Monday, August 30, 2010

We’re leaving on a jet plane…..

but we do know when we'll be back again :P We're headed off to Beautiful British Columbia for 2+ weeks to visit family and friends. Thankfully, we've got great neighbours to keep an eye on our place while we're gone.  It's great to know that we don't have to worry about our house and property during our vacation: they check our mail and water our plants etc. How great is that!?!

It's been four years since I've been back and Ben has never been farther west than Manitoba! Ben is driving up to Thunder Bay for a wedding and then flying out on Friday to join us in Chilliwack.  So to anyone who reads this blog, you won't be seeing much of us in the next little while. We'll be busy visiting, touring, and enjoying the Fraser Valley.  For all you Chilliwackians.... see you soon!

P.S. Don't ya like my signature?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nick & Christina’s Wedding

We had a beautiful day yesterday for Nick & Christina's wedding: beautiful weather, a beautiful ceremony, beautiful pictures and a gorgeous bride! Christina was just stunning: the dress suited her to a 'T', her hair was wonderful and the joy on her face shone like the sun!

It was so special to witness Nick & Christina make their vows and start their married life together. They're so in love and you could see it on their faces all day.  Here are some pictures!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Six months=half a year?

Huh!?!? How did this happen? We've had this sweet little baby for over half a year? Can this be possible?

At the six-month mark, babies are really starting to become more interactive and sociable.  Well Katie is right on track! She recognizes more and more voices and faces and is really developing her own little character. And by the looks of it, she'll be quite a character!

She just cut her first tooth this past weekend. I didn't notice at all until Saturday night when I happened to have my finger in her mouth.  The Thursday before was a velcro day and I couldn't be out of her sight. But other than that, she was just as happy as can be.  Let's hope this keeps up with the rest of her teeth!

Well, the carrots that I mentioned a few posts ago didn't go over very well the first few times, but now she eats them like a trooper.  Her menu also includes: sweet potatoes, apples, and pears. We're working on bananas and later this week: peas. Hmm!!

I made some teething biscuits last week, which she loves, but I do have to watch her with them as after she's gnawed on them for a while small pieces will break off in her mouth.  She loves her other MUM MUM crackers and they usually keep her pretty happy before or after supper.

Katie loves the phone and squeals every time she sees  it or I'm talking on it: not so nice for conversation, but good for a laugh!

She's still napping like a dream! A two-hour nap in the morning from 9ish-11ish and a three-hour nap in the afternoon from 1-4ish.  Those naps, along with a 12 hour sleep at night from 7-7, (sometimes 8!) make baby and mommy very happy!

Katie is sitting longer and longer by herself. She usually lasts until she gets distracted by something and grabs too quickly.  She shows no interest in crawling like her cousin Charity, but we're ok with that!  Katie doesn't like being on her stomach and will usually roll over to her back.

In a week Katie will go on her first airplane ride, well technically her second (when we flew to Manitoba last year I was a couple of months pregnant with her).  We're going out to BC for two weeks to visit some family and friends! Ben is driving up to Thunder Bay on Monday for a wedding and flying out to BC on Friday, so I'm flying solo with Katie. We leave first thing Tuesday morning with Katie and I'm hoping and praying it all goes well. Any tips for flying with six-month-old baby?

Here are a few pictures of the last month. She's quite the goof and we love her!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

You may not be thrilled, but I am!

I've finally reached my pre-pregnancy weight!!

....muscle tone is another story :P :P

Friday, August 20, 2010

Lighting Storm

With all the heat we've been having this summer, we've enjoyed a large number of thunder and/or lightning storms! I managed to catch part of one on video a few weeks ago! This video hardly does the storm justice....

What power! What magnificence! What a Mighty God we serve!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Summer Canning--Part Three


Our garden is making up for its sore turnout last year and yielding an abundance of veggies this summer. We planted four cucumber plants (because they came in a flat of four) and they're producing like mad! Well we had planned on making relish this summer anyways and last week Ben decided to see just how many cucumbers were in our garden. He came in with a green box overflowing and said, "Well, dear... you wanna make some relish?"  Well I was making blueberry jam that night anyways, so I thought, "Why not!??"

Ben had to run out and get some onions, peppers, etc and he quickly went by my parents house to get "the" canning pan and a few other things. This canning pan has been used oodles of times and is the best!

We had so many cucumbers we decided to make a triple batch: 18lbs of cukes, 6lbs of onions, 9 green peppers, 6 red peppers... you get the idea! Well you grind up all your veggies, sprinkle some pickling salt overtop and pour over boiling water and then let it sit overnight. The hot water disolves the salt which draws out the extra liquid from the veggies. In the morning, I squeezed off the extra liquid(not the easiest of tasks) dumped in the rest of the ingrediants and cooked away! I started at about 7:30ish and by 11:00 I was completely done, dishes and all! Most of the time was spent waiting for the relish to come to a boil, so I guess that doesn't really count. We made 23 1/2 quarts: some for us and some for my parents.

Relish isn't quite as easy as pickles, but the outcome is the same: way cheaper,  no food colouring, no unnecessary preservatives and great satisfaction!

Katie is helping Grandma,who stopped by to drop something off that morning.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Summer Canning--Part Two

Blueberry Jam!

Seriously, jam, is one of the easiest things to make! I just used the recipe on my Certo box and was done in less than an hour! I know a bunch of ladies from church have been making the no-cook freezer jam which calls for way less sugar and I was half considering that. But one big item got in my way:  I don't have room in my freezer for jam! I know it calls for way less sugar, but when you can jam, sugar is what preserves it. The only reason freezer jam calls for less sugar is because the cold temperature is preserving it. Maybe when/if we ever get another freezer I'll make freezer jam, but for now I'll just stick to the 'old fashioned' way :-)

Anyways, the jam turned out great; I actually had some on my toast this morning and it was delicious! I've got strawberries in the freezer waiting to be made into jam and I'm hoping to the same with raspberries yet this season. Does anyone know a good place to pick raspberries?

Monday, August 09, 2010

Summer Canning--Part One


My mom came over last week and together we made pickles! A bushel of cukes(Thanks for picking them, Dad, Christina and Nick!) turned into 56 quarts of pickles. Yum! Pickles are actually really easy to make; it's just matter of letting them sit for 20 in water that's been boiled, stuffing them in jars and pouring over the brine(which is also a sinch to make!).  It works out to about $.50 per quart. Not bad, plus you don't get all those nasty preservatives and food colouring! Oh and you get the satisfaction of seeing nice pickle jars along side the rest of your canning at the end of the summer! Only six more weeks until we can eat them!

Friday, August 06, 2010


Well Katie's eating devouring solids, well oatmeal cereal at least.  She eats 2 & 1/2 tbsps at lunch and another 2 &1/2 at supper! She loves the stuff! It definitely has a lot of more taste than the rice cereal we tried first. Up next: carrots!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


I think not! I've been a little busy in the last little while week with the following:

  • Canning pickles

  • Making relish

  • Making Blueberry Jam

  • Blanching two batches of beans

  • Working on 2nd quarter finances for Word & Deed

  • Helping my sister plan her wedding

  • Preparing for Sunday School

  • Making flyers for VBS

  • Reshingling our porch roof

  • oh and being a wife, mom etc

Pictures soon to follow of some of the above :-)

What have you been doing this summer?