Wednesday, March 31, 2010


prayer holding ella

Don’t mind the holes in the skirt…


I spent the entire day sick on the couch, with a fever, and the girls took care of everything. (which is why I’m posting this 2 days later) Their brothers, Ella, the house, Keona even made dinner. They ate oatmeal, but they ate. They made Ella her bottle and put her to bed. They even handed me my camera so I could take my 365 picture while I was half asleep on the couch.

I love my girls. They’re the best! :)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010



Nothing like Grandma’s cuddles…

Monday, March 29, 2010

Are they sneaky or what!?

I saw this as I was walking by the kitchen today…


So I quietly went to get my camera, but I think Ella caught me. I’m pretty sure she’s trying to warn Jed here…


They’re pretty cute, when they aren’t fighting. They’re either being really sweet, sharing books on the couch together…


Or… Ella’s smacking him on the head with some sort of blunt object.

DSC_0440I have no idea where she gets these faces from….

Notice that she finally has some hair!? I’m always excited when my girls start to grow some hair.

Even if the back is a frizzy mess…

DSC_0456I can hope that the frizz will turn into soft, beautiful ringlets.



Away from all the “soft” and “beautiful”…

Today, Jeddy tried to help me get the meat ready for dinner by filling the bowl that I was thawing it in with hot, soapy water. Thanks Jed.


Oh, and then I guess he figured he needed to “help” some more- so he filled the bathroom sink with soapy water, and put everyone’s toothbrushes in there “to clean them.”


Not the kind of help I need…


If you ask Jeddy what his chore is after dinner, he’ll tell you,

“To stay out of the kitchen!”



Quote of the day:


As we were sitting around the dinner table, talking about how Dad graduates in FOUR weeks (woohoo!!!) Elijah says,

“Don’t say it before your chickens pop!”


I was really confused for a minute. Then I realized what he was trying to say…

“Don’t count your chickens before thy hatch.”




Thanks Ella. I knew it was missing something…

Can you tell that she dressed herself again today???

i heart faces: dramatic b & W


I was a bit undecided about which photo to use at first. I LOVE black and white photos, so I tend to do alot of them. This one of my oldest daughter is a fave of mine. Though, it’s kind of scary to see the “pre-teen” coming out in her…



Sunday, March 28, 2010


DSC_0368 Good thing we have a big umbrella…

Another quickie on the way out to church. I didn’t take any other photos yesterday because I slept all afternoon. :)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The effects of McDonald’s Music

This semester, one of Scott’s classes is “Church Music Philosophy.”

While doing his homework, Scott and I were reading a book about how music affects your emotions, your attitude, and the sort of physical responses it creates…


Here’s Ella’s physical response to McDonald’s music…



Oh boy.


86She asked me to take her picture… that’s new!

Friday, March 26, 2010


jed at mcdonalds Jeddy enjoying his ice cream at McDonalds.


We rarely take the kids out for fastfood. Rarely, as in never. Maybe, once a year. So when we dropped the 5 oldest off for a birthday party, and we were a 2 child family for a few hours, we decided to take them out for a treat. Jeddy had never been to McDonald’s with us before. It was funny to see how excited he was to have a meal in a box… and to find a toy a the bottom!

Day at the Zoo

I had wanted to take the kids to the zoo over March break, but I also wanted to avoid all the crowds of March break… so we opted to wait a week, and we went today and bought our family pass. Jeddy had never been to the zoo before, and kept insisting that he wanted to go “see the monkeys!”


We had never seen the polar bear exhibit before, so we headed there first. We were all fascinated by these polar bears just lying on the hill top, when all of a sudden, they started to make this noise. It sounded like an eerie howling noise. The girls looked at me and said, “Mom, I didn’t know Polar bears made that noise.” Meanwhile, I’m thinking to myself, “Polar bears don’t make that noise…” Turns out we were looking at the Arctic wolf exhibit. Polar bears were around the corner… I guess that’s what I get for making fun of my sister! But seriously, when they were lying down, all we could see was white fur! Anyhow, I’ve never seen 8 wolves sit there and howl together. It was pretty incredible.


Then we made it to the polar bears.

For real…

polar bearsAs we were standing there watching them, Jeddy kept grabbing my leg, like he was nervous or something. I looked down and said, “What is your problem!?” “What’s wrong, hun?”

He looks behind me and says, “I”m scared of the geese!”

Yup. Not the bears… the geese.


The only reason Elijah came to the zoo (in his words. As if he really had a choice.) was to see the Komodo Dragon.


He is intrigued by any type of “scary” animal. He informed me yesterday that more people die every year from bee stings, than from shark attacks.

“I learned that in my ‘Predators’ book.” he says…


I warned the kids when we left  our house, that we would only be making one bathroom stop at the zoo. The bathrooms are very few and far between… and that one bathroom stop would be after we ate lunch. My kids are smart… I didn’t even catch on to why they wanted to stop and eat lunch so early! ha… Smart or manipulative… Either way, we ate lunch with the jellyfish.


The girls are so content. They were just happy to be at the zoo. Happy to see any and every animal. The boys had a mission. After the Komodo Dragon- all I heard was, “Where are the lions? The tigers? The cheetahs?” They weren’t impressed by the cute little snowy owl, or the adorable little baby gorilla…



or the elephants. Slightly more by “Master Shifu”…

 elephant  red panda

But this… this was amusing….

nosepickerElla wasn’t so fond of the giant orangutan statue.

scared ellaSo we had to do the picture without her…

kids and orangutang  We saw the cheetah…


And the tiger…


And finally we made it back to the lions!

The male lion got up just as we arrived, and stretch and did a growling yawn. Not an angry roar… just a little one. Then as he left, he stopped and posed for the camera.

lion We followed him over to the other side, and across the exhibit from us there was a rowdy group of teenage boys. As the lion walked over, they started yelling at it, and banging the polls… bad idea. The lion stood there and roared AT THEM about 10 times. I turned to the kids and said, “THAT was an angry roar…”

lion roaring

Stupid kids, but quite the sound to hear. Unbelievably powerful. It actually made me wonder what the voice of God must sound like. I mean, the lion’s roar made the ground rumble…


Then the kids stopped taunting it, and this huge beast rolled around on the ground like a playful little kitten.

lion2At this point the boys were satisfied, and the girls and I were all starting to get cold and tired, so we decided to head out. Elijah offered to push the stroller for me.

pushing strollerAnd the girls figured huddling would keep them warmer.

triplets   I must have been asked, “Are they triplets?!” atleast 10 times today.

Maybe more…


I should have gotten a picture of Keona protecting Jeddy from the geese.

Keona, who screams and runs while flailing her arms and legs for 300 meters when she sees a mosquito, was protecting Jeddy –

from geese

Wednesday, March 24, 2010



First day at the park for 2010!


None of the other kids moved slow enough for me to take a picture. Not that I could even find them in the gigantic park… Just before we left, it started to fill up with bigger kids, and they were blocking the slides, and pushing passed little kids. When they got in Ella's way, she just put her hand on their waist, as if they were one of her siblings and moved them out of her way. Jeddy just yelled, “Excuse me!!!” as he pushed through them.

On the way home Elijah said, “I hope there aren’t so many big kids blocking all the slides next time we go. I said ‘excuse me’ but they didn’t listen.”

Poor guy… he’s so soft spoken, they probably didn’t even hear him. The triplets ran around with eachother the whole time.

This was all while Keona was at her piano lesson across the street. She was quite excited to have gotten 248 points! She gets points for each person she performs for,(among other things) and she played at the nursing home last weekend for over 20 seniors! She's well on her way to the grade 1 piano exam.


And yes, I was lazy and did my poor excuse for a post on the 365 picture…

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


charity in the rain

We had some fun taking pictures in the rain today!

So thankful that the weather was so nice for March break last week…

Monday, March 22, 2010

Good News!

Good news is, the tempra has kicked in and Ella’s face is no longer bright red.

Bad news is… well, there really is no bad news!

Unless, you count me having to learn patience all over again, bad news… Kinda bad news. For me…

I get so used to just putting everything out there on this blog, than when something comes along that I can’t blog about- it drives me crazy! Like, almost back to my grade 5 self- going to buy a diary and all…crazy! No diary yet. But let’s just say, we have some decisions to make, and Scott and I are praying about them, and I’m patiently (or not so patiently) waiting to see where the Lord leads.


Last week was fun. SO much fun, that I really didn’t want to start school again today. The thought of cancelling school and just going on a nature walk, did cross my mind. But then it was cold, and windy, and rainy, and so I decided against that idea. The kids were all geared up and ready this morning, other than Ella who insisted on sitting on my lap the entire time. Things went rather smoothly for our first day back.


I was also told recently, that my kids “write like homeschoolers” by someone who shall remain anonymous… What exactly does that mean anyways??? Messy? My kids DO NOT … come to think of it… their writing isn’t the neatest I’ve ever seen. In reality, I was slightly horrified when I saw a note from my daughter’s friend, and she signed it “P.S. my writing is so messy because I’m in the car!” I thought to myself “That’s messy!?!? We have some serious work to do if that’s messy…” So we’ve added a time slot for writing practice in each day. I, am naturally, a perfectionist. I would practice writing neatly just for fun as a child. My sister on the other hand… I can remember erasing all of her homework and making her do it over again because I was embarrassed FOR HER to hand it in that way. I will have to share our progress a few weeks from now. Or not… we’ll see how it goes… :)


And to finish off, something that really made me laugh last week. We were out driving, and I was whistling to the music playing when Keona shouts, “Oh man! I thought that was me whistling!”


Almost as bad as my sister who when we were going to Jamaica, was talking about listening to the radio there when she was bored. My mom said, “Yeah, but you won’t get your radio stations there.” To which Sarah replied, “Well, then I’ll just bring my radio.”


What can I say, it runs in the family…


And just because he’s so cute! A few more pictures of sweet little Carson…

We LOVE him, Meg!

 carson1 copy 




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Her face was actually that red today! :( Poor girl had a fever and a bright red face all day.

I figured that it was just teething until I googled it and came up with “Fifth’s Disease”…

OK. So I’m not totally crazy… I don’t normally use google to diagnose health problems.

Well, actually… Yeah, I do. Ha!

Anywho, I’m still thinking that it’s two year molars. Unless the face is still bright red tomorrow… Then we may have problems.

Sunday, March 21, 2010



Visiting Nana and Papa at church on Sunday morning.


Notice Charity’s face? What is with her and the strange faces at Nana and Papa’s church???

i heart faces: focusing on angles


I love shooting from above my subjects. In this specific spot there were hanging tree branches all over the place, and in my way… so I went with it and shot through them. Though the branches create different angles in the forefront, I loved the angle of their faces. They were such a fun couple to shoot!


Saturday, March 20, 2010


This is what we hear…

“Play dead, Ella! Play dead!”

This is what we see…


She has been playing way too many games with her big brothers…

Friday, March 19, 2010



Elijah, going to play floor hockey with Dad for the first time.


He got to shoot on a “real” goalie!

Having the chance to play (even if only for a small part of the game) with Dad and the other college guys- made his day! :)


P.S. Thanks alot for waiting a minute while I went to get my camera guys…

Boy Stories…

Yesterday morning, I came downstairs from waking Scott up to find this…

tea and cookies

It wouldn’t be an unusual sight, except for the fact that it was Elijah who had made my tea!

He had made it “extra sweet” with 5 teaspoons of sugar, and he had even pre-dunked my cookies for me!


Scott makes tea for me pretty much every Saturday morning, and Elijah said that he wanted to be able to make tea for his wife one day.



And that’s my little ham in the background of the picture, he just had to jump in as I took it…


Speaking of my little ham, here is a conversation that we had last weekend…


Jeddy: I want to fly an airplane one day!


Me: Well, there is a school in Markham, near where Nana and Papa live and they will teach you how to fly. One day, when you’re older, maybe we can take you there!


Jeddy: Me already knows how to fly an airplane!


Me: Oh really? So how do you fly an airplane?


Jeddy: You just push all the buttons!


Me: What if you push the wrong buttons and make the plane crash?


Jeddy: Oh… maybe me don’t know how to fly an airplane…. I need a flying teacher.


Now for the fish picture. Mostly, because I enjoy grossing my sister out…


The boys decide that he needed rocks for eyes, and then a few in his mouth as well…


(a picture courtesy of Stef)


Yep, those three boys. 

We didn’t let them touch it, and when they decided to bury it and started throwing rocks on it… I had to stop them.

Just slightly disturbing.


For a less traumatic ending…

swan copy

A swan on the pond.

Thursday, March 18, 2010



Sweet little Carson asleep on our couch today.

I squished and kissed his cheeks. Alot…

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


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They aren’t ALL my kids for once… ;)

Scott said that I should use this picture instead of the one we took of the dead fish on the beach. I agreed.


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