My Year in Review 2014

Our first full year at The Hideaway is now under our belts.  It was a great year.  Let’s travel down memory lane.

Our year started as it ended.


Followed by another huge dumping of snow 2 days later.


February didn’t get a whole lot better.  We saw ice like we have never seen before.  I think someone is trying to get me used to country living in the wintertime.

3 Feb

March saw the introduction of our Fox Cam.  It was a lot of fun to watch the wildlife during the night and see the paths they took.

4 Mar

April.  Oh April, what can I say?  We survived 5 1/2 days with no power.  Trees down across our laneway making leaving the property impossible for 2 days, ice that broke the strongest of trees and cold, cold temperatures.  It was certainly an experience that left us all thinking we were living in Walnut Grove replaying an episode of Little House on the Prairie.  Matthew began volunteering at the Wildlife Park and Marcus turned 6.  April was a busy month!!

5 Apr

Thankfully by the end of April, that was pretty much over and done with.  May started to see flowers blooming and nicer weather.  The long weekend in May meant the addition to our family as we adopted a rescue puppy from Newfoundland.  She certainly didn’t stay a puppy for very long and fit in to our family quite nicely.

6 may

Finally June arrived and meant summer vacation was just around the corner.  Matthew successfully completed the PEERS Program at his school and received an award for all his hard work.  Let the summer begin!!

7 June

July saw our first of a few gatherings over the summer as we welcomed Mike’s shift to join us for Canada Day.  Lots of fun and a ton of food!

8 July

Marcus also started summer soccer this month.  Kept us busy through the summer and showed us he truly is going to love sports – of any kind.

9 July 2

The weather certainly made up for our long, hard winter and we enjoyed many outdoor activities.  August saw my sister and her hubby host his family reunion and they couldn’t have done a more amazing job.  What a great time!

10 Aug

In the blink of an eye summer was behind us and it was time to get back to the school schedule.  Grade 11 for Matthew and grade 1 for Marcus.  Where does the time go?

11 September

The beautiful weather continued right into October and we took advantage.  During all the storms of the past winter we decided that we better get some of the trees down that were really close to the house.  No reason to tempt fate a second year in a row.

12 Oct

November already.  The weather is still staying really good and Marcus learned a new song this month.  “All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”

13 Nov

The end of November brought heartache to our area.  On a cold Saturday afternoon, St. Mary’s Polish Church in Sydney burned to the ground in a fast-spreading fire that devastated the Polish community along with all CBRM residents.  It was truly the most devastating fire I have ever seen but plans are to rebuild, and I’m sure they will rise far above the ashes to build another church that will mean just as much to its members and the community as a whole.

14 Nov 2

December is here and still no snow.  This time last year we were pretty buried.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I just hope we don’t pay dearly for this…lol.  The last week of December saw more seasonably cold temperatures which is to be expected.   Christmas was great and New Year’s Eve saw a repeat of last year.  We ended 2014 the exact same way we started it.  At The Hideaway as a family.


May 2015 be a year for us all to remember – for the right reasons.  Our thanks to all our family and friends for your continued support and love over the last year.  May we all continue to be blessed and look at what we have gratefully.

Until next time…

About angeloftheisland

Welcome to An Angel’s Island. I’m Tracey (aka angeloftheisland). I’m also Mom to 19 year old Matthew who constantly keeps me on my toes. He’s our “special” boy who shows us daily how he deals with the world of ADHD, a Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s my hero. Marcus is 8 and reminds me everyday that he’s in no way going to make the school years boring for his Dad and me!! I’m also wife to Mike for 25 years now. Mike is my best friend and soul-mate and he has showed me over the years, that yes – dreams do come true. Our life may not be the most exciting but there’s always something going on. Welcome to our Happy Place, newly renamed Hilliard's Happy Hideaway. I hope you enjoy what I’ve shared about our family.
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