Friday, February 27, 2009

Birthday Evidence

#1: The sleepy birthday girl went to sleep a 10 year old, and woke up an 11 year old. Almost. She's become aware of her birth "time" of 11:54 pm. She was listening to the radio to hear her name.

#2: Even tho Daddy wasnt around, the birthday girl had to open a present before school; what is the fun, and we cant wait, and besides she should have something to wear to school :)

#3: and its a shirt and a sweater! Cool ones :) perfect 11 year old girl ones :)

#4: Its supper time and soon that means cake time :) And what follows cake and dinner? Presents! lol

Ok not really birthday evidence but other people do live here. Holly had a little pre-supper nap and woke up thinking it was the next morning. She was really confused for awhile.

#5: Just a very happy 11 year old :)

#6: Some people being a little sneaky over there in the corner....there is something about being sneaky on a birthday....

#7: Nope, nothing going on over here! :)

#8: Balloons. No birthday should happen without balloons :)

Not evidence, just another cutie pie waiting for something to happen.

#9: The Cake. Chocolate and chocolate :) With 11 candles PLUS one for luck apparently Holly thought Taylor needs luck.

#10: Singing Happy Birthday!That is pretty concrete evidence of a birthday occurance.

#11: Cheesy Smiles required at all parties.

#12: Blowing out candles; three kids blowing didnt get all of these candles out! Evidence of boyfriends. Not named.

Just another cute little girlie photo to illustrate participants of the party :)

#12: Eating of Cake. Long standing birthday tradition being exhibited.

#13: Nanny is In Da House. A staple of birthday celebrations.

#14: Continuous cake eating. Indisputable evidence.

#15: Presents. The clincher is the opening of these colourful bags with "Something" inside.

#16: More Presents.

#17: Present Overload going on.

#18: Smiles

#19: Anticipation; one of the gifts was a Wii game :)

#20: Trying out a new gift: Boogie Superstar or something like that.

Singing better = singing louder. Must be the best/loudest singer.

Evidence shows a birthday happened here.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Taylor!!

My baby is 11 today! Ive been a mother for 11 years! This time 11 years ago I was waiting in the hospital to be allowed to study for midterms; 12 hours later was almost a momma hahaha

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Was a nice long and busy day. I like busy. But Im beat! I love sleeping and I wish I could do more of it. I wish hours didnt pass while we sleep. I could use a few more.

Ive been on Spring Break this week! ok well really the students of the college have been on Spring Break and Ive been doing most of my work from home. Which I can do a lot of. Ive only gone in to pick things up and drop things off. I like having no classes. Allows me to get caught up HAHAHA

Monday was a snow day for the little kids at school. So I didnt get a whole lot done Monday. I did work on my Scrapbook room in my spare time ;)

Tuesday I finished moving things into the scrap space and cleaned up the rec room. At least the tv end of it. tomorrow I am going to move the tv back down to the rec room along with the Wii. Time to reclaim the living room.

Today I went to Halifax with Scott. I just wanted to get outta town for awhile and pick up some things at Costco. I was looking for yarn to make a gift for little Charley who turned 1 today, and I looked everywhere for it! Finally ended up getting it at Zellers. It is overpriced and not the colour I hoped to find but Im sure it will end up cute. IF her mama will even put it on her.

I got some scrapbook page frames at Michaels to help decorate my scrap space walls. They were half price! I also got a frame for Holly's hockey photo and will look at framing that tomorrow.

I also picked up some sock yarn at Zellers in a neat colour for me. Im not starting them until the socks for Scott are done.

And after Costco we had time to go to a neat little yarn store in Tantallon called Bucket of Yarn. It was a nice store with many different sorts of yarn and equipment and patterns. I did buy a skein of lace weight yarn for socks that Ive not picked a pattern for yet. lol

Came home and went running. Finally feeling well enough to be running and training for that half marathon. The run wasnt long and didnt take a load of effort but getting back into running YET AGAIN is pretty hard and I dont want to overdo it.

Then we went to have cake and ice cream with Charley! A little girl only turns 1 once. ;)

Working away at her birthday present.....


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No Longer a Sock Virgin

I took on a new challenge even while taunting my dear auntie who is well practiced at making socks. I said Never never never never and even continued saying never while I was making my first pair of socks. lol funny eh? haha
So I decided I was going to make a pair of socks. And no it wasnt that hard. Of course I made the world's easiest socks, but still, one has to start somewhere. they werent hard. they were a little "boring" on the long parts but it is entertaining to see these self-patterning yarns make up a neat pattern and a little suspence "what colour is going to come out next? how exciting!" ahaha

And I finished the first sock on Saturday night; the second one Monday night and I have them wearable now! lol

I really actually wanted a dark pair but Scott talked me into these navy;light blue;grey;little bit of black ones. They are pretty but not as dark as I had wanted them ;) Guess that means I am going to have to make another pair lol!

Picked the sock yarn up at Margolians :)

Sock 1

Finished pair!
Now I know what SSK mean and I even grafted the toes :)

Ive already picked up some yarn for Scott's socks.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

To set my little mind at ease

Scott is going away for 2 days; Im sick, 2 of the kids are sick; we are expecting a snow storm so he isnt likely to make it back tomorrow; kids have swim club, hockey, and swimming lessons; Im supposed to run today AND tomorrow.

But everything will be ok, because he chopped me up some extra kindling. THANK GOD.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Random Thought #4

Softer kleenex really DOES make a difference.

Oh yeah, Im sick again.I had at least 5 days when I felt human, I guess I was due.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Random Thought #3

How incredibly sad is it, that starting out a new, long week, you can be behind by 730 in the morning? Monday morning, up bright and early, but by 730 am you are already behind. Is this an indication of how the entire week is going to go?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Swim Meet at Dalplex

Taylor had a short, Saturday afternoon Future League Swim Meet at Dalplex yesterday, between the breaks for Eastern Championships. It was hot and crowded and a particularly unorganized affair and Taylor had a really GREAT time :) she wasnt so tired and felt pretty confident and did really well :)

We drove down in a nice little snowstorm that wasnt forecast (ok they said flurries and about a cm of snow but we had about 4 inches before leaving home and it was kinda nasty out). So we had not been able to allow a lot of extra time for driving; Holly had hockey at 730-830; then she had 4H rather far from our house (I actually dont know where she was) at 930; so she had to be taken out and dropped off and we couldnt leave before 1045; Taylor had to be warming up at 1205 so we were really rushed for time. We packed up Annika and picked up Lavinia and off to Halifax we went!

The Dalplex pool was pretty nice, with a good viewing area and nice touch pads and a board showing times so it was nice from a spectator point of view. I need to remember to dress a little more lightly next time; my tshirt and jeans with wool socks was too warm lol.

Photos werent great this time; I found it crowded and Annika was always on my lap so they are a little more blurred.

Taylor's first event was 50 M Butterfly. It amazes me that she even does this stroke; has anyone tried Butterfly? Its super hard!!!

Waiting for the start. Taylor never really seems nervous although sometimes she describes butterflies lol she doesnt show it! She just jumps up where she is supposed to be and gets into position.

Her dives have shown a lot of improvement! She is still kinda dropping off the block but she doesnt go so deep and there is some momentum with them now. She stays under water a little longer now too :) Here she got off to a good start, hitting the water right after the signal!

Swimming the Butterfly; her technique is good although it is hard to tell in these photos ;)

Hitting the wall; a 2 handed simultaneous touch is needed in this stroke and she has been DQ'ed from the IM for not doing a 2 handed touch so she was really slamming the walls this day! lol

And her time; she was 4rth in her heat in Lane 6 and this was her best time. Actually I dont believe she had a best time before lol. Different meets have different lengths and I dont think she had done all these 50 meters before.

The next race was 50M Backstroke. Taylor really likes backstroke. And she is pretty strong at it too.
Her start was great; I think she should be underwater more in her start but look how fast her start was; she's way ahead of some of those other swimmers ;):)

Didnt have a long lens on yet so I didnt get great shots of her backstroke lol

Her touch; any part can touch and I believe a lot of them hit with their heads haha

Her time; she was third in her heat in Lane 5. Another best time for her :)

Waiting for the next event to start; 50 M Breaststroke. They had a little break when they ran the 200M IM for the older kids; Taylor was supposed to do that and loves to do that; but they were running out of time. See what I mean? Disorganized; we came a long way and paid a lot for them to cut races and rush things. OH well.

There were only 2 of them in this heat; so pretty easy to watch :)

Breaststroke seems to be Taylor's most difficult stroke to get right. Its the kicks; she was DQed in Antigonish for not kicking right, and although her first lap was good, she wasnt kicking 'wide' enough on the second lap and again she was DQed. So they are working on it still.

Her finish; two handed required. I missed her time on this one as they erased it as soon as it was posted; grr. WIth only 2 people in the heat they didnt need to show a time? lol Lavinia wrote it down and I will get it from her lol.

About to start the last race, 50M Freestyle. This could be any stroke, actually, but most do crawl. This is definitely Taylor's favorite event.

Dive; still pretty good! She's always ready and gets off the block fast!


Hit the wall! Any touch is ok!

and her time; second in her heat in lane 8! Certainly a best time for her.

Checking out her time on the board...

And realising how good it was....she was prettttty happy :):)

Giving me that look "see what I did??"

She can't wait for practice on Monday and the next swim meet! :):)