Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Old Becomes New

I started a New Blog.  The Adventures of Mary of Wes.  I spent time on it, choosing the colours, the lay out and I was excited about it.  But I would go back to this blog and look at all the memories of our family.  And isn't that the point of me blogging to capture our family memories? 

Maybe it was lack of sleep (with the new baby) that made me think a new blog was a good idea.  But now (being more rested) I think it was a bad idea.  So, here I go being wishy washy and going back to my old blog.  I am going to take post from the new one and post it here with original dates.  Then all of our family memories can be in one place.  Maybe I'll change the name.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mom of Three

 Late September we had our third child.  A little boy.  He is sweet and he loves to be cuddled and prefers to be in my arms rather than being in the swing, exerciser, jumper, bouncy chair or floor.  The truth is, I don't mind holding him.  Our place (the tidy part) has suffered at times but I know he won't always want to be in my arms and soon he'll be having regular naps.

The first couple of weeks of E's arrival had been both wonderful and a little challenging.  One part I found challenging was when E was screaming, I would be trying to calm him down and the two older ones would ask me for things (Can you fix my toy?  I don't want to watch that show. Can we watch something else?)  They were oblivious to the crying and wanted mom like before. Thankfully that part settled down.  My biggest challenge now  is like most other moms - sleep or the lack of it.  Just the other night the baby was wide awake between 4am to 5am. He had already been up twice before that for a feeding. I am learning to go on broken sleep. Some days I can function fine and get things done around the house (like laundry, bed making, ect) other times the minimal gets done (kids are fed).
Yea, I used the same pic from my other blog

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hockey Hair - Don't Care

J started playing hockey this year.  He is having a lot of fun and his skating his getting better each time he gets on the ice.  J's hair was getting longer, getting a little out of control.  So, I said to him "We should cut your hair" His answer was no. J told me he wanted hockey hair.  I asked him, "What is hockey hair?" J answered "Like this", putting his hand on his head, "But sweaty".

J's hair got massive. But he looked adorable. I always found he looked younger when he had lots of hair.
J on his 7th Birthday at McDonalds.  Adorable!

The past few weeks we have been talking with J to cut his hair. It is starting to be a problem when putting on his helmet, (Now I know why the 'mullet' look is good for hockey players, they have long hair but can still put on their helmet), J agreed to get his hair cut. It was an easy sell, hockey is winding down and ball season is starting up. 

The hockey hair Before

And the After
So Handsome.
J said his head felt so much lighter.
Ri got her cut as well.  She wanted to wait until the spring, but seeing J getting his hair cut, she couldn't wait. 
She also got a lot of hair cut off.
 She got a cute bob.

The kids look super cute.  We are ready for Spring!  However, we have a winter storm brewing.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One Bite, Two Bite Cookies

 As a Christmas thank you, several moms in my mom's group signed up to baked cookies for the volunteers. The volunteers watch our kids each week, while we chat, have scripture time and do some thing fun. I volunteered to bake a dozen bite size gluten free cookies.

This was my first time to volunteer to bake.  I didn't want to mess it up, so I bought Pillsbury gluten free cookie dough. I liked it. The dough was ready for me and all I had to do was put it in the oven. The best part, it taste good. I did have to make two batches though. I left the first batch in the oven a little too long and it turned out really dark. I didn't feel comfortable sending them out as a thank you gift. The kids and I enjoyed them.

My cookies had to fit in a jar.  And I never made bite size cookies before. Usually, the cookies I make are big.  However I did figure out that 1tbs measuring spoon makes a great 2 bite cookie and that a 1/2 tbs  makes a great one bite cookie.

 I made cookies again this afternoon using the Pillsbury dough.
I am very thankful that I can buy gluten free cookie dough in the grocery store. I have Celiac Disease and had it all my life. Going to the grocery store to pick up gluten free items in the 80s-90s wasn't an option. Back then no one knew what it meant to be "Gluten Free". As a child, I use to get special bread delivered to my house from St. John's, my bread came in cans. Now I can buy gluten free products in grocery stores, even restaurants.
They were yummy!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Meal

I have a Monday go to Meal. 
Taco Pasta
The first time I made it, hubby said it tasted like a combination of pizza and lasagna.  
I got the recipe from 'Taste of Home' cookbook. I made minor changes

What you need:
3 cups of uncooked pasta.( I use gluten free pasta. Sometimes it is elbows, shells what ever I have in my cupboard)
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups of marble cheese
1 jar (16 ounces) salsa (I really like Sensations by Compliments Salsas)
1 can (14-1/2) diced tomatoes undrained  (I always use the 'no salt added' option)
3 tbps of taco seasoning  (I use Epicure taco seasoning. Lots of flavour and less salt)

 What you do:
Chop your onion, grade cheese

Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.

As the pasta is cooking, cook beef and onion over medium heat.

Add taco seasoning, stirring the beef.

When the beef is done, drain. Keep beef in the skillet.

Add tomatoes, salsa, stir.

Add cheese, stir.

Drain pasta, then add to the skillet.

Stir and Enjoy!

Monday evenings are hockey evenings in our home. I really like this meal because it still stays yummy even if not eaten right away. It taste good for J before hockey and it taste good for Terry after hockey.  And it is super easy to make especially if supper needs to be quick.

Ri doesn't like her food combined. So, after the meat is cooked, I put some to the side.  I also put some of the noodles a side for her after it's cooked.

The original recipe calls for a transfer to a baking dish with added tortilla chips on top.  I tried it once, but for me personally it took away from the meal.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

You Have Your Hands Full

"You have your hands full".  I have heard that quite a few times when out shopping with the three kids. The first time I was really taken back.  My quick response was "Yea" followed by a nervous laugh as I ushered the kids along. And then it happened a few more times.  My response was the usual "Yea" with the uneasy laugh, moving the kids along.

The more I heard the statement, the more annoyed I got.  I thought I only have three! Maybe it was the wording (You got your hands full) that made me annoyed. It made it seem bad. Maybe it is in the tone of  voice they used.  If someone said to me "You are one busy Mama", followed by a smile and a laugh, maybe that would be better, maybe.

The last time, I remember it clearly we were at Sobeys and I was looking at the salads behind the glass near the hot chicken.  An older lady saw me, my 7 year old, 4 year old and 4 month old.  "You have your hands full" she said to me. "Yea" I said and moved a long.  Then I stopped by the chicken, turned back to her and said "And my heart".  She just looked at the salads and repeated what I said 'And your heart'. I felt good that I said something back instead of just walking away.

The other week at Bible Study I mentioned that I was hearing a lot of "You have your hands full".  One of the ladies said "Oh my, I think I would say something like that".  Then she quickly added "But I wouldn't mean anything by it."  That made stop and think, she is such a kind person, she wouldn't say anything to hurt someone.  Maybe these strangers don't mean anything by it either.

Sometimes if I see a larger family out, I do look.  Not because I think it is wrong, but more of admiration. Maybe I have been looking at my situation in the wrong light.

People do stop to chat with me or say something as they are walking by due to the hockey team emblem on Sambora's car seat cover. The people either love the hockey team "You are raising him right" or  they don't "No wonder he is crying, look at the team".  That is fun.  So, may be I should be taking the "You have your hands full" on a lighter note.

Although one day, I had an order lady talk to me and the baby in the Yogurt section of the grocery store where she said to the baby "And Your mommy has you out on a cold day like this?" That I probably won't be able to see on a lighter note

(School was closed yesterday.  Kids had fun in the snow three times. Terry said home from work and shoveled us out with the help of a kind neighbour. We got around 35cm.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Blog

I will be start a new blog soon. 
 In the next few weeks I will be closing down this blog,
but will be posting some of my favourite posts to the new blog. 
Hope to See you There!
Starting February 2nd