Mar 26, 2015

Um. How is it possible that March is almost over. March usually drags on and on for me, but this year it has zoomed by.  I'm not even sure why, its not like we've had much excitement going on, but I'll take it. I usually hate March because the weather is crappy. Spring is here but we usually don't start getting nice weather until April, and even then it could go either way. The weather has still been pretty crappy but we're making it through.

Ty and McKenna sang Oh Canada at the Hurricanes game with their school choir. Nate and Ryan went to watch the game. They all had a great time, and the kids had a lot of fun stories to tell me. Hayley and I went on a frozen yogurt date and to the park while they did that. It was fun. She literally ran the whole entire time we were at the park from one place to another. You can tell we haven't had nice weather cause she didn't want to waste a second of her park playing time.

I've been letting the girls dress themselves more often. This is a big deal for me. But I figured its important for them to have choices and creative allowance to wear what they like. Hayley will almost always choose pajama's or a dress, and she'll change like 5 times throughout the day. When McKenna was in Kindergarten she always had to look cute and perfect, but thankfully I have relaxed and given that up and have let her take the reigns on her clothes and hairstyle. She almost always chooses a ponytail. Here are a couple pictures to give you a taste:

I sure love these girls! We colored eggs out at my Gramma's. They will be away for Easter so my Gramma had her celebrations a little early. The kids always color a few eggs and then they are done. They would much rather be playing with their cousins. We always have so much fun at my grandparents.

We were hit with some sickness. McKenna was puking one day. Nate and Hayley had sore tummy's with the dreaded D symptoms. It didn't last too long thankfully.

We were hit with this...

again, thankfully it didn't last too long.

I went to our church's March 17th party to celebrate the start of the Relief Society. I did a presentation on blogging and how to turn a blog into a book. I really enjoyed it. I love sharing and teaching about something I love. And I love this little blog of mine and how it makes my journal keeping  so much easier. It was a great night with yummy food and visiting with pretty darn awesome people. I also won a huge chocolate toonie for a prize. It was a fun night.

Ryan has been working hard on the basement. The drywall is all up and he is on to the muding and taping. It should be ready to start painting next weekend.

McKenna tried on her costumes for her Year End Show. It is always exciting to see what she will be wearing. I think I am just as excited as she is. She likes her ballet and tap costume but isn't in love with her jazz one.

Then there is this:

I had to get the ears out because we are headed to Disneyland in November. We are beyond excited. We weren't going to tell the kids until like the day before we were leaving, but I get way too excited and I ended up giving it away. Not the exact date but still. I really suck. The kids are really excited though. We've got our condo all booked and Roy and Connie are coming with us. We LOVE Disneyland. It really is one of the happiest places on Earth.

I am looking forward to April. Its like the best month ever because its my birthday month and the kids have a week off of school for Easter holidays. Life is pretty darn good.

Basement Reno's.

Mar 10, 2015

We've started finishing our basement. I have one of those handy husbands who can fix and build pretty much anything so he is doing all the work. I am looking forward to the extra organized space. We are adding a bathroom and a bedroom for the boys down there. Once they are downstairs, the girls will have their own rooms upstairs. Our little house will feel so much bigger with that finished basement. Once the basement is finished we are putting our house up for sale and we plan to build our next house. I am very excited. Ryan has already done the framing and most of the electrical. We have the tub in and a friend is coming to hook up the plumbing this week, and we are planning to start the dry wall on Saturday. I will keep ya posted on the progress:)


Mar 8, 2015

Ryan and McKenna both had birthdays in February. Ryan's was when we were down in Utah and my sister in-law Jacki was seriously the best when she had pizza and cupcakes for him. I tell ya, Ryan just keeps getting better and better with age. There is no one I would rather be on this journey with. Love him to the moon and back, and back again and again and again. That is a lot.

McKenna had hers just after we got back. She turned seven. She is seriously the best daughter. She is sweet and fun, and a great little helper. She has become my new shopping buddy and whenever I have to go out and want to take someone I usually pick her because she is so well behaved and patient. She never complains when there is a long wait and never whines. She is already one of my best friends. I made cupcakes for her actual birthday and she opened her presents. She got an M necklace, a new outfit for her American girl, and an ever after high journal that is voice password activated, and some candy. We had family over for dinner a week after that. We ate chili burgers and cupcakes, and she got an ever after high doll and some cute clothes. We love celebrating with family. This weekend we are going on a Mommy daughter date with Britteni and Bella for dinner and then to  Festival of the Stars, which is her dance studio's concert where all the festival students get a chance to show case the routines they do for competition. It has been a month full of celebrations. I really love my family!

A week ago Ty was playing with friends at the church in the dark and ended up smashing his face on a table and chipped his two front teeth. Luckily we got him into a dentist right away and they fixed them up good. He was such a brave little trooper throughout the whole ordeal.

All chipped up

Good as new

The boys also had their Kub Kar Rally. Nate defended his title and got first place for the second year in a row. Seriously though, we are such slackers when it comes to the cars. We usually just do a basic shape and paint it. Ry was adding the weights the night before in a rush to get it done. I guess it has worked in our favor so far:) He was really excited. Ty had fun too. It was his first one and his car did pretty good too.

We are into March and the weather is getting warmer. Can't wait for spring.

Utah Vacation

Feb 25, 2015

We had a week off of school last week so we drove down to Utah to visit Ryan's brother Dave and his family. They use to live in Cardston so we sure miss having them around. The drive went well. Our kids are pretty darn good at travelling which makes it much more enjoyable. We made it in 10.5 hours. Its always fun to drive through Salt Lake and try and find the temple from the freeway. Its hidden in between all the huge buildings so you can usually see  the top of it, but every time we try and find it. The kids usually have a harder time spotting it. We were so excited to see our cousins. We spent the week just hanging out and playing. The weather was beautiful so we walked around the Lake by their house, and played at a couple of parks.

To be honest, most of our days were planned around food. There are so many yummy places to eat. We had to eat at In & Out, cafe Rio, Rodizio's, we ate at a place called Blue Lemon. My mint mango chicken salad was to die for. Jacki introduced me to Zupa's, which is a sandwhich, soup, and salad place. I ate there three times it was so good. My new favourite. Their salted caramel creme brulee is amazing. I heard about Rita's Italian Ice a couple of years ago from my brother and have been dying to try it. They have one near our cousin's and it didn't disappoint. We all loved it. We had to go there a couple of times.

Of course I also had to go shopping. The exchange was really terrible so we tried not to spend too much but that is not an easy task to accomplish when there are new stores and lots of fun things to buy. We went to Scheels, which is my new favourite store. It is a huge sporting store. Its like a massive sports chek. They had a huge ferris wheel, which we rode a couple of times, and was just a really fun place to shop as a whole family. I bought a couple of cute new hats and a bathing suit. Now I just need Spring and Summer to arrive.

One morning the girls went to get our nails done. The little girls got pedicures. It was McKenna and Hayley's first one. Hayley was so cute sitting in the big chair. She sat so still. They all loved picking out their colors and got a cute flower painted on the big toe. Jacki and I got manicures. I love my french manicure with mint tips. I think I'm hooked:) Then we went for Zupa's for lunch. It was fun. The boys went to Airborne. A huge trampoline and stunt center. They had a lot of fun.

The only down side to the trip was the sickness. Everyone but McKenna and I had coughs come and go before we left, so naturally McKenna finally caught it while we were there. She had a bad cough which mostly became present at night. The first night Hayley got a fever and a sore ear so we had to take her to the clinic on our second evening and sure enough she had an ear infection. Thank goodness for antibiotics and travel insurance. It was $150 just to see the doctor for 5 minutes. She was as good as new once the meds kicked in. Our last day I got a bad cold, and Ty and my nephew were throwing up. Ty's was just a 24 hour thing and was thankfully fine the drive home. Even with all of that, we still had an amazing time. The kids love playing with their cousin's. When I told Hayley we were headed home she said "but Jennica will miss me". None of the kids wanted to leave. Thank you Dave and Jacki for being such great hosts. We will definitely be back again. And not just for the food and shopping:)

The boys making a movie

Ty pretending to puke in Abe Lincoln's hat. He promptly banged his head on Abe's chin. Serve's you right.

McKenna is hiding on the other side of Ryan.


Feb 13, 2015

Has your body tensed up? Is your heart pounding and head spinning wondering what I'm going to say? Am I pro or anti? Are you going to have to unfriend  me on facebook...not look me in the eye when I speak to you...or keep your kids away from my kids...

Sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not writing on whether I vaccinate or not, or whether I'm anti or pro. To be honest, I'm not really either. I haven't chosen a side to fully support. I agree and disagree with ideas on both sides. What I do want to write about is all the hate, negativity, and finger pointing that happens when discussing this topic. This has been bothering me for a long time, like years and years. I guess I finally have the courage to voice that, or maybe the time, or I'm just tired of having all these articles and links taking up my news feed. Whatever it is, I'm finally doing it. Mostly to stop the madness in my mind. Blogging is very therapeutic for me.

So anyway, here it is:

Please just stop it. The hate, anger, blame, name calling. It all needs to stop. Honestly I think it is more dangerous then immunizing or not immunizing. You can't control what other people think and feel. If your really passionate about said topic then write about it. Share why you have chosen whatever side you're on, and how it has effected your life. We all have a story, a reason we have made the decision we have. But don't do it with hate, or calling other parents idiots, or saying they can't possibly love their child they way you do, or one of my favourites, calling them my "damn kids" (really the title of that article turned me away from reading it all together). If you have something important to say, then say it in a manner which isn't going to turn people away. No one is really listening to you when you're ranting (I promise that is not what I am doing:) There are a lot of parents out there who are earnestly trying to decide what to do, to decide what is be best for their children and family. They need you. They need the facts and reasons, but they also need your love and support. It is not an easy decision for everyone. We all have our own experiences, and priorities. Lets respect that.

What you can control is your own decisions and the way you live your life. Protect yourself and your children by being as healthy as possible so your bodies can fight off illness the way it was made to do. Immunizing isn't enough. Eat the best foods, get off the electronics and get out and play (also known as exercise) with your kids, take pleasure in having real, honest connections with others, fill your life with positivity, and love and serve others. This is the best immunity you could give you and your family. Sometimes things happen, and it sucks. But playing the blame game doesn't make it any better. It actually can make it worse and stop you from growing and moving on.

So please. We are all in this together. you don't have to agree with someone to still listen, love, and support. I guess this isn't just to all of you beautiful people who love to discuss immunizations, but for all of you that have opinions about hot, controversial, or any topic really. Share the love, kindness, and respect through your comments. I am sure you teach your children to treat others kindly so what gives you the right to treat someone to the opposite of that. I know it will make the internet a better, safer place to share thoughts and ideas.

Okay. Well, I guess that's all I have to say for now. Thanks for stopping by and listening.

p.s seriously though, this isn't a rant:)


Feb 3, 2015

Over the weekend we headed to Canmore and Banff. My sister in-law just moved to Canmore and her fiance just opened up a pizza place there. We left Saturday morning and made it to Canmore in time for lunch at Red Rock Pizza. The food was delicious. Jody makes the best pizza. We ordered way too much food but it worked out because we saved the rest for supper. After lunch we went to Banff with Shannon. We walked around and went into some shops. The kids loved the candy shop and each got to pick a treat. We also had Beaver Tails which were amazing. They are like elephant Ears or funnel cakes but shaped in a beaver's tail. Then we went to the hot springs. I LOVE the hot springs. I could spend hours there. Sadly the rest of my family only lasted an hour, but it was so nice. We loved it. I fell in love with Banff all over again. We hadn't been in like 11 years. I'm not really sure why. Now we have family close by we are hoping to spend more time there. It is such a beautiful place. We ate our left over supper at Shannon and Jody's new apartment (they literally got possession of it that afternoon) and then headed to Okotoks to stay over night at Dad and Penny's. We spent most of Sunday visiting with Dad and Penny. They took the boys sledding in the afternoon. Hayley and McKenna played down stairs with the toys the whole time. We hardly saw them. Late afternoon we headed home. It was such a nice weekend getaway.

All the kids and Ryan, minus McKenna all have a bad cough, which of course only becomes present during the night. I have been up quite often putting rub on chests or handing out halls. I am quite sick of it. If I hear another person cough I just might go crazy. I love my sleep. I guess I can't complain. This is the only sickness we have gotten all winter and they are all fine during the day. If this is the worse its going to get, I'll take it. I am hoping they are all on the mend and I will be back to full night sleeping very soon.

Ty and Nate are both in basketball. Ty plays every Saturday and it has been so fun to watch him improve. He loves it and is confidant and doing really well. Nate has only had practices and I haven't been able to watch him play yet, but has games coming up so I am anxious to see him play. It is so rewarding to watch your kids do something they love.

Its pretty darn cold out right now. We have been spoiled with nice weather, it makes it harder to take the cold days. We are busy painting our whole house right now. We are finishing the basement next month and then will be putting our house up for sale. I can't wait. My sister moves out this Saturday. It was so nice having her here. We will miss her.

Life is pretty darn good.

Ty Guy

Jan 27, 2015

Ty turned eight last week. He had a week of celebrations the lucky boy.

On his actual birthday he opened his present from us. He got a new sled, some gatorade, and candy, and a huge ninja turtle sticker book. He got to stay home from school that day. For some reason my kids think the day is more special if they get to stay home from school. We had a busy evening with dance, basketball, and yoga so I picked up some cupcakes from crazy cakes and we sang to him before all our activities started. He said it was a good day.

There isn't any snow so he found another way to use his new sled

On Friday he had a couple of friends over and we went to Mariner's Cove to swim. We had such a fun time. Then we went back to our house for hot dogs and birthday donuts, and then the boys watched the Maze Runner. Another fun night. The boys got him a t-shirt that they created. Ty is excited for it to come in the mail.

At the beginning of the month we had a birthday get together with the Olsen's to celebrate all the January birthdays. Ty got to pick supper and he chose Lasagna. It was a good night celebrating with family. Then on Sunday we had our Malacko January birthday party at our house. We were celebrating Ty and my niece Cohen's birthdays. Ty got a nice hoodie from Grampa Jim and Gramma Penny, and a remote control toy, and baseball cap from Adam and Britt and the girls. We had spaghetti and meatballs and ice cream cake. It was fun. My whole family was able to be there which was great. Family really is the best. My kids are always asking for big parties with their friends but I always tell them that family is who they should be celebrating with. They will be there for all your birthdays and their the one's who know you and love you best.

What a great week of celebrations. We love you Ty!

The weather has been beautiful too. It was 18 degrees the other day. The boys are both in basketball right now so they were excited to be able to go outside and play basketball the other afternoon. I love it when we get  beautiful Spring days in the middle of winter. I'm sure the snow will be coming back soon, but we'll enjoy it while it lasts.

Look at that sky. I love Southern Alberta skies.