Wednesday, November 25, 2009

and for those NOT partaking of any shopping trips this weekend - try to catch Helix at Molly Bloom's in Kitchener! Yes I am a Grandma and YES I KNOW HOW TO ROCK!!!! (just not to that Rock You song - I apparently am not a good cheerleader!)

Black Friday Tradition Looms

As some of you may know, the Meulenbelts and I have made a kind of annual pilgrimage to Saginaw Michigan each year at this time, and this year is no different! Well okay maybe one small different - Kelly H is coming with us this year!!!

This is more than a shopping tradition, it is a ritual. We begin with a very important and thought provoking trip to the Blue Water Bridge Duty Free shop - the beverage section if you will. Once we determine what we are taking to drink at the hotel, we then have to decide what we are buying to take home with us. This all important first step has seen the creation of many excellent cocktails - okay almost anything would be good at 11:00 on Thanksgiving Thursday watching some bizarre TV show on HBO whilst perusing flyers and well everyone wants DICKS for some reason. (that is Dick's Sporting Goods ad). Of course this is all to wash down the traditional Denny's Thanksgiving dinner (cause it is the only place open and no I don't think we have ever ordered turkey)

One important lesson learned last year - if you are on a 2 way radio the smart ass asking what colour underwear you are wearing might not be your travelling mate in the car ahead of you - so don't play along with the game!!!!! For the record they were black!

And Michigan Lefts - what is with that!!!!! I mean you have to drive 3 blocks out of your way to do a U-turn to turn left!!! Not in Saginaw, where we go but last year we stopped in Stirling Heights an affluent suburb outside of Detroit on the way home (so okay maybe not EXACTLY on the way home but close enough to count as a slight detour).

Then there is Tony's for breakfast on Saturday in Birch Run. Okay I cannot wait to see the look on Kelly's face (to know what mine looked like last year) when they bring the bacon - holy piggies in a blanket batman!!!!! There must be a whole pig in those baskets!!!

This year of course the Boo Bug is running around and into all kinds of things so Christmas will be very amusing - needless to say when I pull up to Customs, they might mistake me for Santa's helper loaded up my tiny little sleigh with toys for good girls and well maybe one or two for the naughty girl too (but Santa I can explain!!!)

Can you tell I am excited - oh yeah baby!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Catching Up

I have decided to return to the world of blogging. It just seems like a good time for me to do so. I had a rough few months and some very happy times too.

So what is new:

Baby Bella Boo Bug is 1 year old as of Sept 16, 2009! I cannot believe how time has flown She is now 14 months, is very verbal and overly affectionate. Also very smart and a climber who has no fear!


During this time, Ian the once upon a time fiancee came for a visit for 3 weeks and in that time we discovered that although we had changed (for the better it seems on both parts) our feelings towards each other had not and so we are currently now once again engaged. I'll be blogging about the wedding over the course of the next 10 months from time-to-time and will post some shots from our vacation to Quebec City now and then.


Thanksgiving came and went as did Halloween! Miss Bella was a tiny little witch (who really didn't think she needed a hat - of course the wind was quite willing to help her dislodge it).


My son is now 27 and I have turned Grandma Bingeman - I just sent two meals home with him tonight after Sunday dinner! But he will enjoy the food! So I feel like a good mother. Somehow I often judge my own personal worth by how good a mother I am.

I am busy creating Christmas presents and will have a rather quiet Christmas this year as my own Mom will be spending Christmas with my eldest brother in Edmonton this year. Ian will be spending Christmas with his Mum in England. So it will be me, Scott, Stephanie and Bella on Christmas Eve but somehow I know it will be special anyway! With Christmas in mind, the big Black Friday shopping trip to Michigan happens in 4 sleeps!!! I can hardly wait! I have quite a list for Santa!

Work is too busy but life is generally good! I am trying to keep well and maintain a sense of balance while planning a wedding, dealing with a personal situation that is definitely NOT blog material and generally living the life! Blessings to all!

Monday, July 13, 2009

So WHY Does It Feel THIS Bad??

I wouldn't exactly call it a broken heart. In fact, I am not really sure what to call it. Today a firend emailed me regarding an ex and feeling like she got kicked in the gut - this has been an ongoing situation and I tried nicely to tell her to move forward.

Not less than 2 hours later I get my own Kick in The Gut so to speak. There once was someone very special in my life and we have remained friends. I knew it was a temporary (okay very long temporary) situation because there were just too many differences in our lifestyle. I made a conscious decision to let it go. In fact I haven't been 'in love' for a very LONG time. I found out today he became engaged and I am very happy for him and her. I want nothing but happiness for them.

But it seems no matter how much I rationalized things and understand those rationalizations to be true and really do believe them - why do I feel like I got Kicked in the Gut? It hurts and I don't understand. It really isn't a broken heart and in fact I am excited about the direction a relationship is moving with someone who I not only care deeply about (and have for several years) but also makes sense when I logically think about a future.

Is this a chick thing???

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bella's Baptism and Easter and the Roadhammers

Well the wee one is now appropriately Baptized. It was done on Saturday April 11 at the evening service. The little boo bug wore my very own Christening gown. The church gave her a very lovely little cedar chest as a gift. Although I don't have any pics of it yet. Godparents are Heather and Brian with daughters Hailey and Lilly and her Auntie Kayla. All of whom are pretty special people in Bella's life and our lives in general. There was a lovely celebration after at Papa and Grandma Bingeman's house too.


This year instead of the big traditional Easter dinner of turkey (which I can't seem to like no matter how hard I try) I did a Good Friday brunch with the kids instead. We then had the baptism Saturday and Sunday morning a quick little visit with the Boo Bug. She got her first pair of shades from the Easter Bunny and are a Tinkerbell theme...the Diva training continues



I can't believe she will be 7 months old this week!!! She is just starting to crawl although it is more like watching a little froggie jump. She is pretty good at baby pushups though and is starting to be a regular little jumping bean if you stand her in your lap. And she LOVES music and sways to the music already a little and sings quite contentedly to herself.

On a side note the Roadhammers are playing at the Dallas night club this week and well I am forgoing my regular treatment to attend with a dear friend - who just doesn't get out much - there was a threat of throwing her bra - NO NO NO!!!! Panties okay but no bras! This should be great fun - they are an excellent band - saw them once all by my lonesome at Cowboys when I lived in Guelph - looking forward to partying with the Camo Queen!!! I'll be sure to take pics!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Wow I have been a BAD Blogger

Yes I know it has been over 3 months - I am so sorry to all my followers. Life has been crazy busy. And as my friends pointed out on Friday - I need to update!!!! so I am. I so needed to get out and be creative on Friday - lol - yeah that worked didn't it? Oh well it was still good to spend time with my scrappy friends! You guys always make me feel better no matter how stressful life has been.

Miss Bella is now 6 months old and she is being christened this Saturday night. She is almost crawling - desperately trying and getting frustrated so ends up rolling everywhere! She is already becoming a DIVA!!! I am in charge of bringing the wine (now isn't that a little like leaving the fox to guard the hens!)



I did something on Saturday I haven't done in many years - I went touring for a friend's 50th birthday. Now touring is known by several names but if you ever lived in the country you know what I mean. However nowadays it is a bit toned down and we made several stops along the way to share birthday beverages with old friends (and yes we had a DD)! We travelled down the old roads of our youth and listened to the old tunage of our wild and crazy days and nights. But something was different somehow - one of the tourees brought their daughter along. It was her 20th and the Guitar Dude boyfriend as well. There is just something infintely wrong with bringing our baby on a tour. Well she partied so hard the night before that she only made it half way through and had to be taken home. She broke a cardinal rule - she didn't have a drop to drink at any stops! Guitar Dude fell asleep!!!!!! Another cardinal rule broken! Although perhaps he had a reason - his band won a Battle of the Bands contest the night before and then they went to Miss K's bday party! No I did NOT pee at the side of the road like the boys! It was so freaking awesome though and Oh Mickey You're So Fine, You're So Fine you Blow My Mind was sung most heartily to the man now a quarter of a century old!!! It just wouldn't have been right Mick if we hadn't - lol

Have fun in Vegas Amber!!!! And don't forget the home of the giant .99 margarita - have a couple for me will ya hun!