Friday, 30 April 2010

April Update

It's been an interesting month. Well not necessarily interesting but a busy month for sure. 

We had a birthday party, baby shower, another birthday party and a wedding all in the first 16 days of the month.  After that the month slowed down, but my summer planning increased.  I was able to book three trips, a trip a month starting in May.  Two of those trips will be just Leigham and I and the third is a family trip!!  I am so excited to be taking Adrian to California!!

Leigham has been to so many birthday parties and he has so many more to go to in the near future!!  He attended Mason's birthday party, it was a pirate theme!! Leigham hung around and watched what was happening, but Mason had a great time and that was the most important part!!

I attended Nicki's baby shower.  Got to visit with three of the JUGs girls outside of JUGs and it was fun.  JUGs is a weekend summer retreat that I go on every year with my friend Estelle.  Nicki's little girl is so cute and her sister Sarah another JUGs participant is due in June!! It's been a busy year since last summer~

Adrian and I also went out and celebrated Jordan's 30th birthday with him.  It was a huge gathering of all of us and we had a good night.  Wasn't able to stay out all night but we got to hang out for the best part of the night and I was able to see Jordan transform from Jordan to Jord to Oj to ORjay.... it was a good night!!!

Then before the wedding in Prince Albert, MacDowall actually, I purchased a new vehicle.  I bought myself a 2007 Ford Explorer!! I am so happy with my purchase, I now have more room to haul more stuff with me lol.  Or enough room to be able to take my large dog with me when I go places. 

So my friend Roxann got married to her baby dadda on April 16th, 2010!!  She was a beautiful bride and I was so happy to be invited to celebrate her special day with her!!  I wish her all the happiness in the world!!!

The fun part about the wedding was having Madi and Chandler be able to hang out again.  They don't really remember hanging out when they were real small but Ang and I do and I was able to capture some pictures of the two children just hanging out together.
As you can see both children have grown, although Chandler is now like a whole head taller than Madi!!!

As for my plans for the rest of the summer I am heading to Saskatoon for a week to visit with my mom and friends at the beginning of May which isn't uber exciting but it's something to do!!!  Then in June I am heading to the Island on the East Coast!! I have never been East of Brandon Manitoba so I am super pumped to be hanging in Toronto for a couple hours then spending 5 days in PEI!! I am going to do all those lame touristy things and I am going to love every minute of it!!  The big trip of the summer will be the trip in July where the whole family is heading to California!

It will be the first time Adrian will be travelling to California and will be meeting my whole family!  It is going to be great!  We are going to be spending some time in Vacaville Area, going to the Jelly Belly Factory, The Budweiser Factory, then heading to an A's game, hopefully we will then go to Tahoe for a bit of wedding research and finishing off our trip in San Fransisco for a few days to hang out.  I am super excited no matter what we do but I do want to go shopping and sight seeing and visiting with family and friends!!!

I will be keeping everyone posted on my travels and blogging to keep everyone in the loop!!!

How I met.....Lexus

As a tribute to my girl Lexus I am going to write this story in hot pink!;)

In 1996 I entered Grade 12, my friend Laleh started attending Carlton with me as well.  I was super excited because I had been at Carlton for grade 11 and had met some great people and wanted to introduce Laleh to these people too.  I will tell the story of Laleh next ;)

Laleh and I agreed to meet at Carlton on the first day of school.  We chose our lockers and compared our schedules.  Not sure that I had any classes with Laleh, but it was still exciting to be in the same hallways as her again.  I introduced her to Roxi, Angi, Correne and Jaymie, and also the guys we hung out with Tyler, Chad, Matt and Chris by default since Chris and I were no longer on speaking terms since our break up in the summer.  That is another story all together.

Grade twelve progressed, classes were attended (and skipped), dances were held and socialization occurred.  We expanded our group to include Athena, Angela and Calvin.  I also hung out with Candace and Becky and Alyssa.  Laleh began to meet more people as well and she made new friends like Carmen, and Lexus.

My first encounter with Lexus was in the upstairs hallway of Carlton.  In the math department hallway.  She was walking down the hallway with Laleh.  They reminded me of Betty and Veronica.  Laleh with her big brown hair and Lexus with her Bleached Blond locks.  Laleh introduced us then told us they had to run because they had to catch the bus.  We said good bye and that was the first time I met Lexus.

After that there were a couple of quick meetings.  She came by mine and Greg's house while I was pregnant with Chandler and once to our house when Chandler had been born and Laleh was living in our basement.  But we didn't hang out and we were nothing more than acquaintances that shared a mutual friend.

Then in 2000 I moved to Saskatoon and in 2001 Laleh moved in with me in Saskatoon.  We all started going out the bars and that is when Lexus and I began to develop our friendship.  It has blossomed and flourished into a great relationship and I am glad to count Lexus as one of my friends!!!!

Sunday, 25 April 2010

How I met.... Jeni

A couple posts ago I told the story of how I met my friend Jay from California.  In this post I will retell the story of how I came to become friends with his wife Jeni.  

Jay and I emailed and talked on the phone occasionally after becoming reacquainted in 2005.  During this time Jay had a Myspace account and began dating a girl.  Jay didn't actually tell me about his new date, his aunt informed me.   Regardless, he began dating Jeni and when I asked him about his new date he told me he was incredibly happy and thought she was the one for him.  I decided to add Jeni as a friend on Myspace.  We sent messages back and forth but never actually met until 2008.

I was at Darlene's house, Jay's aunt's, when Jay and Jeni came over for Halloween.  Jeni had the biggest smile and most welcoming expression.  As I was in California because my father was in the ICU, it was nice to be around friendly people and not be put in a awkward situation because of past histories between two people. 

Jeni and I hung out while I was in the states.  She was so much fun and it was a great distraction from the horrible situation I was down there for!!  Jeni came to Chandler's tenth birthday with Jay and her new son Jaxson.  We just got on very well, which I knew we would because how could my friend Jay marry anyone that wouldn't love me???  lol  

Jeni and I continue to chat and hang out and I am glad to have a great friend like Jeni.  She may have a name that is one of a million but Jeni is one in a million!!

How did I meet....Roxann

Back in 1992 I got into hockey, I really started to enjoy watching hockey and I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Prince Albert Raider games. It was around this time that I also started to notice that boys were attractive and I desired to be noticed by these boys.  Now granted I was a little thirteen year old, awkward as all hell, but I thought I was the shizznit.  Hindsight being what it is, I know that I would not have interested the boys I desired but it was still a good time in my life.

My mother bought me tickets to Raider Games and I made a lot of friends at these games.  Other girls who were like minded.  We may have all been pathetic, but I didn't really think so I thought we were very cool.  In telling this story I realize that I must come to terms with some hard facts about my young self.  I was not the coolest kid in town, and some of my actions to admit to are actually mortifying, but I promise to be true to the tale.  LOL

One of the girls I met was Jodi.  She lived in Prince Albert and claimed to know some of the Hockey players.  I was mesmerized by her tales and began to hang out with her at the games.  Jodi then introduced me to her friend Roxann with no E on the end of her name.  Seriously, Roxi takes huge offense when some spells her name with an E.  Once she told me it's because she thought the E made her name look fat.  But really who am I to judge, I spell my name with two Ns and see a tiny flicker of red when people address me as Jen with one N and not Jenn with two Ns.  

Roxann and I began to hang out at Raider Games.  It was the only time we saw each other as I began going to Rivier, the all girls school and she attended Riverside a public school in Prince Albert.  I also still lived in Wakaw so hanging out after school wasn't an option either.  But the times we did hang out we had tons of fun!!!  Roxann was an absolute riot to hang out with, she made me laugh, we shared common views, and she could mock with the best of them.  

Some of the most memorable moments I shared with Roxann centered around hockey events.  One hockey event that Roxann and I have great memories from include the Ice Mania tournament.  The Seattle team, and the Seven Oaks teams were entertaining.  Sayings of "nice bum where ya from" and "don't be shy say Hi" were all mantras from those days.  

Eventually my family moved to Prince Albert and Roxann and I attended Carlton together.  The memories continued to grow and I am happy to say that I just watched Roxi get married on April 16th!!!   It is a great friendship that has maintained it's strength through the years and I foresee it continuing to go strong!!!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

How did I meet....Jay

From the time I was 8, I had been making yearly trips to California to visit my father.  The first few trips were family trips where we drove down to California and I stayed with my dad for a few days.  My siblings and mom would stay with us too, except for one or two days where I would have my father to myself.  When I turned 11 I went to the states for the first time on my own.  It was an adventure. I then continued going to the states until I was 17.  

On my last trip to the States in my teen years I was a brat. I was spoiled and very self-centered.  I say this with hind sight, at the time I didn't think there was anything wrong with me or my behaviour.  I wanted to spend all my time with my friends and I did not want to spend a weekend away with my father in Lake Tahoe.  (It's ironic now, again hind sight, as I could think of no other place on earth that I would like to be)  I complained and argued with my dad, what did I care about going to a wedding of his friend Darlene.  I didn't know Darlene, so I saw no reason why I should be forced to go, I could stay with my friends and see him when he got back.  But my father told me I was going and there would be no arguing.

The day before the trip I made my dad take me to a book store so he could buy me some books.  And yes I did demand this of my father and he complied.  I may have been a brat but most of the time he let me get away with it.  I picked out two books and a couple cds for the drive there.  

We left really early in the morning to make it up for the day before the reception.  I grumbled and pouted in the entire drive, I would not speak with my father, and kept my nose in the books I had bought with my earphones in.  I also fell asleep while we drove so as not to have to talk to him, because I was upset that he was making me spend my weekend in some "stupid place".  

Upon arriving in Tahoe, I was surprised it was a beautiful place.  I was enthralled with the beauty of the place, but I was not going to tell my father that he would have been gloating about being right.  I looked around and could only gasp at the splendor.  I knew I had fallen in love.  It was the first place I had ever traveled to that felt like home.

I was convinced that I would be the only young person at this wedding.  Dave and Darlene were an older couple, older than me, but not ancient or anything.  They didn't have any children and my dad couldn't tell me if there would be any kids my age there.  This made this weekend seem worse, but at least the location was something to enjoy.

As we went to decorate the reception hall, Dad began introducing me to everyone.  He introduced me to Dave and Darlene, Darlene's mom, Dave's sister and brother in law and their son.  This turned out to be Jay.   

Jay and I became friends.  We were the only young people at the wedding.  There may have been more young people but Jay is the only one I remember.  (Jeni if you read this.... stop now, or just remember I am writing this as a sixteen year old memory and that you are married to him now).  Jay was a super cute (I am not going to build up his ego :P) guy.  I sat with him at supper, and we held hands under the table while my father took a picture of us.  We also kissed in the hot tub and got yelled at by my father.  It was so embarrassing. 

We continued to talk that summer but then I went back home and we wrote a couple letters then things just dropped off.  I always had a soft spot for Jay, and was happy to hear about him as the years passed.  Jay is now married to Jeni and they have the cutest little boy.  This will lead into how I met Jeni.

Jay and I met up again a few years ago.  We reconnected and have cemented our friendship.  He's a great friend!!!  Thanks Jay for being a great friend!!

Monday, 5 April 2010

How did I meet.... Sharon

My various friends and I have met in different situations.  I have tons of friends on Facebook, but most of the people on Facebook, I have met in some regard or another.  So for my next few blogs I am going to try to recount how I met some of my many friends.  I am going to pay special attention to my readers (followers) and then to some other friends that I know who read as well.

I am going to start off this series with my oldest and dearest friend... Sharon.

How did I meet Miss Sharon, who is now a Mrs.  Well it all goes back to 1985.  I had just started a new school, after having moved to the small town of Wakaw.  Sharon was in my class, she rode the bus to school.  We had many adventures in school, my earliest memory of Sharon is in gym class.  We were paired together.  

Sharon will tell you, whether you ask or not, that her earliest memory of me is when I brought my baby brother to school for Show and Tell.  Yes I was a proud big sister!!

I can't tell you what cemented my friendship with Sharon, but I do know that the turning point to our friendship occurred in Grade 4.  It was in this grade that Sharon and I went from just friends to Best Friends.  It may have had something to do with my other best friend being held back and no longer being in my class, or it could be that we just grew together with our common interests. Common interests being boys!  

Grade 4 was the year of boys catch girls, building snow houses  and "sweet baboos".  Grade 4 saw sleep overs and secret admirers.  Sharon helped one boy pass notes to me in Grade 4, in which he said he liked me and asked if I liked him.... as it was from a secret admirer it was hard to answer.  But Sharon being a great friend let it slip who the boy was and for two weeks I had a boyfriend.  It was a great year and it was the year that I truly remember developing a great friendship with Sharon.

As the years have passed I have gathered many more memories of Sharon.  I remember being scandalized in Grade 8 with Sharon's brazen talk of condoms and sex.  I remember Sharon coming to visit me in Prince Albert after Chan was born and how I specifically told Sharon to wait at the mall and to not go wandering in downtown PA. Sharon did not listen and was accosted by a bum asking for a "schmoke".  Sharon and I have lived together, we have traveled together and I have seen her get married.  We have made many memories together and I am sure we will make many more in the future as we spend girls weekends together.  

To Sharon it has been a blast and I can't wait to see what the next 25 years have in store for us!!!

Sunday, 4 April 2010

A Tribute to those that Mean the Most

Where would we be if not for our friends??  You know those girls and guys that stand by when you make an ass of yourself, or more often than not are right there with you making an ass of themselves as well.

What is the measure of a real friend??  Do we measure our friendships by the length of time we have known someone or by the events and memories we share with them.

When do friendships begin and end??  Is it the first day of meeting or through some common interest learned later?  Do the end with a huge fight or with a gradual drifting??

Why do some friendships last while others end??  Is it through growing together that cements friendships or is it this growing that disintegrates them??

How do you know who will be a forever friend??  Is there some spark that tells you or is it more subtle.

Who are your forever friends, your surprising friends, your friends, and your lost friends??

I know that I am a lucky person to have so many friends in my life.  I have single friends, married friends, young friends, mature friends, friends that live close, friends that live far away, and friends that I have know forever and friends I have just met.  It's a great life to be surrounded by friends.

We don't always see eye to eye.  We don't always get to see each other.  However, I have always been able to work things out with my friends and to over come all obstacles this life wants to throw at us.

Some of my forever friends I have known for 25 years, others I have only met 18 months ago, still others only a year ago.  It's strange how it turns out, how I have made some forever friends, life works in weird ways.

I am grateful for my friends.  There have been times in my life where I would not have pulled out with no scars had it not been for my friends.  There have been times when I know I have not been the greatest friend in the world, I can only say I have learned from these mistakes and have made amends with these friends.  I know I have been wronged by friends but I have forgiven them, sometimes too many times, but they are my friends and regardless of what other people may believe they are my friends and I want to stay loyal to those friends.

I truly love that my friends are true friends.  I love that my friends are happy for me as long as what I am doing makes me happy.  I know someone who has a couple of friends that are not happy with his decisions.  They tell him that his decisions are stupid and that he should change his plans to suit their needs.... or I have a friend who is involved with someone but that someone won't leave their unhappy relationship because their friends are telling her she should work things out.  I can't deal with things like that, if you can't be happy for me, I can't be bothered with you.  If you don't like my decisions it's fine to voice your opinion but don't think that I make my decisions to benefit you.

So I am going to send out a big thank you to all my friends.  Thank you Mom, Grandma, Courtney, Sharon, Kim, Laleh, Estelle, Lexus, Michelle, Roxann, Melanie, Karry, Jeni, Garrett, Bruce, Chad, Shelley, Tara, Becky, Meladi, Cathy, Pamela, Linda, Darlene, Alex, Vanessa, Annie, Arlie, Danny, Greg, Jay, Sarah, Judy, Karlee, Allison, Karen, Krista, Naomi, Jessica, Natasha, Stacey, Nicole, Jen, Nikki, Rolly, Joy, Maritza and Rhonda!!!!!

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Snotty Nose and Dirty Toes

Well he doesn't actually have dirty toes, but he does have a snotty nose. Poor lil man is sick, he has a cold. But on a positive note, aside from his snotty nose, he is in good spirits.  He jut ssounds so congested and HATES having his nose wiped or aspirated.  He cries and squirms and I feel like I am in a WWE wrestling match.  It's amazing how agile babies can be when they want to get away from a kleenex.

This cold has come at the absolute worse time, but I think that's just Murphy's law at work.  I was using this weekend to break lil man of his habit of waking up at 2 and 4 am every night.  He wasn't waking up because he was hungry but rather because he wanted to come and cuddle in our bed.  Which I will confess I let him do, because at times I was too tired to actually deal with getting up and soothing him back to sleep and bringing him into bed was just so much easier.  However, because of this cold he is still waking up, it's not because he wants to cuddle but last night he actually wanted to nurse.  Which he did and he ate a lot.  I don't mind getting up if he needs to eat, but when it's just a habit that gets him into mom's bed, well that needs to stop sooner rather than later.

I am going to keep trying the rest of the weekend, and we will see how it goes.  Hopefully this cold will disappear soon and  I will have my lil man back and he will be all smiles and sleeping through the night!!! I have my fingers crossed!!!