Thursday, April 10, 2014

March Round Up

As I blog Nathan's yearly news letter I realize I've fallen off this blogging wagon, I mean of course I have fallen off, that's not the realization, but the realization is my rope is getting thinner and thinner.  And I don't want it to, so I'm working to rebuild this rope.... 

Anyway here is March's roundup....



March was a good month, atleast it always ends well because of March Break!!  It's always nice to have a week where we can sleep in and not get ready for school and run around.  We do some fun stuff, like ski or go to the pool. But alot of it is just 'chillin'. 
 
 We also had our annual St. Patricks Day dinner, which someone bought a special green hat for!  And since we all know green is not his favourite colour I know this was a stretch for him. 




 We also got some big doses of cuteness in March.  First my sister got a new puppy who is so so cute.  Here she is playing with Lucas.  She is doing a really good job for my sister, learning what things to chew, where to go pee and how to play properly.  Luckily my mom is also very helpful with the dog too. 


 Our second dose of cuteness was going to visit our friends who just have twins.  Aren't these babies just the cutest!! And there is two of them!   Lucas loved the babies.  They also have a toddler who Nathan had lots of fun with, but Lucas just loved those babies. 

March break was also great for spending lots of time with our best friend family.  It's amazing how well all our boys get along.  Whether it was in the pool or at the ski hill or at one of our houses there is always lots to talk about and lots of fun to be had. 

Hopefully these pictures will be some of the last with all the SNOW!!..  It has been a pretty long winter, with not as many chinooks as we are use to.  Maybe that means we will have stunning growing season, but I am looking forward to wearing less hats and scarves and mitts. 

Jenn

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Funny stories

A couple of funny stories from the boys from the week

Yesterday I asked Nathan is he feels any different now that he's six.
He shrugs and says "A little"
So I asked "how do you feel different".
He says "It feels like I'm floating".
"Really?"  I ask in intrigue.
"Yeah" he says.
"Maybe you are just taller now so you feel like you're floating" I try to reason out his odd answer.
"Yeah probably he's says.  "I am a lot taller now"

Ahh the joys of being six

And Lucas the other day was sitting at the island working on his homework and I was on the opposite side of the island make dinner, when Darryl came in the kitchen.  Darryl stands beside the island and starts telling me a story about work.  I can't remember what the story was but Darryl was using his hands to gesture a fair bit.  Of course Lucas hoping to procrastinate from doing homework starts to imitate Darryl's hand gestures.  It was hilarious.  It was hard for me to keep a straight face for any length of time for Darryl to continue while Lucas mocked him behind his back.  Pretty soon, Lucas and I were laughing pretty hard.

Ahh the sweet and entertaining life

Jenn

Monday, April 07, 2014

To Nathan's on His 6th Birthday

Dear Nathan,

We've had a great couple of days celebrating your birthday, really we've had a pretty great year with you.  You are a pretty easy going kid who will be okay in most any situation.  Your favourite time is to be at home with your family, and sometimes you get sad when that is what you really want to do, but other then that you are a happy kid.  You will eat pretty much anything, although are in that stage where you 'don't like' a food, rather then saying 'don't want' a food. 


 You have a lots of big changes this year but have adapted to them all pretty well.  You graduated from preschool and Lesley, started kindergarten and gone to two new day homes. 








































You started kindergarten this year and it is one of your favourite things.  There you have come out of your shell and made friends with most of the kids and you love your teacher too.   You are speaking french more often and will ask Lucas or I to translate words for you.  You are also working on your the sounds your letters make and putting those sounds into words. 


You and Cameron






You and your idol






 

 Lucas continues to be your best friend.  You spend most of your time playing with him and even to your kid birthday party, a couple of the kids are Lucas's friends who you like to play with too.  Although the majority of them are yours.  It has been interesting to see you start school and develop new friends and new 'people' because of that.  Most of your interests are still similar to Lucas's as well, you both love video games, playing outside, karate, swimming and skiing.  But slowly we are starting to see you become your own person. 

Walking with Oma
 

You are such a sweet, wonderful kind boy.  You are super affectionate and love to snuggle.  We lay in bed together and snuggle lots and you still love to sit on my lap.  You give your love freely, telling people all the time how much you love them.  You continue to have great facial expressions and say really funny things.

I feel very lucky to have you as part of my life everyday.  You add so much joy and love to it.  I love you bub, bub.

love mom





Friday, March 07, 2014

My new favourite things

Since the start of this year I have been doing some new workouts that I have really been enjoying.  I don't know if its the nature of getting older or that the kids are more independant but I've been lucky to have time to do more classes.  The class are really great in the freezing winter (which we've had a very long one this year) as it's causes me to get out and the one activity, hot yoga, I love to do when it's freezing cold.

The first new workout has been Zumba.  For those of you who have never been I describe it as a dance class.  I read it was a Latin dance class, but I feel like we do more variety then just latin, theres Bollywood and Hip Hop in there too.  If you like to think when you are working out this is totally for you. Auntie Karen emailed at the start of the year saying she was going to take it and that encouraged me to do it as well.  It's really fun and although it took 2-3 weeks to really get the moves down I don't mind making a fool of myself until then.   The other nice part is its really close to me, so I can go for just the hour and be back home and haven't missed too much of the evening with the family. 

Next has been hot yoga.  Which has been so welcome with all the really cold weather we have been having.  I love the sweating and how you get so hot when it's so cold out.  I've found a great studio Soul Hot Yoga here is Calgary.  Mom took me to my first class as she really enjoys yoga too.  The have the "fast" classes which are the flow.  I am amazed at what some people can do.  Although I can't do all the different poses I am really enjoying the heat and watching my body get better and better at the poses.  The first couple of times my shoulders were so so sore after from all the downward dog, but now I can hold it and almost put my heels flat.   Darryl even asked last night if yoga was the new tea... which is saying something. 

What about you any new activities this 2014? Have you ever done zumba or hot yoga?  What did you think?

Jenn

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winter Playlist

Remember those days I use to share my quaterly playlist with everyone..... back in the days when I use to blog most days.  Well those days are long gone, but I made a new years resolution to try and get a little of that back.  I still make quaterly playlist in itunes, so it's pretty easy for me to copy and paste.  In case you are interested... here it is:

1. Girls Chase Boys  Ingrid Michaelson    New Ingrid!!   Looking forward to the whole album
2. Pause (Zumba Mix)     Pitbull   My favourite song from Zumba.  I can even do it at home...
3. Forest Whitaker Bad Books  From HIMYM, only 6 episodes left....
4. Little Talks (Live)    Of Monsters and Men  A live version of a great song. 
5. I Love It (feat. Charli XCX)  Icona Pop   I was a while getting on this band wagon.
6. Best Day of My Life  American Authors  Thanks Glee! 
7. Escape (The Pina Colada Song)   Jack Johnson    Pre Mexico song.
8. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?      Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn & Katie Lopez    Frozen
9. For the First Time in Forever   Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel    Frozen
10. Let It Go  Idina Menzel    Like every other little girl as soon as I saw (and loved this movie, bought the songs)
11. The Weight of Lies   The Avett Brothers    Love the rounds in it...
12. Timber (feat. Ke$ha)    Pitbull    My favourite radio song...
13. Apache   The Sugarhill Gang    My throwback song...
14. Anything     Hedley    Lucas and Nathan's favourite
15. Comin' Home City and Colour    Another Oldie but Goodie.
16. Heaven Walk of the Earth A beautiful cover of a great Canadian song.

What about you?  Any songs that are on constant rotation?

Jenn

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Feburary Round UP

February was a great month for us.  We have made it a habit the last few years to go away on our winter vacation while the kids have family day and teachers conference.  It's usually a bit cheaper then March Break and by Feb we are ready for a break from the cold. 

The kids also got their report cards at the beginning of the month and both did very well.  Both got marks in the top two categories of their rating systems, so they (and we) were very happy with that.  When they do well I let them pick a place to go to dinner as a family.  This time though they both picked and activity.  Nathan chose the science center and Lucas wanted to go see the new Lego movie. 

But the highlight of the month was definitively Mexico.  Mom and Dad have some timeshares down there and they were able to coordinate it so that the whole family could go down together.  It was perfect!  It was great for us too cause different people could be on Nathan duty so Darryl and I had time to read too.   Here are some of the picture highlights:


Many of us enjoying a dinner out.  
 We enjoyed lots of Sangria at dinner time.  And mojitos as our mid afternoon drink.  Both were delicious!  Very very delicious. 
 They had a great (and huge) pool at the resort.  The boys would swim and swim and swim and swim and swim.  Which made them sleep so well at night.  But it also made their fingers turn into wrinkly old prunes. 
 We had the pleasure (again) of doing a turtle release.  It was one of the highlights of the week to let the turtles go into the ocean.  We also got to learn lots about the turtles and what Mexico is doing to help their survival/population rates. 
 Ahh the ocean.  The kids loved playing in the waves.  Not as much as swimming in the pool, but it was nice to hear the sounds of the ocean too. 





 We also enjoyed our time in Las Caletas.  It was fun to hold all the animals and go paddle boarding.  And I also really enjoyed the boat ride out there.  The kids did the zip lining too which was very fun for them. 
One of the other highlights was living with my best friend again.  It was nice to chat with her everyday whether by the pool or when shopping or hanging out with our families.  This resort in Mexico was not an all inclusive but it had a kitchen for us to make our own food.  So Mom, Karen, Tammy and I headed to Walmart to get food.  As we were there over Valentines day they had these funny shirts (see picture above).  At first we thought we should get them for our spouses.  Especially Pat who often professes his love for Tammy publicly.  But we though we should get them for each other instead!  We had a good laugh about it, but passed.  But Mom and Karen headed back a couple days later and got them for us.  Here we are modeling them.

It was a great vacation.  A couple of "big" things, but lots and lots of relaxing and soaking up the sun.
Till Next Time

Jenn






Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Got My TIght Pants On: Birthday Weekend

Last weekend the whole famdamily packed up and went to Panorama for my Dad's birthday.  There are a couple of things my dad really loves, family, skiing and vacations so it was a great way to celebrate. Mom got a huge condo where we all fit in (although just barely) - and it even had a pool table.  Which the boys all loved. 
 Lucas quickly becoming a pool shark!  Which is in contrast to the real shark in the room.  For Dad's birthday he got a cover for his ski helmet that is a shark.  That also matches his Christmas present from last year with his shark neck protector. 



There were many ski runs at Panorama and many pool games and many dinners and many dips in the hot springs.  Many kids singing the Will Ferrell/Jimmy Fallon tight pants song.  Changing the words to tight boots and bright pants and poop pants (as you know how things with boys go....)



 The boys played and played and played with eachother.  We often discuss how well we all get along and the boys really love playing.



The best part in with all the laughs and the good times, was seeing my Dad and my Mom so happy.  So very happy.  Standing with my Dad at the top of Panorama looking out in the sunshine all those happy endorphins was a moment to always remember.  Watching him teach my son how to ski, seeing how happy he was that we were all getting better.   And snow shoeing with my mom and seeing a beautiful sundog in the sky.  Seeing rainbows all around as the beautiful snowflakes flew through the sky.  It was such a wonderful weekend to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Jenn 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy 2014!

Well as I said yesterday I like to make new years resolutions.  I like to take stock of where I am in life and look at what I can do better.  I think life is always about growing and improving and I think the new year is a good time to review that. 

Last year I had set three resoultions, which I think is a good number.  The first one I rocked!  Read 15 books in total this year and have new books already ready for this year.  I also rediscovered the love the the library again, which has been a good and frugal thing.   As for traveling to 5 new places, I also completed this one.  We went to San Diego, coast of California and Disneyland (unexpectedly), Prince George, Sandpoint (as well as the road to Sandpoint from Kelowna), and Millet Alberta.   Lastly I was going to work on appreciating what I have and not worrying about what I don't have.  I also think I got better at that as well.  I'm sure some of it is circumstance, but hopefully my heart has moved to a better place too. 

This year I have been thinking a lot of my resolutions because I don't have any that really stick out in my mind as measurable things to do over the year, but I think I will still list a few and take stock next year of how I did. 

1. Personally and creatively I would like to take more pictures with my big camera.  I need to get it back out of the cupboard and take it with me more.  I need to capture more moments with my two growing boys.  It was one thing I realized making the video last month was that my favourite pictures are with the big camera and I don't use it often enough. 

2. The other part of that is blogging those big pictures more.  My blogging has certainly decreased  over the last couple of years as the boys are not changing as much and our routine is pretty set, but maybe I need to try to blog once a week rather then once a month.  I know many people don't read this space anymore, but I love this space.  Anyone who knows me knows I'm a nostalgic person, so a blog is a perfect place for me to reminisce. 

3. Spend less money on clothes and more money on vacations.   This year we already have quite a few vacations planned so I'm excited to make memories on those vacations.  Clothes I need to do more shopping in my closet.  A week or so ago my mom and sister invited me out shopping and I declined.  I was kind of feeling sorry for myself so I went on pinterest to browse and found outfits that I liked.  I then went shopping in my own closet!  Such a good idea.  I have more then enough clothes in there and sometimes it's just needing some new ideas and it feels like I have new clothes. 

4. Health-wise, things have gone pretty well for 2013.  I took up running and golfing.  I eat breakfast consistently and can control my snacking. But one thing I would like to do more is a good rule that Michelle has for her kids and I want to implement with myself and my kids is a healthy snack first.  So I can have the chips or the chocolate, but eat an orange or yougourt or healthy snack first.   

5. Run a 10K race.  I did 8K this year and that was a really good experience, so this year I would like to run a 10K.  I would also like to do a sprint triathlon again, but with Lucas.  If he is ready this year then I think it would be a fun thing to do together. 

6. Parenting, I'd like to have more patience with my children.  Especially with Lucas.  He is a different person then I am and I find it challenging to deal with.  Not that I don't have challenges with Nathan too, but I would like to try and have more patience with both of them.

What about you guys, any resolutions for 2014?

Till later this week....

Jenn



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: The video recap

Ahh, time flies when you are having fun.   It's interesting to go back and look at this same post from 2012 and it really doesn't feel like another year has gone by.  As I said last year we are in the glory days of our lives and the days are filled with lots of fun times.  It's busy and has it's ups downs, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  We were lucky that everyone was happy and healthy this year and there were no major issues. 

2014 looks like more of the same.  I've been debating my new years resolutions, but will post them tomorrow and progress on my 2013 resolutions. 

video

My favorite memory of 2013... ahh so many... hard to pick just one.  Our family vacation to California was so so fun.  Even though I made the most expensive mistake I have ever made, it ended up being one of my greatest mistake too.   Also as you can see from the video our trips to Kelowna and Sandpoint this summer were highlights too. 

My biggest regret of 2013 was that I didn't do the first run I had signed up for.  It was my first ever and I have no good excuse for not doing it.  I sat at home and was disapointed in myself the whole day (and really the whole year) for not doing it.  Luckily it is back next year and I am definitly signing up and doing it.  No. matter. what.   Luckily though I did more runs and ran more this year then I ever have in my life.  2013 was the year I became a runner. 

2013 was also the year I learned to golf and had many fun nights out with my mom, Karen and Tammy in our own ladies league.   It was also the year we started picking different family activities each weekend.  It was also the year we started big family baseball games. 

I hope everyone else had a wonderful 2013 too!

Till Tomorrow

Jenn


Sunday, December 08, 2013

Super Awesome

I don't think I talk often enough about how super awesome my husband is.  He makes delicious food, is a great dad to our two boys and is very creative.  He is in Ontario now sharing his greatness with his family, but I really missed his banana pancakes this morning.    I wanted to brag and give two good examples of his creativeness, from the last month alone.
First is our Halloween Pumpkins.  While he doesn't like to get his hands gucky he does love to carve pumpkins.  This was this years pumpkins and you can see the bottom one is his.  For those of you who don't have 5-12 year old boys it's a creeper from mine craft.  


And on Friday night I got this picture of the cool snowflakes the boys were making at home.Do you see Yoda and Darth Vader and Storm Troopers?  Isn't that super cool. 

As many would say, I married well.

Till Next Time

Jenn