Tuesday, March 31, 2009

huh.

Pin It I? Am a talker.

I usually have things to say.

Lots of things to say.

But ever since we moved? Not so much.

I mean, I still talk. A lot. But it is not the same.

I can tell you all sorts of factual information about my life... but how I FEEL about it? Ya. I got nothin.

Weird.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Indiana Owen

Pin It Owen and Aiden are rather obsessed with Lego Indiana Jones for the Wii... and Owen has managed to come up with his very own Indiana Jones costume...


Yes. That is a purse of mine that he emptied and is using as a key component to the costume.
He makes me smile :)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Decorating the Boys' Room

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I want to tell you about one of THE COOLEST products I have had the privelege of reviewing- Wall Graphics from Bright Star Kids! I absolutely adore this product! We chose the Space Theme wall graphics to decorate my sons' bedroom because my son Aiden is ALL about spaceships right now but we could have chosen other themes like farm animals, dinosaurs, trains, cars or airplanes etc.

Wall Graphics are removable wall decals that you can use to decorate any smooth surface, such as painted walls, windows and furniture. There are lots of different designs to choose from to create a space that is unique to you.

I have two sons. Aiden is almost 7 and Owen is 5. The three of us had an absolute blast decorating their bedroom. It was SO easy to do and the fact that they were removable made it FAR less stressful to let the boys help. Olivia, my 2 year old, even helped a bit although her ideas did sometimes clash with my sons' artistic vision. She saw no reason why the stars couldn't be put on her arms and shirt... the boys disagreed :)


As most of you know we moved at the beginning of the month and in our new rental house the boys room has blue walls. The boys love the blue and it does make the perfect backdrop for Space graphics. We put a bunch up on the wall behind the boys' Lego table- the perfect background to all the space ships my sons' build each day.

I was incredibly impressed with the product. It arrived within a week... which means it got to me here in Canada faster than it takes for me to get products from the States!!

My package contained 5 sheets of graphics with 189 individual graphics- stars, spaceships, planets, etc. in purple, silver, red, and orange colours.
In years past we have purchased various plastic wall stickers and we paid ridiculous amounts of money for 1 sheet of rather crappy stickers that would end up destroyed after one use. When we moved I tried to remove the stickers and they removed the paint behind them. NOT helpful and definitely not worth the money we paid for them. That is another reason why I was SO impressed with Bright Star Kids wall graphics.

The boys put all sorts of the graphics on the walls by their bunkbed and they are so thrilled with the way it looks. I have removed and replaced several stickers several times and they worked perfectly. They didn't pull off the paint on the wall and the were easy to re-stick.
Bright Star Kids has WAY more than just Wall Graphics too- they have letters you can personalize your child's room with, chalkboard dots that your child can write on, name tags, labels, bag tags, and even graphics for your home! I fully intend on decorating Olivia's room next- maybe with the fairy wonderland kit? or butterfly haven? maybe groovy garden or under the sea? They have TONS of fun options to suit any kid's taste.

My husband tried to get a cool panoramic type picture of the boys room so you could see that this ONE kit decorated their ENTIRE room no problem... and they have a big room!



I would like to thank the Family Review Network for giving me the opportunity to try out these awesome products :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Weekly Winners

Pin It Lessons in photography with Grandma...
Lego Engineer...
Owen at rest...
"No, you CAN'T take a picture of my owee Mom" (he fell at the pool and split his chin open... ouch)
Cold Kitty prints...

You can find more weekly winners at SarcasticMom.com .

Friday, March 27, 2009

Never ending winter

Pin It This is the view today from my front window...

and this is our back yard...
That snow on top of our deck fence? That is how much snow we got this week.

Apparently winter is not finished yet.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Tale of Despereaux review

Pin It Once upon a time…

In the far away kingdom of Dor… lived a brave and virtuous mouse with comically oversized ears who dreamt of becoming a Knight. Banished from his home for having such lofty ambitions, Despereaux sets off on an amazing adventure with his good-hearted rat friend, Roscuro, who leads him, at long last, on a very noble quest to rescue an endangered princess and save an entire kingdom from darkness. Get ready for an all-new animated classic that families will enjoy together for years to come! In The Tale of Despereaux, the world’s bravest mouse embarks on a noble quest that leads to discovery, courage, honor and ultimately redemption. Journey along with Despereaux as he encounters an unforgettable group of colorful characters and learns about life’s important messages in this charming and fun-filled story. Based on the heartwarming children’s best selling book and featuring the incredible voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Tracy Ullman, and Stanley Tucci, The Tale of Despereaux has something for everyone – excitement, adventure, and a hero for boys, a princess and a love story for girls, fun and entertainment for adults and kids alike! For people of all ages, this is a timeless story about finding one’s place in the world. Available April 7, 2009!

(information taken from the press release)

MY REVIEW

This is a delightful movie! My three kids (ages 2, 5, and 6) have watched it several times since we got it in the mail a few days ago. My son Aiden says his favourite part of the movie is "the sword fights (insert 6 year old jumping around imitating said sword fights here)" and "the saving part when they save the princess". Owen says his favourite part of the movie is "the sword fights" (of course) and "the cat that tries to eat the mice (insert 5 year old maniacal laughter here)".

We watch a lot of animated kids shows around here and some of them are SUPER annoying to anyone over the age of 7... but I found The Tale of Despereaux to be quite enjoyable. Wonderful graphics, vibrant colours, family friendly story-line, all makes this film perfect for anyone with kids!

This movie has a great message to. One of my favourite lines comes near the end when the narrarator says "A single act of forgivness can change everything". Seriously, how true is that!! Any movie that can help me get the importance of forgiveness accross to my kids is a winner with me.







Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ever wonder what your pastor's wife is REALLY thinking?

Pin It I found this today and wanted to share it with you all...

The life of a minister's wife is indescribable. Indescribably hard and indescribably rewarding!

Comments from real ministers wives from across the nation were submitted to Beth Moore's Living Proof blog. A collection of these were adapted into three short videos that were shown live at LifeWay's Living Proof Live event in Nashville in March of 2009, an event that was created specifically for ministers wives.
This only reflects a small portion of the comments that were submitted leading up to the event.

(the music used is from the score of the Glory Road soundtrack featuring Alicia Keys)




The Life of a Ministers Wife - part 1 from stephen proctor on Vimeo.


The Life of a Ministers Wife - part 2 from stephen proctor on Vimeo.


The Life of a Ministers Wife - part 3 from stephen proctor on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Making Movies of the Kids

Pin It I want to tell you all about a VERY cool new product- muvee Reveal...



There's a whole new way to make movies today. Real movies. Polished, tightly edited movies that tell your story with perfectly-timed movement, close-ups, even music that feels just right in every frame. You can do this and more using the all-new muvee Reveal. In minutes, muvee Reveal takes your video, photos and music and automatically edits them to make the movies you always wanted to make. We simply call them muvees."
I absolutely love this product! In the past I have been rather intimidated by making movies out of our pictures... it just seemed like a lot of work to me and I could never quite figure it out. But with muvee I was able to make this fun video in minutes...

video

Honestly it was SO incredibly easy! All I had to do was upload the pictures I wanted to use (which took less than a minute), choose the style I wanted (one click) and add a song from my computer and it was done... voila - muvee! From start to finish it took me 10 minutes! Brilliant. My only complaint is that the program doesn't run on my Mac so I had to use my husband's PC.

I absolutely love the simplicity of this program. ANYONE can use this! I made my muvee of pictures from the last month. I choose 30 of my favourites and I am just thrilled with it. I fully intend to use muvee on a really regular basis (or as often as my husband will let me use his computer :) ). If you are looking for an easy, fun way of making your pictures into moves than THIS is the product for you!

Thanks to the Family Review Network for giving me the opportunity to try out muvee Reveal!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gilmore Girls

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I. Love. the Gilmore Girls.

It was my favourite show and I miss it.

Which is why I was SO SO SO SO excited to use my Amazon.com gift certificates to purchase the first 3 seasons.

And now? I am absolutely LOVING watching them.

Why do all the good shows have to end??

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Weekly Winners- is it really melting?

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We had a lovely warm few days here and the snow started to melt (YAY!!). My children LOVED playing outside...




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Thursday, March 19, 2009

All About Us

Pin It Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Welcome to my Ultimate Blog Party 2009 post!

In honour of this fabulous occasion I thought I would share with you the chaos of my life this month (you are SO lucky!!!).

March 1st was my husband's first day in his brand new job (he's a pastor). We moved 14 hours away from our previous home in northeast Saskatchewan to our NEW home in northwestern Ontario. Apparently God did NOT hear my request for "south" and "warm places with no snow".

So we drove across the bald headed prairies towing our tent trailer in minus 45 degree weather, our three children sitting in our van wondering what on EARTH we are doing and WHY our cat is in the van with us and why people keep pointing and laughing. We are the coolest people in the world.

We arrived in our lovely, but frozen, new town and after a few bumps in the road moved in to our new home. It is lovely. And huge. And loud.

Our house gurgles.

I'm not kidding.

It is loud and sounds like the shower and the washing machine and the dishwasher are on ALL THE TIME.

I don't know why this is. But it makes me have to pee in the middle of the night and I don't appreciate that.

Sometimes if I close my eyes real tight and use my imagination I can pretend that we live near a waterfall of some kind. But really? It would be a very odd sounding waterfall.

I have also discovered that laminate floors LOOK very nice. But are impossible to keep clean. And there is a lot of them. I spend a lot of time sweeping. Which is apparently pointless because I have to redo it 8 minutes later anyway.

My two year old daughter Olivia enjoys helping me clean. I have noticed that this does not make my job easier. But it is still very cute to watch.

We spent the first 10 days without a washer & dryer and the laundry piled up VERY VERY high... I may never catch up. But I'm ok with that. In 5 or so years my oldest son will be 12 ish and he can learn to do the laundry and I'm sure he'll be thrilled to find the Spiderman jammies he lost in the great laundry pile of 2009.

In our new town we have this new-fangled thing called a "postman". Actually ours is a postwoman. But did you know that this wonderful person actually BRINGS your mail RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR!!! We no longer have to drive to the post office to get our mail! Bliss.

This is especially helpful since I get a multitude of packages weekly of things I am to review and/or giveaway on this here blog of mine.

I'm certain the postwoman will learn to hate me before long. But I still love her.

This week is spring break and has been especially exciting for us...

-Our cat got in a argument with a skunk and lost. He managed to stink up our entire house. It is unpleasant but we are all getting used to it I think... which may be unfortunate for those around us who wonder where that faint stench of skunk is emanating from but of course are far to polite to blame their pastor's wife for such hideous perfume.

- Aiden split his chin open in the changeroom at the pool... and freaked out so much at the hospital that the doctor decided to steri-strip it instead of stitching it "to save him the stress". I think maybe it might have been to save the doctor stress however. But I'm ok with that because it saved me stress too.

(yes, it IS all about me... haven't you heard?)

- speaking of doctors I have mentioned on this blog before that it is apparently impossible to find one in this town. I have a theory now though. I think they are all on vacation. In Tahiti. If I was a doctor making loads of money I would TOTALLY be in Tahiti right now.

- our basement started flooding but I yelled at it so severely that the water got scared and threw itself back under the wall from whence it came. Sort of.

So there you have it... my life this month in a nutshell... good thing I have a wonderful husband and great kids or I'd be completely nuts :)


Now aren't you glad you stopped by to visit?

Have fun at the party!

Monday, March 16, 2009

fragile

Pin It I'm feeling a wee bit emotionally fragile this evening.

Our basement has some not-t00-serious-if-we-keep-on-it flooding going on today. Fortunately we have a shop vac to vacuum the water up and a dehumidifier to help. Who knew the stuff we got for our LAST house flooding would come in so handy here? And it is flooding the play room and there is no carpet in there and it only wrecked a few puzzles and books but everything else is either plastic or dry-able.

Do you know what the bizzarre part is? In our last house the basement flooded within the first month that we lived there. Here? Same thing. What is with that?

Owen is having some anxiety issues and I just don't know what to do about it. He needs to find his place to fit here and I'm hoping he will make a few friends at school that will make up for what he left behind in some measure. And I really wish the boys would stop fighting with each other. Although I must say that Aiden is doing slightly better than I expected ... for the most part anyway.

Sibling rivalry? NOT COOL people. Speaking on behalf of only children everywhere- what is WRONG with you people that you can't get along with eachother??? I mean honestly! I prayed for a sibling all the time. I always wanted a sister. And now? I have 3 kids so they wouldn't be only children and they can't seem to get along with eachother for more than a few minutes at a time. Why is that?

Olivia is being very TWO... stubborn... testing the limits... asking for food and then refusing to eat it... making messes everywhere... you know, typical TWO stuff that threatens parental sanity. But the food thing? Driving me crazy. She is my first kid to pull that stunt and I really don't like it.

And I am seriously struggling with motivation. I just can't seem to muster the energy to do anything other than the basics. Everyone is fed and clothed and cared for... but the house is definitely NOT getting more organized.

Everytime a person moves there is ALWAYS unexpected stuff that comes up and this move has been no exception. It will all work out but it just takes some time to adjust is all.

But on the up side? I totally just spent the past 3 hours watching the first season of the Gilmore Girls. I really love that show. Why do they always cancel the best shows??




(Here are the words to the song in the video)

I'm havin' a bad day
there's nothin you can do or say
to help me thru this bad day
I think I'll just stay in my room
they didn't need to say
that they didn't wanna play
I coulda guessed it anyway
that's why I'm here in my room
it seems like I'm the only one
who's not outside an' havin' fun
I wish this day had never begun
I think I'll just stay in my room
(music)
sometimes I wanna run and hide
today I wanna stay inside
tell my bike to take itself for a ride
I'm staying in today
see the toys lyin' on the floor
I don't want them anymore
think I'll sell them back to the store
or give them all away
it feels like I'm the only one
who's not outside an' havin' fun
I wish this day had never begun
I think I'll just stay in my room
I don't needs hugs and I don't want food
I want to stay here in this lonely mood
I don't care if people think I'm rude
I wish they would all go away
(music)
Dad comes in and tells me with a kiss
everyone has days like this
brought my dinner said that I was missed
I think I'll be ok
I know I'm not the only one
to stay inside and watch the fun
thanks a lot that helped a ton
tomorrow's gonna be a better day
(music)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Weekly Winners

Pin It Here is my daughter watching her brothers leave for school. She really wanted to go with them and thought her crocs would be ideal footwear in -30 degree weather and snow covered ground. Unfortunately I didn't agree :)
I was given a lovely pot of tulips this week and they just remind me that spring WILL come eventually!
I absolutely adore tulips.
For now I have to be content keeping my spring tulips inside ... since they would freeze immediately if I put them outside in the snow!
They look so different depending on the light too...
Exact same plant, totally different look!
You can find more Weekly Winners at SarcasticMom.com .

Thursday, March 12, 2009

We need a doctor...

Pin It This week I have been trying (in vain) to find a family doctor. We are currently in a health care crisis and there is a SERIOUS lack of doctors. Many many MANY families have no family doctor and just show up at the local ER or walk-in clinic when someone is sick. Those who DO have a family doctor have to wait several months to get an appointment. There are also Nurse Practitioner's who are taking up a lot of the slack but who are also incredibly busy.

I have called daily for the past 4 days trying to get an apt with a nurse practitioner. I call first thing in the morning but they only book apts for 1 day, 2 weeks from the day you call. So once those apts are filled up they won't book anymore, you just have to keep calling every day until you manage to get a spot.

It's crazy.

It's not a HUGE deal for us to go to a walk-in clinic (despite the hours waiting each time) when we are sick. But it IS a huge deal for us not to have a doctor who will be consistently following Aiden. A HUGE ENORMOUS deal. I was starting to feel rather desperate about it and cried a while bunch yesterday.

It is REALLY REALLY vital that we have a consistent doctor for Aiden.

I have called all the doctors I can find from our town and from the towns surrounding us. My next step is Thunder Bay- 4.5 hours away.

I called our pediatrician in Saskatchewan yesterday and asked if he, by chance, knew anyone he could refer us to here. He said he didn't but that if I managed to find the name of a Pediatrician he would do his best to get us in.

I have said it before, and I will say it again, Dr. Ramji in Prince Albert is the most amazing Pediatrician in the world.

SO my mom did a little bit of detective work for me and a grandma in her apartment building has a grandson with issues like Aiden and she gave us the name of their pediatrcian. There are none in town so this one is about an hour and a half (?) maybe a bit more away but that is much better than 4.5 hours.

I have to figure out his address and stuff and then I will pass that information on to our beloved Saskatchewan Pediatrician and PRAY that it works and we get in.

Feel free to pray too.

I find it slightly ironic that we have wonderful health care coverage as far as costs go- it costs nothing to see the doctor here in Canada and my husband's medical coverage at work covers 80% of our prescritption costs... but it all means nothing unless we can ACTUALLY SEE A DOCTOR!!!

I find the whole situation insane.

The beautiful part about our previous town was that the few doctors that were there accepted EVERY patient that came through. It meant all of them were definitely overworked but at least everyone had access to medical care.

Things will work out here for us. I know they will. Even if we have to travel to the city to do it. I know God will work it out.

But it still makes my tummy hurt just thinking about it.

Please pray we find a pediatrician who can get us into specialists that Aiden needs. And pray that I can somehow find a doctor who will refer me to a thyroid specialist so I can keep up with that. And please pray we all stay healthy and don't need a doctor anytime soon.

Thanks.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Grand Tour

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I thought I'd give you all a wee little tour of our new home... but please remember we've only been here for 10 days and I am DEFINITELY not fully unpacked or organized yet!

So here it goes...

when you walk in the front door the first thing you see is the kitchen...

Hopefully it won't always be that messy and disorganized :S

Next is the dining room...

and I must say I am absolutely THRILLED to have a dining room... even though our tiny little table really isn't big enough for our family... at least we have a place to put it!

From the living room there is a huge hallway to the bedroom hallway and it is next to the front door... we mostly use the side door though. This is a picture standing in the living room looking towards the kitchen...
I have my little desk area at the one end of the living room.
The lovely large front window looks out onto the front yard and the street we live on. We have some nice big trees in the yard but mostly it is just covered in snow. (oh please spring, won't you come soon?)

Here is the bedrooms hallway- as viewed from standing in our bedroom...
Our bedroom was used as a den but since we wanted three bedrooms upstairs we just made it into our room...
Olivia's room is pretty nondescript right now since I've done basically NOTHING with it...

The boys room is at the far end and it is huge and lovely blue- it is technically the master bedroom but it is perfect for the boys...

They have 3 huge closets and since Doug and I have zero closets we have to use two of theirs :) They don't seem to care though. We will be changing stuff around in their room too once I figure out what I want to do with it!

The basement is HUGE. There are two enormous rooms that are side-by-side. One will be used as the kid's playroom, rec room area...

The kids went to town on the unpacking but since we have no shelves in there yet they just threw everything on the ground. Perfect.

We have WAYYY too many toys.

Especially since the 3 boxes of stuff I MEANT to go to the Salvation Army actually got moved with us here and the kids found it and now I have to resort. Sheesh.

That room has a bathroom next to where I was standing to take the picture. And behind me was the laundry room which now houses my very pretty new machines. YAY! It also has a TON of storage.

The second huge room will be Doug's office...
It is chaos in this picture but eventually it will be nice and have space for him to work and have meetings and what not.

Next to that room is a storage area, a storage room/extra bedroom with several more closets and even a cold room.

Seriously this place is huge!

And now a riddle for you all...

What do these four pictures all have in common...

ONE:


TWO:


THREE:
FOUR:
Give-up yet?

Well, they are the phenomenal decorating choices of some unknown person who decided ALL of those lovely patterns belonged in ONE room... our main bathroom...

Isn't it lovely?

One really has to wonder who walked into that room, looked at the walls and said- "HEY! I know what will look PERFECT with small orange and cream flowered walls... black and white flooring! And green floral curtains! And a beige shower curtain! It will look AWESOME!"

???

Ya. Someone is definitely a wee bit colour blind I'd say.

But other than the decorating disaster that is the bathroom I REALLY love this house! I'm a tad bit afraid to get our first heating bill... but I'm just not going to think about that right now. I'm going to concentrate on having no disgusting carpet in my living room and on having extra SPACE!

So there you have it folks, our new home.
 
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