Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crafty Tuesday's

I've decided that I'm going to start a post every Tuesday called "Crafty Tuesday's". I'm sure there are other blogs who might do the same kind of idea, but I thought of the idea last night as a way to share the crafts I do with my daycare kids. 

 Last week I did a fun finger painting project with the kiddies and everyone loved it! I found the idea on pinterest but the picture didn't have a link so I'm not too sure who the credit goes to. I love pinterest! :)

All you need is:
Paper - I used white 12x12 scrap booking paper because it's a little bit thicker to absorb blobs of paint
Painter's Tape
Paint - I'm not very adventurous so I use washable paint!
Something to pour the paint onto such as styrofoam plates

Directions:
Use the painter's tape to spell out the child's name. I had some problems trying to get some of the kids names to fit on the paper and used a mix of lowercase and capital letters. You could always do the name diagonally on the paper to make it fit or just the child's initials. When you're done you'll want to go over the tape and make sure it's really sticking or else it might come off while the child's painting.


Pour the paint onto a styrofoam plate and you're ready to start!

Remove the painter's tape while the paint is still wet. If you remove it when it's dry then it might stick and pull off some of the paint.


The finished art projects! I love how they turned out! :)


Easy. Messy. Fun.

Monday, January 30, 2012

My Little Kallie

Dear Kallie,

I can't believe that in one month you'll be TWO! I don't know where the time has gone. 

You always make me smile and laugh with the things you come up with. Whether it's taking my car keys and saying good bye (sorry but you have to wait 14 years before that can actually happen!), using crayons or toys as microphones, or walking around in your dress up heels while carrying your purse with 2 dogs in it and pushing your shopping cart. 



I love the coffee and food you always serve me from your kitchen, it's always delicious. I love that whenever I'm doing something in the kitchen you always pull a chair over to the counter to help me.

 I cherish every single one of these moments.
Please don't grow up too quickly!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Our Story

I used to have Our Story posted in a link on my main blog page but I've made some changes. I've added an "About" page and put a link to our story here instead. 

I thought I would share our story for those of you who don't know it. 

Jon and I met in 2001 at a christian camp that we were both working at. We never really got to know each other that summer because Jon had a girlfriend...that kind of put a damper on things! We lost contact for a few years and it wasn't until the spring of 2006 that we reconnected on msn and eventually began dating.

 In December of 2006 Jon proposed (by the way I said yes!) and we began planning a wedding for July 21, 2007.

Over the winter of 2006/2007 Jon began to have trouble breathing, mostly whenever he played hockey. A couple of months went by and in March 2007 he noticed spots all over his chest. He went into the ER and after an x-ray was done we were told that there was a 17cm tumor in his chest lodged between his lungs and heart. However, due to the size and location of the tumor, Jon had mild heart failure and severe respiratory distress and couldn't even walk the the end of the driveway without needing to sit.

We waited 5 weeks for Jon's biopsy appointment because the doctors, once again, told us that they didn't think it was anything serious. As soon as the doctors got the results back from the biopsy we were called into a meeting. It was exactly three months to the day from our wedding and we received the dreaded news... Jon had Stage 3B cancer. At first I had no idea what to think about the news we had just received because, when I was seven years old, my mom died of cancer and I didn't want to have to go through a similar situation. Now when I look back I have no idea how I made it through those months. Not only was Jon going through chemotherapy but, I was also finishing up my last semester of nursing school and still trying to plan a wedding.

The doctors suddenly put a rush on everything and Jon began his first round of chemo two days later. We were told that he would require four rounds of chemo followed by radiation and then surgery. But, they didn't realize that God had other plans. We were told by the doctors to cancel our wedding because there was no way that Jon would be healthy enough, let alone have the strength, to stand for the ceremony. I refused to listen to them. There was no way that a doctor was going to tell me only three months before my wedding to put it on hold and reschedule it. After the 3rd round of chemotherapy they believed they had got rid of all the cancer and no other treatments were required! No radiation and no surgery!

It's a good thing I listened to my gut feelings and went ahead with the wedding planning because Jon finished his last round of chemo exactly 3 weeks before our wedding and, although he was bald, we were able to enjoy our wedding day and then our honeymoon in Jamaica. August 2011 marked 4 years of Jon being cancer free!

Before Jon began his chemo treatments we were told that there was a very good chance we wouldn't be able to have kids, and, that we might have to look into other options.

Well, on June 21, 2009, the day before Father's Day, we found out we were going to have a baby!

On February 25, 2010, we welcomed our daughter, Kallie Dawn, into our lives!

Daddy with Kallie, only hours old.


On September 12, 2010 we celebrated Jon's birthday with a yummy chocolate cake I made. :)
Two days later we had a big surprise.. I was pregnant! Even though it was a surprise and it took some getting used to, especially since Kallie was only 7 months old, we felt blessed to be welcoming another baby into our family.

Me and Kallie (7 months old)

On May 9, 2011 we welcomed our little Bronson Michael into the world and with his birth brought us a new challenge. Bronson was born with 4S Bilateral Adrenal Neuroblastoma. In the first 2 months of live he went through chemotherapy, radiation, a ton of other medical problems and eventually liver failure. 

This was our very first family picture. It was also Kallie's first time meeting Bronson who was already 7 weeks old.

Me and Bronson in the PICU - 3 days post liver transplant.
Bronson underwent a liver transplant at 2.5 months old with the liver donor being my sister, Sarah Beth. 

Kallie meeting Bronson for the first time outside of the hospital.
On August 22, 2011, after 3.5 months of being in the hospital, we were finally able to bring Bronson home with us. That was a very happy day that I will never forget. 

Despite going to the hospital for check ups, Bronson is now a very healthy little boy. It amazes me as to how fast he can crawl and get into trouble!

 There is no way we would have made it to where we are today without our faith in God. 

Bronson is our proof that God still performs miracles.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

InstaFriday

Happy Friday everyone!

This is the first time I've used the blogger app on my iPhone to post anything so hopefully it works ok!

As I always do, I'm linking up with Jeannett from Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

Picture #1 - Kallie likes to go through my clean, unfolded laundry. I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem!

Picture #2 - Kallie usually ends up walking around the house with one of my bra's on but I wasn't about to post a picture of that! This time, however, she put one of my pajama tops over her head and said "Look Mama, dress!". Oh, I love that girl so much! :)

Picture #3 - Elmo always gets caught in the crossfire of something at my house. This week Bronson threw up all over him. I had to hand wash him carefully because there's a battery pack in him that won't come out. I couldn't put him in the dryer either so I had to gag him with a coat hanger to hang him dry! Poor Elmo!

Picture #4 - I've never cooked chicken drum sticks before and i have no idea why I've just never done them because they're pretty easy. I made my own easy sauce (I usually use it on slow cooked pork chops but it tasted yummy on these!) and I think they turned out pretty good!

Have a good Weekend! :)



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20 Years Ago

20 years ago on January 25, 1992 my mom lost her fight to Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma. 

20 years ago I was 6.5 years old, my brother was 5 years old, my sister was 21 months old and now we're all grown up.

20 years sounds like a long time, but how does it seem to fly by so quickly?

1985 - My Mom, Dad and Me. 
Here's to remembering a wonderful mother, sister, and daughter.






Wednesday, January 25, 2012

{Coffee Date}

It's time for a coffee date!
Go and make yourself some coffee (or tea!) and then come back and join me for a little chat! :)

This morning I'm drinking a cup of Folgers Coffee. Nothing too exciting... or as good as the Tall in a Grande Pike with 2 cream I usually get at Starbucks, but it's better than no coffee at all! And, this morning, I need coffee!

Yesterday afternoon I did a fun finger painting art project with Kallie and my daycare kids. They all loved getting their hands messy and, of course, playing in the paint. When I do finger painting with 2 or more kids I only let one person paint at a time. Otherwise I think I would have a lot chaos and paint everywhere! I prefer organized chaos! :) 
I'll post the pictures of the paintings later this week!

I can't believe that one month from today Kallie will be 2 years old! I still have yet to start party planning... but I do have a vision. I just have to put it into action!

Today my morning will look a little bit like this: folding laundry, vacuuming and mopping the floors, and (hopefully) going through some boxes of clothing someone gave me for Bronson (thank you!). We'll see if I actually get all that done or not! 

Last week in my coffee post I mentioned that Jon and I were hoping to go out on a date night over the weekend. We spent the day with Kallie and Bronson and then went out on a movie date. You can read about our Saturday HERE if you haven't yet.


My husband got stuck on the highway last week because of a lot of accidents due to a snow storm. The weather doesn't look that bad here but the roads were very icy. The weather only got worse as the day progressed.

What's a coffee date if we don't mention the weather? Which, by the way, I'm so sick of the weather this winter! Where I live in Ontario, Canada the weather has been up, down, up, down. One day it's mild and pouring rain, the next day it's a snow storm with bitter cold temperatures and then next day it's mild again and everything is melting. I wish the weather would make up it's mind because my back yard has continually been a mud pit and Kallie and the daycare kids have had to stay inside. At least when it's "real" winter weather with snow on the ground the kids can go outside and burn off some energy! I found a spring countdown and there's only 53 more days to go! :)

Thanks for joining me for coffee this morning!
I enjoyed it!

I hope that you're having a GREAT week so far! :)


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Flowers, Ribbons, and Jewels.. OH MY!

Last week I decided to start making Kallie some hair accessories again. It's probably been about a year and a half since I touched any of my supplies and I thought it would be fun to make some hair clips again.

This is the mess I found when I opened the cupboard door where I keep everything. I forgot that Kallie has pulled everything out more than a couple times and everything got stuffed back in. Not to mention, while wrapping Christmas presents I went on a quick search for some red ribbon. So, instead of making hair clips I organized!

From the look of the previous picture I thought I had a lot more ribbon than this! 

 Then, I opened the "organized" box of jewels. It definitely wasn't organized and it looked more like someone had been shaking it.. (Kallie I know it was you!). I turned the box upside down and started sorting on the floor.

 So. Many. Jewels.

Finally some organization! 

After all that organization I didn't even get to make any hair clips! By the time I was finished I sat down on the couch for about a minute and then I heard kids waking up. I hope this week I'll get a chance to actually make some!

As a side note - I joined Pinterest yesterday and have been pinning away ever since! I don't know why I didn't join sooner! Anyways, you can follow me and check out my boards by clicking the link below!



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Monday, January 23, 2012

Our Saturday


I took pictures of everything we did on Saturday and I thought I'd share them with you!

I just downloaded the Adobe Photoshop Express App on my iPhone and this is the first time I've played around with it. Some of the borders (mostly the rounded ones) I wouldn't use again because they leave a black background. But besides those backgrounds I really like the app...perhaps even better than Instagram.

Jon had a quick appointment somewhere on Saturday morning, so Bronson, Kallie and I waited and watched a movie in the back seat of the van. It's not very often that Kallie gets to go back there so she was giggling the entire time! Bronson only sat still while I took the picture and then tried to wiggle/crawl on top of Kallie. Kallie wasn't too impressed, so to keep the peace I had to make Bronson sit on my lap and play with toys!

After Jon was done with his appointment we headed over to Chapters for the kids section and, of course, a Starbucks coffee. I LOVE the kids section in Chapters because they have lots of things to keep kids occupied! There's a play kitchen, wood table train set, giant tea cup seat, and tables with trucks and a lot more. Kallie spent most of her time playing sitting in front of the kitchen set. I'm not sure why she only wanted to sit on a stool, but it kept her happy!

...and there was a phone on the kitchen set. I probably spent a good 5-10 minutes holding my phone up to my ear and saying "hello.. goodbye" to Kallie on her phone. If ever I use a pretend phone on my right ear she will not talk to me until I change the phone over to my left ear. I have no idea why she's so picky over which ear I pretend to use, but it always makes me laugh!

A very nice lady who works at Chapters came over and asked Kallie if she wanted to join in story time with bells. Kallie loves to read and very quickly said YES! I was trying to find a link to the books she read but I can't find them anywhere, maybe I have the name wrong. But, there were two books and of they had a storyline that went along with ringing bells (possibly called "Jingle Books"?). They were super cute books and I was debating buying them, but I decided that I don't want need any more noisy items at my house! :)

Kallie found a GIANT stuffed Ice Cream Treat and kept taking bites out of it! She loves her ice cream... it's just too bad she can't have milk! (for some reason she's fine with yogurt, so she usually gets frozen yogurt instead). 

Time to Crash!

We were given a gift card for Five Guys Burgers and Fries for Christmas and decided it was about time we used it! (thank you to the person who gave it to us!) I love Five Guys Burgers... so delicious!

Burger anyone?

By the time we were done eating Bronson and Kallie were both ready to crash! So we dropped the Kiddies off at my parents house and went out on a much needed date!

The last time Jon and I went out on a date was somewhere in August! 
Once again, we had Christmas gift cards for a movie and dinner. (Thanks for the gift cards - you know who you are!)
 We decided to go see Mission Impossible 4 and we both loved it. It wasn't as serious as the previous Mission Impossible and had a really good storyline. I would definitely recommend going to see it!

 After the movie we went to The Keg to eat, but they don't take reservations and when we got there it was a 60-90 minute wait. It was already 7:15pm and I was starting to get tired and neither of us really wanted to stand there and wait that long. So, we cut our night short and went back to my parents to pick up the kiddies. Since we hadn't ate dinner we were able to grab some stew my mom had made for dinner. Not exactly The Keg steak dinner we were planning on but I absolutely LOVE stew! 

We had a great Saturday out as a family! I also had a wonderful time out with my hubby...even though we didn't get our dinner date!

 Maybe next weekend?!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Potty Training

I've really been wanting to get Kallie potty trained before she turns 2 on February 25. But, I have a feeling that isn't going to happen. She LOVES sitting on the toilet with a book and she would sit there for hours if she could. I have to fight to get her off the toilet and out of the bathroom, but after about 2 months of this she still hasn't gone pee. 

I've tried everything I can think of to try and get her to relax and pee. I've put her on every hour, gave her something to drink while on the toilet, and ran the tap water. Still no results. I've noticed that she can easily go 3-4 hours with a dry diaper and even after that long she won't pee on the toilet. However, she thinks it's hilarious when she toots on the toilet because it echoes...she definitely gets that from her Daddy... so she's always trying to push a toot out. But, even with trying to do that she's never managed to poop on the toilet either.

Do you have any ideas? Is there anything I'm not doing that might work?

I've only been using a potty toilet seat on the toilet, is there better luck with using an actual potty?
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I'm sick of having 2 kids in diapers and any advice would be welcomed!

InstaFriday

Happy Friday! 
As I always do on Fridays, I'm linking up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged.
Here's a peek at our week through Instagram photos.
Enjoy!

For over a year I've been doing home daycare. Usually I bring Bronson downstairs with kids but I keep him in his bumbo and I don't let him crawl around because I don't want him to get stepped on or trampled. Yesterday, I decided to be brave and let him crawl around and explore with the other kids. I literally turned my head for one second and when I looked back he was halfway into one of the play tent tunnels!  

 He loved crawling back and forth and turning around in the tunnel. It was so funny to watch his eyes get big with excitement as he moved and the tunnel fabric made funny noises. 

Finally, after a solid 8 minutes of playing inside the tunnel, he stuck his head out! But, no sooner did he stick his head out and he was back crawling and on another adventure! 

Yesterday at 2pm it wasn't snowing and our lawn was green. Three hours later our front yard looked like this! So much snow! Kallie had fun watching Jon shovel the snow and kept waving to him with excitement! 

Lately, whenever I'm in the kitchen doing something Kallie will run in and say, "Help MAma, Help", and then pull a chair over to the counter to help me. She's my little kitchen side kick. Well, I was peeling potatoes for our roast chicken dinner and before I knew it Kallie was eating a potato and saying "Mmmm Mama, Apple". Apparently she like the taste of raw potatoes because whenever I would look away she'd pick up another potato and take another bite! 



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