Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Wish and a Photo Dump

I have a wish. I'm going to put it out there and maybe I will get lucky. Just maybe. I wish for at least one month (i was going to ask for six months, but that may be pushing it) for there to be no pain, no broken bones, no illness, no sadness and no drama in my little family of five and my extended family. ONE FULL MONTH. That's not a lot to ask for is it? I don't think it is. Come on universe.

While I wait for all the above to go away, I am reminded again and again how beautiful our life is. Look at this kid. He can light up any room. He can bring an entire room of adults to their knees with laughter. Just don't ask him to show you where his crack is, because he will make you look "only for a minute".

As I said before, yellow makes me happy. Going out for an adult night out with my girl makes me super happy. Following that up with a night out with Jason makes me super duper happy.

It always goes this way....Jason is unavailable to us for three weeks so what happens....what always back goes out. I am the hunchback again. Simon took this picture, I was trying seriously hard to stand as upright as possible.

I spend a lot of time on the floor when my back is this way. Which we now know is a disk. My view from the floor.

When I was upright we spent time at the library.

Time puddle jumping.

Time playing games.

Time having long hot baths.

Shhhhhhhhhh.....don't say anything but Cooper is wearing jeans.

We had lunch fun in Jason's portable. This is actually when my back went out.

Catching snowflakes

Did you know hand driers are this fun?

Cooper helps to clean floors. He says "Ottawa and the Leafs are playing golfing"

Cuteness x 3

Newman is totally freaked out when Lucy is in her ball.

Now come one Universe, give us a least one month.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Photo Dump - and a little more

I'm having mixed feelings about this blog. I started it for my kids. A journal of their lives. I enjoyed writing here, I enjoyed learning new photography techniques to share here. I have lost that. I get by with the bare minimum of a photo dump. I haven't taken my camera out of its bag in weeks because my phone is easier and more convenient. I hate that.

I am not inspired to write but at the same time I want to for the kids. I want them to know what our life was like when they are older and can't remember these days. I want them to know how much I love the everyday and how frustrating the everyday can be. I want them to remember everything we have done, everything we have said, everything we have. Maybe, most importantly, I want them to know my thoughts, my feelings, my dreams, my love and even some of my whining.

Discloser: I am about to whine. Sometimes just putting it out there and hitting the publish button makes things feel a little lighter.

To be perfectly honest with you, we are surrounded by a lot of stress right now. Work for both of us is stressful, there is labour unrest and the overall feeling of way too much to do and not enough time to do it in. It's that time of year again filled with concerts, report cards, assessment, uncertainty of next years placements.

Pink eye was with us for a week, it went on a little holiday and decided to come back. I think it likes us. There has been many, many days off work for both of us these last few months. Jason has had to use 9 sick days this semester alone because the kids are not well. We are not used to this, we have been so lucky with our kids health and now a mystery illnesses, pink eye, celiac related issues have hit us hard.

On top of our own kids, sadly my extended family is struggling with health: stress issues, broken bones, surgeries and cancer to name a few.

Volleyball is in full swing. In fact, Jason is gone from 7:00am every morning to teach and will be home each night from volleyball anytime after 10:00pm Weekends included. The next night he has off with us is May 11th. This schedule is hard on everyone, it's exhausting.

There, I filled my whine quota for a little while.

Believe me, although I whine I see so many amazing things. Our life is privileged and beautiful and I am the first to admit it.

Yep. I just wrote about not being able to write. Is that writing? Whining? Complaining? All of the above? Maybe, that shouldn't be answered.

Without further whining ado, a photo dump.

A blurry moonlight jump.

Snuggling and sleeping.

Putting Jason to work on his last day home.

Sleepover. Even Newman got in on the action.

I think these boys like my icing.

Dance photos.

Coop wasn't allowed to go outside until he put his coat on. He didn't want his coat on. So he sat at the window, watched the others play and cried.


Happy 11th Birthday Newman. You are an amazing dog and a loyal friend. We love you.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Phone Dump

At the "aquarium" with the boys.

What do you do a rainy day? We terrorize Chapters.

Late night Froster. Another reason to live in the city.

How does he sleep like this?

I am in love with yellow. It makes me happy!

We went to G.T. Botique. I could feel my grandma smiling down on me.

Batter Up

Finding the sunshine.

It's 10:30 at night. She came to tell me she can't sleep. I told her she was beautiful and I needed to take a picture. She struck a pose.

Rainbow day for Riley at school.

Our school Dance-a-thon.

Some days we have a mini dinner at the Rec Centre.

This boy loves stickers.

My baby has been very emotional lately.

We put a shed up in 100km/hr winds. It was super fun. You should try it.


Pink eye leads to a serious Mount Washmore.

This girl is a serious tree hugger. Always preaching to turn off the water, turn off the lights, plant a garden and recycle. I love her heart.

Passed out.