I'm finally sitting down - and finally getting the chance to relax, take a breath and update the blog. The last month has seemed to be a whirlwind - fun and exciting....but so exhausting. Garnet and I juggled our work schedule and we had a total of 3 days the whole month where we were both off. We made a habit of going out for breakfast because it's a cheap meal -- and because the mornings worked out well for alone time (with Tim in school and Hillary at work). Then one of us was off to work or school or errands or who knows what.
We were able to celebrate with the Camerons on Christmas Eve's Eve. As always it was a fun, laugh-from-the-gut night. The highlight being Anne throwing her plate at me as the dog knocked over her tv tray, and her pop landed in her lap. We enjoyed watching them learn to use their new digital camera that Santa brought to the Little house for them ;) - they both did way better than we thought and technology is not such a scary thing now is it?! They had a wonderful, yummy breakfast the next day, while Matt and Tim became experts in the silly string/spiderman's web area.....and we were off again.
I got two other wonderful visits in this year that don't happen very often. I picked up Nathan after a day of travelling all the way from BC. His brother was getting married over the holidays and he was staying at my parents house as his own parents' house was over-crowded (and my house was always his second home anyways!) Our visits overlapped for all of 12 hours and we made the most of those few hours by staying up til the wee hours of the morning catching up and having the wonderful conversation that I can always count on him to have. He is such a great friend and it's always refreshing to catch up with him. I last saw him on my visit out to BC for his wedding 3 years ago. He has since become a father and with another one on the way in less than a month (which is why poor Amber couldn't make the trip) - it seems that time has flown by faster than it should. Next time -- we are doing coffee! (now that you're addicted too Nathan!)
We also stopped by to see the beautiful Emily and her wonderful family in Bracebridge on our trip home. Unfortunately, we didn't plan it very well - and it was nap time - but her kids are so wonderful and fun you wouldn't have known it. We only got a quick visit and I had the camera with all intentions of taking a picture - but with good conversation, 4 busy kids and 3 busy dogs - it didn't happen. I never get to stay very often at Em's - my allergies go into full swing with her kitties and doggies.....but we are planning a camping trip in their back yard this summer so that I can get a nice long visit in and still breathe! Even just a quick hug from her feels like it energizes me until our next visit. It's amazing the powerful energy that real friends give you. I miss you Em.
Since we got home -- Garnet and I worked all weekend. And for the first time in 6 years - Tim was with a babysitter while mom and Dad worked! It sounds wierd but it's true. Other than our blessed Nanny Hillary that is living with us right now we've never had a sitter while we worked. And it was an exciting adventure as air freshener set off the CO2 and Gas detector and Tim and the Babysitter were on full alert thinking they were being poisoned in the house. Tim ran outside to the neighbours in his sock feet and a t-shirt in the pooring rain and the babysitter called me at work. Fun times.
Last night we went to a great party with a few couples and their kids to ring in 2007. Today we had a great day of cleaning, getting organized and putting away all the Christmas decorations. :( It's sad -- but the house looks so nice and big and tidy now! And I finally feel like my head is on straight.
That felt good -but I should have taken the time to do little updates so that this one wasn't so big and long. Sorry, I hope I didn't bore you all too much, and I promise to be a better blogger in 2007....... Maybe ;)