Sunday, October 31, 2010
I want to apologize for the way I've treated you this year. In the past you have been my most favourite time; I would obsess over you starting on October 1st and I would look forward to you months before that. We used to do all kinds of things together; I used to plan photoshoots, crafts, baking and lots of decorating around your wonderful atmosphere and traditions, but for some reason this year you kind of snuck up on me and I never got the chance to catch up. Life got in the way, plain and simple. That doesn't mean that I don't still love you above all other holidays, it just means that we took a little 'break'. I already have big plans and ambitions for you next year though, so I hope that you'll forgive me and look forward to seeing me in 2011.
Your biggest (though sometime laziest) fan, G.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
[Seen on Kara's Tumblr]
This about sums me up right now (and makes me smile). Besides bitching about being a stay-at-home mom (something I make an effort not to do too often), and feeling the cliched 20-something-year-old syndrome of being 'busy' all the time, there's not much for me to write about these days. Life goes on, day after day, much the same as it always does, and there's not a whole lot to say about it. Sure I could blog about 'pretty things', but honestly the idea of that just seems empty and tired to me. When I have something real to say or something I really feel worth sharing, creative or not, I will, but until then my life is going to go on, and much un-documented. And that's ok.
Tomorrow I'm heading to Halifax for a long overdue cardiologist appointment (to see if my heart changed after giving birth...seriously doubt it), and to catch up with my friends from work. Looking forward to it, though I'm not looking forward to the long drive and early departure time. Oh well, once in a blue moon isn't too bad.
Before I go, I've had 2 songs stuck in my head lately, one oldie and one newbie (to me). Enjoy.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Random fact: We cut his 'wisps' of hair off in September, they were getting crazy long...and I admit it was a teeny bit sad (I kept them in an envelope).
Personality: Up until Victor turned 6 months (from 4.5-6 months I'd say), he was super friendly with everyone and quite independent. This was a huge blessing when it came to our travels out West because otherwise I would have been exhausted and wouldn't have been able to do everything I wanted to do. But pretty much as soon as we returned home from BC, the classic 'object permanence symdrome' kicked in and we couldn't be out of his sight and he couldn't be out of our arms. It has gotten better since then, but he's still quite attached to us and prefers to be near us all the time. If we're on the computer he crawls over to see us and if we leave the room he whines a bit. I suppose it's not a bad thing, it's just tiring when he always wants to be touching you and crawling up your legs and in your arms...oh well. Besides that he has become much more 'talkative', his favourites words being 'adadadada' and 'oooh'. He babbles with us quite a bit, it's cute. He's very curious about everything around him, still startles easily at loud sounds or sudden movements, is still a bit wary of strangers (but recognizes and enjoys the people he knows), has developed a 'whine' which can drive me a bit nuts, and smiles almost every time you look at him and loves to laugh. Overall, still a happy baby :)
A 'happy' photo on a particularly rough day...
Our handsome boy...
I can just imagine how the next few months are going to fly by (he actually turns 8 months in a couple of weeks!), but I am going to really try and stay on top of his updates and remember all his milestones, because he seems to be doing something new almost every day. Sometimes I miss the simpler days of when he was small and all we needed to do was hold him to keep him happy, but for the most part I'm really enjoying this older baby phase and all the fun/challenges that come along with it.
Until next time,
(And I know this post is insanely long and won't be interesting to anyone besides me and maybe some family, so I apologize for adding another useless post to your Google Readers! haha)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
(Daphné and I, circa 1988, at her birthday party)
(Daphné, Fall 2009)
Just wanted to pop in real quick to say happy birthday to my sister Daphné, who is somehow 26 years old (that seems too old for her for some reason!) One the best things about living back at home is being able to hang out with her more. She's a great wife and dog-mom, an aspiring hobby farmer and she always inspires me to live a simple, country life, like the one she is making for herself. I can't wait 'til she has some little bébés of her own so that we can hang out even more with our kiddos. Happy Birthday Daf!
Also, my sister in law Selena finally had her baby on Monday evening (1 week late), and to no one's surprise, it was another boy (that's 7 boys ladies and gents, from 3 different brothers, for a total of 11 Flynn boys all in a row...) This little guy's name is Lucas Thomas (love it!), and he actually wasn't so little, he was 10lbs and 2oz! Selena and Tom are back at home now with their sons Noah and Jonas (and the baby of course), and I wish them all the best in these next few weeks as they get used to being a family of 5. I'm not sure when I'll get to meet this little nephew (I've only met Jonas once), but I look forward to seeing more pics and hearing more about him as he gets older.
Still working on Victor's baby update post, hope to have it up later this week.
Off to clean. Happy normal weekday to you,
Friday, October 8, 2010
(Photo from this past weekend in McAdam...love his expression, he was having so much fun with his cousins' many toys!)
Ok, usually I don't like it when people come on their blogs just to say how busy they are and that they will blog later, but I'm totally one of those people right now! Fall is kicking my butt this year, I feel like the days are just flying by and sometimes I don't even get to leave the house and barely get dressed. Of course having a 7-month old will do that to you, but still, I know that in a blink my favourite season is going to be over and I'll have wondered what I did to enjoy it. Gah. Anyway, between 8-9 photoshoots, editing, working on a new project (hoping to reveal in December), babysitting, teething, immunizations, visits, walks and just life in general, I don't seem to have time to get into anything crafty or creative (besides above mentioned shoots, but personally creative). The nights come and all I want to do is veg out on the couch for a few shows, and then hit the hay!
A few things happening around here lately:
-Still waiting for my 6th niece or nephew to be born down in California...hopefully any day now!
-Victor is growing like crazy! He's now got the crawling thing down, is enjoying standing more, has his 2 bottom teeth and seems to be getting older and more active by the day (as I was typing this I noticed him trying to eat a candle I had in an old flower pot in the dining room...complete with old topsoil all over his face). He's also a Cheerios addict (which very helpful for mama!)
-Dan's been working a lot of hours (nearing 50 a week), so that means I've had to be home alone longer with Victor which is sometimes hard, but I try to be patient about it. He seems to like his job so far though, so that's a good thing.
-I've also been trying to make 'real' suppers on most nights for us, having a vegetarian night, a new recipe night, a leftover night, a soup/stew/casserole night and an easy night (the weekends are a free for all). I've been enjoying doing the cooking for the most part (dishes are another story...)
-I'm heading to Halifax in a few weeks for a long overdue follow-up with the cardiologist/visit to the office, and it's going to be a bit sad because it's going to be the last time I'll be there for the foreseeable future (which means saying 'goodbye' to my friends and co-workers there.)
-This weekend is Thanksgiving but I'm not sure what our plans are, it barely crossed my mind that it was Thanksgiving! (Same goes with Halloween, usually by now I'd be in full out spook mode, but this year I'm barely acknowledging its presence.)
-I'm trying to make weekly to do lists with non-everyday things that I need to do, but I'm so freakin' scattered that it's hard to get anything crossed off (I'm going to start using a timer on the computer, a la Pomodoro technique, so hopefully that will help. This post about being busy sums me up perfectly. Also, I need to GET OFF THE FREAKIN' COMPUTER.)
Ok well I won't get into more than that for now, like I said, it's been busy (but slow at the same time) around here, I'm not sure how that's possible. Regardless, I think that November will be less busy and hopefully the gray days and chilly nights with calm things down a bit.
I'll try to be back soon (but who am I kidding, it'll probably be another week before I get the chance to blog again...) Oh well, good intentions, right?
Are you finding this season really busy? I think September to January is crazy for most people.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Although Dan and I don't watch that much TV (we haven't had cable in years), we're now back in the full swing of watching our fall shows (online). This year it's a good mix of comedy and drama, with just a little bit of reality TV thrown in too. Right now we're watching:
Community: Dan got us into this one. It's the same style as, say, Parks and Recreation (see below), but it's a bit different (they don't break the fourth wall, although it seems like they do somehow, it's weird/cool.) Abed is probably the funniest character (and he does kind of look like a lizard!) I love that these 'new sitcoms' are becoming popular again, it's nice to have non-'reality'-TV options!
Dexter: Oh, my love of (and for) Dexter is intense indeed. Now that it's back on it has become my number one favourite show, the one I wait for eagerly every week. Last week's premiere started off really good, I can't wait to see where they're going with this season, after last year's SHOCKING finale (honestly, one of the most shocking on TV ever I think).
Mad Men: This show is just too good not to watch it. It has gotten funnier this season, but it's still so deep, sad, and complex. The writing is great. It's also one of the most stylish shows out there, I love seeing the sets, wardrobe, and the hundreds of details they infuse into every show...good, bad or ugly.
Parks and Recreation: I wasn't a huge fan of this show at first (I thought it was too much like The Office with the awkward humour, which I don't really like), but it has grown on me since then. Amy Poehler's character is really good, and the entire cast is quite funny. I'm glad it got renewed for another season.
The Middle: My mom actually got me into this one, and yet it's one of my favs! It's cute, funny, somewhat predictable, and yet so fun to watch. Kind of like Everybody Loves Raymond, but wayyyy less annoying (I starting watching all of the Raymonds again over the summer but had to stop at Season 6 of so because they would just not.stop.yelling.) Even Dan has grown to like this show. A nice family sitcom :)
Modern Family: I LOVE this one too! The entire cast is so great (but of course Cam is my favourite). It's good because they have so many characters to choose from for storylines, but usually they all overlap somehow, and it's always nice to see the little 'message' at the end.
The Ultimate Fighter: Yes, I watch UFC. Yes, I know around 2 dozen fighters by name. No, it's not just a barbaric fistfight, it's a real sport, and these guys are athlectic and tough! Dan is a huge UFC fan so this is our chance to watch something together and talk about afterwards. The Ultimate Fighter is like "American Idol" for fighters. There are 16 or so guys that start, they have 2 teams (coached by UFC fighters), they all fight each other until there are only 2 left, and then they fight for a contract into the UFC. It's reality TV but without so much of the pure mind garbage that's out there now (although there is still some 'house drama' that we have to endure, but it's manageable). This year Georges St-Pierre is one of the coaches (he's the welterweight champion and a fellow French Canadian...go Georges!)
The Vampire Diaries: Ok, this is my guilty pleasure...it's another show my mom got me hooked on (she and my sister love it too!), but now I look forward to seeing what these sexy vampires are up to every week. It's totally Dawson's Creek with fangs, but I love it anyway.
We're also still waiting for Big Love to start (not sure when that is?) and for Breaking Bad to come back in March. I'm also re-watching The Sopranos because, well, it's The Sopranos and I love me some New Jersey mob bosses.
I guess we do watch a lot of TV!
What are you watching this Fall? Do you watch any of these shows? Are there any other UFC lovin' chicks out there?
Friday, October 1, 2010
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.
Here's to (finally) cooling down, daily walks, knitting at night, sweeping soggy Cheerios off the floor, soups, stews and slow cooker foods, pumpkins and gourds, lovely smells, photoshoots, wearing boots and scarves, lots of baking, starting new sewing projects, staying in at night, getting things done, Martha Stewart magazines, painting fingernails black, welcoming new family members, visits with friends, being online less, more milestones, breathing deep (so deep), hot chocolate, escaping to the woods, trying new things, reading a good book, date nights, house hunting, watching scary movies, nesting, taking chances, picking up the camera more, patience, and savouring these fleeting days.
Yes October, welcome indeed.