background: The kiddos are in the basement trying to get rid of a big creepy crawly bug of some kind…..
Gabe: I’m freaking out!
Molly: No, Gabe! You have to save us!
Gabe: But I’m really freaking out! (he sounds pretty excited to me. Just saying. 🙂 )
Molly: You’re Gabe the Brave, you can do it!
(Gabe comes upstairs): I need socks and shoes.
Gabe (looking determined and thrilled): So I can squash it dead! Yeah! (insert fist pump here)
They’re a blood thirsty crew, my lot.
For the record, he squashed it dead *and* cleaned up the bug guts!
Gabe had a little adventure and lunch out with my best friend late last week – just the two of them. Over lunch they were talking about favourite foods.
G: I love peanut butter.
S (my friend): We don;t have peanut butter. It would make Rachel sick and she would have to go to the hospital.
G: Oh. Well, if Molly picked up a fork and stabbed me in the eye, I’d have to go to the hospital too!
I’m not quite sure where I got him…
So earlier today Gabe came up to me asking to hear “baby king.”
I was at a loss unless he brought forth the DVD Uncle Greg sent – One Shoe Blues with B.B. King!
Haha! I’m sure that legend isn’t called “baby” very often!
On another note, the first time we played the DVD Molly piped up and said, “I can play that too.”
“Oh really?” I said, “Where did you learn that?”
“Well, ” she said, “I watched that man and now I can do it too!”
Watch out B.B. apparently I have a prodigy here!
Four years ago today I was mad at my husband.
All my friends were at a fun scrapbooking retreat and I wasn’t there. Darrell put his foot down and said, “Absolutely not,” in no uncertain terms. To be fair, I was less than two weeks away from my due date, aka baby could come any time, and, in our labor and delivery experience, it was a pretty fast process. He didn’t want to chance me being an hour away from the hospital.
But I was still mad.
And told him in no uncertain terms that if said baby did not make an appearance during the retreat weekend he was in big trouble. Big.
And then, at 1:30 Sunday morning, 10 days before I was due, I said, “I think we should go to the hospital.”
We packed up, got my Dad to come stay with Molly, headed in to the case room, and 10 minutes after we arrived, so did Gabe, at 2:31 am. My dad didn’t even get a chance to go to sleep when we called to say, “He’s here!”
And he really was here, all 6 lbs. 13 ozs. of blond boy. I wasn’t expecting the blond (Molly was black) and I wasn’t expecting the boy (I was convinced I was having a girl).
But I wouldn’t trade this sweet face for anything.
Happy 4th birthday, my baby. We love you all the way to the moon and back, to infinity and beyond, forever and ever, all the way to the stars.
Mama / S.
listening: to Molly sing. All day, everyday – sometimes she sings French songs she’s learned at school but most often they’re made up about whatever she’s playing with at the time.
feeling: sick of winter and cold weather.
weather: cold, rainy, with more and more sunny breaks all the time. Now if only it would warm up…
eating: lots of mini eggs. And I don’t even like milk chocolate. Easter chocolate is the worst…
drinking: Coco Chai tea, steeped in hot milk – it’s yummy! And more water than usual, trying to keep a glass around all the time.
needing: to share this picture of Ella. The kids were thrilled to see that these little leprechaun hats fit her though she was not a fan. Our cats put up with an awful lot around here!
thinking: about LO’s I want to do and techniques I want to try.
watching: The Voice and American Idol – terrible TV but I love it!
reading: not a whole lot. Any suggestions?
enjoying: funny Mister Gabe – he makes the craziest faces and tells silly jokes that make no sense at all!
wearing: summer shoes. I’m determined to get rid of the boots and socks.
wanting: to go see Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D, at the theatre, on the big screen.
wondering: how my quilt is going to turn out. I already have plans for at least two more so I’m crossing fingers it goes really well!
wishing: that it was summer already!
Yes, I vanished sometime last week, totally without notice.
Let’s just say that a week of prep work and then two very full days of teaching, followed up by a couple of “undone but deadlines looming” projects led to me taking an unscheduled blog break.
But I have the assignments finished, photos taken, edited, and uploaded. And I have instructions written and about to be sent, along with photos, for the final January class and, more importantly, the final Yearlong 2012 class.
For the first time ever I put pictures on the pages for the Yearlong Album. My goal with this class has always been to give a base that each student’s monthly pictures could work with so I’ve never put my own photos on. This past year has been a little different since I’ve made several Bonus Pages that aren’t part of the core album. So, for the final two bonus pages I designed, I added pictures!
The first one is an oldie from my wedding day. Love the series this shot came from since it’s on the newly built deck of the family cabin. This cabin has been in my dad’s family for a very long time and although other family members have gotten married in Salmon Cove, I was the first to get married on the Sands (the beach), and, as far as I know, the first to have the cabin factor into the wedding at all. So my dad built a new deck and freshened the place up with a new coat of paint and we had a bunch of pictures there. I like these of only me at a cabin I loved coming to as a kid.
The next one features M & G having a fun time and insisting I take a pic while they hug – sometimes, they really are cute! 🙂
My idea is to take these base LO’s and add my own extras to them – planning to have them done tomorrow so stop back for the reveal!
So D and I were in the kitchen the other day – I was making pancakes, he was playing games on his phone – and the kiddies were playing legos in the living room. All was, for the first time ever in the history of our house, quiet. And I said as much to D.
Suddenly, I hear this little pitter patter of feet. They get to the kitchen, stop for a moment, and then run back to the living room.
Then we hear the three-year-old whisper (you know the one – a whisper for him, a regular voice for us) and he says to M, “They’re being really quiet in there!”
He seemed as shocked and disconcerted by the quiet as we were!
So here it is, my 12 on Fourteen collage for May:
1. M making a picture for C and rubbing glitter all over it – that’s my girl!
2. G, “I don’t want to look at the camera.”
3. M on her scooter, coming home from C’s house, “I don’t want to look at the camera.” (They’re both done with pictures – WITL did them in!)
4. Flowers in a “beautiful vase.”
5. Flowers from M.
6. Flowers from G.
7. Gluten Free Ricotta Brownies – yeah. They’re good.
8. Potty training – going all on his own these days!
9. Hugs for Poppy.
10. Eat Carrots (that’s the name of her new bunny) saying goodbye to Poppy.
11. Blowing on supper – it’s too hot!
12. Jumping on Mama’s bed in new jammies from the Caribbean.
Well, there they are – hopefully next month I’ll actually remember on the 12th!
1. I’m sick. Temp, head cold, fatigue, blah.
2. The kids are sick but getting better. We didn’t know if G was going to pull through yesterday – he was really pathetic! But he’s (mostly) back to his bad self today.
And M is still feeling just sick enough to be the Queen of Whiny but is ok every other way. I really wish they were a little less energetic today!
3. My parents are the best. Mom was here all day yesterday and most of another day this week, and Dad was here most of today. I would have lost it without them this week of sickness.
4. I have a blog post going up for The Paperie tomorrow – check it out!
5. Can I have a bed now please?