Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Banana Pancakes

I've had that Jack Johnson song in my head all day...

"But baby,
you hardly even notice
when I try to show you this
song, it's meant to keep you
from doin' what you're supposed to
like wakin' up too early
maybe we could sleep in
I'll make you banana pancakes
pretend like it's the weekend now..."

Some girls in our life group were talking about banana pancakes last week so we had to try them for ourselves this morning. They were delicious! I tried making Micah a "Mickey Mouse" pancake but my attempt was a little bit sad...

It even felt like we were "pretending it was the weekend" since Erik has been home the last couple of days. During his Monday night hockey game he got rocked pretty hard by another player and ended up getting totally knocked out. He went to emerg to get himself checked out and found out that he had a concussion. The doctor said he should take it easy for several days. It was kind of scary when he came home that night and told me I needed to wake him up a couple of times through the night to make sure he was OK - doctor's orders. Not surprisingly, our kids did the waking up for us :) Erik's had some bad headaches and some sore muscles but it's been kind of nice having him home.

Keziah being her cute little self:

In other news, I got myself a job! A friend of mine told me about her job several months ago and I thought it sounded like the perfect way for a stay-at-home mom to earn some extra income. After being in contact with the company over the last several months, I was hired on as a transcriptionist. For me, it's a dream job since I love the computer and I love to type. I also love the flexibility of working from home and choosing my own hours. So, I think it's going to work out great.

I got my first assignment this week, and although I'm enjoying it so far, I'm finding it tricky to make the time to work at it. It's been a bit of an "off" week though. Besides trying to get ready for our trip to Maui, I'm finding the days are going by way too fast after the time change. The kids have been going to bed later which leaves less free time in the evenings and their napping schedules are not coinciding well at all these last few days. Hopefully we'll get into a better rythm after our vacation.

Micah is really into eating with his eyes closed these days:

We're leaving on Sunday morning from the Bellingham airport for our trip to Maui and we'll be gone for 7 days. It seems like there is so much to pack into those days! We definitely want a balance of relaxing on the beach and seeing the sights, so hopefully we can do everything that we want to do. We're staying in Kihei at a hotel called the Aston Maui Lu. It's definitely on the budget end of hotels, but my parents stayed there a few years ago and didn't have anything bad to say about it, so we decided to go for it. We've been told that we need to take the drive to Hana and also up to the Haleakala crater. We bought ourselves a Maui book with some Christmas money we had kicking around and we hope to have a rough itinerary mapped out before we get on the island. I've been packing my suitcase this week and love adding all my tank tops and shorts and flip flops!!

Anyway, I shouldn't spend too long blogging as there are plenty of other things I should be doing...


Lindsay said...

Make sure you spend some time on Front Street in Lahaina; it's got the best stores and restaurants (hello Cheeseburger Paradise!). Also, the Maui Aquarium is awesome (and I'm not a big animal fan). Have a super time!!

Lindsay said...

oh, and if you like Shrimp (fried shrimp, baked shrimp, barbequed shrimp, grilled shrimp... etc) make sure to visit Bubba Gump's! (On Front St in Lahaina as well) :)

Bonnie said...

i'd say its pretty applicable to have jack johnson stuck in your head as you pack for hawaii! :) we just got tickets to his concert in august and i can't wait! though i do wish we were going to be watching it at one of his hawaii venues, i guess i am willing to settle with vancouver instead ;)

congrats on the job! hope you are able to get everything done that you need to before you leave. i'm sure envying your flip flops and tank tops wardrobe right now!! :) hope you guys have a blast!

rachel joy said...

Congrats on your job! That extra income will be so nice. I may get back to work a bit again too.

You must be getting so excited for you holiday!

Kathy's corner said...

Well Erik, it sounds like you will really need this Maui trip. The Maui Lu has a really nice pool,. and we really enjoyed it there. It is a very quiet secluded hotel. Hope yo really like the job. That is great, that you can work at home. What a blessing!! Hope to talk to you yet before yo leave. mom

Trev & Rebekah said...

The pancakes look better than anything I could make. :0)
What types of things to you transcribe for the company?
You are going to have so much fun on your trip. You two deserve it after all that has gone on in the last year. Have fun!

tan said...

Hi Jamie! That's so exciting about your trip...I would love to be going on a vacation right now!! How did you find that transcription job? What kind of work do you do?? Hope you are having a great day:)

kelly said...

Cute pics of the kids, as ever :)

i'm glad you got the job, and that you're able to find your rhythm after returning from Maui. I think as you get into more familiar groove with the assignments, it'll be easier to find the time. That's what I found, anyway. Although, I only have one kids to work around so far!

sorry i have no maui advice except have a great time - and I'm sure you will!!! :)

Erin Keown said...

Aidan has made a request for lots of volcano pictures, but he also tells you not to step in them because they might be hot!

Evonne Hendy said...

hey jamie
wow your kids are growing up so fast and are so cute.I hope you have fun on your vacation. You deserve it.Well it seems like you are keeping yourself busy. wELL HAVE A GOOD DAY ANDhave a good time in maui.

Karen said...

Wow, lots happening in the Toews household! Congrats on the job! Very cool to be able to work from home and make a bit of extra money! I hope the next few days at home go well, then have a FANTASTIC week in Hawaii! Can't wait to see pictures!

Janelle said...

that is one of my favorite JJ songs ever!! :) and you did a GREAT job on the pancakes! i don't even MAKE pancakes, so you're one up on me! haha...
wow, sorry to hear about what happened to Erik! Rod has been injury free so far this season...very odd & i'm probably jinxing it. hopefully he'll be feeling good for your trip!
yipppeeee!! your trip is coming! i'm soooo excited for you!!!
p.s. do you work for someone in BC? or someone online? cause my Mom would LOVE to do some work like that!!!
have fun!!!!!!!!

Drea said...

is it hard to do the job you got typing? i can type 108 WPM .. i would love to do something like that for extra cash. email me!! dreawd[at]

i hope you have a blast in hawaii and the kids arent sick!