Monday, January 16, 2017

Wintery Weekend Recap

Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you had a great weekend! Things officially feel like they are back on schedule since the Christmas break. I loved the holidays but I love schedules and I love the day-to-day regularity that comes with normal routines.

This weekend was a prime example of that. Nothing extraordinary happened but just some fun, normal weekend stuff and time together as a family. 

Last week Ryan and I did a little experiment. Night shift in the winter is hard on us and I keep telling him that he still needs to do one "house chore" a day. That I can't always be the one doing everything all winter long. He argued that cooking isn't a chore. SO I told him last week to plan ALL the meals for last week, get the groceries (under budget) and cook all the meals every night. Well, mid week I think he finally realized how hard it was. He planned 3 pasta meals, not one vegetable was bought and he kept forgetting to take meat out for supper. Friday was a big example of that and he ended up going and getting us food from Gavan's for supper. I think he learnt his lesson. :) 

Memorized by Paw Patrol while we wait on Daddy to go pick up our supper! 

Saturday morning the plan was that Sam and I would go and get groceries while Ryan and my Dad started on Sam's big boy room! Instead I ended up running and doing groceries solo and got back as they were just starting. Sam has been asking all the time when his room would be done and we have just kept putting it off. He would not leave the room as the boys worked! He wanted to be right there and involved! 

My mom ended up coming over and she thought she could get him out of the room! NOPE! So instead they sat and read books while I made lunch for everybody and the boys started on painting! 

Saturday afternoon Sam went down for a nap and Ryan left to go sledding. I got ready for a girls night out and when Sam woke up from his nap, we picked up the babysitter! He was actually very good with her this time and no tears when I left! 

The girls and I headed to supper in Aylmer at The British! It was my first time there! The atmosphere is really nice and I ended up getting the pizza which I wouldn't recommend. But my fried pickle starter was AMAZING! 

Sunday morning after breakfast we decided to bring Sam ahead down to the rink for a little skate. His afternoon naps really dictate what we can do in a day! It would be his first skate ever and Daddy was very excited to get him out there! 

Sam actually did really well. He was focusing so hard on skating that he always looked so serious and we were worried he didn't like it. But he didn't want to stop! 

He asked us next time if he could play hockey with the nets! ha ha! We weren't there for long but glad we got this skate in before the weather turns warm for the next week. 

We all headed to church, than back to my parents place for lunch and we all took a long afternoon nap before getting up and getting ready for the week ahead! 

How was your weekend? 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Christmas Recap Part 2

We had a great Christmas at home and we were looking forward to celebrating more with family that evening! 

After a nap, we loaded up and headed to my in laws for supper! A delicious turkey dinner that my mother-in-law graciously prepares for everyone! 

We all had a great visit and exchanged gifts with one another. The kids were so excited to open and play with all their stuff right away! We are at the stage were everything has to be taken out of the package RIGHT AWAY! ha ha! 

Nana and Poppa with Soph and Sam!

We had a relaxing day on boxing day. New Christmas stuff is wonderful! Sam was so entertained all day and never asked for Paw Patrol all day! ha ha! 

After nap, we headed to my parents house for our Christmas pizza supper. We decided on an easy meal this year as kids are young and things are a little chaotic. We hardly get to sit and eat our own food with all the interruptions for water, bathroom, Paw Patrol and etc. 

The kids were begging to go and see the tree and the weather outside was getting worse and worse. So we decided to get a start on opening gifts since the boys would have to leave soon to go and deal with the freezing rain. 

I always tell the kids they can't open anything until I get a good picture! Clark could hardly contain his excitement. 

And again with Nana and Grandpa. 

It was fun watching all the chaos and seeing the kids enjoy their new toys! 

Even the little Grace had a fabulous time as you can see...

We had a great couple of days celebrating Christmas with family and friends! It was a particularly fun with Sam this year! 

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well! 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Back At It!

Happy Tuesday everyone! What a glorious Christmas break! Yes, technically I was back last week but I had so much catch up and year end to look at that I didn't even think about blogging. Plus, I wasn't ready to blog about Christmas and then forget about it for another year! I was still hanging onto it for dear life. Oh and yesterday I was off with a little guy with an ear infection! 

It was an especially fun Christmas season this year with Sam. He was SO into Santa and even Christmas eve was excited to put his reindeer food and cookies for Santa. 

Christmas Eve outfit! 

We continued the tradition of fun snack food for after the wonderful Christmas Eve service and then read "Twas The Night Before Christmas". Sam snuggled into bed and I was so excited to play Santa. It's one of my favorite new traditions is setting up everything under the tree! It's one of the fun things about being the parents! We exchange gifts with my parents too so their stuff was under the tree too! 

Christmas morning Sam slept in and we actually had to wake him up at 7:30! He was a little confused when we told him Santa had come in the night. I think he expected to actually see him. 

He enjoyed opening his stocking but I think he thought that was it.

 But was SO excited when he saw the tree! He just wanted to grab every present thinking it was all for him. Ha ha! 

He opened a couple presents and then was over it for a while and just wanted to play. So, we let him and did our gifts to each other and my parents. We had to kind of go with the flow because Sam still doesn't quite get it. Almost there but not yet! 

We stopped for our traditional breakfast of bacon bunnies! Yum! 

We had a very blessed Christmas! Ryan got his Xbox that he has been asking for all year and I got my new work wedding ring that I've been asking for! Sam's big hit was the Kabota tractor! He's been driving it around the kitchen ever since! 

We finished up all the presents right before nap time! We like to go really slow! ha ha! 

We picked up and got ready for Christmas with my in laws while Sammy napped away! 

But more on the Christmas dinners to follow! 


Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas

Happy Friday and more importantly Happy EVE of CHRISTMAS EVE! Sam is off to daycare this morning in PJ's and is all excited to celebrate Christmas with his friends and eat "pockcorn" (aka: popcorn) and chocolate milk while watching a Christmas movie! And he even declared to me this morning "Santa coming sooooon Momma!" 

This is going to be one fun Christmas! 

We have a special Lonestar treat here at work today and then we will gather at lunch time for music, Christmas drinks and then everyone will leave early! It just feels very festive here today! 

I certainly don't have everything ready. In fact, this is probably the LEAST prepared I have ever been. I keep putting stuff off until Saturday because "I have ALL day" but in reality, all those things are adding up and it's going to make for one busy Christmas Eve! 

But as my husband keeps saying to calm me down, "it will all happen". And he's right it will. So somehow I am not feeling so anxious. 

I am so looking forward to watching the magic of Christmas through Sam's eyes this year, being with family, and relaxing with my boys during our few days off. 

I truly wish you all the a wonderful Christmas and hope that the spirit of the season fills each of your homes with love and joy! 

Talk to you next year! 


Monday, December 19, 2016

Sick Weekend

Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you had a great weekend! It was rough around these parts as we have all been battling colds. I actually ended up home early from work on Friday afternoon to rest a bit before Sam got home. I just needed to re-charge my batteries. 

We actually ended up having a fun night with friends Amanda and Josh for a little Christmas get together. We had a yummy supper, drinks and rounds of exploding kittens! 

I've been enjoying my new wine glass they got me all weekend! 

Sam actually slept in passed 8 on Saturday because he needed the extra sleep! But I was still feeling rough so when Ryan slept, Sam and I tried to stay quiet. We finished our Christmas baking, watching NEW episodes of Paw Patrol and played! We never did get dressed out of our PJ's until after lunch! ha ha! 

When Sam went down for a nap, I FINALLY got started on the Christmas wrapping. I turned on a Christmas movie and got busy! It felt like Santa's workshop in the basement but I got about 80% of the wrapping done between Saturday and Sunday! The rest I am hoping to get done throughout the evenings this week and on Saturday! 

On Saturday night my husband said he had a surprise. I go upstairs to Sam's room to see he had taken the front rail off of his crib. Umm..Yay? 

He thought that it was a good time and went ahead and did it. We did talk about doing this soon but when he wasn't on night shift so that we could both help in the night when he got up. 

Well, so much for that plan because 30 minutes of trying to get Sam to bed, Ryan left for work for the night and said "Good luck". Ugh! 

Sam did eventually fall asleep but fell out 5 times throughout the night. The first 4 times he needed me to get up and show him how he was ok and how to get back in bed. The 5th time was a success and I watched him through the monitor get back in bed. 

Last night was WAY better and he only fell out 2 times but got back in himself. 

While I am glad we are starting this as it is time, I did feel like strangling my husband for such a "surprise". 

We had a somber church service on Sunday morning as our minister of 8 years is leaving to begin at a new church closer to home. She has been a big part of our lives as she married Ryan and I and baptized Sam. We wish her all the best on her new chapter in her ministry! 

We had a quiet afternoon and Ryan and Sam went out for the early afternoon to shovel and plow our lane way. 

When getting ready for bed Sam picked out his new hockey book, one of his obsessions. And of course he picked out his hockey PJ's too! He was feeling pretty proud!  

How was your weekend? 


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 Inductee's Onto Our Christmas Tree

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's snowy and gloomy this morning but I feel chipper because my morning started out wonderfully! Ryan brought me home a Tim Horton's coffee after his night shift and my brother backed my car out of the garage and turned on the seat warmer. So, I had a toasty warm car and a got Tim's coffee to drive Sam to daycare this morning! 

Every year we put up our downstairs "memory" Christmas tree and reminisce about what we have done since we have been together. All the ornaments mean something to us! 

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

The first new ornament I received in a blogger exchange. Actually my original swap partner never contacted me and so it was a bit of a flop! But one of the organizers, Leigh from All You Need is Love sent me this cute ornament so that I wouldn't be left out! I thought it was so sweet and thoughtful of her!  

Our church organized a Christmas Hour Tour every year the first Monday in December. About 4 homes open their doors to those who have purchased tickets to see how they decorate for Christmas! I love this annual event and I love to see how people "deck the halls" of their own homes! 

Last year a Norway Bay home was featured and one of my fondest memories was the little playhouse under the stairs and the homemade ornaments. For a small donation to a local food bank, you received one of these beautiful homemade ornaments! 

My fellow crafty friend, Sharon had done a craft day making this ornaments! Last year I was surprised with one that she made that was gifted to me. I love the art of quilting and hope to learn one day and she is my go-to crafting friend for questions. This ornament always gives the appearance of being quilting but it's an art form of fabric folding and pinning! 

Every year my mother in law gifts every one a special ornament from her! This year was an adorable Santa! 

And Sam was included in the tradition and got to hang up his own snow man this year on our tree. We explained that Nana had given it to him last year! He likes to point out his "Nana no man" now when we are downstairs. 

Our traveling has been limited since we have Sam but we hope to do a little bit still as he grows up. It started last year with a family trip to Disney and a Disney cruise. The intention was to go when he was still really young and free to fly! We were so glad we went and there were a few challenges but we loved our first Disney Cruise and will do another likely in the next couple of years! As tradition goes, we had to pick up an ornament to commemorate our first Disney cruise!  

What are your most special ornaments? 


Monday, December 12, 2016

Parade, Santa Visits and Christmas Pageant

Happy Monday everyone! The flu hit our house after all but we are on the mend and got to enjoy our weekend! 

Saturday morning we had a relaxing morning and Sam was DYING to get outside. He saw the snowmobile sitting there and was prancing around itching to get out and see it! 

This winter we got Sam his own helmet and so Ryan and Sam could drive around the fields more! He was all excited to be suited up! 

And both boys very excited to be on the "neige doo" for the first time this year! And Momma got to put her feet up and watch some Fuller House! 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I stick to a pretty strict schedule with Sam. And skipping nap is a big no-no! But Saturday was the Quyon Santa Claus Parade in at 2 PM. Smack dab in the middle of nap time. But we really wanted to take Sam and so opted to skip nap. 

Instead Sam snuggled up with Ryan and we all had quiet time in the dark living room for about 30 minutes before the parade. It seemed to do the trick to recharge all of our batteries. 

We bundled up and headed to Jilly's for the big parade! While we waited, Sam kept flopping himself down in the snow and doing snow angels. 

The fire truck sirens alerted us that the parade was about to start! 

I'm a little bias but I always think it's a great parade! The kids love it and they end up with a pocket full of candy and a new teddy bear! 

Then it's off to the hall for free hot dogs and hot chocolate and to wait in line to see Santa! 

This year Sam has had a big interest in Santa and points him out where ever we go. We were waiting for our turn and explaining to him that Santa would pick him up to go on his knee. We find when you explain things to Sam ahead of time, he handles new situations better. 

Well it was almost his turn and Ryan started carrying him towards the stage. Sam then stopped Ryan and said "No, just Sam". He asked if he was sure which insisted he was. So, up he went all by himself to see Santa. Ran right to him for a hug! 

They had a good little chat and giggle! And a bag of Gummy Bears from the elf! 

We got home a little before 4. Ryan had to run out to get a trail pass so I stayed home, whipped up a quick lasagna and finished the bread sticks I had been making in the bread machine. It was a great supper while we watched a little Christmas movie with Sam before bed. 

When Sam went to bed, Ryan and I headed downstairs, turned on Elf and started our wrapping. It was a perfect Christmasey day. 

Sunday morning we all slept in! It felt great! But then we headed down stairs and saw that Princess had been busy making some Christmas cookies! I thought I had heard something...

We got ready for church were we were all Sheppard's in the Christmas story. Sam wasn't all that fond of his costume and I had to bride him with a chocolate bar to get him to put the head piece on. But we got through but he seemed tired and decided to lay down in the end! ha ha! Oh the joys of "cooperative" toddlers! 

We had a great breakfast at my parents and then we all had an afternoon nap. I didn't sleep too long and instead binge watched Fuller House! 

How was your weekend?