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!