Things I Love Thursday

  • Date nights with Suzi
  • Rain. As long as it’s not like in Forks.
  • Getting out of town for Easter.
  • Making a decision.
  • That Cougar Town is back!
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Friday 5

Welcome to this weeks Friday 5, Holiday Music.

  1. What’s your favorite holiday album? Christmas With Bony M.
  2. What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year? White Christmas.
  3. What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the not-so-positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year? None that I can think of.
  4. What’s your favorite song about a non-December holiday? I don’t know if I even know any.
  5. What holiday song makes you want to cover your ears and flee? The Holly and the Ivy.

There and Back Again – A Waters Tale

It’s been a busy week, but fun nonetheless. Last week Tuesday we left windy, rainy, Lethbridge, to seek the sun, in the beautiful Okanagan. The drive there was beautiful, with a few clouds and a bit of drizzle along the way. We pulled into Vernon around 5, and were greeted with hugs and smiles from family and kids. Mom made me homemade cottage cheese perogies with farmer sausage and shmont fat, followed with fresh apple pie for dessert. Delicious! We spent the next day visiting with her, my aunts and brother and sister-in-law. Surprisingly the kids weren’t scared of either of us as they usually are, and we loved having them around to play with.

Thursday saw us off in the morning, to make a stop-in to see my Grandpa and Dorothy for a quick visit, before heading into Kelowna to have lunch with a friend at our favourite Pub. Wings were delicious as always, and after that we went for a bit of a drive around town, before heading to the mall to check it out as well. We arrived early and surprised Trista who was not quite ready for us. The kids seemed a bit leery at first but within minutes warmed up right away. That evening Trista and I headed out to girls night while the boys stayed at home with the kids and enjoyed a few alot of beers.

Friday I went with Trista to Riley’s preschool field trip to the Ellison Fire Hall, while Steve wandered town and met up with some old friends for drinks.

That night Trista got the cake and things ready for Sophie’s birthday party the next day. (I helped fluff her flowers)

Saturday morning I went for a visit to a friend’s house for coffee while everyone else went to the boys baseball games. I was home before anyone else and had a nap before lunch. After lunch Trista and I went to check out som Wineries and take some photos, before coming back to set up for the party.

The party was fun and afterwards everyone came back after taking all of the kids home. I had a few too many glasses of wine and ended up spilling a full glass on myself, that’s when I knew it was time for bed. Unfortunately it was before the cops arrived and I missed the excitement.

Sunday, the boys had baseball again all morning and afternoon, so Steve and I took the opportunity for some alone time. We went to the flea market in Rutland, where we found some great deals, before we went for a drive to Westbank and lunch at Whitespot. We came home and I had another nap and woke up feeling refreshedish. Trista called to meet us before heading downtown for a walk, and told us Tyson came in second place in his baseball league and Riley won MVP on his team. Way to go boys!

Monday, we had a nice breakfast before saying our goodbyes and leaving for Vernon again to spend one more night with my mom, brother and family. We went up to Davison Orchards to take some pictures of the boys and sights there, and found a Bee Farm along the way!

After dinner we visited my aunt and uncle, who live next door, before coming home for an early night.

Yesterday we were up early to get a head start and ended up leaving by 7:30. It was a rainy, cloudy drive home, but we were headed home at least. We pulled in just before 5:30 and had a nice quiet relaxing night.

Our trip was crazy, busy, but we had alot of fun. Hopefully it won’t take another six years before we head back again.

Heading Home

On Tuesday, we’re taking a much-needed break from friends and family, to visit friends and family. First we’re headed to Vernon to stay at my mom’s and brother’s house for a couple of days. Then it’s into Kelowna to visit with Steve’s brother and family and some of his friends.

This will be the first trip back “home” for Steve since we moved, six years ago, and he’s ridiculously excited! I hope it lives up to his expectations.

I’m Dreaming Of…

Everyone knows I love Christmas. It’s my favourite holiday and time of year, and I’m a self-admitted “Christmas Whore”. Two weeks ago I put up my Christmas tree, not feeling Christmasey but doing it anyways, to get it done and put Austin in a better mood seeing as I was babysitting him. It took me three hours just to put up the upstairs tree and decorate it. A few days earlier I put the downstairs “fun” tree up as well. It was exciting but a big stretch for me to have a “fun” tree. It has colored and blinking lights, as well as our “special” ornaments that are all different colors. To fill it out I bought plain silver balls in different sizes. This is the first time in my life that I’ve had a tree with colored lights, and while it’s fun to have, I have to say I love my white/clear ones upstairs best.

I stuck with the same colors this year upstairs, keeping with moss-green, brown, and orange, with dashes of white and silver to brighten things up. Snowflakes are the main theme, and I have a few touches of feathers thrown in too to add texture. I haven’t gotten around to taking pictures of everything yet, not really feeling like I need to this year, because everything’s pretty much the same as last year, only more spread out from the larger house. I have been playing around with the lights and bokeh though, and have gotten a few good shots.

This year is especially exciting because I’m having Christmas Day at our house. No packing gifts and food up to bring to other houses, no being uncomfortable after dinner cause you forgot your “comfy pants”, no worrying you drank too much to drive home. This year we can sit around and not go anywhere. It may be a lot of work with all of the cooking and cleaning, but I get to do Christmas my way. We’re doing what my family does at Christmas (other than the fighting hopefully), a large breakfast, snacks all day, and ham and scalloped potatoes for dinner around 6:00.

As it gets closer to Christmas and the snow starts falling, shopping is getting done, and preparations are in order, I’m starting to feel it more. The songs, the lights, the smells, and the events that this time of year brings around all help to make me feel Christmasey. And even though I hate the snow and cold, I’m still caught dreaming of a white Christmas.

Things I Love Monday

  • White Spot. Their Legendary Burgers are fantastic! Very crave worthy.
  • The colors of fall in the Okanagan
  • Gloomy rainy days
  • Glittery holiday decorations
  • Feathers!
  • Brandts Pub! Their wings are fabulous!
  • Long windy roads that end up in the middle of nowhere.