Monday, March 13, 2017

13 on the 13th!

Happy birthday to my middle boy, Liam! He is growing fast and has changed so much in the past two years from a standard typical kid to more of a unique and talented teenager. He has been so busy these days. Three days a week he's in boxing where he is getting super fit. It is showing in other areas where he can now outlast us all, like on the ski hill. His skiing abilities have improved majorly because he's more in shape and has also had three lessons this winter. He is in yearbook and lego robotics at school. He just started jazz band as the drummer and concert band (trumpet). He still goes to drum lessons, and in between all that he enjoys youth group and does lots of reading and homework! He's still madly ticklish (see the bottom picture). We kinda like this one. He's a keeper.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Here we are, another year. Sometimes it seems like year after year, life is as it has always been, with the same things happening and the same problems over and over no matter how hard you try to fix them....fighting children for instance. And then your facebook pops ups a video from 8 years ago and you get zipped back to those baby days when life was about napping and walking the kids to the park. Life has changed and we are full force into those teen years of hormones, homework and attitude. I don't mean to paint a nasty picture, because it isn't all stress and war around here, but sometimes the majority of good gets lost in a 10 minute brawl over trying to get someone to read for his English assignment. Grr. I must say though, I love having kids that are smart and starting to surpass me in their talents and abilities. They are catching up to me in size, and actually when I was staring at Shea's unusually large thighs yesterday, I decided to measure them at their largest part, and they are only 1 inch smaller than mine! He is 9! Riley is "cracking" us up with his changing voice, and Liam is getting teased daily for his beginnings of a mustache. Oh puberty. I remember you. Life is different than when I was a teen though, so in some ways I feel so unprepared for knowing how to deal with all they are going through. For one, I wasn't and am not a BOY. For two, I did not have access to the internet, snapchat, and all the other means of learning, conversing and chatting with friends. It is so distracting for their chaotic brains! And third, our lifestyle is just so different from mine as a child. Our family was poorer, with most of our spare time involved in church activities (never sports) and a totally different family dynamic. I feel like it's all a guessing game and I'm just trying my hardest not to screw things up for them. Some moments I burst open with pride and enthusiasm for all they are and will become, and other days I just want to hide under my bed and pretend they don't belong to me! The joys of motherhood. I will survive!!! and they will be amazing.

Monday, December 05, 2016


So it came and it went, and now I'm 40. I feel like I've been turning 40 all year, so I'm glad it's finally over with!
So many things happened and changed this year, and though it was overall an amazing year, it was very stressful too. I am glad we don't have so much on our plate this December (a year ago we were going through restoration of the basement and endless showings of the house). I am busy with my new job and just getting through each day with the kids and their individual needs and sports/homework. Nevermind the usual laundry, cooking and cleaning! I have yet to buy any Christmas presents, so I guess I'd better get on that! I hope you are enjoying the final craziness before Christmas is upon us!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Workin' girl

I haven't had much of interest to put on this here blog. My days are so full of mundane tasks, which really aren't blog worthy! We have been busy and just finished hosting a massive thanksgiving weekend with my family. Other than that, I'm busy driving the kids to and from their activities (sports and music). I wasn't really enjoying the "on call" work, and have been quite lonely, so I decided to apply for a permanent part time position. I got the job and start next week! It is at the "Pathways to Home" program of the seniors home. It is a wing where most of our 6-8 clients come from the hospital, but are still too weak to go home. It is our teams job to get them back into shape, and doing their daily activities again. Some clients have been in the hospital for months and have that condition where they've been babied (institutionalized) and don't even know how to put their own socks on anymore. It takes a bit of hard work, but generally our clients get strong enough to get back home. I'm excited to be part of the team and hope it isn't a challenge to juggle the work/family life.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Happy 17th, Amy! (our first baby)

Amy is the leader of our slew of children. The oldest of our nieces and nephews, the first baby we loved as "our own blood". I still remember meeting her for the first time, and now she is in GRADE 12, learning to drive and as tall as her mom. Yikes. I guess I am getting old after all.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Back to SCHOOL

Summer was great and needed, but long and exhausting. We are all glad to be back to some routine. Here's to grade 10, 7 and 4!