Category Archives: parenthood

photo extravaganzzzzzzza!

Well, we’ve had a busy past couple of weeks at our casa.  First off, Joshijah went for his very first dentist appointment.  Very exciting?  Oh yes.  He wasn’t at all nervous.  Relaxed as anything.  Just look at his very relaxed posture in the super cool dentist chair.  😉


Thankfully the hygienist and the dentist were both so nice and let him pick out the COOLEST shades to wear!  This relaxed him somewhat. 

This was Jos trying to spit into the little sink.  He can’t figure it out still.  He just makes the noise of spitting, and lets the spit just head down the ol’ throat.  Ah well, all in good time.


The dentist.  Again, Joshijah looking very relaxed.  Clutching that chair for dear life!
However, it was a very successful trip.  Joshijah was a big boy and did really well!  YAY! 


With Uncle Cubby and Tante Jes reading stories at my Mom and Dad’s place.  It was my Dad’s birthday. 


Hosanna snuggling up with Poppi on his b-day. 

This was Joshijah’s birthday party.  Jos and Sammi.


Hosanna (or as I like to call her:  May-may-licious.)










Opening up the prezzies.

Yummy treats.  And that’s my friend Julie.  Everyone say, “Hey Julie!”


Markers and Stickers and Play-Dough, oh my!

Cupcakes a la Lightning McQueen.


Traditional birthday breakfast in bed. 

Joshijah with his bed-head. 

Cake!!  This time for the “family birthday party”.


“Uh, Mama?!  What is this?  You call this cake?! And ya’ll can show me some better singing than that.  C’mon.”

Jer and Steve shooting the breeze waiting for food. 


Tom being quiet and contemplative and playing a sweet tune on J-dog’s guit. 

My dad.  I love this picture of him. 

My mom!  All the girls were being Italian mamas in the kitchen making homemade pizza.  Well, Jes was laying on the floor.  It’s ok.  She’s pregnant.  She’s allowed to lay on the floor. 

My sister Sara with her sweet baby girl. 

Joshijah with his cool new airplane from Plan Toys.  Very cool toys.  They are my new favourites.  The kids love them too.  (that’s pretty important I guess)   
And he is wearing the beautiful sweater that my mom made for him.  He looks like a little euro-kid.  I love it!  Notice Jes is still on the floor.  Having a great time, might I add. 

Janna and I being pretty serious about making the pizza.     We had some pretty loud music on to help out the mood.  Sara and Amelie are dancing, I’m sure.   Janna’s gonna love that pic of her.  🙂

This is my Aunt Marion.  She stopped by yesterday to give Jos his b-day present.

Jos and May-May doing their thang with the new easel from Nana and Papa!
(Notice the large amount of snow hanging off the tree outside.  It just.keeps.coming.)





And this is me, taking my before shot.  I am getting my hair cut tomorrow. 
Tomorrow I will post the after shot.  Stay tuned!

G’night ya’ll!!


the best things in life.

ever notice that there’s not a better feeling in the world than a 2 year old huggin’ your neck for dear life? 

yeah, me too. 

i like to drink it in, cause i know, as soon as i blink, they’ll be driving away. 

(don’t even want to think about that though.)

my sister had a baby! my sister had a baby!

i have no picture of the baby yet!!!!!!
i can’t wait to meet HER!

yep, that’s right, folks!!! my sister sara and her husband steve had their first baby GIRL early this morning after a long labor. 

i’m so proud of my little sister….  way to go sara! 

the beautiful baby’s name is …..     Amelie Johanna.

oh how sweet!

can’t wait to meet you!

somebody let me outta here!

well, this afternoon was one of unspeakable frustration.  argh.
i just finished a marathon poop and pee cleanup.  seriously.  i think all of the young ones in this abode decide to plan their attack at once.

joshijah has been having issues with pooping on the toilet. 
pee? no problem.  
but do you think i can get that kid to poop?  nah. …no amount of bribery in the form of candy or toys can convince him to “drop the kids off at the pool”.  
this afternoon i put him down for his usual afternoon nap, sans diaper. 
usually not a problem. 
until today…
i thought he was sleeping peacefully, until hosanna (who had napped earlier and was crawling around the house playing) busted into his room to say hello…i went to retrieve her, and to my surprise and awe, i found i big poop ON.HIS.PILLOW…with random bits smeared on the blankets, the stuffed animals, his legs , oh and Lightening McQueen (buh-bye Lightning!)
ok, so i am frustrated.  i mean, we spent time sitting in the bathroom, trying to relax and let it go….nothing.  and then this.

so, i haul him off to the tub to clean him up. 
hosanna follows us, and promptly sticks her hands into the toilet bowl.  she’s fishing for lake trout.   
upon my arrival back in the bedroom to strip the sheets, pillow, and blanket, i slip and practically fall on my face.  apparently the dog got the memo that we had remodelled and the kids’ room was now the spot to relieve oneself. 
everyone else is doing it, so why not?  

so… i haul the dog in to show her what she’s done and let her know of my stern disapproval before removing her from the house.  hosanna races into the room, and does the slip and slide through the pee….

finally i make my way back into the bedroom to continue stripping the sheets, and now clean up the dog pee.  grr….. joshijah (naked) is standing in a big ol’ puddle of water.  huh?!?!  water? where’d that come from? 
“what’s that joshijah?” i  bark ask. 
“PEE!” he says delightedly.   yes….deLIGHTedly!

he had seen how excited i was when the dog did it, so he thought he’d give it a whirl. 

all the while, in the background plays joshijah’s music:
“in my life, Lord, be glorified today….”  
i thought that was funny…
i almost cracked a smile there.  
but not quite.

so, kids out, dog out….everyone and everything OUT!

then, i cried.  i actually cried. 
i know. i’m a baby.
but sometimes its the only thing to do.  
it’s very cathartic. 
sometimes there’s just so much poop you can handle before you break. 

so i start sobbing, hoping and praying no one comes to the door and sees the mascara running down my face and gets a whiff of the odors lurking around.  they may wonder….and rightfully so.

i have a feeling this day is going to be longer than most.  🙂


dark, dismal and delightful

it looks like rain today.
i absolutely love rainy days.  the dark, threatening sky somehow seems to give permission to “hunker down” and be still.  not that i need permission, but sometimes it feels as though i do. 

we plan on hunkering down here today anyway, since the kids have both caught the nasty cold that’s been going around.  they haven’t had even a sniffle in the last 5-6 months, and now it seems that they’ve caught a doozie.  so, today i play nursemaid and give myself to nurturing them back to health.  i’ve been making lime and honey tea, and garlic and honey toast…along with doses of tylenol cold to help them (and us!) sleep.  here’s praying for speedy recoveries all ’round.

jeremy spoke at church on sunday.  i love listening to him preach.  its like i get a whole new revelation into his soul.  even though we talk and share all the time,  its like he articulates his heart differently, and i love it.  plus i am always inspired.  anyway, he was speaking on being a servant.  and how we, as christians are supposed to humbly serve others, with no ulterior motive.  simply to be as christ.  and to show christ to the world.  and he also spoke about having joy, and asking God to fill us with joy.  i realized how very important this is.  first of all, as the bible says, the joy of the Lord is our strength.  his joy is what gives us the strength we need to face each day.  but i also believe that if we, as christians,  are to be different from the world, we need to really be different.  what is it that makes us different?  we still face hardships and difficulties and live “normal”life…but we have something that sets us apart.  we have christ, in us, giving us strength for the battle and joy in the battle. 

so today, i pray that my heart would be filled with joy.  not only for my own benefit, but so that those around me today, my husband, my kids, (my dog!), my neighbours would be able to sense jesus when they are around me. 

have a great tuesday ya’ll!

(and hmm…wouldn’t you know…the sun’s breaking through the clouds.  so much for my nice rainy day.  ach, vell. ) 

i wanna rock and roll all night, and party ev-er-y day!

remember that song?

yeah, well…evidently, BOTH of my kids have adopted it as their theme song.
sleeping is no longer cool, and seemingly, no longer necessary.   ?!?!

how is this possible?

it really used to be my sanity…naptime, 7:00 bedtime….this allowed me some rest AND some evening time with jeremy. 
i guess all of that is over, since both of the babes think they’re 18 years old and ready to stay up forever.  Lord, help us!


oh—- but in other news!!!!!!!!

jeremy is now an official “Permanent Resident” of Canada.  after MONTHS (well, years really) of paperwork and waiting, the moment has arrived!  and we are really relieved and happy! 

we went to the interview yesterday, and right there, on the spot they made it official.
we had to have some folks over to celebrate last night with some wine and cheese, of course….however short notice it was.  🙂

thank you Lord for your favour and goodness to us! 
and now, PLEASE let my kids get to sleep!
i think i just might beat them to it tonight!   ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz…………

just another manic monday…

good morning!

actually, i like mondays, normally.
i think it feels good to get back into routine, after the craziness of the weekend.
although, this weekend was not really crazy.  it was pretty good.  🙂

yesterday, after church, jeremy told me to get out!
(sounds bad, but it wasn’t.  it was a good thing. )
i was starting to go stir crazy….all you moms know what i mean…too many days of nothing but house and kids…..and dogs, diapers, dishes, laundry)

jer knows its much better for us all if i get out to get a breather.

so, my mom took me to the mall for some girly shopping bliss.  ahhhhh!


i bought some fun girl stuff.

and i felt MUCH better upon arriving home.   so HAPPY!

ok…it sounds like i am being shallow and buying into the whole “retail therapy” idea….but it’s not like that.  really.  it was just NICE to walk around the mall and be a plain, normal person.  not a mom…for just a few hours. 
(ok, i have 2 kids and a dog crawling all over me right now, so pardon any typos….and whoops,  …joshijah just threw his underwear at the dog.  yoink.  gotta work on that.)
but i digress…

yes, getting out every now and then is a good thing…

which is why i am starting cardio salsa classes next monday night!  gonna be fun!
4 of us girls are gonna go and shake it for 12 weeks in a row.  oh yep.

and as for today, jer and i have our immigration interview this afternoon.  its the final step ( i think) in his permanent residency application.  whoa.  its been long.  please pray that this interview goes well and that the rest of the process goes smoothly.

i will report back later.

well, happy monday!