Thursday, 30 June 2011

Proper Punctuation

Asher was reading out of our children’s Bible after lunch.  We were at the story of Moses, & this particular Bible really simplifies things.  When we got to the part that Pharaoh's daughter finds Moses in the reeds & Moses’ sister offers to help, Asher read a sentence that just didn’t sound right.

Asher read, “Would you like someone to help you?  Take care of that baby!”


It sounded very demanding, which I didn’t remember from the original story.


When I had a look at it later, I saw that it should be, “Would you like someone to help you take care of that baby?”


Which made a lot more sense.  It just goes to show the importance of proper punctuation.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011


As I mentioned a few years back, part of my job at the Western Shop where I worked, was to remove stickers from products we sold.  I still like sticker-free products so I often remove any stickers promptly.


A few days ago, the kids were given small pinwheels that had stickers on the sticks.  Chancery had started peeling the sticker off her stick, but couldn't get it to come off nicely.


This morning, she brought her pinwheel to me as I was lying in bed, & asked, “Mummy, can you take this sticker off for me?”


“Oh, you can just leave it on there,” I told her.


C: “No, I don’t want it on there!”


Me: “Well, then just do your best to get it off.”

(I figured that would keep her busy for a few minutes)


C: “But you are the best sticker picker ever!”


It’s nice to have your accomplishments recognized…

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Clean Clothes

PChad has been after me to hang the laundry on the clothesline in our backyard for awhile now, & since today is such a nice day & I was doing laundry anyway, I decided to appease him so he could have some nice outdoorsy smelling shirts.  I got the entire load pinned on the line, & was raising the line up to the “don’t bonk your head on the laundry” level, when the line snapped & all my freshly laundered clothes fell to the ground.


So, I employed the kids to help me gather all the clothes back up off the ground, & put the load in the dryer.  There may be a few things that had a bit of dirt on them, but dirt smells outdoorsy too, right?

Monday, 27 June 2011

Peace Of Mind

A few nights ago, PChad & I were enjoying a rare night together watching a movie at home.  We had decided to watch “The Time Traveller’s Wife”.  PChad had commented when it first came out that it looked interesting, but it didn’t really look like something I’d enjoy.  Perhaps a bit to sci-fi for me (I’m so not into sci-fi).  But I had seen the movie at Walmart a few months ago & bought it from he cheap movie bin.  So, we watched it & I’d like to share a few snippets of conversation that took place during the viewing…


PChad: “This movie is really slow moving.”


Me: “Did I tell you…”


PChad: “Shh, this is kind of a pivotal scene.”



Later in the film, there’s a scene where Henry knows he’s going to die very soon.  Clare asks him if he is afraid…


Me: “If you know Jesus as your Lord & saviour, you have nothing to fear in death.  He has prepared a place for you…”


PChad: “Really?  You’re evangelising to a movie?”


There was also quite a bit of discussion during the entirety of the movie about what the operatic song was that was featured in nearly every major scene of the film.  Never a dull moment in our household, I tell you.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sunday Pictures

Asher – 5 years

Chancery – 2.5 years



Asher: “I have decided to go incognito for todays pictures.”



Chancery: “You’re supposed to call him ‘Professor Quigley’ now!”



PRofessor Quigley: “This is a race car.  Race cars can go very fast.”



Chancery: “The professor can be quite dry at times.”



Chancery: “But he also has some good information, so listen well!”



Professor Quigley: “It is always important to wear proper safety gear when in a race car.”



Chancery: “See?  Aren’t you glad you listened?”

Friday, 24 June 2011

Too Cool?

I don’t mind playing a few ‘Granny Games’ from time to time, but not everyone feels the same…


Thursday, 23 June 2011

Birthday Boy!

Asher turned 5 yesterday, & for part of his celebration, we went out for pizza!


He really took it to heart that he was getting older…

1. He was cold at the restaurant

2. He wore his sweater around his shoulders (& discovered it was pretty hard to eat & keep it on that way)

3. We went for an early dinner (we had finished our leisurely meal & left the restaurant by 6 o’clock)


And Yumi came with us too!


After dinner we came home for cake & presents!


It was hard to tell if Asher was more excited for his new skipping rope, or the Lego he got.



My parents had given me some things for the kids when I was in Montana a few months ago, so I wrapped one of them up for him.


You can’t fake that kind of excitement!



I really wish I had gotten a video of him openeing his card from PChad’s parents.  There was a check inside & Asher wasn’t quite sure what it was…

Asher: “What’s this for?”


PChad: “That’s money.”


A: “It’s money? … For me to buy stuff with?”


PC: “Yes!”


A: “And I get to pick it myself?”


PC: “Sure.”


A: “Can we go right now?!?!”


PC: “Well, you have to bring that to the bank first & then they will give you money for it.”


A: “Can we go to the bank now?”

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Well, we had the Friday song, here’s the Wednesday song!

Are we going to end up with a song for each day of the week?

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Pre-K Graduate

Friday night, Asher had his graduation from Pre-K.

They put on a little program, sang some songs, & then we all had some snacks.  I forgot my camera at home, so I had to settle for using the camera on my phone…


Asher & a few classmates sang a song (Asher’s on the left)



The whole class




Asher doing a small wardrobe adjustment before getting his diploma



He spotted me & we managed a decent picture.  I had him all lined up for when he got his certificate, but someone walked in front of the camera at just the right time, so this is the best I got of him.

Monday, 20 June 2011


Chancery & I were outside on Saturday & she commented, “It’s a nice day out today!”


“Yes, it is,” I replied.


Chancery: “And my elbows are nice & warm.”


Me: “Well, that’s good, I guess, to have warm elbows…”


Chancery: “Yes, these elbows right here [she points correctly to her elbows] are really warm.”


Me: “Do you like having warm elbows?”


Chancery: “Yes!  I do like them!”

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Sunday Pictures

Asher – 4.5 years

Chancery – 2.5 years



Asher: “I am feeling quite old today.”



Chancery: “Why is that, Asher?”



Asher: “Because I just graduated from Pre-Kindergarten.”



Chancery: “Well, that is quite an accomplishment, Congratulations!”



Asher: “Thank you, Chancery.”



Chancery: “We’re so proud of you, Asher!”

Friday, 17 June 2011


I don’t even know what to say about this one… but it’s fun & catchy!


Thursday, 16 June 2011

Sweaters & Elephants

This morning as I was getting Chancery dressed, we decided it was a good day to wear a sweater.  Of course we began to sing the sweater song…


As I sang, “Lying on the floor, lying on the floor, I come undone!”

Chancery stopped me to interject, “I don’t like lions.  I like zebras though… and elephants.  I wish it was an elephant on the floor…”

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Turn Around…

This is a routine performed by Katie & Matt, 2 of the final 4 dancers on SYTYCD UK.  I just thought it was an amazing routine & they performed it so well.

Jump ahead to 1:55 to skip all the practice shots & view the actual routine…


Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Chancery found some boxes on the floor that were waiting to be brought out to the compost bin.  She decided to try them on…



“Look at me, I’m a robot!”



“And I can even walk!”

(Though the Coke box still had a bottom on it & proved to be a bit slippery)



“I didn’t even fall down!”



“But I think I’ll just stay in one spot…”

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sunday Pictures

Asher – 4.5 years

Chancery – 2.5 years



Chancery: “Asher, let’s sit in the big chair together.”



Asher: “Yes, and then we can put our arms around each other again.”



Chancery: “We have started to really enjoy these photo shoots, haven’t we, Asher?”



Asher: “Well, I’ve figured out that if we get a few good pictures right away, we can go play faster!”



Chancery: “But you like having your picture taken with me, right?”



Asher: “Sure I do, Chancery.”



Chancery: “I’m glad you’re my friend, Asher.”

Friday, 10 June 2011

Wow, Just WOW!

It’s time for another season of So You Think You Can Dance.  They are getting better & better every year!


Thursday, 9 June 2011

*Yawn* … *Ya---wn*

Asher was sitting at the table eating his afternoon snack.  I was in the kitchen making a latte, & I started yawning, & yawning.  Between yawns, I asked, “Why am I so tired, Asher?”


Asher: “Probably because you didn’t have a sleep at naptime.”


Me: “Maybe.”


Asher: “You should have slept, Mummy, because if you don’t get enough sleep, you will be grumpy when you wake up in the morning.”


Me: “Do you think so?”


Asher: “Yes.”


Me: “Well, maybe I’ll just have some coffee.  Do you think that will help?”


Asher: “No.”


Me: “Well, why not?”


Asher: “Because I don’t think it has those chemicals in it that you think it does.”


I had explained to him a few days before about caffeine & how it helps you to stay awake.  I guess he had been paying more attention than I thought!

Was he trying to tell me that PChad had switched my coffee to decaf?

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Little Graduate

A few weeks ago, there was a childcare course being held at the local highschool.  They were looking for kids to watch, & one of the students participating in the course asked if I’d like to bring Chancery.  Of course I jumped at the chance for free daycare for two weeks.  Chancery had a great time, & constantly talked about going to school with the big kids.  On Friday she had a graduation party at the school.  I never thought she would have a graduation before Asher, but it was a cute little program, & there were cupcakes!



The graduation caps weren’t cooperating very well…




Chancery made a picture frame for a class photo,

& even got a diploma!



At this point I hadn’t told her that she was done going to school.  She was a bit upset that she’ll have to wait a whole year yet!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!

As long as I remember, I have always enjoyed completing surveys.  PChad & his family do NOT enjoy surveys.  So, any survey that needs to be taken falls to me, which I am ok with, but lately I have gotten a little “surveyed out”.  PChad has never understood the enjoyment I’d get from surveys, & often he’d tell me they aren’t worth the time it takes to complete them.  In some ways, I am beginning to agree with him.  These days, I will often only complete a survey if I have something specific I’d like to tell the company.  Something like, “I love your chicken burgers!” or “Your ranch tastes like thousand island.”  Sometimes there are incentives for completing surveys, such as free food, or chances to win stuff, or coupons.

A few weeks ago, PChad & I went on a date to the movies, & we bought some popcorn.  On the receipt, there was an opportunity to complete a survey for the chance to be entered in a monthly draw.  I decided to complete the survey since the popcorn wasn’t all that great that night.  A few days ago, I received an email from the movie theatres.  I figured it would be a form letter, “Thank you for letting us know about ……  We are sorry you had a bad experience……”

It was, in fact, a congratulatory letter stating that I was the winner for the drawing for the month of May, & I had won 2 free movie passes per month for the next year!  I sent back the necessary forms & received my 24 free passes in the mail today!
(I still haven’t decided if I’ll let PChad have any of them, after all the grief he’s given me about doing surveys!)

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sunday Pictures

Asher – 4.5 years

Chancery – 2.5 years



Chancery: “Do you have a ball like I have a ball, Asher?”


Asher: “Yes I do, Chancery!  Would you like to have mine too?”



Chancery: “Thanks!  Asher gave me his ball, Mummy!”



Asher: “That’s because you are my friend, Chancery!”



Chancery: “And you are MY friend too, Asher!”



Asher: “See, Mum, we CAN get along sometimes!”



Chancery: “That’s because we LOVE each other!”

Friday, 3 June 2011

No Stopping Him!

“Fast & Loose” is a sketch comedy show in England, similar to “Whose Line Is It Anyway”.  They have  a segment called “Interpretive Dance” where an actor has to mime a pop song.  This is one of the best ones.  Enjoy!




Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Mixed Theology

At dinnertime we often say our own prayers & encourage the kids to pray for whatever comes to mind.  Asher had quite the prayer…

“God, please help all the people that we love, but not strangers if they are bad.  They should be in the flood that you send, but not the good people, just the strangers…”

There was more, but I couldn’t hear what it was over all the snickering we were trying to suppress.

Don’t worry PChad straightened him out… hopefully.