Monday, 30 November 2009

Chasing Harry Winston -Review

This is a story about 3 friends who live in New York.  Adrianna is a serial dater, Leigh is engaged to a man she isn't sure she loves, and Emmy's long-term boyfriend just left her for his personal trainer.

They start out by making a pact involving Adrianna & Emmy, in which they must change their dating modus operandi to the complete opposite of how they currently date.

While I enjoyed this book, it wasn't as good as I expected it to be.  Lauren Weisberger's previous 2 novels (The Devil Wears Prada, & Everyone Worth Knowing) were both far superior to this.  It was a good story, but not as gripping as her other works have been.

If you are someone who doesn't have a whole lot of time for reading, I probably wouldn't recommend this book, since there are better ones out there.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Sunday Pictures

Asher - 3 years
Chancery - 1 year
I had the camera on video, but thought it worked out alright.  Here's what I deal with every week:

(Click to Play)
Asher: "Cheese...Cheese....Cheese..."

And the final product:

Chancery: "May I go now?"

Friday, 27 November 2009


Glee the other night was AMAZING.  If you don't watch the show, it's about a show choir made up of a bunch of misfit highschool kids, lead by a teacher who wants big things for the Glee Club.  The cheerleader coach for some reason has decided that the Glee Club must be taken down & is always looking for ways to destroy them.

Last episode, Mr. Shuster (the teacher coaching the Glee Club), became worried that another group would do better than them , so he got caught up in the "smoke & mirrors" trying to make his club appear better through the use of wigs.

Then, the Glee club from a deaf school performed for them & changed his perspective.  Here is the link for the performance, & you really must watch it.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

What If?

We were on our way to the butcher shop yesterday & Asher asked, "Where are we going?"

I told him we were going to the meat shop (it's just easier that way).

Asher: "When we get there, I am going to ask the meater for a lollipop!"

(They have a box of them on the counter for the taking, so technically he doesn't have to ask them for one, but it's good manners, eh.)

Just to offer the suggestion, I asked him, "What if they say 'no'?"

Asher: "We'll just see if they say 'yes'."

That's positive thinking.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

The Torch

Some friends of ours let us know that the Olympic Torch would be passing right in front of their house on Saturday afternoon & invited us over to watch.  So we headed out to see what there was to see....

We saw the first police car pass the house, so we bundled all the kids up to have this enriching experience....

First came a Coke truck, handing out flags & commemorative bottles of Coke (that were FREEZING cold!).

Asher dutifully waved his flag, but his enthusiasm wavered as the torch was not forthcoming.

Chancery tried looking up the road to see what the hold-up was.

More police cars heralded the arrival of the torch.

We thought the Torch Relay would be more of a run, however it went by at more of a leisurly walk.
The camera crew that accompanied the "runner" (in the loosest of terms) asked "What did you think of seeing the Olympic Torch?"  I'm not really sure how to respond to that.  (I don't think our collective responces would merit a TV clip).  But at least we got a free Coke out of the deal!

Monday, 23 November 2009

An Epidemic

We've been having a bit of sickness going around our household. It all started with Chancery puking in her bed unbeknownst to us, one night last week, followed by a rash & issues at the bottom end.

Then, Saturday morning at 1:30AM, I heard Asher yelling, "Daddy, Daddy, I spit up!"

Indeed, he had, so PChad got him in the shower & I changed all the bedding. We took away Asher's buddies so he wouldn't get them dirty if he did it again, & we gave him a bucket to cuddle with instead.

We got everyone back in bed, & at 2:00AM I heard, "Sorry everyone! I'm very sorry!"

So I went to see what Asher was so sorry about & he had forgotten about the bucket & puked all over his bed again. So we repeated the procedures & hoped it wouldn't happen again, as we were now out of clean sheets for his bed.

Luckily that was it for puking, but he got the runs too.

Then PChad got sick on Sunday morning. It made for an interesting church service, but everyone did a good job of covering where needed.

Now my stomach is feeling a bit dodgy, but I figure that if I just convince myself I'm not sick, I can stay well. That works, right?

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Sunday Pictures

Asher - 3 years
Chancery - 1 year
This morning I thought I'd show you how the sharing thing generally works in our house......

Asher: "Hmmm, Chancery has a car & I want it!"

 Asher: "I took the car from Chancery!"

"Asher, give the car back to Chancery."

Asher: "Can I have the car, Chancery?  Can you share it with me?"


Chancery: "Hold on, smile for Mum."

Asher: "Mummy, Chancery GAVE me the car!"

Friday, 20 November 2009

Just FYI

Do you know what a postman does? Do you REALLY know what a postman does?

Well, according to some sources (ie. Asher), "Mum, a postman is a man who builds posts & then goes into his house."

Don't you feel more informed?

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Out Of Left Field

We had sat down at the table for dinner & were bowing our heads in preparation to pray over the meal.

Asher belts out, "Meet me at the hotel, motel, Holiday Inn!"

And that is a little glimpse into our life (and our music choices)...........

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

You Know You're Tired When..........

When I look back at my high school days, I am amazed at the energy I had.  My schedule looked something like this:

5:30 -Wake up & get ready.  Leave the house by 6:00.

6:30 - 9:30 -Work at Espresso Stand, do any homework that hadn't gotten finished yet.
9:30 - 2:15 -School
2:30 - 4:00 -Track practice
4:30 -9:00 -Work at McDonald's

Then I'd go home & be in bed around 9:30.  I also worked at McDonald's on Saturdays & some Sunday afternoons/evenings.

The early mornings weren't so bad, maybe b/c once I got to the coffee shop I loaded up on caffeine. But the thing that I really remember about that time was the dreams I would have.

I dreamed about sleeping on the couch that was in the back of my History class.  I dreamed about sleeping in my car.  I dreamed about sleeping in my bed at home, and I dreamed about sleeping on the couch at my friend's house.

Maybe because I knew that I wasn't ACTUALLY getting enough sleep, I tricked myself into believing I had, since I had dreamed about having naps all the time.  I don't remember being tired at all, but I still remember those dreams quite clearly.......

Monday, 16 November 2009

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

A gentleman noticed Asher's long eyelashes the other day & commented, "Wow, you have really long eyelashes!  Where did you get those?"

Asher replied, "God found them & put them on me!"

Then when it was time to pray after supper & say thank-you to God for the food, Asher changed it up a bit & said, "Lord, thank you for my looooooooooooong eyelashes & everything else on my body.  Amen!"

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Sunday Pictures

Asher - 3 years
Chancery - 1 year

Chancery: "I have a question.... Why is it that Asher gets to have toys & I have to sit here empty handed?"

Asher: "Because I always come prepared!"

Chancery: "Then I'm going to get a book."


Asher: "I don't think she understands that she's still supposed to look at you, Mummy."

Friday, 13 November 2009

Thursday, 12 November 2009

He Calls Out At Bedtime

Asher just keeps on coming up with new things to yell at us after he's supposed to be in bed.  I think I could probably start a second blog with just his bedtime quotes (but what would I call it?)!

Last night after PChad put him to bed, Asher began with, "Daddy! Daaaaaaaaaaaaaddy!  DAAA-AAADDEEE!"

After that went on for a minute or two without the desired results, he changed his tactics to, "Mummy!  Muuuummy!  Daddy's not cooperating!"

And I didn't cooperate either.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009


I was at the doctor's office in the waiting room this afternoon, sitting across from a girl who was about 6 & her father.  She was making her way through the stack of children's books in the waiting room & picked up a book of Mother Goose Rhymes.

She said, "Oh, I know THESE!" and promptly started "reading" them to her father.  She did pretty well until she got to "Little Miss Muffet".

Little Miss Muffin sat on her tuffin
eating her curbs away.....
Along came a spider that sat down beside her
and frightened Miss Muffin away.

Maybe it's just too outdated & kids don't understand the language so they make up their own.  Next was "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep".

Black, Black, Black Sheep have you any more?
Yes, Sir, yes, Sir, three bags, four.
One for the boss, two for the same. And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.

Sadly, I was called back before she got through the book. I was looking forward to hearing the rest of the "updated" rhymes.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Happy Halloween!

I realized that I forgot to post pictures of the kids in the Halloween costumes.  Well, late is better than never!  A friend loaned us costumes this year, so they were coordinated.

 Asher was Tigger...


...and Chancery was a "Hunny" pot.


Asher kept asking for help to put his costume on, and not 5 minutes later would take it right back off again.  So I was a bit worried that Chancery wouldn't like wearing her costume, but she brought it to me to put it on her ALL THE TIME in the week preceding the holiday.


Sunday, 8 November 2009

Sunday Pictures

Asher - 3 years
Chancery - 1 year
Chancery: "Asher has a cough, so Daddy is staying home with him today."

Chancery: "I think they'll probably spend all morning reading books."

Asher: "Do you mind?  We are trying to read!"

Chancery: "I was wondering if anyone would like to read a book to ME."

Chancery: "I'll just sit in this chair right here & wait."

Friday, 6 November 2009

Ministry Wives' Scavenger Hunt

The Preacher's Wife is hosting a "Ministry Wives Scavenger Hunt" To find out more (or to participate), click on the button to go to her site.

1. First Name - Sherilyn

2. State and Country of Residence - Prince Edward Island, Canada

3. Husband’s Ministry Title - Pastor

4. Length of time in Current Ministry Location - Just over 1 year

5. Children - Asher, 3 year old boy
- Chancery, 1 year old girl

6. Number of unique homes in which you’ve lived during your marriage - We've lived in 11 different houses, in 7 different cities/towns, in 4 States/Provinces, and 3 Countries.

7. Cook Sunday lunch or eat out - We'd definitely choose to eat out more if money wasn't a factor, but we do both.

8. Typically on time for Sunday School or not - On time or early

9. Favorite TV Show - FlashForward

10. Something you watch/like/do that you would never tell the church people. (Except now you just did…lol) - I enjoy playing Facebook poker with my friends.

11. Most annoying church-related pet peeve - I wish I could talk to people after church, but it's near impossible to do b/c I have to chase the kids around.

12. One thing you need to throw away but can’t bring yourself to do it - Clothes, I have some that I don't like, but I keep thinking that at some point I might grow to like them.

13. The one food you can not live without - Sweet & Sour Pork

14. Parsonage or have your own home - We have our own home

15. Freak when the doorbell rings or always ready for a visitor - It doesn't bother me if the house is messy if someone unexpectedly comes to the door. I figure that when I go to visit other people, I'm there to see them, not their house. Besides, I have 2 small kids, I can't keep it picked up ALL the time!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Check The Supply Cupboard

Over the last week, I had noticed that we were getting to the end of our tube of toothpaste. I didn't sweat it at all since I have a box in the cupboard of all sorts of toiletries that don't fit in the washroom.

This morning when I went upstairs to brush my teeth, I discovered that there was no more toothpaste to be squeezed out of the tube, & no matter how I twisted, pushed & manipulated it, I just couldn't get anymore out.

So I went to the closet & dug in the box until I pulled out a tube of....

While it might be minty, it sure isn't toothpaste!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

At It Again

I thought I'd heard all the excuses imaginable from a 3 year old little boy, for getting out of bed. Apparently I was wrong. A few nights ago PChad was gone & I had just put Asher in bed. I told him that he had just wee'd, he'd just poo'd, he had all his buddies in bed with him and there was NO REASON for him to get out of bed.

Asher agreed with me & said, "I won't get out of bed, Mummy."

I told him, "If you get out of bed for ANY reason, you're going to get a time-out, do you understand?"

Asher: "Yes, Mummy, I won't get out of bed at all."

I had not even gotten to the bottom of the stairs before I heard him running to his bedroom door.

So after his timeout was over I asked him, "Why did you get out of bed? You told me you were going to stay in bed."

Asher: "Meow!"

I just looked at him, waiting for a proper answer.

Asher: "That wasn't an answer, Mummy. That's just the sound a kitty makes."

I never did find out the reason he was out of bed. I had to leave the room before he saw that I was laughing.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Lost Luggage

When my family came to visit us last summer, my brother's bag got lost in transit. It was a bag that they planned on taking on the plane, but once they found out that they wouldn't have to pay the additional bag charge, they decided to check it. Unfortunately, it contained Brenda's spare glasses & both their coats.

When they discovered that it had not made it to the airport, they filled out the appropriate forms & were told that the bag had made it to the lay-over, but hadn't been put on the second plane. They were also told that it would be sent on the next flight, the next day.

When it didn't show up again, Brian made numerous calls & finally 5 days later, was told the airline would reimburse them up to a certain amount, for buying new coats, toiletries, whatever they needed.

After their wee of holidays was over, they went home & still had no idea where their bag actually was. About 10 days after they got home, their wandering bag was returned to them. Due to a error in the paperwork, a few weeks later, they also received cheques from the airline to replace the lost bag. When Brian called to tell them that the bag had actually been returned to them, the airline told them to keep the cheques anyway.

The lost luggage debacle of 2009 was not a fun one. It made the holiday slightly less enjoyable for all involved, but it could have been worse...

United Airlines famously broke David Carroll's guitar a few years ago & he wrote a song about it that has received much attention on YouTube, but now United has managed to lose his bag as well.

Here's the song:

Monday, 2 November 2009

New Excuses Everyday

Asher knows that we have caught on to his excuse about having to wee after we have put him to bed. He still tries it from time to time. In fact a few days ago he came out of his room & said, "I have to poo!"

Me: "No you don't."

Asher: "Well then, I have to wee."

Me: "No, you just did that."

Asher: "I guess I don't then."

Sometimes Thanet gets in his room & then he calls, "Mummy, Thanet's in my room!"

Last week he tried, "Mummy! Russel's in my room & he's bothering me!" But Russel is his stuffed dog, so there was no way that I was falling for that.

Then the other night we heard, "Daddy! I'm having trouble getting comfortable!"

I caught him jumping from his headboard onto his bed last night. I asked him, "DO you think that's good or naughty?"

He replied, "I was trying to be quiet!"

Once he finally gets to sleep, he's a great sleeper, it's just difficult getting him to that point sometimes!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Sunday Pictures

Asher - 3 years
Chancery - 1 year

Chancery: "Mummy said that as soon as we both look, we can go play."

Asher: "Ok... Hi, Mummy!"

Asher: "And we're done!"