Thanksgiving and stuff.

Oct 16, 2016

We finally got around to celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday. The boys and Hayley went out to the farm Friday night and slept over. The rest of us met them out there Saturday morning. We ate a yummy turkey dinner, played card games, and visited with family. It was a beautiful day so the kids spent a lot of time playing outside. I am honestly so grateful for so many things in my life, but the top 3 at this moment are:

my amazingly hot and hard working husband. Sometimes its annoying that he has such a good work ethic, but mostly its great. He works hard each day at his job, and then comes home and works until late into the night on our house. Weekends are also spent working on the house (I did talk him into taking Saturday off for Thanksgiving), and he never complains. When something needs to be done, he does it. Its hard not having him around but I know our house is going to be well built and the sooner it is done, the sooner we can have our beautiful home and our husband and Dad back full time again. Bottome line: I know I can count on Ryan for anything. It feels good to have that in my life.

My children. They can annoy the crap out of me, but they are pretty fabulous kids. Nate has been an all star babysitter and has made my life much easier not having to drag kids with me here there and everywhere. I love how much Hayley loves him and that he brings her comfort when Ryan or I can't be there with her. All the kids are so good to her and help out with her so much. I love it. I love watching them grow and am so proud of each of them.

Our good health. I am always so grateful for my strong and healthy body. I love learning how to keep it at its best form, and it really has been so good to me. But also my whole family has great health. The kids are rarely sick and when they are its never been anything overly serious. We get to enjoy so many things in life because we have strong, healthy bodies.

Again, I have so much to be grateful for. Those are just a few of the things.

We got snow last weekend. Its always bittersweet when we get the first snowfall. I hate the cold weather, but I love seeing the kids so excited to go play in it. I also think it looks so pretty when everything is covered in white snow. I also love being warm and cozy in my house while its cold and snowy out. It makes me feel so comforted and safe. We spent the whole weekend at home and it was so nice. I broke out our puzzles and spent the whole weekend putting puzzles together.

If you didn't know by now, I'm a little obsessed with Disney

Nate use to do this puzzle over and over when he was just 3 years old. He's still got it!
I finally got a much needed haircut. My friend Tara cut it, and I love it. Its so great having friends that share their talents with you. I am also grateful for the good friends my kids have. I am so happy that they each have some really wonderful friends, and one's that I even like. While the boys and Hayley went to sleep at the farm, McKenna had a sleepover with Elliot. They had so much fun. They made fairy houses, ate treats, watched a dance movie, and played and giggled the whole time. It was such a fun night.

Life is pretty darn good.


Oct 8, 2016

We are full force into Fall. The weather is getting colder, we are cooking and baking all things pumpkin, and eating more soups and chili's. Some of my favourite things about Fall. Oh, and drinking lots of tea, and having hot bath's. I was able to go on Hayley's first field trip a week ago. We went to the corn maze and had so much fun, and beautiful weather.

This past week things seemed to have slowed down with the house. Beside's starting the paper and wire, Ryan has just been working on some little things here and there. But the week leading up to that we got concrete in the garage, stairs leading to the house in the garage and stairs to the basement, all the outside doors on, and the roof is finally complete. Now we need plumbing and electrical to come in, and get the paper and wire done so that we can get the scratch coat on before winter. Now that the weather has turned colder, we don't go over as much to check on the progress. I can't wait to get insulation and drywall up.

There is also a new video up. Click here

Family Photo's.

Sep 30, 2016

We went and got the kids school pics done over the weekend down at the river bottom. We haven't done a family one in awhile so we added that as well. It was the perfect fall evening. The sun was shining and everything looked so pretty and Fallish. After the picture's were taken we hung out and walked around for a bit just enjoying each other and nature.

I made a video of our adventures here too.

And...check out this epic slide at our school. New playground's are the best.

September has gone by way too quickly. I hope October brings us just as much goodness.

Our family pics were done by Devon Durocher and when I get my hands on them I will definitely share.

House update.

Sep 29, 2016

Things are going quite quickly with the house. I hope it keeps at this pace. We are hoping to be able to have it move in ready by March. That's only 5 months! Ryan has been taking some days off to work on it because he is anxious to get certain things done before the weather turns cold. We got the fireplace framed in, a front porch half built, the concrete for the basement was put in, soffit and fascia is on, and windows and doors have started to go in. We hired someone to do the shingling which is taking awhile. He hasn't been showing up very often, but that will hopefully be done by the end of the weekend. Ryan has been working his butt off. I appreciate his work ethic but sometimes it is hard to be a single Mom. I keep reminding myself it will all be worth it. Timing is definitely perfect right now when the kids are quite independent, and Nate can babysit. If we would have built when they were young I think I would have lost my mind.

We've been going to show homes the past couple of weeks for the parade of homes and I must say none of them got me quite as excited as my own home. I love my layout and think there is nothing quite like it out there right now. I have also really enjoyed making video's of our progress. It is a hobby I am really loving and want to put more effort into. Here are a couple new one's of our updates if you haven't seen them on other social media yet. Click here and here to see them.


Sep 19, 2016

September is already half over. We are getting use to being back at school and dance. Hayley is going to Kindergarten like a boss. She loves it and is doing great. I'm just glad her best friend is in her class. Not sure how well she'll go to school if she's not there.

The girls started back at dance. McKenna is in 6 classes this year: Tap, Jazz, ballet (twice a week), acro, and a ballet production group for festival. She is also doing an added ballet duet, and small contemporary group for festival. She is busy but is doing what she loves. Hayley is happy to be back as well. She is in two classes. Jazz, and ballet. We decided to take a year off from football as Ryan will be too busy with the house to run the boys around, and it is too much for one person to take on. We will see if we decide to do it next year. The boys aren't really that in to it. Ty really wants to do Parkour, and they are still into basketball and baseball.

I was able to visit with friends I haven't seen in awhile. Carissa is off on a new adventure and I am so thrilled for her.

I am babysitting for my cousin again this year. I have Will and Lily together twice a week, and then just Lily once a week. It is going great. They are the sweetest kids and we just adore them. Its been fun getting use to having a baby around again.

I got new matching pajama's that I am really excited about, and just in time for a sleepover with Tamara and Mackenzie. Its so fun having Mother/daughter friends that McKenna and I can both sleepover with. We had so much fun as always.

And lastly, a house update! Ry has been working hard on the roof and was finally able to finish it. He has someone shingling it today and tomorrow and then that is done. He was able to build some stairs as well, and concrete for the basement is coming Wednesday.

Click herehere, and here to see the house update video's I did if you haven't seen them already.

Life is good.

First Day of School.

Sep 11, 2016

Its that time of year again. Back to school after a nice break. We had such an amazing summer its always sad to say goodbye, but we are always excited for a new adventure and to get back into a solid routine. At this point the first day is pretty easy peasy for my kids. Ty and McKenna both have the same teacher's from last year, and Nate has been doing this the longest so he is a pro by now.

Nate is in grade 6. His last year in elementary school and the only year I will have all four of my kids in the same school. He has his two best friends in his class and he is excited to rule the school :) He is growing up so much. He is helpful at home and babysits his sibling quite a bit. He loves to read, and play on the computer, xbox, and his Iphone (which he was happy to get back after having it gone all summer long). He still loves basketball, and has a new interest in baseball and wants to try that this year. He is so stinkin handsome and has the best blue eye's that I ever did see.

Ty started grade 4 and is happy to be in a new hallway and in division two. He is sad he isn't in the same class as his best friend anymore but they spend time together at recess and every other minute after school since he just lives down the street. He has worked hard this summer helping his Dad and is excited about saving money. If only he could decide on what he wants to buy, cause he wants too many things. He's all about parkour and doing tricks on his scooter. He is Mr. social and is always out with friends. He developed a nice set of freckles all over his nose and cheeks over the summer that I just adore.

McKenna is in grade 3 and is happy to have the same teacher and a lot of the same group of kids in her class. She has become quite the little fashionista and is putting more thought in the clothes she wears and what hairstyles she wants for the day. She is happy to finally have friends close enough to our home that she can bike ride over and play with. She still loves playing with Hayley and they get along so well. She is excited to get back into dance which starts tomorrow, and his acquiring quite the collection of Beanie Boo's. She is such a little beauty and has kept her lighter hair the longest.

I made a back to school video so click here if you'd like to check it out.

Hayley had her orientation day at Kindergarten a couple of days after the other three started. She has been so excited to go to school but would be a lot happier about it if I could go with her. She is excited to have her bestie in her class and a couple other kids she knows. We went and saw the class and met her teacher and she is excited for her first official day tomorrow. I can't believe my baby is in Kindergarten, but I think it will be good for her to have time with another adult and some structure and learning. She is definitely the baby of the family and lets you know it. She is so sweet and sassy, and so much fun. And I mean c'mon, she is just the cutest.

Also made a video of her first day too. Click here

New playground & walls.

Sep 3, 2016

Its the long weekend but we don't have anything exciting going on. Just trying to get ourselves ready for the start of school. Ryan is working on the house all weekend. Today we put our two big living room walls up. They go all the way up passed the second floor and to the roof so they are massive. Ryan got a crane to put the side one up and then he used a lift to get the back one up. It was really cool to watch and it just amazes me how everything is all coming together. Its pretty incredible to see a plan on a piece of paper come to life and is now an actual house, that my husband has built I might add. Sure makes me appreciate this home even more. I am getting so excited. Our house is amongst a bunch of starter homes so it is definitely the tallest house on the street. I guess a few people have called and complained to the town about how tall it is, which just floors me. Who does that. When you build a house you have to get permits and everything has to be up to code, so we aren't doing anything wrong. Its not like the town can do anything about it. Some people are so silly. Anyway, I am falling more and more in love with this house everyday.

McKenna's bedroom window

Check out my beautiful windows on the back wall.

Here is the link if you want to watch my video of the wall getting put up olsens build

Our school got a new playground over the last weekend so the girls and I went to check it out today. It is actually pretty cool. I even climbed all over it and played. And my favourite part is that there are no little rocks! I despise those things. Its wood shavings instead. The girls were both extremely happy with it.

I love the tree house theme