7 Quick Takes (vol. 18)

These are totally going to have to be quick.  Jen’s will certainly be far better and more interesting than mine.


After a whole day of Chloe not throwing up, we ended the evening with a big, barfy mess.  The casualties: My Pal Violet and her pillow.  We pulled her mattress into our room and she spent the night with us.  Thankfully, she feels better this morning and that Violet is on sale at Walmart for $17.88.



I woke up at 3:50am and this morning and couldn’t fall back asleep until about 4:45ish (I’m guessing).  Ben cried out and I was going to go to him, but since the crying didn’t continue I stayed in bed.  The reason I couldn’t fall back asleep was that the little baby inside me kept giving me really good kicks and every time I felt one it kept me from falling back asleep.


Ben must have cried out in the middle of the night because he threw up.  When I got him this morning at 7:30, I found his bed covered in…well, throw up.  Poor baby cried from 7:30am-9:30 when I put him back to bed after he was bathed, snuggled and had some fluids in him.  Please God no more throwing up!  We lost two stuffies and a fitted crib sheet for sure, and we’re trying to see if we can save Scout (the green version of Violet).


I have a ridiculous pile of laundry to fold and wash right now, but absolutely no energy to do it.  All I’d like to do is sleep or spend the day in bed watching movies with my kids (which will very likely happen).



Tremendous mom-guilt here.  We’ve watched a lot of tv lately.  Between the insane amount of snow we’ve been getting (more on that in the next quick take) and the flu bugs we’ve been fighting, we’ve been popping in movie after movie after movie.  I’m hearing of friends who are taking their kids outside, to sports, to recreational swimming and/or gymnastics, and I’m thinking: “I suck.  We’re watching tv and sometimes playing or reading.”  Thankfully right now Chloe is putting magnetic pompoms on the fridge and that’s something better than tv, right?



Josh Classen from CTV news: “Total snowfall in #yegwx area since November 1st looks to be in the 70-80cm range.  We average 122cm for an entire winter.”  Ya.  That’s why we’re staying in and not going anywhere.  Also, we’ve somehow managed to lose 3 out of the 4 pairs of mittens Ben owns.

(Yes, I took this picture from inside my house, through the screen.)


I found another book I want.  It’s a guide to help meditate on the Rosary.  For $11.51, I may just have to snag it.



Some Things I Learned This Morning…

1. Ben thinks the toilet bowl is his own little splash pool.  (GROSS!  Ugh, fishing out that toy from the toilet was delightful…).

2. Huggies diapers are not as reliable as Pampers to keep poop contained inside the diaper.  (Found some on the carpet and Ben’s ankle – GAG).

3. It’s a bad idea to explore new running trails with the kids, right before lunch, when it’s 25C outside.




4. Eggs are the easiest meal ever for hungry kids.

5. Unpacking an entire house is a lot of work and requires multiple breaks.  (Where did the shoes go?!  Seriously!  We’re missing a pair of Ryan’s and 1 shoe out of 2 different pairs of Chloe’s shoes!).


Canada Day 2013!

Catching up a little bit on blog posts…

Yesterday’s Canada was really fun!  Ryan had to work, but after a quick stop at Walmart for water toys:


Chloe and I spent the whole morning outside, and it was HOT (felt like 33C).  We mowed the lawn then played in the sprinkler and kiddie pool.





We had a super simple supper of cold sandwiches and while I went to adoration, Ryan took the babies for a bike ride to the spray park.  My sister Emilie came to visit us and watch the new show Under the Dome.  It was a really simple day, but we thoroughly enjoyed it simplicity.  I hope you all had a great Canada Day!

Summer is Here…

Yesterday it did not rain – AMAZING – so we got to enjoy some time in the sun.  My upper legs have a small burn on them, which gives them a colour other than blinding white.  I went for a run at 2:30 in the afternoon and that was intense!  29C, black leggings, and no sunglasses proved to be a challenge I accepted.  Because it was so warm, I should have cut down on the length of my run so as not to get as warm as I did, but there are no regrets.

Since it was so hot all day, Chloe had trouble staying asleep.  She woke up a couple times before midnight and was just beside herself.  Ryan tried to calm her down, but she just wanted her Mommy.  After calming Ben – whom she woke – I went in to deal with her.  After a few attempts at calming her in her own bed, I just brought her to mine.  That didn’t work so well for any of us because a) she’s a bed hog b) she wanted to be as close to me as possible which made her even hotter and more uncomfortable c) she wouldn’t stop squirming.  I brought her back to her bed and laid on her bedroom floor for about an hour until she fell asleep.  When she woke up at 6:30, I brought her to my bed and she is still sleeping there right now with her daddy.  Ben on the other hand is awake and clingy.  He slept really well though (11:50ish-7:30ish) so I can’t complain.

Today is supposed to be 33C so we’ll likely be heading to the spray park for some sweet relief.

Edmonton Got Slammed

While the flooding in Edmonton is no where near what it was like in Calgary or High River, we seriously got slammed today.  The sun is shinning brilliantly right now, making the whole day seem unreal; but the water in our basement and the flooded Yellowhead makes everything very real.

Just look at this!