Just a quick overdue note explaining the absence from the blog.
1. We have lost the battery charger for the camera. Procrastinated and debated for a while and have decided to buy a new camera instead of another battery charger. The camera we have is about 5 years old anyway!
2. We have had a Nasty November. Sam got a stomach bug one weekend which was a little intense diabetes wise. High sugars and ketones etc. Took her longer to recover from as well. (longer than I would have thought normal). After that, whether it's related or not I don't know, we had a spat (and by spat, i mean a good 2 weeks) of incredibly bad bahaviour and tantrums from Sam. Worse than I have ever seen...I may have told a few people that it was my most trying parenting week EVER. Her sugars were insanely high for a good while (multiple 20's in a day, remember, we aim for 8) (and unfortunately, our clinic was extra busy that week and didn't get back to us with advice very quickly) so perhaps it was related. Also potty training has taken a step backwards as well. I keep digging, and that well of patience is necessarily getting deeper.
On the plus side...I didn't have to work as many extra days is month, Katie had a wonderful Demonstration of Learning for us (kind of like parent teacher interview but where she demonstrates some of her skills for us...cutting paper etc) and when Sam is good, she is very very good. The girls just learned to play Go Fish together...some modified rules, but it works. I have managed some good knitting and sewing time and Christmas will be here before you know it.
Lots of love and pictures to come again someday!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Just a quick overdue note explaining the absence from the blog.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
It snowed a ton today! I had planned on taking Sam on a little playdate this morning, but as soon as I heard CBC say "if you haven't gone out yet, don't go out..." I decided it was better to stay home.
The first thing she wanted to do was go out and play in the snow. So we shoveled at 9am. I shoveled twice more today. (Ben was impressed is evening when I showed of my bicep...i really think it's from all the shoveling!...I did all our walks and our neighbours front twice in the last week or so as well). (sorry there is no picture of my bicep...I know you would really like to see. Ha ha)
It was a lot of snow...! We had practically no snow at all on our front yard yesterday (the weather has been so warm lately that recent snow had melted). It was wet and heavy as the temp was pleasantly just around freezing.
We were having company for dinner, so after shoveling and playing inside for a bit, I asked Sam if we could clean up together and that way I could relax and knit while watching tv with the girls after lunch. It worked really well and it was great to have things tidy earlier in the day.
Katie's bus home was running late because of the snow. The bus people are great and have automated phone calls and emails to let us know about it. (this also works when the bus is late in the morning...only happened once, but it was so great to be notified.)
After shows, the girls and I did more shoveling and playing. They had snow pants on and new mitts that I made from an old wool blanket (which worked really well for on snow play!). We made snow angels and Katie made little tunnels and houses in the snow. Sam tried forever to shovel the heavy snow with our big grown up shovel. Giggling the whole time. It was so nice out that I was able to fit on the steps for a while and just listen to them play without being cold at all. New snow pants (yay Costco!) helped.
I only work Tuesday and Thursday this week and am already enjoying the freedom of having the other days off. I worked every day last week and it was fine, as I have afternoons off, obviously, but still felt rather busy.
The girls are good...Sam is doing so so well at school. She brought home a craft/colouring of hickory dickory dock that is just Perfectly Coloured. Like Katie, this is a strong area for her...way above many of the kids in her class, some who struggle to hold a crayon properly. I am just so proud of her and pleased with the beauty of her work.
Katie is still loving school. I still know very little of what actually goes on day to day as she's not a big talker in that regard. Loves library day...gets to pick one English book and one French book to take home for the entire week. Often things like Barbie or Princess (early readers) and Disney movie books (la belle et la bête this week).
Hope you had a good snow day. (also thanks to the weather...Ben's scheduled teacher parent interviews were postponed a week due to the snow, so he was home unexpectedly for dinner...yay snow!)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
It has cooled off a ton since the weekend (glad we did the tire when it was warmer) and I was really happy to bake bread yesterday. And happier still when Grandpa Ken came to help show us how to turn on the pilot light and get our furnace going again. Welcome to Cozyville! =)
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Sam is also doing well in school...chatting about how she knows the days of the week and singing songs from school. I am still sitting in the hallway and have finished knitting a baby dress (for our goddaughter...Happy First Birthday Baby N!), 2 pairs of leg warmers and 2 pairs of slippers for the girls. And now I have started a tunic style sweater for Katie.
And, you know what I love...(brag time)...both sets of teachers have already commented that the girls are doing so well in school and that they are wonderful role models for other students. Specifically hat they often ask the other students to sit/listen/etc like Katie/Sam...so nice to hear. Anyway. I'll try to post again soon, I know I had a good few days and then got quiet again...it's just school busy...Katie gets to the bus stop at 7:35 4 mornings a week. And we have already had two evening events at the school.
But things are good...oh so good!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Saturday morning we went to the Farmer's Market downtown. It was a bit chilly and windy but in a very nice "Ooo, it's September..." way.
On the potty front, the aggressive bribing is in full force...a sticker and an MnM every time she goes to the bathroom, and (after much deliberation on how to achieve the goal) with 5 stickers in a day, Sam gets to pick a prize from a bag of goodies from the dollar store. (Katie is also scoring stickers for daily hair brushing and other random chores she completes..we may need more of a system with her. As well, she gets the MnM any time Sam does...hoping for peer encouragement here.) The first prize was a puppy/kitty in a little carrying cage...Katie got hers the day before Sam earned it and they are both in love. Sam named the puppy Sweetie Heart and even drew a picture of her today.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Sam DID cry and cling when I brought her into class...for some reason, I really wasn't expecting that. But of course, it's not uncommon, and she did recover while a couple of kids cried pretty much the whole hour. (I'm in the hall, I can hear it!) She said on the way home though "I had a GREAT day at preschool mom!", so perhaps Thursday will be better. =)
These are pictures from a visit to the park last week. Enjoying the sunny weather while we still have it...there is something so abrupt about the creeping dark and the crisp air...fall has hit me like a ton of bricks this year...and the halloween books that we got from the library (which induced a batch of pumpkin pecan muffins this evening) make me feel fall-er than usual too.
PS...we are thinking about bribing Sam for potty training...did you know that mini MnM's are so tiny, they don't even count as a carb individually? It takes about a dozen to register as a gram on my scale, which actually equals only 0.67 carbs, not even one carb. She could pee in the potty every 15 min and still get an MnM every time with barely a blip in glucose. Who knew? Handfuls for everyone, guilt free! (I suspect this is what causes the increase in heart disease etc in diabetes..."It's fat, doesn't count!")
Sunday, September 2, 2012
After the girls had gone to bed tonight and were chit chatting....Ben and I were sitting in the living room and we overhead Katie say:
"O. K., hop in..."...and didn't sounds terribly enthusiastic about it.
The girls have slept in bed together a LOT this summer, I think starting on holidays. So much so that we pushed their beds together for a while at home. Katie tires of it sooner than Sam, but I kind of think it's because Sam takes a while to settle down sometimes and Katie would rather just go to sleep.
Next time I'll dig up the couple of super cute photos I have of them sleeping together...adorable, I promise.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
They showed a video on a greyhound type bus, we learned about the "Danger Zone" around a school bus and how to take 5 GIANT steps away from the bus when you get off. AND then the girls (yes, both Katie and Sam) rode a school bus...without Ben or I. Just other kids and a strange bus driver. They only went in a loop around the block (mind you, a big block, I could not always see the bus) for about 3-5 minutes, but Oh My Goodness was it ever a heavy moment for me. My little ones are growing up...I'm so thrilled at the steps Katie has taken recently towards independence but I'm fully aware that I'm going to be holding back buckets of tears the first time I walk her to that bus stop and letting her go on her own.
Also, I should mention, fun things we have been listening to...Laura Ingalls book on tape "On the banks of Plum Creek". Both girls, like it and Katie especially loves the scenes where Laura is in danger, specifically, drowning (almost) in the creek. This happens twice in the first 2 disks. Pioneer days eh? It's written very intensely and read with just enough drama that you really get absorbed in it. The set is from the library so has some scratches...the girls love when it skips. =)
We have also been totally in LOVE with the 2 CD's of Elizabeth Mitchell that we got from the library...You Are My Flower and Sunny Day. Some nice little folky sounding tunes...a slower pace than some of our other CD's we own. The girls know so many of the words and love to sing along in the car. Even the tune sung in Japanese (noni to ka no sit shata de?...something like that, means under the Chestnut Tree or something...google the liner notes if interested) Also, she has a nice version of Jingle Bells, which we totally freaked Sam right out (it's her favourite song in particular) by singing (all 4 of us) at the top of our lungs in the car. We all laughed ourselves silly that time. And, can I mention one more? Freight Train...how we love this one...the singers talk between verses and decide to go different places..."Brooklyn, ok lets go. California...that's far we have to go faster...Visit Jojo in Africa?...that's really far, we have to go super fast..." and as they go faster, the tempo of the song picks up a bit. And all of us listening move our arms like we are trains, faster and faster into Silliness. Once at a red light, as we were doing this, I saw the guy in the car next to us laughing curiously, and so I rolled down my window and explained that it was a train song. He laughed and said he thought we were running.
So much fun going on here...Just don't remind me that Ben starts school full time tomorrow...how will I ever manage without him!? Good thing I have a full day planned...playdate in the morning at a playground, meeting with Sam's preschool teachers, home for lunch, Pediatrition appt in the afternoon. Maybe I won't notice that Ben is not around? (doubt it.) Wish us all luck with that!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
We have been keeping busy, trying to avoid extra activity during this first two weeks of pump. The girls are getting cabin fever a bit and Ben and I are missing playgrounds etc too.
To help keep busy, Ben bought some cheap craft for the kids at Superstore (they were on sale for about 2$ each!). Presto Dots is a kind of playdough that uses a special tool to shape the dots and stick them together. We played with it for hours one morning.
We also went to a party for my Auntie Dianne's 70th Birthday...apart from the challenge of keeping the activity down, the girls had a great time playing with their cousins.
August is definitely coming to an end...the mornings and bedtimes are getting darker, the nights are cooling off and we have school on the brain. Ben goes back on Thursday this week. Sam starts on September 4th and Katie, whose school does a staggered start, has her first day on the 7th. We bought the girls (incredibly adorable) school shoes and a couple of new shirts. I'm trying not to panic as I am bracing for the challenges of getting kids ready for school every day of the week...Will Sam wear pants this fall/winter? Will Katie let me do cute things to keep the hair out of her face? Will my kids show their teachers how smart and funny I know they can be? Only time will tell.
This week we have a playdate planned on Tuesday morning and a "learn to ride school bus" event for Katie in the afternoon. Really looking forward to that...Katie especially. We have our 2 week followup at the diabetes clinic on Wednesday morning, where we learn the more about fine tuning insulin doses for changes in our schedule and lifestyle...should be interesting!