How is it that it is already the end of November? I remember reading a date on an article that said November 15th, and I thought to myself, that must have been last year. This year has gone by so incredibly quickly and I can hardly believe it! November has been busy. Busy with what - I’m not so sure, but as I sit here typing this, I am having a hard time remembering where the month went.
Andy spent the early part of the month in Alberta with Mike. I am always so thankful for the time the two of them get to spend together. While he was away, we had a crazy week. CRAZY!! I love jewellery. I’m not gonna lie. So, this month I took on another ‘job’. I became a lia sophia consultant. I figured, I was loving the catalogue so much, that I might as well sell it. I had my first show the first weekend of November, and it was Amazing! Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies that came out to my party, and those of you who got some shopping done even if you couldn’t make it out to the party. It was so much fun! Shannon came out. Ladies… it was the best! I can’t thank you enough! And… if any of you ever want to host a show, I would be more than happy to pop by and share the jeweled love!
Back to our crazy week. Eye doctor and pizza party in Campbell Thursday night. Jewellery party Friday night. Open house Saturday night. Birthday party in Campbell Sunday night. Also… daylight savings day. Flat tire Sunday night. That’s right. Flat tire. Night. Kids sleeping. No Daddy to help. Mommy dressed up for a party…wearing my new jewels! wheew… craziness started right then and there! Thankfully there was a wonderful man from London, England who happened upon a Mama with 3 sleeping boys and a flat tire. Did I mention that I have had 6 flat tires with this van? 3 of them were on the way home from the same birthday party on the first weekend of November… 3 different years! Did I mention how much I love flat tires? Really! Thank goodness for kind people. Thank goodness for the lights outside the lodge. Thank goodness for a wood stove and a cozy blanket for my kiddies to sleep by while we changed the tire. I have always respected the road. It’s a scary road with no cell service and not too much between point A and B. This night though, just made me a little more aware of just how dark and lonely that road really is. And to pack more blankets, and towels, and boots, and flashlights. I already had these things… I just need to pack MORE!
We finished swimming lessons. For now. The kids have loved it since September, but getting near the end, I found them wanting to go less. Wanting to stay home just a bit more. And that’s okay. We will start again in the new year, but for now, I am happy to take a little break. I am absolutely amazed though at how the boys can swim now. I am so proud of them. And, they are very proud of themselves too. :)
I have enjoyed watching my boys doing things that they haven’t done for quite some time. Like playing with our train set. One morning at about 6am (which is Owen’s internal clock’s alarm time) I found him in the basement setting up an elaborate track. It made me smile! They haven’t played with it for such a long time, and to see the three of them together with it was wonderful. They have also started listening to some of our children’s CD’s again. The cutest thing ever. They stand by the CD player, and dance and sing along. They love the song “Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” “There Was a Old Lady,” and of course “The Hokey Pokey.” One afternoon while the boys were in school, Thomas and I did the Hokey Pokey together for about 45 minutes. That’s a lot of Hokey Pokey. And… a lot of giggling. These two things are just a reminder to me that they’re still very little. Still so little. And, to take these moments and hang on to them. Because one day, no one is going to want to do the Hokey Pokey with their Mom. Not even for one second.
This month I spent a lot of time at my very favourite place in the whole world… the dentist. (did you catch the extreme sarcasm?) It’s not that I don’t think my dentists and everyone who works in that building aren’t wonderful - because they are. It’s just that the word “dentist” makes me shudder, and the second I walk into the office my heart starts to race. But, I was very brave, and did all of the things that I was supposed to do. And, I constantly remind my boys to take good care of their teeth, so that when they’re 37, they won’t be fixing their 6 year molars like their Mommy is.
This month we went for our last bike ride of the year on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. And, I didn’t almost fall off my bike like last month. It was all good. I love being out with Andy and the boys like this. We rode to the movie store and got Toy Story 3. I loved it. And cried like a baby at the end… no kidding! (of the movie, not the bike ride - even though it made me sad to put our bikes away).
Little O missed a week of school this month. Poor little monkey! He’s such an active, feisty little boy, that seeing him down and out for a few days is hard. He’s tough though. When the doctor asked him how he was, he said “good” to which the doctor replied… “no… you’re lying to me… you’re very bad”. Owen then quietly said, “ya, I don’t even want to play the wii.” Now that’s sick!
The first snowfall of the year came smack in the middle of Owen’s sick week. Even though he was on the couch, resting, not eating, and taking things easy… the second the snow started to fall out of the sky and start to stick - he wanted out in it! And, the second the snow started to fall out of the sky, I started to feel Christmasy - not really a word, but how I felt.
Hope you’re all starting to feel Christmasy too. December always flies by…. I will see you all again very soon!
Oh, and what’s the story on the moustaches? While in Victoria this summer the boys and I found them in Chinatown. We thought it would be funny to take pictures of our family… and November (or Movember as it’s called by many) was as good of time as any. Too funny! And might I just add, I can not get over just how much I look like my dad, and uncles in this photo… wowza! If I were a man and actually had a moustache, I could be a twin of one of my dad’s brothers. Any guesses which one?