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{December 1, 2013}   What I’ve been up to!

So while I have been the invisible blogger for the last 20 days and well I know it, I wanted to share why, as you know, being the narcissistic type who wants to share the entirety of my existence because the people out there care so damn much. 🙂 So let’s see …

First of all, my birthday boys – I was so busy the last two weeks celebrating their birthdays with them in, you know, the real world, I didn’t have time to report back on the festivities here online … which you know, means it didn’t really happen lol. Ari and Little Tyke’s birthdays are 9 days apart. We actually ‘met’ LT on Ari’s birthday, when he (LT) was 9 days old. This year, we celebrated both in grand fashion. We had a massive friends-and-family birthday party for Little Tyke, and Ari and I spent the weekend away in Lake Placid for his b-day (with thanks to my folks for the babysitting services). It was a lot of work, but oh so much fun. 🙂 Happy birthday to two of the bestest men on the planet. Big hugs.

Ari and Little Tyke.

Ari and Little Tyke.

The boys and the Menorah.

It’s also been “Christmukah”, as you can see by the tree above, and the Menorah below. Being a mixed faith house, we celebrate both holidays, and this year Chanukah was early, so we’ve been hustling to get the house decorated and get some shopping started before/as Chanukah began (we’re on the 4th night of 8 as I type this). We exchange small gifts over the week and a day, each person gets two nights on which they get a gift. These tend to be smaller gifts, since we also exchange gifts at Pseudo-Chanukah with my in-laws, and Christmas of course, but they’re nice treats, often those little things you don’t think to buy for yourself, and the boys love the lights and the singing and dancing. So far, a reading light, a book, socks and a card game have been purchased. The last gifts of Chanukah for the boys tend to be their Christmas jammies.

So we’re having fun with all those celebrations … off to the Santa Clause parade tomorrow, although the boys have already met the man.

Boys and Santa Claus.

 

And last but not least this of course means a busy time at church. Not only did I lead church service earlier this month (of which I am probably unseemly proud and will be sharing my reflection in a later post), but it’s obviously one of the busiest times of the church year. Today I volunteered at our fantastic Bazaar, and tomorrow kicks off the Advent season; my family will be lighting the first Advent candle, I help organize a potluck after service, and I am in the process of preparing for our annual Christmas pageant. It’s a wonderful and exciting time of year … and it’s one of those ironies that often at the times you most want to share what’s going on in your world, is when you have the least time available to do so. But the above is my month in a nutshell. And I do hope as we gear up for the Holidays that you are enjoying your Chanukah, that you do enjoy your Christmas, and that all of my American friends are enjoying their Thanksgiving weekend and Black Friday sales.

God bless.

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{October 15, 2013}   Thanks-Giving

The bad news over the last 3 weeks is that I have been far too busy to blog. The good news is, a lot of what has kept me busy the last few weeks has been good stuff – family and friends, busy-ness professionally etc. But I have struggled to see that. The work I try to do on mindfulness and gratitude has been a bit of a failure. Instead of seeing ‘look, I worked every day last week, which means professional contacts, professional fulfillment and yes, money,’ for example, I saw ‘OMG when am I ever going to get my marking done and clean my house?’. And then, along comes Thanksgiving weekend. And there is nothing like fun and uninterrupted time with one’s family on beautiful fall days to remind you that even – and perhaps especially – in the midst of the crazy, there are so many blessings to be found.

So – at the risk of sounding like one of those obnoxious folks bragging about how wonderful their life is in the midst of others who might be struggling – I would like to take the time to practice some thankfulness and awareness that there are two sides to everything … and that perhaps Thanksgiving (even a bit belatedly) is a good time to look at the brighter one. So – despite my grumbling at times the last few weeks – I am thankful for …

  • Babysitters! And family who enjoy sharing in the freedom of sitters!
  • My family and friends – never before in my life have I felt so surrounded by loving and supportive people, and been so aware of it. It brings me great joy.
  • Especially my little foursome here – we’ve all of us had some cranky, tired, and some ‘just get us through the day’ moments over the last three busy, sick, tired weeks, (illness, new teachers, changing schedules with me working etc.) but I also realize a lot of it is a sign of new growth, new learning, new phases, and we have all been growing TOGETHER as a team … and that’s a cool feeling. And I am thankful that we are a family of strong people with minds of our own, even our littlest ones.
  • Fulfilling work! I am so happy being reminded each and every week why I do what I do at my church, how helpful eLearning is to my students, and even the supply teaching river has been flowing a bit more fully this year (a HUGE part of the busy-ness). It’s been busy, but it has been fun, challenging, aggravating, wonderful, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
  • Health. Between all of us, we have spent two of the last three weeks ill, and it is absolutely amazing to have finally shaken off the bug and to have a home full of healthy people again.
  • The lessons of patience. There is a particular, and very important, phonecall I have been expecting for a week now, and am still waiting. And while I perhaps dislike the suspense, I realize time passing might be a good thing, to teach me patience and to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone.
  • Special occasions. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful and inspiring holiday, and with Halloween and two of my three boys’ birthdays coming up, and the Holidays not far behind, here begins a few of the happiest months of my year … cheer in the cold of fall and winter.

Whether you are in a time of peace and comfort, or struggling at this moment – or perhaps, as so often in life, a blessed and difficult mix of both – what are YOU thankful for?



{August 20, 2013}   Wonderful Weekend

So it’s been awhile since posting, explicable by an almost-week-long broken internet connection (and whenever I’d go to WiFi spots, priorities beyond blogging – ie job applications, online course management etc.). I WAS able to post wrestling event predictions over on my other blog yesterday morning, lol, but having podcast that instead of written it out, it didn’t take quite as long. Anyway, however, it has been a big and important weekend worthy of a couple of shout-outs and I want to give them.

First, I want to wish my son Little J a happy third birthday – it was yesterday, and we actually spent the weekend at my mom’s celebrating poolside … hence, not posting yesterday in favour of actually enjoying the day with the birthday boy ;). He was our ‘9 day pregnancy’, learning of his existence the day after he was born and going to pick him up just a bit more than a week later to join his brother in a quick but major decision that changed all of our lives for the better. This little man’s got a smile that lights up a room despite his serious nature, and a mind of his own that he is not afraid to express, sometimes loudly, even though he clearly loves all of us to pieces. He is the thoughtful and deliberate yin to his brother’s ‘jump in with both feet’ yan, and they make a wonderful little set. And anyone who thinks that traits get passed on only by genetics have not seen this little guy’s sleep habits, which he gets directly from his mom. 🙂 Three years ago as I type this, we made the decision that he would be Little Tyke’s brother in practice as well as by blood, and we have never looked back. Happy Birthday, J!

Little J on his 3rd Birthday.

Little J on his 3rd Birthday.

I also want to send a major congrats to my brother Kyle, and his band, Field Marshal Montgomery, for winning the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. While we were staying at my mom’s, she wasn’t there – she was overseas with my step-dad and my grandmother supporting his win. While it was the band’s 3rd consecutive world championship, it was my brother’s first. He worked long and hard to reach the very top of the drumming world, and all of that hard work paid off yesterday in Glasgow. This kid has honed his craft in terms of world championship drumming and I am ridiculously proud. You can find results and performances at the link above (click ‘World Pipe Band Championships’), and below is a picture of my World Champion brother with our amazing grandma. If you look closely enough, you can also see, there in spirit, our beloved grandfather, an accomplished drummer and Drum Major himself, who wherever he is, is looking on, smiling, and has never been more proud.

My brother Kyle and our Grandma after Kyle and his band Field Marshal Montgomery won the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.



{November 15, 2012}   Happy Birthday Little Tyke

Little Tyke turned four today. The day he was born, he was about a month early, and we were preparing his nursery … connected, even then. It seems like just yesterday we were meeting him, a beautiful, premature 9-day-old still just learning to eat.

Mommy and baby, Nov. 24 2008.

And now he is a four-year-old school kid in junior kindergarten, taking his first solo swimming lessons and having his first ‘friends’ birthday party on Saturday, proudly letting us know he can ‘climb on big boy things’.

But we all know, he will ALWAYS be Mommy’s baby. Love you, LT – always. Happy birthday. XO

Little Tyke’s first school picture, Oct. 2012.



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