Saturday, February 14, 2009

What a fun day!

As I am sure you all know today was Valentines Day. Our celebrations actually started last night at the Johnson's for a little party which was soo fun! Of course Bree had everything decorated, and it all looked fabulous, there was yummy food, and a bunch of fun people! I did mean to take my camera just to capture how amazing Bree really is a orchestrating events, but forgot it at home, hopefully she will post a few shots.

After we got home I set out some little valentine treats for the boys to find when they woke up
Skyler was the first to get up this morning and decided to take both bags of candy

leaving Ethan with the pretty gel hearts that I put around it to make it look pretty. Oddly enough that was fine with him... until he realized the bags had candy in them.We are so fortunate to live in the city so close to so many wonderful things. Home Depot offers a free kids building workshop on the second Saturday of every month, and the boys love it! That was today, and although we had a pretty full day planned decided that we would make time for it.
they get these cute little aprons, and then a pin and certificate with each project they complete. Today they made trinket boxes. Normally they are painted there, but we decided to let the glue dry a little, and the boys painted them later on at home. They are soo proud of what they are able to make. What a great program!

Then we had a little valentine's party over at my sister in laws, I think that the kids enjoys themselves, but Skyler was more excited to play with his cousins toys then to play the games that I had planned, although he did ask a number of times if we could play the giggle belly game again. We played xoxo's, played with red and pink play dough, read some valentines books, played throw a smile, and of course we decorated sugar cookies. Tamara spent what I am sure was way too long making cute little heart sandwiches for lunch, and we had yummy pink smoothies and strawberry's.

Home for Ethan (and mommy's) nap, and ten we got to get ready for our romantic dinner... with kids
ok, you should see the beautiful little flower arrangement, so simple, only a tulip and a Gerber Daisy but it is beautiful, another perk of being invited to Bree and Brandon's Valentines shindig. We actually took a second flower home, and tried to give it to my mom, but she wouldn't take it since she was going to be in Montana for the next 3 days, so instead today my boys gave it to their little cousin Dakota, who I hope felt like a princess.

Jordan made us our dinner - he is way better at gourmet, and tonight we had bruschetta, chicken Parmesan, angel hair pasta, asparagus, and sparking apple juice
Ethan was a clown at dinner as usual (where did that come from?)
but he loved having white pasta, and white bread, and of course all of the little treats he got today, that is something he hasn't had in 2 weeks thanks to his crazy new diet - but I think it is working!!!

Skyler is convinced he grew an inch because he ate all of his asparagus, and pasta, we like to humor him. Eating your vegetables does aid in normal growth and development right?
And just to finish off a long post here is a picture of my studly chef who completes me in every way possible.

Pregnancy vs. a Hockey Game

so, here is how it is third trimester is just like the third period, almost done, it has been way too long, and you are excited to see the outcome.

Overtime, you are soo ready for this to be over. Overdue, you are soooo ready for this to be over.

It is way easier for guys to understand when it is put in Lame mans terms a.k.a. hockey terms.

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Jordan! we have had a few together, and they just keep getting better!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Entertaining children this week...

Skyler and Ethan have been busy making valentines to sneak into our boxes for this Saturday, and loving all of the crafting.

and a giant race car track keeps kids enthralled, and jumping up and down excited for a solid 45 minutes at a time!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

How to get a child to take their medication

so, although the banana flavored amoxocilyn doesn't exactly taste bad, my 3 year old will have NOTHING to do with it. What's that you say, there is something called a compounding pharmacy that is capable of turning children's prescriptions into gummy candies excellent, lets give them a call. What they won't do it, and I am the first one EVER to ask for it because the stuff doesn't even tast bad. Talk about dissapointment, they did have some good suggestions that any pharmacy should be able to help me with, and just tell them my situation when I go to fill the prescription. 3 PHARMACIES later, and someone will finally listen to me and try to work with me so that Skyler can get the medication necessary for him to kick the strep throat that he has. The wonderful pharmacist suggested getting it ina pill form that I could grind up really fine and put into different foods that he will eat. Wonderful, and it is working he has taken 4 doses that is double what he took from the last prescription in a 10 day time frame, and we are only on day 2. I am thrilled, and to make it even better the pharmacist called me today to see how I was making out and if it was working. I am 100% sold this woman helped me help Skyler and bothered to call and see how things were going!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mono and Strep???

So my 3 year old Skyler has a positive test for mono and strep, oh and he won't take medication!!! On the plus side of things he hasn't complained at all about either, and doesn't seem to be affected, we only found out because the lymph nodes on his neck look like golf balls hanging out.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hugs and Kisses

I let the boys paint my windows today. They loved it, and I thought it was great in getting into the valentines hugs and kisses spirit.

I made these little stencils (Genius I know) so that the mess was contained and the finished product somewhat resembles something for the occasion.
It kept the boys busy for a solid 45 minutes, and now I have pretty immages all over my front windows.

Happy Birthday to me!

Yesterday was my birthday and I must say it was a very productive and enjoyable day.

I am the mission home cook, and had a meal that I needed to finish and drop off for lunch serving today, so that consumed a large portion of my day.

I started my day at 7 with hugs and snuggles from my beautiful boys who have decided sleeping is overrated. Started browning ground beef for taco salad - 3 ice cream bucket later I was done. I diced tomatoes, got a phone call from my wonderful Mother to wish me a happy birthday (ok 3 phone calls the fist she started singing and the boy that I babysit and Skyler hung up on her, and the second I didn't answer because of the chaos of kids being dropped off) and then off to Costco for me with 4 kids in tow. I had to pick up the fresh fruit for the lunch, and couldn't do it any earlier. Got my license renewed as well!

Home to do more cutting and dicing, realizing on a trip to my deep freeze that a bag of my beet puree had leaked all over the place - pizza for lunch for the kids since most of it was on the pizza box.

** a proud moment - while I was passing out the fresh veggies for lunch Ethan ATE a sugar snap pea - that is right ATE one, and I wasn't even trying, just placing in front of him like every meal.

My mother in law stopped by amid the chaos to wish my a happy birthday and joined in helping me finish the sugar cookies, and lettuce for the mission home. I pureed the butternut squash and sweet potatoe. I managed to clean my kitchen, vacume 2 levels of my house, sweep and mop, finish laundry, and clean up the toys that exploded all over my basement all before my planned surprise date.

Yay 2 weeks ago Jordan asked me if I had anything formal to wear - oh no, so I got to go and buy a new dress (not formal, but a nice new dress all the same) There was this mystery date for my birthday, and no matter how much I begged he wouldn't tell me what his plan was. Around 6:30 after the babysitter had showed up there was another ring of the doorbell, and there stood my father in law pretending to be a cheaufeur. Jordan rented a loaded Audi (the nicest car that he could having it be February in Calgary) we were cheaufeured to la Caille on the Bow which has a very fancy little resteraunt in it. Our table was ina corner next to a fireplace overlooking the Bow river downtown - exsquisit. It was so fun (and funny - we are soo uncultured!) we were served a three course dinner including palate cleansers, and fancy breads with three different non-butters (chick pea, cheese, and olive) I about died at the look from our server when we didn't want to order any alchohol, this was only furthered with humor when Jordan asked for a root beer - I am sure they get that asked for a lot to pair with words that I can't pronounce and all of the fine cuisine they served.

I had a fabulous birthday thank you to all of my frined and family that helped make it so. All of the little happy birthdys really make you feel special.