Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Four Things

B'cos I'm bored (altho' my head really feels like it wants to lay down) I'll do this, but I'm changing it up a bit!

Four jobs I've had:
-McDonald's (for 4 years)
-Humane Society
-coffee shop server
-worked in a brewery in Ontario (by far the BEST job I've ever had)

Four places I've lived:
-Hornby Island, BC
-Peterborough, Ont.
-Les Cedres, QC.
-Regina, Sk. (and of course PA)

Four TV shows I love:
-Scrubs
-Survivor
-CSI (the original)
-Criminal Minds

Four places I've visited (been):
-Bolivia
-Florida (layover on the way to Bolivia)
-California
-Chicago (2 week bus ride down there)

Four of my favourite dishes:
-lasagna (with spinach & meat)
-chicken cordon bleu with wild rice
-good ol' Kraft Dinner always satisfies!
-a big juicy, cheesy burger with bacon

Four sites I visit daily:
-Vandermeander
-Randall Friesen
-Dooce
-Chez Gavin

Four places I'd rather be right now:
-Hornby Island
-in bed
-East Coast of Canada
-somewhere warm, not hot, not cold, but warm...

This morning at Mom's we didn't watch '10 Questions we ask about Sex'. We watched another Marriage Uncesored video about being a 'pain' to live with and how we can lighten up our home lives. It was alright, but honestly, I was looking forward to learning about sex.
Next week there will be a panel of 6 people giving book reports on books relating to sex/marriage/relationships. Could be interesting. See you next week!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Nothing

The day started out pretty well. For once I wasn't the first one out of bed. Trust me, those 5 extra minutes were totally worth it!! Breakfast was good, we got all dressed up to take Gus out to the Little Red for a walk. When we got out there the sun was still coming up over the trees, the snow was sparkling and the air was fresh. It was a nice moment. Then Callah fell out of the sled and scraped her chin (on what???) and Matthias' feet started getting cold. By the time we reached the van again, both were crying, Matthias was curled up in the fetal position. I was left wondering what had happened to the beautiful morning that was greeting us not that long ago. Never fear tho', nothing a Pepsi slurpee couldn't fix.
The afternoon was lazy which was nice, the evening was spent with Great Grandma eating her favourite KFC.
And tonite, I just have this feeling that something is lacking. Like I felt when I was 16 and wondering what life had in store. If I would ever get over this feeling of ... of... nothing. So right now I'm just sitting here at the computer listening to my music and feeling this nothing. I wouldn't say it's something bad. It could be thought of as peaceful. It's just nothing. Do you ever feel like that? I'm sure it'll go away. Tomorrow is a new day, with new opportunities and new ways to grow, new chances to enhance the life I lead. I just hope I'm up to the challenge and accept them.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I love being a Mom

There's times when I really love being a Mom, and one of those times was this morning at Moms. This morning we had an "Ask a Mom/Woman" segment. It was alot of fun, there were some really good serious questions and some funny lighthearted questions. Alot of information was shared and ladies really opened up. Made me really glad to be apart of something like this.

And don't forget! Next week we watch a video on S-E-X!!

Another thing happened today that made me glad I was a mom. My daughter, bless her little heart, got into our butter dish. Not just once, but twice! The second time she had this soft, melting butter all over her hair and face, down the front of her shirt, in her hands and on the back of the chair. What made me glad I was a mom, was that I was busy making supper when she did this, so her father had to clean her up!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Things My Children Taught Me Today

This weekend, my husband was working nights, and therefore sleeping most of the day. I was not feeling 100%, and my eldest daughter was quite sick with a bad cold and runny nose, etc. My youngest daughter was feeling fine, but because we were all staying at home this weekend, incidents between the girls that would, at any other time, be nothing to deal with, somehow managed to get out of control. Things that I thought should be getting done simply weren't. And the day went on. I became impatient and irritated several times and it showed. I didn't like how it felt and realized that I was not helping matters at all, so at one point, I stopped mid-rant and paused for a long time. My daughters stopped too, and stood there looking at me, wondering what was going to happen. I looked at them, smiled, apologized for impatiently snapping at them, and asked them to forgive me. They flew at me so full of forgiveness, love, and acceptance, so free with their hugs, kisses, and smiles, and sang me songs about their love for me, and how we'll always be there for each other. They didn't attach any conditions to their forgiveness, or even a "Just don't let it happen again." Their forgiveness was immediate and complete. We moved on, and the day got better! Later, I couldn't help but reflect on their willingness to love and forgive. I also realized that the way they forgave is the way my Lord forgives too. I need to be more like that. Today, my children taught me by their example.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

What was that?

As I was sitting downstairs doing my blogging rounds, I suddenly hear a scream, "MOM!!!" So I bolt upstairs to my room where my son is suppossed to be sleeping and he's crying and sobs out a "there's a bead stuck in my nose." No problem, I quickly push it out and calm his shaking little body. "Don't ever put anything up your nose. Never. Okay?"
"Okay" came his timid reply.
"Okay, now go to sleep."

If only all problems could be solved that easily.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Amazing

I know I've been missing for quite some time. Last week I watched an amazing show that I wanted to write about, but then I got sick, and so I'm finally getting better and here I am! If you haven't seen March of the Penguins, see it! It's amazing what these little guys (and gals ) go thru to mate. The whole movie I kept saying "amazing", b'cos it actually really was! It made me laugh out loud, it made me cry, it totally moved me. Clearly one of the best films I've seen all year. I cannot rave about it enough. See it, if you haven't already. What's funny too is that penguin sex has been a topic I've been hearing alot of lately. I first heard it last summer when Steve and I were reading a book called Blue Like Jazz. One of the chapters was all about penguin sex. Then a friend of mine wrote about it on his blog (but I can't find it now) and then this movie came out. It's all very interesting.

Anyway that's my opinion. Now this is what parenting is all about! If only it was that simple! One of the Mom's from MMO (Bonnie Malenfant) is going in tomorrow to have her twins. She has a 2 yr. (almost 3) old boy now. Pray for her. I think she's going to need it!

Otherwise this past Mom's was suppossed to be with a guest pharmacist. I hope you asked her lot's of questions. This week should be alot of fun. It's Ask A Mom/Woman. So bring lots of questions that only a Mom would dare ask and hopefully (which I'm sure there will be) another Mom will have gone thru the same thing and be able to offer up some words of advice. Like this for instance taken from a friends blog. Thanks Dixie!

Well I hope you all have a great weekend! Stay warm out there!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Marriage

Steve is upstairs watching Hockey Night In Canada, and I just don't feel like hockey tonite, so I'm doing my "blogging" rounds and I came across this post courtesy of Toni.

What is it about making promises?

I've just heard from a Christian guy I know through a forum that his wife wants to try a separation. While there are reasons for this that are obviously complex, all the evidence I have is that he both was and is determined to be good for her and still loves her very much.

Don't people make promises when they get married these days? Like "in sickness and in health, 'till death us do part'" or similar.

Or maybe there are new vows that can be taken, along the lines of "as long as your bank balance holds out" or "as long as your skin is smooth and your breasts firm".

It seems weird to me that you can promise one thing, but as soon as there's an issue then it's OK to renege. After more than 24 years of being married, I KNOW there are times when you'll drive each other nuts, but what were your promises worth if they can't keep you together through that. I'm not talking about domestic violence or infidelity here, but the sort of strain that is normal at times in any marriage. How is it that promises have so little value - or we walk with so little integrity - now?

I'm not sniping at anyone in particular in this. I know BOTH sides of a marriage have to want it to work before it can. I just don't get why they won't. Let me say that I do honour and respect those that DO stay together through their differences and difficulties.

Friday, January 13, 2006

When you wake up in the morning...

...and your pants are overflowin'.
Diarrhea .
*toot toot*
Diarrhea.

Callah has had diarrhea since yesterday about 3:30 pm. It's not pretty. We went for supper at a friends house and both our kids wound up pooping in their pants. Callah through her pants and Matthias in his pants.

What a night!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

pasta cheese sauce, ice cream and peppers

I was so right the other day when I said I was a freakazoid. This morning at Moms I gave my Thought For The Day (which my secret goal is to place on here every Tuesday) and I literally freaked out. I was so nervous. I think I popped a vein. I started out holding my paper, but I couldn't read it I was shaking so bad. So then I placed it on the stand and shoved my hands in my pockets, to which my foot automatically started twitching for dear life. Like it honestly tried to disengage itself from the rest of my body! That was the longest 5 minutes of my life!!

Anyway, here it is:

The holidays are finally over. How was everyone's holiday? I hope good. If they were anything like mine, you need another "holiday" to get over the last holiday. It seems like I had family for like 3 weeks straight. Not always good and fun times, some tense and sickly (literally, my sister came up for New Years and was sick the whole 4 days she was here) but overall they were good.

There were the priceless "mastercard" moments like when my son Matthias opened a present that was a horse trailer pulled by a tonka truck (horse included) and the delighted little voice "Oh my goodness!! I loooove it!"

There was also the sickly sweetness of chocolate EVERYTHING in our house. My daughter knows exactly where we hide it and she'll go over to the cupboard, jump up and down and point. Like she needs more sugar.

But there's also that tenseness that seems to come from couples spending too much "holiday" time together. Know what I mean or am I completely alone here? It's like spending a week together reminds you of every little pet peeve that annoyed you when you first got married. The way he always leaves the seat up. The way he lounges on the couch, drinking beer and watching hockey while you do dishes, bath the kids, and pick up the toys. There's got to be a way that couples can have a week of holiday together and not want to suffocate their partner with a pillow half way thru.

the bible says in Colossians "12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." (Colossians 3:12-13)

"Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience..." I know that's tough. I struggle with that all the time. Just last week my husband and I were suppossed to go on a date night and the night before he says to me "we can't go out tomorrow. I just remembered Canada is in the semi-final playing Finland."(World Cup of Hockey) I could have easily slaughtered him right then and there. Instead, I clenched my jaw, and went to bed. Later when he came in, I faked sleep as he tried to cuddle. Like you ladies have never done that??

The next day we were at each other like cats and dogs. Until we agreed to give each other an hour of time away. He went and played hockey. I went for coffee with a good book. That time away can be so refreshing. Even if it's only an hour or half an hour. During those stressful "holiday" times we can't forget to take care of ourselves and in turn care about those around us.


Compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience. We can do these things. It just takes practice, time and a little help from God.

So there you have it. Next week a pharmacist from Victoria Square pharmacy will be on hand to answer any and all questions you may have. As for today's title, tonite we had pasta with cheese and green pepper sauce. My daughter, being the ever graceful eater that she is, lost half of it in her bib. Later, when we were having ice cream and brownie, she creatively brought forth the noodles and cheese, mixed them all together and ate it! Look out Martha Stewart!!

Monday, January 09, 2006

A Lesson In Color

"Mommy, what color is this?" asked Matthias, as he points to his horse.
"Brown." I say
"Oh." he says. "Like poop."
"Yeah," I laugh. "Like poop."

Don't forget, if you live in the Prince Albert area, the first Mom's Morning Out is tomorrow morning!!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Freakazoid

Last night as I was laying in bed I remembered that I had "voluntold" myself for the Thought For The Day at Mom's next week. The first one of the year! What was I thinking???? ARGH!!!!! Just thinking about it gave me butterflies in the pit of my stomache and sweaty palms. I can't do this. I can't be a leader infront of a crowd. This goes way beyond doing a simple TFTD.

Sigh....
It's going to be a long year.

Hockey Sucks

Looks like we're putting that date night on hold. Apparently Team Canada plays in the semi-final tonite of the IIHF World Cup.

How come I didn't know?

Monday, January 02, 2006

One Day Left

All our family has gone. We now have one day left of holiday alone, together. So where is my husband? Why he's out playing hockey, then he's going over to a friends house to play poker! Of course! One day left....

Well my folks and sister came up for New Years. Unfortunately my sister came down with the flu the night she got here and it's just clearing up now, in time for her to go home. My parent's stayed with my Grandma so I didn't see them a whole lot, we did manage to get in a nice walk with the dog this morning. Steve's brother, wife and 7 yr. kid came up too. I have a problem with him, the brother. So there were a few tense moments, but I didn't spend alot of time with him, even tho' he stayed here in our house. The magic of that makes this New Year seem good already.

Tomorrow we'll take a few moments to relax and treat ourselves to a night out. Alone. No kids. That should be good, and I'm looking forward to it. I can't think of a better way to start off a new year. The kids will be back to normal nap hours and bed time hours now. Maybe then we'll have some peace in our home. That and the lack of chocolate in their systems. Tomorrow we're taking down the ailing tree. I can't wait to get rid of all those pine needles. The tree stopped drinking water almost 2 weeks ago. It's hurting. It's time is done. We'll miss it. But then Matthias can open up his final present. The big one we've been hiding downstairs. It can take up residence where the tree is now. I hope he likes it.

I'll keep you posted.