March/April G2K Cathy and Becca

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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 7:52pm


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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 6:16pm

So far I haven't done the written prayer again. Shame on me 'cause I really enjoyed it!

I have an extra set of dishes, not sure if they'd be china exactly, but there isn't enough space upstairs to display them so they're stored in the basement. Someday we might move one bookshelf to the bedroom and have some kind of cabinet for dishes. Otherwise, the knick-knacks and spare dishes stay in storage.

Just before I shut off my computer for Earth Hour, I read a news article about preparations in Toronto. Turns out it's just lights out, but I went ahead with my plan for non-computer activities since I thought it was a good way to spend the time. I didn't even turn on the TV the rest of the night. :)

I'm not sure if I mentioned that I've been listening to KLove regularly this year. They're gearing up for a donation drive next week and have been mentioning it already today. I shouldn't have been surprised to hear you can make a prayer pledge, so I just checked it out. I'm excited to be part of their wonderful ministry!

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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 2:40pm
Mine is definitely china - it says so on it! I forgot how pretty it was. I also didn't remember that it didn't come with bowls. No biggie for Easter, but someday I might want some. Unfortunately they don't make my set anymore, and there weren't any on replacements.com

What is KLove?

This week is going to be crazy. I forgot how crazy the week of Easter can be - ever since I've had kids, some of that load has been reduced, but not anymore! Tonight we are going to church for dinner and practice. There is always dinner and Bible study on Wednesdays, but I haven't gone for a while. But I have singing practice and DH has practice for some thing they are doing for Good Friday. We'll probably have to drive separate so Andrew can get home at a decent hour - yuck. DH is going to service on Good Friday (I will probably stay home with the kids), Easter egg hunt on Saturday, and of course Easter. And I still have a ton of house cleaning to do before Easter, and I'm trying to put that off as much as possible so things stay cleaner longer!
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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 1:05am
Aw, I hope you find china sometime that comes with bowls. I guess the current set will just be your first!

KLove is a Christian radio station all over the US. I don't think there's a Canadian station, but I listen to it online at KLove.com. Love it! I told my mum today about the pledge and she said she did that for Focus on the Family. Cool! She'd also heard about Air1, another online radio station I've tried a few times. Didn't expect my mum to know about it considering they go a bit more rock than contemporary every so often. (At least one gal on the Bookshelf board said she listens to Air1 during KLove's pledge drive. Guess she wants more music, less talk. I bet Air1 has to fundraise sometimes too...)

Haven't pinned down the details, but I think our village is doing an egg hunt in the nearest park. That'll be our Friday morning, then Hubby might want to take the boys to our hometown on Sunday morning for another egg hunt (after a small one inside our house). I think I might bow out and go to church instead if that's acceptable with everyone. The first year we took Tim to the one in our hometown, Ben was in the Baby Bjorn and still nursing, so I had to be present. Last year was his first, so I'm glad I was there to help when he was overwhelmed by all the kids. I think MIL could walk him through it this time. Then eventually some year the boys can come to church with me for Easter service!

My mum told me today that she wants to get together a small surprise party for my oldest sister's 40th. Sounds like fun! It will probably be a weeknight dinner out, no kids. Gotta make sure it'll work for Hubby, so as soon as Mum picks a night based on my sister's work schedule we can plan that out.

Meanwhile I have to remember to contact Mum's best friend and a different sis to invite them to a ladies' night out at my church. (Actually, both sisters might potentially come if I extend the invite. Too bad my younger sis isn't close enough to attend.) It would be nice to have them share a bit of the fun and great lessons that come out of the weekly Bible study group.

I went to the community college's career fair today. Picked up lots of information about potential career options, chatted with a few nice ladies (including a former instructor who remembered my husband more than me, even though I took more courses from her LOL) and overall just enjoyed being back on the campus. Can't believe it's been more than 10 years since I graduated and left that great place! (I'm also so glad they still call one spot "The Pit." We hung out there between classes and played card games. Lotsa fun!)

We're catching up on the first two audition episodes of "Canada's Got Talent" (first season ever). Fun! I should be reading or writing a blog post, too. Maybe tomorrow after the yardwork (if it's not raining a ton). I have so many faith-related blog topics swirling around in my brain, so I better get them out soon!

Hope you have a great rest of the week and a blessed Easter!

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Fri, 04-06-2012 - 12:37pm
We have a local Christian radio station, and when I'm not listening to news talk, I listen to it. It is mostly contemporary with a few shows that are rock (but I never catch those).

I never really "got" Easter egg hunts before I had kids. I never heard of them when I was little. Our church's egg hunt is stratified by age group, so the little ones Andrew's age find eggs in reasonably obvious places in Sunday School classrooms. I would never think to do an egg hunt instead of worship service though. And as whiny as DH is about church these days, he wouldn't do that either.

Good idea about the baby bjorn for the egg hunt - I may try that with Leah while Andrew hunts for eggs!

That's great that you had a good time at your college's career fair! I wish something like that for my DH, but he's so unconventional, it just wouldn't work. He's still torn - does he learn a skill to do a job that he wouldn't like, or try to focus on what he loves but maybe not make money at it? I'm honestly getting a little tired of the conversation. Maybe I'm selfish, but I love him being at home with the kids so I don't have to send them to daycare. And I can't be at home with them anymore - I'm having a hard enough time keeping up with work as it is. *sigh*

So nice that you could share Bible study with your family. That just wouldn't work in my family. My cousin has a Bible study in her house that is actually very good, but she lives a half hour away, and now with kids... you know.

Today DH has to go to church for good Friday service, and he has to prepare thigns for the Lord's supper, so he might have to leave before I get home from teaching. Hopefully SIL will be able to come over and watch the kids. I'll probably order pizza since everything will be crazy this weekend. We have LOTS of cleaning to do too! Gosh, Easter should not be stressful!

You have a blessed Easter too!
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Sat, 04-07-2012 - 1:37am

I usually don't remember it, but I can catch a Christian radio station that's cross-country. Locally, I can only get it when I'm within about 10 km of my house. Oops! (And getting radio inside my house never worked very well on the old CD/tape player. I moved that from the kitchen to the boys' room when I used the computer for music most often.)

On the egg hunt front: Ben was terrified of the rush of folks after he picked up his first egg this morning and turned back to me crying, but I was able to distract him into getting another "treat" and then he got a few more. I almost started crying myself at how scared he was, so I think I'm going to go with my initial desire to stay home for church rather than make the drive to the larger egg hunt Sunday morning. I hope the poor guy won't freak out again - he's never been a big fan of crowds or strangers - but if he does, I think Hubby will be able to handle it even better. Meanwhile Tim had fun running fast and picking up a few foil-wrapped eggs from the ground, so he'll probably enjoy himself on another egg hunt. (This is after the indoor one at home, too. Yikes to all the hunting! LOL)

I'll be praying for your husband's decisions and thought-processes on career moves. I know my dad has said before that it's important for a man to provide for his family even if the job he takes isn't something he loves doing. He basically looked at a job as work, not a hobby you're paid for. Meanwhile in school everyone wanted to tell us that you should pick something you love and that's going to be your job if you can manage it. I like to think that you can have the second, but sometimes you have to go with the first to get the necessary paycheque. Since you have your own career already, that should give your husband the freedom to try out what he loves to do, as long as your income is enough to provide for the family. (My hubby would have a hard time giving up the provider role and I'm cool with that. I like staying at home with the kids, but I do want to help with the money situation eventually.)

I made the phone calls to invite the two sisters and Mum's friend to the ladies' night next week. We'll see who can come and who wants to do so. ;) Only one sis is actually close enough to come to Bible study all the time and it doesn't seem like she's interested in church these days. *Sigh*

I hope you were able to find time and energy for all the cleaning and activities going on. Holidays can be exhausting!

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Sat, 04-07-2012 - 3:56pm
Taking a break from the cleaning!

Andrew had a ton of fun at the Easter egg hunt. Our church splits it up by age, so Andrew went into the 3-5 age group (even though he isn't quite 3). Plus, we probably only had 15 kids total (maybe 7 in Andrew's age group) so Andrew got a TON of eggs. I forgot my Baby Bjorn at home, so I kept Leah in the stroller, which worked better probably.

Fortunately, I am blessed with an awesome income. If DH did get a job outside the home, the income would probably be a wash, since we might need childcare when he was out, so it would cancel out. Frankly, I can't handle any more time working from home because I'm losing productivity as it is. If he worked weekends, it would work, but boy would I be exhausted, since I usually get up early and work late on weekends as it is! DH has done jobs that paid well just for the income, and he realized that it was more important to be happy. Now, a part-time gig like delivering pizzas is something he might do, but he's not crazy about that idea. Thanks for the prayers.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter, whatever you end up doing!
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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 6:03pm
I think I may have caught up on sleep from the holiday weekend. Now I'm just dealing with a bit of pre-AF blahs. Or maybe the fact that it's supposed to rain tomorrow after the sunny weather lately? ;) Either way, I'm going to work hard at not being grumpy!

There was a suggestion at preschool yesterday that Ben join the class for the remaining month and a half - he was in the room last week and was quite upset yesterday when he had to come to the parent observation room across the hall, so the parent leader checked with the teachers. It's a smaller group since the beginning in October and Ben's just two months shy of the minimum age for the program, so I didn't feel bad that they were swayed by his mini-tantrum. ;) He does need more experience being away from a parent and I'm planning to sign him up for next fall's preschool session as soon as I can! (I'd sign up on our last day of this grouping if they were taking names. Maybe they will...)

We had more bumps in the road to completing Tim's potty training. He'll have two or three clean days, then get lazy. Hubby and I talked last night about not slacking off in the reminders and keeping him on track, then today there were two incidents, both involving being outside and continuing to play instead of staying clean. I told Tim it's not my job anymore to keep him clean, hoping to appeal to a sense of "big boy duty" and also his desire to help (which isn't exactly consistent but it's still there). I'm also going to involve him in the process of washing his dirty clothes so he knows how much work he makes this way. Something's gotta get through and stop this! (Apparently MIL put her oldest back in diapers and he was deeply offended, so that cured him. ;) We also have the potential threat of taking away the big boy bed since the crib is still around, just in pieces in the garage waiting for a trip to the landfill.)

It's supposed to be rainy tomorrow, so we'll probably do some grocery shopping to fill up a bit of time. I was going to go with Tim's interest in watching one of the Cars movies, but I've now taken that privilege away because of today's bathroom issues. There goes my plan to organise their closet and clean while they were busy with the TV. ;) Maybe we'll have to do that one together and I can explain that we have too much in storage in the closet, so we need to donate or throw out enough to restore order. (Another storage bin for the basement might help, too, for the extra clothes or the keepsakes.)

I'm looking forward to the ladies' night on Friday and maybe a quiet weekend. I should have scheduled a hair appt so I can go while the boys are busy at home...

Hugs and prayers to surround you for the rest of the week!

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 7:27am
You have to remind me how old your two boys are. We are also working on potty training Andrew. He has successfully peed and pooped on the toilet, but he never asks to, and usually for the poop we have to catch him "in the act" and throw him on the toilet. I don't know when to go to the next step of switching to pull ups or underwear. Its also really hard to keep up on the potty training since Leah demands so much of us.

We aren't planning on sending Andrew to preschool until he's 4. I kinda hope he'll be fine without his parents, because he does great in Sunday School.

Leah just woke up so I will try to check in again later. This has been a crazy week again!
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 10:13am
I'm back! I hope AF isn't treating you too badly! I don't miss her at all - haven't had one since Dec 2010. I hope you caught up on your rest after the holiday too.

I hope you get some "me time" too with your hair appointment. My mom has always done my hair, so I never get that specific opportunity. My MIL got me some gift cards to the salon last year, so maybe I'll try to get a pedi this year. Ha ha we'll see.

Andrew seems to be coming down with a cold. Yesterday he had the sniffles and was having a hard time drinking from his sippy cup. He woke in the middle of the night and DH tended to him. DH asked him specific questions about what hurt, and Andrew said that his throat hurt. DH didn't think to ask about ears though. I wonder if his congestion was giving him a hard time with the sippy cup. Leah isn't showing signs of anything yet. We'll see how that goes.

DH and I planned to go shopping this weekend to a store that sells our planner supplies. There was one near my parents' house, so we were going to drop the kids off there. Unfortunately, the store closed. DH is going to be gone all next weekend, so I'm postponing my trip to the parents' house until that weekend. No date for DH and me though :( Maybe we'll try for next month.

have a great weekend!
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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 1:00am
My brain isn't feeling terribly smart the past couple days, but I wanted to pop in here so you have something to read. ;)

Hubby did his haircut tonight since we have a clipper and I mentioned about getting myself a spring cut, so now I have to remember this coming week to make an appt for next Saturday. The boys will hang out with Hubby and I'll get to rid myself of a few inches of hair, maybe even pay for the wash (since it feels like a scalp massage).

Praying that everyone is feeling well at your house. I should take a couple more pills to keep away headaches, but otherwise AF treats me well compared to the way it used to be. I don't have a good history with her, but I recently asked my doc to switch my birth control and things are looking up! Silly hormones... ;)

Have a great Sunday!