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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Birthday pictures

Alex got to open his gifts before Ben went to work. I love sleepy kids.






 A car carrier and he got new cars too!


 He plays for hours with these cars. Really anything with wheels keeps him happy.

 We had a birthday supper at Ben's parents. Pardon the girly bib; it was all that was still clean!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

March 2016

Ben continued with renos this month, moving down to the the hallway on the second floor. There was a bit of demo needed and some rebuilding, wiring and after that, drywall, mudding sanding and finally painting! We're going to get carpet installed sometime next month.

Halfway through the month, Corina came!! She came for Ben's birthday which was March 24th. The big 3-0!! She came a bit early to help put the finishing touches on a surprise party for Ben on the 18th. It was successful and trust me, I've got some good pictures since it was a 80's retro party!

We had a great Artisan marketplace held at the church; super fun to see all the talent coming out of the woodwork! I came home with a few treasures too!

Corina and I worked on some projects: bulletin boards and chalkboards for the house. Of course, that was in between coffee and tea and Remmington Steele!

We had a few beautiful days followed by cold days. Thankfully we've managed to stay quite healthy despite the up and down temperatures.

Emma fought a weird viral something for about a week. She woke up fine each morning and ate fairly normally, but after lunch she'd "crash" and just sleep or lay on the couch until asking to go to bed around supper time. She never ran a fever, had a cough, runny nose, nothing. It was very strange and finally on day eight I took her in to see the doc and of course after that she was pretty much back to her normal self.

We spent one Sunday with my entire family and the next Sunday with Ben's family.  It was good to visit with family since the last time we were together was Christmas!

The last week of March and into the beginning of April was filled with meetings and events. We had a week and half of one of us being gone every single night (except Sunday). Thankfully the kids survived, as did we. But boy, was that first night with no commitment a relief!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Son of Mine

This sweet, adorable, troublesome, love of a boy is two!

Like most typical boys, he loves anything with wheels. He'll spot any backhoe, dumptruck, semi etc when we're out and will just lay on the floor with his cars, inspecting the wheels and how they move.

 He often plays in his own world, but doesn't miss a thing going on around him.
 He loves to sing and has been able to carry a recognizable tune(not just to us, but others too) since he was 20 months. He learns Sunday school memory work right along with his sisters and we often hear him repeating it to himself throughout the day.
 He loves making people laugh and will repeat whatever he's doing for another laugh. We often hear, "I funny, mom!" or "It's funny!"
 He can count to 10 by himself and past 10 with promoting.  He sings his ABC's and points out letters as "C Ds!!" His sister love to teach him; they're working on his colours right now and think it's hilarious when he says the wrong colour.
 He's much more independent than my girls were and is very willing to go and try something. In fact, lately, he's very adverse to help.
 He will always hug you if you are sad or if you pretend to be sad (not that I ever do that for an extra hug). He's started to display a temper, but his fits of anger are being nipped in the bud and are therefore thankfully short-lived.
 Has an incredible memory and often talks about things that happened days or weeks ago.
 Still naps for 2-3 hours each afternoon. He also has his own quiet time in his room for 30-60 minutes each morning before coffee break as we do school work that requires less distraction.
 Can be very particular about how things are or where things go. It's so fun to see him put items in just the right spot.
 He loves his Daddy and for a while went through a phase of crying when Ben would go to work or not be home yet when he woke up from his nap. He also thinks every backhoe he sees is Daddy's backhoe.
 He is a huge copy cat and will do most things the girls do or say, especially if he knows he has an audience.
 Can be very calm and snuggly and loves to be read to by anyone who will sit with him. Even Emma "reads" books to him. He can also be crazy and and wild. He needs that wrestling-with-dad time most days to burn off energy.
 He has stolen my heart in ways I can't even describe. After having two girls, there is something about a boy that is just different and so special. He melts me and I'm loving each stage of boyhood.  Happy birthday, dear son!


A walk on the new pier at Port Stanley

After church cleaning last Friday, as a reward to the kids for good behaviour, we went to Port Stanley to walk on the new pier in the sunshine. The wind was cooler than we thought, but the sunshine was warm and the kids were warm from running and running and running.


 Checking out the construction
 



Has to walk BY himself, which sometimes proves hilarious as he gets distracted and walks into stuff.

 Love the above and the new few of Ben and Alex.





 A kind passerby offered to take our picture.
Four weeks!

One month to go!

Lord willing, only one more month....

Only one more month until I have four little people in my house.

One more month until I'm not only up once a night (or not at all!), but multiple times.

One more month until I can take a deep breath and find euphoria in my baby's smell.

One more month until I triple my diaper changing per day.

One more month until I have children fighting over whose turn it is to rock the baby.

One more month until I realize how huge my two-year-old is.

One more month until I'm tired, sore, worn out and at the end of my rope.

One more month until my baby melts me completely.

One more month until I realize once again how amazing a husband I have.

One more month until I am responsible for 50 fingernails and 50 toenails. 

One more month until we find out if my "feelings" are right and we're having a boy.

One more month until I can see my toes.

One more month until I can comfortably reach my toes.

One more month until I smile at this baby's big sisters and how motherly they are.

One more month to come up with a boy's name we like.

One more month until I meet this precious babe!




Tuesday, April 12, 2016

March in pictures

A few







 Baking cookies for coffee break!
 I'm not really brave enough to bake with all my kids, but Auntie Corina was here to help!

 Must have just finished being sad about something....

Emma was sick everyday from lunch onwards for about a week. She'd just lay there (when she couldn't find a lap to snuggle on) looking so sad and forlorn.
 On Ben's birthday we inflated almost a whole bag of balloons to throw at him when he got home. The girls made crowns and cards too. We tried some long, skinny balloons to make into animals. It worked not too bad, but it's definitely a skill to perfect!
 I just barely had enough candles for this old man!


Managed to get a picture with Auntie Corina before she left!