And I’ve Finally Arrived……

Wow, that was the longest plane ride to Prince George EVER!  A whole week…..MAN!  I’m really looking forward to posting every day about all the fun times that we will have and I’ll be sure to just LOAD each and every post with TONS of pictures…….

Actually, I’m home!

Turns out, Girlfriend……doesn’t have Wireless access and so I connected a grand total of 3 times and pretty much only to check my e-mail.

We had SO MUCH FUN.  We talked and laughed and cried and talked some more and laughed some more and did laundry and cleaing and ate and herded kids and laughed more, and it was a most wonderful, wonderful week.

I still have to download and go through my camera and think about what else I can say about this past week……

But, for right now, the kids and Jon and I are having some family time as a WHOLE!  Nothings more important than that, and so I’ll talk to you maybe tomorrow if I’m able to wake up……

I’m a teeny, tiny bit tired.  ‘Siah was a complete and utter mess during the night…..nothing was wrong, but he was just extremely restless and wouldn’t actually fall “hard” asleep, and it all culminated in last nights most amazing…..wake up but not really awake-ness from 12:30am until 2:30am and then finally falling asleep but waking again at 4:30am, and being half awake until 5:30am, and then I got up at 6am to get packed and ready for the day……, I think I’ll be going to sleep when the kids do tonight, and Jon gets to deal with ‘Siah tonight. YAH!!!!!

Leeeeeeeeeeaaaaaving……on a jet plane….

….except I do know when I’ll be back again.

I’m headed up to Prince George to hang out with my friend’s dog…..well, and her chickens…..are they even still alive, darling?

 She is my dearest and longest friend and we’re more like family than friends.  Well, her darling husband is down here working very close to where I live….when opportunity knocks you gotta answer…..and she is back at home working a full time job (in a stressful working environment) with 5, yes you read that right FIVE children.  She has her 4 girls and one 10 year old boy (exchange student), and well, she never complained to me, but something in one of her recent e-mails to me had me wanting to go and love on her a little, and if I’ve worked this out right – I belive that her hubbie is headed back up there to see her in the days just after I leave, and how cool would that be for him to come home and for her to not be stressed out.

I can’t imagine how she’s coping with everything. 

So, I leave tomorrow and I’m taking the two boys with me.  Yup, me and JJ and ‘Siah are headed out on a plane….I got wicked cheap seats (YAH Westjet ROCKS!) and we’re gone for a week, but dont you be worrying none.  I’m hoping and aiming to post every day that I’m gone. ‘Cause I gotta blather on about Jeremy’s first plane ride (did I mention how excited he is to be going on a plane – he came into the baby’s room this morning where I was standing in my bra and underwear (I know you needed that detail….wait, you’ll understand in a minute) and changing the baby’s diaper, and he walks up to me and hugs me so tight and says in a whisper “Only one more sleep, Mom.  Only one more sleep, and then she snuggled in even closer and whispered again…..mmmmm you’re so warm…)  Ahhhhhhhhh, he’s so sweet…..

Okay, and now that I’ve given you all way too  much of a mental picture of me this morning, shall we talk about sweet hot monkey loving….no…’re not really into that right now???….I’m not either, but I’m really trying to distract you…is it working?

Moving on…..It’s…ummmmm…..10pm here, and I’m not packed AT ALL, and I’m feeling a little bit panicky about it, but we’re leaving our house at 11am tomorrow, and i figure that while I’m being all spontaneous I might as well just go full throttle and just throw some stuff in a bag and hope for the best when I get there. (Me planning a plane trip with two kids with one weeks notice is terrible spontaneous, if you don’t know that about me, then you dont’ know me at all…..Typically I’d plan for 3 or more months for something like this…so this is ALL NEW TERRITORY for me.)

And so in the spirit of honesty, NO, I’m not packed, but I’ve been thinking about stuff that I need to take and while that’s not exactly the same as doing it, It’s not quite the same as flying by the seat of my pants……but, i really should get busy, ’cause speaking of monkeys…..Jon’s calling me.

Talk to you next from the wild snowy wasteland of Prince George.

Sunday Afternoon Family Painting

We had a lovely afternoon yesterday, painting as a family……what?  Don’t you do stuff like that?

Actually, this was a first for us too.

We’ve been so insanely busy and just needed to have a weekend away from everything.  We feel like we’ve been going, going, going, going for a looooooong time now and every once in a while you just need to step back and out of your regularly scheduled programing and take a vacation, and what better way to do one than to do it for free in your own house.

So we did that.

We got up yesterday morning and stayed in our jammies and then we made a HUGE delicious breakfast with bacon and eggs and hashbrowns and toast..mmmmm.  The kids set up our dinning room table with our fancy dishes and the special tea cups and we had a very nice breakfast.

Then we eventually got cleaned up and the kids played for a bit and then we decided to paint as a family.

‘Siah helped out by keeping track of the paint bottles….I’ve actually been wanting some “art” for my walls for a long time and have been after Jon to get his butt in gear and paint me something.  He’s very artistic and creative and he keeps saying that he’ll do something and then he never does.

So, we pulled out some canvases yesterday and some acrylic paint and sat down around the big table and had at it.

I picked 4 shades of blue and then told the kids that the theme was birds, and let them get busy creating.

They had SOOOOO much fun.  This is definately something that we’ll do again.  They already asked what the next color’s and theme were and had some suggestions, so it looks like I might have some art before this is all done.

It also gave us a chance to talk about how each of us can create something special, and that Xani’s ideas are not better or worse than Jeremy’s ideas, but that their art is special and unique to each of them.  Of course, Jeremy wasn’t buying that, and just wanted to know if we liked his picture “MUCH better than Xani’s or Geli’s“.

Everyone actually stuck with the theme except me.  I started painting, and then i couldn’t figure out how to work a bird into the picture and so I just left it.  Oh well!  Maybe next time I’ll stick with the theme!

Click on the picture to see all of our “creations”

Conversations in the Van

We were driving home from picking up Xandra yesterday afternoon.  She had slept over at my sister’s house on Friday night…..anyhow…..

As we were driving home, we stuck a DVD in to keep the kids quiet to entertain the children, but before the movie popped up on the screen the kids started asking what movie we had put in.

Enchanted” Jon answered.

“What?” Xani asked

Jon answered, “The movie is enchanted.”

“What do you mean, enchanted?” Xani asked

And I replied, “It’s enchanted….if you rub the disc on your butt 3 times then a genie will pop out of the hole.”

11 years ALREADY????

It’s hard for me to believe that my baby…my first born….my little tiny…..okay, who am I kidding?  She was a GINORMOUS FAT BABY, but still, she was my first…..and now she’s ELEVEN!

Where did the time go? 

Angelica is growing up so fast, and every day she’s getting more and more beautiful.  Every day she’s getting older and more mature and responsible.  Every day I’m a little bit prouder to be her mom……except for those days that the pre-PMS hormones are taking over and I just want to ship her to Antarctica because those days….those days are BRUTAL.

The eye rolling and the sneering and the look that says “Whatever!!!” as loudly as if she were screaming it to our faces, the sobbing and running down to hide in her room because we DARED to question her on one of her choices…..all of these, BOY ARE THESE FUN!

But, the realization, when she “gets” that what we are trying to do is to “help” her to learn “How to make wise choices.”  When that realization hits and she understands that we are on her side, cheering her on and wanting her to suceed…..that makes up for all the other stuff that I mentioned that’s not so much fun.

But it’s all fun.  We’re learning together, and growing together and it’s fun and we’re making memories that will last a life time…..and some of those memories are soooooo funny, maybe Geli can’t laugh about them right now, but one day….one day this will all be funny!

Until then, we will hug lots, love hard and laugh often.

What goes In, Must come Out

Alright, see that face….it’s cute, isn’t it?

Now imagine it choking on something that he scooped up off my floor.

Now imagine that he’s clenching his gums together because he really doens’t want me to remove whatever it is that he’s choking on….

How Cute is that?  (Rolls eyes)

We are officially in the “crawling around my floor and finding any stray piece of ANYTHING that escaped the twice or more daily vaccuming and sticking it in our mouth” stage. 

So far, we’ve had paper, paper, more paper, and the odd unidentified food particle….not good.

And do you have any idea how upset he gets when I “try to help him out” 

OH MY GOODNESS!  It’s insane.  Absolutely ridiculous.

Especially with 497,645,237, 892 pieces of Lego that Jeremy owns, this whle stage can be a bit worrisome, but so far the most creative or colorful or stupid thing that my kids have eaten (that I knew about) was when Jeremy ate 2 pieces of Lightbrite… did I know about this?

Well, I didn’t, but when I found the present that he left on the flip side of things…..lets just say that that was the most colorful diaper that he left for me…..even if it seemed like it hurt coming out.  How would you feel if a Lightbrite piece came out pointy end first?

Alright, enough about poo…I hope you are having a great April Fools Day….this was not an April Fools joke, just in case you’re wondering?

Wacky Wednesday

So, it’s late(r) on Friday night and Spring Break is almost over. 

I think that I’m ready to send my little darlings back to school.  My house is a DISASTER and Josiah needs some time without the kids IN. HIS. FACE…….and I need to have an hour where the kids are not hoovering me out of $60 in fruit and veggies a week.  Okay, it’s not that bad, but close, and so while I love to have the kids around – I’ll be thrilled to have some quiet time.

So, anyway…Wednesday morning we got up and had a leisurly morning and then headed into Walnut Grove for a visit with my Chiropracter.  My hips have been out and Siah needed an adjustment because he….he….fell out of his crib.  I don’t know how it happened, and yes, we should have had the railing up, but ‘Siah’s only been army crawling for a little while and can’t sit up on his own and hasn’t shown any interest in pulling himself up on anything and so I didn’t think it was even possible for him to fall or crawl out of his crib, but last Friday morning we woke up to a rather large BANG followed by an extremely large CRY and I ran in and pick him up off the floor.  I couldn’t (until today) figure out how  he could have possibly pulled himself up and managed to heavve his rather large body over the railing.  He seemedto be okay and I squished and pulled and prodded until I was sure that there was nothing broken and he quickly stopped crying and seemed to be his happy self.  He did have one funny scratch on his head, but I wasn’t sure if he had been gouging at the exczema on his head or if he had somehow hit his head when he fell.  It did look like his head was lumpy off to one side, but maybe I was seeing things…..ya know how you’re just not sure when you’re stressed out?

So, we get to my Chiropracter…I’ve mentioned him before  Dr. Alan Irving.   He’s AMAZING!  He fixed ‘Siah right up. 

Dr. Irving's Smooshology
Later in the day I was telling my brother, Chris, about our visit and told him about how the Dr. manipulated ‘Siah skull and how you could definately see how it was out before and how now it was a nice round melon… and Chris says, “He just shoved the skull back in place?“  So I explained how the bones in the baby’s head are not set in place and again Chris says, “So,….he just smooshed it back in place?“  And I started to explain how Dr Irving went to school to learn how to “smoosh” a baby’s head back in place, and Chris (very sarcastically says) says, “Yah, he took Smooshology!”Yah, that’s right Chris….he took smooshology…for sure…

After our appt, we hit the Starbucks and then took the kids to the park.  We got some good pictures and the weather totally co-operated so that was really nice.  Click on the picture to see the pics that we took at the park.

After these pictures the camera died and we had to run home to get the charger but the battery takes a while to recharge and so we got no pictures of us wandering around Fort Langley.  We let the kids just wander in and out of all of the cute and eclectic little shops and see and exploreand it was a lot of fun. After we were done at Fort Langley we headed over to my parents house for dinner, and after dinner was done – we spent some really special quality family time……

….around the laptop, ’cause nothing says family like dorking out around the computer.It was another great Wednesday, and the kids are already asking to go back to the Fort again.

Hearing Who???

Yesterday was an okay day. 

It was actually really nice to have Jon around.  We decided on going to the 1:30 matinee of Horton Hears A Who out here in Abbotsford, but when we showed up the theatre was closed and some nice soul informed us that during Spring Break the theatre wasn’t actually open until the 3pm showing…..Nice…like that info couldn’t have been on the website or something.

So then we didn’t know what to do.  So we went home to look online at the listings for the theatre right by my parents house.  They had a 2:30pm showing which was perfect time wise as far as us driving in and watching the movie and then still being able to go to my parents house for dinner>  So off we went.

The movie was cute, but not so fabulous that I was disappointed to have to leave in the middle to take a phone call from my mom.

Mom and Chris spent the day at the Langly Hospital ER, but I’ll talk about that on the other site.

So after the movie was finally finished and 3 bags of popcorn later, as we were leaving Xandra announces, “Man, I feel bloated.”  I didn’t even know she knew what that meant….maybe I say it….I dunno, but it was so cute to hear a 9 year old announce that they sure felt bloated.

We stopped at the local grocery store and they actually had some Brownies and some Carrot Raisin Muffins that I thought were delicious….and so I bought them.  It’s difficult to find things that don’t have wheat, dairy, egg yolk, sugar and yeast and these don’t have any of those……it’s acutally quite unelievable.

So we headed over to my parents house and hung out with Papa

We had a fabulous dinner

And then we played a little Speed Scrabble

‘Siah was crawing around on the floor and managed to stick his finger into the heating grate and cut his finger…he got his first “official” owie.

I know this photo is a little blurry, but the face he is making is so cute.

 And here he is “All Better”

Can I possibly slouch any more than that……not good.

And here is a cute video of Dad and Josiah playing on the floor.

So, all in all, it was a nice day and so nice to get to see Mom and Dad and Chris and especially to not have to cook dinner…..sweet.

Today we are just hanging around in our pyjamas….not sure what the deal was, but obth Jeremy and Angelica barfed this morning, but nothing since then, so hopefully it’s nothing……I really hope……  I hate dealing with vomit… seriously HATE it!  So, that’s all the news for today.

Hope you’re all having an awesome day.  It’s kinda boring over here….truth be told.

We’re still Springing along.

Ha Ha Ha Ha – Springing along…I’m such a “gork” (Kennedy word for Geek and Dork all mixed together) sometimes.  Forgive me….just blame it on sleep depravation….I’m gonna go on and on and on about the sleep depravation again so I know you’ll want to keep reading won’t you..

NOT!  Just joking!  Hey, did I lose some of you?  Did you think I was serious?  I guess I’ve complained about it so much and it’s kind of too fresh to be joked about, hey????….sorry about that.

Nope, not gonna talk about it at all.

Instead……don’t you wish you had a little boy that was a cute as this little guy is……..couldn’t you just “eat him up”? 

He is almost ALWAYS this happy.  It’s very rare that he’s not smiling and even rarer that he’s crying.  I just LOVE him so much.Topic Change…… 

I also dyed my hair using a natural hair dye.  It’s called Herbatint and it’s amazing.  It is more expensive than just buying a color from the store.  It was just under $30 for the box, but I was pleasantly amazed at how it didn’t smell like I was frying my hair or burning brain cells from the fumes.  We’ve been trying to rid our house of the Detergant SLS because it’s been linked to eczema and Josiah does typically have a flare up when he comes in contact with it…..and it’s in EVERYTHING, and it a known irritant……if that’s the case, then why put it in all the freakin’ baby soaps……it’s ridiculous.  Anyway, this dye doesn’t have SLS and it works so far.

Anyway – I went Black…it seems that if I go really dark, that by the time the dye lightens and wears off slightly that it’s pretty close to my natural color…..which is a nasty sorta mousy brown color……enough about that…’s me.  Excuse the frizzies…I’d do a re-take, but I just don’t care that much – you can see the color and realize that I don’t have perfect hair, and that I really dont’ care……get a little chuckle outta the “halo”….yah, that’s it…’s my halo…I’m an angel…ha ha ha!

In other news….my kids are playing SOOOOOO Nicely most of the time and here’s a shot to prove it…..I’m not gonna tell you how we staged this shot just so you’d think that we were such a nice family who calmly and quietly plays games together….’cause we didn’t and even if we did….I wouldn’t tell you about it….I’d just go on about my business and be all cool about it….now that I’ve blathered on and on – you have no idea whether I’m telling the truth or not, so just enjoy this pic of the 3 older darlings playing nicely together….as this is a rare treat.

Nothing like a sweet game of pick-up sticks.

Now, for some really amazing news… should see Josiah crawling…okay…it’s a bit weird, and none of my other kids did this…….He Army Crawls.  It’s darling, but strange…just get up on your hands and knees already, son!

Isn’t he just DARLING?  See, flat on his stomach…..weird.And here he is coming to get you….

Regardless of how strange his little crawl is…..HE IS FREAKIN’ FAST.And so now…….

This is the view coming up our stairs.  Yup.  We are now officially gated, and it makes life WAY easier ’cause I can just put him down and let him go….mind you with 3 older kids…there is a whole lotta yelling and screaming gently reminding to “please remember to shut the gate EVERY SINGLE FREAKIN’ time you come in or out” ’cause I’m nice like that. I’m also into the “vaccumming the carpets 40 times a day” stage because apparently my older children are SLOBS and the baby is “exploring” everying by putting every little piece of anything and everything into his mouth.  It’s so much fun.

Today is Day 3 of Spring Break but it’s also Wacky Wednesday.  Named because……beacause……well, because both words start with a W…..We decided that it’s hard for Jon to be working from home and for the kids to not understand how come he’s around but not available….sooooooo…….he’s working Mon and Tues and Thur and Fri from 7am to 5pm and we are tkaing Weds off.  It’s nice that we can do this.  One of the perks of working for your self at home, but it’s also a Loooooooog day when you’re working for 10 hours straight.  So far so good and we’re headed off to see a movie with the kids today. 

I think we’re going to see “Horton hears a Who”.  It should be fun, and then we’re going to have dinner with my parents. So, a nice day that’s not too crazy busy, but fun none the less…..  How’s your Spring Break coming along?  if you have one? 

Spring Break

Well, it’s the first day of Spring Break.  Hold me…I’m outnumbered.

I’m also VERY tired.  The littlest boy child is warped when it comes to his sleeping habits and I’m so tired of him waking up in the middle of the night, because even though Jon’s the one who goes and settles him down.  I’m still awake, and then I am awake when I nurse him at 5am, and if left up to him…he’d just nurse forever.  I know it’s not really nursing, but more just soothering, but still.  Josiah seems to be a really light sleeper, and that is terrily frustrating for me and my sleep depreved self.

So anyway, back to Spring Break…..we have two full weeks off, and today is pyjama day.  We are all staying in our pyjamas all day today.  Thereare some nice things about Spring Break…I have the kids around all day and they can entertain ‘Siah and we don’t have to wake up early and get readyfor school, BUT  I have the kids around ALL day and they wake ‘Siah up when he’s sleeping and then they eat ALL day and whine about not knowing what to do and watch TV and play on the computer ALL day until I kick them outside which is ehn they start having glorious fun and really using their imaginations to play, until they come back inside and whine and want to eat and vegetate in front of an electronic box of some sort.  Oh it’s SO MUCH FUN! 

And, Jon is working from 7am until 5pm so that……..we can take the next two Wednesday’s off.

I gotta lot of planning to do before now and tomorrow.  I gotta figure out what we are going to to on Wednesday AND I gotta figure out a way to deal with the food issue.  These kids will eat me outta house and home if I don’t set down some guidlines.  I may go all Supernanny on them and give them a box of food that they get to snack from and when it’s gone…it’s gone….we’ll see.  I’ll figure something out.  i always do.

Baby just woke up from his nap and I gotta use the toilet and them go and get him before he wigs out.  Chow for now!