Thursday, March 31, 2011

normal busy life

Happy Birthday, Daddy!!

Life seems busy at the moment. But I think I may be turning into one of the old people where more than one thing a week is just overwhelming. =) Last week the girls had swimming on Monday, Josh and I had a dinner with the school board to farewell a board member who has been there for 17 years, we went to the library on Wednesday and had play group at Jennie's, Thursday was a Young Marrieds' Bible study BBQ at the S's, Friday night the choir sang at one of the members' birthday celebrations, Saturday we went shopping and played, Sunday was church. Then this week was girls' swimming on Monday, I had a massive headache all day Tuesday, Wednesday was Josh's birthday, playgroup and Bible study at our house, today we have Young Marrieds' Bible study and we're going out for dinner before that, tomorrow nothing is planned so far, Saturday is Pastor Richard and Fay's 50th anniversary vow renewal and I have to make the cakes, Sunday I have to make cinnamon rolls as a reward my Sunday school class has earned, and after church we have some friends coming over for Emma's birthday "party" so I need to make a cake for her. She wants an echidna ice cream cake and I thought I would make a normal cake and decorate it like grass and put the echidna on top of that. Monday is her actual birthday and Josh has the day off work. YAY!!! Today is HBCA's swim carnival but thankfully the girls don't know that they are missing a day at the pool. I just can't do it today.

We've sorta taken our two week holiday early for homeschooling. Haven't done much the last two weeks. And history, science and spelling have taken a back seat. We're mainly focusing on Math, Phonics and English/Grammar. The house is semi-tidy and I'm really appreciating the fact that we pay someone to come do the actual cleaning part once a week. We've been eating take-out a few times a week which isn't good for the waistline or budget but sometimes we just have to do what we have to do. Hopefully my organizing mojo will appear and I can get on top of grocery shopping and menu planning a bit better. Lately it seems like I forget half of what we need to put on the grocery list and nights end up like last night where we have to turn off the stove and run to the store for tomato paste because there is none to be found in the pantry. However, I'm hoping the exhaustion, nausea and stupidness will go away soon. Yes, it is for THAT reason. You can scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page for more details. =)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

what is it ...

about this post that makes me get anonymous spam comments? Seriously 95% of the spam comments I get are on that post. WHY??? what are they googling to find that post? Today Anonymous told me they had some good advice. for what?? At least their advice would've been in English. A lot of the spam I get is in some other language. crazy. I have a tiny little blog that is written for journaling purposes and also so my family can keep up with us and yet somehow I get spam? on posts from 3 years ago?? although they kinda make me feel guilty because I rarely leave comments on blogs I read. crazy people that don't speak English and probably can't even read my blog are better bloggers than I. ugghhh

p.s. I just re-read this and it sounds like I'm ranting but I'm not mad just find it curious as to why that post gets all the spam. weird.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


we had ladies' fellowship at the Sauvageot's new home and helped make cards for Grandma Sauvageot.

we got to talk to Grandma (and Grandpa and Uncle Jason) on Skype. They should be home in two more weeks. YAY!!

The young adults came over for the evening.

we helped the Sauvageot's move into their new home. But I didn't take pictures that day so here's a photo of Jennie's dining room/kitchen from ladies' fellowship.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Roseanne has been over twice this past month and cooked with the girls. They made playdough the first time and just a couple days ago made little "hot chocolate teacup biscuits". The girls took the pictures of each other and their playdough creations. Roseanne took the pictures of the girls baking and decorating the biscuits. I was out at the grocery store and then a quick stop to pick up a coke and strawberry shake from Macca's which I shared with Josh before coming home. I love cooking days--the girls get to cook with someone far more patient than I, I get a mini break, and after the cooking we send the kids outdoors and have a cuppa and a chat.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

mowing is serious business

I don't know if it's the mower or the time spent with Daddy but this is Nathan's most favourite thing to do. He cries every time I take him back. It cracks me up though that he hardly smiles the whole time.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


well, I have many reasons for not blogging. Mainly I have been using Josh's computer to check email (my computer and hotmail don't seem to get along) and I don't like to sign in to google on his computer because then it signs him out. Also, everything is pretty much the same old, same old. But today as I lie here next to a napping Beka I will try not to fall asleep and instead catch you up on our lives.

throws everything, sleeps all night most nights, has nights where he wakes up around midnight and doesn't go to sleep until after 3, loves cars, still won't talk, has said a few words that were distinct but refuses to say them when asked, loves ice blocks, playing outside in the sand pit, jumping on the trampoline and the time of day when Daddy comes home. He screams when the older toddlers come near him because they push him down but then he does it to the kids younger than him. If you say "bath" or "shower" he runs to the bathtub and tries to take his clothes off. Each night I give him a bottle and we sit and watch "The Zoo". He loves the animals on the show and always points and grunts and squeals. We sit together until he falls asleep and I take him to bed. I love how cuddly he is.

still needs naps at least 4 times a week, still sucks her thumb when she holds her "fummy blanky", seems to be hearing better after her round of antibiotics, now to keep her healthy until her hearing test in April. She loves doing schoolwork and always asks for more and much prefers to use a marker or crayon to using a pencil. She alternately plays nicely and annoys her sisters especially Emma, her love for Nathan doesn't always seem like love and he lets her know when he's had enough. She has recently started loving to wash dishes by hand and does a really good job. Last night the dishwasher was running so we washed dinner dishes by hand then dried and put them away. Afterwards Beka said thanks for letting her help. =)

oh, Emma, I don't know what to do with this child sometimes, she can be so kind and loving and helpful and other times she's selfish and hurtful and proud. It hurts to watch because I know how she's gonna struggle with this later on. She's doing well with her schoolwork, very good with math and right about where Catie was last year this time with reading. She knows her phonics but always says she can't read. Of course then she'll turn around and read something to me. It just clicked one day for Catie and she started reading everything she could lay her hands on. I'm sure it will click with Emma any day now but I don't know that she'll be one to spend massive amounts of time reading. we'll see. Along with her love of math comes a love of counting money, figuring out how much she can spend, finding things in her price range, spending money, etc. She might be a banker!! =) She loves to do crafts and saves every little bit of anything to make something with. She always draws pictures or makes cards for people when they visit or we go see them.

well, Catie has read the entire Little House on the Prairie series in the last week or so. It's good in that it forces Emma to play with someone else. Not so good in that she can get cranky when she's spent too much time reading. As much as she loves reading she does NOT enjoy schoolwork. She'll do it but it takes way longer than it should. She is so very helpful and loving with her siblings and is most always willing to do whatever I ask for help. She is just growing up so fast and it freaks me out a bit. What freaks me out even more is that little boys are noticing how pretty she is! AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

In general:
homeschool is sorta bleh, it doesn't always get done but then we do extra on other days. Nate makes it a little difficult so we need to make better use of his naptimes. The girls are going swimming on Monday afternoons with the school. This gives Nate and I time to eat lunch with Josh or do some shopping or just hang out. We've had a lot of rain recently so laundry is piling up. bleh. but there is no money in the budget for the laundry lady. bleh. I'm very uninspired when it comes to cooking lately. bleh. I just cannot get caught up on sleep. bleh. See? That's the real reason for no blogging. BLEH! that's life at the moment, no motivation, no inspiration. just bleh! Oh well, it will get better. the weather is getting cooler, the bleh will go away, I'll read through my cookbooks again, we'll establish some sort of schedule. This too shall pass. =)