It's just that time of the year I guess.  We are busy doing lots of little things so I don't have a lot of spare time to blog.  Between school and work during the week, workouts for me and some fun family time there is just never enough time in the day to everything.

I have been doing a lot of Christmas shopping in hopes that I have it done within the next few weeks.  I will most likely end up at the mall the week before Christmas but only as a bystander while my mom does some shopping.  Much less stressful when you really don't need to find anything.  We have really cut back this year as far as gifts with each child only getting 3 gifts (1 from Santa and 2 from us) and of course, their stockings.  Faruq wants this super high tech (insert expensive here) running watch so that will be his gift and I want a sewing machine.  I even have my parents gifts purchased which is a huge relief as they can be tough ones.

We have the Cenovus Christmas parties for the adults and kids this weekend which I'm thrilled about.  Getting them over in November will be nice as Suncor's were usually held later in December.

I'm super excited for New Year's this year as well because Faruq and I have booked a suite at the Delta Kannaskis Lodge for two nights.  We never do anything when we stay home and with my parents here through New Year's they told us to take off for a few days.  It will be nice to have a little alone time before we start a busy 2012.

I'm still trying to decide what to do for teacher's gifts this year for Christmas between Laila and Hayden they have 12.  Honestly, what happened to 1 per kid.  It is getting tougher each year to spread the budget across that many while still getting or making something meaningful.  I'm leaning towards some homemade sweet treats but might just cave and get chocolates from one of the nice stores.

Lastly, we finally made the decision to add a few fur babies to our family.  We went through our local MEOW foundation and went to the shelter on Saturday to have a look at who they thought would be good for our family.  We originally went to look at the kittens and end up with two adult cats.  They are beauties and have been really good (except the scratching which might kill me).  Gilroy is 5 and Dexter is 2 but we are still not sure if they will accept Sophie or not.  It might have still be a bit too soon.  They are slowly coming around but we do have 30 days to make a final decision.   Dexter is warming more quickly to the kids but poor Gilroy might just be too old for this kind of noise.  Wish us luck as I know it will be tough if we have to return them.  My status as "Mommy of the Year" will mostly likely be revoked by my kids if this happens.

So life has just been busy around the Suleman's place and I don't except it to slow down much before January which is fine with me.  Christmas is my favorite holiday hands down and with the kids getting older they are more involved which only makes it that much more fun.

I will post a few pictures of the boys when I get a chance and try to pop in from time to time !

Wishing my American friends a very blessed Thanksgiving this week and hope that you are able spend time with loved ones.

Stay warm !!

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Soshayna said...

I too am trying to get my shopping done early and keeping gifts down this year. The teacher thing is always an issue for me also...I make homemade pecan turtles and pretzel rods with caramel and chocolate. I may include a small gift card for each classroom to be used however the teacher see fit...I am glad you will get some time away this year. Parent's need that so much and we generally put ourselves last. Hope your holiday's are lovely!

FamilyFoodFitnessandFun said...

Wow...12 teachers?! That is crazy. I only have to buy for 3 this year. I'm thinking Chapter's gift cards. Sounds like a wonderful New Year's. Mark and I really need to plan something like that one year...but no one ever offers to watch the kids ;)