This was straight from Dad, I think his comment was more like "It's great to be a redneck!" Ralph figures we'll have our $400 cheques by Christmas which is a nice bonus especially since Alex and Joey both qualify for it as well...doesn't that just seem wrong somehow?!?
Monday, October 31, 2005
Happy Halloween Everyone! What a crazy day! The kids were all hyped on sugar for the most of the day which made it a long one. Trick or treating was kind of a hit and miss, the boys were excited to get their costumes on and go trick or treating until they realized that Daddy wasn't coming. Then came the crocodile tears, so we went back home and Aaron gave the boys some candy for their pumpkins and we went to the neighbours house next door, and then we came home to show Daddy that we got candy from Jacquie, and then we went to Judy's house and then home to show Daddy and then to Baby Anna's house (she comes to my dayhome in the mornings) and then home to show Daddy. After that Alex and I went to Colleen's house down the road a bit and Joey stayed home with Daddy. I think the boys were more excited to check the mail tonight then to go trick or treating. They helped us pass out candy for the next hour and a half and then we shut it down to put the boys to bed which took another hour. All in all I think we only had about thirty kids and only two of them had Unicef boxes. The community center was putting on a Pumpkin Gala of some sort between 6 and 8 PM, I'm not sure what that was exactly but I think it affected our lack of children. Maybe they're trying to deter door to door trick or treating. Times sure have changed!
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Dad phoned last night and what a surprise he got when Joey answered the phone, actually I think Aaron and I were more surprised, it took us a minute to realize that Joey'd picked up the phone in our room. He talked about Papa a lot today and every time we went out he asked if we were going to Nannie and Papa's house.
We'll see them in a couple weeks, I haven't finalized our plans yet for Remembrance Day weekend but I know it will involve Edmonton and a special veteran we all know and love...and if I'm lucky he will have picked up a little bling-bling for me. Uncle David got Aaron and my boys matching trigold puzzle rings so I figure now it's my turn...but Mommy has expensive taste and is going for a full carat.
Well we're off to the zoo tomorrow, we do go an awful lot if that's what you're thinking. We get zoo passes every year and get our money's worth! Sometimes the boys aren't so cooperative so we're only there for a couple hours but it's usually pretty successful.
Friday, October 28, 2005
What an incredibly long week it has been! The boys were both getting over their colds and a bit needier than usual but it doesn't happen often so I can handle it. Alex finally threw his soothers in the garbage...I'm embarrassed to admit it but sometimes it just seemed easier to give in to him. The bottle is long gone though!
So, I was feeling adventurous today with my dayhome kiddies and we started on making the ultimate haunted gingerbread house...well...once I read the directions this morning (after getting them all excited) I realized that the frame has to set for a minimum of one hour. That was just about the longest hour of our lives! We finally got everything assembled except for making a jellybean pathway and putting out the green coconut astroturf. I was going to take a picture but thought I'd wait for the grande finale! Well, there was no grande finale. As I was bringing Aislynn upstairs for her afternoon nap, Alex, Zeke and Ben were taking the house off of the top counter and proceeded to put it at the little table in the kitchen and strip it down to bare gingerbread! It's funny that Joey didn't squeal on them like he usually does, but as soon as I started to come downstairs Joey started laughing his head off and pointing at the table.
You gotta love kids!
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Here are our last photo shoot pictures. I think we'll have to book now to try and get a good picture for Christmas. Getting my two kids to cooperate long enough to get a good shot could easily take two or three different picture days so if we start now we should be good!
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
On the upside though, Joey has just about mastered the No More Monkey's Jumping on the Bed song, with actions even! And his teacher has noticed great improvement with his scissor skills, until last month when Aaron went to the Parent/Teacher interview we had never encouraged Joey to cut with scissors, in this household that's a weapon! But,we've loosened up a bit and went from paper scissors with no blade to beginner's with a blade for lefties, and by golly he's got it! The whole 'thumbs up' concept was pretty hard for him to grasp but I think we're finally there.
Alex has been working hard at figuring out which colours are which and he's got about 50% accuracy right now which isn't bad. And it's painstakingly obvious that his favourite colour is purple..Aaron said it may as well be pink...I'm sure it will change eventually.
I'm not sure if Freecycle-ing is a well-known thing yet but it sure is addictive! Sort of like Ebay but it's free stuff. I post all of our unwanted stuff on their website and then people will email me if they're interested and then they come pick it up. The latest I'm waiting on is a Peg Perego Sherpa stroller with the footboard on the back. That would make zoo days so much easier because after a couple hours of trotting around Joey usually is ready for a break so he'll sit on my shoulders or switch Alex for the stroller. We looked at the sit n stand strollers but a used one is $ 100 and pretty much the same size as my double stroller so there's no big benefit there. So, I emailed this morning and I've been waiting and waiting and waiting and still haven't heard. I think it's worse than Ebay because you get your hopes up about all of this great stuff you could potentially get for free...anyways I should go and check, it's been at least five minutes...ha ha...
Monday, October 24, 2005
Auntie Heather came over today after work and stayed for dinner, we bathed the boys and everything was going pretty good so we left the boys in Aaron's hands and did a little shopping for preemie boy clothes. Everything seemed normal when we came home, Alex was asleep on the couch, Joey was watching Batman quietly and Aaron was cheering on the ultimate fighter guys...so I brought Alex upstairs to bed and no more than two minutes after Heather left did he spew all over his bedroom leaving the race car bed the only vomit free piece of furniture. The poor little guy has been having some difficulty getting rid of his chest congestion until tonight...so I had the pleasure of cleaning Alex's room and am now starting load one of four to do all of his bedding because we did just dig out all of the wintery big plush blankets and comforters and Alex managed to hit all of the pillows and body pillows. The saving grace is that I'm still sick and have no sense of smell right now, poor Aaron just about threw up when we walked into Alex's room to see what the big commotion was about.
So Alexander is snoozing in the race car bed tonight.
On a happier subject Heather and I had the pleasure of shopping for some wee baby boy clothes tonight. A friend of ours that I went to school with in Victoria just had a little boy, Kaelin Joseph Andrew was about 6 1/2 weeks early and weighed in at 4 pounds 10 ounces. Nora is a very proud mommy and sent me a few pictures of him, he is so cute! It hasn't made me want to jump on the baby bandwagon though....tempting....but no...