365 Days of Random

Random musings about nothing at all

My sister is getting MARRIED

Whoohooo!! So my baby sister got engaged last night!!!

She’s been seeing her BF for almost two years now and last year at Christmas my mom and I realized that they would get married and that it was just a matter of time. They said they wanted to wait a bit longer until his business got a little further off the ground and they’d saved up some money… but everyone knew they were heading in the marriage direction.

She’s been in Spain for the last three weeks with her church attending the Catholic World Youth Day events and returned home to Ottawa last night (via train from Montreal where the flight landed). Her BF picked her up at the train station and told her that 15 days was just way too long to be apart and that he wanted to be with her for the rest of their lives… dropped to one knee and presented her with roses and a ring. All of which was apparently recorded because he’d convinced her friend (who was also in Spain with her) to get her children to bring a video camera to the train station and record the whole event. I am actually very much looking forward to seeing that video. I am so insanely happy for her but also can’t believe that my baby sister is getting married…. Date still to be determined…. and yes, for all you old souls out there he did stick with tradition and ask my dad’s (and my mom’s too) permission to ask her to marry him.

So, how did she tell me… well the other day (after the earthquake) she posted on my FB page that she’d call me when she got home. Wednesday or Thursday depending on how she felt when she actually got home. Last night I wasn’t feeling very well (stupid migraines) and so I had gone to bed early. I expected my mom to call me (as she had told me she’d call me Wednesday night) and so I took both my cell phone and house phone and put them on the nightstand next to me. I’d been asleep for a good two hours when the phone startled me awake…. obviously it was my sister…. She chatted for a few minutes about her flight home from Spain and then said that she was doing really really well thanks to the new shiny ring on her finger… well that certainly woke me from a dead sleep. We talked for a bit longer and then I called my mother… fully understanding why she hadn’t called because I know her well enough to know that she would never have been able to keep her mouth shut… she’d spill the beans about that one in a heartbeat.

Now the fun part begins… dress shopping, planning, flowers, cake, food, invitations… etc, etc, etc. All of which… ok MOST of which I intend to be a big part of… even if it does mean numerous trips from DC to Ottawa over the next however many months she waits…. I will be there…  she is after all my baby sister… and there is no way I am going to miss her face the moment she finds her dress.

Congrats baby girl! I am over the moon happy for you and your man and excited for everything that is to come next.

August 25, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment, Life, Random | , , , , , | Leave a comment

End of School

So for most elementary and high school kids the summer has finally arrived. Here in the DC area most schools let out some time last week. Up in Canada today was the last day for most elementary schools… I think the high schoolers finished their exams a bit earlier. This was my favorite time of year. It was the start of vacation and there was always something wonderfully fun planned. Even if that was just a week at my aunt and uncles. Or moving out to the cottage for the summer. Something DIFFERENT was going on because school was over for another year.

When I got home from work today I had a message from my newphew. He’s turning 8 this fall and just finished the third grade. He’s always struggled with school and didn’t really enjoy learning at all… at least not in the ways that schools try and teach kids these days. About this time last year my sister and parents discovered that my nephew has gluten intolerant for his entire life. And that it was probably contributing to the diffiuculties he was having in school. So they’ve been managing his diet for the last year and have had him on some medication for ADD or ADHD or something of the sort. Anyway, back to the message…. We’d all made a deal with my nephew that if he did well in school this year he’d be rewarded in various ways. So last night he called me to say that he’d gotten 7 A’s 1 A+ and the rest of his report card was all B’s. Not a C or a D in sight. He (and the rest of us) was very very excited about it. The pay off was that each of the adults in his life… so his mother, my mom, my dad, my other sister and I would each give him one dollar for every A that he recieved on his report card. So this has amounted to $28 so far. My younger sister apparently made a separate deal with him so she’s still considering if she’s going to add the dollar/A to their other deal.

For all the trouble he’s had in school I have to say I am very proud of what he’s been able to accomplish this year. Last year the school wanted to remove him enitrely from the system and send him to a special needs school for children with behavioural issues. Now he’s getting all A’s and B’s on his report card and finally starting to excel in school. Which I think is a fantastic thing. He’s a very bright and intelligent child. And all the stress that had been put on him by teachers and everyone else was understandably hard for him to adjust to. Once they determined that most of this was due to a health issue that could be controlled the school finally started to back downa and actually TEACH him…. and the results show just how well that works. Imagine that.

This weekend my sister is taking him and his cousin on “Vacation”. They are going to stay at the home of another cousin of ours about 4 hours away. They are going to go to the zoo and too an amusement park and just generally have a vacation. With the marks that he has just recieved I’d say that it’s a well deserved treat.

Every year around this time I get a bit nostalgic for “summer”. Not that I don’t get to enjoy the summer weather… But I mean for the two months of relative freedom. I have some very good friends who are teachers and also get their summer’s off. Granted they have to work their butts off for the other 10 months of the year but for two months off… I’d do it. For me, I just have to find the time in my schedule to take a week or two off to do something fun. And as much as I love the summer… vacations where you go away and do something are better in the Fall when it’s not 100 degrees outside making you not want to really go anywhere.

So, happy summer to all the kids just finishing school and to those teachers getting ready to enjoy their two month break. I hope you enjoy it you all fully deserve it.

June 29, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment, Random | , , , , , | Leave a comment