Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The girls have spent hours designing outfits with the "fashion studio" kit Keona got for Christmas. They've created some stuff I would wear. Some others... maybe not so much.
Anyhow, Keona and I decided we were going to make her a dress. I went out and bought the fabric this week. Now I am not a seamstress... I actually have no idea what I am doing with a sewing machine. I just read "how to do it yourself" instructions online. In spite of that, I came home quite excited with the fabric I got on sale, and yesterday we started drafting. We measured, and sketched, and measured, and outlined, and cut....and re-measured, and re-cut, and
Supposing it actually fits....and stays together...
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
This is from our trip to Quebec for the Carruthers' wedding 2 years ago.
I know I may be just a tiny bit biased .... but I have the cutest boys ever!!
Elijah with the flower that I thought he had picked for me. Turns out it was for another woman... the bride. :)
I happen to think that my hubby is pretty cute too! ;)
This was my favourite age for Jeddy. He was so good while we did all the road-tripping that summer. He was such a doll at that wedding. Other than the 20 times I had to "excuse us" so that I could go and nurse him!
I love my "mamma's boys!"
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
6am: Alarm goes off. I hit snooze.
6:30am: The alarm goes off for the 3rd time. I tell Scott it's time to get up.
7am: I wake up to this. It makes me smile.
7:10am: I send Charity to get my camera so I can take a picture. :)
Jed does this...
It ends with him hitting the floor...hard. He cries. I console.
7:30am: I get the last one out of bed. Guess who?? None other than our very own, Sloth!
Scott and I are convinced that there must be some sort of relation...
8am: Keona serves Shreddies while I change diapers, and attempt to put on some makeup and look half decent.
8:30am: Chores are done. We start school. We read Matthew 25 over Ella's crying, while Jed washes his hands and floods the kitchen counter. I clean it up.
9am: Jed says he has to go to the bathroom. It's too late. Repeat this every 15 minutes from here on out. Ella continually interrupts school by waving at everyone while she sits on my lap. Of course, everyone at the table has to wave back at her while saying, "Hiiiiiiiii!" in unison. The girls gush over her newest trick, and how cute she is. I tell them to ignore her and get back to work. (mean Mom!)
I won't bore you with all the details of school... let's just say Eve argued with me and I sat silently reading my Bible. I then taught them the saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all." If only I could always be so disciplined...
12pm: I feed the kids apples, oranges, and banana bread, while eating an apple and quizzing them on geography.
12:30pm: Scott surprises us by coming home for lunch. I eat Mr. noodles (my latest totally unhealthy addiction) and tell him that the skit he is doing, is dumb. (so much for the whole, "if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all" speech...)
2pm: I wake Scott up from his nap and he goes to work. Keona goes outside to dig up our frozen soil for a science experiment.
3:00pm: I clean up the soil from off the counter and try to keep Jed from throwing it everywhere. Eve's practising violin and someone is practising on the keyboard downstairs.
4pm: I serve spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner. I wonder why in the world I was so mean to Scott. I have no idea... I feel horrible and wonder how he puts up with me.
6pm: Chores are done. Little House On The Prairie is over and the kids are quiet??? Jed knocks Ella over, and then proceeds to squeeze her cheeks while repeating, "Chubby chubby!!" over and over again in her face. Ella's not impressed. It's no longer quiet.
7pm: It hasn't been quiet since 6pm. Ella goes to bed. Keona and Charity are colouring, Eve wants to know why no one will play with her, Elijah is playing gameboy, and Jed is banging on the piano while singing, " Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, on on my mind!!!!" I go to the cupboard for some chocolate. The kids ask what I'm doing... I put it back and say, "Nothing..." I go back into the livingroom to play the piano and sing along with Jed.
7:30pm: I call Scott on his break and apologize for calling his skit dumb.
8pm: I throw the triplets in the shower together cause I don't feel like cleaning up the mess they make showering themselves. Elijah and Jeddy are in bed, Keona is looking for a story for Scott to use as his "expressive reading", and the triplets want me to make them look like "trolls."
9pm: Everyone is in bed, the house is quiet, and I'm...
Monday, February 16, 2009
Last week, I had a very long to-do list before leaving our
Being the responsible and organized parent that I am, I would not leave everything until the last minute and then bribe my kids with "chore points" to help get the work done...
Me: Come on...you know you want to help me!
Them: Ummm...no, we really don't.
Them: No thanks Mom.
I would not resort to guilt tripping like that. Especially not after the kids had helped me out with stuff all day. I did spend all night folding laundry though...
I did not skip Wordless Wednesday and Flashback Friday last week because I was too
lazy tired every night...
We had a wonderfully relaxing "Family Day" holiday here in Ontario today. We played Wii and Phase 10. Keona went to friend's house. (she's growing up!)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
That's when I started to put all the pieces together. I don't think he can see me.
I don't think anyone can see me.
Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.' I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again.
It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: 'To Charlotte , with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'
No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything. A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it.'
That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself.
And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'You're gonna love it there.'
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The kids were all too afraid to hold one of the big bugs. Though, Keona did try chocolate covered crickets...something I would not be able to do! :S
Ever since then, they have been telling me how, "they wish they had held a bug." Well, this past Saturday the zoo had another bugzibit on, and we have a family pass, so it sounded like a plan! Of course, Scott was supposed to come and we were going to bring all the kids...but then he had homework, grandma offered to take Ella, and Jed said, "No thank you! Grandma's house please..." So, I was on my own with the 5 oldest. Which was actually kind of nice. Since usually Scott gets bored quickly and wants to move on. We took our time at the exhibits and learned lots of neat facts we wouldn't have otherwise noticed.
Prayer's picture of what we saw at the zoo...
Notice the little one giving the big one a piggy-back?...
I was speechless.
But the bugzibit was great! The triplets got to hold "Matilda."
Elijah and Keona stayed as far away from the bugs as possible! We met up with two polar bears. A stuffed one... And one that use to live at the zoo...
...still does, kinda...
We were just in time to hear the elephant trumpet, which was really cool. Last time we heard the male lion roar. The ground rumbled... it was pretty amazing. We got to see the tiger(ess?) walking around. Charity growled at it... it looked over and licked its lips. Not good... we left after that.
By this point, Elijah was done. He was tired, hungry, and just wanted to go home. (sounds alot like Scott!) The girls decided we could leave and come back another time. We just had to go back to the bugzibit to pick up their picture with Matilda. While we waited, they were absolutely enthralled with the donation/coin bin. (where the money rolls around in a tornado-like fashion) It was a good thing I had lots of change in my wallet, because they raced pennies and nickels for about 10 minutes.
Then they touched a giant snail, poked him in the eye/tentacle and the poor thing sucked everything back into its head. It was pretty interesting...never seen that before.
Finally, in Elijah's words, we headed out to the parking lot.
Elijah was being a grump until he saw the lady handing out free Valentine's Day chocolate...
She made his day!
We raced through the parking lot, had two geese follow us to the van- where I told the kids they were going to eat them! They laughed and ran faster. My kids are great... :)
Monday, February 9, 2009
As some of you may know, I have 4 girls practicing piano everyday and one that just started violin too. I'm usually pretty good at tuning out all of the noise that creates and just think about "in the long run." Even when I have a piano, a keyboard, an organ, and a violin all going at the same time. Throw in 3 or 4 other kids and it
could put you in the nut house can get just a wee bit noisy. So today...when I had a headache, and had to make a zillion phone calls... I did not bribe them away from their cognitive development... with the Wii... No way! What kind of mother would do such a thing?? And seriously, what kind of children actually enjoy practicing for hours on end!?!? Only mine...
About 2 years ago now, my Mom gave me her treadmill when she got a new elliptical. I vowed to myself that I would use it everynight... for atleast half an hour. Then I got pregnant with Ella and decided that I would start up with it as soon as I recovered from her birth. I most certainly did not give away that very same treadmill this past weekend. I mean, it didn't just sit in the basement totally unused for the past...2 years. I did not just give away a treadmill that had only been used by my kids... not me! Also, I am not the kind of mother that would watch my kids running on the treadmill and go over and crank up the speed just for fun. Nope... not me! Even if I did do that... I do not wish that I had gotten it on video camera before giving it away.... Definitely not me!
Ok... I think that's more than enough about what I didn't do last week! ;)
Friday, February 6, 2009
But you know what...we couldn't have been happier. We were proud of our lawn chair recliner! So quickly we forget where we came from. Now we have a house, several couches and chairs, 2 vehicles...it's amazing to think about how the Lord has blessed us. We have a 3 bedroom townhouse and people often make comments like, "How do you all fit in there!?" Honestly, the kids have never noticed that it may be a bit of a tight fit in here. (Well, except when there is a line up outside of the bathroom door! ;) Recently with the economy, and Scott's hours being cut back, we've had to really start watching what we spend. It has made me realize how we have never had any real "needs" that weren't taken care of. Sure, there may be days when we think a 2nd bathroom would be nice... or to be able to spend a bit extra here or there would be nice. Then I think about all the things we DO have and I can't help but be thankful and humbled.
I have an amazing husband, 7 beautiful and healthy children, a warm home with food on the table, great friends and family, and an awesome God who cares about me! What more could a girl ask for?! :)
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. -1 Timothy 6:6-8
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
After the kids were in bed, and HNIC was over (we love Don Cherry!) Scott and I watched "Fireproof". I don't generally talk about movies, because quite honestly, I can't remember the last good movie I saw... other than Open Season 2. (that little squirrel or chipmunk, whatever he is... is hilarious! And I laugh every time someone throws a bunny!) But yes, this movie was SO good. I cried like a baby, and would recommend it to any married couple. I even adored the ending... won't spoil it...but definitely a must see. Made me remember how thankful I should be for my sweet hubby! :)