Christmas List Update

Monday, December 13, 2010

I have about a million things to do before Christmas.

Must do list
Get a tree – Done but it’s not decorated yet.
Buy presents – Not done yet but I have a list and I’m getting closer to being done.

Want to do list
Make Christmas cookies – Will be doing this on Wednesday or Thursday night.
Make homemade gifts for my coworkers - Will be doing this on Wednesday or Thursday night while I make the cookies.
Decorate the inside of my house – As done as it’s going to get.
Buy some LED lights – Got some for outside and installed them backwards but they still look good! Next year I’ll know how to put them up correctly.
Get stockings for DH and me - Done
Get a new Christmas CD – Done – Got a Motown Christmas and now I’m wishing I’d bought the Annie Lennox Christmas CD.
Plan a get-together or two – Not likely to happen as we were busy all this weekend and we are next weekend, too. We don’t have any free weekend nights between now and Christmas!
Go see Santa - Nope
Mail Christmas cards – Not gonna happen!
Re-decorate my whole house to make the Christmas decorations look better! – I wish. I’d be happy if our new dishwasher gets installed before Christmas. We had problems with the latch, but a couple of weeks back, blue smoke started coming out of it during the wash cycle so we decided to get a new one. I’m tired of washing the dishes by hand.


New Post Over a 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Head over to 5 Minutes for Special Needs to see what I posted last week.


Wardrobe Update

Friday, December 10, 2010

About a month ago, I went on a scrapbooking retreat with two girlfriends. It was an hour out of town, and now that we have a second car, I was able to drive up on my own and take advantage of the Thursday night option that was offered. My friends were only coming up on Friday, and since I had the Thursday evening, and Friday to myself, I decided to do a little shopping while I was out of town. For all my talk of buying only quality pieces, I still love Smart Set and always find myself getting excited when I go in that store. The prices are so amazing.

I showed up on the Friday morning when the store opened, looking for a pair of dressy jeans for work. Almost 2 hours and $500 later, I left the store with an large number of items. I felt a thrill, but later a little remorse as I could scarcely afford $500. When the weekend was over, I asked DH to help me decide which things to return. I ended up bringing back about $150 worth of items.

I did find those jeans I wanted, and I feel like a million bucks in them! They're dressy enough for Fridays at work and look fantastic with heels.
I got this casual shirt for the weekends. I'm so in love with gray right now.
My jeggings. The 20 year-old girls on my hockey team make fun of me for wearing these, but they wear their pants so low that their underwear and butt cracks show - so I think they're the fools! Call it a generation gap. These jeans are comfy and don't have any big buckle or buttons to accentuate my tummy.I got this tank top in dark gray. I plan to wear it to a cocktail party tonight under a plum-coloured velvet jacket with black cigarette pants.

I can't believe how many compliments I've gotten on this necklace. I love the black beads as it gives it a bit of a vintage feel.
I haven't had a chance to wear this one yet, as my 'country' beige sweater is at the dry cleaners.
I've been living in this vest. In fact, I'm wearing it right now! It looks great over a white blouse and under my dark gray blazer and work. On the weekends, it looks good with my brown cords or jeggings, over a long-sleeved scoop neck t-shirt.I also got two long-sleeved t-shirts, a teal cowl-neck sweater, a pair of dark gray dress pants which fit beautifully and which I can wear with my oh-so-sexy orthopedic shoes, and dark gray casual, cotton jacket, double-breasted with oversized buttons. I love to wear the jacket to work on Fridays, and it is wonderful to keep warm on the weekends.


New Wheels

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We were proudly a one-car family for about 4 years. It was one of the ways we kept down our expenses when I was off work for 2 years, then part-time for 2 years. When I went back to work full-time and we switched from a nanny to a home daycare in our neighbourhood, I figured I could walk the kids home from daycare every day. The weather conspired against us, plus the lack of sidewalks on our route home meant that not only was it raining for a week straight, but our shoes, feet and pant legs were getting soaked, too. Precious was so tired after her first full days of school, that getting the kids home on foot was pretty miserable.

We couldn't decide what vehicle to get. A small, commuter car? A minivan? Another sedan? If we got a van, everyone could fit in it and we could even get in a friend or two. What about gas mileage? Cost? Style?

We kept trying to picture our future needs, but that was pretty useless. I don't think we're very good at that!

Finally, DH just decided and picked out a new car for us. I went to test drive it and liked it. Our new Mazda 5 has three rows of seats, so it seats 6, one more than our Altima. It's pretty good on gas, and it's versatile as each of the 4 back seats can fold down independently.The car is slightly taller than our Altima, but not as long. That being said, I guess it looks like a minivan. Beside our Altima, it doesn't look like a minivan to me, but I'm willing to concede that it could be considered a mini minivan.

My favourite things about the car are the decisive brakes, the cleanliness of it, the ease of buckling the kids in, the sliding doors on the side (no more worrying about the kids smashing other cars in a parking lot!) the thermostat-controlled interior heater and being able to plug in my iPod into the stereo. Now if only I could remember to put my iPod in the car when I'm driving somewhere!


Hockey 2010-2011

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mr. Boy decided he wanted to play hockey this year.
At the pre-season warmup that Andy organized, Mr. Boy had a great time and Daddy helped out on the ice.

After the sort-outs, Andy called DH to tell what team Mr. Boy was on and to convince him to be the head coach, even though it didn't take much persuasion.

DH has put his heart and soul into this team and had taken various courses, planned all the practices and has been eating, breathing and sleeping hockey! Mr. Boy practices every Saturday and Sunday, and DH is there early and is the last to leave. He is dedicated to getting the most improvement out the boys possible.

Mr. Boy had his first ever game last weekend and he did great. I was so impressed with how much he had improved since the beginning of the year, and at how well the team did. I had my video camera with me, and on Mr. Boy's first shift, he got a breakaway! And I got it all on tape!

Here's DH behind the bench.

And Mr. Boy on the bench. He's a big kid and he seems to have a real knack for defence. Daddy makes the practices fun and Mr. Boy is thrilled to be playing hockey.
This weekend, DH hosted a mid-season party for the boys. Ten boys, and two assistant coaches came and they played street hockey, had pizza, ran around like maniacs and played Wii hockey, or so I'm told. I was asked to clear out for the duration of the party so I took the girls out to see the movie Tangled and for a snack after.


Seeing Things In a Whole New Light!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mr Boy got his reading glasses recently. He says it is clearer when he's doing his marathon reading sessions. And I think he looks pretty cute in his glasses. He only needs to wear them when he's working at his desk or when reading at night, so he keeps them in his backpack in their case.


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