Saturday, February 19, 2011

Another fun week

Oh where does my time go?! This week has actually flown by and I can't believe that it's already Saturday!!

We are loving the fact that now that we have a place of our own, we can finally have people over for food and fellowship! Last week Ana's family was able to stay for lunch on Wednesday and Saturady! Then last Sunday we had a busy day with of Nathan's sisters and family out for lunch and to show them the house. They left around 3:30 and then our neighbors came over around 4:30 and stayed for supper and left around 7:30. After putting the kids to bed, we went straight to bed ourselves since Nathan had to be up at 3:00am to leave for work.

Ana came again this week to help me, from Wednesday til today! I know I've said this before and I'm sure I'll say it again but I just feel absolutely blessed that she is willing to come to help!! This week I was able to take a little snooze on the couch and a couple nice showers without worrying about what my little kiddies were in to! She also allowed me to sit on the couch and snuggle my kids after supper while she did the dishes!! She also allowed me to go out with a few girlfriends after the kids were in bed one evening! And right now she told me to go "rest or blog" while she makes some graham crackers because I've been fighting a lost voice and a headache :) What a blessing!!

Out with the girlfriends! (which I haven't done in the evening since I've been married!)

It's not exactly easy to bake when you have a 4 year old on your back!! But Ana seemed to do it well! She made caramel pecan shortbread and another awesome crazy cake this week!

It's kind of hard for Ana to eat since the kids want to sit so close to her...she can barely move her arms! :)

Caramel Pecan Shortbread

Homemade hot chocolate with homemade marshmellows! yum!

Tiernan helping Ana baking...

What were they baking? Banana Bread...but they also made White Chocolate Cranberry Blondies :)

Ariella and Ana reading

The kids with Ana

We were actually able to get outside this week for a few mins since the weather was in the mid 40s for a couple days!! On one of those days, I decided to wash the van...bad choice. I mean, it looks nice now but with how flithy it was combined with the fact that we don't have a hose or anything outside yet made for a LOT of trips back and forth filling up a bucket inside....but I got it done! The kids also had fun playing outside in the mud. They were actually sliding and rolling in it, not even kidding! It took me WAY longer to clean their coats, snowpants, and boots than it did for them to play outside, but I guess what do I expect when my yard looks like this??

I think we'll wait until we have grass to really play outside!

The kids saw Grandpa a couple days ago for the first time in awhile...they all missed him!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Miss Ana comes!!

Well today was the first day with my wonderful help, Ana!! She came around 11am today with her whole family (who stayed for a great lunch and visit and then left) and will stay at our home until Saturday afternoon!! I can't believe what a blessing and help it is to have an extra set of hands to help with everything!! She made cookies with the boys this afternoon, helped with supper prep and the meal, did the dishes, brought a great movie about animals for the boys, helped me take the garbage to the end of our (long-enough) driveway in the freezing wonderful!!

The boys love her...Caedmon wanted to get out of bed to go give Miss Ana a hug and kiss, Brayan insisted that 'Miss Ana brush my teeth!' and even Ariella wanted a good night kiss! Tiernan wanted to show her everything and anything he could, especially his camera and his "Wild Kratt" game on the computer. I am loving the company and the extra help!!!

This is a pic of Ana making cookies (molassas chocolate chip) with the boys. It was funny because she had 30 little fingers trying to steal cookie dough, lick the spoons and bowls, taste this and taste that...she had a few more distractions than she probably was used to :) But the cookies still turned out excellent!! Brayan was crying in the pic because Tiernan got to stir the bowl but he later made up for it by shoving a golf ball sized chunk of cookie dough in his mouth...guess that showed us!!

The result...

Yes, I am going to be spoiled for the next few days....and ya know what??? I LOVE IT!!! :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ariella's hang outs

Well, Ariella is definately enjoying the new-found freedom!! By the time she could crawl and get around pretty well, we were living in a camper that didn't have much room to roam. Then we lived at the 2 bedroom apartment, which we felt was like a mansion coming from the rv, and she enjoyed running around that....but now??...I think she's liking the house :) Here are a few 'positions' I have caught her in the last couple days...

Just checkin' out her strawberry shortcake DVD cover on the laundry room floor, with her blankie and little doggie of course...

Happily snacking on a waffle while holding her toothbrush on the kitchen counter (and no, I didn't help her up here...she's just as capable of climbing just like her brothers :)

Chillin', reading a book in mom and dad's walk in shower...

She speaks for all of us in these pics...we are all enjoying it here :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

We are HOME!!!!!!

We're home, we're home, we're home!!!!

It was a loooooooong month wait after we last saw the house at Christmas, but it is over now and we are all moved in!! I have only 2 boxes in the garage that need to be put away and everything will be in it's place!

We have now been in the house for a week and absolutley love all the space we have (esp compared to the camper!!). And I love that there's a place for everything! We even have high speed internet ;)

Nathan was going to just take the weekend off for closing and help get settled those first few days but it turned out that right before we left for home, his foreman said that everyone had to take a mandatory week off due to this section of the job being completed! Therefore he had this whole week off! What a blessing that has been! With all the stuff we needed to buy for the house (sheets, mattresses, silverware, garbage cans, decor, towels, etc, etc, etc, etc), it was super nice having him home with the kids so I could get all that accomplished. (And now I'm all shopped-out!)

I've included a few pics of the house and I will include more once I get some taken during the day light hours. Seems as though when I try to take them at night, I can't get my camera to adjust to the lightening and the colors look really weird :) But I didn't want to keep ya hangin'......

My favorite room....the kitchen! It turned out exactly how I wanted it and exactly how I envisioned it!!

The dark color and wire mesh are in place now in preparation for the stone and stucco going on in the spring

Back of the house

Entry way

That's all for now (gotta start our taxes...) but since we now have 1) a new computer and 2) internet that works, you can be sure you'll hear from me soon :)