Happy New Year!

January 2, 2009

It’s been quite a week and we had a wonderful New Year’s Eve Celebration withgreat friends and family.  We’ve done a lot of socializing this week.  Today’s plan is to run a few errands (bothSarah & Alex broke their glasses in the past couple days and we’re out of rice milk) and start to take down the decorations.  D’Arcy has cleared away most of the snow from yesterday’s blizzard, but still has a couple more hours to do outside this afternoon.  We’ll head for the city this afternoon with the boys and go to dinner at The Granite Brewery (where we met) and then to see the play “Plaid Tidings” at Neptune Theatre.  Olivia has been on amoxicillin since the 30thwhen I took her to the doctor and discovered she had both an ear & chest infection.  Yesterday, she started to develop a rash and today she is covered from head to toe, so no more penicillin for her!!  We’ll keep an eye on her today…

Every year on Boxing Day, there is a fundraiser in the name of Jamie Shephard, my friend Martha’s brother.  Jamie was killed in a car accident when we were in Grade 9 and he was in his early 20’s.  The monies raised go to a scholarship given out to a high school student who is well rounded each year and various other charities.  Over the past 20 years, they have raised over $100,000.  This year, we invited Martha & her husband as well as some of my other high school friends who were in town for the holidays to come over here for a drink before going out.  We had a great time getting caught up! 

In the afternoon, we had gone down to visit with Auntie Kay, Uncle Hug & the boys to exchange gifts and have our annual birthday party for Baby Jesus.  The cousins had a fun playing together outside & it was so relaxing for D’Arcy & I to have the chance to sit & just enjoy!

The cousins all together

The cousins all together

Olivia hadn’t napped, so she went to bed at 5:30.  Sarah asked for orange salad & broccoli at about that time and when I came down from putting Olivia to bed, this is how I found my second very tired girl – fast asleep on the floor!

Christmas tires a girl out!

Christmas tires a girl out!

 Our friends from Newfoundland, Sandy & Dave arrived with their son Nate that night because her mother’s house was filled with her siblings & kids.  We were so excited to have them with us, but Dave had a cyst in his cheek and was feeling miserable.  He was going back & forth to the hospital to receive IV antibiotics, so it wasn’t a normal visit. 

He was cleared to fly on the 28th and they left around noon.  My grandmother’s funeral was scheduled for the next day at 11:00 past Digby, about a four hour drive from here.  We talked and thought that it would be torturous to drive there, sit through Mass, and back again with the kids, so I got on the phone and called the coordinator for the International Student Program and asked her to find alternate accommodations for Danny for that night.  I then contacted the manager of White Point Beach Resort in Liverpool who is the Chair of the Provincial Tourism Association.  We had never taken Olivia to a hotel before, so I wasn’t sure about feeding her or keeping her safe.  I was assured that they could accommodate her so we booked a two-room cottage on the ocean and set out at about 3:30.

The drive was a bit hairy because we had fog all the way and Olivia had developed a cough.  About half-way there, she coughed until she threw up, so we stripped her off and wrapped her in a blanket in her carseat.  We arrived at about 6:30, checked in and made dinner reservations for 7:30.  We weren’t sure if we were setting ourselves up for disaster because it was normal bedtime, but the dinner was wonderful!!  I had ricotta ravioli with a maple curry cream sauce and D’Arcy had Planko Scallops.  The food was amazing, the children were well behaved, and Olivia had no problems!!  Her first meal in a restaurant was grilled chicken breast, plain baby carrots, cranberry juice & a banana in the peel for dessert!  She wolfed it down!

Dinner at White Point Beach Resort - Olivia's first restaurant meal!

Dinner at White Point Beach Resort - Olivia's first restaurant meal!

We went back to the cottage and D’Arcy lit a fire.  We were all so tired that instead of playing a game like we had intended to do, we all watched a movie then went to bed.

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The kids set their alarm for 6:20 so that they could get up and have a swim before breakfast when the pool opened.

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We had breakfast and got on the road to cross the province by 9:15.  The weather was beautiful and we arrived at the church with about five minutes to spare.  The funeral Mass was in a beautiful old church overlooking the water.  The kids were well behaved, although Olivia had a hard time sitting still – thank goodness for skittles!  The burial was immediately following in the adjoining cemetery.  We all went into McDonald’s for lunch and, feeling brave, I ordered Olivia a hamburger patty with ketchup and apple juice!  Again, she was just fine – what a relief! 

We drove home through the Annapolis Valley and and all went to my parents’ house for dinner.  The kids were happy to play and be free of their carseats and put on a little show for us. 

Dancers

Dancers

Alex, singing

Alex, singing

For New Year’s Eve, we got together with Auntie Kay, Uncle Hug & the boys and went bowling.  (Olivia stayed with my parents – I wasn’t quite ready to take her to the bowling alley!!)

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Sarah bowled a 71!

Sarah bowled a 71!

D'Arcy wearing his shirt Alex got him at the flea market and Sarah's prize

D'Arcy wearing his shirt Alex got him at the flea market and Sarah's prize

We came back here to our place and were joined by the MacNeills and the Faulkners.  We fed the kids pizzas and then set them up with movies & games so that we could visit and have a nice dinner.

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The grownups had borscht, then lasagna (Mexican & vegetarian) salad & rolls for dinner. 

New Year's Crackers

New Year's Crackers

We moved into the living room by midnight and had fruit tarts for dessert.  We had confetti poppers for the kids, but by that time, the blizzard had already started.  I announced that we would just set them off inside and suspect we will still be picking it up by summer…

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Luke, covered in confetti

Luke, covered in confetti

We let everyone who is awake at midnight have some champagne.  The kids were so excited, but I don’t think any of them actually liked it!

Mira with her champagne at midnight

Mira with her champagne at midnight

We sat up and watched the ball drop in New York before they all set out in the snow to go home.  What better way to start 2009 than spending a fun night with family & friends!!

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