Friday, October 31, 2008

I was tagged by my friend Laura over at (at least I THINK I'm the Kim she tagged haha) So I am going to post this :)

Highlight the things you have done

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (just recent ones haha)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke--does SingStar count?
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Guide Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

I guess I'll tag

I don't know if anyone else who blogs read this blog LOL!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Weight Watchers and Days out

I am trying to lose weight. Yup, me, the anti- diet, be who you are person has given in to the pressure of the clothes rack and have decided to lose some pounds. I am following the weight watchers plan, although I didn't actually JOIN weight watchers. I have a handy dandy scale upstairs that keeps me in line. so far, though, I still haven't really gotten off my lazy behind and worked out, although as the weight is coming off I do feel far more energetic for things like running through the woods with the boys or walking far distances.

I was doing well until BAM I hit a day out. and well, it's harder to count points when you don't have your slidey point counter thing, or your book to tell you how many points a taco is worth! (It's three, in case you were wondering) and it's hard to eat your garden salad and drink your Dasani (bleeeech) when the kids are eating southwest chicken burgers and fries and sprite! so I took nibbles and then ate my salad (dressing on the side, of course).

So I am proud of myself that I pretty much stuck to the weight loss thing when I was out.

We didn't really do much, just went to a few antique stores and lunch. Kyle spent his birthday money on a trumpet. (yes, a trumpet, brass musical instrument that people play in a band) It was pretty cute to watch him barter with the woman selling it. She was asking for *** amount, and he had **, so he just marched right up to her and said Excuse me, Miss, could I buy that trumpet for ** dollars? it was my birthday, and that is all the birthday money I have." she looked rather like she didn't really want to sell it for that amount, but she said "oh, well, only because it was your birthday" and now he has a noisy trumpet and is happy as a clam. He and his brothers are outside playing their "band" as we speak. (Ryan has a bugle, and Liam has a tin whistle, recorder, flute,clarinet, harmonica, whatever)


Kyle at his favorite passtime, taken by my sister:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


It's arrived in full force now. The leaves are falling thickly and fast, and there's a distinct chill in the air for sure. The boys had to wear toques to school today! Well, the two younger ones who haven't decided that being cold is cool anyway. I like fall, with it's brilliant colours and cooler temperatures, but I don't like thinking about what comes next~ winter.

The maple trees in our yard provide us with a lovely carpet of red, orange, yellow and brown to rake up, jump in and then burn or compost. Well, last year there were far too many to compost, so we burned a few bags. I love the smell of the burning leaves. It just makes me feel like making a big pot of chili and some homemade bread!
Wally likes to chase the leaves, roll in them, and bark at them too. Well, ok, he'll bark at almost anything hahaha. He really needs a haircut but I am not sure if I should this close to winter!
and one final picture of the three guys and the pup off to the bus stop.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Candy apples and Children's treats

On Saturday, we were invited to a children's treat at some friend's house. They were having the whole Sunday School over, and even though my children aren't part of that particular sunday school, they were invited anyway! The congregation G and I are part of is VERY small (7, total, not counting the kids!) so therefore it's a Sunday school of three. So our boys are often invited to join in other Sunday school's activities.

The couple that hosted it live in the country, so plenty of space for all the kids to run around. They played soccer for awhile, and while us ladies were busy preparing the meal and dessert, the children had a scavenger hunt. Liam was completely overjoyed to find the plastic easter egg with the twonies in it!

and I HAVE to blog about this~ I made brownies, oodles and oodles of brownies.......and........THEY TURNED OUT!!!!!! I have never before in my life been able to make brownies that were harder than pudding or softer than rocks!! I was so happy!

Anyhoo, after the scavenger hunt, it was grub time. The kiddos (and grown ups!) all chowed down and I think everyone was pretty stuffed by the time we were done.

FINALLY, it was candy apple time! All the kids lined up, got an apple on a stick and dipped it into the candy mixture. I'd never had or made one before, and it was kind of fun! Unfortunately I only took before pics, and none after.

A great time was had by all and we came home, very tired and sticky and completely happy!

Friday, October 17, 2008

What a night!

I was sooo sleepy last night that I fell asleep just after 8pm! It's a good thing I did too, because my sleep was interrupted many times. he first time, it was Liam knocking on my door to tell me that he couldn't sleep, which I could not help in any way, so he was trundled back off to bed. Next, the fire alarm went off! it blipped, beeped, and then BEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPP it was off like a siren. It was absolutely NOTHING. I guess it just felt like a test run. so we get nicely snuggled in and asleep again, when BEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPP it went off AGAIN! again, absolutely nothing.
Then, the alarm clock went off way too early, a whole hour early, and hubs being too sleepy to properly fix it, just hit snooze. so the alarm went off every 15 mins for the next hour.
I hope tonight is not quite as eventful!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Boy is 10!

Kyle turned 10 today. It's really hard to believe that my chubby, blonde happy baby boy has stretched into this thin, brown quiet ten year old! I couldn't ask for a better son, he's really a great kid :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Proof of Global Warming

I don't personally believe in the global warming theory. I know that we humans are making it a unpleasant place to live, but that isn't what this post is about!

Here it is, your proof of global warming!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I am SO sick

I haven't been this sick in well, I don't remember how long. It's pretty awful~ headache, hot and cold, achy, my teeth feel like they will shoot out of their sockets at any time! Last night was the worst, with hot and cold spells keeping me awake for much of the night. I hope I am feeling much better by Friday, because G has booked the day off and I have plans for the evening! We have a bit of a busy weekend planned for sure. The St Thomas conference is this weekend, and thanksgiving is on Monday. Friday is my Mom's birthday, Monday is Cindy's, and next Thursday my lil guy Kyle turns TEN!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

New Kitty

I succeeded in capturing Ginny the wild cat! I have a few battle wounds to prove it, but at least she's safe and sound in my bathroom, cozied up on a warm blanket with plenty of food, water and kitty litter to keep her comfortable. She's growing more and more friendly as each hour passes, and she comes purring out to see us when we open the bathroom door!

I don't want to let her out until I am sure she is litter trained. I don't want any nasty surprises on my bed or anything!

There's also a Ginger Tom hanging around, which we thought was Baby, until we got a good look at him. we're putting food out for him, but that is the extent of it.