Thursday, October 1, 2015

new room

A few months ago, Matt and I switched rooms with the girls.
They had a bunk bed in the smaller of the rooms to share, and we had Ben in our room with us, in the crib. 
He's no longer in the crib, but since the third bedroom is being used as a playroom right now, Ben still has to share one of the two rooms.
The girls drew the short straw. 

:) Just kidding. We didn't draw straws. But we did decide that the little guy would fit nicely in the big(ger) room with his sisters. 

A bigger room, also meant that we could retire the bunk bed, and get them all their own bed. 

We got the girls each a twin and Ben has his little crib-turned-toddler-bed. It works perfectly! 

 I gave them permission to jump across the beds. Just once, while I took their picture. Hanna doesn't know these beds well enough to start jumping across them (smart, cautious girl), and Ben was stuck on the toilet at the time. Otherwise, they would have all been jumping across them. 

Now I'm on a mission to find cute, girly, matching bedding sets. Then I'll paint the walls, and somehow personalize each bed with their own stuff.

Ben is going to have his own corner. His own little boyish things in his own little spot in the room. I can't wait to get going on it all. 
Hopefully sooner than later I'll have a picture of it all finished.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

good pup

I'm not sure I've mentioned lately how good of a puppy Kalli is. Aside from taking off once in a while in a friendly prance with a local runner, or cyclist, she really has been behaving herself. 

She stays away from the kids' food, even if it's right in her face.

She's great on the leash, and the kids can even walk her without her pulling them. 

As far as I've seen lately, she's stopped chewing on shoes, toys, and water meter cords. 

On the down side, she is a digger. 
Not cool. 

She also is a licker. She doesn't do it to us anymore, but as soon as we have a visitor and she's excited to see them, she licks. And licks. And doesn't stop until you get mad at her. It's kind of weird, but she's gotten better. We're working on that. 

 She is so great with the kids, and has started to get very protective of them. I think she will soon be a very good guard dog, which is pretty important to me. 
 She just had her first birthday, and I think she's doing great!! Keep it up Kalli girl!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015


A few weeks ago Crystal and I took our bunch of kids to the zoo. 
It was a fun, and exhausting day! Ratio adults to kids at 2:7 is crazy. Especially when 3 of them aren't your own, and don't abide to your rules, and they are ages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8!
(Hence, the lack of photos aside from a couple group ones!)
 He made it known that he was the only boy. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

picture of the day

How could this one not make your day? He is totally smiling at my Hanna girl. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

big boy

Look who's sleeping in his own bed.
Yes, I know. He's two years old. 
I don't rush these things, people. 
 He's been happy in the crib, and I was feeling pretty good knowing that he couldn't walk around the house at night without me knowing. This is something he would do. 
So, I kept the crib around. 
For the last while though, I have been bugging Matt to build him a bed. I threatened to just cut the legs off the crib, and do it that way, and since Matt's a perfectionist and a little OCD, this got him motivated to do it right. 
He took apart the crib, and pieced it back together to make the perfect little toddler bed.  
Within 20 minutes of his first night, he was on the floor. 
We changed things slightly, and now it's perfect. 
He's been sleeping in it every night, and I don't even have to sneak him in. He willfully goes in, gets tucked in tight, and he stays for most of the night. 
When he does wake up a few hours before dawn, I gladly take him back to my bed for the rest of the night. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

back to school

The dreaded "s" word is now our everyday routine again. 
Don't get me wrong, I love having the kids at home for school. There's just something about the end of summer that depresses me. All of a sudden, the carefree days and wild kids are gone. There has to be structure, and routine, and it's just no fun for the kiddos anymore! 
Never mind the fact that a new school year means that they're all a year older too! 
Just, ugh. 

Oh well. Today we had our first day of school. Gracie is in grade 3 this year. She'll do great, like she always does. She had a great start today, and is excited about the year. 
Hanna is in grade 1/2. I'm using both grades in Hanna's curriculum since she technically could be in grade 2. I just don't want to rush her through the grades. We're taking our time since she's learning so much more than a typical 6 year old would be and she needs the extra practice. I'm not even working with one solid curriculum for her. I'm using Gracie's old books, online sources, and making my own lesson plans for her, and doing it all as we go. I like how flexible we can be, and how we don't have to "keep up" with anyone. She did a solid 4 hours of work today, and did awesome. She's also excited about the year, and I think she'll surprise me this year. 
  Hailey got a new tin of crayons and a crisp colouring book. She also got a new pair of pajamas and a fresh outfit for our new year as well. She squealed with delight when I showed her that she has her own box on our school shelf with just her things in it. She's a funny girl. I'm more than happy to let her stay little, and too-young-for-school, for a bit longer. No JK for this young lady. 
And, while we're on the topic of "little", of course we couldn't leave out our Benny. 
Little stinker. He's already proved, on this first day of school, that it's going to be a challenge taking a few hours of attention almost completely off of him. 
I just have to come up with some creative ways to keep him busy for a while, that's all. 
So far, so good! 
Everyone's co-operating with the schedule I have set out, and they seem to be excited about what's in store for them. I can only do my best and hope that they continue to be excited about learning. When they're happy, I'm happy! When we're all happy, well, that just seems like a perfect recipe for a successful year.

Friday, August 28, 2015

dentist with hanna

As horrible as this sounds, Hanna hasn't really ever had a "real" dental exam done. She's been to the dentist three times, but never has had a real exam. They've done the whole "let's count your teeth, and have a look" exam, but not a real cleaning or anything. Not sure why, they just haven't!
I've been nervous about bringing her because I know that in her six years, some damage has been done to those little teeth. 
Her front teeth are worn and chipped, and I know she has a few cavities in there. 

Today was the day that she would finally go in, get a good exam, and get some work done!
Our local dentist is awesome. He is so great with kids, and the entire team there is just so friendly. Hanna felt very comfortable as soon as we walked in the door. 

I gave them a brief background on our Hanna, and he did a thorough exam. 

She has three cavities that need to be filled, but he's not worried about her front teeth being so worn down. He said it's actually common for those teeth to do that. I haven't seen it, but I'll take it! 

He did x-rays and saw that all of her permanent teeth look great, and those front teeth are well on their way to fall out any time! ( I just hope she perfects that "F" sound before they do!) 

After x-rays she got back up into her chair and she got some laughing gas. It didn't make her put her to sleep! 
The kid was out! 
He filled one cavity for us today, and she goes back next week for the next one.
She had a perfect and pain-free experience, and she's actually looking forward to the next visit.
She told me when we were walking to the car: "Mum, my mouth feels weird! But I liked that gas!" 
I asked her if she wanted a treat for being so good, and she said she wanted to go to the pet store to see that cats.

So we did. 

I also got her a milkshake. 

 My big girl. 
She really is. 
I'm very proud of her today, and so, so relieved she did so great.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

wind blown

We've had some nice, cooler weather for the past few days, and I was really enjoying it. 
Today though, the warm air has started to come back, and it was windy! 
Three of the kids (Hanna played inside because she said it was too cold...) ran around and were just being so crazy in the wind. I found it so funny while I was watching from in the house. Kalli is like one of the kids. They did a big tackle pile at one point and Kalli was right on top! I just had to go out and take some pictures. They were all having so much fun!

They are nuts!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

a ting!

Hailey: Mom, can you get down one ting out of the basket for me?

Me: Sure. What thing?

Hailey: *stares at me blankly.* No. A ting.

Me: .....  A ting??

Hailey: No. A TING! You know, that dances with the princess!

Me: Oh! A KKKing! 

Hailey: Yeah! A ting! 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Canada's Wonderland

I was trying to figure out something different to do with the kids, and my mom had the great idea of Canada's Wonderland! 
We weren't sure how many rides there would be for the kids since they're all still pretty small, but we were willing to chance it. 
Turned out to be a great place for them!
Almost as soon as we got into the park Gracie spotted a game. 
Oh Lordy. No one wins carnival games. 
My mom offered to buy Gracie a couple tries, and after watching a few people fail, she figured she knew what they were doing wrong. 
*Goal: to reach the top of the spinny ladder*
 It was a fail. 
I don't have very many pictures at all because I didn't want the bulkiness of my big camera all day, and cell phones weren't permitted on almost every ride!
Oh well. 
We hit up swans next. My mom was so lucky to have all three youngest kids in her boat. What can I say, she's a popular woman with these kids.
 Gracie was more than happy with the slow, easy, kiddie rides. I did end up making her (yes, I'm mean) go on the Pirate Ship with me, and even a wooden roller coaster!

Planet Snoopy was the best for the kids. It had a lot of rides, and some were too big for even Hanna and Hailey to go on without an adult. That means, that the rides were even pretty fun for my mom and I! (Which I really wasn't expecting.)

There was a "spooky ride" that Hanna and Hailey are still talking about. They weren't big fans of this one with skeletons and ghosts being your target to shoot at with a lazer gun. Poor Hanna was even in the front of our car all by herself, being the first one to greet the scary guys! She'll never forget that one, that's for sure!
We opted out of the water park, even though we went on the hottest day of the year - but we did get ice cream! Of course!

 The very last thing we did before calling it quits at the park, was walk through the dinosaur exhibit, Dinosaurs Alive. It was pretty cool. Animatronic dinosaurs that were pretty realistic looking. The kids didn't want to get out of the wagon because they looked so real!

 We didn't even watch the 3D movie that went along with the exhibit, because everyone was just exhausted! 
It was a full, fun, day and we still had the pool at the hotel to enjoy! 
We got back to the hotel and the pool was a little too chilly for Hanna and Hailey, so my mom went back to the room with them. I stayed with Ben and Gracie for a while, and then made it back to the room for some goodies and a movie. 
The next morning we were on our way back home. It was a great trip! I don't do too much with just my mom, so this was such a nice treat for me (and the kids!). 
Thanks for the great idea Mom! 
We all had a great time!


Friday, August 14, 2015

picture of the day

I love how Hailey loves to dress up. If you look close enough, her feet are filthy, and so is her face. The dress is torn on the bottom from dragging, but she wears it confidently and thinks she looks like true royalty. 
I love it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

being the only boy means...

Having to hook up to a My Little Pony vehicle when he can't find his tractor.