Monday, 29 September 2014

4 months

I missed my four month post of Prince T, so here it is!!  He is such a joy to have around!! He has completed our little family and seeing his smiling face makes my heart soar every minute!!

Currently, he's a very active little guy.  Prince T is rolling over, smiling, spending time in his exosaucer, sitting in his high chair and he's almost sitting up.

He likes snuggles and cuddles! He loves his brothers and they can make him laugh. He's started laughing and it's the cutest thing in the world.  He loves swimming as well.

He's current dislikes are sleeping in his own bed, long car rides, loud noises and being startled.

Thanks for being the most awesome, loving little guy in our family!! You are my favourite Prince T, and I can't imagine our family without you!!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

SeaWheeze 2015

OH MY GOD!! I did it I registered for my first half marathon!! It's official, next August I'll be spending a weekend, at least, in Vancouver participating in a half marathon!!

I've always wanted to run a half marathon, I think runners and swimmers have the best lean bodies and that's my ideal body to work towards. I may not get super lean but when I was running before I was pretty lean, it made all my limbs look almost gangly lol and I felt seriously confident back then. Unfortunately, I had just been running to lose weight it was an easy cardio exercise and I started thinking I could really enjoy running if I had something to train for, but no one I knew liked running, so I had no motivation to start on my own.

Then my girlfriend Becky ran the Sea Wheeze this past August and she really enjoyed it, so much so that she wanted to do it again, so I thought this would be the best time for me to sign up. I have some other girls who are motivating me and AND I could really enjoy running along the ocean to complete this half marathon!!

So I did it, I registered, I paid, I am in, I'm getting shorts sent to me, so now I have to work to get into shape.  Back to the Collicut and running outside for me now to get into shape, then in April it will be time to start the big half marathon training!!

Things just got real!!!

Monday, 15 September 2014

French Immersion

We'd decided years ago that we would put our Lil Man into a school that would focus on a second language, whether it was Spanish or French we hadn't decided until last year.  As you can tell we went with French.

The reasoning was actually really simple, though we both thought it would be amazing for him to be bilingual in Spanish, it wasn't necessarily a program we would be able to keep him in long term, so we decided that since French Immersion is offered in more communities that would be the more appropriate route. I didn't want him to get started going to school in one type of program and not be able to continue because we moved from that community. I like consistency.

So Lil Man is in French Immersion, and I'm not even sure where to begin to help him out.  I took french for 8 years in school as a second language, I have a great understanding of French, but I'm not a fluent speaker.  I can decipher French in books and can usually pick up enough French in a sentence to be able to understand what is asked but I have to reply in English because I just don't use the French skills I had enough. Therefore my responses come out as rudimentary.

So I'm on the look out for ideas and places to go to help me, help him.  Because his English skills will be amazing, I'll be able to do Math with him too, but the rest is going to be a bit more difficult.

So I'm checking out websites, going to add things to my pinterest boards and I'm reading blogs.  This blog is all about Kindergarten French Immersion.  It's pretty cool and it seems like a good place to start.  This should be a fun journey for myself as a parent to venture on with my child!! I'll keep you posted and who knows maybe I'll be able to dust off my French Language skills too!!!

Friday, 12 September 2014

This World, My Depression

The title of this post is a bit deceiving, I don't feel like I suffer from depression, but I do at times battle with feeling depressed.  I've never had to have medication to balance my moods, but I've had counselling and I'm a chronic over sharer.... possibly a reason for my having a blog.... Think on that one.

Throughout my life I have felt greatly. I have a lot of empathy for others and can cry for others misfortunes as honestly and thoroughly as I do for my own.  I've been accused of having a soft heart, because I cry over even what to some seem like little things, but it's because how completely I feel things.  I don't know if that will make sense to everyone but it's the only way I can explain it.

And to be honest I've always been this way, the silliest things can make me cry.  I can't tell you how many movies have made me cry and some that are completely surprising.  It's not because of post natal hormones either because I've been this way forever.  My grandma tells the story how she was watching me one day and I started crying in the living room. Grandma came in and asked me why I was crying and I said because the commercials are gone and asked if they would come back.  Seriously, I cried over the commercials ending.  Every year I would travel to California to see my dad and every year I'd cry at the airport as I left my mom and siblings behind and every year I'd cry when I left California and my dad and friends behind. Without fail, I'd be sobbing for the first hour of my flight home.  One time I cried on my way to Vegas with my sister because Lil Man was a year old and it was the first time I was leaving him.

I have cried in Harry Potter Movies, PS I love you, any Nicholas Spark books made into a movies and so many novels too.  I mean I had the ugly cry in Marian Keyes' novel Anyone out there.  I've even cried at some videos on Facebook like the Korean commercial where the dad calls the mom because the babies crying and after holding the phone to the baby and the baby not settling until the dad picks him up to cuddle him, yup this girl sobbed.  My friend put a quote up on Facebook about being young mom, it said "I'm a young mom so I could love you just a little longer" and I cried, I felt so deeply about that quote that my eyes welled up and I thought about how much I love my kids.

But what's gotten me lately is the news. Now I don't watch the news because I think like breeds like and the news is all bad so all it brings forward is bad stuff.  But I've heard some news recently, I mean you have to live under a rock with no electronics to avoid the news completely and obviously I don't. So I've heard about the Russia Ukraine situation, and then ISIS which is just horrific.  And my mom said that my grandma said this was what it was like before WWII and she thinks we will have another world war happening soon.  Just the thought of our world spiralling into another world war makes me so sad, then add to that that my oldest is 15 almost 16 and if things don't end in 2 years he could be drafted!!! Well now I'm just beside myself!!  I'm literally tearing up as I write this.

Why can't we just get along, let bygones be bygones, accept others and stop trying to enforce our views on people who don't want them.  I'm not just saying this about Western Society either, the other side the middle east etc need to take the same thing.

But it's all a power struggle, and the innocent are the ones that pay for the actions of a few. there was a video from the about a rescue of a 2 week old baby in a bombed out building.  Why did that baby have to be bombed? That baby hasn't done anything and it was almost a casualty of war.

So yes when I think of the state of the world I'm depressed.  What do I do about it, I work hard in my world to be nice to everyone I meet. I have standards and I hold people to them, I don't let people walk over me but I do allow them to be who they want to be, and I don't need to judge them on their choices because it's their life and I can't make their choices.  Do I want to move to an island somewhere far away?  sometimes I do, but I know that's not feasible.

So I put a challenge out to you, all my readers, if you feel the same as I do, but feel powerless to make a change in the world, let's do this. Let's be kind to everyone we meet. If we don't agree with them, let's not condemn them but allow them the courtesy to have their own view as to accept that their truth is not our truth.  It won't be easy, but kindness needs to be a wave a movement, and then maybe it will help alter our world for the positive, alter our world and make an impact on the larger world and help stop us from always making the same mistakes.

I think it's time to make a movement, it's time to foster change, I'm going to do it in my little corner and if I can pass it on to others and they pass it on and so forth, then maybe we can change the world. I will be the change I wish to see in the world!!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

13 years

As Allan Jackson says, "Where were you when the world stopped turning?"

It's been 13 years, and much like D day, people still remember where they were on this day.  You can't help but remember where you were when the twin towers came down, when the pentagon was attacked or when brave americans took down terrorists in a plane to stop them from killing even more people.

Yesterday I was listening to people talk about Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane and their upcoming cross over episodes of Simpson's and Family Guy.  The DJ was explaining how Seth was saved from 911 because he was so hung over that day he missed his flight, a flight that crashed into one of the towers.

But have we learned from that day?  That's the biggest question I have.... and I don't mean about our defences or about are tactical plans in war.  I mean have we learned anything that makes this world better?

I don't know but I know that day as scary as it was, as devastating as it was, was a day of learning if you looked for the positive lessons.  Humans will put aside differences to band together to help people in need, in times of great need nothing matters but finding help to maintain human life, because LIFE is precious, life is what we should be working towards.

yeah I'm rambling I know, I do it often but it's usually those long winded ramblings that lead to some enlightened point.....

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

First Day of School!!

My boys are growing up and they are doing it so fast!! I feel like it was just last year that Chandler was in Kindergarten and now he's going into Grade 11, 12 years he's been attending school, he has two years left and then he will be onto post secondary school.  And now his little brother Lil Man is in Kindergarten!! He's started at Camille J Lerouge school and he rides the bus to school by himself!! He's so big!!

I worry about school sometimes because I think my kids are wonderful, unique little individuals (not so little anymore for Chandler), and I don't want school to conform them into minions that don't have unique, individual thoughts in their heads.  I want my kids to explore and discover things through play, and if I could home school I would, but we need the dual income in our family.  I can't work at night all the time and my kids aren't night owls who would learn better at night so home schooling isn't really a feasible option right now.  Plus I think one of the most important things they learn in school is socialization and if the school is a good school the kids learn tolerance and acceptance of all kinds of different people.

Chandler is focusing his schooling on his mechanics and auto body courses as this is where his interest lie.  He does well at Mechanics and he's enjoying his auto body course so far. He is even looking at getting a job at a car dealership or performance shop so that he can expand his knowledge and earn his journeyman certificate in mechanics.

Lil Man is entering his first year of French Immersion.  After much discussion we decided French Immersion would be our best option because we may not stay in Red Deer for his entire education and if we moved to a small community that did not offer Spanish then he'd lose that skill and we did not want to see that happen.  I think he will do well in school but he needs to focus!!

So here we are at the beginning of another school year!!! How much will they change this year??

Monday, 8 September 2014

Last Camping Trip of the Season!!

Summer has come to an end, and we sent it out in style!! For a girl who isn't into camping, I had a busy, busy summer doing just that.  Thankfully I did it in our new trailer otherwise it would have been a very different summer.  The last camping trip of the season was a long one, it was busy and it was a lot of fun!

The last camping trip of the summer was with the whole family and Chandler's friend Eli.  Though there was enough room in the trailer for us all to sleep in the trailer, Chandler and Eli set up a tent to stay in.  We got all settled into our campground spot and spent three days awaiting the arrival of the Krawec family.
they whittled boats

Our three days alone the boys did some fishing and we hung out at the campsite playing games and enjoying some great food!! We brought cards and board games to enjoy in the evening.  The boys also enjoyed time around the campfire, Adrian even bought little packets to change the colours of the campfire.

The fishing from the dock was ok, but I'm not sure anyone was really successful. But it was a way to spend the days and kept the boys more unplugged than usual.  Being in a more remote area the cell service was not that great.  If it wasn't for the cell phone booster in Adrian's truck we may not have gotten service at all.

Thursday night the Krawec family arrived for the weekend!! I was so excited to see my bff!! We had some great laughs and some fantastic visits!! It was nice to have a long visit with Estelle, the last few times we've gotten together it's been hard to have a real visit because it's been during big family events and stuff.

We even got Sasha out playing.  She played fetch and went swimming, two things she hasn't done in two years!!! silly dog!!

We played different games with everyone and the kids played some hide and seek in the dark. Those kid games brought back some fond memories and I wish I lived in a more kid friendly area so that Leigham could play those games with the neighbourhood kids as well. The adults played horseshoes, beersbie, sticks and poker.  We also had a game of Settlers of Cataan!!

The only day we had fish at the campfire was the day Scott caught a Jack and Estelle and I "caught" two perch.  I place "caught" in quotations as we told the boys that we caught the fish, but we actually were given the fish by a nice gentleman at the dock.  We did come clean eventually and to be honest the boys didn't ever believe us, but we did try to catch some fish, they just weren't biting for our hooks.

It was a long seven days, but a great seven days!!!

he was making a grumpy face so I did too!! hahaha

someone slept a lot someone else not so much

Monday, 1 September 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

So the new thing going around Facebook is this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  It's inundating my feeds with videos and people nominating other people, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I'd find myself nominated, I was praying it would happen prior to the end of summer, doing this in winter would be terrible!!!

I'm not really into torture, and pouring ice cold water on myself seems like a form of torture.  But it is for a good cause and ALS can be a such a scary disease, so I'm hoping that this doesn't just turn into some stunt that people do in order to not donate. I don't actually know much about how this challenge all got started, it just started appearing on my feeds and then even media personalities started participating in it as well.  So when Chandler got nominated we were camping at the lake and we decided to film the challenge at the lake and we put both him and his friend Eli into one video.

Chandler, my darling first born, nominated me!! So I had to do the ice bucket challenge as well.  But we all agreed to donate $10 each to ALS research as well!! I hope everyone else who does the challenge also donates and that ALS research gets enough donations to make a break through in their research!!

Here are links to our two videos.

chandler's ice bucket challenge

My ice bucket challenge

So there you have it, two Ice Bucket Challenge Videos!!! Enjoy!!!