Wednesday, June 29, 2016

pictures of the day

We're enjoying our summer so far. 
We're keeping it as quiet, and peaceful as it could possibly be with 4 kids, a raccoon, 2 ducklings and a dog. 
We're happy to spending it at home, and just hanging out. 

My goal this summer is to keep it simple, and slow down. 
So far, so good. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

movie night

My sister-in-law came over to spend the day and evening with us before moving back to Nova Scotia. 
We had some fun just hanging out at home, but we decided to take her out to see Finding Dory to jazz up the night a little.
I recommend the film. It was very cute. 

We had no choice but to sit pretty close to the big screen, and I'm not sure if Hanna could see it very well. She fell asleep about half way through. 
We had to go to the theater in the mall for this movie, which worked out good because we could walk around and waste some time before the movie started. 
As soon as Hanna knew we were going to the mall, she piped up telling us she didn't like the mall. When I asked her why, she responded with "Because the turtle is there." It's a tiny little 4-kid carousal in the centre of the mall, that she hasn't been on since she was 2 or 3 years old. 
We haven't even seen it, since we never go to the mall. The kid's memory is insane. 
We had a great night with Sam and we will miss her very much while she's gone.

Monday, June 27, 2016

pictures of the day

(June 24th we got new duckies! 3 days old.)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Benny's photo shoot

Well, I haven't decided just yet if this was a successful shoot with Ben or not.
He turned into Mr. Goofball as soon as we stepped out the door! 

A very photogenic goofball.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Conversations with a 5 year old

*As we were talking about being big, and little, and everything in between*

Hailey: "I don't wanna be a mom."

Me: "How come?! Being a mom is the best job in the world! I know, so you don't have to deal with little brats like you guys? *giggle *"

(very seriously)
Hailey: "No. Because I don't want to move into a new house without you and daddy. "

Oh, my heart.

Monday, June 20, 2016

picture of the day

Just because she's cute, and I love her freckles.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Hanna had her appointment today, and I found it a little bit surprising. 

First of all, all we had to do was mention the word "eye drops" and she immediately gave the doctor a hard time. So, we skipped them. I think it was good because we got to do a little acuity test that we usually aren't able to do because of the drops. 

According to his test, her acuity sits at about 20/400.
That part didn't really surprise me. She does amazing things with that tiny bit of vision.

The most surprising thing to me, was that this acuity is the same in both eyes. Even though we can tell that she uses her inside right peripheral for everything.
So, we're questioning now how the kid actually uses her vision. (Or if she memorized the test...)
It's still a "wait and see" game, as every time we go she's older, and can tell us just a little bit more. 

We'll be going back soon with the drops to get an actual peak into those eyes. I'll just be administering the drops myself before we go in. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

little rocket

He's becoming quite the little pet. 
He's snuggly, sweet, and everyone loves him. 
Gracie's his little mom. 

 Every day I talk about how "when he leaves..." so that it's no surprise when he goes his own way eventually. I know he will, but the kids don't want to believe me. 
Hopefully it will be a very gradual process. They're all pretty attached to the little guy.

Monday, June 13, 2016

schoooool's out for the summer!

Schooool's out for ever! 
Well, not really. But the song is good. 

Today is officially our first day of summer vacation! 
We have no big plans. 
Just swimming, 
and that's about it!

I'm just as happy as the girls to be done. As fast as the year goes by, the school year seems to drag out. If you know what I mean. 
It's been a fun year, full of little projects and discussions which I really enjoy. I really like doing work together as a group. Even though Gracie was in grade 3, and Hanna was doing grade 1 and 2 work, we still did a lot of things together which is kind of neat. It proved to be a good way to do things because the days we worked this way were our best days; and the days with the least complaining out of the girls. 

That's enough about school though! We're on vacation! 

Bring on the sunshine! 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

another day...

 I did a photo shoot for a family tonight that made me miss Austin's birthday party, that I was really looking forward to attending! Darn.
That's okay. 
I got back just before the rest of the fam, and we all just hung outside until it got too dark to see. 
Matt worked a little bit on the playcentre, and I watched. :)
Then I snapped a photo of the sky. How pretty is this?
The kids' party favours were glow sticks, so naturally when we got inside, they had to test them out.
Just another day in paradise. ♥

Friday, June 10, 2016

hanna's ot update

Hanna's main struggle is her fine motor skills. It always has been, and we're always working on them. 

She gets occupational therapy on a regular basis, as long as we're willing. They come to the house, so it's convenient, and they really do have great ideas. 
I was feeling like it was a waste of time for a while though, so I didn't have them come for a bit. It seemed like they were always working on the same things, and I was getting discouraged because there wasn't very much noticeable improvement happening. 

I got a call from the centre that she receives the OT from, and they informed me that Hanna would have a new therapist. This would be a great time to have her come in and give me her word on how she thinks Hanna's doing, and maybe give some new tips, tricks and goals.  It was also good timing because it's the end of the school year, and it's nice to have some goals through the summer to work on. 

She came to the house, and Hanna loved her immediately. She was very fun, but not over the top and...ahem... annoying. I really liked her as well. 
Hanna proved herself capable of so many of the goals on Mrs. Lorna's reports from the previous therapists.  
 She blew her out of the water with her tweezer skills, beading a necklace, and cutting out shapes! 
She worked on her printing skills, which always needs practice, but we have a couple new tricks to try for that, and I know improvement is right around the corner.
 It was a very encouraging visit, and honestly it made my day! It was also a nice way to end the school year, since it was our last day today! WOOT WOOT!

Way to go (once again!) Hanna Banana!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hailey's post-op and ducklings

Hailey had her post-up appointment today, so her and I took off in the morning and got that out of the way. 
Everything looked fantastic, and we won't be seeing them again for a year. YAY! I can't even explain how happy I am to finally have her little teeth all fixed up! 

Now, for this next part, keep in mind that I take care of the ducklings. They're mine, and I do everything that needs to be done for them. 
When we go in the house, they go in a cage - nice and safe. 
They are never alone. 
If I can't be out with them, they go in their cage.
They sleep in the house, where their safety is guaranteed.
The dog doesn't go outside with them alone - ever. 
She thinks they're squeaky toys.
You get the idea here...
I probably over-protect these guys. 

Well, after Hailey's appointment we headed home, and as soon as I pulled in the driveway I knew something was up. Kalli was laying in the yard, and no one else was in sight. 
The raccoon was in the duck's cage, and there were no ducks anywhere. 
Well, until I walked a bit further. Little Graham was on the ground, lifeless, and Goldie was nowhere to be found. 

Apparently, Matt decided that it was okay to leave the ducks outside by themselves because they were under the porch, and it would take too much effort to shake their food for 3 seconds and lure them out.
According to him, he made sure Kalli was in the house too, so maybe Ben let her out, but she was very obviously outside when I got home. There's no proof to say that she was even responsible for what happened. Anything could've happened. The cats, a bird...who knows. This is why I'm so protective of them! Anything can happen!
Ugh. Now we're duckless again.

Matt knows it was his fault, and obviously I can't trust him to duck-sit anymore. 
At least the kids were all safe and sound, so that's a plus! Sheesh.  

My poor duckies. I've been looking forward to having ducklings since the Fall, and I'm not sure now if we'll even be getting more, so I'm bummed. 

I may be trading in a husband though....

Monday, June 6, 2016

friendly little playmate

We were outside after school, and noticed that Kalli was out in the field, being more excited than usual about something she found.
Gracie said to me "Mom, what if she found a baby deer out there!"
Thinking to myself how unlikely that would be, I looked a little harder, and sure enough - there was a fawn!

I started walking out, to see if I could get Kalli away from it, but the little guy actually started walking toward me. Kalli got even more excited when he started to move, so she got closer, and the deer started running. The poor thing was tripping over the old crops in the field, and fell a couple times before I could finally get to him in our fence row. 

I took him back to the yard and called my mom. (I call my mom for everything.) 
Once she came, we decided that he was big enough to fend for himself, and so we should bring him back to the field where his mom would surely come back for him. 

I walked him to the very back of the field, put him down, and started my way back, just to find him running behind me, like a little puppy. 

So, we just let him hang out with us for a while!
 Eventually he wondered back out to the field on his own, and I just kept an eye on him throughout the rest of the day. 
 By the end of the day, I did see a doe out back that showed interest when he was crying, so we can only hope that she was his momma, and that she found him.
Sure was a fun experience!  
Experience of a lifetime for these kids, that's for sure!

Gracie told me later on that she's sure it happened because just before we found him in the field, we found a four-leafed clover. 


Friday, June 3, 2016


 Miss Hanna had her cardiology appointment in Toronto. I dread these appointments every single time. 

She had an odd virus that made her really sick to her stomach. She was extremely bloated, and sore, and let's just say dehydration quickly became a worry because of the amount of time she spent on the toilet. 
Of course this was happening just days before her appointment, and the morning we left - I'm talking 2am - she was extremely sick in the bathroom. She also had a nasty cough to go with it, and even vomited once. All I could think was the worst case scenarios.

It's very odd for her to get sick like that. But, I guess we were going to the right place if something serious was going on. 

She felt fine after her bathroom visit, and slept most of the ride up. Her first appointment was for 8:00 and we didn't have time for anything but waiting for our turn to go in. 
She was very tired, and annoyed at the fact of being there, and kept asking to go check out the rest of the hospital. It was a long wait.
 We were finally called in and got right to it. He did the echo (which seemed to take forever) and then he checked her blood pressure. 75/42.
Very low. 
Oh man, waiting to talk to the doctor to discuss results was the longest wait ever. I will admit that I was almost in a full-blown panic after her bp reading.
Turns out, she still has two small muscular VSDs. 
He said they are again, smaller, and he's not concerned. No need for antibiotics before dental visits, and no need to restrict her activity in any way. Her valves looked great, and her lungs sounded and looked great. 
Thank God. 
Her blood pressure was low because she hadn't eaten anything yet, and of course she probably was getting dehydrated! 
Poor kid. 

Anyway, we got out of that hospital as fast as we could after her visit. I had the biggest relief headache ever, at this point.
 She just wanted to eat. So we drove until we found somewhere decent and had a nice lunch. 
We took our time and enjoyed having some Hanna time.
 Then we were off! Heading home and so happy with the visit. 
Next visit: 3 years!! HURRAY!

We still don't know what was making her stomach so upset, but she eventually got over it.
This girl. She drives me crazy! We're so fortunate that she's so healthy, but having a little bout of illness shows us that she can get sick, and fight it off like everyone else. 

With this appointment done, I can finally start looking forward to the summer!