Rather than make a list of excuses, I will simply state we have had an overwhelming November. From work to social life, and many many amazing hours and days spent with our precious family of kids and grandchildren, the time has sped by.
Christmas is fast approaching and besides preparing for the season, we are also preparing for a house guest, my mom, for 2 weeks, and the annual DWS Aggregates Christmas Party.
Here is the "usual" Christmas letter, and I will catch up with you after the big turkey day is over.
Hi everyone. I won’t start with the traditional where does time go. This year I know where it goes…
Another year of changes but things stay the same nonetheless. And I have determined staying the same is just fine with me. I’m looking at the past year, and using my calendar to see what I want to talk about.
January was full of company – Aunt Doreen and Uncle Micheal, Darrell and Shirley Hueser – and work and my regular visit to Fort McMurray to see the Stecyks. Don trudged through the frozen north. See - same but different.
February was a special month, as we gained another grandbaby. Mason Theodore Stecyk was born on February 3. Now I could tell you all about his birth, size, etc. but as you can imagine over 9 months down the road, that has changed. Suffice to say we love him ridiculously, just like the others. I got to spend 2 weeks in the north, helping the new mom out and spending time with Connor. Did you know we have 6 family birthdays in February? In a family of 11. In order – Mason, Cal, Emerson, Donna, Jeremy and Connor. Lots of cake! LOL
March was also a life changer, as the Stecyks moved to Edmonton from Fort McMurray! We are so happy to have our girls and their families close to us. As happy as we are, we waited until the day after Lindsay and Jeremy moved here, then we made our annual trek to the south for a couple of months. It was a LONG trip this year, as we went all the way to Louisiana, then headed home north through Manitoba/Saskatchewan. I will take the easy way out by saying if you want to learn about March and April, read our blog at www.drivingmissdonna.blogspot.com.
So flash ahead to May, the month of the annual May long camping trip. Phenomenal weather, friends and foods. And more birthdays! June, July and August more of the same. Oh and we bought a boat. An older one, but a pretty blue streak on the water, fits almost our whole family, and power to burn. It was later in the summer but will provide hours of fishing and tubing for years to come. We also had a great camping trip with Ken and Brenda, attended our godson Murray’s wedding, had a new furnace installed, new ceiling in the basement, etc.
September we escaped for a few weeks to Washington area, and camped and discovered new places. Check the blog.
And the fall has sped by too fast to remember. Don has kept as busy as usual with his company and “working part time”. I have accepted client after client, along with numerous facilitation opportunities, and will be nothing but glad to sign off the last 2014 invoice and take a breath.
We are so honoured to be a part of our kids’ lives, attend hockey, soccer, swimming, recitals, etc. and be able to drop in for coffee and meals, and just see everyone. The grandkids are aging fast; Blake - 7, Emerson – 5, Reese – 4, Connor – 2 and Mason – 10 months. They bring Christmas to our house and hearts all year long.
Love and Merry Christmas!
So that's it. Don't worry - we are planning our spring trek already, and will get back to blogging when that happens!