Monday, December 30, 2013

Pregnancy Notes

Wow, talk about tears. Maybe I was like this with the girls too, but seriously, I cried watching five minutes of Dumbo. Hello! Unless I want to shed tears I need to stay away from videos of babies crying, or any child in some sort of distress. No joke. However, I am pretty immune to my own kids crying.... funny how that is eh?

I perfected my waddle early on and it only continues to be developed in form and grace.

Baking soda and water have once again become a nightly routine. If I plug my nose and drink very quickly, it's very doable.

I usually have to get out of bed to turn over, not because my belly is so big, but because if I don't the joint/bones/cartilage in my hips all clunk (for lack of a better word) together and past itself. Not only painful, but just not a cool feeling/sound. I also went for a few weeks waking up with with my pelvic joints out of line. I'd have to walk around a bit waiting for them to clunk back in place; not pleasant.

The heart rate for this baby is lower than the heart rate was for my girls. They sat around the 150-160 mark and this baby is much lower: around the 140 mark... maybe boy!??!? I am having a lot of boy thoughts, but I had that with Emma too.

I feel big already, even though I'm not quite six months. Maybe I just don't remember with the girls, or I am bigger because this it my third pregnancy, but either way, I don't have that "nice, cute, little bump" feeling.

This is another wiggly baby! It usually always wakes up when I go to bed, regardless of the time. His/her kicks are getting good and strong and have already made me jump a few times with "well-aimed" kicks.

Katie can't decide if she wants a boy or a girl and comes up with interesting name choices too. She's very excited for April when the baby comes!

That's all I can think of for pregnancy notes right now. I'll try and take another picture in the next month. Maybe a comparison with my first two pregnancies.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Snow Eater

Allow me to present you with some footage I managed to gather of the SnowEater in her natural environment.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Coat Rack

Storage in an old house is a problem, as many of you know. We have a decent size front hall, but no closet for coats, hats etc. Our neighbours gave us a lovely old coat tree which suits our hall perfectly, and is great for adult coats, but it's too high for little hands to reach. The girls' coats were just being hung on the downstairs banister post, but with the winter season, poofy coats and snowpants just weren't fitting. I suddenly had the inspiration to make have Ben make a child-friendly coat rack that the girls could reach and use.

Ben dinged up antiqued and stained a piece of pine board he had in his "scrap" pile and spray painted some hooks from an old shelf that we inherited somehow. The stain was leftover from many projects ago as was the spray paint, so "we" made a nice, sturdy, attractive rack for $0! It fits perfectly behind the front door and holds coats, snowpants, diaper bag etc.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Decorations

After at least six Saturdays in a row of activities and commitments, we finally had a Saturday of nothing(besides a few hours of church cleaning). It was a tad early for us to get our Christmas tree but when else were we going to have a Saturday with nothing going on?! We had a relaxed day of putting up Christmas decorations and setting up our tree. Ben was still recovering from his back issues, so it was a good day for him to spend a lot of time on the couch.

This is the first year our fireplace and mantel look nice and are able to really set our stockings to an advantage. In case anyone is wondering, my dear mother made all our beautiful stockings for us.

 Pretty tricky to get them on those tiny hooks.

I love this one of Katie surveying her handiwork with her hands on her hips.

 The most stressfull hour of my life! All these breakable ornaments and two pairs of little hands so eager to help! Only one ornament was broken and that was by Ben, so I think we did pretty well.
 This was their first year of helping decorate; they loved every minute.

They could probably sit and watch that train go around and around for hours.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Preggo Pals

This pictures makes me:
smile because I am pregnant with my pregnant best friend.
sad because we live two hours apart so we don't get to see eachother as often as we'd like.
chuckle because we're so opposite in looks: tall/short, blond/dark, etc.
depressed because we look the same size belly-wise even though she's almost 11 weeks ahead of me! (don't worry I'm not actually depressed, it's called third pregnancy, hello!)
happy because even though we look tired we had a great day of making cinnamon buns, mailing Christmas cards for work and chatting.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saturday Waffles

It's kind of a tradition that on winter Saturdays, when there isn't much going on, Ben makes waffles. Katie loves to help and she's actually at the age where she's becoming a real help. It's so fun that she loves making waffles with her Daddy.

 She did very well, scooping and pouring.

 And then she even did the dishes with her Daddy. How did I get so lucky?
Love this girl and her Daddy!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


"Kids are a handful" I've heard people say.
It's said with a sigh at the end of the day.
"They're busy, and loud and they don't let you rest"
"They wear on your nerves, put your love to the test"
"They'll ruin your carpet, your couches, and chairs,
"They'll smudge up your windows, get jam in your hair."
They're nothing but trouble and a whole lot of that
They're more than a handful, they're worth a whole vat!

Kids are a handful, the old saying goes
They'll keep you young, keep you right on your toes.
They keep you running all day and when you think you can sleep
They'll wake up with problems they say just won't keep.
When you finally fall back in bed with a sigh
They just start up again with their whines and their cries.
There's no moment's peace, no end to demands
You start wishing those handfuls in far-a-away lands.

But then you remember the hugs and kisses
You start to forget those nice, broken dishes.
You think of that handful that fits well in yours
And you start to forget the mess on the floor.
You pick up that handful and snuggle them double
You know that they're not just handfuls of trouble
But handfuls of giggles and laughter and tears
Handfuls of smiles, wet kisses and fears

They're handfuls of love; they have so much to give
Just open your arms and let that love in.
Handfuls of mud, creepy bugs and and the rest
But the handfuls of flowers they bring smell the best
Remember to watch them so peacefully sleep
And know that those handfuls you love just won't keep.
Those handfuls will grow up one day and depart
Those handfuls hold your hand and forever your heart.

Monday, December 09, 2013

November Snow!

We were dumped on with snow the second last week of November. The most snow I can ever remember having in Ontario: 24 inches! It all came down in about 12 hours and thankfully most of it was light and fluffy. It all came down Saturday night and Sunday morning we were not going anywhere! It took Ben a good hour to be able to just get out of our drive way with his truck. He drove around a bit to see what the roads were like and if church was a possibility. It wasn't. Although, the folks 20 minutes west of us had green grass and sunshine! They were pretty surprised to get the call that church was cancelled because of snow.

Ben spent the majority of the day clearing away snow at our place and at the church. He was pretty spent by the end of the day and since he was already having back issues, they were only agravated by all the shoveling. He actually drove to the entrance of the cemetery with my dad, walked in through the snow and got his snowblower. He cleared a path to his truck, loaded it on and then took it to the church and back to our house to finish up. He was finished just in time to change and go to church!

A few days later we got another eight inches. It was just lovely! And a week later, it was almost all gone. I love the snow and I'm hoping we get more before Christmas! I spent the majority of my childhood in Manitoba where snow is plentiful and the temperatures are cold, so these snowy/melty Ontario winters usually don't make the cut for me. I am happy with any snow we get, and it's no secret I LOVE a good snowstorm and I love to be snowed in!

Anyways, I took a few, ahem, pictures of our lovely snowfall.

 This was around 8am. You can see Ben at the back by the fence, thigh-deep in snow.
 The sun came out later in the day.
 Love that snow blower!

 Our car is under that mound of snow back there!

 Katie loved the snow and did very well wading through it!

mmmmm snow!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

November in Pictures

 She was playing peek-a-boo with Papa and Grandma on Skype.

 First snowfall!

 Cousins came for an evening.

 Bedtime stories and snuggles.

 This is my pregnancy brain coming out. If you have hot pizza on plate, it makes sense to cool it off for your kid by waving it in the air, right?

Monday, December 02, 2013

November 2013

November was an insane month; it was full of meetings, food preparations and events. But I think that means December will be a little more relaxed, which is just want we want during the busy Christmas season.

We went to the fall fair at the school with the kids.  We had never been before, so we went before lunch and played some games and ate some good lunch which is always better when you don't have to cook it yourself!

We made applesauce too. Friends of ours have apple trees and were blessed with a bountiful harvest, so we got to share in their wealth! We made 22 quart jars for us and 19 pints for my mom and sister. It was fun to do and we managed to get it all done in one afternoon since we borrowed my parent's canner.

We pulled all our carrots too. Our garden has been sitting neglected for the last two months. Everything has been picked or rotted except the carrots sitting snuggly in the ground. We didn't have a harvest like last year, but 14 bags is ok too. There was some sort of worm burrowing in a lot of them, so that didn't help matters.

We had our 7th Pancake Breakfast at the church again. It's always a good time of good food and fellowship. Ben is always there bright and early at 6:30am along with my Dad & Mom and a few other volunteers.

I made meatballs for the freezer again. Over 350 of them into bags of 24 each. So handy for Sunday soup or spaghetti or just to eat plain with sauce!

We made croquettes too! Last year we made them with Hannah, but she left us, so here we are. My parents came over with their cooked, chopped turkey and with our turkey we made 450 croquettes. They came at 7pm and we were finally done cleaning everything up by 11pm. And then we collapsed into bed!

I went into the office two full days this month: one day for HR meetings and another for a staff day. Both days were fun and good team-building days. Our staff certainly has grown since I started there seven years ago: from three full-time staff to six full-time and two part-time.

It snowed on November 11th! The girls were SO excited, even though it was gone a few days later. They got a day of playing the snow and I got a taste of winter to kick me into gear for winter coat shopping! I was woefully unprepared; Emma had to wear her winter coat from the previous year, Katie had a coat, but no boot or snow pants. On a side note, Emma is wearing boots three sizes too big. Katie was in size seven at two, Emma is still in a four.

Thankfully we got all our outside work done before it snowed(by two days): lawn mowed one more time, gardens pulled, furniture put away.

Ben put the Christmas lights up and while he had the ladder out, he washed a few windows for me. I'm terrible at washing windows. The inside isn't SO terrible, but I never wash the outside of windows I can't reach, which is pretty much all of them. The ladder and stuff is just too "hard" and I'm not comfortable on ladders. Oh and I'm also a wimp.

We went to the Santa Claus Parade. I think we've only missed one year since we've been married. It's just down the street and so we don't need to worry about parking or anything. It was cold and snowy this year, so "perfect" weather, but all the parade people were cold and we were cold and glad when it was done.

The night of parade (the 22nd) we got 25 inches of snow! That's right, inches, not centimetres! Church was cancelled Sunday morning while everyone tried to dig themselves out. It took Ben hours to clear our front and back. He even went to the cemetery to get his snow blower for our front sidewalk and the church sidewalks. He was done clearing just in time to leave for afternoon church. Later that week we got another eight or so inches! I LOVE snow and I'm sad that it's almost all gone, not even a week later.

Ben hurt his back this month. He's not sure what he did, but for a week and a half it didn't have a chance to heal so now he can hardly do anything without setting it off. He's been to the massage therapist a few times which seems to have helped, but he's still pretty sore and spent a lot of time flat on his back on the couch. Hopefully it heals soon!

We had an event every Saturday this month except for the last that we spent setting up our Christmas tree and relaxing at home together. It was wonderful to not have to go anywhere on a Saturday and to actually have Ben home on his day off!

Friday, November 29, 2013


Finally, apples to make applesauce! We were given apples from friends who were blessed with a bumper crop this year. Some went into pies, some were dried and the rest went to applesauce! It's so yummy; not too sweet, but a perfect side at supper.

Ben did about three manual turns on the Victorio strainer and got his drill out.

 Mmm, taste testing!
Ben did all the turning, ladling and canning outside while I washed, chopped and cooked the apples inside. We did 22 quart jars for ourselves, 19 pints for my parents and sister. It took us about four hours start to finish. Have I mentioned I love working with Ben? He's kind of great.