Stir It Up Sunday 2013

I was just going to whip our Christmas Pudding together quickly this morning while the big kids were at church with their dad (a certain someone was just too sick to take to church) but after looking at pictures of last years’ Stir it up Sunday I just couldn’t make it without them. StiritupSunday-1-2


So I thought I would (wisely) get all the ingredients out so we could get right to it when they got home. Turns out it was not so wise because I came back 10 minutes later and found this:

Apparently someone wasn’t too sick to be causing trouble. Thank goodness he couldn’t reach the eggs! So I cleaned things up and we got to work. Christmas pudding is a big deal in my (very) English family so I was super nervous when I served it last year. Turns out it was amazing and my Grandad had 3 servings!! Hopefully it is just as good this year. Apparently my great great grandmother used to make her Christmas puddings on Boxing Day and keep them in her cold room for an entire year, periodically pouring more alcohol on them. Maybe we’ll try that this year….

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Summer’s Day(book)





Outside my window…. the saskatoon berries are ripe for the picking! My kids are having so much fun being outside every day. We have been here for a week now and there has only been one rainy day. They are all falling into bed exhausted every night from all the activity.


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I am thinking… that recovering from surgery is much more difficult than I was expecting. I was anticipating more pain than I have been feeling and while I’m not complaining it is very frustrating to be feeling pretty good but still not being allowed to do much lifting activity.

When you’re busy doing all the things moms do having a week to do nothing but read and rest sounds like heaven. I’m ready to get back to everyday life now!

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I am thankful…. for good friends to come keep us company. They all get along so well…. most of the time. 😉


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Learning all the time…. There is plenty of learning going on. Lots and lots of nature study and questioning and both my big kids have been ‘helping’ Grandpapa with gazebo construction.


I am working on…  lesson plans for our school year, and finalizing my book list. I’m so very thankful for the homeschool funding we get here, it’s so hard to decide what I want to buy. I have everything mostly finalized but I’m adding and moving a few things as I go through lesson plans.


I am hoping…  that everything with our move goes smooth. I have had to completely let go of control over any of it which is a tad frustrating, I can’t wait until we can move in!!!

I am reading… so so many books. Too many to list here though. If I had to recommend one it would be 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, by Anthony Esolen. I am so in love with everything he has written but this might be my favourite.

I am creating… plans for our school room!!!! My father in law totally sees my vision, we are going to have the coolest school room ever.

I am hearing… Nothing. And it’s glorious.

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A little peek at my day… I took Mary to a library program today, she has been really missing the library since we moved. It turns out my dad’s cousin manages the library here so she allowed us to get a card! Mary was *thrilled*


Summer time!!





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However, yesterday’s high of 38°C encouraged us to take a chance on a spot on a river that I had heard about from a friend. We didn’t even consider going to the Canada Day Parade, it was just too hot!!

It was the perfect spot, the river was low and warm, perfect for wading (and splashing!)

We had a great time despite the heat. There was sand to play in, nature to explore, and plenty of very special rocks to be found.

I really treasure spending time like this as a family, it was a wonderful day.

Our week in cell phone pictures.


Water colour paints


Many many board books


Thank goodness she loves to read to him




It’s finally warm enough to grill! That was the best steak ever.


Science experiments with daddy


More grilling. He would eat nothing but corn if we would let him


He insists on using a big fork at dinner. None of that silly baby cutlery


Finger painting at the book group we’re going to

A Palm Sunday Daybook

My Daybook :: Palm Sunday- March 24th


 Outside my window… A fresh foot of snow. Here we were all hoping spring might be coming early after all. Ha.

I am thinking…
  That we haven’t missed having cable TV at all since we cancelled it at the beginning of Lent. We still have netflix and my father in law just hooked me up with an HDMI adapter so I can hook up my computer to my tv to watch ewtn. It’s pretty great!

I am thankful… For the sacrament of reconciliation and planning ahead. Our parish has reconciliation from 5:30 to 6:30 on Saturday evening (WORST time ever if you have small children but that’s okay…). We always try to get there early or right at 5:30 so we don’t have to wait long with the kids, thank goodness we did yesterday because it would seem that we weren’t the only ones who thought it would be a good idea to go before holy week. By the time we left there were at least 50 people waiting in line for the two available priests!

Learning all the time
Copy work. We won’t do much official school work this week, I have a few fun crafts planned instead.

Celebrating the liturgical year
Holy week is here! We will be spending lots of time reading our Easter stories this week and taking some extra quiet prayer time.

From the kitchen…

Waffles! Everyone had a hankering for waffles after church today so instead of going out for breakfast we stopped and bought a waffle maker. The oatmeal-honey waffles we had for brunch were delicious!! Peanut butter, bananas, and maple syrup on top = best waffle ever.

I am working on…
Plans for the Easter season. I found a copy of The Garden of the Good Shepherd and I’m excited to do it as a family.

I am creating… Felted Easter eggs. At least I hope I am. Big plans for this week, I think Mary and Luke will enjoy wet felting, I hope to try it with them one afternoon.

I am going…  To mass Holy Thursday and then to adoration afterwards. I have no nursing baby who needs me this year, I’m looking forward to some quiet prayer time.

I am praying… For more patience. Spring just can’t come soon enough, I’m starting to go a little stir crazy cooped up in here!
I am reading… The Bible. Father encouraged us today at mass to read a passion account every day during holy week. We’re going to do that with our kids as well.

Pondering these words… “You will never have more happiness than you have discipline in your life” -Matthew Kelly

I am listening…  To Matthew Kelly talk about The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality. If you do a google search for it you will find a free video, it’s a really great talk and definitely worth watching.

Around the house… Everything is working so well!!! My father in law stayed here for four days with my big kids while we were out of town and fixed everything in here that was broken! He is a very handy guy to have around. Having them come was good encouragement to get a few organizing projects done so my house is in tip top shape, just in time for Easter.
One of my favorite things… 
Dance studio pants from Lulu.  I’ve been saving for months for our trip to a home school conference knowing that I would have an opportunity to do some good shopping. I was disappointed in most of the stores we went to looking for clothing but I may never take off these pants!

This week’s plans…
Monday: Sparks for Mary
Tuesday: Luke goes to preschool, Mary to co-op
Wednesday: Playdate with friends!
Thursday: Preschool for Luke, Mass and Adoration (all by myself!!)
Friday: Good Friday Tea? If I can get it together in time.

A little peek at my day…
It’s a bad cell phone picture but I just couldn’t resist taking a quick shot of the kids waving their palms. It was so sweet.

A Monday Afternoon Daybook

Outside my window… I don’t even want to talk about it. I’m grateful we have no where to go today as I stare out my window at the sparkling snow. -31 is too cold to take littles anywhere!

I am thinking… A lot about Lent. We enjoyed our Advent traditions so much, I hope to find something for Lent that will bring us together in the evenings like our Jesse Tree did.

I am thankful… For Maggie Reigh and her book 9 Ways to Bring Out the Best in You and Your Child. We have had some pretty major breakthroughs with miss Mary in the last week and it feels really good to finally feel like we are winning.

From the kitchen… oranges! Lots and lots of oranges. They are so yummy right now, I think we have gone through at least 4 boxes. My husband has been making the best orange smoothies every night after dinner.

Learning all the time… Mary has a renewed interest in her Classical Conversations memory work so we have been reviewing that often. We are working on some projects from volume 10 of Alphabet Glue. There has also been lots and lots of play dough time for all 3 kids. I’m always amazed at how long play dough keeps their attention.

I am going… for a pelvic ultrasound tomorrow morning. I just got the letter saying my appointment with the GYN my doctor referred me to is at the end of the month. I’m pretty excited.

I am reading… 9 Ways, and lots and lots of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? Alex has discovered the animals in that book and carries it around constantly.

I am hoping… to make it to the library before the book I have requested three times gets sent back for the fourth time. We’re just so busy!

I am looking forward to… spending the evenings doing something other than watching Grey’s Anatomy. We started watching in December and are completely caught up to season 9 now. That is one addicting show! I’m not sure what we are going to do with all this free time we have all of a sudden! I have to say though, Downtown Abby seems to be calling to me. Everyone on facebook seems to think it’s amazing. Maybe in a few weeks.

Around the house… If anyone dares to sit or lay on the ground they can be certain that they will soon be tackled or jumped on by a rotten baby. He gets so excited to see someone laying down he immediately runs and flops onto them.  AlexMary0113


A favorite quote for today… “Instead of bemoaning the loss of “control” and “power” parents had, let us embrace the opportunity to develop relationships that empower us, and our children. Let’s take advantage of the knowledge, understanding, and tools available for personal growth, and challenge ourselves to develop our full potential. We can invite our children to do the same. ” ~Maggie Reigh, 9 Ways

One of my favorite things… A little one happy to be tucked into bed for a nap. Give this boy his sucky and his blankey and he happily goes for a nap without a peep. Definitely not something I take for granted!!!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Tuesday- I have an ultrasound, preschool for Luke, co-op for Mary, and that evening I’m starting a course at our parent link center.
Wednesday- Mommy group at Church, Valentine’s Day photoshoot with a friend.
Thursday- preschool for Luke.
Friday- Zumba for Mary, music with the boys, playdate with a friend in the afternoon.

A peek into my day…


It doesn’t matter what I do, it is impossible to get this boy to sit still long enough to get a picture of him!

Yarn Along: The First Week of Advent


Our Advent has started out wonderfully. I’m really enjoying the extra family time in the evening when we do our Jesse tree, pray together, read a Christmas story, and add a sticker to our Advent Calendar.


On the knitting front, I took a brief break from the endless ruffle scarves (I have 5 done now! I’m getting faster, I can pump one out in a couple hours) to crochet a hat for the baby one of my friends had today. I got to hold her tonight, she wasn’t even 12 hours old!!


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We are enjoying our Advent Storybook and my husband and I are reading an Advent devotional every night.

I’m looking forward to giving the kids the books St. Nicholas is bringing tomorrow. Mary has been asking a lot of questions about Santa lately, she is very skeptical and we just aren’t sure how we want to handle it. We put most of our focus on Jesus and other Catholic traditions, so up until now Santa has just been a little side game. I’m not sure what is stopping me from just telling her he isn’t real, it seems like such a big deal… I’m just not sure why? Any insight? How do you handle Santa?

Joining up with Ginny’s yarn along again this week. Thanks for stopping by!

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} The Christmas card outtake edition

We set up our tree last weekend to use as a back drop for our Christmas card pictures. I got a few that I love but there were definitely lots of out takes. It’s pretty much impossible to get three kids looking in the same direction at once, never mind smiling!!


This one was a close contender for the Christmas Card but I got one I liked just a little bit more.

There is probably nothing that makes this mama’s heart happier than seeing all my kids reading together. ♥♥


We stole this from Pinterest. What did we do before Pinterest?


This picture cracks me up. It is probably the most accurate portrayal of our shoot. 😉 Luke has the best pouty faces.

Joining up with Like Mother, Like Daughter’s {phfr} again this week!

Yarn Along: Christmas Knitting Edition

I am currently really enjoying Mary Reed Newland’s books. It started when I opened my copy of The Year and Our Children from Better World Books. That is by far my favourite book to go to when I’m looking for ideas for feast days and other liturgical celebrations. I can’t even express how thrilled I was to see that the copy they sent me was from when it was first published in 1958, it is definitely has a special place in my collection.

I just started How to Raise Good Catholic Children and have We and Our Children on it’s way to me, I plan on reading it during Advent.

Another exciting find this week was Show Me a Story by Emily Neuburger. It was sitting on the display of new books when we went to pick up our holds and I grabbed it because it looked fun. It is a fabulous book, full of neat ideas to encourage story telling. I have bookmarked a few of them and hope to make them for Christmas.

On the knitting front I had the brilliant idea to knit ruffle scarves for my son’s preschool teachers for Christmas. The first couple were kind of fun to but I need to make 6 of them and it’s getting a little tedious. Fortunately they are pretty mindless so I can work on them while dh and I watch The Big Bang Theory in the evening. We’re on season 4, I’m hoping I can finish them before we get caught up!!

Linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along.