Archive | November, 2010

Made with Liebe…Handmade Christmas Gifts

30 Nov

One of the reasons I have been oh-so anxious to get home is to start on my Handmade Christmas to-do list. I have many, many projects that  I’ve been thinking of for the past few months but wanting to wait until I can play the Christmas tunes, be luminated by the glow of the Christmas tree, and chomp on a candy cane as I make these handmade gifts. I’ve been so disappointed that I have not been able to get to my piles of materials at home during these lead up days to my favorite time of the year. Silly, silly me. Although no sewing machine is here, I realized that now is the time where I need to think up Handmade Christmas gifts that I can make without too many materials while I’m twiddling my thumbs here.

So, I have decided to make Tuesdays a day of posting Handmade Projects that are “Made with Liebe” (aka Made with Love). With 4 Tuesdays left before Christmas that gives me motivation to get things done even while being at my ‘home away from home’.

Because I am making these gifts for my family, I am going to put a link to these “Made with Liebe” Projects so that IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE DICK FAMILY DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK. This may take some willpower especially from you Kristina or Hannah, but don’t otherwise some gifts will become known.

So, for the first project click on MADE WITH LIEBE.



29 Nov

i know, there are far worse places to be stuck.

i know, i am with my wonderful family during a wonderful time of year.

i know, george loves spending time with his wild cousins that are teaching him all sorts of things he would otherwise not learn from his mom and dad in california.

i know, i often wish i was home in canada able to just hang out with my family and friends.

i know.

BUT…i am stuck. G and I are unable to go home.

This is what i want to be doing right now…

Putting up the Christmas lights on our little house. Baking in MY kitchen with all my cook books and gluten-free ingredients on hand. Going to work. Playing our christmas tunes.  Pulling out our  big boxes of christmas decorations and decorating the house all day long with G, telling him about each decoration and getting our little house filled with Christmas by the time Travis comes home. Going to the gym. Walking to the bluffs. Sleeping in MY bed. George sleeping in HIS room…not beside me each night (well, maybe i do enjoy the excuse to do this). Hanging out with Travis. George hanging out with Travis while I go out and do MY thing. SEWING. Getting started on my biggest Christmas to-do list yet as this is my first Christmas having full rein on my sewing machine.  Going to the beach. Teaching at school. And on and on.

will i ever get back in???

But, here we are. Week 5 in Canada.  I packed my suitcase as if we were coming to Canada for 6 days. Our house was left in a state where I thought I would be back within a week to send those bills, return those items, go to work, etc. etc.

There have been many times over the past 5 weeks that I have been tempted to join George on the floor and express my frustration in a full blown 2-year old toddler temper tantrum.  My poor family has had to put up with the chaos and fits of frustration that follow George and me around in our little white rental car…back and forth from Milton to Oakville to the US Consulate in Toronto to the passport office in Mississauga  and around and around. 

An indication that the warm welcome from my family is wearing thin…

WEEK  1:

Mom: Make sure you and George settle in at our place for your visit, we love having you here…

Shannon: Sis, we have the guest room all set up for you and G, we would love to plan some nights to have you over for dinner and a sleepover….

Kristina: Sis, you guys are welcome to stay here any night, any time. The downstairs is all yours.  We love having you here and just hanging out…

WEEK  5:

Mom: Suzy, maybe it’s a good idea to spend some nights in Oakville…a good change for you.

Shannon: Really, you want to stay tonight? How about Kristina’s place, I know the cousins there really want to see George.

Kristina: I really don’t mind sis if you stay at Shannon’s or Mom and Dad’s. I totally understand that it’s too crazy coming here. I think it’s better if you settle yourself there.

Oh family, any day now, any day now, any day now.

Poor Georgie…was so excited to get on the plane last week thinking he was going to see Daddy and his room and his train. All checked in at the airport and then more visa issues. Oh boy, one day will we really laugh at this inconvenience as Travis puts it???

Not anytime soon.

There… done. I’ve vented, I’ve complained, I’ve kicked and screamed. I feel better…until tomorrow.

Here’s hoping…

matty and me.

28 Nov

So my thinking is that if I am using this blog to record bits and pieces of our lives so that one day Georgie can look back and see how cool his parents were, I better include this picture.

Sure it was a few years ago (okay it was 10 years ago…wait, really 10 years ago? wow that sounds like i should have matured lots since then). So it’s only been 10 years since I’ve washed my right shoulder that Matt was firmly holding that night in Las Vegas.

Wow, that was a fun celebrity meeting! When Travis and him were talking I may have drooled a little bit on my shoes (and maybe his shoes). I mean, it was in his Good Will Hunting Days. I think out of all the celeb meetings we have had this tops the list. Thus I am posting this picture to preserve this in our little bloggy blog.

I actually did misplace this picture  and when I saw it at Shannon’s on my extended, extended, extended visit home (i am sensing my welcome into everyone’s home for the night is wearing a wee bit thin…sorry family, maybe this will be the week?!?!) I thought I would scan it and preserve it.

So there it is.  George one day when you read this you may have no idea who Matt Damon is but you will finally know why your mom has a stinky right shoulder.

Schue Aufstellan

27 Nov

First Advent is upon us which means that tonight we carry out the German tradition of Schue Aufstellan.  Tonight our shoes go under the tree in hopes that the elves will come and leave us some Christmas surprises.

I love this tradition as it welcomes in the Christmas Spirit and the start of a wonderful season.  What warm, cozy memories and feelings it conjures up, thinking back to when all of us siblings were kids and lived at home…our 8 pairs of shoes lined up along the mantle, anxious to see what would be our very own treat in our shoe. Often a new toothbrush, tangerines that signify that once they are here it’s the start of Christmastime, some german chocolates that we would savour and enjoy before breakfast. Just the excitement of a little treasure left just for us, and knowing that once it’s time for Schue Aufstellan Christmastime is actually here!

Looks like the elves have paid a visit…

santa claus is coming to town!

21 Nov

Enjoyed the Oakville Santa Claus Parade this morning.  Our fourth spotting of Santa Claus this Christmas season. It’s been so much fun to tell George about all that is happening this season. It is a first for so many things as I don’t think he would remember any of this or understand any of this from last year.

So the Christmas trees, lights, candy canes, Santa Claus are all exciting discoveries that he’s really getting into.

This is George’s face now when I ask him to smile…

Uncle Jamie the fireman was part of the parade this year.

At this point it was COLD!

Peter was excited that Star Wars was making an appearance!

What they’ve all been waiting for…Santa Claus! Santa even called out ‘hello’ to the MacMurray Family and to Lucy!!!! Wow, we were all impressed!

Merry Christmas!! There we have it…the Christmas season has started!

** boy i miss my computer and miss editing my pics…miss alot of things and that sure is one…


21 Nov


quiet moments.

breakfast with cousins.

delicious gluten-free meals by Phil

christmas activities.

great friends.



20 Nov

Even before my feet are out of my bed, I know Jack Frost has arrived.

Camera in hand, Dad’s boots over my PJ’s, I climb the fence and head down the road. The snap of cold clears any grogginess from my body.  I haven’t woken up to this sharp air in my lungs since last Christmas when we were home.

The frost cracks under these boots and covers the autumn leaves. Has winter pushed autumn aside already?

I climb under the fence and walk this quiet road.

The fog is awake, rolling out of it’s hiding place.

Evidence of summer days are preserved by this cold frost.

It’s been only a few minutes and I already sense the sun’s presence. It hasn’t conquered the cold but it’s warm glow is cast around me.

My face, toes, and fingers are feeling stiff and cold, I head back home.

Someone’s awake…