Monday, October 27, 2014

picture of the day

Hm...I think these "protective" ducks go a little bit overboard sometimes. They wouldn't even let me take Hanna's picture! 
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

six

Six.
She wears the number well. 
 That year between five and six is a big one. Lots is learned, vocabulary is widened, and maturity skyrockets. 
Hanna has proved this to be true in many ways. 
 She has grown up, and developed right before my eyes, into a very social, very smart, sweet little lady. 
She's got something about her that just lights up a room. 
 This morning she woke up in my bed. Before I even had the chance, she reminded me that it was her birthday. 
She got a great big "Happy Birthday, Honey!" from me, and responded with the widest smile and a great big "Thaaank yooou!" 
The night before we made pies, and she was so heartbroken that they finished baking too late and she had to go to bed before being able to taste them. I told her she could have a special birthday breakfast and have pie in the morning. 
Her response? 
"No...I think I need a healthy breakfast. I'll have a bagel AND a pie!" 
 
She's just so funny. 
Sometimes the things she says, or does surprises me...I think because there's a part of me that always goes back to the genetics clinic. Those doctors didn't expect very much from that beautiful baby girl. 
We always pushed her, and believed in our hearts that she was going to be just fine, and here she is. Proving those doctors that they don't know everything and that there is so much more to be learned about the mind and body. 
She is not just fine. 
She is perfect. 
 She runs, and plays, and fights and yells. 
She jumps, and skips, and gets into plenty of trouble. 
She has a lot of work ahead of her, but she has come so far already. In school she is progressing like I never would have imagined. 

She's learning blends. 
Blends!
This little girl of mine will be reading short words pretty soon. Something that I thought would be a whole lot harder for her to do. 
She will be reading in both print and braille before we know it. 
It's just awesome.
 After she ate her breakfast this morning, she kept telling everyone "Just tell me Happy Birthday again."
So we would.
Every time we got the same smile and thankful response. 
My mom took her for her Wednesday school lesson at her house, and they made cupcakes for her birthday. She brought them home so excited and didn't manage to keep her fingers out of them before Matt got home to put some candles on them. (Hence the chocolate on her nose below!)
Matt got home shortly after lunch and we sang her the birthday song which she thanked us for over and over. 

She could barely blow out the candles from smiling so big. 
We gave her our gift after that. She asked for a new Minnie Mouse outfit to dress up in, so of course we found one. It's a big deal that Baby Glow Worm wasn't the only thing on her wishlist!
Later on, I took everyone out to Toys R Us so she could spend the rest of her birthday money from a couple weeks ago to buy - you guessed it - a new Baby Glow Worm. 
This makes her 4th glow worm. I guess she's collecting them now. 
:)
Hanna had a great day today. She got phone calls from loved ones, which made her day even more special. 
I had to tell her at one point that she was being kind of a stinker.  She knows everyone's thinking of her, and she thinks the entire day should revolve around her. Of course it should, but she's so funny because she even gets bossy. She didn't forget it was it was her birthday for one second until she fell asleep tonight, and she made sure we all remembered too. 
 This mighty, small one is amazing in so many ways.
She deserved a great day, and she got it. 
Happy Birthday my sweet girl. 
You are loved so much more than words can say.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

picture of the day

"Wait up! Ya headin' South? I need a lift!"

Monday, October 20, 2014

apple pickin'

Kristyn is in charge of field trips this year for the home schoolers and you can bet that she chooses some great outings.
Today we went to a nearby apple orchard to pick our own apples and enjoy the corn maze. 
It was a great turnout, and was almost too busy for my liking!
Since I recently got a new and fancy phone with a camera, I didn't even need to lug along my heavy camera this time. I even figured out that I can put them onto my computer just as easy as my memory card. Who knew? 












We had a great day. We went straight to the orchard from co-op so it was definitely a full, busy day. 
Tomorrow, we bake! 
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

picture this:

I've been thinking for a while that Koda would do well with a puppy. She's going to be 10 this year, and she gets anxious and destructive when she's alone, so I thought that a puppy would make her content, and maybe even bring out the puppy in her again. 
So, the kids and I picked out Kalli. She's a Siberian Husky/German Shepherd and so far a good little pup!
Koda is still getting used to her. She's actually afraid of her, believe it or not. So, today, I tried her on the leash to get them to bond a bit. 

Just picture this:
Me, the girls, Little Man, Koda and Kalli walking down the driveway. 
The quackers start waddling our way, and the cats follow the ducks. 
I pick up Kalli and Gracie picks up Ben so we can run down the driveway so nothing follows us to the road. 
The ducks stay behind, but the cats follow. 
Kalli is brand new on the leash, and the harness, so she's rolling around biting the leash. 
Koda, a 95 lb dog, afraid of a 5 lb pup, is pulling in the other direction. 
Gracie is chasing the cats back to the house, while yelling at me not to leave without her. 
All is good when Gracie returns...until we see that one of the cats is still following.
I say to keep walking and ignore the cat. 
Kalli is still rolling, and Koda is still pulling. 
Hanna is crying because she's afraid the cat will get hit by a car. 
Gracie's grabbing Ben so he doesn't fall in the ditch, and the cat still follows. 
We get to my mom's, and the cat is now there with us, crying from the fence row. 
I say "hi" to my mom, and yell at the girls to get back outside and put their boots back on because we aren't staying. 
Gracie and Hanna are both crying now because the cat is still crying and they think she's going to get lost. 
Kalli is still rolling and Koda is still pulling. 
Ben is toddling behind, and Gracie is in panic because the cat is now in a tree. She tells my mom "it's an emergency", so my mom homours her, and comes out. 
By the time they make it to the tree, they realize the cat is following the rest of us back home. 
Gracie catches up, and Kalli is still rolling. 
Koda is now off the leash because I give up. 
We make it home, and I make a drink. 
...Minus that last part.

The most ridiculous walk, ever.

Friday, October 17, 2014

picture of the day

We were honoured beyond words to attend the sweetest birthday party ever. More on that soon. 
For now...can you guess which princess belongs to me?
 

quote of the day

After asking Hailey if she wanted to stay with Pappy (my dad) for a while tonight she responded with:
"Oh yeah! He's my favourite guy!" 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

my hunny's birthday

 I've celebrated 11 birthdays with this face...
and every year is better than the last.
 He works a lot. Actually he pretty much blows in and out with the wind, catching a few winks of sleeps and handfuls of food in the process. 
Today was his birthday though, so it was an excuse to slow down for a while, and have everyone over to celebrate. 
I invited my side of the family to come here instead of having our regular dinner at mom and dad's. 
 
Hanna was so excited that it was her dad's birthday.
She said things like "Let's get this party started!" and "Rock on!" 
and "Daddy is 29 today! He's a man!!" 
:)
Oh, that girl.
 

Matt's a pretty special kind of guy. I don't think there's many like him out there. He's old-school in the way of thinking, but likes technology and is quite geeky.  
He doesn't care what anyone thinks - almost to a fault. Picture him wearing flamboyant woman's pajamas using Baby Glow Worm as a flashlight to find something in the dark. 
Yup. That's my man.
But, he's the girls' hero and Ben's his biggest fan. 
His kids are his life, and they know it. He gets an A+ for his Daddy abilities. 
What kind of a guy would go on a camping trip and secretly take photos like this:
 and this:
 and this:
 and this:
?
The kind of guy who knows his daughter would love more than anything to have a book featuring her most beloved stuffy on a grand adventure in the wild. 
 I'm proud of who he is, and glad I've been able to grow with him through the years.
Happy Birthday, Hunny. 
I'm happy to be stuck with you for the rest of your birthdays.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

the sounds of a little house

October has snuck right up on us already. 
Before we know it we'll be wrapping Christmas gifts and watching the ball drop. 
It's true what they say. When you get older, time flies by.
The same is true when you're having fun. 
And we, have been having fun!

Every day around here there's something going on. Whether were sitting around on a rainy day, or out and about getting things done. 
It's the words, and phrases, and funny little questions that keep things interesting! There's a lot of little mouths in this little house, and every single one of them has a whole lot to say! 
Even little Benny, who says an awful lot without using anything even close to words.

I am thankful beyond words to be able to hear the little voices every morning asking when breakfast will be ready, prayers before bed, and every babble and untranslatable word in between. 

The other day Yuli and I went out with the kids to the grocery store quickly on our way back from Gracie's swimming lessons. We needed to get a couple things each, so we split up. 
Hanna was with Yuli and when Yuli said "Okay...I need cheese..."
Hanna responded with "You need cheese? Okay, I'm on it!"
She also told the cashier at the dollar store after being told her hair was pretty "Yeah it is. I have highlights in my bangs."

Hailey's hilarious during prayers. She thanks the "woe-wud" for the "dutts and kitties" every time it's her turn, and adds in something new every night. Sometimes it's the snack she ate earlier, and sometimes it's the pink socks she wore all day. 

Gracie's just busy. She's always talking. I admit that sometimes I have no idea what she's talking about - only because I'm not paying attention at all because I'm doing other things. I Just nod and respond with "Yeah? That's crazy!" But she keeps going. Even if I totally interrupt her to yell at Ben, who just spilled the crackers all over the floor to dance on them, she just keep going. She's funny. She loves calling Bryanna and Austin, and would stay on the phone all day if I let her!

Ben doesn't say a whole lot. He says "pizza!" as clear as that, and he meows like a cat and barks like a dog. That's about the gist of it.  Oh yes, and he makes some truck noises as well as he drives them around the furniture. 

Every day is such a joy just listening. It's a blessing that I will never take for granted.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

braille progress!

video
I'm still trying to get into a good routine with Hanna in the morning, trying to change things up just enough to keep it interesting. 
For the last couple weeks we've been starting with braille practice. We take out the brailler, a sheet with the braille alphabet on it, (which is seen under the activity she's working on in the video), and her activity. (Not sure what I should call it!) I stole a little paint palette from my mom and ripped the little balls off of a few paddle balls, and I had a perfect accessible braille cell, just like the one Maryse uses with her.
She makes the letter first, then feels the "real" one on the paper, then types it on the brailler. It's great practice for her, and it's really sticking. 
I told her I'd take a video of her if she could make me the letters as fast as she could, and she did a great job!
She learned "F" today, and our goal with Maryse is to know up to "J" by the end of November.
I think we're well on our way to making that goal!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

printing progress

She did these all by herself, aside from me helping her with "n"s in the top one. 
Not bad, eh?
It's coming along! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

michelle's family photos

I wanted to share some pictures I took for Michelle (my sister). She wanted some family pictures of her and the kids, and I think some of these are really cute. How could they not be with models like these?!