Distraction…

So believe it or not, while all the previous posted events were unfolding in our lives, we were actually on vacation at Jason’s family cottage on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron.  And far from ruining our vacation, we could even see God’s hands in arranging to have us up there as opposed to being at home while everything happened.  A beautiful distraction in the midst of a storm.

And looking back, it was a wonderful time, a chance for Jason and I to grow closer together and to just enjoy the four beautiful healthy children God has already given us.   And knowing that we have a rocky road ahead, with the crazy balancing act of caring for kids that we already have, while dealing with a child with a heart problem, we enjoyed the opportunity to make some memories and pour out some extra attention on them now.

Here is Erik waterskiing… he’s crossing the wake now and we’re so proud…

We don’t get to ski that often, Lake Huron is barely ever calm enough, but when it is, watch out, you can bet Jason will put a boat in the water quicker than you can  say ‘motorboat’.

Jason really wanted to teach William to ski this year, and he got up!  He didn’t stay up though, that whole instinctive pulling his arms into his chest was his down-fall each time, but at least he got out of the water thanks to grandpa coaching him…

Sarah is still content to just go tubing…

And Soph loves her boat rides…

This is one of our favourite parks…

Sophia opted to get her face painted one morning in town, our little butterfly…

Oh Sarah, our resident rascal…

Good thing I got a picture of Erik’s card-house before it fell…

The kids enjoyed some quality time together playing cards under the awning…

Sarah made some lunch for herself, with everything neatly laid out… all she’s missing is the banana for her wrap!

My brother and his wife and two girls stopped by one morning for breakfast one morning on their way through…  sweet little blondies…

And who can resist a baby… not Sarah!

A dad and his kids…

And a mom and her girls…

Thank you Lord for such a wonderful time together, a shelter from the storm and for the 4 healthy children you have already blessed us with!

Sometimes…

Sometimes, you walk down the stairs into a play-room that’s finally clean and see all four of your kids sitting together on an old gold love-seat watching a DVD together and enjoying each other’s company…  and then in that moment you realize that you must document this immediately with a photo because these moments are what mother’s live for…  not to mention the fact that they are few and far between. 🙂

More often than not, the moments look something like this…

I’m so happy to own a camera!

And then I can capture the girls on film….

And the boys…

And then I won’t ever forget these days.

Sometimes I just feel like the most blessed, most unworthy mother in the whole world!

Playing Hookey

Last week was the kids last week of school.   But they weren’t there to enjoy it.   Instead of tarmac and portables, my kids were feasting their eyes on this…

That’s right campers, we pulled our kids out of school for the very last week and went to the cottage and  it was one of the best decisions we ever made.   In fact, when I told all the kids teachers what our plans were earlier in June, they all looked at me without hesitation and said ‘No problem!”.    Report cards are done,  things are all wrapped up and they are basically just trying to keep the kids busy so it was no skin off of their back.

So don’t tell anyone but we would love to make this a habit.  🙂

We went to our favourite town and hiked on our favourite trails and even played at our favourite park.

Sarah found a little someone who I’m sure she wished was real…

And I got my picture taken!  I was there, on vacation with my family really!

And then we got to celebrate Erik’s birthday there!   Our boy is 9!

Erik does the best reactions when he opens gifts.

And who wouldn’t have a face like that if you were 9 and opening up a model rocket from your grandpa.   And then on his actually birthday a plane from Oma and Opa…

And we celebrated with the traditional birthday pumpkin pie which was delicious even in June and it’s just so great to see this child of ours growing up and he makes me proud.

So enjoying family, the lake, friends and July the 1st with the most enjoyable, most random display of fireworks I’ve ever seen in my life,  made this little extra vacation we snuck in one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever had.

It pays to play hookey.

Some news…

It’s so crazy that we are into the 3rd weekend of June already!   And it’s been a busy month so far because school stuff is wrapping up and there are parties and field trips and thank-you cards and gifts to get ready.  We have a Mom’s in Prayer Group at our school and we put a Strawberry Social on for the teachers a few weeks ago which was really well received.

Our family also spent a rainy weekend at the cottage and spent the entire time in warm clothes and drank hot chocolate and played games.   It was sunny for the drive home though of course.

I caught a few pics of the girls that weekend…

And one of Erik.  And that is pretty much the extent of pictures taken in June.  And that means I haven’t taken any of William this month other than ones where his back is to me.   Nice going mom!

Partly to blame for the no pictures is the fact that I charged the battery for my camera after this trip to the cottage, but then lost the battery after I unplugged the charger and laid it on the counter in the laundry room where it then got knocked off.  I looked everywhere in that laundry room for the battery and prayed to find it,  but only did after I was prompted to look in the garbage can.  And voila!  There is was and is now restored and I hope that doesn’t ever happen again.

And party to blame is the fact that I’m tired.  Because I’m pregnant.   Again.  With number 5.  I’m going to have 5 children.  This has not sunk in.

I’m almost 14 weeks and I think I felt the baby kick the other day and I’ve heard the heartbeat so I do it’s all real and that there is actually a baby in there.  But it still doesn’t seem real.

Probably because in our minds we were done,  I had given away all my baby clothes and was in process of giving away the rest of the baby things.   I told everyone we were done,  but God obviously had different plans for us and so I know it’s meant to be.

I’ve always believed that there is nothing as exciting or magical in life as having a baby and so as  soon as I hold that baby and I fall completely and utterly in love,  I know it  will all make sense.

Even though that doesn’t help right now with the crankiness and then tiredness, but I only have 26 more weeks to go and that’s going to fly by (hahahahahah)

So that’s our news.   Hopefully news like that is as exciting as it gets for a long long time!

The month of May

May… I love so many things about May.   May is the month where we open our pool.  And  even if it aways starts out looking like a not-so-attractive pond,  it only takes a few days to look way better.

May also has 5 family birthday’s in it, including 2 people that live here so that means lots of cake.    And May also contains Mother’s Day!  Yahoo for Mother’s day!   I have a wonderful Mother who has always loved me unconditionally, has supported me through everything and been an amazing example of what a godly mother should be.  And so it’s never a chore celebrating her.

And now that I’m a mother,  I love how on Mother’s Day the kids make an effort to tell you how they feel.   I love getting their cards and Erik made me another Wordel this year…

Oh it makes me smile, to think that this is how I appear in my 8 year old’s eyes… it actually makes me humble and gives me the desire to actually live up to these things that he sees!

But what made me smile the most Mother’s Day morning was the gift that I received from Jason and the kids.  My very own….

Makita cordless vacuum!!!!

And before you other moms groan and roll your eyes because I received a ‘tool’ for Mother’s Day, let me assure you that I’ve been asking for one of these for years and I love it!   And I think that it’s especially cool that my sweetie-pie went out and got me a Makita which is the brand that he uses for all his tools.   He buys quality tools for himself and he extended that honour to me and I think it’s so cool that our tools match.

And now I can quickly vacuum up little messes in the house and car and what housewife wouldn’t be thrilled with that?  Well maybe it’s a large quantity of kids making messes thing, because I can assure you that for this mom of 4 it will be a life-saver.

Oh – and other great thing about May is that it has a long weekend in it and that’s this coming weekend.   There are just so many things to love about May!

Happy Birthday Hon!

I’m interrupting my long bleak spell of no blog postings to say a big Happy Birthday to my husband of almost 14 years.  He’s such a great guy, a wonderful husband and a fantastic father and sometimes we just feel like the luckiest family in the world.    Here he is tonight with the kids….

Who all just adore their biggest play-mate with his teddy-bear heart.

A wise person once said that in a marriage there is probably going to be about 80% of things that you love about your spouse and about 20% of things that you could do without – but the trick is to enjoy the 80% and figure out how to make the most of the 20%.

Thankfully in my case with Jay the 20% is not all that rough going and the 80% keeps me coming back for more. 🙂   I’m one lucky girl.

Happy Birthday Jason!!!

Did you know….

That William had a birthday and turned 7 years old April 1st?

And that his mommy who loves him insanely is just posting about it today, April 12?

Well she is, and she’s embarrassed that she didn’t do a post in honour of her second son sooner.  Thankfully I don’t think he’s  affected by it at all.

We celebrated his birthday 3 times, once with friends, one with my family and then again with Jason’s family, so he had all the cake and presents and party a little boy could wish for.

He’s growing up so fast!  One upon a time I had a baby boy who looked like this…

and then I just happened to turn around and saw this…

He’s hard working, he’s a saver, he’s the most amazing big brother to Sophia.  He’s a thinker and a cuddler and a leader and has so many friends it’s a bit over-whelming at times.  But most of all he loves God and his family, and Jason and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

We love you William!

More Easter pics…

Warning!  This post is pic heavy… but I don’t think the grandparents will mind. 🙂

Easter celebrations actually started a week ago Sunday when we celebrated birthdays and Easter and my side of the family.  All three of my brothers and their families were there and it was great to have everyone together.   Here are some of the cousins waiting for their dinner…  some and not all… there are 12 cousins in all!

And here is my littlest niece on my side of the family, but she won’t be the littlest for long.  It’s very exciting but my middle brother and his wife are expecting number 2 any day.  And more babies is great in my books!

And then yesterday afternoon we were off to Jason’s parents for the annual Easter egg hunt graciously put on by the Easter bunny (a.k.a. Grandpa and grandma.) 🙂

Another great Easter come and gone with just the chocolate left, but it’s disappearing fast as well!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! The day we celebrate Christ rising from the grave… sin has been paid for, we no longer need to fear death!

Well, we had a wonderful church service this morning and it’s wonderful to celebrate Easter with our church family and our family… here are the rascals dressed in their Easter best…

And soon off to Grandma and grandpa’s to enjoy the rest of the day!

From hot to cold…

So in a matter of days we’ve gone from unseasonably warm weather where you might see this before bedtime…

To a little more seasonable weather which resulted in this tonight before bed…

Now the hat wasn’t really warranted, but I got Sarah to get Soph one because it was a touch chilly out and her hair was wet from her bath.  Sarah got her mitts as well, not because Sophia needed them, probably more because Sarah herself looked like this…

Which allowed me to recall that Sarah is rather seasonably challenged.  I had flash-backs to last year where I had to remove every item of winter clothes from her dresser so that she wouldn’t wear jeans and long-sleeve t-shirts in July.

This past week felt like June even though it was till March,  and even though I got Sarah into jean shorts one day for school, she still paired them with her brown suede boots, a scarf and mitts.

Like I said, seasonably challenged… and unfortunately maybe a bit challenged in the style department as well, but there are some things that are NOT worth fighting over.

When it was hot this past week my kids consumed popsicles  like they were going out of style.   So when Sarah expressed an interest in making some I went hunting and found this on All recipes.com…  strawberry lemonade ice-pops.   Very easy and everyone here loved them!!  They are definitely going to become a summer staple so I’m glad they are easy to make.    And apart from the sugar in the lemonade, these contain no artificial colour or flavour or preservatives and that’s always a huge plus!

So we enjoyed the hot, but are now not minding the cold.    Now that the kids are hooked I guess we’ll be eating popsicles from now to Thanksgiving.   And with the lull in the heat I thankfully have some time to set Sarah straight in the being seasonably fashionable department!