Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Have you ever had one of those days, where you're just sooooo glad to be home and SITTING for the first time that day?  Only to have something interrupt that fantastic "I'm finally sitting" feeling?

Friday was one of those days for me.  (And, were Helmut actually reading this, I know he would put up his hand, and say, "And for ME!" )

I had spent the majority of the day at our church, doing some photocopying/prep work for our family advent time on Sunday morning.  (The kids didn't have school, which is why I didn't have work, but my in-laws took them for the day, they were having a special Christmas day).  Then I ran a couple errands, and by the time I got home it was, oh, 5:30 ish. 

We decided to give the boys their shower before dinner, and, just after I'd got the water running for them, I heard a little scream.  I pulled the shower curtain back, to see a stream of blood coming from Declan's eye.  Khai and Declan had decided to switch spots in the shower, and Declan had slipped and hit his eye on the edge of the tub.

Don't you love the Blackberry photo?

You'll notice that he has a bump on his lip (from running into a post at school); a cut by the arm of his glasses, as well as a mark under the bottom edge of the frame (from tripping and falling on the floor at school) and he managed to do that ALL IN THE SAME DAY!

Anyway, so, we go to the hospital (the 4 of us) and 3 hours and 15 minutes, and 5 stitches later, we left for home. 

Yes, I know this picture totally sucks.  Good old Blackberry again!

My poor little Dekkie!  But, he was a trooper.  Considering he hadn't eaten since lunch and it was 2 hours past his bedtime when they started doing the stitches, I thought he behaved quite well. 

I will never forget, that while they had the sterile cloth over his face, that he kept saying ,"Help me Mummy!" and "See me Mummy!" (because he couldn't see me with the cloth over his face).  He also said (repeatedly), "All done now.  DONE NOW!".  I love that he was able to at least communicate with me during this ordeal.  It would have been much worse if he had just been lying there crying, and I hadn't known that he wanted me to peek under the cloth and "see him". 

Just for the record, I cried too. 

We are so thankful that Declan is okay.  And that we didn't have to spend all night in the emergency room.  We are also thankful, that once we got home that evening, and the kids were in bed, that we didn't do a thing.

It was lovely.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Tonight I will be going to bed with my heart over-flowing. 

Tonight, I got to have dinner with Kelsey.  We need to do that more often.  I miss her.

Tonight, I got to play a game with Michelle, Justin, and for the first part, Helmut.  And, even though Michelle and Justin do not know the difference between identical and siamese twins, it was a fun game. (More on that game in another post.  We used the chalkboard bubbles, so you know right there that it was fun!)

Tonight, I received confirmation that Brett cares whether we're proud of him or not. (Sometimes it's hard to tell with teenagers and it is heartwarming to know that he does care)

Tonight, I played tic-tac-toe with Khai on my iTouch.  Gone are the days of pencil and paper, but here to stay are the good times with my son.

Tonight, I had to put Declan back into bed 16 times, change one dirty (and stinky) diaper, get 2 cups of milk, take away one stuffed animal (because he decided that one bear was not required on his bed), and make sure that it was his Zhu Zhu pet, and not Khai's that was going to bed with him.  Tonight, I received countless hugs, numerous smiles and a couple of looks that could make even the hardest of hearts melt. 

Tonight, my husband made me feel attractive and desired.  Tonight, my husband made me laugh.  Tonight, my husband made me remember why I fell in love with him in the first place.  Tonight, Helmut and I felt loved by our family and by each other.

Tonight, I am grateful for a Lord who has given me so many good things, and who promises to continue to work all things for an eternal good in my life.

Tonight, I will go to bed in the middle of a winter wonderland, with my family around me (or nearby in their condo), with my heart full of laughter and love.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Bedtime for Khai and Declan, is an adventure. 
They sleep in the same room, in a bunkbed. 
They make a lot of noise. 
Helmut, after especially loud noises, will go into the room, and ask the boys, "Is it NECESSARY to make SO MUCH noise?"

Last night, my sister and I were sitting in the living room, watching TV.
Helmut had gone back to work.
An abnormally loud noise was made in the bedroom.

A few seconds later, Khai yelled, "It was necessary!"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'm not sure if I mentioned....

I LOVE the snow!!!

Well, I love the first snowfall of the year, right on up to and including New Year's Week.  After that, my excitment wanes, but hey, by then, I'm looking forward to Spring!

Last week Thursday, here in Winnipeg, marked our first real snowfall of the season.  It started slowly...

(can you see the snowflakes in this one?? They sort of shine because I used a flash.)
and picked up speed! By Friday morning, my part of the world looked like this.

I stopped on the way to work to take this picture.  The world felt peaceful and lovely.

So, on Friday afternoon, I was UBER excited (yes, I'm allowed to use that word.) that the snow was continuing to fall, and fall hard.

People were laughing at me at work, (even more than they usually do) because I was like a child.  I would hop and skip over to the window to watch the snow fall and I was just plain giddy.  It felt like a winter wonderland to me.  Perfect and beautiful. 

Nothing could ruin my excitement.  Not even the fact that, on the way to get Declan from daycare, I locked my keys in the van, while it was running.  Yup. I'm THAT good.  Nor the fact that it took CAA an hour to come to me (and I was a priority, because the vehicle was running!). Nor the fact that I was going to be late to pick up a friend with whom I was having dessert later on in the evening.  Nope, I was still happy as a school girl whose hair is FINALLY long enough for pigtails.  (Just go with me on that one).

I don't know why I love the first snowfall so much.  I remember being excited as a kid, the first time a snow flake fell.  My sisters and I would get all bundled up in our ski pants and jackets (because one flake CLEARLY warrants ski pants) and we would go out in the "snow" and play.  This year, on Remembrance Day, our 3 youngest did the same.  Brett, Khai and Declan all got into their snowpants (granted, they needed them, because they were soaking wet when they came in) and went outside and slid around on the deck. 

I love that my kids are experiencing some of the same things I did.  I hope they the magic in the air and I hope they remember these things, when they are old, like me. 

SO! Happy first snowfall to all of you Winnipeggers out there.  I hope you enjoy this magical season, and that your happy and peaceful memories will keep you warm while you are scraping the snow off your cars.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I was recently told that I was not being very entertaining here is blogland.  I thoroughly agree.  However, seeing as I have an ulcer (yes, really) I am going to excuse myself for not being my usual exciting self!

However, I am feeling inspired by the snow, Christmas coming soon, and the return of my creativity.  So, I promise at least 3 posts this week.  One of those posts will only be funny to 4 people.  We'll see about the other two.

In the meantime, if you're in the Winnipeg area, enjoy this snow, and if you aren't, I'll be enjoying it for you!

Sweet dreams!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Halloween seems to be down to a 2 kid event in our home!

Spiderman made 2 appearances.  Once at the school party on Friday, and once on Sunday for trick-or-treating.

Lightning McQueen's number one pit crew guy made only one appearance.  He decided he didn't want to go to daycare, but on Halloween, he was ready to go!

Well, maybe not just 2 kids.  There's a crazy aunt who likes to dress up too.  This was the conservative costume.  Brett does an amazing impression of a tired teenager, doesn't he??

Oops, and how could I forget about the mimes? Oh, right, because for the first time (possibly ever?) they were SILENT!!!

Declan's choice

Khai's choice

Brett's own creation!

I have to say though, I think our pumpkins turned out really well!

The youngest two scooped out the icky stuff in their pumpkins (can you tell they didn't particularly enjoy it?)and picked their designs, and I cut them out.  Brett, went online, picked his picture himself, and scooped and carved his own.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the gotee! That was all him, it wasn't on the design!

Sadly, I don't have a close up of Brett for this post.  Khai and Declan hijacked my camera...so this is the best I've got!

It was a really good Halloween overall. I hope the kids look back on it with fondness, I know I will!

And just because this is too funny not to write about, this is Declan's scooping tool of choice.  A whisk.  You can imagine how well that worked!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010