Dear Family & Friends,
It is a blustery, blowing, driving in white outs kind of day here in Sault Ste. Marie. One where I’m glad to get inside after driving home from work. I hope this post finds you somewhere warmer than it is here! 2016 has been a really good year for the Lyons family – glad we can share a bit about it.
Since I started this draft, we even had a snow day! The girls had Thursday December 15 off while the city caught up with snow care. They had a great day with Auntie Christy 🙂
Nora turned 7 in September.
She started 2016 by having her two bottom teeth pulled by the dentist. The adult teeth had started to grow in behind and those baby ones weren’t budging! She was such a trooper through the freezing and the pulling. She and I came home for some snuggling, and then she was good to go to school in the afternoon. What a kid!
Nora is in grade 2 at FH Clergue. She absolutely loves school and learning. She likes maths and sciences more than she likes languages, but she does really well at everything. One day last month Doug found her doing math problems in her bed after she should have been sleeping! She loves being in Mme. Garson’s class and learning lots of different things. She and Katy have a Christmas concert on the 21st that we’re looking forward to seeing.
Nora graduated from her Sparks group in May, and shortly after had her first ‘camp out’ – but only for the day, not overnight. She started in Brownies in September and loves it. They have a really big group, and some fantastic leaders. She went to her first sleepover in October! It was indoors at the church to prepare for their outside campout in the summer. She enjoys going each week, and has recently started independent work on some badges. Lots of fun times.
Nora has also enjoyed being involved with the Bricks For Kids group here in town. They run day camps that she went to in the summer (although she wasn’t too happy about being the only girl there!), and an after school program once a week at her school. She gets to build really cool things like windshield wipers, a turnstile and a typewriter! She’s looking forward to maybe participating in Bricks For Kids For Girls in January.
Right now she’s looking forward to her second top front tooth to fall out, and to Christmas. She’s been missing her Hamilton cousins and looks forward to visiting with them.
Katy turned 4 in March.
Katy is a bundle of really sweet and stubborn energy! She had a really big year this year. She finished at daycare – it was so sad to say goodbye to our daycare family – and started in Junior Kindergarten! She has M. Chenier as a teacher, same as Nora did. She is very bright, and loves lots of independent play. She’s one that can entertain herself for hours. She counts in French and has started saying her days of the week in French too (just like Nora!). A few weeks ago she asked me, “Mommy, is winter going to start on mardi ou mercredi?” She loves singing songs she learns in school, even if she doesn’t have the words quite right ;). She’s also part of the concert on the 21st.
She continues in swimming lessons and just passed the ‘salamander’ level. Next session she’ll be a ‘sunfish’!
Katy has her own vocabulary that makes us crack up all the time. She tells me her feet are “frozen salad” (frozen solid), and refers to her toes as her “tickly toes”. When she’s hungry she’ll say she wants food in her “tum tum tummy”. She still loves her Carebear, and rarely is she without him. He even made it into our family pictures this fall!
Katy loves helping in the kitchen and was recently given her own apron as a favour at a birthday party. As soon as she sees Doug or I (haha – mostly Doug) going to cook something, she runs to grab her apron and a chair so she can help. She’s quite ‘musical’ and we often find her singing and dancing to herself. This year we discovered that she really likes Canadian flags. She spots them wherever she goes!
Katy also is looking forward to Christmas and has asked Santa for a Batman costume. She loves playing outside in the snow and it seems that we’ll have plenty of that available for her!
As I look back at the year, Doug and I got to take some great solo time away. It was really nice to be able to go and recharge together. We got to see Alan Doyle in concert here in Sault Ste. Marie in June, and then we went to the Hamilton Ti-Cats game on Canada Day (the girls stayed at my parent’s cottage). They lost, but we had fun. In September we travelled to Ottawa for a weekend to see a dear friend get married, and then we went to Traverse City in November for a Wine & Mac & Cheese tour! It was SO delicious 🙂
Of course we had great times together as a family this year around town and on vacation. We spent a lot of time at camp this summer – there’s new bunk beds there that the kids love! We even spent some weekends at camp which was so relaxing. We went to the cottage for 2 weeks, and included a day trip to Canada’s Wonderland with lots of aunties, uncles and cousins. It was hot, but fun! Nora even took a SeaDoo ride at the cottage with Uncle Ray Ray. She has such an adventurous streak!
Doug is still at Tenaris – December 8 was his 12th anniversary of starting there. The company suffered some tough economic times this year and downsized employees. Those that weren’t downsized went into a ‘work sharing’ program where they were only working 2 days a week. Doug enjoyed some two day work weeks through the summer, and things are starting to turn around with the plant back up and running again. After quite a hiatus from travelling, he spent two stints in Calgary for work – once for a week and once for 2 weeks this fall.
Doug still curls on Tuesdays and this past weekend went to most of the Grand Slam of Curling events here in the Soo.
I’m still at OLG and recently changed jobs. I’m still in the same department, and even on my same team, by my new role is as ‘Sr. Resource and Training Development Consultant’ (I know it’s a mouthful!). I’m part of a team of 4 trainers who provide lots of different types of training to people that work on the phones for OLG. It’s been a whirlwind of a first month, but I’ve been working on some pretty exciting initiatives.
I still love to knit and have been working on some handmade Christmas gifts. Recently Katy asked me to knit her a scarf – how could I say no?!
As always, we hope this update finds you well. I love sharing these letters each year, and looking back at each of them as the years go by. It’s true that the days are long but the years are short. May 2017 be a great year for you!
Have ‘yourselfie’ a Merry Christmas! (It’s a slideshow!)
Lots of Love,