Sending Merry Christmas wishes to each and everyone. It has been a busy few days around here. Darren, Sam & I have not been well so we have been moving at half speed we are on the mend slowly but surely. We spent Christmas eve at Darren's family's house it was tons of fun and when we were surrounded with family it was a little easier to feel a bit better. We had a lovely evening and everyone was blessed with laughter and too many gifts.
Christmas morning had us slowly making our way down stairs to see if Santa had come to visit us and he had indeed. Sam was fortunate to have a new hockey net and hockey sticks for him and Darren to play with we had a leisurely morning and enjoyed a overnight french toast once we had completed our gift sharing. After breakfast we go to work stuffing our turkey, prepping our food. We had time to get dressed in our play clothes and head out for a quick match of hockey to try out the new supplies. Auntie Karen was kind enough to stop in and pass the ball around too!
The evening brought my side of the family minus Papa as he was not feeling too well. So we proceeded with our turkey dinner and many deserts.Karen & Darren ate their traditional one brussel sprout moment. We also shared more lovely gifts. Overall a special first Christmas in our new home was had!
We are very blessed and hope that you had your own special moments too!
You will find and assortment of pictures in my Flickr if you wish to check them out.
While Darren & I enjoyed an evening up at Grouse Mountain. Sam spent the evening with Auntie Karen & Sarah. I am assuming fun was had by all as Sam didn't even want to come home the next day. While Sam was with Auntie Karen & Sarah they all went to visit Santa. I have to say with such shock not only did Sam visit with Santa he sat with Sarah and had his picture taken. I say shock because earlier in the month he was telling me it is Daddy's Christmas and that was that. Well I guess fresh people to a situation and all is well. He had a nice chat and spoke of a hockey net that he might be wanting. Now we wait and see whether he had been bad or good?
Thanks again to Auntie Karen & Sarah!
In addition to picking Sam up on Sunday I asked to be a part of Karen's bake exchange as goodies from my exchange were already eaten up. So I baked my five dozen cookies printed out my recipe and headed over for a lovely time. Thanks ladies for letting me participate and a big thank you for more yummy baking! Delicious!
On Saturday we had the honor of attending at wedding at Grouse Mountain. An evening event was planned and all went well. The lights of the city shone in the distance, snow fell and Greg & Bev exchanged vow in the beautiful Timber Room at the lodge. The bride was adorned a platinum gown as the groom was sporting his dapper military suit. We had the chance to meet many new people who had flown from around North America to attend the nuptials. We dinned on fondue both for our main coarse and desert. A lovely evening was had by all. All the best to Mr. & Mrs. Zweng!
We attended Sam's first Christmas concert. It was truly a sight to see. I am sure all of you parents can identify with all the feelings I was having as they commenced the concert. In my head I was chanting do what you practiced, stay still and enjoy! Well he did what he practiced to a degree, stayed still for most of it, and he surely enjoyed himself and so did we.
Sam's role was a shepherd and his duties included sharing the messaged that Jesus was born and blowing his horn, and his final task was to clean the barn where he was born. These little moments were great well until he was jumping around while they sang Jingle Bells. All ended well and I am grateful that Darren & I could both attend together.
Hope all of your concerts and pageants have gone as planned.
So here I sit with a glass of wine wrapping up our busy but very fun weekend. Friday was Sam's actual birthday. Four years ago I gave birth to my miracle baby at 12:15pm, all nine pounds of him(yes it was a blessing he was breach). Darren & I are very grateful for every moment Sam is in our world even the not so good ones.
So Fridays activities included making gingerbread house at school, which I was fortunate to volunteer to assist that day. It was wonderful to see all the children take something very cookie cutter and place their own personal, creative touches on.
Saturday became slightly more hectic as I had offered my services to host our annual bake exchange. Our day began with a regular trip to my favourite place COSTCO, to pick up the remaining didn't know I would needed items. Then back to prepare for the Delta girls gathering. Darren was kind enough to take Sam and a couple buddies to the Santa Claus parade, to give us ladies a few hours alone. You know to giggle and talk about our husbands(come on you know it happens LOL). I can speak for myself that I was honored to have this group of friends in for a evening I feel very blessed to have each and everyone of them in my life!
Sunday also began with a jump start as I invited our buddies, family and more friends in for an 11:00 am open house/4th birthday party. Again we are privileged to have surrounded ourselves with such fabulous people to make such an event go very smoothly and enjoyably.
Thank you to all who send birthday wishes to Sam and to all whom attended this weekend activities!
This morning after our coffee & breakfast and a few items on our to do list we all headed out for a lovely walk. I love days like this crisp air, tons of sunshine what more could someone ask for on a fall day. We headed out to our new regular haunt Derby Reach.
Bronwynne ran, fetched and swam in the very cool waters. Sam wanted to play tag and well I got to take some pictures because the sun was shining! Yay. It is always nice when Darren is home we all smile just a little more.
Sam has recently been bitten by the hockey bug. He was intrigued at our last house as I purchased some hockey sticks his size but cannot wait for Darren to come home from work so they can head outside and pass the ball around. Our dilema seems to be that the dog ball is the same as the hockey ball and the numbers are running low a trip to Canadian Tire to stock up is in order for sure.
The girls got together last night for the evening. Words can not express how much fun we had. We were missing one of our friends due to the flu but hope that she is on the mend. Laughter and more laughter was on the agenda for the evening. It is always lovely to see each other and catch up on our lives. I feel so grateful knowing I have these ladies on my side!
Well not only have we moved into a safe & wonderful house, we apparently gain more great neighbours. Our new neighbour not only confided that she enjoys knitting but she whipped up a hat in one evening and delivered it tonight for Sam. How lucky are we?
So in between painting and unpacking a few stray boxes we gathered some fall leave and made a wreath. Isn't that what you do on a Friday night? LOL!
So Darren, Sam & I sat on the kitchen floor gather leaves in small bunches to form this nice full wreath. I am pleased with the outcome and next year I would try and do two. If you are wondering where I borrowed this fantastic idea.
All is well in our world. Now that we are becoming a little more settled we are finding a normal pattern during our days. Sam & I got right to business the other day making Pumpkin Pound cake it turned out very well. Sam gobbled up his piece as soon as it was cool enough to cut. So we have officially christened our kitchen. The following morning brought a birthday for myself. I was overwhelmed with birthday emails throughout the day. Sam & I managed to get out and run a few errands after our morning of pumpkin pancakes and a latte for me of coarse. We split a late afternoon lunch at A&W with a baby burger each! Yum! The evening was followed with a visit from my lovely sister in law Donna, Brandon and Mom & Dad J. They came bearing well wishes, cake & ice cream. Darren finally returned that evening with more Bday wishes.
The following day found us attempting to convince Sam to don one of his Halloween costumes for Party Day at school. At the last minute we compromised on a Superman shirt and cape! Choose your battles hey! So we were entertained by Sam and his classmates displaying the songs and knowledge learned for the month of October. It was lovely and quite cute.
Hope this finds you and your gobblins enjoying a great evening!
Pumpkin Pancakes from Parent Magazine Oct 2006
1 cup flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 pumpkin puree
1. Preheat nonstick skillet on med-high heat. In bowl stir together all ingredients.
2. In a large, beat the egg for 30 sec. Add yogurt, pumpkin puree beat well.
3. Stir in dry ingredients and beat until combined.
4. Great skillet lightly with butter. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake, flip with spatula when tops bubble and edges are slightly dry. Cook until other side is golden brown.
Enjoy! This recipe is a staple at our house I actually bake a few pumpkins before the season is over and freeze some in our freezer for enjoyment throughout the winter season.
Our days have been filled with many activities from unpacking and getting sorted. Sam attending preschool, Darren going to and from work, and just plain or everyday activities. And just for fun my car decided to have some major issues and is at the shop as I type. Oh well that is life!
So here are a few pictures from a walk in the park yesterday when the sun came out, Sam sleeping while we waited for the tow truck,one from an afternoon of building towers and the last two pictures are from Sam's school preschool we were at a local garden learning about our surroundings.
We have officially moved into our new home. We are still in the process of getting settled and would love to have you over when the time is right. Thank you for all the well wishes and offer to help we do appreciate it. I will be posting more frequently now that we are here so thank you for bearing with me. If I missed sending you our new address please let me know. I have one more qliche to iron out and that is our main email account but you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Okay everything is up and running same email address so you do not have to change.
On this lovely day in October we all had a chance to just enjoy. We headed out for a beautiful walk in the Delta Bog. Sam & Brownynne just ran and ran. YAY! After we had a visit with Papa & Grandma. Life doesn't get any better. The photos are from our walk and a couple from before we headed out today. Sam was up for a few pictures as he wanted to sport Darren's work tie so we just added the bars for enhancement and it Captain Super Sam!
We recieved a call form Dave this morning asking if Sam would like to come fishing with the kids in the afternoon. And of coarse we said yes. Due to the fact all of our belongings in storage we clarified that there would be enough fishing rods to go around. We headed out a bit early so Bronwynne could have a run around before being on her leash for the remainder of the outing. It was a beautiful day and the kids really enjoyed being able to reel the line in nothing was caught but good time and enjoyment.
Just wanted to stop in and say hello and that I have been packing like a mad woman. I will update properly once I have something more interesting to share with all of you. We are out of our house by friday the 25th. Thank you for stopping by and hoping your days are running smoothly.
So it looks like we are in the process of purchasing a home in Walnut Grove. We have been in full packing mode around here so if you stop by expect to be put to work! Just kidding. So we will be leaving our current residence by September 25/09 and will not be in the new home for around three weeks. I am sure we will be checking our email and such and will still have our cell's if you need to get a hold of us.
First of just wanted to say that these pictures are definately Mommy google pictures. Sam had his first day of preschool and loved every moment of it. He couldn't wait to to strap on his backpack and walk over and meet his new teachers and friends. We got their a bit early and started seeing the kids arrive. When the teachers opened the door, Sam stood in line introduced himself, blew a kiss and that was that! When we picked him up he was smiles galore. Side note I did cry but it is a cry of happiness!
During our busy day we had headed over Karen's house to drop some of our belongings off. While were there Auntie Karen kindly offered to have Sam join them for the afternoon. No time like the present to say yes, so Darren & I left managed to get a load to our storage facility, pick up more boxes and grab a lovely bite to eat at a Japanese restaurant, YUM! We met up with Sarah, Sam & Karen at a Starbucks what a wonderful way to spend a day!