Friday, December 28, 2007


That's right. Aftermath. The Fat Man comes and leaves this house in a hurricane and it's up to "SUPERMOM" to put it all back together, clean it up, and find places for it all. It's all okay though, it was worth it to see the faces of my family light up with glee at their surprises. Graeme got the biggest surprise of all - his parents bought him a brand new 2007 Chevy Cobalt! It was quite a shock to everyone, most of all him! I couldn't be happier for him, he is the BEST and deserves it. He is a wonderful husband, father, and son. I could not be happier unless I'd bought it myself for him.

Kennedy had a wonderful day filled with High School Musical and Hannah Montana - she was thrilled right down to the core. The boys were a bit more subdued but what do you expect of an 18 and 16 year old that early in the morning??? We enjoyed a beautiful dinner (if I do say so myself...) - I actually searched out and prepared several "Martha Stewart" recipes for the stuffing, a side dish, and the turkey - all were delish! It was a very special present for all of us to have Kennedy join us and dine with us at the table for our holiday meal together.

So now it's back to the cleaning, re-organizing, etc. I hope everyone who reads this blog had a very merry whatever-it-is-you-celebrate and some wonderful, peaceful, healthy, restful time with family & friends.

Yay for Hannah Montana movies!
Excited Kennedy with her Hannah Montana movies

Yay for new cars!
Excited Daddy with his new car

Friday, December 21, 2007

Shortbread Cookies

I spent the day doing a lot of holiday baking - when Kennedy came home afterschool, she wanted to play outside in the snow for awhile. When she came in, she noticed the rolled out dough and shortbread cookies cooling on wire racks. She asked if she could have one and proceeded to gobble TWO down (with a bit of frosting on them). The next question was, "can I have that frosting in a bowl, mama?" - that's my girl, complete with sweet tooth! It was pretty special seeing her eat her very first holiday cookies! She was very concerned about which ones we should leave out for Santa. I told her we would save him a couple of the big ones. She is so excited and things are a lot of fun around here right about now.
Kennedy Having Fun in the Snow

First Time Eating a Holiday Cookie - December 21, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

December Pictures

Kennedy sang in the Holiday Musical at her school today. It was called "Once on a Housetop" - a great multi-cultural, multi-traditional celebration. Her song was part of the "Santa" portion of the show; he was stuck in the chimney. The song was "A Big Red Fella" - the video is getting transferred onto DVD so I can get it up online. In the meantime, here she is singing:Kennedy singing with her grade four class - A Big Red Fella

And here she is, post-show, posing in front of the tree:Lil Ms. Poser

And the other day, shoveling snow with Dad (we are doing that a LOT lately - lots of snow already!):Shoveling with Daddy

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Letter to Santa 2007

This was an independent effort on the part of Ms. Kennedy. I was proud that she thanked him for last year's gift and asked about the "artic" and Mrs. Claus.
I'm guessing Santa will be able to find couple Hannah Montana movies for her.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Pictures from our trip to Nova Scotia

All this studying is keeping me away from the blog lately; here, finally, are the pictures from our trip last month to Nova Scotia, where we spent a few days with dear friends Jeanie & MacKenzie and then went into the hospital for Kennedy to have her g-tube taken out and stoma closed. There are photos from their swim at the White Point Beach Resort, at Jeanie's House, and at the IWK. As always, remember if Flickr! is being naughty and says "no such photos found!", hit F5 on your keyboard to refresh the screen and that should set everything right.

22 More Sleeps!

The Holiday Madness has begun! Kennedy woke up Saturday morning bouncing off the walls to open her advent calendar. There's nothing like brightly coloured Santa & Reindeer waving in your face and the whiff of cheap chocolate to lull you not-so-gingerly out of your slumber. Seriously, though - the holidays are just too much fun when you are dealing with the energy dynamo that is my Kennedy. We put the decorations up this past Saturday & Sunday and though it's no winter wonderland by any means, Kennedy loves it all. She was just about busting with excitement as each of the large plastic totes were brought down from the attic by Daddy. It really is all about reliving things through your children's eyes. It's a lot of fun, even when I'm not 100% in the mood, with the impending doom of six cumulative exams hanging over my head.

This morning, another usual December tradition started...when Kennedy comes upstairs around 6:30am, ALL of the lights must be turned on: the little tree by the front door, the ceramic "North Pole" that sits on the coffee table, all of the little village houses on the mantle and even the candy canes and star in the big picture window. They stay on until Miss K is on her bus off to school. I don't know anyone who loves it all more than Kennedy, which always serves to get me in the mood, too.