Time to play catch-up!

Where did December go? I am a terrible blogger. I feel like time is going by way too fast and that I never have time to write anything down. Maybe that should be my New Year’s resolution? Except that I never make New Year’s resolutions, so why should I start now? Let’s play catch-up.

This Christmas both Jordan and I were sick. He came down with the flu on Christmas Eve, so I went over to my mom’s on my own. My aunt and two cousins came over; Keesje, Luc, and Ashe were there; my brother Mark came from Kitchener-Waterloo area; and Crystal was home from Thunder Bay, with Lukas. A nice little gathering for celebrating the holidays. I left a little early due to headache. Christmas morning I woke up at 5 am with an upset stomach, and twenty minutes later the nasty flu started! I haven’t been that sick in ages and I never want to be again! It was horrible! I missed my nephew’s first Christmas and missed a turkey dinner that I know was delicious. And I missed my Boxing Day shift which would have brought in a lot of money. But by December 27th I was perfectly fine and hubby and I went over to Keesje’s to give Ashe his gifts. I also tested out my brand-new Canon 60D on that cute little guy!

Ashe @ 5.5 months old

Happy Christmas smiles!

Stacey from work had her baby girl, Hannah, on December 12th, which happened to be her due date. I’ve been to see her a couple times but I feel like I’m always at work or my shifts just don’t align with a good time to visit. We had to cancel on each other twice last week due to various things. Baby Hannah Marie is now 3 weeks old and I definitely need to make more of an effort to get over for a visit. I need more photos of the cuteness!

New Year’s weekend Jordan and I spent in Ottawa at his sister’s and brother-in-law’s house. Serena is due the first week of March and I’m getting pretty excited! They came back from spending Christmas in New Brunswick with garbage bags full of baby clothes and items; it was so much fun to go through them. They’re fairly certain they are having a girl; let’s hope that’s true because there was an awful lot of pink girly outfits in the bags.

Other friends of ours also had their baby girl, Sofia Elizabeth. She was born on December 27th. After returning from Ottawa, we went over to Ryan and Stacey’s and met 5-day-old Sofia. She’s a quiet little thing with chubby cheeks – so cute!

And I believe everything is now up-to-date!

Two Christmases

Welcome 2011!

In front of our Christmas tree

Christmas was great with my family and our trip out to New Brunswick to visit Jordan’s family for the New Year was just as wonderful and relaxing. We drove the car this year, rather than the truck, hoping to save on gas money. Luckily, we didn’t spot any moose on our drive, but we did see a couple deer in the middle of the road. We arrived in time for a New Year’s Eve dinner at my sister-in-law’s house.

Home-made Vietnamese rolls on New Year's Eve

We stayed the week at Jordan’s parents’ house and ate way too much good food. Each day his mother cooked lunch and dinner, and I’m definitely not used to eating that much food! We visited two of Jordan’s friends (whose wives are expecting, both due in January, but they didn’t have their babies until the week after we left), hung out with family, went on some walks/hikes, and Jordan even went snowboarding. He ended up spraining his right wrist and wore a tension band all week!

Jordan’s sister, Serena, sold her house while we were there and she came with us back to Ontario. Her husband is living and working in Ottawa and now they can buy a house there. They’ll be much closer to us now! His parents should be coming down in the spring to visit and they said they would help us with some renovations around the house. We need to paint some walls and fix the roof over the kitchen!

Jamaica = 18 days!

First cold of 2010

Happy New Year! First post of 2010, and hopefully I won’t be as lazy as last year and barely write anything. Well, yesterday after work I began my holidays. I go back on the 10th. Unfortunately, I’ve come down with my first cold of the new year. Nice luck, eh? Felt like absolute crap yesterday and so Jordan went out to celebrate without me while I crawled into bed with a bottle of Nyquil and The Sleeping Buddha (Hamida Ghafour). Fell asleep around 11 pm. I feel slightly better today, meaning my nose isn’t running like a faucet but I’m still sneezing and feel a little woozy.

Second trip to New Brunswick

Finally I have time to write about my trip out to New Brunswick with Jordan. I have been so busy since I got back on the 2nd that I haven’t had a moment to think! I have been working on this entry off and on for the past three days.

On December 26th, Boxing Day, I worked at the grocery store until 2 o’ clock. After getting my schedule from Value Village and bringing it to my boss at the grocery store, Jordan picked me up. The truck was already crammed with our stuff so we headed to the 401.

After about three hours of driving we reached Montreal, Quebec. Traffic was not that bad; only one hold-up when cars were slowing down on the highway to gape at an accident. (I don’t know why because there was one police car and one other vehicle, nothing interesting.) The weather was alright to begin with but the further into Quebec toward the U.S. border we got, the slippier the roads became.

We saw plenty of deer. At one point we had to stop because a little family was crossing the road. Good thing we waited for any stragglers, because another one came bounding across, losing its footing on the icy pavement, which was kinda funny. We also saw three huge moose after crossing the border into Woburn, Maine. Didn’t have any trouble at the border. Just like last time, we were the only vehicle there, but unlike last time they didn’t ask us stupid questions and search our vehicle for gifts.

Oh yes, no trip is complete without running out of gas on the highway. Just after Bangor, Maine the truck sputtered and we were out of gas. We knew we needed to fill up but Jordan was determined to reach a particular Irving gas station. So much for that idea! Lucky for us we stopped near a ramp, so we ran across the highway, down the on-ramp, crossed another road, and filled up a container with gas. It was freezing cold outside! Ran back to the truck and Jordan cut the bottom off a bottle of water to use as a siphon to get the gas in the tank.

We reached Hampton, New Brunswick around 3:30 a.m EST (4:30 a.m there). His mom fed us crackers and dip and then we went to bed. When we woke up later in the day, we had dinner and then his mother gave us our Christmas gifts. I got lots of neat little things, like candles, a photo album, chocolates, etc. That evening we were going to watch “Christmas With the Kranks” but the DVD was lost so instead Jordan picked out this really old movie called “So Dear To My Heart”.

On January 28th, we drove into Saint John to drop presents off at Ryan’s sister’s house. Then we went to visit Serena & Chris and his grandmother but neither of them were home. His friend Brad called and we ended up going out to his parents’ place to hang out. I was starving so Jordan and I went to a restaurant for food while Brad & Rachel test drove a truck. When we were done we rented “You, Me, and Dupree”, which was funny.

The next day I was up early but couldn’t get Jordan out of bed until 11:30 in the afternoon because he was such a sleepyhead. After lunch we drove into Saint John and met Jordan’s friend Nick at a Tim Horton’s. Had some hot chocolate and coffee. We couldn’t decide what to do for the longest time. Finally we went to the mall and Market Square to look around. There’s a huge aquatic centre there, too. Went home for 6:30 pm because Jordan’s mom had arranged a birthday party for him (a month early). For dinner there was soup or sweet chili; the chili was really good! Lots of family there…chatting, taking pictures, etc.

On December 30th we were planning to go swimming at the Aquatic Centre with a few people. I didn’t have a bathing suit so Jordan & I went to a whole bunch of stores in search of one. I couldn’t believe how ugly many of them were! Finally we found a green camo bikini top and black bottoms at Wal-Mart. Then we met Serena & Chris and a couple others at a bowling alley for a little while. Turned out that the centre was closed so we had to postpone swimming until the next day.

Instead of going back to Hampton, we went to Serena & Chris’s for dinner. We had chili, which was a little spicy for me. Jordan’s parents showed up to eat and we played the game “Taboo” for a little while. However his mother and little brother kept interrupting each other and arguing so that downscaled the fun factor quite a bit.

The following day was New Year’s Eve. Got up way too early to go to their church. Afterward we rushed to get some lunch, and made it to the Aquatic Centre just in time to meet the others. We had free passes to get in. The pool centre was pretty awesome. Jordan and Chris had a lot of fun on the tarzan rope. The first time Chris went on it he forgot to let go and he swung back and forth a couple times; the lifeguards didn’t like that too much. lol Anyway, swimming was a lot of fun. Later in the evening we drove out to Brad’s house, chatted with the people there, ate snacks, watched some television. We stayed about an hour than drove forty-five minutes back into Saint John. Next stop, Chris & Serena’s, for yet more food. The guys played some guitar. It was a good night. I really like his sister and her husband. 🙂

January 1st rolled around. We were home probably close to 1:30 am. Stuffed from food the night before. But his mom cooked a turkey dinner for us this day. All I could think was, man how can I stuff any more food into my stomach? But the food was yummy, like usual! Not more than an hour and a half after we ate, we all had to go over to some lady’s house for ANOTHER dinner and birthday party for Jordan and his cousin. I couldn’t eat anything…except a piece of chocolate peanut butter cake! Jordan & I left early because it was freezing rain out and we wanted to get home to pack up our stuff since we were leaving the next day.

To sum it up, woke up very early on January 2nd. His parents got up to make us breakfast. We left the house at 6:15 am. Jordan convinced me to drive on the highway until the border, which was kind of illegal considering I only have my learner’s permit and am not supposed to drive outside the province of Ontario, but we were supposed to switch before the border crossing into the States. He tricked me though and I was the one in the driver’s seat at the crossing, completely in a panic because the city driving was freaking me out. I was so scared and nervous and so mad at him for tricking me. As soon as we were passed through, I parked at the gas station and got out and refused to drive for the rest of the trip. I was so mad. lol That was the highlight of the drive home. Not much else of consequence happened…Oh wait, we got lost in Montreal for an hour and a half because we somehow got off the highway and ended up downtown…Yeah, that sucked. Finally we escaped that devious city though and made our way home!

And now, I am going to bed because I have had a long day. My brother is down for a visit and he cooked us supper tonight. It was quite delicious — basmati rice with some kind of broth in it and chicken covered in apple sauce! Got to work a long shift again tomorrow… Gute Nacht!

Happy New Year

I completely forgot to write about New Year’s Eve. Just went to a party/potluck at Laney’s. Because I’m lazy, I’ll paste what I wrote at my MySpace: Took tons of pictures, didn’t drink that much, had personal space invaded, felt like dancing, woke up at 9:30 the next morning when Laney decided it would be funny to jump on top of me and Kees. As Jocelyn’s T-shirt professed, “good times”! Hope everyone else enjoyed their New Year’s.

Work was pretty busy today which means it went by quickly. I was supposed to go over to David’s and watch a movie but somebody injured himself so that is cancelled. 😛 Instead, I made some new linking buttons for Nancy’s Emanuel Sandhu site. Oh I’ve been working on a new layout.

Ugh I have a pain in my side. Hurts when I laugh. Stop makingggg me laughhhhhhh.