Label it Halloween FUN!

 

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Halloween is right around the corner with the autumn leaves changing colours, the cooler evening, dare I say the word frost?  I will not say the other four letter word which starts with “S”.  It usually does that crazy weather stuff on Halloween night!

My 10 year old daughter and I were chatting about what she wanted to be for Halloween this year.  She wants to be some character on a TV show, I cannot even remember what it is?  She told me the costume is for sale at a store at the mall, for $50.00, but if you wait until the last minute, you just might get it for cheaper…. I told her we would think about it.  Call me thrifty but I tend to get the kids costumes at our local thrift store.  I have always found great costumes there.  I even thought about recycling their Halloween costumes from last year.  Yes I am that kind of mother, please don’t judge me.  However I may not be able to recycle the clown costume this year as her teacher said it is not recommended to wear a clown costume this year because of the “scary clown scare”.  What a crazy world.

Well not being the DIY kind of Mom for costumes and not being able to recycle their costumes this year, I guess I better  maybe we will put our crafty hats on and come up with a plan for this years Halloween costumes.

BOO and all that other scary stuff….what are you going to be this year!

 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

The Letting Go Process…

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Why do I cling to things, people, places that no longer serve my being?  Is it because I am a creature of habit?  Could it be fear of the unknown that stops me?  Or is that comfort is found in the known rather than the unknown?  I think for me it is an accumulation of all of the above and more.  This all sounds very deep for a Monday morning, or shall I say a Monday afternoon.  Time ticks along and I find myself still holding on to the same thoughts, and feelings and baggage of yesterday, only to find out it is too heavy to cart around.    I can analyze, dissect, take apart and put together things but it will never be the same.  I am realizing time is fleeting and all we have is today, this minute, and all we have of yesterday is a memory.  WOW …. that is deep, but so damn true!  Sometimes, or most of the time I kick and scream until I cross that other side and only then do I realize I had to go thru all that sh#t to get together side.

 

I had a chat with my bestie this morning and she said this and that.   Truth be told I did not really like everything she said but know it to be true.  Ah the healing process, the place of acceptance.   That place where you realize  this is why it feels yucky right now, because you are supposed to be feeling all of these emotions good and bad.  Why does it not usually happen overnight,  or in a big lightning bolt!  It usually happens when I least suspect it, cruising the aisles of the grocery store reading the latest trashy magazine while waiting in line.  Sometimes it will be that little voice inside me that quietly whispers to me or it will be that new person I meet in the aisle next to me that whispers or yells to me to keep going.

I guess this is all part of LIFE ….. all the ups and downs, all the colors of the rainbow swirling around in my head and my heart.  I know it feels better when I just LET GO! 

Talk soon

 

Nancy

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Best Friends

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Who knows you better than your bestie?  I love to hang around people who I don’t need to act a certain way or pretend I am this or that.  I am just the “Nance”.  I get so much goodness when I hang around my besties.  I am so fortunate to have many besties in my life today.  They tell me how great I am when I don’t feel that way.  They see things in me that I don’t necessarily see, (good or bad), LOL.

I have had some changes this past year in my relationships and it has been a year of transformation for this girl.  I haven’t always embraced every change as gracefully as I would have liked but I did reach the other side with both feet firmly planted on the ground.

Being creatures of habit.  I believe it hard to make changes in one’s life, but absolutely necessary if we are to achieve personal happiness.  If you are like me and not sure if you are strong enough to make that change, just think about how you will feel on the other side.  Hold up your hands and take that leap and remember you are not alone.  If you are lucky enough to have some besties by your side, enjoy the ride they will hold you up and catch you when you fall.

 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

 

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Just Let Go

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“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control of what you don’t.”

~ Steve Maraboli 

This morning I woke up after a long time of not wanting to write, I guess they call that “writers block!”  It is therapeutic for me,  I find it is cheaper than therapy.   

I had some understanding and clarity this morning, “so that is why that happened!”   I was thinking of the past of the many peaks and valleys thus far on my journey.   We all know the logical phrases to use when we want to comfort a loved one by saying,  “well it just wasn’t meant to be”.  We use this when they didn’t get that job, or that house, or that relationship that they wanted so badly.

Wow …  if only we didn’t have to feel all of those disappointments and those let downs and just have a little faith that everything would be OK and maybe even better than we thought it could be wouldn’t that be nice!

What a wonderful feeling to have that “letting go moment”.  Maybe they call that faith, I don’t know but thank you universe,  I feel a little lighter today!

 

Talk soon ~

 

 

Nancy

 

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Label it Stressful and Merry…. Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Tis the season to be Merry!  If you are a Mom you probably can relate to this photo.  Did you buy enough presents, is the turkey thawed, do you have enough plates, do you have a gift for the neighbour who popped in to say hello and brings you a fruit basket!

I have to say I thought I had everything all organized and ready to go and thought of those poor people circling the Mall just trying to  find a parking spot.  Those last-minute shoppers rushing around, don’t they know December 25th is always the same day on the calendar.  Why would they not plan and organize their time wiser, who wants have to pick out those last-minute items on those empty shelves?

I decided to take one last look at my online  account at the store I had thought I had purchased my gifts.  It turns out I did not have an account even set up  Wait,  they did not even recognize my email address, the password was not valid either.    How could this be, I had set it all up just a few weeks ago.  I was no fool, I was going to be done my shopping early so I could focus my attention on things that really matter, family and friends and spending quality time together. 

Phone in hand I dialed and listened to their automated message, for over 20 minutes  All the while the kids grew more irritable and restless as they waited patiently for their Mother who was starting to look festive and was starting to grow antlers and was breathing fire at the same time. 

Every day I drove into my driveway with the anticipation of seeing a parcel at my doorstep.  I didn’t understand the other purchases I made had arrived in a very fashionable 2/3 business days after ordering.  I chuckled to myself and thought finally this Christmas shopping is smooth sailing those poor suckers still out there, don’t they know how to spend their time wiser.   

Having owned and operated my own online business, one would think I would have a stronger grasp of the technology and the basics of online shopping.  Since I was still on hold I thought I had better take one last look at m Visa statement and realized they had not charged my account as of yet.  Well these things take time, I had been making excuses and rationalizing to myself for the last few weeks, playing the game, “I’ll give it a few more days before I get worried”  Until now the time was ticking and reality had hit, it was December 22 and still no parcel. 

Since I was already running late, I took more time and thought I had better email the company my information and demand “where is my order”.  I did receive a nice ” we are experiencing a higher than normal volume of emails, we will get back to you after Christmas!”  Perhaps you have  had this type of message before?  I asked my 5 year old son, “what should Mommy do”, he said “go to the store Mom!”  Boy that kid is smart! 

Looking into the children’s eyes Mommy knew she had to put her dancing shoes on and get the parade started, off to the Mall I would go.  Thank goodness Grandma and Grandpa had preplanned a fun day for kids to meet Santa at the Mall, so Mom had a few precious hours to herself.  I hopped on my sleigh and off I went.  

I have learned I will not be so smug and to laugh at yourself, because it really isn’t that large of a problem in comparison to the problems in our world today.

Wishing you all a good night.  To all stressed out Mom’s, there is still time to shop, get it all done, and to deck the halls, we are in this together!   Just think it will all be over in a couple of days and then we can do it all over again.  Next year will be different.

Enjoy your time, and savour the moments with friends and family.  May peace and happiness be yours this holiday season!

 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

 

 

Label Me Winter

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The First snowfall of the season and I am already thinking of going to the sunny south!  I love this picture as it represents my thoughts in a nutshell, just take me away, pack the suitcase, put on my best hat and I am out of here.   My kids on the other hand were overjoyed and I suppose they felt elated when they rolled up some big snow balls and slid them down the hill today.  They made a beautiful snowman and even added a hat and some eyes, ears, and a nose.  Mom watched this in the warmth of the indoors while sipping my coffee and flipping thru yesterdays newspaper.   

Looking out upon the morning sun, the snow falling on the trees and the kiddies frolicking in the snow did look rather magical.   There is always something about that first snowfall of the season.  It may not look so magical when you see the snow plow pulling around the corner for the 4th time in one day or when the shovels are pushing the slush around and it feels so heavy you just cannot imagine where you will put all the snow.  But for now I will just breath in and look at the pretty SNOW and start packing my bags to meet Mr. Snowman two streets over!  See you in the spring kids.   Oh wait I was just daydreaming, what I meant to say was kids the hot chocolate it ready……….. come in when you little toes are turning into ice cubes, oh yes the wonderful winter weather is upon us – enjoy!

 

Talk soon

 

Nancy

Motherhood Moments

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Motherhood can be so tough at times.  My five-year old little angel or should I refer to him as the little “@*i*”.   This morning along with most morning are very tiring for this Mommy to get him out and on the bus.  He has grown an aversion to anything tight on him especially his pants and shirts, and forget underwear!   Changing him for hockey in the locker room can be a little bit terrifying when I remember he did not put on his undies.  Standing all of four feet tall with his chest puffed out, he makes loud farting sounds and lets out a big heckle.  Then looks at me and says “What?”

This boyhood stuff is challenging and rather overwhelming at times for this mature mommy, but I would not change it.  He is forever testing my patience and tolerance and I must say they are running rather thin lately.  I am sitting on the couch thinking of my day, and I guess enough time has passed now since I had to literally hold him down to put his pants and boots on him today before he went on the bus to hang out with his peeps.  I might consider seeing his little grin and want to give those little dirty hands a “high-five” when I see him in the next hour,  when he returns home to see what family adventures he can create for us.

His poor Kindergarten teacher reported to me yesterday that Noah and a couple of others, (his friends)  had been separated as they where disrupting the class with (farting noises)…. or who knows what else?  Yep that sounds like my boy!

I love him, but I tell you some days are so draining that I must tell you it took a lot of deep breaths and saying little prayers to ask for a little patience for just another day.  Last night we had company and he had just gotten out of the bath and was lounging on the couch stark naked after a hard day at the office.  Just when I turned my back I noticed him from the corner of my eye on a chair while holding up his blanket trying to reach for a cup out of the cupboard.  I turned around a little mortified to think there were no undies underneath.  He successfully made his way off the chair after Mommy suggested for the 100th time that day “to go put your clothes on”.  He returned from his room looking rather suave in his  2 sizes too large hockey jersey and shorts.  I just looked at him and thought to myself “It is a good thing you are cute!”

Well I must go and see what kind of trouble he might have gotten himself into at school today, fingers crossed it was a good day!

 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

 

 

 

What Are You Thankful For?

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What are you thankful for?  You have heard when you are thankful and live in gratitude your world seems to go better.  I do have to agree.  I may not have been feeling so thankful and full of happiness when I put the pumpkins to bed last night.  They where tired but didn’t want to settle down.  Maybe it was my fault as I let them snuggle up in my bed last night to go to sleep and then I would carry them into their own beds.  But they would not settle down and I snapped I yelled and screamed and told them I was not very happy, not is so many words.  These precious little tired puppies just wanted to go to sleep too.  Finally they settled down and all fell asleep but Mom feels that Mommy Guilt today, for loosing my cool with them today.  I should know better, I should do this, I should have just put them in their own beds, blah….

The reality is I lost it!  I didn’t take a time out and breath to 10 and go into a down ward dog pose and I was tired.  I was tired from a long day, and just wanted some Mommy time.  Is that so bad?  Regardless I didn’t like how it went down last night, and will start my day once again today trying my best to look after myself so I can best look after my pumpkin’s and possibly put them to bed more peacefully tonight.  I missed my intended yoga class this morning, just not feeling like getting dressed and driving to the class.  I have my running shoes on and coat ready to head out the door, (not for a jog, but a leisurely stroll).  I really have not been taking care of my physical self lately and I am really beginning to feel it, as I scoff down more chocolate chips out of the cupboard.  So with a smile on, my running shoes on, (ok maybe not a big smile), I will take the few hours I have to myself and look after Nancy, not Mommy, but simply Nancy for a few hours until I pick the pumpkins up from school and start again with a THANKFUL HEART for my 2 lovely kiddlets and my wonderful life I have today with them!

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Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

 

Baby Steps

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A new season is upon us, the kids have officially been back to school for a little over a month.  The leaves are falling and a cool chill is in the air.  It seems this time of year there are many endings and with endings come a sense of loss or remorse. 

I am sitting up late this evening with my daughter who is feeling ill lying on the couch.  Mom is not able to sleep so when my mind cannot shut off I love the release of writing out my thoughts.  Hence a little blurb about setting goals….  All I can hear in my mind which is running a million miles per hour at this late hour is “baby steps”.   My brother would always tell me “Nancy ….. just take baby steps, and everything will be OK!” 

So with my mind swirling about all of the uncertainties in my life at the moment and my sick daughter fighting strep throat feeling sick to her stomache on the couch is just to maybe try to take a few steps to bed and lay my head down and wake up tomorrow (god willing), and take a few more baby steps towards my goals of being a good person and a good mother to my two children. 

I will set a goal of trying not to eat half a bag of licorice tomorrow night while worrying about things that are out of my control, (and some things that are in my control).  For now I think I will say goodnight and perhaps say Thank You to my sleep angels watching over me and my children tonight!

 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

Labels and Back to School

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How did the summer go so quickly and do we really need to look at the calendar or do we just look outside?  Have you noticed the nights are getting darker earlier, the leaves are starting to turn – ssshhhh.  Yep Fall is upon us and with Fall and “Back to School” for the kids.  It could be said back to school for the Mom’s too!

I was at a local department store yesterday and saw a lot of Mom’s (and Dad’s) with kids crowding the hallways looking around.  Certainly the isle which hosts the new binders, paper and sparkly pens was busy.  It was almost like Christmas with the hustle and bustle.  Are you ready Mom’s and Dad’s so many things to think about as that first day of school approaches.  You have the new first day of school outfit, the supply list for the school supplies (don’t forget the labels).  Labels yes they are a great item when you spending so much of your hard-earned monies only to find out your child returns home without his new hat, coat or shoes on.  How does a child lose a shoe?  I don’t know about that one, but I have seen shoes in the lost in found.

I am heading out today for a trip to the water – yes it is a little drizzly and not the sunniest but we are going to squeeze in every last bit of summer holidays there is.  I hope you and your family have had some time to enjoy a little slower pace this summer and are going to find some more sand and surf days to just enjoy each other’s company before the new season ramps up the lives for many of us parents.

 

Talk soon ~

 

Nancy

 

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