Tuesday, January 7

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year!

It's been a long week. Covering for the morning show, although really fun and fast paced, is a bit tiring and I end up in bed the same time as most grandmas. Dinner is early afternoon too...pretty exciting stuff.
But this week the kids are back home and things feel normal again. There is nothing greater than the sound of the kids laughter and chatting. Now that I have a preteen we have started the new stage of snotty silence too. When someone doesn't get their way, the eyes roll deep breathing and sighing occur and the miserable facial expressions. I look forward to the slamming of doors..this stage should be fun. I remember it all too well.

I have concluded though, much like when these little people were infants, almost everything can be solved with food or sleep and I am still right! I made everyone go to bed fairly early last night, despite the protests, and when everyone woke up this morning almost 11 hours later there was a vast improvement in moods and demeanor.

I am excited for this new year. I have big plans for 2014, it's going to be fun and there will be lots crossed off my bucket list. I have decided there is going to be a big difference in what I allow this year in regards to how others treat me and where I allocate my time and efforts. It will be a good year that is filled with more meaningful things.

One of the things I am most excited for this year is how my parents are starting a new chapter in their lives and are off on a new adventure soon. The for sale sign is up in front of our old Strathmore home and I have seen pictures of their new place. When I first heard the news that this was actually happening and it was no longer just talk, I selfishly felt sad again. I was sad with the feelings of uncertainty and the desire to feel like I was from somewhere, but the more I looked at the pictures of their new place I felt a calm about their safety (they will no longer be a short drive away and what if something happened) and I felt joy thinking that now my parents will be living their dream. They have fantastic friends who already drive out to BC so they will still see all the people they love. It's going to be such an exciting time for them.

And again, selfishly, I will see my happy place in BC more now that they will live there.

Today:

I am grateful for Oikos and Liberte Greek yogurts. Good Heavens those are the greatest yogurts.

I am grateful for friends who help with last minute changes.

I am grateful for movies that make me think and change the way I think about things.

J