what they say...

makes me happy to be alive.

this morning

"mom, i had the best dream.  i dreamed i met all the trains (as in thomas the tank engine) 
and they all knew i was an animal girl."

"spider man doesn't give up with his friends"
(after a slight altercation about where the tent should be erected).

char: "jane, you are such a crazy girl!" 
jane: makes scrunchy-don't-mess-with-me-dejected face
me: "oh, i love my crazy girl! every family needs a crazy girl.  
they make us laugh.
they give the best hugs..."
jane: "and i punch you in the face!" 
(not dejected any more).

"i think god is punching me in my belly."

"bodhi! you just need go bo poop!"


summer end

from the homeschool camp,
end of summer is a pretty great time.  
september just means we get to have adventures at all the hot spots with half the crowds/ lines.

we are in the middle of a full week of swimming lessons for all the kids.  
it's pretty fantastic.  
i get to sit for 1/2 hour,
without a bouncy toddler on my lap.
although... i promised the kids that today we would go early and i would swim with them.
not super thrilled as i have put on a few and my swimming suit fits me like sausage casing.
you know, like when some parts of the suit are stretched to see-through.
mom swim shorts here i come.  
there is this instructor that looks like ben lovett.

next week i am working on a 
back to school 
celebratory week.  
some of the items on our to do list involve:
othello tunnels (maybe).
white rock beach (in case of sun shine).
binder decorating & play dough making.
shoe shopping (for the kids-not me).
cookie baking.  
chore chart/ allowance instituting.
davey family 2012  rule creating. 
(not that i'm big into rules... but for reals, we need to get something on paper about 
giving food to all the neighborhood animals.  the amount of cats that hang out in our yard is absolutely ridiculous.  and before you jump to conclusions, ours is fixed.  finally).   

speaking of fixed.  
gary successfully installed a new hard drive in the i mac.  
he's a hero.
i'm still working on the camera situation.  
in the meantime, please enjoy a little photo booth.
whatever game this is,
i love it. 


oh. hey there.

let's see if i remember how to type.

wow.  summer has been busy.  and i'm out a camera so i can't fill you in with pictures.  please accept, instead, a brief verbal summary.

my kids are busy.
we have entered a new era of energy and activity.  naps are a thing of the past as are clean floors and tidy closets.  my children wake up with plans.  crazy messy crafting plans and spiderman plans.    i feel like most of my time involves following them around ensuring their "plans" don't involve bringing strange animals into the house or climbing up on the roof.

two days ago i kiboshed char's plan to bring cat food in her room.  i told her that we should never bring any kind of food in our rooms so we don't attract ants or snakes or crabs.  she was totally bummed and her plan was totally wrecked. on her way back to the kitchen with the cat bowl, she muttered under her breath, "god is the boss of me."  i tried my best to hide my laughter then she got a lesson in middle management.  real good.

i am busy.
today has been my first true day off in two weeks, since arriving home from our trip to the cabin. minus the day right after we got home which was spent bleaching our mattress and triple washing all of our bedding, due to the fact that we came home at midnight to the cat's hate crimes under our covers.  not cool skippy.

in addition to having zane a total of 9-10 hours a week, i have a new respite contract with a sweet little baby girl.  baby girl has many of the same medical needs as our matt did.  we are back in the tube feeding saddle again.  baby girl lives in an incredible foster home with a super sweet 4 year old, and because super sweet 4 year old's fit right in around here, sometimes we take both.  it is an incredible fit and i am so happy to be able to contribute financially in a way that allows me to stay home. 

gary is busy.
my man has recently earned a promotion (and a bottle of champaign).  he has gone from lead development to marketing team manager at our local crane company.  i like to ask if that makes me the "assistant manager?" gary corrects me, "assistant to the manager."

equally significant, gary has taken on the roll of guardian of the hazelnuts which involves posing on the deck like jason bourne every single dinner time and shooting the squirrels with an airsoft pistol.  i'm not sure how i feel about it.  i'm one part humored and one part horrified.  i appreciate his commitment to the hazelnuts but guns at dinner time just seems so...not canadian.

in the next couple of weeks we should be getting the computer fixed.  say a prayer, gary is going to try and replace the hard drive on his own.  i'm 100% confident in his ability as long as he promises to wear those little soft white gloves like they do in the youtube videos.  also, i am hoping to pick up a new iphone.  then i will be officially back on line!

ok... well, that's that for now.