Monday, December 29, 2008

Some Mari stuff

The older two were sick again last night. Every time I had to go in to take care of one of the pukey kids, Mari would wake up and expect to eat. So I did not get a heck of a lot of sleep last night. I am hoping that is the end of the sickness.

I took this little video of Mari last night. I have to warn you - she doesn't "do" a lot. So unless you are close family or have a very high tolerance for dorky Mommy voices then don't feel obliged to watch it!

She is growing so fast - I can't believe it really. She tried to walk over to me the other day - well, her Daddy held her just above the ground and dragged her feet on the ground over to Mommy - does that count?


video

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas bliss





We have had an eventful few days. As have most of you. We are tired - well Mommy is VERY tired and the others also.

On the morning of the 24th - we finally put up and decorated our tree. Yeah for us! The kids have been messing with it since and I am so glad I didn't put it up sooner - I would likely have tied them to the chair with garland by now if I had.

We had the McKenzie family and our neighbor over on Christmas eve. Cadence and my kids had a blast. The two little ones behave pretty well too. My kids find Cadence so funny - there is always a lot of giggling.

We told Gavin and Bronwyn they could open one present Christmas eve. So about an hour into our visit with Scott, Mel and company Gavin asked them if they were ready to leave. I could have choked the little...

Christmas morning was fun - the kids really enjoyed it. Mari got what she wanted - a bust in the face (as my mother always says). We spent the day at Mom and Dad's with Jon & Cindy and family and the kids played like maniacs. I have philosophical issues with the gluttony of toys that the kids get and how we celebrate special events - but it was not too bad this year and the kids were pretty respectful and grateful.

We stayed over at Mom and Dad's Christmas night and last night. It was a nice change for us. The kids love staying over at Grandma and Grandpa's.

Boxing day, the day I usually like to take down our tree, we went with my folks to Joan's. Erin and Drew and of course, the new celeb - Sam, are home so we went to visit them. We got there a bit before everyone else and had a nice visit. The Reid and Lewis families arrived as well as some other friends of Joan's and the party was just starting to get into full visit mode - when Gavin threw up EVERYWHERE!

I was totally not expecting it, he was acting tired and lethargic, as was Bronwyn. But I figure it was because of several late nights and lots of rich food etc. But no, he was apparently sick. When he started to throw up I thought - Can I get this cleaned up without any one noticing? And then he bubbled up again and I thought - No, we are past that point! The good news was that I didn't get the brunt of it. My Mom was holding him - so she was the one who took the worst hit.

We got back to their house and then Bronwyn started throwing up. I have to admit I always worry more about her when she gets sick - so this got my anxiety levels up a bit.

It was a "pukey" evening, but both kids slept well and are doing fairly good today. Right now Gavin is arguing with his Dad about going to bed. He is yelling - I am the boss of my pajamas!" Well if you are going to be a boss - may as well be the boss of pajamas.
Hopefully everyone sleeps well tonight. I need energy because tomorrow the tree comes down.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas


Once again (yes, I am a slacker) I am not sending cards but rather just posting our Christmas greeting here. In fact, this likely reaches more people than I would if I did cards.

May God Bless you all this Christmas and give you great joy in the upcoming year.

We love our friends and family and having you share in our life is such a great joy for us. Thank you for your friendship and love.

Monday, December 22, 2008

My husband is an old man

So Wes turned 40 yesterday. We had a lovely day. My folks had us for a very nice prime rib dinner. Wes was spoiled by family and 40 sure doesn't seem as old as it used to!

I want to say something rather mushy about my husband - which is OK because he never reads the blog unless I force him. When we were in Edmonton waiting to have Bronwyn, Wes asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I told him I just wanted the new Dixie Chicks CD.

I listened to this CD as I drove back and forth to the hospital visiting Bronwyn. When I hear those songs now I have almost an emotional reaction. I have a memory of a warm clear late August day as I drove across the low level bridge anxious about how Bronwyn would be doing that day. It is quite amazing how music brings the whole feeling back again.

Back to my point - there is a song on this CD - Easy Silence. At the time I felt like it described Wes and his role in my life to a T. I still feel the same way even now.

The chorus goes:

I come to find a refuge in the easy silence that you make for me. It's OK when there's nothing more to say to me. And the peaceful quiet you create for me. And the way you keep the world at bay for me.

Wes is quiet, I mean really quiet. But he is steady, really steady. This is likely why I married him. He is everything I am not. I can rely on him to do what he needs to do, to shoulder the weight of the family and to calm me down when needed. He rarely gets ruffled and even more rarely looses his temper.

He laughs big and loud - which surprises people! He enjoys his kids and finds immense joy in watching them.

God has blessed my life so richly through Wes - even if he is now 40!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gavin on sharing

This is what I overheard earlier this evening.

Gavin - Bronwyn, that is not how you share. You don't just grab what you want.

Bronwyn - Oh.

Gavin - You have to ask for what you want and then I say no.

Bronwyn - Ganna (Gavin) ma have dis?

Gavin - No.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Busy busy





We have been busy - isn't everyone right now? Tis the season as they say.

Here are a few pictures. I'll make this short tonight - its late.

Hope you are all having a nice Christmas season. If you are like me and abhore shopping at the best of times, hopefully you are also doing most of your shopping on line.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Snowy day

The kids and I were going to go to Mom and Dad's after church for lunch, as usual. But... when we arrived home to drop Wes (who was going to stay home and work in the basement) I couldn't get our van up the ever so slight incline on our street. It had started snowing more seriously while we were at church and the roads got much worse. Since I couldn't move anywhere I decided that staying home was the best option.

Wes is out right now with Gavin helping Natasha and Max build a snow man. Yup it is actually snowman worthy snow - odd for Calgary - so we try to enjoy it when we can.

I am snug in side listening to Mari cry - yes I know Mari, I'll feed you right away.

We went out last night to Joan's in Airdrie for the festival of lights. They had fireworks which the kids loved. We also had a little train ride and hot chocolate. So a very nice night in all. Gavin said it was just like an adventure.

On Friday I had a very good laugh. Bronwyn was playing beside me while I was checking emails etc on the computer. She had a pencil and I heard her say in a stern voice. "Hey, hey - you time out." And she stuck the pencil by the corner of the desk. Ha. I found that funny.

Oh, hey the snow man is almost as tall as Wes. Good work gang!!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Not to tired to rant

This isn't an appropriate venue for this but I just watched the news again - heck! I am so cranked with our politicians in Ottawa. Really - to think that while I worry about how I am going to feed my family as the economy falters they are pushing and playing power games. Of all the idiotic fatheaded... seriously, this is truly annoying!

Too tired





I had a bunch of cute little stories from this past weekend I wanted to share - but I am too tired. Sorry. I was feeling quite sick most of last week and am only now starting to feel better. We have had a lot going on in our world too - which has been very draining.

So here are some photos.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm still sticky


We had a wild time at Grandma's house yesterday, after church. We made gingerbread houses. There was icing everywhere, candy everywhere, crumbs everywhere - I am not 100% sure I got it all out of my hair.

After the festivities I took the kids and threw them in the big tub in Mom and Dad's bathroom. They had a blast doing that too.
I survived! Poor Mari got pretty sidelined during the activities and Mommy wasn't very good about taking care of her needs. As a result, she was pretty gassie and we had a horrible night.
It was a great deal of fun, even if Bronwyn ate WAY too much icing.

Friday, November 21, 2008

My perfect life


I have this image in my mind of my perfect moment as a parent. It starts with laying down our youngest in her bassinet and having her sleep soundly there. Then I proceed to the bedroom where our two older children are sleeping soundly - I gently kiss their foreheads and then quietly leave the room. My husband and I have a quiet few moments holding hands and then we go to bed. Everyone sleeps and all is peaceful.

Well, this perfect moment never seems to happen in our house. I couldn't count on one hand the number of nights that we haven't had a bed littered with children. Invariably someone has the sniffles or is sick or needs tending through the night. But, we have gotten used to this.
I decided yesterday that maybe my mental image needs to change to allow for many of the perfect moments that I do have in my day.

Perfect moment #1 - Hearing Gavin go and talk to his Daddy while Wes is digging for some important paperwork that we have to find. "Daddy," Gavin says in a plaintive and soft voice, "We don't have time for that - I'm sorry we just don't. We have to go wrestle right now."

Perfect moment #2 - Bronwyn finally falling asleep on the couch. Her cheeks flushed and her breathing heavy. I look at her and hope that sleep will help her get over whatever bug she has and I thank God that she is sitting there even if she is sick.

Perfect moment #3 - Mari just needing her mommy (and more importantly her boobs) way more often than I had ever imagined.

So - its not picture perfect but I wouldn't have it any other way. God has richly blessed us with three super kids. I just need a reminder now and then of how wonderful they are. I'll get sleep someday - but for now this will do nicely.

Monday, November 17, 2008

For Kennedy



So I heard through the family grape vine that Kennedy was cheesed that Jared got his picture posted and she didn't get hers.
I have a natural connection and sympathy with Kennedy - as I had two older brothers too. When I heard my nephews say "One, two, three ignore her," I was appalled - seriously! That was what my brothers used to say to taunt me - but it was way worse knowing that Tom had taught his own sons to do this to his daughter. But, then off course - Kennedy just chimed in and joined them - laughing - so it didn't matter to her. It was just the principle of the thing, ya know!

So here is a picture of Kennedy. And Josh too - although I didn't get to see Josh holding Mari as I was getting Bronwyn to take a nap.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Mari has been busy






It has been a pretty busy week for us. Mari has had a bunch of introductions to family.

First Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill (my side) came and met her. Then she got to meet Uncle Tom, Auntie Pam and Jared, Josh & Kennedy. She was particularly taken with Jared.

We then raced home and he got to meet hid Daddy's Auntie Sandra and his Cousin Lyle, Jaelyn and their new baby Kaden. Kaden is younger than Mari but bigger. He is very very cute.

So - lots of meet and greets this week.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rememberance Day

I always think a lot about my Grandfathers on Remembrance Day.

My dad's dad was in the Welsh Guards before the war and was among the first recalled into service during the war. He spent several years in a German prison war camp and was released before the war was over. He left a wife with two very small children during that time.

Dad's dad, my Granddad Watts was a very tall man, with pure white hair, who had a lovely Welsh accent. I remember sitting in their garden in Africa as a teenager and listening to him tell me stories of his youth and the war. He would sit there slowly smoking a cigar (he had to smoke them outside as Grandma didn't approve of the habit) and in his soft musical voice he'd walk me through parts of his world. It was amazing. I felt so blessed to have spent that time with him. I learned later that he told me stories that even my dad didn't know. I guess age had lessened the pain of the memories and he could retell them with greater ease.

My mom's dad was on the other side of the spectrum. He was short, stout and had an almost gruff yet powerful voice. He didn't serve in the war. He was willing to serve in a non-combative role, as he was appalled by Hitler and his directives. It was his religious beliefs that kept him from enlisting as a soldier. This was not an easy choice. He was harassed for this choice and yet his convictions kept him strong.

I remember sitting at the dining room table with Grandpa Bailey as he told stories of his youth. He was an amazing story teller. He didn't care if there was mustard on his chin or bread crumbs on his tie. He was engrossed in the story and so was his audience. He had large chubby fingers that he would cross together on the table or gesture to aid in the story. I spent a lot of time with my Grandparents when I was in University so I heard many of his stories - several times!

Do I think that one of my Grandfathers made a wiser choice than the other? No. I wouldn't make that judgment. What I do know is that I was immensely proud of both of them. They were both men of conviction, honestly and honour. They did what they believed was right even when the cost was personally very high. They were like this always - not just during the war.

They are to me the standard of manhood. I feel honoured to say they are my Grandpas.

Granddad Watts and Grandpa Bailey - I miss you both!

Friday, November 07, 2008

All three kids are sleeping

WOW! I need to get Wes to pick up a lotto ticket!

Gavin would normally be on his way to preschool but he has actually been pretty sick since Wednesday afternoon. When I got him home from school on Wednesday I could tell he really wasn't himself. By Thursday morning he had a bad fever and it has only today started to subside.

Bronwyn is also sick, a bad chest cough. Which is always a bit off-putting as her colour goes a bit off when she has a cold. Makes sense, her oxygen levels decrease so her colour goes off. But, we just keep an eye on her.

Mari is fine (thankfully) - and well awake now - that was short lived! So I am off.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A minute or two of rest



The girls are both asleep and Gavin is at playschool. I have to rouse everyone in about 15 minutes to go pick Gavin up - but for now ahhh...

Mari is doing well. She hasn't gained weight as fast as I would have liked and that is why I think she isn't sleeping so well yet. I am sure once she gets a bit of pudge on her she'll be the sleeper we were hoping for. If she isn't? Well, she'll have to start sleeping at some point - they always do.

I have been a bit, dare I say, grumpy today. Not really, but the kids have all had head colds and it snowed (wet drippy snow), and Gavin didn't want to go to preschool and was dragging his feet, and they all fell asleep in the car, and the van got all muddy in the parking lot at the preschool, and ... well for now I am making the most of my down time to improve my attitude. Breath, one two three - isn't that how it goes.
Actually, I am surprise at how few rushed and upset times I have with the kids. We made a snowman this morning - I tried to help but Mari was in the snugly and would protest every time I bent over.

Bronwyn is talking more and more but she is economical in her word usage. She has certain words that have multiple meanings - you just have to figure out which meaning. For example, the other night she confounded her dad in the middle of the night. She had called out for him and when he went to check on her she asked for yogurt. He was confused and asked her what she wanted. She repeated - yogurt. He couldn't figure out why she wanted yogurt in the middle of the night. Just when it was about to become an issue I yelled from the other room - she wants water Wes. Yes, she calls water - yogurt, unless of course she actually wants yogurt - that is yogurt too. There are several words that are like this - confusing?? A bit.

Well, it is time now to go get the boy! Must run.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Halloween and birthday bashes





Wow - what a crazy couple of days. The kids are just in the bath now with Daddy (well the kids are in the bath - Daddy is just on the sidelines). Mari is sleeping - why not its early!

We had a preschool costume party for Gavin yesterday - and I brought cupcakes because it was his birthday too. In the evening, Wes and Matt took the kids out trick or treating. Wes had a hat on with a knife across the hat - but he had to run back and drop it off as it was upsetting Isaac. We didn't plan this at all but our two kids were dinosaurs and so was Max. Isaac was a lobster - trust me he was so cute.

Wes had to bring Bronwyn home early as she faded sooner than the boys. Little maniacs!

Today we had the big man's birthday party. Of course, we had to spend the morning cleaning our house - I tell ya, if we didn't occasionally have company my house would never get cleaned.

Needless to say I am seriously tired. But I did manage to get the house back in order pretty quickly and restore it to its post party glory. It is so funny, you clean like crazy before a birthday party then the kids play like crazy and it is usually worse than before you started cleaning. I wouldn't change it though, the kids had such a great time and they all played very well.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

No photos - just an update

I have been having connectivity issues! My stupid *&%^&$@$^ computer!! I know I'm not supposed to say stupid - my son reminds me of that fact fairly often. Who knew how often I said stupid - trust me, it is way more than I thought.

That isn't the only negative thing my kids have learned from me. They both frequently say - "Zip it!" Well, I guess they live what they learn.

I am at Mom and Dad's and just wanted to update and let you all know we are alive and well - just not connected to Internet thanks to Norton Antivirus.

As soon as I get that figured out I'll post some more pictures. Gavin is turning 4 tomorrow! Yowsers - a four year old. Bronwyn is doing great - they are booking her for her cardiac cath early in the new year. That is the first step in prepping for the third surgery - which will likely be in the spring. She is doing so great! Lately she has been our good sleeper - how odd is that.

Mari is doing well too - she is not, as we had hoped, our good sleeper. Right now she is just crying and screaming for her grandpa. I better go rescue him.

So - that is a very rushed (everything I do these days is rushed) update.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Settling in



So life continues. Today was my first day without Wes home. So far so good. Mari doesn't appear to be our sleeper - but I am still holding out hope.
Actually today has been a pretty good day. As long as they all realize that they may have to be a bit patient with Mom then we'll all get along just fine. Mari has trouble with this so far - but she is allowed - she's not even a week old yet.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Mari update





We are doing well. Our little girl seems to love the night life - but well she's only been here a few days and I am sure she wants to experience as much as she can. She is overall a really great little baby - I am still hopeful that she will be our good sleeper!
Her older brother and sister really enjoy her. We have to watch because Gavin wants to carry her around and pick her up. Bronwyn also does but can't reach as high as Gavin so she's less of a threat.

We are also working at getting Bronwyn to say Mari. She decided even before the baby was born that her name would be Olla. We are trying to convince her that it isn't Olla but Mari. Wish us luck with that!

We had a visit from her new best friend Kalia and older sister Cadence this morning. Mel and I did a great job of timing that!

We are all doing well - our schedules are all off and the kids are overtired and a bit grumpy - but other than that we are all great. Wes has been home for the week which has made it feel a bit like holidays. I am not looking forward to having him return to work and managing on my own but I think we'll do fine.

Thanks for all the well wishes and offers of congratulations we truly appreciate the love and support of all our friends and family.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Meet Baby Davis #3





Finally... Mari Sarah Davis has joined our family. After going to see my doctor 11 days overdue, she called the hospital and had me sent over immediately to start helping things move along. I went home to start labour and was back at the hospital with in hours.

Mari was born at 9:10 pm last night and is lovely. She was 7lbs 7 ounces and just under 21 inches long.

We are thrilled to have her at home now. She preformed so well overnight - peeing and pooing that they let us go home just after noon - although it took a while for my husband to come get us.

Our neighbor Natasha was so excited by the news that she ran out and got supplies to deck out our house - how sweet was that! I got a good laugh as we drove up. Try not to notice the front steps they were covered with a rug that ripped, so for safety's sake I had to have Wes remove it - they look awful but no one will trip and fall now. Sorry for the vain comment but our house is a work in progress.

Thanks for all your prayers. We are happy to now be a family of five - and I'm not grumpy any more!!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy thanksgiving


...and anniversary to my wonderful husband. Hopefully I'll have some news for all of you later. We will see I suppose.

I was going to write a mushy note about my wonderful husband but I am just not feeling particularly mushy right now! Besides - he doesn't read this any how.

So here's to 7 years of marriage and what should have been 3 kids, but is 2 kids and one long pregnancy! I need to remember today that I have wonderful blessings in my life and I need to be thankful for all that God has given me.

I pray that your homes are similarly blessed and that you enjoy a day of Thanksgiving.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Surprise...

Sorry no baby yet. I know that was mean.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Baby log October 5th...


No baby yet. Lots of contractions - but apparently they are just for fun.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Due date

Well, no baby - just in case you were wondering!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tears, fears and false labour





It has been a bit of a crazy weekend. We went for a long walk in the park with our neighbors (Max and family) Saturday morning and had the most wonderful time. Later that night I started to have labour pains, not strong ones but enough to cause me to pack a bag for me and the kids. Sunday we proceeded as normal and the labour pains subsided.

We learned Sunday afternoon that little Drew Clark passed away. Our hearts were very heavy for the Clarks and all their family. That is where the tears come in.

Again last night I had false labour - again mild but enough for us to get the bassinet in place and the room sorted out. The baby will be in our room at first.

Thank goodness for false alarms or we'd have nothing done when this baby comes.

I am fairly nervous about this delivery - I don't know why. I guess after going through what we went through with Bronwyn you realize just how much can go wrong. The false labour also has me a bit freaked. I am so worried about not having enough notice to get to the hospital (which is 5 minutes away) and make adequate plans for the kids. Really it is silly - I know Matt and Natasha (best neighbors ever) would help us out at any time day or night. Maybe it is just the hormones.

On the lighter side. Gavin and Bronwyn are doing well. Gavin has taken to walking around the house saying "For Pete's sake child." I have no idea where he heard that (I think I mentioned in a previous post how short tempered I am). He also has been saying - mostly to Mommy - "Zip it!" Again - NO idea where he learned that!

Bronwyn has been doing really well sleeping in her big girl bed - well in fact so has Gavin - he sleeps at one end of the bed and she sleeps at the other. She has been coming to bed with us only occasionally now. I am sooooo happy about this. They are both just growing and changing so much. We are so thankful for our two little happy children and are praying that number three arrives safely and without complications.

Finally, I ask that if you can pray for the Clarks and the Staples families.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Wager a guess

So my doctor doesn't think I'll make it to my due date - but I think that is because she starts holidays on that day and wants things finished up before she goes. I don't think I'll have the baby until a couple days after my due date. My husband keeps saying he's hoping for a couple more months (to finish more of the house stuff) - WHATEVER!

So - take a guess - when is this baby coming? And is it going to be a girl or a boy? If I can think of a prize for the winner I'll do that - but right now my mind is blank.

For me right now the big issue is seeing that my existing kids make it through the next week. Wow am I short tempered right now!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Little musical clip

Here is a little video clip of the kids singing one of Gavin's new favourite songs. Blue skies and rainbows. I have a new little camera that I am just adjusting too - it has a time limit on video clips - it cut off right before Gavin's theology lesson. Trust me it was interesting if not all comprehensible.

We continue to dwell in the land of dinasours - I am just hoping to make it through this phase - try as I might I really don't have a lot of interest in dinasours - but that doesn't stop me from trying to cook T-Rex noodles for supper (chicken in disguise). Of course, calling it T-Rex doesn't mean that Gavin believes me - he said to me - Mommy I know this is chicken. All right - nice try eh?

video

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Out of the mouth of babes

Just after I wrote the previous post I sat down with the kids over our breakfast and Gavin pulled out a book for me to read. It isn't a book we normally read (I don't like the illustrations). It is about Noah's ark. He brought it to me and said don't read these parts, I just want you to read this part - which was a little box on each page with a scripture in it.

Here is what we read (one per page) -

God said, "Don't be afraid. I am with you." Isaiah 43:5
"Give your worries to the Lord. He will take care of you." Psalm 55:22
God said, "You will come to me and pray to me. And I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29:12
"Don't be sad. The joy of the Lord will make you strong." Nehemiah 8:10
God said, "You are precious to me... and I love you." Isaiah 43:4

Wow.

I'm so sad

We are witnessing a family that we love struggle with one of the worst trials life can bring. Our little friend Drew Clark is not doing well and the doctors have not given him much hope at this point.

I would ask those of you who pray to pray now for this family. Pray for a miracle! Pray for healing. Pray for support. Pray for courage. Pray for peacefulness. Pray for no suffering. Just pray what you can pray. I beg you to be like King David who prayed for his child until there was no more hope. At this point, pray and pray until such time as there is no longer hope.

I don't know what more to say my heart is breaking as are the hearts of hundreds and likely thousands of others who want this to be so different for the Clarks.

It seems quite surreal to be carrying on our little lives here with the knowledge that such a great struggle is happening in the lives of others - it is all very sobering.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wow - where did that week go




You know it is crazy.

I remember when I was pregnant with Gavin I finished work about 3 weeks before my due date. Once at home I rested and prepared and went out for lunch and generally filled my days. Three weeks before I had Bronwyn I was already finished work and I was packing up house and preparing to relocate to Edmonton for as long as we had too. I was chasing after Gavin and having frequent appointments and echos.

My due date is in now in three weeks again. I still have one lingering work project that has yet to wrap up. I'm not preparing for Bronwyn's next surgery (yet - thankfully) but I still have lots of appointments. I am still chasing after Gavin - well, and Bronwyn too. Gavin has preschool and we seem to be busy all the time. Just when I think I'm going to have a quiet day at home with the kids our plans change and we end up running.

Maybe its a good thing - I haven't had time to think about the next phase I'm just too busy for the moment. I just cannot believe the time has flown so fast. Crazy stuff!

Today the kids were up pretty early, so we spontaneously decided to go to Drumheller, to the dinosaur museum there. It was Wes' idea. Gavin has been in a dinosaur phase. Really, this has been such a bummer for me. Seriously, if you want to feel like a first grader again who is trying to learn how to read and being scolded by your bag of a teacher and made to feel stupid because you are stumbling over the letters (sorry childhood baggage); then pick up a book about dinosaurs and try to pronounce the names of these beasts. For heavens sake, why couldn't they use more simple names? Why is it that all our modern animals have names like - horse, dog, cat, cow - but dinosaurs have these horrible icantpronouncesaurus names?

Gavin loved it. Although I had to explain and explain and explain why he can't just go dig bones. He is just so sure that there is somewhere in Drumheller where he can go and dig dinosaur bones. I said, he had to be with a special team and have special permission and that it was a protected area. He told me that he could go with his Daddy because he was special. I said - Yes, Dad is special but he isn't exactly a paleontologist.

We did have a couple treats this week. I got to go out - by myself - and visit with my dear friend Katherine - that was super lovely. And we also got to meet the brand new baby Kalia (Mel and Scott's new girl).

As busy as we are - we haven't lost interest all the happenings in the world that are affecting people we love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and folks in Texas and other hurricane hit areas. We are also anxiously following the recent developments in Zimbabwe and praying for a resolution that truly helps. We also have been praying for the families who have been struggling with illness and medical problems.

I wanted to mention this because I want those we love to be assured that we think of them often and that we care deeply about your struggles.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

First day of preschool






Oh my goodness, my baby is growing up. I had no idea how hard it would be for me. I am not a sentimental person. If I were doing a personality test and the choices were - a. uncomfortable with emotion, b. not overly sympathetic, c. too blunt and pragmatic, d. all the above - I'd circle D. So imagine my surprise as I was fighting back tears trying not to let my son see me almost falling apart. I wanted him to have a fun, carefree time and I didn't want him to read any anxiety in my actions. Wow! Who knew I was such a softy.

Well, he went and he enjoyed it. He was very tired after school and in fact is now flaked out on the couch - so tonight could be interesting!!

I took the kids outside before we left so I could get some first day of school picts. I had him put his backpack on, and of course Bronwyn needed hers too - even though she stayed home with Grandma today. Speaking of Mom, she has saved my bacon this week. I have been doing a fair bit of work this week and needed to go to the office several times - she has looked after the kids and been just so wonderfully supportive.

Anyhow - here are some pictures from today.