Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! We certainly did. We were able to spend a day with each of our families and have a bonfire with friends. Monday was a glorious, sunny day and we took full advantage of it to do some yard work and play with the kids. Simeon and Felicity were quite keen to have the chocolate my parents gave them (Simeon got a bunny and Felicity got a lamb). Felicity is still too little to eat hers, but she enjoyed playing with it just the same.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Felicity

For the past couple of months we've been back and forth between our family doctor, pediatrician and dietitian with regard to Felicity and her weight (or should I say, lack thereof). When she was born she was 9lbs 1oz; at 8 months she was only 12lbs. This, along with a bad initial consult from the pediatrician, had us very concerned. After a month of worrying and imagining the worst, we're very happy to report that she is doing very well. As it turns out, she's just a petite miss who will grow when she decides and not when we want :) She has gained a few ounces as of her last appointment and she has a great appetite.
We would really appreciate your prayers that she'll continue to gain and we want to praise God that all her test results have come back normal. All the doctors have been great and are supportive of nursing rather than trying to push formula to make her gain weight.
Our little girl is just that...little. And that's okay.

Monday, March 28, 2011

March Break

We had a fun filled week while Sean was home. We made another trip to the aquatic centre, since Simeon loved it so much. This time around he discovered the twirly slide. He was quite indignant that Sean insisted on going down with him. That dad! Such a tag along!
We also did some skating; well, Sean and Simeon skated while Felicity and I watched. She's not old enough to sit in a sled and be pulled around the ice and I'm not a good enough skater to hold her in my arms. Anyway, we had a great time taking pictures and even a video of Simeon's technique!
video
And to end our week, Simeon and I went to the theatre for the first time. It was actually a very interesting experience for me as well. He was completely fascinated by everything that was going on (especially at the concession stands lol) and it reminded me that his brain is this amazing little sponge, taking everything in. I'll never look at popcorn machines the same way again :)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Escaping the snow.

Our church had an event this past weekend called "Winter Breakout", and it was FANTASTIC! We had a swim at the aquatic centre, potluck back at the church and then a variety show to end the night. It was Felicity's first swim and she loved it. She even kicked her legs and splashed a bit.
Simeon enjoyed it so much that he had a meltdown at the end when it was time to leave. He was laid out flat on the pool deck, crying and refusing to go. I was so proud *eye roll*
Anyway, he even tried to swim a bit towards the end and has been talking about it ever since, so I think we'll go again during March break.
After a wonderful supper it was time for the variety show. It was a blast! There were skits, musical performances, lots of prizes and activities for the kids and some hilarious contests.
Simeon is opening up a lot and was eager to go on stage with the other kids; here he is doing the limbo. In his version you either walk under the bar or crawl under when it gets too low. Good thing the judges weren't too particular.And last, but not least: Sean playing "Minute to win it". Apparently this is a show where contestants do a task in a minute or less to advance to the next round. They turned it into a competition between our two teams. In the video Sean is trying to shake all the tic tacs out of the containers glued to each end of the stick in his mouth (without using his hands). Enjoy!
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PS- I stopped the camera too soon, it looks like he lost but he then he grabbed his opponent's stick and shook out the remaining candies in her container. Yup, that's my hubby.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A new living room

Our living room is almost completed! We need a few pictures for the wall and maybe a rug and we'll be all set. But, since finishing touches take a while, I thought I'd share how things look so far. Just to refresh, here is a before picture:
And after:Sean had a friend help him lay the wood floor - Sean's work was interrupted by a nail through his thumb (that guy will do anything to get out of a job lol!). He painted the fake brick around the fireplace insert, tiled the hearth and built a bookshelf with a toy box on the bottom. Perfect for hiding all the kids toys when company comes over.
He also built this tv cabinet.
Mary thanks to John for the great idea of setting it into the wall. Our living room is very narrow and so saving 6 inches makes a big difference. The bench you see below the doors can be pulled out for extra seating and helps balance the look of the room.

Simeon has been lining up his "tools" on the hearth and telling us that we're not allowed to touch them. He learned that phrase well when our living room looked like this: He still made sure that the work was closely monitored though!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fun in the snow

Well, lots has been happening the last few weeks. Renos mostly, and there is an end in sight! By Friday (or there abouts) we should have our house back in order. I can't wait until I can post pictures of all that Sean's gotten done, but in the meantime here are some other things we've been up to:

Lots and lots of shoveling! Sean and I were shoveling, while Simeon stomped around in the snow. According to him, he was "crashing the snowballs". It all helps.We built a snowman to give us a hand but he and Simeon got into a standoff as to who was going to be the supervisor. Then there was talk about unionizing and as far as I know the issue still hasn't been resolved.Felicity may also join; she's waiting to hear back about their benefits package. She'll have to go on disability due to her inability to walk for the past 6 months.
We must have worked him pretty hard though. When we got home from grocery shopping that night he was pretty cranky so Sean carried him in from the car and once inside, Simeon got on the floor in one of his silent tantrums. After unpacking the groceries we thought it was strange that he was still sulking on the floor; as he usually recovers quite quickly.
He fell asleep! Once he learns the number for child services we're done for!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas


I hope everyone has a great Christmas!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

O Christmas Tree!

We had a fantastic time decorating. Simeon was a great helper and Felicity offered little coos of advice as she watched us.
Simeon thought that my blue and silver theme was a little too snobby and insisted on putting a red one in there. It was a nice touch (but I immediately took it down when he wasn't looking - I guess I am a snob!)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Snow days

Simeon LOVES the snow. The first time he went out this year he shuffled around the yard for about 10 minutes making little trails.Felicity would have joined in the fun, but she was busy having a staring contest with hippo.Today was another beautiful snowy day; flakes gently falling to the earth. Perfect weather for picking out our Christmas tree!! We turned it into quite a quest, I think we looked over every tree on the lot. But behind us is the beaut we decided on:Sean cut it down while Simeon acted as supervisor. It's in our living room thawing out and we're going to have a little decorating party tomorrow. Can't wait!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Birthdays

November has a busy couple of weeks in it for my family. Simeon's birthday is followed by mine (Ruth) and then my mother's. So it's only now that I'm starting to get in the Christmas spirit - who can think about Christmas when you've got two weeks of cake and ice cream???
This year's celebrations were fantastic. My parents hosted Simeon's birthday so all I had to do was make a cake and for my birthday we went to our friend's place for supper - easy peasy :) My parents and sister came over and let me do mom's birthday which was a lot of fun. I love playing the host and hopefully she enjoyed a meal that she didn't have to prepare herself.
Sean gave me a shopping trip to Ten Thousand Villages' annual sale. That's what we did last year as well and I'm a big fan of the tradition.
I'm so glad that my birthday falls in November because (I will finally admit) November is probably the most miserable month of the year - March is strong competition. It usually has terrible calendar photos because even professional photographers can't find anything worth shooting. BUT when you've got presents and great food to look forward to; the weather doesn't matter so much. And once the Great Birthday Bonanza is over and the dust has settled: Wham! It's Christmas season and everybody's happy again.
I apologize since I know this doesn't help you, but try to find your own silver lining to November. It really is a great month. You just have to look a bit harder.
Simeon, of course, wasn't pondering any of this. He just wanted to dig in to his cake!

He was very enthusiastic about blowing out his candle, in fact we had to relight it because he did it as soon as the cake was set down. I guess he wanted dessert.My oldest sister was home for a visit and Simeon got to see his cousins, who were very good at showing him how to rip into those presents. 3 years old!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Catching up on holidays

As promised (almost a month ago) here are a couple pictures from Thanksgiving. We got to spend time with both our families and enjoyed VERY yummy meals. At the Carroll's everyone went for a canoe paddle before dinner. Here's Simeon trying to look busy while everybody else is unloading the gear.He had a great time skimming his fingers through the water - while Grampy did all the paddling. He's a smart boy.

This year was the first time that Simeon went trick-or-treating. He only went to a few houses but made out like a bandit none the less. He was pretty good about saying "trick or treat" but his favourite part of the routine was giving everyone a big ROAR! After all, he is a very scary lion. Felicity was dressed as either a duck or a chicken, her costume was a bit ambiguous but she looked pretty darn cute whichever she was.
We had some of Sean's students come to our door and they were intensely disappointed when I answered the door. I explained that Sean had our son out and they'd probably meet him up the street when I spotted Sean heading back to the house. They turned around and (no joke) started screaming "Mr. Carroll, Mr. Carroll!!!!". I had no idea that I was married to such a rock star lol.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A good day.

I started off with an early morning walk before Sean had to leave for work - which meant before the sun came up. Yikes! Winter is coming! Anyway, after a shower I did my homework from the bible study I joined last night. Then a miscellany of housework and childcare stuff and then... here it comes... YARDWORK! It might sound dorky but I'm very excited that I burnt a bunch of scrap wood that Sean's been piling up in the crawl space. He's still working on insulating down there and has been fixing a bunch of small things that are cropping up - it has turned into a much bigger project than he anticipated. But it's going into the home stretch now (we think) and I've been pretty bummed that I haven't contributed at all. So here was my big chance :) I got a fire going in our firepit out back and bye bye wood.
I took some time out for bubbles and a photo-op, of course. Who could say no to these faces?
Gotta go make supper! Will post some thanksgiving pictures soon. Hope you all had a great one.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Apple Picking

Two Sundays ago we went apple picking on the Kingston Peninsula with some friends. We had a fantastic time and it was a perfect day for it. It was nice to get some nice pictures of the kids as well as some fruit.Simeon was a great helper, Felicity felt a little overwhelmed at times : )After the orchard we headed off to a country store to pick out some pumpkins.Simeon looked high and low until he found the perfect one. Felicity and I were happy to leave the search in his capable hands.And to end the day we stopped in at an Anglican church with an interesting 2-tier pulpit.Does anyone know what the purpose of the 2 levels are? I've been told that Catholic churches sometimes have two pulpits on opposite sides of the sanctuary, one being for visiting Bishops, etc. to preach from, but this was an Anglican church and the second pulpit was eye level with the balcony. Just curious.

Hope that you're enjoying the fall and have a happy thanksgiving!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Words fail me...

So last night we checked on Simeon (who I'd put to bed hours earlier) before we went to bed. And this is what we found:
Who sleeps standing up?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

It's important to keep those lions out.

Sean was under the house again today just trying to get to the point where he can do the work he originally intended to do. Thankfully he had his supervisor to keep him on track. No, not me. Simeon was there to make sure Sean did a good job sealing up some new mouse-sized holes he found. Or as Simeon put it: "Fill the hole daddy. Don't let the lions get in." I guess the lion population is something to consider before moving to Saint John.After Simeon was satisfied with Sean's progress he took a break for some well-deserved playtime. He loves to "climb" the apple tree in out backyard - he's a whopping 2 feet off the ground in this picture, but well pleased with himself nevertheless.Felicity woke up from her nap and wanted to hang out with her brother for a bit. And get a few cuddles too.She's been cooing a lot more lately, maybe telling her well-intentioned bro she needs some personal space?And we finished off the day with a bath. Going to church tomorrow to see all her peeps!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Busy bee

Well, Sean has been either at work or under the house for the last couple weeks. He's trying to get the crawl space insulated before the cold weather hits and once he got working down there one project turned into several. But he's made a lot of progress. The old, ratty, useless insulation has been removed, a few wiring/pipe issues have been taken care of, the rotten support posts have been replaced and the pipes have been insulated. Not too bad in my opinion.
All that's left is to put vapor barrier down on the floor and put insulation up, which a friend has very kindly offered to help with. I confess that there isn't really a point to this post other than to brag about my husband, but I think he deserves it. After the supper dishes are cleared away I generally feel like my work for the day is done. I don't think I'd be too eager to crawl under the house to work after I just got done my other job.
But I'm sure glad he doesn't feel the same way. It'd be a cold winter if he did :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Renos!

Well, we've finally got some projects completed....mostly.

The garage was the first thing we tackled this summer. Before and after.
We wanted to paint it to match the house - painting was very hot work for a very pregnant lady, but Sean did the high parts and it was definitely worth the effort.

Next up was getting rid of the stump in the middle of our lawn. When we moved in there was a maple tree in the backyard, which I loved - until I found out that it was half rotted. So down it went! (Thanks to mom and dad for all their hard work, expertise and equipment) Sean decided to burn the stump out as that is easier, and less destructive, than digging it up. So up went a makeshift furnace and cue the flames:Now we just need to spread some topsoil, plant grass seed and hopefully next summer the stump will just be a distant memory.And now Felicity's room! Here's the before:

Sean took out the ceiling because it had that swirly plaster deco going on and it was also in pretty rough shape. Kevin came over to help Sean put up new drywall - a testament to the generosity of friends as it was a difficult, messy job and that's probably his boat calling saying: "Seriously, drywall? You do know the sun is shining right?"As well, Sean took out the rickety closet, the ugly carpet, the warped baseboard and made a sad little room into a top notch nursery. We went with a Beatrix Potter theme.
Sean still has to build a closet next to the crib and I have to make curtains and order a few more prints to hang on the other wall, but we're really happy to have the furniture moved in and the dust cleared out :)Thanks Krista for letting me copy your paint colour, thanks Angelique for helping us get the paint on the walls and thanks Simeon for being daddy's supervisor.