Monday, July 31, 2006

Mourning the Year That Is Gone

Well today is the last day of my maternity leave. I feel so sad already and I haven't even gone back to work. This year and been the most difficult but also the most amazing year of my life. I went from having no idea how to raise a child, breastfeed, not get 8 hours of sleep a night to someone who can do all of that and so much more.

There are so many things I am going to miss about not being at home. I will miss never having to set an alarm, because I wake when the baby wakes. I will miss life being at a slower pace. When being at home if something doesn't get done one day, you can do it the next. I will miss having different chores done on different days. Mondays is garbage, Tuesday's bathrooms. I will miss watching YandR every afternoon while Lucas naps. I will miss blogging in the afternoons.

Of course the thing I will miss the most is speding everyday with my boy. I learned this year about a love I never thought possible. That a toothy smile could make my whole day. The Lucas's laugh is the best thing in the world. That being his mommy made me feel like I could float. That being a parent takes patience and perserverance. I will miss snuggling when I give him his bottle. I will miss Sesame Street and kids songs playing all day. I will miss Gymboree and mommy group. I know it's all about quality and not quanity, but I will miss quanity. I will miss being his playmate. I will miss that I don't get to see all the new things when they happen. I will miss Lucas.

Of course I know rationally this is what is best, but my heart is having trouble with it.

Till Tommorrow (and a blog from work?)



One of the joys of Lucas not being able to speak is that he cannot demand that I turn on the TV, or change the channel or that he wants to listen to his music not the Barenaked Ladies. Although I am sure there will be many years to come when he will demand all those things.

A couple of weekends ago Darryl commented on how much Lucas liked the Teletubbies. I have never put that show on for Lucas becuase I wasn't sure if I'd like it and for the moment he only gets to watch children's shows I can tolerate, Sesame Street for example. So on Saturday morning Lucas and I came downstairs and the usual Sesame Street was not on, so I decided to test Darryl's theory and see if Lucas liked teletubbies.

If you've never seen it Teletubbies is about 4 "aliens" who move around slowly and make weird sounds. There is a babies face that smiles and giggles in the sunshine and sometimes there tummies become little TV's that you may see a skit on. The show was bad. They played the same little video twice. They did count to 8 a bunch of times which was educational, but I had trouble tolerating it. Like one of the crazy aliens, I think the green one, spun around 8 times. Plus they all have weird names. I know some of the Sesame Street characters do as well, can't say I've ever heard of an Elmo before, but atlease most of the make sense i.e. Cookie Monster.

Lucas did like certain parts, although it did not keep his attention. Thank goodness for that. No more teletubbies while mommy is around. Long Live Sesame Steet

Till Tommorrow


Friday, July 28, 2006


Well Lucas's knowledge continues to amaze me. I'm sure that he's learned so much already, but now he is better able to demonstrate what he is learning.

The other day we are reading a book and he does the sign for bunny, becuase he saw a bunny on the page. Today we are looking at a book with a bird and he did the sign for bird. Holy cow! All those sign language classes did us some good. It's nice to know what he notices on a page or in a room. Most times when we walk in a room he does the sign for fan or light. He quite likes looking up at those things. Although I think he may just skip some signs becuase he can almost say the word. Like car, truck, duck and banana.

Physcially he is also doing well. He is getting better at pulling up when there is not a "ledge" or something to grasp. Getting down from a sitting is also going well. Most times he reaches down and touches the floor to be sure it's still there. Then he plops down on his bum. Other times he just dive bombs the floor. He can also stan by himself now for 10ish seconds. He was having fun in the pool yesterday with his neighboor friends (Lucas's first pool party). He would stand and then splash in the water. It is amazing how kids this age don't really play together. The "paralell" play. You play with your toy, I'll play with mine toy and we'll all be happy.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Till Monday


Thursday, July 27, 2006

Yeah Lesley!

Well today we went to visit our dayhome so it wasn't a completly strange place for Lucas. And although I think he is still quite attached to his mommy, it made me feel much better about the whole situation. Lesley (soon to be Lucas's second mom=)) is very good with all the kids plus we have alot of the same views on child rearing. I am feeling more and more confident about leaving him, although I'm sure it will be very difficult.

He did not go down well again last night. Ahhhh, thanks goodness I have Darryl to help weather this storm. I really appricate everyone's input on what worked for them and their children. We are trying to change his bedtime routine to be more like naps, so hopefully even if he is awake when it's bedtime he will just play, similar to what he does for naps. I also plan on not letting him sleep more the an hour and a half rather then 2 hours for his afternoon nap. Hopefully these things will help and by the time we become consistent with them he may be out of this "phase".

Well I think that's all for today. Here's a funny joke

The Wrath of a Woman

A woman Police officer pulls over a speeding car. The Officer says, "I clocked you at 80 mph. sir."

The driver says, "Gee, officer, I had it on cruise control at 60, perhaps your radar needs calibrating."

Not looking up from her knitting the wife says sweetly, "Now don't be silly dear, you know that this car doesn't have cruise control."

As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls, "Can't you keep your mouth shut for once?"

The wife smiles demurely and says, "You should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did."

As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched
teeth, Dam*it woman, can't you keep your mouth shut."

The officer frowns and says, "And I notice that you're not wearing your seat belt, sir. That's an automatic $75 fine."

The driver says, "Yeah, well you see officer, I had it on, but took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket."

The wife says, "Now dear you know very well that you didn't have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you're driving."

And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket the driver turns to his wife and barks, "WHY DON'T YOU SHUT TO HE*L UP??"

The officer looks over at the woman and asks, "Does your husband always talk to you this way, Ma'am?"

Oh heavens no, officer. Only when he's been drinking."

Till Tommorrow


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Maybe I Am Ready......

So today has been a bit of a crazy day. Last night we had more trouble with putting Lucas down for his nap. So we finally got him to sleep at 9pmish. That is the second night in a row and I'm sure 5 out of the last 7 nights. I am feeling very frustrated with it all and not sure what to do. He is still cranky during the day, which would indicate to me he still needs both his day time naps. Especially in the morning, which is the nap they are suppose to give up. But is he getting too much daytime sleep, which is not making him tired at night. Oh what to do....... Last night I was so upset. If we try to stay in his room and help him fall asleep it becomes a big game. He's laughing and gets further from his sleepy state. If we leave the room he cries and cries. Which Darryl and I hate and it makes him hot. But crying seems to tire him out easier. Ahh parenting is hard. His lack of sleep last night has made him a bear to deal with today.

I've also been itching to get a bigger back yard. Ours is tiny and once we put in a garage it will be even smaller. The rationale part of me knows I don't need a bigger yard, that the one we have is fine and there are lots of open spaces and parks in the neighboorhood we can use. Plus if we stay in this house we will have no mrotgage in 15 years! That would be wonderful. But house prices in Calgary continue to rise. And I'd like a bigger lot. Who knows what the right thing is to do... of course I've been fretting about this all day. Looking online at houses e-mailing builders.

I guess the morale of the story is maybe I am ready to go back to work. Today although it has been a pain tells me I need something again in my life. I'm looking for projects (house) and my son and I are driving each other crazy. Having the students and there problems may just be the project I am looking for......

Till Tommorrow


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

My Granola Soapbox

Well we have been so hot here this past week, as it has been in the whole world. So so hot. People are dying it so hot. We went to the mall to enjoy some air conditioning on the weekend and we have all spent alot of time in Lucas's little pool, trying to cool off.

This of course has made me think about the enviroment we live in and how we are treating it so badly. So badly infact that it is fighting back. With long heat spells, crazy storms, tsunamis, hurricanes, it is fighting back. I really feel strongly that people need to help this situation. It drives me crazy when I see people throwing things in the garbage that could be recycled. Plus I live in a city where the big and badder your truck is the better. Who really needs a hummer? I know it is nice to have 4 wheel drive in the winter or to tow your boat, but if you are not careful there will not be enough water to drink, nevertheless drive your boat on.

I'm not trying to yell at anyone, although it sounds like it. But I wanted to post some of the things I do to help the enviorment. I am certainly not perfect, so I would love it if others posted ideas or things they do to help.

  • Now each time we buy a new light bulb it is a high efficeny one. Even though they are not as pretty they are much better for the enviroment.
  • On the days that I work at SAIT I will be taking the c-train to get there.
  • We pay for our curbside recycling which includes all types of plastics etc. If you live in Calgary and are interested in this we use Recycle Plus 230-1030
  • We compost all our fruit, vegs, coffee, tea, outdoor clipings
  • The next vechile we get will hopefully be a hybrid
  • We drink our water out of reusable bottles, rather then buying a new one each time
  • Use old sour cream and margarine contaniers to store things rather then buying new see through "glad ware"
Just while writing this blog I researched some new ideas

  • Ask for no fliers to your house
  • use all rechargable batteries
  • turn own water heather to 120 degrees

Plus the best part about so many of these ideas is that is also saves you money. If anyone has any other great ideas please post them in comments. I am always looking for ways to make the world a better place for my children's children's children.

Till Tommorrow


Monday, July 24, 2006

Friday, July 21, 2006

Blogable moments

It's weird now when I experience things I often think "Oh I'm going to blog about this". I'm calling that a bloggable moment.

Here are a couple of things that have come up recently.

People are very different then me. Which sounds like an obvious thing to say but sometimes the obvious needs to be stated. Today I was suppose to meet a bunch of mothers at the beach. It is a big beach so I gave a general meeting area. Lucas and I truck down there, and we are a little early so we get in the water and play a bit. About an hour and a half later no one is there yet so we decide to leave. As we are leaving I see my mother friends sitting under a tree. I was at the beach. I wanted to be in the water, not under a tree. But again people are different then me. Most of the babies had never been in water (other then the tub). Lucas has been in the water so much he almost has the front crawl mastered! I'm not sure if it's becuase I'm younger and not as protective over Lucas. Also one of the moms said we did see a stroller. Another difference. I didn't even think to bring a stroller with me. But they all had theres. I was hauling him around. Anyway interesting to be so different.

On a side note Lucas was tired when we left, but I didn't want him to fall asleep in the car, becuase once he wakes from sleeping in the car he doesn't want to go back down again. So I sang "Einsy Weensy Spider" at the top of my lungs with the windows down all the way home.

Another bloggable moment was we watched the beginning of the movie "The Gods Must Be Crazy". It is a great movie about how a coke bottle dropped from a plane totally disturbs the life of an African tribe. It is a great movie, funny, if you ever see it on TV tune in!

Next blogable moment. I've bought these chocolate peanut butter ice cream bars from presidents choice. They are amazing, if you like chocolate and peanut butter you will love these. Rich, very rich

The last bloggable moment is tailgating. I hate driving when people tailgate me. I know the rules of the road. You should not drive in the far left lane if you are going slow. But sometimes there is a person going slower then you in the right lane and you want to pass them. Just becuase you are driving like a maniac on the Deerfoot 500, doesn't mean your front bumper has to be touching my front bumper while I pass them. I still am going 7ish over the speed limit. Anyway, don't tailgate!

Till Monday,


For Brian

Animals in Alberta

Mom and Dad took these pictures on the way to Jasper.

Till Later


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Newness Overload

So there have been a bunch of new skill Lucas has acquired that I should be posting:

1. Can climb up the stairs
2. Likes to make the rubber ducky fart on his belly
3. Eats french fries with ketchup and can bite a french fry in half
4. Can identify cows, ducks, balls and firetrucks in any book
5. Likes to ride in his wagon
6. Can open toliet lids

So I'm sure I'm missing some. Mom, Dad, Darryl anything to add?


PS It's good to hear from the Ontarioites, thought we had lost you over the summer =)

Everybody Needs Somebody

Animals also have there best friends. Torin and Tigger (the cats) are brother and sister and the best of friends. They understand their boundries and generally don't upset each other. Emma also has her best friend. The neighboor dog Jackson. Almost everyday both Jackson and Emma are home they enjoy a fun romp out on the front lawns. Tire each other out and then lay on the grass in the shade.

Ahh it's so good to have best friends

Till Tommorrow


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Four Things

Some days I don't have much to blog about. Today is one of them. Lucas did not fall asleep well for me last night and we went to gymboree today which was fun. Instead here is my response to an e-mail sent to me.

Four Things about me
Things you may not have known about me.....

A) Four jobs I have had in my life
Page for a library (someone who puts books back on the shelves)
Telemarketer- the only job I was ever fired from
Flower Delivery Lady- on mothers day
Instructor- One of my current jobs

B) Four movies you would watch over and over:
Sound of Music
Moulin Rouge

C) Four places you have lived:
Corunna Ontario
London Ontario
Calgary Alberta

D) Four TV shows you love to watch:
Gilmore Girls
Grey’s Anatomy
My Name is Earl

E ) Four places you have been on vacation:

F ) Four Websites you visit daily:

G ) Four of my favorite foods:
Steak and wine

H) Four places I would rather be right now:
Anywhere Darryl is
New York City

Till Tommorrow


Monday, July 17, 2006

Monthly Newsletter- Month Eleven

Dear Lucas,

Well here we are one month away from you being one. One! I can't believe I will have made it through a whole year. The last month has been so fun. So fun in fact I want to say slow down! Don't grow up so fast. I can't believe you are so close to being a year old. Do what your mom says and slow down.

We took you to Kelowna this month, which we all loved, but of course it caused a blip in your sleeping. So when we brought you home we had to rock you to sleep the first couple of nights. I remember you lying in my arms thinking how big you were already. How much my little baby has grown. I'll say it again, slow down, this is going by to fast. I'm posting a then and now picture. Look at how much you have changed.

This month you became a good crawler. You are up on all fours and move around with enough speed that the animals pay attention. Sometimes you still do the army crawl, but more often it's a 'real boy' crawl. That real boy crawl has also helped you to pull yourself up on things. Which now happens all the time. I walk into your room and you are standing in your crib. Or I come out from the bathroom and you are standing up at the toliet. Which I have to be more careful of because you have learned how to open the toliet seats and play in the water. But really standing at everything. No walking yet, which is just fine with me. Like I said 'slow down'

You have also become a talker. Of course I knew this would happen, you come from two loud families, you're bound to get it from somewhere. Go, go go go you chant. Or ka,ka, ka, ka. or bhhh, bhh, bhh. You now notice airplanes and birds in the sky and point to them. Or lights and fans in every place we go. You like smiling at strangers and then tilting your head like you are playing shy. You enjoy watching people and learning about the world wherever we go. You continue to love Emma, especially when she eats from your hand, or you get to climb up the stairs towards her. She is great entertainment for you.

Well pumpkin I think that is all for this month. Next month will be a doozy. You'll start daycare (which I am really stressing about). But I'm sure it will be harder for you then for me.

I love you so much. Don't grow up too fast.

love mommy

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Spirit of Calgary

Although I have been gushing about how much I love Kelowna it is nice to be home, especially to see part of Stampede. Today is the first time I have ventured out of the "towne" since Stampede has started. I forgot how almost everyone wears a cowboy hat.

As I was driving I checked my rear view mirror and there was an older couple driving in the car behind me. The old man was driving and I could barely see his eyes over the steering wheel. What I could see was his big ole cowboy hat. On his lady friend I could only see the big hat.

Later in the same drive I see someone driving a motorcycle with a full size blow up women attached to him.

Although we have yet to go to the grounds, maybe we'll go tommorrow, or maybe not. Things become a little more complicated with Lucas.

But it's still great to be in a city where the spirit is high and the pride is wide for the Calgary Stampede!

Till Tommorrow


Thursday, July 13, 2006

Summer Vacation

Well no post in a couple of days, but it has been a busy couple of days. Yesterday we drove home from Kelowna. And although I love going there I just wish it wasn't so far away. Plus since it's summer construction season is on, so the normal 8 hour drive took 10ish. Amazingly we did not have any major screaming from Lucas. We bought two new toys the day before which kept him entertained through most of the trip. Unfortunatly Darryl and I know all the songs already from the toy, but that would have happened soon enough.

Here are some pics from the last week

Lucas and I swimming at Peachland Beach.

Emma intently watching a stick

Darryl and Lucas hanging out at the beach.

Lucas sitting on Oma and Opa's deck enjoying his breakfast.

Lucas has changed alot in the past week. I'm sure it's part of putting him in new surroundings. Oma had a few coffee tables that were just the right height and quite sturdy to pull himself up on. So now he has mastered that skill. He also liked the bolts in her outdoor stairs so quite enjoyed climbing those. Now I need baby gates. He is also recoginizing lots of things. Learning more and more words and signs. His latest sign is happy. Where you pat your chest. He alwasy gives a big smile when he does it. HE is also showing preferences for things. He is quite into animal noises especially cows and ducks. Also vechiles, like police cars and planes. I can't believe that a year ago at the time he wasn't even born and now he is learning and already knows so much.

Anyway it was a great vacation, even though we were all a little sick. It was nice to get away and have some sunshine.

Till Tommorrow.


Monday, July 10, 2006

Here Comes the Sun

Well we have all gotten lots of sun today. In fact Emma is becoming exhausted with all the swimming she's been doing. Once she checks around Oma and Opas' house to be sure Opa is not here she gets comfortable. Then she can barely keep her eyes open. She is such a good swimmer and such a good dog, that she becomes the star of every party. Even with a little baby around, more people comment on what a good dog she is. Or what a good swimmer, or how she is so calm. We took her to a beach with us today, and as there were no signs that said no dogs, we brought her with us and tied her to the tree we were laying under. At the beach we had wonderful greasy french fries and ice cream. We went swimming and played in the rocks. It was lots of fun! And Emma enjoyed the swimming as well, and people loved watching her.

Tonight I'll try to post pics again.

Till Tommorrow


Friday, July 07, 2006

Great Things

Well today was a great day. Now I don't know if I would have said that at any other point today other then right now. We were wondering all day how Opa's surgery went. This evening at 7:30 the doctors called to say everything went well. It was a routine surgery and it was a triple bypass. Oma and I both breathed a sigh of relief. Oma is currently on the phone with all the wonderful friends and family she has to let them know the good news. Of course you are always worried that things won't go well and the phone didn't leave Oma's side once all day. It's so good to see people love each other that much. I can only hope the same for my own marriage.

Oma did save the day earlier. Lucas woke up as fussy as he went down. I gave him some more cough sirup and he had a short morning nap. I thought a change of scenery may do him some good. So we headed to the beach. He was quite fussy there as well. Grrrrr..... says Mommy. So bring him back home for some lunch and Oma suggests giving him some tylenol. 10 minutes later it was like he was a new boy. Happy to play independantly, wanted to walk around. So good. The rest of the afternoon he was much easier to deal with. We even headed back to the beach for some fun. He loves watching all the other kids and the birds.

One of the great things about having a child is that you get to relive your childhood and do fun things. Today I put Lucas in the tub and there was so much sand in all his little fat crevices. =). It totally reminds me of playin' in the sand in Port Stanley with Lexie when we were kids. I'm so glad Oma and Opa live here so we are able to give Lucas similar memories.

The pictures are still not loading so I will try to post them later

Till Tommorrow


Thursday, July 06, 2006


Well it has been a dreary day here in Kelowna. Nevertheless Lucas and I went to the beach. In the rain. It wasn't raining too hard, but we did get a little wet. I think Lucas enjoyed fresh air and the swing set. After a short cat nap in the car this afternoon he was so fussy this evening, so he's down to bed at 6:30. I may regret this tommorrow morning, but I'll be sure to go to bed early tonight, just in case. I did take some pictures of Lucas today but the "picture loader thingy" is in the room where Luke is sleeping so hopefully I will post them tommorrow.

Luckily my Opa is having his surgery tommorrow. It's amazing how long he's had to wait to somewhat "emergency" surgery. He could have a heart attach at any moment, but he still had to wait two weeks. I'm glad that this whole ordeal has a finish, although I'm sure for Oma and Opa it will go on for months.

Right now I am drinking a wine from the Gray Monk Winery here in Kelowna. One of the great things about Kelowna is all the wines you can get here, and for quite a good price. I am enjoying relaxing to this one, while the fussy one sleeps.

Till Tommorrow


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Second Place

Well Lucas and I arrived safe and sound in Kelowna. It is so beautiful here and if I didn't live in Calgary, this would be my second choice. The water here is so beautiful. We can sit out on Oma and Opa's deck and look at the mountains and the water. Plus right up the street is the Misson Hill Winery. Really could there be a better place.

Lucas is having trouble sleeping in his new surroundings, so hopefully that will resolve itself quickly. Besides I am such a sucker for his crying. At home he doesn't really cry alot so when he does it I feel something must be wrong. Even though that something is "what is this new place".

I am looking forward to swimming in the beautiful water soon

Till Tommorrow


Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Just wanted to let everyone know Lucas is feeling better. Althogh he had trouble staying asleep last night because he got some much sleep during the day. Back he's pretty mmuch back to his old self. Crusing and yakking like crazy! You don't appricaite the voice, until he doesn't use it for a day. Last night we were trying to convince him to eat chicken, but he was turing his nose up at it. So we suggested giving it to Emma. So Lucas puts his arm out to give it to Emma, she comes over and sniffs it but before she can eat it (she is very gentle with Lucas), Lucas pops it into his mouth =). He ate the whole rest of his meal because of this. I guess if it's good enough for the dog, it's good enough for Lucas.

Again, if the water is good enough for Emma, must be good enough for me.

Here we all are checking out what is going on outside.

Lucas chilling on his dad. Don't you love his flower shirt.

Emma and Luke, ready to make there big getaway!

Happy 4th of July to any American Readers.

Till Tommorrow


Monday, July 03, 2006

Mommies Intution

Well Lucas is sick. It's different becuase it is a different sick then the only other time he has been sick. The other time his nose ran, he sneezed, he had all the typical signs. This time I have no idea what's wrong, only that he's sick. He has been running a fever of +100 for almost 24 hours. I have been giving him tylenol, which seems to help a bit with his mood. When he doesn't have the tylenol he is crying. I'm wondering if it's a sore throat....... He is drinking some of his bottle most times we offer it to him. Never all of it, and hasn't eaten any solid foods today. It's amazing how you just have to trust your instincts when it comes to this. Like this morning he slept and slept and eventually I thought it was right to wake him. Why I thought it was right I don't know. I don't know if it was a bout of paranoia, oh my god what if I can't wake him up. Or if it was my gut telling me what to do. It is good advice for mothers. Trust your instincts, usually they are right.

Anyway he is napping now hopefully things will be better when he wakes up.

Till Tommorrow


Sunday, July 02, 2006


There are certain things that I find myself naturally drawn too. From my life experiences I have met lots of amazing people and had the opportunity to do lots of amazing things. My Canada yesterday I was privileged to enjoy some of those things.

The first thing is things French. I'm sure it has something to do with going to a French school. But also when I moved to Calgary there were a few wonderful French women I met, whom I love. Also I've had the privilege of going to France twice, and would like to go back again. With all that being said, I like to try different kinds of cheese. They have so so many different types of cheese in France. So on Friday night with our favorite dinner I had some Edam cheese (very good, very mild, anyone would like it). Then on Saturday we went to the Olive Garden and Darryl had a dish with gorgonzola cheese (which I think is Italian) but also very good. Darryl described it as a mix between cream and cottage cheese. Again very good. We also had wine with our cheese, another wonderful french thing.

One of the other things I have an affinity towards is people who have come to Canada from other countries. Particularly Africa. Again not sure if that stem from my Oma and Opa moving here from France or Paul. Paul was someone I went to college with. He was an amazing person. Many people in Africa have gone through atrocities I can not even imagine. Paul was lucky enough to have escaped the genocide in Africa. Most of his family had died from it so along with his own children he also took care of his brothers children. Paul came to Canada not speaking any english. He had to work harder then anyone in my whole class and he did and never complained. When all the 20 something girls were complaining about technologists he never said a word. And most people treated him worse, because he had trouble speaking english. I've also met other people from Africa and are amazed at how life is there, and respect how far they have come, both physically and emotionally. Last night at the Olive Garden we had what I assumed to be an African as our server. He did a great job and although the english was some times a struggle, we got exactly what we ordered and he was attentive and did an all around great job. This makes me like the Olive Garden even more. I appreciate it when people give others a chance. And like I said he did great.

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day. I did it's great to live in a country where you get to enjoy other cultures.

Till Tommorrow