Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween 2007

I tried to actually write something to go along with the pictures, but Blogger wasn't letting me! So, here is a "back view" of the girls in action:

At the first house, Jordyn wanted nothing to do with these unknown people who answered the door. She turned around and buried her face in her daddy's chest. But when she heard the rustling of the candy wrappers, she peered around, and when she saw the bowl full of candy, she did a 180-degree turn around. Suddenly, she was extroverted and happy. And able to say "trick-or-treat" and "thank you!" Jordyn has a new favorite sport, and it is trick or treating!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Howza Bout a Little Update?

Sorry I haven't blogged in such a long time. I know I'm always a little annoyed when I visit someone's blog for, oh, the 50th time to find that they still haven't updated. So I thought I should get my rear and gear and let you know what's been going on around here. Maybe it'll be contagious and others (Heather) will do the same...

First major news in the Murphy household: Jordyn will definitely be the baby in our family. That's right, five is enough and we are now incapable of producing anymore Murphys. Which is unfortunate considering how cute and bright they all are. P.S. Don is fine, recovering quickly, just walks a little funny.

Now, onto less momentous news: the office is coming along nicely. It's all framed, wired, and sheetrocked. Don is currently doing the taping and mudding, which is a slow and dirty job. He did buy the primer for the next step and we're going to look at paint colours later this a.m.

Nathan is busy at school and cadets. His classes are keeping him busier than he'd prefer, as his teachers this term have these incredibly high standards for student work and are sometimes encouraging Nathan to do work over to get a higher mark. While Nathan feels this is unnecessary, Don and I encourage him to take advantage of the opportunity, if you know what I mean. This weekend he had range practice, next weekend he and Sean return to Quadra for a weekend of sail training. I hope they have good weather there. He is busy directing a one-act play and is getting frustrated at the lack of commitment from his actors. He might even can his leading man and take that part himself.

Dylan is at school 10 hours/day most days. Starting with jazz band or Senior Chamber Choir at 6:45, and ending with volleyball practice or games that sometimes end at 6:30. We see little of him, but we know where he is and what he's doing, so it's all good. He's also swimming on the school swim team this year. It's a short little season, but apparently they're going to have an incredible relay team so he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. He continues, somehow, to get straight A's in the very few hours he has left in the day. We're looking forward to his first band/choir concert of the year on Nov. 30.

Sean is getting hit with the reality of school. His teacher, Mrs. Cuthbert, is making it her personal responsibility to make sure all of her students are ready for Secondar School next year. So, Sean has homework every night, as opposed to...never. He's doing well, though, in all of his subjects. He's playing trombone in the elementary band and is on the Grade 7 volleyball team. That season ends soon, and then there's a short break until basketball starts up. Sean is still enjoying cadets and has joined the Guard, which means he marches around with guns on the parade square (real guns, not loaded). They practice Monday nights, and thankfully Nathan is willing to drive him there because Nathan has work that he can do at the Cadet Training Centre during that time. I'm going to really, really, really miss Nathan (and his car).

Patience is three and 1/2 now and is pretty much ready to take on the world. She loves preschool. She loves swimming lessons with Marianne. It's hard to believe that four sessions ago she spent most of her time sitting on the side of the pool (in timeout) crying, because now she's belle of the pool, showing all of the other kids how to do what Marianne wants them to do. She has her swim lesson on Tuesdays right after preschool, so when she gets home she's tired and starving. Last week she ate two entire peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before she even came up for air. Then she willingly had a nap. Tuesdays are good : )

Jordyn is now the age that Patience was when I had Jordyn. I cannot imagine having a newborn right now. She is starting to have more and more words, and of course she is very capable for such a little person. For example, she was able to open the gate we have at the top of our stairs. So we padlocked it. We didn't even try to get an easy-opening lock...she'd have that figured out in no time. (The combination is zero-Jeremy Roenick-Kyle MacLaren; guess whose lock it is?) Despite her hyper-busyness, she's doing really well and we all love her to pieces. Even certain older brothers who used to not have the time of day for her are coming around and calling her sweet nothings while carrying her around like a baby. She's getting under his skin, that's for sure.

I am busy. Among other things, I am trying to be deliberate about our food around here. It's the one area of our budget that I can control, so I'm putting more time and energy into the planning and procuring. I'm going to be posing about some great leftovers. I'm trying to eat out of the freezer as much as possible this month because we are getting a quarter beef in late November, early December and I need to make room for it.

We've had a ton of rain lately, but today dawned bright and sunny (still cold, but that's okay). We'll be able to go out and play today...the girls will really appreciate that.

The best news I received lately: Lee is coming back : ) I'm always pretty sure that he won't re-up because let's face it: December around here with all these kids and the farm is not a lot of fun, and it's a lot of work! But he thankfully comes back, year after year, to help and keep me sane. What a blessing he is in December and always.

Okay, that's about it, except for photos which I haven't taken in a long time.

Love and hugs,

Friday, October 19, 2007


I love when you hear something wonderful, something you really need to hear, in an unlikely place.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Nathan's and Dylan's teachers. Mr. Thompson, Nathan's English Literature teacher said this,

"Nathan and my son (also 18) are both character men. But my son is a character, while Nathan is a man of character."

Monday, October 15, 2007

What's Up...

Basically, nothing! Which is kind of nice, in a relaxed, boring sort of way...

Tonight we're having our 4-H awards presentation. Once that is over, my 4-H commitments will be officially over for this year (phew!).

We had a huge ham dinner on Saturday night, so now I'm using up leftovers. I'm trying to have a pretty clean fridge when we leave for Merritt for the weekend.

Tonight is sweet-and-sour ham sandwiches. I made up this recipe (remember, I'm trying to clean out the fridge) and so far it looks pretty iffy. Lucky for me, my boys are usually starving and not picky at all, so it'll get eaten up regardless.

Tomorrow I'm making turkey wraps, using up the rest of last week's turkey. Wednesday it'll be clean-out-your-fridge soup and then Thursday we'll leave for Don and Waneta's.

I am reading a new book from the library: Frugal Luxuries. So far so good, although I'm only on chapter 2.

Tomorrow Patience starts her new session of swim lessons with Marianne. Wish me luck...I'll get the challenge of keeping Miss Jordyn occupied during her lesson : )

All of the kids are doing well.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Lights, Camera, Action!

Well, today is the big shoot. Warner Brothers is filming the Christmas special for their Supernatural series at our farm. They came out Thursday and Friday of last week to build the set, then had 24-hour security here over the 3-day weekend, and today this farm is busier than our busy weekends!

For those of you not familiar with Supernatural (like me), it's a series about a couple of hunky guys who are like ghostbusters...trying to figure out the good guys and the bad guys, the good spirits and the demons. In this episode, the hunks think that the Santa of Santa's Village (our farm) is a serial killer. You can see why this isn't exactly a family show...

The morning started early, with the first semi rolling into the farm across the street at 4:30. By 5:00 there was a traffic jam. Whey I finally poked my head up and looked out my bedroom window, I could see tents everywhere in my driveway and side yard. There is a huge tent for the extras to hang out, a nice concession stand (everything is free), a whole little city in my yard!

Across the street at Krause's, where there are at least 20 semis (good thing he enlarged his parking lot!), there is an incredible catering truck where we all had breakfast this morning (including Storm). Everyone is coming home for lunch today, and Sean is staying home this afternoon to watch the shooting. Nathan took Dylan to school and then came home to have breakfast and watch a little. It's an amazing undertaking for one day of shooting. They even have live reindeer here!

The nice thing is that they're paying really well to use our farm! In fact, Don's office renovations are courtesy of Warner Brothers!


Sunday, October 07, 2007


Most of you have been to our home and have seen Don's office. For those who haven't, Don currently works from home in a tiny little space that's hardly even a's just a large hallway going from our house to the laundry room and then down to his parents' suite.

Not only is the space not very usable, but it's difficult for Don to work (or have phone conversations) due to the consistent noise level of our house. Six people just cannot be quiet that often.

So, we are undergoing a major home renovation! Don is, as we speak, outside renovating an 11.5' x 14' foot room that used to hold a lot of crap stuff of Waneta's that is now either at the dump or at their new home in Merrit.

He's re-framing the walls to add power and networking wiring...lots of outlets, etc. He's building a large closet to hold all of his business stuff. He's putting in lighting fixtures and laying laminate flooring. He'll paint a beautiful eggplant color on the walls, with a white ceiling, doors, and trim. We'll get white office furniture from Ikea (love that place!) along with an area rug, some artwork, etc., and voila! A usable office space away from the happy chaos of the house.

I'm really looking forward to it. Oh, and as for the space that is Don's current office, we're turning it into the family computer room. Every computer in the house will now go in there, so we won't have computers in bedrooms, the kitchen, etc. Ahhhh....

Menu Planning Monday

Here is my menu plan for the week. I know you were dying to hear this...

Monday-Thanksgiving leftovers (yes, it is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, so we had a turkey with all the trimmings tonight)

Tuesday-Catering Truck (Warner Bros is filming a Christmas special for one of their serials here and we are able to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the catering truck!)

Wednesday-Breakfast for Dinner (I'm thinking french toast and bacon)

Thursday-Wraps (using turkey, of course)



Sunday-Gourmet Ham Sandwiches