Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words....

I know, I know, it's been forever and I really have no good excuse! Just really busy! And when I finally do get some down time, I don't want to be staring at a computer screen trying to think of clever things to say! So, I've decided to do a little picture update for you to get everyone caught up. The last two weeks have been very full, but fun! Here's a peek into the fun....On November 21st, my little boy turned 4! Joshua was out of town Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, and he got home at 7:45 p.m. on Sky's birthday. We had a special, late supper and gave Sky his gifts from us. On Friday, we had a party with Sky's little friends in the afternoon. I won't go into the details, but it was a pretty crazy day! Special thanks to my friends Trina and Penny for helping me clean up messes and keep my sanity! (I was also babysitting that day!) Sky had fun and that was all that mattered!This is the birthday cake that Sky requested - a baseball cap and glove, complete with ball! Yes, I still make these cakes! Believe it or not, this one was actually quite easy.This past Monday, Joshua had the day off because he worked on Saturday. We spent the morning in a rather frustrating search around town for those clips to put up Christmas lights. After three stores, we finally found them. Of course, the temperature plummeted the night before, and there was my poor husband putting up Christmas lights when it was -15 C! I knew it was cold because my snot was freezing in my nose! It does that when it gets below -10 C!We also put up the Christmas tree later that evening. Here's Sara relaxing in her nightie after a long day of decorating and playing! They were excited to have the Christmas books out again!On Tuesday, we finally got a decent amount of snow! Never mind that it was absolutely freezing outside, every kid in the neighbourhood was out to play! Here is Sara posing with her her friends. The one in the red is Alexa, who lives two doors down. They are like two peas in a pod and are only weeks apart in age! After having fun making snow angels, the kids decided to all form one team and have a snowball fight! Who was on the opposing team? ME! Yes, that's right! They all ganged up on me (about 8 of them!) and thought it was hilarious! I said it was no fair, but they didn't listen! It was really more of a powder fight because the snow wasn't the kind you could pack into a snowball. You should have seen the rosy cheeks!

Sky looks like he's afraid someone's going to step on him! He was excited to be wearing his new ski pants for the first time.And this is what my front entryway looked after five kids came in from playing in the snow! I made them clean it up after I took the picture!

So, now you know what's been going on around here. Tomorrow we're going on our first family ski trip in the mountains. Joshua's taking a day of vacation, so we can avoid the weekend crowds. We'll be dragging the kids out of bed before dawn, loading up the ski's boots, poles, and everything warm we can find! It's going to be a very cold day, but we're going to have FUN! Oh dear, I'm actually quite dreading it, but there's always the coffee shop or the fire in the hotel lobby where I can hide if I need to!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Annual Family Portrait!

I really did post an entry (a nice long one too) about a week ago. When I was done, (spell check and everything), I decided I wanted to change the font. I'm not sure how, but the entire thing disappeared and I couldn't get it back no matter where I looked. It was late and after losing 45 min. of work, I was so mad, I got up, washed my face, put my jammies on, and went straight to bed. I wouldn't even explain to Joshua! The next morning, I finally told him, and he said, "No wonder you were so mad!" I wrote that entry the day before my birthday, which was also the day we went to get our family portrait taken. Something about portrait day and Joshua just do not mix well and we pretty much had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day because of it! What is it with men and family pictures? Or is it just my husband? Oh, and he didn't even have to dress up! He got to wear jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt! And I'm the one who bathed, dressed and fixed hair for the other three people in the house. Anyway, point made! Then, later that day, we had to clean out the garage and that just made things worse, because (apparently) there were a million other things that my dearest would have rather been doing! Oh well, he survived both ordeals and lived to speak of them! And the pictures turned out really great, as you can see! Superstore scores again! We got 9 sheets of pictures AND 50 Christmas photo cards (with two pictures on each) for only $77! I thought that was a great deal!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Busy Day....

Today has been a very busy, but fun day with five children! Hailey and Dallin have a four day weekend because of Remembrance (Veteran's) Day. I had them yesterday too for a normal day, and then, bright and early this morning, all three arrived for the full day! We played games, ate lots of snacks, had tuna melts for lunch, played outside, went to the store, and did a movie and popcorn! They will be going home in 15 min. and I can honestly say that, although I was worried at the beginning of the day, we actually enjoyed the day rather than just survived it! My next excitement for the day is that I get to go out for dinner with two of my best friends, Trina and Penny. The three of us formed an accountability/fellowship group about 3 years ago. This year we started a new tradition for birthdays. We get together and go out for dinner and the birthday girl gets her dinner free! So, tonight is my night (my birthday is Nov. 11th) and I'm so excited! It will be a nice break after a very busy week. Looking forward to that kept me going this week! We're going to a great local restaurant called the Deluxe Diner. It's a fifties diner with very unique, healthy, organic food. It's hard to explain, cause it's not your typical diner fare. It's very Canadian, actually and we just love it. Trina and Penny have never been there, so I hope they like it!

I have to go get ready, but wanted to write even this short post to let you know I'm still alive and kicking!