Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Here are a few updated pictures of the kids. The Boy got to wear his suit for his preschool concert, and doesn't he look handsome! The first picture is of Daddy prepping the ornaments for the boys to put on the tree.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
A friend has this posted on Facebook this morning, and I thought it was neat. How many can you get?
1. Move hitherward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief.
2. Listen, the celestial messengers produce harmonious sounds.
3. An emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good given to the terrestrial sphere.
4. Embellish the interior passageways.
5. Exalted heavenly beings to whom hearked.
6. Twelve o’clock on a clement night witnessed its arrival.
7. The Christmas preceding all others.
8. Small municipality in Judea southeast of Jerusalem.
9. Diminutive masculine master of skin-covered percussionist.
10. Omnipotent Supreme Being who elicits respite to ecstatic distinguished males.
11. Obese personification fabricated of compressed mounds of minute crystals.
12. Expectation of arrival to populated area by mythical, masculine perennial gift-giver.
13. Natal celebration devoid of color.
14. In awe of the nocturnal time span characterized by religiosity.
15. Geographic state of fantasy during the season of Mother Nature’s dormancy.
16. The first person nominative plural of a triumvirate of far eastern heads of state.
17. Tintinnabulation of vacillating pendulums in inverted metallic resonant cups.
18. In a distant location the existence of an improvised unit of newborn children’s slumber furniture.
19. Proceed forth upon a specific geological alpine formation.
20. Jovial yuletide desired for the second person singular or plural by us.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
So, Hubby got a text from my phone from a worker there letting us know. The downside? We were already five minutes from the Edmonton airport dropping a friend off. So, these very kind people are mailing it here COD. Hopefully I'll get it tomorrow. Friday at the latest. Hopefully.
The Boy was playing with a calculator today. Boy2 took it away. What did the Boy say? "I was writing my sermon! Give back my computer!" Too cute! That little boy certainly loves his Daddy!
I know I've been neglecting the literary parts of my day when I say "Let's have some story time" and I get nonstop hugs and "love yous" from Boy2. I need to stop this whole TV thing again. So hard to do though.
The Girl has started being more alert and awake during the day. GOOD! Downside? Now I get next to nothing done in a day cuz I can't put her down for more than a few minutes. The sling is good only for so long.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
In other news, Daddy has taught Boy2 a name for when he gets really bad diaper rash. It's kinda cute to hear "bire cotch" (fire crotch) come from a two year old's mouth, I can't help but laugh. Not at his pain, but it is rather adorable.
I think I figured out why the Girl likes to sleep so much. If she's awake for more than twenty minutes, never fails, she gets the hiccups! Absolutely adorable, but they seem to frustrate her. And she hates to have a full diaper. The boys could not have cared less (unless they had a rash) but she can't stand it. Likely another difference between boys and girls.
I made myself a pouch sling the other day. I really like it, and the Girl seems to like it, although she doesn't seem to last long until she falls asleep. And I HAVE to keep moving. She seems to like to rocking.
Made enchiladas yesterday for supper ( Auntie Jelly and Uncle Peanut Butter came over) and they turned out remarkably well. As always, it was a variation on the actuall recipe but they were rather tasty. It reminded me that I do enjoy trying out new recipes. Wish sometimes I didn't have so many "helpers" but I wanted kids...
Friday, September 17, 2010
The Boy enjoys giving his finger to his sister to suck on, insisting that she's drinking milk from his finger. Boy2 is having a crisis because we keep telling him he's not a baby and his nums are just for naps and bedtime ( "Yes! I baby!"). Two batches of banana muffins gone within 24 hours of making them ("Want another muffin!").
Hubby has had a VERY busy first two weeks on the job, and it likely won't really settle any time soon, but he still has time to snuggle our littlest angel and play with the boys.
THe house has managed to stay relatively clean. Laundry is all caught up, it just needs the fairies to put it all away.
I've been trying to sleep. The Boy hasn't been napping lately, and this morning he was awake at 5 or so. I'm keeping fingers crossed for this afternoon. The benefit of little Miss here is that she sleeps! Not through the night uninterrupted, but she sleeps very well. So, when I sleep, I can sleep hard.
Hubby has his installation this Sunday afternoon. I'm looking forward to seeing the clergy friends we have in the area and watching as the conference Dean installs him to the church here.
The boys have been harassing me to go dinosaur bone hunting, but I can't since Baby is still too young to be outside much. Maybe we'll get out to the park to do some digging next week.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Hubby took down all of our picturesand filles in the nail holes this morning, I packed two more boxes, Hubby went and did a Sally-Ann run, sorted through some junk, got a bunch of stuff for garbage, and now is out for a walk with the Boy (he WAS NOT having a nap today).
The house looks bare and sounds echo-y, but it's starting to feel more real.
Tomorrow I have my last prenatal with my Saskatoon doctor and I've already set up an appointment with my new one for the Tuesday after we move. Then I'll pack and start carrying around my hospital bag (since that seems to be the best way for me to ensure I won't go into labour early:).
Boy2 seems to be relying on his nums (soother) more (he absolutely HAS to have two to go to bed. One in his mouth and one in his hand). The Boy has started sleeping less in the day, but more heavily at night (we seem to do every other day for a nap). Stress certainly affects us all in different ways.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
That being said, it's kind of exciting to be standing here (well, sitting at the computer) at the end of one phase and about to begin another. Kinda exciting, kinda scary. The unknown is always a terrifying concept, no wonder young children tend not to do well with huge changes. At least, as adults, we're able to understand that, while things will be changing, some things (like all of us being under one roof, toys and books moving with us) will be the same.
I think the Boy has a better understanding now about the future, but not Boy2. At least he seems less anxious than his brother was. That being said, I think it's going to be a long couple of months. Three more weeks of child care in my home, five more weeks until our moving day, eleven weeks until baby's due date (which only means that baby will come in twelve and a half weeks optimistically). Then you have to add Daddy's birthday, the Boy's birthday, the Boy starting preschool (hopefully), and actually introducing said new baby to the home.
I'm thinking it'll be sometime around Christmas before things are "normal" again:)
Friday, June 18, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The boy didn't sleep at all, or rather he did sleep all of two minutes as he fell asleep and then the doorbel rang two minutes later to wake him and his brother up. At least all together Boy2 slept for about an hour and a half. I'm just glad the extras who normally sleep did for as long as they normally do.
Sticky buns got done, taken out just in time for Hubby to surprise us by coming home for lunch. He got back to work and was called nasty names because he didn't bring any back with him to share this time. Floors got washed (took nearly two hours and at this point you can't really tell they were done at all), and Hubby started some laundry when he got home.
The living room is currently a disaster, but that will wait until morning. There are at least two hours between the time we'll be up and the time the first kids will be here. I may have overdone it a bit today. There's a certain tenderness felt, but Baby's still moving around, so I'll just have to stay off my fee a bit more tomorrow.
We are currently under a severe thunderstorm warning. I saw it moving in when I called the boys in from the back after supper, and the thunder woke Hubby, who laid down pretending to sleep after supper and actually did. He doesn't often get sick, but between the allergies and the rain combined with working outside all day, he's feeling pretty worn out. (His poor nose!)
But there may be 2-3cm hail and funnel clouds coming out of this one. Kinda exciting for the first one of the year...
Kids are asleep (benefit of the short/nonexistent nap), Hubby is asleep, I'm just waiting on the dryer so I can get it emptied then empty the washer into it. I can fold it in the morning too (are you noticing a trend towards procrastination?).
I promised the Boy that I would read "Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree" first thing in the morning, and Boy2 "One Fish Two Fish" so I need to set those aside in the "not to be put away" pile.
Side note: set cell phone alarm tonight in case power goes out, and put flashlight beside the bed. That's an awful lot of thunder and lightning!
We set up some train tracks, got out the garage and cars, there are vehicles ALL over my livingroom floor, but it's quiet. (Could it be that my little angel is an antagonist?) The boy has his own issues (not the least of which this morning seems to be very selective hearing) But it is kind of odd to have the house as silent as it is.
This morning, after two days of sunshine and warmth, we woke up to the smell of rain. I love the smell that rain brings. It's so fresh and clean. Added bonus is that it's still supposed to be warm today, so we may even get another thunder storm (the boys actually enjoy them!). Poor Hubby, though. As he left for work he made some comment about mold growing on him. I just told him to stop standing still. His response does not need to be repeated:)
I have a whole list of things to do today. The cleaning I didn't do last Saturday and won't get to do this Saturday because we'll be out, baking for the weekend, maybe a load or two of laundry... it'll get done. And if it doesn't it'll be waiting for me later.
Yesterday I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for the first time in a long time. Boy2 has rediscovered the joys of peanut butter recently and I just though "yummy" so I did. I think that more baking should be doe today, though. I've been meaning to do sticky buns for the last three weeks, plus more blueberry muffins. Tomorrow is going to be a super full day with ALL the extra kids ALL day long, so I really should do all this stuff today.
The boys got hair cuts on Monday. They had a shower with Daddy afterwards to rinse off the loose hair. Now, everyday when Daddy gets home from work, the Boy wants to come in from outside and shower with Daddy. Tuesday it was a good idea since he looked like he'd been using the mud in the back as jungle camoflauge. What a mess! Thank goodness for running water and bathtime!
Monday, May 31, 2010
With the switch, of course what happens in a family with siblings, means that Boy2 also got a "new" bike. The Boy's old tricycle and helmet that were too small for him now are the property of the younger brother. Would work out better if he could get his legs working right. He's used to being pushed by the handle of the older trike, but this other one doesn't have that, so it's all toddler powered.
When we have gone out, the expedition looks like this: Daddy and the Boy take off on the brand new orange bike, and I follow with Boy2 on his trike. Before we know it, the Boy and his Dad are out of the cul de sac and zooming around (first time on he fell down maybe three times. Isn't that amazing?) and out of sight. Boy2, obviously much slower, does his best. The first try consisted of me nugding the back of the tricycle gently with my foot and making the steering corrections as they were needed. (Sadly, I can't just hunch over and push him... hips and back just wouldn't take it for very long) Second outing, he figured out the steering (for the most part) and he can peddle downhill very well (I know gravity does most of this, but I applaud him anyway).
I think he understands the principle of what has to happen in order to go, but it just isn't working yet. What we need is a stretch of about two weeks of some nice weather where we can go out once or twice a day to practice (dicey with the extras here, but we do that before they come or after they've gone). I think, by the end of summer, he'll be giving his older brother a run for his money!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Early evening isn't really a bad time to lose power. Supper was made and we were halfway through. There were clothes in the dryer and some in the wash, so if power hadn't been restored every available surface would have been covered with soggy, wet clothes. As dusk approached, however (and with the amount of cloud we've had, I was suprised that it didn't arrive sooner) it became evident that we'd need to light a candle or two. Our bathroom has no window, so we really needed a little bit of light in there.
Let me tell you, that was the most romantic evening I've ever spent in the bathroom. I was sitting, doing my thing with the door open ( yeah, if you go to the bathroom in our house, you'd better lock the door if you don't want company) and then Boy2 came, stood in the hallway, started singing and clapping "bir-day ooooo!". It was soo cute. It maybe reminded me that I should try to light candles more often.
His words are coming along, though. His brother's are too. It's really neat hearing them try to have a conversation in the van. Makes me happy that we don't have a dvd in the van. It's much better to see and hear them entertain themselves.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
So, Friday evening we put some seed/fertilizer on the grass, and now comes the oh-so-difficult task of waiting, watering, and keeping little feet off of it for a while. We had no clue it would get this hot this fast. So we play inside, downstairs (soooo much cooler down there!), go for walks, and the occasional visit to the park. Sunday we went for a family swim followed by a visit to the library. That was such a hit that we're thinking of making it habit. At least until we move or the baby comes, whichever happens first.
The boys really do love swimming, though. We tried out a different pool this time, and it has a big waterslide (well, bigger than the 18 inch one at the pool closest to us) and neither one wanted to stop. I wasn't comfortable going down, being six months pregnant, so Daddy took one, then the other, then the first one again, then the second one. Boy were there screams when it was time to go! The Boy has started understanding time a bit more, so it wasn't him complaining, it was Boy2. I took the Boy into the changerooms while Boy2 got one last ride down the waterslide. Oh, the howling we heard as they came into the changerooms. Once he was undressed and in the shower he didn't mind so much, but that's just the way it goes.
The library is always fun. Since both Hubby and I are horribly addicted to the printed word (Hubby more so than I am) and with school being done, there has been at least three or four trips to the library bringing home at least eight or nine books plus something for the kids. (just to give you a idea, the week Hubby's classes ended, he took out about a dozen novels and was done them before the end of he week. I had only read three of them) So every time Hubby goes to the library, he takes at least on child if not both since I'm tied to the house with the extra kids. There are currently eight children's books and twelve adult books around the house. I'm trying to do my best, and I may even keep up this time, since Hubby is working five days a week, but I'm not holding my breath. I don't get much time to read during the day, and by night time I'm just beat (especially with the heat!). Hubby seems to function on less sleep than I do (always been the case, actually) and he reads quite quickly (must have picked that up from reading all those academic books for nearly a decade).
I am so grateful that the boys have (so far) caught or love of reading, though. Neither one of us a strong supporter of movies while traveling, so we load up the books and toys before a journey. More often than not, though, they talk and play with each other. Th Boy is always loooking outside, talking about what he sees or asking what something is. Thank heavens his Dad was a farm kid, 'cuz I would have no clue about some of the things we've seen (although after a dozen or more trips from here to various family members my knowledge is much greater than it was).
Well, that's probably enough rambling today. I really need to start doing this on the desktop so I can put pictures up. Maybe this weekend. We're supposed to get 30-40 mm of rain Saturday, so maybe I'll work on that while the kids watch some cartoons.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Add the absolutely gorgeous weather we've had the last two days, and we have some very happy people around here. Today everyone (literally everyone) had a nap today, and then they were scooted outside to the backyard to enjoy the sunshine. I actually managed to keep everyone out until they all went home! Snacks and sippies came out, dirt was dug, water spilled, conflicts resolved, and we ended up with the pool out (kept empty, of course. It's nice out but not that nice). The kids were pretending to swim.
But my highlight of the afternoon was watching the Boy, Boy2, and the five year old girl ( I think I'll call her Blondie) racing dump trucks around and crashing into the fence. They'd start at the same fence, count off " ready, set, go!" and then race to the opposite fence, sometimes turning 90* and go to the side. Once or twice, Boy2 would lag behind, stop when the others got to the other end, turn around and go back, so that he would beat them when they made their return trip! What a smart boy!
So, between the dirt in their hair and the dirt in their ears, they had a bubble bath tonight. The water was disgusting when we emptied it, but the boys were squeaky clean! Now, Boy2 is asleep (he was asleep nearly an hour ago, but woke up when I left had started playing with his brother) and the Boy will be out shortly. He really is very tired. All I have left on my list is to tidy the toys scattered through the living room, then cuddle up with Hubby and a book. Not a bad way to end a beautiful day, if I say so myself.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Hubby reorganized the basement before the family came, and we've been enjoying that space as we discover the planetrough the "Planet Earth" and "Blue Planet" series done by the BBC (absolutely amazing by the way. There isn't a person in this house not enthralled by it). We've spent the first part of this week organizing and cleaning upstairs. I've thrown out a box of toys and had three other boxes to donate to the Sally Ann. Packed up a box of books (now the kids' boox shelf isn't overflowing), Hubby has packed up a box to donate a couple for the basement. There are lids that now fit on the toy boxes and most of the assorted pieces of assorted toys are now back in place (any bets on how long it'll stay organized?).
Baby is getting bigger and more active (just as it should in the sixth month) and we're now at the point where we can see the tummy move with some of the bigger kicks and stretches. We have "tum tum" time everyday day with both boys (the lift my shirt, the Boy lifts his and presses it against mine. Boy2 just puts his head ther and smiles as his head is moved up and down from my breathing).
It's hard to see if the boys' behaviour is induced because of all the activity lately, or if it's because we've been getting out boxes to help us organize. Poor Boy has seen his world packed into boxes so many times, he probably thinks we're doing it again. Plus there are alot of stressers around right now and no matter how we try to sheild the children, they pick up on them like magnets. the stress of expecting a new baby is enough, but throw in the fact that Hubby has been trying to find a summer job to pay bills and isn't getting calls back, deciding whether to renew the least or let it lapse, what do we want to be doing... it all adds up and they pick up on it.
But life is still pretty good, if you ignore all of that. The children are happy and healthy, Hubby and I are as well. We have what's important.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Then, when some cousins came a couple of hours later, they practically ran out the door before the van was parked! Yay! Relatives to play with! But it really is wonderful to see how differently the kids play with relatives compared to the ones that come in nearly everyday. Things aren't conflict free, but they do seem to take on a different tone. Plus, if there was any fear that they would make strange with the adults, they were groundless. When I got jammies on Boy2, he ran right to Poppa and snuggled in. I really thought he was going to go to sleep, but he didn't. There was too much else going on. And watching the five year old cousin sit on the Boy's bed and "read" him a story before bed was wonderful to watch, too.
Tomorrow we'll be up early to breakast and load up the cousins' van so they can continue on their trip (what a nice way to cross most of the country! The train!) Then we'll spend a nice family day with Poppa before the ceremonies and services of the actual graduation. There's a whole list of things that the Boy wants to do that won't likely get done (I don't think the weather is too conducive to fishing or flying kites), but we will be making some wonderful memories.
I really do love being around family, if only to give the kids a taste of what it's like. I can remember living farther away from relatives and only really seeing them twice a year or so. Poppa was telling us about his growing up where there was alot of extended family all in the same neighbourhood. I don't really think that my kids will ever really have quite that close a familiarity with their extended family, but I would like them to have it as more than twice a year. Well, we'll see how the summer and fall go...