Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My 3 year-old Katie

Somehow, three years have passed since I gave birth to my firstborn. Three years filled with so much laughter and a few tears. If I had to choose one word to describe Katie, I think I'd have to choose Dramatic. Everything is a big deal, happy or sad, it's a big deal. There isn't a whole lot of "medium" with Katie. She's full of spunk, and bounce and she rarely walks these days. She's usually bouncing and hopping from place to place asking "why" on every bounce. Contrary to her the first half of her life which she spent contentedly sitting in one place and playing quietly, she's now bouncing and singing while she plays.

She has an imagination that can imagine anything anywhere. She had Ben move a sitting chair in our living room to get her mouse. After Ben had moved the chair, she picked up an imagination mouse with a "there it is!" and walked away. Ben's response? "If it's an imaginary mouse, you can find it somewhere else!"  You can give her anything (I mean anything) and she can pretend it's a baby, an animal etc.

She wants to know what everything is and wants the detail. She rarely forgets anything and will tell you days later exactly what you explained to her about chimneys, Bible stories, seasons, etc.

Like a typical three-year-old , she loves to share all the little details of her life and the "news" of the week with people she knows and perfect strangers. Sometimes it's slightly... awkward.

She has "grownup" phrases like, "Actually....."  "Just a minute, I'll be there in a second" "Well, I think that...." "I don't care for chocolate milk" Hilarious!

She's been kind of a bully lately, pushing Emma around and having little conniptions when things don't go her way. We're trying to "sit" on her; it's a lot of work!

She can be super helpful and loves to do jobs for me. She now uses the dustbuster to clean up all the crumbs under the table and she wipes the table after supper. She often helps set the table too and thinks it's hilarious when she gives Ben her plate and takes his.

She loves to play jokes and will pretend to eat your cookie for "a good joke." She also LOVES to be chased and hide. She loves to be scared, which is good because I love hiding and jumping out at her. It sounds mean, but she loves it. I also love doing it to Ben; he is slightly less appreciative.

She loves to pretend to be other people or characters. Strawberry Shortcake, Raggedy Ann, Casey and her puppy is Finnigan (Remember, from Mr. Dressup?) If she's fighting me on doing something, like going to the bathroom, all I have to do is make it into a game. It'll go something like this:
Me: "Katie, I'd like you to go to the bathroom now."
Katie: "No, I don't have to."
Me: "Well, I'd like you to try anyways."
Katie: "I don't haaaaave to goooo..."
Me: "Oh, Strawberry Shortcake, don't you have to go to the bathroom?"
Katie: "Oh! (face lights up) Ya! I have to go. I'm Strawberry Shortcake!"

It works. Every. time.

Sometimes she pretends too much and we have to tell her to be Katie for a while. Or she'll try to get out of something naughty she did and blame it on her character.... not a chance!

She is a total joy and riot to have around. She can be trying at times, but she has a tender heart willing to be molded (most of the time). She loves to please, loves to sing and is eager to learn.

We can't imagine our life without her and we're thankful to God for giving her to us to raise and love. What a weighty task!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Just life

 Dexter, telling stories.
 Emma hand--13 months       Dexter's hand--2 months 
That boy has HUGE hands and feet!
 teBokkel cousins!
 Always an open-mouth smile!
To say Katie loves to draw would be an understatement.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Fireplace Before and After

Since I know you all LOVE a before and after, I thought I'd share :-)

This is the orginal fireplace when we bought the house. The insert was electric. 
This is how it sat for 6 and a half years. Ben ripped the tiles off and the insert out shortly after buying the place.
 Just plywood over the rough floor after the tiles were ripped out. All that cement junk in there had to be chipped out too. 
My brother Nick, (an aspiring Mason!) came and laid all the stone around the fireplace. Ben did all the cutting for him, but the rest was all Nick. He's good eh?
 Ben had this stone leftover from a project at work. I never got any pictures of Ben laying the floor tile unfortunately....
Finished project! I love it! The floor tiles we found have a "non perfect" look to them which really suits the era of the house. They almost look like old cobblestones. Ben just cleaned and then painted the inside brick black. The top, left-hand stone, shows up really dark on the pictures, but it doesn't look like that in real life.  We still need to use some paint thinner or something on the few spots of white paint on the mantel, but that can wait until the summer when we can open the windows!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Snack time!

 This is Katie's favourite snack: raisens, dried apple pieces, almonds and cheerios.  It's probably also the healthiest(and cheapest!) of her snacks, which I don't mind at all!
It has to go in this bucket and be shaken up too.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Back to the Grind Stone

I rather enjoy that grind stone actually. I love routine. I love new years, new weeks, new days! Fresh, clean slate with no mistakes. New resolutions, new calendars, new energy!

I was a little busy at the end of last year. I was making a Home Management Binder. Those of you that know me really well, know that I thrive on making forms, and tweaking documents. Let me tell you, I was in seventh heaven doing this project. I'm sure I'll be tweaking throughout the year, but for now. I love it!

You should be able to click on the pictures to see them bigger.

I have a page for each day of the year, complete with day and date, my regular chores assigned to that day, meals, schedule etc.  (My calendar on the wall gives me an at-a-glance look at the month)

To Do/ To Buy lists. The prayer starts my Prayer section.

Daily prayer lists to help me remember prayer requests and remember the answers to the prayers.
Thankfulness List to write down a few things I'm thankful for each day. It'll be a good exercise on those "Terrible, No-good, Very bad" days.

Monthly checklist for Outdoor and Indoor to-dos. It helps break the big chores down into manageable sizes and ensures they don't all pile into one month.

Canning/freezing list listed according to month and frequency.

 Year-ahead planning calendar.

Regularly-used phone numbers and family information. I also have a brief summary of my kids for babysitters: age, routine, dislikes/likes, other pertinent info.

Goals section for long-term goals and short-term goals. 

 Notes: some lined and some blank pages for notes, sketches and ideas I don't want to lose.

So that's it! What do you use to stay organized?!?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Two other birthday parties

I better squeeze in some pictures from Katie's other birthday parties!

Ben's family came over to celebrate Katie and Charities birthday. Alas, I didn't even get a picture of the birthday girls together! We had pizza and salad for supper and Amanda made a yummy birthday cake for the 3 year olds!

My family came over the next day for hamburgers and frenchfries! Yum! I made a duplo cake for Katie which she was thrilled with.

I've decided I detest don't prefer making birthday cakes. I'd much rather just make a chocolate cake (or brownies) and icing it in swirls with my finger than spend time fiddle fussing with icing. I felt bad that I don't want to take two hours to make a cake for my daughters birthday, but then I felt better after I thought of the 1/2 dozen hours that went into knitting her shawl. Suddenly, I don't feel so guilty for not wanting to spend time making something for Katie.

P.S. I also have to tell you that Ben helped icing Katie's cake. So, I think next time I'll put him in charge of cake decorating!

Thursday, March 07, 2013


These just melt me. 
Emma rolled off the counter while being changed. She was unhurt, but mad and then very snuggly for a while.

Monday, March 04, 2013

February 2013

Emma is off her bottle! I wanted to get her off it in January after she turned a year, but I just didn't have brain space for it. The first week of February I just decided halfway through the day that it was enough and no more! She'll drink if she gets hungry (I know, sometimes I'm mean!) She had mastered a Tupperware sipper cup with water since last November (?), but she was refusing milk in it then. I thought I'd give it another whirl again and wadda ya know? she was just fine.

Ben & I made a play kitchen for the girls. We spent a few evenings sanding, painting, painting and a little more painting (can you say, date night?)

We had my sister Christina and her hubby Nick and baby Dexter over for a weekend. Dexter was baptised and we had a nice get together with the family and friends.

My sister Hannah, left for Scotland. (Insert sad, sad, lonely face here). We miss her already!

Katie turned three! We had three parties for her! The VMS's came over for a combined party for her and her cousin Charity(who is exactly one month older) and during the baptism weekend we had a teBokkel party for her. And THEN, we had our own little family party for her on her actual birthday!

I had a lousy flu which consisted of me waking up in the middle of the night to throw up. The most frustrating part was not being able to do stuff. I don't know why I always get sick at the end of the week when all the cleaning and laundry needs to be done! I really should plan that better.

I updated my blog header just incase you didn't notice!

Ben drywalled the soon-to-be playroom downstairs for the girls! Mudding is next!

We got another 1/4 steer from the parents of my brother's girlfriend. We love the beef and it's so nice to have it all in our freezer. No more watching for sales and it's cheaper than buying it at the store.