Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hey Hey

Christmas is over.
The kids had a good one.

Money was tight this year, but we were still able to pull of some nice presents.
There was a lot of lego, board games and other non electrical toys this year which was a good thing as we had no power for most of Boxing day. LOL.

It was great to see them enjoy their toys.

Glen's work is keeping him busy at the moment which is good. We are trying to bank on it and stay ahead.

Work for me is good. I was off for nearly 2 weeks with a cold. I am back tomorrow.
Feeling better now thank goodness. Funny, no one else got sick thankfully.... I was the only one who got the H1N1 Shot. Hmmm co inky dink??

Going to have a quiet new years too. Having a few friends over for drinks and the kids will be here so nothing too wild.

Hope you all had a great holiday and have a fabulous new year.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Food Values

I found a website with point values

http://quiddity.cc/rachel/diet/wwfoods.htm

New beginnings

Going to try and update this more.
Its going to be more like a diary.. I need a place to keep myself accountable for my actions.

I am started back on WW today. Counting my points, and going to exercise daily.

This is my menu for today.

Banana 3
eng muf with peanut butter 3
apple 1
Ham3
Mashed Tapatoes 3
mmixed veggies 0
coffee with mil 2
almonds 2
apricots 1
popcorn 2

Grand total for the day is 20 points.

I want to be down 10 pounds by Christmas and down 20 in total by the time I reach my goal.
I haven't weighed myself yet.. our Wii Scale is down at the moment.. might need a new sensor thing for it.
I am estimating my weight to be 155.. would like to be 130-135 by the end of my new life style.
Going to do 20 minutes of exercise each day on tp of walking to and from work.

Friday, September 25, 2009

September Update

Its been a Little while since we have updated.
Nothing new and exciting really.

We moved the boy's bedroom to the basement where they have a much bigger space. They love having their own floor.

School is going well for both of them. Liam joined the track and field team. I have to talk to Mrs. White about them going away for their events ( Liam said they are competing in Almonte).

Aidan is riding his bike almost daily and getting lots of exercise and etc. We had to take away his DS for a while. He only gets it on bad weather days now if he can't make other plans. He has to make the effort to do something before he gets the chance to play it.

Helyn is adapting well to school so far. She is exhausted when she comes home, but overall is getting along with the other kids and doing her work. She points out letters that she recognizes in signs and spells her name with no hesitation. She had a great birthday. We had a slumber party theme party with the slumbering. The kids all wore PJS and we did make up, hair and nails. It was very cute. I will post pics later on.

Work is going well. I am able to do things second nature now and don't have to ask nearly as many questions. The Midwives are friendly and helpful and Janet ( the administrator )gives me lots of feedback and things to do. I started running with my neighbour Elizabeth this week. We are at 10 minutes walking fast and 1 minute running for week 1... next week we will walk for 9 run for 2.. etc.

Glen is doing ok with work. It slowed a bit, as work usually does in his business around this time, but we are hopeful it will pick up again.

I am loving the fallness around us. It is gorgeous weather mid day and cooler at night. It makes me pretty happy. I am going to get out with the kids today and get some pics of the beautiful leaves.

Hope all is well... keep in touch.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Time to update

The kids started school today.
Liam is in grade 4 in Mrs Coleman's class, Aidan is in Mrs. Pentz's grade 2 class and Helyn in Mr Patterson's kindergarten class.

They all had a great first day. They are tired, but good. Hopefully they will be in bed early enough. I took them to the park after dinner.. then its clean up time and bed.

The Crampton Crew this morning before school.

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On the way.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Where did August go?

Its already the 19th??!! Seriously?? When did that happen?

Its been a busy month. The kids have had playdates, sleepovers and lots of outside time ( up until last week at least with the heat).

Liam has been flipping through the Christmas wishbook lately and pointing out all that he wants... its too early for Christmas! He has been enjoying his bigger boy freedom. We let him go around the block to his friend's houses and to the park by himself even though I still have a hard time letting him go. He is 9 1/2 and I should let him have more freedom.. but its still hard. He is also talking about when he turns 10 next year and how he will be able to stay home by himself after school until I get home. Why does he want to grow up so fast?

Aidan is doing well. He taught himself to ride a 2 wheeler a few weeks back and is now riding like he has been doing it forever. Me thinks the scooter he got a few months back helped him find his balance.

Helyn has been talking up a storm. She really is coming out of her shell and starting to look, sound and act more like a 4 year old. She is always asking for help and now trying to recruit the boys into it. She calls them that... not her brothers but " My boys." "Mommy, where are my boys?"
Its so cute.

Work is settling in now. Things are getting easier. I am getting to know all the midwives and how they are.. its getting there.

Glen is doing ok with work. He is staying busy and I guess that is what counts.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Long over due post

Hi.. Its me.
Life is so busy with me working now.
The job is going well. I think I am finally finding my niche and getting comfortable now. The midwives are really helpful and understanding with my questions and yea.. Its good.

The kids are adjusting well too. They really don't seem to notice that I am gone during the day. LOL. They are happy to say " Bye Mom, see you later" and just as happy to greet me when I come home. Its good.

Becky came up last weekend to watch the kids while we went camping. It was great to see her and Ben. Ben gave me the best snuggles ever. Love him so much.

Camping was great. Very relaxing and the weather couldn't have been more perfect.

Glen's business is doing well. Its tough getting used to the lesser amount of a paycheck, but we are making due. We still have the house and the bills are getting paid.

Um... what else can I say?? Nothing much. I will try and get on at least once a week to update. If there is anything I haven't touched on, comment and ask and I will answer.

Going to Belleville this weekend with my friend Tanya for some time away. It will be fun.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

On to new things.

I can't believe that the time has come already.

Next Monday, in 5 days, I will be working outside of the home.For the first time in 7.5 years, I will not be home all day with my kids.

For the first time in 7.5 years, I will have to leave the house on a regular basis and leave my kids in the hands of another person.

For the first time in 7.5 years, I will be Christine, not Mommy, for 8 hours a day.

I knew I wanted to work outside of the home again. I knew that it was time to go onto that second stage of my life, our family's life, but it doesn't make it any easier.

The kids will be fine.

I will be fine.

Our family will be fine.

We will go on and we will succeed.

I will just miss the all day interactions with my kids, friends and family.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The times they are a changin.

Its been a crazy week this week and I am thankful that it is coming to an end.

Lots has happened this week.

First of all, the kids finished school. The boys did wonderful on their report cards. They improved on almost all of their subjects ( even just from a b to a b + or a b- to a b+). We were very proud. We let them pick out something at walmart to reward them. Aidan picked a bakugon and Liam a pack of hockey cards. They are good boys.

All of the kids are out of school now. Yesterday at one point, there were 15 of them around. Not all of them were with me.. but it was crazy nonetheless.
Today is quieter and the next couple weeks will be even more so.

And as most of you know, I have accepted a new job as receptionist for the Ottawa Valley Midwives here in town. Its 4 days a week, with benefits and in a place where I really want to be. I have accepted the fact that I may not be able to be a midwife myself but I still would like to pursue being a doula once the kids are old enough ( a few more years). We need a steady income with benefits. Glen's business is doing well but he is self employed and we need those benefits for the kids.

Its a big transition. I love being home with my kids and I have great kids who are in my care, that is why this is so hard to move on. The families took it well and are happy for my future but we are both sad that we are losing each other. I lose Waylon and Emma after next week for certain and Emily and Jorian's parents are looking for someone.. it could be anywhere between next week and the week after.

I will keep this updated with the changes and everything. I still have nights and weekends to update the blog. LOL

Hope all is great out there in blog land. Everyone have a great weekend.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's day!

This is Glen's 10th Father's day. The kids made him some great gifts at school. Aidan made him an Inuk Shuk that says Dad Rocks. ( very cute) and Liam made him a health kit with different items in it to help him along in life ( like marbles in case he has lost some and a piece of rope if he is at the end of it).
Helyn and I made him breakfast this morning with what we had on hand as we didn't get groceries until this morning. French Toast, fried Bologna and scrambled eggs it was. LOL.

I tried calling my daddy today to tell him I loved him and to chat, but haven't heard from him yet.. so Happy Father's day Dad. I love you.

Last night we were at my friend Aimee's for poker. I had never played Texas Hold em. It was pretty fun. Thanks Aimee for having us and Thanks Kirsten for bringing the wine. It was great to be out of the house.

Next week I am going to see Chicago the Musical with Sandra. Its going to be fun. I can't wait to see it.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dentist appointments.

I had my tooth fixed by Uncle Stu today.
It went well. Not too sore. Glad its done for now. Lets hope I don't have anymore root canals any time soon.

Liam had a cavity. He got it filled and did well. He didn't like it, can't say I blame him. Stu said when we go back in November, we will use sealant on his teeth to help prevent cavities.

Aidan's teeth were good. Well... sort of LOL. His incisors are coming in looking like fangs. LOL I am very interested to see what they look like when they finally pop through. Seems like my vampire fantasies are projecting through in real life.

I started working out again today. I took nearly 2 weeks off. I know.. bad Christine. I am ready now. My energy is next to nil so I need something. Tonight I did Tae Bo ( thanks for the advice Aimee)... and so I am sure I will be sore tomorrow. I will keep doing my DVD's or Wii Fit every day until I get that energy zap back.

Glen has a busy week ahead of him. He has been able to keep his calendar full for the last 3 weeks.... so lets hope this is a trend.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Helyn's battlewound

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Aidan and his treasure out of his treasure box for reading at school.

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Helyn and her friends Georgia and Emily.

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Liam getting his award at school

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Aidan getting his award at school

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Helyn at the ceremony

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The finished living room set up. Glen has been working hard on renovations for the passed few months. He has done a great job.

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and a pic of the kitchen.

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and the clean garage

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Its been a little while since my last post.

Since my last post.

I got my second root canal.

Glen lost his job and started up his own business called Simplified Audio Video. He is still doing installation, programming and home theater but for himself. He has a few contacts who are feeding him business and he is keeping his calendar filled. Proud of him.

We went camping at the KOA in Mallorytown with Nana and Papa on the May long weekend. We froze our butts off. It was wet, cold ... no freezing. We made out 2 night stay into a one night stay. Our friend Chris and Sandra and their puppy Rudy also came with us. It was Nana and papa's 40th wedding anniversary so we also had dinner with Linda and Ted. It was very much fun.. much was learned.... LOL

Helyn got a cut on her eye and required medical glue to keep it shut. Nearly 5 hours in the ER for that one.

Liam and Aidan both got positive people awards. Liam for Effort and Perseverance and Aidan for Citizenship. I love these awards because they reward children for good deeds and being good people. Again.. very proud.

Tomorrow me and the kids go see Uncle Stu for some Dental stuff.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Long overdue update.

Yea.. I guess I have been avoiding the blog so I don't have to address the fact that Glen isn't working right now.
Yep.. you heard me.
He took a weekend off at the beginning of the month and his first day back, they give him his lay off papers.
He is in the process of starting up his own business so that means a lot of money going in, and very little in our pockets. We are also trying to think of ways to save money. Cutting down on groceries and luxury items is a big one. Possibly getting rid of the satelite and watching our energy consumption is another.

Its funny because for the last couple years, I have been trying to save us money and there has always been these I need this and I need that from everyone.. and we don't have any money saved up right now.

So I need to either get a part time job for the evenings and weekends or pick up more kids. I can't get a full time job.. I would be paying just for day care and making maybe 10$ a day afterwards.

The kids are doing good. They are a little upset that we won't have extra money for fun stuff this summer.. but I am trying to keep it exciting for them. There are lots of free activities that I can set up, and we can go camping at Nana and Papa's lot on the St. Lawrence.

We went camping this weekend at Mallorytown with friends of ours and Nana and Papa. The kids had a great time and we froze Saturday night, so we cut the trip short. Thankfully we did as Helyn threw up and I caught this cold.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Need another root canal.

Yea me.
Went in to see Uncle Stu yesterday to get a filling filled from the other root canal and now I need to get another root canal done. Remind me to call the other dentist after I get off of here.
Not looking forward to that at all.

This weekend was another busy one.
I was at my friend Tanya's Friday night, then Glen drove in with the kids on Saturday and we spent the day in the city. My friend Crash came and drove us home.. what an Angel.. thanks so much!!
Then on Sunday was our friend Kayla's birthday so we went and celebrated with the family and had some cake. Very fun.


The kids are good... which is strange that no one is really causing trouble and getting along.. waiting for something to give.. but yea.

So here are some pics from Kid's Zone

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And one from Ladies night

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Yuck

This weekend was rough and carried on to the wee hours of this morning.

Helyn started throwing up Friday night/Saturday morning and carried on through the day Saturday.

I started feeling rough Saturday late morning but nothing worse than the headache and nausea ( no... not pregnant!!). My tooth that I got the root canal in at the end of February needs the permanent filling and I won't be getting that until the 20th of this month.

Liam was complaining of a headache yesterday morning so we kept him home to rest up. He didn't get any worse than that.. no fever or anything.

Last night on the way home from buying Glen new shoes, Helyn throws up in the car. She had had a few loose bms yesterday but nothing bad.

Just before midnight last night, Aidan started throwing up and continued all night.

For precaution, I kept both boys home today. They have been resting up in my room away from the rest of us and eating lightly.. sticking to the Brat Diet ( bananas rice applesauce and toast) and light fluids.

I am freaking exhausted!!! I need some sleep at some point.. from Friday night until last night, I have been functioning on 4-5 hours of sleep and frequent wakings and lots of caffine and tylonol for the pain in my mouth.

I need a holiday!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Guess who we are going to see???









We are going to see Metallica on October 29th!!

I was online and trying to get through on the phone for 20 minutes.. had great tickets and then i had to reset my security prefs!!!! SOB!!!!

So we got tickets in the 300 section :(.

Ah well... they are still going to be fun!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Nicer weather = nicer moods.

The weather was so unpredictable this week... between warm and gorgeous and cold and rainy.
Horrible.

Me and the kids and a couple of their friends took advantage of the nicer weather and headed down to the park this morning ( you know me... I need an entourage of children with me when I go anywhere * rolleyes* ).

So here are some fun pics.

Nothing to report on right now.. just that everyone is in a good mood and so then I am too.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Liam

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Aidan

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Helyn

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Little update.

We all survived March Break. I spent the weekend drinking to help me forget the stress. LOL. The week started out shaky with the whining and the tattling and etc, but ended on a good note on pajama day on friday.

We had a weekend full of parties. Aidan had a party for his friend Tye Saturday morning, me and the kids went to Georgia's party for the afternoon and daddy went to the hockey game with Chris that night.
Liam went to Steven's party for part of the afternoon and then on to a playdate with Aidan's friend Aiden Austin. Glen met Aiden's parents before we moved out to Carleton Place so we thought it would be great to get together. It was a great night.

Helyn has been pottying like a champ lately. Every 2 days without lactulose or mineral oil. Just good old fashioned fiber, liquids and her good food diet has been working like a charm. Her attitude could use some adjustment.. but that is the 3 year old in her. We had a few stand offs the last few weeks, but they have been getting less and less. We went to playgroup today for the first time since November, and she was listening so much better than in the fall. We are going to have to go more often now that the weather is nicer.

Liam ... oh Liam... the power struggles.... ahhhh. He wants more video game time. He wants more freedom to do things on his own... he is trying to be so persuasive too.. its just yanks at your heart each time he pleads and begs for something. Thank goodness Glen is being my rock and reminding me of certain boundaries we have set for the kids like no video games from Monday to Thursday. We made a deal that if he could pull up his grades, he can get more time with his DS and the Wii... so he is going to try.

Aidan just lost 2 more teeth. His bottom 2 front ones. He lost the first one while eating toast on Sunday morning and the other on Sunday night while eating a burger. He was so excited to lose 2 in one day.

Both of the boys got their report cards just before March break. They did really well in all areas. Lots of A's and B's. They both need to focus and made themselves seen and heard in classroom discussions.

Glen has been busy finishing work around the house the last few weeks and the house is really coming together. I am so proud of him for coming forward and finishing it up. It is going to look amazing all pulled together. He has been really helpful around the house as well. I think we were both in a big slump over the winter and I am so appreciative of his help with getting the house back in order. I just wish I could do the bigger jobs that he can do... but I just can't with Helyn at my heels all the time and the other day care kids.

I am working on my clutter issues. Its really hard to keep a routine going but its babysteps... I am working on the big problem areas of mine and expanding from there. Its a coming.

Monday, March 16, 2009

I loathe March Break.

I really do.
I am tired and its only the first day.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Damn You Wii Fit!!

Oh it was so fun and easy to play.. but man.. today my ass and thighs are so stiff! LOL

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Busy last few days!!!

I don't remember a whole lot of the weekend LOL.
But yea.. it was busy. Glen finished the floor on the main level that he started before he got sick in December. It looks great! Just the trim and some painting to do and its done. Oh and the stairs.. but it looks great!

Monday was Helyn's appointment with the Gastro Ped. He pretty much told me, to paraphrase, to keep doing what I was doing and eventually her little rectum will go back to normal. He is encouraging me to use mineral oil and lactulose as its non habit forming and once she shrinks back to normal, she will get the feeling to go and thus the problem will fix itself. He didn't examine her or anything but he said according to what I told him, that he doesn't feel like there is a condition. Sigh.
We will go back to see him in a month's time and see where she is at.

Last night Crash and I went to see Motley Crue, Hinder and Theory of a Deadman at the Scotiabank Place. We carpooled in with Kirsten and her sister ( thanks girls) and had a wicked time!!
I didn't bring my camera as the last time I brought it, I was bitched at by the usher that I couldn't have a professional camera there. I am hoping someone has some pics I can post later.

Tonight Glen is at the Tampa Bay game with Mark. I hope he has fun.

I got the Wii Fit today. Thanks again to Kirsten for letting me have the one that came up that she was waiting for and giving me some shoppers points to bring me to 75$ off my purchase!!! That's right folks, i got the Wii Fit for 37$.... what a deal!!

I did my age calculation and based on my balance, bmi and actual age.. I am 31!!! Yea!!! 2 years younger than I am.. i thought that was too cool. I did 25 minutes this afternoon and I am hoping to do some more tonight. Lets hope this helps me tone up and lose some inches so I can look good and fit into my clothes again.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Yea... Friday !!!

Oh the week from ARGH!

My lovely children most likely gave me grey hairs this week.
Liam had tests and homework up the yin yang!!
Aidan was whiny and needy and Helyn... well... I don't really need to go into how Helyn is do i?

Last night was ladies night with Aimee. It was fun. We had a hot tub, drank some whine and whined. It was great to be out. Thanks Aimee for having us and thanks also to Kirsten for being there to share.

I am just so beat. I had this cold... again... and its zapping my energy.I am just so tired. I went for a walk on Monday with Kirsten and I am hoping with the way the weather is going that I can get out nightly for at least 45 minutes to get in some exercise.

Looks like its going to be a busy weekend for us too.. will write about our adventures as I can. I will be sure to take pics.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me.

I turned 33 yesterday and funnily enough.. I enjoyed it. LOL

I usually have a really hard time with my birthday.. not sure why or where it stemmed from but I guess its Genetic as Helyn does too.LOL.

Me and Glen went to the Flames game where we lost 5-3.

The boys made me cards. Lena and the kids cleaned the house for me while we were at the game. Crash and Mark gave me a lovely necklace and toilety stuff, Kirsten brought me a nice card and this morning Kira surprised me with yellow roses.

Nana and Papa gave me some lotions and soaps this weekend when we had dinner with them as well.

Oh but Glen got me the best gift. He got me a tool box and a hammer. I am really excited about this as I would like to learn how to fix things around the house and with my own tools its going to help. Crash gave me a all in one screwdriver a month ago too so its something he can keep adding to... wink wink.

Anyways.. thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. I had a wonderful day.

Roses from Kira

My card from Aidan

My card from Liam

My card from Liam

My birthday present from Glen

Friday, February 27, 2009

Liam's birthday Dinner

His Dinner guests


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Little sisters??

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Presents

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The cake

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Its official

I have a 9 year old.
He and Aidan woke up at 6 this morning. I don't know why i remind him that he was born at 610 am.

So yea.. he had breakfast and then his announcement went on the TV.

The birthday Boy

After school he will bring home his friends and we will have a little birthday dinner for him since he decided to forego the party this year.

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Happy Birthday Liam.


Aidan is sick. He has a fever so he will be home resting all day today. Poor little guy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Liam.

Wish I had had a digital Camera 9 years ago, but I didn't so Here is a picture of him at 10 months.

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I can't believe that in a few short hours my little man is going to be 9.

We have a day full of little surprises for him. He knows about a few and doesn't about the other ones.

We filled his bedroom floor with balloons so when he wakes up he has to get around them.

I made his cake tonight.. it was his idea about what to make, glen gave me some creative input as well.. i hope he likes it.

Tomorrow he is having afew friends over for dinner then Daddy is taking him to the Sens vs San Jose game and he will have a birthday greeting on the Jumbo tron.

Also if you can catch A Channel Ottawa there will be a birthday greeting from us as well at 715ish.


So here is his cake and some pics from today

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Helyn after she helped lick the bowl

Cake batter face

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I am a working mother of three wonderful children and a supportive wife to my husband of nearly 15 years. 

I started this blog to find empowerment in daily things and to find ways to encourage my children to become enlightened adults who have a zest for life.