Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
- No Starbucks for 6 months/at that point perhaps we will introduce in or not.
- Try to buy more second hand clothing for the kids from the VV.
- Check Craigslist more often for items we require.
- Get to bed (Cliff and I before 10:30 pm)
- No eating after 9 pm (Cliff and I)
- Try to buy everything on sale (and try not to buy full price for items--groceries we will try also)
- Keep the kids active/exercise daily (hopefully one hour a day)
- Use cash instead of debit cards
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
- We cannot put presents under our tree until Christmas Eve after the kids are all sleeping.
- We only have stockings hung up (also Christmas Eve) for the six kids.
- We bring home a live tree instead of a fake. We had a fake tree the first Christmas we celebrated, when Cameron was born we then decided to go fresh green tree.
- Our tree has white lights and all decorations made by our kids.
- Our good decorations are packed up until we know they will be safe!
- I have never cooked a turkey dinner
- I spoiled my own Christmas when I was a kid, I found all of the presents hidden for us kids. Since that moment I have never cheated like that ever again.
- This is our twelfth Christmas together.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is Christmas 2004. It will be one I never forget. You see, the water colour I am holding in my hand was a surprise gift from my lovely Father-In-Law Earl who passed away June 27th of this year. He went and bought this from me from a local Langley art gallery after my water colour lesson with Marilyn Timms in the Stanley Park Rose Garden during our family's stint on Crash Test Mommy (Season 1, Episode 4 that was filmed in July 2004 when we only had 3 kids, and I was pregnant with Catie who was born in September of 2004) on Life Network aka Slice today. This gift had to be one of the best gifts I have ever received. Catie was about 3 months old during this Christmas. Earl is missed so much at this time especially.
Oh, and of course I have to add in a pregnancy photo because seriously, I have been preggers for so many months of the past 10 years! This was Christmas 2005. About half way pregnant with Caroline. We had a very hard pregnancy this go around. With kidney issues for her. I would repeat this part of my life in a heartbeat. I would for all of them. I have to say I still miss being pregnant. If I could have a secret wish it would be to be pregnant until I could not be pregnant anymore. I loved my pregnancies over all. I really miss this phase of my life already.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Still waiting LOL
A few from her birthday party...the last of the first birthdays our home will see! I guess now I wait for grandchildren.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
You have turned into a beautiful, smiley, finger sucking, ear tugging dimple faced girl. A girl version of your Daddy. We love how you tilt your head to side, and all coy and girly. We love how you relate to your siblings. We love how you try new things.
We look forward to watching you grow up.
Mommy (and Daddy) xo
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I have a scratchy voice still (trying to remedy with zinc lozenges), it seems this week at school it is really busy with preparing items for Christmas shoe boxes, play dates, hot lunch order forms, reading x 2. Math homework, spelling practice x 2, social studies homework. Lunch preparation, throw in a garbage and recycling day (we recycle quite a lot with a household of our size) and then of course everything else. Like two kids in diapers, remembering to put vitamin E oil on Catie's scar daily. Writing Christmas wish lists, replying to parties etc. 'Tis the Season as they say. Throw in 3 boudoir photo shoots done last last weekend...and watch Mom go nuts. Well only slightly. LO.L. I am just thankful I have a husband that is 100% supportive of what I am doing with my life. That has been unbelievably great! SO thank you Cliff if you read this. I love how you care for us all like that. Love you Cliff.
It has been a crazy week. And on top of that, we went without heat in our home for 3 days until we could locate a part. Thankfully we did. We have a warm house now, and I am thankful for that. And for the quiet drives in in our new van.
When we pulled up to the house on Monday in the new van, the kids were jumping up and down and screaming like it was the most exciting Christmas morning EVER. In fact, almost all of the kids HUGGED our new van LOL. I wish I could have recorded that moment. I honked the horn and they went nuts. Good times! And, we have already had a 'playdate' in the van the other day. It was LOVELY to be able to bring along a friend in the van.
The balance of the week, well a run tonight for me. And a night out with my photog. friends. I always look forward to those evenings! Most likely homework tonight. It seems every night all 3 kids have homework of some sort. And tomorrow, well it is Friday, I have an appointment tomorrow evening, and then a candle party to attend! I need my Christmas candles to scent up the house. We need a good Christmas this year, so I am going to do my best to make it a good one. As, this year is another 'first' without Grandpa around. And, we pulled out our Christmas music. It will go into our van etc. next week around Remembrance Day. It is NEVER too early for music. We love it that way. Oh, and I am looking forward to Starbucks Peppermint Mochas. MMMMmmmm. And more runs. And of course, working on my duties for my little sisters wedding. That is coming up at the end of January! We cannot wait.
So there you go. A look at my week. It has been rather crazy, only to get more crazy. But, hey I would rather be busy than bored. Boring is not fun!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Well, you can see for yourself! On Thursday we are two weeks past the jumping accident, that caused Catie to require 7 stitches in her forehead.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
For the dancing my kids do when they hear the Beach Boys
For all of the I love you's and hugs I receive everyday
For my healthy kids, and scars that will heal
For my legs that allow me to run
For my eyes that allow me to see the beauty all around me
For my husband who supports me, and loves me
For my family who loves me
For my friends who love me
For the 12 passenger van that is on a boat finding the way to Vancouver
For my health
I have so much to be thankful for today!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I will miss the sounds of the kids' laughter, and voices from the backyard drifting into my open windows. The summer shadows, the heat of the pavement and the dirty bare feet.
Courtney in the 'baby swing' which will see no more use with our babies anymore. Perhaps a cousin will use in the future...I hope so.
Another two year old will turn three in the spring, and in all probability learn to potty train within the next months! Leaving us with only one little little one and only one more two year old to live through, and only one more baby in diapers. I can only imagine what it will be like not to buy diapers anymore.
A few memories left of a most difficult summer of 2008. We tried to keep it happy and light for the kids, and I hope we did OK with everything that went down. The hardest part of summer was losing Cliff's Father to cancer on the very first day of summer holidays. We did lots of fun stuff, and tried to keep everything light hearted for the sake of the whole family. I am most thankful that the bright cheerful sunshine was around to keep our moods lighter than say if he had died on a day like today. A day filled with damp cold. Not so bright and cheerful outside. It is our year of firsts, and so far we are surviving. I would say surviving. Just surviving.
As you can see from the photos above, Cliff has started building the kids' playhouse and it will be a version of my sisters and I playhouse that my own Dad built for us back in the 'olden days!'
Anyways, the kids have been enjoying the 'platform' and their stage and that has been fun for us. Bye bye Summer 2008. I hope and pray for a beautiful 2009 the hopes and prayers we will make it through even more 'firsts' of the season coming up, like Thanksgiving, my in-laws would be 37th anniversary, and of course the biggie that would be Christmas...and then of course that dreaded winter and February when we received the bad news, and then two days later losing our dear cat Albert. I know there will be goodness, and great days throughout the year, but I hope for a bit more HAPPY, than sadness.
Next year, a wedding to celebrate, a brand new playhouse for the kids that their Daddy is building for them, just like their Pappa did for us! Oh the sweet, delicious memories of childhood. My hope and prayer for my children is that their memories will be as wonderful as mine were.
Now, it is time to cozy up our home, and prepare for the fall. Burn some candles, enjoy the fireplace, drink more hot chocolate, and play in the fall leaves. I wish you all a season of wonderful fall memories.