Friday, September 14, 2012

The Blondes

I got to do another book review post on my friends blog! So fun!!! www.hiretoinspire.blogspot.com

Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

   I have a "If I cant be thin then Ill make my friends fat" Mentality. On that note... I made an awesome batch of cookies yesterday and have to share the recipe with you! They are Nutella Oatmeal Cookies... I looked on pinterest and couldnt find ones I liked so I made up my own
  Here ya go....
Nutella Oatmeal cookies
 
3/4 Cup margarine
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup Nutella
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup Oatmeal
1 tsp baking soda
 
Cream together the marg, and sugars. Add egg, mix and scrape down the sides of your bowl, Add Nutella and mix until well combined. Add flour, oatmeal and baking soda until well combines, . scrape down the sides as needed
 Bake at 350 degrees 10-12 minutes...
 
Try not to eat them all...
  Oh a word of warning... these will spread out... they are a flat chewy awesome cookie.

Craft Time!

   My boys have really been enjoying craft time. This week their favorite thing they did was Color new Jammie Shirts. They always love when I pull out the fabric markers. I think there is something about things that are permanent that they love so much.
Owen!

Jaxon

All Done!
 So what are we doing next week?
We are going to read the book called The Things a String can be. (its a cute read... not great but still ok)
Monday; Fruit Loop necklaces
Tuesday; Learn about patterns
Wednesday; This is gymnastics day
Thursday; Weekly letter this week its C
Friday; String painting
  But this plan could go completely out the window as its supposed to be gorgeous and MAMA is here!!! YAY!!!!!
  

Friday, September 7, 2012

Craft Time - Week Two

Next week (sept 10-14) we are focussing on a new book for our afternoon craft time. I am super excited because it's by one of my favorite authors, Robert Munsch. It's No Clean Clothes!
Who doesn't love the pairing of Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko??!? Munsch provides hilarious stories and Martchenko is a wonderful illustrator! My kids adore all the books from this pair, in fact Jaxon now says the title and then "by Robert Munsch, art by Michael Martchenko" Whenever we read one together!
 
  So here is our plan for the week;
Monday - Color a shirt, I will buy a couple plain white t shirts and pull out the fabric markers and let the kids go to town!
Tuesday - Dress a bear, I have printable bears and clothes and they can make funny outfits for the bears
Wednesday - I think Ill use this day to focus on our letters/Numbers, I found great printable letter puzzles from Pinterest (LOVE TO PIN!) and Ill make some practice writing sheets too!
Thursday - Make Kiss Cookies
Friday - What's this game, again on pinterest I found a fun game where you make a crocodile out of a cascade container and put things in his mouth. The kids then pull it out and either need to match them, or categorize them, etc (the applications are really endless) but this week we will use Mr. Croc and when they pull a picture out will have to tell me what article of clothing it is.
  
  Thats our plan! Sounds Fun doesnt it?!?!


The Kill Order

I was given the chance to do another guest post on my awesome friends awesome blog! It's for the Kill Order by James Dashner... pop on over to www.hiretoinspire.blogspot.com to check it out!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Craft Time - Week One

 With the start of school, and the  return to not so nice weather (which isnt here yet but Im sure its on its way), I wanted to come up with some structured activities to help turn the screens  in my house off. I decided every afternoon to do a craft time. I assigned each week a story book and then I came up with crafts to go along with it... so we read the story and then do the craft. Its only week one but so far its going good.
  This week our book is "If you Give a mouse a cookie" Our Activities are;
Monday - was a holiday... no set craft time
Tuesday - Make Cookies (we made snickerdoodles... my recipe is so awesome I could eat an entire batch!)
Wed - this is gymnastic days so we dont have time for craft time!
Thursday - Counting Cookies Hide and Seek (I have felt cookies that have various number of choco chips, from 1-10) I hide them around the room and the boys need to find them and put them in the right order!)
Friday -  Cookie Coloring (I have cut circles out of brown construction paper and the boys will get to design their own cookie)
  This week we are also focussing on the Letter A and number 1... although since we missed Monday as the holiday we will probably just do A and 1 with B and 2 next week.
My little Sous Chefs


   Aren't you just so excited to see which book we do next week???

First Days of School

Summer has ended, and school has begun! While we are sad to see the freedom and nice weather of summer gone, my boys are very excited to start school. Jaxon started Kindergarten and Owen started Preschool. Big moments in our house!!
Jaxon loves his new big back pack. He has been at school for 3 days now and LOVES it. He thinks his teacher is so smart and has lots of friends in his class. Well, lots of my friends have kids in his class, Jaxon is a little anti social at first, but he is starting to play with more kids! YAY! He tells me every day how much fun his new school is!


Owen started Preschool this morning. He isnt potty trained (dont even get me started on that sore spot!) But since he has a severe speech delay he will get an aide to help in the preschool. We are still waiting to get that all set and going but the preschool said he could start and come in a pull up so that he could get used to the class. Owen was thrilled with school. He didnt want to come home!

And just because he is so cute... Here's a new one of Rohn. He has discovered his hands... he still has a had time controlling them, but he knows they are there and tries really hard to make them do what he wants!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Owen Turns Three

Monday was a big day for Owen! He turned 3 yrs old! I can not believe he is already three! I sometimes forget how old and smart he is because he doesnt talk. So this birthday really snuck up on me. We didnt do too much... just a few family BBQs and one with some friends too. I sure love this little man.
  We started his day off by taking him to get a speech assessment, it unfortunately went better then expected... which means now we have to wait and see if he gets PUF funding and an aide to go to preschool with him. We are praying that everything works out. 3 also means we are in the throws of potty training.... it sucks. Owen is so stubborn he doesnt want to stop what he is doing... so there are many accidents. BLARGH!
Opening Presents!

Blowing out his candle! He was really concerned at first that we were bringing fire so close to him.

 
His cool new shirt from Aunty Mel. It says Yippee Im 3!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Craft Time!!!

  I have been trying to fit in craft time for ages!! I finally completed a project! Im super excited about it! I found the project on an awesome blog I follow here: http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/04/diy-casserole-tray.html She has tons of fun ideas!
   I whipped a couple up... one for me and one for 'someone' at christmas time!
What do you think???
 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Zoo

   Calgary has a pretty decent zoo... I mean it doesnt compare to the Houston Zoo, which had animals that I hadnt even heard of... but its still pretty decent. I love zoos. I have tried and tried and tried to convince my kids to enjoy the zoo too. I havent been successful at all! What kid doesnt love watching animals?!?! JAXON... he loathes the zoo.. he wants to get in and out of there as soon as possible. Any time I stop to look at something he says "Lets keep moving on!"
  I thought I had Owen convinced that zoos are cool... but now not so much. I dont think he hates them... but just not his thing.  My kids are way too active for the zoo I guess.
  But I still drag them there every once and a while.
There favorite part of the zoo is the giant park in the center of it. Owen loves the slides

Jaxon loves to climb... owen would too but he is just a little too short.

They do love the telephones that tell you about the animals...but Im not sure if they actually listen and learn anything... or if they just like holding them up to their ears

Owen has gotten very independant the last little while... he insists on putting his sunglasses on by himself and he insists they do on up side down...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Guest Post

Guess what?!?! My friend Brooke over at the awesome blog Creating Comfort (www.hiretoinspire.blogspot.com) was kind enough to let me post a review of a awesome new book on her blog!
   Brooke's Blog is awesome! I love it! She has tons of fun giveaways and always keeps me updated on fun new reads! If you havent already head over and take a look! Of course you will have to read my review of Tigers in Red Weather!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Telus Spark

   A little while ago Calgary got a new Science Centre. We finally checked it out this summer. I am so sad it took us so long to go. It is amazing!!!! Its called Telus spark and it is easily Jaxon and Owen's (and Tim's) favorite place to visit now. We are lucky and have season passes so we get to go alot! It is a little expensive, but no more so then other tourist attractions in town. WHY DOES IT COST SO MUCH TO DO FUN THINGS?!?! Admission is $20 for grown ups and like $12-15 (or something like that) for kids... kids under 3 are free. But really its awesome
   They have one gallery called the Creative Kids gallery. its a giant play room. There is a climbing struction, a climbing wall. a theatre, a water station, a toddler zone and tons of little tables with magnets, and bulding blocks, and letter cubes, etc the list goes on and on!!!
  The other galleries are a little more grown up. meaning they have more infomation and learning, but they always have hands on stuff to go with it. So my kids love those galleries too. In the energy one there is a treadmill you walk on to generate electricity and a set up where you bounce balls down drums. Its all just so awesome!!
These blue foam blocks are in the foyer. My Kids love building towers.

Jaxon was building a fortress of solitude.

What a couple of nuts!

Making patterns

Playing in the water!
 I would highly recommend going!!!
  
 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bubbles with Mama

When I had Rohn (7weeks ago now!) my mom was awesome and come into town to help me out. My boys adore their Mama and they definately ran her through the ringer. Im pretty sure she slept great at night after playing with them all day. One thing they loved to do was blow bubbles in the backyard.
Owen is really noisy when he blows bubbles... he cant just blow.. he sorta hums and gets louder inorder to make bigger bubbles. It cracks me up!


Jaxon is a pro bubble blower.
We are sad that mama and papa are back in Texas... Jaxon tells me everday how much he loves mama (and papa) and hopes they come back soon!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Splash Park

I adore summer time (in case you havent noticed) I love the HOT weather. Although in my eyes Calgary doesnt get hot... I love the out out 30 degrees + weather. I love playing in water too... or at least watching my kids play in water.
We are lucky, where we are located on the far south side of Calgary means that we are only 10 mins from Okotoks, which is always far less crowded then places in Calgary. So we have taken to going out to the Okotoks splash park almost weekly. Its a nice small area where I can keep an eye on my kids with out running all over the place. Plus its never very busy.
Jaxon always runs right in... but Owen is still very tentative of the whole thing! He will run around the edge for about 20 mins before getting his feet wet. Even then he doesnt jump through any of the sprinklers. Maybe next time!


They have a giant bucket that fills up with water evey few minutes and then dumps out onto the kids in the splash zone. This is Jaxons favorite part!



Owen just runs away

Oh and side note... Here is a shot of our garden growing away. Jaxon takes alot of pride in our little garden.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Calaway Park

Since Tim has gone back to work, after having 3 weeks off, I am now on my own with all three kids... needless to say we have not had many outings. We are all starting to get cabin fever and are missing all the fun times we had when daddy was home. One of my boys most favorite places to go is Calaway Park. The big news this year... Owen is now tall enough to ride the Log ride. He loves it! My kids love all the rides really. Tim does too... and I am quite content to watch, take pictures and push Rohn in the stroller. Its always a fun time... the only thing we need to work on his Owen's Patience when it comes to standing in line!
Just after the Big Splash!

All Wet and loving it!

Jaxon!

Owen Driving a truck!

On the Little roller Coaster

One Time Auntie Amanda, Autum and Colton came too!
My favorite part of going to Calaway park is....

A quiet car ride home! (Owen)


Jaxon

Even Rohn

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rohn's Blessing

   One of the 'joys' of having my parents live so far away (in Houston TX) that we are often rushing to have my babies blessed after they are born so that my dad can be there. Such was the case again with Rohn. We had him blessed on July 1st (yay Canada Day) when he was not quite 3 weeks old! That meant he was swimming in his blessing outfit, but at least most everyone could be there.
   Thanks to all who came into town to be there. It really meant a lot to me. I think the highlight for me was that my cousin Ryerson had recently been ordained an Elder and was able to join in the circle for the blessing. Ryerson (and his brothers Mason and Aiden) have always held a special chunk of my heart and all growing up I considered them My boys. so it was pretty awesome to see Ryerson there helping out with blessing my newest little man!


Monday, July 16, 2012

A New Onesie for the Little Man

Poor Rohn... as our third baby boy he doesnt get new things. There really is no point... we have so much boy stuff already that I have become the hand me down queen and Rohn gets the clothes that Owen wore, which just happen to be the clothes that Jaxon wore before that! Sorry monkey man thats just how its going to be. But... I was able to receive a NEW onesie for Rohn from Disney Baby. It awesome!!
  First, I was beyond impressed by the quick response in getting the sample sent to me. Costumer Service is always a top priority to me so kudos to Disney baby for hiring such an awesome PR company to distribute these onesies! In fact I requested a larger size because I was expecting it to take a long time to get to me... so Rohn still has some growing to do before it fits him properly!
  Second, the quality of these onesies is awesome! The very first thing I noticed when I took it out of the packaging was how soft the material is. You know how sometimes when you buy new clothes it has that stiffness about it, that only goes away after 'breaking it in' This onesie comes already that soft, but with out the worn look. Its just snuggly!
   But I think my favorite thing about this onesie is the double row of snaps! Ive never seen that one other onesies! This is going to really help extend the life of this onesie because as Rohn gets longer he can continue to wear it! YAY!
   I havent had a chance to wash the onesie repeatedly, so I havent been able to test the claim that it washes and maintains its durablity, how ever with the high quality material and stitching this onesie has I dont see how it cant wash up great time and time again!
   Thanks so much to Disney Baby for sharing this awesome product with me.  (and thanks to Brooke over at www.hiretoinspire.blogspot.com for refering me to them!)
   Oh and despite that fact that its still a tab big.. I had to try it on my little man!

Friday, July 6, 2012

End Of School

Ok..I realize that school has been over for a few weeks now... but I am just now getting to blog about it.
   This was Jaxon's last year of Preschool at Leap N Learn (we love you guys bytheway!). They did a little graduation celebration for the 4 yr olds. It was so cute to see them all in their cap and gowns. They had each child come up and shake hands with the teachers as they told what their favorite thing about preschool was and what they want to be when they grow up. Jaxon said he loved building with the colored straws and he wants to be a race car driver.
Jaxon with some of his class

Shaking Miss Kari's Hand

With his Diploma!
I am so proud of my little man... but I have mixed emotions about kindergarten. I am excited for him because he is so smart and loves school, but I will be sad to be without him every morning!

As a going away/end of school treat we throw together these cute things for his class

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My Pre-Baby Project

I like to make the other kids something special for when the new baby arrives so that they done feel like all the attention is on the new little one. So when I was getting close to my due date I was trying to figure out what to do for Jaxon and Owen for Rohn's arrival. Thanks to the Wonder that is Pinterest I came up with Big Brother Kits.

I made Jaxon a shirt that says Big, Owen a shirt that says medium and Rohn a onesie that says Small. Then I printed off some Dot to Dots and Mazes and a match game and included a new car and of course some snacks (a juice box and gummie bears) my boys loved coming to the hospital and getting the surprises! Plus it helped to keep them occupied while I was waiting to be discharged.
Here is a shot of my three boys in their shirts. It cracks me up!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Welcome Rohn

Yes I know its been a while again since I updated it... I blame it on having a baby! Rohn has finally arrived. We are all very excited to have him join our family. Owen (his almost 3) was not sure of his new baby brother at first... he wouldnt touch him or even go near him for the first few days but now he loves him and hugs him and kisses him all the time. Jaxon (he is 5) tells me all the time how much he loves Rohn.

Rohn decided to cooperate just a bit and come 1 week early. Here is the story for anyone who is interested! On June 11 I went in for my regular Dr check up and I was already 2 cm. They did what doctors do in order to help start labour (Ill be vague for any males, or people who havent gone through it) and the doctor was very hopefully that in a couple days Id have a baby. Well I went back to the doctor's on June 18 (yup no baby) and the Dr checked me again... still 2 cm. She tried again to get Labour started, but also told me she wasnt very hopefully because I hadnt progressed anything in a week, so not to expect to have the baby early. I went home feeling very annoyed. I woke up June 19th with some minor cramping, but didnt give it a second thought. Then at 2pm I got really tired, so I put a movie on for the kids and tried to nap on the couch, but I woke up every 10 minutes with some insane cramps, so I got up and decided to walk them off. Once I started walking around the "cramps" came every 3 minutes. So I started calling them contractions. But I have always had this fear of getting to the hospital and then saying "you arent ready so go home" so I decided to wait and see. After about 90 minutes of being at home in Labour I called my good friend Ashley and she took my kids and drove me to the hospital. I almost forgot to call Tim, but luckily I remembered as I was heading out the door and he jumped on a bus to get to the Hospital.
Once I arrived at the hospital they checked me and I was 6 cm! Then I got scared. All the wishing for Rohn to come early finally didnt seem like a good idea when they were walking me into a delivery room! My Doctor was on duty that afternoon and she came to say Hello (Tim made it there shortly after me by the way!) And she checked me again... after one contraction I went from a 6 to an 8. so she decided to just break my water and 'hand me a baby'
 Im a screamer... so I was screaming for some drugs... but everyone (but me) knew it was pointless. So they gave me something just to shut me up, but once they broke my water it took Rohn 7 minutes to appear. Two contractions and pushes later and he was in my arms. All 7 lbs 1 oz, 20 inches of cute baby boy.
I am thrilled to have Rohn home, but I am also thrilled to be DONE! Three boys is all that we need!

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