Friday, 31 October 2014


Halloween 2014! 
In my mommy circles there is all kinds of talk about what to do with the candy from Trick or Treating. I had no idea there was anything else to do with it, besides eat that's what I'm doing right now. I'm eating it.  
That's what the kids will do tomorrow (unless I eat it all tonight, while they sleep,) they will eat it. Not all at once, but they will eat it. The pop, they probably won't drink, but the chips, they will eat, the chocolate, they will eat and the suckers, well, they'll suck on them. They'll learn self discipline when we let them to pick 2 and only 2 pieces of candy after dinner every night.  They'll learn patience when we make them put the rest back into their buckets to save for the next night. They'll learn real life skills of how to deal with temptation. In real life the things that tempt you don't turn into a toy, or a car, or money when you put them in a magic bowl, stir them with a magic stick and leave them on the table over night. In real life, you have to learn to walk away when you've reached your limit and that is what my kids will get experience with, whether they learn it or not..we'll have to wait to see.

The kids wore two costumes this year. One to the Day Home. I got those costumes for 8 bucks each at Walmart. 8 Bucks??!! Can you believe they can make costumes for that?? These were the ones I didn't care if they got brownies or juice or markers all over them. These costumes were Halloween: Part 1.

Super-Man and Little Red Riding Hood.

We joined our neighbours for some Trick or Treating this evening. Our neighbours have two girls. They dressed as fairies. Ryder rocked his Spider-Man costume, mask and everything (I didn't know if he'd actually wear the mask) and Payton rocked her tutu (thanks to my friend Larissa for making it) and her Spider-Girl shirt (thanks to Marty for his art work.)  This was Payton's first Halloween and I was just happy she didn't have to wear a snow suit over it! LOL

Trick or Treating with friends is sooo much fun!

 Love that he wanted to wear the mask the whole night!

Not bad for her first "real" trick or treating costume, eh?!

She did spend some time in the Trick or Treating wagon.
And yes, she did try to chug her candy! LOL
Now both kiddos are in bed (2 hours later than usual) and I am sitting here, writing and eating's time for me to walk away.....HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Kiss your babies, count your blessings and let 'em eat a little candy now and then, it's part of being a kid!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sunday, 5 October 2014


Weekends always seem to take forever to arrive and always seem to pass by way too quickly!! The sun came out to play again this weekend, so we soaked it up!  Nic came to spend some time with us too so between her and the sunshine a good time was guarenteed!!!

We went to the Corn maze Saturday morning.  We went to the smaller one (apparently there are a number of corn mazes around here) but it was the perfect one for us!!  

There were big tractor tires to climb....

 Awesome slides...
 Auntie Dic

giant rolling bubbles...

 and selfies!!!

Just when I think we are enjoying our last popsicles of the season, the sun keeps shining and we get to buy another box, sooo....did we enjoy our last popsicles of the season, Saturday?

Sunday was our good friend, Arya's first birthday party!! She had a ball pit and bouncy castle there!!

 Payton is VERY into dressing up these days. She puts on everything she finds. She wears, blankets, hats, shoes, boots and even bras (she has one around her neck in this pic.)
Ryder has started playing hockey in the kitchen. He plays hockey just as loud as he plays "bull rider." LOUD!!!!! He commentates every move he makes, he could actually be a sport's announcer. Skate! Skate! Skat he'll shout right before he hollers at the top of his lungs, "GOAL!!"
I couldn't get sound on this video, but imagine he is shouting with all the enthusiasm of a three year old, "Goal!!!"

...and now it is after 10pm, another busy week is about to begin, so I better get my tired ass in bed!!!

Kiss your babies, count your blessings and eat popsicles while the sun shines!!!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Despite the weather forcast (it called for rain and temperatures in the single digits [celcius],) we took to the highway with our camper, our neighbours, another family with a toddler and an infant and their trailers.  We headed to the mountains. One last hurrah of the camping season.  I packed tuques and mitts..and we used them all weekend long! The Fall air was crisp and we could feel Winter knocking but it didnt' stop us from having a great time with some good friends!

The kids didn't even notice the cold. Payton refused to wear her hat or her mitts. Ryder wore them then played so hard he'd sweat!  Only the adults complained. Apparently, we were not playing hard enough!! LOL

Payton wanted so badly to keep up with the "big boys" but she wasn't quite "big" enough.
 She was just a little too big to play with the little ones...
 Good thing she doesn't mind playing by herself. She managd to sneak some costume jewllery into the camping toy box and that kept her busy for quite a while!
 She had a great time chasing me around this big rock.
 She's getting pretty good at balancing and jumping too!

I love this smile!!!
This little girl can play well by herself, but truly, she just wants to do everything her big bro does!!
 Cutest lil camper!
 Ryder was sooo happy to have Hudson and his family with us on the trip!
Hudson is two and he adores Ryder!! 
They wrestled,
 They drove dump trucks and pushed strollers,
 They hung out just being cute,
 They worked hard,
They roasted marshmellows!!

 Hudson left early Sunday morning, so Ryder had to drive his dumper by 
himself. He actually asked me and Payton to leave as he was 
at his "job site." LOL
 He's growing up sooooo fast!!!!
My handsome hubby!
 Scout holding down the fort!

Sunday night, Payton decided she will NO LONGER sit in her high chair. She does not care that food will now drop all over the floor, neither does Scout. She will simply scream her ever loving head off if you carry her anywhere near her seat. AWESOME!
 We capped off our mountain weekend by baking cookies at home, in the warmth of our kitchen.  Ryder LOVES baking with me. Payton is still learning, but she has become more and more curious about it all. Ryder can crack eggs, work the mixer and eat dough like a champ. He also discovered Sunday, that after you add flour, if you turn the mixer on high, there will be a giant flour explosion! AWESOME! ha ha ha!
It was a chilly weekend, filled with frozen fingers (mostly mine,) adventure (all of ours) and messes (Ryder's and Payton's) so all in all I'd say it was a good one!! Here's to the week ahead!

Kiss your babies, count your blessings and don't worry about the cold, kids don't!