, played in the park outside, decorated cupcakes, drank some monster punch and played some more games.  There was lots of music and dancing and even a smoke machine.  We invented some funny games such as “duck, duck, witch”, eyeball relay, mummy wrap and hot pumpkin. 

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Kids dancing around and playing with balloons

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Dolling out the Zombie Vibe drinks

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Tattoo station

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Mummy Wrap game

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