Wednesday, November 23, 2016

benny in a blanket

Ben's hilarious. 
If he's being silly and crazy, and I tell him to give me a serious face in the middle of a hearty laugh, he can. Just like that. He's quite the little actor. 


What a ham. 
Extra bonus for the sparkly dust specks in these photos.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


*said in her little, adorable, Hailey-only accent"

Hailey: "Mom. These hamburgers must be really small if this pig can fit in a teacup!"

Honestly, what kind of 5-year old would know what a fancy macaroon is anyway? It really made this picture more interesting!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


 Rocket's spent a couple nights outside recently. He always comes back in the morning to get that cookie he missed by staying outside. 
Today, he didn't come back though. All I had to do was walk into the shed and say his name, and he came right down to see me. 
Of course he got his cookie.
After munching that down, he grabbed my hand, found my thumb, and started sucking away. 
He's an odd one. 
Still such a baby. Not sure if he'll venture far for the winter months. We may have a big, fat, half-hibernating coon on our hands.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

picture of the day


Well, I harvested my first batch of honey!
Since my colony swarmed, and I lost half of them, I really wasn't expecting to be able to get any honey at all. We had a longer summer though, and I was able to try to stick a honey box on. To my surprise, I ended up getting a nice big jar of honey from that box. About 5 of the 10 frames were about 30% honey filled. 
This is a 1600 mL jar, so about 1800 mL.
Not too shabby!

Monday, November 7, 2016


This guy played in the yard with the kids and Kalli as I cleaned the house and put up Christmas lights.
 I didn't bring out my camera until after he jumped into the pile of leaves that Hailey was inside. He's a ton of fun, and we're all surprised he still hangs around.
 It was pretty comical when I was up on the ladder, he sat beside the bottom of it the whole time. Like a faithful friend. 
A jogger was making his way past the house, and did a quick wave and "hey!" as he went by. He then did a quick double-take, and didn't take his eyes off our crazy pet until he was out of view. 
I wonder what he was thinking..."Um...does she know she has a raccoon waiting for her at the bottom of that ladder?" "Does she need help I wonder?" 
Ha ha ha
 Him and Kalli have a very interesting friendship and are inseparable.  :)

Saturday, November 5, 2016

It seems like autumn actually exists this year! We've been having beautiful fall weather, and trying to get out as much as possible to enjoy it before we start transitioning to winter. Usually we go straight from summer to winter, so I feel like we're being spoiled by actually getting an autumn. 
Kristyn and I decided to take the kids to our local National Park for a day of fresh air and exploring. 
Matt's Gram came along for the adventure too which added to the fun. 

 Austin doesn't think twice to just pick up Ben or throw him onto his back when he starts complaining about being tired. Ben's his biggest fan.

 The kids were trying to find as many different leaves as possible to collect, and if they found acorns or pine cones, it was bonus.

 We took it easy on the trails because we had Gram along, but we ended up walking more than I wanted for her sake anyway.  It was a good day. 
Simple and slow-paced seems to be the trend these days, and I'm just loving it. We all need to learn to take it easy, breath, and enjoy every minute. Days like these are great reminders to myself to do just that.

Monday, October 31, 2016


Another Halloween came and went, and we survived. 
I will honestly say that Halloween is one of my least favourite days. Ever. 
Ugh. Aside from the excitement of the kids, and the giant bowls of candy I get to steal from, I just don't like the hustle and craziness it brings. We're always last minute. Always. 
And that causes us to rush, usually it's freezing and raining, and I'm always so happy when it's done. 😫

This year we did get lucky, and it was a gorgeous night. 
My dad took out the tractor - one thing that everyone (including me) looks forward to. Going to all of the family's houses on the tractor is so much fun!

This year I had a little pirate, who stayed out the entire time and ran to every single house with his bag and his sword being sure that the candy-giver heard his "thank you" every single time. I also had a cowgirl, who showed the same energy as the pirate, but was a little more wearing of the "scary houses". Then there was Marianne, the fairy (from Strange Magic). She had a hard time getting around in the dark this year and made sure to not let go of my hand unless she was holding her bag open for some "sweet treats!".  My little Indian girl was deemed "Hand-Holder of one of the Littles" for some of the night, but the majority of it she spent running from door to door, as happily as a pig in poo. 
Jim and Crystal and their kids came along, and so did Jocelyn and Miley. It was a great night, and surprisingly very enjoyable and relaxed.  
Here's some (very bad and very few) photos from the night. We are all such a mess! 
Fourteen kids and eight crazy adults.

 And Halloween 2016, that's a wrap!

Friday, October 28, 2016

pumpkin carving

It's become a tradition to carve pumpkins with Tim and Yuli, so of course this year it was on the agenda. 
Matt got some overtime and had to go to work early, so it was just me and the kids this time. 
We decided to do it at their house this year, and the kids just love going there, so it was a treat all around! 

 Hanna still gets completely disgusted with the guts of the pumpkins. She was totally into choosing what she wanted her pumpkin to be look like, but couldn't control the amount of "eeeew's" coming out her mouth. 😝

 From left to right: Hailey, Gracie, Tim, Yuli, Hanna, and Ben.
 They came out to surprise the kids as ninjas before we had to go home.
 I'm thankful for our little traditions.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hailey's Art

We have a few Mo Willems books that are just hilarious and the kids love them. They'll actually be great books for Hanna to read because the print is so big. 

Hailey had the book in front of her and drew this picture. 
It's very close to being identical to the real illustration. It's Piggie with a broken snout and a concerned squirrel. 

The kid is 5, and draws better than I do. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016


 Our little Hanna Banana turned eight today!
Eight is a big number for such a little girl.
 She's been using turning eight as an advantage to get away with more, and I've been using it against her to get a way with less. 
She's a smart cookie, and when she doesn't act her age, all I have to do is tell her "I thought you just turned eight!" and problem solved. At least temporarily. 
She and Nanny made this cake and she just couldn't wait to light it up, blow it out, and let everyone try her masterpiece. I just love how excited she is in these photos.
 Hailey worked hard making her a picture. She decorated the envelope with a Pikachu and drew a picture of fireworks since she knows Hanna loves both of those things.

 Getting her ears pierced and her set of earrings was her big gift from us, but of course we got her something else to open on her actual birthday. 
While shopping for her present, I was at a loss. The kid has everything. I called home and asked Matt if he had any ideas at all, and he handed the phone to Gracie. She gave me a couple little ideas, and then while talking to her I saw the cutest little doll for the tub. I told Gracie what I was looking at, and she was just so excited and responded with the cutest "awwwwww, I really think she'll love that mum!" So that's what I got. I think Gracie was just as excited for her to open up her simple little doll as she was.
 I think Hanna is ready to be eight. 
And I think eight is ready for Hanna. 
She will put her own spin on it, and I'm sure there will be accomplishments and maybe a few challenges. One thing I know for sure is that I'm looking forward to what this year will bring. She's sure to grow, learn, and become even more Hanna - someone who lights up every room she walks into, and who only has amazing things in store for her. 

Eight will be a great year.