They love to climb everything. Especially things that are really high :)


He out lasted them all and had cherry juice from head to toe. Truly :)


Bright Idea

So, the toddler has pretty much potty trained himself. He decided to sit on the potty the first time a few months ago and now he is almost totally trained. Shocking, I know. His potty abilities are pretty much on par with his 2 1/2 year older brothers who are supposed to head to kindergarten on their own in a month. HA. The classroom would smell like urine in about an hour. Ick. Back to the toddler....He has worked things out himself for most of his milestones. There is no way we could possible push him to do something before he is ready. He is a bit stubborn. Hmmm, I wonder where he gets that from. He refused to get on a bike and then one day last week he picked it up and away he went. Just like he had been doing it all along.

Anyway, the toddler has figured out how to fully use this potty training to his advantage. Anytime he is in trouble and gets put in the corner, he tells us his pee is coming. And he heads off to the washroom, sits on the big potty, and squeezes something out. After he yells, "My pee." And we congratulate him, high five, pound it. And where has his naughty behaviour gone? I don't know because I am too excited about not having to scold and cajole him for peeing in his pants. The sad things is that it took me about a day and a half to realize he was getting out of all his punishments. The smarty pants.


It's Late

Well okay, it's not late. 9:40 abouts. However, I am in a hotel room with 4 other people who are sound asleep while I wait for a baby to finally decide that she is ready to sleep. We are spending a couple of nights in this hotel to attend a wedding, of which my husband is a part. Eeek. Yes, I have to some how keep 4 littles from terrorizing a special moment in another persons life. Yes, I feel the pressure. I have decided that if things go down hill, we will head back to the hotel. Thankfully, the hotel is equiped with a pool, a cold one, but a pool nonetheless. Also, the town we are staying in is on the ocean. Yup, and the weather looks promising. Perhaps one day of summer weather will shine upon us. I am very much looking forward to walking the beach for treasures. Fun, fun. Also, the hotel is located next to a grocery store AND a tea room. He, he. Jackpot. If only there was a second bedroom in the suite, I think I might move in. Ha, not a chance. Especially when our addition is coming along so wonderfully. Still no windows, but there is a door and some electrical wired in. The concrete should be poured early next week and then the stairs can be built. Then the windows, insulation, floors, dry wall - ah, still lots to do.



I'm exhausted today. Not sure if it is a result of too much fun with a friend who came to visit with her 2 wonderful children, or if it was a lovely date night with my husband last night. Perhaps both. My eye lids are half open today and I just can't seem to get enough caffeine.

The kids are great. The toddler had flu yesterday and spent almost 12 hours lying on the couch and a few hours vomiting. This has never happened. Usually when he is sick he still manages to keep up with his brothers. He has finally mastered the balance bike and continues to scare us with his fearlessness. He now starts at the top of our drive and off he goes, laughing the whole way.

The baby is growing 'super fast' (as the twins like to say). She pulls herself to a stand and cruises, slowly, around furniture. She is finally eating some solids, although she prefers to limit herself to avocado. The talks non-stop. She calls mom and dad. She is dreadfully afraid of the vacuum. She is endlessly happy and easy going. She absolutely loves, loves the water. I can get her undressed on one side of the house and my husband will turn the bath on - she can't get into the bath fast enough. It is pretty cute to see that bum wiggle across the floor. he he.

The twins are also growing by leaps and bounds. They spend the majority of their time creating new games, crafting, building lego, or riding bikes. My husband built them a little ramp that they are enjoying as a jump. Daily, the have me come and watch their new tricks - riding with one hand, riding standing up... They seem to have moved past the last difficult stage and are human again.

The reno is going strong. The weather is not exactly working in our favour, but the workers are plugging along. They managed to get a good chunk of the roof removed and back together before the rain came today. As we have had non-stop rain, they are now having to work on weekends. Poor guys, I feel for the, The addition on the back is all framed in. Just waiting for the roof to be finished and then the kitchen wall will be removed. I caused a bit of a delay when the back wall was put up and I could no longer see my wonderful backyard - or the kids playing in it. So, we had to re-order windows that go floor to ceiling. It looks great, though. I can now see the back yard and there is plenty more light.

Baby is awake.


How Many?

13 - eggs consumed today
9 - people living in our house right now
6 - people living in our house under the age of 10
7 - almond butter and jam sandwiches I made at lunch
7 - diapers changed today
5 - kids scooting around the skate park this morning
4 - bowls of cereal eaten at breakfast
3 - different veggies offered at lunch
2 - loaves of Almond bread made this morning
1 - almond loaf consumed at lunch
1 - napping toddler who had too much fun



"You must be busy?" is a question I am asked pretty much every time I head out in public. I respond, "Yes, but a good busy."

So, as always, we have been busy. Doing what? Enjoying the heat. We have been playing at the beach, swimming at my parents, reading books at the park, playing on the swings, reading books, making shields and swords, doing school, visiting the library, inventing new games. Oh and don't forget the non-stop cooking, laundry, cleaning, and parenting.

Ah, but it is a good busy. I can feel the natural vitamin D working its magic.