Monday, March 31, 2014

What is This Spring You Speak Of???

 Last Wednesday life in Atlantic Canada was beginning to look like scenes from the  popular movie Frozen and now it would seem we are setting up for the Ice Capades!  We have snow, rain, freezing rain, sleet, the whole gambit. What we really need is some sun and heat and maybe even some grass to mow and more HEAT!  We just want to feel normal and not stuck in some never- ending groundhog day (curse that furry little beast).   Arghhhhhh!  It has to end sometime soon right?!

In other news we've changed up the supper routine a wee bit.  Now the kiddos help prepare the evening meal.  This may include chopping vegetables or stirring pots or getting out the needed ingredients or whatever other task that may need to be done. The kids have enjoyed being a part of the process and I think it gives them a new respect for what goes into getting a tasty meal on the table.  They all love baking so involving them in making supper seemed a natural progression.  I enjoy working with them even if it does take longer and involve more clean up.

Is this normal for spring?

 Before the snow fury...

 The progression..
 Full on storm.
 And the morning after--a world of white

And now for something completely different:

Thankful for this little ray of sunshine!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Another Milestone

Miss Emma-Lyn lost her first tooth on Saturday, she was delighted! On Sunday we went out for supper to Pizza Delight to celebrate.  The kids just love going to restaurants, we don't go that often so I think that keeps the magic of it alive.  Nate especially enjoyed sweetening up our waitress.  He coloured pictures and talked to her about them and then gave one to her.  I'm pretty sure that's what got them some bonus fries with their order.

In other news Levi had his four month appointment and it seems the boy is a bit of a featherweight.  He went from being in the 40th percentile to dropping to the 3rd. Not the most optimal growth rate.  In all other ways Levi is the picture of health, he is an alert and strong little baby.  While the doctor isn't concerned he did suggest that getting some more calories into him would be a good idea and that we might like to look at supplementing with a little formula.   Yesterday we tried out the formula and Levi was having none of it.  I can't say I blame him but at the same time it's hard to know what to do. I've received quite a bit of advice on facebook and hope to put some of it into practice.  I find pumping difficult but I do want to increase milk production but possibly more importantly I would like to improve the quality of milk.  Thus I think I'm going to have to look at improving my own diet to see if that helps things progress.  You'd think by the fourth child I might have a handle on this kind of thing...apparently not so much.

And now we await the biggest forecasted storm that the maritimes have seen in a very long time.  They're calling for a whack load of snow along with some wildly crazy wind.  I thought this was spring?!!

 Delighted little girl.

Enjoying an afternoon in our tent with hot chocolate and snacks.  We enjoyed reading and relaxing together after a busy morning.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Things We've Been Up To Lately

1) Snowmobiling.  My sister-in -law bought a  second hand snowmobile not that long ago and invited us over to her place to check it out.  The kids were super excited.  Her cousin Mark also came over with his snowmobile and pulled sleds full of very happy kiddos around the back field.  Then I got a turn to go for a spin.  Man, can those things ever fly!!  Linda even let me drive it--that was crazy scary and fun all at the same time!  I think I'm much more suited to being a passenger.

2) Tobogganing and snowshoeing with the homeschool group.  This event was held at the farm of one of our homeschool families.  We had a great time.  Levi and I hung out in the farmhouse staying warm by the fire while the kiddos had a blast going coasting down the hill and trying out the snowshoes. I'd post pictures but I managed to forget to put the memory card in the camera...sigh

3) Hanging out with friends. I went to Tims with a friend and while we were chatting we were interrupted by an older lady who wanted a closer look at little Levi. As she cooed and tried to cajole Levi into smiling at her she asks me if he is my first and I tell her that he is my fourth to which she exclaims, "Are you crazy?!"  My answer: "Well, it helps."

4) Parenting win. I have discovered that the best thing after a dentist appointment is going to the Superstore and indulging in some free cake. 

5) A very good friend of mine published her first ebook.  It is fantastic and I'm glad I bought a copy. Jo is a wonderfully warm hearted woman who shares her struggles and accomplishments as a mom.   She encourages and reminds us how to enjoy our everyday moments.  Life does not have to be a completely disorganized mess or an agonizing life of chasing after little ones.  Life is made up of moments worth living and enjoying to the fullest.  Jo shares her experiences and gives practical help along with some super tempting recipes.  Check her book out by clicking here.  And she also blogs here.

6) We all got the flu.  Just thankful that Marko and I weren't sick at the same time--that would have been a nightmare.

7) Sean and Emma-Lyn took part in a fundraiser for childhood cancer awareness.  The event is called Colours for Cancer Awareness.  Children were invited to take part in painting their own masterpiece that was then photographed and put on the event's facebook page and everyone is invited to bid on the pictures.  This Friday evening they will continue the silent auction as well as have entertainment.  The proceeds go to fund Childhood Cancer Programs at the QEH here in PEI and at the IWK (children's hospital) in Halifax.

And here are some pictures of Mr. Levi. Hard to believe he'll be 4 months old on Saturday!