Sunday, December 31, 2017

Good bye, 2017!

I don't know if 2017 was a good year or a not so good year. Really crappy things happened to people that I care about.. but good things also happened to people that I care about. Let's just call 2017 a kind of meh-year. I was thinking of things to write about the past 365 days for this blog but, to me, it is best to say that it came- it went- and we will all be on to bigger and better. I can feel it...

Wishing you all a very happy 2018. May it be filled with health, love and happiness... Thanks for visiting my blog xox

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Special request

A family that I know has received some very stressful news over the holidays. As a scientist, this is a bit outside my usual nature but it would be greatly appreciated if you can pass along your positive thoughts, prayers, a tip of your glass, good karma, some magical pixie dust or whatever else you would like to send their way. A heartfelt thanks....

May the last bits of 2017 smile on you and yours xox

Thursday, December 28, 2017


This is what Montreal weather was like today... apparently, it was colder in Montreal than Siberia, the North Pole and certain parts of Mars. Fantastic... I am beyond words ;)

Wishing you all a warmer night than we have... which doesn't seem hard to do... unless you live somewhere else in Canada ;)


From the MTL blog (see here)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

This point of the holidays

Today, I am officially at the point during the holidays where I have absolutely NO idea what day/date it is. In some ways it is nice (meaning that I am not actually required to know the date) but I am always worried that I am forgetting to be somewhere important ;) What am I thinking? Somewhere important? Probably not ;)

The W family boys slept over at our house last night and my children are in boy heaven. Imagine! Extended video game time, eating Christmas chocolates and making lots of noise... I am the sole adult in the house right now and decided to hide in the living room. If there is a mess downstairs and I don't see it, does it actually exist? ;)

Happy Wednesday December 27th! I had to look it up. You are welcome ;) xox

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! May your holidays be filled with love, health and happiness... wine and chocolate are good too! ;) 

Here is my absolute favourite Christmas song... from my heart to yours xox

Saturday, December 23, 2017

... and to all a good night!

Santa had a glass wine and put all the presents under the tree. It took forever to get the boys to bed so Santa is pretty darn tired ;) By the way, we open our presents on Christmas Eve so it wasn't that Santa had too much wine and got the date wrong ;) There is no way the boys would ever let that one happen... even if 2/3 of the gang are a little doubtful about the man with the white beard ;)

Wishing you all a good pre-Christmas-Eve-eve xox

Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Mother's Christmas

The other day, Nicka asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told him that I wanted 1) no fighting, 2) a quiet cup of coffee and 3) to not have to listen to screaming guys on Youtube for a whole evening. He looked at me funny and said that was not a good Christmas present. My son, I told him, it is all relative and, to me,  my choices would make a WONDERFUL present. Oh yeah- I would also like to add to my list: the chance to order something off Ebay or Etsy and not get an eye roll from Andreas when it arrives (please note that he does not have the same appreciation for clothes as I do). There is nothing like an @@ to take away the pleasure of opening a package ;)

A magical unicorn wouldn't be so bad either ;)

Happy day to you all! xox

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Why I have grey hair, part 3: being the only woman in the house

- No matter what, I do NOT get their sense of humour.
- I have a hard time with the need for noise, farting and wrestling on the couch.
- It is funny how I can repeat myself 50 times and they won't hear me but if I sneak a cookie in the kitchen everyone suddenly hears that!
- Apparently, sleeves make excellent napkins... and kleenexes ;)
- I am the only one who knows where the favourite t-shirt is.
- I am also the only one in the house who can see the dirty sock on the living room floor. Everyone else just steps over it.
- In boy land, food tastes better if you have been standing in front of the fridge, staring at it for about 20 minutes before you eat it.
- You are NEVER finished doing laundry... ever ;)

But I wouldn't have it any other way ;)


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy Third of Advent!

It has been busy... but good :) I promise to write a better blog post soon.

Wishing you all a Happy Third of Advent and a good week ahead! xox

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holy Crap!

It is COLD outside (insert bad words here). Suddenly, it feels like it is January... a crappy January.... with crunchy snow and all.  The dogs even cut our walk short ;) Haha! The whining is starting already ;)

Hope you are all staying warm xox

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Guess who needs glasses...

Just because the holidays are not expensive enough as it is.... Oliver now needs glasses.. and, of course, the flashy ones. The glasses that he picked are black and bright blue... and actually suit him well. It was a step in the calm direction from bright purple sport glasses, shiny sunglasses, fluorescent Harry Potter look-alikes and red cats eyes (that I kind of liked for myself) ;)

Did I also mention that we got around 15cm of snow today? I am ecstatic (not) ;)

xox to you all!

His movie star pose ;) <3

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Happy Second Advent!

We spent the day organizing and decorating the house for the holidays. My plan was to bring some old books and toys to the Goodwill centre and give our poor, ignored fussball table to some friends of ours but Oliver ended up having a big fit about the table. So much for my plans for making some extra space in the basement... ugh! I guess toys only become interesting when they are intended for someone else :P

Last week was the last week of classes and tomorrow I start the exam period. Honestly, I am dreaming of a day off... in pajamas... with absolutely nothing to do ;)

Wishing you all a good week ahead xox

Monday, December 4, 2017

Another 13 year celebration...

First it was Alexander who turned 13... now our marriage is also a teenager ;) Happy 13th anniversary to my darling husband. May we have many, many more xox

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happy First of Advent!

Happy First of Advent!

I know that I complain about winter a lot but- don't tell anyone- I find the Advents really cosy ;) We are spending the day not doing a heck of a lot, eating some cinnamon rolls and homemade banana bread, drinking coffee (not the boys, they have enough energy!) and putting a few Christmas decorations up.

Wishing you all a relaxing day! xox

The obligatory "before you open your Advent presents" picture ;)

Books... ok... at least we got chocolate to make up for it ;)

Happy Advent!