Sunday, December 9, 2012


Taking lots of concentration
Decorating a gingerbread person
Lots of fun!

Tree is up and all decorated!
Momma snuggling her girls :)
Hubby and Boy2 :)
Super smiley Baby!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Finally an Update!

I know it's been a month since the last time I posted anything, it's been pretty busy here and by the time I think "Hey, I should write something" I'm tired and all I want is sleep.

The boys are nearly done their swimming lessons and are absolutely loving it!  We have them signed up for more in January :)  Poor Girl wants to take them too, but we'll wait maybe another year before we get her into them.  We've started working on the idea that a soother is just for sleeping for her, and I'll maybe start toilet training her in the new year.  She is already aware of what her body is doing, so I hope it won't take as long as her brothers did.  She has a clean bill of health, though, and her personality is one to be reckoned with!

The Boy is thriving in school (but that isn't a surprise!) and he's reading and writing with more confidence every day.  It's neat to see the random pieces of paper scattered through the house that he's written on.  I came across one yesterday that said "When plates push against each other they can force the rock up in folds forming huge mountain ranges.  Oh. Why yes sir." (this punctuation is exactly as he wrote).  I asked him if he was learning about plates in school, and he said the he read it in his Earth book.  So he's grasping the concepts of what he's reading, not just saying the words.  He also read "Mortimer" a while back and laughed when he got to the part about him having 17 brothers and sisters :)  He was starting to speed through some of his math, so I'm working with him to reenforce the idea that it's better to be accurate than fast.  We're working with lego to go over the addition and subtraction, and to review the tactics his teacher has introduced.

Something else that is exciting is that Boy2 is recognizing and calling out letters he sees.  "Mom, that's an M.  There's a T."  He's started his preschool work book that is working on letter forming and sounds.  He can't wait until he can read too!  Because the Boy was further behind in his speech than Boy2, it's really neat for me to see and hear about what is happening in the preschool.  He had his first birthday invitation (wasn't able to go, but it was exciting to get it!), and every day we check the mail, he's disappointed that he doesn't get a letter.  So if anyone wants to write the kids, I'll make sure they write back :) 

Girl2 just had her 6 month check up (wow, time flies!) and tomorrow she'll get her 6 month immunizations.  She's 16lbs, 5oz, and about 26.5 inches long.  She's by far the smallest six month old baby we've had, but she's doing very well.  She's strong, rolls from her tummy to her back and vice versa, leg and tummy muscles get a workout constantly, and she's babbling and laughing right along with the rest of the clan.  She loves when her brothers are silly for her, all I can hear is baby laughter which never fails to make me smile!

Last weekend we moved the kids around a little bit.  The boys are now in what was the Girl's room, and both girls are now in what was the boys' room.  The Girl is in a toddler bed (she's only fallen out of it once) and she really likes being able to look across and see her sister sleeping.  She also like being able to get in and out her bed all by herself.

The house is all decorated, there's been some baking done (although it's mostly gone already), and there'll be more baking to do.  It's difficult to believe that we're just under three weeks away from Christmas already!

Friday, November 9, 2012


Once again, it's been a busy week.  The boys started swimming lessons (yay!) and we did more baking.  Last Thursday the baking element in my oven caught on fire (yes, I realize that they aren't supposed to do that).  I was preheating the oven for pizza, told the Boy at the table that I was going to sit in the living room to nurse Girl2.  Five minutes later he came in and told me that there was a fire in the oven.  "There can't be, Sweetie.  There's nothing in there to catch fire."  Sure enough, it had sparked and what shouldn't have been burning was doing an awfully convincing job of just that.  Off went the oven, on the phone I went to call the handyman that our landlady uses. 

I gave him the info he needed (serial number, model type) and he got us a new element.  He wasn't able to put it in until sometime Saturday, though.  We were going to be in Edmonton for a chunk of time Saturday, so he walked me through what I had to do to install it myself so he dropped it off while we were out and we put it in.  Works like a charm!  The old one looked very corroded and broke in two places when I was taking it out :(  I'm glad it happened after the baking I did for the Boy's Halloween party!

There was alot of frosting left from those cupcakes, though, so I made another batch of cupcakes and these:
I found a recipe for soft homemade oreos!
But there ended up with more cookies than icing, so Hubby went out and bought cream cheese icing.  Now the cookies are gone and there's still icing left again.  Going to have to do something about that....  :)

Smiley and surprised at the same time.  Love her eyebrows...
It's been a pretty good week.  Everyday when we get home with the Boy I let the kids go to town with their Halloween candy.  They have to stop around 4:30, though.  Otherwise they won't eat supper.  This way they get their sugar rush and crash right before bedtime and they're good and tired. Strategic sugar crash to aid in bedtime.  It also means that they are intolerable for a while, and we'll likely be detoxing next week (since most of their treats are already gone), but it's nice to get it all done and out of the way.

Boy2 took this one as Daddy and the Boy were getting ready to leave one morning.
 The Boy got his first report card of the year.  Or, I guess they call them progress reports, where they cover how the child is learning and not just what they are learning.  The last sentence of the report was a thanks for supporting his learning at home.  I think we all are doing a good job!

And Boy2's preschool teacher (who was also the Boy's teacher) keeps telling us how much of a joy Boy2 is to have in class.  Like his brother, he shows incredibly developed leadership ability and he is always aware of what is going on around him.  Since he's obviously a socialized child, he doesn't have to learn how to behave in a group as well as the other learning that takes place in class.  I guess there have been a few issues of other children having a more difficult time adjusting to class, so Boy2 not having those issues is a relief for the teachers.  He comes home singing new songs, telling me about some of the kids in class.  It's very different from our experience with the Boy, but that's because he was so much further behind in his speech.  Not anymore!  The Boy's language is just about where it should be for his age.  He still falls a bit behind when he's tired or excited, but he's still understandable.  Just needs to be reminded to slow down the word sounds.

The Girl is continuing to do better.  We've turned the humidifier back on to help with the coughing that has started up a bit again.  But she's not constantly demanding "snuggies" and she's able to put her num away if we push the issue.  She's a little magpie.  She finds coins on the bedside table or the counter, picks it up, and then goes off to her room to put them into her piggy bank.  I'm sure she's more rich than her brothers, since she manages to abscond with mostly quarters, loonies, and toonies...

Just today Girl2 has started doing something that really made me chuckle.  I laid her down in her crib while I was getting Boy2 and the Girl ready for nap time.  I looked over and she had rolled onto her belly (not really new, she's been doing that for a little while now) and then she rolled back onto her back (she's never done that one before!).  So when I gave her tummy time this afternoon, she rolled herself back onto her back.  I chuckled and rolled her back onto her tummy.  She rolled herself back.  I rolled her onto her belly.  She rolled herself back.  I did it one more time and she just yelled!  I had to help her back onto her back that last time.  I amused myself with that, though :)

Something else the kids have started doing in recent days is taking the cushions off of the couches.  I don't mind that, as long as they put them back (and they have been pretty good about it).  Then they jump from cushion.  Sometimes pretending there is lava between, sometimes just pretending it's a path or runway.  They've been being the Avengers.  So we've had Stark, the Hulk, Captain America, and Hawkeye in the living room.  The Girl has been Captain Kitty (the concept of the Avengers is a little lost on her) and pink Spiderman (I asked if that would make her Spidergirl but all I got was a look that said, No.  I`m pink Spiderman!).  They have launched themselves off of a cushion ramp, they built themselves Jedi Cruisers and traveled through space as jedi or clone troopers.  Their imaginations are absolutely wonderful!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

2 Clone Commanders, 1 dinosaur, and 1 ladybug :)
Here is what we ended up with for tonight's Halloween.  The Girl decided that she didn't want to put her snowsuit on, so she didn't go out, but the boys (veterans of Halloween) knew what was in store, so they didn't mind getting their snow stuff on then squeezing into their costumes.  Some of the muscles in my arms may be a little bit tired tomorrow from all of the pulling and stuffing.

They put in a solid hour of door to door with Daddy, while I fed and put the ladybug to sleep.  Then Miss Dinosaur and I read stories and handed out candy together (every time someone was at the door, she asked if it was Daddy and the boys!).  So far, we are maybe up to a dozen trick-or-treaters tonight.  But there is snow on the ground, it is minus 8, the wind is blowing, and we're forecast 5-10 cm of snow/ice pellets overnight.  Not really hospitable conditions for kids to go looking for candy.

But when the guys came back, we let them put in a good half hour of gorging of goodies before dragging them upstairs to scrub those teeth and get to bed.  There is school for the two of them tomorrow...  And my goodness, were they ever tired!  Howling about teeth and face washing!  Couldn't find one of the many stuffed toys on the bed!  You'd think that it was the end of the world!  But with the sugar and the lack of sleep, it was the end of the world.

isn't she just the cutest little ladybug?
So now the house is quiet for the night (or most of it, I hope).  Boy2 was up at 6 this morning, telling me that we needed to get ready for Halloween.  He was a bit excited!  And he didn't want to nap.  Nobody has really been sleeping all that well these last few nights (again, I think it's largely the anticipation) so they should start feeling better in a few days.

Daddy having fun with the Boy
It's been a very busy and loud house in the last few days.  I'm not complaining, though.  It means that everyone has been playing and having fun.  The kids attack Daddy as soon as they can, and then everyone (usually except Momma and Girl2) are running, chasing each other. 

And Boy2's turn
In the last couple of days, the kids have been going to play in the basement more too.  Boy2 gets the Girl to go with him and they bring up more toys.  The Boy gets Boy2 to go with him and they usually stay down there playing.  One morning, all three of them were down there.  Then the Boy and Boy2 had to get ready for school so they came up.  I went down to see if the Girl wanted to come up, but she was busy and didn't want to come.  So I left her playing.  Two minutes later, she realized she was alone and started yelling and coming up the stairs.  Poor Girl!

she loves this little ducky!
One morning, she brought up this rubber duck.  It went with her everywhere!  I came into the living room and found her pretending to nurse it.  She had my nursing pillow, part of her shirt up, and had the bill of the duck in the general vicinity of her chest.  It was so cute!  I did get pictures, but Hubby reminded me that I can't post them because of certain laws set up to protect children, so I won't post them.  But as soon as I turned around, Boy2 and the Girl were talking about who could make milk and who couldn't :) 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


this is what they were supposed to look like
Well, I finished them.  I made 3 1/2 dozen cupcakes yesterday with the intention of decorating them today.  So I did.

this is how they turned out
I just couldn't get the icing "orange" enough.  Oh, well.  We tasted some, and they still taste pretty incredible, if I do say so myself :)  At least the kids will like them tomorrow!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

More Baking!

Okay.  This last little bit and the few days coming up are filled with tasty, delicious smells.  Yesterday I made ginger cookies and chocolate chip cookies (St Matthew's is hosting the On Eagles Wing general meeting this coming weekend and I was asked to donate a couple dozen of each of those to serve with coffee).  And I did up a chicken cheese bruschetta-type bake yesterday for supper (SOOOO tasty!).  When Hubby and I were talking about what to have for supper tonight, we decided on soup.  So we'll use soup from a can, and home made buns.  Half of them are done right now and the other half is currently in the oven.  Smells like heaven! 

I'm up for providing a dessert for the Boy's Halloween party at school, so I'm going to be making cupcakes tomorrow and decorating them Tuesday.  He want's me to decorate them like pumpkins, I want to make them into spiders, we'll see who wins!

As I was forming the bread dough into buns this afternoon, the Boy asked if it was perogs I was making.  I smiled.  Every time I've made them he hasn't eaten them.  Keeps saying that he doesn't like bacon.  Now, however, all of the kids like bacon, so it'll be interesting to see if they'll eat them this year.  As it is, we'll likely be doing up a double batch so there will be some for us after we give so many away.  If anyone wants any, put your order in now!  (For those who are unfamiliar, perogs are a tradition from my Latvian roots of fried bacon and onion in a crescent shaped sweet dough bun.  Super tasty!)  As soon as I can find some slab bacon, I'll be starting those.

I've been mixing up hot cocoa mix, so the kids have been enjoying that alot.  The recipe I used, Hubby thought wasn't sweet enough, so I tried a slightly different combination of ingredients this afternoon.  I hope it works out!  I'll probably find out in a little bit, as the Girl and Boy2 are playing outside in the snow (we're finally getting a bit of a snowfall!!!!) and Hubby and the Boy are at a Reformation Sunday service at the Horizon Stage this afternoon.  I'm betting they'll all want some cocoa when they come in!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Living room and kitchen are a mess, laundry has yet to be started, but I think I'll sit down and write a bit before I do the other stuff.  The mess isn't going anywhere :)

We've been getting colder weather, these last few weeks.  We've even had a little bit of snow (note the "little bit"... there are a few people in this home who are disappointed that it isn't more and that it's currently all gone!) so there has been a shift in the front entry way of our house.  The ball caps and flip flops are gone, replaced with snow boots, snow pants, mittens, and toques (that really doesn't look like it's spelled right...).  The back yard has the umbrella and cushions from our little patio set in the shed, along with the clothes line and sand toys.  Bikes are away (although they will likely come back out for a bit if the snow doesn't come and stay soon). 

Cooked up a bunch of tomatoes and pureed them for sauce.  Grated a bunch of zucchini for baking and sauces.  Last night we did potato bacon soup for supper after I made up two zucchini loaves and a batch of cookies.  Let's just say that the urge to bake is here, as is the compulsion to drink tea all evening.  This house doesn't seem to keep the wind out, so when we had some really cold gusts last week, it was chilled here in the house.

The Boy is really enjoying Grade one.  He's bringing home workbooks a in which he's done very well.  He's also brought home some work that isn't as well (still pretty good, though) in which the mistakes were ones made simply by not paying close enough attention.  This week is the start of the spelling lists, so I'm getting him to practice as we get supper made.  He's enjoying it.  As well as his home reading books.  Every school night, he brings home a designated book that he reads to us and we initial and date a little booklet.  I think that the objective is to make sure the kids are reading at home and to get used to homework.  Once the children read twenty of these books, they get a small prize.  The Boy is very excited about reading, and he's been very good about getting us to sit with him so he can do this.

Boy2 went on a field trip last week to a farm.  They sat in a combine harvester, saw cows, held baby kittens.  Of course the Girl got to do all of this too, since it was a preschool trip, so the parents came along and were responsible for their own children.  Tomorrow they are going on a trip to Romania.  The class is encouraged to bring an empty suitcase and they are going to "fly" to Romania, someone from there is going to talk to them, and they are going to write letters to a group of children there.  They did this when the Boy was in preschool there as well, so Boy2 is really excited about this.

The Girl is much better.  She is looking less pale and her activity levels are back up.  Yesterday the kids dug out some costumes and so she was a dragon for most (if not all) of the afternoon.  Managed to get her out of it for supper, though, and without a fit! 

Tomorrow after we drop the boys off at their schools Hubby and I are going into Edmonton to look for fabric.  I'm thinking that I'll make some Avengers jammies for the boys and find some fabric to do for my Girl as well.  Then I' going to take in some jammies for Hubby, since he's lost an awful lot of weight in the last year and a half.  It'll be good to sew again.  There's really no reason why I haven't recently, other than all I want to do by the time the kids go to bed is rest and do nothing myself!  I think that's fairly normal, though.  I just need to keep busy so I don't snack as much in the evening.  That's too easy a habit to fall into.

Girl2 is doing great.  She's gaining weight and strength.  She's started on cereal, so she's happy to be eating food like the rest of the family.  She's also started grabbing things, so nothing is safe.  I'll have her on my lap at the table and suddenly the table cloth will be moving!  She's quick, too!  And she's so interested in what is going on.  If she's crying while I'm carrying her then I start something (especially if it's noisy like running water) she stops crying and tries to see what is making the noise :)

But I've probably procrastinated enough.  Stuff to start and hopefully get done before it's time to pick up the Boy from school today.  However, the best laid plans of mice and men... for me at least, rarely get done!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

medical update for the Girl

There was another bit of a scare.  Yesterday, the Girl got a (more or less) clean bill of health from the doctor.  Another lab requisition to make sure the antibiotics were working, and that was it.  Then, after we got home from picking the Boy up from school and doing our monthly big shopping trip, we noticed she was a bit laboured in her breathing.  Not the inhale, but the exhale.  Alright, she has a cold.  This isn't exactly uncommon.  Then, when Hubby got back later in the evening, it was worse.  And she was yelling about "not wanting to" and "Momma!  Momma!" and "need drink water."  All while sleeping, or trying to.

So at about 2am this morning, Hubby decided he was going to take her into the Stollery Children's Hospital again.  This was really scary.  So I got up and packed a small bag of books and diapers, sippy and snacks while Hubby took the base of Girl2's carseat out of the van.  This way, if they weren't back by the time the Boy had to be at school, I would be able to take everyone in the truck.  It's a good thing we had the foresight to do that.

I hugged and kissed them goodbye, brought my phone up, and tried to get back to sleep.  I fed the baby, texted with Hubby as he recieved updates.  They gave the Girl an inhaler, took some x-rays, put in an IV, all trying to figure out what was wrong.  It's just reacting really poorly to her cold, as far as we can tell.  Her chest and throat were so constricted, she had to have help opening it up.  Luckily the inhaler worked fine.  (It took a few times to really get it though.  Most kids come in and get one dose and are set on their ways.  The Girl had 3, I think)

So we're all home now.  I called a friend to watch Boy2 and Girl2 so I could go in and visit with her, and we all got home shortly before 2 this afternoon.  She still isn't 100%, but she has a bit more of an appetite than she had and we have the inhaler for her, should we need it.  I hope there will be no more emergency trips out to Edmonton.  At least not in the near future.  I am immensely grateful for the wonderful staff at the Stollery.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Well, the Girl is feeling better.  She's on antibiotics, eating more, drinking more, and happily sleeping a bit less.  She still went down for a nap at 9:30 this morning, but she didn't sleep long and she'd had a rough night.

Now everyone in the house (except me for right now) has a cold.  Hubby was feeling rough Thursday, the Boy started sounding a bit hoarse Thursday night, Boy2 has had a cough off and on for a long time, but his started getting worse Saturday afternoon.  Yesterday morning Girl2 had a runny nose.  Ick.  So I stayed home from church with the kids.  But the Boy seemed better this morning, so he's at school.  If Boy2 is the same tomorrow as he is right now, he'll be staying home tomorrow.  He woke up last night hardly able to breathe, his throat was so rough.

The Girl had a follow up with our family physician this morning.  More blood work and tests to make sure she's getting better, but those will be done later this week.  Germ infested house.  That's what we have right now.  I'm drinking tea and water like nothing on earth, so maybe I can avoid getting sick.  But nursing seems to boost my immune system too, so I guess I could get lucky.

Today was Boy2's school picture day, tomorrow is the Boy's.  And I keep thinking that I should book us in to get our family photos done, but Hubby thinks we should maybe wait until Girl2 gets a little bit bigger.  We'll see.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Baptism and infection

It's been a very busy week!  Amma came out Saturday evening for the night, Girl2 was baptized Sunday, the Girl started feeling rough again Monday (she's been up and down for six or so weeks).  The Boy and the Girl had their annual check ups on Tuesday, so the Doctor ordered blood work and a urinalysis for her.  Hubby took her to get that done Wednesday afternoon.  Thursday afternoon, I got a call from the Doctor.  White blood cell count was high, iron was low.  She's likely fighting an infection.  If she didn't seem better after naptime, take her into the Stollery.  So Hubby spent six hours at the Stollery Children's Hospital Thursday evening.  She's been fighting a UTI, so now she's on antibiotics and behaving so much more like herself.  This means that she's back to playing, pulling, and she bit both of her brothers this morning.  First she bit Boy2 because she wanted to be where he was and he wouldn't move.  Then she bit the Boy, I think, because she was pretending to be a dinosaur...

But here are a few pictures of the baptism on Sunday.
She was so happy the whole time!  I think she thought she was getting a bath.
The Sunday School kids come up to the front and get splashed a bit :)
And the whole congregation get to meet the newest member!
The dress she was wearing is the dress my Grandmother (on my Dad's side) made for me when I was blessed.  And now all of our children have worn it.  We were kinda hoping to get them "done" in the gown Hubby, Hubby's brother, Hubby's mother (and so on) wore, but I seem to grown really big babies and it wasn't made for the chunky monkeys we produce.

Yesterday, the Boy's school did a Terry Fox walk and I went along with the kids.  They had so much fun!  It was amusing to me, though.  There were some kids just laughing and talking, and other kids spent nearly the whole time complaining that it was too hot, too long, they were thirsty.  It was a relatively short walk (by my standards) and my boys had absolutely no complaints.  They have been on much, much longer walks.  And it never ceases to amuse me when kids come up to me and say "Hi, Boy's mom!"  I need to start telling them to call me either by my name or Mrs. Macintyre.

And yesterday evening, the kids watched The Sword in the Stone.  They weren't sure about it at first.  They thought that it looked a bit scary, but they absolutely loved it!  They loved that Merlin turned into a small, itty, bitty germ to beat the dragon that was Madam Mim.  They thought that the girl squirrel was too much trouble.  They told me all about everything that happened.  The leaky tower, the Pike trying to eat Arthur, Kay trying to become King.  I love hearing them recall the events they've seen.  They do it with books too.  Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

little blurb

I'm going to take a quick minute here to write.  The Boy just took off with Dad for school, leaving me with Boy2, the Girl, and Girl2 to hang out a bit before we go to the church for our weekly Bible study.  So, instead of doing up the breakfast dishes and tidying up the evidence of a morning of play, I am at the table with my coffee, the Girl (finally eating her breakfast yogurt and drinking from two sippies: one of juice and one of milk), and Boy2 is having a snack of Buried Treasure muffins (the boys helped make them on Saturday).  Girl2 was sleeping, but just woke up so now Momma is abandoned for the cuteness that is the baby.

It's been busy here, as always.  Made five apple pies (three dutch and two normal) on Friday.  Saturday found me with a migraine for the morning, and we made those muffins in the afternoon (fill the muffin tin 1/2 way, put a dollop of jam in centre, then cover with more batter), followed by a dinner/fundraiser at the church in the evening.  Sunday was Sunday and all that it brings.  I taught Sunday School this week and we had fun playing "Who Am I?"

School on Monday for the Boy.  He's joined the running club that the school does (it runs at lunchtime for any student that wants to join) and when he gets home I get a full dose of what went on during the day.  He brought home a completed workbook already and I could feel the pride just oozing out of me for the accomplishments of my first born!

And he wants to have fall party on Saturday.  A chocolate cake with white icing and autumn decorations everywhere.  I've already dug out our scare crows for the front yard, and the kids thought that it was awesome!

Yesterday when I was picking Boy2 up from preschool, I heard alot about how he loves to answer questions.  They were covering the creation story, and he knew what was made on which days.  Then I guess they sang a song about a whale and he just shouted out that Jonah had been swallowed by a whale.  It's good to know that he does know the answers to these things.  We ask him and we get a blank stare!

Hubby bought a case of peaches on Sunday.  So tasty!  But the ripen so quickly and spoil so suddenly.  So we ate about half of them and I made up some peach crisps for the freezer with the rest.  And I still have bunches of apples, so I'll probably do a few more pies and then make some apple sauce.  It's been a really long time since I made apple sauce...

Girl2 is in an exersaucer!  We tried it out on Friday, she didn't really like it, but she's loving it now.  I have to remind the other kids not to bounce her, or spin her, or generally overwhelm her.  But she's enjoying not laying down or back all of the time.  She can be interacting with everyone and not feel trapped by her swing or the bassinet.  And I'm not afraid of leaving her in the living room with the bigger kids for a few minutes (well, within reason.  They do tend to get in her face a bit).  She can't get trampled on if she's not laying on the floor.

My van has new headlights!  Hubby ordered them and put them in yesterday.  He keeps waiting for something to go wrong, though.  He thinks it was too easy :)  We shall see, but I think that they are fine.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

best friends

Well, it's Sunday after the first full week of school and we've all survived.  By the end of the school week the Boy was very tired and missing his siblings.  Playing at the park after school he was holding the Girl's hand all over the play ground and going down the slides with her.  He held Boy2's hand from the school doors to the playground and from the playground to the parking lot.  Very pleased and thrilled to be in Grade One, but missing the play time at home.

Boy2 is being very responsible.  The teacher said she is quite impressed with his sense of order and right from wrong.  It's kinda funny how, on preschool days, Boy2 is asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow for naps.  It certainly tuckers the child out.  And it's a very odd sense of deja vu.  When I dropped the Boy off for preschool the first year we were here, I was leaving and coming home with a two year old and a baby.  Now, two years later, I'm dropping off Boy2 and coming home with a two year old and a baby :)

This morning the Girl got herself into her high chair and declared " I love Girl2.  She's my best friend!"  It was absolutely adorable!  My two year old confessing love for her three month old sister!  And she can't wait until Girl2 is big enough for them to get bunk beds.  Hopefully the friendship will continue.  I can remember being both best friends and worst enemies with my own sisters, so it should be an interesting time.

We lost the driving force for our choir in the last couple of weeks, so I'm going to try to keep it going for a bit.  I'll need to look at some music and see if we can pull something together for Thanksgiving.  The problem  we seem to have here is that there are some who commit fully, and others whose interest wans.  And talent (obviously) isn't the same for everyone.  There are those who enjoy singing but can't carry a tune in a bucket, some who do well as long as it's melody, and others who are quite gifted with the harmony.  I realize that it would be unrealistic of me to hope for a group of angels singing, so we'll be puttering along with our faithful few.  And hopefully some will want to join later on too.

So I've picked out a fairly simple hymn for October, and we'll go from there.  I do think the hardest part for me will be to not sing, but to stand and direct instead.  A growing experience.

I've been busy filling our freezer.  I made a few apple pies this week and I'll be doing more this week.  Plus baking.  Muffins and cookies, maybe some pizza buns for the Boy's lunches.  We'll see.  I'm getting tired of making sandwiches, even though he's not tired of eating them.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


First day of preschool for Boy2, and he was so excited!  He couldn't wait to go. Hubby took the boy to school this morning and I was going to take Boy2 with the girls.  As soon as Daddy and the Boy left, Boy2 was itching to leave :)  But he had to wait all of ten minutes before it was time to go!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First day of First grade!

My little Boy is on his first day of Grade One!  Yesterday is when school officially started, but they did a staggered entry, so today is his day.  He was so excited, he was up at 6 and wanted to leave as soon as he was done eating his breakfast!  I hope he never loses that enthusiasm for learning.  As I was in the classroom with him, getting his school supplies put away, I heard him talking to his classmates about his birthday.  There is one child from his class last year in the same class this year, but he started yesterday so he wasn't there this morning.  So my Boy was talking to his soon-to-be friends about his summer.  This is not a shy boy!  And I am so pleased with that.

Boy2 was a little disappointed that he didn't start preschool today, but he goes tomorrow.  And he is super excited about that!  Poor Girl, she won't quite know what to do without brothers around!  But she got a taste of it when the boys did VBS, and we'll stay busy so she'll adjust.

Yesterday the Girl turned 2!  It's amazing to think of the time that has passed.  She got some new clothes, jammies, and a battery powered xylophone thing that talks and sings and encourages pattern recognition.

It's all about accessories.  She absolutely had to wear her new outfit (which is alright, I can understand that), but then she was looking high and low for her pink sunglasses.  Not her newer blue ones with the starfish on them, but the pink ones.  Then, when Momma found them, she had to put them on, even though we were all inside and she probably couldn't see a thing with them on.  I really don't know how I managed to mother a girl who is such a Girl!
And she is such a personality!  Reminds me alot of Boy2... Very strong willed, very opinionated... well the Boy is that way too, but he's more quiet overall about everything.  I just hope that Girl2 will be a bit softer around the edges than her two closest siblings.  Time will tell, though.  And we'll love her no matter what the personality develops as.  Each one brings their own quirks and foibles, idiosyncrasies, and lovable traits.  I think that they all make a child more enjoyable.
Here is a very surprised look from Girl2.  She really enjoys laying on her own, not being held all the time.  However, even when she's on the floor, she doesn't want to be left completely alone, so you'd better not abandon her!  You'll definitely hear about it...  I think she has a greater volume than her sister (and that's really saying something!)  We lovingly called the Girl a banshee, but banshee #2 is far worse, methinks.
And here is the Birthday cake for the Girl.  At snack time yesterday, Boy2 asked me why I wasn't making a cake for the birthday.  Then in the afternoon when we were at WEM (that's where the Girl wanted to go.  See?  Such a GIRL!) the Boy asked me what kind of cake we were having.  I said DQ ice cream cake.  His eyes went wide and he asked "Did you get the recipe?"  It is so flattering that he thinks his Momma can make anything! I've never tried an ice cream cake, but it's an intriguing idea...  Maybe I should see if I could...

This is the blossom of a plant.  The plant is one that Hubby gave me on our thirs wedding anniversary, so we've had it for four years now.  The amazing thing about this is that this is the very first time it's bloomed.  I didn't even realize it was a flowering plant!  But it decided to blossom for our seventh anniversary, so that was pretty cool.

Saturday, September 1, 2012


There are pictures I could post, but they'll wait.  The kids have been so good these last two days.  Hubby went on a trip to Saskatoon for the wedding of some friends (he's a groomsman) so we've been daddy-less. He left yesterday morning around breakfast time, the wedding was this afternoon, and he'll likely be home 4 am tomorrow morning.

The kids have helped me tidy, vacuum, and do dishes.  The boys have made their beds and out away their laundry!  They even have been playing pretty good together.  So, while it's sometimes frustrating that they make a mess right after I clean up, it's a happy mess and it'll clean again.

Today it's turned cooler again.  The sky is overcast and the wind is blowing.  No rain yet, although it's supposed to all night.  Today we made a cheesecake :)  (one of Hubby's favorite desserts!) for us to have tomorrow.  And we're doing pulled pork (so I should probably get my act together and make a potato salad).  But I could do that tomorrow.

Laundry is getting done, dishes are (almost) all caught up.  And I am so tired.  I should have gone to sleep earlier last night, but I didn't really want to.  It's called a good book and avoiding the empty bed :)But I slept pretty good.  Hubby called to talk to the kids at bedtime, and I love being connected through texting.  This morning we skyped, and the kids thought that it was so cool!  Not the first time we've done that, but I don't think it will ever get old.

I'm surprised we've had as good a day as we have.  My head has been sore since before I got up :( but maybe the kids sense that and behave better out of fear.  Or I guess it could be out of concern...

And it seems as though they are bottomless pits!  Eat, eat, eat!  Yogurt, bread, fruit, they are eating everything!  Made cinnamon raisin bread today, and they had some for snack.  Yogurt is nearly all gone, we're out of apples... but at least it's all healthy!

I tried to give Girl2 a bottle today.  She's had them before, but it's been a long time.  She spent 5 minutes giving me funny faces and only drank 0.5oz.  Then she refused the rest.  So we finished nursing.  Methinks my window of opportunity for bottle feeding is gone...  She has very expressive eyebrows, though :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Birthday Cake and eggs

This morning, the Boy was humming "Jingle Bells".  Then Boy2 started, then the Girl.  I looked at the Boy and asked "Are you singing Jingle Bells??"  And he replied "No, Mom.  I'm humming."  Oh, boy!  He was serious too.

The Girl had a virus two weeks ago.  She said her mouth was owie, she stopped eating, stopped using her num, put up a huge fuss with tooth brushing, and had a fever (a pretty high one for a day or two).  Since she's gotten better, every morning we are faced with a very earnest almost-two-year-old demanding pancakes.  She's most insistent. 

it really is a "6"
And the Boy has consistently asked for scrambled eggs every morning.  So, a week ago there was 3 dozen eggs in our fridge, and by Sunday they were all gone.  I had just enough to bake the birthday cake for the Boy.

My Boy turned 6 on Sunday!  It's sometimes very hard to believe how much has happened in the last few years.  Looking back, Hubby and I just passed our unofficial anniversary of 10 years together.  This Monday marks 7 years married, Tuesday is when our little Girl will be officially 2.  The Boy starts Grade One next week, Boy2 will start preschool, and it will be just Momma and the Girls at home for big chucks of the week.  Maybe the house will get and stay tidy!  

I'm going to write more later tonight or tomorrow, right now I have lego to help put together :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I had to go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription this afternoon, I took the kids with me.  At the pick up counter was an older couple.  The children were very well behaved, and the fellow asked if they were all mine.  Smiling, I said yes.  He asked if I was very busy.  Again, I smiled and said I wasn't as busy as I would be in the fall with the Boy in 1st grade and Boy2 in preschool.  Then he turned to his wife and said "Do ya think we should tell her what causes that?"  Not quite sure what I think about that.  Kinda cute but...

I have my pictures on my new little netbook!  So here are a couple that we've taken in the last little bit.  Some will be from out holidays, and some will be from the time since then.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

new stuff!

I feel really bad for not updating the blog here for a few weeks.  Yesterday Hubby was sitting at the table with his coffee and my netbook when he spilled the cup onto my computer.  So we let it dry out and see if it would still work ( thankfully it was black coffee, otherwise it would have been much stickier).  The mouse pad didn't work, nor did the key board.  He attached a mouse, and that was successful, but the keys still didn't work.  So I now have a new netbook :)

During all of this, he figured out why my connection seemed so slow.  My hard drive is nearly full of pictures and videos uploaded from our little camera.  And I've only had that little thing for 15 months! I guess I take a few pictures....

So I'm on the new computer, the old one is sitting here (smelling deliciously of coffee) with all of my pictures on it, waiting for a flashdrive big enough to hold and transfer these photos of the worlds most photographed children :)  So there are no holiday pictures to post right now.  And I can't upload the little videos right now either.  But that's alright.  It hadn't gotten done in the week and a half we've been home, so it likely will wait a little while longer.

These kids are ridiculous.  But in a good way.  Hubby was playing with the Boy the other day and pinned him down and wouldn't let go until he said the password.  He gave him a hint and said "It's near the earth."  So the Boy started listing all of the planets in the solar system.  Didn't miss a single one!  How many 5-year olds can do that?  And as we were driving along the highway the other day, he said "That sign says Jasper!"  "That sign says Edmonton."  And he is amazingly literate!  He can read so well, and more complex stories than "Hop on Pop".

Boy2 has been rocking out lately.  His guitar is never far out of reach.  He just starts singing and dancing, which is great, since the Girl can't sit still when there is music playing.  She got a Leapfrog Pal (a puppy named Violet) that talks to her and plays music.  She'll set it in the baby swing, push a button, and start dancing.  She'll also skip a song if it's not one she want's to hear.  I'm going to video it and put it up here.  I was going to the other day, but she got a mosquito bite right near her eye and it was so swollen, it looked like she'd been at the wrong side of a fight!

Girl2 was weighed and measured last Wednesday and she`s at 11.5 lbs and 22 in.  She`s more or less holding her own head up, she`s smiling and cooing.  The new-baby phase certainly doesn`t last long!

I'll write anecdotes from our holiday later, and I'll try to put pictures up once I get them off the old computer.  Until then...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Growing kids!

Last night, as I was serenading the children, lulling them into a peaceful slumber, I heard a big THUNK followed by a howl.  So Up I got out of the rocking chair, Girl2 still in my arms, into the boys' room.  There was Boy2 on his bed, just hollering!

"What happened?" I ask.

"Mom, my bed hurt my spine!" came the reply.

"What were you doing?"

"I was doing a somersault and the bed hurt my back!"

Me, trying to not laugh or lose it completely (he has become the master at stalling bed time so I'm getting a bit tired of this) "Sweetie, I have two questions for you.  First one: Is bedtime somersault time?"-"No." Tears are streaming down his face because his back really does hurt.

"Okay, second question: Is your bunk-bed a good somersault place?"


"So who fault is it that you hurt your back?"

Sniffle, sniffle as he raises his hand.

"Okay.  I'm sorry your back is sore, but I think you need to go to sleep now.  I will sit here for a couple of minutes to rub your back, but then you have to sleep.  Alright?"

He nods his head.  And is asleep minutes after I leave. :)  He is a sweetheart!

So my Boy has officially finished kindergarten!  Yesterday was his last day of school.  His class did a concert, we received a memory book that they put together (pieces of art work and writing from the whole year)and then some playtime outside before they resumed their festivities.

When we went to pick him up from school, we let them all play for a while.  One boy in the Boy's class absolutely LOVES the Girl.  He followed her around trying to "help" her.  He has two younger sisters, so he kind of knows how to play with a little girl.  Soon, though, there was a group of five or six following her around.  Boy2 told me that the Girl was playing Princess and the boys were her guards :)  Then a few girls started following too, mothering her, helping her climb and then get down the slides.  It was quite funny, since the Girl only does what she wants to do and will not be coerced into doing something she doesn't want to do!

But then we went out for sundaes to celebrate the end of school.  The teacher had some glowing praise for the progress the Boy has made throughout the year.  She included the phrases "stunning artwork", "enjoyed challenging himself", "enthusiastic mathematician with good number sense", and "you are a budding scientist; don't ever lose your sense of curiousity!"  Needless to say, this is one very proud mamma!

I did video tape the little concert they put on yesterday, but when I went to upload it the estimated time was three hours, so that will have to wait until I have a bit more time to devote to it.

Today the kids have been playing in the tents and tunnels.  Super crazy kids, but they were having fun.  Naps were a bit of a challenge, but everyone fell asleep eventually.  I don't normal push the Boy to actually sleep since he's almost 6, but he really needed it today.  Especially since next week when we start our little holiday he won't really have any down time at all.

Girl2 is growing.  At her one week appointment she had lost some weight (she was down to 9lbs 7oz), so the doctor wanted to see her again at two weeks.  She was up past her birth weight, so everyone is happy.  Plus she's sleeping better (provided she doesn't have gas), and eating, eating, eating!  The red in her eyes are fading (there were a few burst blood vessels from labour), and she's getting more and more alert everyday.  That's all to be expected, but it's exciting all the same.

I'm going to post a few more pictures tonight after the kids are all in bed and I've done some ironing.  It's been neglected for probably too long :)

Oh, and Hubby ran in the DOT Dash (Doctors of Tomorrow) last Saturday.  It was the first athletic competition he's ever been in and he placed third!  I'll post a picture of him too.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Newest project arrived!

She's HERE!  Girl2 made her appearance Monday, June 11th at 8:47 am!
Weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs 14 oz!  Yikes!  That's a big girl!  And only 19 3/4 inches long.

The Boy, Boy2, and Daddy were thrilled to come and see her (well, Daddy was there for the birth, but it was nice for him to come back and see her again).  The Girl was happy to see Mommy, but not sure about this whole Baby thing...  She seems better today.  I requested and was able to come home last night (so I was in the hospital for just over 12 hours) and we are all settling in well.  She's a good sleeper (so far) and a good eater (again, so far) and a very good pooper :)  (I know that's exactly what everyone wants to know!)

We were visited by Hubby's Great Aunt and Uncle, as well as a good friend who is a pastor here in the Edmonton area.
That's all for now, but I'll try to update with some home pictures shortly.  Oh, and the Boy's kindergarten class took a poll last week to see if the baby was going to be a girl or a boy, and there was an overwhelming majority for a girl.  Guess they were right!