Sunday, January 18, 2015

uneventful

Well, I'm doing horrible with posting almost every day. 
You know what though, I'm okay with that. 
We don't have a whole lot happening these days. It's been wonderfully, uneventful. 
 So, I'll continue to post when I can, and not worry when I can't. 
We've had some nice, lazy days when the weather's miserable, and we've also had some fun in the snow and on the ice. 





Hopefully we get more snow, since this was only a dusting...and we've had a mild weekend melting all of our nice ice. We're hoping for a cool-down. 
 The yucky weather does make for lazy days, and those are my very favourite.
A day that we don't have to go anywhere, and we have no one coming over are the best kind of days. Those are days we can stay in our pj's all day! Not washing the floors is a plus too. (Even though those are the days we need it most!)
Next up:
a Benny post! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

hanna progress

I wanted to just take a second and share a couple things that Hanna has been doing. 
 I have to modify the teaching of everything for her, so it's a lot more work than teaching Gracie! I must say though, I'm having a lot of fun coming up with new ways to do things with her, and fun ways to keep her enjoying it and staying on task.
Everything has to be looked at from a different perspective for her. I have to do a lot more explaining; like for example, describing how an "e" is formed while she's printing it, and not just letting her rely on her vision to copy.
Even something as simple as buying her a pair of socks has to be thought of a little bit harder. I've come to realize, with the help of her OT, that having a solid colour sock makes it difficult for her to put on by herself because she can't even tell where the opening is. By the time she finds it, she's already worn out, so she doesn't even want to attempt the work it will take to get all 5 little piggies inside.
 It's the same with math and phonics. I have to find ways to give her eyes a break while learning the concepts and keeping it interesting enough to keep her wanting to learn it.
Little tips and tricks go a long way, let me tell ya. 
Things like adding a texture under her paper when colouring somehow gives her a more fluid movement. 
Giving her a smaller table to work at or a crate under her feet makes all the difference in her posture and work.
Starting as early as possible in the day so her little eyes are fresh since they exhaust easily and quickly.
Outlining in colour and hot-gluing on top of those lines add a colourful tactile oomph to her work pages.
Using objects to make her own equations like the one below. This was the last one we did, so I wrote the numbers over top. She chose by herself "3 plus 4". So, I had her place the correct number of objects on one side of the "+" and the correct number of objects on the other side, and she counted them up to figure out the answer. 
We did so many of these because she loved it. 
All of her practicing, and hard work is paying off in every area. She can get dressed now almost completely independently. She can get her boots and shoes on - independently. 
She can even get her socks on. As long as she's not in a hurry for any of these, that is, because patience is something that this Little Miss needs to work on. 
She's adding numbers up to 10 (that's as far as I've tried so far) using objects like above, and she's sounding out small words.
She's setting clocks to the hour, and half-hour.
She's up to the letter "p" in braille.
She's also been doing some great work at piano. She can play "Twinkle Twinkle" with her right hand without looking, and the correct fingers, and then do it again, with the correct fingers on the other hand. Pretty darn good. The bonus to piano class is finger isolation and strength, which is therapy she doesn't even realize she's getting!

I'm seeing a lot of learning, and a whole lot of progress from her, and holy moly, that's the best thing to witness.
 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

picture of the day

One of these girls isn't supposed to be on the couch. 
Take a shot at which one. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

snow!

Compared to last year, this winter so far has been a major disappointment as far as snow and ice goes!
Today, we got a little! And it was a huge deal. Especially for this little pup who hasn't seen it yet!


 She was absolutely hilarious!! 
Bring on the snow!!

 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

picking up Shiloh

Michelle has wanted a puppy for a while now, and she found one she fell in love with from a family up North. 
I decided to join her on her mini road trip 9 hours North, since Matt was still off for his Christmas break. 
We couldn't leave when we planned, so we ran into some pretty messy weather on the way home. It sure was pretty though!




 
 We had plans to stop at random places and be a little silly, but the most we did was stopped to get gas and coffee, which was very much needed since we left at midnight!
During one of our stops, my phone fell right into a public washroom toilet. 
*gag*
So, I took it apart and as soon as we got to a city, I ran into Wal-mart and got some rice. I recommend the **rice trick to anyone who gets an electronic wet. 
It worked with my laptop about a month ago after spilling coffee on it, and it worked wonders on the toilet water phone as well.
Although it didn't make it feel any cleaner to put up to my face. 
:(
Anyway, we made it to Webbwood, to pick up little Shiloh. 
She's a cutie, and did so good on the way home, despite the 3 extra hours it took us because of the weather!
 There's no one I'd rather spend 23 hours in a car with. 
I had a great time, Michelle! Thanks for inviting me along!

**Cover whatever got wet with rice. That's it! Leave for as long as you can. In my phone's case, I took it all apart and put everything into a box of rice, completely covering it for about 5 hours. No idea who came up with the idea, but it does work!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Well, its a new year! 
I look back at this past year, and it was a wonderfully, non-eventful time.
The biggest thing was our Sick Kids visit, and it was only a big deal leading up to it, because it's always unnerving. 
Here's that post to remind you how good that trip went. 

We've had many firsts, like :
-Ben's many words 
-Hanna's lost teeth
-Hailey's first cavity
-Gracie's first outside-the-family birthday party

We've also had some amazing days. Like our African Lion Safari trip with my mom. We've taken a few day trips this year. Only day trips, which is totally fine with me. 
We did a lot of hanging out this year. We got into a new routine with school, and we had a lot of company for the variety of programs Hanna's involved in.

Hanna got her brailler. 
The support for it still amazes me. 
Completely. 

We had kittens, and ducklings, and we got a new puppy. 
A lot of little, simple things went on, and that's just how I like it. 

The year ended with the tragic loss of a cousin. 
The most horrible way to end a year, and makes me squeeze and appreciate my loves more than ever before.  

So, to end this simple post, 
here's to a wonderful New Year. 
A warm goodbye to the past, and hope for joy, and unlimited happiness to all of my family, friends, and those of you I've never met that read this little old blog. I appreciate every one of you. Thank you for being interested in our life, and for following along our every day. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

...continued

As we pulled into the driveway after returning from Tim and Yuli's I noticed Ritz, one of our ducks, walking toward the house from the front yard. I also saw what looked like a pile of garbage. My first thought was that it was Triscuit. Our other duck, because the ducks are never seen without the other right beside, but I was hopeful.
We got inside and got everyone mostly settled, until realizing that Koda, who, as a senior dog, has some bladder issues, had a few accidents and dribbles all through the house. 
So. Instead of getting kids in bed and doing some quick tidying for Tim and Yuli's arrival, we were sopping up pee and mopping all the floors. 
During all of this, I kept thinking about that pile of garbage in the front yard...that I knew wasn't garbage. 
I took a light out the front window and saw a little bit better, but still no sure answer as to what was out there. 
After telling Matt I was concerned that it was Triscuit, he took the light outside and had a look. I could tell by how long he stood out there that was something was up, and when he shone the light into the window back at me, I knew it was my duck. 
:(
I went out to investigate myself after he confirmed it, and Ritz was standing at the door waiting for me. He stood there just looking at me, crying with a pitiful squeaky quack, and he let me pick him up. I brought him right into his enclosure after realizing that he was also attacked by whatever got Triscuit. He was bleeding from his chest, dripping onto his feet. 
I locked the enclosure and went inside to google "how to clip ducks wings". 
I went back out with him to make sure he was okay, and see if he would eat or drink. 
Tim and Yuli pulled in at this point. 
We told them what was going on, and Tim helped me cut Ritz's wings to keep him from flying out of the enclosure. Something that I debated for months, but now knew was necessary for his safety. 
  After he was settled, and the bleeding from his attack wound had stopped, I went back into the house to help Matt finish cleaning up after Koda. 
All the while, our company sat and watched feeling horrible for everything going on. 
It was actually a little bit funny, because what was supposed to be a fun, relaxing visit, turned into the complete opposite. I guess if you don't laugh, you cry. 
We left Triscuit's body outside for the night, with my Christmas spotlight on him, keeping watch for whatever we spooked away from him when we pulled in. It never showed up, so we came to the conclusion it must've been a dog. 
My poor duck. 
Now I'm doing everything I can for Ritz, making sure he doesn't miss his buddy too much. I feel horrible for him. They were hatched together, and never left eachother's side. I'm 100% sure that Ritz, being the more aggressive one, tried to protect Triscuit, and got attacked himself in the process. 

His wound is healed up now, and he's eating and drinking as usual. In the spring, I might have to get him a couple more ducklings to keep him company, but for now, he can have our full attention. 

christmas dinner

My mom hosted Christmas dinner for my dad's side this year. 
 She had a full house, and the food was amazing. 
Not many photos, and I should've got one of everyone sitting down to eat, but I blew it. What can I say. 
 Hailey and her Pappy. 
She has said on a few separate occasions: "he's my favourite guy".
 Aunt Jan teaching the kids origami. 
Aunt Jan's the best. She brought a plush bowling game and had them all in competition and even rewarded the winners with prizes and everything.
Her last letter to Hanna was in braille. How did she write in braille you ask? 
Oh, she just glued tiny little beads down on the paper. Separately. For the entire letter.
No big deal. 
 *total sarcasm*
That's why she's the best.

 Sweet Benny finally started getting back into the swing of things by the time dinner ended. 

Perfect dinner, Mom. :) 

After dinner we went for our holiday visit to Tim and Yuli's. 
We had a good visit and decided that they should just come back with us to get their visit in with us too!

...And then the craziness began...

...to be continued

Thursday, December 25, 2014

christmas day - night

We headed home from the city in time to make it to my mom and dad's for our gift exchange. 
 I enjoy this night so much. We still do our home-made gifts for eachother, which is the best part of the night, and my mom and dad are so creative with their gifts!
 After the kids each opened up their gift, they were send on mission to "follow the string" for their together gift. 
It went from the living room, into the kitchen, up the stairs, back down the stairs, into the basement, back up and into the living room again.
 At the end of the string was a note saying "Pizza Night at Chuck E Cheese". 
Yaay!! I'm looking forward to that just as much as they are I think!
 My mom got a new pair of skis, after hers literally fell apart in pieces at the mountain last year.
My dad got some new biking boots. 
Now he wont look as geeky in his runners on his motorcycle. 
:)
The homemade gifts were awesome!
Tim and Yuli made coasters with each families' photos on them. 
Michelle made hot/cold packs. 
Kristyn and Brian kind of cheated and gave everyone wine, brie cheese and then her homemade hot pepper jelly. Yum!
Dan and Shay made everyone a framed chalkboard, and Matt and I made up some bacon salt. 
Mom and dad went overboard on our couple gifts...but we decided how to spend it. More back yard renovating in the spring! 

Another perfect night. 
The entire day was perfect. 
Full of family, food, giggles and joy, I think we had a beyond-perfect Christmas.
 

chrsitmas day - stop #1

We headed over to Gramma and Grandad's house for dinner, and gift exchange. Oh my...dinner was delicious!
The kids got completely overloaded with gifts.
Like every year! 
It's so much fun watching them unwrap every gift. They get so spoiled they don't even know what to do with themselves!
The Elsa wand. 
A huge hit! 
Elsa and Anna themselves. 
They act out the movie almost daily, so when they got the outfits...they were thrilled!

Ben spent another day out of sorts. Poor guy was so sleepy. The abuse of partying hard is a horrible thing on such a little guy!
I was so happy to my brothers-in-law enjoying the kids so much. They don't see them very often, so I think they all had a lot of fun with eachother.
We now have the entire My Little Pony collection from Build-a-Bear. Good thing they have a gigantic bedroom to fit them all in. 
(Not.)
:) 
We filled our bellies, warmed up by the fire, and rested up for our next stop. 
It was a perfect night.