2007 in review.

In January, the kids had their first snow day of the school year. I don't know what else happened other than I turned yet another year older.

In February, we went to an engagement party and the kids had three snow days.

In March, J turned 10, we saw Meat Loaf in concert, and the kids had three snow days, bringing the total for the school year to seven.

In April, I went with J's regular class on a field trip to a water and agriculture festival. There were cows to pet, pigs to look at, and chicks to hold. And when one of the cows peed during the spiel on milking it was pretty clear from the audience reaction which kids were from the country and which kids weren't. J also competed at a music festival for the first time.

In May, K turned 13 and we went glow-in-the-dark bowling. She also performed in two plays at her school: Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book and Just So Stories. J had a piano recital and went to JUMP at Wilfrid Laurier University. We attended a murder mystery dinner that both girls played a part in. I finished my volunteering gig at the school and Ice headed north.

In June, we went to the spring fair. At my kids' insistence, I went to the volunteer appreciation assembly at the school. We saw fireworks on the beach again. And I went on a field trip to the Toronto Zoo which was nearly the death of me.

In July, we attended a party and a buck 'n' doe. Ice took the kids camping. A manhunt for a murderer had the entire county on edge.

In August, we rented a trailer for a week near where Ice was (and still is) working. We did all sorts of tourist-y things (including a boat cruise through the islands), went swimming, and read a lot. It was a good vacation. L joined the young company at a local theatre so I spent a lot of time ferrying her and her friends to and from rehearsals (mostly from). Mom and I saw a production of Reverend Jonah (excellent play) at the same theatre. Ice took the younger two kids camping again (L stayed home with me). Steven Truscott was given his life back (more or less).

In September, L and the young company put on five performances of a play they helped create. It was really well done. I went twice and nearly cried both times. We went to a wedding and a local festival and Newt, MA, & K2 came for a visit.

In October, I made some changes to my blog although not as many as I had intended (by popular demand, the nearly naked lady stayed) and I reopened comments. I joined a book challenge and famouscanadians.net was mentioned in a magazine. Halloween was deathly quiet. And rainy.

In November, we had an early Christmas with my family. We put the tree up on the 2nd (since we had my family Christmas here), beating MA by nearly a month, and causing all of our kids' friends to think we're weird. Ice and I saw Jethro Tull in concert, and we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.

In December, L turned 16 (oh. my. god.), we attended Ice's Christmas party for work, the kids had three snow days, and for the first time in 12 years I didn't have to attend the school's Christmas concert (since none of my kids were in it). The holidays were spent at home and Ice had several days off which was great. It was just us on Christmas Day and we played games and with our new toys. Boxing Day was movie day as usual and Ice's oldest sister and her family dropped by for a visit. On New Year's Eve, Ice and I hung out with the younger two (L went to a party with friends) and we played card games and dice games and board games and laughed a lot. It was a surprising amount of fun.

Posted by Ripley on January 02, 2008 | Tags: year in review

And then you said

I saw MeatLoaf back when Bat Out Of Hell II came out, so I had to click to see what you had to say. Looks like your views were similar to mine- whether or not one is a fan, the showmanship is spectacular.

Looks like you had a great year.

I hope 2008 is even better.


Posted by John Mutford on January 8, 2008 1:02 PM

I must say that I do love this year in review portion of your blog life. Tis a great idea.

As for the Christmas tree it is more about Newt's absolute refusal to allow Christmas to "throw up all over our living room" before there is a "D" in the name of the month! ;)

We miss you! Hope we can arange a get together in the near future!

Hugs to all the kidlets and to you and Ice too.

Posted by Maryann on January 13, 2008 8:51 AM

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