Thursday, September 30, 2004

Christmas Shopping Done!

That's right folks. I am done. I have little bitty stocking things to get, but those don't count as gifts. All our main gifts are bought and what a feeling. It takes so much pressure off. I must say, the season has become a bit raped and exploited over the years. So much emphasis is put on the gifts and the buzz, nobody seems to s-l-o-w down and really enjoy the meaning and spirit anymore.
I love the quiet calm Christmas Eve night. When the whole house is quiet and everyone is home from church and relaxing. No one has started arguing yet over anything and not one person is stressed out. All is serene.


So, in relation to Steve's blog about my jolly boy. (surely you don't need the link) They are testing Oliver at the GI clinic for Celiac disease. Weird. This little guy has been poked and prodded and examined as much as any adult in his short little life already. Celiac disease is basically an allergy to gluten...we will keep you updated as we are informed.
I think the docs just need to pick at him like a scab. We finally start to get him feeling better about one thing and they say he has another. I am ready to stop taking him. The next test is scoping him. Yuck. Thankfully he is put out for it.
I can't help but wonder sometimes if I did something when I was pregnant. Just a mother's guilt. I am glad that I pushed for it when he needed to be seen about Gastric Reflux, which only took them six months to figure out that he has. He is much better now, doesn't throw up anymore at all. Except on milk products....I am laughing right now. My son, he's so special. What a monkey.
Honestly who would have ever thought I would have come around and had kids and enjoyed them? Right Margie? I am even enjoying other people's kids now!

Monday, September 27, 2004

My Postie

I am thankful every single day that Steve has a job he is so passionate about. He loves his job. Well, that is an understatement. He lives for his job. If he can get away with never retiring, he will. What a great existence, to get to love what you do.
He gets chased by dogs, stung by wasps, blisters on his feet, he goes out in the burning sun, and the middle of the freezing temperatures in winter. All because he loves his job. We were talking about this the other day, and how it would really suck if you hated your job and had to drag your butt there every day. I am so thankful for Steve and his good job, it was the right move back to Calgary.....even if I miss Hamilton like nuts.

Saturday, September 25, 2004


Emma seems to have figured out how to cast spells. How, I don't know. I think it is rather comical, Steve is kinda freaked out. She casts spells on him, and he gets stung by wasps. Emma chants the words "sha ba la pshtt" and then flings her arms towards her subject. Steve and I have now started doing this as a joke to each other, its funny, he has been stung twice now. I have not.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004


A pink poodle. Cute, soft, cuddly. Emma is terrified of her Halloween costume. I can't help but laugh, at least I try to hide it in front of her. I brought home this lovely cute poodle costume and was so proud for finding it at such a good price etc. Now, Emma is totally afraid. Did not see that coming at all.
On a side note, the same day that I got the costumes, I got other bargains. Margie would be so proud.

Cutting Teeth

I think this is a sick joke that God puts us parents through. What doesn't kill us will make us stronger right? Three down, how many more to go?

Monday, September 20, 2004

Bye Bye Baby

Well, we go from one milestone into the next around here. Oliver took his first step tonight, finally! Yay!!!!!!! He didn't even realize that he had let go of Emma's desk for a few moments while he was still walking. It took a minute for my brain to register too.
I went to put Emma to bed tonight and was laying in there for a few minutes cuddling with her, and she popped her head up and says out of the blue "Actually mom, goodnight." Ouch. Growing pains here in Calgary tonight. I kinda feel like laughing and crying at the same time. How can she use the word 'actually' ? She is two!

Who farted?

Every time Emma farts, it is a new experience. For a while her thing was to ask everyone if they tooted. "Mom did you toot?" and then she would check my bum. Or whoever she asked. She would play this out with her dolls too, and it was quite funny. Now she owns up to them. I will ask Steve if it was him that smells, and Emma will pipe up "No mama that was me, I farted". I will ask her again, "Are you sure Emma?" and she will reply with "Yes mom I really stink in my bum! I farted okay!" How can we discourage it? Its so cute. Except when we get to the mall or grocery mart and she says in her loudest loudest voice "Mommy, I toot, smell it?" She makes us laugh. I love it!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Hot Date

Our house was being shown tonight at 5pm, so we went out to Boston Pizza tonight with the kids. Oliver ate his way through six whole packages of crackers, and Emma had her very own little pizza. The waiter was so gracious and cleaned up all the ground in crumbs everywhere. The kids were the best they have been in a long time. We usually order take-out so that we don't have to endure the torture of being in a restaurant with kids, but tonight was great. We even had dessert. Yummy. Chocolate brownie something or other. It was good. Relaxing to a degree.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Twinkle Toes

My son. I love him. His is so adorable and munchable. He dances, and laughs and one of his new habits is to stick one of his legs high in the air like a ballerina. He also has started playing with Emma's Polly Pockets and Steve's Lavender Sachets. Hmmmmm. I keep trying to get a picture of him with his leg extended, but I am sure he wouldn't thank me for that. I think it's cute. Emma can play soccer, its girly enough, and Oliver can be a Ballerina. Oh now I know what they can be for Halloween too!

Thursday, September 16, 2004


When Steve and I lived in Spain for a wee bit it was normal to expect cold showers every single day. But not in Canada! I waited and waited and waited, but the hot water never even came on this morning. I was cursing up a storm. Yes I am sure you can picture it. I am one of these people that doesn't function without a shower EVER. Gross. Eeeuuwww. I will have to keep trying. On second thought, I guess the whole building doesn't have hot water. I just saw the man who lives above us walk outside with hair sticking up everywhere. What a way to start your day. What the f%&*@#. I am cranky.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Okay, so how long have I been asking for a toothbrush with my sugar cereals? Now they have finally listened! We have electric toothbrushes now that we got in our cereals. One went to Emma, funny though that we don't really let her eat the sugary cereals. Now the question is with the second toothbrush, can I have it?

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Attn: Lovers of mail, samples, coupons, etc.

This is one of my secrets to getting free stuff in the mail.
Enjoy, I love it, and it really works.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Can't wait until Christmas!

Okay, so we totally blew it tonight as parents. I had said to Steve a few weeks ago that I wanted to buy Emma a desk for Christmas for all her art stuff. A few days ago I saw the perfect desk for her while I was out shopping. I went today and saw that there were only about three or four left. Not enough to last until Christmas (and of course they would not get another shipment ....)anyways, I bought the desk. It is so cool. It comes with a chair, and a light and a drawer and places on the sides to hold books. Oh I wish I was a kid again. I never had stuff this cool.
Okay, so I got home and unloaded the groceries from the car, and Steve saw the desk..........he was so excited, he wanted to put it together and set it up for Emma. I guess he didn't realize that I had bought it for Christmas. I explained that and he hesitated for a minute, but then still we opened it up and he put it all together for her. While Steve was putting the desk together I gave Oliver his "Little People" that I had bought for him for his birthday coming up. We are weak.
The unbelievable joy Emma expressed over this desk was enough to make my day for fifty years. She was dancing, she was squeeling, she was holding the light up to her eyeball. I wish we had a video camera. I think we need that before we need a couch.

Saturday, September 11, 2004


Does anyone else get lost? I got lost coming home from the grocery store yesterday. Go ahead, laugh. I guess I just was not paying attention, and then all the short-cuts I tried to take took me in the totally wrong direction. It took me an extra half an hour to get home and boy was I frustrated. How do I get so lost?

Friday, September 10, 2004

Mail Time

I can't help it, I love the mail. This is why it is so fitting that Steve is a postman. I am hoping that at our new house the mail comes earlier than where we are now. Now we don't get it until 2pm. This drives me nuts all day, even if I am out, I am thinking about the mail! Anyways, I am writing this to share about what I got in the mail today. Four, yes four $15 coupons for Huggies diapers. I am an avid writer to companies about their products and services. Every now and then, it really pays off, and today it did!

A home, a home at last....

Okay, so its out. Steve finally announced that we are getting the place that is only 2 blocks away from our current apartment. I wish we were going back to Hamilton, sob, the people there are our friends. Maybe now, they can come out for a visit! Any takers? We will finally have a closed in yard in our new home, where the kids can romp and play and we can sit and relax without the nosy spying eyes of our neighbors. I hate nosy neighbors! Its all about privacy, right Krista?
At last we are not going to have a laundry cupboard in our living room, or a pantry shelf holding food and baking supplies in our living room. There are so many good things about this place that we have been waiting for, hoping for, looking for and not finding until now. I even asked the guy managing the property if the owners would be willing to sell in a few years, and he said that would probably be an option.
The walls are all painted for us, very nicely painted I must say. Artistically done. The bathroom has mural type artwork in it on the main floor, and the door to the basement has more artwork, and all the wall are done in some special finish. The people really have taken great care of this place. Okay, enough about this silly house that nobody else cares about. I will try to borrow a camera so that everyone can see what I am talking about. Oh, and the kids can have their own playroom too, the basement is fully finished, with a separate laundry room. I feel like we hit the jackpot.