Thursday, August 30, 2012

Babysitting Bunny

Pin It Now that Olivia is in grade one we have decided that perhaps Bunny shouldn't go to school with her anymore.

Olivia wasn't particularly thrilled with this plan but honestly we aren't sure how much more school Bunny can take... she has been extremely well loved and not everyone at school is as gentle with Bunny as Olivia is. Shocking I know!

We came to an agreement that Bunny would ride with us in the van to and from school and then I would babysit Bunny while Olivia is in school. I promised to take very good care of Bunny and follow any special instructions Olivia left for me.

Today I was instructed to give Bunny lots of hugs and kisses and cuddles and a bath.

Which is a really good thing because poor Bunny sure did need a bath after playing all summer long...

Bunny was starting to look more greyish than pink and even had some patches of fur that were a bit crusty from who-knows-what... it was definitely time for a bath.

I fulfilled my promise and bathed bunny (along with a load of sheets and blankets) and now she looks all bright and pink again which made her significantly nicer to snuggle with I must admit.

I think I did a good enough job that Olivia will even let me babysit Bunny again tomorrow :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

First Day of School!

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My kids had their first day of school today! Yay! 

Aiden- Grade 5, Olivia - Grade 1, Owen- Grade 4

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dental Surgery and Water Fun

Pin It I'm actually going less wordless and more word-full this wednesday!

We were in the city for the past few days so my poor little Olivia could have dental surgery. She ended up having to get FOUR root canals with caps because her teeth were so tiny there wasn't enough tooth for the dentist to work with! She was asleep for the whole thing so thankfully she didn't know what was going on but she is definitely still recovering.

I am very thankful for the paediatric dentist and the nurses and anesthesiologist at the hospital- they were all really wonderful to both Olivia and I during the surgery and the whole 7 hours we were there. People in the health profession really are something special. I was really nervous because it was the first time Olivia has been under general anaesthetic and we didn't know exactly what the dentist was going to have to do to fix her teeth. But all in all it went extremely well. She was SO brave and SO amazingly good!

Anyway, while Olivia was having THIS done to her precious little mouth (and I waited at the hospital)...

(ps. I swear we DO brush her teeth AND floss! Apparently we just suck at it... poor kid... I blame it on her being the third child... or genetics... or something.)

my boys were with daddy at the hotel trying to keep busy and entertained! My husband took some fun pictures of the boys playing on the waterslide at the hotel in Winnipeg.

Can you tell they had fun?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Up Close

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I found this picture of my son Aiden taken a couple weeks ago before he got all his hair cut off - he's got great eyes :)

The Lorax on Blu-Ray review

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I have so much good to say about this movie.

Our family loves pretty much everything about it- it is fun to watch, the music is catchy, the characters are entertaining, the graphics are fantastic... but most of all the message is so important!

We are Dr. Seuss fans in this house so we've had The Lorax book around since forever. I remember reading the book when I was a kid. The film manages to get the message across in a way that my kids have been talking about it ever since- and not just the "save the earth" message. They've been talking about the Once-ler and how he talked himself into thinking he wasn't being that bad but really he was caring more about selling his Thneed than about his friends the animals and the trees.

You can't go wrong teaching your kids that message!

We've only had the Blu-Ray for a couple of days and my kids have not stopped watching it. They watch the DVD in the van, they watch the blu-ray at home and they watch the digital copy on their iPods. They walk around the house singing the songs. They talk about it and discuss the animals and characters and consider what each must have been thinking and why.

It has sparked some pretty great conversations I must say.

A few extra cool overheard sentences:

Owen (age 8) : you know what I think is stupid? how O'Hare started selling air in BOTTLES when they should have just kept the air clean in the first place and let the trees grow because HELLO trees clean the air!

Aiden (age 10): even though Ted only wanted to save a tree for a girl at first once he heard the story he figured out that it was important so I guess it's ok to do stuff to impress a girl as long as the stuff is important stuff.

Olivia (age 5): that grandma [voice of Betty White] is so cool!

Aiden: what I don't get is how come all the grown-ups need a kid to tell them about trees. Why did they let the trees die in the first place? That was dumb.

Owen: but where did all the animals GO? that's not fair! you shouldn't just be allowed to take away everywhere where animals live and make them go somewhere else!

Olivia: I think the Once-ler feels really sad that he cut down all the trees and that's why he hides in that scary old house and has no friends. He had lots of friends before he cut down all the trees. Friends are better than his big stinky factory. He knows that now.

Owen: I hope no one ever lets someone cut down all OUR trees! I would so totally fight that guy! ( insert long conversation about battle gear and ways my children would wage war against evil tree-killing people here)

We also loved the bonus features on the combo pack. The 3 mini-movies are so fun. We've watched them about a dozen times as well. And of course the sing-Along is a big hit since my kids are such huge fans of the songs in this movie.

The bottom line? We LOVE The Lorax movie and we highly recommend it to all our friends :)

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Thursday, August 02, 2012

A box in a garage, in an empty house for sale (Guest Post)

Pin It This is a guest post written by my friend Kristine who does not have a blog of her own.  

There are 3 boxes, stacked in the corner of an empty, abandoned house. The house sits in a beautiful suburban neighborhood, with manicured lawns, and shiny new vehicles. The lawns are edged, the flowers are watered, and you can hear the kids playing. These three boxes contain a story, with an ending that we already know.

As I was sweeping the garage, I was overcome with thoughts of how seldom I sweep the garage in my own home. At any time, on any given day, you can find wrappers, dirt, leaves, popsicle sticks, and pop lids littering the floors of my garage. It wasn’t my garage that I was sweeping on this hot summer afternoon, and a sad joy washed over me. It was my friend’s garage, and she was dead. For sale sigh in the yard, dead flowers in the planters. You see, in days gone by, friends and family had the chance to prepare the body for burial, and care for their loved ones, as they grieved their loss. Here in America, with all of our privileges, comforts, conveniences, and wealth….we are removed from the task of caring for our loved ones bodies. Part of me is so very glad for that, but as I walk slowly along in her garage, I feel as though I am being healed in a strange way by caring for her home. I have that very same deep joy and sorrow, when I gaze into the eyes of her baby: who was 6 weeks old when her Momma went to heaven. I am often swept away for moment as I nestle my lips in her neck for kisses, make a funny face for a giggle, or hold her close. It is as if I can feel her momma, in her.

The garage was empty, with the exception of some paint cans, a few lawn care necessities, and the stack of items in the corner. A stack that tells a story of brokenness. Broken marriage, broken home, broken lives. A wedding dress that was once a symbol of hopes and dreams, is shoved in a box…….dirty, with debris from the garage clinging on the edges. A box of family photos…..with a mom, dad, a little boy and girl……smiling. Letters………..of love……nestled neatly in a box of keepsakes. My friend cherished love, and family, and her collections reflected it. It was stacked and set aside when she remarried, and began building a new life, and I can’t help but wonder what her plans were for those items. Discard them……..Save them……the answer will never be known. They are the painful reminders of the joy and pain of an earthly relationship that didn’t have a fairy tale ending. As she began her new life, where did those items fit in? And now in her death, those who remain……who shoulder the pain of losing a mom, sister, daughter, wife…….are angry. Strained conversations with her loved ones indicate that the boxes are trash. But I can’t let go of the thought, that they are a story of brokenness, of which two wonderful children emerged and are left on this earth to make sense of their lives. The love letters of their parents…..because of the pain of all who are left…….are destined for destruction. My heart cries. In a culture in which divorce is as common as iced tea, I stare at the boxes and wonder why I still grieve the dirt covered life in those boxes. Or care.

The stack was once a source of joy, is now a source of pain…..if all could be truthful. Our decisions in this life can leave a wide path of destruction, and in these boxes lie the fallout. Lives broken. Love lost. Hearts torn. A new life, marriage and baby……and then an untimely death of one who made a difference in this world. Where is God? Where was God? Was he in the pain, the suffering, the loss? I know He was. But it never takes away the hurt.

For those who look to the Light, he makes all things new. But the wake of destruction is wide, and remains. Today, a ray of hope, is the healing that is beginning in my heart…..knowing that no matter what the visible destruction is that we see all around us, that God remains here. Loving, wooing us, calling us to Him.

I will sweep. And weep. And I will never be okay with the brokenness that breaks God’s heart. Never.

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see how: rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory. 1 Peter 1:21

Thanks for sharing your beautiful words with us Kristine.

If you have something to share but don't feel comfortable sharing it on your own blog (or don't have a blog of your own) I am usually willing to post guest posts or 'anonymous' posts here so feel free to contact me :).

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