Friday, April 30, 2010

To Make You Smile.....

Kids really do say the darnedest things.
We were just hanging out with Denay on Tuesday night, enjoying being home with her and she somehow got a hold of a loonie. She was playing with it for the longest time when she suddenly exclaimed "Oh! Duck! Wacka-Wacka (quack quack)". I laughed, surprised that she was able to make out the loon . So I turned the loonie over and asked her who was on the other side......
......and she replied, very matter-of-factly, "Oh, Jesus!".
After a very good laugh, the next thing we know, she's holding the loonie on edge and is running it down the length of our phone, then pressing the buttons and saying "devit, devit". We couldn't figure out for the longest time what she was doing until I finally realized she was saying "debit" and swiping the loonie and typing in her numbers.
Never a dull moment with this girl!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

From Fun In The Sun, To Home On The Range

We were here.............doing this.......
......and now we're home and in serious catch up mode.
On the 18th, my husband, myself and two other (fabulous) couples jumped aboard a very large plane and spent the next seven days and eight nights having the absolute time of our lives in Varadero, Cuba at a gorgeous resort.

I'm still completely exhausted but have settled back into stay-at-home-motherhood without a hitch.

And boy, did I miss my baby!

I'll get a full recap done soon but for now, check out the 17-week baby belly update below!

Buenas Noches mis amigos.....

The Baby Bump Chronicles | Week 17

My lovely lump at week 17, taken by my wonderful husband at gorgeous Cayo Blanco in Cuba.
Other than being the only one in our group of six that couldn't have anything alcoholic to drink, international trip #2 while pregnant was amazing. I found myself very tired in the evening (after a full day of doing nothing of course) and combined with the overwhelming amount of cigarette and cigar smoke everywhere, retreated to bed at a decent hour most nights.
Other than that, nothing new to report. We saw the midwife before we left and all was well. I also got my ultrasound appointment for mid-May and I can't wait!
Love you baby!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Parents Unite!

After our last visit to the mainland (during which I experienced my first swap meet) I promised myself I would make a point to attend the biggest one held here locally when it rolled around.
Saturday morning the three of us, my pockets filled with toonies and loonies, were up, fed, dressed and out of the the house to be there at 8:30 and were even fortunate enough to run into our good friends in the parking lot.
After less than an hour, we had 41 items.......

......and spent a total of only $47.

We definitely came home with a complete summer wardrobe for Denay plus a few pairs of jeans and an absolutely "dorable" (Miss D's word) Old Navy button down jacket for the fall (first collage, lower right corner) complete with embroidery and a funky patterned lining.. And the precious pink knit Mexx sweater dress beside it? Yeah, paid $1.50 and it's never been worn.

My SIL will be so proud to hear I even tried my hand at a little bartering and wasn't as terrible at it as I thought I would be.

I was very pleased to find out that the sale comes around again in then we'll have a newbie and if that newbie happens to be a boy we'll be able to save a bundle by going used on a wardrobe full of blue!

Again I stand, full of thankfulness for God's everyday provisions!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

:: Our Week ::

For the past month and a bit our clothes have been coming out of the washer dirtier than when they went in. The clothes that were in direct contact with the drum during the final spin would be covered in oily spots in the pattern of the drum. If we didn't catch the stains before the clothes were dried, I have found it impossible to get them out no matter how long I soaked them or what detergent I used.
My dad came over on Monday to drop something off and somehow the issue came up and before I knew it, him and Trevor were stuffed in our tiny downstairs bathroom tearing the machine apart (for three hours).
Long story short, Trevor finally got everything back together on Saturday after a spending a good chunk of cash on a new part. Normally he can be a little impatient when it comes to home repair projects but he did so well and saved us all the money it would have cost to buy a new washer (which is what the parts guy originally told us to do). I have to say that I really missed having a washer for a week :) Thanks to my momma who let me do three loads at her place on Friday! After it seemed Trevor was totally finished with the washer on Saturday, I asked if he would have a look at my vacuum cleaner as it had been smelling like burning and was shorting out when I used it the day before. We popped the handle out of the wand and out popped a very fried prong.......bang-o, no more vacuum.
I started my research immediately and after dinner we were shopping. We found the unit we wanted at Canadian Tire but wanted to check out a couple more stores before we bought. We ended up at London Drugs and found what we wanted on the very top shelf with no price (of course). After hunting down an employee who hoisted the huge box off the shelf and checked the price, we were delighted (and frankly I thought the guy was teasing me) to find out that it was on sale for $75 less than the Canadian Tire price!
Thank you LORD!
We came home with a Hoover WindTunnel that was rated very well on Consumer Reports.
Even though we in no way wanted to spend a few hundred more dollars right before our big trip, we are so grateful for the small provision of an unexpected sale that saved us a little bit of money during an expensive week!
I know it's common for things to come in threes......I'm holding out that the third might be the sale of our queen bed set or winning the lottery......

Thursday, April 8, 2010

(Raw Truth)

This week I sat around at table, with eight other (fabulous and amazing) moms of various ages, and cried.

I shared that I felt like a failure as a mother.

Maybe I can blame it on the pregnancy hormones, but I was abruptly struck by the brief amount of time I have with my sweet girl and deeply convicted by so many things that devastated me.

As I sat there weeping, I was surrounded with love, support, and encouragement and tears.
I left that morning feeling uplifted and with a concrete belief in a statement I heard twice that morning......
"You have everything in you to parent your child."
I have everything in me that I need to raise Denay.
I was totally overwhelmed at the caliber of mothers I was in the company of, not allowing me to believe the way I was feeling. Coming alongside me to fight against the lies I was being attacked with.
I left feeling empowered and loved and rooted in the knowledge that Denay is not just my child, she is a daughter of the King and I've got Him on my side.
Some of the moms at that meeting read my blog. You know who you are........thank you.
And to all you moms out there that have ever felt discouraged, oppressed, hopeless, angry, frustrated and like a total failure, know that you have everything in you that you need to parent your children.
If you are like me, sometimes it is an hourly battle (on those really rough days) to give all you have to your kids. And on those days that you feel like you don't have anything to give, never forget that you have a Father who can fill you to overflowing with everything you need.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

|| Easter 2010 ||

The first long weekend of 2010 has come and gone and left me eager for all the other ones left to come!
Friday was the Good Friday service at church followed by a lot of rain and wind that kept us huddled inside for the day. Saturday we got ourselves up and out of the house nice and early for a trip down to Victoria to do some stroller shopping (more on that in a soon-to-come post) then an after dinner walk to Walmart and the park that caught us in a major downpour and had us totally and completely soaked by the time we got home.
Sunday I was up way too early to be at church to dance and be part of a scripture reading that left me ready for a nap by 10:00am. After church we ate our packed lunch and went to the BC Forest Museum to take in their Easter event. There were crafts, a bunny, scavenger hunt, unlimited train rides and a little bag of treats for the little ones at the end. We took Denay, still in her lovely Easter outfit (thanks Oma) and wandered around the grounds, completed the scavenger hunt and of course took a ride on the "choo-choo".

It was straight to Oma and Opa's for a nap after that.....for Denay only unfortunately.
When she finally woke up we dined on a feast of roasted whole chicken (filled to overflowing with stuffing of course), corn on the cob, herb and garlic mashed potatoes, gravy and homemade apple sauce and all topped off with yummy, yummy (best ever) Dutch Apple Pie (with french vanilla ice cream).

Here I am, 9:07 at night and I'm making myself hungry again :)

It was such a day full of joy and celebration and thanksgiving for the gift of Christ's ressurection.

What a good, gracious Father we serve!

Happy Easter.

Friday, April 2, 2010

{Big Girl Bed}

We had a pretty anticipated event take place around here last night. Back in summer, Trev's parents got Denay an extendable bed for her birthday. It's been sitting, badly needing a paint job, in our back shed waiting for me to get around for Denay to be ready to use it.
We hauled it out a just over a week ago and freshened it up with a coat of white. It took a little digging to figure out that the mattress Ikea makes for it's extendable beds was the wrong size. So a trip to the local foam shop got us a great mattress that arrived yesterday. Bedtime rolled around and Miss D* was all too ready to be in her "beeg gir bad" (big girl bed) with her "blah blah" (blankie) and "pilwoah" (pillow).
The transition was very smooth aside from a stuffy nose and a couple trips for a cuddle (which mommy doesn't mind at all). She's still also doing what she was when she was in her crib, waking up after we put her down but we got up this morning and she hadn't even gotten out of bed when she woke up to play.
Nap time was a little more complicated with her being able to see all her toys and how she can get out. We're so pleased we won't have to buy another crib for when the baby comes and relieved that Denay made this so easy on us!
It really, finally feel liks Denay's room is done, done, done!
Now, onto the baby's room......