Holidaze

The Sisters 2014 Year In Review

The mistletoe wasn’t the only thing getting hammered this Christmas

What a year it’s been! It’s been eleven months since we launched the blog, and it feeds our soul that you’re picking up what we’re throwing down. The best part of this personal journey has been reconnecting with long lost sisters from our youth, and welcoming the new subscribers to our sisterhood. We try to stay relatable by keeping it real.

Last December, our father underwent a risky operation to remove a malignant tumour in his esophagus. He overcame the odds and by the summer was golfing three times a week. However a year later, we find ourselves full circle. He battles this insensitive disease with the grace and dignity he’s shown in life. It gives us comfort that the four of us are together under one roof, just like in the beginning.

♪We’re here for a good time, not a long time.♫ Yet another reason to count your blessings and when life hands you lemons…reach for the tequila and salt. We’ve compiled a few of our personal highlights from 2014, and encourage you to do the same.

Val:

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The Big Apple for Super Bowl week. Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden; the Outdoor Classic between the Rangers and Islanders; and Broadway plays The Book of Mormon, and Kinky Boots.

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A new kitchen and main floor reno’s. I finally replaced that bloody oven that’s been 175 degrees off for the last seventeen years.

A Caddyshack golf game where I shot an all time low of 87 with my dad, sister, and hubby. The very next game I shot 104.

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My 17 year old son’s hockey team won the city championships. A first in our illustrious career. Brennan went to Tanzania this summer and received his grade 12 English and Social credits, as well as the life lessons only travel can afford.

In return for a trampoline to practice his aerial ski tricks, my 15 year old son Nolan read the entire Divergent trilogy in under four days.

Home: where the “ho” and “me” come together. We hosted a pimp and prostitute party and the costumes were just as outrageous as the characters who came to play.

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Lori:

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Scott McGillivray with Scott McGillivray 2.0 from HGTV. You can copy and paste but nothing beats the original.

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Good news, my husband is a newly minted badass motorcycle rider. Bad news, he doesn’t own assless leather chaps.

Romantic trip to Mexico in April…as hot as it gets after 22 years.

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The warm fuzzies and drunken escapades that accompany a 30 year high school reunion.

Lost our furry family member, Brogan, in August, after 12 years of unconditional love.

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Renovations to the entire main floor of my house. On time and on budget.

My daughter Abby turned sweet sixteen and got her first job. Now she can support her own Starbuck’s habit.

We:

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Launched the Sangria Sisters blog on January 23, 2014.

The 100 Year Centennial in our hometown of Swift Current and a reunion at the old high school. Looks like they converted our old stomping grounds, the smoking lounge, into a storage room.

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Thanksgiving with the Pilgrim clan in Palm Springs.

The January launch party and June girls’ night out with the wonderful women we’re lucky to be surrounded by.

Too many live concerts to list, Stampede debauchery, and our first trip to the Calgary Folk Festival.

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Several vacations at the condo in Fairmont, most memorably (er…, not really) the annual girl’s golf tournament sponsored by José Cuervo.

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Hug your loved ones a little tighter this season. The next two Thursday’s land on Christmas and New Years, so we will return with new posts on January 8, 2015. May your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!

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  1. Margot

    Congratulations on a fine year – may this holiday season be merry and bright for you and yours. Always in my heart <3

  2. Ken Maclean

    Thanks for the cameos.

  3. Scott McGillivray (1.0)

    Agreed sisters, there can only be one original.

  4. Kendra

    Happy Holidays to the Sangria Sisters and their understanding husbands and children. Thanks for 11 months of laughs sometimes so hard they turned into tears. I look forward to Thursday mornings in my inbox and will continue to do so through 2015! Warm hugs to you both under that loving childhood roof.

  5. Verna

    Congrats on a great weekly read! 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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