11 Life-Filled Years

November 29, 2008

Today is our 11th wedding anniversary and what a marriage we have!  I can only hope that our children will be lucky enough to have a marriage like ours, built on love, friendship, trust, respect & laughter.  (With the occasional snarky comment or heated moment thrown in…)  We’ve laughed together through the good times and supported each other through the bad times.  We’re raising four independent, confident and usually likeable children.  We have a successful business and an abundance of friends – not just acquaintances, but true friends.   What more could we need (other than to maybe win the lottery…)?

Although it’s easy to fall into the role of Mom & Dad, we switch right back to Anne & D’Arcy when it’s just the two of us.  We support one another, listen to one another, consult one another, and trust one another.  When we were married, I feared that something would happen to one or the other of us and we wouldn’t make it to our 50th Anniversary because 50 years just wouldn’t be *enough*.  I still feel that way.

We’re celebrating tonight by having all the area B&B owners over for dinner.  I should be getting ready, but at this time 11 years ago, I was stalling to keep my father from getting me to the church too early.  (He was anxious to get rid of me?!?)  Our wedding day was the happiest, best day of my life.  (The kids’ birth are a close second, but let’s face it – I was in pain during those!)  we were married in an old church in Prospect, NS, where we were living at the time.  It was a blustery -15*C, but the sky was clear and I was so in love, I hardly noticed the cold.  Our reception was at D’Arcy’s parents’ house with our families & just a few friends; we went into Halifax later in the evening and had a dance which all of our friends were invited to.  We were among the last to leave.

Shortly after we were married, somebody asked my mother what D’Arcy was like, and her reply was that if they had to chose a husband for me, they couldn’t have done any better! 

What a lucky girl I am!! And D’Arcy, I (still) want to see your smiling face 45 years from now!

I leave you with a slideshow of the time period from engagement to wedding to honeymoon…

Happy 2nd Birthday Olivia!

November 2, 2008

Olivia turned two yesterday.  It’s been a crazy, busy week and although we had so much fun and made many new memories, I’m glad that it’s over!  Here’s Olivia’s slideshow and hopefully I’ll have a chance tonight to post about Hallowe’en and the birthday party.

Happy 4th Birthday Sarah!

October 28, 2008

Four years ago, D’Arcy & I watched the Red Sox win the World Series in the hospital and at midnight, I was given a shot of Demerol to help me sleep.  I woke up at 2a.m. “feeling funny” and Sarah Elizabeth was born at 4:59 a.m.  The boys were so excited to have a sister and were NOT impressed when their father joked with them, in that early morning phone call, that Mommy had had a puppy!   Some images of Sarah’s first year, a section of the video I made for D’Arcy for our 10th wedding anniversary…

A birthday card for Mom…

October 8, 2008

Tonight, while I was making supper, Sarah made me a “birthday card”. Instead of taking the marker from her hand, I grabbed the camera. In case anyone is curious, “Spot Shot” finally took it off the wall…

The girls on the zip-line

October 3, 2008

The kids all had a chance to spend some time zipping at my parent’s house during my father’s birthday party on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, all four show signs of being thrill-seekers and speed demons! Sarah has a style all her own:

Olivia finally had her first crack at it after watching the older kids through the window so many times. If only I could have captured the look in her eyes – I have a feeling that life with her will never be dull!

Zipping through the trees

September 1, 2008

Alex’s birthday was August 18th and Evan’s is September 5th, so this year my parents bought them a birthday gift to share – a zipline!  It’s set up in their backyard (over the grass, not the pool!) and I think we’ve now all tried it with the exception of my mother.  Perhaps she has, but she hasn’t admitted to it yet!  After Evan’s band concert, the kids wanted to go and show it to us.  Again, the photos say more than I can…

Overdressed, yet graceful as always...

Overdressed, yet graceful as always...

Sarah loves it!!  It’s tough to get her off; she runs back again & again, yelling, ” Go, Diego! Go!”  Watching the video of her makes me giggle! I can’t wait to see what Olivia thinks of it when she sees it in action, especially since she thinks she should be able to do everything her siblings do!!

Evan spent every morning last week at band camp and loved it!  He’s a percussionist, so I guess D’Arcy had better get started on that sound-proof room in the basement!  He has two friends in the band with him – Mira who is also a percussionist, and Ross, who is playing the baritone.  The third percussionist was a boy who played on Evan’s baseball team last year and one of the highlights of the week was when he threw up “purple” on the drum on Thursday.  We all went to their concert on Friday afternoon to hear everything that they had learned  (three notes)! 

I was quite disappointed to find out that the parents’ auxillary has stopped supporting beginner band as of this year because the person hired to lead the Senior High band does not feel that kids need to be starting this early.  I totally disagree.  This is the age they pick it up the fastest.  Luckily, Evan’s instructor also believes in the value of starting band at this age, so she is determined to continue the program on her own.  The thing I worry about most is that the fees will be so expensive that band will be come an elitest program and that other kids who might want to, will not be able to join as a result.  

Sounds like I have another cause on my hands…