Only two days left before we leave on the most exciting summer vacation we've ever taken! Joshua's parents are treating our family to an Alaskan cruise aboard the ms Noordam! His parents and sister are coming as well, so we'll just be one big, happy family! (I hope!) The cruise ship leaves from Seattle, WA on July 1 and will have us back on July 8. We're going a couple of days early to see some sights in Seattle, and visit some wonderful friends, Brian and Lindsey Jacobs, who now live in a suburb of Seattle. For those of you who know Brian and Lindsey, they have four kids now! I'm excited to get a Lindsey hug! We leave on Thursday, so we've been running around all weekend doing last minute shopping. I was already in the early stages of packing yesterday, so hopefully I won't be up too late on Wednesday trying to get everything done! I probably will anyway! I always do that. :-( Packing for this trip has proved to be a monumental task! Because we're headed for Alaska, the weather will be somewhat "rugged!" I checked the weather forecast in all the cities we'll be docking in, and it looks like it will never be any warmer than 60 F (15 C). And I don't think we'll see the sun very often either - there was a lot of clouds and rain in the forecast! But, I'm not complaining....we're going on a cruise, baby! So, we're packing everything from swimsuits (indoor pool), casual clothes, jackets and mitts, to formal wear! At least two outfits per day and three on some days! There are two formal dinner nights, so we had fun shopping for that one! I finally found that perfect "little black dress" and I just love it! We will be docking in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Victoria, BC. I'll share details later, but the on-shore excursions we've booked include whale-watching, walking on a glacier, a salmon bake, kayaking, a zip-line expedition through the rain forest, The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, and a semi-sub boat tour! The more strenuous, adventurous sounding ones will be Joshua and his Dad only! The kids and I are doing stuff like the Lumberjack show! Grandma and Auntie Shannon are going on a couple loooong nature hikes and I knew little legs would never be able to handle that! So, keep us in your prayers that everyone will be safe! I know it will be an amazing time and I'm so ready to get away from normal life for awhile. I will post plenty of pictures and stories when we return!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
It's time to unveil the gift we got for Joshua for Father's Day! Drum roll please...... I took the kids to get their portraits taken and we framed them and gave them to Joshua! It was one of the best portrait sessions I've ever had with the kids and they were sooo cute! I had a hard time choosing which poses I wanted because they were all so good! We have a great store here called The Real Canadian Superstore, but we simply call it Superstore. (It's about the same idea as a Super Wal-Mart.) Anyway, their portrait studio is just amazing and so easy to work with. You get to choose the poses you want (after everything is taken), and with the particular package I chose, I could choose up to three poses. Then, I get 7 portrait sheets of my choosing! So, I can get whatever sizes or combination of sizes I want and I'm not limited to "the package." And all this for only $29.95! There's no temptation to pick more pictures because I already chose exactly what I wanted. I love Superstore! We do have Wal-Mart here, but their photo studio is just inferior! That might sound like blasphemy to you Americans, but it's true! Anyway, the kids and I were so excited that we ended up presenting our gift on Saturday evening because we just couldn't wait anymore! He loved them, so it was a success! And here they are for all to enjoy! Don't worry, Mom, you're getting real ones in the mail!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Today was a busy day for me and the kids. It started with a trip to the dentist in the morning. Our dentist recommended that Sky get sealants put onto his molars because they have really deep grooves in them. Since Sky did such a good job holding his mouth open and everything when he had his cleaning a few weeks ago, they decided they would go ahead and try the sealants. I could tell he was a little apprehensive, but I told him that they would stop if his mouth got too tired. He felt better about that. I think he mostly just couldn't understand what they were going to do. And it was hard for me to explain! Well, my brave little man came through again and he did an excellent job for the whole procedure! He never even whimpered and he hardly moved a muscle, for that matter! The dental assistants who did everything couldn't believe how well he did! They said they'd never done sealants on a three-year-old before! They were thoroughly impressed and I was a proud Mom! Now he has "skating rinks" on his teeth! After we were done at the dentist we stopped downtown to visit Daddy at his bank. Everyone loves it when I bring the kids in there! We stayed long enough to have some chocolate from the candy jar and draw a few pictures on Daddy's notepad paper. We had to go pretty quick because a client was supposed to be coming for an appointment soon. As it turned out, she never showed up! I was disappointed because we could have stayed to have lunch with him. Oh well! We headed home for lunch and some playtime. After that I dragged the kids out again to finish shopping for Father's Day. I'm sooo excited about what we got him! I'll tell you later since Joshua reads my blog too! It was a fun day, but we were tired. I was thankful to get the kids in bed and finally relax.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I don't have much to report as far as family news goes. It's been a fairly normal, quiet week. I thought I'd just post a few cute pictures, because I know that's your favourite part anyway! The picture above is my favourite one of the week! They were playing with these boxes and suddenly I heard Sara yell, "Look mom! Come take a picture!" She's seen my blog and has figured out that I post cute pictures of her and Sky! I guess she thought that pose was blog worthy....and she was right!
We've had a lot of rain lately. Tuesday evening of last week, we had this incredible thunder and lightening storm! I've never seen it rain that hard in Calgary and it lasted for hours! Unfortunately, there was some major flash flooding and many homes and cars were damaged. Also, two people were struck by lightening! And several homes had fires caused by the lightening as well. It was a wild night for the emergency services in Calgary! This picture of the kids was taken in between a couple of days of rain. We took advantage of the dry day and visited our neighbourhood playground!
Thursday, June 7, 2007
I don't really know why my only post his week was a recipe! It wasn't even a busy week for me! So much for my great plans of posting at least every other day! I did get a lot of housecleaning done, so I guess that's my excuse! I made two posts today, so don't miss the first one!
I forgot to post the other day a conversation Sky and I had at the dinner table one night. Sara was done eating, so she had moved on to other things. Sky and I both eat more slowly, and it's especially slow when Sky won't stop talking! (He talks more than Sara does!) He had to go to the potty in the middle of eating, and when he came back, he had two imaginary friends in tow! He told me their names, so I said hello and invited them to eat with us. Sky quickly seated them and gave them some imaginary food. He climbed back into his booster chair, ate a few bites, and then we had the following conversation. I could tell he had been thinking!
Sky asked, "Who are your friends?"
I listed a few of my friends that he knows.
With great consternation he retorted, "Mom, WHAT are you talking about?"
"What do you mean?" I was puzzled.
He clued me in. "You're supposed to have imagination friends!"
"Well, I don't have any imagination friends," I said.
Sky has a solution to everything, so he replied, "You can borrow mine if you want!"
Kids really do say the "darndest" things, don't they?! I would remain far too serious for my own good if I didn't have my kids around!
I'll post more news and pictures from the week later today. There seems to be a problem with Blogger right now and I can't upload any pics.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Happy June everyone! It's amazing to me that we've already hit the "J" months!
Karen asked me yesterday about my fruit smoothies (mentioned in a previous post), so I thought I'd share my recipe with everyone. It's really more of a formula than a recipe, because they turn out different every time! This is a "vegan" recipe, which means there is no dairy - they are truly all fruit. (We are not vegan or vegetarian!) First of all, make sure you have plenty of bananas on hand. When they are nice and yellow (not green at all), take them out of their peels and put them in a freezer bag in the freezer. For your other fruits, the best ones are strawberries, peaches, mango, blueberries and raspberries. You can definitely experiment with others. Here's the basic recipe:
Combine in a blender:
1 cup apple juice
1 1/2 to 2 frozen bananas (broken in pieces)
1 cup cold or frozen fruit (1 kind or a combination)
I also add an apple (peeled and sliced) to help make it go further sometimes. And obviously, you'll need to double or triple this recipe if you have more than two kids! Blend until the smoothie looks creamy, about 45-60 seconds.
I assure you, you're kids (and husbands!) will love these smoothies! My kids will take these over ice cream any day! Let me know if you come up with any exotic combinations. Enjoy!