Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Today I am not going to post about living up north... Today is my baby boy's 6th birthday. I am in awe that six years have past since he was born.

Each time either of my kids have a birthday, I find myself thinking back to where I was on the day they were born, at certain times during the day... Maria was born at night after 4 hours of labour and I can still remember the day leading up to her birth (going to the Dr. in the morning, having lunch with my Mom and Irene, watching Tony Parsons on the news, falling asleep on the couch and waking up to my water breaking!).
Allan was born at 8am after less than two hours of labour. So for him I recall lifting up Maria at 6am and feeling my water break, the contractions started about 15 minutes later.

I can remember being quite mad at Anne because she wanted to have a shower before we left for the hospital (I was in labour! There is no logic!) I also remember arriving at the hospital and only having about 1/2 hour until he was born.

So my day of recollection for Allan's birth is over by 8 am... from there my day of recollection gets difficult.
Most days, I forget that Allan ever had anything wrong with him. He is such a happy, healthy, active, smart and charming little boy. But on his birthday I re-live it a little bit and the re-run lasts for a little more than a month, until the day we got to go home from the hospital. That was a day of pure joy and excitement and sunshine and Maria's crazy curls and Allan's gaunt little shaved head and Suki being ecstatic and Michael and I finally able to relax and celebrate our new addition to our family.

That said, today IS Allan's birthday and we will be having fun and celebrating the big boy that he is turning into and trying to grant him a few wishes along the way.

Happy birthday my little man, I love you.

Friday, May 21, 2010

May Long Weekend!

There is a strange tradition up here for the May long weekend, I had never really heard of it before. We missed out on it the first year we were here but we have totally been overwhelmed by it this and last year. I am not much of a fan of this tradition... in fact it is not very popular at all, but...

You can't stop the snow.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

From my yard...

Although it may be a "postage-stamp" sized yard within the city limits, we are surrounded by nature. In many ways more so than any other house we have lived in (except the one we rented for a year between Crofton and Duncan - but about equal to that!).

From my yard I have seen several moose, elk, deer (they were IN my yard), fox, Michael saw a wolf (eek!), squirrels, loads of birds... The only thing my tiny yard is lacking is the privacy and seclusion from neighbours... but I am working on that. I have trees and gardens growing to hopefully help bring some on my much loved privacy. And today is a beautiful day (around 23 degrees!) and a good day to be working outside... so that is where I will be!