Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earth Hour

Yesterday we participated in Earth Hour and turned off lights and appliances between 8 and 9pm. All in all I think lots of people participated and it went well. Lucas was not very impressed with this bath by candlelight and at one point even said "Please turn the light on". But enjoyed cranking the flashlight to read books by and even wanted to do it this morning. Part of me found it easy to not use lights for the hour and another part wondered what I was going to do. Basically I spent my non Lucas time reading by candlelight. I am reading a great book. Eat, Love, Pray. But if I didn't have light/candle I don't know what I would have done.

What about you guys... did you participate? What did you do in the dark for an hour?

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Productive

These last couple of days Lucas has gone to the dayhome and I have been getting "stuff" done. It is great to have this time to tie up some lose ends that normally get done in a last minute rush or not done at all. I thought I would pass on some of the things I have learned:

1. First off if you put money into and RESP for your children the government puts in an additional 20%. I knew that but wasn't sure if you had to apply or if it was lump sum. With Lucas we invest his 100$ child tax credit in an RESP and the government puts in the 20% about a month after. There is no statement or lump sum if you invest regularly.

2. This year on your taxes you can write off your kids physical activities. So Lucas's swimming lessons and gymnastics we'll be able to write off.

3. Parking tickets never go away! Even though I ignore them, I had to pay them yesterday when I renewed the vechiles.

4. Dollar stores are the best thing, especially the Dollaroama. Do you have a favorite dollar store?

One thing that some of you may or may not know about me is that I aspire to be more like Martha. I am not artisty, but quite crafty. I spent most of the day working on painting a mural in Lucas's room. Here are the half way through shots.







Tomorrow I'll post the mostly done shots. I've also done some sewing and made a couple of Thank You cards. If there is still no baby next week, maybe I'll do some baking and freeze it. Although for the moment I'm going to read my new book and chill.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Celebration

This weekend was a wonderful celebration of family and marriage. My Oma and Opa were here for their 50th wedding anniversary. To celebrate we went to the castle in the mountains (Banff Springs Hotel) and ate and ate and ate. We have had them here all weekend so we have had many good conversations as well. Like I said in the last post, it's good to learn lessons from others, espcially family. My grandparents have been through SO much in their lives that their stength and courage is a lesson for myself and all their grandchildren. This weekend also focused on their marriage and how you make 50 years work.

Here is a pretty good picture of the two of them. We had a great room to sit in and the light was perfect for pictures, so be prepared for alot of them.



The food was so so amazing. It is a buffet, which Oma and Opa love, because "If you don't like one thing, you'll always find something as you like" - Opa. That being said I don't think Opa found one thing he didn't like. They had breakfast food, lunch and dessert. I didn't get pictures of my favorite things but they were: banana bread french toast with banana compote and real maple syrup, lamb and my dessert which was a really rich chocolate ganache cake and Bananas foster (which Lucas was scared of the fire from the alcohol burning, but I thought it was so cool). Like I said the food was amazing!

Here is one of my favorite pictures of Oma and Opa's children. Oma and Opa had 4 children, but one of them Bonnie died when she was a teenager. I rarely hear Oma and Opa talk about her, but did hear some really great and sad stories this weekend. I think the most poignant was Oma saying their would always be something missing in their lives, there wasn't anything they could do about it, it would always be there.



Mom gave a really good toast about Oma and Opa building the foundation for the rest of their family to have good lives and good marriages.

Here is my mother and Aunt Lucille and the only other picture I have of them. She is married to my uncle Arnie. They came our from Saskatchewan and I think had a really good time as well.



I got to sit beside my father throughout the meal, who wore his Apple tie clip for Darryl. I though this was a great shot of him.

Did I mention we were all a little crazy!




Lucas was estactic that his Auntie Lexie was here. He really does love having aunts. He had so much fun with Auntie Karen too. Jumping on her bouncy bed and having her for a sleepover. Plus every morning he'd wake up, "Where's Auntie Lexie"



I thought this was a good picture to demonstrate the room we were in. Plus it shows how handsome Lucas is (and my big belly)

Anyway it was a excellent celebration and as usual Oma and Opa were excellent guests.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Monday, March 24, 2008

Pass It On

We have had an excellent weekend and I can't wait to tell you all about it, but for the moment company is still here and that is not really conducive to blogging (or watching TV or reading blogs), but having great conversations with family has been so great. It's great to learn about what kind of people your grandparents are, what shaped their kids (my mom and aunt and uncle) and lessons they learned in their life.

More to come, along with some beautiful pictures.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Some random thoughts:

  • So happy to have Darryl home on a Friday, groceries was much easier
  • April is the most popular month for Calgarians to have babies, it's 9 months after Stampede
  • How did we end up with neighbors on both sides of us names Rusty. One's a grandpa, the other one is a teenager.
  • Work is done, I am both happy and sad
  • Love having family in my house, the house is full of people this weekend
  • Definitely sad that Lost is not on again for 5 weeks
Have a great Easter weekend everyone!

Jenn

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


Now we can send messages to each other sitting across the living room.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monthly Newsletter - Month Thirty One

Dear Lucas,

Well this is the last letter I write to you as you are my only child. By next month at this time there will be another person in our life. I think you are quite excited about the new baby. You like to watch it in my belly. We talk about it most everyday, an you have picked a name for it. You call it Baby Jonathan, after the baby of the same name at Lesley's. I'm hoping it will all go well, and I'm sure there will be many stories about you and the baby in the years coming up.



Life has been quite good and quite fun in the last month. Although we are in transition from an afternoon nap to no naps and it kind of depends on the day. Some days I can tell you need more sleep and it is harder to rationalize with you. Most of the time you are a happy-go-lucky kid, as long as you are well fed. You are fun to be around, not only do I love you as my kid but really enjoy spending time with you.





You love music. I don't know a lot about other kids but I think you probably enjoy music more then most. I love to watch you dance and jive in your car seat as we drive. If I try to turn the music down, you complain. "I like it loud". You'll listen to most anything, although the Little Einstein's Theme song is your favorite. You are also starting to sing a lot of the songs we listen to a lot. You know most of the words to QU as well. If I sing one line, you can sing the next. Same with Little Einsteins. Really I couldn't be happier that you love music, becuase I love it too and I love it loud.



This week you have started to correct me when I'm doing something wrong. Mom, don't talk with your mouth full, is the one I have heard twice this week. I also heard you telling Grandma the other night not to waste water. So funny it is to hear you correct us. Soon you'll be telling us to be careful.



Everynight before I go to bed I go in and check on you and cover you up with a blanket. When I watch you sleeping, so peaceful and quiet, it makes me so excited to have another person in our lives to love as much as I love you.

love mommy
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Lucas's List of Things to Teach the Baby

This evening Lucas was walking around the house reciting all the things he is going to teach the baby. Here's his list:

  • turn things
  • press buttons
  • clean bathrooms
  • pour coffee
  • sew things
  • put CD's in
  • play music to the baby
  • read his book out in the hallway
  • drive big bob cats
  • eat mashed pototaoes
  • play the guitar
  • how to play with big dinosaurs
  • line his head up and do summersaults
Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Friday, March 14, 2008

Crazy Dreams

Last night I was robbed of sleep by all the crazy dreams I was having.

The first one was my subconscious telling me I had locked Torin int he basement. I dreamt that you could order funny animals from you tube videos and Darryl had done this for my birthday. There was a dog that when he barked said "Hey Dude" and two cats that made a very peculair noise. Both animals were funny and I remember laughing in my dream. The problem was Darryl goes to work and I had to figure out how to get all these animals back into the carton they came in. The cats were scratching me, the dog didn't want to go. I woke up quick upset with Darryl. But then remembered I had left Torin in the basement.

After falling back asleep I had a dream, that my friend Leanne and I were staying at my grandparents old house and Ben, from Lost, was trying to capture us. We were walking through a bunch of tunnels opening doors and there was Ben standing behind one of the doors. when I saw him I said the F word, which is the only time I swear, in my dreams. Luckily I convinced him to let my friend go.



Maybe I need to stop watching Lost. It's like when Lucas wakes up crying he's scared of the big bad wolf, he needs to stop watching Super Why... But he is so scary.... and plays it so well.

Hope you are all sleeping well.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Smorgy

I haven't really posted in a couple of days, so I feel the need for a round up of the last couple of days.

Lucas had his last gymnastics class this week. We have been going to gymnastics for the last couple of months and Lucas has quite enjoyed himself. It's been a great way to tire him out. He has jumped on trampolines, done flips over bars (with help), mastered the summersault and enjoyed running around.





I also went to another stamping class where I got to be crafty again, which I do love. Look what I made! You may think I'm talented, but it's really all the teacher.







Preparations are still underway for the babies room. We bought a chair from Canadian Tire, leather recyliner for 215$. It was a great deal. Plus it's nice to have a chair in the nursery, and this one should last a while.

Just finished watching Lost. Man I love that show. It answers questions in each episode, but always asks more. Will the questions ever be answered?? I really should stop watching Lost because I'm dreaming about it. But I'll post more on that, and my crazy dreams tomorrow.

I have to go to the doctor who is going to deliver the baby. I'm not to fond of this process as there is a 1 in 8 chance she'll be the one to deliver the baby. Plus I sit there for half and hour for her to measure me and listen to the heartbeat. That being said I do have a question for all the women out there. What is the best way to pee in a cup. Start to pee and put the cup in midstream, try to position it, then start peeing? What's your technique?

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Etsy- My New Love

Around Christmas time I started to do a little online shopping. Generally I'm not a big fan of it. I like to try things on I like the experience of shopping, my own time, getting away. But lately as I have been digging more online I have been finding lots of unique things. Plus my retail therapy has not been clothing, as my big belly is not condusive to it. My favorite website has been Etsy. It's a place to buy and sell things homemade.

Here are two of the things I have bought for myself. First is the gargoyle pendant. I love Paris and Darryl and I both have a fondness for gargoyles. It is really good quality as well. Also in this picture is one of my favorite Etsy stores, Down to the Wire Designs. I've bought two things from him already. One of my favorite things is the clasps. But also really beautiful stuff.

I also found this great bag for Lucas at Etsy. It's perfect for what he loves. We use it for quite alot too. Plus bags for a couple of dollars. Such a deal.

Check it out. There are tons of great ways to look for stuff.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Monday, March 10, 2008

Appriciation

Tonight I was watching Lucas fall asleep and I felt and overwhelming sense of happiness. I don't know if it's lack of sleep from the daylight savings time or being at the end of the pregnancy but I was so happy. I had to fight with Lucas to have a little "me" time while he fell asleep. I would go up and check him and he would tell me I love you too, and rub my arm, when I'd leave he'd cry and want mommy. The last time I went up he was just drifting into sleep and I sat up their and watched him sleep. While watching him I couldn't help feel that I am living the best time of my life. Your heart is so full of the love you have for your kids. Of all the things I have experienced in my short life, nothing has made me as happy. You feel such pride when they can read letters on the ketchup bottle or they sing songs with you. I'm so looking forward to doing that all again with our new one. I worked this weekend and was talking to all the single ladies about traveling, which I love to do and was feeling a little envious of the travels they have planned. But watching my angel sleep made me realized to not wish my life away and know that I am living the best time of my life.

Cheers to the best times of my life.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Fun Times with Grandma and Pop

Grandma's Captioning about the photos:

Here are the pictures that I took this morning. We had a waffle breakfast with Jenn, Darryl and Lucas. It was a beautiful day and Lucas wanted us to see him ride is bike. So off we went. Lucas did really well except when he had to go up hill. So Pop decided that he would look for a big stick. As we went up to the road there was a dumpster, so Pop climbed up on it a found a hockey stick. We then found a golf ball and Lucas knew exactly what to do. Then off to the park for a go on the slide.








It's funny how life repeats itself. I'm sure that the same sort of thing happened when I was a kid. My dad's dad (also Pop) use to collect cans with us after a big party on the beach. We'd come home with 10$ each. Now here's my Dad (Lucas's Pop) finding toys for him in the dumpster and having to carry his bicycle when he doesn't want to ride it. It was such a beautiful day and the perfect way to spend it - as a family.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Dancing

On Friday night we went to the 80's dance party thrown by Team Crockett. I can barely fit into my own clothes so I did not dress like I did in the 80's, although lots of people did and looked great. One guy was dressed up like KISS, it was amazing. Once they post a picture I'll add it here. Thanks Lesley for a fun evening.

Tammy, Darryl and I also had a great time. We danced and danced. But no baby is coming yet. Although I did lots of jumping to attempt it. On a good note I added something to my list of things to do in my life: Learn the dance to "Thriller".

Hope you are having a good weekend.

Till Tomorrow

JennLink

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Mommy Massage


Last weekend I went for a "mommy massage" if any is ever pregnant I highly recommend it. It was so nice to go to the spa and have a rain shower where there are shower heads all over. They had cucumber for your eyes and granola bars and water with lemon. It was great. But the best part was the special mom pillow, with a cushion in the middle for your belly. For almost a whole hour I got to lay on my tummy with someone massaging my back, neck and legs.

Highly recommend it.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

I love you too...

I am loving the age Lucas is at. Lots of laughs and very few tantrums. There is some crying or whining, but usually due to hunger or fatigue, not pushing boundaries. One of the other cool things is that he has become more affectionate. He'll often come up and hug mine or Darryl's leg and when I rub his back before bed, he'll rub my arm and say "I love you too". His hugs are much better then they use to be as well. Big squeezes now, rather then just wrapping his arms around you. I think his "I love you too" is so cute as well. I'm not sure if he understand the "too" part, because he'll say "too" even you don't say it first. But somehow you show him you love him, with a hug or rubbing his back. He also likes to snuggle with us in bed or on the couch as well.

I am totally cherishing this one on one time before my attention has to be shared.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Nesting.... or just panicking

So today I started to make a list of stuff I'd like to get done in the next couple of weeks before the baby comes. So after gymnastics Lucas and I headed over to Walmart and went baby crazy. I am feeling much more prepared for when the little bambino comes. Although I was reminded about the time after delivery that all orfices of you body are leaking. I've even half packed a bag for the hospital, with all it's catch the leakiness. My goodness I can't believe that baby will be here in less then a month.

Thanks for the well wishes about the cold. I only have one request, Alexis if you ever work for some drug company look into making cold medicine for pregnant people. I mean once you find a cure to cancer and all.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Monday, March 03, 2008

Monthly Newsletter- Minus One and Counting

Dear Baby,

Well in about a months time you will be here with us. People (other then me) will be able to hold you. I will admit to you know that I am quite nervous about your arrival. Don't get me wrong I'm excited as well, excited to meet you, see what you look like, look at your little fingers and toes. But honestly newborns are hard. Your brother is pretty easy going too, but I still found him hard. I'm trying to be optimistic and hoping that because I've done it once it will be a little easier, but I imagine you will be different then your brother and that things I did with him won't work with you, then what do I do. I guess try something different and just keep trying things till I find something that works, kind of like I did with Lucas.

I wonder if you'll cry a lot, if it will bother me or Lucas more. What kind of eater will you be? Good, picky, will you take a bottle as well as Lucas did? Your brother was kind of a medium baby, good eater, but cried lots. How will you be? I'm worried things will be worse, but you never know they could be better. I can just imagine you reading this as a teenager and complaining about how I compared you to Lucas even before you were born, it's just that what I know... when you are going through something tough it's kind of what you revert too.

I do wonder how you'll fit into the family and I'm sure by summertime we'll be wondering what life was like without you, but for the moment I'm nervous about the change. It takes time to create the nice balance we have now. I am also worried about dividing up time. Now we have a nice balance of me time, Lucas time and family time. That will all have to change again. I'm sure the me time will be gone for a while. Either your dad or I will always be with you or your brother.

In this last month I have started to really prepare for your arrival. Getting your room ready, I did a bunch of laundry for you today. Knowing my luck you'll be late, but it's better to be prepared.

With anticipation,

mommy

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Our Morning Guest

This morning we had a guest visit us for breakfast this morning. Generally we have always made something big for Sunday morning breakfast. For Christmas this year we got a waffle maker and our breakfast has been waffles since then. Of course we add berries, syrup and whip cream to that. This morning while we were having breakfast we spotted this bird on the deck.


My first question is does anyone know what kind of bird it is? We were calling it a hawk throughout breakfast, but if there are any bird experts out there, I'd love to know what type of bird it is.


The first time we moved to get the camera he flew away, but did come back and ended staying through most of breakfast. I'm not sure if you can tell but in the first picture I put out a piece of waffle, but he didn't take it at all. I think he was looking for something below the deck.

Anyway a cool sight to see,



Till Tomorrow

Jenn