Monday, May 30, 2011


Marlie - Mom will you paint my toe nails?
Me - I will after I'm done vacuuming and mopping.

10 min later

Marlie - Mom can you paint my toe nails now?
Me - Its going to be a few more minutes.
Marlie - Can I call Dad?

Marlie phones Matt.

Marlie - Dad when you get home from work will you paint my toe nails?....  No, will you do it for me, shes busy?...  Will you paint them dad?... Thanks.

I promise I was giggling so hard at this phone call.  I can just imagine Matt, hammer in hand, talking to Marlie about fingernail polish!  Hes such a good dad.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


My kids are ALWAYS begging to have sleepovers.  Not just sleepovers with friends, but sleepovers in each others bedrooms.  Sometimes I don't care if they do it, but after a long weekend, with a lot of late nights, I just want them to go to bed and get a good nights sleep. 

Tonight they were quite disappointed when I told them they couldn't all pile into Chases room for a sleeping party.  And they were even more disappointed when I told them that they couldn't sleep in the hammock, or on the kitchen table.  But we came to a compromise.  We put everyones name in a hat, and whatever name you picked, you got to sleep in that persons bed.  No switching, or no complaining...

Chase picked first - Spencer's bed.  (they share a room)
Spencer picked - Marlie
Kadie picked - Kadie
Marlie picked - Chase

Surprisingly Kadie wasn't too upset.  I don't really think she was too excited about sleeping in her brothers bed.
Chase did NOT want Marlie sleeping in his bed, because she might play with his lamp...  So he switched (even tho the rule was clearly stated - no switching)
Marlie was REALLY nervous to sleep in Spencer's bed.  What if she got scared?  What if it got dark?  Could she play with Spencer's lamp?
Spencer was nervous too.

So we'll see how it goes tonight.  I guess switching beds isn't all its cracked up to be...

And for anyone who has been stressed out about my blister, I popped it, and it feels like a million bucks today!  Thank goodness!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Running update

I'm sure that everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats, wondering how my training is going.  Today was my long run.  11 miles!

There is a nice back road from Blackfalds to Red Deer.  I thought that would be a good route for my run.  I told myself that I would go for 5.5 miles, and turn around.  Little did I know that the road I was running on was only 3 miles!  It seems so much farther on my bike!  So I had to keep going and ran around Red Deer, which was totally fine.  Red Deer has great running paths.  Around mile 6 my left ankle really started hurting, so I stopped and streached it, and walked for a couple mins.  I told myself to just keep going, and hoped that the pain would go away. 

When I finished my run my ankle was killing.  I stretched and went home.  Then Matt made me do yard work all day.  Our front yard is all ready for sod now!!  I'm so excited.  Too bad the back yard needs so much work still!

Anyway, I finally had a shower, and took off my shoes and socks, only to see the biggest blister I have ever had in my life on my foot.  I'm sure that's why my ankle hurt so bad, I was compensating for that blister!!
All in all it was a good run.  That little road was so beautiful, with all the trees growing new leaves, the farmers crops were just starting to poke threw.  I love spring!

Distance:  10.83 miles (I'm honestly so ticked that I was .17 miles off my 11 mile mark.  If I had realized that I would have made up the difference.) 
Time:  1:36:28
Avg Pace:  8:55
Longest Mile:  Mile 6 - 9:53 min/mile
Shortest Mile:  Mile 10 - 7:32 min/mile

I got a new app on my phone that gives me all these great stats!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Chicken Pox

For some reason, we had the great idea not to vaccinate our kids for the chicken pox.  We knew they would eventually get it, and would survive.  What we didn't know, was that 4 of our 5 kids would get it at the same time...  Needless to say its been a LONG week.

Spencer got spots first, and we thought he looked soo bad.  Here he is at his worst.  I promise the pictures don't do it justice.

Marlie got spots next.  For about 3 days straight, my TV was on.  I'm talking 12 hours a day!  Marlie was pretty tuff.  Didn't complain too much.  Thank goodness for that thumb!

She got her spots the worst on her stomach.  I took off her shirt, and gagged.  She looked like she had a major skin disease.  It was soo nasty!

Kadie got the spots next.  She was doing really good, then woke up one morning to spots all over her face.  She looked like a hormonal teenager.  Shes sticking out her tongue here to show her pock on her tongue.  She even got them down her throat.

Chase was the lucky one, he had about 3 on his face, and 10 on his stomach.  it wasn't even worth taking a picture of.

My kids stayed home from school all week, and watched TV.  There were a lot of tears, and fighting.  I'm soo happy that last week is over!  Nixon never got it, but I expectt that a week from now, He'll start showing signs.

Here's my sick little kids:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Easter Parties

This year Easter was soo fun!  I love going to HillSpring for Easter, but we weren't able to do that this year.  Instead we had our own fun in B.F.

My friend Shyla was having a family Easter party at her moms house in Calgary on Good Friday.  Do we know her family?  Nope.  But that didn't stop us from going to their party!  It was soo fun.  They do an Easter party ever year, and there were probably 30 kids there, (5 of them were mine!).  Early that morning all of Shylas brothers and sisters hid plastic Easter eggs filled with candy, then at noon we got to go and find them.  Her parents live on an acreage, so there were lots of fun hiding spots.  The kids had a blast finding the eggs. 

Here is a picture of half of the eggs that they have.  I promise there is a whole other bin just as big as this one chuck full of eggs!!

After that we had a potluck lunch, then because the kids didn't get enough candy during the egg hunt- each of my kids only got a brown paper lunch bag full of candy- they had this box full of more candy!

And they just threw it in hand fulls at the kids, and it was a mad dash to collect more! (I promise I want to do this at the 1st!!)

Here's a pic. of the kids scrambling to get every last mini egg.

This party was really fun, and I'm happy that we went and hung out with complete strangers for the day!

Then on Monday, most of Matt's sisters and their family's came to BF to have a family Easter party.  Matt and I discovered a great little school, just outside of town.  There is the perfect egg rolling hill there.  I promise that egg rolling is one of my favorite Easter traditions!

After that, we did another egg hunt - great more candy!  I don't think Spencer could look any prouder. 

We ate boiled hot dogs, yum, and just hung out there all afternoon.  It was a really fun day, and I'm happy that they all could come up for it!!  I have to admit that the highlight was when all the boys (kids and adults) took off their shirts to play baseball cuz it was just soo hot (12 degrees).  Thanks for the Easter fun!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


When building a house, there are a LOT of extra things that need to be done.  One thing that I am dying for is grass.  My yard is dirt.  Lots of dirt.  But when the snow was melting that dirt was MUD.  I promise that I am so sick and tired of vacuuming my floor, and washing muddy clothes.  One day Spencer had a friend over, and of all the places to play, they chose the big dirt hills, and came in covered head to toe in mud.  I had to throw them both into the shower.  Then the same thing happened the next day.  So we now have a rule in our house that you are not aloud in the mud.

Anyway, back to the sod.

In order to get sod ASAP, we need extra money, and to get that, I have been doing census.  First I did it for our town, and now I'm doing it for the government.  It really is kind of fun.  I get to go out on my own, walk around town, meet people, see where people live, and also peek into a lot of peoples houses.  Its not hard, and I'm happy to say that it will pay for our sod.

So, if anyone wants to volunteer to lay the sod, I'll get you the details.  I promise that it will be lots of fun...