Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Christmas Holidays and Babysteps...

I had a very wonderful, relaxing christmas. We went to B.C. for Christmas. I think it's funny that Brian insisted on coming this year, and not letting me go by myself - which I am used to doing. But it's a good thing that he did, because the roads were pretty bad. It looked like they used to be totally covered with packed snow, and then melted (it was 3C when we were going through the Rockies). So there was deep slush, and made it hard to drive. Brian said, just turn on the 4wd. I totally forgot about! That made it so much better! When we got to mom's we just relaxed and ate. Watched movies, put together puzzles, played wii. Tennille and I were able to get away and do some shopping just the two of us.

I got to shovel! I don't think I've told you about my fondness for shoveling. I didn't really realize that it was there till we finally bought a shovel this winter. We live in a townhouse, and therefore we pay someone to come and shovel all the sidewalks, but this year I decided that I wasn't going to wait for someone to come and shovel mine, because sometimes they don't come till the snow is all packed down. Also, my neighbors have shovels, but they only shovel their walk and the other neighbors walks and skip mine! I was a little disappointed, decided I need my own shovel. Anyways, on the first big snow, went to Costco bought a supremo shovel and went at it. I shoveled my parking spot, and while I was, I was flooded with happy memories. Mom would kick Chad, Tennille and I out to shovel our LOOOOONG driveway. I hated it and would often protest, but the fun part was afterward, we would end up playing or having a snowball fight or I would pull chad and tennille on the toboggan (never the other way around, because they said I was too big. I can see that, being the oldest). So...when I saw that it snowed at mom's, I was sooo excited to get out there and shovel. She has a pretty long driveway, so I shoveled the driveway, the porch, the sidewalks. I wanted to do it all by myself, but tennille and riley insisted on helping me...grrrr. Oh well, it was fun. Dad said that I'm really fast.

Christmas Day was fun, though mom and dad were both sick. Mom said that Tennille and I would have to take care of dinner. I said sure. But she would start to feel better and take over - like mom's do, so I would leave and go and visit with company, and the she would start to feel crappy again and say,"why isn't anyone taking care of dinner?!" So we did that a couple times, and then I just had to take charge and say, "mom, go to bed and rest!" She was weird.

I think my favorite part of Christmas holidays was on our drive home. I'm still working on my photo project for my photography. I don't know why, but I want it to be perfect. Brian wanted me to stop at Mount Robson and take a picture there. I didn't want to burst his bubble and inform him that you usually can't get a full picture of Mount Robson it will probably be cloud-covered because it's so tall. (tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies). But pulled into the parking lot, and Brian saw what I was thinking. But before we left, I decided to pull down this road that goes toward the mountain. I knew that there was a lake somewhere close by, because we had gone inside to the Interpretive Center and had seen a map. So I started driving and it was a little intimidating, because it looked like no one had driven on the road in a while, because it was all fresh snow. There was tall trees on each side, and I had this thought, "If something happens to us, no one would know! Oh God protect us!" But I kept driving, for like 5 minutes and then we got to a this trail, and there was a bridge. So I got out, and there was this beautiful mountain river....gorgeous! I wish I would have taken a pictures of how much snow there was on the bridge, it was up to past my knees! The girls stayed in the jeep and were engrossed in their movie, but as cold as it was, I didn't want to leave. I just wanted to walk around and explore. I hope I can go back there one day and do some hiking.

I'm on Day 21 of my babysteps with Flylady! This is as far as I got the last time, and then quit. But I'm doing it! I'm so happy with my house. It's not perfect, but I have confidence that it will get there. Today is home blessing hour. Where you set your timer and spend 10 minutes on 7 different jobs, like mop, take out trash, vacuum, dust, I can't remember them all, but it all written down somewhere. This has actually inspired Brian to do some projects around the house, and I'm not freaking out thinking I have to clean up that area first, because it's already tidy! So, just to let you know, I am breaking one of Flylady's Eleven Commandments - don't get sidtracked by the computer. To be honest I was on here to get a recipe for Candy Bread from my friend Cher, and then thought, I would check to see if someone had commented on my blog, and NO. ANd I thought it's been a while since I blogged, and here I am. And off I go to do my morning routine, and it's still morning! I'm getting better :)