Sunday, November 28, 2010

Laura's family

I had to work all weekend. I brought home some cardboard inserts from some saline packages for the girls to colour on.

Laura gave me this picture of her family. There's me and the "boy who married me", Laura, O and a wee tiny Aubie. I am going to hang this up in my scrap room!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thank you Regan!

I'm at a 12 hour crop at Two Scrapbook Friends and there is a layout by Regan hanging on the wall beside me.

Here is my take on her awesome layout!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bad hair day.

This is what she looks like before I put her elastics in. Not that she keeps them in at all.

Having fun with hair!

There is a website that is helping me be a little (lot) more adventurous with the girl's hair. Google princess hairstyles and you should find it.

This is actually woven! I love it and it was so easy to do.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 1 done.

Dan was picked up around 3 in the morning yesterday.  I got a text from him to say he'd landed safely in Dallas and then an email to say he was in his room in Mexico. 

I worked until 5pm and then raced over to get the girls from the sitter.  I cheated and went to Little Caesar's and got the hot and ready pizza for dinner.  We had to get Laura to Sparks for 6:30 so we had to eat quickly!!  Shelby met us there so she could see where to pick Laura up.  Thanks for that Shelby!!  She brought Laura home and then we watched True Blood. 

She's almost caught up on season three and then she'll be in the same boat as me and wanting season four to be on NOW!

Laura woke up this morning and the first thing she asked  was when daddy was coming home. 

I would have a few pictures from yesterday, but the girls got the camera and used up the battery. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

I made it!

Yeah, that's pretty much it.  I think I will go back tomorrow.

Thanks so much for all the support, it has really helped.

My goal for tomorrow is no tears--on my part, the girls were fine.

Now keep your thoughts with Dan because he's going to Mexico again. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tomorrow, it is.

Back to work tomorrow.  Not that I haven't been working this past year, it's just been a very different kind of work.  My maternity leave is officially over.  According to my husband it was my last maternity leave, but that is another post!

It's going to be extra challenging this week as Dan is being picked up by airways transit sometime before the crack of stupid on Tuesday morning.  He's being shipped off to Mexico again for who knows how long.  The girls and I are very fortunate to be surrounded with some really great people that step up and lend a hand when he's traveling. We really appreciate you!

I'm a little concerned about going back to work.  Everything changes so fast that it's like learning a new job from scratch!

I think Aubie was feeling something off tonight, it took her a very long time to fall asleep.  She just wanted to be with me.  I think Laura is upset about it too, she really liked me meeting her at the bus.  Océane, is just happy to be back at the sitter's house (so far).  She loves playing with the kids there.

Wish us luck this week, it has the potential to be a very long one.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy birthday, Aubrielle!

So after a 90 minute wait at our doctor's office this morning (we think she had a lot of needy patients today!) we found out that our little Aubie now weighs 20lbs 13oz and is 28.5inches tall!  She got her flu shot which made her whimper and the screaming started with the MMR.  That was absolutely the worst reaction to any vaccination for any of the girls.  I felt bad for her.  Dan and I also got our flu shots. 

She is absolutely perfect, our doctor said so :)  I can't believe our baby is one year old already, it just doesn't seem possible.  She has two teeth, a wonderful smile and an amazing ability to kick her feet in time to the beat.  I think she, scratch that, I know she has music in her.  I've been singing twinkle, twinkle little star (but just using lala's) since she was born and when she feels like it, she can lala it back/with me.  She is just like O in her dancing.  She hears music and she has to move.  She also shares the ability to put a smile on my face at any time, just like her sisters.  We are truly blessed.

Our Aubrielle, just one short year ago.

Our happy, happy girl!  Happy birthday sweet one!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

So glad I'm not needed.

The little girls had their first day at the babysitter's house this morning.  We decided to ease them in by doing today and tomorrow before they have to go full time next week.

Oceane was so happy to be back there.  She threw off her shoes and coat and ran to play with the other kids that were there.  I asked her if she was going to come and say goodbye, and she said "no, mom."  That was it.

I took Aubie to get her pictures done for her first birthday (which are so freaking cute!) and then I brought her to the sitters too.  They were outside playing and again I asked O if she would give me a hug goodbye, she looked right at me and said, "I'm good."

My fears about Aubie and her no/short naps was not needed, because she slept 90 minutes.  Of course she did!  Don't kids always do the exact opposite of what you think or tell someone they will do?  O even asked, yes, asked to go to sleep.  Didn't make for an easy bedtime tonight, though!

Laura and I walked over to get them when she got off the bus, then we came home and played outside.  The girls collected all the leaves that had accumulated up against the fence.  They had so much fun doing it!  Of course, I have pics...taken with my phone, but still some pics so you get the idea....

O saw this picture and said, "momma, I'm a robot!"
What better use for a recycle bin?
Here's our 364 day old.  She was laughing so hard at her sisters playing.  Poor thing can't wait to walk!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Finally the costume pictures!

With Aubrielle's birthday party, Laura's enrollment into Sparks and me getting ready to return to work, I almost forgot to post these pictures for Grandma!

Laura was spider girl - officially daughter of spider man.  Oceane was a butterfly princess and is still trying to wear the dress every day!  For Aubrielle we were more concerned about her being warm.  When we brought her in for bed, she was toasty warm and still without a clue as to what was going on.







Here is Laura displaying her best superhero pose.  Get a look at the shoes.  You have to love The Children's Place, those shoes sure completed her costume.














Butterfly princess she may have been, but she sure knows how to demonstrate her superpower moves as well!  Either that or she was busting a groove, which would also be like her.














Now for the cutest penguin in the whole K-W area, Aubrielle.  Poor thing looks terrorized, doesn't she?  Maybe, but like I said, she was warm!











Another quick group shot.  They are getting very good about posing together, this was their setup.










This is the last picture for this post.  All I have to say about it is, that I CAN'T WAIT to scrap it!!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Laura is a SPARK!

We went to her enrollment ceremony tonight.  She was so happy and did really well.  They had to walk through the arch to their leaders and say the promise.  They were in pairs and Laura's voice was the one we heard.  She is very proud of herself for remembering what to do tonight.  I just have to teach her the words to our national anthem in English!! 
Walking through the arch, to her leaders...she wouldn't stop playing with her sash!

Getting her pin.

Saying her promise, she was loud and proud!
A little treat for a job well done.  Congratulations, Laura!!
The 11th Kitchener Sparks.










Dan ended up taking the little ones to the van because Océane wanted to be with Laura and Aubie didn't want to sit still either!  They got to see her get her pin and then they left.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Aubie gets the cake!

We had a very low key first birthday party for Aubie yesterday.  Thanks to our friends and family who came to celebrate with us!  As usual, she was more into the tissue from her gift bags than the actual gifts, but I am thankful for the clothes and toys!

She really enjoyed the chocolate cake.  She wasn't supposed to have chocolate cake, keep on reading for that story!  She would eat a handful and give the floor a handful.  So impressed my girl is sharing already!


My brother made the cake for the rest of us to eat and it was so good!  I told him that the 'theme' for the party was monkeys so Shelley made awesome chocolate monkey suckers for the cake for decorations.  The cake and chocolates were so good!  He made it a marble cake which is my personal favourite.  Now just Laura to make a cake from and I won't ask for another one...unless he wants to make me one :)





Now onto my complaint (which I forgot to call about today)!  I originally bought a Duncan Hines white cake mix (yes, from a box) to make her cake and some cupcakes from.  When I opened the box, the inner bag was not sealed.  No problem, because I`ve had this happen before so I bought two boxes just in case.  I opened the second box and same freaking thing!  It`s getting late in the day and the guests were arriving around 2pm.  Thankfully, my neighbour had a mix for me to us.  I wasn`t being picky over the flavour.

The last time this happened with the cake mixes their customer service sent me a coupon for one free box.  I had better be getting more than that this time.  It was my daughter`s birthday party!

Now I have to go and peel some clementines for the girl`s after dinner treat!

Trying out blogging on the fly!

I just wanted to say it's clementine time again! I think it's a little sad how happy this makes me. We've already gone through two boxes! So yummy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Say it ain't so!

Tomorrow is Aubrielle's first birthday party.  How did a year go by so fast?  Technically, she's not actually one until Friday so I'm looking at tomorrow as a dress rehearsal.
I am not ready to leave her all day.  We have a wonderful babysitter, but she's not me! I'm worried about how she will do at the sitter's house.  Aubie doesn't like to sleep.  There have been many attempts to get her onto some sort of schedule, but life gets in the way.  I've been trying to keep her up until her afternoon nap, but this week she's been sleeping from 10-12 and then up until bed.  I'm sure the sitter will figure something out.




Look at all her dark hair!  Who would have thought that she'd be so blonde? (I know you can't tell under the hat, but take my word for it!)





I wish there was a rewind button.  I would love to hold all my babies in my arms (as babies) even for just one more day!  I will admit though, that Laura and Océane sure do give some of the best hugs in the world!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Two Scrapbook Friend's fall retreat in Grand Bend this past weekend.  Thanks so much to my wonderful in-laws (who happen to read my blog!) for coming down and hanging out with my family.  The girls absolutely loved having you here.

While I was gone I missed the trip to the pumpkin patch to pick out this year's crop!  Dan, Dan Sr and Laura all got in on the carving action.  Laura cleaned, designed and carved her own pumpkins this year.  Dan did something he's wanted to do for awhile and carved a turnip!
They did some patterns but also free hand this year. 
Now onto retreat stuff.  I had so much fun.  I am still in shock that in 48 hours of cropping time, I only completed one layout.  However, I did get altered :)  I worked on a bunch of stuff that I have been unsure of or afraid to even attempt.  I made the tags for the swap that I am in with the gals from the Two Scrapbook Friends forum.  I'm hoping that the Christmas gifts that I made this weekend will be well received by those getting them.

My one and only layout.  It was part of a challenge or I'm thinking it wouldn't have happened either.
another challenge to use a stamped image.
this was a sketch challenge.
Create something with a halloween theme. Ok, done!
We had to create something from the goody bag.  It came with directions, this is not my idea!
Probably my favourite thing.  I won this advent calendar at the very first retreat I went to and have finally finished it!  Can't wait to fill it up for December!!!  Did I ever get a lot of people asking where I got it.  It was a hot item.  Sorry folks!!!
Please keep in mind that I am *not* a card maker!!!!  I'm also thinking I am going to bling up the advent calendar....as you know, there is never enough bling :)