Christmas Time.

Dec 7, 2016

We finally got the tree up and a few decorations. I wasn't excited to do any of it in this house, but we can't exactly skip Christmas just because I'm not in the house I want to be in, so up everything went. I am really starting to feel squished and all out of space in this house. I think these last few months will be the hardest as we get closer and closer to finishing our house.

The furnace is up and running so there is heat in the house just in time for this -30 windchill weather. The house is all insulated and drywall is going up. I cannot wait until drywall is done. Then it will really start to look like a house.





I only got one picture of our decorate the tree night...


I can't wait for a tree that Nate is not almost as tall as for next Christmas. I only got one picture but I did make a little video of our night. Click here if you haven't seen it already.

Ty is trying out parkour this month. Its a 4 class beginners thing to see how he likes it. He is loving it of course. We made a video of some of the stuff he's been learning if you want to check it out click here

Here's Hayley girl sporting a hair design by Miss McKenna



The cheesy grin is my favourite. These two girls are the cutest.



And these two twinners.



Life is really cold right now, but really good. Just trying to get all my Christmas shopping done, and if I feel motivated enough this weekend, maybe even get some baking done. But I'm not making any promises.

Anniversary Weekend in Banff.

Nov 28, 2016

Ryan and I just got back from celebrating our 13th anniversary. We went to Banff and Canmore for the weekend. With the house build we both definitely needed a weekend away. We dropped the kids off at my Dad and Penny's and headed out Friday morning. We stopped in Calgary to do a little Christmas shopping and then made it to Shannon's place just before supper. We ordered pizza from Red Rock Pizza which is the pizza place my brother in-law runs and owns. It was delicious as always, and we just chilled and watched Gilmore Girls, Fresh Prince, and Friends.

We got up the next morning and headed into Banff. We wanted to hike Johnston's Canyon and after driving 30 minutes to get there, it ended up being closed. I was bummed because I'd heard it was a really beautiful hike. We ended up doing half of another hike in the area and then went into the townsite for lunch. Whenever we go to Banff we have to get Beaver Tails...well that ended up being closed for maintenance too. So disappointing. We did a little shopping, then went to check out the Banff Springs Hotel. I'd never been there before. It was amazing and beautiful, and I could have spent hours exploring. It is almost like a castle. After that we headed back to Canmore to visit with Shannon before she went to work, and then we went out for dinner. The restaurant was completely full with a couple of Christmas party's and the only seats were at the bar. We'd walked there and didn't feel like going anywhere else so we sat squished and surrounded by other people. Not what I envisioned for our anniversary dinner, but the food was good and we made it work. We had such bad luck on this trip. I hope that isn't a sign...Anyway, we went back to the apartment and binge watched Friends. A perfect way to end the evening.

The next morning we went out for a nice breakfast and then headed back to Calgary to do a little more Christmas shopping, and then went and picked up the kids. They were happy to see us but wanted to stay longer. I guess next time we will have to plan a longer trip. It was such a nice weekend. I have loved the last 13 years with Ry and I can't wait to see what our future holds.

Love you Ry. And thank you to Shan and Jody for letting us take over their house for the weekend, and to Dad, Penny, and Ginger for taking such good care of our kids.



Ha ha. Boys have it so easy








Click here to see our latest house video, and here if you want to see our Banff weekend away video.

Family Pics 2016

Nov 21, 2016

Last month we got our pictures done down at the Riverbottom. It was a gorgeous evening and I think the pics turned out beautiful. Here they are:








The pictures were taken by my friend Devon. She always does an amazing job and know's exactly what I love. Thank you Devon!

Life lately.

Nov 13, 2016

How is it already almost half way through November. Time is just a zoomin by as usual. I have always been a huge journal keeper and I am so glad I have these little blogs to remember our life by. As time goes by, I am more and more grateful that I have spent the time doing this. The other day the kids had all of our blog books out that I have made over the years, reading through them and talking about the memories, and I was reminded why I continue to do it. Life is busy and I don't get to update as much as I'd like, but it is worth it to make it a priority in my life.

I honestly feel like I'm constantly running to keep up with life right now. This is hugely because we are building a house. Ryan spends pretty much all his extra time there, making me a single parent (I don't know how you single parents do it all the time). I am usually super organized and on top of things and I have messed a few things up lately by showing up to swimming lessons when there was none scheduled, and taking Ty to the wrong building for baseball. They may seem like harmless things to you but for me they are huge deals. I hate not being prepared for things. Anyway, I am really starting to feel the weight of this house build. I am not complaining because we are so blessed to be able to do this and I am so excited about this beautiful home that will be ours, but just stating how life is right now. It is hard, but I know it will be worth it. That's what sacrifice is all about. But if you see me and I'm looking tired and frazzled its because I am. But life is good, and I am grateful for each and everyday.

The house is really coming along. The scratch coat is on the house, and the driveway is poured and looking fantastic. The weather has been amazing and we are lucky we were able to get this outside stuff done. The heating is all hooked up, plumbing is done, and the electrical is almost finished. We are almost ready for insulation and drywall.





I have some new video's on my channel. Click here and here  if you'd like to watch them.

Hayley started swimming lessons. She is doing them privately with one of her little friends. She loves it and is naturally a strong swimmer. Ty has started Parkour for the month. He is a little obsessed and is always trying to do flips and stunts. The other day he got up on our garbage bin outside with his scooter and jumped off. Lets just say it didn't go as well as he planned and his mouth took a beating. If he is going to be doing that kind of stuff I'd like him to be trained properly, but this Momma is still a little worried about the injuries that are bound to happen when you love to do stunts like that. He had his first lesson Saturday and is loving it. He also started a winter baseball camp where they are pretty much training for Spring season. It is once a week. McKenna is full force into dance. They are busy getting their festival piece's choreographed and taught. She is in 6 dances this year which doubled from last year. She is in a tap, jazz, and character ballet group, a small modern group, a big ballet production, and a classical ballet duet. It is busy but she LOVES it and never complains. We are getting excited for the festival season as these piece's are coming together and costumes are being picked out. Nate doesn't start anything until Winter but I am sure lucky to have him. He has been babysitting so much and I am happy that I can rely on him while our life is a little more chaotic. He has a couple of good friends that he's been meeting up with after school some days to "hang out" and I love that he is getting out of the house and being social.

Like I mentioned earlier, we have had fantastic Fall weather and it has helped us out so much. Its been really nice actually having a long Fall. I'm sure Winter weather is just around the corner so we will enjoy it as much as we can right now.

Also, windy day forts, and this cute little bunk bed that my brother made his daughters.



Those cute faces, make the bed even cuter.

Halloween 2016

Nov 1, 2016

Usually I despise Halloween and I complain, complain, complain, but this year I finally embraced the inevitable and just sucked it up and joined in on the fun. Maybe one day I'll actually even like the holiday. Nate was a dabbing basketball player, Ty the grim reaper, McKenna a witch, and Hayley and I were both Minnie Mouse. She was pink Minnie and I was red Minnie. I was lucky enough to get Ryan to take the evening off so I thought making him dress up might push it. The girls and I went out to our friends for a Halloween dance in their community a couple of days before Halloween. We had so much fun, and I even got Tamara out on the dance floor.






The kids had their school parties in the afternoon of Halloween. It was Hayley's first one and she had tons of fun. I volunteered to help in McKenna's class for an hour for some minute to winute games. It was fun, but after the hour I was pretty tired and went home to have a nap (am I really that old).

All the Witch's



Halloween night the boys were so excited to go off on their own with friends. I gave them 2 hours. They had fun and got way too much candy. Ryan and I took the girls around the block in our neighborhood then I went home to hand out candy, and Ry and the girls went to the neighborhood were our house is and went a bit longer. Cody came and hung out with me while I handed out candy. We had a fun night. But now we have all this sugar. blah. Hayley and McKenna were bouncing off the walls last night. I still have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.




Click HERE if you want to see the video of our Halloween festivities.

And then there is this cute little pumpkin...


We just love her. She especially loves Ryan, which is odd for a baby. I guess I see what she see's.


This girl has been working hard on her splits and she finally got her left one's.





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.

Fall.

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