Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Attic Dormer

Finally our roof is done! As in DONE! As in, never have to go up there again! As in, I don't have to watch with my heart in my throat as my husband is up on a 12x12 pitch with a 25'+ drop to the ground.

We bit the bullet and got our roof done this April. Ben wanted to do it himself, but without the proper equipment and time it just wasn't worth it(never mind the fact that I'd rather pay someone else to climb our roof than worry for more than a week about my husband way up there).  We got a great guy from London who works by himself so it was way cheaper than a crew. Katie took to him immediately and still talks about Heeearold up on da roof!  Harold was a little short on time so Ben actually took a few days vacation and worked with him(getting a bunch of $$ knocked off the price).

Harold was going to a job up north for a few weeks and left his roof jacks up as he didn't need them. They were in the perfect spot for Ben to finish up the work on the dormer and chimney. So in the last couple weeks ago he repointed the chimney, trimmed the windows, hung the eavestrough, sided and painted the dormer.
This is what it looked like when we bought the place. Lovely eh? The door on the attic was the fire escape for the attic apartment.
We closed it off the spring after we bought the place and it looked like this (more or less, but without the middle addition) until last fall when Ben put up some energy board instead of the Tyvek that had blown off. 
Finally! It's not ugly anymore! Ben just needs an elbow piece of downspout to connect into the eavestrough.
 We hope to cover our back mudroom with the same siding this summer sometime. The paint on the brick of second story we will have sandblasted off maybe next year or so. 

Monday, May 28, 2012


You know how Mondays are typically not most people's favourite day? Usually I like them. New week, fresh start, usually lots of energy.  Sometimes..... Mondays don't go well.

Today started off well (if you forget about the 5:30am feeding). I was up on time, had breakfast and jumped in the shower. I got out and Emma was screaming her head off.  I had put her back to bed after nursing her at 7:30 because she was cranky and I figured, ready for bed. Well, turns out she had other plans. Other plans that included wiggling to the top of her bed causing her dress to be pulled every which way. That may or may not have added to her screeching. So, she came out of bed and sat in her bumbo chair watching Katie eat breakfast.

Katie is dressed and eating toast with jam, some of which may have ended up on Emma's toes, along with some banana. Emma at this point was still fussing and dousing herself with some of her breakfast she apparently didn't want after all. At this point she smelled like some bad cheese that's been sitting in the sun.

My hair was still in a towel, but at least my face was painted.  Diapers were clean and ready to be hung on the line.

Katie is done breakfast. Oh and did I mention we're working on potty training her? So she's in her underwear and the timer is set for every 30 minutes. I put Emma, smell included, back in bed. So time to do my hair. I decide I don't feel like blow drying it, so it's gonna be a gel/curly day. My hands are covered in gel with hair stuck everywhere. (Don't you just love when losing hair after having a baby?) and Katie says the dreaded "Oh no!" which means she peed. Lovely. She comes running to the bathroom, legs wet, underwear soaked. Great! I'll just wash my hands and get my half-done hair out of my face.  So onto the toilet she goes as I rinse out her underwear, find another pair and clean up the puddle on the floor and the wet marks all the way to bathroom. (I am SO thankful we have hardwood!)  Of course, she's let it all out all of the floor, so there's nothing left to give.

She's cleaned up and I'm trying to finish my hair. Ok, gel, and who knows what else is in my hair and it looks...... junky.  Ok, I'll just quickly wash it in the shower and try again.  I'm bent over the shower soaking my hair, but Katie wants to feel the water. No, not with her hands, her feet.  I'm trying to patient, I'm trying to be loving, but will. you. please. just. not. try. to. touch. the. water!?! Hair back in my towel but I really need to get those diapers on the line.

Alright Katie, time to go outside!   Oh the butterflies, Oh the bugs, they're all out to get my daughter!  She half plays, half wanders around then "Oh no!" Apparently there is more to give. Run inside, she's dry, but maybe just maybe we'll get something!  Nada. So, time to sit a while. I go outside to finish hanging up diapers and am serenaded by my two-year old, "I'm doooone, Mommy... I'm doone" Ya right!  Diapers are done and Katie has yet to produce a drop.  Now that I'm inside, she wants nothing to do with outside.  Time to try and do my hair, one more time. I really need to get out the door in half an hour and I hate leaving with wet hair, so I guess we'll try the blow dryer.   My sink is full of hair and just when I think I may be getting somewhere. "Oh no!" and here comes Katie.  So off come the underwear and the sandals she was still wearing and I toss them into the sink. Oh great, the sink which was full of my hair, the hair that is now stuck to Katie's wet underwear.

At this point I'm trying desperately to come up with one of the reasons I wanted kids.  I'm praying "Give me patience, Lord, please give me patience!"  Katie again won't produce so off she comes. I rinse her sandals and put them on the floor.  As I'm hanging up her underwear, a thought comes fleeting across my consciousness. "Katie never plays in the toilet, she wouldn't grab her sandal and do anything with it"  Unfortunately, my consciousness got it wrong and I turn around to witness Katie pulling her sandal out of the toilet.  At this point, I'm ready to give up. I don't care if she's in diapers till she's 10; it's gotta be easier than this.

Emma is awake and I should nurse her before we go out. I go upstairs; she's awake and I lean over her crib expecting to be greeting by a smile.  She gets halfway there and then remembers she's mad at me and needs to show it.  It's like there's a thought bubble above her head reading: "How could you leave me in here? This dark room? In the smelly dress? I mean really Mom, how could you be so cruel? "

I don't know, I guess motherhood makes one cruel, either that or you just realise it's not quite the dream you always thought it'd be.

We go out, have a good time, and come back. Emma finally fell asleep so at least I can get lunch into Katie without a screeching serenade.  Katie isn't hungry.  She eats half a slice of bread and plays with the rest.  Fine, you don't want to eat, I won't make you eat. To bed you go. Emma's nursed and put in bed.  I sit down to eat some lunch in peace and quiet. Emma is chattering to herself. Today, Monday, the day when my girls need extra sleep, they don't sleep.

An hour and a half after Katie is in bed and I hear her chattering away.  I go to enforce my desire for her to sleep only to be greeted by a telltale smell. Diaper change time again. I don't say a word as I bring her downstairs and she apparently catches on because she didn't say a word either.  Hokey Dina! It's a big load. Flush aaaand cue clogging!  Ah, yes. Of course, my two-year has clogged the toilet.  My life is amazing.  Back to bed and a lecture on staying in bed and going to sleep. I stand outside for less than a minute. Oh good, she's listening...NOT! Once more to put her back under her sheet and then I dunno.. I guess I just don't care. As long as she's playing quietly I guess. I can't force her to sleep.  Emma still screeching and is getting close to ultrasonic levels. Should I go in, should I leave her?  Then I hear it her. Her thumb in her mouth. Ah, sweet, blissful silence.

So now I type. I find it strangely soothing, almost therapeutic to write this all down.  It's good to remember these bad days; it makes me so much more thankful for the good days. At least my house is clean still. Supper is half made, but the dishes aren't done. The diapers are dry and need to be folded.  So while the kiddos sleep I should make good use of the time, but my eyes keep gazing longingly at the couch. To sleep or not to sleep, that is the question.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A happy girl

For those of you who only see Emma when she's sleeping, or for those of you who live far away and don't get to see her at all!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dresser redo

When Katie moved to her new room(I promise a post of that is coming soon!) she took her dresser with her. Well we needed another dresser for Emma's room and we had found this one on Kijiji for $10. Ben sanded it down and repainted a few weeks before Emma was born. Normally this would have been my job, but the paint we use is an oil-based and that's a big no-no for pregnant women. Sigh.... and I was SO looking forward to bending over and painting while I was pregnant....cough cough. Anyways, here is a before and after!

This is the best before picture I could get!

Pretty snazzy eh?

Monday, May 21, 2012


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Saturday, May 19, 2012


Ever have weeks where things just don't get done and the work seems to pile up? The list that wasn't too long at the beginning of the week is miles long by the end.  You know you've been working, but you feel like you've got nothing done? Your house is a disaster even though you're pretty sure you've been picking up all week? You feel like you need to start the week all over to even start climbing the mountain of work? You don't know where to start and you want to start a new project because at least you'll start at the beginning instead of in the middle?

I felt like that this week. I feel like that today. Even though the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day I kind of want to go back to bed and start over. I know all I need to do is get off this computer and pick one task and start, but....then I see all the other tasks that need doing and I sit here a little longer.

Thankfully I have a very understanding man who is willing to roll up his sleeves and pitch in. He already pitched in and did the dishes this morning, a little tidying, painted a bit of soffit, and watched the girls when I was gone this morning. Seriously, I've got a real catch :-) He's at work now, but should be home shortly. I know he'll light a fire under my butt (in a kind, gentle way of course :-) and we'll whip this house into shape. In fact, just thinking about it is giving me some energy. I said some, mind you, not oodles. But that being said I have a sliver in my finger that needs to be picked and the tweezers just happen to be in the bathroom which just happens to need a clean.... so off I go! Thanks for reading my ramblings.

Four Months

My little baby is four months! Part of me feels like it's too fast and the part is very happy she's reached this stage! It's been a longish four months. Emma seems to have turned a corner in the last week or two. She's sleeping longer at night, she's happier during the day and in general, just more content.  I was talking to Ben's cousin-in-law the other day and she mentioned that when her kids were waking up too early in the morning someone suggested to put them to bed earlier. She did and they started sleeping longer in the morning. I thought I'd try that with Emma and dream feed her at 10 instead of 10:30. Well I don't know if that's what did it, but she went from sleeping from 10:30-4/5/6 to 10-7/7:30! AMAZING! I tell you! Of course, now that I've written this, she'll read it when I'm not looking and go back to 4am! I think I'm less tired, but sometimes I wonder if it's just physiological and I just think I'm less because I know I've gotten full night's sleep with no interruptions. Either way I'm not going to knock it. **Ok, no joke. I wrote this post last week and never finished it. Since then Emma's been up between 3:30 and 4am for the past week or so. Ridiculous!

We've also started to have a bit more routine with Emma and slightly more scheduled naps. Her routine looks something like this(provided I don't sleep in, sigh.... is this a problem for any of you other moms? I wake up with intentions of getting up, lie back down for one more doze and wake up an hour later! Katie doesn't seem to mind at all and would probably stay in bed til lunch if I let her. Seriously, I did a big whoops a few weeks ago and slept in until 11AM! So bad! Emma was in bed with me because I had nursed her in bed that morning and Katie just played in her bed until I got her!) Anyways....
7/7:30 wake up and nurse
8:30/9:30 nap for an hour
10:30ish wake up and nurse
1/1:30 nurse and to bed
4/4:30 wake up and nurse
6ish nurse
7:30 nurse and off to bed!
10pm nurse and back to bed
I quite often have to put Emma in her swing to keep her happy if she thinks she's hungrier sooner.  She's a super fast nurser now; and rarely nurses longer than 10 minutes. She's also super nosy, so regardless of who is around I need to cover her up so she concentrates on the task at hand. I think it's her nosieness(is that a word?) that makes her so quick though, she doesn't want to miss anything.
She's started to really grab at toys and things that catch her eye. I think that was half of her problem before is that she wanted to grab stuff but didn't know how. I feel like we'll have the same frustration/challenge when she wants to start crawling and can't.  She's super strong and pulls herself up more into a sitting position when lying in her swing or bouncy chair.  She'll also contort herself to look at something she can't quite see. I'll upload a picture of this feat.
I'm also back on dairy, well almost. I eat everything, but I haven't dared to drink a whole glass of milk yet. I'm so thankful that was short lived; phew!  I figured out cheese has hardly any lactose in it(which is the problem) so I started eating that a few weeks ago. I've had cream in some dishes and milk in my tea and so far so good! I'm still staying away from coffee and citrus though. I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but there have been a couple times that I've really really wanted some: coffee at my parents with slagroom and hagelslag, cheesecake on the side....(points if you know what slagroom and hagelslag are without googling it :-)

Emma had a checkup a few weeks ago and weighed 12lb 7 oz and was 25" long. Katie was almost exactly the same: 12lb 10oz a 25" long. For some reason though, I feel like Emma is much smaller than Katie: just a little peanut. It's probably just because Katie is so big now....

Emma is full of smiles and loves to look at new faces. We haven't got any giggles out of her, but a few gurgly squeals. I remember the first time Katie did a fullout laugh; we laughed and smiled so hard it brought tears to our eyes.  Babies' firsts are always so sweet.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Saturday Evening

The smell of a freshly mowed lawn, the sound of birds chirping in the trees, the sight of two of my favourite people blowing bubbles.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bagel Recipe

I've been asked by a few to share the recipe for the bagels. Oh and by the way, Ben loved them, so I guess I'll be making bagels along with my bread every two weeks.

This is the recipe I used for my bagels. I did six, but like I said in my previous post, I'm going to try eight next time. My bagels floated as soon as I put them in the water, so I did what one of the commentors did and let them boil until they had about increased by about 50%. I only baked them for 15 minutes and they still got a little too dark underneath for my liking.

Happy bagel making!

Monday, May 14, 2012


Ben's been bugging me for probably three years a while to try and make bagels. It was one of those things that I was willing to try, but it wasn't on the top of my list. I was baking bread this morning and thought I'd give them a try. I had half of one for lunch and it was quite tasty! The real test will be when Ben gets home and tries one. He eats a bagel with an egg every morning for breakfast, so we go through a lot of these. I figure it probably cost me $0.50 to make a batch and I got six out of one batch. I think I'll make them a little smaller and do eight next time. A bag of six bagels at the store costs $1.99 on sale, so I guess this isn't too bad. I think I need to scale back just a touch on the flour so they roll better, and my holes weren't quite big enough, so they're kind of non-existent now. But all in all, they were pretty easy to make, so I will definitely be making them again!

Friday, May 11, 2012


I am also VERY much enjoying this sight :-)


I just picked these from my garden this evening and am enjoying them immensely: sight and smell!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Meal Planning

Meal planning has reached a whole new level around here. I saw this idea on pinterest and made myself one. The two boxes are to cycle through meals: once we've eaten a meal it'll be cycled to the bottom box and when the top box is empty we'll start again. I'm sure there will be exceptions as some meals we like to eat more often than others. We'll see how well it works!