Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas Newsletter 2007

2007 was the year we all succumbed to the Facebook phenomenon.  Many many photos have been posted on Kristina’s profile and you can find us by searching either of our names.

The year began and ended with babies.  In January we welcomed a new niece – M – daughter of K’s brother, D, and his wife, C.  We are looking forward to a new addition from them later in the new year.  In December we welcomed a new quasi-nephew – J – son of K’s brother-in-law S’ brother, M, and his wife V.

DS1 turned 3 in July and is a very verbal, energetic, intelligent little boy.  He still enjoys playing with his trains and loves being read to.  He knows his colours, numbers, and letters and will probably do well in Junior Kindergarten in Fall 2008.  He has a few good friends as K meets with two other moms once a week and between them there are 7 kids, plus occasional extras when cousins join in.

DS2 turned 1 in November and is also a very energetic child!  He started walking around 10 months and tries very hard to keep up with his big brother.  One of his favourite activities is opening the stove drawer and taking out all the pot lids, baking sheets, and frying pans.  He also loves to take the big broom and walk around the house with it, trying to sweep the floor.

In September K started part time studies at the Faculty of Information Sciences.  She is out two evenings a week and it will take 4 years to complete her Masters on a part time basis.  Meanwhile she continues to work at the Central Library on a part time basis.

J stepped into the role of Inventory Management Associate at H.D. this year, a lateral move but with significantly more responsibility.  He starts work at 5:30am and is home by 3pm so it is a good arrangement for our family, allowing both of us to spend time with the boys.

We didn’t travel too much this year.  A trip to Buffalo to finalize DS1’s U.S. citizenship.  A couple of trips to New Jersey to visit J’s family.  And our annual trip to World’s End State Park in Pennsylvania. 

In July we billeted two international students once again.  This year we had one from Germany and one from Spain.  The Spanish student learned some new English words after coming home late repeatedly = “curfew”  and “grounded”.  The German student really took to the kids and has kept in touch and hopes to visit us again next summer.

In the fall K’s parents moved from their home of 20 years to a new home.  We will be spending Christmas with them this year.

From our home to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

a day in the life...

Well, today DS1 ate playdoh (it was yellow and he said it was "honey") and drew all over himself with green marker (washable thankfully).  Pooped in his diapers 3 times - I was not impressed!  Still on the lunch strike.  Doesn't eat lunch, then has a big snack when he gets up from nap... I keep saying I'm just going to reheat his lunch but just don't have the heart to. 
DS2 woke up this morning with poop all up his back, but other than that only one clothing change.  Have been using bibs and that is helping spit up king not to ruin his outfit hourly.   

What an exciting day... the usual 2 loads of laundry.  And the dishes.  Actually I was quite a slacker today, didn't even sweep the floor.  Just washed up the green handprints from the markers...

Went out for a total of 60 minutes almost exactly - came back and DS1 had knocked over all my library books and spilled my milk - yes, my breastmilk that I pathetically can only get 1 oz each feeding so it takes me 3 feedings to get 3 oz and then I have to put the milk in the fridge because it can only stay out for 8 hours and I can't combine etc etc.  So I have a pile of 3 oz bottles in the freezer, which is practially useless since a feeding is 4 oz.  Anyways, DS1 spilled my milk all over the library books - GROSS!  J was making dinner when it happened so I guess I can't complain too much but I still wasn't happy.
DS1 had a HUGE tantrum tonight because I've gone from just giving any candy for peeing to little candies for pee and big ones (lolly pops) for poop (though there hasn't been any poop on potty yet - trying to motivate it!)  So he FREAKS OUT because he only peed and really wants a lolly and I'm only giving him a little candy.  Throws his naked little self on the floor SCREAMING and raving mad.  Wakes up DS2 of course.  Now J is mad because he's had a long day at work and we're tired and all we want is for the kids to sleep so we can have some time together at the end of the day, sigh.  Anyway, J took DS1 to his room and closed the door so it wouldn't be so loud and disturb DS2 so much.  DS2 must've carried on screaming and yelling, hysterical (not in the funny way) for about half an hour.  I sat on the bathroom floor and cried.  At the end of the day I'm so tired I just feel overwhelmed dealing with this kind of meltdown.  Then I took a shower.  Then I spent an hour lying beside DS1 waiting for him to fall asleep. 
So... that was my super exciting day as a sahm... now to spend time with dh and get to bed asap.