Thursday, December 27, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I'm a little behind, but we hope you all had a very Merry Christmas celebrating with family and friends! What a wonderful time to get together and remember the birth of our Saviour! I hope to get a few posts up in the new year of all our family get togethers, but for now, I'm on vacation. Well not really vacation, but a vacation from blogging nevertheless. We wish you all a wonderful new year!

P.S. My baby is turning 1 next week!!! Can you believe it?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Nativity Animals

A couple weeks ago a local greenhouse advertized that they would have Nativity animals for all to come and pet. We went with the girls inbetween rain showers.



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Everyday pictures

 Kara and Charity were over for the day. They all needed snuggles on the floor.
 Watching the train go around and around and around.
At the end of supper on night, Emma was trying to get the potholder to stay on her head. She did suceed a few times and was slightly pleased with herself.
 The only picture I got before she pulled if off again.
 I gave Katie a haircut last week. Just a trim of the longer bottom layer. Her hair was starting to look mulletish. That is style that should never be repeated. Now her hair is more one length so it'll grow out much more evenly.
Reading and snuggles are the best!
 Katie wanted to carry her puppy on her back in a backpack. Her stepstool did the trick!

Look Mommy! I'm just like you! I put my feet on the table!

Monday, December 17, 2012


My Mom, Hannah and I went up to see Dexter and his Mommy & Daddy on Saturday night. We met Angelina there too. I didn't get pictures of the three of them, or even of Christina. She was a wee bit tired so was in bed for the majority of our visit. We got a lot of snuggles with Dexter though!

Meet Dexter. Isn't he just the yummiest?
Snuggles with Grandma
I love looking at new babies and deciding which features are from which family!
Dexter was just gearing up to cry, but never got that far. Too many aunts to snuggle him.
He made some goofy faces!
tante Lien
Babies... can't you just look at them all day?
Proud, tired, helpful Dad :-)
This kid has the biggest hands and feet. In the hospital he was compared to a puppy who has big paws!
He was just SO snuggy!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Love and Hate

These two cousins have a love/hate relationship. Thankfully, most of the time it's love!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Lights

They're up again! Ben was looking at pictures to see how he put them up in past years and I noticed a bit of a difference in our house from 6 years ago!



Thursday, December 06, 2012

Same or Different?

Emma 10 1/2 months           Katie 10 months
Katie                           Emma

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

11 Months

I can hardly believe Emma will be 1 in a month! How fast did that go?

Things are pretty much the same as last month. She is moving around more and is working on crawling. She does a bit of army crawling, mostly backwards, but she's getting there. She's also really making an effort to get from sitting to her tummy though. While she's still "behind" the norm, she's further ahead than Katie was! And I am perfectly content to have her just sit and play. It would be nice to have her walking by next summer, but really... not that big of a deal.

Emma LOVES bananas just like Katie did and still does. She gets all excited when I ask her if she wants a banana in the morning. She usually gets half or two-thirds of one every morning.

She learned how to wave a few weeks ago: cutest thing ever! We're teaching her how to say "please" in baby sign. It was so nice to have Katie know it and it was an easy transition to her actually saying "please."

 She still hasn't cut her two top teeth. They're sitting just waiting, these little bulging mounds. Emma hasn't been too cranky with them, but she has her days.

She loves to play Peek-a-boo! She'll hide in my shoulder or behind something and wait for someone to play with her. So fun! 

 I love this one. It's like she's having a good joke or something!

Monday, December 03, 2012


Katie has been listening to Steven Green a lot! I found his two "Hide Them in Your Heart" CDs at our church library and she LOVES them. I hear her singing the songs around the house and I quite often catch myself singing a song or two. When I think about it, they words really end up really applying to my situation or thoughts at the moment.    

The garage is done for the winter! Evenings are full and Saturday are limited, but he was finally able to finish it on Saturday. We still have more work to do next summer, but at least it's ready for the winter.  We're greatly indebted to our neighbours who have been storing most of our "garage' possessions in their garage. Ben was able to clear almost everything out and back into our garage until next summer.

I couldn't wait until December first(which is usually my timeline) to put up my Christmas decor. We got our Christmas tree on Saturday. It was so fun setting it up with Katie who is loving everything Christmas!

I bought a hair cutting kit and cut Ben's hair for the first time. I was pretty nervous but I think I did an alright job. Ok, I'm actually pretty pleased with how it looks. Not too shabby for a first time!

And speaking of hair, I have been doing this method of hair cleaning for the last couple months. It started off really well and then I hit a yucky spot where my hair got really dry but also greasy. It was weird, but I kept going and used just a bit more of the "conditioner" and now my hair is SO much nice than before. It doesn't get greasy as fast, has less tangles, and doesn't get as frizzy as before. I don't know if I'm over the "worst" of it though. My hair does have a different feel to it sometimes, almost a little greasy, but not. I don't really know how to explain it. Anyone else have any feedback on doing this hair cleaning method?

You know how I said I was looking forward to the Smart Meter Mid-peak changing from 7am-11am and 5pm-7pm to 11am-5pm. I changed my mind. I much prefer starting my laundry first thing than later in the morning than after lunch when I’m much more likely to forget about!

I made meatballs. 10lbs into 14 bags of 24 meatballs each.  I precooked them before I froze them, so they’re ready to eat once they’re thawed and heated. They’re super handy for soup, spaghetti, or just for eating!