Friday, December 30, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
Aaron was the first one up in the morning and put the Christmas bells around Lyla's dog collar and sent her on upstairs to play Rudolph and try and wake up the boys...well about twenty minutes later Aaron went stomping around upstairs to speed things up a bit. So we had our gift opening, then Mom and I took Joey and Alex for a walk around the big pond to burn off some energy. Lucie, Christian, H and Jeff joined us for an afternoon Christmas dinner, then it was the poker game, caramel fondue dessert, Scattagories tournament, midnight lunch and that's about it in a nutshell.
Tomorrow morning we're off to the cottage for a couple days and then heading north to Morinville to spend New Year's. I don't know if any of the other mom's went Boxing Day shopping but I went to do a bit of shopping and never bought a thing for myself but managed to pick up stuff for the boys (including the big boy). Although I found the kids stuff is where the bargains were, The Children's Place had their entire store for 40% off, so I picked up the really cool lined pants and camoflauge pants for the boys for $9 each...you can't buy consigned stuff for that cheap...
Hope you all have a great New Year's!
Saturday, December 24, 2005
We've been contemplating re-doing our playroom and Aaron thought this would be the perfect opportunity (with a slight push from Dad, Mom and I )...so we (Aaron) spent yesterday painting the playroom which is actually a sandy-yellow, Mom did jungle leaf curtains and we've got a jungle animal border to put up in the new year when the paint is set. Then Mom and I seen a really nice wardrobe which fits oh-so nicely in the corner of the playroom so then today we had to go back to Home Depot to pick it up...Merry Christmas to me...so now that the painting's out of the way it's all maxin' and relaxin'...Merry Christmas Everyone!
Friday, December 23, 2005
Thank you, thank you, thank you Jacquie & family! We had our neighbours over for a visit and gift exchange last night and I tell you they could not have bought anything more perfect! They gave the boys a camouflauge pop up tent with an inflatable bottom! It was so cool! H and I had to run out to buy a few things and came home to find Aaron, Joey and Alex in the tent giggling away. It was a picture perfect moment! Nelson found the ultimate gift for Aaron...a new shooter game...boy, we could be in trouble this year! Jacquie bought me a lovely Japanese tea set...it's like she's telling me to just sit back and relax, great idea Jacquie!
So I officially have closed the dayhome doors for 2005! Yippee! I was supposed to have Aislynn today but when her mom realized she'd be the only child here today she decided to take her daughter shopping with her instead. So, now we're off to zoo with Nannie and Papa today, Aaron has today off too so it'll be a family thing, H has spent the past day or two with us so I suppose she'll want to go home and spend some time with Jeff too. Dad has his first pedicure this afternoon. Hopefully we'll get pictures of that too! He likes to be on the Blog so we'll just test how much...This was actually part of his Christmas gift from last year but he never got around to it and I told him that he can't get new presents until his old presents are done. That got his attention!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday and can spend it with friends and family!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Mom and Dad arrived safely early this evening and Dad couldn't wait to show off his new bling-bling! He now is the proud owner of the Alberta Centennial Medal which makes him an official redneck!
The guys stayed home with the boys and much like Monica and April, Mom and I snuck away for some much needed "away time" from the guys. We hit the malls and finished up our last minute Christmas stocking stuffers. It's just not very effective trying to power shop with the wee ones whining, crying, begging for toys or the big boys either for that matter!
H is having a sleepover tonight and heading to Medicine Hat to visit Papa Johnston with Mom and Dad tomorrow and drop off gifts for the MacLean's. Just a day trip, we should all be having dinner together tomorrow night if everything goes as planned.
And how is Dad feeling after his surgery you may ask...well he's been busy trying to annoy the heck out of mom and he's also managed to bring his own pre-made dinners...the guys had moose stew and the ladies had beef stew tonight, Dad made lasagna for dinner tomorrow and yes, they even brought their own turkey. God bless their cotton socks. I'm not totally sure what that means but Dad says it a lot and it seems appropriate.
Only a few more days until the big day.........
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
And another busy day comes to an end! Alex helped the kids and I build a gingerbread house, it turned out way nicer than the Haunted Gingerbread House! Although I seemed a lot of 1-1 action 1 candy for the house and 1 for me...
Joey on the other hand was a reindeer at school today! He came home with his antler headband on and wore it for just about the rest of the day. I made him take it off when I took him in for a haircut and after they were done with him the headband was too big. I didn't realize how much hair he had!
Dad was talking to Nannie MacAulay the other day, I'm not sure if it was on the phone or messaging but she said that the third man in that one picture from way back is indeed Arthur MacAulay. Now, I wasn't around at the time so I can't say for sure but there you have it Jen, it's a definite maybe.
Aaron finished up his Christmas shopping today and Mom and I will be finishing up tomorrow night. Guys are so hard to shop for! Especially since Aaron loves hunting and I know nothing about it or the tools or stuff you need for it. Thank you Dad for the help, otherwise it would be the same old gift certificate.
Hope you're all ready for Christmas folks because it's got to be getting pretty ugly out there at the malls!
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Which is good because they were all associated with Aaron's work so by the third party they've all heard the same jokes, stories about the boys, how I'm in love with my Doogie Howser dentist( not really but I ran out of things to talk about at the first party and now it's a running joke), and Aaron even brought out the weiner water soup jokes...the food was alright if you like the fancy stuff, I'd be happy with the good old-fashioned favourites like minestrone soup and ceasar salad versus the creamy butternut acorn soup with parsnip chips and something else, and the glazed pear with some kind of really old, smelly cheese covering the lettuce. I accidently speared some cheese under my lettuce and had one nasty just about gagging surpise! For entertainment we had two gymnast/contortionists perform during cocktails...that was freaky! I know at some point I must have heard 90% of the wives tell the hubbies to quit gawking or don't get any ideas normal women don't do that.
On the upside to things we came home to a quiet house! Michelle had the boys in bed at 8 and 8:30 without a problem, that was a nice surprise, although they both have a really bad cold right now, they were up at 5 coughing and then just decided it was close enough to morning to just stay awake! They were so wrong! But I just popped in a movie and kept on sleeping.
Tomorrow night is girls night out! H won passes to see Memoirs of a Geisha so I'm going out with her as soon as Aaron gets home from work. With a little luck I'll be able to finish his Christmas shopping then too. It's not like me to not have my shopping done yet but he's only asked for two things: a tree stand (which I've already bought) and a knife sharpener to take hunting (which I have to buy still) other than that he's given me no hints whatsoever although the words Playstation 2 seem to be coming up in conversation lately. We don't have any video game system so I think he's trying to hint...we'll see...
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Jen's looking for some pictures of Grandpa Art and I'm not sure if he's in the last one, I'm assuming he is, why else would I have wanted it? So, if you guys can help ID everyone that'd be great! Although I know the cute kids in the second picture. For those who don't it's H, me, Monica and Mike...no wonder we have such cute kids!
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Mommy forgot to dress Joey in red and green for Elf Day today but lucky for Joey they made elf hats so he blended in...as much as possible anyways. Sorry Joey!
Christmas cards went in the mail yesterday with the boys newest picture so hopefully everyone will get theirs by Christmas! We put up the tree last night and so far the kids haven't paid too much attention to it other than their newest ornaments, Batman and Ninja Turtle courtesy of Nannie and Papa.
Dad seems to be doing well, he's at home already so that must be a good sign! The doctor's decided to fix his hernia while taking out his gallbladder which he says were the size of golf balls, yesterday they were the size of peas, I'm sure tomorrow they'll be the size of baseballs...right Dad?!
Monday, December 12, 2005
I can officially send out my Christmas cards tomorrow now that I have the boys pictures to pop in. They turned out pretty good, it's a nice pose but the colours aren't as bright as they could be. This was the second time I've had them done at Wal-Mart, the last time was when Joey was 3 months old and they sucked so I vowed to just keep going to Sears but after I seen the $19.95 Wal-Mart package I thought I'd better give them a try again. Sometimes quantity is just as important as quality and there's no way I could get that many pictures at Sears for less than $80.
Anyways...it's nice to see that we can communicate with some more of our family via the blog-system. Hi Jen! It's cheap and easy and most of the time I find it pretty fun to do.
Joey came home from school today with some homemade lick and stick stickers with ugly elves on them (the old men with long white beards versus the cute kids with the curly hair and pudgy cheeks) these were a Christmas gift from his classmate George....well...I wasn't about to let Joey not be THE coolest kid in his class so I whipped out the crafty stuff and whipped up 28 litttle white triangular boxes stamped with red candycanes and filled them with chocolates, jellybeans and gumdrops. Now who's the coolest mom? I mean coolest kid, right?
Heather and I went shopping without the boys tonight and picked up some hotwheels and a case for the cars for Joey's class and I got Aaron a tree stand for Christmas. Now when he said tree stand I was thinking of a Christmas tree stand but oh no, what Aaron was talking about was this camouflauge chair that you put in a tree and sit in. He asked for it so I sure hope he plans on using it. I can't picture it though...I've never seen him climb a tree before and you must have to, to get the stand up there...should be worth a few laughs if nothing else!
Only three more days until the Cookie Extravaganza, I was planning on making three batches of cookies and ended up making four so that's 24 dozen cookies I've baked in the past two days. And surprisingly enough I haven't burned any of them yet. I have all of the games organized and prizes wrapped, I just need to make the food, put up my Christmas tree (Aaron's procrastinating), spike the punch and we're good to go! I'm almost looking forward to it!
Dad's having his gallbladder surgery tomorrow afternoon and will be out of commission for a bit but Mom and Dad are still planning on travelling down here for Christmas. Today he was awarded another medal of honour. I think this one was to commemorate Albertans that have served their country and been awarded the MMM which is the Military's Order of Canada. If I'm wrong Mom or Dad will correct me...Kudos to you Dad, just one more reason why it's great to be an Albertan, eh?
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Here we are all dressed up and ready for party #2 at Heritage Park hosted by Wilbert Vault. It was a pretty good night, good food, good company, good music, bad karaoke-ing. We were the last of the M & H'ers to leave I think we were home at 11:30, but we had a good time visiting with our friends, Right before we left Joey had an accident (he's still sick) so we were a little leary of leaving the boys but lucky for us it was Grandma's turn to sit so we went anyways. Turns out it was only a one shot deal and he was good for the rest of the night just a bit of a cough. Check out the sexy shoes, they're so not typical Lesley-style but amazingly enough they were comfy enough that I'll wear them to next weekends party. Coincidently I've probably be doing an encore presentation of tonight's party dress. I wore Leanne's pashmina tonight so I'll switch to a sheer fancier wrap next weekend and go with an updo. I think most of the ladies at tonight's gala are wearing the same outfits next weekend. Gotta get our money's worth!
Friday, December 09, 2005
Doesn't this beat the Superstore story from last night?
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Here is our picture pre-Christmas Party #1...notice Aaron's cute holiday shot glass necklaces.
So, in the background you'll see pretty much the extent of our living room Christmas decorations. The tree won't be up until Sunday, oh and there's also poinsetta garland wrapped along the curtain rod which is not pictured. Aaron doesn't believe in putting un-necessary holes in the walls so there goes the idea of hanging anything and he's not willing to put up a shelf to display things on so I think my decorating is going to be somewhat limited. (hence the dining room holiday curtains) I have the Partylite stuff on the end shelves of my kitchen cupboards and stuff in the high windows in the dining room....Pretty sparse if you ask me, but this is a losing battle with Aaron. He actually read an article in Men's Health about 9 years ago that was titled "Knick-Knack's CAN Kill You", he should have laminated it and stuck it in his wallet because he quotes this article an awful lot. It said that about 15% of all accidental deaths are related to knick-knacks.
The playroom on the other hand is my domain and is done up quite well, bulletin board and all! The kids and I started our Christmas ornament crafts this morning, we're making the candy canes a la beads and pipecleaners. I can't count how many times I pricked my finger on the pipecleaners, I'm sure I'll have a big callous by the time we're finished our project.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Is this embarrassing or what?!? Now if only I can find the picture of us at Glenn's when handcuffs were a fashion accessory...what were you thinking?...although I think I was the one wearing the spiky choker...maybe we'll just leave that picture hidden away somewhere...well at least until there's a stagette or wedding...I'll embarrass myself for that!
Monday, December 05, 2005
Sunday, December 04, 2005
We came home just before midnight last night from Christmas Party #1 to find Heather having a major nose bleed.This went on for three and a half hours. No lie! After the first thirty minutes I called the health line and they said to put pressure on her nose for 10 minutes at a time for up to three times and if that doesn't work then head to the hospital. After twenty five minutes we started towards the hospital in Black Diamond and after they watched her pinch her nose for thirty minutes straight they decided to pack her nose with some cocaine covered swabbies. Jeff and I weren't too sure if we heard the doctor right and I think we must have asked him two or three more times. You said cocaine right?!? So, on the upside the nose bleed finally stopped, on the downside Jeff was stuck making small talk for Heather for the following couple hours until she settled down! Ha Ha!
I think I got home from the hospital at 4 this morning and H probably passed out or maybe I should say came down from her high around 5...
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Thursday, December 01, 2005
This is how Alex spent his day...he started off with 'the stacking of the cans', thankfully none of them landed on his toes! And then we progressed to some fun in the snow. My kids are real snowbunnies! I had to bribe Alex to come in for a snack after he'd been out for an hour.
Tonight was the last parent seminar at Joey's school, Auntie Heather came with me to check out the Crazy Lady and as Murphy's Law would have it, the mom wasn't there tonight. Although H did get to meet Joey's O.T. and Speech T. who couldn't say enough great things about Joey and she got to check out his school and classroom. It was pretty impressive I must say!
Then we hit Chinook Centre to get some more lined pants at Old Navy. You gotta love that store, if you've never shopped there, you need to start. We picked up some navy lined pants and 5 really cool/stylish long sleeved shirts for the boys and it was only $58. You can't get that at Wal-Mart. And we picked up a few more Christmas gifts and then called it a night. We're having a lot of blowing snow and H still had to drive to Turner Valley.
Thank goodness it's Friday tomorrow! It's been a long week and I think we're decorating the house this weekend...I've got most of my games/prizes/food organized for this big Cookie Extravaganza...my plan was to host the first annual exchange and then we'll all take turns hosting but Mom kindly pointed out that it's called "The 1st Annual Beck Cookie Exchange" so it looks like I'm in it for the long haul.
Oh well, I thrive on chaos!
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Okay the pictures were posted backwards but what had happened was I asked Joey to smile for a picture and he thought about it for a sec (picture 2) and then started dancing (picture 1). My kids are such clowns!
Yes Mom, I think I do have a 36 hour day! Actually I think it's just that my minutes are actually 90 seconds long versus everyone else only having 60 seconds! It's 7:40 PM, Aislynn stayed late until 6:10 and since then I have made dinner, fed the boys, done dishes, gave the boys a bath, got them into bed and asleep, swept and mopped the main floor, cleaned the main floor bathroom, ironed Aaron's shirts and started another load of laundry, and changed all of the garbages. Not necessarily in that order but I'm motivated to get the rest done so I can finish wrapping Christmas presents. I also need to make Christmas cards for Joey's teachers/therapists/bussing aides/drivers...we went with the traditional Pot of Gold for each of them and I'm thinking of putting coffee certificates in their cards from Starbucks or Tim Hortons. We're also buying something for the classroom, I sent a list of ideas but haven't got a firm answer yet. We were thinking of art supplies or maybe a CD player for the class or something like that. We'll be putting our "It's Great to Be an Albertan" money to good use and spreading it around a bit.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
I think you guys have piqued Aaron's interest enough that he's willing to fly down home and see what it's all about down there. We told him that if he's lucky enough he may get to go to a corn boil (he still doesn't understand the whole idea) He's heard enough stories, seen enough pictures and has gotten picked on enough by Mom, Dad, H and I for not being past Manitoba that he's willing to leave the west for a family vacation.
Actually Aaron's taken 2 weeks off in August and was tossing around the idea of driving to the Maritimes....then Mom and Dad told him just how long of a drive it is and he basically said to heck with driving!
So, I've cancelled Aaron's big surprise birthday party so we can put the money towards a family vacation. Which makes more sense, the hall was $300 and the entertainment was $500 so toss in the food, decorations and even with it being BYOB I'd still be spending about $1300. It wouldn't have been a surprise anyways, Aaron found my notes on top of the microwave, it was in my business folder so I assumed it was safe. Guess I was wrong. I think I was more surprised that he was cleaning on top of the microwave then snooping in my folder. Ha Ha, jokes on me once again!
We'll keep you all informed of our plans to be...we really need a getaway vacation with the family and the boys are getting old enough to be away from home for longer periods so we're really hoping we can get our plans together to make this happen! Now if I can just get Alex fully potty trained then we're good to go anywhere!
Did I mention that it's ALL of us coming? It'll be the 1st MacAulay-Beck family vacation! The cat's out of the bag now Dad! I beat you to it!
So, we have two parties down and only one to go, which is at school so I just need to provide the cake and chocolate milk and someone else can do the rest. Thank goodness!
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Some people collect hockey cards and some people collect red vehicles! Ha Ha! Here's the latest addition to the MacAulay Clan of Morinville. I must say Aaron was reallllllllllly jealous! You can kind of see Aaron's truck in the background, it's a 2003 Ford F-150 Lariat, with the two swing-out back doors (I'm not sure of the technical name for them)...so that's not too shabby...until Mom and Dad pull up in their fully loaded 2005 Ford ZF4 OffRoad, leather interior, sunroof...shiny red truck. Now Aaron has the urge to go kick tires again...I think we may end of trading in the van (sad day for Les!) and getting an Expedition. We'll see what the New Year has in store for us.
Tomorrow is Joey's dayhome birthday party as well as family birthday party. No theme this time although we're thinking of doing a poker run for Alex's next year and a snow carnival for Joey's next year...there was no snow this year so that was out of the question...we should have had a back up plan...
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Now, I know why Joey was trained in one week in the middle of winter!
Monday, November 21, 2005
Here's a picture from last Tuesday when they boys watched Madagascar, Joey dragged his teddy bear downstairs and tucked him in with them. It was pretty cute!
Today was a very unsuccessful potty training day with Alex, he knew when he had to poop but would take off his diaper to poop on the floor and then put his diaper back on to pee in and then take if off again. Maybe by Christmas we'll get the hang of it. Alex had a super busy day, he went to the dentist this morning for a checkup, Aaron said he was really good and opened up for the dentist to see his teeth, then for the rest of the morning he was trying to get the little girls to open up and show him their teeth. Is playing doctor in the near future? Hope not!
Sunday, November 20, 2005
One of my dayhome kids' mom has had her baby. Elliot Fynn Kinghorn was born on November 13th weighing in at 8 lbs. 14 oz. Michelle and Elliot are doing really well, apparently he's a dream baby, sleeps well, eats well...and Connor's pretty proud to be a big brother! We're hoping they'll come to Joey's first birthday party on Friday and show him off.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
And for those of you wondering, we never did find the diamond so Dad worked his magic and got a deal on a replacement stone from his new best friend at the Morinville Jewellry Store.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
I received our invite to Brooklyn's 3rd birthday party which reminds me that I have not planned Joey's yet...Aaron's having a schedule change at work and potentially could work that weekend which forces us to do an evening soiree on the Saturday because Grey Cup is the following Sunday and we don't want to have a football/beer/nacho party for Joey!
I suppose little miss organization needs to get her butt in gear and finish/start planning!
Monday, November 07, 2005
This is probably the closest Aaron will get to a deer this season. Just kidding Aaron! We actually have moose from '03 and deer from '04 so I think besides Aaron missing out on the "thrill of the hunt" we're good for meat. This year we're buying 1/2 a cow from Auntie Glenda, that should pretty much fill the freezer, now if only our chicken connection hadn't have changed trucking routes...way to go Steve...Anyways, yesterday was Zoo Day at the Beck household, it was only about -1 so we only walked around for a couple hours but we still had a good time! The boys got to feed the ducks, usually there's a tonne of people crowded around there but lucky for us there were only about twenty cars in the entire lot, so we kind of had the run of the zoo. The boys were in their glory! Yesterday was also haircut day for the boys, Joey got the professional haircut while Alex got the "homemade, give it a few days and it'll look okay" haircut. Their hair grows so fast they need it cut every 6 weeks and at $15 a pop, I'll cheap out as long as I can, Joey's in school though so I can't have him looking dorky! We're off to Mom's Thursday night and although we'd planned to just hang out all weekend, it's already progressed to the Remembrance Day Parade/Ceremony, shopping at Old Navy for my growing Joey, and the Zoo for Aaron and Dad. Other than that I'm sure we'll hit the local parks with the boys and take it from there. I can't wait! Now I must run and get dinner planned and prepped for tonight, Aaron's working a bit late and I have a dentist app't at 6 so Auntie Heather is the lucky candidate to babysit for the boys. The kids love hanging out with her so it's easier on me to leave without them crying, cooking dinner for one more is a small price to pay for good help! Tee hee!
Saturday, November 05, 2005
This was too funny! I thought we'd share it with everyone! Hope everyone is having a better than weekend than we are, Aaron's working and the boys are so cranky. We were going for a walk and Alex wouldn't stick with us and Joey wanted to be carried, so it was a short walk needless to say. Aaron's off tomorrow so we're hoping to hit the zoo for a couple hours. Maybe Aaron'll get lucky and see some animals mating. LOL! He picked up a Ford F150 quad cab yesterday morning as our courtesy vehicle while the rustbucket is being repaired. Aaron does drive a Ford F150 with the four doors but the back door is like a 1/2 door that pulls open only when the front door is open, but now he's thinking he may have to get the full four doors because it's way easier getting the kids in and out. My argument is that we've got the minivan as the kids main mode of transport so why get a bigger truck just for that...but you know what guys are like...bigger, better, faster, more power...we're supposed to get the van back by Tuesday just in time for the next road trip north on Thursday! Without the movies I don't think we'd survive!