Monday, April 30, 2007
*dreaming I was in labor, waking up and I was~~
*driving to the hospital at 5:30am and seeing 3 deer on the side of the road, munching... a mom, a dad, and a baby. Wanted to name our new baby fawna or bucko after the baby deer we saw... decided that wasn't a good idea. Broke the nervousness on the 25 minute drive to the hospital though.
*finding out how easy it was to breastfeed a newborn baby
*learning that when there is a sudden drop in barometric pressure (like during a hurricane) that mothers go into labor quite quickly. I waited in the hallway, after my baby was born and listened to 3 other babies being born, cause no one had time to move me to a better spot, cause the babies were coming too fast. Interestingly, we had a huge windstorm that day, with many fallen trees and damaged properties.
*finding out how hard it is to breastfeed a 4 hour old baby.
*meeting my new room mate that had the ugliest baby in the world.
*realizing that all babies were ugly except mine.
*realizing that I had the most beautiful baby in the world
Happy Birthday my little Stephanie April Peters 8lb 5oz... born at 7:55am April 30 1984
(picture coming, as soon as the scanner is installed after supper)
Sunday, April 29, 2007
this morning they are off to Goose Bay Labrador at 11am today.. Daddy has just left a few minutes ago for the trip to the Airport. (Trip #2) They will be there at 1:15pm. There is nothing worse than putting your kids on an airplane...especially if you hate flying as much as I do. ugh. Terry will leave the airport and go to his mom's where he will spend the day doing "technical support" on his mom's network of computers in her house
Today is my niece's birthday... Patience Louise MacLean is turning 32. This would be my sisters' baby girl and only biological daughter. She is living in St. John New Brunswick and holds down two really fun jobs. She is a hair stylist and she also works in a Gym. Happy Birthday Patience.
Tomorrow is Stephanie's 23rd birthday. Imagine. She will be spending her birthday packing and organizing to get ready for a 26 day trip to Merida Mexico which starts on Tuesday. Another day of worry for me as she will be up and down about 4 times in 4 different aircraft at 4 different airports!!! ugh
Then Michelle and Scott get back home on Saturday at 3, and they both begin their summer jobs with a few days of that.
Today is Purse club... yipeee. We are off to Wolfville at 1, and its nice to get together with all the girls. Cindy Harrison will be back from her trip south where she went with 11 other girlfriends from her youth. They are all turning 50 this year. How cool is that. I can't wait to hear about the trip. Heather GR won the purse last month, so we will get to see her purchases today. I think it will be summer clothes.... we shall see
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Grey's Anatomy have stooped pretty low this week. Even I was cringing at the "low" blow, with the tubes and hooks and ewwww.... I see things rapidly falling apart on Grey's, for everyone except Christine and Cranky. Who actually smiled once in this show. So, who knows what the final 3 will bring. I plan on having a conversation with the producers of the show tomorrow morning on my walk (via the most recent PodCast) so I will let you know.
FLU 101 done. I think. Back to work...normal life in my system.. so far...
Terry hits the 101 tomorrow, to head to Antigonish to pic up Scott and Michelle, who are done... done ... done. Michelle is in the midst of major construction there at Burke house, and since early yesterday, the bulldozers and dirtmovers have been hard at it. She has to stay until the very last little pumpkin is out of Burke House, which will be tomorrow at 3pm. So, meanwhile she is holding down in her little room, while the walls, windows, doors, and grounds come down all around her. She feels like they are perched, ready to bounce the minute she vacates the hallways. Its a sad thing to see the legendary BURKE house, home of the frosh for millions of years, go by the dumpster, but in Sept, it will be a new BURKE house, same brick walls but all new inside. Michelle gets a bigger, new room, with a private bathroom (down the hall) and a whole new era of BURKE. Nice that she spent 2 years in old BURKE which is unheard of, since it has been a totally FROSH house for years. No body gets to return to it a second year. Not only did she get to spend a second year, but is returning for a third year and the Senior RA. Scott, who was a BURKE FROSH boy, got to return for a second year, as the house president, but two years was enough of the madness for him. He is off to his own apt (with 6 other boys) just down the road. I think it will be like a Mini Burke, myself, since most of the boys he is rooming with are exiles (ex Burke). But the food will be better than the last two years, since he will be buying and preparing it himself. How many nights a week can you have fondue Scott? But, we do know the hollandaise sauce goes with everything, so that's a good thing. Scott and Michelle are going to Goose Bay for a week on Sunday, so I hope Scott spends a day or two, copying out his mom's favorite recipes, since every one of them I have had are absolutely AWESOME. Skor Short breads... fondue, and Brownies. (So far)
Stephanie, is done as well. Last assignment handed in today. 5th year, done. Check!! One more, for this hurdle. On Tuesday, she flies out from Fredericton to Merida Mexico where she will be studying Mayan Culture ( I think) and taking 3 UNB courses while visiting Mayan stuff, like ruins and shopping Malls (I think).
For her birthday, we gave her a new camera. We bought Stephanie a digital camera in like 2000 when she went to Japan. I think it was a 2.0. Top of the line back then. But on her trip to Belize last year, her pictures were very blurry and thank God for all the other people's pictures, because Stephanie's just were not worth saving. So, how can you have a world traveler amongst us, and have her go with a 7 year old camera. So, she has been having fun with it, since she got it yesterday as you can see by her blog. Mostly cats, but she is taking requests!! Her birthday is Monday... April 30th, and although she didn't make me wait for her as long as Michelle did (being 15 days LATE) Stephanie was due on April 25, yesterday, Day 2 of my FLU. To be fair to Stephanie, it was smart that she didn't come on time, because we didn't come up with a name for her until the night before she was born. (April 29th) Well, we did have Jeffery David picked out, and that would have had to do, I guess.
I have a very sick "Glee" in my heart, and a little nervous twitch, so I have to share it. From the day Chantal got the word that she was posted, I warned her that the Military has a way of messing with your mind. I warned her not to go to far with stuff until the blessed "MESSAGE". Ok, no message so far, and I am thrilled... and selfishly excited that maybe I was right, yet again. Here is my problem, I may be getting my hopes up now, and just high enough to dare to hope that she won't get posted this year, and then WHAM... Jun 15 or so... a message... typical Military style.. and my hopes get dashed. So I won't hope too hard, so that I won't fall to hard, if and when the message does come in....
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Long story..short. On Monday, I was not feeling so great. Sore, but not my arms or legs. My stomach. I was feeling sort of pissed off, that a little raking and bending could hurt my stomach, actually, the fact that I was so out of shape, was the main reason. Right after supper, which was less than enjoyable, I headed down the 1o1 to the airport to pick up Terry. He's been away for a week, spending time with his dad, now that he was out of hospital, finally. While driving, my stomach was still sore, and I felt that maybe my pants were too tight (another depressing thought). Around Windsor, I felt I couldn't take it any more, and undid my pants.... well, I am not sure what that released but, all of a sudden, I started to get very hot.. sweating... and that was with the air on. In no time at all, I realized, I have to pull over. Sure enough, I got out and was sick on the side of the highway. Ugh. I certainly didn't feel like I could drive the rest of the way to the airport. But I made it. I was never so happy to see that exit sign in my life.
Terry drove home and I had to stop twice, once on the road, once in Sackville... It was a very long night, every hour I was up, and then as the morning broke, it was very 20 minutes. Not fun. I slept and visited the bathroom all day yesterday and my body is so sore I can hardly walk. I am going to try not to lay down today, because my back is so sore, I think moving is better than laying down. But I still have the need for the bathroom... I would love to know where all the liquid comes from! ugh, sorry about that.
Michelle and Scott will be home on Friday and they leave again on Sunday for Goose Bay. Scott's parents are in Goose and they are looking forward to a visit from the pair. Once they are back to Greenwood, they will both start work. Michelle at Peoples and Scott at the Aurora Inn... Stephanie leaves for Mexico next Tuesday and is back May 25. She starts work at the craft council on June 1, so we get to have her home for a few days before she starts work. Sean started yesterday. So, that's it for all the kids working for the summer. Way better feeling than last year when jobs were pretty scarce and they all were struggling to find work.
ok, now I have to go lay down.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Well what a hoot. All the way home in the car, it was things like "I wonder how many forms we need to have filled out?", I wonder how much the deduction is?"... those things. We made a stop at the drug store for a few things, and he played the Legally Blind "Card" to get me to do a few "Extra" services.... "I can't carry that, I am Legally Blind!!!" I can't use that debit machine...Blind you know.... Meanwhile he stomped my toes (on purpose) with his cane and said... oops, sorry, Legally Blind you know. At the Bank.... oh, can't wait in Line.... Legally Blind, you know. We chuckled all afternoon.
THE MINUTE we got in the house.... I had to bring up his "already done" Income Tax Return, and re do it with the full disability credits... and.. will all the forms filled out and filed... he will get money back. Yes, for the first time in 20 years....money back!!!! I think he could see little better this evening over tea.
Our second big funny..... Down stairs in Dad's sitting room, he has an old, small filing cabinet, that sits by his big chair. It has some treats "in the drawer" to feed the cat and dog, and he stashes a little treat for himself in there too. At Easter, he got a box of sugarless chocolates from the Easter Bunny, and it was filled with WRAPPED sugar free chocolates, from Hershey. Some were foil wrapped, looking like peanut butter cups, and some were Cello wrapped... not sure what they were. Well, we will never know. Mollie, who is never away from dad... for the second time this year, has chosen to spend her time "alone" in the house, looking through dad's belongings for Chocolate. When we came home and Dad went down stairs, there he found the filing cabinet drawer open, the Easter box for the chocolates there, and all the chocolates missing, wrappers and all. Now, how she got that drawer open, we don't know, and she left the entire dish of dog treats there, untouched.
Our walk tomorrow morning should be interesting, and possibly filled with shiny gold wrappers....
What a day.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Jill MacD, JillyBean... Happy Birthday. You are THE most, creative and gifted person I know. You are amazing, and that just isn't quite enough. You are generous, kind and understanding. You are helpful and caring... ok... so you are going to kill me for this..... but
I just can't let the 40th anniversary of "Canada's Centenial" go by without a blog. Like, remember the song
"Caaaaa...naaaaaa...daa.........WEEEEEEE...Love ....you......dum da da dum dum dum da da dum... I don't remember the rest of the song.
And then there is the Centenial symbol of our new flag. The triangles... remember drawing those a thousand times in school.
And the penny.... Jill, there are still those pennies around, and I always think to myself... wow, this penny is as old as Jill. Oh, that was bad.... sorry. If it makes you feel better, its not as old as me.
Remember, now, Jill. We have been friends for a long time. We have been through many fun things, some sad things, some painful things, some fun but painful things (that would be me, trying to be creative, and you being soooo supportive) So, because we have known each other for a very long time, and we have been through lots together, I felt it was my job to honor you on this 40th anniversary of a very special event.
Happy Birthday Jilly Bean, and remember.... it could have been WAY worse.
Ok, everyone, meet Jill MacDonald
Born April 16, 1967
Please enjoy just a few of the hundreds of pictures I have scanned into my computer, and will use, if Jill shows up at my office today..... ugh.
Please email Jill today, or visit her blog (in my favorites) and wish her a Happy 40th birthday.
I love ya Jill...... remember, we are going to grow old together.
The big news in 1975..... Metric. Schools were forced to teach only in Metric. Labels on food.... metric only. My Nanny in law became a woman of metric and began ordering a kilometer of ground beef from the butcher, whenever she need to buy the good ground round for making Kibbi.
Musical news of 1975.... "Love with Keep us together" by Captain and Tennille.
Other news in 1975... The UN decreeded 1975 as the International Year of the Woman. How appropriate that 1975 be "Year of the Woman" when a wonderful "woman to be" was born into the world.
I have only know Chantal for about 2 years and I can't believe how lucky I am to have her as a friend and a co-worker. Chantal has brought so much to our school, with her knowledge, her talents and her amazing ability to " say it like it really is". This girl says what your thinking but don't want to say.... she cracks me up almost every day.
I am totally old enough to be her mother (if I was just a little more promiscuous...being just 16 when she would have been born), but yet, she makes me feel like I am as young as she is.
Here are just a few observations I can share about Chantal. Chantal is a "Poster child" for the association of "ONLY CHILD" children. It is not an easy thing to be one, and also to raise one.... and usually it can pretty obvious that your talkin' to an "only".... BUT Chantal... although, she is an "only" .... is the PERFECT "only". She is beautifully spoiled, and devilishly proud of it, but that is as far as the characteristics go. I would think that she was raised with several siblings... because she is as feisty and strong as themiddle child of several boys. She stands her ground, with grace and humor, and truly looks at the other side of things when faced with a conflict. Kudos to Chantal... and to her parents.... you should right a book on raising "an only child" so perfectly.
Chantal... mother of twins... two year old twins..... oh my GOD.... first off, she isn't 20 inches around... and birthed two FULL TERM babies....
Chantal, you brighten our school with your presence, you sense of humor (sometimes sick as it is), your kindness, your positive attitude in sometimes the worst situations.... your openness and eagerness to compliment and encourage everyone around you. I haven't even touched on your teaching and parenting abilities.... I will save those comments for another blog.
Happy Birthday Chantal.....
Please visit Chantal's blog and wish her a Happy Birthday...
Saturday… a game against a Greenwood team, who had a rough game, and we shook hands in the 6th, which moved us to Sunday’s semi Finals in “A”, and sent that team straight back out onto the ice for their final game.
Both Friday and Saturday nights were filled with great music, tons of dancing and lots of laughs.
The theme of the whole Bonspiel was “Around the World” and Saturday night the teams did not disappoint. Almost every team was in costume (which included a team dressed as "Canadians" and a team of stowaway immigrants disguised as Canadians) and everyone was in great spirits and the imagination that went into the costumes was amazing. See below for costume pictures.
Sunday morning, was a fairly fun game, in that the other team was very friendly, but we had a couple of rough ends, and they had a couple of lucky/fluke ends. Results... we are done, and we won some really sweet rings from People’s Jewelers, which are a light blue stone with a little diamond on either side. Really sweet.