Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ok Trail... Try to keep up with this crazy drummer!!

Hanlin is the lead singer!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

48 cm of SNOW!!!!!!!!!

Needless to say, it was a storm day, schools and most of the city was closed!

The kids played for hours outside, and I baked 2 huge batches of Ooey gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Here's some pics of our backyard....

On the sidewalk just out side the front door!!
My front door
Isabelle with her ski goggles on!! She was diving in the snow!

Our neighbors came over and had to climb over our gate in order to get into the back yard!!
Path to back gate, before snow blowing...
Path to the back gate, after being snowplowed!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Little Rice + A Little Water = Hours of quiet time for Mommy!!!!!!!

Clean up was done in seconds too! just wipe up the water... and vacuum the rice!

Oh, it was 1pm.. and yes they are still in their PJ's... finally got them changed at 2pm!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My life, the past 2 weeks ......

Nothing too exciting around here, except that the 2 little ones will now play together for hours on end WITHOUT fighting!!!!!!!!

CELEBRATION TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our other 'big news" is that tonight, Isabelle finished her 2nd round of "George-Be-Gone" medicine!
She had to go back on it as 3 weeks after she finished her first round, I had to rush her by ambulance to the Emerg! She started having severe cramping, and it escalated so fast and furious that she was in intense pain and screaming and I didn't know what to do..
So.. to make a very long story short...after a whack of tests.... she went back on the meds!
Let's hope he is gone forever now!!!

Then Abigail came home with Fifths disease.. she was home for 2 days.....

Then Friday, Frank was in a little fender/bender on his way home from work. (well, it didn't bend his fender.. the person who rear-ended him had some damaged to their Cadillac, but Frank's Plastic Saturn didn't have a mark!) lol

It has been a very full 2 weeks, so I hope this week remains quiet....

Shhhhh... so far so good!!

I think I mentioned this before, but on every Wednesday night, the 2 older girls are now making supper and dessert. They take turns picking which they want to make for the week. The past 2 weeks had Isabelle cooking supper and Abigail on dessert duty!
I have to tell you these girls are putting me to shame!! (and I'm loving it!!)
Boy can they cook!! With or without a recipe, completely on the fly... amazing!

So here is what we've had the last 2 weeks:
Isabelle made a 3 meat tomatoe dish with mashed potatoes. (she made it on the fly..)
It had veal, chicken and beef with spices and onions etc.. Very good!

and Abigail made Individual Baked Alaska.

First she baked brownies, add a scoop of ice cream on each one, then topped each with meringue!


This week we had...
Honey Glazed Chicken in a balsamic reduction, and she served it with penne and salad!

and Abigail made Sweet Monkey Bread! (we didn't name it) We saw it on the Food network!!

Mmmmm..... Can't wait till tomorrow.............someone mentioned Chicken pot pie!! YUM!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bye Bye Sweet Ranger...

Our sweet, terribly timid, cat died on Saturday morning!
On Friday morning, as I was waking the kids up for school, I noticed Ranger sleeping on the heater vent in Abigail's room. I thought nothing of it, as she tends to hide most of the day anyway.... Noon hour ... I put away laundry.. and again noticed her sleeping on the vent.. I thought nothing of it and continued on my way... Fast forward to 8pm, the girls are now home from training and Abigail says to me.. "Gee mom, you should see Ranger, she is sleeping on my vent and is so asleep that she didn't even open her eyes!"
Now, alarm bells would of gone off in a normal person, however, I never claimed to be normal..
I said to her, "That's funny, I saw her there earlier today, she must be cold"!
Now at 10:30pm I head off to bed... first I check in on the little ones, and as I'm walking by Abigail's room, I notice Ranger...still on the vent... in the same position as 7am.....
NOW alarm bells went off... (I know...I know... duh!!)
I pick her gently up, and she barely lets out a "mew" and falls into my arms. I think this was the first time I was ever able to hold her with her trying to jump down! (very skittish little cat), I laid her down on the my bed, in front of the fireplace, and RAN downstairs to Frank!!!
We ran back upstairs and her breathing was only once every 40 seconds or so...
I went and got the 2 older girls (they were up late watching TV) and let them talk to her, say goodbye etc.. and I made a call to a friend, who has had many cats, for some advice..
Anyway..Frank and Ranger made a late night trip to the Emerg $$Vet!! Where he found she was 4 degrees below normal body temp and she was dehydrated and now had a heart murmur! I just had her at the vet in October, and she was fine.
The vet put her in a warming bed, gave her fluids, but by 5am she had passed away.
I am thankful that she never suffered, she just went to sleep. I am also thankful that we were able to bring her to the vet, as it gave the girls time to "process" this. They were crying saying they wanted to stay awake with her until she passed.. unfortunately I was leaving at 7am for a funeral that was out of town, and I couldn't let the kids stay up all night.
So this way they were able to get some sleep and come to terms with loosing their first pet.
The vet called in the morning and told them she died nice and warm, all cozy under her blankets we sent with her.

We had been feeding this little black stray and I told Frank that after we returned from a visit to my parents, if she was still around we would take her in. Well, while we were gone, she gave birth to a litter of kittens under our elderly neighbor's house. A few weeks later, the mother was run over by a car, and all the kittens were left to fend for themselves. I was feeding them, but they were getting very wild!! Our neighbor was now threatening to kill them!! So I "staked out" the kittens, and with a very big net, and a very very big tummy, ( I was 8 months pregnant with Isabelle) and after a few days, I managed to get all the kittens. I found good homes for all of them, but kept one, Ranger!!
That was close to 10 years ago...

We'll miss her!!