30 fingers&toes

"Are they triplets?" "No, I found the other one in the parking lot and thought, 'why not?'"


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First Aid!

We were outside this afternoon with Grandma.  We noticed there were some hornets flying around and I had suggested that it may be time to bring the kids in if these hornets were not going to leave us alone.  I went in the house to check on dinner and the next thing I know the kids are being escorted in the house and I hear the words “she’s been stung”! 

Poor Maddy got stung not just once, but twice by a hornet!  Grandma and I did our very best first aiding for Madeline.  She apparently never cried once the stinging had happened, but once I put on the anti sting medication did she ever let loose with the screams.  Her screaming upset Isabelle.  So I gave Isabelle a very important job of going upstairs to the twins bedroom to retrieve Madeline’s lamb.  And if she felt she needed it, she could get her puppy and bring it down also.  As we were fixing up Maddy, Isabelle announced “I coming”!   Once Maddy had her lamb the tears stopped.  She sat with Grammy who held on her boo boo pack (ice pack) on her sting site.

By dinner Maddy was fine and not complaining of her stings, unless you went near them.  Gave her some meds at bedtime to help her sleep since not only does she have the sting sites that are painful, but she’s getting about 4 teeth at once.  It’s just not her day.

I think we are going to have to start looking around for this hornet nest and see about getting it sprayed.  I can’t have the kids outside with these angry little buggers.  The kids love to be outside and I want to get them out there as much as possible before they require 13 layers of clothes to get out there!  I’m looking forward to seeing what the twins will think of winter and if Isabelle will remember what winter is also.   I am not looking forward to all the clothing again however.  I have to get Aidan a new winter coat.  Maddy should be able to fit in Isabelle’s and I’ll most likely have to get Isabelle a new one also.  Kids cost way too much money!  Thank goodness ours are pretty cute!!

The laundry monster is calling.  Time to go sort clothes, find my bed under the pile and hopefully get some extra sleep tonight.

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La la la song la la la song!

Close your eyes and imagine Isabelle wailing away on the key board with one hand and the mic in the other yelling “la la la song!!!! la la song!!

It’s a riot.  So much so I’ve even captured some of it on video.  I will try to get it on webcam video to try and post on here at some point.

The keyboard was a gift to Isabelle from her grandparents E&B.  She sometimes played with it, but it managed to be forgotten for a little while.  Well the keyboard is back in action.  *I* and I have even had to hide it a few times just for some peace and quiet.  I would love to have musical children but my ears can only take some much sometimes!

All is well here.  The twins are teething and Isabelle is embracing her terrible 2’s.  Ian and I are just floating on by.  Someone was kind enough to remind me that once Isabelle is done her terrible 2 phase that I will then have two children going though the phase together.  God help me.  Or perhaps the twins will see that what Isabelle is going though really just isn’t worth it and decide to skip that phase!  Good luck!

I can’t see how many teeth Aidan is working on as he clamps his mouth shut when you ask him to open.  Maddy on the other hand when tickled enough her mouth is wide open and I can see about 4 teeth coming at once.  I know they are teething because both of them are trying to chew their fingers off of their little hands.  I am looking forward to the teething being over.  Aidan is a moody little fellow who will drop to the floor like a wet rag and roll around and lay there pouting.  Maddy is handling it well for the most part but has her moments of crankiness.

Rain rain go away.  It’s been raining here for 2.5 days.  This afternoon is finally looking promising for some outside time.  It’s cooled off some but I think the kids will manage.  The sun is still beaming down some warmth.  I am looking forward to Aidan being a little more sturdy on his feet because it would be nice to go for brief little walks out front.  For now we’ll settle on walking to the park with the stroller and playing there for a bit and then going home again.

Hard to imagine what we have lived in this house and back in Ontario now for a year.  It’s been really good to be home and close to family.  I know the kids are really enjoying being so close to grandparents and aunts and uncles and very soon to be uncles!  Isabelle loves to call her grandparents and her aunt.  She asks on a regular basis to call.  I think if she had it her way she’d be calling every 5 minutes.  It’s nice to hear her actually carry on a small conversation with them.  Just think next year it will be all three of them doing the same!  It’s amazing how far we have come.  It still feels like yesterday we were just traveling to Ontario to find a home for our little/big family.  Every time we are visiting in Windsor and I see the couch I spent almost 2 months on because the babies did not have a feeding routine and because Aidan had colic it still feels like yesterday.  I must say I am glad to have moved on from that.  Everyone sleeps well here now.  I can’t seem to find enough hours of sleep but that’s alright.  It’s been a wonderful year here and we are looking forward to more to come!

Time for me to have a little break before the kiddies wake up from nap time.  Going to sit outside with a coffee and enjoy the nice afternoon.


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Thank goodness for nap times!

I love my children I really really really do.  But there are days that I think I love nap time more.  Not that I need a nap, however it would be smart if I started taking them more often, I need a break from the kids.  The morning started off well but started on a downhill decent right around the time that Isabelle started stomping her foot when she wasn’t getting what she wanted.

My days are the same every day for the most part.  I choose this because the kids are used to it, it saves my sanity to keep things the same and while the kids are getting more mobile we aren’t mobile enough for me to take them out alone yet.  Add in that even when we are mobile, it’s 3 against one people!!  They are already learning to divide and conquer as well as how to work really well as a team.

I find it’s getting difficult to even take the kids out into our fenced yard!  I try to do it in a routine, we go out the front door and there in the shade is the slide/climber toy and the sandbox, as well as some balls, bubbles etc.  So we play here until the shade starts to disappear.  Or when Isabelle can no longer go down her slide because the sun has warmed it up too much.  So by the end of this time, the twins are usually covered in sand or grass clippings, Isabelle has tired herself out from climbing up and down the ladder or the slide or rock wall and is also sand covered. 

We then head to the deck where the pool is located.  Here, we splash, pour water from the watering cans into buckets, splash mommy lots, Aidan usually has the hose and is trying to figure out how to make water actually come out of it.  Maddy and Isabelle are drowning the planter boxes of Ian’s or watering the grass or soaking each other or themselves.  After we splash and get most of the sand off ourselves, we usually head inside to get changed and ready for lunch.  While they wait for lunch I let them watch Yo Gabba Gabba or Dora.  If you haven’t seen Yo Gabba Gabba, you should tune into Treehouse Mon, Wed or Friday at 1630hrs and check it out.  It’s a trip.  For real.  I’m pretty sure someone was on drugs when creating this one.  However, the kids all go nuts for this show.  They get up, dance, sing, and learn some neat stuff.  For instance, Isabelle likes to not eat at dinner time unless it’s a food she likes.  She’s been taught by us and by Y.G.G to “Try it because you might like it” and when she does try things she now says “I tried it and I like it”!  Who says tv is evil?!  I think that a little bit of tv is not the end of the world.  I wouldn’t be able to get some things done without it.  However we certainly don’t let them sit in front of it all day.  They get 30 minutes at the most total, if that. 

Back on track now, so after cleaning up and having lunch, I clean them up again quick, we have some quiet play or read some books and then it’s upstairs for naps.  And this folks is my fav time of day.  3 hours to myself.  One thing I’ve always been sure to do is have MY time.  When you have three little ones you need it.  Heck even if you have 1 kid you need to have your own time.  I’d be insane if I didn’t.  I get to tune out, sleep, blog, read blogs, email, surf the web, work on my courses, study, do nothing, read books again, sit outside and get some sun, drink coffee and not have to worry about little fingers, bake, clean up, exercise (gotta work more on that one!!).  Oh it’s bliss.

The best part about doing the same thing everyday is that the kids know what to expect and when to expect it.  And I like that too.  However we do have days where we throw the schedule out the door and just do whatever, thank goodness we have adaptable kids.   Sure I’m biased, but I do have the best family in the world.

Well I’m going to use the rest of my time to have a quick nap.  Or at least put my feet up and catch up on some tv shows on the PVR.  Hope all are well out there!


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Rest in peace….

Finally some peace for the Potvin family.  Cst Potvin’s body was found late Friday night by members patrolling along the river.  I am glad he’s been found and now the family can have some closure to this terrible tragedy.  Allison my heart truly goes out to you and your little babe.  I can’t begin to imagine how you are feeling or coping with such a loss.  I will keep you in my heart and prayers.