Connor's puzzle piece!

Connor's puzzle piece!
Connor is a "Racing for Autism" hero!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A heavy load

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." Lena Horne

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013? Already? Really??

Drat, another year has blown past and I only blogged once! Yay, me! I guess because I use Facebook...multiple times every damn day...I lose the initiative to blog about stuff I have already gotten out of my system! I think it is the immediacy of communication with people on FB that draws me in. So many of my friends are very active on FB that I can have conversations in "real time" with people all over the world! Perfect for a "people person" like me! 

So, how did 2012 go for me? Well, it was definitely a year of highs and lows. I watched all of my kiddos excel at school and in their activities and I lost a friend to cancer. I loved that my folks were enjoying their retirement in paradise for half of the year and missed them desperately when they were gone. I was proud of the decisions, morals and values my kids displayed and had to explain to them that there are some in this world who do not possess these same merits. I made new friends in our new home province and ached for those I left behind. 

It seems that I, like so many, remember and lament the lows more than the highs and this year I want to focus more on the highs. I have accepted that here are shitty people in the world and that is never going to change. The challenge is to not let them get in my head space and affect my mood and feelings. This means I have cut ties with some and will choose to not engage with others that I can't avoid. My mental health depends on this!

So, a few highlights from 2012:

~My first born turned 18, graduated from high school and made the honour roll! 
~He did a work placement this summer arranged by Autism N.S. and made huge strides in his communication skills. 
~He started college and is kicking butt there!
~He joined a social group for young people with Asperger's. 
~He is a delightful, funny, sarcastic, brilliant young man with a very bright future ahead of him!

~My second born turned 17 and is in his graduating year of high school!
~He has a new attitude towards school this year and is completely kicking ass in his courses...I always knew he could. ;) 
~He has found a course of study that he wants to pursue after high school...phew! 
~He has grown into a funny, verbose, charming, young man who is much taller than his Mom!! 
~He is going to be amazing in anything he chooses to do. :)


~The girl turned 15 and started high school after a very successful year in junior high. 
~She has entered the IB program and is enjoying the challenge! 
~She has developed a love of drama and Improv!
~She had a very successful year of dance on her competitive team and in highland dance. 
~The dance highlights were: qualifying as a N.S. provincial representative which earned her a trip to Canadians in Edmonton, AB; and her third consecutive nomination to the Sadie Simpson scholarships held in Miami, FL! 
~She got to do lots of travelling for dance...with chauffeur Mom at the helm!
~She was fortunate to bond with so many wonderful school and dance teachers.  
~Solos are ready and champ steps are started for another year of dance!

~Little man turned 10 and headed to grade 5 french immersion.
~He has great marks especially in Math, his strongest subject!
~He found a best friend. :) 
~He made an effort to learn to play the bagpipes, hehe. 
~He joined Mom and sis on an epic road trip exploring some of the eastern U.S. and then a fun week at the cottage with Grandma and Grandpa! 
~After deciding the bagpipes were a bit too difficult right now he agreed, grudgingly, to go back to highland dance.
~He jumped back into dance remembering the steps quickly and continues to improve!

~The hubby continued to excel at his job and with his new team. 
~He did some travelling for work visiting the U.S. several times.
~He continued his 5x per week workouts.
~He enjoyed lots of time with his boys over the summer while the girls toured!
~He turned 44 and couldn't believe I had stuck around for 21 years, haha! 
~He enjoyed eating as much seafood as possible!

As for me:
~I joined a volunteer highland dance organization.
~I cried tears of joy at many a dance competition!
~I made some lovely new dance friends.  
~I beamed with pride at my kids' academic achievements!
~I celebrated my 43rd year on this planet and 21 years of marriage! 
~I did not kill my husband and hide the body! 
~I got to do lots of travelling around North America.
~I survived my first (and last) cruise. 
~I made a group of hilarious, like-minded friends on FB who keep me sane! 
~I was able to spend some time with my Grandma who is now 92 years young! 
~I enjoyed time with both my parents which is a blessing.

So my to-do list for this year is:
~Try to control my road rage...not an easy thing to do here!
~Volunteer more.
~Spend more time with friends and family.
~Stay better in touch with distant friends.
~Have more "half-full" days. 
~Focus on keeping my body and mind steps. 
~Invite less drama into my life. 
~Check my damn Crackberry every night so I don't miss appointments. D'oh!

I wish all of my friends, whether virtual, near or far, a wonderful year. I hope it will be a year of more highs than lows. A year of love, friendship, peace and joy. 

~Laura :)  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fresh start

Fresh Start

I knew you would be too busy
to see the colors of the morning sun,
so I got up early and caught them for you,
so you could see how the day had begun.

And now I give you this new beginning,
a clean slate, this morning sky,
to use when you need a fresh start:
another chance, another try.

Because we all need a do-over
every now and again
when hindsight shows us where we are,
where we could be, and where we've been.

Take a deep breath
and start anew,
with glowing colors and light.
Spread your efforts across the sky.
Share them with those
who flee the night.

Thank you to my beautiful friend Daisy for this wonderful and inspirational poem, just what you need to get you through the dreary that is January!! New year, new start. Here's to a wonderful 2012 for my divine family and friends.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh my, how time flies...Part 1...

Okay, I'm not sure how it's possible that another 5 months have flown by since I last posted, dang it! My life is flashing before my eyes!! So just what has the family Taverner been up to? Well, lots and nothing depending on the day. I'll try to give you a few highlights:

This was the summer of highland dance for the girl! Mae entered her "Intermediate" dance year in May 2010 and I blogged about her first competition in May 2010 in Sudbury! After the rest of her dancing concluded we began our summer of travelling all over Ontario...and even venturing to get her feet wet as an Intermediate! This meant many hours sitting in the car and a few hotels which Mae hated so very much. ;) It was a good summer for her with lots more medals to add to her collection and even a few trophies as we entered the fall competition season! She also experienced her first disappointment by not getting a "call back" for awards at one competition. This allowed me to be even more proud of her than usual as I watched her handle the disappointment...on her 13th birthday no less!!...with her usual grace and sportsmanship, congratulating her fellow dancers on their success and sticking around to line up the premier dancers for their competition. :) I had a broken camera until August when Tim surprised me with a new DSLR for my birthday and let me open it a few days early so I could capture some moments in Fergus, ON.

Getting her Fling on in Fergus!
(blue jacket in the middle)
And now a little sword dance...Pretty as a picture on National Day
My beauty waiting to perform the "massed fling" for the crowds.
Entertaining the crowds at the opening ceremony in Fergus

Delsin decided to play soccer this summer...he was more enthusiasm than raw talent, let's just put it that way, HA! But damn if he didn't look cute in his uniform that was big enough for two Delsins!! I've decided not to hold out on a Beckham-like salary to support me in my old age. :D

In July, I finally got to meet my beautiful niece Evelyn who was visiting Ontario from Vancouver, she is unbelievably beautiful. Of course. :)
The ladies with Miss Evelyn!

At the risk of making this an "all about Mae" post, she did also reach a milestone this summer: her 13th birthday **GASP** How did THAT happen? I managed to pull off a surprise for her while we were in Fergus for the two day highland competition...we stayed at a local B&B with my Mom along to enjoy a girly road trip and I made scooby-secret arrangements with the hostess to have an "English Tea" when we arrived back after the Saturday of competition. Mae's face was a picture to behold.
And it wouldn't be Mae unless I found her outside in her pretty dress catching frogs in the pond in the back yard of the B&B, LOL.
We continued the celebrations at home after a full Sunday of competition. Tim, the boys and my Dad were there to help Mae usher in her teen years...ACK!

Dairy Queen cake **drool**

Birthday hugs from little man
Grandpa loves his girl
We got a quick visit from Evelyn too to wish Mae happy days
Fast becoming friends
And what girl's birthday would be complete without a sleepover?
(Sleep not included!)

Note how little man has managed to blag his way into the party :D

Just so you don't think I've "bumped off" the other two boys, they are alive and well and living in Ontario! :D They really enjoyed the five months I was without a camera and now that I'm back shooting again they do their best to avoid me at all times! They had a very low key summer while Mae & I were off doing every highland games known to man. ;) Truth be told they enjoyed the ultimate gaming-geek summer hanging out at home with Dad & Delsin wearing boxers and playing lots of video games. Not my cup of tea but bliss for my boys. :) Here they are at the cottage at the end of August:
Connor doesn't "do" smiling. ;)
Compared to the always smiling Cam :)

I'll do another "catch up" post tomorrow, it's late and my Mom will kick my ass if she knows I'm still up, LOL.

Laura xo