Monday, November 30, 2009


This is how Courtney likes to fall asleep. Usually right beside me. This is her as her first evening of being 2.

Before her birthday (so still one!) of where she likes to sleep!

She is a funny little girl! Makes us laugh daily!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The last time...

Today, is the very last time I will ever have a one year old on my very own. I woke up this morning feeling really strange about it. I think this bothers me a lot. Cliff plopped her into bed this morning, and we snuggled and cuddled. I wonder just how many more mornings she will want to do this? Every morning it is less and less. I cherish every little snuggle I I can get with her. I know she will always be my baby, but when she is older I know this won't happen.

Tomorrow my baby girl turns TWO. Although I am very happy she is growing, and healthy it is very sad at the same time.

Tomorrow, at 5:34 p.m. we officially have a two year old. Our last two year old. Oh, I cannot wait to see what the next year brings!

Love you Courtney. xo

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A is for Apple

We took a family trip to the Apple Barn in Abbotsford. Thanksgiving weekend. The weather was good. But cold. I had to borrow Cliff's sweatshirt.

The kids in the orchard picking a big 25 pound bag of apples. Some went straight into our stomach. Some went into two apple crisps for Thanksgiving dinner two days later. 

Courtney liked this little pumpkin. She is my little pumpkin.

Cliff putting back pumpkins with the kids. The apple picking was down the road. Down a steep road which we walked! When we were there last, we only had four kids I think. OK, nope. Make that five. Oops!


Claire  (I wish this wasn't blurry darn it)



Courtney eating a big huge tasty apple!

Miss Caroline

Cliff with the kids (well five of them, Carly didn't want her photo taken)

Big sister, and little sister together.

All of the kids running to find more apples

The kids with me (and me in Cliff's warm hoodie!!)

Let's try again (OK still didn't work LOL - Not looking, and Carly is atleast in behind this time LOL)

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P.S. All taken on a point and shoot. I have to be sure to take the time to photograph the kids and not try to get the best shots and then edit. Snapshots just for the memories here!

The Halloween Candy Count

So, we did our sorting and counting on Sunday afternoon. After taking down all of our spooky stuff. We actually started to put up our Christmas lights. They are not ON, but we are getting there!

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The six kids and their bags of candy. Cameron didn't really T or T this year. Courtney, hardly got any treats in her bag. She was in her stroller most of the night.

Here is what is left after eating some on Halloween and the following day. 366 pieces of loot is a lot of stuff! Look at it all! 

And the sorting begins!

They had some treats after the learning lesson LOL

Counting by fives here. We did 1's, 2',s 3's and 4's too. It was fun this way!

Top 3:

Smarties - 37
Coffee Crisp - 32
Hershey - 20

And a few odd ball pieces. 7 to be exact. Like a few gum balls, and candy burgers etc.

I couldn't believe all of the FULL size treats the kids received as well. 

What is my favourite halloween treat? That would have to be a Mars bar. We received 7 in total. 3 small, and 4 full size. 

So there it was! It was good to do. Now, we have been sending treats with Cliff to the office. We certainly don't need all of it. Six of the bags now into two bags. And the bags were heavy. We weighed the treats as well. 15 pounds worth of treats collected. 2.5 pounds not handed out. Wowser!!

Happy November!

 I cannot believe that November is here, and soon my baby girl turns two. In less than two weeks! Where did those two years go? Really! Time moves too quickly!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Good Morning!

Claire's pumkin! Her design and help carving with Cliff (and Grandpa's old chisel set)

Cameron, and his design. I love how they are developing their skills and excitement for the season.

My crew!

Do not feel sad for the little girl in red. She was crying for more candy! You can see the stick in her right hand. She stopped when we fed her more LOL.

Here they are again.

Here you can get a peek at the decorating! It looks quite natural as the evening before we had high gusts of wind that blew our power out for almost 7 hours.

Halloween 2009

With this whole FALL BACK business means we are up bright and early around here. I prefer to SPRING FORWARD so that we can wake up at a better time. The kids were all up before 6:30 this morning instead of 7:30 on the weekends. I wish kids understood they could wake up 1 hour later.

Halloween was a lot of fun! We did our block, and then we drove to my parents house to surprise them with our six trick or treaters. It was nice. Then we came home around 8:30 p.m. and plunked them all in bed.

With six kids, there is A LOT of candy. Six bags of candy. So, I thought we would blog about that later. I will take a photo of all of the bags, and then we thought we would pile it all together take a photo, and then chart it all. See what we got the most of, and then the least of. And learn a bit while having the treats. And of course, Cliff and I will have to 'test' out the candy and treats to make sure they are safe.

So, time to go give the kids breakfast, but I will be back.

P.S. I hope my MOM posts some photos from last night with all the kids. I regret not taking one of all of the kids with my parents Duh.