Friday, August 31, 2012

Five Minute Friday {08.31.12}

*August 30, 2012*

1.  I am plugging away at The Hobbit.  It's not my favorite style but it's on my "to read" list. 
2.  I meal planned for the second time this month.  A little pricey initially at the checkout but hopefully we will save by not going out and taking petty little trips to the store.
3.  Arianna started school today.  On her own.  I love her sweetness.
4.  I am committing to walking with my husband on the nights that he's in town.
5.  I'm currently in a purging/selling mood.  I'm tired of all the stuff that is lingering in our house and we simply have too much.  Pretty much anything is fair game!
6.  New rule in our house: If it isn't put away and I have to do it, the only way to get the item back is to work it back.
7.  I'm glad it's Friday... the beginning of a long weekend.  

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Doctor Appointment {08.30.12}

So this morning dawned bright and early as I had to make the 35 minute drive to Sarah's pediatrician for our 9:00 appointment.  This was a much dreaded event as in the past, Sarah spends the entire time crying to go home.  So with heart filled trepidation, Joshua, Sarah and I headed out.  After the short wait, we were ushered to the little examining room and I promised her a visit to Sobeys for a cookie if she didn't cry.

The doctor walked in and Sarah greeted him with a "Hi, how - you?"  He responded with "I'm fine, and you?"  She then whispered "good."  He loved that she began a conversation with him!  She has lost some weight in three months and tips the scale at 28.5 pounds, putting her in the 3rd percentile for weight.  She is 38 inches tall, which is in the 15th percentile.  Her head is 44 centimeters.  I have posted up a picture of a head circumference chart to show you (and me) where her teeny head is.
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 I tried to get the Microcephaley chart up but it wasn't working for me.  If Sarah's head size is plotted on a Micro chart, she is between -4 & -5 Standard Deviation.  That means the *average* four year old has a head size of 50cm.  Her's is the size of an average 8 month old. 

So overall, the appointment went smoothly.  Sarah didn't flip out like she usually does and I have current measurements for her again. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reading List {08.22.12}

I love to read.  Anyone who knows me at all, knows that reading is probably my favorite pastime.  I was thinking of my book list and thought I'd write down the books I want to read, even if it takes me a few years.
In no particular order:

  • The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

  • The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)  Completed September 2, 2012
  • The Secret World of Og (Pierre Berton)
  • The Purpose Driven Life (Rick Warren)
  • The Story of the World (Susan Wise Bauer)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  • Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
  • Emma (Jane Austen)
  • Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) 
These are the ones that I have read in addition to and in between my original list
  • Still Alice (Lisa Genova) Completed September 24, 2012
  • Room (Emma Donoghue) Completed September 29, 2012
Some of these are some pretty serious books and most of them are classics.  I think as time goes by, I'll add to the list, simply so I'll have an idea of what I'm doing.  

*Sept. 29/12 edit

Monday, August 13, 2012

Daybook {08.13.12}

For today... August 13, 2012

Outside my window... the sun isn't as high a it was even a few weeks ago.  That means the days are getting longer and my precious summer is coming to an end. 

I am thinking... about my faith.  Where it was, where it is and where I want it to go. 

I am thankful... for my friends.  The ability to talk about ideas, thoughts and dreams for homeschooling, express our opinions on books or movies, share laughter and tears and always a coffee.

In the kitchen... it's messy.  One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is to wake up to an untidy kitchen and living room.  It isn't a good way to start the day by having to clean.  My goal this week: ensure the house is CLEAN before going to bed.

I am wearing... black sweat pants and a long sleeved grey tee shirt.  Must be getting cooler in the mornings.

I am creating... a craft space.  My sweet husband has sectioned off a corner of our bonus room so I can still have my own area to create.  I haven't scrapbooked in ages but I do love to make cards still.

I am going... to have a busy week.  The older three kids have VBS all week and I'm babysitting for a couple afternoons. 

I am wondering...

I am reading... The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, Twilight Children by Torey L. Hayden

I am hoping... to get to bed early tonight.  We'll see.

I am looking forward to... starting a book/Bible study with my sister this week.  Just one more way we'll be able to connect.

I am learning... to find the greater joy in things.  Amidst the struggles that Sarah has physically, emotionally and mentally, she is a ray of sunshine that pours into my every day.  Very little

Around the house... again, the usual clutter and chaos that clearly says that six people (and a dog) live here.  It's homey but untidy.  The coffee is always on and if someone pops in unexpectedly, I will offer them a fresh cup surrounded by the *stuff* that makes the house look lived in.

I am pondering... this fall's curriculum.  I'm not 100% sure what we're doing yet but it's going to be fun and memorable.  I think I'd rather be late starting knowing that we are going to have a fantastic year than get something I regret and make us all miserable.

A favorite quote for today...

"We will fly! We will soar!
Nothing is impossible......
We will rise through the storm.
Trust in God and leaving your fears behind..
We will fly!"
(Song from the kids' VBS)

A few of my favorite things... A cup of coffee, first thing in the morning.  Bike rides.  Long visits with my sister.  Homeschooling.  Friends.  Covered porches in Alabama.  My nieces and nephews. 

A few plans for the rest of the week... the three older kids are at VBS this week so the mornings are just me and Sarah.  Not sure what we'll do together.  She'd be happy if we simply went to Sobey's for a cookie.

Have a great week.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Five Minute Friday {08.10.12}

Ok, so this might take me longer than five minutes to write and more than five minutes to read but we'll see how I do.

Today was a day full of mixed up feelings.  I woke up early for a bike ride with Danyel.  Even though I had kind of hoped it was raining, I was glad to have gotten out and spent some time with her.  I brought my older two kids to the doctor and when I went to pick up the little girls from Karen's, she invited me in and we had a good chat over a coffee.  I am so blessed by their friendship and am truly thankful for both of them. 

I had been eagerly anticipating a visit from my sister this afternoon.  It had been over a week since I saw her in Calgary and was really looking forward to seeing her.  We spent hours pouring over old family photo albums and reminisced about our matching outfits, beautiful dresses that our Oma made, the furniture in the old house and even the toys we played with.  It was fun to *find* our children in us when we were little and I think we both agreed that Lucy and Alicia resemble each other the most.  We shared a yummy dinner and it seemed that all too soon, she had to head out. I hate saying good bye, knowing that this time, it will be a few weeks (at least) before we hang out again.  I work really hard at being the in-control, grown up big sister but in the quiet of my house, I tend to fall apart. It's just been a big adjustment from seeing each other weekly, to visiting only once (maybe twice) a month.  I am so thankful that our parents encouraged us to be best friends, in addition to sisters.  What a blessing that has been in our adult life.

What a couple of cuties we were!

Today I read a beautiful blog from The Unplugged Family.  She talks about a lovely visit with her mom and it made me miss mine.  A lot.  All the things that I haven't had the opportunity to share with her.  My friends, my kids, my problems, my tears, my joys. Today I found this:

She Is Gone 
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left 
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared 
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday 
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

~David Harkins~

So this day was kind of like a roller coaster.  Lots of ups and downs.  I love people.  I love being with those I love.  Family & friends.  I thank God for each and every one of those that He has place in my life.  You all have a special place in my heart.

Workout {08.10.12}

I biked 12.32 km in just over an hour.  The first and last segments are the ones I push the hardest.  The middle one is when I gently cruise while my friend does a walk/jog combo.

You can view my route HERE.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Working Out

I am making a goal to ride my bike at least four times this week.

Monday: 11.22 km in 58 minutes

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Trip To Calgary {July 30-31}

I had been anticipating this trip for quite some time... a few weeks anyhow.  It would be the first time ever that I drove that far on my own.  On Monday morning Joshua, Arianna, Sarah and myself got up and were almost ready to leave when Andrea decided she wanted to come as well.  So, being the flexible person I am, rearranged the van to add another seat, grabbed a little extra food and by 10:00 we were on the road.  The whole trip went very smoothly, including one short stop for lunch.  The GPS is a great tool to have! 

Soon after we arrived at my sister's place, we re-packed, this time to head downtown to a huge wading pool.  It was a great time.  The kids hardly got out of the pools, Sarah kept at a nice safe distance from me, Rosie was content and Lucy had a nap (she was on the end of a flu bug).  I got a nice sunburn on the left side of my leg which was the only part not sitting under the tent we brought! 

After some homemade pizzas for supper, Alicia, Rosie, my kids and I went for a long walk.  Alicia lives at the top of a hill.  Getting to the Starbucks was easy as we pretty much coasted down the hill.  Coming back was quite different.  I recorded the walk with an app on my iPhone and the average grade was 3.19%.  It was steady up though... not a whole lot of recovery in coming home.  At least there was no guilt about the drinks we had!  After some Olympics, we all headed to bed for the night. 

I started out Tuesday morning spending quality time with my sweet nephew building with Lego.  It was a very good way to begin my day. We made plans to spend Tuesday out at Heritage Park.  It's the same idea as Fort Edmonton Park but bigger and of course different things to do and see.  I have to say, it was great to have the older three kids with us.  They were able to take the littler ones on the rides and it was a little less stressful knowing we had a few extra pairs of eyes watching out for everyone. The first thing the kids wanted to do was the mid-way which was a good idea while it wasn't too busy.  Sarah had no interest in the rides at all.  She seemed a bit off but I really didn't know what she would think of them. *Note to self: next time, don't buy her the rides pass*  Since I didn't have a ride pass myself, it was fine for me to just watch the kids go.  While my sister and all the others were on the carousel, Sarah and I found some boat swings which were right up her alley.  This is when her day started to go down hill.  The steam train had rolled in and blew the whistle which {of course} startled her.  She's not good at surprises like that so she cried.  After that, every little thing seemed to set her off.  A bump in the road, the sun in her eyes... whatever.  Once we had some cinnamon buns (they were huge!), we meandered to the paddle boat.  We figured a nice smooth ride would be good for everyone.  It was completely shaded and the cool breeze was refreshing after walking in the sun for a couple hours.  Just minutes into the water, Sarah began to cry and proceeded to be sick.  Thankfully, all she ate was some Ritz crackers and a bit of water so the clean up was easy.  Again, very glad Alicia had her diaper bag with wipes along. 

 The steam engine that first scared Sarah.

One of the last pictures I took before I was consumed with caring for a sick baby.

After the boat ride, we decided to keep walking to see how Sarah would do.  She did get sick again (thankfully I ran her out of the house we were in!) and I was thinking our time out was going to come to an early end.  We ate lunch on a boardwalk next to a General Store and then headed down a ways for an ice cream treat for the other kids.  We finally decided that we had better go.  It was tough to make a decision that affected all nine of us but Alicia and I agreed that we'd do the same thing for any of the other kids in that situation.  As we were driving back, Sarah proceeded to empty the very last bit of what could have possibly been left in her stomach (not much).  When we arrived at Alicia's I grudgingly made the tough choice to head home early.  It was only 2:00 in the afternoon and we certainly were not going to be doing anything else that day.  With some disappointed children and two sad moms, we packed up and headed out.  :(  Saying good-bye was not easy.  It was one of those "stuck between a rock and a hard place" situations.  My littlest one wasn't feeling good at all and needed to go home but my sister-heart wanted to stay and visit some more.  *sigh* 

I'd like to end with saying the trip home was uneventful but the weather was incredible!  As we approached Olds, the sky was dark... almost black. 

 UNREAL!  And a bit scary I must say!

The piles of hail were 2 or more inches deep!  The water in the ditch in the median was 
almost level with the highway!

I didn't get pictures of the torrential DOWNPOURS that we drove through!  I was glad to finally get home and out of the crazy weather.  

Despite the unexpected changes that happened this week, I am so glad I went and I can't wait to go again and spend even more time there!


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