Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Wouldn't you know it!?

I was baking a birthday cake tonight for my sister in law and my father in law and wouldn't you know it...I dropped the darn thing on the counter and it broke. There is no time to bake another one. Where are my Betty Crocker skills now? I have tried the gluing with icing, but it looks terrible. The icing won't stick to the cake. Gah! Oh well, it will still taste good even if it looks ugly, I just hate showing up with undesirable goods.
Emma's last day of preschool today.  Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Had to get resourceful today

I was baking cupcakes for Emma's preschool and wanted to frost them with pink colour. I found only blue and yellow in the cupboard and we all know there is no way to make pink from those colours no matter how hard you try. So on I plundered in to the bellows of the cupboard where stray soup packets and lost muffin wrappers lay abandoned and alone. I dug and pillaged and found sprinkles-for Christmas-so I kept looking.
Soon I came upon a tin of Strawberry tea. Don't argue or wrinkle your nose up at me here. You know darn well that I used it. I carefully dyed the icing pink and tasted it and to my surprise it had a wonderful flavour! So maybe the kids will go home a little more mellow tomorrow and the parents will wonder what shifted in the world to cause such a strange occurrence.

Monday, August 29, 2005

We all know Oliver is "Special"......

These moments are so hard to capture on film, because the kids rarely sit still, but I held my breath as they performed for us.

Freaking Out

I have to go to the dentist today.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

My Heart Swelled This Morning

Not just because we got a FABULOUS deal at the Thrift Store, but because my children make me proud to be a mother. The four of us made our way down to the store this morning and the children ran wild through the clothes racks. Everyone came to a screeching halt when we found a shiny red tricycle. Oliver's face lit up and he instantly fell in love. A match made in heaven. Emma and Oliver chased each other around the store on the bike for a little while and then thankfully a woman who worked there came to my rescue and offered the children a movie to watch, and cookies to eat. This was a sanity saver for sure. My shining moment was when I was a few feet away and I heard Oliver say thank you for the cookies and the lady said "You are welcome".
She could understand what he said! He has manners when I am not around to remind him of it! Oh happy day! My parenting works!
The best part of my whole day was that the price of the bike was cheaper than a cup of coffee! A whopping $2.25 for the bike and it is in great shape. Another successful day.

I found this great new place to go with my kids...if I had a friend, maybe she would go there with me.

The Promised Land for those of us who survive on coffee and need a little chat with a friend while our children are entertained. Now that I have found this I am so going back on coffee, not that I was totally off, but you know.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

What fun!

Fall clothes for Emma! I went to a kids clothing exchange today. Sometimes those things are a complete waste of time, but not today. I came away with a huge pile of clothes for Emma for the Fall. I found one pair of pants for Oliver. Poor kid got nothing else, but he really didn't need anything much because he still has all his clothes from last winter that still fit. Emma grows like crazy and it seems like every time I do laundry she has outgrown another garment. Anyways, I was pretty thrilled with my find. One pair of flannel jammies, 8 shirts, 4 casual dresses, and one matching pant and top set. Woo hoo!
There is another exchange next month....I wonder what I can dig up there.


Someone asked me for my Ontario Provincial Health Care number today.
Sob Sob Sob.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

I love it when

Oliver decides to take a crap at the dinner table and his mouth is full of food and his face turns purple. Lovely. Gone are the days of candlelit dinners and romance, its all about the poop.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Holy Crap it is freezing outside! Only 8 degrees today. Brrr. I am ready to break out the Christmas decorations already. I have started my Christmas shopping this year what with all the great sales on and everything. The library is already advertizing for Christmas programs...isn't it still August? Goodness! I can remember working at a store and they had decorations out in July one year boy did the customers get miffed.
"It gets earlier and earlier every year!"
This dreary weather makes me so sleepy, I think also I am tired from the go go go weekend we had. Everything is catching up to me. Snore. It is so hard to rest though. I just can't stop thinking about all the things I have to do.
Anyways, I think I will make one more trip out in the windy cold today. I wonder what sales I will find.

Monday, August 22, 2005


It is strange being here now without all my company. Quiet yes, but I truly enjoyed having friends around all the time. Now we go back to normalcy and regular schedules and hopefully the "mother load" when it finally decides to come out. I think I may take some prune juice after all.
Today was spent shopping around the city and boy oh boy did I get some deals! A bathing suit for $1.94 and a pair of shoes for $2.98 and a pair of shorts for $0.94 (all for the kids). At one point in the day I was trotting down the mall like a horse neighing and carrying Isabelle just to keep her happy. Anything to keep her happy folks! Oh yes I got quite the workout and now I don't feel as guilty for skipping my workout while our company was here.
Now I am going to cook supper, but only for the three of us and it feels a bit strange. I miss them. Emma has declared Miranda as one of her all time favorite people, and she adores Isabelle to pieces, and "Tragis" has many special qualities that we all love. For example: he uploaded tonnes of music to our computer for us and he fixed a spythingymagig and did lots of other bits and pieces on here. Oh and I will never forget Travis's face when he ate a sardine Jelly Belly. Good Times.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

We survived the zoo!

Amazing I know, but we did it and we manage to come back with all three kids and husbands. Which I must say was a very trying time. Some people kept wandering off from the group and made us wait terrible l-o-n-g agonizing waits with the children, but because I am not a disrespectful wife I won't mention any names.
We really had a great day and the children only had a few melt downs. Poor kids, it wasn't their fault that we dragged them all around during nap time.
I have found my neurotic twin for certain. I knew Miranda and I had a lot in common, but this is uncanny. We are both so over organized it is crazy, and we overthink everything. There is an issue with our butts all of a sudden. I am driven now more than ever to do my pilates and ride my bike. Miranda's wonderful husband Travis (really such a dear) had brought it much to our -Miranda and my-attention that our butts need a lot of work. Travis has so lovingly taken literally DOZENS of shots of both us girls bent over, or pushing strollers, walking etc all from behind. Thanks Travis. Love you! Today I am wearing my good butt jeans....

On another note, I have yet to go to the 'bathroom' if you catch my drift. I am soooo bloated its unimaginable! Gross. Miranda offered me some prune juice, but I am not yet that desperate. I am hoping things will work themselves out

Emma adores Miranda, I think there will be major tears on Monday when they leave. Oliver likes having another playmate and gets along quite well with Isabelle. Isabelle is such a cutie and I if only you all could have seen her at the zoo yesterday eating ketchup out of the little paper cups. Funny! *On a side note here, the ketchup was dispensed from an udder like contraption. Very captivating.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

I wonder what the pee content of the water was after the bath? The girls couldn't seem to drink enough of it...ewww. Posted by Picasa

Will someone please tell me why Oliver has been awake since 4 AM???

This is not in my schedule of things to do. He is being a real stinker. Let me tell you. Oh and tripping over that laundry basket while I got him a bottle was none too lovely either. Oh ya and did I mention all the gas pains I have from holding in my gas? Gosh!
I just need to let her rip.
So now I am wide awake with gas, afraid I am going to wake the whole house up with my rumbles.
Steve has just taken Oliver for a spin. Trying to get him to go back to sleep.
As for my stars!
I could not have imagined a more scrumtious little angel. Isabelle is so sweet and delightful and so far..hey come on I said so far all our kids get along.
As long as we keep them all entertained they are okay.......
So why the heck did Oliver wake up this morning. GOSH!

Friday, August 19, 2005

I'm a hyper-hypo

Running around. Zipping in and out. Up and down the stairs. I can barely sit to blog. BZZZZZZ! I had a bit of extra coffeeeee today. The toilets are done. The floors are done. Even the microwave is done-which ewww that was a job and a half. The house should smell fresh and clean, but it doesn't, it smells like meat. Roast beef. I have fans blowing to cool me down because I am so hot. Calm down. Breathe. I am not anxious. Miranda is an old friend. She was in my wedding party. We go way back. I am just a freak about my house being perfect. Can't wait can't wait can't wait. I need some gum. Better do my hair. Oh gotta get the kid's table ready....

Company is Coming

I should be running around like a mad woman scrubbing toilets and washing floors but alas...I am sitting here sipping on tea and blogging. Such is my life. This darn computer is so addicting. I am really just avoiding the chores. I have been scrubbing the house all week and I am tired of it. I guess my company will have to love me with my mess. Fellow blogger Miranda Lee is coming down from Edmonton with her ADORABLE little girl (I am hoping to betroth Oliver and her) and her husband Travis.
The roast is in the cooker slowly roasting. Drool. I am soooo exctied to have company.
Ribs tomorrow night. I have the whole menu planned all weekend because I am obsessive about things.
I am ignoring the sore throat that I have..and Steve's too. We are NOT way. We will have FUN this weekend no matter what. I will take oodles of pictures. The batteries are on the charger right now.
Ok fine the nagging in my head is getting to me, I will go and scrub some more before they get here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

They don't make 'those' donuts at Tim's

Most of you who know me, know that I am a little obsessive when it comes to certain things....well actually a lot of things. If you have been following my blog, you will know that I am on a kick lately to lose me some weight. We all know how hard it is to do, it is not easier for one person than another, it is equally difficult for us all I would say. Some people have a little more gumption than others though.
Here is where my story comes in.
I ride my bike every day except Saturdays and Sundays. I also do Pilates when I feel like it (which is not very often because I loathe it so). I guess because the seat of my exercise bike is enormous it causes some major friction when I am know friction down there...not in a good way otherwise I would ride that damn bike alllll day. Okay seriously now I can barely go to the bathroom or sit straight from all this riding and is it worth it? To lose a few pounds? To me it is. Who needs to sit properly anyways?
So I am off to find a donut to sit on...or a bag of peas.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Last night while tucking Emma into bed she asked me "Mummy where is Grammy's baby?"

Monday, August 15, 2005

They make a mess!

If you listen very carefully you can hear him say "They make a mess!"
I just love his little voice!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

"Mummy I think he's having a bad poo"
"Uh, no Emma I don't think he's pooing" Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 12, 2005

Oink Oink!

I hope you can all understand what he's saying!

Thursday, August 11, 2005


I picked up the phone just now and answered rather upbeat.
The gentleman on the other end asked me how I was doing and I answered that I was fine.
I could not quite put my finger on who it was though. He kept talking to me and then asked if my daddy was home.
I said "Who is this?!"
He stuttered a bit and then said "uh isn't this Jesse?"
"Uh NO!" I answered.
"Oh sorry wrong number!" he said and hung up.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Is it Wednesday already? I think I lost a day...

Well, just literally got back from being at the hospital alllll morning with Oliver (I left the house with him at 9:15am). I swear I spend more time there than I do here at home. We had a follow up appointment with the Immune System doc today. Nothing has really changed except the fact that Oliver is now producing the antibodies for diphtheria and tetanus that he was not before. His immune system is still compromised and we all have to have the flu shot (eek! I am so scared) and they may put him on antibiotics all winter just to be on the safe side. Plus, one of his tubes in his ears has started to disengage and they want it replaced ASAP. So it looks like we may have another surgery. Not that I am not okay with all of this people, 'cause I am just right as rain. Fine fine fine. The idea of spending more time in that lovely hospital makes me jolly as Santa on Christmas Morning.
I had a SUPER blond moment today while driving home. I mean it was a doozy.
I noticed a long stream of cyclists on one side of the rode. They were merrily making their way along wearing those orange and yellow safety vests. I wondered to myself "Where on earth are all those construction workers going? And why are they riding bikes?"

Monday, August 08, 2005

Some days are just a complete waste

I dread going to the doctor with Oliver these days because we have gotten ourselves into such a great routine that anything they suggest is just painful to try. This morning we headed out to the G.I. clinic optimistically though. We were there a total of TWO hours. What a waste of my time, at least I got to spend those precious moments with my little angel. He was so cute. When we walked into the office he noticed straight away that someone had scribbled all over the walls with black and red felt markers and he said "Ohhh pretty picture!"
He has gained weight since the last visit, but he has gone off the charts again sooo they are all frowning at us.
It's not like I don't give him food or anything. I try and try but he still won't take it. Ahh why whine about it.
This post is pointless today. I am so cranky.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

I guess I realllllly need to watch what I say

Emma has been pushed around a bit at school and one girl in particular has been pulling her hair. I (in jest) told her to kick the girl in the teeth the next time she did anything bad....

Emma was telling me how a girl from school was spitting at her one day this week. She followed the story with "That's okay mama, next time I'll just kick her in the face."
Story time with Grandpa. Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 05, 2005

Our first harvest! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 04, 2005


I bought this new gum that is out called Trident Splash Vanilla Mint. At the time I didn't notice it was vanilla mint. I have never tasted anything so vile in my life...well ok I have but I am certainly not writing that
on my website. This gum tastes like you are chewing on a candle or....air freshener or perfume or something. Sick. I am so writing to the company about the taste. What were they thinking? Did they not sample it to people first? Hello? Why was I not sought out for the judging of this poo crap gum?

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Oh Gran...

It never fails, Grandma comes out with a doozy every week. Today at coffee time with the family Gran leaned over to me and whispered "I sure wish I knew what everyone was talking about."

It's that time again

Emma has outgrown all her fall stuff from last year. While I am glad that she is growing, I am frustrated to be buying more clothes again this fall. Oliver still fits into his from last year thank goodness. That is one good thing about a baby that doesn't grow!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

"Are you guys congregating in there or what?"

Grocery shopping was brought to a new level of fun this afternoon when I went and discovered it was THE busiest time of the day. Gosh! It was a zoo. I tried to hurry, but this made things worse. I kept forgetting things and had to re-trace me steps. Down one aisle I found it impossible to pass these two Gabbing Gertudes so I just pretended to be engrossed in the soups. Thank goodness there was a sale or I would have been bored stiff! Anyhow I think these two women were long lost friends or something talking about everything under the sun. Nothing was making them move. People squeezed around them and scowled as they walked by. No one stunned me more than a large English gentleman. He came down the aisle and was not impressed by the ladies standing there. "Are you guys congregating in here or what?" He asked rather grufly. They responded with "Yes and enjoying it!"
I could not believe my ears. These were grown adults acting like children. Then the man says as he is leaving "Well you are sure doing a good job of it!"
The ladies didn't budge. I had to get out of there before I burst out laughing. These people were in there 50's or so.
That didn't end my escapade at the grocery store.
Oh no!
I thought I was winning when I got to the checkout and there was only one person in front of me.
This was the lady from eternal damnation.
She never shut up and went on and on to the male chekout man about her divorce from her husband and how her mother is moving here from Newfoundland and she is going to live with her for three weeks then move into a nursing home blah blah blah. Then right before I rolled my eyes and ALMOST opened my big mouth to the person behind me she waved to the lady behind me and started chatting her up too.
She made sure she checked every little thing that went through the checkout and told the checker that things were not ringing in correctly. "I just don't trust Safeway" she said. Then why go there????
She then decided that she didn't have enough Pop Tarts. This was after she had paid, so she waited and chattered on to everyone while the stockman got her SIX more boxes of Pop Tarts. Meanwhile the bag boy had started putting my groceries in her cart because she had not moved out of the way!
Goodness what a trip.
A picnic at Fish Creek. So much fun and hot hot hot. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 01, 2005

I found the solution the beat the heat...

Freezies. But I am not eating them....I am putting them in my bra...oh the glory.

I can't believe it

Nine pounds dropped. I was hoping for some weight loss, but I never expected that much. I have been riding my exercise bike every day (except weekends) and it has finally paid off. Phew, I wonder how much I can lose if I keep going?


I went out in the desert heat yesterday with both kids all by myself while Steve was off playing for two services at a church he plays at regularly. I had Oliver in the stroller and Emma walking by my side. We made it to the store okay, but by the time we got there Emma was fading and wanting to sit down. I promised her treats-a-plenty at the store if only she could make it a little farther inside. Once inside she was FINE. Bounding up and down the aisles like she was never wilting. She wanted all the candy and she wanted it NOW. Oliver sat docile in the buggy while I grabbed Emma away from all the merchandise. I told her she could pick out one treat and one drink. That left me to get my treats. I scanned the shelves and then a new display caught my eye.
The motherload had been left there just for me. Dark chocolate peanut M & M's. I started grabbing maniacally. Then the store clerk smiled sweetly at me and said "Uh mam you know there is a four limit max on those right?"
I stopped grabbing.
I looked for a sign to tell me about the limit.
There was no sign.
He was just pulling my leg.