Saturday, July 31, 2010

Moment of the week....

I had to do some running around this afternoon, so I figured I'd do it all before Brian got home. In the first store, Cameron was due for a nap and kept falling asleep in the cart (when he wasn't trying to get out of the safety strap & standing up). Bryanna was a real treat - grabbing lip gloss off the shelf and screaming when I took it away! ARGGGGG! After spanking her, we continued to Canadian Tire.

ARRGGGG!!! Waited in line for about ten minutes to return something, then realizing they didn't carry the one thing we went in for. Cameron fell asleep and was hitting his head on the cart and Bryanna once again reached for everything in site (obviously we need to work on that).

On the way out, the lady in front of us dropped a dime on the floor, and told Austin if he picked it up he could have it.

Without thinking about it, he picked up the dime and proudly deposited it in the charity box! Nothing but a moment like this could brighten my day & refresh my spirits! Thanks Austin :)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Random Pictures....

Dirty faces...


Austin and Baby Payton

And playing outside...


Fun, fun fun!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A surprise visit

Today, Aunt Tina dropped by, and she brought friends....kittens! Yes, these are the same kittens the kids saw last month, only bigger and even cuter. This time, they mustered up the courage to hold them. Cameron still wasn't sure what to think about them, so he just watched....



Thanks Aunt Tina, for a great surprise. It made our day :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Austin's First Trophy!

Today marked the end of our first official organized activity - soccer.

Austin's first practice/game was at the end of May, and he played a total of 8 games. (We missed two weeks due to vacation, and another they didn't play on holiday weekends.)  Austin was to be one of the little kids in a league for 3-5 yr olds.

Before the first game, Brian and I were soooo excited to load up the minivan and sit on the sidelines to watch our Star Player score his first goal.
Okay, that may have been a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea.

Life never goes exactly as planned.

We expected him to be all over the other kids, and he can be pretty rough, so before the first game I told him he had to be POLITE and be careful not to push or trample the other kids. That was a HUGE mistake! He did EXACTLY as I said, and every time he was the first to reach the ball, he'd actually step back to let another kid have a turn! It took the whole season to reverse my instructions!

One week, his coach (a really young teenager) had him play defence. She told Austin and his fellow "defenders" that their job was to stay at this line. Well, stay they did! The poor kids didn't move even when the ball came right to them. Austin was upset - he thought he was being punished!

I missed only one game, and that was because I was at the hospital waiting for Michelle to have her baby. Of course, this was the game he chose to score his first goal! (So what if it was during a practice and it was his turn to shoot on net? A goal is a goal!)

Anyway, today was his last game, and he got to play goalie. I think he had more fun hanging from the net than guarding it, but who cares? After the game, he got his first trophy ever! He thought he was pretty smart showing it to Gracie and Bryanna.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Point Pelee

Today I did something I wouldn't normally do. I took the kids to Point Pelee....by myself! (Brian had to work)  We played on the beach, then went to a playground for a picnic. It was such a great day.



We played in the waves.....


...and built a sand castle. Notice Cameron walking???


Yup, that's him walking again!



Funny story....Austin REALLY had to use the washroom when we left the beach. My choices were limited: drop our stuff in the parking lot and bring all three into the dirty park washroom, or send him by himself. There weren't any other people in the parking lot, and I had a clear view of the door, so I let him go alone. As I loaded up the van, and readied the hand sanitizer, I marvelled at what a big boy he is...wow....using a public washroom alone.....when he appeared....with his pants around his ankles! Ha! He got his underwear on fine, but his shorts were wet and he couldn't get them up!

I guess my Big Boy still needs me for something! :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Payton Marie


Michelle and Mike had their baby today! A beautiful baby girl! I think she looks a lot like Sawyer when he was born. I got the call at about 7am, and was at the hospital with Jenn and Nanny by 8:30. She was born around noon. I can't wait to buy her something pink!
 Isn't she cute?

Friday, July 16, 2010

SPLASH!!!



Today we took advantage of Brian being on afternoons and brought the kids to the splash pad. They LOVED it. They all love the water, and playing with "new friends". Cameron didn't like the feel of the cement, so to our surprise, he WALKED! Let me clarify that he can walk, but usually chooses not to since scooting is faster. But today he walked around. Every time he started to sink to the ground, he touched the cement and got right back up. It was great.







Thursday, July 15, 2010

PJs all day



Austin and Byanna LOVE their pajamas. Every chance they get during the day, they change back into their pjs. Bryanna would live in her "Gogongs" (nightgowns) if she could. Every morning even before breakfast, they start some sort of pretend play. It's different every day but usually involves putting on some kind of hat and shoes, packing a pretend lunch and "going" somewhere. The zoo is the most popular choice lately. Sometimes they sit under the dining room table and pretend the chairs are their cars. They take a break to eat and start up again when they're done. Cameron just chases after them, thinking he's really smart playing with the big kids.
Today Austin took out his blocks and built a museum. It even had a dinosaur. He was so proud of it I had to take a picture. Pretty creative, I thought.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I took the leap. I recently retired my old Kodak Easy Share and purchased a Nikon D3000, which is on the low price end of digital SLRs. I figured if I had to get a new camera, it made sense to spend a little more and invest in a DSLR. It offers way more control than a point and shoot, but still has basic modes similar to point and shoot (okay, focus and shoot) I spent months researching cameras and finally decided on this one. It`s very similar to the Canon Rebel, but the seller for me was Nikon`s guide mode. The camera will guide you through different settings to achieve the photo you`re after (ie: blurred backgrounds)



I've only had it a few months and I've been in love with it from day one. I'd still consider myself an ameteur, but I love the control I have over everything from exposure, to shutter speed and depth of field. It's made a world of difference in my photographs. The biggest difference for me was the speed. I was accustomed to waiting literally 4-5 seconds between each shot, usually missing that perfect Kodak Moment much more often than I captured it. Now, with shutter speeds of 3 frames per second, I have my pick of great shots!Pretty big leap from my worn out point and shoot.

I currently use the standard 18-55 mm lens that came with my kit. It's a fairly good lens (WAY better than my old point-and-shoot) and exceeds my current needs. Eventually, I`ll upgrade for something that allows for lower aperture and perhaps more zoom.

I`ve researched lots of photography tutorial sites, and am slowly gaining the confidence to shoot in fully manual mode. I`ve also discovered the joys of editing! I usually upload and do most basic editing in Picassa (FREE software from google). However, I`ve recently fallen in love with The Gimp. It`s another FREE software that allows for much more advanced editing similar to Lightroom or Photoshop, though probably not as user friendly.

These are a few of my creations:








Saturday, July 3, 2010

Before I post anything new, I should mention that we are REALLY close to my family. I grew up on a hobby farm. We've always had horses and various other pets including dogs, cats, bunnies, a goat, raccoons, and the list goes on. My parents just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. I'm the oldest of five kids: Michelle, Jenn, Timmy, and Danny. Michelle is married to Mike and has a one year old, Sawyer and another baby due any day. Jenn is married to Matt and has two girls, Gracie (3) and Hanna (1). Tim and Dan aren't married and still live at home. We see each other at least once a week for Sunday dinner and the kids are together almost daily. It's great that they're all so close in age.





Today we helped my family bring in the hay. Doing hay has always been one of my favorite childhood memories because all the kids get to ride on the hay wagon. I consider myself really lucky that I can share it with my kids.
While we were waiting for our ride, we walked over to my Uncle Chris & Aunt Tina's house to see their new kittens. Cameron and Hanna weren't too sure about them, but Gracie couldn't get enough!