Sunday, December 28, 2014

Just call me Mrs. Fix-It!

I’m not one to ever toot my own horn, but over the past year, my list of house fix-ups is becoming quite large! 

1.  Valentine’s day morning 2014 (how could I forget the day of this disaster… who has ever put their head inside a drain pipe on Valentine’s morning?!) – our bathroom sink decided it was going to stop draining and almost overflow.  If you’ve ever de-clogged a bathroom sink drain, you’ll know that it’s not an easy one-step job… but… had it back up and working within an hour!

2.  Our kitchen sink water pressure decreased to almost nothing.  With a few tweaks here and few unscrews there, back to full pressure in no time!

3.  Our inside garage door started slamming against the frame and wouldn’t stay shut; kept setting off our door alarm.  I now known how to put a door handle together and how all the weird-looking pieces and locking mechanisms function, and our door seamlessly shuts without slamming and our alarm is no longer being set off every few hours.

4.  Flushing pressure on our toilet was barely flushing the water.  This turned out to be an easy fix, but still, it was a toilet and had all the grossness involved with figuring it out!

5.  Our washing machine suddenly decided it wasn’t going to drain the water anymore.  I now know where the drain and filters are and how to de-clog all of that nastiness…. working perfectly fine again Smile

Seriously…how much in repair-man fees would all of these fixes have cost??!!!!  Quite proud of myself – and I think my dad would be too!  It pays to watch your dad fix things while growing up!!  Even if a lot of the fix-ups involved a few (or a lot) choice words… right dad!!!!  LOL!

Maybe I should add a Mrs. Fix-It service to my Tranquil business Smile with tongue out

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Cheer!

It has come and gone again… hard to believe!  We are so blessed to have had a healthy, exciting, non-stop, fun year!  As always, we’re looking forward to what the New Year has in store.

The kids are busy exploring and playing with all of their new toys and games (they were spoiled again by Santa, family and friends!)  Here are a few pics and a video of the fun we’ve had the past week!

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First stop was the cottage

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Then to Detroit to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze show at the Fox thanks to Char and Grampy

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Char invited some extend family to dinner afterwards (John’s half-brother, John, and his wife and kids)

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While the adults did the boring inside stuff…. the kids and I did the fun outdoors stuff.  Selena’s first time on ice and she was as pro as a 4-year-old gets!

The girls got their baking and craft-time fix

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While watching the kids play in late morning on the sand with the very calm water, I took a picture of the sun rays peaking down on the lake.  Have a look at this mysterious red-winged dot hovering over the water.. has to be nana in the sun!

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Getting fueled for our fun at the water park! (she wore those goggles the entire time we were in the mall)

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Adventure Bay is as good as it gets for a community indoor water park!  Annika was brave enough to go down the slides by herself!  Selena was just shy of the height requirement for the slides.. but we’ll be back next year when she can join in on all the fun.

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James surprised me with this beautiful Pink Sapphire eternity ring on Christmas morning.  This eternity rings completes my ring set – signifying our eternity together and the pink of course signifying our beautiful girls ♥ This rings holds a lot of meaning ♥

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Baby Levi has been transferred to Grand River Hospital in Kitchener (a level 2 hospital).  He’s still doing great and growing big!  He was sporting a pretty awesome Santa suit on Christmas eve ♥

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James likes his new shoes…

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Papa’s always so much fun!

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Thanks to Nana and Papa, Annika will be baking and knitting on her own with a brand new Easy Bake Oven and Loom Knitting Kit

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A big fat BJAMS family dinner!  Ribs and Chicken with all the fixin’

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being super dorky…

BJAMS Christmas 2014 from Breanne Loaring on Vimeo.

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…..“my tired…”

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Concert and Updates

Annika and Selena performed in their school’s Christmas concert on Monday and Tuesday.  Adorable production and job well done by all students!

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and nothing stops our girls from doing what they want… biking in the middle of December with snowsuits!!

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Off to nana and papa’s we go!

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Levi update:  The little guy has been doing amazing!  After his bowel rest, they started him slowly back on NG feeds and has been tolerating them like a champ!  He now weighs just about 5 lb (4lb,14oz).  As of Tuesday, they took his PICC line out and moved him to a crib!  If he continues to gain weight and regulate body temp and stay clear of any signs of NEC or infection, he’ll be transferred to Kitchener!  He’s been placed on the transfer list and could be as soon as this Friday (Dec 19 – one month old!!!)

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“Hi mama!”

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A post worth reading…

Below is a blog post that I came across, and for me, really hit home.  I think it goes without saying for anyone who has had kids, one of the hardest things to accept, understand and prepare for is the relationship change that comes with having babies.  You can so easily be consumed with the blissful thought of having a baby with the person you love, but you’re not capable (until you’re living it) to completely understand the changes that are about to occur.

Having babies and kids is by far the world’s greatest miracle, there is no feeling that can compare to the love you have and feel for your children…. but, taking this adventure and thinking it will only ever be amazing and easy and that everyday will mimic the pictures you see of smiling babies and blissful family outings…is only just an illusion.

It’s something that no one really tells you or warns you about, or if they do, you can’t fully understand it or don’t believe it.

This change happens… it’s hard… but with time, adjusting and understanding, it gets easier, and at the end of the day, if you can push through the tough stuff, you can look back and smile at how far you’ve come and even laugh at some of the really hard days :)

If you’re having one of those really tough days… read the post below, I know it will help!

 

TO WIVES: BEFORE YOU WERE “MOMMY”

Friday, January 24, 2014

When we found out that we were pregnant with my son (now 4), my husband and I became one of those “new parent” couples. We researched together, shopped together and made every choice surrounding the arrival of our new baby together. I’m talking right on down to the discussion of which wipes would represent the Thompson household. We went with pampers if you were wondering. If there was an amazing-race-like-show that somehow incorporated preparing for a new baby, we would have been all over that. We were a team.

To greater prepare ourselves for baby boy’s arrival, we even took one of those courses for new parents offered by the hospital.

The class and the instructor couldn’t have met our expectations any more perfectly. The sweet gal who led the class was spritely, informative and gave entirely too detailed descriptions of her own deliveries. (Say that three times fast.) After learning everything from diaper changes to natural labor techniques, our 8 week course ended with a certificate and a tour of labor and delivery. We were prepared to become parents. We had the copied paper and our names written in sharpie to prove it.

But what wasn’t covered in that course, what would have been infinitely more valuable than any one bit of information we received in those few weeks, would have been the offering of a few simple words.

If only our instructor had sat us down and said, “Ladies, before you were Mommy, you were his. Men, before you were Daddy, you were hers. Remember this. Hold on to this. Keep these words precious to you.”

I wouldn’t have understood her. I might not have even understood her a few months later. But four years down the road, I would replay those words over and over in my heart, and I would know exactly what she had meant.

So if I could teach that class, if I could go back and instruct the bright faced greatly pregnant women and their overly eager husbands, I would say this,

Ladies, there will come a day when your husband walks in the door and you do not turn around. You will be preoccupied with filling up sippy cups and wiping booties. You will shout over the running bath water, “Hey! Glad you’re home.” But it won’t mean what it used to mean. It won’t be full of eager anticipation to spend time together. It will be full of expectations to aid in the demands of the family. “Glad you’re home,” will more properly translate, “Thank God for two extra hands to help me.” And “Praise the Lord I might get five minutes alone.”

Ladies, there will come a day when you spend every last ounce of yourselves on your children. The demands of life and the babies will come before any other priority. What little of yourself you have left at the end of the day will be used to crawl into bed before someone is awake to need you again. The thought of doing anything else after the children are asleep will sound impossible and your handsome husband’s happy smile had better mean he is willing to get up with the baby and nothing more.

The husband that once completed your heart will be just one more person who needs you. The charming things that you fell for will go unnoticed. The daily grind will become expected.

Men, there will come a time when that beautiful bride sitting next to you hasn’t showered in days. She will be at her wit’s end wearing other people’s food and poop on her clothing. She will need to hear that she is beautiful, but she won’t listen to you. She will need to know that she is still lovable, but she won’t want you near her. When you arrive home after meeting the demands of work, you will be expected to meet the demands of your family. Your wife will hear none of your exhaustion, and you will see none of hers.

Men, you will call home to ask a quick question and anticipate a two-minute conversation. Half of it will be spent listening to your wife talk to your kids. As a matter of fact, you will make it no more than a few sentences in to any conversation ever before your wife spurts out direction to your children.“Don’t climb that!” or “Don’t sit on your sister!” You will become accustomed to these outbursts, but you will forget that there was ever a time when you had her full attention.

But Ladies, when Mommy becomes your name, remember this man. Remember that you are his wife. Remember how much you love and appreciate him in this moment. Remember his dedication to your family. Remember his love and devotion to you. And then, when the days are long and you need a break, fall into his arms.

Men, remember your bride. The care and love that she has given you will soon be spilled over to your children. Her love for you will not change. Give her the grace to be enough even when she doesn’t feel like it. Remember when your days are long, hers are too. Remember her. Fall in love with her again.

Remember each other. Remember the two that made the family. Let the Lord lead you both together. Because when the days are endless and the hours short, it will only be His love who keeps you together. It will only be His mercy that gently guides your hearts as one. Hold tightly to one another, and even more tightly to the Lord. There is no greater adventure for you to experience and no greater gift than to walk through parenthood with your best friend.  You are a team. Every single day.

When they had heard these words, perhaps then, I would offer a certificate. Something that they could hold in their hands to remember that they were prepared.

So, to my friends, a reminder. Something for you to hold onto. A cue to look into the aged eyes of the one you love and see the one for whom your heart fell. May our words be sweet. May our hearts be received. And may we remember the love of our youth.

REFERNECE:  http://www.scissortailsilk.com/2014/01/24/before-you-were-mommy/

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Recital 2014

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All the sisters in the Prep room

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Excited with her bestie!

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Look at that smile!  And she’s got a perfected 1st position!

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Here we gooooo…

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She really does light up the stage… natural rhythm and beauty

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I had tears in my eyes watching this one… she could not be more adorable.  Performing is her thing!

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…and then Santa came!

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Sharing their secrets….

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…not quite sure

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“…but I have new clips, Santa!  My nana won them!”

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Tree and Pups

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Maverick… not feelin the decorations, yet..

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and the dogs… Mavie officially excited for Christmas!

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Timmie reminds me of the Elf on the Shelf here

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Such a handsome young man

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It’s Timmie’s 3rd Birthday Tomorrow!  Happy Birthday Timothy!

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Eating his elf necklace…

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and Timmie helping