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Christmas time is almost here

Today marks 12 years since James proposed to me!  That’s crazy.  In some ways it really doesn’t feel that long ago.
Time goes by fast, like this month just whizzing by before my very eyes.  How can it already be just 9 days till Christmas?!  I don’t feel ready for it somehow, and yet I can’t help but be excited about it.
The kids have been busy with school activities centered around holiday time, which means I’ve also been busy with school activities centered around holiday time!  I recently helped the girls’ class with an art project making cute little angel ornaments.  It was fun, and I was happy to be asked to help, because it’s special to be a part of those moments, having had the same opportunity (in the same classroom, with the same teacher even!) when Andrew was in Kindergarten.  I enjoy getting to know the personalities of a lot of the kids in the class, and knowing they feel comfortable around me because they’re used to seeing me, much like the kids in Andrew’s K class got to k…

Worst management company ever

I really don’t want to be focusing on annoying, negative crap, but I feel like this needs to be written, for one so I can try to get it off my chest, and for another so I have it documented.
Our management company is pretty much the worst imaginable.  They do NOTHING.  They don’t even do the bare minimum at this point.  They either ignoring our requests altogether for maintenance, or they say they’re getting to it ‘soon’ in the hopes we’ll just forget about it and stop asking.  Or, they book times for stuff and then when I call to confirm those times, they say they've been cancelled (because they of course never had any intention of following through).
Last week we spent just under $160 to have our chimney swept, after not having it done for 4 years.  I’ve since asked twice for reimbursement but of course they’re ignoring me.  They don’t even respond AT ALL, it’s just a flat out ignore.  I’ve been asking for 3 years to have our dryer ducts cleaned, after having them done 4 years ago…

Trying to stay positive

Ever since finding out the news about my friend being unwell, I’ve been trying harder to live more in the moment.  It’s challenging, though.  Especially when trying to process what she’s going through.  I just can’t.  I keep getting this awful feeling of helplessness and it nags at me and just makes me feel sad.  Yes it all reminds me how precious life is and not to take it for granted, but it's just so scary, and sad, there’s no way around it.  I appreciate what I have and have to remind myself that I’m healthy (as far as I know...which reminds me, I did get my blood drawn yesterday, finally.  She just finished getting 3 vials and took the needle out of my arm and then said, oh sorry, I didn’t get quite enough and I used the wrong type of vial so I need to go in again...so my other arm got jabbed, too.  But at least it’s done and maybe I’ll find out why I’m getting these headaches...and hopefully I’ll find out nothing is wrong at all).  Part of me wonders, though, why I’m healthy…

Life is too fragile

This past little while has been a tad challenging.  I’ve been dealing with back to back migraines, and while the medication I take for them helps at times, they return and I end up quite nauseous and in general I’ve been finding it debilitating.  I’m getting a blood test this week to see if there’s any ‘easy’ answer for what might be causing them, so we’ll see.  
I don’t even want to complain AT ALL about these headaches, though, as I feel like they’re nothing in comparison to what I could be dealing with.  I found out a few days ago that a friend of mine (who’s younger than me by several years) has a rare form of C (which I can’t even bring myself to type) and it’s complicated.  I don’t want to get into it because I just want to remain hopeful and think positive.  It’s just a very scary, awful situation, and my heart is hurting so badly for her and her family.  She has two young kids and it’s just completely unfair that this is happening.  She’s literally one of the nicest people I’ve…

Emily lost a tooth

Emily lost her first tooth on Friday (Nov 10th)!  I actually think if it had happened more naturally, it probably would have been another day or two, but it came out nonetheless!  All 3 kids were playing and running around together laughing, when Andrew basically fell right into Emily and on their way down to the ground, he bumped her face pretty hard.  Luckily he didn’t land on her, but it was so hard to watch because he could have, which would have had the potential for far worse damage.  I was just scolding him a bit for not being as careful as he could have been because she really could have got hurt, when she started sitting up and sheer panic crossed her face as she realized blood was coming out of her mouth.  She started screaming, ‘My tooth, my TOOTH!’ as I quickly got her standing up and on the vinyl floor.  Thank GAWD they fell right at the edge of the vinyl floor where it meets the carpet, or there would have been a lot of blood to try to clean out of the carpet!  I quickly…

Halloween and now...Christmas?!

I got a bit of Christmas shopping done this morning.  Did I seriously just say that?!  Actually, I always tend to get going on it at this time in November, with the hope of being done by early December to avoid the total insanity of the Christmas-Rush.  Still, it feels so early.  Wasn’t it just Halloween?!

Speaking of which, the kids of course had a great time that day.  It was a school day, which the kids loved because it meant having a Halloween parade and seeing everyone else’s costumes.  Getting ready for trick or treating isn’t so much of a treat for me, as I always find the kids are bouncing off the walls and bordering on crashing from the excitement, but we got through that part of Halloween, and then the fun of trick or treating began.  

My parents came over to hand out candy while James and I went out with the kids.  The weekend prior I’d gone to a Halloween party with the kids where I was asked to dress up, so a couple of hours before the party I threw together a ‘Cereal’ Kill…

Happy Birthday Babies!

I can’t believe my baby girls are officially FIVE!

They had their Shimmer and Shine themed birthday party on Saturday, and I am happy (and relieved!) to report that it went really well!  I started with migraine symptoms the afternoon before their birthday and was so worried I’d be feeling ill on their actual day.  I took one of my headache pills (and have since had to refill the prescription) which made me feel kind of loopy and out of it, and really easily bothered.  I wanted to just lay in a quiet, dark room but I had so much to do to prepare for the party.  I wanted to get all the decorations set up the night before so the girls would get to enjoy it all when they got up in the morning.  

It basically looked like Shimmer and Shine had thrown up all over our dining room!  In the form of glitter and sparkles, OF COURSE!  It was definitely a theme, and I loved the way it all came together.  I also put up a huge S&S birthday banner in the living room.  James got up with the kids firs…

Keeping myself busy

Since gaining this time throughout the day now that the girls are in school, too, I feel as though I’ve been trying to make up for lost time and I haven’t really allowed myself any time to truly relax.  Yet.  I will get to that...eventually!  It’s just that there’s so much I want to get done.
Add to that the girls’ birthday party is this Saturday, and I’m really wanting to accomplish as much as I can to prepare for that.
I spent the entirety of my time today painting: I sanded and painted the area of the wall by the bookshelf in our living room that the idiot maintenance guy ruined last Spring (yes, I finally just got around to that!), I painted the frame around the front sliding glass door, then upstairs I painted the girls’ bureau from blue back to white (it took 3 tedious coats but it’s finally done!), and I painted their window frame.  Still more painting to be done but at least it’s getting there, and I accomplished what I wanted to do in their room specifically since part of their…

Thanksgiving already!

I’m hoping someone is going to show up soon to change the filter in our furnace so we can have heat if we need it this weekend.  I’m kind of bummed that management is being so slow to have our chimney cleaned, as it would have been so nice to be able to have a fire in the fireplace this weekend.  They’ve had that cleaned ONCE in the almost 5 years we’ve lived here, and it’s been at least 3 years now since it was done (maybe 4?) so I don’t feel comfortable using it till it’s been looked at.  It really sucks having such crappy landlords.
But enough about that!  

We’re heading into a busy time, with Thanksgiving this weekend (and hopefully a visit to at least one pumpkin patch!) and then the girls’ 5th birthday next Saturday.  We gave out 6 party invites the other day and so far have 3 confirmed ‘yes’ replies, so hopefully the rest let me know they’ll be attending.  Margaret and Emily decided on a ‘Shimmer and Shine’ theme (it’s a Nickelodeon show) and they got Shimmer and Shine costumes f…

A whirling dervish

Despite not feeling entirely wonderful today and still having some issues with my head from the migraine, it has been a pretty great day for me.  

Today was the first day since all the kids have been in school that I vowed to stay home the entire day and just putter about the house.  It’s amazing to be able to go out and run errands and spend time with my mom, go shopping, etc.  It’s a new found freedom to be able to do things during the day without kids in tow, and I’ve definitely taken some advantage of that since school started.  But not staying home means not having a good chunk of time to actually accomplish much of anything here.
Today my plan was to solely work on my closet, as I’ve got a lot of it strewn about our bedroom while I work at organizing it before putting it in it’s rightful place and not doing what I’ve tended to do in the past, just tossing it wherever it will fit.  But when I got home I felt uninspired to work on my closet, so instead got to work on a few things do…

School and migraines!

All 3 kids are officially in full time school!  The girls’ first full day was last Friday, so this is day 4 full time for them (of course for Andrew it’s old hat to be at school all day!)  They’ve settled in quite easily, which I figured they would.  Leading up to full time they kept asking me when they’d be able to stay at school through lunch, and why they didn’t get to be there all day like Andrew.  On the weekend they kept asking me when they’d be going back to school again!  They’ve been excited about starting for a long time, and I think this is great for them.  They were a bit out of sorts after school on Friday, and have been wanting to just veg till dinner time after school - Emily even fell asleep on the floor in the living room a bit before dinner yesterday!  It’s definitely an adjustment to go from preschool two hours a week to 6 hours a day 5 days a week!  But they’ve transitioned really easy, which I knew they would given how well they already knew the school, as well as…

First week of school

Today the girls ‘only’ have school till noon - Friday will be their very first day of full-day Kindergarten.  So far I’ve had something on the go every single day.  Last week I was busy getting ready for my mom’s birthday party that we were having at my brothers’ on the weekend.  Plus, they were only going to school for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes last week, which didn’t give me much time to do anything.  Yesterday was my mom’s actual birthday (turning 65) and we were hosting a smaller party at our place in the evening, so I was busy preparing for that for the entire 3 hours that I had ‘free.’  I was so busy that there wasn’t time to stop and realize how quiet it is here without my babies home with me.
(As an aside, something funny - at my mom’s party as we were singing Happy Birthday and I was holding the cake toward her, the fan blew all her candles out before we finished the song and I had to go back and re-light the candles!  You had to be there, but it was a pretty hilarious…

A New Chapter (unwritten)

Well, that happened.  
Summer came and went just like that.
I always feel a bit emotionally on edge at this time of year, because my favourite seasons (Spring and Summer) are so far off that it’s hard to spend time looking forward to them.  (As a side note, I realize it's still summer technically for a few weeks, but once summer break is over, fall things inevitably creep in, and it's not the same anymore). I loathe Fall and Winter.  Sure, I’ll embrace them eventually because what other choice do I have.  But if it could be a cross between Spring and Summer year round, I’d be a much happier camper.  (Although I don’t really feel the need for camping necessarily, either!  But that’s a whole other topic!)
We had a great summer, in all honesty one of our - if not THE - best since having kids.  All 3 kids were old enough this year for us to get out there and experience so much more with a lot less overwhelmedness, and I love that we created so many memories as a family this year.  W…