Friday, December 31, 2010

December 2010 Recap

Here we are at the end of another month and yes, another year. The usual phrase, where did the time go still applies. Crazy. But life is good. First I will introduce my monthly recap and then perhaps if my memory allows, a more succinct yearly follow-up. My December daily/ advent etc didn't quite go as planned [well maybe it did - but I had hoped to do better =( ] Anyway, enough of that. Here goes:

Exercise: I actually did okay in this area. That is thanks to getting up at 6am with Mitchell and Cierra and being a little more disciplined then usual. It involved the elliptical trainer and the treadmill. No outdoor running in this weather baby!

Books: I leafed through a few more baby sleep books (doing much better in this area though); CK Magazine, and little else. I did read Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett. It was an easy read and actually makes a lot of sense. We are attempting to go this route with Mitchell. I was feeling really down about not reading "for me" though so I picked the most opportune time (2 days before Christmas) and started reading Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers . I finally finished it yesterday. It was really good.Emotional - I had a few good cries! I have the sequel on hold at the library. Exciting news here too - I have already downloaded some ebooks onto the ipad. I can't wait to explore those! I also cancelled my membership after I finished up my available credits. I've been wrestling with the notion of paying for books I'll read or listen to once when they are available for free at the library or now on the Internet. Regardless, I now have lots of reading available for the new year (like that's ever been a problem).

Entertainment (TV, Movies, Live Events):

  • The Office, NCIS, Parenthood, Modern Family, 19 Kids and Counting, and a few miscellaneous TLC specials I had taped

  • Polar Express, Elf, Toy Story 3 (LOVED it), Scooby Doo, 10 Items or Less

  • Kids play "Back to the Manger"x3 productions

Special events:

  • Helped out with Salvation Army Christmas kettle (3rd)

  • Church Christmas dinner (where we were 1 of 3 families with young children) (4th)

  • 5 bus snow days for Cierra (6th, 7th, 8th, 14,th, 16th)

  • Baby Group 8th Christmas party (18th)

  • Family Skate (19th)

  • Matthew's 8th birthday and party (22nd)

  • Sarah, John and Macy up to visit from South Carolina (23rd-29th)

  • Christmas services

  • Matt in hockey camp (27th-31st)

  • extended family photos (27th)


  • Al, Marlee, Mitchell, Sarah, John and Macy to see Sean and family (27th)


  • Snow blower fixed

  • Christmas

  • birthday parties (Matthew to Chloe - remote control car)

  • dedication to adoptive family at church; meal to 2 families (new baby, to-be mom on bed rest)

  • Drew changed cars (used Clark's audi in meantime and got a Volvo.....)

Household Changes: n/a


  • Marlee - fever at end of month

  • Mitchell - teeth #3, 4, 5, 6; first antibiotic for infection in right cheek (11th); 20 lbs 10 oz; fever at end of month

Other: n/a

Thursday, December 30, 2010

What happened to advent? and Christmas recap

Well what can I say. Here it is Janaury 5th and I am just getting back into things. I failed miserably when it came to keeping it all up for Christmas. By that I mean all of my aspirations for Advent and family togetherness and daily activities. But we survived. I think the kids have gained some good new memories. And I guess in the end I kept it simple. Real simple. By not doing much at all. I guess you could say I lost my mojo which is all too common around here. Lesson learned? Don't stop planning for the half way point assuming you'll have time to plan the second half. It doesn't happen. And 4 variations of advent? A little too much. Next year we will be focusing on a lot less. Trust me.

That being said, we had a great Christmas!!!
Highlights? My sister and her husband and my new niece came up for a week. Macy is lovely and it was really nice to see her new parents in action. They are doing well! We went down to see my brother and his family as well and I really enjoyed the 2 hour car ride to just talk. We all need that once in a while.

As for Christmas, the kids got their usual loot despite the fact that we keep meaning to do less. I look in Matt's room and literally turn around and walk out. I am overwhelmed. I am SOOOO glad we didn't do birthday presents from friends again this year. It could be worse. What is actually worse is that he gets that hoarding gene from me and my side of the family. I am not sure how to help him with it. Matt did get his DSI XL (he has been sure to correct us on that name a few times btw - despite the fact that we all know what it is already bud!). He also got lego, clothes, a calendar and a Guinness World Records book. All he recognizes that he got is the DSI. Oh and he loves his new housecoat too. Go figure.

Marlee got a large barbie dollhouse. NOT the official Barbie one but the imaginarium one. We really pondered over this one but thought it was sturdier and that she would like the elevator. After it was assembled she did tell us it wasn't the one she wanted. Uh huh I thought so. But (as we discussed with her) once it is assembled there is no taking it back. She also got some clothes and assorted dolls and clothes. Her big haul was in a HUGE crate filled with craft supplies from my mom. She is set for crafts for the year. Now we just have to figure out where to store it all.

Mitchell was jipped by us. He got Sophie the giraffe. He did love the wrapping paper and being a part of it all. AND he is only 9 months old. He got a tonne of great clothes from family as well as a few toys - some keys, a book and a talking book as well. He is more than happy.

Cierra fared well as well. She got a new tv, some DVD's, clothes, books and more. AS long as some had Hannah Montana and Eclipse faces (which they did) she was happy. Oh and did we mention that she watch Eclipse 8 times one weekend while she was away? that's what her holiday is all about!

Drew and I didn't do too badly either. Poor Drew - he never fares quite as well as me. But then that is because he spoils me. What can I say. I am happy he gets a bonus from work. He TOTALLY surprised me by getting me an ipad!!!! I had talked about how some day I'd like to get one - it seemed like something up my alley but that the cost was above our means for a while. So it was a big surprise to get one. And then I also got the one thing on my list I had really been wanting - a digital frame. Not only one but three!!! And they say communication is strong in our family! We will be putting them all to use though. There are more than enough pictures to share around the house. I particularly want to add my digital scrpabooking pages. It's a great way to show them off. Drew got a variety of clothes - sweaters primarily, some gift cards and the usual scavenger hunt to find them. I like to think it is more for the kids but it also spreads out his gift a little since there aren't usually too many ideas when his list is seen by the rest of the family.

We joined both of our families at my parents house for dinner and fellowship on Christmas day.

And a happy 9th month Mitchell (backtrack to see more on that)

All in all though it was a pretty good Christmas break. We had several days following where we literally did nothing. Total pajama days, no work, a lot of lounging. It was great. Also no family picture by the tree or the fireplace or anywhere for that matter. No Christmas letter written or mailed either.

We may have been a little too lazy because some of us (mainly me) ended up getting sick. We need to remember to get outside too for some fresh air! Mitchell's fever ended up being about 2 new teeth but Marlee, Drew and I have all had sore throats, headaches, chills and coughs. We've been getting to bed early and I have even been taking naps during the day. Must be bad when that happens. Hopefully this will pass soon. As for now I have to admit that I am glad that the kids are back to school and we can get the house back into shape. It needs some work! Not to mention purging. TTFN!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Mitchell is 9 months old!

  • [20 lbs 10 oz] (December 11th)
  • 28.25"
  • wearing 9 and 12 month clothing [prefers nakey butt though =)]
  • scooting around commando style
  • sitting well - working on transitioning from sitting to moving
  • not overly interested in being contained (jumperoo or exersaucer)
  • very easy going temperament - generally only cries when he needs something; everyone comments on how happy he is
  • waving and clapping, heil (close to "all done" and "more"?)
  • Sleep routine (2 1/2 - 3 hour morning nap; 1 hour late afternoon nap; down for bed between 7-8:30 at night; feeding at midnight and 4:30 am; up at 6 am) Not everyone's dream but I'm happy with it.
  • nursing on demand and doing baby led weaning - trying basically all of the foods that we eat. No more puree!
  • EC - getting hits most mornings, selfishly missing poops at the end of his naps - he seems to make a sound (probably going then, and then settles for 1/2 hour more sleep!). He is now scooting around on the floor ON his potty - cute! He really likes nakey butt time and squawks when I put his diaper on.
  • gained teeth #3,4 (13th and 15th)
  • first antibiotic for infection inside right cheek (December 11th)
  • first fever
  • first time stayed home with Nana and YaYa while we went to evening Christmas party 6-10pm
  • first time meeting cousin Macy
  • first Christmas - loved the paper and his noisy toys

Saddened by the loss of babies in the blogworld I read this week - I am forever grateful for this little guy in our lives and that we have the love of God eternally. We all love you buddy!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Matty!!

I've now been a mother for 8 official years. Wow. And what have I learned? I still have a lot to learn. That's what.

I still need to learn...
  • To be patient. More.

  • That my voice doesn't have to raise a few octaves when I am speaking to my kids.

  • To get money (? that's Matt's answer - more on THAT later)

  • To have more joy (more on that later too)

  • To remember that it doesn't last long. And I will wish for it back. Even the tough stuff.

  • To remember that hair is only hair and eventually it will be cut (right?)

  • That he is a typical young boy - in every manner of the word.

  • That he is very much like me (which can be a good and a bad thing)

  • That when you teach independence - it means he will want to assert his independence (right?)

  • That there is no better job in the world.

  • That there is nothing I'd rather be doing.

  • That I can still learn a lot more and work towards being a better mom and parenting is an ever-learning experience.
Phew. Now that that is done, we'll get on to the good stuff. Who is Matt right now at the ripe old age of 8?

  • "I'm a boy. I am your son. That is who I am."

  • Who wants to abandon his booster seat (which he now can on occasion)

  • Weighs 60 lbs and is 51" (4 ft 3") tall

  • Is involved in Sunday School, play practice, ice hockey

  • Has at least one after school play date a week

  • Is into shaggy long hair, thumbs out and open mouth pictures

  • Is into being very loud!

  • Who enjoys school and learning

  • Who still loves lego but also Wii, and mostly his new DSIxL

  • Who fiercely loves his brother and SOMETIMES his sisters too

And a few of his favourite things (in his words):

What is your favourite cereal? fruit loops (which he like never gets!)

What's your favourite TV show? Scooby Doo

What vegetables do you like best? corn

What toy would you never give away? wii

What do you take to bed at night? nothing

What's your favourite game? Super Mario galaxy 2

What's your favourite book? 39 clues book series

What is your favourite candy? gum

What's the last thing of yours that Mom displayed? wii signs

Happy Birthday buddy! We are so proud and glad to have you as our son!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Good Food Box - December

I picked up our bin today. Here is what we got:
  • 10 lb bag of white potatoes
  • 2 lb bag of carrots
  • a green pepper
  • a bulb of garlic
  • a butternut squash
  • a cabbage
  • 5 macintosh apples
  • 3 clementines
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 head of ???

All for $10. Paid for at the beginning of the month. Picked up at the end. Good deal. Now I just ahve to figure out what to do with the cabbage. Drew is not too fond of the cabbage roll casserole recipe - the only thing besides cole slaw I know how to make with cabbage. Any ideas?

computer issues

We have had computer issues. For about a week and a half things were getting really slow and then slower and finally hardly moving at all. My ipod touch froze. The laptops. The desktop. Everything. Drew did some investigation. The next day we discovered we were in need of a new modem. Problem solved. Thank you! And yes pastora - I am defintily impatient when it comes to this area.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Friday December 10 - 'wonder' It's a Wonderful life and we're going to tent it! We're camping out tonight by the Christmas tree!

Picture: Wheat
Scripture: Ruth 1: 15-2: 3
Reading: Ruth and Naomi had lost all the people they loved. Naomi's two sons--one of them was Ruth's husband--had died, and Naomi's husband had died too. Naomi had been living in Ruth's country, far from her family, and so Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem. Ruth could have stayed in her own country with her own family, but she chose to go to Bethlehem with Naomi.
Naomi was so sad that she thought that God had forgotten her. In the days of the Bible, most women couldn't get jobs, so women would go the fields and take the grain that the farmers left behind. Ruth went to the field to gather grain, and there she met Boaz, a relative of Naomi's, who took care of them. Boaz and Ruth married and had a son, and Naomi was happy. She knew that God had not forgotten them, even when she had been sad.
Talk about: When did you feel really sad? What can make you happy?
Prayer: Holy God, thank you for being with us always.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Thursday, December 9 - 'falalalala' - let's crank the Christmas music. Pick your favourite Christmas song and dance while we do our clean up. As a bonus tell mom one new song each to download from itunes.

Picture: rope
Scripture: Joshua 2: 1-21
Reading: The Israelites were ready to enter the land that God had promised them. They sent two men into the land to find out more about the land. It was very dangerous to go into the land; if the people who ruled the land had found the two Israelites they would have been killed.
Rahab saved the lives of two of God's people. She hid the two men in her house and then helped them to escape. She knew that God had promised the city of Jericho to Joshua and the Israelites, and she believed that God is a powerful God.
Brave Rahab honored God because she believed in God's power. In return, the Israelites protected Rahab and her family. Rahab hung a red rope from the window in her house so that the Israelites would remember to protect her. And God remembered Rahab and took care of her for the rest of her life.
Talk about: Tell about a time when God gave you courage to help someone.
Prayer: Dear God, give us courage to help others.

I just wanted to say...

  • Thanks for picking up my pictures at Costco this week
  • Thank you for putting up with the "mess" in our bedroom
  • Thank you for snowblowing the driveway yesterday before going to work
  • Thank you for coming home and immediately making dinner yesterday because I ??? (what was I doing again?)
  • Thank you for encouraging me when I felt I "didn't accomplish anything" yesterday
  • Thank you for taking interest in yourself to stay fit and run - even in -24 degree weather. I wouldn't.
  • Thank you for putting out the garbage today
  • Thank you for taking time away from work to get my winter tires on for me today
  • Thanks for sharing your sunny d with me
  • Thank you for being you
  • Thank you for loving me!

(some credit for inspiration to Rebecca Cooper Real.Life.Scrapbooking)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


December 8 - 'delight' - Grab your hot chocolate! We are leaving for play practice a little early so that we can look at the Christmas lights. What colours are your favourite?

Picture: tablets
Scripture: Deuteronomy 5: 1-22
Reading: God wants us to be good to each other. God wants us to treat others the way that we want to be treated. To help us to understand how to care for each other, many years ago God gave Moses the ten best rules for living. These rules are called the Ten Commandments, and they are still good rules for us today.
Not everybody likes to follow the rules. They think rules keep them from having fun. But God gave us the rules not as a punishment, but as a way of helping us to show God that we are thankful for what God has done for us. God wants us to do good, and will help us to do the right thing by guiding us to the right path.
Talk about: What rules help your family to live together and be happy?
Prayer: Righteous God, thank you for giving us rules to guide us.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Tuesday, December 7 – 'glory' - Give glory to God for our many blessings. Find 5 toys each that we can pass on to others

Picture: coat
Scripture: Genesis 37: 1-36; 50: 15-21
Reading: Sometimes even love cannot protect us from bad things. Joseph was loved very much by his father, Israel (Jacob), but Joseph's brothers hated him. And so they sold him to a man who made him a servant and even put him in prison.
But God had given Joseph a special gift of understanding dreams, and Joseph was able to use his special gift to help others. He was rewarded for his help by being given a very important job. While he was doing this job, he again met his brothers, who did not recognize him. Even though Joseph could have been mean to his brothers, he chose to help them. He knew that even though he had gone through some terrible times, God had been with him through everything, and God still expected him to do good things.
Talk about: Who can you be kind to today?
Prayer: God of forgiveness, help us to be kind even to people who make us angry.

Monday, December 6, 2010


Monday December 6 - 'twinkle'
Our decorations are missing something. We'll decorate the mantle today and have a special Christmas story (read on) by the fireplace. Don't forget the stockings! Today is also Saint Nicholas Day. Read the history of Saint Nicholas. Tonight before you go to bed, put out your shoes with some carrots and apples in the them. See if there is a surprise in the morning.

Picture: ladder
Scripture: Genesis 28: 10-22
Reading:Jacob had not always been a good person. He had done some unkind things, but instead of saying he was sorry, Jacob ran away. He lived away from his family for many years, but now it was time to meet with his brother. He had to face up to the things he had done wrong many years before.
When Jacob ran away from his family, he may have thought that he was running away from God, too. The night before he was going to see his brother, God spoke to Jacob in a dream. God reminded Jacob of promises God had made to Jacob's father and grandfather, and that those promises were meant for Jacob, too.
Jacob thought that he had run away from God, but God was always with him.
Talk about: How do you know that God is always with you?
Prayer: Remind us each day, God, that you are with us.

Memory Monday - crafting through the years

I recently listened to the Paperclipping Round Table Episode 31 where it questioned
"Why do some people dabble in a variety of paper crafts (and other types of arts and crafts) while others stick to a very specific craft? What is it that attracts you to some crafts but not to others? Which did you start with and why did you branch out?"

I certainly fall into the first camp and it got me thinking about all of the different crafting experiences I have been into and how that has evolved for me.

Here is a trip down memory lane:

Remember the fabric painting (I made a few quilts and bibs from these)?

Cross stitching (I loved Ziggy!)
Rug hooking (I made a few pillows and some small rugs)

And then there was
  • embroidery (some table cloths - I didn't last too long with this one)
  • making doll furniture (more on that another time)
  • knitting (sweaters while on night shift in university)
  • sewing and mending
  • colouring and cutting - file folder games for work

which has now led to

  • card making
  • scrapbooking and of course
  • blogging.

As I look around me, I have definitely gotten my influence from my mother. Ever since I can remember, she has been "creating".

There were

  • silk screened Christmas cards
  • banners for church
  • embroidery
  • making dolls (includes embroidery)
  • smocking (dresses)
  • sewing and mending (clothes, costumes you name it)
  • pottery (dishes, vases, decorations)
  • Macrame
  • upholstery (recovers furniture)

And I'm sure there is more! Awesome thing is is that she is still crafty - she sews more than anyone I know. She occasionally pots and still makes Raggedy Ann dolls for anyone having a baby. Thanks mom for the inspiration!

Oh - one another note - I loved the comment from the show where (I think) Izzy reminded his son? that "back in our day when we wanted to learn I had to go to the library" (not like these days with google at our fingertips) oh yeah and we had to WALK 10 miles to get there too! Such a good show- thanks for the memories!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Sunday, December 5, 'festive'
Let's make this place a little more festive! What do we need to do that? Figure out the clues and find 5 pieces to get you started in the family room.

They are colourful and can sometimes twinkle. It rhymes with plight. _ _ _ _ _ _
Some are big and some are small. Some are short and some are tall.
Some stand alone and some in a group.
Some inside and some on the stoop. D _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
We need this to hang the balls. We use it to fish with.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly falalalalalalalalalalala. We need some greenery!
Ring ring ring your _ _ _ _ _ ring them loud and clear!

Picture: ram
Scripture: Genesis 22: 1-14
Reading: Isaac was a special boy, and his father, Abraham, loved him very much. But Abraham loved God even more than he loved Isaac. One day God asked Abraham to take Isaac on a journey. Abraham obeyed. God also asked Abraham to kill Isaac as a sacrifice, as a way of showing how much Abraham loved God.
Abraham was sad, but he knew that he had to obey God. He trusted that even though he was being asked to do something terrible, God would make everything right. As he was getting ready to sacrifice Isaac, God sent an angel to stop Abraham and save Isaac's life. Then Abraham sacrificed a sheep as a way of honoring God, and to thank him for saving Isaac's life.
Talk about: When did you feel protected by God?
Prayer: Protect us, dear God, when we have to do things that make us sad

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Saturday, December 4 - 'family'
Unscramble the word to see where we are going to dinner tonight. God has given us so many wonderful people to fellowship with - people that we can in fact call family. Tell mom or dad the names of at least 5 different families that we fellowship with regularly.

We went to church for the annual Christmas dinner. It was an awesome roast beef and chicken dinner with broccoili, salads and potatoes. There was cake and apple crisp for dessert. The kdis did really well for an hour and then, well, they didn't. It is amazing how well they can get along with each other and then totally not. At this point they were not getting along and were well, a little rough with each other.

Picture: cradle
Scripture: Genesis 21: 1-7
Reading: Have you ever wanted something so much that you thought you would die if you didn't get it? It's so hard to be happy when we focus on the things we don't have, instead of the things we do have.
Sarah wanted a baby more than anything, but even though she prayed a lot and tried everything she could think of, she didn't have a baby. As she got older she finally decided that God would not give her a child. But then God gave Sarah a son, and she named him Isaac. Sarah was very happy and grateful to God for giving her a wonderful son when she had given up on her dream.
Talk about: How has God answered your prayers?
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for answering our prayers.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Friday, December 3 - 'service'
"Ring-ring-ring your bells ring them loud and clear! To tell the people everywhere that Christmas time is here". Tonight we head to Walmart to man the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle .
What a night. It was a really good experience. We certainly learned a few things though. 3 hours is too long for the little guys. Drew was dreading Walmart but thank goodness it was there and not Zehrs because there was a MacDonald's which killed 45 minutes for them. Cierra and I started while Drew had dinner with the kids. Drew then took a turn while I had dinner and got some photos developed. Drew then walked around with the kids while Cierra and I manned the bell. He came back after 1/2 hour exasperated with them so I took over while he and Cierra continued on. I have to say that Cierra was truly amazing. She was there the longest out of all of us. She didn't complain at all and I think she boosted the givings by at least 30%. She said Merry Christmas to just about everyone - and just about everyone responded - positively. And many came back to donate I'm sure because of her. I was so impressed. We went back afterwards to buy a magazine to thank her. This is definitely something that she and I will come back to do again - and I think she could do an additional sitting with her 1:1 worker. I think we might wait another year or two for the other guys although I am still glad we did it and that we were all able to do it as a family. (Btw Mitchell was amazing too. Drew had him for the first bit and then I had him in the sling at the door for about 45 minutes. Not a squawk).

Picture: tent and camel

Scripture: Genesis 12: 1-7
Reading: Sometimes God asks us to do things that are hard to do. God asks us to be good when it would be so much easier--and sometimes more fun--to be naughty. God asks us to go places and do things we'd rather not do.
God asked Abram to take a long trip, and to leave behind the place that Abram called home. But in return, God made promises to Abram. God promised that Abram would be blessed by God. Abram still had problems and struggles, especially when he forgot to listen to God's directions, but God kept all of the promises made to Abram. Most importantly, God was Abram's friend forever.
Talk about: Name some ways that God shows you what God wants you to do.
Prayer: Holy God, help us to obey you and do the things that you want us to do.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Thursday December 2 - 'goodwill'
Help us help others by putting out all of our items that are no longer needed for pick up today. Take a moment to thank God for all of our blessings and pray that these goods will in turn, bless others.

Picture: rainbow and ark
Scripture: Genesis 6: 11-14; 7: 17-8: 3; 9: 8-13
Reading: When people sin, or do wrong things, God is sad. There came a time when there was so much sin in the world that God had to find a way to remove sin from the world. So he asked Noah to build the ark and to save his own family, as well as the animals, because Noah and his family remembered God. Then God sent rain and the world flooded, and God destroyed all the people and animals that were not on the ark.
When the flood was over and Noah and his family were safely on dry ground, God made a covenant, or a promise, with Noah. God promised not to send another flood that would destroy the world. As a sign of this promise, God put a rainbow in the sky. Even in a sinful world, God still loves us and keeps his promises.
Talk about: Can you name a promise that God has kept?
Prayer: Thank you, Almighty God, for keeping your promises.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Wed Dec 1. 'December' -
2 clues to read for DAILY DECEMBER.

1)Backtrack a few days to get the full story.
it explains what we're doing in all its glory.
As we begin the month of December,
there are a few things we need to remember.
We're keeping the reason clear in our sight
But chocolate candy still has it's own right.
To go along daily, you each need to find.
Your own special calendar - a one of a kind.
Go back to your beds and have a good look.
Under beds, amongst clothes or with a good book. Good luck!
[chocolate advent calendars hidden in each of their rooms]

Wait don't stop - There's more to find.
A 4-letter word ~ a toy comes to mind.
Look high. Look low; with things that "go".
Another treasure each day, wrapped with a bow. [lego advent calendar - in toy car]

The kids loved the scavenger hunt to find their chocolate calendars. Of course they had to have them before school. Cierra didn't have enough time to find it before school but I got a good shriek after school when she found it. The Lego advent calendar looks like it is going to be a big hit too. Marlee gets to open the even days (because she is 6) and Matt gets to do the odd days (because he is 7).

Picture: serpent and apple

Scripture: Genesis 3: 1-19
Reading: Yesterday we read about the perfect world that God created, including perfect people. Today we read in the Bible about Adam and Eve, and how they disobeyed God. God had given them everything, and had only asked that they not eat the fruit of one special tree. But Eve and Adam did eat the fruit. The fruit made them understand certain things, but eating it brought sin into the world.
God still loved Adam and Eve, but he had to punish them for disobeying him. God sent them out of the beautiful garden, and they had to work for their food. God also made a promise to Adam and Eve: that God would always love them.
Talk about: What kinds of things do we do that make God unhappy?
Prayer: Mighty God, keep us from doing things that make you unhappy.

November 2010 Recap

Here we go again! Now we are counting down the days with advent until Christmas and the New Year's and we can start it all over again. In the meantime, here is a recap on all that we have done in the month of November:

Exercise – a few runs, a few elliptical, some swimming

Books, Magazines Read – I survived the Shark attack of 1912; Mothering, Creating Keepsakes

Entertainment – TV, Movies, Live events seen
- Paperclipping Round Table podcasts,
- Modern Family, Big Break,19 Kids and Counting
- Babies; Children from Heaven; The Buttercreme Gang; Meet Bill; The Baxter; Barbie in A Fashion Fairy tale;

Special Events
- birthday parties (Catherine D, Alyssa, Leilah and Brennan, Natalie)
- parent teacher interviews
- Santa Claus Parade (20th)
- skate event through Nana's work (21st)
- Drew work Christmas party (27th)
- Melissa's work party (28th)

Travel – n/a

Financial (significant/ unusual purchases, gifts) -
- deposit on new kitchen cabinet doors
- birthday parties (mosaic crafts, silly bands, barbie mermaid movie and dolls, toy story chalk, gift cards)

Household (renovations/ changes etc)-
- electrical done (bathroom/ kitchen nook)
- light switches on main floor changed
- water softener fixed!!!
- preparing for new kitchen cabinet doors
- garage ready for winter and van to be put in

Health/ Development -
Drew - skin doctor appointment
Alison - wart on thumb ewww!!!
Matthew - Dr B appointment for zittles
Marlee - tooth out; eye appointment
Mitchell - sitting independently, exploring fingers, tongue; creeping
Cierra - sore foot

- Beatles music added to itunes
- November To Do List a success

That's it in a nutshell! Now I'm off to finish my month-end tasks!

How did I do with my productivity?

November is now over and I have to say that I am very pleased with my productivity this month! It wasn't great for hobbies or for relaxing but I did get almost all of the things I wanted done checked off.

1. jewelery holder - up and in use at the back of our storage closet in our bedroom

2. Mending - just have sewing by hand to do and since I didn’t watch tv all month – that is when that will get done (that and it is only mini gloves – still deciding whether I want to do them at all!)
3. Kids art work
4. Plastic bag recycling
5. Sort Matt’s outgrown clothing for Mitchell
6. Purge kids toys in playroom - didn't get to this one. Hopefully they can help me this month
7. Receipts
8. Cierra’s receipts
9. Cierra’s inventory - still want to go back a few years and enter dates received but not a big deal for now (Doesn't it look nice and organized? I now have a list of everything she owns)

10. Label Cierra’s photo albums
11. Sort scrapbooking letters a-z
12. Scrapbooking inspiration files - still need more sorting but they are in hanging files and contained
13. Get rid of VHS tapes (this pained me to know they will be sitting in a landfill for eternity but on the other hand they are out of my house. Another reminder of why we are buying a LOT less DVD's and books when we can borrow them instead).

14. Garage bucket
15. Cierra's magnet boards (immediately covered with some pictures of Twilight)

16. Tissue paper
17. Cierra morning routine pictures
18. Mitchell’s food list
19. Update health books
20. Print out family mission statement - it is printed but ideally I want to scrapbook it and frame it - later=)
21. Mitchell’s dev’t list
22. Scrapbook pages into albums
23. Label LOM albums

24. Marlee’s 6 year photos in frame
25. Move frames upstairs
26. Kids school photos in frames still waiting for Marlee's photos to come back from school
27. Dust hallway landing –thanks Drew!
28. Pull out fridge and clean
29. Safe church – something! –bought band aids, band aid bags and booked a date for training
30. FORGET IT!!!! I did do LOTS of other stuff

like... making bum wipes for a soon-to-be-new mom

...and FINALLY fixed this wood project that I am NEVER going to do. I think I got it about 5 years ago and planned on painting "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" Yeah - my style has changed and it is not going to happen. Of course then it fell apart and I can't even give it to Goodwill that way. So it sat. Until this week. Bye bye!

and more.

So what does December bring? Advent and Daily December or something along those lines.
A birthday or two. A visit from my sister and her family (and my new niece!) and hopefully back to some me time.

What has this taught me? What does procrastination serve? Most of these tasks didn't take very long and some, like the receipts, take even more time the longer you wait. In my "ideal life" I devote a night every week for finishing up certain projects. And as usual, it doesn't often happen! Oh well, it did this time.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gratitude and advent

Advent started on Sunday and we are setting up for the countdown to Christmas. I put up mom's fabric 'calendar' with pockets and got a number of our daily readings ready. I'm combining the Jesse tree format along with a daily activity and treat. This really helps to keep the reason for the season in focus. I reworked my own version of Ali Edward's Advent Action tags to suit our activities and am writing these out daily. These activities will vary from service oriented activities to just fun family activities. They will be rhymes, word scrambles, cryptograms and scavenger hunts. Lots of fun!

December Daily and Journal Your Christmas all start on December first but I think I am going to focus on documenting our advent activities this year. Hopefully I can use some of the prompts for the whole family. Journal Your Christmas has offered 4x6 templates to make an album and I think that might suit my needs. As my past experience has shown me, my follow through isn't that great. It would be really nice to have a paper/ book record to show us how this year passed by. We will see.
The Jesse Tree daily reading starts with a scripture, a reading, a talk about and then a prayer.
We weren't 'together' enough to start on Sunday so it works that we can use last years materials (Written by Christina Van Eyl. Illustrations by Helen Phillips except for the lion which was drawn by Jeff Brown - site unknown). There are all sorts of activities when I googled it this year. One site has a colouring paper for each day if I want to add that in some day.

In the meantime, I hope to post our daily advent activities. It is still one form of scrapbooking isn't it?

Monday November 29 - 'gratitude'
What is another word for gratitude? Unscramble the words for a clue of our activity today. ... As we clear away our thanksgiving and fall decorations, let us take a minute to add any final thoughts to our give thanks board. As a family we are truly blessed.

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-2
Reading: God has a plan for everything. Long before Jesus was born lived a man named Jesse. Jesse had seven sons; the youngest was named David. When David grew up, he became a great king of Israel. God had a plan for Jesse and for his son David, even before they were born.
Jesus was also part of Jesse and David's family tree, born many, many years after David. People waited a long time for the birth of the savior. The season of Advent is a season of waiting for us, too. We wait for Christmas, the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
It is hard to be patient, especially when we are waiting for something wonderful like Christmas! But it is important to learn to be patient, and to trust that God has a plan for us, too.
Talk about: Why is waiting so hard?
It was interesting that our sermon on Sunday talked about waiting. The topic was then fresh in our minds as we talked with the kids about patience and how it is important to learn to wait even though in many cases we are able to get a lot of things immediately.

Prayer: Dear God, we thank you that you have a plan for each of us. Help us to be patient as we wait for Jesus' birthday.
Tuesday November 30 - 'advent'
Advent has begun! Help set up the advent wreath and the Jesse tree. Colour the ornament for today and read the story.

Scripture: Genesis 1: 26-31
Reading: God is the creator of all things. God made the world and everything in it: the air and the water, the plants and the fish, the animals and the people. When God finished creating the world, it was perfect. When God first created people, even they were perfect. They did not sin or do anything to make God unhappy.
Even though there is now sin and sadness in the world, God still cares for us. We have been given a beautiful world in which to live, and God has asked us to take care of it. We can care for the world by showing kindness to all living things.
The world is God's gift to us. God wants us to enjoy this gift, but God also wants us to treat it with care.

Talk about: What are some ways that you can take good care of plants, animals, birds, rivers, people, and everything else in the world that God made?
The kids came up with some good ways to do this. We talked primarily about reduce/reuse/recycle which led to the discussion of a lot of our family's practices. Things like buying used clothing to reduce manufacturing, buying in bulk to reduce packaging and freight costs, using cloth diapers [did you know that a baby uses 6,000 diapers in the first 2 years of life?], growing our own food, baking foods from scratch instead of buying from the store. We hope that they will start to see this lifestyle as not only environmentally friendly but also the will of Christ.

Prayer: Thank you, Creator God, for making our wonderful world.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mitchell is 8 months!

Our little guy is becoming such a little 'person'. We are loving how his character is developing. He is such fun!

  • weight? [20 lbs 10 oz - Dec 11)
  • length 28.25" (Dec 30)
  • sitting independently; not transitioning to move yet
  • creeping more quickly
  • new foods - grapes, baby mum mum, cheerios, applesauce (duh! why not earlier?)
  • discovering his tongue - and how it goes in and out and all around...
  • very babbly
  • likes his toes (and anything else that can go in his mouth)
  • enjoys nakey-butt (EC going really well - we are getting several hours a day with nakey butt and only a few accidents - if we could just move that first BM away from 5-5:30 to at least 6:30 lol!)
  • drooling!!! must be getting more teeth
  • sleeping - so-so, night time is good and daytime is improving. I've learned that the trick is getting him when he is ready and not getting overtired - hard to do with this busy household.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November Good Food Box

I picked up my small good food box yesterday. It inlcuded:
  • a 10 lb bag of red potatoes
  • 1 cabbage
  • 2 lb bag of onions
  • 2 lb bag of carrots
  • broccolli
  • 1 bag of cranberries
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 4 macintosh apples
  • 1 red pepper

all for $10! Good deal!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A sweet sleep blessing

I can honestly say that I kind of enjoyed bedtime routine this evening.

I went up with Mitchell around 6:45, started to wipe him down and change him but he was getting agitated so I ditched that and sat down to nurse. He nursed for about 1/2 hour and showed no signs of falling asleep so we got up and continued the bathroom routine. We then went back to the bedroom and "played". He got a lot of crawling/creeping done and I interacted with him and also caught up on some emails (LOVING the ipod touch!!!). He was in a great mood and just playful. It was awesome. The kids came up around 8pm and said their good nights and I toileted him and did the final songs and prayers. I then nursed him again for about 5 minutes (he wasn't that interested so no problem). I then put him into bed whereupon he started to cry. It wasn't the cry that indicated he needed to be up but I soothed him by shh-patting and talking softly to him. He continued off and on for about 15 minutes with me picking him up intermittently but him not getting overly upset. Could we be getting the hang of this? Anyway, he calmed down so that he was actually just lying in bed making noises. Then his noises turned to the raspberry sound. Which he has been making when he needs to go poop. And which he has been making because it is a fun sound. But I thought I should probably respect the communication part and reaffirm the sound for what we are wanting it to be used for. So I toileted him - no go. I then put him back in bed where he continued to make the noises as well as blowing. No tears. I was just so overcome with his cuteness right then. He rolled over a few times, looked up at me, blew some air and some raspberries. Just content. A few more rolls, some rubbing of his eyes and he was asleep. Amazing. I can only dream that this may happen more in the future but for now, I was so blessed with the time we spent together tonight. Thanks buddy!

BTW - thanks also buddy for an amazing nap today. I was actually getting frustrated that he wasn't transferring (after 3 tries) to his bed after an hour of nursing and falling asleep!!! I prayed "thusly" and then [yes] he did transfer with the next attempt - and slept for 3 1/2 hours (until 2pm)!!! God does have a way...

Gettin' techy with it!

Oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah!!!!

Okay I admit I am a little slow at some of this tech stuff that is going on around us.

I was blessed to get an ipod touch for my birthday and since the kids were wanting to use it so much, Drew has since gotten one as well. As of 2 weeks ago I have reclaimed mine as I have started listening to the paperclipping round table and digi podcasts. They have been great - particularly while I trying to get Mitchell down to sleep, and also for while walking to school. I've been learning a lot of new things and the panels are always so entertaining.

But anyway... I just got to "exploring" the ipod today and actually hooked up my email. Oh my goodness! What a timesaver this is! I get a lot of blogs subscribed because it is easier to keep up on them this way - but it means that some days I can get 20-30 emails and it quickly fills my inbox. It's almost overwhelming but there are so many interesting things to read! I then miss the "real people" emails I get. So it was really cool to be able to zip through a tonne of emails today.

When I got a phone call from Drew who noticed that I had replied with my ipod I was overcome and giddy and gave a little "oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah". I was a happy girl.

That's me - gettin' techy with it!

[Now if only I could download my ebooks and pdfs on it - but I'll have to save that for the ipad won't I?]

Sunday, November 14, 2010

November to do list progress

I am still plugging away at my November to do list. 13/30 done so far and we are on Day 14. 3 more are in progress.

Here is my list so far:
1. Jewelry holder – made but not on wall
2. Mending
3. Kids art work
4. Plastic bag recycling
5. Sort Matt’s outgrown clothing for Mitchell
6. Purge kids toys in playroom
7. Receipts - started
8. Cierra’s receipts
9. Cierra’s inventory
10. Label Cierra’s photo albums
11. Sort scrapbooking letters a-z
12. Scrapbooking inspiration files
13. Get rid of VHS tapes
14. Garage bucket
15. Cierra’s magnet boards
16. Tissue paper
17. Cierra morning routine pictures
18. Mitchell’s food list
19. Update health books
20. Print out family mission statement
21. Mitchell’s dev’t list
22. Scrapbook pages into albums –started
23. Label LOM albums
24. Marlee’s 6 year photos in frame
25. Move frames upstairs
26. Kids school photos in frames – waiting for photos to come back from school
27. Dust hallway landing
28. Pull out fridge and clean
29. Safe church – something!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fresh from the farm

I forgot to mention that the other day when we were at the surprise party we got talking with some older friends we hadn't seen for a while. It turns out they are living a little out of town on a small hobby farm. And they are raising chickens! Over 60 to be exact. Actually those are just the laying chickens. They just got their meat chickens harvested and will wait to that again until spring. Anyway, I made arrangements to call and then to visit so that I might get some of their "produce". I went out on Wednesday and after a lovely visit, tour of the house and farm, I got 4 chickens and 2 dozen fresh eggs. I was so excited! Marlee got along really well with their daughter at the party and was actually quite upset that she couldn't come with me to the farm but I promised that if this went well that we would all go out some weekend together. After this visit we will be sure to do so.

Thursday night I made a roast chicken and roasted root vegetables. It was so yummy! I did up carrots, parsnips, turnip, sweet potato and potato in maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. They got a little overdone but were still really good. I will be making them again for sure. It is so nice to know what we are eating and how it got there. So much healthier!

Friday, November 12, 2010

He is clearly communicating!

Just after I finished feeding Mitchell a few minutes ago, he made the raspberry sound I didn't really think much of it (I was looking at the laptop and he has been "playing" with the sound a lot in the last few days). But then he pooped. Clearly. I made mention of the sound, took him and changed him and then put him on the potty. Where he then made the noise and pooped some more! Totally cool! We continued on and about 15 minutes later we went downstairs so I could download what I had on the computer and he went in the exersaucer. Again he made the sound and the facial grunt. Too late. He had gone. But cool - he is making the connection!!!

Now I have to learn from this too. Take him seriously. And spend less time on the computer lol!

November Task list continues

I've been moving right along with my November tasks. I'm right on target as today is the 11th and I have done 11 of my tasks. Today wasn't that productive as Mitchell didn't really go down for a nap. I had to take him for a drive and ended up starting to sort the receipts while he slept in the car. At least they are started. I also got the family pictures up this morning (#25). Last night as I waited for things to load on the computer I was able to sort most of my alphabet letters (#11). I have a lot more then I thought! (Really that is no surprise).

One thing I have been noticing while I've been working on this list is that I have just as many MORE things to add to a new list. But that, is for another month!

Monday, November 8, 2010

This weekend...
- we got our electrical issue fixed
- we went to see Matt's hockey game (he won 4-2)
- we watched the movie Babies together as a family
- we stayed home for dinner (ate in front of the tv) and rushed out to small group
- we attended small group for dessert, snack, video and fellowship
- we dumped our stuff at the door and got the kids into bed
- we picked up Cierra on the way to church
- Mitchell flooded his pants in church, went pee on the potty and then was dry for an hour (pottied x3)
- we delivered church flyers door to door for 20 mintues
- we dropped Marlee off at a birthday party
- we relaxed and each did our own thing (I worked on the computer)
- we ran out the door for a surprise birthday party
- we witnessed some interesting attitude from our oldest daughter
- we felt the repercussions of daylight savings time change (umm it's an hour later remember?)
- we got home and dumped our stuff
- we realized that Matt forgot to do some important homework
- we got everyone into bed and collapsed...
...and left the house in utter chaos

oh and stayed up with Mitchell when he woke up and wouldn"t go back to sleep

So today...
i cleaned the bathroom
i am going to get the little guy down for a (hopefully) long nap and THEN
i am TIDYING up
i am going to put the garage bucket away
i am going to sort the plastic bags for recycling
i am going to sweep and mop the floor
i am going to put away the halloween and thanksgiving decor
i am going to put my laundry away
and after he wakes up
i am going to call about chickens and eggs
i am going to email about notes for our video series
i am going to email about Flat student opportunities
i am going to put up some pictures
i am going to shop for digital savings
i am going to put away my scrap albums

let's see how we do. See you later!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


We watched the movie Babies today as a family. It was really quite good.
Summary: A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo.
I had originally heard about it from the Elimination Communication yahoo forum that I read and it peaked my interest. I bookmarked it at the library for when it came in but expected to be waiting for quite a while before we could watch it as I was like #50 in line.
Some of our favourite parts and comments:
  • When the boy from Namibia checks himself out - classic!
  • the boy from Mongolia playing amidst the cows
  • the boy from Mongolia tied to the bed
  • the boy from Mongolia going to the washroom
  • the boy from Namibia being fed while walking
  • how all the babies babbled similarly - regardless of where they lived

As you can see, we really enjoyed the two boys in particular. The culture in Mongolia and Namibia was really captivating. I thought the boy from Namibia was just adorable. Just a note, that there was some nudity but everything was culturally related and we didn't make a big deal of it. The kids didn't either.

Our main gist of this film was that the more different we are the more we are the same. We highly recommend it!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November task list - Day 2 and 3

My progress has been going well. I did Mitchell's food list (#18) and Mitchell's Dev't list (#21) yesterday and got Marlee's 6 year old photos in the frames (#24) today. I started to arrange the photos for the wall (#25) but I think I will need to wait for Drew's assistance.

I've posted Mitchell's lists in the kitchen so that I can have easy access to note his development.

I also found my list from this post and re-evaluated where I am. Funnily (lol) I haven't gotten that far. Of this list I have completed the following:

- read ella's book on portrait photography
- completed at least 1/2 of October 2010 LOAD - I did all of it!
- I am getting caught up on my PSE tagging (Oct and Sept are done)

I made and am in the process of getting my blogbook for P365 2009. Speaking of which, I got an email today that I've been booked! I'll be adding the blinkie to my 365 blog momentarily. I can't wait to see the book.

I am now off to do some back tracking on my 365 - 2010! TTFN!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Task List Day 1

I need to remember before and after photos...

I did the tissue paper and gift bags today (#16). Yey! It was a nice and easy one as I was out of the house most of the day but it already looks so much better in our storage area.

LOAD day 29-31 and final thoughts

Day 29 - Oro Beach Park

Day 30 - Email

Day 31 - U R SO CUTE

And in recap - here are my stats!
Layouts created for LayOutADay October 2010
31 days
31 layouts submitted
24 paper layouts (15-12x12, 3-12x24, 6-8.5x11)
7 digital layouts (3-12x12, 1-12x24, 3-8x8)
4 double page layouts
201 photos scrapped!
All in all a very successful month. Showing me again that I can do a little bit each day if I put my mind to it and the rest of our lives won't fall apart. That being said, it keeps coming back to finding a middle ground. I'd like to do some scrpabokking each month, but I'd also like to be able to tackle my to do lists, and do some reading and watch some tv. Now I just have to work out HOW that is all to happen!

November To Do List

I have a To Do list that is a mile long. I like lists. I like to do list. I like to check off my accomplishments in a day. I am also a procrastinator. I have a number of things on my list that have been there for a very long time. Some not so much. But I am figuring that if I can devote 15 minutes to 1 1/2 hours to LOAD for this past month then maybe this month I can devote to my to do list. Some are longer and some should only take a few minutes - once I actually start on it. So here is my list (in no particular order) - let's see how I do!

1. Jewelry holder - sand, add hooks and hang
2. Mending
3. Kids art work - purge and sort
4. Plastic bag recycling
5. Sort Matt’s outgrown clothing for Mitchell
6. Purge kids toys in playroom
7. Receipts
8. Cierra’s receipts
9. Cierra’s inventory
10. Label Cierra’s photo albums
11. Sort scrapbooking letters a-z (and add foam letters)
12. Scrapbooking inspiration files - hang
13. Get rid of VHS tapes
14. Garage bucket
15. Cierra’s magnet boards - hang up
16. Tissue paper - sort
17. Cierra morning routine pictures
18. Mitchell’s food list
19. Update health books
20. Print out family mission statement
21. Mitchell’s dev’t list
22. Scrapbook pages into albums
23. Label LOM albums
24. Marlee’s 6 year photos in frame
25. Hang frames upstairs
26. Kids school photos in frames
27. Dust hallway landing
28. Pull out fridge and clean
29. Safe church – something!
30. print digital scrapbook pages

Lollipop, lollipop...

I'm overwhelmed! The kids had a great time trick-or-treating last night. Essentially it was the first time all and out going door to door. Up until now they have always gone to our church party and visited a few hand-picked friends houses on the way. This year the church went for a harvest dinner instead (which turned out very well btw).

So trick-or-treating we went. Well Drew went. I went to the neighbours houses and then Drew and the kids met up with friends and they went around the neighbourhood. They came home after an hour and a half and then went by car to our family's houses.

We had the usual few pieces of candy eaten once they got home and then the bedtime routine began. Yes they were a little high on sugar. This morning? My mistake, I left the candy out, which might have helped, but the first question was Can I have one? Then, Can I take one to school? To which of course I answered no. Yep I'm mean. And then I feel guilty. And then I think but no, Drew will get mad, our "policy" is no candy until the weekend. Which I TRY to follow but I will admit I give in and give one or two here and there. And I sometimes like to surprise them and put one in their lunch to find. When I do that though I find that they tend to expect it. So what is a mom to do?

Interestingly, I found a few articles in my inbox about this topic today. I have forwarded them to Drew and we will be having the discussion tomorrow (as he has now gone to bed). Basically they are suggesting that if we restrict the sugar intake too much it only makes the kids crave it more. Hmmmm. So they let the kids have free reign and actually find that the usage tapers off after a day or two - which they say is the same for the adults. I think that may be true in my case! Maybe not with cookies though... The other article talks about the Switch Witch (might need a name change) where they let them have free reign for the night (Halloween) and then the switch witch switches the candy for a cool toy that the child(ren) have been wanting (and the candy goes to the husbands work - out of the house). I actually really like this idea. I had thought I heard something similar but couldn't remember the details. I'm wondering if we can still work this into the plan. Part of the candy problem is that Matt is a hoarder. He will basically still have candy next Halloween. Marlee does not have as much control and Cierra, well, we can control her intake more easily but I know she likes it. And me? well I just like to eat whatever is around and I have very little self control. There you have it.

Soo - until the discussion - here are the links:

I have bookmarked this site - it looks like there is some interesting discussion on handling the sugar habit. I know I need to read up on this.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

LOAD day 24 - 28

I have to say that I am really enjoying this round of LOAD. I have felt a real groove and wish that I could keep this up. There are a few things that are going to need my attention soon though. Like receipts, like cleaning, like my to do list. But I have a plan. More to follow. When LOAD is done. TTFN!

Day 24 - Awwww

Day 25 - today [Mitchell]

Day 26 - 10:10:10

Day 27 - GPS

ER layout

I FINALLY finished this layout. It has only been in my head for over a year lol!

I posted it for LOAD but wanted to include it here with all the hidden journaling that goes with it. It is linked to flickr for the sources as well. TFL and remembering with me!
ER Moments (Series Finale April 2, 2009)
After 15 years of excitement, romance, mishaps, and miracles, the longest-running primetime medical series in television history, "ER," comes to an end this month. Though the cast may look a lot different than it did 15 years ago and a good chunk of the show's fan base has moved on, a trip down memory lane quickly reminds us why we fell in love with "ER" a decade and a half ago. Long before DVRs and TiVos, during the heyday of NBC's Thursday night "Must See TV," "ER" became appointment viewing -- an hour of greatness that delivered some of the best drama we've ever witnessed, some of the most fascinating and flawed characters in fiction, and some of our fondest TV memories. No topic was off limits and, season after season, the series managed to use the patients and staff of Chicago's County General Hospital to drive home how controversial issues, from war to abortion to AIDS to child abuse, were more than just stories on the front page; they impacted real people every day. To pay homage to the departing series and to celebrate the end of an unforgettable era, we've compiled a list of the top 15 most dramatic moments that made "ER" the standout series that it was.

Though it wasn't the perfect relationship, every "ER" fan was rooting for nurse Carol Hathaway and Dr. Doug Ross to make it as a couple. But when he took off for Seattle in the middle of the fifth season and Carol stayed behind (and eventually learned she was pregnant with twins), the prognosis wasn't good. Though Carol attempted to raise the babies on her own and even tried dating someone else -- another hunk, Dr. Luka Kovac -- it was clear her heart belonged to Doug. At the end of the sixth season, with little notice to her colleagues, she took off for Seattle where she found a rugged-looking, but hot-as-ever Doug thrilled to see her (as indicated by their passionate kiss). And as we learned from the recent "Old Times" episode, the couple truly did live happily ever after, just like we wanted. ("Such Sweet Sorrow," 5/11/2000)

Since Dr. Luka Kovac had already asked fellow doctor Abby Lockhart to marry him once before and didn't exactly get the answer he was looking for, there was only one way to pull this off. After all, the two did have a son together and seemed like they planned on being together forever, so why not make it official… even if the bride hasn't agreed? When Chief of Staff Kovac was charged with throwing an annual staff dinner, everyone was surprised at what a nice party it was. (Ice sculptures! Open bar!) But the real surprise came when it turned out Luka had actually arranged for his and Abby's wedding, going so far as having a wedding dress he knew Abby liked ready and waiting. After some hesitation -- not to mention shock -- Abby did indeed agree to let Luka make an honest woman out of her once and for all. ("I Don't," 5/3/2007)
After Carla, the mother of Dr. Peter Benton's son, Reese, died in a tragic car accident, a vicious custody battle for the child erupted between Benton and Carla's recently widowed husband, Roger. As Reese's devoted dad, Peter undoubtedly had the upper hand… until the eighth episode of the eighth season when the results of a disturbing DNA test revealed an ugly and unfathomable truth: Peter wasn't Reese's biological father! The shocking news sent Peter into a tailspin… and kept viewers interested in the then past-its-prime program for the remainder of the season. ("Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain," 11/15/2001)
It's no secret that nurse Sam Taggart's ex, the father of her son, is no good. Besides getting Sam pregnant at 15, the guy was a criminal who'd landed himself in jail. But his most deplorable actions began on the Season 12 finale, when, after being treated for wounds sustained from a prison fight, he and some fellow prisoners shot up the ER and took Sam and her son, Alex, hostage. Things took an even more gruesome turn on the 13th-season premiere. With Alex asleep in the car, Steve insisted he wanted his family back before raping a frightened Sam. Later, with Steve passed out on the ground, Sam managed to make it back to the car with the intention of escaping. But before she left, she decided to finally take her revenge. In a gripping scene, Sam grabbed her sleazy ex's gun and shot him dead at point-blank range before fleeing with her son and never looking back. ("Bloodline," 9/21/2006)
After a season-long romance, nurse Abby Lockhart and Dr. John Carter were getting pretty serious. He'd been by her side as she dealt with her troubled family and he even told her mom he wanted Abby to be his wife. But the couple's relationship came to an abrupt end while Carter was in Africa for a second time. (His first trip was for a medical mission and his second was to track down an assumed-dead Dr. Kovac). John not only sent Abby a "Dear John" letter while abroad, but eventually returned to County General with his beautiful new African girlfriend -- who also happened to be pregnant with his baby. If that doesn't say "we're broken up," nothing does! ("Touch and Go," 1/8/2004)
It was a tragic situation that mirrored what thousands of American military families were facing in their own lives: Dr. Michael Gallant, an Army reservist who had been deployed again to Iraq shortly after marrying his County General colleague, Dr. Neela Rasgotra, died in a roadside bomb explosion. But the most painful scene came when Neela spotted the soldiers who had come to the ER to deliver the news… and knew what had happened before they even spoke a word. A video Michael had recorded for Neela in the event of his death only upset her more, and the guilt and confusion she felt over her prior flirtations, her anger at Michael for going back to Iraq, and her mixed feelings about the war gave viewers a glimpse at the searing and complicated pain that comes with losing a loved one in the service. ("The Gallant Hero and the Tragic Victor," 5/11/2006)
Luka and Abby's marriage didn't exactly start off on the right foot. After their surprise wedding, the couple's honeymoon had to be canceled when Luka learned that his father had fallen ill in Croatia on the Season 13 finale. By the time Season 14 picked up, Abby was at the end of her rope caring for baby Joe all alone, which prompted the recovering alcoholic to hit the bottle again. She finally lost it after Luka refused her requests to leave his dad and return home, and after several after-work drinks on a steamy night with her nemesis Dr. Moretti, Abby did the unthinkable and ended up sleeping with him. Viewers couldn't help cringing when Abby woke up in a panic after blacking out in Moretti's bed, and realized she was in jeopardy of losing just about everything. ("Blackout," 11/8/2007)
Towards the end of the 13th season, Ray (Shane West) got drunk and started a fight with Dr. Gates over Neela at Luka and Abby’s wedding. After Ray stormed out, Neela broke up with Gates and called Ray, who looked down at his phone as he stumbled into the street and was immediately hit by an oncoming truck. We didn't know the extent of Ray's injuries until the season's finale when Neela visited him in the hospital only to find that he was missing both of his legs from the knees down. Even though the image of a legless Ray was shockingly gruesome, it was definitely unforgettable and achingly memorable. ("I Don't," 5/3/2007 and "The Honeymoon Is Over," 5/17/2007)
Who would dare leave TV's top-rated show at the height of its popularity? What about $70,000 per episode? Nobody, right? Well, nobody… except for Sherry Stringfield. When Stringfield's character, Dr. Susan Lewis, hopped a midnight train to Phoenix, leaving a distraught Dr. Greene standing all alone on the platform, she sent shockwaves through the ER and through the television industry. Luckily for Dr. Lewis' fans (and for Sherry Stringfield's personal bank account), she returned to the show in the fourth episode of Season 8, mere months before her former flame, Dr. Greene, succumbed to brain cancer. ("Union Station," 11/21/1996)
Midway through the show's sixth season, Dr. Carter was stabbed by a schizophrenic patient in an exam room and as he fell to the ground he saw (as did the audience) that intern Lucy Knight had already been stabbed too. Seeing Carter and Lucy lying in pools of their own blood, unable to call out for help, and wordlessly gazing at each other while the County General staff is happily celebrating Valentine's Day just beyond the door in the lobby was arguably one of the most haunting and powerful moments of the series. The following episode, which garnered 39.4 millon viewers (the highest rated episode of the season), found all the doctors fighting desperately to save Lucy and Carter's lives. And when they were unable to save Lucy, we saw a tender side of Dr. Romano as he ushered the nurses aside and sewed her up himself. Absolutely heartbreaking. ("Be Still My Heart," 2/10/2000 and "All in the Family," 2/17/2000)
We never got too much information on hard-nosed Dr. Kerry Weaver's love life during the first several seasons of the show. She had a boyfriend here and there, but always seemed more in love with her work than any man. We eventually discovered why: Dr. Weaver was actually gay. The revelation was hardest on Kerry herself, who at first resisted advances from the Amazonian psychiatrist Dr. Kim Legaspi, but eventually found herself in love with her gorgeous colleague, though she kept their relationship a secret. Ironically, Kerry first came out of the closet to the homophobic Dr. Romano during the seventh season in order to get him to stop discriminating against Kim. Though Kerry and Kim couldn't make it work, Kerry moved on to a serious relationship with firefighter Sandy Lopez, had a son, Henry, with her, and eventually faced blatant discrimination herself when Sandy's parents tried to take Henry away from Kerry after Sandy died. ("Rampage," 5/17/2001)
Midway through the second season, Dr. Doug Ross was considering a private practice position following a violations-of-ethics charge and numerous battles with his boss, the chief of pediatrics. However, the heartthrob changed his mind after he rescued a drowning boy from a storm drain, while a local TV crew captured and broadcast the nail-biting footage. That night, not only did Doug become the emergency room's resident hero, the insanely dramatic episode garnered 42 million viewers for NBC (a Season 2 high!) and solidified George Clooney's status as THE star of the show. ("Hell and High Water," 11/9/1995)
After learning that her husband, Al, was HIV-positive, the soft-spoken physician assistant Jeanie Boulet, and the man she was cheating on Al with, Dr. Peter Benton, both got tested. Peter's test was negative. Jeanie's wasn't. The news led to plenty of questions and controversy for seasons to come. Was Jeanie obligated to tell her higher-ups at County General? Did they have the right to limit what kind of procedures she could perform? And how should Jeanie have dealt with her husband who put her life in jeopardy? That storyline proved early on that "ER" wasn't afraid to explore tough issues and show viewers that people don't always react in politically-correct ways. ("Dr. Carter, I Presume?" 9/26/1996)
Love him or hate him (or love to hate him!), the crass and offensive Dr. Romano, who butted heads with nearly all of his colleagues, was one heck of a surgeon. But his career hit a major roadblock during the ninth-season premiere when he accidentally got his arm caught in a helicopter rotor while trying to evacuate patients. Though it was surgically reattached and prosthetics helped him operate again, it seems helicopters weren't about to let the crabby doctor off that easy. The following season, a chopper crashed on the roof of County General and promptly fell to the ground, crushing Romano to death in the ambulance bay. For once, the surgeon full of biting zingers didn't get in the last word. ("Chaos Theory," 9/26/2002 and "Death and Taxes," 11/13/2003)
It was perhaps the most emotional episode in the history of the series when viewers who had come to love the caring Dr. Mark Greene over the past eight years had to say farewell to the good doctor who had been with the series since the beginning. With his marriage on the rocks, a new baby at home, his teen daughter Rachel spiraling out of control, and a terminal brain cancer diagnosis, Dr. Greene spent his last days in Hawaii, the place he'd grown up, where he tried his best to teach Rachel life lessons and work things out with wife Elizabeth. As he became weaker, he said his goodbyes before dying peacefully in a house on the beach, far from the chaotic hospital that had become his home, prompting tears from viewers around the world. ("On the Beach," 5/9/2002)

I came across this list on Yahoo the week that the ER series finale aired. I have watched ER faithfully from the beginning and seeing these photos and the episode descriptions brought it all back. I shed many a tear over these episodes and many more. To say it was a highlight of my week puts it mildly. I was so glad that they “finished” the series and brought closure to the stories. I will be sad to see it go. [Full episode descriptions on back].

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Today...[7months - September 25 - October 25, 2010]

Yeah I know, you've seen this one. I couldn't resist though. Because...


Today you turned 7 months old.
Today you scooted across the floor faster than I could take pictures .
Today you were delighted with Kristy and Cierra’s entertainment.
Today you slept well, on your own.
Today you snuggled into my shoulder and my heart melted - again.
Today you are getting older faster than I want you to.
Today you reminded me how blessed I am.

As well... at 7 months
  • I think you are heavier (I'll have to weigh you though! (Nov 5 - 20 lbs)
  • I think you might be longer (I'll have to measure you though Nov 5 - 27.95" or 71cm)
  • we've been calling you Mister, Bubs, Bibiti,
  • you are being VERY wiggly whenever I try to change you and not happy about it
  • made the raspberry sound for the first time
  • you are "this" close to waving
  • sleep-wise you are in a routine that I can live with [yep - eating before sleep, but going down awake and settling - this month it was all recorded]
  • EC - about the same
  • you experienced new things - 2 teeth, concert,
  • you tried new foods - halibut,
  • you're not spitting up as much
  • you are generally a very happy easy going kid except when you need something. Then you show a quick temper but you calm down quickly.
Luv ya luv ya luv ya!