Happy First Day of Spring…. don’t mind the snow.

First Day of Spring…. WooHoo!! Uh then I looked out my window…. WHAT??? Oh Alberta, I just shake my head. My mother reminded me this morning that last year mother nature also thought it would be funny to have a snowy blowy spring storm on this day. Really? Seriously? Can’t we have just a little bit of hope that we don’t live in the North Pole?  Sigh…. oh well. I’m going to call a friend, put on the coffee, stay in my pj’s till the afternoon.

I’ll use this chilly blustery wintery day to once again catch up on laundry, dishes and organizing my events for World Doula Week.

Soon the sun will shine, and the grass will be green and we will briefly forget about all the piles of snow that line the ditches and driveways on the farm. Soon it will be Spring. I know for sure because Dean already has 20 calves in the field and they are one of the signs of spring, so come on mother nature……

2014 Focus

It’s time to Focus…

The New Year has arrived and it has a way of making you take stock of your life and looking to the future. Goal, Plans, ideas all come flooding in as you anticipate the coming year. Well January has flown by and I’ve definitely be thinking about what 2014 will bring and looking back with fondness on 2013.

But why do I feel so unorganized and bored…. I’ll blame the snow…. but really there’s a big deadline hanging over my head and I want to get it done. This February will be two years since I took my Doula course and I really want to focus on getting my certification completed. I want to be able to fulfill that role in a more professional way. I now have everything I need to put together my essay and resource list, so all that’s need now is time. And January is going by so fast, yet so slow thanks to the weather. Lol.

I am generally not a big believer in New Years Resolutions per say as they mostly end up being too cliche and by March you’ve forgotten all about your resolution to eat more veggies, or read a book every night, or loose 40lbs.. you get the picture. Sometimes just a few goals or a simple goal will help us feel more satisfied because we can set so many goals that we don’t know what to focus on at all. But this year I do want to make some New Years Resolutions.  To help me A: Reach a goal and feel fulfilled. and B: Help focus my bored winter energy.

So in 2014 I will:

1. Complete my DONA Birth Doula Certification

2. Take the HypnoDoula Course

3. Change my Sentsy scents at the beginning of every month ( I have enough scents to last a lifetime, time to use them up)

4. All that other stuff, like be a better mom, cook more crockpot meals, loose 20lbs, read more, exercise more etc. etc etc….

😉

And just so you know I am well on my way to Resolution number 1….. and 3 😉                                                                                          I am busy compiling my resource list, trying to do one Category every day. It’s nice cause it’s given me something else to focus on besides laundry.  Lol

So here’s to 2014…. What is your focus going to be?

 

Temperature Changes

Well after the most wonderful and relaxing week on sandy beaches in Mexico, we flew home just in time to get home and hunker down before the snow hit. We turned up the furnace and made soup for lunch while the snow blew all day. With a difference of almost 60degrees I am very proud of my husband for bundling up and going out in the storm to look after his cows. Me and the kids, we stayed in our PJ’s ALL day.

Our week in Mexico was so relaxing and quiet and just what we both needed. We slept the first night for 15hrs straight… no word of a lie. We were celebrating our 10years of marriage, yet everywhere we went people asked and called us Honeymooners… So that was nice.

We were ready to come home on Sunday and see our kids, afterall it was our oldest daughters Birthday and she’s not so little anymore. And as happy as we were to see our kids, I couldn’t help but wish we were still back in Mexico, especially when I woke up the next morning to see knee high drifts in front of my garage, and blowing snow so we couldn’t see the end of the driveway. Sigh….. Mexico was so lush and Warm… I hate being cold, but more than that even though I feel rested and that my husband and I have connected again, I don’t really feel rejuvenated the way I had hoped. When the reality of house and kids and cooking and cleaning hit me Monday morning it sucked my energy and fogged my brain. Maybe it was just everything all at once, snow, cold,kids, house…. but I’m a little sad that I can’t put on my bikini and go sit at the beach for one more day. Oh well. The smiles and giggles of seeing our kids after a week warmed my heart, even if there has been a bit of crying and yelling too. And today the snow has stopped blowing and the trees look nice. I put on the Christmas music to put me in the mood and am cleaning  the house so we can decorate. Christmas does have a way of rejuvenating me, there are many things about it I like, so that will be good to focus on. Since the kids are home because school has been cancelled for two days I thought today Christmas decorating should be fun, unfortunately the christmas tree is in a shed across the yard which is drifted thigh high… so the tree might have to wait. 

It’s funny, when we were leaving Mexico all the resorts were decorating for Christmas in a very festive style, and I thought how strange it was to see fake trees decorated and Palm Trees with Christmas bells hanging from them with beaches in the back ground while the sun shines brightly. Christmas means snow to me, well I got snow didn’t I??? lol. Although I could do with out it being 30below.

Last week was wonderful in the sun and this week in the cold will be busy preparing for Christmas. Talk about Temperature changes…

White Stuff

Yep it’s here! That fluffy white stuff that covers the grass and the trees and tells us that winter is here. That S word, but today on the first day when I see how pretty it is, I don’t mind. Snow!

The first snowfall of the season is one of my favorites. Much like the first flowers of spring, the first snow brings with it the promise of events to come; Family Gatherings, Christmas, a New Year, Winter fun and on and on. We only hope that the winter isn’t too long and that those chinooks come often.

I’m enjoying the soft snowfall and the clean white trees, but ask me again how I feel March 1st, my opinion might be different. 😉

Soakin’ up the Sunshine.

Well August is flying by and as I look at my calendar I see we are on the count down till school again. Boy that was really fast! But there is still at least two weeks left of summer, and so I know me and my kids are going to soak in as much sunshine as we can. Summer Sun I’m not ready for you to fade away yet. Winter in Alberta is too long. I really hope we don’t even get snow till Christmas.

But I’m not going to worry about that for at least another two weeks, because it’s still summer, Thank Goodness.