Sunday, January 31, 2010

I have three picture frames hanging in my basement. I plan to blowup a photo of each child to hang in them. When it came time to choose the photos, it was easier said than done. I found pictures of each child, but I wanted them to relate to each other somehow and I couldn't find three that were enough alike. I found two cute ones with all three kids, but I couldn't find a third that was a vertical orientation like the first two.

I've put all the photos here, and maybe all of my loyal readers can help me? Which three should I choose?

Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3
Photo 4 (below)
Photo 5
Photo 6
Photo 7
Photo 8
Photo 9


Howdy, Stranger

Friday, January 29, 2010

In 1998, DH went out with Ron and picked out a gorgeous cherry wood guitar for me for my birthday. I took lessons a few months later, with Rebecca, a decidedly country-leaning player, and she taught us about the basic chords, pivot fingers, and a bunch of strum patterns. She armed us with a pile of music written with chords we were taught in the class. Rather than practice the same song over and over, there were a ton of songs we could play. I can't believe how many songs have only three chords! At the time, I practiced 15 minutes a day, ever day.

I like singing along with my favourite, folksy songs, and I really love finger-picking to Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and to classic folk songs. I'm definitely a campfire-style guitar player.

In 2002, I took the intermediate guitar class with a different teacher. It was fun playing guitar with my pregnant belly but I didn't practice as much and I never really mastered the chords we were taught (F major chord!).

Over the years, I've played from time to time, and this week, I decided to pick up my guitar again. It was out because DH was cleaning up the living room. The first day I played, my finger pads were screaming after 10 minutes and I had to stop. The second day, I played for 20 minutes with little pain, and by the third, I felt 30 minutes wasn't a problem. My fingers haven't calloused and peeled yet, so I guess I'm not playing enough!

DH has promised to teach me barre chords. He gave me a short lesson last weekend, and hopefully he'll help me out again this weekend. He'll turn me into a rocker chick come hell or high water.


Happy Birthday Gramps!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My dad's birthday is tomorrow. Happy Birthday Dad!

Last night , we all went out for supper at Red Lobster. I haven't been there in probably 10 years or more, and I don't remember it being that busy! It was packed! We got there at 5:30 and we had to wait 45 minutes for a table. It was all worth it, because we had a great supper, and the kids are so much more flexible on their dinner time now that they're getting older, so they were fine with waiting.

The food was really good, then we all came back here for carrot cake with cream cheese icing, which is quickly becoming a tradition as the birthday cake of choice for the adults in my family. I haven't baked alone, without a kid or two helping, in such a long time, I was shocked at how quickly I made the cake, but I did miss my little helpers.

After the cake, we intended to play cards, but we all ate a bit too much, and since Tyler, AMF and my dad had gone skiing during the day, and since I was out all days with the kids, was at the gym, etc., I was ready for bed at 9:30. The cards will have to wait for another day.


Hello Hockey, Here We Come

Friday, January 22, 2010

DH and I both love hockey. We watch it, play it, and try to attend a professional game or two every year. We figured out kids would play hockey. After all, we are Canadian!

So imagine our surprise when our son and oldest child had little interest in hockey. In fact, he seemed to have little interest in team sports, period. A good game of chess, or some downhill skiing? Perfect! Soccer or hockey, not so much.

We signed Mr. Boy up for soccer when he was 4 1/2 and I ran around with him on the field, holding hands all the while, on the days we could convince him to attend. Wary of committing to 50 ice times in the minor hockey association hockey league, I signed him up for a 5-week session through the city. He feigned illness to get out of one game, had to be bribed to another, and reluctantly attended the other three, despite the level being appropriate to him and having a couple of friends on the ice with him.

So imagine my surprise when Mr. Boy announced that he wants to play baseball this summer and hockey next winter! The baseball idea isn't new, and he does seem to be pretty good at hitting, throwing and catching. And baseball is a team sport where you only play as a team half of the game, and the other half is individual. Sounds like a perfect fit.

I was secretly delighted that he asked to play hockey, despite the shudders I get when I think of getting him to the rink for 6:00 a.m. ice times. Since he'll be 8 when he starts, I've heard that age group gets a bit later ice times, which suits me just fine. I know he'll be a little behind the others at first, but I hope he'll catch up. He's not a bad skater already, and he likes passing the puck and shooting in a good game of road hockey.


No excuse

Monday, January 18, 2010

Well, where has Beth been? Hmm. No blog posts in forever. No activity whatsoever. That is SO unlike her.

I've been in a bit of a blog funk for the last month or two. I'm not that inspired right now. C'est la vie. It comes and goes and since I started my new job and have been doing meaningful work everyday, my need to blog has gone done. That's right, I needed to blog before, but now that I have more going on at work, I'm getting some of my creativity out there. Two weeks ago, I wrote my first presentation in about 8 years. Today, I wrote an invitation to a kickoff meeting for work. I'm loving my job but I'm spent by the end of the day!

Oh, and I haven't been blogging because we spent a week in the Dominican. Without the kids. I will post some photos when I get a chance, but suffice it to say that the resort was gorgeous and the weather was hot. We had such a great time. We relaxed, we ate and drank, we partied and had quiet times, too. The weather could have been a touch nicer, but I'm really grasping at straws to think of something negative. We cobbled together care for the kids while we were gone and everything seemed to go well, or at least that's what we're being told anyway!


New Lid

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My dad got me a new hockey helmet, not to mention a subscription to Canadian House and Home, for Christmas this year. I have my first game since Christmas tonight and DH was kind enough to help me adjust the helmet. Here's hoping my teammates recognize me!

Usually playing at 10 p.m. makes me pretty tired on Thursdays, but I have tomorrow off of work so I can sleep until about 7! I worked today so I could attend a course that is only ever given on Wednesdays. I have big plans to get a lot of stuff done tomorrow and I'm hoping to cross off a lot of stuff from my To Do list tomorrow. I may even blog two days in a row, something I haven't done in ages.


Back to Life, Back to Reality

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I wasn't on vacation over the last two weeks, but I got to leave work early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and that felt like a vacation.

The kids have been off for two weeks and DH was off for about 10 days. We didn't get a lot 'done', but the kids got a Wii from Grandpa for Christmas and they logged an awful lot of hours. They went swimming a few times with Daddy, and skating two or three times, and the older two went downhill skiing yesterday.

Tomorrow, everything goes back to 'normal'. Daily piano practice started in earnest on Saturday. Final bits of homework were finished up on Saturday, too. I started organizing myself as well, and figured out when Sweet Pea has skating at school, checked backpacks, and generally put things back in order. I planned haircuts for the girls, and thought about birthday presents for upcoming parties where the girls are invited, as well as figured out when I'm going to buy dance shoes for Precious before her class starts.

Our nanny comes back tomorrow after 10 days off and she may find that the house is a little messier and dirtier than usual. We did all the laundry and did some cleaning around Christmas day, but it's been a while since then...

I started a new job on December 17th, but my boss and I only worked one day together before she took two weeks off. Tomorrow, we'll be working together every day (that I'm at work), and I'm pretty excited to get my teeth into the work.

I have a TON of posts planned for the next couple of weeks, but I just haven't been in the writing mood lately. I do plan to talk about my new year's resolution, and also about some of the fashions for my upcoming trip to the Carribean.


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