Monday, November 17, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Candy and Costumes

Please forgive the quality of my photography. I am a point and shoot kind of photographer with a very poor tool at my disposal. Sometimes I get a decent shot, but most of the time they are... blurry and sad. Oh well. the moment is caught to some degree.

Declan as a puppy.

 Matthew as a fireman.

Levi as the bumblebee (its been around for many years!)

Ewan as a giraffe. 
As you can see he will no longer be able to wear this as it is much too small.

The 2014 crew. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Its always a feat to try and do anything creative when at home with little ones. However, I find it one of the greatest rewards when I actually finish a project. It gives me a sense and creative accomplishment.

I've never been terribly gifted in the area of fine arts but I still enjoy trying. I've also found I have a passion for needle work (knitting, sewing and embroidery) which can still be classified under art in some way, shape or form.

Currently I have 4 projects on the go. Three days ago I would have has to add another to that list. Its finally finished, however.

Cohens baby blanket!

How sad is it that it is only NOW just finished? I've been working on this for over a year. It took so long because it was a little bit boring. Knit, purl, knit, purl... The duck was fun. I had never made a picture before. That's what made this project new and exciting.

My sister also showed my a picture that I found inspiring and decided to give it a try. She found this woman who turns regular things you wouldnt think about into art. One of these ideas were leaves. She would take them and paint on them, making them a new kind of beautiful. 

Here is the first one I did (and the only one I have finished):

This one is my Oak leaf that is not finished yet but you can get the general idea. I have to add embellishments with black pen inside some of the coloured layers. 

 As it is the first time I have every really painted with acrylics, I am very happy with the project. I plan on doing a number of leaves I can find in my backyard and them string them together in a garland. Something happy to look at during the long winter coming upon up.

I hope you are all finding time to be creative. Its amazing what it does for your mood.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanksgiving and Pumpkins

It was a very fine and beautiful day this year for our Thanksgiving celebration. It began quite cold but the sun was out in its full beauty and the kids were thrilled to be with one another. 

We spent the night over at my sisters place ( a bit of  sleep over for us all) and then started our Thanksgiving Monday together. 

We took the kids to a pumpkin wagon and grabbed a few pictures as well as some pumpkins to decorate. After that, the kids found their own fun for the rest of the day.

The kids found it hard to keep their eyes open in the bright morning sun. Matthew is here trying hard to smile.

Declan is attempting to carry his own pumpkin... with little success.

Levi figures his makes a wonderful seat until someone else is willing to move it for him.

Declan is stuck a midst the pumpkins, the perfect opportunity for me to get a picture without him moving. 

I made three attempts to get a picture of all the boys in the photo and not a single one was perfect. This is the best one of Ewan from the whole morning... that says something doesn't it? Matthew is trying hard again but the sun is winning. Levi is chilling just to get it over with and Declan is considering how he might escape off the wagon. A puzzle that left him still for a moment to snap a few photos.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing with family, eating wonderful, non traditional thanksgiving dinner and chasing Declan around. He is trouble I tell you. Into absolutely everything. 

Thank you Jo and Aidan for such a lovely time. It is always so nice to get together and enjoy food and company with little to no stress. I just hope I didn't get you all sick.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Older, Much Older

Can you believe it has been over a year and a half since I last posted??? I don't have much to say right this moment but I thought I could show you a few pictures of the boys now. Much different than the last post I did.

Declan- 1 1/2

Levi- 4 1/2

Matthew- 6 years

Ewan- 3 years

Monday, March 4, 2013

Declan Connor van der Meer

Sorry it's taken so long. Blogging is most definitely not priority these days. Life is a bit busy!!!

Little brother Declan was born February 20th at 10:34 am. 

He weighed 8.13 and had perfect skin and is just beautiful. 

He had a bit of a struggle soon after birth. Breathing was too laboured so he was brought to the special nursery for observation. After some antibiotics and blood tests we were discharged with a clean bill of health only one day late which was an answer to prayer.

He's now almost two weeks old and other than a bit of acid reflux seems to be thriving. We certainly can't imagine life without out new little man. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

I have been living in a bubble of BLA!!! for a while now. Baby is still very cozy in my womb but is due to meet us Sunday (we all know how that goes with my babies- add 8 days or so). I'm tired, uncomfortable and thus incredibly cranky. My poor men get the worst of it since they are around me all the time and any little thing can set me off.

So as the 14th came closer I became less and less excited to care to do anything at all until Tuesday evening. My sister hosted a lovely Valentines day tea for some ladies and it was so nice. I felt refreshed even though I didn't get home until after midnight and suddenly wanted to embrace heart day.

So I got to work. I made a project for Dave: 

Each card has a different reason why I love him. It was a fun project to do and he loved reading through the things I wrote.

I also baked a cake for dessert tonight:

Its a citrus yellow cake and citrus icing. I have been craving lemon baking and although I can't touch this with a ten foot pole, somehow it helped my craving by making it and smelling it. 

The best part of Valentine's day as a kid was getting all the lovely cards from friends so I thought the boys and I could make some for their friends at church.

My examples with all the pieces cut out for the boys. 

Matthew's 2 bees ( he did it ALL by himself- do you like the extra eye on the top one?)

Levi's 2 bees (he did these ALL by himself- this is one impressed mom!)

I had no idea I was going to enjoy sitting down with the boys to do crafts. I normally hate the paper and glue and mess everywhere... but this was so much fun. And they really enjoyed it. I must say, however, it was very nice the Ewan was down for his nap. Much less Chaos!!!

We dressed in red and took a few photos as well. Some three brother photos before brother 4 arrives. Not a single one turned out well since my boys have 0 attention span but thats life so here they are:

I hope you all have a wonderful day full of feeling loved and adored. This tired mommy is actually having a blissful day. Dinner hour is approaching however and that usually means everything falls apart. I guess we'll see soon.