Monday, May 30, 2011

My Favourite Hair Pulling Memory of My Kiddos..

So last week I had a few fun and sweet moments to share about the kids and today I have for you the most memorable moment where you just don't know what to think, what to do next or where to send the kids!!

It was the weekend and as was our tradition Marko and I got up with the kids got them some snacks and drinks, put on their favourite Saturday morning cartoons and we headed back to bed...Ahhhh, the way weekends were meant to be enjoyed.

That is until Sean came into our room all excited and yelling, "Quick, you have to come to the living room, quick. It's Emma-Lyn she's got stuff and you have to come quick." It should be noted at this point that it would not have mattered how "quick" we were, there was no saving the situation. As we scrambled out of our bedroom and into the living room we were met with every parents child slathered in Vaseline...from head to toe. But the horror didn't stop there, then your eyes scan the room and you realize that not only is she covered in the oily cream but also the coffee table, the cushions on the couch have a good coating, the floor and yes, she also managed to get a few good globs of the stuff all over the micro suede ottomans. Yipeee?!

Should you laugh? Should you cry? I ran and grabbed Emma-Lyn and attempted to clean the Vaseline out of her. Even after 7 shampoos she was still a little oil slick! Unbelievable. Marko got the fun job of cleaning the furniture. His first job of course was to Google 'what do you do to get Vaseline out of everything!!!' We tried every possible home remedy to get the stuff out and met with some success and a whole lot of failure. That said, we still have the ottomans and the couch... And we decided to keep the daughter too. She's just too cute!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

They Make You Laugh, They Make You Cry...

And sometimes they just make you scratch your head. Kids! I love my kids but sometimes I'm just left scratching my head in wonder. "Why did they just do that?" "Is there a method to their madness?!" "Do they have any idea how sweet they are?"

Here are just a few recent kids stories I thought I'd share with you all.

On Saturday after lunch when Nate and Emma-Lyn were down for naps, Sean decided he would make a snack for Marko and I. He got out the baby carrots, a cutting board and a butter knife. He dutifully cut up a good bunch of them and then asked for a pot. We gave him one and set it up on the stove for him. We gave him instructions on how to make cooked carrots (at this point we did not realize that this was for us). Marko and I went to the living room to relax when we heard the microwave beeping so we asked Sean what he was up to. Oh, just part of the snack he was making. Then came the questions, "Mommy, how much butter do you like on your carrots?" "I like butter." "Daddy, how much butter do you like on your carrots?" "Mmm not that much, don't like much butter or salt." "Do you like salt Mommy?" "Yep, I'm okay with salt." "Okay." Happy puttering after this. Soon there was a knock at the patio door and it was the next door neighbour wanting Sean to come out to play. He called to us and said that he was finished cooking and out he went...We were left with cooked carrots which were about to be brushed with butter and placed into "bowls" yogurt containers and a warmed up cheesy bun to be shared! Needless to say Marko and I enjoyed our snack. :)

One day this past week I was getting supper together while Sean played outside and Nate and Emma-Lyn amused themselves upstairs. I soon realized that perhaps things were not going as planned upstairs when Nate started howling. I quickly ran up the stairs to find Emma-Lyn chasing Nate with one of his sleepers yelling, "Nate, you have to get dressed for bed!!" Somehow she had already managed to wrangle his shirt off him, which I am sure was the reason for his howling. She had every intent to get him undressed and into his PJs! Nate, on the other hand, was having none of this. Thankfully Emma-Lyn let me take over and everyone was a lot happier.

One sunny morning when Marko was on his way out to work, the kids and I were all outside. I was finishing putting my laundry on the line and Sean was puttering around on his bike while Emma-Lyn and Nate ran around. Sean was looking for help with his bike, he wanted someone to hold the back of the seat and push while he attempted to pedal (the training wheels are off at this point). Marko was trying to get his gear into the car, I was still busy but Nate decided he would step up to help. He found a place to hold onto the back of the bike and started pushing. Sean was thrilled!

And those are my kids! Love em, love em, love em. :) Tune in next week when I share some of the more hair raising things they've done. :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

You Put The Lime In The Coconut....

I said Doctor... Where are you when I need you?!

This past week I discovered that Emma-Lyn had an infected toe. I called my doctor to see if we could get an appointment (he's usually very good to get us in quickly) but as luck would have it, he was away for the week. My next plan of attack was to find a walk in clinic here in Montague--come to find out that there aren't any in this area. My only option at this point is to try out the Kings County Memorial Hospital ER. So off we walked to the hospital, full of hope for a quick visit and a quick prescription. Hardy Har, Har!

We got there at 9:20 and didn't even get into triage until 11:45!! The kids did a great job keeping themselves entertained, but by noon we were all getting a little hungry, a little tired and a little cranky. I called Marko and he came and took Sean and Nate home. Emma-Lyn and I were going to stick it out until the bitter end. After talking to some other patients I realized that this wait was going to go on and on and on. And really my best bet was to bail and try a walk-in clinic in Charlottetown the next day. We left at 1:20 and basically ran home in the rain. Next time I will give my mother in law a call or my friend Jackie, both of whom reminded me that they would have been available to help. :)

We were able to pop into a walk-in clinic the next day and get Emma-Lyn her prescription. It was so much more encouraging to wait there than in the ER in Montague. You could actually watch people go in and people go out! It was great!! :) Emma-Lyn's toe is healing nicely!

So how about this rain?!! I know it is good and needed, but oh, what I wouldn't do to see the sun again! :) That said we were able to get some more yard work done. We broke up all the branches off the bush we had taken down previously, we bundled them up and set them at the curb. Good-bye ugly bush!!

On a prettier note, here are some tulips I cut from my backyard. For some unknown reason the previous owner had tulips in random places all over the yard.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Mother's Day Weekend!

This has been the best Mother's Day weekend! It was a delight from start 'til finish!

For me it began on Friday evening when Sean voluntarily washed the supper dishes. Marko was going to be late from work so that made getting things done a little tricky, but with Sean at the sink I could get Nate in bed and Emma-Lyn up to brush her teeth in no time. When I got back downstairs to help Sean, he had most of them done! He did a great job too!

Saturday morning was such an immense blessing! The kiddos slept in!!! Until nearly 8:00!! They are normally up at 7:00, so this was awesome! As soon as they got up Emma-Lyn came in to snuggle with us while Sean got dressed and headed downstairs to play...or so we thought. At about 8:30 Nate was getting restless in his crib so we decided it was time to finally get out of bed. So we all got dressed and as we were heading downstairs Sean called out to us to close our eyes. We played along and came to the kitchen with our eyes shut and at his instruction we opened them and there before us was a table set for breakfast--everyone had been taken care of. Nate had peanut butter toast and milk to drink, I had a peanut butter sandwich with hot chocolate to drink, Marko had cereal with water to drink, Emma-Lyn also had cereal and milk to drink...and Sean made himself a toasted marshmallow and honey sandwich!! It was awesome!! I was so surprised!! Especially with the hot chocolate he had made...didn't even know that he could make hot chocolate (later I came to discover that he had made the hot chocolate right in the electric kettle--thankfully it came clean.)

After breakfast we puttered about the yard, we cut tulips for bouquets for the Grammies and another bouquet for our neighbour. Marko walked with the kids to get gas for the lawn mower while I transplanted a few things in the backyard. When they returned I took the kids to the post office. I'm so glad to have the little red wagon for excursions like these. Emma-Lyn and Nate fit quite nicely in it and Sean is happy to walk along. Marko had the lawn mowed and looking great by the time we got home. Before lunch we were able to put up a shelf in Sean and Emma-Lyn's room. The shelf was made by Marko when he was in high school. It now holds their rocket ship alarm clock, their own bouquet of tulips and Sean's piggy bank...Emma-Lyn's piggy bank is currently MIA.

After lunch Sean played with our neighbour's child. Brianna is 8 and really seems to enjoy Sean's company. They had a blast together...must have played for a solid 3 hours or more. After Emma-Lyn got up from her nap, she and I headed out on our date.

I love taking the kids out for our dates. Right now it's just Emma-Lyn and Sean that enjoy this quality time but when Nate gets older he'll get his own private time with Mommy and Daddy. This has been such a huge thing for our family. What better gift to give a loved one, than your time and undivided attention! I know I love it and the kids love it too!! Emma-Lyn and I went to McDonald's and split an order of fries and an orange Fruitopia. She is one hilarious kid! I don't remember everything she said and I'm not entirely sure it all made sense but it was funny! After our snack we did some shopping. Picked up some craft supplies at Buy-Rite then we were off to Sobeys for the groceries and then stopped at the Nabuurs Gardens to pick up a hanging flower basket.

When we got home we off loaded our stuff then the whole family jumped in the car to head to the Superstore to pick up a few last things. On the way back Sean decided he wanted to walk back so he and Daddy walked home while I took the other two in the car. I had only been able to get the kids in the house and partly started supper when they got home. I took all the kiddos up for their bath while Marko finished up supper prep. We had wings, salad and garlic bread!! YUM! The kids loved the wings and gulped down as much garlic bread and salad as they could hold. It was a great day!

Sunday was another special day for us as my family came to visit! And what a visit it was--so busy. As soon as they landed we all set to work. Marko and Grampa Hope got to work putting up the kids' play set. My mom and sister and I got to work planting flowers, ripping up ground for my vegetable garden and chopping down a bush in the backyard. And all the while we chatted and had a fine time. I think the kids felt a little short changed since usually they get to play with Grampa Hope quite a bit. Gramma Hope had brought a tasty lunch of beef noodle casserole which we enjoyed eating out on the lawn. Later for snack we had some smoked salmon and dill pinwheels that I made...yummy! I can't wait to get working in my garden! But Marko and I still have a bit of work to do on the play set before that can happen.

After the Hopes left we headed over to visit Grammie Peric and Auntie Linda. It was nice to visit them and wish Grammie Peric a Happy Mother's Day. It was such a full day and a very delightful weekend! So I hope all you mothers out there enjoyed a splendid day with loved ones!

Now for some pictures...the first few are of Nate eating his first ice cream cone ever!

"Oooh I think I'm going to like this!!"

"Yep, I'm digging this..."

"Oooh Yeah Baby!!"
"Have you been holding out on me all this time?!"

"I'm gonna need more."

"On second thought...I think I had too much supper..."

"Nah, there's always room for ice cream!!"

The men working on the play set.

The garden area and Auntie Karina hacking away at the bush.

Nate decided that he would act like Trooper (my folks' dog) and drink out of her dish!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Getting Schooled...

Always thought it was the kids that were supposed to learn stuff...turns out I have A LOT to learn about A LOT of stuff!! :) And apparently my kids are ever so eager to enlighten me! :)

A few things I've learned as a parent...

1) Don't leave scissors on the table...the youngest will get them and use them to cut the oldest one's thumb.

2) Find out how bad said cut is before you brush off the child's howls of pain as being overly dramatic.

3) Explain to your 3 year old BEFORE you walk to the bank that you are actually going to leave her money there and not take it back home again.

4) If you haven't heard your kids making any noise for the past 5 minutes, it is high time you go check on them...bring your sense of humour 'cause you're gonna need it!!

5) Vaseline is a horrible product to try and get out of children's hair, clothes, upholstery or anything else you can think of really!

6) Fingers are meant for holes...end of story. Good luck trying to convince them otherwise.

7) The toilet bowl is a magical place. Apparently the "wand" for the bowl of delight is way beyond awesome and must be sought after every time the bathroom door opens.

8) Dirt is now a major food group...(this is more the third one's philosophy than the other two)

9) If you want them to put food in their mouth, they will play with it instead...likewise toys which are meant to be played with, will now be in their mouth.

10) Hugs are great, kisses are wonderful but zerberts (imagine blowing a raspberry on some random part of the body) are HILARIOUS!!! And there will be much begging for zerberts...especially if the kids get to zerbert Daddy's belly!!!

My monkeys!

And the following pics are what I have found growing in my flowerbeds thus far: