Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Well, she has the costume thing down, but the trick-or-treating is still a little fuzzy. She's never going to be okay with someone handing her a piece of candy and then NOT being able to eat it right away! All I can say is I'm glad it's Don who's out there with her and not me : ).

Mind you, I'm here with sick and fussy Jordyn, so we're about even!

Don has Dylan, Patience, Sean, and a friend of Sean's from school at a nearby neighborhood where they supposedly give out really good candy! Nathan opted out of trick-or-treating in order to get together with friends (Mac and Andrew) who he hasn't seen in ages.

Tomorrow I'll let you know how things were out on the street!

A lesson in "sweet"

Did you know that clothing comes not only in sizes, but also in "sweet" or not? I learned that last night, when Dylan complained that he didn't have any "sweet" clothes! "Sweet" is what cool used to be, way back when I was his age. Dylan has had quite a growth spurt these past few months. He's now the second-tallest person in our family! He's thin, and he has really long arms....just like his dad at 14, I'm sure. So it wasn't unreasonable that he should get some new clothes.

So, back to "sweet." Dylan, Patience, and I headed off to Value Village. We looked at all their shirts in his size, and I learned which ones were "sweet." I'd hold one up. "Sweet..." (into the cart). Another. "Not sweet..." (back on the rack). By the time we had 6 or 7 shirts in the cart, I was getting the hang of it! I even had a streak of three "sweet" shirts by the end! So, Dylan is now the proud owner of a dozen new "sweet" shirts. Apparently his jeans were already "sweet," so we didn't need to go down that aisle!

Oh, he also got a pair of white leather high-tops for gym, several binders, and new pjs. Gotta love Value Village...we walked out of there $100 poorer (or less rich) and now my son is wearing "sweet" shirts.


Monday, October 30, 2006

Sissy's Hat!

JoJo took advantage of her sister's nap by wearing Patience's cowgirl hat! I turned it around so she could actually see something...you can tell she's pleased with her little self!

Good Monday Morning!

Well, here we are at the dawn of another week!

As I sit and write, my younger daughter is sleeping soundly and my older daughter is trying to convince me that I should open a package of cookies for her! We should have called her Persistence...

The boys are all in school right now, although I will Sean's sunny little face at lunchtime. The weather is cold and clear, perfect for a brisk bike ride during the lunch hour! Dylan stays after for volleyball practice today and Nathan has drama practice.

Don is off site at a client's all day, so it's relatively quiet at the homefront. This weekend Don painted parts of the mudroom floor (strategic parts so he could put down trim and still walk around in there), and that project is quickly coming to an end! Yeah!

Sean, for some unexplainable reason, is now intrigued with "spring cleaning." I have no idea where he even heard the term, but he made me promise that we could do some spring cleaning when he came home from school today, and that I wouldn't clean the bathroom before he came home! He's going to make one heck of a husband some day! ; )

Jordyn is getting quite tall and quite capable. Just this morning, she used the kitchen chair to get into a standing position, and then reached up as far as she could, to reach Patience's cereal bowl, which she the proceded to spill all over the kitchen floor! Thank the Lord that Patience has just recently gone through a "cereal without milk" phase! So it wasn't a real mess. And besides, JoJo then proceded to clean it up by eating all of the Honeycomb that had just fallen! Yes, it's obvious that she's #5...not only do I let my 8.5 month old eat Honeycomb, I'm grateful that she's doing it so I don't have to clean it up. Sheeesh...

Well, I'm off to do something. Not sure what yet, but there are many options.


Saturday, October 28, 2006

Everybody Up and At 'Em!

This was an early morning at Murphy's! Miss Jordyn woke up at 6:45. I let her cry for awhile, thinking she might be tricked into going back to sleep since it was still pitch dark outside. But, no, she was smarter than that and kept at it until I got her up. I gave her a bottle and then played with her for awhile until Miss Patience tore down the hallway in her usual exuberant fashion.

I got the girlies their breakfast and then went to workout at Curves. I got home in time to relieve Don, who is spending some time working with his Dad today.

The boys had Duncan over after last night's volleyball tournament, and I'm sure they have a big day of electronics planned. Right now they're just starting to make noises downstairs in BoyLand.

Nathan has a cadet thing today; he's standing outside of Save-On-Foods asking for money in exchange for a paper Poppy. This is fundraising for the Canadian Legion instead of his Cadet Corp, but then the Legion turns around and thanks the Corp by giving them a cheque! Whatever...

Sean's goose egg is gone but now he has a black eye. On the eyelid. It looks like he got carried away with blueblack eyeshadow. He's hoping it'll stay like this until Halloween. I let him stay home Friday so he could be "carefully supervised." You don't want to take any chances with head injuries, you know! : )

The weather is okay here. Not sunny, but not rainy. I might try to get outside and do some cleaning up. I'll write more when anything newsworthy happens!

Friday, October 27, 2006

A Busy Thursday!

My excitement for today was getting a call from Sean's principal! At lunch recess Sean was on the receiving end of a gate getting kicked open...he caught it, as you can see, right above his left eye! He's fine now, and was very happy to be able to come home from school early.

My poor Miss J is still sick...stuffy, coughy, and very, very clingy. It's difficult to do much of anything besides hold her. And she's not cuddly. She wants me to hold her, but to hold her outwards and be walking around. Sitting and cuddling in the rocker will not be tolerated!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A Quiet Wednesday Morning...

Here are the girlies playing on the kitchen floor. Patience has the coveted Barbie Dollie and Jordyn has a Cheerio that she found on the floor!

Jordyn seems to be coming down with a cold. She's been so healthy, but on Sunday she was in the church nursery for 90 minutes and now she has a cough and a runny nose! Grrrr... I know in theory it's better if she gets sick now and again, that it'll boost her immunity system, blah, blah, blah, but for right now it's wreaking havoc with my sleep schedule! I was up with her three times last night. I rocked her, gave her a bottle, and she went back to sleep at 11. At one, I gave her some more bottle and some Tylenol Cough/Cold medicine (thanks, Mom!). At 4:45, I repeated the 1 o'clock routine. At 6:00, Dylan and Nathan were up showering and having breakfast. Ugh...

The really good news is that Don painted the mudroom last night (I pleaded) and it looks fantastic. It looks like coffee with the perfect amount of cream! He's going to do one more coat (more pleading, I imagine!) and then the trim will finish it! Yeah!!! And to celebrate, he's lit the first fire of the season this morning. I love the smell and the feel of a wood fire.

Sadly, our VCR finally bit the dust after I don't know how many years and countless videos. I think I'm going to venture out today and try to pick up a VCR/DVD combo for the girlies' t.v. Maybe I'll see if Waneta wants to go...there's safety in numbers!

The boys are incredibly busy with drama, volleyball, cadets, school, and whatnot. I'm basically at home enjoying the babies, and venturing out just to be a chauffeur when they boys need rides! So my life isn't nearly as busy as theirs are!

The modified cabbage soup diet is working for me. I've lost about 4 pounds, which is pretty good considering I'm getting two totally undiet meals each day! I still like the soup, and made a new batch this past weekend. Speaking of breakfast, I think it's time for me to eat!

More later...

Monday, October 23, 2006

By Popular Demand...

I cut Jordyn's bangs! Mom has been "suggesting" that I do that for awhile now, as Jordyn's wispy bangs were quite long...but so thin that I was pretty sure they weren't affecting her eyesight : )

At any rate, they're no longer an issue because they're GONE!

And of course while I had Jordyn on her changing table to do her hair, Patience was left unattended for, what, 60 seconds? And can you imagine what SHE was doing during that time? She found my haircutting supplies on the bathroom counter and proceeded to cut her own hair! Thank heavens she only had my thinning shears...even though I found lots of locks of long hair on the bathroom floor, I couldn't tell where she had cut it from. Phew!

After the dueling haircuts, I gave them a bath and put them both to bed! Patience hasn't had a nap in several days but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway...

More later!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Jordyn Makes Crepes!

Daddy is making crepes for dinner and he's letting Jordyn "help." You can't really see it in this picture, but her hand is in the mixing bowl feeling the flour. He's since decided that it's much harder to make crepes with Jordyn's help, so she's now back on the floor where she belongs. Actually, she's going to bed because, as you can see from the picture, her eyes are a little bleary.

The girls and I went to church today for the first time in a L-O-N-G time and Jordyn did just fine in the nursery. I went in at about noon and she was just about collapsed on the floor from exhaustion, as she didn't get her morning nap and she was up since 6:30 or so. But she didn't cry when I left her there!

I was little nervous about leaving Patience in there because, while she's very reliable toilet-wise, she also always has a toilet handy, and there isn't one in the nursery. So I went in mid-sermon and took her to the bathroom, and then again toward the end. I didn't want an accident!

Tonight we're all going into Langley to get Halloween costume stuff, some paint for the stairs, and a light fixture for the mud room. That room is very nearly complete. Don has the whole thing primed and the ceiling painted. I chose a nice color called "Naturally Calm" for the walls, which he'll paint tomorrow hopefully.

Today was a beautiful, sunny day here. Don and the kids worked outside for awhile after lunch and I had a "piece of quiet," and then I had a nice phone call from my mom! Lucky me : )

Okay, I'm off to pick up toys : )

Friday, October 20, 2006

Jordyn Rocks to Sleep...

Tonight Jordyn is really tired because she napped so poorly today. Don sat her in this rocker and started rocking it and she started nodding off. It was so funny that I went to get the camera so we could get a shot of her falling asleep in the rocker. But as soon as she saw the camera she bolted straight up and smiled! She's so well trained.... Oh well, we didn't get the sleepy shot, but this is still pretty cute : )

The Weekend Already!

Wow, this week has just flown by!

It's a beautiful sunny (but cool) day here, and we're expecting more of the same for the weekend. Tonight and tomorrow Nathan is scheduled to go "begging" for cadets, only they call it "tagging." Nathan is one of their best beggers...he can money from nearly everyone he meets!

Right now Sean is at a friend's house, Dylan is down playing Maple Story (if you don't have children who are addicted to this internet game, you should be very thankful!), and Nathan is downstairs with five cadet buddies watching a movie, or playing video games, or something!

Don will hopefully get the mud room painted this weekend. That's our goal, anyway.

I'll post more later. Cheers!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Good Report!

Yeah! All of the teachers I talked to said this about Nathan: "he's a great kid, he's doing great, you should be proud of him." And we are!

I only spoke with one of Dylan's teachers, who stated, "Dylan is brilliant." Well said.

Okay, that's all, folks!

Guess Who Has A Tooth?


Jordyn is my youngest baby ever to have a tooth at this young age (8.5 months). Patience got one sometime after her ninth month, and the boys were all toothless until after their first birthday. I guess Jordyn is working on growing teeth instead of big feet : )

That would explain the fussiness the past couple of days. I looked in Patience's mouth and found two lower molars had just erupted. Okay, now I feel bad...I should have been doling out the Tylenol these past couple of days.

I'm off in twenty minutes or so to have parent-teacher conferences at the high school. I hope to come home with glowing reports from all of Nathan's and Dylan's teachers!

Oh! I can't believe I forgot to blog this! Dylan, Jordyn, and I went to watch Sean's first volleyball game yesterday afternoon. It was great...Sean's team won three out of four sets and he played really well! It's his first year and he's just learning the game, but we can see definite potential!

Last night we had some really yummy turkey chili. Don had an elders' meeting so I got to be a single parent again last night. I am looking forward to next summer. I think it'll be easier to have both girls when they're more able to play together and when Jordyn isn't so needy. It's not that she's more needy than normal, it's that I have less time than "normal"...

Okay, wish me luck...I'm off!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

JoJo Wants Sissy's Lunch!

If she were a puppy, I'd have to train her to not beg!

This picture isn't very clear as I was shooting right into the southern window. Oops!

Both girlies are very fussy today. A couple of times I had both of them crying/screaming loud. I'm wondering if Miss J. is getting teeth, because she's not normally this fussy. I don't know what Patience's problem is. She probably misses her Aunt Babadee!

Magnificent Five!

Someday I'm going to get a shot of them where everyone is looking at the camera and there are no toys in the shot! But for now, this will have to suffice!

We survived yesterday without Don. I was going to slack off and not bathe the girlies (that's Don's job!) but last night, at 6:45, Jordyn crawled down the hallway, stood up at the closed bathroom door, and started pounding on it! She knows the routine! So, they got bathed : )

Last night Nathan had band practice at cadets from 6-8. I dropped him off a little early so I could pick up Dylan from volleyball practice just a tad bit late! Last night's supper was wraps made with homemade whole wheat tortillas (yummy!), lunch meat left over from the 4-H banquet, cheese, and bunch of veggies either chopped or shredded. That's a really easy way to get some veggies in! And a good supper for those times when people have to eat at different times.

Lucky me! I just got to fish a sucked-on post-it note out of Jordyn's mouth, and she did not want to give it up! Babies...gotta love 'em!

Sean just asked me if I could arrange a sleep over with Hailey Lawson this weekend! Sounds okay to me...how 'bout you, Val?

Today Dylan has a volleyball game. I'll probably leave the girlies with Sean and Nathan and go watch for awhile. It's a home game, which is convenient.

Okay, I'm off to watch Spirit (again!).

Monday, October 16, 2006

Cabbage Soup Diet...

Okay, I need to lose some weight. I am, unfortunately, at my all-time non-pregnant high weight. Darn. Apparently you can't eat whatever you want even while breastfeeding. So, in addition to working out at Curves three times/week, I am going to change my eating habits. Here is what I'm doing, so you can keep me accountable : )

I am doing a modified cabbage soup diet. I've never been able to follow it strictly for more than two days, but I think the soup itself is a pretty good way to cut back calorie consumption. I'm going to eat a sensible breakfast, usually cereal and 1 % milk, and I'm going to eat a sensible dinner with an eye on my portion size. In between those meals, I'm only going to eat the soup.

Oh, and because I basically don't like cabbage soup the way it's usually made, I modified that, too, to make it tolerable. I pureed it! It's quite good...almost like tomato soup with some extra flavors added in.

I'll let you know how it goes!

Happy Monday Morning!

This morning Don left for two days of tree-cutting up at Tulameen. Lucky me...single parent! Jordyn woke much earlier than usual this morning, 6:30, and chose not to go back to sleep after a bottle. Oh well, it gave me the chance to get this great shot of her and Nate. I figure I'll take bookend pictures periodically...she's 8 months and he's 17 in this shot.

Dylan was up and out early this a.m. for Jazz Band. Mr. Sean has no school today so he's still sleeping!

Not much on the calendar for the week outside of parent/teacher interviews for Thursday, and half days for Nate and Dylan on Wednesday and Thursday. Of course there are various volleyball practices, play practices, volleyball games, and even a Cadet fundraiser, but nothing out of the ordinary to report!

My mom and Lee have their own blog now! How cool is that? Her link is on my page so you can jump over there and read all about their lives : )

More later!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Don and His Girlies...

This is right after bath time when Don needs a rest from the vigorous workout of bathing, shampoo-ing, splashing, and playing with Patience and Jordyn in the tub! It's a hard job but someone has to do it! As you can see, Miss Patience was not cooperative like the lovely Miss J. Oh well, you can't win 'em all!

Miss Jordyn is growing up so quickly. She crawls fast and is vertical more often than not. She's almost completely on a bottle now. I was hoping to have the weaning process take more than three days, but it looks like she's switched gears! It will be more convenient and easier for everyone (except maybe me). She also loves her solids and her multi-grain Cheerios.

The boys had a blissfully empty day today. Absolutely nothing on the calendar for all three of them, which is pretty close to a miracle. So, they've hung out with a friend, played basketball, played video games, and basically enjoyed the day to the fullest : )

More tomorrow!

Ahoy, Matey!

Here's Sean at the Langley 4-H District Annual Awards Banquet. This year's theme was pirates, and each club decorated their table in theme and then the winning club gets a prize (usually candy). Woodlands has won 12 out of 24 years, but sadly last night we lost to another club who, quite frankly, didn't have anywhere near the quality or creativity of decorations that we had. But, it's okay because this year the prize was only jelly beans!

Nathan did get his Program Pin there, which means that he rocks in the communications program (speeches, demos, ed displays, etc.). The pin is equivalent to 4 high school credits, which might come in handy some day! It was a lot of fun, but it turned out to be a late evening...we didn't get home until nearly 11. The good news is that Don and both girlies had a nice evening and we wasn't even frazzled when I got home!

The other picture is of most of our club...obviously Nathan is missing along with 4 or 5 others. But you can see how well the kids get along!

More later!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Slumber Party!

Here are Sean, Patience, and a very happy Jordyn having a slumber party in the kitchen this morning!

Right now Jordyn is napping, Patience is terrorizing the house and me, and I was able to go work out thanks to Don's flexible schedule!

Sean and Dylan have volleyball practice after school, and Nathan has a driving lesson. That's a snapshot of our day!

On a technical note, something is wrong with my photo software, making it difficult to impossible to upload photos to my blog. My tech support person is not very responsive to my computer issues. Imagine that...

Here's a funny story. Sea Cadets had their annual general meeting on Tuesday night. Don wouldn't let me go, because he was sure I'd come home with a "position." His last words as he left the house were, "I'm not signing up for anything!" Yep, you guessed it. Don has a position! Better him than me...

Patience got her first Barbie. It's one that came in a McDonald's kids meal (date with Dad). She loves it. And so does Jordyn. Therein lies the problem! And Jordyn isn't easily distracted. She's focused. She wants that little dolly. And whenever Patience sees her playing with it, she immediately wants it. I guess this is our first lesson in two girls close in age: two of everything, exactly the same. Younger and more energetic parents would use this opportunity to teach character values...sharing and all that.

Okay, I think that's all the news from this corner of the world!

More later...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Nobody Does It Like The Magic Pan

...especially me! Crepes on Monday evening were okay, nothing like the original! They were pleasant enough to eat, but not delicious enough to overeat...which is good, I guess!

The kids are so used to eating sweet crepes that it was difficult for them to switch gears. On the other hand, they were easy to make and a great way to use up leftovers.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Here's Looking At You!

Here's JoJo peeking through her highchair!

Nathan's Math Test Score


For any of you who know and love Nathan, you'll know that this is a grade worth celebrating!

Go, Nate!

Monday, October 09, 2006

My Kewpie Doll

Bath night for babies! As you can see, Jordyn LOVES her bath!

Right now the girlies are bathed, jammied, and watching a video, trying to wind down for the night. I, personally, am already wound down!

Patience Bottles Jordyn!

For some strange reason, Patience climbed into JoJo's highchair. I was bottling Jordyn in the kitchen, and just laid her on the tray for fun (and to give my arms a break). I was shocked at how long Jordyn stayed perfectly still, laying on the tray, drinking her bottle. And Patience was pleased as punch, and kept a protective arm on her baby the entire time. Very adorable, these two.

Jordyn Sleeps on Dad...

On Sunday evening we had a rare treat: Jordyn fell asleep while I was feeding her, and then stayed asleep while we held her! It was just like having a wee baby again : ) We held her for about 30 minutes until she woke up and turned back into her kinetic energy self!

Here is Don having his turn...he didn't take one of me holding her : (

Happy Thanksgiving!

I decided Saturday to cook a turkey on Sunday even though it didn't seem like "Thanksgiving season" to me! So yesterday I made turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie! 'Twas a feast! And we have some leftovers. Tonight Don and I are double-teaming dinner...we're making Turkey Elegante crepes, fashioned after the Chicken Elegante crepes I used to order at the Magic Pan. I have a huge pot of turkey stock simmering on the stove...that'll become soups and stews.

While I was in the kitchen, Don was in the Hughes Airwest room finishing up. We now have a light fixture hung, and trim on all the windows and doors. It looks fantastic!

Well, there's really not much else to report from the farm...but I will let you know the minute something exciting happens!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Fall Has Fallen

We woke up this morning to brrrrrr cold! Jordyn is still snuggled up in her fleece sleeper and Patience has on a new fleece warmup suit, so they're nice and toasty! But it's apparent that we'll need to crank up the wood stove soon.

Right now Sean is downstairs playing with Leyland, his friend who spent the night. Dylan is at a volleyball tournament all day long. Don and Nathan are down working on our trees this morning. And I'm at home with my girlies. Just last week at this time I was coniving about how I could go down and surprise Val with a visit! Unfortunately there's nothing that fun on today's agenda.

Don is planning on installing the last window in the basement this morning, which will officially end the "construction" phase of the basement. There will still be drywall and electrical to do, but nothing else that will make sawdust! Then we can get his tools out of the "mud room" and give the loft bed (currently where all the tools are sitting!) to a friend of ours! It's a good plan...let's just see if it happens!

This is a three-day weekend in Canada. Their Thanksgiving is on Monday! I still haven't gotten used to such an early Thanksgiving, but I have to admit that for celebrating the harvest, this is a much better time of year than the end of November. Everything is in season right now, summer and fall foods.

More later!

Friday, October 06, 2006


Last night we had pancakes for supper. Don and Patience ate first, with Jordyn sitting in her high chair at the table with them. Just for fun, Don gave Jordyn a tiny bite of pancake, which she loved. So he kept giving her tiny bites. I was getting all excited that maybe we'd move straight to table food and skip the baby food stage. More tiny bites into her little open bird mouth. Then it was my turn to eat, so I sit down by Jordyn who is still in the market for more bites of pancake. As I'm holding up a bite for her, she sees it and spits out the bite that was currently in her mouth! I look into her lap, and sure enough, there are about 40 little sucked-on pancake bites! She was sucking the butter and syrup out of them, and then spitting them out! I guess the babyfood stage will last awhile longer...

Friday Morning....

...came awfully early! The boys all had swimming this morning at 6:15, so I woke up at 5:30 to get them all shepherded out the door. Much to my surprise, Nathan and Dylan were already up and watching the highlights from last night's Sharks game (which they won, in OT). So, everyone got up and packed up the car with today's breakfast, lunch, instruments, backpacks, etc because they'll go right from the pool to the school. This winter maintenance session lasts 8 weeks.

Dylan has a volleyball tournament this weekend. He plays today from 4:30-10:00 and then tomorrow from 9:00-5:00. Thankfully there are other players in this area and we'll be carpooling. The games are no where near us. Of course.

Not much else is on the agenda today. Danica will be here shortly. Today is her last day until November 9 because she's going "down under" with her parents and grandparents! Lucky little girl!

More later...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Laundry Day!

Five loads today! This is why I make my own detergent...

Ummm...haven't done much else today except take care of babies : )

My Three Sons

Here is the most recent pic of the three boyos... I just took it last night! Yes, you do see a bit of a beard on Nathan. His drama teacher wrote a letter to his cadet commander asking if it would be okay for Nathan to grow a beard for his part in the upcoming play. They approved his request so now Nathan doesn't have to shave. The funny thing is that if Nathan does want to shave it off he has to put in a request for that, too!

Club Awards went really well last night. Sean got the junior Ed Display award, Nathan got the public speaking award, Dylan got the reserve champion for public speaking. Nathan got his 5-year pin.

Danica should be here momentarily...I should run and at least start some laundry. I haven't done any in 2 days so now there's about 5 loads! How does that happen?

More later!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Our Day @ a Glance

Notice, no elipses?

Today started a loooooong time ago. Jordyn woke up at 5:45 and Don got up with her (since he went to bed early last night...I stayed up to do the cadet pick-up run). I slept another hour but by 7 the entire family was up and at 'em and Dylan was already gone for Redhawk Voices. Right now, laundry is going, everyone has eaten, and Jordyn is back down for her morning nap!

This afternoon Dylan stays after for Jazz Band, and then this evening all of the boyos and I will be going out for our 4-H club awards presentation. It's a hoot...one of my favorite parts of the 4-H year. I'll post pics tomorrow of the boys and all their loot : )

Danica should be here any minute, and then we're off and running!


P.S. Patience's favorite video is Winnie the Pooh. She can watch it many, many times in one day.


Thanks to Heather, I realized that I had the power to let anyone comment on my blog! Yeah, I did and it works! It's so much fun to read your comments that I turned on comments for Val's blog, too. So head over to her blog and comment away : )

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

My Girlies


Patience had on my Ruby Z cat necklace (remember that, Val?). When she hugged her sister, Jordyn made a quick grab for it and popped it in her mouth! Well, of course!

We had the weirdest day! Patience went into her room and put herself to sleep at 10:30 this morning, and slept until almost 1:00. No, she doesn't seem to be sick or feverish...she's her normal energetic self! All of you who have ever spent time with Patience knows what a treat it was for me to have her sleep for 2 1/2 hours! It was almost like a holiday!

Dylan has a volleyball game today, Nathan has play practice and then cadets, and Sean's playing at a friend's house. Don is out burning the shakes from the old roof. And now you know everything!

Early Morning Constitutional

Now that Frodo doesn't have his "bunny run" anymore, Sean walks him on a leash and harness.

See, Sean does exist! Speaking of Sean, he's on the grade 6 boys volleyball team. He has his first "away" game next week!

Oh, and he's become the tidyest of all the boys. You should see his room since we remodeled it...never a thing out of place (and that's a huge improvement!).


Dylan had an orthodontist appointment yesterday afternoon. He brings home a helium balloon for Patience each time (a perk of that practice) but Jordyn loved it! Oh, and another bit of great news: Dylan's braces are officially paid for! Woo hoo! He's scheduled to get them off in August of 2007. Then it'll be Sean's turn!

Last night I attended the monthly swim club executive meeting. Now that was a good time.

I'll post more later : )

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Bath Night Again

Here's Miss Jo Jo enjoying a Sunday night bath with her sissie (not pictured here). She's smiling up at Nathan, who was just about having a panic attack that Jordyn was let loose in the tub (with three inches of water, as you can see). During his lifeguarding courses he's warned profusely about how babies can drown in three inches of water, or at least suffer lung damage. So he jumped just about every time she moved. He finally had to leave the room, and on the way out he said, "if she drowns, it'll be on your account!" For the record, she survived her bath and is now safely snuggled up asleep in her crib.

Today was a busy day. We did Sunday school, grocery shopping, a quick trip to Ikea, a big chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce dinner, and now Don's at a church meeting. At Ikea I got a great rug for the new family room, some shelves for the boys' rooms, a battery-operated alarm clock for each boy, some new dishes and utensils for Patience, and a ride-on stick horse (also for Patience). It doesn't make great horse noises like Hailey's, but she likes it well enough anyway.

I'm tired. Patience and Jordyn are sleeping in the same room. I hear every noise, and I jump up and run in there every time...I don't want one to wake up the other! Jordyn is a really light sleeper. This morning she was awake before 6. If she was in her own room, I'd just let her cry until she went back to sleep or until it was a reasonable waking hour. We're throwing around options and trying to figure out where we can build Patience a "bump out." : )

That's all for now! More tomorrow...