Monday, August 24, 2009

Summer Days

Another week (or more) has gone by since I blogged last and there are several pictures needing to be posted!

It's hard to believe that August is almost over. I found out that Micah's preschool doesn't start until towards the middle of September. I wish it was coming a little sooner than that. Micah might be thankful for the extra weeks but I think that once he starts he'll realize what he's been missing all this time!

Last week we had a few hot days and one late afternoon we took the kids to the park before meeting the rest of the family for supper. It was pretty warm, but not like the heat that we've had. I had forgotten to put hats on the kids and they were running pretty hard, chasing a frisbee that Erik was throwing. Over the next 24 hours Micah's skin broke into a pretty intense heat rash - mostly his face and arms. Surprisingly, he didn't really notice it and wasn't bothered by any itchiness.

(It's already faded quite a bit here.)

Keziah also got her first haircut this week - though not a planned one! Erik managed to get a comb twisted up in her hair so bad that we had to cut it out. (You'll have to ask him how that happened!) I expected it to look much worse, but you actually can't even really tell. I saved the inch-long chunk for her baby book as this was her very first haircut!

Silas is back to sleeping in our bedroom these days. He's actually sleeping through the night; going from about 10 pm to 7 am without feeding. He sometimes has other brief wakings in between but what bothers me is that he wakes up at about 6 am and wants to be up for the day. I know I shouldn't complain about this one measly hour when he's already sleeping so well, but I know that he's able to make it until 7. With him and Micah in the same room I risk Micah waking up at 6 am also if he hears Silas fussing. And the chances of Micah going back to sleep aren't likely - and I do NOT want to deal with an over-tired 4-year-old who doesn't nap. So, Silas will be in our room until things are a little more consistent. It would be so wonderful if we had just one more bedroom!

I started showing Silas one of our Baby Einstein DVDs about a month ago and he LOVES it. Baby Mozart has become such a life-saver for me these days. Micah also loved those videos from a young age, though Keziah never cared much for them. Perhaps boys just have a greater love for TV!

Silas is able to hold onto toys quite a bit now - which is also nice for me! One of his favourites is this razz-berry teether:

The kids are really excited about praying these days. They take turns praying at meal time and at bedtime and though some of their prayers are humourous (i.e. Keziah thanks Jesus every day that we got to go to Castle Fun Park even though we haven't been there for weeks), some of their prayers have surprised us (like when Micah thanks God for the Holy Spirit!).

Anyway, this morning one of our neighbours lost their dog. They were planning to catch a flight to Montreal today and somehow their dog got out during the night and they were a little panicked this morning as they tried to find him. Erik came in to tell us about it and then him and Micah prayed that they could find the dog. Within 10 minutes, we saw one of the kids walk past with the dog, calling loudly that he was found. It was neat for the kids to see this answered prayer (though we realize God doesn't answer ALL prayers this fast!). Later this morning I heard Keziah talking to herself and when I stopped to listen I realized she was praying and thanking God that our neighbours found their puppy :) So cute!

Singing a song together and then laughing:

Yesterday morning we skipped our church service and took a family trip to White Rock instead:

I'm still breastfeeding Silas the majority of the time, but he's getting at least 1 bottle a day. I started this as a way to keep him used to the bottle, but now I'm finding that my milk supply has depleted to the point where I need to give him a bottle once a day. I'm a little worried about losing my supply entirely (or that Silas will prefer the bottle to me which is what happened with Keziah). I'm really hoping to nurse him until the 1 year mark and I am SO not ready to start paying the big bucks for formula!

The big white rock:


We walked down the pier which took a LONG time. Keziah alternated between wanting to walk, but then being weird-ed out by being able to see the water between the slats of wood beneath her feet.

Here she is watching the crabs swimming in the water below:

A nice couple offered to take our picture. They probably didn't even realize we had a whole other child (who was sleeping soundly in his stroller off to the side):

By the time we walked back, the sun had warmed up and we enjoyed a picnic on the sand:

Silas is very smiley and quick to giggle. And I think he may be quite ticklish too. I usually notice it when he's a little overtired, but sometimes when I touch his neck or ears (without the intent to tickle) he just cracks right up! Yesterday at the beach I peeked in the side of his diaper by his leg to check if it was dirty and he broke into a fit of giggles :)

Micah had the job of scaring away the seagulls while we ate our picnic lunch. According to him, he was our "pre-tector".

And this is a scene from this morning. I found these shiny black shoes for Keziah at Value Village yesterday and she wore them from breakfast until lunch.

And here's a picture of our kitchen. This past week Erik put on the new cabinet door handles and also custom-built this potlight fixture to replace our huge flourescent light:

The only thing we might do in here yet is a backsplash but we'll have to decide what kind of tile to use.

Here's a reminder of what the kitchen looked like when we moved in (too bad we didn't get a shot that showed off the nasty flourescent glow!):

Oh and I shouldn't forget to mention that Erik and I have started a workout program this past week called P90X. Erik is doing the full program which requires an hour of working out 6 days a week for 90 days. He follows a schedule that alternates between several different DVDs. So far I've done 4 of the workouts. I'm interested in the cardio-related ones and not so much all the muscle building ones. There's a diet that goes along with the program, but instead of following it religiously we're just making an effort to eat more protein and fresh vegetables and eliminate the treats! We have been pretty sore (and extra hungry!) but we also feel great. I was especially glad to see that a couple more pregnancy pounds were gone by the end of the week!


Bonnie said...

What a great updating post! I love the fact that your kids are getting so excited about prayer-- that's fantastic, AND cute! :)
I may just check out this workout program you speak of. I've still got quite a few prego pounds to get rid of and I can use all the help I can get :)

By the way... if you want an opinion on a possible backsplash, I recommend doing a china multi slate (possibly a 6"x 6"). Judging by your paint color & the color of your flooring, I think the china-multi would look fabulous. And you can get it almost anywhere (ie: Rona, Home Depot, etc.) Just an idea! ;)

Amber said...

Hi Jamie - SO nice to read this post. I miss you!! :) Your kitchen looks GREAT! Wow, what a huge improvement. Nice work!!!

I hear ya on the wanting 1 extra bedroom thing. All 3 girls are supposed to be in one tiny room together by now, but Madelyn is still in our room. H&J wake eachother up enough, never mind adding M in the mix yet. That would be a nightmare. She's been in her crib in their room for 1/2 a night (in all of her 9 months!). Someday we'll have a bigger house, someday.

Great job w/ the weight loss! It's so great to have so many fresh veggie options this time of year! & how awesome that you & Erik are doing something together. (how romantic! haha, hey, if you're like me, ANY time spent doing anything at all together qualifies as romantic!!)

Wish we could chat sometime. I'd love to hear your thoughts on raising 3 little ones....xoxo

Kathy's corner said...

Thanks for updating. Loved all the pics, and I am so glad that they are experiencing the power of prayer at such a young age. The kitchen looks great. Miss you guys.

kelly ens said...

great post! the kitchen looks AWESOME!!!!!
so great that you guys are doing the P90X together...i wish Alf would do a workout WITH me, but our ideal times are totally opposite from each other! way to go!

Trev and Rebekah said...

Love the kitchen!
Great job on working out together. Trev and I did turbo jam together a lot in spring. Then this last month was crazy so we didn't. Now we'll have to wait till be move into our house before we start that up again. I sure felt good when I did it. We'd work out every other day and then try to run on the off days.

Rosanna Toews said...

I laughed out loud at two sentences when I read your post - Keziah thanking God for Castle Fun Park and the fact that your whole other child was not in the family photo. You rock my world!

Laura said...

Just stopping by to say "hi". I still like keeping up with your family by reading this blog and relate so much to what your kids are doing... your kitchen looks awesome, and your kids are just adorable.

Karen said...

Great post, just recounting some "normal every day" stuff! Your kids are so cute!! It's so good to see you out and about doing fun, but cheap family outings with three kids!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jamie,
It's been awhile since I've had a chance to view your blog. Wow your kids are growing and super cute. It was really great seeing you again, even though under sad circumstances. Chad would have loved to see you guys too, I'm sure him and Erik would have lots to share.
We're almost at the end or should I say the beginning of the baby journey - only 3 or 4 weeks left before we meet our little bambino(or maybe sooner...who knows).
I'm starting to get the cankles...not a pretty sight. Oh well I'm thinking its worth it.
Take care,