The neverending neverending.

Lately I’ve just felt so overwhelmed by my “to-do” list. Like I’m doing and doing and doing and never not doing but I never get to the bottom of my list. And since I never get to  the bottom, I never get to anything fun, or relaxing, or just anything I actually WANT to do. I’m trying so hard to do all the NEED-to-do’s that I never get to the want-to-do’s. It’s so frustrating. Am I just the worst time manager? Well, I know I’m not the best. Do I just have too much? I don’t know. Why haven’t I been able to find even ten minutes to start that book I got for Christmas? I don’t get it.

Anyways, this morning, I decided to forget the to-do list and just chill out.

I had a really long shower.

I cleaned the bathroom, but I wanted to do it, so it was ok with me.

I helped Oliver with writing a book he’s working on.

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I braided Ivy’s hair. Apparently completely wrong because she burst into tears as soon as she looked in the mirror. It was so bad she threw herself sobbing onto her bed and fell asleep.

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I ate lunch with the kids.

And I’m going to have a nap.

I still do need to do a couple things this afternoon, and there are a couple sewing projects I’ve been wanting to start for forever. I want to make it happen this afternoon.

I’m going to make fajitas for supper, and I want to make donuts for dessert, just because.

I just want to have a good day, for goodness’ sake.

Funny story/side note:

Last night when I came home from work I went to climb into bed and nearly tripped on Ivy, who was sleeping on the floor.

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I’m starting to think she’s got narcolepsy. Or that sleep is a coping mechanism for her. She’ll definitely put herself to sleep whenever things aren’t going her way. Yesterday and today she had already had a nap before 11:30 am. It’s weird.

Anyway, cheers to a good day. And a nap.

 

 

Winter in Winnipeg.

On Saturday we went to meet a friend’s new baby, and then we went to the Forks to play. It was a nice mild day, and even though the kids were adamantly against skating on the river trail, they were game for a winter walk. We were actually about to head home but decided we better just make the most of the great weather and spend some time outside.

And it was the best.

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We just walked the trail, played in the warming huts, and ran around in the snow maze. That maze was definitely the kids’ favorite part. Ivy and Oliver just ran around in there forever.

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I’m not really an “outside” person when it comes to winter, but I should do stuff like this more. It’s always really fun and it always makes me really appreciate and love where I live! I think the warming huts are my favorite part.

 

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We tried to do a family selfie. Ivy wasn’t into it.

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Neither was Oliver apparently. I dragged him into some other pictures though. Ben, though: #winning.

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Wow. Crow’s feet happening in full force there.

Anyways, such a good day, and the kids want to go back. I want to go back too, but this time just with Neil. Like on a date. A real date.

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I’d take that handsome guy on a date too. :)

Happy winter! Even happier because it’s already February 2nd, and the groundhog saw his shadow so it’s basically almost spring now.

The end of January.

January 29th already. I mean, really. Amazing. Spring is just around the corner, right? It was pretty cold the first couple (few?) weeks of the year, but this week it’s warmed up and it even rained a couple days ago. Rain! In January! That was weird. But I was okay with it. We made snowmen and shovelled the driveway in the rain. Today is supposed to be above zero too, so hopefully our snowmen don’t melt away.

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The last few days we’ve been mostly at home, just hanging out. We haven’t gone out much, except to the post office. The other day when we were getting ready to go Oliver said to Ivy, “Come on sibling, time to go.” I laughed so hard. I asked him if he even knew what sibling meant, and he didn’t. All he knew was that the dinosaur on Jurassic World ate her sibling. So, you know a dinosaur ate its sibling, and that is why you chose to call your sister sibling? Seems accurate for Oliver, really.

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I took all the kids to the doctor on Tuesday. A couple of them were having their annual check-ups, and Seth was having a follow-up from an MRI he had in November about his wonky knee. Ben and Ivy are healthy and average heights and weights. Seth’s MRI showed a lesion in his knee and so he has a referral to orthopedics now. I’m not worried about it; and actually it feels good to know there actually is something there bothering him. It’s been bugging him on and off since kindergarten, sometimes to the point where he can’t even weight bear, but usually just to the point where it is painful and causes him to limp. It was hurting him again last week, but that was the first time in almost nine months or so probably. Super random. Anyway I guess we’ll see what ortho says about it!

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Can we talk about those brown eyes and those freckles though? And his big soft heart, too? He’s such a good kid you guys. Every night when I tuck him in, and he pulls me close for a cuddle and a kiss, I just feel so lucky and so thankful.

So that’s what’s been happening around here. Not a lot of anything, but that’s pretty much how I like it.

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Seriously, I just love being at home with no plans on the agenda. It’s my favorite.

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Of course, there’s always a million things that need to be done here, but that’s okay. One toilet at a time, one load at a time, one dish at a time. And maybe one nap at a time, too. As Ivy would say, “This is my life!” She means, “This is the life”, ha! I laugh every time she says it!

 

Ivy :: Four.

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Today is Ivy’s fourth birthday. To me, it’s like the final farewell to the baby years in this house. Four is most definitely NOT a baby anymore. There are no more babies in this family. I’m okay with it I guess, because big kids are pretty awesome. I just wish the baby phase lasted a teeny bit longer. It whizzed by so fast I feel like I kind of missed it.

So, it’s hard to believe. Hard to believe I have my last baby is four years old now. It actually feels kind of crazy to say it.

But this four year old, my Ivy James, she’s incredible.

Obsessed with make-up lately. Always with the make-up, thanks to those aunties who bought her cheap make-up for Christmas. She’s always putting make-up on, and on, and on, and on. Washing it off, re-applying. Doing make-overs with her five year old cousin. Checking herself out in the mirror. She loves the make-up.

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Taylor Swift. She’s her biggest fan, and lip-syncs to all the words. Her favorites are Blank Space and Wildest Dreams, but any T.Swift will do. When she hears her on the radio, she’s yelling, “Turn the music up MOM!!!” She loves a lot of music, really, and recognizes a lot of the voices on the radio. She’s got some sweet dance moves lately, too. Not from dance class, mind you, which she HATES and NEVER wants to do EVER AGAIN. (Thanks for deciding that precisely once class after begging me to sign you up for a “million million” more dance classes.)

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She’s funny, and she knows it. She loves being the center of attention, and often is. Being the baby of the family AND being the only girl helps a lot. Plus she comes up with some pretty silly stuff, like “panty day”. That was pretty hilarious.Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

Ivy loves playing. She keeps herself busy playing with all sorts of things but lately her favorite things are My Little Ponies, Shopkins (what are those anyway?), and Barbie Lego. Basically anything tiny wins. She also loves all plush toys too. She got a stuffed kitten for her birthday yesterday and it may as well be real to her.

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She loves people too. She loves her cousins so much, and I am so happy she has so many girl cousins to play with (6!). She loves her brothers like crazy, too. She’s even starting to play nicely with Oliver (FINALLY).

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She’s super polite but can be super sassy. She’s sweet and compassionate, loving and forgiving; fun, adventurous, and brave. She still loves napping and she still sucks on her fingers, despite me taking away her blankie in September.

 

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We love our Ivy times infinity and we feel extremely lucky that she’s part of our family. I just love my family so much, all parts of it, and it wouldn’t be complete without her.

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Happy birthday Ivy. I love you!

ps. Of course whenever my kids have a birthday I spend hours reading back about when they were littler. Here’s when Ivy turned one, two, and three.

pps. We had family and friends over to celebrate yesterday. Ivy requested hot dogs and pink and purple cake. Tonight for her actual birthday she’s requested sandwiches.

 

94 cent gingerbread houses.

Last week I snapped up some 94 cent gingerbread house kits. I got two hoping that the kids would work in pairs.

And they did. They were gingerbread house building angels, working together so nicely, complimenting each other’s house-decorating skills, and asking each other for advice on where to place candy. It was like I was living in an alternate universe. A universe I love and I want to go back to. They were busy for a solid hour. A solid hour of entertainment for less than $2!

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These little cookies they decorated were my favorite part:

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I couldn’t help but smile.

We’ll be that family who builds gingerbread houses every January, and I’m okay with that.

Coming up: a Christmas recap. If I ever sort through the one bajillion pictures I took. Working on it, I promise. Hopefully it will be up before I need to post about Ivy’s birthday…

Pedicures with Ivy.

I pulled the nail polish out the other day and quite mistakenly forgot to put it away that evening. The next morning Ivy woke us up begging to paint our nails. She somehow convinced Neil, and Ben actually wanted in on the action, just for fun.

Ivy was in her glory.

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That girl loves her some nail polish, and once she gets started, she’ll just paint and re-paint her nails twice a day for as long the nail polish is within her sight. If I hide it away she thankfully forgets about it for awhile sometimes. She had fun, anyway, and lucky for her, everyone here loves keeping her happy.

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(Let’s be honest, they were clearly having just as much fun as she was.) She was extremely pleased with herself. Rightfully so, because she did a pretty good job.

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The library.

On Saturday it was -100 or something. Sara wanted to take pictures of the kids for Neil’s mom, so we decided to go to the Millenium Library, instead of get frostbite/hypothermia doing an outdoor shoot. We stopped in at Bronuts for a treat on our way. It was a very chilly half-a-block walk and unfortunately Oliver runs slower than the average five year walks, so it took a little longer than it needed to. We were frozen by the time we got there but the smell of donuts and the site of two empty tables warmed us up pretty quickly. By the time we got back to the car after our donuts, Ivy was crying she was so cold, and proclaimed that we should “never never NEVER go to Bronuts in the winter again!”. And I mean, I feel your pain, Ivy. But donuts.

Thankfully the library has a lovely heated underground parkade so we didn’t have to face the winter again. It was our first time at that library and it is e p i c. The kids and I la-la-love books and libraries so were pretty happy. It’s a beautiful place and the kids were happy to explore and find new books to read. Ivy read whatever was around, Oliver was thrilled to find an Oliver Jeffers book we’d never read, and Seth and Ben read an Outrageous Facts book, or something like that.

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Sara snapped pictures here and there and it was a lot of fun. Seth and Ben were being such good buddies, I asked them to smile for me. I got this:

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Oh Ben. But then this, too:

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The teeth! (or lack thereof?)

Oliver read the Oliver Jeffers ABCs book over and over.

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Definitely gonna have to pick that one up for him, since we’re having some trouble convincing him to learn the alphabet anyway!

Ivy was her little moody self, sometimes smiling, sometimes scowling, and then, eventually, only scowling, at which point it was home time.

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We’ll be back, Millenium Library. Because you’re some good cheap fun on a freezing cold day.

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