Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010: What I learned and what I blogged about!

The last post I wrote in 2009 was my a summary of my status updates from Facebook. Believe it or not, it was a (somewhat) decent summary of the year. A quick glimpse:

... so proud of baby Dimitry for walking across the room all by himself!

... going to Atlantis in the Bahamas!

... glad to be home and safe (with some soreness) after a bad car accident on the drive home.


OMG WHAT THE F*** I am freaking out! JUST finished watching Grey's OMG OMG OMG OMG I'm seriously numb. OMG. I'll never ever ever ever be able to fall asleep now. OMG. Like, OHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYY F***** GOD!

... sad Frank McCourt died. One of my most favourite authors.


"YIAYIA! IT'S AWAKE!" Yup, I love it when my son refers to his baby brother as an 'it'. So funny!

... had my car stolen at the Superstore today, watched it drive away - glad my boys were safe with me... but still... shitty. And then, I find out John Hughes died. This day is just not a good one!


... can't believe my baby boy is starting KINDERGARTEN in a few days! Hello? I have a school-aged child? What is that about? Oh yeah. I'm also turning 33 years old in a few days. Sob. Sob. Sob.

... thinks everyone has to go to see Inglourious Basterds - best movie of the year, for sure! Quentin Tarantino is just amazing, as always. Go see this movie!

2009 was a good year, but 2010 was even better.

My oldest son started senior kindergarten and grew in many ways. He overcame his shyness, learned how to read and write, and decided he wanted to become a geologist. Seeing him perform in his Christmas concert was a huge highlight for me—my once shy guy, loudly and clearly saying his lines perfectly, in front of so many people.

Watching my children become best friends and hearing them talk and play together—reading, building forts, and racing on their plasma cars—continues to make me smile every day. My youngest son, almost three years old, makes us laugh all the time. This child of mine needs to be in movies—he is such a character, and melts everyone with his smile and sneaky ways.

I learned a few things this year, too, and of course, I blogged about them all:

The importance of unlearning.

25 things.

Mistakes Moms Make.

Facing Your Fears.

Tips for a new mom.

Fear of flying.

The most important post you'll read this summer.

I traveled to my favourite place on earth, again.

I wrote a letter to my childhood friend, telling her off.

I almost died, and the headline read: Near death by Mystic Tanning!

I dealt with epic bath-time temper tantrums and I took a trip back to the motherland.

I suffered some serious mommy guilt, and dealt with The evil one.

I shared with you my favourite movies of all time in a cleverly titled post: Best movies ever!

I had a scary wake-up call.

I wrote about the new mile-high club, and about wanting, lusting,and needing.

I had a total eclipse of the heart and (almost) switched from Team Edward to Team Jacob.

I came back with wonderful memories from BlogHer in New York City where I met and connected with many fabulous people, and I have already bought my Blogher'11 tickets, too! (Blissdom Canada was awesome, too!)

2010, for me, was a year full of new experiences... watching my children grow, welcoming my new baby niece into our lives, enjoying hot summer days swimming, spending quality time with friends and family, vacationing in Mont Tremblant, and taking it all in... 2010 was a year of personal growth and it was filled with a lot of love and good times.

Interestingly, I have yet to blog about my love affair with Twitter, but I have to say, Twitter has been such an awesome part of my life, as I'm sure most of you will agree!

I hope you all had a fulfilling year and I wish you a very Happy New Year - may 2011 be filled with nothing but health and happiness for you!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's almost Christmas!

Christmas is two days away!

Are you ready? If you're anything like me, you'll be in the mall on the 24th of December picking up last minute items, whether it's another present for your children (as if they don't have enough already!) or something else for their stockings.

Like the fear of peeling too few potatoes, I have the same fear with presents. What if there aren't enough gifts? In all seriousness, though, December has been a wonderful month, despite the craziness.

Last week, my son performed in his Christmas concert at school, singing beautifully and saying his lines perfectly. We practiced at home and even Dimitry knew the lines by heart! Proud mommy moment, for sure. I even baked the night before for his class party. Of course, I destroyed about two dozen cookies in the process, but luckily, some turned out okay.

Here are some things that have made this month festive and fabulous for me:

Sitting around the Christmas tree with my boys, talking about all the reasons we love Christmas.

Receiving beautiful hand made crafts from my son, including a beautiful card and ornaments.

Watching my boys exchange ornaments, since they each have their own 'side' of the tree, and hearing their negotiations.

Working with my children to make a box of clothes, toys and food items to give away to a family in need.

Working with Christmas Wish Cloud again this year, donating 16 new Christmas presents to kids who are with the Children's Aid Society.

Baking cupcakes and eating cream cheese icing by the spoonful.

Wrapping Christmas presents after the children have gone to sleep.

Hearing my boys laugh while watching Home Alone.

Watching Elf and Love, Actually.

Christmas shopping.

Christmas traditions with my family and enjoying my grandmother's delicious Greek cookies.

Enjoying the fireplace and watching the snow fall, from the warmth of my house.

Playing with beautiful baby niece.

My happy reunion with my hairdresser and loving my blonde again. Sigh...

You know what else if fabulous? Really awesome gift baskets. And I'd love to give one away to you! When the weather outside is frightful, what could be better than snuggling up on the couch with a warm blanket, right?

Thanks to Kijiji and Indigo Books & Music, I'm giving away a gift basket worth $250, filled with:



A $25 Indigo gift card
Books
Cozy knit Scarf and Mitten Set (an Indigo exclusive)
Gary Taxali Wooden Ladder Toy
Cozy blanket/throw
LED book light
Personal library kit
Travel mug
... and more!

Just leave me a comment telling what is making December fabulous for you!

I'll pick a winner randomly on December 24th. (Contest open to Canadian residents only.)

Good Luck!

Updated to add: Congrats to lucky number 31 for winning this basket! Z, email me your address!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

2010: A summary in iPhone pictures

2010 is almost over. It was a good year, complete with lots of laughter, love, friendship, new experiences, highs, lows, craziness, and everything in between. Through it all, I captured images that will forever be memories for me, thanks to my beloved iPhone camera. Of course, the pictures I took with my phone are only a snippet of my year, but a neat summary, nonetheless.

Here's my 2010, in iPhone pictures:

A trip to my favourite place, Florida. Taken while lying down beside my napping toddler, at the Westin Diplomat. I took this picture because of the giant blimp in the sky, trying to come to terms with one of my biggest fears ever: THE BLIMP. They completely terrify me!

A sunny day in February, complete with shades.


My snowman family. Aren't they adorable?

The fear of the car wash in early 2010 caused my son to spit out his granola bar.

Learning to skate, because that's what kids do in Canada. Freezing! Cold!

Vancouver 2010 Olympics! All about the red mittens.

Colourful backyard. It took a lot of chalk to do this!


Swimming lessons. By the end of the summer, he was a great swimmer, deep end and all!


Keeping busy parking vehicles on a hot summer day.


Brothers.


Plasma car racing in the book store, barefoot.


Soccer days. I sort of became a soccer mom. Wearing my FIFA 2010 hat!


Making strawberry jam.


Failed attempt at baking.


Followed by some retail therapy.


Hair cut!


Book store, our home away from home.


Getting dirty.

5th birthday party.


Pink Twitter, my favourite drink at BlogHer in New York City.


Pictures with a new friend and fabulous roomie.

Milk mustache. I know the secret! This is a picture of a picture, and I have no idea why it looks like my forehead is melting...


Summer fair.


The smiles that melt my heart.


APPLE JACKS!


Superman in Ikea.


LBD. My 'vintage' BCBG dress, circa 2002!


Enjoying nature outside the children's museum.


Backyard tree house. (Minus the tree.)



I can cook!


I also make the best carrot cake ever. Complete with cream cheese icing.




Leggings...with the controversial stirrups.


BlissDom Canada... yummy drinks at the Mabel's Labels party.


Mario and Luigo, and snow on Halloween.

LEGO.


Love of my life.


2 ipads and an iphone keep little boys very entertained!


Elevator hair check.


Back to my ex-hairdresser, perfecting my blonde. It was the best reunion ever.


Christmas tree 2010.


PBK stockings!


... and that's almost one whole year in iPhone pictures. Whew! Good times... I am looking forward to 2011, and to new wonderful memories!

Monday, December 13, 2010

30 Days of Truth: Day 9 and Day 10

December is in full swing, and the holidays are almost here. Rather than write about all the things I still have to do to get ready for Christmas, I thought I could distract myself with another 30 Days of Truth writing prompt.

Day 9: Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.

Is there someone in your life you didn't want to let go, but it sort of happened... by chance?

Several of my best friends have moved to other cities, and although the distance between us great, when we get together a few times a year, it's like it was when we were together every day. Conversations pick up where they left off, laughter is non-stop, and the hugs are plentiful.

True friendship really does last a lifetime, no matter how far away two people are from eachother, even if you only see your favourite people twice a year. Phone calls and emails and cards in the mail make up for the distance in miles.

I think having a close friend in your life who drifts away over time is different than having to suddenly let go of someone you had no intention of wanting to let go of. Having to let go of someone when it isn't a natural thing is hard.

Day 10: Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.

I have never said "I wish I never knew so-and-so". There has never been a person in my life that has been that awful that I wish I hadn't known them. Everyone in my life, I suppose, has been there for a reason, good or bad.

Is there someone I need to let go of? No. Are there issues within myself I need to let go of, like my fear, or procrastination? Of course.

I guess I should also 'let go' of my spending habits. And start realizing that money does not, after all, grown on the tree in my backyard.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

All I Want For Christmas




This Holiday post is
sponsored as part of the UrbanMoms Network.




I don't want a lot for Christmas,
There is just one thing I need,


(This blue dress from Holt Renfrew, baby!)




I don't care about the presents,

(But this Tiffany key would make my heart sing!)


Underneath the Christmas tree,
I just want you for my own,

(A trip to Florida, too!)


More than you could ever know,
Make my wish come true...
All I want for Christmas.... is.... you!

(And a house in the South of France, please?)


I don't want a lot for Christmas,
There is just one thing I need,

(An ipad my kids won't steal from me?)


I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree,



(A new pair of Chanel shades would be nice...)

I don't need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace,

(I will, though, I want some new magazines!)


Santa Claus won't make me happy,

(He better leave the cookies for me!)


With a toy on Christmas day,

(Unless it's red with four wheels!)


I just want you for my own,
More than you could ever know,

(6 months in Florida....)


Make my wish come true...
All I want for Christmas... is... you!

(You, baby.)
(And to win the lottery.)


I won't ask for much this Christmas,
I don't even wish for snow,

(I'll take palm trees, instead.)


I'm just gonna keep on waiting,
Underneath the mistletoe,

(A kiss would be nice...)


I won't make a list and send it,

(You read my blog, don't you?)

To the North Pole for Saint Nick,
I won't even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeers click,

(Too much wine, I'll be fast asleep, send more?)


'Cause I just want you here tonight,

(With my presents wrapped just right!)

Holding on to me so tight,
What more can I do?

(My back is sore, can I get a massage, too?)

Baby, all I want for Christmas is you...
Ooh, baby...

I don't want a lot for Christmas,
This is all I'm asking for,

(A year filled with no drama, or plasma car scratches on the hardwood floors!)

I just want to see my baby,
Standing right outside my door.

(With presents galore!)

Oh, I just want you for my own,
More than you could ever know,
Make my wish come true....

(A plane ticket to San Diego, too?)


Baby, all I want for Christmas... is you!

(I forgot to mention some shoes!)


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