Happy Halloween

Well ladies and gentlemen I had an awesome blog post written for today and when I went to upload the photos this morning I somehow lost it.  I’ve searched high and low and it is no where to be found.  So rather then trying to recreate it, because you know once its gone it is gone, I’ll leave you with some photos from the kids Halloween party over the weekend.  Regardless if you celebrate today or not, make it a great one.

Happy Halloween!

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img_4165String cheese ghosts

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img_4210Halloween cupcakes made by yours truly

img_4337Halloween treat bags for the teachers at school

 

 

Roula

Roula

A little ditty about Jack and Diane...no really in all seriousness I'm a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I'm a Greek-American, who has transplanted in Canada. As a first time mom I'm sharing some things as I go along.

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Αιωνία σου η μνήμη

Last week was one of ups and downs with me.  I had an amazing birthday full of wonderful moments that truly will carry me throughout this year.  I woke up the morning after to a text from my cousin in Greece that our aunt, Theia Maria, had passed away.  She was the oldest of my father’s sisters.  She never married and was the one who took care of my grandparents before they passed and my uncle George before he passed.

She was the one who came to America when I was born and again when my brother was born.  I vividly remember her coming to my elementary school to tell me (in Greek of course) that my mom had has the baby and we had to get to the hospital to visit.  I was in the third grade and Lester, my classmate, had brought an idea forward that we should make green placemates so we were in the middle of that and I didn’t want to leave.  Plus she told me that I had a baby brother and I was promised a sister so I really wasn’t into the whole thing (sorry bro you know I love you!).  I remember going to the office and having the principal call us a taxi because how else would we get there?!?

I remember calling her on September 11th after those planes hit the World Trade Center as my parents were in Greece and staying with her.  With the realization of how fragile life truly was I wanted to find comfort in my parents’ voices.

She answered the phone like she always did with a “λεγετε” (speak)
I replied γεια σου θεια.  (Hello Auntie)
Ελλα Ρουλιτσα μου, τι κανεις;  (Hi Roulitsa, what are you doing?)
Καλα θεια μπορω να μιλισω στους γονεις μου; (I’m good Auntie, can I speak to my parents please?)
Δεν ειναι εδω ειναι στο θεατρο.  (They aren’t here they are at the theater.)
And I vividly remember saying to her, εδω ο κοσμος χανετε και αυτοι ειναι στο θεατρο; (here the world is ending and they’re at the theater?)
I explained to her what had happened and to please have them call me.

Of course with every passing birthday for me, there was also a passing birthday for her as well and although we want our loved ones to live forever the realization is that they won’t.  We can only hope that they are gifted health for as long as is God’s will.  Well my Theia was called into God’s arms last week.  I have no doubt that she is joined with my grandparents, my uncles and my cousin George.  I can only hope that they watch down over me and my entire family.  We have another angel among us.

Αιωνια σου η μνημη θεια. May your memory be eternal.

petaimetadiaktisfteraI found this tattoo image on Pintrest and thought it was fitting as it states:  She flies with her own wings.

Roula

Roula

A little ditty about Jack and Diane...no really in all seriousness I'm a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I'm a Greek-American, who has transplanted in Canada. As a first time mom I'm sharing some things as I go along.

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Well it is official…

Well it is official…when this day ends I will be older than when it began. I know you’re going to say isn’t that the case for everyone?  Well of course but today is my birthday.  The day to celebrate all that is me.  I love birthdays and I love celebrations. The Greek tradition is that when it is your day, you pay.  Birthday celebrations don’t include your friends taking you out, it includes you taking everyone else out,or having a big bash with everyone that you pay for.  I haven’t had the privilege to spend a birthday in Greece but I’ll never say never.

This year’s celebrations started off with a fabulous dinner with my hubby last night.  We have been trying to get to this restaurant for the last few years and every time we tried they were either closed on that day or we waited to long to get a reservation and they were fully booked.  We this time hubby did it right and we were able to go.  We had a great evening and here is a snipit of our meal.  You only live once so you can be decadent on your birthday!

Birthday DinnerI have no doubt that today will be a great one as I will be spending it with my little lady.  She told me she wants to pick out my birthday cake.  A blue dinosaur cake with red and purple writing.  I told her that would be amazing but probably hard to find on short notice and maybe we should save that for her birthday.  I think as long as she sees cake, gets to help blow out the candles and sing, she’ll be a happy camper.  After all, when you reach my age, really birthdays are a celebration of all the situations that you were in that didn’t kill you and acknowledging all that you’ve done right in this life.  I’m am fortunate to have my health, be surrounded by an amazing family and a phenomenal group of friends.  So a big shout out to all of you for helping me get here!  Later today I’ll dance the zembekiko in your honours to one of my favourite Poulopoulos songs. OPA!!

 

Roula

Roula

A little ditty about Jack and Diane...no really in all seriousness I'm a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I'm a Greek-American, who has transplanted in Canada. As a first time mom I'm sharing some things as I go along.

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The phases of life

October 11, 2016–I have realized that this post didn’t publish so I am back dating it.

October is my month.  It has been for as long as I can remember.  If you don’t know me personally it is my birth month and I like a big deal made about birthdays.  I don’t really care about the gifts, although I’ve never seen a gift I didn’t appreciate, but for me it is more about the cards.  A well picked out card can mean more than a $1190 (CND) pair of Gucci flats.

This October has unfortunately been full of the phases of life.  We met a friends one week old who immediately stole everyone’s heart by entering this world.  Later we visited a friend’s two month old who was just starting to get into an every day routine of feeding, cooing, sleeping, pooping, and repeat.  And found out two other loved ones were pregnant.  These are the happy phases.  We remembered loved ones lost both honouring their birthdays and anniversaries.  And unfortunately we dealt with sick family friends and went through the phase of life where we lost them as well.  I guess this year October for me has been a month of reflection.  If you saw my post last week you saw my take on friendship.  What about family?  What is your take?

If you’re like me you have an extended family that you might see once or twice a year, or once or twice a decade depending on where they are.  You try and use social media as a way to stay connected and you hope that when you’re together again it makes it less awkward but really are your friends more like family and your family more like friends?  We all have those BFFs that know more about us than we remember ourselves, so certainly we need to keep them close.  This usually is the case with a sibling or a close cousin.  But what about parents?  If you’re lucky enough to still have your parents with you, are you close to them?  Have your roles reversed where you’re worried about them because of aging? Do you worry about whether the last time you told them you loved them might be the last time you speak to them?  Do you make an effort or do you like many take them for granted because after all their your parents and they’ll always be there for you?

As I sit here typing this, the sun still not up yet, waiting for my hubby and little one to wake up, I ponder.

Roula

Roula

A little ditty about Jack and Diane...no really in all seriousness I'm a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I'm a Greek-American, who has transplanted in Canada. As a first time mom I'm sharing some things as I go along.

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Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends

happy-canadian-thanksgiving-2016Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends.  Wishing each and every one of you an amazing day filled with food, laughter and the love of your family and friends.

Roula

Roula

A little ditty about Jack and Diane...no really in all seriousness I'm a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I'm a Greek-American, who has transplanted in Canada. As a first time mom I'm sharing some things as I go along.

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Friendship

I recently had a friend who is very popular on social media tag me in a photo of us.  He stated in the photo that we’ve been friends for 20 years. This photo prompted an acquaintance to message me asking me what the secret was to being friends with someone for so long.  I wrote back saying that I actually had friends that went back more years than that and not to sound to cliche but in order to have good friends you need to be a good friend.  Friendship should be easy when you’re together.  It should be comfortable.  But never think for a moment that friendship is without work.  The older you get the harder it is to coordinate schedules, spouses, children, jobs, etc.

This conversation got me thinking about those people who I know I can count to on anything.  The people who if I texted in the middle of the night (because really who calls anymore) would respond ASAP.  The people who you don’t have to explain your feelings to because they’ve been through the roller coaster of life with you and they just know so you can pick up where  you left off and keep going. I am so fortunate to be able to say that I have a few of those people.  I hope they know that the feeling is mutual and they have this friend in me as well.  Don’t get me wrong, I have also had friendships slip through my fingers.  It seems that every 7/8 years a friend cleanse happens and people go their separate ways.  At the beginning it really bothered me.  I wanted to know what I did and what happened.  Now at this phase of my life I realize that it just happens.  People grow apart.  People don’t want to put the effort in, and that is okay.  I’m a believer when one door closes another opens and I have had many amazing people come into my life since I’ve moved to this country.  Nothing can replace those 15, 20, 25 years of memories from my ‘forever friends’ but I can tell you that these newer friendships I have no doubt will be just as amazing.

I leave you with a few of my favourite friendship quotes:

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Roula

Roula

A little ditty about Jack and Diane...no really in all seriousness I'm a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I'm a Greek-American, who has transplanted in Canada. As a first time mom I'm sharing some things as I go along.

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