Hannah and I have had a wonderful January and enjoyed slowing down, sharing lots of time together and regrouping after the busy Christmas season.
Sadly January began in a tough way when we said goodbye to my Uncle Gerry who had passed away late in 2014. He was a sweet,gentle man and will be missed by many. Love you Uncle Gerry!
The funeral was a 4 1/2 hour drive away but since my brother and I only had 1 day off Dave, Hannah and I loaded into the car and hit the road at 3:15am. The drive was nothing short of horrendous battling terrible, slippery, snowy road conditions! There were hours when the only thing I could follow were the tail lights of the tractor trailer in front of us and sadly in spite of our best efforts we missed the funeral as our 4 1/2 hour drive took us almost 8 hours!! We made it to the reception though and were able to share time with family there.
My brother took this video for us as we drove through the storm. We averaged about 30-40 km/hr (18 – 25 m/hr).
The drive home was almost as bad as the drive there so after being on the road for 14/21 hours I emailed my boss and booked a vacation day for the day following the funeral. Hannah wans nothing short of AMAZING this day as never once did she complain about being in her car seat for SO long. She woke up after we dropped David at home at 1am and chatted with me as we drove the 10 mins home. I praised her for how amazing she was and she said with a grin, ‘Mommy, I think I should get an ‘award’ for today’ and I could agree fast enough!! Even though it was freezing the following Saturday night we happily enjoyed some frozen yogurt as her chosen ‘award.’
Hannah enjoys preparing breakfast for us some Saturday mornings and I tell you, she is far more creative than mommy is! This breakfast consisted of banana and strawberries skewered on a straw; apples, candy cane bits and cereal.
I am thrilled to be able to volunteer in Hannah’s classroom on my flex day off, one morning every 3 weeks. For the past month they have been learning about China which is exciting! They learned about China plates and painted their own.
The last time I was there it was a snowy, snowy day and only 10/26 kids were there. It was fun to see the kids enjoy more time with the teachers and I also saw Hannah interact with some kids she doesn’t normally talk about. They also coloured Chinese dragon puppets that day and since there were so few kids we went on a parade to the office to share their creations with the principal.
This picture makes me giggle! For years, Hannah has chewed on her stuffies and ‘Baby Sparkles’ has seen a lot of love! Nana bought Hannah a new ‘Baby Sparkles’ and Hannah exclaimed, ‘Look Mommy! They’re just the same!!’ She then explained that if I had trouble telling them apart I could just look at their eyes and that would help me tell them apart! Oh yes baby, that’s it for sure!
One day when we were grocery shopping Hannah found a bath mat with a neat texture and asked if she could feel it? I said ‘sure’ and then began looking for something on another shelf. When I looked behind my my cute pumpkin had taken not only her boot but her sock off so that she could truly feel the texture of the bath mat. LOL!
We finished up the month celebrating the birthdays of two little friends.
That’s all folks! January wrap-up….FINALLY!