Tuesday, December 28, 2010
As I'm sure most of you know, this is Corina: world traveller, Registered Nurse in training(almost done!), awesome aunt and best friend. (I save the best for last :-) Corina has been faithfully coming out to Ontario for the past numbers of years: I think five times in five years? And we owed her(big time!) a trip out west.
Corina's parents(my adoptive parents) have also been out here three times so ya.. we owed the whole family! Katie's picking on Corina's brother, Rick.... don't worry, he deserves it :P:P Just kidding Rick :-)
For those of you who don't know the story here it is in brief point form view:
- My family moved to Saskatechwan in my grade 12 year.
- My courses didn't line up with those in Saskatchwan.
- I moved back and in with the Kattenbergs to finish the semester.
- I went back to SK.
- Courses still didn't line up via correspondence
- I moved back to BC to finish grade 12.
- After graduation, I moved to SK for a few weeks before we moved to Ontario.
- I loved living with the Kattenbergs and they became a second family to me and I was treated just like one of the kids :-)
- Corina and I never fought once(that I can remember) while we lived together.
- I miss BC, the Kattenbergs and would move back without a lot of convincing**
**provided I could take my family, friends, weather climate, etc with me..... on second thought, maybe Kattenbergs and the mountains could move here? Anyone? Anyone? *crickets* well you can't say I didn't try :-)
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The primary reason I switched was because I was having trouble with the blog templates; they never quite looked the way I wanted and on some web browsers the posts didn't show up(that may have been fixed by blogger now).
- I find the setup in Wordpress much easier to use. It's simpler to find the tools and applications you're looking for.
- More options for formatting posts.
- Gives a good feedback on viewing(you can tell how many people looked at it per day, which posts and where they were directed from)
- I find the dashboard(your opening page) on wordpress much easier to look at and manuver. I found blogger almost.... primitive :P
- Has a good spam control and you must approve all comments before they appear( once you've 'okayed' the email address, they don't need to be approved)
- Has a gallery where all the picture you upload are saved(you can actually upload to your gallery if you don't have a post to put the picture in yet).
- It gives a lot of options for the size of your picture, caption etc.
- You can also move your picture around after you uploaded it( this you can't do in blogger, you have to upload it again in a different format--so annoying!)
Cons(or at least things I haven't taken the time to figure out)
- You have to give an email address to comment(kind of a hang up for some folks)
- You can upload more than one picture at a time, but I haven't figured out how to insert them into your post all at once.
- You can link other peoples blogs, but not how recently they posted.
- hhmm.. I can't think of anything else that I don't like or that wordpress doesn't offer.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Isn't she beautiful?
I think she's great
and a supermom/grandma!
This woman is so giving of her time, talents, resourses and wisdom. She has answered countless questions, giving sage advice and buckets of love to me and the rest of my siblings. This woman loves her granddaughter so much you can just see it overflowing from her eyes. (Seriously, she goes into withdrawal if she doesn't see Katie for more than 3 days!)
I love my mom and am so thankful to have her as my mother and friend.
Oh ya, and it's also her birthday tomorrow! :-) Happy Birthday Mom!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Riding on the ferry was fun. It wasn't nearly as long of a ride as I remember from years ago, but we may have taken a different route. Katie enjoyed being out of her carseat and in the front seat for a change!
We basically just got off the ferry and started driving. We knew that we wanted to head in the direction of Port Alberni, so we just followed the signs. We did stop at a information centre and got a few extra maps and directions. Our first stop was just on a whim. We had been driving for an hour or so and needed a little break. Katie also needed lunch! Little Qualicum Falls beckoned our name so we listened. We had a nice, short little walk/hike and saw some pretty views of surprising deep water falls.
Our next stop was Cameron Lake. We were just driving along and the highway took us right along the edge of a lake. The view was so serene, I wanted to stop, but there wasn't a lot of room on the side of the road. Then low and behold, there was an actually picnic rest area. Ben didn't want to take Katie out of her carseat again so he told me just to jump out and run down the stairs to look. Well I went about two-thirds of the way down and ran back up to tell him that he had to come and look at this view! I was just in awe standing at the lakeside gazing up at the magestic mountains all around. "How Great Thou Art" kept playing through my head as we enjoyed God's beautiful creation.
Our next stop was actually planned: Catherdral Grove. This is a huge grove of old Redwood's some over 800 years old! As we walked through the grove you just realize how small you really are in this world. Ben was really excited to see the redwoods and take in the grandeur. We probably spent a good 45 minutes walking the trails and looking at all the magnificant trees. The pictures just don't to these trees justice.....
From there we drove on to Port Alberni. We stopped briefly at a visitor's centre to find out some good places to stay and then drove on to Ucluelet. Between Port Alberni and Ucluelet there are no towns or rest stops. It's about a two hour drive through lots of winding roads and beautiful views. Katie was good for most of the time, but just in case you think she's a total angel, I included a few pictures of her when she was slightly unhappy. All but two of these pictures were taken from the car window!
About 1/2 an hour before we got to Ucluelet it suddenly got totally overcast and dreary. We drove into the little town with really no idea where we were going. We ended up driving around for a little while trying to find a beach of some sort. Well most of the coast is all rocks, so we walked down a little path and checked out the view we could find. Ben went climbing over the rocks while Katie and I watched. It would be really cool to be there in the middle of a huge storm with the waves crashing upon the rocks and the little lighthouse flashing its light.
We drove back to the main highway and went in search of Long Beach. Again, with all the fog we weren't really sure where we were going. But we did end up finding a beach: Wickaninish Beach. Katie was just about asleep, so we each took a turn running down the small path to look at the ocean. There were a couple wind surfers out on the very cold, choppy water. In nice weather, this beach is very nice to walk along, but alas it was not so for us.
We drove back to Port Alberni that night and drove around for about five minutes before finding a motel. I ran inside to check the price and availablity and we checked in! We had a nice little kitchenette, two bedrooms split by a partial wall, and decent size bathroom. The next morning we got up and drove to Victoria... but that's an adventure for another day!
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Here are a few pictures of our snow so far!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Thanks for all the wonderful clothes Uncle Wayne & Aunt Lorraine!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Boy, is she ever a VanMepp!
Oh, she looks just like you, Heather!
She definitely looks like Ben!
She's totally a VMS baby!
She looks so much like her cousins!
Definitely a teBokkel!
While we believe all of the above, we'd like you to decide for yourself :-)
Goofy like her Dad?
Contemplative like her Mom?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
So at the nine month mark, you usually hear about babies starting to crawl and pull themselves up from sitting, or at least getting to a sitting position from their stomach. Well not this babe! She is so content to just sit and play. She is getting stronger on her stomach and makes some moves towards crawling and pulling herself up, but she's not going anywhere fast. But even though she's starting off slow on the crawling front, she's got lots of other tricks up her sleeve! She's a pro at clapping her hands, playing peek-a-boo, and "How big is Katie?!?!" She can also wave and she's pretty close to hugging. It's so fun to get her up from her naps. I slowly open her door, peek my head in and she's lying in her crib grinning away. As soon as I pick her up, I get a little bounce and a lunge towards me with her arms outstretched around my neck. So, even if you don't, I still quailify that as hugging!
Katie is still a big snuggler. She loves to be held and snuggled especially right before bed. She has a little stuffed puppy that she only gets when she's going down for a nap or to bed. (If she's really fussy at the church nursery then she sometimes gets it too.) It's a really good cue for her and she knows when she gets it, she's headed for bed. She reaches out for the puppy, grabs his ear and pops her thumb in her mouth.
Usually the dog is just called "Puppy," but it's official name is Pavlov. In case you're not aware, Pavlov was a Russian scientist who did a whole bunch of stuff, but the thing he's most famous for is teaching dogs to salivate on command. He was doing a study on digestion on dogs, and was particularly interested in the connection between digestion and saliva. He started out by ringing a metronome everytime he gave the dog something to eat. After a while, the dogs, which previously would only salivate at the sight of food, would now salivate upon hearing the metronome. Pavlov called this "conditioned reflex." So the reflex to salivate was conditioned by hearing the metronome. I'm sure by now you've put two and two together. Everytime Katie sees the puppy, we've "conditioned" her to know it's bedtime(is it cruel that we've "trained" her?). We said right from the beginning that this stuffed animal would be her "special" one and that we didn't want her to drag it all over the house, but just have it for bed. The fact that she sucks her thumb is merely coincidental(well we did help a bit). So in honour of Igor Pavlov, we (and that would be my crazy family!) decided the puppy's name should be Pavlov. Around here however, it's still just called Puppy.
Ok, so that was your mini history/science lesson for today.
Katie had a middle ear infection last week and ended up with a ruptured eardrum. She's been fighting cold after cold and this time she just got so plugged up, that the fluid just needed to get out. Tuesday night she was just miserable and Wednesday I noticed that she had all this waxy liquid dried on her ear so I call my local nurse (Mom!) and she confirmed my suspisions. So off to the walk-in clinic we went and sure enough, my baby was sick. I got antibiotics and eardrops for her and by the next day she was already feeling tons better! Ear infections are no fun and I hope this is her first and her last!
Other than that, there's not too much to say. Katie is still growing like a weed and she's starting to get heavier. All that food is finally catching up on her! I'm still nursing her three times a day, and we're trying to get the bottle going again. Remind me next time to keep up the bottle habit (that worked so well at five months), so I don't have to go through this battle again! Katie loves nursing so I'm thinking it'll be hard for her to give it up, but I'm not planning on nursing her for more than a year, so we're going to have to face the battle whether we like it or not!
Well, this was a longer post than I anticipated. And here, I thought I didn't have much to say.... please try to keep your gufaws to yourself regarding that last comment.
Since you probably are only really looking for pictures of my sweetie and not my ramblings... here they are!
Friday, November 19, 2010
So over the course of four nights and half a Saturday Ben:
- Tore out all the 2x2 wall frames
- Parged the outside block wall to fill any cracks letting in cold and letting out heat.
- Rebuilt and insulated the outside wall
- Wired an electrical plug
- Rebuilt the window
- Wash and painted the walls
- Vacuumed, washed and painted the flour, twice
- Rebuild shelving,which we bought on sale and turned out to be very crooked
So here are some before and after pictures. I am so thrilled with room and pretty much look at it everytime I go downstairs to check my laundry. I know, I 'm a geek, but I just can't help it!
I couldn't even get in the room far enough to take a proper picture of this end of the mess!
We have some leftover countertop that
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Remembering all those who have lost family members serving Canada.
Remembering all those who have gone through the war horrors and survived with those memories.
Remembering the peace we continue to enjoy.
Remembering it is God who keeps our land Glorious and Free!
Monday, November 08, 2010
It's so fun that they're both the same gender. I'm looking forward to sleepovers and hope they can be the best of friends!
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
My dad turned the crank(Thanks Dad!) and put all the apples through the Victoria Strainer. The stainless steel bowl at the top, right-hand corner is all the "gunk" left from the 2 and 1/2 bushels of apples!
We bought the last bushel of Ida Reds (We had half a bushel left from making pies), half a bushel of Macs and half a bushel of JonaGolds. We did a taste test and decided to mix the Macs with a pail of the Ida Reds. The JonaGolds were the sweetest, the Macs the blandest and the Ida Reds the tartest. Such a difference in colours too!
We had both our pressure canners going at the same time. And since the weather was nice, we could do everything outside! The applesauce is very yummy and so much better than storebought(which I've been buying since I've used up the last of my mom's from a few years ago!) So cost(which I know you're all expecting to read here) is less than $.50 per quart. So my 43 quarts cost me just over $20. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
My mom rolled out a lot of pie dough!
Good thing we had this fancy contraption!
She still has the touch from her bakery days!
Ready for apples!
The kids played/napped nicely all day!
Getting a good "stack" already!
Kara helped peel apples for a bit!