I honestly hesitated before posting about the whole “S.A.D.” post the other day for two reasons:

1. It really is not that bad. I don’t want to spend the entire day in bed (Well, no more than any Mom), my eating habits are fine, I am not (Super) moody.

2. I would sound like one of those people who really is depressed, but in complete denial.

“I’m FINE”

*Buries head in sand*

I chatted with my stepmother the next day and told her this.  She brought up that it is pretty normal to have the Winter Blues. She also reminded me that I start complaining about winter when it is still summer and it is all I can do to keep from literally melting. Point taken.

Thanks to all of you who emailed and commented with encouragement, suggestions, and love. Give yourselves a big kiss from me. But no tongue. That’s not how I roll.

The ironic thing about Monday is that after writing a big post about how much I hate winter. Murphy and his Law kicked in. It was bright, it was sunny, it was downright balmy. In NOVEMBER.

Nathan, Emily and I left mid-afternoon to pick Graham up from school. It was so warm that I would have broken a sweat in my ski jacket. We opted for sweaters/light jackets.

We arrived at the school to see that Graham and a friend had just taken a tumble off of the jungle gym. His lip decided to pick a fight with another kid’s head.

His lip lost.

I decided that we all needed a break from the usual, and that we should soak up the last hour of daylight that was left. I chose a different beach than we normally go to as it’s location has more late-afternoon sun.

It also has a lot of leaves.

And a playground.

Complete with monkey bars.

Graham was so proud to be wearing his Remembrance Day poppy.

The park also has a slide.

Like many of the parks around here, it is also on the lake.

We soaked up as much sun as we could. Sadly, all good things must come to an end.

Time to say goodbye to the lake.

As we were walking back to the van, the kids started their impromptu Leafapalooza. We were all laughing and having a great time. They were allowed to throw stuff at each other and I got to take some photos.  All was grand.

Then my fingers froze. The tips started to go white.

I hate winter.

But I am working on it.

* Murphy’s Law will probably kick in and it will be snowing as you read this. I’d put money on it if I wasyou, and I am not one to usually place bets.

**A year ago today: Posting By Candlelight

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  1. K November 13, 2008 6:57 am edit

    You live in such a beautiful area. Love the pictures. Also, what is a “poppy”?

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  2. angella November 13, 2008 6:59 am edit

    A poppy is a flower (Poppy1), (Poppy2).

    It is a symbol that we use here in Canada to help us remember the Veterans on Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day in the States).


    I guess I assumed it was the same across the border :)

  3. Camels & Chocolate November 13, 2008 7:03 am edit

    Nathan looks like Top Gun in those photos! Also, the ones of them standing in front of the lake are simply stunning. Love your kiddies!

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  4. Holly November 13, 2008 7:37 am edit

    I’m with you and I’m “working” on it. Wish I had mountains to look at – I think it would help! :) Just blah grey & rainy skies over here this week….

    (we had really nice November weather too last week – 20 degrees!!!)

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  5. Sue @ My Party of 6 November 13, 2008 8:01 am edit

    Ahhh… so beautiful there. Way to enjoy a warm afternoon!

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  6. Lisa November 13, 2008 8:37 am edit

    Yep Angella, look outside! That is very nasty white stuff. I am with you on this winter thing, but do enjoy the log fire on days like this and your childrens photo’s are always a bright start to my day. Today looks like it’s gonna be a tough one so keep smiling. Brrrr.

  7. moosh in indy. November 13, 2008 8:52 am edit

    Oh to have a lake like that just to look at!
    Guess I’ll settle for the 90 degree beach down here.
    Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

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  8. orlund November 13, 2008 9:06 am edit

    It snowed here and we are less that 2 hours from you. Not to add to the depression or anything.

    People complain about global warming but personally I have no problem with warming things up about another 10 degrees. Those Californians shouldn’t be so greedy.

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  9. Kami November 13, 2008 10:14 am edit

    I think most of us feel a bit down when the weather turns colder…I know I do. Those pictures brightened my day, so thank you for that my friend.


    Oh and one good thing about winter? We usually get to see each other sometime during March which is technically still winter.

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  10. Kristin November 13, 2008 11:19 am edit

    Glad the sun came to shine for you. :) It is shining here today so the kids and I are headed to the park too. It has been raining, the real west coast kind of rain, ewww I don’t like it!

    I like the pic of Emily crouching by the water, love the barrette. :)

  11. karen November 13, 2008 11:56 am edit

    You guys have lakes in your parks?! You mean it’s not a little strip of grass fenced off from the concrete jungle? Canada’s lookin better and better!

    karen’s last blog post..so this is how I’ll (maybe) die

  12. angella November 13, 2008 12:48 pm edit

    Here in the Okanagan, we have a lake (Okanagan Lake, no less) that goes up the entire Valley.

    There are many parks and homes that sit alongside of it :)

  13. Mrs. Wilson November 13, 2008 12:48 pm edit


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  14. Kristabella November 13, 2008 2:06 pm edit

    I try to enjoy the sunshine in the fall and winter, whenever we get it. Even if it is 20 and sunny, at least it isn’t sunny.

    I think part of the winter blues is the stupid turning the clocks back. It’s like you’re used to it getting dark at 7 and 8 PM and then all of a sudden BAM! Dark at 4 PM. I need a gradual change for Pete’s sake!

    Kristabella’s last blog post..Winter Wonderland

  15. Ashley Stone November 13, 2008 3:18 pm edit

    Those are some beautiful photos, how do you ever decide which ones to put up. Or are your walls just papered in great shots?

    And I’m with you on not loving winter, it’s pretty but um, why does it have to be so stinkin’ cold?

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  16. Heather-Domestic Extraordinaire November 13, 2008 4:52 pm edit

    They have poppies here as well. The girls normally get them from vets that are outside supermarkets and at the mall.

    Hopefully it isn’t snowing yet!

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  17. angella November 13, 2008 4:54 pm edit

    It snowed this morning! (As part of a crazy wind storm)

    It has been clear and sunny the rest of the day, though :)

  18. Anne Marie November 13, 2008 7:03 pm edit

    We were in the States last weekend and we each had a Poppy on our jackets and were surprised with the interest in the Poppies. The Poppy and Rememberance has a bit of an interesting history. It was first noticed as growing on the graves of the soldiers from the Napoleonic Wars. This was noticed again on the War Graves in Belgium and France during WWI which inspired John McRae to write the poem In Flanders Fields which is synonymous with Rememberance Day for many Canadians. The Poppies grew naturally on those graves. In the past Canada burried her soldiers in the area they fell. I believe the American tradition has been to repatriate their war dead. Perhaps that is why the Poppy doesn’t have the same significance for the US.

  19. ELizabeth November 13, 2008 7:22 pm edit

    I say bring the snow. sorry ;)

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  20. The Over-Thinker November 13, 2008 7:23 pm edit

    Those photos are fabulous—I especially like the one of Nathan going down the slide.

    You should hand the camera over to Grant (with it duct-taped to his hand o’course) and have him take a photo or five of you going down a slide or five!

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  21. angella November 13, 2008 9:30 pm edit

    I should!

    Wait…who’s Grant? Is he a friend of yours? ;)

  22. Michele November 13, 2008 9:53 pm edit

    Sounds like a great day! Your kids are such mini-me’s of you and Matthew – So cute! I love the photo of Emily bending down by the water picking up rocks, it’s a framer! Hope you have a great, warm, sunny, snow-less weekend!

  23. Loralee November 14, 2008 5:40 pm edit

    Dude…every time you post photos of that gorgeous lake I have massive envy.

    Oh, and also because YOU HAVE A GIRL. (Fingers crossed. Heh.)

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  24. Shamelessly Sassy November 14, 2008 7:50 pm edit

    You have such beautiful children and do such a great job capturing them. I love looking at your photos.

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  25. Elaine November 14, 2008 8:56 pm edit

    Sorry about your little guy’s lip. Looks like a fun little outing. They’re all so cute…

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