Friday, June 29, 2007

The Museum of Science and Technology

Pin It Cities have SOOOO much to do! Yesterday we visited the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. Wow. So cool. The boys had so much fun with all the interactive displays. Their favourite was these cool tunnel things that were supposed to imitate the information highway that is the internet. They really didn't want to leave.
Grandma Ann had a nice time walking and bonding with Olivia. Which was great for me because it freed me up to run after the other two highly over-stimulated children!
Aiden and Owen experiencing the SAFE way to ride a snowmobile :)
The trains were a highlight for Owen especially. He loves trains.
Daddy and his boys playing with one of the many exhibits.
While we were having our lunch outside we got to witness a police and RCMP training exercise in which they escorted a pretend VIP. It was so cool. 16 motorcycles and cars and lights and sirens. Things we just don't see in our town!
This one very nice police officer let Owen and Aiden sit on his bike which thrilled them.
And of course Mommy and Olivia had to get a picture done to prove we were there!

It was a very fun day and both boys were completely exhausted by the end. Aiden only threw one major tantrum the entire day (and I made him apologize to one of the museum staff for it... I'm such a mean mom). Owen was really good. They both got spaceships from the store at the end which they slept with last night.

Like I said... there is just SO much to do in cities. It is almost overwhelming! Oh the adventures we have when we travel! And Olivia hates being in her car seat. Hates it. She has cried most of the time we drive somewhere. Lovely.

Olivia meets the family

Pin It This trip to Ottawa was mainly so that Doug's family could meet Olivia. These first two pictures are of Miss. Olivia getting to know her Grandad Brian. Olivia is getting ever closer to crawling. She now knows that she can reach things if she tries hard enough!

We went over to visit Uncle Dave and Auntie Julia. The boys had SO much fun playing in the park across the street from their house. Uncle Dave was a hit. As a point of interest Uncle Dave has a lot of similar qualities to Daddy and I think the boys were very impressed with his transformers and video games. Auntie Julia and Owen having a snuggle with their dog, Rory.
Uncle Dave getting to know his niece.
I'm glad we made the effort to come all this way. I think it is important for my kids to get to know their extended family. But wow, am I ever tired!

None of the kids are sleeping very well with all the change and a new setting. But really they are doing very well. Olivia is refusing to sleep anywhere but right beside me but that's ok. I can't believe she is almost 7 months old! Time flies.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

We made it.

Pin It So we are in Ontario enjoying time with my in-laws. I must admit that traveling with three kids is an adventure. I can't begin to tell you how exhausted I was by the time we arrived! But honestly they did SO well. We had to leave our hotel at 4:30am to get to the airport and so the kids all ended up falling asleep on the first plane (we had two, a layover in Toronto). They were great.

Of course they are all having a horrible time sleeping at night now because of the new surroundings so I am still exhausted. But such is life.

Friday, June 22, 2007

2 more sleeps

Pin It My husband took some beautiful pictures today of my fabulous looking children. I thought I would share some of them with you all. I really love my husband's pictures.
This is Olivia enjoying sitting (unassisted on her own) in the grass. Of course she also wanted to eat the grass.
My sons were enjoying the sunshine and playing on our front deck. Aiden (in the blue shirt) is obsessed with spaceships and all related things and often turns various toys into space toys. Owen (in the green shirt) finds him fascinating to watch.
The spaceship is hiding from the aliens in our plants. Of course.
This is just Owen looking like the sweet child that he is.

Two more sleeps until we leave for vacation. We head to Saskatoon to stay over night Sunday night and fly out at 6 am Monday morning. Wow.

Now if I could just get everything together to go everything would be fine.

And we have church and the church picnic on Sunday before we can even leave so that means I have to have us all ready to go by tomorrow night.

That is really soon.

And I'm not done all the laundry yet.

On the up side the basement is drying out nicely. And my mom is going to come and help me get ready during the day tomorrow.

I have a headache.

I did have a very nice lunch today though. My friend Becky had her 38th birthday today and my friend Cecile and I took her for "lunch". We had ice cream. And that is all. Nothing healthy. It was great. Then we all went back to her place for a visit which was a treat. I will actually miss my friends while we are gone for 3 weeks. And my mom. I have gotten very used to her help. Yay mom.

Ok. I really need to do more laundry.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Rain Rain and MORE Rain

Pin It This is getting ridiculous.

It is still raining.

It has been raining for DAYS!

Now, if I lived in Vancouver I could understand. But this is not the coast. We are very very far from any coast. We do NOT need this much rain.

Especially my flooding basement.

Not only can my cabin-fevered kids not play outside due to the hideous weather they also can't play in their basement playroom because it is soggy. Very soggy. And smells like mildew. We even had to go out and purchase a SECOND de-humidifier (with all our extra cash - not) so that our basement would not be completely destroyed.

And my darling Olivia has now entered the separation anxiety phase. I can't even leave the room for a second without her bursting into tears. Even when she is asleep she can tell when I have left the room and starts to cry IN HER SLEEP!

On the up side I guess that means we are bonded. Very bonded. Good ol' bonding.

So now I have ALL three of my adorable children RIGHT BESIDE me CONSTANTLY underfoot as I attempt unsuccessfully to get our family ready to fly to the other side of the country in 6 days. Actually we leave in 5 days since we have to get to Saskatoon before we can fly out.

And when my basement flooded it flooded all over my pile of laundry so now I have dirty WET laundry in piles on my basement floor just waiting for me to wash it before it goes moldy. Lovely.

And of course every time I go downstairs to our new moldy swimming pool of a basement to do a load of laundry EVERYBODY has to come with me and we have renewed panic from my sons about the water coming close to their precious toys. Never mind the fact that all my pre-maternity summer clothes are in a box SOMEWHERE down there in that wet basement and I haven't even had a chance to search for them so I shall be tromping around in hot humid Ontario weather in long jeans a size too big. Perfect. That should help me stay cool.

On the up side packing for myself should be relatively easy since I only have 3 pairs of pants that fit me right now. Makes choosing very easy.

Which leads me to the fact that I am feeling especially unattractive and just can't wait for all my "before I had 3 children" friends to see me in my new, updated, plus-sized droopy look.

Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain.

This rant has been brought to you by stressed-out-mommies 'r' us.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

8 Days and Counting

Pin It It has been raining most of the day today. On the up side of that everything is becoming so lovely and green outside. On the down side it means we have been trapped inside since neither of my sons will play in the rain longer than 30 seconds.

I have been enjoying Facebook lately. I have moved so much in my life that it gets frustrating to continuously lose track of friends far away. Facebook is a fun way of catching up on people's lives.

Miss. Olivia is still drooling profusely and still has not produced a single tooth.
Notice the stream of drool dripping off her adorable chin.

Isn't she lovely?

8 days until vacation.

Happy Father's Day.... sort of.

Pin It Yesterday my husband and I took our kids to the park and we all had some fun together. Olivia got to spend some quality time with daddy.Aiden is an extremely social kid (like his daddy) and he spent the entire time running from one group of kids to another group trying to play with them.
Owen is less social but he did choose to wear his winter boots (no socks) to the park.
Today it is pouring rain so it is a good thing we played together yesterday. The boys both made Doug cards for father's day but other than that it has been fairly uneventful. Daddy is taking a nice long afternoon nap right now which is my gift to him.

Happy Father's Day Doug. I love you and I am so glad you are the father of my children.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Visiting Uncle Phil & Aunt Erica

Pin It The last time we were in Saskatoon we had a visit with Doug's brother Phil and his wife Erica. The boys adore them both.

Here is Uncle Phil teaching Owen how to throw a frisbee.Aunt Erica just recently graduated from University to be a Pharmacist. She is very smart. And here she is cuddling with Aiden.
Aunt Erica also has a pet bunny. Here is Owen learning to pet gently.
We also stopped to play at the park and the boys wanted to swing in the baby swings. They had a blast.

Garden Dirt + Pool = Fun

Pin It My sons had a marvelous time throwing the dirt from my un-planted garden into their pool and then putting bucketfuls of the muddy water into their sandbox.
Whoever said a pool had to have clean water in it in order for it to be fun?

Olivia loves her daddy

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Aren't they just the sweetest thing together?

The end of Pre-Kindergarten for Aiden

Pin It As I have already mentioned my son Aiden graduated from Pre-kindergarten . I just wanted to post a few of his accomplishments because I am so darn proud of him!This is Aiden with his amazing teacher Mrs. Norum. We will miss her next year.

Here is my son wearing his cap and gown.
This is my son's report card and I am so proud of him because he really improved over his last report card. I realize it is hard to read but just trust me, he did good.
Here is the cute little diploma they gave him. Like I said, his teacher was amazing.
Aiden made this and they had it hanging up on the wall at the ceremony with the other kids' posters. It made me laugh.
And this last picture is Aiden on his kindergarten orientation day. I hear he had a good day and I am praying he gets Mrs. Kirk (the teacher he had for his orientation) for a teacher because she is wonderful and she is so sweet to my kids (and me for that matter!) We know her from church. I never knew how important it would be to me the kind of teachers my kids get but wow... they can make such a difference!
Aiden was so nervous when we left that morning but once we got there he jumped right in.

I am so proud of my kid. I think he is wonderful. High energy. High spirited. Ultra sensitive. Unbelievably creative. Exhausting. And wonderful.

Owen vs. the doorknob

Pin It My poor son Owen ran face first into a doorknob the other day. He hit it so hard that the force threw him back onto his bottom. It gave him a really nice shiner.

Doorknob 1
Owen 0

Thursday, June 14, 2007

11 days and counting

Pin It We leave for our family vacation in Ontario in 11 days. We are very excited to see everyone again. It has been 3 years since we moved away. Owen was only 8 months old and Aiden had just turned 2.

One of our friends, Carolynn Bucek, has graciously agreed to host a little reunion party for us and we are really looking forward to that. Thanks Carolynn :)

I personally am especially looking forward to spending some quality girl time with my mother-in-law Ann and my sister-in-law Julia and of course sweet Olivia. Today is my mother-in-law's birthday so Happy Birthday Ann, I love you.

We are planning on doing all sorts of fun and exciting things like visiting some very cool museum/science centre type places in our nation's capital. Places that have cool stuff for the boys to do. I am sure just being in the city will be a huge shock to them since they are used to small town life. We are also planning on going to the Toronto Zoo which I am really excited about. I have a fondness for the giraffe there. Doug's Aunt Eva and Uncle Ray live in the area and we are so excited to catch up with them and Doug's cousins as well. We have a relatively new cousin the same age as Olivia and we are SO looking forward to meeting little Charlie.

11 days.

Have you ever noticed how the weeks just before vacation go especially slowly?

Not that I am anywhere NEAR ready to go. Wow is there ever a lot of planning involved with flying across the country with 3 small children. Crazy.

And I am not looking forward to the actual time getting there. Hopefully the boys will be so thrilled with the airplane that they are stunned into good behaviour. Anything is possible. But I won't hold my breath.

We have to fly out of Saskatoon at 6 am the day we leave. That is far too early. So we will be staying over night at my brother & sister-in-law's house the night before. It will be hard enough getting three kids to the airport by 5 am when we are already in the city. Never mind trying to drive the 2.5 hours to get there in the middle of the night.

I am hoping to be over the never-ending cold I have by the time we leave. The boys and Olivia and Doug have it too. Hopefully we will all be better by then.

Guess I should get going on that mountain of laundry downstairs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Conference Friends

Pin It We had a good time meeting up with some friends at the conference we attended last week. Olivia also met some new friends. This is a picture of Olivia with baby Ava. So cute.Here is Olivia with baby Jack and baby Ava. They had a little conference of their own.

This last picture is of Pat Mulholland (a fellow pastor's wife) and Janelle Hoos who is a children's pastor in Winnipeg.Janelle went to college with both my husband and myself. It was fun to reconnect.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Aiden's Graduation

Pin It Here are some pictures we took at Aiden's preschool graduation ceremony. He spent a good portion of the time waving at us. Aiden is the one in the green shirt in the back row.Aiden was disappointed that he didn't get to be the first one to get his certificate. This is him starting to throw a fit.

This is Mrs. Armstrong- the best teacher's assistant in the world. Aiden adores her and she is so wonderful with him. She made it all better.
Here is Aiden receiving his certificate from the most amazing preschool teacher in the world, Mrs. Norum. She honestly was so wonderful with my son this year. I feel so blessed that Aiden had such a good first year of school experience.

Here is Olivia looking sweet, as always, while watching the program.

I have great kids.
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