Christmas 2012:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and to all.   The Kirschner Family hopes that this year has indeed been a Happy and Prosperous one for you all and we hope that 2013 will bring you everything that is truly Wonderful indeed.

This year started off slowly and quite quietly for us.  Gord had a hip replacement towards the end of December of last year and then an additional one in April.  This kept us close to home for the majority of the year although I did squeeze in one quick holiday to Medicine Hat in March and we did spend quite a lot of time out at our cabin at Kalamalka Lake.

On May 15th Sadie Mae Kirschner was born to Vicki and Julian and big sister Maya.  She was born in Halifax and we were lucky enough to meet her this past summer as the East Coast Kirschners came to visit for a couple of weeks.  It was so very nice to have them here, to meet Sadie and get to spend some time with Maya who had changed so much since the last time we had seen her.  Since the visit Julian and Vicki have gotten iPhones and so we get to do Facetime from time to time and can keep track of the little girls that way.  Many pictures too!

The kids are all doing well and it's fun to watch them grow and develop their own lifestyles.  Julian is in his third year at Dalhousie University in Halifax and continues to work towards becoming a Respiratory Therapist.  He is kept busy being a Dad and a student as well as working in the hospital to experience the different aspects of his up and coming career.  He has a lot of fun with Maya as she is coming into her own and is at a really fun stage. I get lots of pictures of Sadie and she is healthy and happy and continuously smiling in all of them.  Vicki is on maternity leave for a few more months and keeps busy with the girls and the home.  Maya is already in swimming lessons and in gymnastic classes and so the hustle and bustle begins. Such joy however!   Again they'll spend Christmas on the other side of the country and Grammie is counting down the days until they are back in Kelowna for good.

Nick is still working with Gord and they have been quite busy for the latter part of the year although the economy is still affecting business overall.   Nick also stays busy getting Nixon to and from daycare or from Grammie's house depending on the day of the week .  He also just completed a renovation on the bottom floor of his home.  It looks totally updated and new now. Cheryl is back to work and also keeps up her fitness with attendance at the gym. Cheryl also still visits retirement homes on Sundays and takes both Nixon and Leo along for these.  The huge dog and the little man are a great hit with the elderly.  Nixon is a very good little guy and I always marvel at how much he reminds me of Nick when he was a baby. He gets that mischievous twinkle in his eye and you can just tell that he's about to do something out of the ordinary.  He's walking and talking really well and is starting to make sentences.  Well, proud Grammie thinks that "Big Truck" is a pretty good sentence.  Nixon loves anything with a motor and fits right in when it comes to riding on the four wheeler.   He's so much fun!

Brianne is still employed at Valley Medical Labs and truly enjoys her job.  Both Gord and I were brave enough to have our blood taken by her for our blood tests and came away unscathed.   Kris still drives and delivers water and spent many hours fishing this year once again. Brianne and Kris had thoughts of selling the condo this year but it did not happen and so they renovated instead.  They replaced the rugs with laminate flooring and also tiled the kitchen and it made a huge difference.  Nick as well as his friend Brent and Kris' parents and Gord and I helped out and it was fun.  Kris got so confident in his abilities that he is now even feeling like he might tackle fixing up an older home if that's what they decide to purchase down the road.  I think that Lucy, their pug, might have been happier with carpet to race around on though as she now almost tiptoes on the slippery flooring.  It looks so very nice though.

Devon is still searching for his ultimate career and continues to search for employment as a heavy equipment operator although he is employed full-time at BFI here in Kelowna.  He has been emailing and faxing resumes all over the country in hopes to get on somewhere so he can satisfy the hours needed to complete his apprenticeship.  He is still living at home and saving up his pennies to eventually buy a home. 

Haylee is working in Vernon and is currently seeking employment in Kelowna.  She has had a few interviews but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.  She and Devon are therefore still working towards coming up with a plan that involves less driving for both of them and a more stable home for their dog Kooper although he is happy wherever he is. 

Christmas seems to be catching me off guard this year.  The season crept up on me and it wasn't until we got a decent drop of snow that I thought I'd better get on top of things.  Actually I had already done a fair bit of baking but it seemed to get consumed as quickly as it got produced.  As well, I somehow ended up starting a little home business totally by accident.  It started with a desire to make hair bows for Maya and Sadie and then turned into a toque knitting marathon because I figured out that I could decorate toques with bows and 'bling' too.  Then through a casual comment by Brianne about something on Pinterest I began creating bridal brooch bouquets.  I thought this might be a nice hobby but I love it so much that I've even decided to take my craft to a bridal expo in January.   No wonder my letter is late and I still have presents to wrap and the house to clean.  I am having so much fun though.  I called my new little business 'Brooch and Bow' and also created a website and Facebook page.

Gord's Mom will be 101 on Dec. 31st and is still doing reasonable well for her age.  She welcomed two new great-grandchildren this year.  She had a nice party for her Birthday last year and received many congratulations and was surrounded by friends and family.


Well, that pretty much sums up the year once again.  I keep thinking that things will slow down but I always find more and more ways to keep busy.  It's nice that Facebook and email allow so many of us to keep in touch at other times throughout the year as well as over the Christmas season so I don't feel like I've forgotten to share happenings from the past year.  

So, from our family to you and to yours we send the Happy Holiday wishes.  Merry Christmas and a truly Wonderful New Year.

 

                    Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes from Gordon,Heidi and Family

Christmas 2013:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and to all.   The Kirschner Family hopes that this year has indeed been a Happy and Prosperous one for you all and we hope that 2013 will bring you everything that is truly Wonderful indeed.

This year started off slowly and quite quietly for us.  Gord had a hip replacement towards the end of December of last year and then an additional one in April.  This kept us close to home for the majority of the year although I did squeeze in one quick holiday to Medicine Hat in March and we did spend quite a lot of time out at our cabin at Kalamalka Lake.

On May 15th Sadie Mae Kirschner was born to Vicki and Julian and big sister Maya.  She was born in Halifax and we were lucky enough to meet her this past summer as the East Coast Kirschners came to visit for a couple of weeks.  It was so very nice to have them here, to meet Sadie and get to spend some time with Maya who had changed so much since the last time we had seen her.  Since the visit Julian and Vicki have gotten iPhones and so we get to do Facetime from time to time and can keep track of the little girls that way.  Many pictures too!

The kids are all doing well and it's fun to watch them grow and develop their own lifestyles.  Julian is in his third year at Dalhousie University in Halifax and continues to work towards becoming a Respiratory Therapist.  He is kept busy being a Dad and a student as well as working in the hospital to experience the different aspects of his up and coming career.  He has a lot of fun with Maya as she is coming into her own and is at a really fun stage. I get lots of pictures of Sadie and she is healthy and happy and continuously smiling in all of them.  Vicki is on maternity leave for a few more months and keeps busy with the girls and the home.  Maya is already in swimming lessons and in gymnastic classes and so the hustle and bustle begins. Such joy however!   Again they'll spend Christmas on the other side of the country and Grammie is counting down the days until they are back in Kelowna for good.

Nick is still working with Gord and they have been quite busy for the latter part of the year although the economy is still affecting business overall.   Nick also stays busy getting Nixon to and from daycare or from Grammie's house depending on the day of the week .  He also just completed a renovation on the bottom floor of his home.  It looks totally updated and new now. Cheryl is back to work and also keeps up her fitness with attendance at the gym. Cheryl also still visits retirement homes on Sundays and takes both Nixon and Leo along for these.  The huge dog and the little man are a great hit with the elderly.  Nixon is a very good little guy and I always marvel at how much he reminds me of Nick when he was a baby. He gets that mischievous twinkle in his eye and you can just tell that he's about to do something out of the ordinary.  He's walking and talking really well and is starting to make sentences.  Well, proud Grammie thinks that "Big Truck" is a pretty good sentence.  Nixon loves anything with a motor and fits right in when it comes to riding on the four wheeler.   He's so much fun!

Brianne is still employed at Valley Medical Labs and truly enjoys her job.  Both Gord and I were brave enough to have our blood taken by her for our blood tests and came away unscathed.   Kris still drives and delivers water and spent many hours fishing this year once again. Brianne and Kris had thoughts of selling the condo this year but it did not happen and so they renovated instead.  They replaced the rugs with laminate flooring and also tiled the kitchen and it made a huge difference.  Nick as well as his friend Brent and Kris' parents and Gord and I helped out and it was fun.  Kris got so confident in his abilities that he is now even feeling like he might tackle fixing up an older home if that's what they decide to purchase down the road.  I think that Lucy, their pug, might have been happier with carpet to race around on though as she now almost tiptoes on the slippery flooring.  It looks so very nice though.

Devon is still searching for his ultimate career and continues to search for employment as a heavy equipment operator although he is employed full-time at BFI here in Kelowna.  He has been emailing and faxing resumes all over the country in hopes to get on somewhere so he can satisfy the hours needed to complete his apprenticeship.  He is still living at home and saving up his pennies to eventually buy a home. 

Haylee is working in Vernon and is currently seeking employment in Kelowna.  She has had a few interviews but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.  She and Devon are therefore still working towards coming up with a plan that involves less driving for both of them and a more stable home for their dog Kooper although he is happy wherever he is. 

Christmas seems to be catching me off guard this year.  The season crept up on me and it wasn't until we got a decent drop of snow that I thought I'd better get on top of things.  Actually I had already done a fair bit of baking but it seemed to get consumed as quickly as it got produced.  As well, I somehow ended up starting a little home business totally by accident.  It started with a desire to make hair bows for Maya and Sadie and then turned into a toque knitting marathon because I figured out that I could decorate toques with bows and 'bling' too.  Then through a casual comment by Brianne about something on Pinterest I began creating bridal brooch bouquets.  I thought this might be a nice hobby but I love it so much that I've even decided to take my craft to a bridal expo in January.   No wonder my letter is late and I still have presents to wrap and the house to clean.  I am having so much fun though.  I called my new little business 'Brooch and Bow' and also created a website and Facebook page.

Gord's Mom will be 101 on Dec. 31st and is still doing reasonable well for her age.  She welcomed two new great-grandchildren this year.  She had a nice party for her Birthday last year and received many congratulations and was surrounded by friends and family.


Well, that pretty much sums up the year once again.  I keep thinking that things will slow down but I always find more and more ways to keep busy.  It's nice that Facebook and email allow so many of us to keep in touch at other times throughout the year as well as over the Christmas season so I don't feel like I've forgotten to share happenings from the past year.  

So, from our family to you and to yours we send the Happy Holiday wishes.  Merry Christmas and a truly Wonderful New Year.

 

                    Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes from Gordon,Heidi and Family

 


Christmas 2014:

THE KIRSCHNER FAMILY WISHES YOU AND YOURS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON AND ALL OF THE VERY BEST FOR THE COMING NEW YEAR

 

                               Again, an entire year has flown by so very quickly and we find ourselves awaiting the festivities in very short order.  Our entire family hopes that

                               2014 has been a magical and fruitful year for you all.  It has been a pleasure to be able to have been updated on many special occasions that

                               have occurred with family and friends this past year.  Many babies were welcomed and there were plentiful engagements, weddings and even

                               career changes.  Although in our specific family there was no real upheaval this year, we are thankful for the lack of turbulence as we ready for                         

                               the upcoming year.

                               Gord has recovered well from his hip surgeries and his associated problems from ITP.  He has been working continuously this year and he and

                               Nick have been kept very busy with established builders and customers as well as with an entirely new network of builders.  There has been a

                               significant amount of construction this year and so Gord and Nick have worked steadily.  Hopefully this continues as Gord is not one to sit still. 

                               This summer he built a trailer to haul our dock back and forth from our cabin at Kalamalka Lake and also refinished our dock and got it ready to

                               take back to the cabin for a lot of fun in the water in 2015. 

                               It has been a challenging year for me as I have struggled to recapture my mobility after breaking my leg last year at this time.  I did a good job of 

                               smashing it to bits and now have developed a phobia of all things icy, wet and potentially slippery.  Things are improving however and I will be

                               trying yoga along with Brianne in an attempt to regain strength and balance.  It would be great to be able to ski again after all of this.  One of the 

                               things that I always hoped for was to be able to take my grandchildren up to Big White and to introduce them to the slopes.  I am pretty stubborn

                               so this may indeed become a reality.  For now, I have been kept very busy with our electrical business, with watching Nixon a couple of days a 

                               week and with getting myself involved in every passing challenge that presents itself.  My resolution for the New Year is to really learn to focus

                               and to concentrate on fewer exciting projects that grab my fancy.  I did have several weddings to create bouquets and multiple wedding

                               accessories for this spring and summer through my Brooch and Bow Business and was pleased with the creations and tickled with the

                               charismatic, wonderful brides that I got to meet.  This is such a great way to keep meeting new and vibrant people.  I did move my studio from

                               one end of the house to the other in order to perhaps rent out one of our two downstairs suites but am not entirely sure that that was the greatest

                               of ideas as I truly liked the previous studio although the new one has a much larger workspace.   Time will tell however. I lost my long time

                               Min Pin Pom, Teddy this summer and so that has left some emptiness for both me and for our St. Bernard Roxy.  He was with us for 15 years so

                               his passing isn’t easy to accept.

                               This is however what we all have to deal with when we make our four-legged friends loving members of our family.

                               Not much has changed with the various Kirschner families. 

                               Julian and Vicki are still in Nova Scotia although Vicki is now a civilian nurse.  This will be a huge adjustment for her as she has been

                               in the military for the past eleven and a half years.  Julian is still working for the Snore Shop and doing online courses to learn more about asthma

                               treatment and CPAP therapy.  Maya is already four years old and will be five at the end of January.  She attends pre-school and Sadie, who is two,

                               goes to daycare.  The two little sisters are starting to look more and more alike and I anxiously await the opportunity to spend more time with

                               them. 

                               Nick and Cheryl have been working steadily and have spent a lot of time up at Cheryl’s Mom and Dad’s property in Carmi on weekends.  They do a

                               lot of camping and the family has a lovely camp area where they have permanently situated their trailers.  Nick and Cheryl have sold their original

                               toy hauler and are in the process of purchasing a new unit to take its place.  Nixon loves to go camping and Nick has taken up hunting although

                               the rest of our family is convinced that he simply goes and sleeps under a tree in the wilderness and enjoys the peace and quiet.  He does have

                               his own natural ability to create adventure though and I am quite sure that Nixon is following in his footsteps.   Good friends Carla and Brent will

                               again be joining us for the Christmas Celebrations and will stay with Nick and Cheryl, Nixon and Leo while here from Saskatchewan. 

                               Brianne and Kris and Lucy are doing well and are enjoying the new home that they purchased last year in November.  Brianne still loves her job at

                               Valley Labs and likes to spend time with friends. Kris and Brianne have fixed up an entertainment area in their downstairs and they have regular

                               game nights and visits with friends. Brianne also comes and visits often as they live so close by.  Brianne and Kris bought a travel trailer this year

                               as well although they have not yet had the opportunity to use it.  Kris has again done a lot of fishing this year and has added ‘Sturgeon’ fishing to

                               his list of accomplishments.  Judging by the pictures he showed, it is indeed a challenging and gratifying sport.  He is pretty tough as he fishes in

                               all sorts of weather conditions.  A lesser person would whine a lot but he just flourishes when he is attached to a fishing rod.

                               Devon and Haylee moved to Lillooet this past summer.  Haylee is working as a care aid and is enjoying her vocation tremendously.  Devon has

                               been working out of a camp in Ft. McMurray as a heavy machine operator.  Currently he has been home as work isn’t due to resume until the New

                               Year.  The two are renting a mobile home from Haylee’s grandparents.  It is situated on their farm and so Devon and Haylee have an opportunity

                               to horseback ride, hunt and shoot and ice fish in the area.  Cooper now has a new companion in a kitten by the name of Cali.  The two are

                               inseparable and play together endlessly.  Devon and Haylee try to come and visit as often as possible but it is still about four hours away from

                               here.  We are lucky that they will be here for Christmas however.  They have not yet decided on a date for their wedding and are leaning towards

                               saving some money to put towards a home of their own before having a wedding.

 

                                                                     That is about all that is new with all of us for 2014.

                                                                              Again we wish you all, all the very best!

 

Merry, Merry Christmas and a Truly Prosperous and Joyous New Year.

 

 

 

Gordon and Heidi Kirschner

 

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