Friday, July 22, 2016

swim day!

My goal at the beginning of the summer was to spend our entire summer break at my mom and dad's, in their pool. 
I wanted to get these kids in the water. Gracie's a little mermaid, but Hanna, Hailey and Ben needed a little more encouragement to get into the chilly water and get comfortable in it. 
So far, Hailey is great. Ben has been making great progress, but Hanna? She's petrified of the bottom of the pool. Not sure why. I think it has to do with how it looks to her. There's a design on it, which probably looks pretty funky under the water, but the poor kid is scared stiff of it. She can even touch the bottom now, if only she would try. I'm sure once she felt it once, she would be fine. It's just getting her to do it that first time...
We'll work on it anyway. 
For now, she floats in there as long as she's with someone. Usually me, or my mom. 

Anyway, today we had a great day at my mom's. We spent the whole day there. Hanna came in a few times with me, and the rest of the kids basically stayed in. It was too hot to do anything else!  

(Excuse the cellphone pictures)




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Oh, Rocket

Poor Rocket. 
He gets abused here. He hasn't left us yet, so I guess he doesn't really mind.

The kids love him. And they haul him around like a doll, and he just takes it. He takes off for a few hours at a time during the day, until he gets tired. That's when he comes and finds me, climbs up to wherever I am, and sticks my thumb into his mouth and sucks until he falls asleep.  Baby.
He sleeps in a dog crate in the entrance way at night; just until he's big enough to take care of himself.  We have a little hammock in there for him, and a litter box. Yep, he's house trained. 
He eats sandwiches, dog food, and gets ice cream and marshmallows for a treat. He's kind of like one of the kids. 

He's definitely a lot of fun!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

summer hair

Hanna is the only one in this house, that doesn't suffer from the famous Summer Hair Syndrome AKA: SHS
Probably because she has the smallest amount of the beautiful blond locks.

Every day these kids are outside just loving life. Soaking up sun, and water into every inch of their sweaty little bodies.

Their hair does all of the suffering.

You can go ahead and blame me, and sarcastically call me Mother of the Year, for not showering them nightly, and washing and conditioning their hair every night after such intense exposure to these elements.

Or, you can totally blame the summer for it. Like I do. 
{insert proud, guilty smile here} 

They don't seem any worse for the wear. 

Monday, July 18, 2016


Gracie, Hanna and Ben all had dentist appointments today. I spared Hailey this time since she's had enough dental appointments to last her a lifetime! 

Everyone did okay. Hanna was the best behaved, and let him fill a small cavity right then and there, and then later asked if we could go back. Strange child. 

Gracie has a phobia of doctors and dentists because she doesn't trust that they're not going to stab her with a needle every time. So, she was much better than I expected, but when they mentioned a cavity, she got emotional and I ended her turn there. We'll go back and get that fixed soon. 

Ben sat on my lap while they looked in his mouth. We have to set up a time with a pediatric dentist because he's so young, and wasn't very cooperative.  

Hailey, she sat and watched. (And probably laughed to herself at all of her siblings.)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

i want something....

After dinner, I was offering the kids different flavours of pudding for dessert. 

Hailey: "I don't really want pudding..."

Ben: "I want something eebow. (He meant "either", even though he totally used it in the wrong context...trying to tell me he didn't want pudding either.)

Hailey: "What?! He just said: I want something evil!" 

No, no he didn't Hailey. :) 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

every morning...

Every morning begins something like this:
Ben and I get up, out of bed and let out the ducks. They still sleep in a box in the entrance way right now, while they're so young. Ben helps me bring them out for the day, and then we go let Rocket out of his little area for the day as well. 

The ducks seem to like taunting Rocket, and he seems to be pretty gentle with them. 
For now, anyway.

 After we get them separated and the little ducks completely protected from crazy Rocket, we go inside and finally eat breakfast, and wait for the girls to wake up. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!
We spent the day at the ice cream festival in town with Tim and Yuli. It was a great day full of trench climbing and sliding,

 pony riding,

 ice cream melting eating,

 brick hopping,

 fountain dipping,

 cannon sitting,
 boat watching,
 and of course, fireworks! 
We all met up with Dan and Shay for the show later on.

 I couldn't be more proud to live in such an amazing, strong country.
God, keep our land glorious and free!