Thursday, August 17, 2017

It's Been A Week

Wow, it has literally been a week since I have been able to get a post up over here. I mean I have been working on one, but I haven't found enough courage to click publish, as it is a bit deeper than I typically go! It's coming though.    
 Our weekend was actually low key. I didn't make an extravagant to-do list, we just enjoyed some family time.          
(Yes he has a black eye... couch surfing and window sills - shall I say more??)
 
 It was M's birthday and he had been talking about wanting a bike for some time, so I thought perfect, we are going bike shopping! Little did I know when he said he wanted a bike that what he really meant was that he wanted us to get new bikes!          
 
 Noah's bike was getting small for him and we were planning on getting him a new one for Christmas, but we wanted to be able to enjoy longer bike rides and for him to be comfortable. The bike we got is a smidge big for him, but it will work for him longer! Funny enough before we left he told grandma he was going to buy a green bike... sure enough the kid got a green bike. He was on cloud 9 all day!! 
Miss Em may not have gotten a bike, but she was pleased as punch with her new helmet and bike seat!!! 
He couldn't be prouder!! Most our day was spent on our bikes!! 
 It wouldn't be a Birthday without a traditional birthday photo!!
A look back:

We went to visit Grandma and Grandpa at the flying club in the morning. Noah loved watching the airplanes.

Sunday we tackled making room in the garage for the bikes, maybe just maybe I'll be able to park in there this winter!! Granted all the flooring is in there right now! 
 
Didn't he just fit in this car yesterday??

We also spent the afternoon in the pool and playing in the yard. This girl LOVES "blowing" bubbles! 

"Mom, you should take our picture" - okay!! 
 But I really love capturing moments like these... 
They may not fit together,  but gosh it's cute!! 
We finished the weekend off with another bike ride, something tells me this is going to be happening a lot and I am okay with it!!  
 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday's Thoughts

I am still in disbelief that summer is almost over!!! How is it August already, I'm not even sure??   
 
 Aside from the fact that it has been a busy summer for us, we do have a lot on the go, but I'm hoping these last few weeks we can soak up.       
 
 
 Noah's at his last morning of pre-school today! He will start back up in September going Thursday mornings and then hopefully come the new year he can go Tuesday and Thursday. He is doing much better with drop offs, just in time to make him start all over again in September of course!  
 
 
 
 He is obsessed with his Daddy right now, this pretty much happens after a long weekend... but every melt down he wants Daddy, doesn't like the rules, he wants Daddy, has friends over, he wants Daddy... part of the issue is he spent a few days at the farm (Tuesday is Grandma Date Day and Em and an appointment yesterday) and he's used to the guys being in the shop, however they moved to the fields this week, so it's an adjustment for sure and Daddy is home a lot later now as well. Hopefully next week will be better! This week is all about sass and more sass!!        
 
 Em got her new ear mould yesterday! Crazy how much her ear has changed since we started! I expected it to grow but it has changed shape too!        
 
 Last night we put in our gate in the back of the yard, so now all the neighbour kids can play together without having to go around the block! Okay, it's for us adults too - and the dogs! It's like a dog park! Although Miss Maggie has her limp back bad today after playing last night. She dug in the same hole to start the pain back up again, we had a full day of no limping on Tuesday... so we are going to wash her nails out again and keep an eye on her. Hopefully it's nothing serious.  
 
       I thought bringing in this table for the kids to play at was a great idea... except it's becoming more of a jungle gym than anything else with Miss Em. Noah will sit and play at it. I'm trying to stay consistent with the no climbing it rule.  
 
  This weekend we have M's birthday but no big plans! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August Long Rewind

We don't tend to do much on this long weekend ever. Well I actually think we do projects and well that is just what we did! The weather really wasn't all that nice. 
Friday night M had ball, I was cozied up on the couch with a bowl of air-popped popcorn watching my shows. 
 Saturday morning we decided that we were going to tackle the breakfast bar. You know when you get an idea in your head and yu can't rest until it's done... this was one of those! 
With the kitchen being almost done now, I wanted nothing more but to clear my counters!! I wanted the keurig, the toaster, the bread box, my canisters, etc. gone! But I also know we don't quite have the budget for the extravagant plans I originally wanted to do, but you know what? There is is always a way to do it cheaper and still get half decent results! And in the end, I'm really happy with how it turned out!!  
 So that meant a trip into the hardware store - we changed up stores so we didn't look like regulars... we got everything we needed!  I started staining the shelves right away!  

 After naps we played outside for a bit! Noah insisted on wearing his fire helmet! It doesn't take much for this kid to crack me up these days. If you watch my insta-stories, you would have seen his sneeze trick with bubbles... where does he come of with this stuff??!!

 
 We decided since we couldn't go swimming that it was a good day for the bouncy castle! Em was a riot watching her try to jump.

 
 
The new neighbours grandson was over visiting, so Noah invited him to come bounce too! The boys had fun climbing and sliding. I still don't regent buying that thing.

 

We did manage to get the new lights hung above the gazebo!! We found bulb lights at Costco! Love the way they look, although the pic doesn't quite do it justice!!
       

 Miss Maggie decided digging a hole in our yard was a smart idea... but really it wasn't and she ended up injuring her paw in the process. Her idea of rest is running around and playing. 

Sunday morning we were ready to start! We had electrical work to do, we thought drywalling... but then I remembered that we had 2  sheets of panelling that I had saved for some crazy reason!! We have held onto it for 6/7 years. Finally my hoarding paid off and I had just the plan for it!! We were going to paint it white and it could look like board and baton or even shiplap! It would make the grey shelves really pop! So got right on that project. Look at how ugly it was:
     

This project should have only taken us a few hours tops, but it really took us ALL day by the time we entertained the kids and kept them involved. Projects of any kind with children always take longer and require copious amounts of patience! 
     

It didn't help that Em is getting her eye teeth right now and was super irritable.. we hoped that some fresh air would help, but it didn't last! They threatened storms in the afternoon, so we thought we better get them outside to play for a bit at least. 
     

We were in the very last stages of getting the project done, so we made the kids stay up late (parenting fail) and got it done! We did reward them with some Ipad time, something they don't get often at all, but when we pull it out it is like magic! Look at them:
 

Monday morning we put some of the stuff in and I'm soo happy we did this!! It really works for our family and make sure this closet function again.    


 
 Noah couldn't wait to make toast!!  

We finally snapped a few photos of Em at 16 months! She was too grumpy in her actual 16th month birthday, so we snapped a few on Monday!     



 
 The rest of the day we worked away on the to-do list and look how much we accomplished!!

 
Not all of it, but quite a bit and a few extras! Sorting through kids toys was likely my most unfavourable task of the day!  
 Grandma and Grandpa came over for dinner and then we went swimming! This pool heater is definitely making us use the pool more!!

 
 We tried Em in her puddle jumper for the first time and oh my goodness she took off!! She a bit small for it, but it works! She gets soo bored being held all the time but hates her life jacket!    



Once we got the kids in bed, I had to get Maggie out for a walk, despite her still limping, she was going stir crazy, so I just took her to the paths at the park to work on training, but we came across these stunning views!! 



Hope everyone had a great long weekend!! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Finally Friday

It has been a crazy busy and hot week!!! I can hardly believe it is already Friday and a long weekend!! 
 Monday morning we tried out a new trail and while it was early, it was muggy and humid, so not the best idea, because the mosquitoes were horrible!! We kept applying bug spray like crazy and with it being a new trail, we didn't really know our way around... so we did 4K by the time we found our way out!! Em's poor face got hit hard with quite a few bites! She was wearing a hat and they were flying up under it! I stopped counting them on myself after finding 18 on my arms and back!! 

 Clearly an ice cream date was necessary afterwards! Then we headed home for lunch and naptime, but we couldn't wait to get outside and swim once they woke up!! 

And we pretty much spent the rest of the night outside swimming and playing!



It did take Em soo long to get on this bike with her hooded towel on and yes, this was a before bedtime swim, but hats are a necessity at all times in her mind. 


Tuesday was Grandma Date Day and thank goodness because me and this girl were stuck at home waiting for the water heater to get installed. Long story short - we've been waiting for this since May, they have come 3x and it is just getting installed don August 1st, after arguing on the phone first thing! But they did come, they rented a tool that they didn't even end up needing, which meant it could have been installed in May... so they gave me 9 months free!  
 So this little girl and I made the best of our day at home, and yes, don't her bug bites look horrible??!! I feel soo bad for her! Luckily lavender and teatree oil are helping with the swelling and itch!       

I got a call from M around 3 PM that he wasn't going to be at supper at the farm because he got a fire call for pig barn on fire - on one of the hottest days of summer of course.  
 So when I got to the farm, this is where I found the little man!! Driving the bulldozer with Grandpa, smiling ear to ear!! 


We had a good supper at the farm and took some left overs to Daddy and a few guys that were stationed at the hall to respond if any other calls come in for the township. Luckily none did! Noah was sure that he was responding to the fire call though! 


Luckily Daddy was home just into time for bath and bedtime because I had two cranky and tired babes on my hands! So I sure did feel relief when his truck pulled in the drive way! 

Wednesday morning we had my cousin come over with her son, husband and father-in-law who was visiting. We managed to get some swimming in before it started to storm all afternoon!! I failed at getting pics this time though! Her baby is due in just a few short weeks!! 

The weather was really irritating, one minute it was thundering, the next it was nice, but then still thundering... so our afternoon play date got postponed until after supper for a swim! 


Thursday morning Noah had preschool and we had a much better drop off experience, granted I bribed him with shopping at Costco that night... #momwin So this little Miss and I went into town to run some errands. I was looking for some 8lb weights but they were sold out! We got some groceries, some new markers for my agenda and we stopped Carter's big sale!! We made out pretty well!! 


Can't beat boots for less than $6!! Turns out they fit Noah now, but I had to convince them that they were for his sister and that he couldn't wear them together Costco!!  He did have a great day at preschool though!! The saddest part is not knowing exactly what he did or getting to watch him, but he's not that great at telling me about what he did yet. 


Kudos to this dog though, yes, she is still a puppy, but she has come a long way and aside from still nipping, she is starting to really calm down. We are hoping to start leaving her out of her room now, but fingers crossed she doesn't chase the cats or this plan will be kiboshed quickly! 


We hit up Costco and then Michaels, so I could get this agenda! I've been struggling with managing my calander lately on my phone and what not, so I am going to try going back to paper!! 

Today we are having a quiet day at home! And it's storming again!! 

Hope everyone has a great long weekend!! I'm not sure what we are up to yet!! 
 

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