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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our Journey. Don retired October 2011 so hopefully the travelling part will increase! When we are not vacationing check in for updates about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Review...

Why is it that time keeps flying by so fast?  I think I said the same thing last year.  So what has happened in 2011?  Rather than month by month – here are the highlights, as described in our annual Christmas letter.  I know it is a copout but at least it is a blogpost!

Don
  • 55 and retired
  • Working harder than ever as a consultant BUT planning on some down time February – August 32 year career with the Alberta government
  • Enjoying himself

Donna
  • Working as a consultant on a 15 month project with Volunteer Alberta
  • Contract completed March 31, 2012
  • Also planning some down time April – August
Us
  • Leased a lake lot to place out fifth wheel at when we don’t feel like pulling it around
  • New fence
  • New carpet
  • New Dodge Journey – bye bye Charger
  • Had a fantastic birthday/retirement party for Don
  • Had a great week in Laughlin and Vegas
  • Had a great week with our whole family at the Maureen Lake cabin
Our kids
  • Doing great
  • Tracy and Cal’s family are Blake 4, Emerson 2 and Reese 1
  • Lindsay and Jeremy – Ist baby due March 2; bought new home in Fort McMurray
Every single day is a new adventure as Don and I get used to working together in the same house, unless he is gone for great lengths of time on the road.

2012 holds lots of plans for travelling and adventure, we will see how that goes.  We know we will continue to enjoy and love every minute with the family, and very excited for the new baby!
All the best to everyone!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Road Trip to Saskatchewan

The last few years we have been going after Christmas, but Don will be heading north for work on January 2 so we decided to take advantage of us both not working the week prior instead.
On Saturday we headed out and stopped in Battleford to see my mom.  We took her out for lunch, where my niece Jen met us.  Jen is currently my mom’s roomie, and they make a fabulous pair, supporting each other.  Mom fell at work this fall and she is still recuperating, so I am glad that Jen is able to stay with her and help out and just watch over her.
We arrived at mom and dad’s just in time for supper.  On Sunday I drove to Prince Albert and had brunch with my sister Ginger and her partner Chris.  After brunch I visited a bit longer with Ging at her house and saw Alisa and Sonny.
That same day Ken and Brenda came to visit us in Tisdale and we took mom and dad out for dinner, with Terry joining us.
Monday Don and I spent at Ron and Bev’s place and Tuesday evening I had a fantastic visit with who I call the “Hainstock girls”.  There are 4 four girls in the family, two of which I met for coffee.  Kathy and I are the same age, and Donna is a few years older.  We laughed so much, talking about our families, our kids and life in general.  It was so goo to see them.
That was a lot of visiting for a few days, and by Wednesday morning I was happy to be heading home and started preparing in my mind for Christmas to come.  All I had left to do when we get home is a small grocery pick up and a bit of wrapping.  Can’t wait for Christmas….  We did stop again at my mom’s for a quick perogy break!!