Friday, December 18, 2009

Last day

Thankgoodness it is the last day of school and then 2 weeks off. I'm feeling very unorganized, sleepy, can't seem to get everything done, etc. I can't wait to sleep in. Hopefully get more baking done and finish getting Chris' stocking stuff. He is so hard to buy for. Does anybody else have a problem buying for their spouses or signficant others? What types of stuff are you getting? I need ideas people.

Why am I up this early? Could it be the kid who came into our bed coughing? Or the husband getting up, trying to be quiet, but I could still hear him. Maybe I should go tidy something up. I've just been so lazy lately.

Anyway happy last day of everything for us till the new year.
Have a great Friday and weekend seen as I am a slacker blogger so I'll probably not blog tomorrow. :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I'm so bad at this

Seriously I need to get better, or get more motivation to blog. Things have been busy around here. Hair cut for me that went wrong. That will teach me to go to the hair salon just around the corner with a person I don't know. I asked for a trim because I want to keep growing it long. Well she took way too much off and it wasn't even. Left side was longer than the right and on the right side she made they crazy chunks of layers that so didn't look good. Thankgoodness one of the mom's at gymnastics is a hairdresser and she fixed me up as good as she could. might just take some growing out.
This week already I've had 2 cupcake/cake orders and I have another one for Saturday. I'm very excited about it all. I love making cupcakes. I think I've said that before.
Other than that the usual has been happening. Cleaning, laundry, getting ready for Christmas, Christmas parties etc.

Hope everyone has had a great week.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Enough Blizzard

As I sit here in the dark, the only light is the computer screen, you would think it would be silent and peaceful. The wind is howling, and has all night, and I can hear Taylor snoring. Seriously that kid can snore. That will have to be brought up at her next ENT appointment.
I know some people are excited about the snow but not me. Because with snow comes crazy roads. I don't enjoy driving in weather like this. Time for a chinook.
Today is filled with tidying, finish decorating the house, driving, in this crappy weather, to soccer, watch soccer, drive home in the already mentioned crappy weather, hunker down for a couple of hours and then off to do a mandatory gym cleaning at Altadore for 4 hours. I really dislike cleaning my own house let alone cleaning a gym full of stuff. And I'll have to do more driving. Okay so it's not that bad but I would rather be hanging out at home watching Christmas movies with my kids and then hanging out with my husband and friends. Maybe it will get cancelled. I'll cross my fingers.
Then tomorrow is the kids Christmas party at Chris' work. Always a good time. The kids are excited and that's all that matters.

What plans do you have this weekend?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Have you hugged someone? On the weekend members of our church experienced tragedy, which made me realize how lucky I am to have a healthy, happy family. We never know what will be thrown at us in our life time. So I like to take the time to tell and show my kids how much I love them.
Last night I watched the movie My Sisters Keeper, by myself I might add. Maybe not the best idea. I bawled not just teary eyed but full on sobbing and tears flowing down my cheeks. How does a family deal with that hurt and loss? Lots of times if I've watched or read something that makes me appreciate how thankful I am, I go and watch the kids while they are sleeping. Last night I couldn't resist picking up a sleeping Spencer just to have a snuggle. I tell you this because sometimes it takes a movie or some bad news to remember that it's not all about the clean house etc. Take the time to snuggle with the ones you love.
Please pray for the families I mentioned. I'm not going to use names but they could use your prayers.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nothin' really going on

No mouse sightings in a week so I guess we caught it.
Kids are doing great.
Taylor's hearing seems to be where it should be. Although everythings is still loud but I think that is out of habit.
Other than that nothing new to report.

Must become a better blogger.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mouse Tails

Our little mouse ate the peanut butter off the trap by the piano but did not get trapped. But I did find a mouse trapped in the garage after dropping Taylor off this morning. Who knows if it is the same one or not. I thought the one in the house was bigger but my view of it might not be accurate as I was freaking out. Bringing in a cat might not be such a bad idea.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

All's good

Taylor's surgery went well. She wasn't scared to be put under, no crying before or after, from her that is. The only issue we had was when we first got to the floor and Taylor saw the kids wearing the hospital jammies that opened in the back. She then didn't want to put the jammies on and told me that we didn't need to be there because she was all better and could hear now so we could go home. Funny kid. She has mentioned that she can hear better. There is still some blood coming out of one of the ears. But she is doing great and hasn't complained that Spencer's screaming is too loud. Although the first time he screamed, once we were home, she looked at him as to say what the heck is that all about.

Last night while hanging out with Nathan and talking to my MIL, I saw a mouse run from behind the couch. Of course I screamed. In our old house we had mice in our garage but they never found their way into the house. Sometimes the door from the garage into the house doesn't get closed properly so I think it snuck in yesterday. We've set a bunch of traps but haven't caught it yet. Maybe it snuck back out yesterday when I freaked out and made a quick trip at night for traps. Yuck mice! Needless to say I did not sleep well last night at all. Please let us catch it soon. Just waiting for the snap. Time to clean up the bonus room before our mouse friend makes a home in the toys.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


At 11:45 tomorrow Taylor will be having tubes put in. Not a big deal surgery but a big deal for a little girl, who is pretty nervous about it. We have to be there by 9:30 and of course no eating after midnight, and midnight to 7:45 only water or apple juice and then after 7:45 nothing, no water, no toothpaste(didn't know that one). So another thing she isn't too pleased with. As I type this the tv is blaring downstairs so I pray that tomorrow's procedure helps her with her hearing. Please say a little prayer for her to help calm her nerves.
Thank you to everyone who has asked about everything and cared about what is happening. And thank you to my mom who is taking the boys for the day. I hope you won't be too tired come the end of it.
I'll be sure to post after everything is all said and done.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm such a slacker

Wow lately I've sucked at blogging. I really need to get back to it.
Before I go on I have another sales pitch. Taylor is now selling English Bay cookie dough. 3lb pails for $10 and $12. The $10 pails are chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, candy (m&m's I think), ginger molasses, double chocolate and shortbread(2.4lb pail). The $12 pails are white chocolate macadamia, chunky chocolate, chocolate chip macadamia and chocolate chip pecan. If you are interested in helping Taylor out with her fundraising and enjoying yummy cookies, please let me know. I have to take the orders in on the Thursday the 26th.

Anyway now that I've said my pitch on with how we've been doing. Taylor's tube surgery is on Friday and we are so glad  it is happening. We can't wait for the tv and radio to be at a normal level. She is pretty scared about it but we've tried to do what we can to put her mind at ease. I'm sure I'll be a basket case. And before I get comments about it being just tube surgery I know it's a simple surgery but when you're kid is put under and they are scared it affects the parents too. And I get very emotional. Shocker I know.

That's all I can think of that is going on right now. Hopefully I'll be better at the whole blogging thing.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Where have I been?

It has been about a week and a half since I posted. I hope you'll all forgive me as I was sick last week. I didn't even get to enjoy my birthday dinner. So I must have been pretty sick because I normally don't give up food for anything. Mmmmm my Mom's are so good. Sucks that I missed them. Next year. I'm feeling much better. A wee bit tired but that could be from the lack of sleep because Chris has been on this crazy course. For the first 3 days he only got around 6 hours of sleep. Starting at 8am and not getting home till 4 am and then back up at 6am. Yikes! He's still on the course this week and won't be home at all tonight. So he left at 6:30 this morning and I don't know when we'll see him next. I don't know how single parents do it.

Anyway I feel like I have lots to write about seen as I've missed posting. Halloween was good. Quinks was sick and so missed out on trick or treating but did not miss out on the candy. He had a fever on Friday and then by Saturday evening he was running around. I think he was fine with the no trick or treating when we brought candy back for him. Thanks to my dad for watching Quinten so I could still take out Taylor and Spencer. It sucks that Chris missed out. Next year he'll be with us. Taylor was a pirate, Quinten dressed up the day before and he was a vampire, and Spencer was a monkey.

                            Sad Quinks come trick or treating time.

Spencer wanted his face painted too until I actually put the make up on. He wasn't a big fan.

 Some of their stash. Spencer was fast asleep already, probably in a sugar coma.

The halloween howl 10k run was fun. The weather was somewhat yucky and I have been quite the running slacker over the last few months. But we managed to pull off a decent time. The race was the kick in the pants I needed to get running again. You could dress up for the race and I dress up as a patient.

There were a lot of laughs and Roxanne loved watching everybodies reactions. I even heard a couple of ladies say "Oh no we're behind the butt. " And one older man wanted to be behind the butt. Not sure how to take that one. It was fun all around.

As a side little point. Taylor is selling poinsettia's for gymnastics and we have a certain fundraising goal we as parents have to reach. If you would like to help us out by purchasing 1 or some please let me know. They are $12 each and come in red, pink or white. If you are from Edmonton we could figure out how to get them to you.

Anyway because of the being sick I now have a major messy house so off I go to clean up the disaster.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

fake butt

A fake butt has been found. Thanks Karen for picking it up for me. Roxanne I hope you're okay to run beside me with a butt hanging out. I'm pretty excited about my costume for the race. Maybe I'm a kid at heart. Not sure how the actually running is going to go seen as I have been quite the slacker in the running department. It'll be fun either way.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween costumes

Does anyone know where I can a fake butt to wear as part of a costume on Saturday? I'm doing a halloween race and dressing up is encouraged. I was thinking I could go as a patient with the gown open at the back with a butt hanging out. I need  my wonder woman costume for the evening so I don't want it to get all sweaty. Although now that I think about it do you think people would be offended by that costume?

I'll leave you with a picture of my 3 lobbsters. Why can't I just get a nice picture of all three at the same time?

                                        I think this was the best one out of a bunch.

Monday, October 19, 2009


What does friendship mean to you? Or what defines a friend? I posted this question as my status on facebook yesterday and got quite a few thoughts.

I've been thinking about what being a good friend means.
Here are some of the thoughts that I got:

  • It's when someone is watching your back. Just because they truly care about you.
  • They are interested in your well being at all times. Loyalty.
  • It means they love you unconditionally despite any faults
  • A friend would also tell you the truth even though it may not be what you want to hear. A friend would also be engaged in your conversations, listening and offering opinions when needed, focused on the moment that you are sharing together.
  • true friends are the ones that dont ask alot of questions and just say...if you're happy, Im happy...loyalty, trusting and non-judgmental...and will be there in a heartbeat, despite their busyness...
  • A friend is someone who is there for you, to be honest with you, to laugh with, and cry with, for good and for the not so good. They are your person
  • A friend is someone that is always there for you, no matter what's going on in their life. They listen without judging, love without questioning, and support without asking for anything in return. Someone that you can confide in because you trust them 100%.
  • true friends can sometimes be hard to find. So it is awesome when you find them.

Thanks to everyone who responded. I want to be the best friend I can be to my friends. And I hope that I am. I love all my friends. Old and new.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


It fits. And I don't think I'll even enhance my *ahem*. (I don't want to make my brothers uncomfortable.) Oh natural baby!

Kind of afraid

I've been putting off the trying on of my Wonder Woman costume. I think I have gained some weight from last year so I'm afraid that it won't fit and I will feel crappy. It's funny how I can be the same weight I've been for a number of years pre-kids, yet clothes so do not fit the same way. And instead of embracing the body that I have now been blessed with, I put myself down. When will I stop that? Perhaps it will take days, months or years, who knows. I do know that I try to overcome these feelings everyday. Some days I feel great and others blah and wish I didn't have a road map on my stomach and what seems to be enough skin to make a tummy pull down blind. Oh and comparing myself to others. Oh the torture. As I write this I can see how ridiculous this sounds. Men must think us women are crazy.

Note to self: We're on the road to self uplifting not self putting down.

So maybe now I'll go try it on. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Lobbster Life

With Birthday season comes annual check ups. Everything seems fine. We've never had to get the kids blood taken before with their annual check ups but Quinten has to this time. I forgot to ask why and just assumed that adults get it done so kids must now too. He has been having a number of headaches and diarrha so not sure if that could be part of it. Taylor didn't have to at 4 years. Anyway I like to put the numbers out there. Taylor is 41 and 3/4 pounds and 44 inches, Quinten is 30 and 3/4 pounds and 38 inches and Spencer is 24 and 1/2 pounds and 33 inches.
So everyone is growing just right.

Other than that I don't have much to say or I can't think of much because of the screaming in my ears. Will it ever end?

And I already have someone who wants me to make cupcakes for their son's party in December. I'm pretty excited about it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Quinks!

Today is not only a day for us to just celebrate Thanksgiving but to our celebrate our sweet 4 year olds birthday. We are so thankful for Quinten today. He is such a kind hearted, caring, sensitive but also rough and tumble little boy. It's been fun watching him grow up. I find it hard to believe that 4 years have passed since we were rushed into the surgery suite. I love you Quinks! You are very special to us and I hope you feel that way everyday but especially today.

For some reason I am unable to write anything under the pictures. The order is: 1 day old, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years and now 4 years old. He hasn't changed alot in looks but his personality has grown leaps and bounds.

Thursday, October 08, 2009


In about a month Taylor's hearing loss should be fixed. We saw her ENT guy again today and we booked her to get tubes put in. We are hopeful that this will be it, but if more tubes and surgeries are needed we will be fine with it. It will be interesting to see her reaction when Spencer screams because the Dr. said she will find things loud once the fluid is drained. Yeah the tv will finally be at a level so the neighbours don't hear it. :)

Thanksgiving is coming up plus a certain little boys birthday. Like I said in my last post I feel for Quinks that he doesn't get as many people coming to his family birthday celebration. I really enjoy this time of year getting together as a family and wish we had a larger group of people coming for dinner. I love it when there are lots of family and friends around. I guess it kind of sucks for Quinten when he was born because of people having their own Thanksgiving activities. This will be the first year in a few years that Jordan and Kristen haven't come for a visit. We'll miss them and Devin and Liz. Maybe my surrogate brother(cousin) will come play games and hang out. And he could drag his mom along. Like I said love the big gatherings.

Anyway I'm off to monitor the cleaning process. It's sounding very noisy which means very little cleaning is happening.

Tomorrow Taylor's blood test. Could be an adventure? She hates iv's or needles.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Party #2 The joint addition

On Saturday we had the hockey party for Quinten and Spencer. In true Canadian fashion the kids were troopers and played hockey and hit the pinata even though it was a little chilly. Quinten loved his cake. He'll tell anyone about it. He even told the Speech pathologist about it. More to come on that. I've never made or used fondant before so my thoughts were go big or go home. I made the fondant on Wednesday (3 batches) and the cake on Thursday and then Chris and I assembled it all on Friday. It was a whole day event. They sure make it look easy on tv but with more practice I'll get the hang of it. And hopefully I get the chance to make more stuff. Hint, hint to all who read this and want me to make their cakes or cupcakes. Really I'm hoping at least family will take me up on my offer.
So the birthday parties are done for the year. Quinten's actual birthday is on Monday and some how I feel as though he gets forgotten. So we'll be celebrating with Turkey and all the fixin's.
Anyway we had Quinten assessed yesterday with a speech pathologist. We had some concerns with how he says things and sometimes strangers or even those who are close to us can't understand him. The only thing she was concerned with was how he uses he/she/him/her. So we have some homework to help him learn those concepts. She doesn't think there is anything to worry about. And I learned that the r, l, and I think w sound doesn't come till around grade 1. His s sounds have come a very long way so no worries here.
Tomorrow is another appointment with our ENT. Hopefully we'll get some kind of answer. We are hoping they'll just do tubes so we can get her hearing clearly.
That's all for our updates. Hope you enjoyed the pics.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

What?....I can't hear you

because a certain 2 year old is screaming in my ear. When will the madness stop. So off to his room he goes where I think he is screaming louder. It could be worse I could be cleaning up poop while he is screaming. Always a positive to every situation right? ;)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Spence!

Today my next birthday baby turns 2. 2 years really?! Where has the time gone? It's amazing how much he has grown even in the last year. The things he can say and comprehend. There is one thing I would change though. The screaming. He is out of control with it. I don't know if it is the third kid trying to be heard or what. I'm hoping he gets it out of system soon. Everything else is great with him. I love hearing all the new words he is learning daily and how independent he is becoming. It's weird to me that there won't be anymore little lobbsters running around. This is time of year when I would have given birth and 2 years is the mark. We are excited to move on as a family and see what new joys our kids can bring.
Spencer 1 day old
Spencer 6 months old Spencer 1 year old Spencer 18 months old

Spencer 2 years old

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cupcakes and Birthday

On Sunday we had Taylor's party and 17 kids came for a pool party. At Inglewood pool you get a room for an hour and then the pool all to yourself. It was great. The kids had a good time and so did the adults that helped out. I would definately do another party there. Quinten wants his party there now but it's too late seen as the boys' party is this Saturday and it's already planned for a hockey party. I was asked what I did for the invitations. So for the pool party invites I wrote the invite details on a beach ball and for the hockey party I made up invitations that looked like hockey tickets.

Taylor took owl cupcakes to school for her actual birthday and Sunday's party she had asked for shark cupcakes. I've been asked by a couple of friends if I would do their kids birthday cupcakes/cakes. What a great way for me to bring in a little extra money and do something that I absolutely love. So we'll see what happens with that. I am very open to the idea.

Now the plans are in the works for Saturday's cupcakes or cake. I might attempt making my own fondant. We'll see. Could be interesting.

Once again before I get some comments like I've received in the past about trying to one up or show off, that is so not my intent. I love doing this and have been asked to post the pictures. I know I like looking at other peoples creations so therefore I will share mine with you.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Taylor!

6 years old
5 years old

4 years old

3 years old

2 years old

1 year old

1 week old

Today my oldest turned 6. Hard to believe that the moderately tiny 6 week early baby would grow up to be the girl we know today. We are so proud of you Taylor in who you are and who you are becoming. We love you so much! Happy Birthday my sweet girl!

Taylor took owl cupcakes to school today and was very excited that her teacher has the same birthday. It was nice that they could celebrate together.

Tonight we went to the beach to have an impromptu celebration. Chris is working and so is my mom so we will celebrate on Sunday night as a family. She calls it her fake birthday. We had a great time at the beach too bad the wasps were out.

Anyway another successful birthday season birthday. (as some have come to call it.)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Why do I do this to myself?

Kid birthday season is 3 sleeps away. Ask Taylor she is all to happy to share that info. I've got 2 sets of cupcakes to make and decorate this week. And then another set next week and another set a the week after. Taylor keeps changing her mind about the school cupcakes. I think I've got her down to owls but I'm sure that will change again. And the party cupcakes are hopefully going to be sharks, that is if I don't screw it up. The hockey party cupcakes are still in the thought process. Anyone know a good fondant recipe? And then I'm thinking for Quinten's actually birthday turkey cake or cupcakes would be good because his birthday is on Thanksgiving Monday. I know it would be easier to purchase said cupcakes but I really enjoy making them even if I get a bit stressed out. Good thing I'm not running in the harvest half, not sure where the time would come to do it all.
Anyway that is how my week is shaping up. And on a side note. Thank you to everyone who comes to our kids' parties. I know it can be an inconvience coming to 3 kids parties all right in a row. In the words of Taylor good thing we are having a joint party for one of the parties. She likes to say good thing alot.

Have a happy week. Be sure to get out in the beautiful weather. Never thought we would be celebrating our 6 year olds birthday at the beach. Love the hot fall weather.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

ENT here we come....again

Stil no movement on Taylor's ear drums. Which most likely means fluid and there for she can't hear where she should be. Hopefully we'll get more answers in October when we go back to the ENT.

Things are going along nicely in Lobbster household. Parties are being finalized. Although I haven't heard from everyone yet. Cupcakes/cakes are being planned.
It will be a busy week of preparation that's for sure.

We have a weekend of parties that the kids are going to. But other than that should be a relaxing one.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Poll

Do you leave the toilet seat up or down when you are finished?

3rd times the charm lets hope

Today is another hearing test for Taylor. We're hoping things have changed. We've been going to various appointments since feb/mar. We did see a specialist but he wants another hearing test. I know Taylor is getting frustrated. We just want to know what the problem could be. And maybe now there isn't a problem. That would ideal. I'll update after the appointment.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Put a smile on your face.......

Spencer looks so much older in that first picture. My baby is almost not a baby anymore.

Monday, September 14, 2009


I didn't even notice that on Saturday was my 500th post. I would have made it a better post if had known instead of my lame cleaning one.

I've been doing a lot of reflecting on what I want in life, where I fit in, how to overcome my feelings toward myself etc. But as I started to type I looked down at my youngest and he flashes me a smile and it clicks for me. I have 3 amazing children who light up my life. I want the world for them, they accept me for who I am so I don't have to try to fit in with them and they don't look at me and think man my mom needs to lose some weight etc. They love me for me. It's amazing what a smile or an I love you can do. Why has it taken me till this very moment over the last few weeks to realize it? I don't know but I'm glad Spencer and I are having a moment to ourselves. Don't get me wrong it will take time for me to truly be comfortable with me but I'm on my way. And I must say the little I love you from Spencer is so darn cute you just can't be sad.

So if you are ever feeling the same way just take a step back and look for that smile.

3 drop offs in a row

No tears from either Taylor or mommy. What a difference Taylor has been the last 3 school mornings. Her teacher is awesome with it too. Emailing to make sure everything is going okay and asking if she can do anything to help. It makes this mama feel better after I turn that corner for home.

I have nothing too exciting to tell. We had a weekend without Daddy so lets just say the patience level around the lobbster shack was very low. But daddy is home today and spending some much needed time with the boys.

How was your weekend? Do anything fun or exciting?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

cure for the madness

I think I've figured it out. If I can keep the house some what organized my patience level won't get low. Now to get the kids on track. That might take a bit.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Going mad

It seems lately I have no patience. Although it seems to be better if the house is organized, which seems to be hardly ever. I made good progress today and then tornado Quinten and tornado Spencer came through. So frustrating.

Today has been a day of laundry followed by playing at the park before picking up Taylor and then more park play while it seemed some one was always screaming. Then if I wasn't going crazy enough I took them to the grocery store to get cupcake supplies. And to top off the evening, which isn't even done yet, Spencer had a giant poop in the tub. Sickarama! Good times! I do love being a stay at home mom but sometimes my patience is definately tested.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Happy Bertday Coconut!

That is how Chris was greeted yesterday by Quinten. Yes I am a day late posting but we were spending the day together so not much computer time. Happy Birthday My Sweets!

We got back late Monday night from our Toronto adventures. Now for point form. Too much stuff happened to write real sentences.
- Arrive late Tuesday night and thought we didn't have a rental car. Found the right place.
-Got lost going to Chris' uncles from the airport.
-slept in the next day till about 10. Since when does a mom of 3 get to do that.
-hung out, saw friends
-walked yonge street, queen street, actually we walked alot but also ate alot so no pounds lost
-had a sick toddler, I guess I have to face the fact he is not a baby anymore. boohoo!
-rehersal and dinner at a yummy brazilian bbq place (Red Violin)
-Canada's wonderland, scary roller coaster calle the behemouth (probably spelling it wrong) Chris laughed at me the whole time. I thought I might cry.
-got sick at Canada's Wonderland. Rides and Kirsten's tummy don't really mix.
-Blue Jays game with awesome seats. Row 15 right behind the Jays dug out.
-Crazy bee at the game. I think the bees liked Kristen.
-slept in till 11. Awesome!
-My baby brother's wedding and reception. Too bad Spencer wasn't feeling so great because he was not a happy camper.
-Brunch with the Tronsgard clan minus Devin, Liz, Craig, Taylor and Quinten
-More driving and might I just add that it is not normal driving. Man thems some crazy drivers and lots of them.
-More feeling sick from the driving.
-ROM where we saw the dead sea scrolls
-air show which a certain toddler (not baby boohoo) didn't like too much.
-airport where said toddler was screaming and I'm sure everyone around us thought I hope he's not on our plane.
-no worries because he slept pretty much the whole way home. YEAH!!!!!!
-Oh forgot about the lady hitting a raccoon.

It's good to be back. Now I just wish Taylor would go back to easy drop offs. Roxanne might have to start taking her. :)

And I can't end till I say Happy 60th Birthday Auntie Beth!

Thursday, September 03, 2009


We're here. We're having a good time. No screaming from Spencie on the plane. Thank goodness. Yesterday was kind of a lazy day and today is when all the fun starts. At little shopping down Young Street and going to Queen street and then wedding dinner stuff. Tomorrow is Canada's Wonderland and Jays game.
The only down side to the trip is that Spencer has developed a fever and we can't seem to get it down even with Tylenol. Hopefully is will be feeling better soon.

Anyway just a quick update. More to come as the fun continues.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

On to day 2

Day one of school ended up being a success. It started out rocky. As usual there were tears. I'll let you guess who. Just don't make fun of Chris. I'm only kidding of course. The day ended well. Taylor told me that no sad faces only happy faces were allowed in her classroom. I'm hoping that helps tomorrows drop off.
It was a good day at home as well. The boys and re-organized the bonus room and I only had to deal with a minor poop issue. I love how the poop stuff is now classified in levels. This time it was my own fault. Spencie has a super bad diaper rash and I wanted to let it air out so I figured what would be the harm if he had just pooped to let him run around nudey. Apparently that kid is a pooping machine. Anyway enough about poop. I recently read an article in a Parents magazine that was titled 39 Things Every Mom Should Know. I thought I would share some of the ones that I thought were applicable to me.

-Just throw away poopy underwear. (This one is so applicable to me right now. I'm not sure Quinks has many pairs left after the summer.)
-Don't beat yourself up if you have to use a bribe. (So been there done that.)
-Put band-aids on everything your kids want to. Why not? (Our kids love band-aids. We have a family portrait from when Taylor was 2 and Quinks was a baby and you can see her band-aid that isn't serving any type of purpose. I love it.)
-Know this: That stain won't come out. And it's okay. The sooner you accept this the better. (Good for my messy eaters.)
-Embrace their quirks. (Hard sometimes but I'm learning.)
-Answer this question: What is the worst thing that will happen if your kids sleep in their clothes?
-Never stifle a generous inclination.
-Teach them to pump ASAP. (Boy am I glad they don't need my help. Is it too soon for me to teach Spencer?)
-If your child falls asleep occasionally without brushing her teeth, don't wake her; baby teeth do eventually fall out. (Phew I feel like a bad Mom when we forget and then they fall asleep. Good to know I'm not the only one.)
-Buy kids deodorant before they need it. (I'm not really sure when they need it but I know I'm afraid of smelling and my kids have already started to try out Daddy's deodorant.)
-It's fine to brag about yourself to your kids. (I don't think as parents we do that enough.)
-You're never too old to dress up and decorate your house for Halloween. And it's more fun for everyone if you are into it. It also entitles you to more candy. (And I loves candy!)
-If the school year, new babysitter, or karate class gets off to a rocky start don't totally stress about it. Instead think of the improvement that can be made by the end of the year. (This might just have to be one of our motto's. It will get better.)
-Independence is a wonderful thing. For everyone. So is together time. Make sure you have a healthy dose of both. ( I like to think we have that.)

So there you have it. Just a 'few' out of the list. I hope if your kids have started school that everything is going well and if they haven't yet that the next weeks to come are good ones. Cherish these moments even if they make you cry.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

2 more sleeps

Today we enjoyed a last hoorah before school starts. We enjoyed a day at the lake and by we I mean a full family we. It was nice that Chris could join us. That hasn't happened yet this year. The beach was a buzz with all the talk of who got which teacher. I'm pretty sure Chris thought we were all crazy. Ah maybe, but at least we can be crazy together.

It's a short post tonight. But I must tell you how much I love my friends. Old and new ones. You all mean more to me than a few simple words can say. I think we all need to be told how much we appreciate each other. I don't take my friends for granted. Love you guys!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Who knew.....

a Lobb child would be tall enough to open doors before they were 2. Taylor and Quinten weren't tall enough till I'm sure way past 2. I guess I'll be hunting for our door knob things. It probably won't be long till he figures those out too. Which I think is funny because most adults have a heck of a time using them and then a toddler comes along and shows them up.

3 days till school. We found out who Taylor's teacher will be. All I've been hearing is great things about her. Taylor is still not looking forward to going back Hopefully things will change by Thursday cause she's going regardless.

Off to the beach tomorrow for, one last before school starts, lake trip.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


One set of birthday invitations done. Thanks Nathan for your hot air and your letter skills. Hopefully the kids will like them. I get giddy making stuff for the parties. I love doing it. And it makes it even more fun the older they get because they appreciate all the work that goes into them.

School is now 4 days away. Where did the summer go? So far Taylor has been saying she isn't looking forward to going back. I was hoping she would change her mind when she went to a birthday party today with all the little girls from her kindergarten class. Could be another emotional drop off. I know many of you probably think it is silly but I feel for my kids or any kid or person for that matter, when I see them so upset. It breaks my heart. I know she is fine once she is in the school. In the next couple of days we should know who's class she is in. I'm excited to find out who will be in her class. It'll be nice to see all the mom's again too.

Those of you out there that have kids going to school whether it's the first time or the 12th time, I want to hear how you feel coming up to the start of another school year.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Shoulda knocked on wood

In my last post I said I didn't have a poop issues. I shouldn't have opened my big mouth. Not only has Spencer had 2 leaks today Quinten has diarreha again so had 2 accidents and not small ones at that. Someone out there must have the same issues and as often. Please, please tell me if you do. I'm getting frustrated. I was almost done the camp laundry. I know camp was over almost a week ago but I've been slow with it. I'd rather play with my kids. And now I have mor poop laundry. Will it ever end? (Picture me pulling my hair out whilst saying that.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Thanks to everyone that commented on my last post. I'm feeling a bit better about things. And I'm sure I'll be back to posting about the things that a stay at home mom does. For me it's poop. And I'm happy to report no poop issues. Woohoo! So for now I will be planning parties and boy that does not help how I feel somtimes. I don't want to leave anyone out but Taylor especially is getting to an age where we just can't invite every kid.

We had Taylor's appointment with an ENT. He saw fluid in the left ear but wants her to go back to the audiologist to see if the hearing has changed. He thinks things should be fine once the fluid disappears. Good news!

Anyway back to watching a special on the Octomom. Boy she is sure frustrating. But that's all I'll say about that.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back at least for a couple of weeks

This summer I feel like I've been gone more than I've been home. We got back last night from Music camp. It was a good week. I think Chris might come for the whole week next year. The last couple of days I got into a bit of a funk. I've mentioned before about my self esteem issues and think they came back into play. It also doesn't help having a lack of sleep. Or the lack of running over the summer. But I vow to make the most out of my life. I might not be that interesting but I have a husband who loves me and kids who love and adore me.

Do you ever feel like that? If so how do you over come it?

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Packing, packing and more packing

Tomorrow we leave for music camp. Oh the packing that needs to be done. I'm so not on the ball. You would think that with this weather I would have it all done already and I could sit back and relax. Yeah right. At least the laundry is done, so that's at least 1 thing to cross of the list. If I actually had a list. Anyway I'd better get back at it. Hopefully when I get back from camp I will have some better posts. Man these ones the last few days have been boring. Back to packing.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Today my parents have been married 37 years, if I did the math correctly. For the past few years they have been going to Shakespeare in the park to celebrate. Hopefully the crappy weather disappears for them.

2 days till we leave for camp. Man I have a lot to do. Laundry, as always, seems to be the biggest thing.

Anyway 2 of the Lobbster children are up and now starts my keep them quiet while Daddy sleeps. I don't miss those days. And I must go warm up, but I refuse to turn on the furnace in the summer months. Sweaters for everyone.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

It's almost that time of year

Birthday season is coming upon us. So that means Momma Lobbster has to start the planning process now. Taylor's pool party is booked and Quinten insists that him and Spencer are going to have a hockey party here at home. All fine by me. The one part of birthday season that stresses me is the deciding who to invite. We are at the point where we can no longer have every kid from every family coming. And for Taylor school friends are being added into the mix. So I'm hoping no parent is going to be offended if one of there kids isn't invited. Our kids don't all get invited to all the parties, so I'm pretty sure we are safe. I just don't want to hurt any one's feelings. Please tell me other people feel like this. Argh!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

1 month

1 month today Chris, Spencer and I will be heading to Toronto for my baby brother's wedding. I haven't seen him since Christmas and a lot of other family members for a couple of years. It'll be great to catch up and some of them have never met Spencer before. I wish Taylor and Quinten could be coming with us but we just can't afford it. Luckly Spencer is still free.

Do you ever feel drained and all you do is nag your kids? I'm feeling that way this weekend. I'm not sure if it's because we're trying to adjust being back to normal after vacation or if I'm just tired from the lack of running. And the nagging. Man I sound like a bag sometimes. Maybe it's a combo of everything plus having more poop issues with both boys this week. It never ends. Someone told me it probably just seems like it happens all the time but it is probably just this week. My answer to that is nope. Poop is my life. It goes beyond the poopy diapers. I really should have stocks in Bissell carpet cleaner. Maybe this week will be better, with planning for music camp.

Anyway I'm off to find a girly movie to watch seen as Chris is now working again for the day. I won't go into details but he won't be getting a day off anytime soon. I tell you this because I think this plays a part in my nagging of the kids. So I pray that God gives me patience and understanding.

Have a good night and rest of the weekend.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Why am I up this early?

It's about 5 to 7am and yes I am up. Not sure why. Chris got up and I could be going back to sleep but no I'm wide awake. Maybe I should take the time to do more laundry. Nah not a good option. Or maybe I'll go lay on the couch and catch up on all the shows we pvr'd while away.

Any big plans for the long weekend? Not much here. Maybe some deck board screwing.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Back Ater

We got back yesterday from a 2 and half weeks vacation. It was a fun, family, screaming, pooped, filled vacation. I just can't seem to get away from people trying to parent us or the poop. Taylor and Spencer had been sick when we left and it continued for the first few days of our trip, at least for Taylor. Quinten then got sick our first night. Let's just say over the last couple of weeks we threw out 7 pairs of underwear and 1 bathing suit. And did multiple loads of laundry.
On our first night Spencer decided that screaming might be fun. At supper a very drunk lady told him to shut up just loud enough for the kids to hear. She then asked us to get him to stop and asked why he was screaming, well Chris being Chris told her we asked him but he didn't answer us, go figure he's 1 1/2. She then told us that we shouldn't go out with him and we should stay home. And that she had 2 one year olds and they never screamed. Well good for you lady go have another. The screaming continued for the whole trip but at least we didn't get parented for it.
It was great to have a week just us a family and then the rest with friends and family in Penticton. Gotta love the close to 40 degree weather. Oh how I miss that.
It is good to be home and getting back into the swing of things. Once I get a good handle on the laundry I'll post pictures

Friday, July 10, 2009

Not much new here

I wish I had something exciting to write like going to see Kenny Chesney, but I don't. I do know lots of people that do get to see Kenny. Luckys. Instead my day and night are filled with packing and that type of stuff that goes with getting ready for a vacation.

It's now 10:15 pm and I started this post awhile ago and am just now getting around to finishing it.

Why is it that when trying to pack a curve ball gets thrown? What is with my kids and their poop issues? Whether it's playing with it or having an accident or a poop explosion while trying to wash the truck. Yep you guessed it. Luckly no poop on the carseat. So one last load of laundry (fingers crossed).

The kids are still awake. I'm thinking they are pretty excited about going camping. Tomorrow, hopefully before noon, the Lobbster Shack will be peeling out of town. Look out open road here we come. I would really like to leave no later than 10am but if you know us we like to sleep in so it could be hard getting everyone going.

Hopefully I'll be able to post while we are away. If I can't please don't forget about me. I'll be back and hopefully with lots of good stories and pictures to match.

Now back to the packing. Phew!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Butt Kicking

That's what I need. We leave for our holidays on Saturday and I'm just not ready, at all. With Taylor being sick and Spencer having diarrhea plus a wicked diaper rash, I'm having a hard time keeping up with the regular laundry. Hopefully tonight I'll get it under control so that I can actually pack. Good thing the trailer is stocked with everything but a few last minute additions. And then I need to vacuum and clean the bathrooms. Oh and I can't forget to clean out the truck. Might as well start with a clean slate.

Question of the day: What are you doing for summer holidays?

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Please no sharing Taylor, at least this time

My girl is sick. Last night she woke up with hives on her chest and back which moved up onto her face and behind her ears. Nothing a little Benadryl and calamine lotion couldn't fix. Then she woke up with a sore tummy. Which was then followed by....well you know. That wasn't going to stop her from going to gymnastics today. It must have been enough to stop her half way cause I got the come pick me up call. Poor kid is like her mama and doesn't want to just lay around but it's what is best. Let's hope she doesn't share these germs. It could make for an interesting start to our vacation.

My question for today is when loading a dishwasher which way do you put the cutlery in? Pokey parts up or down? We're a down family, but someone put some sharp knives up and I almost stabbed myself reaching in. Another reason, as well as others, that we put them down.

Happy Hump day!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Do I look like someone who can't parent? Maybe to some but I think I do a pretty good job. So why is it that when I'm right there with my kids others feel the need to parent them. Especially with things we let them do. I know I'm not a perfect parent but seriously let me do it. I could go on and on but I won't. I'll just leave it at that and wait to hear what some of you think.

As a side note I 2 really good runs this week. Yesterday's was especially good because Taylor came on her bike. Loved that time with her.

We also found out today that Taylor has an appointment with an ENT Doctor the middle of August. Hopefully we'll get some answers regarding her hearing.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Whirlwind Weekend

It seems as though the weekend has come and gone. Where did the days go? I'm feeling listy as my sis in law put it.

Friday got up way too early to see the Stampede Parade. So worth it though to see our kids so happy. And I'm happy to report there was no fussing or fighting, even though the kids were super tired. It was the best outing yet.

Friday night hubs and I went to the Stampede grounds. The food always looks and tastes so good but the next day we were paying for it. That grease really does a number on the ol' system.

Saturday was our Church's Stampede bbq and concert. The musical guest was quite sick so I was asked so nicely by my Dad if I would fill in last minute. I thought it went well with only 2 days notice.

Sunday was church in the morning, sang again. Got to see my cuz and his wife. Taylor went to a beach birthday party. Fun was had by all.

And now need to get ready for a date night. So much excitement in such a short time. It feels good to get out after the exhausting week.

Even with all the busyness I still managed to clean up pee off the kitchen table. Might be time to start the potty training process. I'm getting sick of cleaning up, the playing with poop and pee messes. And cleaned up more poop. It's all part of parenting right? Someone out there must know what I am dealing with.

Well I'm off to get all gussied up. Happy Monday to y'all! (in Stampede spirit)

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Woke up on the wrong side of the....

Bed should be the right answer but sadly not this morning. I had a super crappy sleep, or lack of sleep because of allergies. So I slept on the couch. You see I'm allergic to ragweed and I'm sure our neighbours have it in their backyard. I should really take a picture of their yard because it is so bad. They don't have grass just giant weeds that keep getting bigger and are now creeping into our yard. And the weed seeds are blowing onto our grass. So frustrating. And we are not the type of neighbours to go complain but something has to be done so I'll volunteer Chris for the job. :) So do you think I can blame my irritability on my neighbours? Naw didn't think so.
So the lack of sleep has made me kind of grouchy. I feel like I've been yelling at the kids all day and if I'm not yelling I'm crying because I feel bad for yelling. Such a cycle. Thank goodness Chris has a few days off. And we get to have a date night. That always makes me feel better. Bolero here we come. Yes Kristen we are finally able to use the gift card. Every time we've tried it just hasn't worked out.

Tomorrow is the Stampede Parade. YAHOO! Kids are excited not sure they will be when we have to get up at a time nobody should be up at. It's probably not that early for some but our family likes to sleep in.

And before I go I hope no one was offended by my previous post. It was meant in good fun.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

PBF-Men might not want to read

Here it is. But where to start.
I was never, shall we say, well endowed. The breast fairy did not give me a lot. I used to hate being so small. And then I got pregnant and man oh man was I happy. I wasn't huge but I could finally fill out a top nicely. I never lost the big nursing boobs till about 5 months ago. (I had them for about 5 years. ) Spencer stopped nursing 3 months ago but it was like someone had popped 2 balloons and they were now hanging from me. And then when he stopped all together it was like that last little bit of air left. I can't imagine what will happen when all the milk is gone. I was always fine with my small boobs but now there is no substance to them. Empty sacks of skin. Chris and I have seriously talked about me getting a breast augmentation, if we can afford it one day. So for now I will continue to wear bras that help lift and add a bit. And there are always the chicken cutlets.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Weighing in

In true UFC style. Yes I do like UFC and yes I am dissapointed I won't get to see it on the 11th. The kids weighed in. In the pink corner weighing in at 39.4 lbs and 43 1/4" is Taylor "The oldest" Lobb. In the blue corner weighing in at 28.8lbs and almost 37" is Quinten "Small but Mighty" Lobb. And in the, lets say green corner, weighing in at 21.8 lbs and 30 1/2" is Spencer "Still not on the charts" Lobb. The kids couldn't get enough of using the scale and the height measurer (not sure of the real name.) I pretty much had to drag them away.
I like getting the kids weighed. I'm always curious as to where they are on the charts. Okay maybe not just curious but somewhat obsessed with it. At least my husband thinks so. Don't get me wrong I love my kids big or small. And I actually like the fact they are on the smaller side.

Keep posted for the post breastfeeding post. Maybe that'll make a good Canada Day post. :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Pigs must be flying

I have no baskets of laundry sitting in my living room. I do have stuff in the washer and dryer but I am caught up so far. And the house is totally tidy. Woohoo! No yelling Mommy today baby.
It could help that I've had a few cups of coffee today. Love Tim Hortons' grounds. So much cheaper than what I was buying. And it could be the sugar rush from the freezie's I've eaten. Okay so I haven't eaten very well today. Don't we all have those days?

Speaking of eating I tried a new recipe last night. I love trying new things. Chicken bacon peach kabobs. So good. Isn't everything with bacon good though? Definately a keeper recipe.

Any plans for Canada Day? No plans here yet but Chris has the day off. Bring on the offers. lol. Pop us a comment with your Canada Day plans.

Anyone know how to get in on review products?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Nice visit

It was great to see one of my brothers this week. It's been awhile since we could just hang out. The kids sure love their Unkie. Quinks has been asking for him all day. I really wish the kids could come with us for Uncle Devin's wedding but the funds are just not there. So it was nice that the kids could at least see one of their Uncles. Jordan I'm glad we got to hang out. Kristen how did you like the Big Rock light lime?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stretch marks and post baby belly

Let me just start off by saying we are beautiful no matter what shape we are.

How is it that some Mom's can bounce back from having a baby and don't look like they have given birth at all? And then there are those of us who will carry the signs for years to come.
I am definately not one of those Mom's who has the perfect, no stretch mark no skin hanging, belly's. I've worked really hard to lose the baby weight. 70 pounds were lost after Spencer was born. But I still have those darn stretch marks and the skin that is so not tight. And a weird fold where I was sliced into, all 3 times. So I'm curious as to how many Mom's out there don't have the perfect belly. And I won't even get started on the post nursing boobs. That is so for another post.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Schools out for summer

It's done, finished, caput. I made it through the day with a few tears but not too bad. I'm going to miss those daily walks with the Mom's. I won't miss the getting up early but having my dose of adult conversation. Thanks ladies for the good times. We'll need to find a meeting place next year to continue those walks and talks.
To finish off the day we went to the lake. It was a tad bit windy so we didn't stay too long. Just long enough to lose one kid, no not mine, although I did say a few times where is Spencer. I could at least see him at the end of the beach. Cindy I can't believe how calm you were. Jett was found safe and sound playing at the park. Then home to have a special Father's Day bbqfor my Dad. My mom even got on the tramp. Maybe next time we'll get her doing flips. :)
And now I sit here with 2 sleeping kids and one, who some how got out of his room this morning. Doesn't he know it's summer holidays? And how did he get out? The other 2 weren't tall enough to open doors till they were over 2. Time to break out the toddler door knobs again.
Anyway maybe I'll go get something done so my house doesn't look like I have 3 kids.
Happy Friday to all and safe travels to everyone going away.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Change that

I sat down to write a post about how I probably won't be winning Mom of the year. And then I saw Spencie walk out with no diaper on. Upon investigation as to where the diaper could be, I was greated with a stinky gross mess. Oh snap. I thought we had gotten past this poop playing fetish. Luckly it was smeared in one area and not all over the room. And thankfully we carry a good stock of Bissell carpet cleaner. So after a bath, re-diapering, supper, soccer, baking cupcakes, I can now finish with what I was going to originally post.

We watched America's Got Talent last night and one of the acts had a guy shoving a metal hook either through his nose to his mouth or vice versa. And then using a drill in his nose. My mom of the year moment is that I let the kids watch this. Taylor was quite disgusted by it but Quinks thought it was pretty cool. Even with Unkie trying to cover his eyes he managed to see what all the fuss was about. I let them both know not to try any of that stuff. Next thing I hear is some gagging and there is Quinks trying to shove the hook part of a hanger down his throat. Note to self hide the drill. Just goes to show that kids are very impressionable.

Note: Tomorrow is the last day of school. Bring on the kleenex.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


This might surprise some but I find myself wanting to be more girly. I'm usually not one who wears a lot of makeup or really does my hair all nice. Although I've been told that a ponytail is sexy. So I must have sexy hair almost everyday. I like having my nails painted. You should see the cool Canadian flag type design I have thanks to Karen at Totally toes.
You might be wondering why I'm writing about this. I guess it's because I'm sick of being low maintenance and want to be more medium maintenance. I'm sick of feeling like the ugly duckling, not that I think I'm ugly, just that I don't stand out. Pretty much blend in and don't always feel that attractive. I don't think it's just in what I wear or how I do my hair. It's a confidence thing. If I exude confidence I will not feel like the wall flower. I think I write this because I sometimes wonder what other women think about themselves. Do you ever feel like you blend in? I like the Dove commercials for this saying everyone is beautiful.
I shall go forth feeling beautiful.

Monday, June 22, 2009

So Stinky!

I'm almost embarrased to say this but upstairs stinks from all the diapers. We keep them in a Diaper Genie but it doesn't seem to help. I've tried putting a dryer sheet in the bottom, spraying it with febreeze air spray. We change quite regularly but nothing seems to help. Anyone have an suggestions? We've had it for almost 6 years so maybe some of the seals are not doing their job. Who knows.
Anyway that's my question for the day.

And as promised pics of my kiddlets.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Okay so first I would like to say a big Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there. I'm especially thankful for a wonderful, loving, caring , funny(even if they are groaner's) etc, Dad. I would say I'm a Daddy's little girl, the perks of being the only daughter. I love you Dad. And of course I'm thankful for the best Dad for my kids. What a great Dad Chris is. He doesn't always get to be around for all the fun but he does make an extra effort to show up even if it is only for a second. I love seeing how excited the kids get when they know Chris has a day off or when he gets home. I'm getting choked up thinking about it. I know, shocker. I love you Sweets and wouldn't trade you for anything. I could go on and on but seriously I'm sure we all feel the same way about our husbands so you get the picture.
I think sometimes I take Chris for granted and say it's always Dad's day, but they do the things Mom's don't and so they deserve to be recognized for it. Have a great Day Dad's!

Secondly I figured out my adobe issues all by myself. It feels so good to problem solve without having to call someone. Like I said in my previous post I was a wee bit frustrated which I think turned into a bigger frustration,. But now it's all good. High fives all around? Yeah I'm a geek I know.

Anyway, my bro Jordan is coming to visit on Tuesday. The kids will tell anyone and everyone, who will listen, that their Unkie Jordan is coming to visit. Get ready Jordan for a lot of kid time. I'm not sure they will want to miss a day with you. They already have plans for him to watch soccer, come to the lake, jump on the tramp and who knows what else. I'm excited as well but I keep my excitement to myself somewhat. Hopefully the deck will be finished so we can have some family time just relaxing, when he's not playing.

While I'm on the deck subject I want to say thanks to Chris for using his free time to build the deck. Home Depot and the Lumber King are our friends.

Soccer finished for Quinks yesterday, Pictures and a post to come later.

Friday, June 19, 2009


This is what I was wondering today as I was pretty much crying during the kindergarten assembly. Why do I get so emotional? I get emotional hearing the national anthem and then you have k-grade 4 kids singing it. All I can say is Wow! Bring on the water works. And of course the faucet kept running as the 3 am classes did their thing. A big thing for me is seeing how much Taylor has grown as a person this year. No longer is she the super shy kid. Don't get me wrong she is still somewhat shy but she is really starting to come out of her shell. I'm so proud of her. And man those kids are all so cute!
We then had our little class party! I think all had a good time.

In other news we found out yesterday that Taylor was accepted for competitive gymnastics. We're very excited and looking forward to seeing her continue to learn something that she loves so much.

Yesterday's post I mentioned that our computer had crashed. Long story short a new hard drive was put in so now I've been trying to get adobe. Does anyone know how? When I go to the website it doesn't work. I'm getting a wee bit frustrated. (Said with an Irish accent.)

Anyway trying to get pictures from today's assembly on the computer but once again having some issues with card reader. Oh the computer drama.

I'll leave you with some pictures from the last week or so. Enjoy!

Well I can't seem to write under each picture. The first one is Spencie while camping. Chowing down on pancakes. Taylor lost her 3rd tooth. She was pretty excited to actually have the tooth to put under her pillow. And Quinks loves helping Daddy. He talks about needing his Home Depot stuff. So cute!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Good to be back

Our computer has been giving us some problems for the last couple of weeks, therefore no blogging. It's weird how much I really rely on having a computer. It seems as though everything is done using a computer. Now the only problem we are having is we can't access our old emails that were saved for us. If anyone has a clue please fill us in.

I started back to running this week. My knee felt a bit sore but it felt so good to get out a run. Wow I was pretty crabby for 2 weeks. No computer, no running. Good thing I still had coffee.
So now I can say I'm into the swing of this training schedule. The next race is the Harvest Half. I'll cross my fingers now that my IT band heals nicely.

We got the trailer out this past weekend. I love camping. I don't like the bugs but the fires, the sleeping in the tent trailer all good. The one thing I have a hard time doing whilst camping, is just sitting back a relaxing. Maybe it's a Mom thing. I know Chris has no problem with it.

I've got pictures to post but for now this is what I've got. So much catching up to do.

Before I go please send me your email addresses. When everything got switched over to the new hard drive our addresses were lost, or I can't access them. Thanks!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

It's been a week

I realize that it was a week ago that I blogged. Our computer crashed last Sunday night so it took a few days to get it back and since then I've been thinking about this post.

On Sunday I ran the half marathon. During my training I didn't have any knee pain except at the beginning on one long run, but since then nothing. So I was shocked, disappointed, sad, and even a bit angry, when at around the 10k mark my knee started to hurt. Actually it's the side of the knee because it is an IT band injury but for the sake of this post I'll just say knee. Anyway the pain came on quite suddenly and I was determined not to stop or walk so I ran the next 11.1K in quite a bit of pain. We slowed the pace and at the last kilometer I thought my knee was going to blow out but I have a bit of stubborness in me and wasn't going to quite so close to the end. I embraced the pain and pushed past it, ran up the last hill (now seriously who puts a hill at the end of a race?) and finished waving at my 3 precious kids and my parents. Shocking that brought tears to my eyes. I didn't make my time goal of 2 hours but was close at 2 hours 16 minutes and 55 seconds.

I want to thank everyone for their encouragement during the training and afterwards. I'm thankful for a husband who, remember hates running but still ran with me. And for my parents who are proud of me and that means more than they will know. And it means so much that they brought the kids down. I want them to see the stuff Mommy and Daddy enjoy (or in Chris' case don't really enjoy but know it's good for him).

Now to rest of for a bit and continue stretching and then back to training for the next race.

And seriously the snow could stop it's June already!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tomorrow's the day

Go Heather Go! Meanwhile I have the Inspector Gadget song going through my head. I know I'm nuts! Heather is swimming, biking and running in a sprint triathlon tomorrow. I wish you luck chicky! I know you'll be great!

Last night Taylor lost her first, on its own, tooth. And she then lost it lost it. We think she swallowed it while she was sleeping. We can't find it anywhere. She's little disgusted that it could end up in her poop. And knows we will not be fishing it out of said poop. Can you tell she was not one of the poop players? Anyway tomorrow we will put a note under her pillow letting the toothfairy know what has happened. I did reassure her that she would still get money.

My one question is how much are teeth going for these days? I've heard a few different amounts. Just curious.

Have a great rest of the weekend and I'll update again tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Way to go!

This past weekend my parents flew to Ottawa to participate in the Ottawa race weekend. Kristen ran the 10k on Saturday night with an amazing time. Way to go girl! So proud of you. Jordan ran the marathon, which by the way he qualified for the Boston marathon. This big sis is proud of you. You are an inspiration to me. My parents walked the half marathon and had some pb's. Makes me very proud to call you my parents getting out there and doing it. Maybe someday we'll all do a race together. How cool would that be? Now I wonder if Devin and Liz would join us?

On Sunday Heather is participating in a triathlon. I know she'll do great. I wish I could go cheer her on but she knows I'll be doing it in spirit.

If you have a chance swing by their blogs and give your congrats or best wishes.

And 5 days till the half. I'm at nervous time. The no sleep because I keep having race dreams.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lazy Me

I've been a lazy blogger lately. Haven't done a post or commented on other peoples blogs. Bad Kirsten. I'm going to try and step it up. I think today's post will be in list form.
-been busy with soccer and gymnastics
-been busy training for a half marathon (#2) next weekend.
-had a fabulous 20k run on Friday. Hopefully I can do that well at the race.
-thinking about doing another half in a few weeks. I could be getting addicted to them.
-Quinks fell off the top bunk whilst sleeping. No worries he was perfectly fine. Probably a good thing he was sleep walking or whatever he was doing.
-Spencie fell out of his bed and cut his eye on the toddler bar. (Now it looks like he is wearing makeup) Maybe the bunk bed is cursed.
-Taylor is getting assessed again at the audiologist tomorrow. Hopefully we get some kind of answer.
-Some of my family is running and walking this weekend in the Ottawa running festivities. Good Luck Jordan in your marathon, Kristen in your 10k, Dad and Mom in the half marathon. I'm really proud of all of you. Wish I could be there.
-Can't wait to get out camping. We got the trailer last weekend and now we are stoked to get out there.
-our poop issues haven't changed it's just 2 kids now. You think a kid is potty trained and then they pull a few surprises. Most days I deal well with it.
-school is almost over. Only one more month of kindergarten.
-Karri moves home soon and I'm totally excited. I miss those guys so much.
Well I think that's all for me.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Poop stories are back

So I thought I was on road to no poop issues. Since we put Spencer into a big boy bed we haven't had to use any duct tape or use sleepers. No poop playing. Now for the last week we are having problems with our fully potty trained poop monster #1. He has pooped at least once a day in his pants and I'm starting to get pretty frustrated. I don't know if he gets busy playing and doesn't want to stop or what but I'm sick of the poop smell and the constant laundry. I haven't even finished last weeks laundry because of all the poop laundry. Argh!!!!!! I'm hoping this is just phase that will be ending very soon.
If anyone has any suggestions I'll take them.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Too my Mom and all the Mom's out there. Hope everyone had a great day of relaxation and love.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Finally something exciting

(what a great husband I have.) Chris surprised me yesterday by arranging a ride along with HAWC 2 ( one of the police helicopters). Let me say how cool it was. Those that know me, know that I can motion sick very easily. So with a gravol in the ol' system I climbed in and my adventure started. They do a lot of circles so near the end of our trip I was getting hot and then pretty queasy. All I can say is thankgoodness for the air sick bags. I was embarrassed but the pilot and flight officer assured me it happens all the time. It was soooo fun. Can't wait to go again.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hmmm what's new?

Soccer season is upon us. Quinks plays on Saturday's and Taylor plays Monday's and Wednesday's. Already after one game each we can tell Quinten and Taylor are very different when it comes to soccer. Taylor kind of follows around and will touch the ball but isn't very aggresive. Quinks on the other hand is in there like a dirty shirt. Literally. At one point he was the only one from his team playing. And he's got the celebration moves down. I did get some pictures I'll post them at a later date.

Yesterday we thought we would try putting Spencie in the bottom bunk to nap while we changed the rooms around. I can't believe how smooth it was. Of course he walked around for a bit but eventually fell asleep. Bedtime last night, nap today and bedtime tonight were awesome. He didn't even get out of the bed. Total difference from the other 2. It's sad for me to have him in a bed though. He's still my baby but this seems to make him less of one.

Other than that not much new has happened around here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Weekend update

We had a great weekend here at the Lobbster Shack. Even though Chris had to work on Saturday during the day it was still awesome. Got to hang out with our friends. I love having people over. It was nice to spend time with friends we haven't hung out with in a while. And just being able to chat. Loved it. Nothing really got done around the house but that is so okay with me.
I can feel this is going to be a great week. It doesn't hurt that when I put my shorts on I found a $5 bill in the pocket. Sweet! Happy Monday! And we had minimal fights this morning. Mornings are not a smooth operation around these parts. And of course my SIL comes this week. Woohoo! Soccer starts on Saturday, hopefully the snow that is forcasted won't last that long.

That's about it. Off to do the dreaded laundry. I can't put it off forever.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Went to the zoo today, have a very messy house, had my usual Tuesday cry, still no thumb sucking, can't stop playing with the games on Taylor's webkinz thing, looking at some races to run, reading a book from my MIL (Thanks Joanne for the book and the treat inside.), I love ice cream and coffee (not together, well maybe sometimes), still have a messy house (I guess it's not going to clean itself), have 3 great kids and a husband who I love more than anything, am very thankful for all my family (wish I could see them more), have done 1 day of the 100 push up challenge (so far so good), me thinks some ice cream could be part of this evenings plan, I am loving meeting new Mom's at school and getting to hang out with them, I am a bad blogger (I will get to putting the picture on here Tammy. Just call me lazy bones.), and I'm going to have a great night of relaxation, even though the house is a mess, whilst watching LOST and The Unusuals (new show that we like).

Thought I would try something new with my post. Have a great hump day. It's been a good day for us.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

High five Taylor

It has been 1 week since the thumb sucking stuff went on. Still no sucking. She is one proud little girl and we are really proud of her. It's been tough for her to fall asleep at night but is getting better. I think all the playing outside the kids are doing will help in the sleep department.

Now that Spring is here the kids have been playing outside non stop. I have to drag them in for supper and bed. Quinks is starting to sport his summer hair color. And they both are getting the colored cheeks.

Tomorrow I am going to try and go for a run before church. It's been almost a week since my reoccurence of pain. I'm hoping it will go well. I'm missing running. Plus I've been feeling fat lately and need to really do it and push myself instead of going at a easy comfortable pace.
It was mentioned on Kristen's blog, by a commentor, about the 100 push up challenge. I'm in awe of people who can do lots of proper push ups. I cannot do them so maybe this is what I need to get started. I'll keep ya'll posted. (I'm sure you'll be dieing to know how I'll do. ;) Right.)
I'll post for me then.

Anyway it's been a day filled with play and gymnastics so I now need to clean up. There is something always to be cleaned hey?

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Easter bunny

At what age are we too old to enjoy treats from the Easter bunny? I don't think there is an age limit. wink wink nudge, nudge.

I'll cross my fingers that the bunny takes pity on me and sees that I still like getting treats, and brings me something. If not I guess I'll be raiding my kids chocolate. They're young enough that they still like sharing. Especially Spencie.

What kind of Easter traditions are out there?

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Day 3

A success and she will tell anyone who will listen and cares. We are so proud of her and she is proud of herself.

Plus we've only put the stuff on once.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Another day down

Woohoo another thumb sucking free day so far. The only down side is that it is taking her longer to get to sleep. Retraining I guess.

My IT band pain is back. I was having a great run with only 2k left and whammo it hit. If you've ever had that pain before you know the leg just doesn't want to run anymore. I was so frustrated. I've had no pain so far and with less than 2 months to go I hope I can get it undercontrol. Maybe I'm just not ment to do any distance past 12K. I'll see how tomorrows short run goes. I might just have to ease up on trying to get faster and not worry about a time goal. Argh!

Anyway having a pretty lazy Saturday with Ian and Megs. Don't worry Marilyn your daughter is being well taken care of. My kids love the both of them and won't leave them alone.

Friday, April 03, 2009

We have a winner!

24 hours down and Taylor hasn't sucked her thumb. Mavala is our winner product. So far it is worth the $12. I know crazy for some nail biter type stuff but if it is going to work I'll pay it. Taylor is pretty stoked (yeah I'm a closet skate boarder) that she hasn't sucked it all day. Helps that we've been praising her. I'm not sure how long it will take before we don't have to use the stuff. Probably sooner than later.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Should have been a dentist

We had all 3 kids at the dentist. Spencer was the only one to cry. And as we thought Taylor has a small cavity that needs to be dealt with. Thankfully they won't be using needles. Laughing gas it is. We also found out we don't need to worry about Spencer sucking is thumb till is between 2 and 3. Taylor on the other hand we need to get control over. So we bought the product they sell for stopping the thumb sucking. She said the stuff stays on for about a week instead of either washing or the kid sucking it off. Tonight will be the first day of testing. So far she hasn't tried to suck it. She told the dentist she is trying to stop but it is hard. It was so cute. And we found out her 6 year molars are coming. She also has a few loose teeth that she is anxiously waiting to lose. We've made her very aware that the tooth fairy does not bring a scooter for every tooth she loses. That was a special circumstance. I think she gets it. Other than a little crying from Spencie, which was mostly when the dentist took his thumb out of his mouth, it was a painless experience. Maybe the most painful part was seeing how much it costs us to have 3 cleanings, 3 exams, 2 flouride treatments, 1 set of x-rays, and one bottle of "miracle" thumb sucking stoppage. Amen for dental plans.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Sending a shout out to all my peeps near and far.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A toddler me thinks

Spencer is now 18 months old. Seriously where did the time go? He had his weight check and his vaccinations yesterday and today. He now weighs 21lbs 10 1/2 oz and is 31" according to our doctor and 30" according to the health nurse. He is still just off the chart for his weight but he is following his own line so nothing to be concerned about. Plus the kid eats like a pig. Most days more than his sister and brother.

Is anyone else sick of this weather? When will there be an end in sight?
I can't wait to get out in the sunshine, without a winter jacket, run in shorts, play in the yard with the kids, go for walks as a family, have Slurpee's, etc.
The cold weather has not stopped the kids. As seen here:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Oh little boys

Why is it that little boys like to do gross things? Quinks lately has had this fascination with farting on us. Luckly it has stayed in the family so don't be offended if ends uup trying to do it to you. Consider it a form of affection.

Last week Tammy gave me a blog award, my first. I have to tell 10 things about myself.

1. I used to suck my thumb. I'm kind of embarrased to say I was 12 when I stopped. That's why I want to get the oldest and youngest to stop.

2. I would love to make cupcakes and cakes for parties. But for now I do it for my family.

3. I'm running my first/second half marathon on May. It is my second time doing it and so far I am injury free so I should be able to run the whole thing. And of course my great hubby will be cheering me on right by my side.

4. I'm a closet neat freak. My house might not always be the tidiest but I sure wish it was better.

5. I love to cook and bake. I also love trying new recipes.

6. I love to share what I cook/bake with others. Having people over is so great.

7. I wish I saw my family more. They are so important to me and don't always let them know that.

8. I love watching the Biggest Loser. I commented to Chris yesterday that I cry every Tuesday because of that show. The support that they get is amazing. Last week they had to run a half marathon and I was brought to tears how much support they had around them.

9. It may seem selfish but I would love to have my family at the end of the half marathon cheering me on. And no not just my kids. To me it's important for my parents to be there too.

10. I love sales. I'm always looking for a bargain. And free is always good. Share the stuff around.

Anyway just a tid bit of info about me. I have a hard time writing stuff like that.

I now pass on the award to:





Please pray for Baby Stellan. To see there story click on the Baby Stellan picture on the right hand side. There faith is amazing.

update: I'm adding an 11th thing to my list. Just thought about it this morning. I can't stand having wrinkly clothes. I iron everything even the kids clothes. I won't even try a shirt on that is suppose to have the wrinkled look.