Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Our backyard skating rink!

It started like this. 
Eventually. It was warm and windy that day and the kids were having so much fun playing in the billowing/blowing tarp/tent it was hard to quit that and get onto this:
 But we did get down to business. Eventually. 

And in perfect time for the cold snap. 
And after lots of cold fingers and frozen hoses, it ended like this:

 Turns out, even if you live on the prairies, your yard is probably not actually flat!
But even with one corner determined not to fill with water and freeze...
Your own backyard rink is an absolute blast!

Now get outta here you darn chinook... 
I am slightly obsessed with this project and want it to stick around a lot longer!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Prairie Sunsets!


 They are just so pretty!
(This picture was taken quite awhile ago but I thought I had better put up a couple of posts... since I had been posting more frequently this fall and then *BAM* no posts for over a month! Oops!)

This is what it looks like around here these days!
We were ready for it! 
Enjoyed our nice warm and long fall and now bring on winter and Christmas!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sewing projects!

Jax, Mya, Leah, Tori and Tristan 

... and their creations!
 The idea came from a small piece of material Tori had brought with her to our house that day. This sewing project started out with one child while everyone else was busy playing. It was peaceful and enjoyable even. 
Then slowly everyone else trickled up to the table to see what we were doing.
And of course immediately wanted to make a doll of their own.
Because who wouldn't?!
And then the whole project turned into a crazy, rushed, cotton batton covered, can you help me, no me, this isn't working, can I make a transformer with a gun and a helmet that talks and makes shooting noises kind of a project!
But we got them all made before nap time and even squeezed in a quick lunch... so it was a success.

But it did give me a taste of what life would be like with only one child.
And I could list a lot of very positive words here... but I better not.
I suppose it is safe to say that you would be able to actually 'enjoy' more moments.  And that part made me a little sad. But also more determined to try and 'enjoy' more moments with my four.
So here we go. Slowing down to enjoy more moments.
(So no more sewing dolls with more than one child at a time I guess! ;))

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Gymnastics!!!

Gymnastics... here are some bad quality pictures, through the parent viewing glass...
but oh well... GYMNASTICS! We love gymnastics!!!







When we were deciding what extracurricular activity to do this fall, there was:
Option 1. Nothing (I have always been a true enjoyer of unscheduled time... to do solo out door adventure activities, draw pictures or ride my horse. Nothing will always be my number one option. So sorry ahead of time to any of my socializing, team sports type children. I will try, for you I will try. And I know, I know the kids with nothing to do are the ones that get in trouble. Except for the fact that as a child/teen I never wanted to do anything scheduled or organized and I have to say... and I know my family would ALL agree... I was the teen who got in the least amount of trouble, nerd Corrine might say, middles are best Vanessa would chime in, ya high school, don't remember you being there, Justin might add, Mom in her rose coloured glasses would of course spout things like, you were all wonderful teens, and Dad's response, you may have been an easy teenager but that made up for your early temper tantrum years! Am I right guys?! Of course I am right!!!)

Option 2. Skating (We did this last year and Shayla seemed to enjoy it some and Tristan not as much.)

Option 3. Dance. (Shayla did this the year before and it was a hassle to get her to go!)

Option 4. Hockey. (Except I whispered that one when no one was really paying attention.)

And Option 5. Gymnastics! (Clayton was like... what was that, I missed Option 4? What gymnastics?!... you are willing to drive the kids out of town for an activity? And, hello, can you repeat Option 4 please? Nope I cannot!)

And they picked Option 5. Gymnastics! (Shayla and Tristan that is... poor Mya and Jax just have to come and watch every week. But we walk to the playground sometimes and color and sometimes even eat out at Subway... so I think they also enjoy it!)

And Gymnastics has been great! Fun! Awesome even! The kids love it, are excited to go each week and that makes all the difference! Also the end date is in December... that helps. And there is no big production or performance at the end, that part is kind of nice too! They have a nice area where parents can sit and watch, I like that. And it gets me out into a bigger centre a little more often. Sometimes I even get to have a drink from Tim Hortons on the way home!

At Thanksgiving I was in the school and noticed a bulletin board full of what the students are thankful for.

Here's Tristan's:


Hip hip hooray for gymnastics!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!
From, the deer (out before hunting season thankfully), the hunter, 
Disgust and Sadness, Batman (not Bruce Wayne) and Super Girl!

Hope everyone had a fun and treat (not trick) filled halloween!
Shayla and Tristan were tricker treating pros and very polite.
Once Jax figured it out, he wiggled his way to the front of the group each time!
Mya hung back and was shy at every house but Grandma's.

Oh halloween, nice of you to come, glad you are over, see ya again next year!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sugar Momma!

The other evening during dinner and then continuing long after dinner ended, we had a funny and very interesting conversation with our kiddos.

Well, with two of our kiddos. The topic was: jobs you could have when you are an adult and Jax said he was batman and Mya said she would ride a bus to kindergarten when she was 5 and fly up in the sky (although she says this about 5 times every supper hour, so we all knew what was coming) and then they both left the conversation to play trains.

So we had a lovely conversation with Tristan and Shayla and it left me feeling happy and joyful and looking forward to the future. (Sometimes I may dwell a little too much on how fast they are growing up and how much I will miss this stage because I love love LOVE this stage and I want it too last forever. So, understandably, I dwell on how much I will miss it. You know living in the moment... working on living in the moment?... saying that I am working on living in the moment?... not actually ever living in the moment?!)

Anyhow the conversation started like this:

Tristan: Mom, how did you get a job where you look after kids?

Me: I picked it because I wanted to be able to stay home and hang out with you guys all day!

Shayla: I knew that's what you would say!

Tristan: When I am a Dad I want to stay home and look after the kids. How can I do that?

Me: Well... 

Clayton (interrupting): Get a sugar Momma.

Me (laughing): Really Clayton?!!!

Tristan: What's a sugar Mom?

(There may have been a bit of laughter before anyone responded.)

Clayton: It's a lady with a lot of money.

Me: Like has a good job and makes a lot of money. But we shouldn't really call people sugar Mommas.

Clayton: But if you want to stay home and look after the kids, you'd better find yourself a sugar Momma.

Tristan (giving Clayton the most disgusted, what is wrong with this adult sideways look): I am not getting one of those sugar Moms!

Laughter broke out even louder than before, so loud in fact, that Mya and Jax came running back to the table to see what was so funny. Of course they found nothing overly funny had actually happened and we were still just sitting around talking... boring! They immediately left again.

Shayla: How do you get a job with a lot of money anyhow?

Me: Well... some people have great ideas and start businesses that make them lots of money... or some people go to college or university after they graduate from school and learn even more and get good jobs that way.

Shayla: Like what kind of jobs?

Tristan: I know, those people that work at the grocery store. They make lots of money.

Me: I see how you might think that... but did you know all the money we give them... (like that $789.67 I had to part with the last time I went to Costco, for real, not a joke, yes, how you are feeling is how I felt when I saw the total too... for real, this must be a joke, oh, cashier, you are actually being serious... that total is for real, WHAT???!!!)... they do not get that money. (Tristan eyes get big and wide.) The owner of the store takes that money to pay what is called expenses, such as; buying the food to stock the shelves, paying to heat the store and run the lights and paying the employees, the people that work there. So the workers at the till get an hourly wage, a certain amount of money per hour and I don't think it's a lot.

Tristan: Wow! I did not know that!

Clayton: If you want a good paying job you might want to be a doctor or a dentist or...

Shayla: A pirate? How much do they make?

Me (laughing): I don't really know. I suppose there's potential for them to make a lot. But then they risk the chance of going to jail!

And I seriously can't remember what was said in response to that. I don't remembered any shocked questions about jail... ummm now maybe I should be a little worried about my children's future pirate careers!

Anyhow, like I said the conversation went on for quite awhile and we talked, in-depth, about a whole range of different jobs. It was so interesting to hear their interpretation of things and some of their questions were so intriguing and all of their spoken thoughts priceless! It was just a lovely, wonderful evening.

Near the end Tristan had decided that he would be a scientist that studied animals, until Clayton said: Hey you could be a hunting guide.

Tristan: What does that do?

Clayton: You would check out good areas to go hunting and then take people, like your Dad, there to hunt.

Tristan (all wide eyed again): That's a job?! Then I am doing that!

Shayla hadn't quite decided between an artist or a scientist, the one that does experiments.

Either of those two things or a pirate I suppose!

Ahh kids! I am so going to miss this stage! ;) ;) :0 :P






Monday, October 17, 2016

Zero points for Mom!

On the weekend the girls went into the city to go shopping...
and the boys went out spotting deer.

Tristan said, 'The girls aren't going spotting deer because girls say words like: that's boring. But boys don't say that!'
To which I replied, 'Well Tristan not necessarily all girls, I would, on most days, rather do something outside instead of go shopping.'
'Oh,' said Tristan.
And then Shayla walked into the room and asked Tristan where he was going.
'Spotting deer with Dad,' he answers.
'That's BORING!!!' says Shayla.
Tristan gives me a look and says, 'See Mom, I told you.'

1 point Tristan. 0 points Mom.

Shopping turned out to be quite enjoyable. Got some halloween costume supplies which included a blue wig which Shayla wore everywhere we went.
On the way home we ran into a family from town who had bought a TV that they couldn't get in the trunk of their car. So we hauled it home for them in our suburban.
On the way home I had a superb idea... trick Clayton into thinking we had bought a TV.
As we were getting closer to home I was having second thoughts, what if he really thought we bought the TV and was super excited about it... then I might feel bad.
But Shayla talked me back into it.
When we got home the boys were outside and Clayton came right around the back of the suburban to help unload.
'What is that?' he asked.
'A TV,' I replied.
'Ya, whose is it?'
'I finally broke down and bought that second TV you wanted for downstairs.' I smiled sweetly.
'No you never. I am really confused as to whose that is. BUT I know YOU didn't buy a TV.' 

1 point Clayton. 0 points Kimberly.






Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Trickster!

Okay Evel Knievel... 
what kind of dare devil tricks were you attempting?!!!

Oh... I see... these kinds!

Yikes!

Killed it!

And the sista getting in on the action!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sorting and cleaning

Well... sorting and cleaning up a pile of cards and paper.
A small pile, but it's something!

Anyhow, I came across this card I had received from my Uncle Peter and Aunty Joyce:
It reads:
No matter where I am or what I'm doing, I'm always thinking of you.
Well, not always. I do have a life you know.

Made me chuckle again.
Honesty and laughter... the best medicine!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

1st days of school!

Shayla is off to Grade 2!
She was super excited and continues to be this second week as well! Yay!




Waiting for their sisters to come home! So cute!

Tristan had to wait until the following week to
start school and ride the bus. Waiting is hard!

Tristan started kindergarten today! 
Yay but also sniff sniff



He was so excited! 
And I am so excited for my sweet, lovely middle child to get home and tell me all about his first day!

Happy 3rd Birthdays Mya and Jax!!!

I can't believe it! I really can't! 
Jax and Mya are 3!!!
When did that happen? Where does the time go?
Don't I still call them 'the babies'?!!!
And lastly...
Clayton, we did it! 
We made it through the first 3 years of parenting twins!
Let's pat ourselves on the back and down some vodka! ;)




Doctors!
 Shayla is covering her mouth because
she just thought Mya was so adorable!



Jax and his 'jelly' (jello) Which he made and
was very proud and excited about!



Happy birthday you two!
We love you so much and everyday we enjoy watching that special twin bond that you two have!

Miss Mya, you are such a sweetheart, always caring for your hurt or sick family members, as well as tough as nails when it comes to protecting your brother... not as tough when it comes to boo boos!  But that's ok, I love to snuggle you!

Mr. Jax, you are such a character, you make us all laugh and have a real sense of adventure! Goofy and a real teaser but also supper sweet, caring and cuddly. I love my Jaxy snuggles!

Love, Momma (and I'm sure Not the Momma shares these thought too!)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Summer!

Here is a condensed photo journey of our summer:

Camping at the most awesome, secluded and free spot on Revelstoke Lake.
Campsite

Our private beach and dock

Swimming with a snowy mountain backdrop

Mud!

Clayton's preferred style of biking
Devouring the popcorn

Jax very dedicated to cooking his marshmellow:
he held it way above the fire for a good half hour! 

Grandkids, bathed and ready for a movie



Back at home
Shayla and Tristan made their own 'paint'

We made a tent downstairs

Superheros!

Superman and Batman capes I made


Bubble bath

Uncle Brian and Aunty Karen came for a visit.
We went to Writing on Stone!



Trip to Canmore
The kids and I joined Nathan, Jenn, Riley and Zoe in Canmore.
We drove the scenic route, saw some mountain goats.
Heart Creek hike

Remember that spoiled post?
Well here 'those twins' are catching a ride on their Mom
because the Momma just wanted the crying to stop!

The neat hidden waterfall

Making our way to the hidden waterfall!

Cousins

On our drive home we stopped for a pee
and picked some wildflowers
The kids gave us their wildflower bouquets and
made us fancy drinks for our anniversary



Camping at Lower St. Mary's Reservoir 

Our very secluded spot

All to ourselves!

Fishing


Hike up Bear's Hump in Waterton
Those twins! Too cute!

Our adorable kids

Mountain climbers

Beautiful views

The 'friendly' chipmunks were the highlight

Alvin

Jax exploring on his own: Mom please don't follow me.

Mya all tuckered out

Cameron falls

Can't get them to stand still when you want to get a picture;
and then Mya photo bombs our couple shot that Shayla took!

Back at our campsite; floating on the water

We saw so much wildlife at our campsite: this buck.
Beaver, pelican, heron, fish and cows!

Floating by the grazing buck

More deer

Found this beautiful spot: Wally's Beach

So much sand and big shade trees!

Life's a beach!

Kayaking

Shayla's turn to photo bomb a picture

More mud

Snack time



Back at home
Grandma Anne's birthday cake

Dress up

Trampoline + pool = FUN!

Archery 

Sigh. 
Summer fun. 
Sniff.