Sunday, December 13, 2009

Santa Success

Every year our church hosts a Christmas party for the young children and every year it is a stressful time for Darcy when she finds herself face-to-face with Santa Claus.

It completely caught us off guard the first year. At that time she was a girl who would try just about anything, but as soon as Santa came in the room she freaked out. We've since seen similar reactions to Chuck E. Cheese, Elmer the Safety Elephant and Bonhomme Carnaval.

Last weekend I told her it was nearly time for this year's party and the panicking started immediately. She was nearly ready to stay home from the party but still wanted the gifts Santa handed out. She got to the point where she didn't even want to talk about it anymore.

Yesterday was the day of the big party. It was the first thing she talked about when she got up in the morning and the party wasn't to be until 4:00 in the afternoon! We had a bunch of stuff to do before the party and I needed to get her distracted. She and I went to the mall to do a bit of shopping in the morning and we walked past the Santa display there. She looked from outside the fence, at first cowering behind me but eventually coming out to make eye contact with an elf.

After that mall, we needed to go with Nick to the other mall in town where a band from our church was going to be playing Christmas carols at Sobey's. We went to watch him and they had Santa there too. He asked Darcy if she wanted to get her picture taken with him. She did not. She did, however, take one of his candy canes. After about 20 minutes of listening to the music and watching other kids get their pictures taken with Santa, she asked me if it would be OK if she got her picture taken. I told her it would, if that was what she wanted. She went and got on his lap herself and we got a picture with Santa (it isn't ready to be picked up until Tuesday). We were really proud of her and she was extremely proud of herself.

A few minutes later, Nick asked her to join the band to play some bells during, "Jingle Bells". She did a great job and loved that. Santa was so pleased with her great job that he took his own jingle bells off his wrist and gave them to Darcy to keep. Well, that sealed the deal. She is now officially Santa's biggest fan.

Later in the afternoon when it was time for the party we went without a whimper from Darcy. Santa arrived and there were no tears. Then he started calling them to come up and get their presents. Wouldn't you know it, Darcy got called first. She looked over at us nervously but then got up, went over to him and sat on his lap. She took her present and went back to her seat. No fuss, no tears, just smooth sailing. She didn't give Santa the big hug and kiss that Wesley gave to, "Ho ho" but she got up there and we were pleased with that.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


My fingers still aren't completely healed. Typing starting to become more manageable with both hands, but it still hurts. I'll see how this post goes.

Things have been very busy for us in these last few months. I'm sure you all know by now that we're moving to Ottawa but this is the first chance I've really had to write about it so I figured better late than never.

With Nick working for the government we kind of figured that a move to Ottawa would be inevitable for us at some point. However, we he started talking seriously about it last spring, it freaked me out a bit. It's such a big move and we've got things pretty great here. I tried to make a list of pros and cons to help me figure out what was the best move for our family.

The pros were:
- we'd be closer to both families. Instead of being 1000 km from our farthest family, we'd be 500. That's a big difference.
- we want our kids to be bilingual. That will be a lot easier to do in Ottawa than in Windsor.
- Nick's new job would be steady days, Monday - Friday. The shift work is killing us all.
- we both have friends in Ottawa so we wouldn't be completely lonely in a new city.
- the kids are young enough to be pretty resilient about the whole thing.
- they offered us a pretty sweet relocation package.

Those are some pretty big pros. There were also some huge cons:
- houses cost nearly twice as much (plus the difficulty of selling a house in Windsor right now)
- we've worked hard to allow me the opportunity to stay home with the kids. That will be out the window because of the housing costs.
- the snow
- good friends/church here
- it gets really cold there

You get the picture. We went back and forth for a long time. Is this the right time, is it not? It will never be easy but with the relocation package this might be the easiest time to do it. Eventually, that's what we decided.

So, while we're sad to be leaving our life here, we're excited about the opportunities for the future. I told Nick last night that he needs to make it his goal to rise through the ranks until we get invited to some sort of state dinner.