As you can see, there are Hosea and Matthew, walking in the afternoon to go pick up the girls from school. They looked a bit coordinated in their clothing and so I thought this would be a cute photo.
Matthew and I don't see each other as much anymore. We have phased out the times when he comes here to help with dinner and all that. He has now found someone to live with, and the kids are really enjoying getting to know a new "brother". It's in the neighbourhood and nice and convenient, but it means more change for the family. This all started happening a couple months ago, but the transition has been easy enough. I think we've done a good job of gradually changing things for the kids. And it's nice that they stay in the same neighbourhood no matter whose house they are at.
The times, they've been a-changin! I won't get too personal here. This isn't my diary ;-)
We are typically some of the last people to leave the playground each day. We usually stay for an hour, even if it's rainy, and up to two hours if it's not! It's a great time. I'd rather do that than take them home, or put them in a bunch of after school programs.
I used to wear her grey gloves in the winter, they were so classy and fit me great. But this winter I couldn't find them :-( At least I still have the hat...and no, it isn't a "dress up" item for the kids, it's too special for that! But for a once-in-awhile Ninja time I made an exception.
However! The girls were traumatized!!! When they first saw me they looked shocked and started crying. Greta said through tears, "Um, no offense mama, but that looks REALLY BAD!!!!!" and then she started crying some more. Wow, that was quite a moment!
Sometimes I tease them that they should get haircuts like me :-) They're over it now, and they like it. It was just the shock of it all. Funny thing is, I remember very vividly when my mom did the same thing when I was a kid, and my sister and I cried too! Ha!
There was no shortage of Christmas gifts this year, that's for sure! Many people gave the kids some great stuff.
A broken heart is a beautiful thing, and I have weathered worse in life! That goes to the top of the list, though...
Natalie was so generous and gave me hotel points so Therese and I stayed at a fantastic hotel downtown! It was luxurious, and great bonding for she and I. Greta wanted to stay in Vancouver with Matthew, and there was NO WAY I was bringing Hosea on that trip!
Her show was so fantastic! The songs she chose were perfect and it was all very inspiring and therapeutic. What a beautiful memory!
Oh all the feelings!!!!!!! All the thoughts!!!!!!!
Also, Manchester by the Sea, another film they took me to. That one was brutal, and could've hit very close to home. It was depressing and real and so well done.
Thanks mom and Shayne! And no, that isn't sarcasm. I mean it :-) It was just what I needed.
And of course, she pulls out this little jacket from time to time...it's very versatile, isn't it? ;-) I'm sure I'll see it this summer with a cute pair of shorts!
I tried to capture the reflections of the falling snow in all my mirrors, but it didn't quite turn out. Try to imagine it, ok? The visual was lovely, but sometimes we have to look hard to find such things.
It's almost halfway over, but happy 2017!