Saturday, December 13, 2014

at the movies with nanny and pappy!

My mom saw that Polar Express was playing in the theatre in 3D, and decided that her and my dad would take all of the kids to see it!
Ten kids in the movie theatre - popcorn and everything! 
So spoiled!

Gracie and Hanna have only been once to the movies, and that was before Hailey was even born; so this was a first for Hailey and Ben. 
Ben even sat through the entire movie.
I think it was the highlight of the year for the kids. They absolutely loved it!! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

picture of the day

She tells me:
"Mama! Come see! All the ponies are watching fireworks!!"

Saturday, December 6, 2014

lion's club christmas party

The Lion's Club is an amazing organization, and I'm so happy to have such an incredible group of people to meet with every year. 
The girls look forward to the Christmas party every year, and there's no wonder why.
They have a great time. 
This time even Elmo showed up!
 Don't mind the bad quality phone photos. I still haven't perfected how to use the thing.
 Zoo-2-you came again. He knows all of the kids by name. He's so sweet and makes sure everyone gets a good look and feel of all of the exotic, scaly, and furry creatures!
 This little guy left Hanna a present in her hair.
 We had an awesome breakfast of eggs, waffles, bacon, and potatoes. And all of the kids got cupcakes and and a bag of gifts from Santa Claus, and the parents got a Tim Horton's gift bag. 
 Everyone is so sweet, and helpful, and we get to catch up with some families that we only get to see once a year at this party.
 I'm so very grateful for all of the people I've met in past 6 years. Our journey with Hanna has led us to meet some very amazing families, and some incredible people just here to support and help wherever they can. 
We're so very blessed.

Friday, December 5, 2014

a new tradition

Today didn't go completely as planned, but I think we have a new family tradition, despite all of the mishaps! 
We found a very local, very nice, family owned tree farm, and we will now add it to our must-do list every year to prepare for Christmas.
 It's so close, that even with Matt's crazy schedule, we can fit it in, and even make an entire day of it, if we have the chance.
 The kids loved the idea of cutting down our own tree, and I've always loved that too.  The past couple years, we've been quickly grabbing one on the way back from town, or work, so it was a nice change of pace this year to go as a family and let the kids help pick one. We also chose one for Gram.
 Matt had the entire day planned, according to his work schedule, and so I planned our day around what he had in mind. 
Of course, nothing worked out how we planned, and so much unexpected happened, like almost running out of gas, and having to re-tie the trees to the top of the van...
 But it worked out. 
And we had fun!

 We got to Gram's and got her tree up, helped find her lights, and put them on, with no time left to do our own before Matt was on his way back to work...

 But we have a tree!!
 ...and a family photo! 

I think that is a mission: Accomplished!

Now, we just need to find a day to decorate it! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014


I'm so mad. 
So mad. 
I was in the car this afternoon with the kids, and Gracie started telling me about how the kids at co-op don't believe in Santa Claus. It's understandable because it is a very Christian group, and some disagree with the Santa Claus part of the season.

She knows that everyone has different beliefs, but no one can sway her away from believing in the magic of Santa Claus.

My heart sank as she told me that one of teachers (another mom) at co-op approached her during a quick break between classes and asked her "Do you think Santa Claus brings you gifts on Christmas Eve?" She said she responded with "Yes." And the teacher responded with "Wrong!! It's your mom and dad. They do it all while you're asleep."
Nice. Seriously? To a seven year old! This is the same woman who tried to make Gracie feel bad for trick-or-treating, and told her she should go to church instead. 
Religious condemnation is something I have no patience for. 

I didn't know how to respond, and just told her that it was really rude of her teacher to try to make her not believe in something that is so nice. She reassured me that while her teacher was telling her this she was saying "la la la la la la" in her head and trying not to listen. She said even if she's the only one in the whole world who believes in Santa Claus, she still would. 
That's my girl.

I have already notified the head of co-op, with my opinion that this lady has no right to be teaching children if she's going to try to sway their beliefs. Especially innocent ones like Santa Claus! I also told her that this incident makes me want to sit a session out in the New Year, which I may do.

I still can't believe it. It makes me sick that someone could just ruin that for a child. 
I figured it would be some bratty kid trying to ruin it. Not a fellow mom. Shows what I know.
Well she tried, and she failed. My girl takes after her mama. Santa Claus will always be a huge part of Christmas. Not the man, but the magic. That magic will live on forever, and I am so very proud of her for not letting anyone take that away from her. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

random this and thats

It's getting colder, and colder, but these kids of mine still love being outside. 
 This is a great thing because Kalli is testing my patience as far as house breaking and garbage eating goes. Koda still hasn't quite warmed up to her yet either, so I try to keep the little stinker outside as much as possible!
 Hanna's not as big of a fan of winter weather as the rest of them, but she braves it so she can get hot chocolate when she comes in.
That's everyone's favourite part.
We've been decorating inside and out for Christmas, and trying to stay on schedule with school. 

Matt is working as much overtime as he can to try to prepare us for his big shutdown starting in February. Three months off. Boo. 
It will be nice to have him around though. We barely see him right now!
We are definitely keeping busy!

I wanted to share this photo, too. 
  One of these littles thinks he's pretty smart sleeping with his sisters.
How cozy do they look though?!
He slept with them until about 3am, and he's there again tonight. 
What a big boy he is getting to be!
Hailey will be going to a pediatric dentist to finish up fixing her pearly whites. She did great again with the local dentist, but she'll just keep getting more and more aware of what's going on, so we're going to bring her in to have some oral sedation and get them all done at once. 
He can only do one at a time with the laughing gas, and although she does great with it, and was actually laughing during the last filling, it will be in her best interest to do it all at once. I'm happy with that decision. 

That's about all that's been going on.  
Soon we'll be writing Santa letters and sending Christmas cards. I can't believe how this year is flying by! 
I remember posting this one like it was yesterday! 

There's a couple more heads to add to the card this year. 
I love this life! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Hailey: "Hanna, wet's pway Paw Patrol!"

Hanna: "Nah....I'm doin' my work."

Hailey: "But you don't hap to be a puppy. You tan be a people!"

Hanna: "Oh, alright, alright."

Hailey: "Yay!! I'll get the stupp!"

*Both go running*

I love little conversation.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

a little happiness

I know I need a little bit of extra happiness right now. 
My heart aches for my family, and knowing that I can't do anything to help makes it even harder. 
Ben is my go-to guy for an instant pick-me-upper.
I asked him for his "stinker face" and he gave me it.

 Love him.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

there are no words

I learned today that there has been a horrible, tragedy in my family. 

Please send your prayers up for peace and healing for my entire family, but mostly my Aunt Cyndi, Uncle Wayne and cousin Sara, as we say goodbye to my dear cousin Logan this weekend.

He was just 16 years old. 

And will be missed everyday. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

the dentist

One of those people that makes you feel like the worst parent, ever.
The dentist.
Hailey is my healthiest eater. My only kiddo who loves milk. 
She's got the most cavities. Go figure.
We had her checked out about 6 months ago at a local dentist and right away I was told that I shouldn't have put her to bed with a bottle of juice. 
The kid didn't get bottles, for one thing...and definitely didn't go to bed with juice.
Anyhow, I called to get her first filling booked and got an earful about my decision to do the back ones first because I wasn't as comfortable with the front one being done for her first cavity-filling experience. 
After being told "Well, I guess we have to honour your decision. You are the mother."  I said forget it, and found a new dentist.
We chose my old childhood dentist. He re-opened an office in town with his son, and let me tell you, what a difference!
I still got the accusation of giving juice before bed, but he approached it so much nicer. And with Hailey, he couldn't have been better.
She loves him. 
While I was registering her, he got right on the floor in the waiting room with her to play. He blew up a latex glove and put a face on it to make her giggle, and when he brought her back to take a look at her teeth, he made everything so fun.
She even got X-Rays done, no problem. 
 She has a significant amount of work to be done, so we'll be going back a few times, but we've already got the top, right side all done! She had the laughing gas, so was a little sleepy and did everything she was told to do. Such a big girl!! She finished off with a couple of prizes from the treasure chest, and 2 big high-fives.
I'm so proud. 
Now, if Gracie would only take lessons from her...

Friday, November 14, 2014

pictures of the day

Looks like we have another Baby Glow Worm fan. 
Ben's been going to sleep with her every night for the past week. 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I can write my name

While Hanna was printing her name this morning, I told her that soon she can teach Hailey how to do her name too. 
Hailey says: "I know how to write my name! It starts with line, line, line, circle, circle, eight eight eight!"

Sunday, November 9, 2014

picture of the day

Best buds in the making...
 *No, you're eyes aren't fooling you. This is little Benny, and that is a clip in his hair. Hailey was getting her hair done, and he felt left out. And we just can't let that happen! So, a clip is what he got.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

quotes and dryers

Hailey and Hanna play "Frozen". Hailey is always Anna and Hanna plays Elsa. They say the parts, act it out, and sing the songs.
Today I watched as Hanna "struck" Hailey with invisible ice and Hailey fell to the ground, looked up at me and said "Anna is getting dead."
Serious as ever.
 Oh Lordy.

On a completely different note, and about an hour later, Ben locked Hailey in the dryer. 

There's never a dull moment!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

hanna's birthday video

Ok, I just had to share this. Those of you who don't get to spend every day with this kid, can get an idea of how sweet and fun she is. This video of her birthday party sums up perfectly how excited she gets for not only her own birthday, but every one that comes up between as well. 
I love it. 
Her monkey smile at the beginning kills me!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

birthday party

Crystal and I have been friends since we were kids. She lived across the field, and we would meet half-way, making our way to one of our houses until it got dark. When that time came, we would walk half-way again in the field, and then run our separate ways back to our own houses.
Many of my childhood memories have Crystal in them. 
She has three girls of her own, and they're all close in age to my girls. Makayla, her oldest, just had her seventh birthday, and invited Gracie to attend her party. 

This was Gracie's first birthday party outside the family, and it was a big deal. She's changed a lot in the past few years. She started out as a talkative, bold, very outgoing kid, and now she's more standoff-ish and shy - so when she read the invitation that mentioned a sleep-over and bowling, she was nervous. 
So was I. 
She said right off the bat that she wasn't going to sleep there. 
There was no swaying her in the other direction either. Her mind was made up, and I was fine with that. 
Crystal made her feel good about that decision and invited her to come back in the morning for pancakes and games, so she wouldn't miss any of the fun. 
I stayed in town at Kristyn's house while she was at the party and I got frequent updates from Crystal. 
Gracie was the only one in the group of girls that didn't come from the same class, so they all knew each other except her, which is why she getting special treatment. 
Anyhow, the last update was her telling me that Gracie decided it was time to come home. She told her that she'd better go home soon because her sisters can't sleep without her. If they go to bed without her, they end up in mama's bed, and wake up Ben, and then no one can sleep. 
She's got a lot of responsibilities you know. 
She's a good girl. She came home, so excited about the party. She made new friends, and had a great time. She almost wouldn't go to bed she was so excited! 
We got up nice and early so we could bring her back in the morning for her pancakes, and Crystal had all of the girls hide under their blankets and surprise Gracie when she walked in the door. It was so sweet!
She was completely catered to the entire time she was there, and it meant so much to me.  I'm glad she had a great time, and even prouder of how she handled herself and only did what she was comfortable with, despite what everyone else was doing. 

Another milestone met by my biggest!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Well, no pictures of Halloween again this year. It's getting harder and harder to get out the door all decked out in costumes on it's own. Forget trying to squeeze in pictures too!
I did get some of our pumpkins though a few days before. 

Tim and Yuli came over with pumpkins and we all carved. Matt's responsible for "Baby Glow Worm" (4th one down) for Hanna. :)
Halloween was fun like always, but honestly, I'm happy it's done. 
We had a mild, beautiful week until the day of Halloween. Then we had wind, rain turning to snow, and complete miserable-ness! 
My dad, bless his heart, still took out the tractor and had a hayride set up for the kiddos despite the horrible weather. 
We went around the neighborhood to relatives houses, and then the brave ones hit up one more road before calling it quits. 
Kristyn, Brian, Bobbi-Jo (Brian's sister), Michelle and I all went out as minions. Matt was Gru. (Dispicable Me)
I brought along a baby chicken, a ghost, a ballerina and Minnie Mouse, and they were all good sports. 
Hanna and Ben were the first to quit, and Gracie and Hailey went shortly after them. All Gracie could think about was the time I told her that once it snows for the first time she can start watching Christmas movies.She just wanted to be done so she could do just that. 
We stayed at mom and dad's for a while and had some hot chicken soup to warm up, and then ended the very late night with Polar Express and a thrilled, bright-eyed ,7 year old, snuggled up with me on the couch.