Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all our family and friends a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 16, 2011

More tests

We saw the pediatrician today. He is wanting to get to the bottom of this and has ordered more test for Taylor.

The good news is she had a change around just before supper. Actually asked to go play outside. What a difference. She wants to try going to school tomorrow for half a day. Woohoo we're so excited.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fingers Crossed

It feels like we have been dealing with Taylor being sick forever, even if it has only been 6 weeks. We are wanting some answers as to what she has but know that we have good doctors working to figure it out. We've been to emerg 3 times and to our own doc. And finally the last doc we saw helped us out. The 2nd time we were at the er they found an amino acid tyrosine ins her urine. Because of this they referred us to the Inherited metabolic disorders clinic. They have been awesome. The nurse there suggested we head back to the er so Monday night we did and a variety of tests were taken. One of which was an ultrasound at children's yesterday. While there the metabolic nurse came down to see us and set Taylor up for another urine test seen as Calgary Lab services screwed up the last one. What a great nurse.

We're feeling good about things. The ultrasound, x-ray and ecg were normal. The doc still thinks she could have mono but we'll know more tomorrow when we see the paediatrician. And the metabolic results should be back next week but we don't expect there to be anything there.

And hopefully she'll be back at school soon. 5 weeks is a lot of school to miss.

The boys have been great to Taylor during this time. They too are worried and repeatedly tell me they don't like seeing T sick.

I'll post tomorrow once we have a better idea, after seeing the doc.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bad Kirsten

My Dad pointed out to me that I haven't blogged in awhile. I did up a post for Q-man's birthday but I'm not sure what happened to it. So the last time I posted was beginning of October.

Lots has been going on. I started a job in October that is temp position but was then offered a casual position with the same manager. Very excited to start that in January. So been busy working 2 jobs. Come the middle of December I will be back to 1 job as I gave my notice at the gym. I looking forward to being a gym mom. Taylor has been pretty sick. Started with a rash, then came a torso pain ( around the stomach area) combined with lethargy and fever and now add on croup. She has been sick almost a month and has missed 2 out of the last 3 weeks. All she wants to do is sleep. What kid says no to tv when they are home sick? You know they aren't faking when they say no to tv. We had her a t Children's last week and the doc there thought she might have mono. We are still waiting for results to come back.

The boys have been healthy thank goodness. Not that Taylor is that sick but I hate seeing her so miserable. Quinten and Spencer have been very caring towards Taylor. Q even said it made him sad to see T sick. And then the next breath he is complaining that she doesn't have to go to school. Kids!

And I am happy to report Quinten's behaviour has gotten so much better this week. What a difference him eating his lunches at school is making. The first day he ate it all we did a family happy dance. Now if we can just get bedtime to go smoothly. :)

Other than that no new news..... Oh yeah I saw the gyno and I have surgery booked for March as long as the second cyst (which I didn't know about) hasn't grown or changed. If I don't hear anything this week that means good news and March will be a go.

Now there is no other news. Just getting ready for Christmas.

And I can't forget to mention how awesome my husband is. He is just great all around. And no he didn't hijack my blog. It's from the heart baby.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Just call me Mommy beardie

I think I would make a good lizard mom. Puff has kind of taken over our attention. Of course we still have our everyday stuff to do but the household stuff is slow to get done. If I can't find the kids or even Chris I know where to look. We can't get enough of holding Puff or feeding her. It's pretty cool to watch her eat.

We've already had her make a run for it. Taylor was holding her and Puff jumped off her leg. Freedom! We did get her back into the tank safely after she hung out under the dresser.

All in all the whole family is loving having a bearded dragon. Spencer did ask when she'll breath fire. He's convinced she needs to be a bit older.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

New baby in the house

On facebook I posted that the Lobbster shack is welcoming a new baby. It's amazing how many comments even phone calls I have received wondering if we're having another baby. Sorry no more human babies can come out of our shack. (that doesn't sound very good.)

Taylor has been wanting a lizard for the last year and today was the day she was able to get her birthday present. A baby bearded dragon. It's very cute. She has named it Puff the bearded dragon. We don't know if it's a girl or boy. And apparently it's hard to tell till they are older.

The whole family is pretty excited about having a new pet. We have all held Puff and plan to so it get's used to all the attention. In the summer we can take Puff outside for walks and stuff.

The only down side to having a lizard is the crickets. We already had 3 get out of the cricket keeper. But they were caught very quickly. Blech I hate bugs.

Here is a picture of our new pet.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A punch to the face

Can you believe it? I got punched in the face today. It was quite the brawl. I was able to dodge most of the punches but one landed on my left eye.

Yesterday I was kicked in the legs on the way to school, numerous times and today were fists to the face. And both times the perpetrators have served time for their crimes. I'm hoping the punishment will deter them from committing these crimes again.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy 8th Birthday Taylor!

It seems like just yesterday I was calling my mom in a panic because my water broke but I was not due for 6 weeks. Taylor has grown from that early baby to a really mature 8 year old. I wonder what the next 8 years will hold.

Dear Taylor,

Today you celebrate your 8th birthday. And as I write you this note I have tears in my eyes(I'm sure you've grown to realize this is a norm for me.) Just thinking back over the last 8 years. It feels like it has gone like a blink of an eye. You are so loving, complimentary, confident, athletic, strong ( I wish I could do chin ups like you.), a great big sister, beautiful, caring. And I could go on. I hope today is a day filled with joy and celebration for you. You will rock at rock climbing. And even though you aren't feeling the greatest we'll make it the best birthday possible.

I Love You!

Love, Mommy

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It's only just begun

Last week we celebrated Chris' birthday. We had a really nice day together and then on Saturday I took him out to Bolero. Such good food. Next week is Taylor's birthday. And lucky enough she is able to have her party on the actual day. So party planning for everyone has been in full swing. Taylor is having a rock climbing party and she is super excited about it. And the only thing she wants is a lizard for her birthday. Glad she didn't ask for a snake.

The boys are sharing a birthday party this year. A company called Bricks 4 kids comes and does a party with them. They too are super excited. They love lego and star wars so it's a perfect fit. And that is exactly what they are asking for as well.

The day of their party could be a bit crazy. Half marathon in the morning, T has a party to go to, Boys party and then family birthdaypalooza celebration at night. I will apologize now to our family if I fall asleep during the celebration. :)

I saw over at Leigh's blog that her birthday is coming up soon too. She was saying what she wants for her birthday. I'm going to steal her idea and ask what do you want for your birthday? We are a little birthday obsessed at the Lobbster Shack.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Things I love.....

I was reflecting today on some of the things I love, and I thought I would share some of them. And not in any particular order. Ok maybe the first 2 are in order but after that random.
  • My husband and kids. They make me smile everyday. I love being with them, even when they are whiny. The kids not Chris.
  • The rest of my family. I love that I can call up my Mom anytime and have a friend to chat with. They are amazing with the kids.
  • Running. I loved it before and then fell out of love with it but am back in to it.
  • Ice cream. If I could I would eat it for every meal, but then I would be a bazillion pounds. So I will be satisfied with it once in a while.
  • The hot, hot weather we are experiencing. Sucks that it is while the kids are in school but the youngest one and I can take advantage of the lake still.
  • Friends. They love my sense of humour and are there for me anytime.
  • Kids that are getting the cleaning up after themselves, thing. Finally they or maybe just Taylor for now, is understanding how frustrating it can be to clean up and then have it look like a tornado went through.
  • Kernels popcorn. Don't you just love it. And wouldn't you love it if they came in individual sealed bags with different flavours to choose from? Well look no further. Taylor is selling them for gymnastics. $2.00 a bag for butter salt, dill pickle, ketchup, salt and vinegar, white cheddar. And $2.25 for air caramel. Orders and money need to be into me before September 23rd. The day before Taylor's 8th birthday. And what a great birthday present that would be if you ordered some. You know ya wanna!
  • Having tear free drop offs. I can so get used to them.
  • Kernels popcorn.

Hope everyone had a great long weekend! What do you love?

Friday, September 02, 2011

School Success

I am happy to report that we have made it through the first 2 days of school. I wasn't worried about Quinten. I knew he would line up with his class and just go with it. Taylor however was acting all cool till it came time to meet her teacher and line up with her class. We were fortunate to have the same teacher 2 years in a row so it was tough on Taylor, and maybe even tougher on Mom, for her to have a different teacher. She is very sweet but that didn't stop the tears and crazy strong clinging. Seriously I'm going to have to start lifting weights just to keep up with her. I was able to pass her to the aid(and good friend). Thankfully Cheryl (aid/friend) is in her class again. Helps make the transition smooth. Once she took her Taylor was fine. In fact she came out smiling and wouldn't stop talking about her first day. And today was a very pleasant surprise. No tears, a quick hug and off she went. I'm looking forward to this year for the kids. They are meeting new friends and have old ones they are reuniting with. Some people might not agree but I think it's great that Taylor's class only has 6 girls. Hopefully they can become close.

Mrs. Veronese will always be a special person to us. Taylor was talking about her last night and how she special she is to her. And a bonus is they share the same birthday. Which in Taylor's eyes has them bonded for life. :)

And Quinten being the sensitive kid we knew he was made sure one of the little girls in his class had someone to play with. She didn't know any kids from the class and Quinten wanted her to feel included. Makes me feel good to know I must be doing something right with this parenting thing. I'll try to remember these times when I am frustrated with them.

Anyway now to birthday plan and try to relax this weekend. Chris has been working long hours and has to work all weekend so not sure I will actually relax but having a few days of off driving to gymnastics is relaxing enough.

What kind of long weekend plans do you have?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

2 more sleeps

Well school is 2 sleeps away. Yesterday and today we found out who the kids teachers are. The teacher Taylor had for grade 1 and 2 is now teaching 3. I had my fingers crossed that we would get her again so I won't lie that I was a little disappointed when I found out she wasn't in her class. I have faith that she is with a good teacher who will be understanding to her fears. Quinten I was worried about because I know all the grade 1 teachers would be awesome to get.

I have a good feeling that the start of school will be a smooth one. And maybe I won't need the sunglasses to hide my tears because my child is so upset to go. So far she is good and has told me no tears this year.
I'm also looking forward to no mid day pick up. Think of all the stuff I'll be able to get done. Spence and I will have some serious one on one time. His last year before he starts kindergarten next fall.

Are you looking forward to your kids going back to school?
For me it's mixed emotions. The kids have been fighting so much that they need to get back into it but I am really going to miss sleeping in. It's been nice having kids who at 10:30am I have to wake up so they don't sleep the day away.

Anyway I'll be sure to post how the first day goes.

Any stories out there from your first days of school?

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I love vacations

And so do the kids. On the way home from Penticton they were chanting "turn the truck around."
They of course cried when we left and I will admit I got a bit teary. It's nice to get home to our own bed, which is not full of sand, but it sucks leaving the fun of going to the beach everyday and having as much ice cream as I can.

We started the trip off with the Boston Pizza Jr. Triathlon. The kids did great. The Okanagan was freezing but our kids were troopers. This tri seemed very serious compared to the previous one they did. The water was soooo cold that when Taylor went to start the tri yesterday she freaked out. But she did it anyway.

The rest of the trip was filled with family time, friend time, beach time (not as much as we would have liked. The weather didn't cooperate the first week exactly as we had planned.), ice cream time ( I loves my ice cream), lots of BC fruit and I'm happy to report to big sickness. Our first day while traveling we had some poop issues and same kid puked in the used book store but after that all good.

All in all a great vacation. I really do wish we could go on vacation more often. I love how it brings our family closer.

Now we're back into the swing of things. And only a few weeks left till school starts.

Tell me about your summer vacations.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

So disappointed in myself

I was going to write about self criticism but erased the whole post. Nobody wants to hear about my pity party. I would like to say I can get past feeling crappy but I really struggle with it. Instead I want to hear from real women. From women who have had kids and have a hard time feeling great about their body even if there is skin hanging down and their tummy isn't flat like it used to be. So if you are out there please drop me a line.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Schools Out for Summer

Now that we are full on in summer vacation mode, I'm hoping the behaviors around here will improve. Thankfully the weather is on our side so the kids can be outside burning off all their energy. I just wish I had more to keep up with them.

I've been dealing with anemia, and I won't go into details but it's female related so I'm sure the male readers won't want to read about it. You know what whatever. Male readers stop reading now if you don't want to read about it and start at the next paragraph. So here's the scoop. After I had Spencer I had a big infection in my uterus which caused my incision to open up, which has now caused a cyst to grow on the thin tissue. I finally went to my Doc in March because I have periods that last for 3 weeks. They sent me for an ultrasound and this is when they found the cyst. I have been referred to a gyno but I don't see him till November 23rd. For the last month or so I have been feeling very tired and have had stabbing pains where the cyst is. I feel so tired that I'll drop the kids off at school and find my self falling asleep as soon as I get home. I thought maybe my blood pressure was off so I went to my favorite nurses house to check it. It was normal but my pulse was really low. So again I make another appt with my doc, just to make sure the heart rate thing is ok and see what can be done about being so lethargic. He sent me for more blood work and an ECG. ECG came back normal. So no worries about the low heart rate. And the blood work came back normal except for my iron levels. He said that 14 is on the low end of normal and mine is 4. I've been taking iron but now have to up the dose. I'm also trying to add more iron rich foods everyday. Spinach is becoming my go to smoothie ingredient. So there it is out for everyone to read. Could be why the lack of posts too.

Ok men you can read again.

Anyway I'm really looking forward to camping and just relaxing. I have a hard time doing that. So I'm going to go right now and ignore the laundry and maybe put my feet up outside while the boys play.

Happy Sunshiney Wednesday!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Somedays I just feel like crying

Today is one of those days. Being tired never helps. Quinten's behaviour is frustrating me. Over the last few weeks it has been the worst. I know he's just testing the boundaries but I've had enough. Nothing I seem to do makes him stop. You would think emptying his room of everything but a bed, dresser, pillow and blanket would have taught him. But no you'd be wrong. I'm sticking to my guns and hopefully soon he'll take me serious and know who the boss is. Soon he'll have nothing to play with. It'll make cleaning up easier if there aren't any toys. :)

And I want to say Happy Father's day to my very best friend! You are an amazing Dad who takes the time to be with your kids. And to my Dad who without I would not be who I am today.

My parents have been a great help to us lately by watching the kids when we have to work. I wish I were rich to be able to pay you back for all time. Just know that what you do for us is not taken for granted. Thank you so much! Words are not enough.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Late race review

Life is getting in the way of posting. I really must do something about that. :)
The race on Saturday was crap. It was pouring, freezing and because of that I had a crappy time doing it. My leg started to hurt with 3k left. There was a giant hill I was not prepared for and it was too soon to do another half. Lesson learned I guess. But on a positive note I got out there and did it. That has to count for something right. Not all races can be great. I'm thinking about training for a half in the fall but trying to run some 10k races in between.

I think that sums it up. Life is good around here. Dealing with the end of the school year behaviour issues, trying to keep the house tidy seen as the kids can't play outside in this rain.
I have another order for next week. Muffins and apple shaped cookies. They will be teacher gifts. I'm thinking I might do the same thing. If you are interested in doing something like that let me know.

Anyway back to the mayhem.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

11 and a half days left

School will be done. I'm really looking forward to sleeping in on Tuesday's and Thursday's. Taylor has to be at gym on Mon, Wed and Fri at 9:30. Not too early but still early enough for the Lobbster family. The behaviour at our house has not been stellar. I think we are all in need of a break.

Even though I'm looking forward to the end of the school year it sadness me too. I get a little teary just thinking about this past year and what our family has gone through and what the kids have over come. Especially Taylor. She has really matured over this last school year and we are so grateful to her teacher. I'm not sure she would be where she is if it hadn't been for Mrs. V. We've been really lucky to have her the last 2 years. And I'm happy to report that for the past couple of months Taylor has gone into school without tears or clinging to me. She doesn't even need to go in her normal door. Those are huge steps for her.

It also makes me sad because we won't see all the friends as much during the summer. It's tough when everyone goes in their different directions. I'll miss the morning, mid day and after school walks with the moms. Those are really special times for me.

I am soooo looking forward to packing up the trailer and getting to Penticton. We will be there for almost 2 1/2 weeks. We decided to go a couple of days early so Taylor and Quinten can do the Penticton kids triathlon on the 16th. I think it's pretty cool that they want to get into that kind of stuff.

Anyway, now that I've poured out my feelings I must be wrap up this post.

Tomorrow is a new day and will be filled hopefully with relaxing. 2 sleeps. And no muffin order now. They didn't get enough interest so had to cancel the event.

Good night!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Again I suck at updating

But I have good reasons. Been busy running, baking, cleaning and entertaining.

First off running. The Calgary half marathon went really well for me. My goal was to have no pain at the end. I'm happy to report I made my goal. It felt so good to finish pain free. My time really did suck but I checked my ego at the door and took er easy. In the past it's taken me months to get back into running after the painful finishes. I was able to run the Wednesday after the race. And I'm doing another one this coming Saturday in Cochrane. Again I will not be winning or setting any kind of records, but trying to finish with no pain.

Second baking. I've got a big muffin order for realtor friends. 200 muffins for this weekend. So I've been trying new recipes. The kids have been loving my trials. And so has my body. Good thing I've been able to run or else.

Third cleaning. These kids are so messy. I'm so sick of cleaning up there mess that I've been living with it. Something I find hard to do. (I know Mom and Dad you might find that hard to believe but one person can only clean up so many times before they say screw it and leave it. Then guests come over and it looks like nothing has been done.) So last week we did a big clean up but once again it looks like a bomb went off upstairs.

Fourth entertaining. I love having people over. I know some people might think I'm crazy for having people over so often. Don't get me wrong I love going to other people's houses but I don't feel comfortable inviting myself over. Anyway I'm looking forward to the weather being great so that we can have people over even if it is to just hang out on the deck.

Now that I've updated I'm off to try another recipe. I'm finding so maybe great ones.

4 more sleeps till race day. 2 of my race supporters will be busy with their own activities so it'll be buddy and Chris there to cheer me on.

Friday, May 27, 2011

A day of nothing

It's Friday. Race day is 2 days away. Tonight we are going to the package pick up fair thing. I love going to those. Getting free samples, looking at the different vendors, getting free samples. Oops I said that already. What can I say I like free stuff. Who doesn't.

Looks like the weather is going to pick up for Sunday which is good not only for the race but for the sanity of our family. The kids are going crazy being cooped up inside. So therefor mom goes crazy too. A family nap might be in order.

Good luck to Kristen, Jordan, Mom, Dad (all in Ottawa for the marathon and half marathon) and to my Aunt Beth, Irina and Leigh ( all doing the Calgary marathon runs) and Rox (doing the Abbotsford race for water half marathon). If I've missed saying good luck it's because I don't know you are doing any of these races.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Race supporters

Is this something you like having? I know I do and I like to support as well. It kind of makes me sad that half my race supporters will be at their own race across the country. But I know they'll be supporting me from there. I can find comfort in the fact that lots of people have supported me and continue to support my running hopes and dreams. My favourite race supports will be there cheering me on and that is what is most important to me.

My question to you is do you like having people come out and watch/support you?

I will admit I do and I love the signs that some people make. Even though they aren't for me they inspire me during a race.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Here's to no pain

1 week today at this time, I will be finished the Subaru Half Marathon. I have to confess that I normally get all caught up in what my time will be and what other's times are. Not this time. Ok I do still want to live up to the people who can do a half in 2 hours or less but not this race. In the past during training my knee has acted up which results in a painful, not great time, finish. So far this training session I've felt nothing. So for race day I will be taking it a slower pace as my goal is not a time goal but to finish pain free. Hopefully I'm not jinxing myself.

Next post: Race supporters

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We've got another one

Runner that is. Every year, since I was a kid, we have done the Mother's Day race. This year Taylor and Quinten wanted to run it. Taylor ran 5k and Quinten ran 3k. I wish I hadn't been running the 10 so I could have seen them do an awesome job. We were hopeful that Taylor would run the whole thing but knew that being 7 she might have to walk. We'll she, actually they both, blew us away. Chris had Taylor set the pace and she ran 5k in 36:43. That is a great time but especially for a 7 year old. My opinion at least. And for Q to do the last 3k keeping up with her is amazing also. Chris said people were amazed at what they were doing. They had lots of comments.

I love that they are interested in something that I love to do. Not everyone loves running but it is a love of mine. Taylor has joined the running club at school and wants to do more races. She actually asked if she could run the 10 with me next year. They both have some races coming up so we'll see how she does. They'll be out running me soon, although that isn't hard to do.

So that's my little bit of a brag post.

Next up my own running desires.

Monday, May 16, 2011

I know, I know

It's been awhile. I've been struggling with what to post about over the last couple of months. I've written a bunch of posts, saved them as drafts and then deleted them. You see my struggle is this, telling about what is happening in our lives but not making it sound like I am bragging. Or boring or that it is all about us.
My kids have done some amazing things lately but do I post it and make somebody else feel bad because I am proud of them and want to post about it?
Do I post about my running in hopes that someone out there won't think I'm bragging about myself? But if you don't always post things then people don't know what is happening in our lives.
Any thoughts out there?

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I hate disappointing my kids

But sometimes you have to. When Chris went to get Quinten from Sunday School this past Sunday, his teacher let Chris know that they prayed for our baby. In a bit of shock Chris asked what baby. The teacher said Quinten had told the class we were having another baby and wanted to pray for it. She felt really bad when Chris informed her we were not having another baby. Now that is a sure way for a rumour to start. Q has been talking about wanting a baby lately and we've had to explain that will not be happening. Although we didn't go into details as to why it won't be happening. I guess now he'll be praying for a miracle.
Man kids crack me up.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A big giant Thanks

Thank you to everyone who ordered from Taylor's indeygo fundraiser. Every little bit helps. I'll be sure to shout out the next one.

I don'r have much to report today but is anyone else sick of this weather and ready for spring?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Different Doughs

Taylor is doing another fundraiser. I've posted on Facebook but realized I haven't put anything on here. This time it is cookie dough, muffin dough, cinnamon bun dough and doggie dough. THe cost is $14/3 lb tub for the cookie, muffin and doggie dough. And $11 for 8 cinnamon buns or sticky buns. If you are interested please let me know. I need to have orders and money in to me by FEb 17th so I can submit them for the 18th. I've heard great things about the company and if you want to check out their website it is you can then get an idea of what's available.

Also got Skype figured out so if anyone out there wants to chat let us know.

Peace out!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


I've decided that I haven't been putting myself out there in regards to my cupcakes and cakes. I would love to have more business but maybe need to have more examples. So I'm going to make them just for us and hope that people like what they see and want to order from me. If you know anyone that is looking for cupcakes or cakes please send them my way.

Also I'm trying to come up with a name as I want to get some business cards to hand out. Any suggestions out there?

Friday, February 04, 2011

Hey there you are

I've talked in the past about my lack of self confidence. And I probably have sounded pretty pathetic. But I want to announce on here that I've been searching for it and have found some. Everyday gets better. It's amazing how I look at myself differently. I don't want to be one of those people that everyone looks at and wonders if they are happy. Right now I am so happy. Yeah my house might not be the cleanest, kids don't always listen etc but I have it pretty good. I have a husband who adores me and who I adore, kids who tell me everyday they don't ever want to trade me (although sometimes I am the worst mom according to them, but I know they don't mean it.).
The last little while our family has had some challenges but we are moving forward and putting the past behind us and look toward to future and how amazing it will be.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Better, much better

Boy am I glad that this week has been better for the Quinkster.
Chris won Flames hockey tickets just before Christmas so we decided to put them in Quinten's stocking. The game was last night and we were really hoping for good behavior this week so we didn't have to take the game away. Needless to say he was able to enjoy his first NHL game. He had a blast. It was a late night for him but it was so worth it. Especially to see how beaming he was.
I also think the weather is helping everyone's mood. How can you not feel better when it's above 10 degrees. Not looking forward to more winter that's fo sho.

Anyway I'm off to do more laundry. A certain 3 year old decided to wipe his own bum which resulted in a fail. Which also resulted in poop smears on both boys bedding. Good times!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

There's a hole in the wall dear Liza, dear Liza....

We've had quite the trying week with the Q man. Let's just say the first part was good but then Wednesday hit and all hell(sorry) broke loose. We found out that he hasn't been on his best behavior at school Mon, Tues and Wed. Not sure why his teacher waited till Wed to tell us but whatever. Let's just say after numerous time outs, bedroom bound time away (him not me), buckets of tears, various items being thrown at the bedroom door, hot sauce and a hole in the wall I was very glad to drop the boys off at my parents house on my way to work. I will say something good did come from it. I've learned not to react to his behavior. I let hearing a 5 year old tell me how terrible a mom I was beat me down. So of course I reacted and yelled which in turn made it worse.
The rest of the week got better and we're thinking positively that next week will be even better and we'll get positive reports from his teacher.

I will say I felt like I had failed as a parent. Please tell me I'm not alone. Any stories out there?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Hi my name is Kirst.....

and I'm not a neat freak. In fact the past few days we've been living in the land of stuff everywhere. Not sure how it happened but it looks like a laundry bomb and a toy bomb went off. Tomorrow is operation getter done. So by tomorrow night I should be feeling better about how the house looks. And will be feeling better about the weather. Woohoo for chinooks. Anyway just a quick post now to get the kids into bed.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Never say Never

Why did I have to open up my big mouth about our family not being sick? Argh! Quinten usually gets a sore tummy but woke up at 11 and I had to lay with him for a few hours. He was finally asleep, so I finally got to sleep when I hear puking in the bathroom, where I find Taylor. But then also find a large amount on her floor and bed. That wasn't just a wipe up job had to bring out the big guns and use the steam cleaner. Now I'm crossing my fingers she is the only one.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One for the record books

Bedtimes are not an easy thing around here. We are very lucky to have kids that have slept through the night at an early age and they also like to sleep in. Good on weekends bad during the week. We however were not blessed in the east bedtime area. It seems to be such a fight with all 3. Tonight however was different. My Dad was here watching the boys while Taylor and I were at gymnastics. Me working her training. Anyway, normally when I get home they are still awake and then want snuggles etc from me. Tonight my Dad had both asleep. Amazing. Now comes the oldest. Normally she wants to watch tv before bed on gym nights. You see we get home at 9:00pm and her bedtime is normally 8:30. Sometimes I give in because she is complaining about how she misses out by being at gym. Seriously kid you don't know how lucky you are to have the opportunity to do gymnastics. Again anyway, rambling a little. She walked upstairs right to bed and fell right asleep without changing. She did mention at the gym that she felt sick and that she might puke. Thankfully no pukes. But YEAH for easy bedtimes. Now time for me to put my feet up as the craziness continues tomorrow.

Nighty night!

I also need to say how thankful I am for my parents helping out by watching the kids when both Chris and I have to work. It is very much appreciated.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bad, bad, bad me

I'm not one to make official resolutions so here is an unofficial one. To blog more often. I know I've said it before but this time I'm really going to try. In all fairness we've had some computer problems so even trying to get the computer to turn on was difficult. Anyway here I am posting my back at it blog. Boy do I have a lot to catch up on.

I guess first I'll post some pictures from our Disney World vacation. Chris' parents took us on a big family vacation for their 40th Anniversary. We are very thankful to them for their generosity. We had a great time. It has only been in the last few days that Taylor hasn't asked to move there. Now I've got a bit of the travelling bug. Although I think the next vacation will be saved up for Chris and I to go without the chitlins.

That is just a taste of how our trip was.

Next was Christmas time. Which is always busy. Luckly our family didn't get sick even when those around us were. Knock on wood we don't get it now.

Now we are back into the swing of things. School, soccer, work, gymnastics, swimming lessons.
Life is not the sit around kind that's for sure.

That's it for now. We'll see what interesting stuff happens today. Now that I'm posting it a day after I started. (pictures were taking too long to load so I went to bed)