Every year when December rolls around, we have a set of traditions we follow that makes the holidays special to us.
The first thing is that on December 1st, our lights go up outside and we decorate our home with all the festive trickets. Each year, after putting up our decorations, I go out and get a couple of things to add to the displays, both outside AND inside.
This year, I went with a new holiday teddy bear for the front of the house from Home Depot, and inside, I purchased stocking hangers for the mantle, so we don't have to use push pins or nails in the mantle for the stockings (also from Home Depot).
Each year, we also attend Santa and Mrs. Claus breakfast at Hazelmere in south Surrey. The kids look forward to this yearly event, and can't wait to give Mrs. Claus and Santa a hug. This year, my son (who is 10) was the same height as Mrs. Claus! ;) LOL.
There's also the Christmas card writing (uggh - it takes me days to write all of them) and the making of the Ginger bread house, which is proudly displayed in our kitchen.
Tonight, we will drive around and look at all the homes lit up with Christmas lights. It really puts us in the holiday spirit (we take along hot chocolate, money to donate and food, and blast the holiday music in the car!) ;)
On Christmas Eve, we order in Chinese food and open the gifts from one another. (This is a ritual that I had growing up on the Prairies, and it stuck). Christmas day is for gifts from Santa for the kids.
Christams day dinner is usually at our home and includes a turkey, ham and WAY too much food.
One of my favourite things though each year, is watching the movie "Elf"with the kids. And then when they go to bed, I watch "Love Actually" on my own. I love this movie because of what it represents - the good in everyone, the love we feel for those in our lives, and those we wish were closer to us. I also am addicted to this song from the movie, which I HAVE to listen to each year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSmT4nNEkQ
I also like sitting quietly with a glass of egg nogg in front of the Christmas tree - and reflecting on my life, and how blessed and lucky I feel for everything I have.
From my family to yours - Merry Christmas! And hoping you are feeling as blessed and lucky in your life, as I do in mine. :)
I wanted to share my own family's story of War and why we continue to remember those who fought on our behalf so many years ago, and those who continue to fight today.
Please click on the following link and read how my own family was affected by war.
And pleae take the time to REMEMBER today.
This month, I am thrilled to announce that I will be speaking at the West Coast Women's show at the Trade and Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford on Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th.
My topic is: "Getting to Yes: Overcomng the barriers and limitations women set on themselves".
I really believe this is something that women struggle with all the time in their lives and I want to show how they can get to "yes" in their minds, and make their dreams a reality.
I'm going to be sharing my own life, and how I was able to accomplish my own dreams.
It's going to be a very inspiring and empowering weekend! I encourage you to come out!
I'm speaking at 2:15pm on October 26th and 3:45pm on October 27th.
For more details,check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/mqqa4ok
With the kids back in school this month, I've discovered that it has put everyone in our household back in to a good routine.
During the summer months, the kids were able to stay up later, eat a lot of sweet treats and have dinner at the "continental" time of 8pm.
Now that they have to get up at 7:00am every morning and go to school for the day, it has helped put their schedule back on track....
We had to prepare them for the harsh reality that they could no longer stay up until 10 or 10:30 but had to go to bed by 8:30 and asleep by 9:00. We gradually did this by 15 minute increments. ie- In bed at 10:00, then in bed at 9:45 the next night, etc. So by the time school rolled around, we were back to a nornmal time.
Plus I found that with the kids' schedule back to normal, my own went back to normal. I was able to enjoy some of the evening to myself with them in bed earlier (instead of all of us heading to bed at the same time).
I'm now able to get a run in each morning, walk the dog, and do some writing.
The children also seem more grounded, more purposeful when they get up. They like knowing what the day holds, and whether they will admit it or not - thrive off of routine.
September is a good month to pick up where we left off in June. Here's to a wonderful school year for children (and their parents too!)
And also fingers crossed that we can avert a strike by BC teachers this month, so that this new found routine, isn't all for naught!
I'll take respect, equal pay, and a supportive work environment that fosters balance for women over my right to take off my shirt any day of the week.
Women's Equality Day (August 26th) is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country on an equal basis with men. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote in 1920. (Here in British Columbia, it was April 5, 1917).
On this day, I believe we should be looking at not only how far we have come....but also how far we have to go.
A perfect example of this is the recent media attention given to Lori Welbourne who thought it was a great idea to interview her hometown mayor, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, regarding a woman's right to bare her breasts.In this obvious shock tactic - she removes her shirt during her interview with the Mayor. He is quite disturbed by her action (as MANY of us would be) as it was under the guise of a serious interview.
This not only deminishes the value of journalistic integrity (she works for the Province as a blogger) but also for women trying desperately to be considered equals.
A woman taking her top off to protest her right to bare her breasts does nothing more than create a mild titillation for readers and viewers of the story. How many women said THANK YOU to Ms. Welbourne? I think many of the reactions would be of sheer and utter sadness.I know it was for me.
In addition, a march happend in Vancouver yesterday for International Go Topless Day. Great. More women willing to bare all for their cause.
Did any one ask them why they chose this cause over a more meaningful equality issues? Perhaps its diffcult to have a serious discussion with someone hell-bent on pushing the movement backwards.
All this does is put us right back to where we started - as sexual objects. If you think that women's breasts aren't sexual than I think you are gravely mistaken.
Strippers can attest to this, all over the world.
Could we as a sex, please decide what is more important to forward our movement? Is it our boobs or is it our ability?
Do we want to stand alongside men making the important decisions with equal pay, or do we want to be able to hang out with them at the pool with our chests bared?
It's time we understand what true equality means. And I don't think my boobs should be a topic of discussion to make it so.