Sunday, July 29, 2007

Tinkertown with Oma and Opa
Today after church we headed to Tinkertown and the kids went on rides for 3 hours!! It was HOT and humid but we had a blast!! My kids are SO blessed to be growing up with 2 full sets of Grandparents who LOVE to spend time with them and are also young enough to enjoy them. My mom went on all the rides with the kids and she loved it. I am a bit jealous of my kids for that reason, I never grew up with grandparents around so I don't know what it is really like to spend time having sleep overs and having fun with my grandparents....I don't think they know how truly lucky they are. Someday I know they will treasure ALL the memories they have of their grandparents!!
Thanks Oma and Opa for a great time!!

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A Great Saturday.....
After spending a week away from the kids we went to pick them up and spent the day as a family...we played, laughed, visited Great Grandpa, ate and played some was a great day!
The boys chillin out on the front step watching the kids play... we ended spending a lot of family time there this day....having ice cream and was a good day!

The whole family!! I am behind the camera taking the pic....

It was a great day.... all came home exhausted and happy!!

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Four Generations.....Conrad with his dad, grandpa and of course our kids.

Grandpa just recently moved to a home and he is really enjoying it, he was in good spirits when we visited and he absolutely loves seeing the kids...Grandma comes to spend the day with him everyday...a lot of is really touching to see.

Kezy in my mother in laws Garden is SO gorgeous I got a bunch of pics...

Just one of the many Flowers from the garden.

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My in-laws beautiful home...

Slip and slide for the kids......still Conrad's from when he played on that thing....hmm how old would it be??? LOL

Kezy enjoying the cool water on a HOT day!!

Two boys...not only brothers but friends!!!(ahhh soo cheesy I know but REALLY cute)

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Ezra buddy this one is for you...... Mommy did not forget about you while you were gone!! I love you big huge much and I miss you!! See you tomorrow!!!

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While the kids are away Mommy and Daddy play......
Golf that is...heehee!! I finally had the chance to go out golfing with my honey its gotta be the first time in about 3 years...we had a great time. I started out really well and parred the very first hole and Conrad boggied..heehee....but I guess it was really beginners luck because after that I seemed to double whatever par was...oh well not bad for not having been out there for so long(made for some good chuckles). This is something I can see us doing a lot in the future, its great bonding time and learning time, we had to wait a lot because it was so full so we spent the time chatting and smooching...yup smooching oh the joys of not so young!! Well it was a slice...oh bad humour Louise..I must be delirious from all that it was very toasty out there!! Well gotta love summer. Thanks babe for putting up with me on the are a pro!! Love you!
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Treasure....
One that I cannot put a price on and one I will most certainly keep in my 'treasure' chest. I came across Noah's school composition book today while cleaning up backpacks(yes it had not been done since school ended) and I came across his composition book and it nearly brought me to tears. You see Noah is my 'quiet' one when it comes to sharing feels and emotions so when I read this I was moved, moved by how much he treasures the simple things, like laying in bed with me in the mornings, having ice cream as a family, golfing with daddy, family movie night...he expressed these things in his book, I am truly touched. I am so happy that I came across this today, it made some of the things I have been thinking of lately seem so trivial, this is what is truly important...what my kids will remember.....

I realised that with everyday I spend with my kids memories are being created in their little minds, some of the things I may feel are so 'simple' they may be big things to my kids and may be exactly what they need to feel loved and treasured in that moment!! I pray that the good memories far outweigh the bad.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

"Mommy we are driving you nutts right?"

Those were the words I heard from Noah yesterday and my response was 'YES, Mommy needs a break'....... and a break is what I got, Grandma and Grandpa whisked the kids away from Monday till Saturday. Have I enjoyed the time alone...absolutely yes..but do my heart strings pull when I hear Kez on the answering machine asking for me?...yes!!!

Strange how I almost couldn't wait for them to leave,counting down the days when they were whining and complaining and fighting,then counting down the hours and then minutes(man do I sounds like a mama who needs a break or what??) and now my house feels empty. I know I can complain and I do have times when I need a break, what mom doesn't right?

I have spent time wandering the mall alone, going for dinner with adults and seeing a movie, sleeping in and sitting in my quiet house. I have 3 full days to go and have lots of plans none really constructive other than relationship building ones...which in my opinion are one of the most constructive.

I guess even though there are times when I throw up my arms in frustration and say something I may regret and feel SO like I need a break the love is always there....will I enjoy my 'time off' ?absolutely!! Will I miss my kids? yes!! but I am so thankful to have this time I am blessed! I am also grateful that the kids have this time away and are building great memories with their grandparents!!!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

AND THIS IS WHAT US as women and our daughters are trying to live up to........time to open our eyes to the truth!! (just click pause on the my music player to hear the music on the video)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Okay so I didn't get the shot....
One of my FAVORITE things about summer are the canola fields I love the way they 'glow' yellow especially on a cloudy day...everytime I drive by them I say 'oh it would look so great to have a picture in the fields' and I always tell my kids how canola fields are my favorite and yada yada yada. SO we are out for a drive yesterday and here is my chance a beautiful canola field on a not so busy stretch of highway I can get the kids in and out quickly to take a pic...the sun is shining the canola is glowing and we can get this done in two minutes and avoid any wrath from a out hop my not-so-thrilled kids for ANOTHER one of moms photo ops(oh the joy of being my kid..heehee...just wait till we go on our holidays kids...LOL!) and I get them to run to the field turn around and guess the sun was a bit too bright for those little kid least the field is bright..ahhh just what I love!!


I did get one with the field not so bright and two of the kids with their eyes open...

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Introducing my sis-in-law Candy check out her blog Knowing Joy to enjoy!!!

Friday, July 13, 2007

CONGRATULATIONS to my kiddies....
Proud mama just had to brag on the kids a they finished the first session of summer swimming lessons and they all passed.. Noah passed level 5, Ezra level 2 and Keziah even after refusing to go into the water for 2 days passed level 1 and 2 simultaneously!!
Way to go kids....Mommy is proud and I love you big huge much!!!

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Three of my favorite people....
First my Noah - bright eyed, twinkle in his eyes and so sweet...sneaky at times but none the less sweet
Next Ezra - mischief maker, funny - always makes me laugh, does things at the most unexpected moments and keeps things lively.the biggest tightest hugs
Last but not least Keziah - the 'stubborn' one(not always a bad trait!!) likes things a certain way, a heart of gold and SUCH a giver, thinking always of others with her sweet drawings and cards.

Love how life can be so interesting, never gets boring with three kids that are so close in age..makes for a lot of fighting but hey that's normal right?!

So many memories and so many reminders that they are growing up, lately I have found myself saying almost daily...thank goodness I don't have a baby or a toddler...maybe its because of that reoccurring dream where I find out I am pregnant the month Kez goes into school full time...EEEKKK... (why I added that I dont' know...tangent) But yeah they are growing up and asking all sorts of questions...some I don't know that I have the 'right' answers to and others that maybe its just not the time to answer yet. I am enjoying the summer with them going to the beach, swimming lessons and just hanging out in a slower pace of life.

Can't imagine but I know the time will come all too quickly when they will move out and move onto a life of their own BUT for the time being I'll listen to the bickering, watch the silly dances, hear the whining and correct it, clean up the mess for the millionth time, receive my 100th picture and find something new to love on it, pray the goodnight prayers, watch the temper tantrums, listen to the stubborn cry, see the proud look on the face of a child who has passed a swimming lesson,watch one sibling comfort the other, laugh as one child not -so -sneakily is trying to spy on me, listen to the 50th rendition of "its the start of something new...'(High School Musical), answer as many why questions as I can AND kiss the goodnight kisses all the while cherishing the moments that we do have!!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

"Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” George Eliot

I am blessed....
Today I had a brief conversation with someone who has reflected upon their life and hasn't come up with a lot of things that they have accomplished or dreams that they lived out and warned me not to do the same...I personally don't think that is the case ,I see that person as having lived a life of extreme importance to her family and I can only hope they realize the gift they have. So anyway it got me to thinking about some of the things that I am grateful for today..
1) my hubby and his smile, his calming personality, his 'up to something' grin, the twinkle in his eyes when he is excited about something, his gentle touch and his never ending hugs
2) my three great kids...although there are days when they drive me batty in the end there is always love
3) the fact that I am surrounded by so many wonderful friends who are so supportive and encouraging...I feel as though I have not put effort into some of those relationships but I pray they know how deeply I care about them and how thankful I am for them!!
4)that I have a family that I love to hang out with my brothers make me belly laugh and they all chose great women that I love to hang out Candyballs and my Rose and Rebar who lives far away and I miss her..
5)the fact that I can spend a lot of my summer at my friend's resort with my kids...a HUGE blessing!!!!
6) that I got to live a dream less than a month ago, one that pushed me to my limits that caused me to think outside the box and provokes me to greater things in my life...stay tuned in for updates on that one(see earlier post)
7) that my body allows me to move and function even though exercise sucks(still waiting for it to become exciting) I am thrilled that my body works..always room for improvement but bottom line it works
8) that I am blessed to stay at home with my kids...I am so fortunate for that, its a choice me and Conrad made together and one I have no regrets about
9) I have ears to hear so many exciting sounds...the new tunes that are out and I can crank them up on my MP3 player or my van stereo or my stereo at home and I can dance or sing along..I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! and the sounds of nature...being out here in nature for two weeks has been awesome I have enjoyed it so much!
10)that I have had an opportunity to travel and explore different parts of the country and the world, seen amazing things and been able to do amazing things

I don't know what the future holds but I do know that I am blessed no matter what way I look at it, my good experiences have far outweighed the bad!!