Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Mom moment

Last night I had one of those moments where you think to yourself, "wow, this is such a mom thing to do."  I was just sewing some touches on to Myles' costume for Halloween.  Nothing big, but it just struck me as something I envisioned a mom doing.  
The other "mom" moment I experienced recently, was putting Madelyn to bed and she was tossing and turning trying to get comfortable and I burst out " Will you quit fidgeting and go to sleep!"  Totally something my own mother has said to me growing up. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Grateful


I think I am going to try to record little things that make me happy or that I am grateful for.  I am sure there will be a lot that include my children and Matt, but I also want to be grateful and thankful for other blessings that don't directly have much to do with me.
Anyways, today I am grateful for gray skies...they really showcase the beauty of autumn leaves.

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Look what's growing..


Besides the kids of course!
We finally got around to planting grass.


We were worried it didn't take at first, 


But it seems to be doing just fine!






I'm back?


It has been a crazy busy summer.  Well, it is a crazy busy life I have got!  Our summer was full of visits to the splashpad, play dates, family time, movies, a couple of trips to the beach and so much more!  I will have to do a photo dump soon!
I also had a personal... I am not sure what the right word is.  Tragedy seem to great, issue not great enough.  Definitely a struggle and upset.  But we are moving past it and are continually thankful for all our blessings.  Not quite ready to go into details, we haven't even shared details with family, but we are all healthy and happy and that is the main thing we are focusing on.

Madelyn is in SK full time this year and I miss her!  I am off three days a week of which she is in school and I am working weekends when she is off!  the same craziness is what Matt and I do, but at least we are saving on daycare.  And the kids are usually home with at least one of us.
Meredith is a great help to me.  A second mother to Myles, or so she likes to think! Both kids help me out while Madelyn is in school and love getting her off the bus at the end of the day! 
Myles is growing in leaps and bounds!  He is very tall, but has slimmed down.  He isn't very verbal, which, I admit, worries me, but he grasps things very well and seems to understand.  So hopefully my worry is for nothing.  
And, despite our crazy work schedules, Matt and I are also doing well. We feel very blessed and thankful to be raising our family on this farm and in our beautiful home. Looking forward to all the memories we will be making.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Field Trip



Last Thursday, Madelyn had a field trip to Greenview Aviaries and Zoo.  I was so thankful when we got the notice home that the trip was scheduled on a Thursday since I don't work on Thursdays.  She was excited to have me along.

For such a small place, I cannot believe how many animals there were!  Tigers and Lions and Bears, OH MY!  Seriously, though, very impressive for the size of the place.

There was a huge play equipment area that Madelyn loved playing on, a splash pad (which was too cold to use on this particular day, but we are looking forward to going back!) and a zip line!  Madelyn didn't want to attempt, but that was fine with me!  And, of course, the animals!!  Here are just a few of our favs:

This is Carl the Tiger
You can buy buckets of food to feed the animals.  The girls loved to feed the deer, monkeys and lemurs the best.







Madelyn apparently can speak Peacock, they answered her as she called out and they all spread their fans for  her as we walked by.






My favourite, the baby snow monkey and his mom.  The baby fell of this gate and made a little cry and the mom came running over and scooped him up and ran away with him.  It was so sweet!



We mostly explored with one of her friends and her mom and then split off after lunch.  It was so cold, and they had a snack bar, so I decided to get us a hot lunch instead of eating the cold lunch we packed. Madelyn said it was the best hot dog ever, lol, I think she was just hungry.





While on the bus I talked with another mom who told me that her daughter, Kaleigh, had been asking to have Madelyn come over for a playdate, but she didn't know how to get in touch.   We exchanged information, which is so great!  I was worried about how Madelyn had been interacting socially at school, since she can be a little shy, so this makes me feel better knowing that she does have at least one friend.  

All in all, good field trip!  Madelyn has another one in a couple of weeks at a local pool, which I cannot go to since I work.  Can't wait to see what is in store for next year!  

SIDE NOTE: this post marks my 25th entry!  I have 4 followers (yay!) and apparently some people are checking me out.  Leave me a comment and say hey or if you don't already follow, please do!  I like to know my audience.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Big Boy Bed


I took these pictures thinking " Success!  Myles is easily transitioning to his own bed from our bed."  
And then he woke up after a twenty minute nap and would not go back down.  
What can I say, though?  We apparently have a pretty comfy bed. 

Monday, 3 June 2013

Morning Coffee



I love it when I am the only one awake in the morning and sitting in the eating area drinking my coffee.  It is so peaceful and quiet.  Of course, I love to sleep so these moments are rare.  The kids are my typical alarm clock.  

The view is what makes this room.  Even on a cold, gloomy looking day, the view is spectacular.  On't thing better would be a view of the lake, I think.

And check out some of these sunsets!  I swear, we take a picture of the sunset almost every night because everytime we see it, we are in awe.  God's glory in full display, I tell you.

We are very blessed to live here and to be here in this moment.









Sunday, 2 June 2013

Splash Pad


If you want to find us this summer, I think we will be at our neighbourhood splash pad.  Not too fancy, but perfect for my little guy and the girls really enjoyed themselves as well.
This particular day we met a friend there in the morning.  I think that might be the perfect way to do things.  We got really wet, which is always fun, and then had a snack of oranges and cookies.  Meredith was done with the wet first and got dried off and went and played at the park.  Myles appeared to be shivering, so I changed him and Madelyn and off to the park we went.
There was a father there with his two sons so the the girls were happy to have another playmate.  Carter, 4, told me the jungle jym was a princess castle and spiderman was living there too.  I call that playing together very well!  It's always fun for me to watch Madelyn and Meredith interact with other children.
After a quick (not quick enough) trip to the grocery store, we came home, ate lunch and Myles went for a nap.  The girls were tired from a hot, fun morning, so we watched a movie...Ramona and Beezus.  And we also enjoyed popsicles on the front porch.  Well, they did.  I had my last piece of salted caramel cheesecake that my supervisor had made for me for winning a contest at work.  Holy Moly was that thing delicious!!  Very rich, I could only eat one piece at a time.
Since we are still lacking grass, I see days like this happening often during this summer.










Friday, 24 May 2013

Indecision

I just can't decide if I should keep my blog private or not.  I mean, really, isn't the point of a blog to share it with friends and family?  I had some people at work ask if I had a blog and I said no.   Not sure why I said no, afraid of judgement, I guess.
  But I really don't put much on here that I wouldn't share in real life.  So, today I am going to put it out there.  I will start on Instagram, since that is my least populated social media outlet.  We will see how that goes and then maybe twitter which has a few more real life friends.  I don't know if I will ever be FB ready.

Melt my heart Meredith

My little Merebear said the sweetest thing yesterday and I need to document it before I forget.

She was in her carseat playing with a long forgotten and newly found baby doll.  We all agreed on a name, June.  I saw her in my rear view mirror holding her tenderly and patting her back, and just generally loving on her.  We had the following exchange:

Me:  Are you taking care of baby June, Meredith?
Meredith:  mm hmm!  I making her happy!
Me:  you are such a good little Mommy.
Smiling she looks at me and points: just like you!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Madelyn



My first baby just celebrated her fifth birthday. I don't know how this happened so fast! I swear it was last week she was tearing her way into this world. How I loved that baby! That first night was just her and I, and it hurt too much to get out of bed and nurses were scarce, I just held her and nursed her all night. I was exhausted, but so happy.


A few days after her birth, I looked at that little face and knew that she was the reason I was put on this earth. God gave Madelyn to me.  My purpose in life, is to be her mom.  She is going to be someone great and I need to bring out her full potential.

My daughter is so funny. Last night telling knock, knock jokes and she had her Dad and I cracking up! Her favourite joke right now "why is six afraid of seven? Because seven ate nine!" I love that sweet giggle and smile!

She started junior kindergarten this year, and I just love all the learning she is doing! To see her blossom this year and how her artwork has come along is just amazing!
She LOVES chocolate.  Seriously, this girl would eat it everyday.  All day, if I let her:)  And she enjoys it while she eats.  Eyes closed savouring the moment.  She is very good at eating fruits and vegetables too, so I let the chocolate love slide a bit.  I remember when we moved into our house on Wiltshire and ordered a pizza, she wanted to have peas and corn instead.  Still doesn't like pizza all too much.

I also love watching her with her younger sister and brother. Meredith is her best friend and her worst enemy all in the same hour! And although Myles annoys her, she loves him and loves having him around. And he sure loves her too!



This little girl has taught me so much about love and patience and I still have so much to learn! I am looking forward to the rest of this journey.




She is so beautiful!  Big blue eyes and curly, wild sandy brown hair.  She loves to wear dresses...even if she is just going out to dig in the dirt.  Must be her strong farm roots!



Five years! I just can't get over it.  If time isn't going to slow down for me, I am going to have to spend more time making sure memories are happy, and experiences are great!









Friday, 19 April 2013

Our first Family Home Evening

I have been on a bit of a spiritual quest lately ( the better part of a year ). I was baptized Anglican, brought up in the Catholic school system, found a place for me in my local Anglican Church youth group in high school. My family never went to church, but I would go, but I am not one for sitting by myself. Thankfully, I had a good friend who sat with me instead of his family. I even "taught" Sunday school ( ages 2-4). I have a relationship with God, but am looking for ways to strengthen that and also make sure my children know God. There have also been issues at my church that have led me to question things.

One religion that has been fascinating me is the Church of Latter Day Saints. Yes, Mormons. I know a lot of people will be rolling their eyes, but I have been talking with folks and reading some blogs and doing general research on their beliefs. I have lots to learn, and will continue to research and ask questions.

One aspect of the LDS faith that I love is the focus and emphasis on family. They encourage Family Home Evening where families make an effort to connect and study scripture together and, basically, enjoy each other. No matter the outcome of my spiritual quest, I live this idea.

We started this tonight. I knew I had a Children's Bible in a box for a future gift, so I dug it out and we began at the beginning. Only Madelyn was really interested, the other two had trouble sitting still. It didn't go exactly as envisioned, but Madelyn and I were able to have a conversation and it sparked her curiosity as she asked for another story. We also didn't have a planned activity, but we had fun running around and doing some trust exercises....we apparently need to learn to trust each other more, lol. We will definitely do this again, but with more thought I my part ahead of time.