- The motel called us back last night, but to my work number. I logged in to my work e-mail this morning to hear an exasperated woman say we can stay for two nights. Nate called and they told him they cancelled the other people. We had booked first. Tomorrow, we are off to Waterton :) Supposedly they have a boat tour that lasts 2.5 hours. I'm pretty stoked. Oh, and a chocolate store that has old fashioned candy and icecream. Sounds like heaven
- When Grace was born our utmost concern was if she had any allergies, given Nate is anaphylactic to dairy. We thought we were scott free until last summer when she was bitten by mosquitoes. Her arm swelled up like a balloon, and we became dependant on bubble gum flavored Benadryl. We were doing pretty good this summer until this week. She was bit on the shoulder on Wednesday afternoon and by last night her arm was swollen from her shoulder to her elbow. Nate insisted I bring her to the Dr. We were told this morning it was indeed a mosquito bite again and that during the mosquito season we should be giving her Benadryl every night. She also was prescribed an antibiotic to reduce the swelling. We were concerned about dairy, peanut butter - food type allergies. Never would I have thought of mosquitoes. Makes me concerned if she ever gets bitten by a bee.
- I'm feeling like the cool kid on the block. Grace has been asking the past few days to sit at the table with us rather than in her highchair. Our portable booster seat stays at my Mom and Dad's so today I picked this up. I am in love with it. And this cool placemat. I can't wait for her to wakeup from her nap and see her new spot at the table.
- Came here to see some craft news? Clue 4 arrived for Henry last night. We are now up to 392 stitches for one round. Eek! We have two weeks to do Clue 4 before the last clue arrives. So far, I'm loving it. Here's some snapshots of completed Clue 3.
- I'm searching for a modern baby quilt pattern - something kind of funky. Anyone have any ideas?
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
For our first anniversary, it was my turn to plan our weekend - a surprise for Nate. I got us a room for the weekend at a little lodge outside of Banff and we went white water rafting.
For our second anniversary it was Nate's turn. We went camping - it was glorious.
But somewhere along the line, at our 5th anniversary the first year Grace was born, I sort of took over. I like planning, Nate's pretty easy going, so we've done things like gone hiking, or stayed in town and gone to Cirque du Soleil. Nothing quite as exciting as the early days and heading out of town.
Until this year. I got the crazy idea to head to a small town in Alberta and explore a little, bringing our toddler with us. In June I found a motel online in Waterton and booked us in. Four glorious days over the August long weekend.
I called three days ago to confirm. Yep, booked in for three nights. I call tonight to ask if we can have a cot put in our room for our daughter.
The woman says "oh, did you get our message for you to call?"
Me "Um, no"
Her "Oh, well, we only have you booked in for one night"
Me "Pardon me? I made a reservation for three nights"
Her "We only have one marked down. It was a part time staff that took your reservation. She must have booked it wrong."
Me "I called three days ago and you told me I was booked for three"
This conversation continued for awhile. Perhaps she could find us a room for the a second night in Pincher Creek? Um, we were wanting to stay in Waterton, not in Pincher Creek. Perhaps we could come back some other time and get a really great deal? Um, we have made plans to come this weekend.
I asked if the people booked on the Sunday night in our room were expecting to also be there on Saturday. She didn't know. I asked who booked first, she said we booked the same day. Interesting.
I was REALLY looking forward to a weekend away. I'm hoping it still happens. I don't feel like driving 6 hours in a weekend with a toddler for a one night stay.
I'll be sitting here tonight, waiting for the phone to ring, and hoping Saturday we'll be celebrating 7 years of marriage by packing up our car and heading South.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Care to play along? Cast your vote on the side bar. I'll put all the correct voters names into a draw to win something sweet, or something puppy dog tail'ish.
Here are some things to consider when voting:
The two hearbeats we've heard have been 150 bpm and 138 bpm. Grace's HB's were always over 150.
This baby does not like chocolate but is a fan of hard candy - Bottle Caps, Jawbreakers, you get the idea. It is not a fan of fruit juice, but loves kettle corn and frozen lemonade.
I have been physically ill since week 5 of the PG, tapering off to just nausea around 13 weeks. I'm still nauseous. I stopped being nauseous with Grace at 16 weeks. I'm now 18 weeks.
I was 29 when we conceived this baby and it would have been in April (just if you want to reserach the Chinese Calendar!).
Looking forward to seeing your answers!
Monday, July 27, 2009
What I realized, after I peered into her new room, watching her little body sleep in a single bed that all of a sudden appeared huge, is that I take a long time to make decisions. But by the time I get to actually putting that decision into action, I find it really easy. Like ripping a bandaid off. I would compare it to staring at a bandaid for a really long time, getting up the gusto to rip that thing off, knowing it might be painful but for the best. Then you rip quickly, and it's done.
So far, I've witnessed it with:
Taking away her soother (it could have been done way before I got up the guts).
Potty training (she was ready at least 3 weeks before I finally started).
Moving her to her new room (it's been ready for weeks).
I'm sure as I continue on this parenting journey, my kids are going to teach me way more things about myself than just this one little glimpse into a personality trait of mine. I'm glad I'm a 'rip it off' kind of person. I have found the above transitions relatively easy - meaning I don't cry hysterically when they happen because I'm 'letting go'. I must move past that somewhere along that long decision line of mine, because those moments all have made me smile. Smiling at Grace thinking "wow, she's growing up" and "she's such a cool little person". Not to mention I'm smashing proud of her.
What glimpses into your personality has your parenting shown you?
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Yesterday we were invited over to friends of ours for lunch. We ended up staying til 7 pm when we had to get Grace home to bed.
We spent our day with our feet hanging in a kiddies pool while our daughters played.
And over the course of the day we managed to eat an entire pie. Ridiculously delicious.
Today Nate and I headed to the Zoo with Grace.
Train rides, elephants, frogs, flamingos... what a wonderful way to spend a morning.
She enjoyed this way more than this picture lets on...
18 weeks today!
Not to mention we got to see these visitors. How cute is he?
I hope you've had as wonderful as a weekend as we have!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I cast off the body of the Honeycomb Blanket on Friday night. I thought doing the border would be a snap. Um, wrong.
Each night since Friday night (it's now Tuesday) I have been knitting, and frogging, that dang border. At first I attempted a rib border like the pattern suggested. I ripped it out. The long sides were just fine, but the short top end.... it just wouldn't not curl. I thought "ok, I just need to loosen up my cast off". I went up 5 needle sizes to help that issue. Still didn't work (insert serious frustration on Sunday night here).
Monday I came up with a new plan after looking at finished blankets on Ravelry. I'll do a stockinette stitch with a mitered corner. Perfect. Ripped out all the rib stitches and did the stockinette. Long sides were great. That dang short end - still pulling. ARG!
Insert my brilliant husband here (who is not a knitter). "Um, honey, the stitches are too far apart, and the cast off edge is too close" (*he did not say cast off... that would be too knitterly... he used some plain English term I can't recall). "You need your stitches to be closer or the cast off edge to be furthur apart". I ignored his comments. Until....
I was laying in bed and it hit me. The pattern said, for the long sides, to pick up 106 stitches. That meant I was picking up every 2nd stitch. I just assumed (here in lies the problem) that I would therefore pick up every 2nd stitch along the top. Wrong. The pattern says to pick up 86 stitches along the top. That is every stitch. Crap. Nate was right. Insert apology here.
Simple Math Carmen. Simple Math.
Lesson learned. Don't jump to your own conclusions too quickly. Read the dang pattern and save yourself the headache.
Now to finish off that blanket.... (and pray the extra stitches solve the problem).
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Look at that crazy line up of cars!
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There is so much more I could share. What a riot these past few days have been. We headed home today, and leaving the grounds there were port a potties knocked over, sofa couches abandoned (supposedly last year over 200 were left on the grounds), and seagulls waiting to start their very own festivities off of all the leftovers. Despite the disaster of the grounds, I would easily go to another event like this again. And I REALLY enjoyed my shower at home tonight :)
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
EDIT: Thank you all for telling me I'm not anything 'ubby'. Many of your comments made me giggle. And I'm glad to see you all feel like I do - they should SOD off, and it is OUR baby so why should they care when it arrives? Glad I have some people on my side of the court ;)
- Tell me that I'm looking tubby (thank you Grandma)
- That I'm looking chubby (thank you my dear manager at work)
- Perhaps given the above two items, nothing that ends in 'ubby'
- That we didn't time this baby very well
And please remember your body language. I don't appreciate:
- Groaning, eye rolling, feet shuffling, and looking away when I say the Due Date is Christmas.
What is that old adage? If you have nothing nice to say, please don't say it.
We are ecstatic we are pregnant (actually beyond ecstatic). And all we want is our baby to be healthy. This baby has come when it was intended to. If that happens to be December 23rd, or December 25th, we are totally a ok with it. We frankly don't care if you aren't. But, we'd appreciate not hearing about it.
(Just needed to get that OFF my chest)...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
1. I was born in 1979.
2. Yes, that means I am turning 30 this year. In two months yesterday.
3. I'm not scared about that number. I'm actually kind of excited.
4. I live in the same city I was born.
5. I was born in the Grace hospital. Fancy that that is now my daughter's name. No, we didn't even think of that when we named her.
6. I started playing the piano at the age of 3. I remember asking my Mom.
7. I started playing flute in Grade 7 and began private lessons in Grade 10.
8. My parents moved to an acreage when I was in Grade 9. I thought my world was ending.
9. After one year at a school in the country, I drove into a HighSchool in the city for Grade 11 and 12.
10. I will not live in the country again. I'm meant for the city.
11. I was baptized as a baby in a Lutheran church.
12. I was confirmed when I was in Grade 7.
13. I chose to be re-baptized when I was 19 before I left on a missions trip (much to the chagrin of my grandfather).
14. I spent a year living overseas in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania with Mennonite Central Committee.
15. I met my husband in youth group. I was his leader.
16. I was in 2nd year University, he was in Grade 12.
17. We started dating in 2000 when I moved home from Africa.
18. We dated for just over a year before he proposed.
19. He proposed on top of a mountain with champagne, at midnight.
20. I applied to two Universities after Grade 12. The University of Lethbridge and the University of Victoria.
21. I was accepted to both but chose to move to Victoria.
22. I had never been on a ferry before until I drove out to the coast that year. It fascinated me.
23. I have two brothers. One older, and one younger.
24. My older brother moved to Victoria when I was in third year. We lived together for two years before I moved home. I loved having that time with him.
25. I am the youngest Granddaughter on my Dad's side of the family.
26. He is the baby of 10 kids.
27. My Mom is one of 8 kids.
28. Needless to say I come from a large family.
29. Despite this, Nate and I only want two kids.
30. We already have our first. Grace was born in 2007.
31. We are working on our second. Babe #2 is due Christmas 2009.
32. This will be the 9th birthday for our family over the holidays.
33. I love pasta. Even plain with parmesan cheese is great.
34. My favorite candy in HighSchool was Skittles. Now it would be Starburst.
35. I am just under 5'4.
36. I love country music. Have since I was little.
37. I converted my husband to country after we'd only been married 2 years.
38. I don't miss the ocean (Nate would wince if he read that).
39. I may be the only person who loves the province of Saskatchewan. Acres and acres of prairie are just beautiful.
40. Nate and I were married in 2002 in a Lutheran church by a Non Denominational pastor who is a woman.
41. I was 21, Nate was 20.
42. We have been married 7 years this August. Time passes quickly.
43. For our first anniversary we went white water rafting.
44. For our sixth anniversary we took our then baby daughter for a hike.
45. I will never be a vegetarian. I love meat too much.
46. I started running in Grade 7 in track and field.
47. I remember running a track meet in Grade 9, and as I neared the finish line, I saw my Dad at the end in his business suit. I was struck with how much he loved me that he left work to saw me compete. It is such a beautiful memory for me.
48. I started running marathons the year I was married.
49. I have now run six marathons and hope to run many more.
50. I'm addicted to running.
51. And coffee.
52. I started drinking coffee in 2003 when a co-worker introduced me to Starbucks.
53. Now I'm not sure what I'd do without it.
54. I'm not a big fan of chocolate. I like it, but I've rarely craved it.
55. I love peanut butter.
56. Especially on celery with raisins on top. Nothing beats ants on a log.
57. I have been to every Disneyland in the world except for the one in China.
58. I have preformed at each one as well.
59. I was in a Marching Band from Grade 7 to Grade 12.
60. I played the piccolo and flute.
61. Other than the Rose Bowl parade where I played the Alto Sax.
62. My favorite flower used to be the Sunflower. I carried them in my wedding bouquet.
63. I think now it would be Gerbera's.
64. I love Ben & Jerry's Ice cream. Especially New York Super Chunk Fudge.
65. I hate team sports.
66. I'm scared of objects flying towards me at high velocities, hence #65.
67. My dream job would be to be a stay at home Mom. There, I said it out loud.
68. I work downtown at the same job I have had since 2002. Different positions, same company.
69. I enjoy my job but still have a hard time finding that balance between being a Mom and being a career person.
70. I have a handful of great friends. I'd rather that than a million acquaintances.
71. I love to knit. It's a relatively new obsession.
72. When I was on maternity leave I took a whole bunch of crafty courses.
73. These included cake making (two classes), and knitting.
74. I am currently working on my third pair of knitted socks.
75. I'm excited to bring our next baby home in something hand knit by their Mama.
76. I love parades.
77. I hate the Calgary Stampede.
78. I'm a little fearful of horses.
79. I have had pets since I was a little girl.
80. My favorite was a cockatiel named Jodie. I taught him to talk. He used to say "Pretty bird Jodie!"
81. We had a cockerspaniel named Lisa. She was named after a crush my older brother had.
82. Nate and I own a red golden retriever named Clifford.
83. I was stung over 50 times in the skull by killer bees in Africa.
84. I still shriek when bugs fly by me.
85. Therefore, my daughter does too.
86. I love being outside and would happily spend my summers living in a hammock.
87. I hate being cold. This seems ridiculous given how long our winters are.
88. When I was little we moved two houses down. During that move I somehow lost my favorite stuffed animal "Monty the Moose"
89. My least favorite subject in school was English.
90. I can speak French and Kiswahili in addition to English (obviously).
91. I was in French Immersion. When I switched to an English school in Grade 10 I had to carry around a French English Dictionary with me for Science class.
92. My favorite subject in University was Calculus.
93. I'm an Art Major.
94. I specialized in painting and screen printing.
95. I screen printed each one of my wedding invitations by hand.
96. One of my dreams is to ride in a hot air balloon.
97. I once had my nose pierced but removed it prior to moving overseas.
98. I miss it. Nate won't let me get it re-pierced.
99. I love to bake. Especially squares and pies.
100. I'm surprised I made it to 100.
Did you get all of that? (Don't worry, there won't be a quiz).
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Lots of flag waving.
Sled dogs, horses, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Train. And four emergency road side stops on the way home for the potty. It tuckered us all out. Especially Grace.