Sunday, February 3, 2019

One Month Down

Well, January is finally done... not that it's been horrible... but it hasn't been wonderful either.  There has been way too much sickness this past month and I'm hopeful that now that we're all healthy - we can stay that way!  

We had all our regular activities this week with piano and dance, but the kids had a PD day on Wednesday.  Emma had her Jr. Choir party at the school.  They are done choir for the year (which I'm not overly happy about).  This was their big party with bouncy houses and lunch, etc.  

I managed to get to the temple with Shauna on Thursday morning and then I got to go to my Book Club that night.  We read, "Mrs. Mike".  It was a good book - all set in Alberta.

The kids went to Lego League/Crafty Critters on Friday after school for an hour and then we pulled them out to go to the RV show in Lethbridge.  We were quite disappointed with the show this year.  It was extremely small and not a lot of selection.  We did get a few ideas for some upgrades/modifications we'd like to make to our trailer though.  Small things, like a USB charging station and a different towel rack.

The kids had Champs on Saturday and Lennard worked on his plane most of the day.

Today we had my parents over for dinner and then I got a Sunday afternoon nap!  That hasn't happened in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  When I woke up, Buddy was sound asleep on my legs!  Lennard and Ben went over to Holland's house to watch the Super Bowl with a bunch of guys.  Ben was the only kid there and he thought it was pretty awesome!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Another Week

January has been a hard month.  We've all had some sort of illness or another... and some of us more than once!  I have felt like death warmed over and hence, nothing has got done around the house.  It's been rough! 

Lennard had his last appointment with the specialist in Calgary for his wrist on Monday.  I was planning on going with him, but I just wasn't feeling well enough to go.  My dad ended up going with him instead and I stayed in bed.  Good news though - he's healed enough that he's done with all the specialist appointments and physio!  Hooray!  It's been a long haul!

Lennard was going to go to our Ward Temple Night on Tuesday night, but, once again, I wrecked our plans.  He ended up taking Emma out for her dance class and missing temple night so that I could stay in bed.  Grrr...

By Wednesday, I was starting to feel a bit better.  We had my parents over for dinner.  Thursday, I was SO ready to get out of the house, that we went to Lethbridge to get groceries.  I got a new food processor too (since I wrecked mine...oops!).  It felt so good to be out!

Friday morning, I helped make smoothies at the school for everyone.  It went really well this time and we were done making about 600 smoothies by 9:30.  The kids got home from school at noon and begged to go down to Lego League and Crafty Critters.  We got there a bit early and had to wait for them to open, but they ended up staying until 3:30 when Lennard picked them up on the way home from work.  We got to babysit Bryan and Spencer that evening while Mindy & Dan took the rest of their boys to do baptisms.  Rachel & Cub were in town and invited us to go out to dinner with them at Ming's, so we loaded everyone up and went!  Bryan wouldn't eat anything and Spencer had about 4 chicken balls and a couple shrimp.  Ha! Ha!  Big eaters!  They didn't charge us for them, so it all worked out.  It was Brooke's birthday too, so it was fun to get to see her and wish her a Happy Birthday.  I was teasing her that she's my birthday buddy (since we're the only ones in the family born in January), but she didn't think that was right.  Ha! Ha!  It was a fun evening.

Saturday, the kids had Champs.  They had to leave ten minutes early so that Ben could go to his friend's (Huntly) baptism.  Then, as soon as they were back from that, we headed down to the theatre to see "Mary Poppins Returns" with the kids.  They loved it and it was so fun to watch their expressions.  Such a fun movie.

We all made it to church today!  Well... we all got there, but then just before Sacrament meeting started, Lennard got called out for a power outage.  So, he left and the rest of us stayed.  He got home just 15 minutes before we did.  We had my parents over this evening for meatloaf (Ben's choice).  We sat and visited for a while and had a pretty relaxed evening.  We didn't end up getting our 'Home-Sunday School' done this afternoon, so we'll do it tomorrow night. 

Hopefully this next week finds us all healthy! 

Haven't taken many pictures this week... I had to laugh at this one though.  The second Lennard has food, Buddy comes running.  He sure wanted some of Lennard's lunch of fried chicken!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Week in Review

It's been a bit of a crazy week.  On top of all the regular activities, Lennard had his LAST physio appointment on Wednesday!  Hooray!  He goes to the specialist in Calgary tomorrow and hopefully that will be 'it' for his wrist.

Ben got sick with the flu on Thursday.  Thankfully we were able to get in to see the doctor as soon as the clinic opened.  He was home from school Thurs/Fri.  The medicine seemed to help and, other than a bit of a cough, he was feeling great by Friday afternoon.  

Champs (basketball) started again yesterday.  Both kids begged to go again, so we signed them up for another 8 weeks.

Emma had some 'hair' issues after getting home from school on Friday, so we spent ALL day Saturday cleaning, washing clothes and bedding and treating her hair.  I think we caught it super early and hopefully we won't have any other issues!

I ended up getting sick again with a weird cough.  I feel okay, not great, but not horrible.  Because of me not feeling well and us wanting to make sure Emma wouldn't 'share' anything at church, she and I stayed home from church.  She ended up watching a few church movies and then when Ben and Lennard got home, they watched a few episodes of Studio C.

We had our 'home Sunday School' this evening and talked about John.  We also had a fun lesson where the kids got to search for pieces of paper with a flashlight and when they found them it told us how Jesus brings light into the world.  It went really well... and I think they learned something...

I came in to Ben's bedroom the other night and found him and Lennard making shadow puppets.  It melted my heart to see Ben's joy!  It's truly the simple things in life!

Monday, January 14, 2019

O Canada

Emma was excited that she (with a group of Grade 3 girls) got to sing 'O Canada' for the assembly today. She really wanted us to be there, so even Lennard popped in for a couple minutes to hear her sing.  They did a good job.  I was all the way in the back, so my camera would only zoom in this much.  It's not the greatest picture, but it's better than nothing.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Date Night

We've had a busy week getting the kids back in school, starting piano lessons again, going out for my birthday, Emma had dance on Tuesday and on Wednesday she had Activity Days and I put on a Relief Society activity. Lennard had a Flying Club Meeting Thursday night and then a couple appointments in Lethbridge today.  Emma also had a birthday party today and Ben has one to go to tomorrow!  Whew!  Then, we got invited to go out with friends tonight! With the amount of trips we've been making in to Lethbridge, we considered saying no and just staying home, but it doesn't happen very often that we get to go out with friends, so we said yes to going out with them. 

We went to Moxie's for dinner first.  The meal was good (once we got it), but a little pricier than I would normally like.  After that we headed across the street to go axe throwing!  I've never tried to throw an axe (and it was very evident...).  I finally managed to get it to stick and didn't do too bad after that.  Lennard was great at it, although by the time we were done, his wrist was hurting a bit.
Another bulls-eye for Lennard!

Nichols', Redford's, Henline's and Anderson's
It was a fun evening out and a good chance to get to know some other couples a bit better.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Happy Birthday

Another year and another birthday.  According to Emma, I'm OLD!  Ha! Ha!  I guess to her I am... and some days I feel older than I would like to be, but it is what it is.  

I had a great day.  The kids were off to school, I got some stuff done around the house and then I went to Shannon's and got to snuggle her new little boy, Luke for a couple hours!  She was feeding him when I got there, so we were able to just sit and visit. It feels like forever since we've done that. Once he was done eating I got to get some good snuggles in.  He is SO adorable!  Shannon's mom and dad are here from Utah, and her mom was so cute.  She even brought us lunch (since we'd gabbed that long!).  I had to call Lennard and say sorry for missing lunch with him!  oops!

Once I got home (just before 1:00), I was able to get dinner made for my parents and the kids since Lennard and I were going in to Lethbridge for the evening.  I got Emma's hair done for dance and got her into her dance clothes and then we headed out.  My parents took her to dance and Ben got to hang out with them.  (THANKS, Mom & Dad!)

We ran a couple errands and then went to the food court for dinner.  We then went to see the movie "Mary Poppins Returns".  I loved it!  There were a few scenes that I didn't think worked, but the overall movie was great.  I loved the music especially.  I loved seeing Dick Van Dyke in it and Angela Lansbury.  So great!

When we got home, the kids were in bed, but they'd left me birthday notes and treats.  So cute! 

Ben's was taped to my bedroom door as I came in and Emma's was on my bed. 

I feel so blessed.  I had so many birthday wishes on Facebook and phone calls and texts from family and friends.  Here's to another year!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Love This

With my parents being 'homeless' right now, we are blessed to have them at our house quite a bit.  We sure love getting to share meals with them, but the best part of the whole situation is seeing my kids getting to play with their grandma and grandpa.  

I had to take a picture of Ben and Grandpa playing 'Go Fish' after dinner today.  I love that Ben had to lay all his cards out on the floor so he could see his matches... and that he had to keep telling Grandpa how to play the game properly.  Ha! Ha!