Saturday, October 24, 2009

Clothes make a statement...

...Costumes tell a story. ~Mason Cooley

In previous posts I've mentioned that Ragelly is the sixth member of our family and have given photographic proof! Earlier this month, Kieran and I ventured out in search of a Star Wars costume for the big day. Much to his disappointment we came home empty-handed. Well, almost empty handed! In his search, Kieran came across what he described as "the perfect costume for Ava." I have to agree...what do you think?
This costume tells a story indeed! One day, it will be carefully boxed and tucked away along with beloved day, a long time from now!

Many nights over the past few weeks, as I lay with Elle before she travels off to dreamland, we've 'discussed' possible costumes for her. Witch? No! Even if the skirt lights up? No! Princess? Definitely not! Butterfly? No! Hannah Montana? No! A boy? No! A baby? No! A ringette player? No! A Cowgirl?...Well, Elle, a cowgirl? Yes! That's it...a cowgirl! At long last, we have a decision!
This picture tells the story of a little girl who likes to be known as anything but a 'girl'...except maybe a COWGIRL!

With one week to go...Kieran remains costumeless...but it will come, I know it will. I foresee a few 'discussions' with him as he falls off to la-la-land...A Jedi? Maybe! A Clone Trooper? No! A girl? No! A hockey player? No! A mummy? Maybe? Scream? Not again! Hmmm...what story will he tell? Only time will tell!
Enjoying a night out at Hole's Pumpkin Patch.

Friday, October 16, 2009

What are you thankful for?

One of the most important things to me is that my children grow to become kind, compassionate, caring people who are thankful for the life they have. So far we're doing okay! There are days that the kind, compassionate, caring kids that I know and love are hiding somewhere out of sight and they are replaced by children that make me want to run screaming into the hills...but I'm thankful that those days are few! And on those few days, I'm thankful that I have three healthy children with the spunk to stand up for themselves...even if it means driving their mommy mad!

Even when I have to pick up adult male socks (and we know there is only ONE of those in this house!!) that have been so carefully placed NEXT to the laundry basket...I am thankful that I have said adult male to leave those socks lying around! I'm thankful too that I have been with him for more than half of my life...thankful that he has helped me become who I am...thankful for the life we have. Oh...and I'm thankful for little bare bums that triumphantly sneak into mom and dad photos!
I'm thankful for conversations with Ava about who she will marry and how she will build her house when she's older (she doesn't know how to build a house you know!!) I'm thankful when she agrees that it is for the best then, that she stays with her mom and dad forever! I'm thankful for the questions she asks...Why can't she marry her cousin? How do you find a you go knocking on doors until you find someone you like? I'm thankful for her help in the kitchen.
I'm thankful for Elle's perseverance...those spelling words are no match for her tenacity! I'm thankful for the opportunity to cheer her on during ringette games. I'm thankful for the music she makes on the piano. I'm thankful for the stories we read together...that Junie B. Jones is a ham! I'm thankful for the times I listen to her read and can see that she's really getting the hang of it. I'm thankful for our cooking-together times.
I'm thankful for Mother's Day poems that arrive by mail and that Kieran thinks I'm as patient as a boa constrictor waiting for its next meal and as young as Sidney Crosby! I'm thankful for 7 am hockey games and Starbucks coffee to keep me warm! I'm thankful for his wit and quiet confidence! I'm thankful for the chance to see the Kinex structures he creates. I'm thankful for his love of reading.
I'm thankful for the roof over our heads, family dinners, and for warm baths after cool runs. I'm thankful for homemade soup, fresh bread, hot coffee, cozy homemade quilts. I'm thankful for family, for friends. I'm thankful for the opportunity to teach. I'm thankful.

These are a few of my favourite things...

We don't have the fanciest house in our neighbourhood, in fact, we don't live in a fancy neighbourhood at all! But, each time I turn the corner and drive towards down our street, I know I am home.
It's our little bungalow! It's where we brought Kieran when he was six months old; it's where we brought the girls home from the hospital. We celebrate the beginning and ending of school years here; the first snowfall, the first spring blooms, the falling leaves and the hot summer days. It's where we lug hockey and ringette equipment up and down the stairs. It's where we eat dinner together, watch movies together, enjoy each other...together. It's where we rush out the door in the morning and march back in at the end of the day. It's where we celebrate 100% on dictee tests and where we cry over scraped knees. It's where we celebrate birthdays, mother's day, father's day. It's where Santa visits, where the Tooth Fairy visits. It's where we adorn the walls with pictures of our children...the most cherished of art! It's where we hang artwork created by little hands, where we hang our hats. It is our home! These are a few of my favourite things...
Our Family Room
The kiddies made the plaques on the left at the local art gallery.

Antique Plates from my mom grace both sides of the window.
When Joel purchased our antique piano without me having seen it, he said if nothing else, it's a beautiful piece of furniture! He was right...and it plays beautiful music at the hands of our beautiful little girl!

One of my favourite places in the house is Elle's room. She recently moved in to her own room when her brother declared that he was moving downstairs! She was ecstatic!! Finally, out of the pink-zone and into her own zone! She loves light blue, so when I found this chair on a treasure-hunting expedition, I couldn't pass it up! It's a perfect bedside table for Elle!
This is what I found at the foot of Elle's bed when I went to tuck her in...all ready to go for the first Halloween party of the season! Giddy-up;)

My favourite part of Elle's room?
...the compassionate go-getter snuggled tight in her quilt!

Ava's room in a nutshell? Pinkalicious! And my favourite part of her room?
...the little girl fast asleep with her "Ragells" tucked safely under her arm of course!

Kieran's room is anything but pinkalicious! It's refined, and masculine and full of his favourite things.
And my favourite part of his room?
You guessed it...the young man wrapped tight in his quilt Baba made especially for him!

So there it is...our home! It's a work in progress, but it's our work in progress! It's a labour of love! It's OUR HOME and it's full of a few of my favourite things!