Archive for January, 2009

Being alone is so not cool

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Clay is in St. Louis (MO, not SK for all you small towners out there, haha!) for work for the next few days and boy do I miss him already! We had to wake up at 3:45 this morning to get ready to take him to the airport. I waited until we were just about ready to go before we got the boys up and they did so well with being woken from their sleep. Markus was all smiles, “Good morrrning Daddy!” and Wyatt was a little grumpy at the beginning but both stayed awake for the whole drive, how is that possible? If I hadn’t been driving I’d have been asleep in an instant! Thankfully we were all able to go back to sleep when we got home.

The whole day just feels weird knowing that Clay won’t be coming home at the end of the day to have supper with us, play with the boys, and hang out with me once the boys are in bed. And I have to go to sleep alone :( So not cool. I’m glad we don’t do this very often! And I am cooking for two little birdies. Sigh. What do I even make? I guess whatever I want and if they don’t like it they’ll have to live with it just like any other day :)

My food saga continues. I am perennially frustrated by how much money we spend on food. It is really crazy how expensive food is and how much of our one income goes to buying it. I am trying once again to get hints, tips, ideas and wisdom to make the task of menu planning and grocery shopping easier and more affordable. Dug out my More-with-Less cookbook again yesterday and am ready to dig in and start trying to learn to cook like a grandma. I really should go pick my grandma and Nanny’s brains about how to cook more efficiently with less waste and less money: they’re the experts! And I’m seriously considering turning part of our weed-lawn into a garden plot this spring if our house doesn’t sell. If that happens I’ll have much to learn about gardening!!

So, anyone have anything that works for them to share with me?


Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Oh January. The cold lingers, the forecasted warm days never seem to arrive and we are constantly covered in a new layer of snow. But I dare any of you to complain about the amount of snow we’ve had after seeing this:
This is my sister’s house in Vancouver, and she and her daughter standing in front of the snowbank beside their driveway. Isn’t that unbelievable?? Every time I look at these photos I have to pick my jaw up off the floor.

We finally put our Christmas tree and all the decorations away on Saturday and it feels so nice to have more room in the house again. I love putting it all up and I love taking it all down :) The multitude of toys in our house have been sorted and I’ve got a bag full that are ready to head out the door (Ang, one of these Mondays I’ll remember to send it with Clay, along with your flip flops. Though I’m sure you’re not really missing them at this point!)

A week and a half ago our van wouldn’t start, which ended up being thanks to me. Whoops! I sort of have a bad memory for unplugging the block heater and I drove away with the van plugged in twice this winter. Apparently it fried because of a bad cord connection so we had to have a new one installed. I like to think I’ll remember to unplug from now on! I still need to make myself a big “Unplug!!” sticker for the steering wheel.

So…our place is still for sale. Anyone know someone who wants an affordable home in a small town only 20 minutes from the city? We could totally hook you up :)

My parents have been gone for three weeks now, only three more months until they come home! It’s so weird to not have them around and it makes me so thankful that they don’t always live far away. It will be so nice to have them back in April! If you guys are online yet and reading this, we miss you a lot! I sure hope you’re enjoying your 25-30 degree weather!

My Little Chiropractor

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009


I was just in the living room when Markus drove up on his car and announced, “I’m here, at the chiropractor!” He proceeded to tell me to lay down on my tummy so he could fix my back for me. He ever so gently pushed on my back just like he sees my chiropractor do. He is WAY too cute! I asked him if he was going to be a chiropractor when he grows up so he can fix Mommy and Daddy’s backs for us and he said yes. I can only hope one of my kids chooses that path to keep my poor body in line as I get older :)