Monday, December 31, 2012
I planned on getting more connected with my god daughter Adelle and twin neices, and for the most part I did. We welcomed people into our lives that unfortunately ended up not being the people we thought they were. At times I think we are just too nice and trusting, which unfortunately in this case was our downfall. Winter turned into spring, and we had a great time just spending time together. Spring turned into summer, and we changed our summer vacation plans. We decided to take a family only trip, and we booked a beautiful cabin in the woods at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. The 4 of us talked at length on what we wanted to do when we were there, and planned side trips to see friends.
And then, well, we all know what happened in July. We packed up what we could, said goodbye to the only home that Joe knew, and moved back to Nova Scotia. We were down, but we were together and we certainly were not out. Rob decided to change careers, a move I totally supported. Retail just wasn't where we wanted to be and after what had happend with the Northwest Company, we were not doing that again. I started looking for preschool jobs, but they are very hard to find here. I had many interviews at daycares. We decided we would take the summer to enjoy ourselves with the boys, which we did. We took them to Maine to spend a weekend with Adam and Genevieve, and we were able to make new friends and spend a great deal of time with Adelle and Jamie. We laughed and tried to find our new normal.
We were just beginning to feel like we were going to be ok when we got the news that my Uncle Clar was dying. He had been battling the same lung disease as my dad, but none of us expected he would go as fast as he did. Again, our world tipped a little sideways and we were a bit lost. Uncle Clar was an amazing man, he stepped in as my surrogate dad when Rob and I lived in Newfoundland, and was an all around amazing man. The world was a little dimmer the day he died.
This picture is from when we visited there in July. Joe was only 2 months old and he was in full blown colic. I was ready to trade him for a gold fish. Uncle Clar was the only one who could get him to stop crying by just holding him.
We were in a state of shock but again, we are a strong unit. We perseverved. Nothing else could go wrong, right? The universe wasn't really that cruel, was it?
Less than a month later we lost Uncle Jim Grant. Talk about not having a moment to catch our breath. Jim fought and lost his battle with cancer in less than 4 months. Jim was my birthday buddy and I plan on doing something that day just for him. We joked when he was in the hospital that he would have to get better because now that I was back we were going to celebrate together. We still will.
Along came September and even more changes. We were settled somewhat into our new life. Family members on both sides kept saying with all the negative in our lives with losing loved ones they were glad we were back to support. As were we. The boys were thriving being around so many family members again. Joe was quickly adapting from being a "kid from the north" to being "a kid from the park". They both loved to be outside. One of the funniest things I can remember is both boys trying to navigate how to go down hills on their bikes. Saskatchewan kids don't have to deal with hills, there are none. Joe pretty well wore out the back tire on his bike driving down the hill and "power sliding" around the corners. Only a few scraped knees and wipe outs, but many squeals of joy. They both settled into school quickly, and for the first time in many years so did Rob. He went back to school and changed careers.
Now here we are at the end of the year. Was it all bad? Hell no. Like everything else, it was a learning experience for us. We learned how to adapt and survive as a family unit. I am very proud of who we are and what we can over come.
We have all become closer as a family, and are just as crazy as ever. I love that I have all these crazy people back in my life.
These 4 have been spending a lot of time together. The girls and Joe are all getting to know each other, and Colby is rekindling the friendship he had with the girls before we left.
Christmas morning was amazing. We spent it with all our family. We had a family breakfast on my side of the family, which was amazing. And of course what is Christmas without a family picture of us at our finest?
Kassie decided to bring an apron for Rob to wear while cooking breakfast. Another Christmas tradition in the making maybe?
My brother even got in on the fun.
I had to take this picture. I have the same picture of Colby and BJ from when Colby was 3.
Then we packed up and had Christmas dinner with the other side of the family. We actually forgot to do our traditional crazy picture as we were all tired and cranky.
2013 will be a new year for us in all terms of the word. What we have learned from this past year will last us a life time. But honestly, I won't change a thing. Happy New Year to you and yours.
This is my favorite picture. This was taken in July just after we got back here. Even though we had just been through hell and back, we came out together, still smiling.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Sunday, November 04, 2012
we met, and I totally and instantly fell in love. I have been falling in love more and more every day with this amazing kid. He has a personality all his own and makes me so proud to be his mom. Happy Birthday Colby, you really are one of a kind.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
1.) On September 4th, we lost a fantastic man in our lives. Uncle Jim, Rob's uncle by marriage and my uncle by choice, lost his battle with cancer. We were all in shock and still are. He was a great man who saw the good in everyone and welcomed me into the family from the very first time we met. We also shared a birthday him and I, and I will make sure to do something special on my birthday just for him.
2.) I started and ended a job within a 2 week period. Initially it was exactly what I thought it would be, but just a few days into it I quickly realized it was NOT a place I could work. I am not going to go into details, but let's just say my morals wouldn't let me stay in a place where I knew I wouldn't be happy.
4.) I have been contacted by the town that I used to live in to do some contract work for them. I don't want to go into details until it is finalized but I am really looking forward to it. It has also made me very homesick for the home I can no longer call home.
5.) I virtually walked with my friends in Ile a la Crosse during the Relay for Life. My amazing friend Judy used Facetime on her Ipad while using her Iphone as a wireless hotspot so I could walk a lap with my former family. Needless to say I cried the entire time and spent the night cursing the Northwest Company and the Northern Store for my heartache.
6.) After dusting myself off and trying again, I found a new job closer to where I live in a daycare that I love. I have been there for almost a week and I can easily see myself there for the next few years.
7.) After much internal debate, I booked a plane ticket for myself to go to the Yukon next June. My amazing friends Kara, Kennie, Jenn, Sarah and I are meeting in the Yukon next year for a week of girls fun. We initially talked about this in honour of the amazing Indigo Sweetwater who was taken from us last year by that evil known as cancer. She was a jewel of a person who was an amazing inspiration to us all and made the 5 of us realize that you have to live for today. We have never met (well with the exception of Jenn and I who met for the first time this July when we were driving back here) and I am soo excited. Never in my life would have I have imagined I would be doing anything like this.
The amazing and beautiful Jenn. We were only together less than 2 hours but we have known each other for years.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Clarence William Power
February 20, 1955 - August 21, 2012Power, Clarence William: On August 21, 2012, I lost my best friend and husband, Clarence Power. Born in Gander February 20, 1955. From 1957 - 2012 resided in his beloved Harbour Main. Passed peacefully away at the Health Science Centre in the presence of his loving family after a long struggle with IPF, a serious lung disease. Pre-deceased by his father, Joseph, mother Rita (nee Hickey), and two brothers, Joseph, & Brian. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 35 years, Rosemary (nee Howard), three beautiful girls: Kellie Ann, Krista Lee, and Heather (Cory Dalton) and precious little angel, Claire , brothers: Mike (Anne-Marie) and Francis, sisters: Rose Bryden, Rowena Street (George), and only living Aunt Bride Glenn, Sisters-in-law: Elizabeth and Madeleine, many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and all the Howard in-laws. He was well respected by his friends and co-workers, Local 740. He was loved by everyone he touched. He loved his community, hunting and fishing but his greatest love was his wife and girls. Resting at Dunphy’s Funeral Home, Holyrood. Visitation on Thursday & Friday from 2 - 4 pm & 7 - 9 pm. Funeral will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 25, 2012from SS. Peter & Paul Church, Harbour Main. Inurnment will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Harbour Main
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Double rainbows have a different meaning completely. When my sister came to visit and stay with the boys 2 years ago we also saw a double rainbow. It was in February, and it was unseasonably warm that day. It rained on my way to Saskatoon to get her, and unbeknownst to me the temperature suddenly dropped as we were travelling. We were about 200kms away from home when we saw a beautiful double rainbow. We were talking about how rare it is to see a double rainbow when I noticed an accident on the road. I pressed on the brake and we slid right across the road. The road that I thought was clear was in fact sheer black ice. We spent the next 3.5 hours driving very slowly hugging the shoulder of the road in 4 wheel drive to get home safely.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Since it was announced at our staff appreciation lunch today I can announce it here; I am not going back to work next year. I decided, for many reasons, none of which I am comfortable discussing here, that this would be my last year. Luckily for me I am on a year to year contract, so I can easily pull EI for the next year. I also have my photography to help fill my time and my bank account if needed. This will be the first year in 10 years that I will be able to take a year off work and not have a baby at home to take care of. Now that both boys are in school, I will have my days free to spend as I please. It is a very liberating thought and I can't wait. A friend of mine stopped by tonight and saw the framed prints we have in the livingroom. They are pictures that I have taken around town. She loved them, and told me that I should be selling them. It has really intrigued me, as people have said this before to me. I think we will put a few more together (this means a trip to Saskatoon to get more frames) and see what happens. I have never really been into what I called the "artsy fartsy" type pictures, but I will admit they are starting to be my new obsession. The storm clouds here are amazing, and I went out tonight and took a bunch of pictures that I still need to process. But of course, what would a post about pictures be without my absoutely favorite bird in the entire world and the inspiration for my upcoming tattoo??
Monday, June 04, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Oh, and thanks Chandra for reminding me. If you use this link and put in Rob's name, it comes up that he is in Toronto. It was set up by head office so everyone, regardless of what province they are in, comes up Toronto.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
May 11, 2006
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
But now for some amazingly amazing news. Rob has been selected to participate in a marathon this December for the Canadian Diabetes Association in.. wait for it.... THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. Bastard!! I'm very proud of him. He has a fundraising goal of $4000.00, because whatever he raises the Northwest Company will MATCH dollar for dollar! So we are both on a very serious weight loss / exercise regime. Which I suppose is why I'm soo testy today. Sugar withdraw is a BITCH!
Friday, April 20, 2012
I had been approached by a local business in town to help them with some redecorating. I'm not sure if this is going to happen now but since I enlarged a few of my pictures and framed them, they look really good in my livingroom. Now all I have to do is convince my husband that the walls need to be painted.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I am somewhat known in this community as "the woman who makes wedding invitations". I was asked by a couple in town to make an invitation for their wedding. It turns out that she wanted 2 invitations, one for her family to keep, and one for "everyone else". Her hubby to be is an avid hunter, and she wanted "a deer or a moose on the invitation". This is what I came up with, and they both loved it. Damn, I'm good. Rob's only comment is that I should have used a "bigger deer", but the only other pictures I had of bigger deer than this one were dead ones. Somehow I didn't think that would be appropriate. :)