Thursday, August 27, 2015

How can we be at the end of August already? We're already at that time of buying school supplies, finding the evenings chilly and finishing up our canning. It went so fast. I posted a million pics on Facebook of our amazing trip down the Oregon Coast, going from Long Beach down to Florence. It was our longest family holiday yet, sleeping 18 nights straight in our tent trailer! We also did two other short campouts in the Shuswap and the weather was perfect. Nothing has progressed on the selling and buying a new house thing. We haven't seen one that we like yet, and don't want to sell ours unless we have something else in the works. Next I'll be posting pics of my back-to-school boys!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

My grade 5 grad! I got to do the head shots for the grade 5 slideshow again...here they are... Liam had the best finish to his elementary year of school. Well technically they have 3 1/2 more days, but it's all party party! And here's Shea...done grade 2! and Riley...finished grade 8 and moving on to high school! I finished up my last day of work yesterday for the summer. I'm bracing myself for being home all day with the three crazies, but have already booked 2 campsites in the first two weeks!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Celebrations

Well we survived all the many March birthdays (Liam is 11)...and the two weeks of Spring Break. We took a few days to go to the coast and visited family and went to the aquarium. We went with my brother and his family to the Chris Tomlin concert in April. We celebrated Hugo's 4th birthday at our place, followed by a cousins wedding in Kelowna. We had Shea's 8th Minecraft birthday party here this past weekend with a few friends and then my family. We have been there and done that. We have been battling on/off flu with the kids since April. Every Monday in May, I had one of the kids home sick. Today, though it's June, that trend hasn't ended and Riley has his barf bucket at his side. :( I started running faithfully again and am up to 15k a week. It feels good and I've been noticing my clothes are fitting better again. We came close to selling our house and buying a modern one in Raven...but it didn't work out, so we're not sure what we'll do next. Maybe we'll need to find a spec house in the area as we are feeling crowded in this house. The yard however is wonderful right now, and I have many flowers, beans, tomatoes, raspberries etc. going crazy outside due to our unusually high summer temperatures. Though we were getting the house ready to sell, we are enjoying our new living room windows, a new ceiling fan, new foyer light, microwave, ensuite sink, cabinet knobs, white light switches and I have new white closet doors which I just learned to install as well! I have done lots of painting and replacing rotten fence boards. I can't believe that school is coming to a close already. Liam is finishing up his elementary years. I may just be the mother at the back of the gym crying during the grade 5 graduation slideshow. He has attended this school with most of his classmates since kindergarten. There is a french track at the middle school and I know many of his friends will be going that route (not us). And the rest of them are divided among 612 students! So things will definitely change for him next year! I got to go on his gr. 5 trip to a local camp. We got to go kayaking, horseback riding, do archery, and riflery. It was so fun. Riley is finishing up with middle school. He has not had the best time there and daily it's a struggle to get him to go. We are hoping something changes soon and that next year goes better in a new school. I'm working 2 days a week or sometimes less. It has been nice to keep in the loop and one day I hope I'll be ready to take a position, but with the way our mornings/sick kids have been going, it's nice not to be committed. Greg and I were talking about it being June already and realizing that we need to plan our summer holidays! Hard to believe we're thinking about that again.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I've been working 3 days a week since before Christmas, so as you know, this blog has been low on the priority list. Things may slow down a bit with work soon, as the open position I was covering is now filled with a new employee. I'm actually looking forward to a little break and can't believe I've been back to work for over 2 years now with Interior Health! It has been so great to do a job I enjoy and to feel appreciated there. We also got ski passes this year and have spent most weekends up on the hill, so our winter is flying by. Here's a bit of a recap of the last few months... We had our Davidson Christmas at the coast this year. It was short and sweet. Since we were down at the coast, we decided it would be great to spend some time with the Zinks (my grandparents) as well. Riley celebrated his 13th birthday there!! They took us to see "Fly over Canada", at "a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience (complete with wind, scents, and mist!)". It was amazing! My knitting club friend had a baby, so I got to take some pics of her... My mom turned 60!?! I've been working on some home projects, like painting, mounting curtain rods, hemming the curtains and sorting. I have the itch to move into a house with one more bedroom and a garage, as we are just squashed into our upstairs and feel the need to upgrade. Not necessarily bigger, just a better layout for our stage of life. We could reno our place, but the price to get what we want would almost be equivalent to a new one. So...we're looking at some options. Hard to believe I've lived in this house for 7 1/2 years! That's longer than I've lived anywhere in my life! We sure have used every square inch of it and have done a lot to it...leaving our mark on almost every room with paint/renos or dents! And especially in the yard. (Here's my dreamy bedroom with our massive new King bed.) Anyway, it keeps my mind busy thinking of the options for building/buying a new one. The boys are busy and keeping us on our toes. There is never a quiet day where I don't have to referee (their fighting) or drive them somewhere! We bought an electronic drum set for Christmas and they all three have been loving it. We got Liam into drum lessons and he is constantly drumming on his leg, the floor or the walls. He loves the lessons and is super pumped about it. Shea is still in piano and Riley in guitar, so we have many lots of music going on during the day. Liam started basketball recently and has had some great games against some local schools which is a total riot to watch. Liam is not an overly competitive athlete but is doing great considering he has people all in his face while he's trying to shoot! Shea is our social butterfly who has friends wherever he goes and is quite an easy going guy. He is doing well on the ski hill and will tear down those green runs like a champ. We're still working on him getting up off the ground when he falls! but he's getting it! We joined my aunt and uncle and cousins up there on family day, and he was trying his darndest to keep up to everyone! Hmm....what else is new. Honey bought me some pretty flowers for Valentines. I need to get back into my running routine again now that the roads are clearing of ice. It will be so nice to get back outside again and play in the yard. Well many more things have happened with us, but that is some of the last few months. Spring break will be here soon and I need to decide what we're going to do before it's here!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Birdies

This is my latest little knitting project! So cute! They were small, but not too quick as they have a few pieces and are a little fiddly! But I would definitely make some more! Here's the pattern on Ravelry.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Life keeps rolling by. My kids are growing up! The kids are doing well in school and definitely have their areas where they shine. I marvel at Shea's reading ability and though he still hates to draw, his writing skills have improved and his little messages he writes on his own in birthday cards are the sweetest! He has almost finished his third piano book and is quite the little performer. I imagine he is wearing on his piano teacher, but also a riot to watch. Liam is enjoying being the oldest in the school, with many leadership opportunities. He has joined a junior youth group with a friend and is branching out doing his own things. Riley is continuing to marvel us with his musical abilities. He has started trombone now, is taking electric guitar lessons, but also plays bass, acoustic, ukelele, and trumpet. He is not afraid, and because he can hit the high notes, he gets all the first trumpet high parts. I just watched his band play 2 songs at school, and it was awesome. He seems to prefer his grade 8 teachers, to his 6/7 ones, and isn't overwhelmed with homework yet. Hard to believe that he's in his last year of middle school!? He keeps us guessing with his up/down mood swings these days! I have started taking more shifts at work again. Two ladies are taking week holidays, so I'm covering both at the hospital and at the care home. It will be a bit of a stress to be working the full weeks, but easier in the sense that it is done in two quick planned weeks, rather than being called in one day a week here and there. My bank account was starting to dwindle, so I figure I'd better get back at er! Two more positions are opening again, so I'll probably do some coverage while those are being filled again (like last year!). Shea and I have a ski seasons pass for our first time ever, and I am excited to try skiing more than three times a year! I may actually improve some? Time to buy some long underwear! In my down time, I've been taking some photos, and keeping up with my running. Here's my latest photo shoot, of my cute little nieces and nephews... (Also growing up right before our eyes.) Their house is coming along nicely, and this week they started framing in the basement! We joined them for lunch yesterday, and as usual, neighbors with a horse (needing riding) dropped by, numerous friends and family came over...yup, it's never a quiet place. Maybe we can convince Luke to build a skating rink out there on their huge land somewhere to add to the fun!!? Hard to believe that November is here. It came sooner this year due to the late start of school. Before you know it, it'll be Christmas.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jasper

Just got back from a Girl's Weekend in Jasper. It was gorgeous and sunny. I went up the skytram and did an hour hike up farther to enjoy the view from the top. Amazing. Due to all the late nights and sharing a hide-a-bed, I didn't get much sleep. I'm pretty tired, but glad I got away!