October 31, 2005


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A ladybug, a pumpkin, and the Coke delivery guy, Troy.

Grace the duck

Benno the clown, and mommy the ladybug.

Hallowe’en tip: Buy big bag of candy. Turn off all lights at your house, and go to parents’ house for dinner. Come home at 8pm. You’re sure to have LOTS of leftover candy (yum, yum).


October 30, 2005

Total chaos

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:45 pm by Karen

Tonight we had our friends Matthew and Angella, and Wayne and Larissa over for dinner. Between the six of us, there are 5 kids under 3. Need I say more? The kids spent a good part of the evening RUNNING up and down our hallway with much excitement — 4 kids (Ben’s not quite up to it yet, but give him a few (or more) months) screaming and laughing because of the pure fun of it all. It was noisy, and at dinner, there was not one moment that all six of us were sitting down at the same time, but really, it was the most fun and excitement this house has seen in a while.

Now I have a headache!

Ben, the whole time, just took it all in with his usual quietness.

I just put Sarah down for bed and we said her usual night time prayer (Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, the angels watch me through the night, and keep me safe till morning light), but had to repeat it one more time, holding Elmo’s hand.

So cute.

October 29, 2005

Mystery Box

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:14 pm by Karen

Today I was rummaging through a closet, looking for something, and I came across Travis’ mystery box. It’s a box full of assorted papers, that I’m sure has been with us since at least UBC days. I haven’t bothered to look through it, because they’re all Trav’s papers, nor has he needed to look through it either. Yet it stays with us. We’ve moved a few times (from UBC to my parents’, to Murray Drive, to Government st, and now to Greenwood Dr), and this box gets moved EVERY time. I always think, “Trav needs to go through this so we can get rid of it and have a bit more space.” But who am I kidding, he has barely 2 minutes to rub together. The only thing holding me back from throwing it out is the remote chance that it has something important in it, something that we haven’t needed for 5 years. Wait a minute, he’d never know if it went missing….. just like his Mack jacket and ferrari poster…….

October 28, 2005

I caved

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:28 pm by Karen

Yesterday, after I tried and tried to resist, I opened up our bag of Halloween candy. Those wunderbars were just too much to pass by. I’ve been having such a weakness lately for all things chocolate — hot chocolate, halloween candy, but the worst is that I buy those chipits milk chocolate chips, and usually give them to Sarah for her peepee treats, but lately, I’ve been just stuffing my face with them. They’re soooooo good. After all, I should be rewarded for being a big girl, too, shouldn’t I? That makes me laugh though, because I was at a parenting class this morning, and the guy on the video was being a bit sarcastic, and said, “Now has anyone given YOU an M&M for going on the toilet today?” I was like, actually, yes, but it was yesterday, and it was a milk chocolate chip. That’s so different. The worst part is that yesterday, as I was eating my 2nd wunderbar (they’re so small, like 2 bites, so they hardly count), I was thinking, “Um Karen, this is doing more damage than a half hour at Curves can fix.”

Somehow it was still worth it.

October 27, 2005

To market, to market

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:16 pm by Karen

At the Farmer’s market on Saturday morning:


Apple juice from the Farmer’s market was a huge hit, I think they’re expecting us back this Saturday!

Testing out the chairs — also a big hit, let’s just say Sarah didn’t leave very gracefully (or quietly)

It really wasn’t as cold as Sarah is dressed up for. Well, it was when we left the house, then there was no getting that hat off of her head.

Today I….

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:55 pm by Karen

Actually hemmed a pair of pants. No staples, pins, duct tape, packing tape, scotch tape, or iron-on binding (don’t laugh, I have used ALL of the above). I actually used a needle and thread. Here’s a little secret, though, I only folded up the hem, there were no scissors involved. That will be the next step. I’ll tackle that one in my 40’s.


7 Months Old!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:55 am by Karen

My baby is 7 months old today. I can remember 7 months ago so well. We had just been to Martini’s for appies for Matthew’s birthday (all the while, I was in labour). We were home for maybe 2 hours, when off to the hospital we went, and just about exactly an hour later, after 3 pushes, there he was, our Benjamin Evan Travis. What a blessing this boy is. His happy nature, and he’s so content most of the time (excluding teething), and his sleeping! I had never known anything like it. Now, he’s still having his own issues during the night, but we’ll iron those out soon, but this boy actually went to bed… to sleep…. from the beginning. No rocking necessary, no fits of tears and anguish, no screaming. I can remember my disbelief when I put him down in the bassinette when I just wanted a quick shower, and he just lay there, looking at me, and when I got back, he was out like a light. I could hardly believe it.
I’m so looking forward to the future when I can see more and more of his personality. What kind of friends he’ll make, what kind of cars he’ll like, who his first girlfriend will be (yikes), where he will want to go to school. How our lives will be that much more fun with him in them.
Love you tons, Benben (baby Ben, Ben-a-boo, Benny).

The grass is coming!

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:31 am by Karen

The main project that we’ve had going on around this house since we moved in has been the yard. Front and back, it needed a retaining wall built, a shed moved, dumptrucks of fill added, then to be leveled, an irrigation system added, and finally seeded for grass. Well, done, done, done, done, done, done and DONE! We seeded the yard two weeks ago tomorrow, and waiting for the first sign of that grass is like being overdue when you’re pregnant. You know you’re going to go into labour, it’s inevitable, but you just don’t know WHEN. Yesterday, I saw GRASS. So exciting. In the spring, my kids will actually have a lawn to run around on, not mud. Life is good.

October 23, 2005

This one is for Grandma Bond

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Thanks for all the cute clothes! Sarah got lots of compliments today on her ‘big girl’ outfit.

October 21, 2005

Where did this week go?

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:33 pm by Karen

I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Never mind that it’s the 21st of October. I also can’t believe I haven’t had anything to say since Monday. Just one of those weeks, I guess. We’ve had our fair share of action around here, what with the teachers on strike, appointments here and there, Grandparents coming to visit, Travis’ schoolwork, and me making numerous trips out to Summerland to figure out this Christmas program I’m a part of.
Today Sarah had her 2 year check up with Dr. Caskey. She is a healthy 35 pounds, and 36 1/4 inches tall. Apparently, they (whoever they are) say that you can double a girls height when they’re 2, and that’s how tall she’ll be as an adult. I guess Travis and I will be looking up to her, because apparently, she’s going to be 6 feet tall. Apparently. Must be one of those recessive genes that skips generations, or come from other members of our extended family.
She’s had a bit of regression with the potty training. Today when we were at the toilet, I was taking her pants and pull ups off of her, and she had already peed in them. “Sarah,” I said, “You’ve already peed in your panties, you need to tell Mommy when you need to go.” She looked up at me, right into my eyes, and said, “Ohhhhhhh, I know, yucky.”
That girl just melts my heart.

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