Friday, October 31, 2008

Another Little Sean-ism

Today he was sitting at the table colouring one of his Monkey George pages and he was really into it. He feels that he absolutely must cover every part of the picture with colour, be it all one colour or otherwise. He will sit there with the deepest look of concentration, tongue stuck out a little bit, crayon firmly clenched in his little fist and just go for it. By times though it gets a little difficult since the paper doesn't sit still (I normally tape his paper to the table but I forgot to today) Anyways, he's trying and trying to get all of George coloured and the paper keeps flipping on him and he looks up at me and says, "It's a little tricky for a little boy." Too true, so I offered to hold down the page while he coloured his little heart out.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

That's My Boy!!

Oh, he is quite the little fella...and here are just a couple fun little anecdotes for you to enjoy.

Today at snack time Sean settled into his chair looked at me and said, "Mommy you're free."
"I'm free?" I replied. "Are you free too?"
"Nope."
"How much do you cost?"
"Eleven dollars."
Say what now?!! I have no idea where that came from.

Then later today we were practicing his songs and lines for the upcoming Sunday School Christmas Concert, and one song in particular caught the wee lad's attention. It's called "Be Careful Little Eyes" what you see and continues on with be careful little ears, mouth, hands and feet. He's gleefully singing along as best he can and then at the end of it, I look over at him and he has this crazy mischievous little grin. So I ask him what other body part should be careful, thinking that he'd tell me head or something like that, but no, he went with the ever popular BUM! And of course I just had to ask what does it have to be careful about? And you guessed it, his answer was fart. He was awful amused at his own ingenuity. I must say I couldn't help but chuckle too.

Have You Ever..

I saw this meme over at MommyBrain and decided to play along.

Highlight the things you’ve done and will admit to.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke--does SingStar count?
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Guide Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle--nope but how about getting hit by one?!
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury--nope but got summoned a couple times
91. Met someone famous--does Ian Miller count?
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

I'm going to tag my good friends, Amanda, Stephanie, Melissa and Kim!! So there you go gals, cause I'm sure you weren't busy enough eh?!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Bloggy Giveaway!!

It's here again the Bloggy Giveaway! Yay. Welcome, eager participants. I'm giving away a 4 by 7 photo of your choice from my photo blog, Peric Pix. So just click on over and have a gander! Have a Happy Bloggy Giveaway Day!!!

The Lad Loves the Leaves

There is nothing more that Sean would love, than to go outside and jump in the leaves a few hundred times! He loves to run in and out of the huge pile in our backyard, screaming and giggling all the while.

Here's the proof:


Delightfully chest deep in the leaves.

Thumbs up for autumn!

Such a Sweetie Pie.

He loves just rolling around in them too!

Such a happy camper!

As you may have noticed I haven't been able to post a video of Emma-Lyn trying out her walking shoes but tomorrow is another day and here's hoping I can get that done.

Life has just gotten a bit busier for me. Our church is beginning a new outreach and I'm heading it up! I'm really excited about it too. We're going to be starting (probably in the new year) an ESL (English as a Second Language) class at the chapel. I've got a few resources already and I have a really great friend of mine that has already offered to send me a whole slew of resources so this is very encouraging! I'm looking forward to meeting with our small group and discussing our ideas and plans for this program. Hopefully as others hear more about it they'll want to join in too.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I Can't Believe It, But She's Doing It!!

Baby girl is seriously getting on the move. Yesterday she took her very first unaided steps!! They were pretty hesitant but exciting. She's definitely got the whole standing alone thing under her belt, now just to build a bit more confidence in the forward motion.

I'm leaving daddy with the camera on the tripod so hopefully he might be able to get a few good clips of her making a break for it!!

I hope you're all having a great weekend. So far mine has been wonderful. We had a girl's night out last night and went to a really wonderful restaurant! It's called Mosaic and it has Lebanese food as well as Canadian food. And everything tastes amazing. We got the private room (there were 10 of us) and we had a most boisterous evening. Afterwards we headed over to Jennie's place to play some Pit (I even got a chance to explain Pit to our waiter...such a gracious waiter to put up with me and my antics!!)

Today I'm off to work for my oldie! Looking forward to being with her again.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

She's Finally Done It...

Baby girl has finally managed to double her birth weight. She is now a robust 17 lbs! And she is 26 inches long. Yes, she is still a tiny little thing, but ever so sweet! The doctor's appointment went really well. She never cried and just fussed here and there. I also found out that the popping I hear in my chest every so often is fairly normal and nothing to be concerned about. Something about joints and your rib cage and to alleviate any pain I might be feeling, I just have to take care how I pick things up.

And now a quick blurb about Sean. He is quickly becoming a wonderful helper. Just the other day as I was doing a massive house cleaning, he would offer his services at every turn. If I started the dishes, he would come up beside me and say, "I'm here to help you, Mommy." If I went to sweep the floors, "I'm here to help you, Mommy." If I started moving the furniture, "I'm here to help you, Mommy." It was just so sweet to hear him say that and want to pitch in.

And then tonight we had our bible study which is after the kid's bedtime. Sean heard everyone come in and start singing so he came out of his room crying. I scooped him up and took him back to his room and asked him if he wanted to join us and listen to the singing. He tearfully replied that he wanted to, so the two of us rocked in the recliner together while we sang. At one point, Sean looked around at everyone and then tried singing right along. It was a very super sweet moment for me. Then when I put him back to bed, I thanked him for staying with us for the singing and said that I really enjoyed having him there. He said, "I was singing!" "Yes, you were Sean. And you did a great job." I replied. "Yep." He said and then nodded off to sleep. What a wonderful boy he is!

My First Tackle it Tuesday

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Hello, fellow Tuesday Tacklers and my regular readers alike. I have never done a Tackle it Tuesday post before and I'm not entirely sure that I will again but hey, this was fun and easy and I got a free product to try out.

For those who may not know, 5 Minutes for Mom is hosting a CLR Tackle it Tuesday contest. If you wrote in to receive a free container of CLR Bathroom and Kitchen and you posted about your experience using the product, you would be entered in the contest to win some cash and prizes!

So without further ado here is my tackle: I have decided to show you the trouble areas I usually have and how well CLR dealt with them.



Let's begin with the kitchen. My least favourite thing to clean is my sink and voila, here it is in all it's ucky glory:
And now after a few sprits of CLR and some wipe down and rinse:
She's all nice and sparkly now!

Off to the bathroom we go:
Beginning again with the sink:
Before:


After:
Now for the tub:
Before:

After:

And finally the toilet:
Before:


After:
I have to say I really like this product. It is so much easier to use than the abrasive cleaner that I normally use. With my old cleaner, I never felt like I could ever rinse it clean enough and there would always be bits of grit left behind. Not a problem with CLR.

So thank you 5 Minutes for Mom and CLR for this fun contest. I might actually enjoy cleaning my kitchen and bathroom now!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fun Fall Photos

This post is mostly going to be just pictures with a little caption here and a little caption there. Tomorrow is a big day for baby girl. She's off to see the doctor for her 9 month check up. Poor thing has quite the little cold at the moment but she's still eating and sleeping well.

We were in Montague the other day and stopped at a little park where Sean found this great little tunnel to play in.
And Emma-Lyn found this great swing to play in.

It was a bit cold out at the time so we tried throwing her blanket over her head which she was less than impressed with.

All nice and cozy in her car seat.

Just loving the fall colours!



Sean just LOVES playing in the leaves. Today we had a great time in a huge pile of them in the backyard!


Look at him go!

Hope you're all enjoying the fall wherever you are.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Fall and The Flood...

and no, I'm not talking about the first 8 chapters of Genesis. :) By 'The Fall,' I mean, the season. I love this time of year. I love the crispness of the air, I love how good a cup of hot chocolate tastes after being out for a walk in the cool air, and I love the absolutely breath taking colours of the leaves. It is just so beautiful. So I take lots n lots of pictures of leaves n' stuff, just cause I think they're so pretty.

Now for the flood part. The flood, I'm not so in love with. This past Saturday, the kiddos and I went to Summerside for a ladies conference which was really great. It was so inspiring and great to hear so many different testimonies. I'd have to say the most touching for me was the music. There just seem to be some songs that just reach my soul and make me cry...which of course makes singing difficult but still I love to sing and especially to sing praise to the Lord.

Anyhoo, all this to tell you that that left Marko home all by himself. I figured he'd jump back into bed and enjoy a quiet home. But no, he got his day started and puttered about the apartment doing odd jobs. Then in the afternoon, he decided to kick back and watch a little t.v. and while he was watching he happened to hear water dripping from our bathroom. When he reached our bathroom and saw all the water coming down from the ceiling he wondered just how much more water was upstairs waiting to fall. Apparently something broke in the toilet upstairs and no one was in the house. Thankfully, they weren't all that far away, just in the backyard. So, Marko rounded them up and they all got to work getting things under control.

As it stands now, we have some ceiling tiles to be replaced and a heavy duty fan going in the bathroom. So if you're the superstitious type this should be the last of our set of three. One fire and two floods...lets hope that's the end. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Why oh Why oh Why

Yes, we have finally hit that stage! The never ending, "But why, Mommy?!" And every time you think you have come up with a satisfactory answer, he comes out with yet another WHY? So much fun. I remember doing this to my sister for kicks...driving her just a little nuts every day!

So have you ever gotten a phone call that really made you scratch your head and at the same time made you laugh out loud?! I did yesterday. First, I should tell you that any time that the phone rings here and Sean is up and in ear shot, he will be asking to talk on the phone. I usually pick up the phone ask whomever is calling if they're okay with chatting it up with my son, put the phone on speaker and let him have at it. Most people are very gracious and chat with Sean which I'm ever so grateful for.

Now getting back to yesterday, I got a call from a number I didn't recognize and the voice on the other end of the line says: "May I speak with Sean?" (I didn't recognize the voice, but thought that it must be a friend that knows how things go down here when the phone rings) So I say,"Ummm, okay." I flip the phone to speaker and tell Sean to say hello. He most willingly complies. The voice on the phone says, "How sweet...." Then there's some silence and Sean is asking who it is and I still don't have a clue, so I take the phone back and the voice is sounding just a little confused now, "Hello? I'd like to speak with Sean." I tell the voice, "Uhhh, that was Sean." The voice has now begun giggling and says, "Oh, okay. I was calling to remind Sean to vote but it doesn't sound like he's quite old enough to vote. Sorry about that."
No problemo. I was laughing and yet scratching my head. How did they get Sean's name?!

Here are some pictures of they wee lad himself (oh, who am I kidding?! The boy is anything but wee!) from this weekend.


Sean with his Great-Beppe.

A little job that Marko didn't know that he would be doing--taking out the flagpole supports. Sean being the ever helpful lad that he is decided he should get in on the action and help Daddy out.

After the supports were out we needed to cover up the holes so Sean helped carry rocks to put in the holes. One of the rocks he picked up by himself was a mighty 11 pounds!

Grampa and Sean off to fetch the morning paper.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Our Very Happy Anniversary

Finally a moment to stop and share our special weekend with you. It was such a wonderful weekend.

I am so thankful that my parents were able to have us all stay with them. The kids did great in their playpens over night and really seemed to enjoy visiting with Grammy and Grampy. We had a bit of a bumpy start. I guess we had underestimated how much time we'd need in the morning to have everything packed and ended up having to rush about to get ourselves out the door on time. Then when we were just headed out on the bypass I realized that I didn't have my rings on (I had taken them off the day before to do some baking and forgot to put them back on). Any other time we wouldn't have cared but what with the renewing of the vows we went back. Thankfully we still made it to the boat on time. It wasn't our favourite boat but hey it was running so that was good. We get off the boat to realize that we are low on gas and I mean LOW, the little light had come on and we were basically running on fumes! We were on our way to visit with my Beppe and I thought that we would hit a gas station before we got there and we did but it was closed! (did I mention that it was Saturday?! And it's closed?! How crazy is that?) As it would happen, Beppe was getting her hair done so my dad and Marko were able to go and get gas for the car.

After that everything went very well. We headed back to Mom and Dad's for a leisurely lunch and then it was time for the wedding. Emma-Lyn went down for her nap while the rest of us made our way to the pond for the ceremony.


Sean decided that he would like to provide the music and became our resident xylophonist. :)

Here we are midway through our vows. In case you were wondering, Karina did the pictures for us.

Our xylophonist decided to help us get things done right!

"You may kiss your bride."
The happily married couple. Can't wait to do it all again in another 5 years!

It was just such a delight to do this. Dad did a great job as the minister and Sean was a great little musician. It meant so much to hear him just tapping out notes on his little xylophone as we renewed our vows. Even the birds got in on the action and sang along.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Five Whole Years Ago...

We were newlyweds! Our new life together just beginning, rich in anticipation and enthusiasm we hardly knew what would happen next!

In five years, we've both changed jobs. You used to work with RadioShack (before it became the Source). Now you work with MarineNav. I was a full time teacher at Grace Christian School and now I'm a full time Mommy! So that means within these five years we've had two beautiful children!

We've lived through a fire in our apartment and the usual ups and downs of everyday life. I remember one of our first nights here and being horrified at your snoring, now I just give you a nudge and we both fall back to sleep. :)

I love our chat time we have before we drift off to sleep. I love being able to talk to you about anything and everything and having lively chats about it all. I love the way you make me feel. I love how you hold me, and reach out for hugs when I need them most. I love how you love our children. I love how you ask me how you can help even when you'd rather be doing something else. I love how you lead our family. I love how you make time for God every morning. I love just how darn cute you are!! ( I guess we all know where Sean and Emma-Lyn get it!!)

You know it's true what they say, although you think you love the person you're marrying the day of your wedding, you do love them even more every day after that! I love you, Marko Peric. I love you so very, very much.
Then:
Saturday October 11, 2003

Now:

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

He is Rather Charming

Oh that boy of mine! This morning during a call with Grammie Peric, Sean got super frustrated with his Duplo blocks and ended up throwing them against the wall. I felt bad, but ended the call with Grammie Peric to deal with Sean's behaviour. Thankfully, he quickly gained control of his outburst and we put the Duplo blocks away for the rest of the day.

His real charmingness came after supper this evening. Emma-Lyn was done so I started up the bath, got her undressed and plunked her in. Meanwhile Sean was out in the kitchen finishing off his supper. Supper was a most delicious casserole from Gramma Hope. (I was so happy when Sean ate it and didn't make any faces or spit out any of it!)

Anyhoo, at this point I was trying to bathe Emma-Lyn but she was much more interested in standing up which makes things much more difficult. I guess I must have said something about it or at the very least I must have sounded a little exasperated as Sean came in and asked, "What's the problem, Mommy?" I just told him that I was trying to bathe Emma-Lyn and she kept standing up. So he says, "Mommy, you need a cloth. I'm gonna get you a cloth." So off he trots and brings me back a cloth for Emma-Lyn. Then he brings one for himself for later on. While I was thankful for the cloth I wanted Sean to finish up his supper. Since he ate his casserole I told him that he could drink my bottle of raspberry flavoured water. (He was quite pleased with this!) I finished bathing Emma-Lyn and started out to get Sean and was all set to tell him that he would have to finish the water another time but the boy was 5 steps ahead of me. He had already decided to finish it later, he capped it and was already putting it back in the fridge and was making his way to the bathroom!! I was IMPRESSED!! What a boy!

So anybody out there looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend?!! We are. We're headed to the mainland to stay with my folks for Saturday and coming home on Sunday. Things are going to be a bit cramped but I think we can do it. I'm really looking forward to it. Saturday is our 5th Anniversary so we're going to renew our vows!! I'm so excited! Dad is going to "marry" us. (Would you believe that the man already has the service memorized?!! I'm impressed!!) I won't be wearing the wedding dress again. Although I'm hoping to go find something nice for the occasion sometime this week! We're having the ceremony just down by the pond where it's just so serene and beautiful. I wonder what Sean will think of it.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Rough and Tumble

So, Sunday was a bit rough around the edges shall we say. Before we even left the house Sean was already in fine temper tantrum form. And I just didn't feel like I had the energy to deal with it. Nonetheless we got in the car and went to church.

I got Emma-Lyn into the nursery and then headed into the sanctuary with Marko and Sean. We were late and it would seem all the back pews were full so we ended up pretty near front row center (now the first couple of rows are turned sideways, which means that if you're in one of those pews most of the congregation has a pretty good view of you.) Sean was not at all interested in sitting quietly or really sitting at all. He was wiggly, whiny and just Oh My Word. Why I didn't get his books out for him, I don't really know. Maybe I thought they wouldn't keep him occupied anyways or perhaps I was afraid he might try to discover how good his throw is. At any rate I didn't get them out and ended up taking him out at least 4 times. Four agonizing times. I was so drained by the end of it, I thought I'd burst into tears, but luckily we got through it. The lady behind us helped us out by passing Sean a little notepad of paper to scribble on. This helped immensely. I will definitely be bringing a pack of distractions for the little man for next time.

The afternoon was amazing. We went for a lovely drive in the country. I tried to get some fun fall photos and then we headed to the park. Sean loves going to Glen Stewart Park, it has so much fun stuff to do and lots of gravel for him to play with. But even better than gravel is a few teenage boys who befriend you and chase you, tickle you, lift you and carry you all over the playground. I could hardly believe it! Here were 3 guys who not only were okay with Sean playing with them, but they actually wanted to play with him. So here's to Jeffery, T.J and Lincoln who made Sean's day! Thank you so much!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

She's Crawling!


Untitled from lauraperic on Vimeo.

Happy October First

I can hardly believe that it's October already! Emma-Lyn will be 9 months old in just 15 days! And the way she's going girly will be walking by that time as well! She is soooo close it isn't funny. Today she finally mastered the art of crawling. She's actually up on her knees instead of down on her belly and pushing off with her toes. It is just amazing. I took a video so I hope to have that posted soon. I also got some videos of Sean singing which I hope you'll enjoy as well.

Nothing too amazing going on here.The kiddos and I went to the store this morning to pick up a few things for a new crock-pot recipe I tried out. It was a lasagna type deal and it turned out really well. Sean even liked it! Got lots of house work done and yet there still seems to be piles of it to do.

Oh, speaking of housework, if you live in Canada or the US you should pop over to 5 minutes for mom and sign up for their CLR contest! You get a FREE bottle of their bath and kitchen spray! I've signed up and can't wait to try the stuff out! I think tomorrow is the last day to sign up.