Sunday, July 30, 2006
It made me remember back to my childhood summers! Did you ever make pop can heels/shoes? In case you cannot remember doing that, you take a pop can put it on its side, step your heel into the middle, the pop can squishes and forms around your feet to make "heels" and then you walk around and dance around with them on!
I loved that, and I remember making dresses and ballgowns out of towels! What fun!
Childhood was so fun! Imagine having the time to think things up like that, and using all of that imagination!
Here is Caroline, in the Bumbo seat given to her by her Nannie and Papa. She is not quite ready for it, but I bet in a couple ofweeks! She will.
I like this photo of Caroline with her Daddy!
We cannot get her big huge smile on camera yet!! We keep on trying!
Saturday, July 29, 2006
I look forward to your return.
Have a safe trip, and see you on the long weekend. Kisses to Ben too.
This is a more recent photo of my Mom and Caroline together. See those hands, those are hard working hands that held and cared for me and my sisters. I love this photo of them together. Makes me think about all of the love my Mom gave to us (and Dad too!) Thanks for all of that love. I know how hard you worked! I really appreciate everthing you have done in the past and even now!
I always find it so nice to be able to do that, catch up and have a good laugh. We have so many parallels in our life, and it is comforting to know we are not alone in our daily struggles. She has a wonderful little boy Matthew who was born weeks after Catie. He is a real smarty and so sweet! Did I tell you my cousin birthed over a 10 lb baby!! I was so proud of her, and continue to be proud of her. She is awesome.
Anyways, Andea. Thanks for the wonderful night. I look forward to doing it again sometime. I know Caroline had a good visit too. Thank you for having us both over.
Attention Murrayville Mom Readers:
My Mom, is Murrayville Mom's Mom. My wonderful MOM is in the building!
Murrayville Mom has a Mom with a Murrayville Mom's Mom Blog! Did you get that!
Make sure you all say hi to my Mom and make her feel welcome!!
I just love her so...and I am sure she will tell some wonderful (and maybe embarrasing tales of my childhood!)
Welcome to Bloggerland Mom! I found you...ha!
Cathy the Original Number 1 aka MurrayvilleMom
Thursday, July 27, 2006
And at the same time, the same thing was happening to me, except all 4 were into the baby toys! And I just stopped in the conversation and screamed....AHHHHH I have lost all CONTROL! lol.
It is definately hard to get a full conversation when you have kids. Whether it be one, or five or 10! I imagine this happens in every family!
I have been working on "no interruptions" when Mommy is on the phone for really, many years now, and I still don't get that respect. Will I ever??
Uh Uh NO!! Cathy.
You will not lol.
My friend Carol has started a blog! (and fellow Murrayville Mom) She has 3 wonderful adorable kids. I boy and twin girls. I have a link here, and I have added her to my links too! Welcome to Bloggerland Carol!
Last night we took the 5 to the park. They had so much fun, and yesterday they made "forts" under the table and chairs using EVERY blanket in the house (or FWANKET as Carly says in her accent lol.) We had a good day yesterday. Today, it is not as hot and I am thankful for that. Today we don't really have any plans, but I have lots of phonecalls and stuff to do today. Book appointments and those sorts of things to do. As my cousin Andrea experienced this mornimg...my kids get loud AS SOON AS I PICK UP THAT PHONE...jeesh. That bugs me, and it is embarrasing lol. Oh well...Sorry cuz!
As for plans for the weekend, not much on the calendar except the usual cleaning, and hopefully get out for a picnic again. We have a good time when we do that.
I have many events and such to plan for the coming months as August is birthday we have Cameron turning 7 on August 3rd, Carly turning 4 on August 19th and then Catie turns 2 on September 9th. This year I am throwing a BBB or a triple B or Big Birthday Bash for the 3 of them. I am hoping to make it an annual event on the September long weekend.
I also have to start preparing for back to school for Cameron going into Grade 2. Have to get his supplies, and then I need to get back to school clothing and of course Claire starts Kindergarten, and Carly heads back to preschool for her last year before she goes to Kindergarten, and the year Carly goes to Kindergarten, Catie will head to preschool! Wow. Got all of that!? lol. Busy days ahead.
I am also in the works planning a baptism for Caroline on September 24. And we cannot forget Cliff's birthday on Sept 8th (yes the day before Catie's) and then of course my 35th coming soon in October. So, lots to do. And of course, throw into the mix becoming an AUNTY sometime in October. That is very exciting!!! Yippee.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
I truly hope you are enjoying my blog, please let me know. I am contemplating whether or not to continue.
So, if you want me to continue...please let me know by commenting! You are my contact to the "adult" world.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Today, we have had poop issues in our home. Too much poop. On the weekend, Catie was without her diaper and pooped on the deck...bright green poop. Must be all of those blues. And, today we are still having troubles with Carly. Poop in the panties, poop on the bathroom floor, in the clothes. Gets a little tiring and frustrating after awhile. I am hoping that by Kindergarten that will end. She just gets to tired/too pre-occupied and forgets to go. Frustrating tho.
Cameron, he is good. He is getting so tall. I was clipping his groddy toenails and fingernails and realized just how big his feet are now! I remember clipping his baby toenails almost 7 years ago with one clip, now takes 3 good clips across. Crazy. His birthday is right around the corner.
Claire, she went out for greek food to a birthday party for a great grandparent she doesn't even really know. (Cliff's Dad's Mom)Grandma turned something like 90+. Claire got all cleaned up, hair tidy, and ate a tonne of calamari. She had a good time, and got home around 10 pm last night. I am happy to hear that she was very well behaved. Our little Claire is heading to Kindergarten in September. She cannot WAIT!
Carly, she is very active our Carly. She loves to give big hugs. Lately she has shown interest in playing in the backyard, and sometimes prefers to stay quiet and away from everybody. She has some sort of accent when she talks, and the other kids imitate her. Almost like she is Italian or something. She loves to talk, and we love her big brown eyes.
Catie, she is so funny. She constantly amuses us lately. She has been using real plates, cutlery and drinking cups for dinner. She really wants to be like the "big kids"and is constantly at the water cooler filling up containers, and now thinks it is really funny to remove her diaper. (thus the poop on the deck)
Caroline, well, she is almost 3 months old, and is sleeping in her crib and sleeping right through the night. She has been doing this for well over a month. She is a great little girl. She has the biggest toothless grins that I could ever imagine. She makes me so happy when she responds to me. Makes all of those sleepless nights of the past worthwhile. She has found her hand too. And, I report that her neck gets that mungy smell (yuck) as she has such chubby neck rolls, and that skin doesn't see daylight lol. Next month a trip to BC Children's Hospital to check on her kidney via ultrasound and ped. Urologist.
There, a bit of an update.
Caroline needs me.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
At bedtime I have resorted to giving the kids a wet, frozen rolled up wash cloth, and putting them to bed later. Closer to 9 pm. It has been working. They sleep in gonch, and nothing else on top of their blankets. And have the fans going in their room.
Thank goodness for the sprinkler too! They have been loving that.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I especially enjoyed watching the 3 older kids walk their "4th" Catie hand in hand. All 4 of them to the church. It was very sweet. And I got a very nice greeting from the Pastor there who claimed I looked too young to be Mom to my 5. That put a smile on my face. Considering I will be 35 come October.
We played a Disney version of Yahtzee today, and we had fun trying to play together. Cameron and I ended up being the last two to play. We tied.
Today Cameron said he would like to become a Pastor of the church "they moved." I said I would be very proud to call you Pastor Cameron. You would do an amazing job at whatever you choose to do.
Everybody had a good day, even with all of this heat. Tonight we will have sushi as a treat. We have worked hard these past two days.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
This was an email from my cousin Andrea. And truthfully, all of these TOOLS have been used in the past (and not for their intended uses)
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Love is when one of your kids writes Mommy in blue crayon on the siding of your house.
Monday, July 17, 2006
1. We were all ready to head out the door, but we had the TV on and I was feeding Caroline. I had all 5 of my kids touching me. It was really neat. As I said, Caroline was attached and feeding, Catie, was sitting on my legs near my ankles, and resting her head on the nursing pillow. Carly was at my feet, Cameron was on my left, touching my whole left side, and Claire was leaning into my right side.
At that moment, life couldn't get any better. It was priceless. And I really felt awesome knowing those were all a part of Cliff and I. Our family!
2. Today the kids started at VBS. We got there early (I pride myself on being early and on time even with 5 kids) and I have a system for getting the kids out of our van. I had Cameron out first, then I opened the seat and had Claire and Carly out. Then I asked the older kids to hold onto Catie's hands and walk her towards the door. I said I was coming right behind them, I was just going around to the other side of the van to get Caroline out (she was in her infant seat) and I closed the van door. I caught up to my other kids. And, for that moment I thought. Wow. Look at those well behaved kids helping their sis. It was truly a beautiful sight. And I felt SO PROUD to be their Momma. The sun was shining down on them, and me. And they were all clean and cute. Wow.
A great morning.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Her whole body smiles...she get so excited.
She lights up with excitement.
I just love that. I forgot how sweet that is!
I love being a Mom!
Friday, July 14, 2006
I had an uneventful evening. That was good. Not much to report really. Caroline had a major feeding session from 7:oo - 8:30...and she went into her crib. I am sure she is down for the night. I was getting these great big grins from her tonight. It was so exciting to have that happy face smiling so lovingly at me. So nice. That made my day.
Well, I hear Catie crying out, need to go. Apparently I am not going to bed yet.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
I come back into the kitchen to see that snack time has turned into lets crush up the crackers, and drop the plastic bowls on the floor and use the broom to shoot the bowls around the room. See what happens when I leave the room!
So, I ask them all to clean up the mess. I bring out the vacuum because seriously those fishies were everywhere. Cameron vacummed, and the girls "helped."
Wow. And to think it is only 11:23. Now Caroline needs another feed as she was "shortchanged" once again.
I have been having a rough week. I think I have a few more grey hairs. I have had so much happening in the span of one week. I have really had a brutal week.
Now I have a toddler who wants to remove her diaper at every opportunity. She makes "work" projects for me all day long! For instance, this morning Catie removed her diaper for the 3rd time, and peed all over Cameron's bedding. So, off to the laundry I go. AGAIN. I have more than 4 loads to do. I thought I might "catch up" but no, I am falling behind. Cameron dragged the pee laundry down the hall, and now I have a pee trail to wipe off the floors.
And, I am trying to keep the kids occupied, and busy and having fun. But it is not working. We have a housefull of grumps. It really has not been pleasantville around here.
I had to take away outdoor activities for awhike because the kids keep getting into everything they should not, our back stairs are out of comission, and so they access the backyard through the downstairs (aka gp home). They get into EVERYTHING down there. I am up and down the stairs all day. Checking in, and cleaning messes. So, had to stop that. Carly yesterday emptied the WHOLE bottle of dish soap on the deck. It was very messy. So, when Cliff got home I took the kids downstairs to clean up their mess.
I had to take the tent down from the backyard, as they take buckets of cooler water and add rocks to it, inside the tent.
I cannot give my kids felts, because they marker up themselves, and their sibling. I mean I believe in learning about new things, and figuring out how the world works, but not EVERYTIME they colour.
I have tried bringing out fun toys and activities when Caroline and Catie are napping for the older 3, and still trouble. We have tried bubbles, those get dumped immediately.
We have tried a lot of different ideas. None which are working at this point.
I have tried bringing out the kids scissors, and they cut their hair.
I bring out combs and brushes to "play hair" and then Carly brings out my nail clipper and clips pieces of my hair off. Seriously.
Laugh if you will. Because I know you are. I laugh now, through my tears (just kidding) when I type all of this really unbelievable behaviour.
I bring out the nice books, and the kids use them to "ice skate".
I know they are doing the best that they can, and so am I.
It really sucks that it is raining out there...totally doesn't feel like summer. It feels like winter. I am just counting on those back stairs getting fixed. So we can USE the backyard again.
Did I tell you the kids had out 2 pairs of scissors this morning, chopping up all of my computer paper during my 5 min bathroom break?
Did I tell you they ripped flowers off of newly blooming/soon to be bloomed plants?!
I am very outnumbered with a 5 on 1 tackle. Yikes.
I am not asking for sympathy. I am simply venting.
If you are still reading, you are crazy lol!
Thankfully next week it is Vacation Bible School All week all morning!
How many weeks of summer left??
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Well, here is my even chubbier gal Caroline! Look at that Chin!
It seems she is growing SO fast these days. This one out of two sleepers that still fit. Today, after a blowout in her diaper. I had to give her a bath. And, put on a cute little Carter's nighty and her feet stick out the bottom. I need to dig out the bigger sleepers tomorrow! I hope her feet don't get cold tonight.
We bought size one diapers again (Pampers) and they are too tight. Looks like we are going to have to move to size twos already. Wow. I bet she is already 12 pounds!
Today, hmm. I had to take our tent down tent down from in the backyard because they were bringing water containers and rocks into the tent. They brought out every book in the house and put in the pockets of the tent. The kids also coloured all over themselves (and Catie again) and I washed down all 4 older kids and even their feet. They all "painted" their toenails with felts. Hmmm. They dumped a whole bottle of dish soap out on the deck, the ate lots of bananas, took out potatoes, ummmm. What else. Fought, fought some more, screamed, yelled, kicked, punched and SO much crying. It was rediculous really. When Cliff got home, we got the kids to wash down the deck, and got them to clean the sliding door. To clean up SOME of the mess. lol. They had fun doing it, and really it wasn't that bad I guess. But, when you have 5 kids, and only one of yourself...some days are REALLY crazy busy and hard to manage. Today was that day. Most days are pretty darn good. Today. NOT.
I know there was more, but I am blocking parts out.
There were some good moments amongst the bad. I try to always search for the positive on these really bad days.
I watched the kids play CANDYLAND together, and play nicely. Claire used her manners a lot. The kids all had seconds for dinner. Cameron hugged me and kissed me when I was upset. Hmmm. Catie made me laugh, as I chased her to change her diaper. Caroline, well her precious little smile cheered me up. Carly, well she managed to stay in the same clothes ALLLL day. See, not so bad.
Am I glad they are in bed...sleeping soundly. That is a beautiful thing. Peaceful, sleeping Angels. Charging up for tomorrow's adventures. I am sure there will be more adventures!
Going to go rest up for tomorrow!
Sunday, July 09, 2006
www.crashtestmommy.ca click on episodes...season one...Gilbert Gamboa
and a bit of my professional pregnancy belly photo shoot, and the kids photo shoot from this day at:
http://www.photosbykathryn.com/media/ (first in the media section)
Here is a synopsis of my episode from 2 years ago! It was a lot of fun!
Single, carefree, ladies man Gil picks up the gauntlet and accepts our challenge to be our weekend “crash test mommy” to the three energetic young children of his longtime friends Cathy and Cliff in British Columbia. As Cathy, imminently expecting child #4, is limo’d away for a dream weekend of pedicures and foot massages, lessons in watercolour painting, and a photo session with a professional photographer, Gil embarks on his odyssey of parenting chores and challenges.
As if it’s not enough feeding three finicky little kids, doing the usual mountain of laundry and perpetually cleaning the tables, chairs, counters and toilets, our devilish Crash Test Mommy hosts Dagmar Midcap and Charlie Lubiniecki make Gil’s mommy experience even more difficult, surreptitiously emptying the cupboards of instant foods and snacks. Gil parries by feeding the kids a potpourri of tuna-cheese-ketchup tortillas and fresh salad smothered in corn syrup, all of which, to the amazement of mom - watching on the web cams - they eat. A barrage of emails from mom force Gil to juggle more & more tasks: dressing and grooming all three kids for a photo session, making Sunday breakfast pancakes from scratch, getting the kids to paint a mural for the new baby room, and more. But Charlie and Dagmar throw an eyeful of temptation and distractions in his way, planting a sunbathing beauty at the beach and arranging a surprise house call by the energetic B.C. Lions Cheerleading Squad.
Gil is overwhelmed, and the whole experience pushes him to the brink. Just in time, Mom comes home, having had, in her own words, “The coolest weekend of my life.” Frustrated and frazzled, Gil decides he prefers, for now at least, to continue to play the field rather than playing dad.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
We had an awesome day at the picnic with Aunty Amy and Uncle Tyler. And we even saw Nannie and Pappa for a bit too! The kids had a blast and so did we! Thanks for the lovely day together! ***NEW PHOTOS ADDED TODAY AT 2:30 pm. Thanks Aunty Amy! They are lovely.
It was fun!
So, I will see if that happens. Claire helped me strip down their beds, and I started that laundry, and I know I will have atleast 3 more loads to do today. I also got my crockpot salsa shredded pork into the crockpot aka slow cooker for dinner tonight. The in-laws will be joining us. Got the dishwasher unloaded and loaded and put the stuff that was drying on the rack overnight away for todays dishes.
Kids are in the back yard playing. I have changed 3 diapers already this morn, and it is only 9:11 in the morning. The sun is shining, it looks like it is going to be a beautiful day out there! Don't forget the sunblock!
Friday, July 07, 2006
Cliff is working tomorrow...and I just found out yesterday in the evening. Thanks for the short notice. We had been planning on doing another garage sale. Now we are bumping to Sunday. We have lots of kids stuff, and home stuff that we do not use any more! As you know I love to purge. And make a bit of $$ for fun.
I started working on making the c a r o l i n e letters for the wall yesterday. So far so good. I have been taking pictures to document my experiement. Hopefully all goes well, and I will have made hanging wall letters for her for very cheap. I used playdough for the mold, and plaster of paris for the letters. They are currently drying WAY UP HIGH in our room to keep them away from the kids. I need to glue together the n as it snapped. But so far so good. I will keep you posted. Those letters are about 10 a letter...so I am hopefully saving 80 dollars! Yippee. I would have been easier to buy them, but they have been discontinued...so I would have to buy WAY too many letters! Way too $$! Stay tuned.
We also got Cameron signed up for the EXTREME reading program at the library! He was excited about that.
This morning I have put away laundry, changed a couple of diapers, done breakfast, put away breakfast etc. And I have cleaned all of the windows as those get VERY smudged EVERY day. The kids help do that. I spray, they wipe. Lots of fun. I also made all of the beds today. Usually the kids do theirs, but I thought I could do it today. I also put away all of the small clothing from every dresser in the house. I have one LARGE bag full already.
Yup. Busy busy. 3 kids are out on the deck colouring and the two youngest are napping.
Tonight is bbq burgers and oven fries for dinner! We are all looking forward to that.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
She is a great little sleeper for being only 8 weeks old. And, she woke up happy and smiling and I just love that rewarding smile. It is so much nicer than tears and crying.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
I thought this was a really great article explaining a larger family, and some video about 2 large families. Looks good to me, but I am biased I guess. I was reading some of the comments though, and there are 22 and a lot of them are very negative. That is too bad.
Hmmm. I hope that I look nice most of the time! Got to set a good example of a "with it" Mom of 5!
I think most days I look pretty darn good...except for some bad days...but usually I stay in if I look terrible!
Look at where most of the clients are coming from! BC and Saskatchewan.
I wonder if I had the money and a choice, would we CHOOSE to have a boy so that Cameron could have a brother? I don't know. It is hard to say. What would you do?
Thanks to Mom and Dad who came over and watched the other 3 monkeys...I mean kids.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she may be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.
As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened heretoday?"
She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come home from
work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?" "Yes," was his incredulous reply.
She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."
Yesteday I was feeding Caroline outside on the deck, and all of sudden I felt wet and warm...this is on my legs. I move Caroline, and she pooped so BIG that the poop blew out the top back of her diaper, and dripped/leaked through to my pants, my underwear and onto the deck! Out of 5 kids, this is the FIRST time ever something like this has happened to me! I had to completely change both of us!
I have never seen so much poop! Wow.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
This is the fresh "before" the bbq photo...our own personal little Canada flag!
(Cute little Maple Leaf huh!)
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Have happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!
And to my American friends...have a happy 4th of July in 3 days!