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.