Sunday, July 24, 2011


Wow, has it ever been a long time or what? I will save you the excuses and get to it. . .  Ummm, where do I start!
I guess an update would be good. In just shy of a year we have moved from Sarnia, Ontario to St. John's Newfoundland to Calgary, Alberta. It has been interesting to say the least. Right now my heart aches for my friends in Newfoundland that I miss so much. Hi everyone! We have met such amazing, wonderful, people in our travels and transfers. We have been so blessed. Cooper and Avery have like 5 sets of adopted grandparents. They are so lucky. We love you all and miss you like crazy both our Sarnia and St. John's friends.
So let me just get to the stars of my life and let you see them too (the whole point in having this blog).
(Just a little disclaimer. I have come to the realization that if I stop to edit photo's that you will never actually get to see them. So here they are unedited. It just takes me far to long to do so and I don't have time as a busy Mom to do it. Besides their cute faces make up for the unedited pics anyways!!!)

We went to the ward camp out @ Botrell campground. These pics are from us having fun there. 

Daddy and Cooper kicking around the soccer ball. It ended up in the creek that ran through the campground and there was a mini rescue to try and get it back before it floated away. Thankfully there was a fence that stopped it from continuing on or else it would have been long gone.

Avery started on solid foods this month. She still hasn't figured the whole process out, but it will come. More ends up on her face and bib than in her tummy!

Cooper is growing so fast. I think he has gained 2 inches since we packed up our house in St. John's. He is talking so much and is pretty clear in his pronunciation. There are a few things he says that are so cute because he has his own way of saying them. Adorable is more like a-doya-boy-ill. He loves dirt, rocks, backhoes and all other heavy equipment, bubbles, airplanes and helicopters. He is loving his new play structure in the backyard that came with the house.
Avery is so sweet. She is sleeping through the night now (which makes Mommy very happy) and goes to sleep when you lay her down all on her own. Very different than what her bigger brother was like. She is very slowly getting the knack of eating. She is very close to sitting up on her own and doesn't mind tummy time. She is also growing so fast. She is fitting into 9 month clothes.
That's all for now folks. There are a million and one more posts I wish I had the time to do but for now this will have to suffice.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


By Kacey ....
Hey M
Just wanted to let you know how amazing I think you are.
I am lucky to call you friend or "PBF" (practically best friend)
The last few years while you have been east it's been slightly more difficult to get together but I appreciate the effort you have made to keep us PBF! I love how faithful you are and am enspired every time I see you. You build me up I love you for that! I love how positive and happy you are no matter what is thrown in your way.
You have two beautiful children who are going to turn out as great as you with you has their momma! I am so happy to have you back in Alberta. Thank you for the visit today. I am so looking forward to many more visits (and scrapbooking adventures) in the VERY near future. Sorry Kent you knew the scrapbooking hiatus wasn't going to last forever.
Love you M
Your practically best friend

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My Angel Mother

Happy Mother's Day Mom.
I want you to know that I love and appreciate you very much. Thank you for all your selflessness and sacrifice in raising your 8 children. Although we are all grown up now with families of our own I thank you for what you have done, do at present and will do for me and my children. We are so excited to be moving back to Calgary so that our children can be around you more often.
I enjoyed the time you were here visiting us. I felt so loved and I am grateful for the support you gave to us, especially while Avery was in the hospital. I am blessed to have such a strong valiant Mother.

3 generations.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cooper Day 4

We have been to Costco twice this week and they are doing some kind of construction in the parking lot. With construction usually comes heavy equipment and what little boy doesn't love a track hoe, front loader and the like. He saw them from a distance and got so excited. I told him after we were done we could go check them out. He was fascinated by them. He now says front loader and back hoe. It is so cute how he says them too. Now he looks out our front window and continuously says back hoe in hopes that one will pass by our house!
He was like that during the winter as well with the snow plow. Any time there was a loud vehicle he would point to the window and say "plow".
We also went down to the harbour today and saw the docked boats. He kept saying "hi boats" and really stressing the TS. He just makes me laugh so much. It is so great being his Mom. I love it. He makes me so happy. Both of my children do.

Cooper day 3

I have missed posting something about Cooper for both Tuesday and Wednesday. But you know what? I am not going to beat myself up for it. In all reality I don't think anyone else really minds. It was more for me but instead of blogging about it I am enjoying Cooper before he turns 2 and is no longer my baby but my toddler! We have had a really fun week so far. We have gotten out of the house more in this week then almost all the weeks combined since Avery has been born. The weather has been great. A little windy or actually a lot windy but the sun has been shinning.
This week we went on a hike which required some major off roading in the double stroller. I have been wanting to do this walk forever and I took the kids and finally did it. It turned out to be quite the adventure as the trail was a lot more rough than I expected. We had a good time though and our stroller didn't fall apart. I think I got some really great pictures.
Today we went for a walk at a large pond, looked at the ducks and a swan and played at a really great toddler park. I can't wait until Avery is big enough to play with Cooper. I think Cooper enjoys the park more when he has some friends to enjoy it with. We also did some shopping to get ready for Cooper's birthday party.
Here is the invitation.

He is into a lot of things right now and one of them is balls. So we are having a ball theme party. I will post pics after is all said and done.
I sure have enjoyed my little man this week. He is so fun to be with and listen to his talking. He says the cutest stuff.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cooper. Day 2.

Cooper is a sweet little boy. He has a tender heart. Often when I discipline him he breaks down and starts to cry even before I am finished and will want to give me a hug and cuddle. I don't know if that is normal but please don't tell me if it is! I want to keep thinking he is a tender heart.
He has his days, I am not saying that he is perfect, but I appreciate his sensitivity and how for the most part he wants to make amends if he needs to.
I particularly am pleased with his relationship with Avery. He watches out for her. He is a great big brother. He always has a kiss and hug for her, tries to help her if she is crying, plays with her and even shares. She in turn adores Cooper. It is so amazing the connection these 2 have. I can't explain it in words as to how it makes me feel but I just love it and it makes me ubber happy. Seeing them together is one of those motherhood gems that makes all the hard times more than worth it.
It kind of reminds me of my older brother. I thought he was the best and he took good care of me when we were growing up. 
Being as Cooper loves his little sister he likes to share. Avery will be laying on the floor playing with one of her toys and Cooper will announce "share", which means I want to be down on the floor beside her. When I hear this I react quickly. If I don't Avery will end up with a portion of her body laid on or squished because Cooper has tried to lay beside her to squeeze into the area under the toy. (You will see what I mean in the pictures). I move her over and help Cooper get situated so that he doesn't knock her in the head with an elbow or lay on her arm. Avery's reaction is one of happiness and she loves it when Cooper comes to "share" with her, that is if he hasn't hurt her in the process of trying to share.

This is what we call the caterpillar. It is a small mat but big enough for 2 little bodies!

Cooper having a tender moment with his sister.

This one cracks me up. I wonder what is going through Avery's head. Maybe: "I am so lucky to have such a great big brother like you Cooper! Or: "you again, would you just leave me alone to play by myself already"!

One of his many little tender touches he has for his baby sister.

My sweet little ones. I am one happy Momma.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Avery is 4 months old today

Avery is becoming quite the little chunky monkey. Her cheeks have really filled out and she has so many rolls on her legs. It makes me smile. I like my babies to have some weight on them. Here are a few of the shots we took today. Not edited as beautifully as I would like but better up on my blog then not, right?

Loving those rolls to the bottom right of the picture!

She is tolerating tummy time better and better all the time. I can't believe how much better she is as lifting her head up in such a short time. We tried this last month and she couldn't lift her head very well at all. They grow too fast.