Thursday, 25 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Friday, 19 December 2008
The Buddy Boy enjoying his books. Mama loves to read, spends lots of time at the library, and probably more time reading than she should!! I was noticing that he was trying to grab our books when we were reading, so instead of leaving his books on his shelf, I got out some of the board books and left them with his toys.
He especially loves these ones, they were given to him by my Cousin & his Fiancee, and have textured pages. He loves to feel the pages!!
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Taken about six weeks ago. He is now sitting on his own, with a few minor head clunks, and is attempting to move. He looks like a harp seal, he lays on his Tummy, kicks his legs, and tries to swim with his arms! He's now starting to get either his butt up, or his head up, but hasn't managed both at the same time!
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Fr. Mom: "so, we should get going, you guys have a test tomorrow"
LR: "Um, I forgot to tell you.... we have two tests this week, one of them is tomorrow."
Mama: "And where's your book for tomorrow's test?"
LR: "In my locker."
Of Course. Because where else would it be??
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Friday, 21 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
Friday, 7 November 2008
The buddy boy is just discovering that. "What? I open my mouth, spoon goes in... open my mouth, n1pple goes in... what do you mean I have to do some work here!!"
He has discovered that if he licks his hands, and then presses them into the crumbled up arrowroot cookie, that the cookie will stick, and he can lick it off. Or else, he can be a hoover, lean down really close to the tray, and try to kind of suck the food up.
We obviously need to work on the pincer grip a little bit.
Even if he gets the food into the mouth, he can't get it far enough back on his tongue anyway, so I clean it all out of the folds in his baby neck after, lol!!
Thursday, 6 November 2008
They were a smidge surprised, to say the least.
The toy that Buddy boy is holding is a hand me down from his second cousins, and one of his favourites, and the beautiful sweater that he is wearing was hand knit by my sister-in-law. You can't see the detail on it in the photo, but it is gorgeous.
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Friday, 24 October 2008
It has been a great 6 months. I can't belive that I am halfway through my mat leave already!! I really am dreading going back to work.
We visit the Ontario Early Years centre weekly, for Mom & Baby time, and we go to story time at the library twice a week. LR is active in Girl Guides twice a week, and I join her once a week.
Still no internet at home, so the photos that have been posted have been ripped off from various family members facebook sites (Thanks Guys!!).
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
I can't believe that buddy boy is two months already. He's holding his own head up already. Last week we went in for his two month innoculations. He was not a happy camper.
He has begun to form some routine, so that is good. He usually naps in the mornings from 10 - 11, and again in the afternoons from about 1:30 - 3:00. He's at his most awake and alert in the evenings. Overall, I'd say that he's a fairly happy baby.
He dosen't like to sleep in his crib at night, so that is being a bit of a challenge. He'll start off in hs crib, but going back down after a night feed is a challenge. He'll go to bed around 11, wake up two hours later for a feed, and then sleep until 4:30 or five. When he was a couple of weeks old he was giving me five hours at night in a row, but hardly any naps during the day. Now that I have daytime naps, I have to get up more at night. I think that I prefer having it spread out like this. Now that I've said that, he's going to stop napping during the day though, right?
Not much else is new. I get up, drive LR to school, come home, eat breakfast, feed the baby, put the baby down for a nap, putter, play with the baby, eat lunch, put the baby down for a nap, putter, play with the baby, go and get LR from school, come home and make dinner. The amazing thing is, I am not bored at all, and I don't miss work at all.
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
So far, he's a good sleeper (I usually get about 5 hours straight at night), and a pretty good eater. He was 7 lb 1 oz at birth.
His room is almost finished now (he's in our room right now). We've finished the drywall work, and painted the walls. We need to wait a month to hang the wallpaper, since the paint is brand new.
He'll probably stay in our room for a little longer, since his room and Little Raven's room is connected by the pocket door. I'd rather have myself up at night with him than myself and her, especially since she has to go to school!!
Sunday, 13 April 2008
Thursday, 10 April 2008
He gives me a similar look when I am walking past his cage in the middle of the night on my way back from the loo. On the way there I must wake him up, but on the way back: "Hi! you're up! Is it breakfast time? Can I come out to play now?"
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Monday, 7 April 2008
And then flowing across the yard.
Here's another pic, taken from the second floor window:
Lots and Lots of water.
Luckily, when the house was built, the lot was raised. The backyard is at the natural grade, but the house and front yard were built up several feet. Even though we were surrounded by so much water, the basement stayed dry (this time at least... lol).
Normally, when I get home with Little Raven, she hops out of the van at the road, gets the mail, and walks to the house. This day "I think I'll just wait for you to climb back in the van!"
Sunday, 6 April 2008
We really need to cut the tree down, before it falls on the boat, but the birds just love it, we really don't want to take away their habitat either!!
Saturday, 5 April 2008
We played some cool games, including “guess how big the belly is,” where first a piece of string is placed around the mother’s waist and cut, then the roll of string is passed around the room and everyone cuts off the amount that they think is right. Congratulations to Tiffany, who was within about a half centimetre!! Tiffany used the strategy that we were the same size before I got preggo, so she put the roll around her own waist and then added a baby from there!
My mom & LR made a cool “diaper cake,” with all diaper changing essentials... very cool.
All in all, we had a great afternoon, lots of fun was had all around!
Friday, 4 April 2008
Then it got me. Wednesday and Thursday in bed.
And this morning LR was sniffling a little. I suspect that she will spend the weekend in bed.
So I am back to work today, which is good, because I have a to-do list a mile long before my last day NEXT FRIDAY!! Which means that I will not be posting on my lunch hour today 'cause I'm too busy, even though I have a few things to write about:
- Baby shower last weekend
- The LAKE that formed around our house the past couple of days
- The new birds that we have seen around the house.
Since we live in the boonies, we don't have Internet at home. I dunno how that's gonna affect my posting once my mat leave starts. I can post from the library, but no pictures, since I don't really want to use my flash drive on the public computers.
Since we've all been sick, there's been very little progress on the upstairs.. and only three weeks to the due date!! yikes!!
So, have a happy weekend everyone!!
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Yesterday was a nice mild +6 Celsius, and it was warm enough when I got home that there was no need to light the fire to warm up the house.
Today seems to be heading the same direction. As long as the sun is shinning, we shouldn't need a fire tonight either. Which is a very very good thing, for two reasons:
1) Our wood pile is getting very very small, and this is our main heat source
2) It is getting awfully difficult to bend down to light the fire now!!
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
We have now received more snow so far than the last two winters combined, and have nearly broken the record of most snow in one winter that was set in the 1930's.
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
She is, after all, ten years old, and after Christmas we had a long discussion about the spirit of St. Nicholas versus Santa Clause.
So on Saturday night, as we're eating a (late) dinner after church, and she's dawdling through her meal, I advised her that she'd better hurry up, otherwise the Easter Bunny was going to bed, and Daddy didn't know where the Easter presents were.
So she finishes her meal and trots up to bed. I get the eggs out for Daddy and I to hide ('cause even though there's no Bunny, you can still have the hunt!!). And Daddy stands at the bottom of the stairs, lobbing the darn eggs up to the second floor, through her doorway, trying to hit her in her bed!!
(We can be a little unorthodox here....)
"Daddy!!! Daddy stop that!!! Hey, that one just hit me!! That's it, I'm hiding under my pillow now!!"
Happy late Easter everyone!!
Thursday, 20 March 2008
It is solid wood, made by members of a Mennonite community.
To fit it in the van, we had to take out the seats on the right hand side. Driving home, the front passenger seat was pulled up as far forward as it could go, Hubby drove, I sat in the chair behind hubby, and Little Raven sat in the chair behind me. It made me very, very glad that I had insisted that the new van had to have 50/50 or 60/40 seats in the rear, as we would have had to take two vehicles otherwise, and it is a two hour drive!!
In renovation news, we have restored power to the upstairs bathroom, hallway, and our room. Little Raven still has to use a flashlight in the mornings though. At least it is still light out until later in the evenings now!
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Not only do we have walls, but we also have a WORKING TAP in the bathroom... no more running a hose from the basement up two flights of stairs to fill the tub.
It's a little primitive still, but at least I can adjust the temperature of the water while in the tub now:
We have not painted the room blue, that is just the colour of the bathroom drywall. Tonight I can start the mudding if I'm feeling up to it. I was home yesterday with Little Raven who was sick, and I can feel the start of a bit of a tickle in the back of my throat today... ugh.
Friday, 14 March 2008
As we're doing this, she was in in her room with us, and we were trying to be as discreet as possible. However:
LR: "Daddy, I'm not sure if you noticed..."
Daddy "Noticed what?"
LR "Well, when you put the magnetic paint on the walls, the magnets work right on the wallpaper too!!"
Daddy: "yeah I know, I put it there so that it would do that!" (quickly finishing covering the old phone jack).
It's funny what they'll notice.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Mama: "Why do you need to go there? You were there all day with the daycare, weren't you"
LR "You know that sweater that Stephen bought me, from Medicine Hat? when we were at the beach party, I took it off, and left it there."
So we drive up to the other daycare, and she looks in the lost and found, and she looks in the gym, and there is no pink Medicine Hat Tigers sweater to be found anywhere. And the tears begin.
She was so upset that she had lost this one sweater, which was a HUGE surprise, because this child will be an only child until her Dad's & my baby is born next month, (and she will still be her Mom's only child), and is an only grandchild to two sets of Grandparents, and was an only grandchild to the third set of grandparents until about a year and a half ago. She'll be eleven in the spring. In short, she's spoiled rotten.
Gifts come out of the woodwork, whether there is an occasion or not. And she knows that by the time her Christmas toys are boring, it will be her birthday anyway. We've tried cutting back on the "things" that she receives, but it was never effective.
We've tried teaching her responsibility, but that has never sunk in either. She has always known 'if I loose it / break it etc., someone will replace it.'
Maybe it's because we only see Stephen once a year, maybe because this sweater was from the west, and therefore we can't purchase one here, or maybe it's because she doesn't receive gifts from Stephen the way she receives things from other people, but this one darn sweater meant a lot to her.
She was also afraid to tell Stephen that she'd lost his gift to her, but she was trying to figure out how she was going to tell him. So she wasn't planning on not saying anything to him, and she didn't try to tell us that it had been stolen or anything else, she admitted what had happened. usually if she looses something, we tell her that we're disappointed, we may take away privileges, etc. for discipline. In this case, there was no need, she punished herself more than enough.
So, while I wanted to find the sweater, it WAS a good time to hope that SOME responsibility would sink in. So I did what I could to help her, but made it her job to do the work. She called the other daycare on Tuesday, and they still hadn't seen it. On Wednesday, they called back, and said that all the lost and found from the beach party had been sent to a third daycare. So she called there.
She was lucky, the third daycare had it!!
So we picked up her very pink Medicine Hat Tigers sweatshirt yesterday. She was so happy to see it that she hugged it, and then managed, in the car, to put it on over top of the sweatshirt she was already wearing, without removing her seat belt and with removing her jacket.
So Uncle Stevie, it looks like she really appreciated this Christmas gift!!
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Still no proper supply line though, as the taps can't be installed until the tile backsplash is installed, and we haven't even LOOKED at tiles yet, yet alone picked out a pattern or purchased any.
It makes filling the tub an interesting challenge. Hubby had a meeting last night, but said we could go ahead and use it, just hook up the garden hose to the laundry room taps to fill it. Ok fine. So I hooked the hose up to the cold water in the old laundry room, sent Little Raven upstairs to make sure that the water was going in the tub, and filled the tub slightly. Then switched the hose to the hot tap. Turned it on, annnnnd... nothing. huh. Oh wait, the shut off valve is still off. Then looked more carefully. The shut off valve on the cold tap was ABOVE the tap. On the hot tap it was BELOW the tap. So if I turn that valve on, water is going to go straight up those pipes to... the open end behind the brand new drywall. Right. Ok, I think I will wait until hubby gets home.
Hubby comes in, says no, I meant the NEW laundry room tap.... ohhhhhh.......
So we hook up the hose to the new tap, run it across the basement up through the hole in the floor to the old laundry room, up through the hole in the floor into the bathroom. Now one person has to stand downstairs (there's only one tap in the new laundry room, seeing as it has a proper faucet, unlike the old) and work the temperature knobs, while the other person stands upstairs and yells "More Hot!!" "Add some Cold!" down to them.
Ah the joys of a home renovation. I just think it's a good thing that we are all campers. I mean really, if we can rough it in the bush for a week, with the nearest civilization at least a days paddle out, we can definitely live like this in our own home!
Monday, 10 March 2008
Friday, 7 March 2008
(Just) Before the walls & tiles were removed
Possibly a reason why we have needed to do the amount of renovation that we have
One wall missing
Bathroom window (left), and Baby’s window (right)
The only working bathtub or shower in our house
You can see the two doors, on the left, the Baby’s door, and on the right, the bathroom door.
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
By the time we went to bed that night, one of the bathroom walls upstairs was also gone!! the wall that backs onto the Baby's room that was taken down. The wall beside the toilet that backs onto the Baby's room. Did I meant ion that at the moment, there is not a door to the baby's room yet??
Baby's room. That is the back of the bathtub that you can see to the left of the photo. Where the black pipe is, is where the wall is open to the bathroom, and the toilet is just to the right of that.
Upstairs loo. The wall is missing on the right side of this picture.
Hubby removing the old floor. I think that the MOL would have a problem with his choice of footwear.... lol
Laundry room walls, with more useless pipes.