Friday, April 18, 2014

a short post on benny

 He loves to be outside. It's finally starting to get nicer out, so I can let him! He seems to be drawn to mud and dirt...and it goes right in his mouth - of course. 
 He's a funny little guy and makes faces at everyone while we're eating. He knows he's cute, and tries to get laughs out of everyone.
He's a stinker though, and recently started throwing tantrums. Falls onto the floor and does a fish-out-of-water-thing with his arms and legs. 
 Most of the time he's pretty good though.
Yes, that's dirt under his mouth!
 And pretty cute. He blows kisses now, and does the best "hello" or "bye-bye" wave I think I've ever seen. Out of all my kids, he wins the cutest wave award for sure. 
He loves his girls,
Likes sleeping with his Daddy,
And can't be without his mama. 
 We're pretty darn blessed! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

record breaking....

Yes! Today we got more snow. They say a total of 94.8 inches fell this year in total, with the last couple falling last night and breaking the all time record.
Now we can have Spring.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Our Birthdays

 Gracie and I celebrated our birthdays together at our house. Gracie sent out invitations this year to all of her aunts, uncles, Nanny, Pappy and cousins. She said she wanted everyone to come in costumes and pajamas. That was it. I had no theme to work with this year, so she had a regular old cake and no big deal party. It was fun though. Just getting everyone over is nice.

  I'm not sure what I'd do if I didn't live so close to my family. I really don't know what I'd do without them. 

On the other hand though...what would I do without this?
Picture courtesy goes to Yuli, along with the wig. 
Anyway! That was birthday party number one! We'll wrap things up with Matt's side on Easter, so I'll wait until then to officially be another year older. ;)

Thursday, April 10, 2014


My Gracie. Today was her day. 
Seven years old. 
I could waste time, and talk about how fast time goes by, and how I remember like yesterday, the day she was born...but we all know these things already. I say it every time a birthday comes.
Instead, I'm going to talk about this sweet girl, and everything she is today.
 Gracie is the best big sister. She is definitely the big sister, and there's no question about it. 
The other day she was sitting at the table making cards and I was trying to get Ben to sleep. I was losing my patience with the other girls because they weren't settling down, and Gracie obviously saw that. She called over to the girls, "Hey girls! Come on over here, and I'll show you how to make some pop-up cards."
Hanna and Hailey make their way toward the table, and she turns her eyes toward me and gives me the cutest wink. As if she was saying, "Yeah, I got this, Mom." I didn't even know the kid could wink! It was cute. To say the least. 
 As soon as Ben makes a sound on the monitor, she goes running so she can be the one to receive his big "I'm awake now!" grin, and get him out of his crib.
She takes care of everyone, and I swear she appreciates a cute mis-pronounced word or funny misunderstanding from a 2 year old as much as I do.
She thinks of ways to make things easier for Hanna that I don't even think of, and can understand the language of toddlers that sometimes I can't make out for the life of me. I don't know what I'd do without her translating skills some days. 
She is sweet, sweet, sweet.
The other day she went to town with Matt to pick up some sand for their sandbox. She came back completely upset and in tears about something, and Matt was laughing. 
Turns out, they stopped to get beer, and Matt jokingly told her "Don't tell Mom we stopped at the Beer Store." 
She was upset because she didn't want to keep a secret from me. 
Aww.  :) 
It was funny, but seriously, how stinking cute is that? She's a good girl. 

Every night after being tucked in, she yells out at least 2 more "Good night, Mama!"s. Then she gets up one more time a few minutes later to try to use the bathroom again, just in case. Of course she also comes out to give me one more kiss on her way back to her room. When she gets up much later, either for a drink, or the bathroom, she yells out another "Good night!" as she passes my room, scaring the bejesus outta me, and waking up Ben. It's not my favourite thing she does...but how could I stop it? She just has a sweet nature. 
Six was a big year for her. She started grade one. 
I'm hard on her, because I know she's capable of so much. She's always been wise for her age, and a fast learner, so I expect a lot from her, and sometimes I don't even realize it.
She likes school though, and really does great in math. She does well with reading, but struggles with spelling, and is very neat with her printing.  She can also tell time to the minute, which I think is a huge thing!
She learned to tie her shoes. 
Another milestone. 
 She became big sister for the 3rd time. 
She loves her brother, and could probably replace me as his mother if something ever happened to me. 
She's like...7 going on 20. 
 But she's innocent. And little. She writes the tooth fairy letters when she loses a tooth asking her not to take it. 
She still thinks "finger" is pronounced "thinger", and I'm in no hurry to correct it. 
Seven years is a big one. I don't know why. I figured ten would be big...which it will be...but seven seems big too. She's growing up, and I can't slow her down. 
 I'm enjoying watching her become an independent, strong-willed beautiful girl. She makes me proud to be her "Mama".

Happy Birthday to my sweet girl.
I love you!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Fools

It's been a while since I pulled an April Fool's Day prank. I used to do the old "water in the glass on the high shelf" trick, and the "seran wrap on the toilet seat" prank as a kid. I used to think they were pretty clever ideas. 
This time, to make up for all of my absent years of non-trickery, I came up with a fake delinquent parking ticket notice.
I saw the idea a while back somewhere, and knew that now would be the time to pull it off. 
When it comes to owing money, or being fined, Matt doesn't take it lightly. 
I searched, and copied, and pasted and came up with a pretty legit-looking notice.   

 He. Was. So. Mad.
I gave it to him, and walked away because I knew I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face. 
He looked at it for a while, then angrily shouted across the room "This is bull! I didn't get a notice before this one, and now I owe 400 bucks?! There is no way I'm paying this!"
He continued for a couple minutes...and wouldn't even look at the next page when I told him to check it out. 
I had to physically turn the page over, and show him the other side where it explained it was a joke. 
It was pretty good. He most definitely fell for it. 
Mission: Accomplished.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

my baby boy... 11 months old today.
 Where has the time gone? 
It's busy around here. 
Really busy. That means time gets away from me, and I absolutely hate it. 

 Benjamin is one month away from being one whole year old. 
He's a busy, walking, dancing, babbling, tantrum throwing, tower destroying, perfect baby boy. And he truly is the sweetest little thing. 
The only bad thing I can say is that he's growing up way too fast.

Friday, March 28, 2014

a very special dinner

Jenn is a great friend of mine. She is a mentor to me. At the beginning of our journey with Hanna, there was so much unknown. She gave me hope, and the emails we sent back and forth kept me sane during my countless hours of researching and googling horrible disorders that Hanna was being tested for. 
I was absolutely honoured to meet her and her amazing family back in 2011 on our way to Florida. You can read about that here. You can see pictures from that visit right here. 

Last night we had that opportunity again to visit with them.
This time, they would be in our neck of the woods! There was no way I was going to let this opportunity pass me by! 
We met at a nearby restaurant, and I wish we could've just froze time for a while. It was much too short a visit.
I'm so so thankful we made it happen though. 
By the time it was time to leave, I realized I was the only one still eating! I guess I was too busy talking. 

Of course, I didn't get enough pictures. Between mine, and Jenn's I think we managed to get enough to show that the girls had a great time. 
I loved how Addie was just tickled by Ben. 

 They were having quite the conversation in the above picture. I'm glad I caught that one.

  We tried to get some pictures of all of the girls together. Jenn managed to get the only ones that turned out! I love Addie in these. She's just so sweet.
 Hanna was being a stinker, and Gracie was way too serious!
 Hailey's wearing quite the stylish hat...but these are just too cute!
 They even got into size order for these ones.

 As if having dinner with the Henderson's wasn't enough, we also got to meet Jenn's mother, sister, brother, sister in law, and two nieces!
It was such an honour!! 
They are such an amazing family and I'm so thankful to have them in my life. 
 Thank you for a wonderful evening, Jenn. It was great to see all of you. 
Next time won't come soon enough.

Jenn's family blog is here. 
It's one of my favourite places to visit. 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ben and Dani

Jamie and Dani Lynn have been coming over every Tuesday when they can manage, and it makes my day every time they do.
Dani likes getting reactions out of Ben so she bops, and pushes, and pokes whenever she can. It is hilarious. But Benny, he doesn't think so. 
I have to say though, that he has become much more tolerant and less, how should I say this...sissy baby. 
This week they actually played nice. There was no chasing around, or crying being done by anyone.
They're both walking now, so maybe that makes a difference. Who knows. What I do know is that they're pretty stinking cute when they're together.