Archive for January, 2012

Laundry: a family affair

Last night we were doing laundry and De-Ann brought a basket full of dry clothes into the living room. She started folding clothes. Both kids wanted to help so De-Ann gave the kids each pieces of their own clothing to fold. It was so fun watching the kids each fold the clothes.

It is fun to watch both kids personalities show up in even something as simple as folding clothes. Faith crumples up the clothes and drops them into the laundry basket. Shawn on the other hand meticulously folds the sleeves into each other and then folds again, and again and again until the shirt he is folding is a tiny little square. Then he gently places it into the laundry basket.

At the end of our folding experience the laundry basket looked just like it did before we folded the clothes. haha. After the kids folded the clothes I discretely took the clothes out of the basket and re-folded them but without the kids seeing. They were too busy folding more clothes.

I think this is a glimpse into how much our kids will be involved in the care of our home. I also think they will gladly do their chores when we finally start to give them out. We are so blessed as parents!

January 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM 3 comments

Saturday that didn’t go as planned

Maybe you have been here before, no matter what you did your day didn’t go as planned. Well this Saturday was one of those days.

It all started last night when De-Ann came home from work sick. She went straight to bed and stayed in bed most of the day today. Because De-Ann was sick, I was on Daddy-duty all day.

I played with the kids, gave them lunch and then put them down for a nap. During the kids naps I did an errand I needed to do before February 2nd. I’m glad I did but I probably should have been working on my sermon.

After nap, the kids got up and I was back to hanging out with them. De-Ann came down to say “hi” to the kids and fell asleep on the couch. She was still sick. Eventually she went back to bed where she stayed. Because De-Ann went back to bed I wasn’t able to attend one of our small groups that was starting tonight. I was bummed.

So I stayed home, fed the kids then bathed them and put them to bed. Finally after they were both in bed I was able to relax…I mean continue prep of my sermon. My title is simply: Should We or Shouldn’t We Judge? Matthew 7:1-5.

It’s almost 11pm and time for me to go to bed so I can get up bright and early to do more prep. Thanks to everyone for your prayers as I prepare for this sermon and tomorrow. They mean so much.

January 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM Leave a comment

Car seat conversations

On the way to daycare this morning Faith and Shawn had a conversation, or should I say Faith talked and Shawn listened. Here is what I observed.

Faith: Shawn, school bus!

Shawn: yaah

Faith: School buses are yellow!

Shawn: yaah

Faith: That’s my school bus

Shawn: [no response]

Faith: Hahaha! [then she screams! Silence for a few seconds] We’re going to Peekaboo Shawn. Bushra! Breakfast! [then she starts singing]

Shawn: [no response, but listening intently]

Faith: [a school bus passes us going the other way] Aaaah! School bus! Shawn, school bus! Daddy, school bus! That’s my school bus!

Shawn: yaah. Yellow.

Faith: That’s my yellow!

Shawn: yaah.

Faith: We’re going to Peekaboo. Snow Daddy! [then she giggles uncontrollably]. Breakfast! Breakfast! Bushra!

Me: That’s right Baby. We’re going to Peekaboo.

Faith: We’re almost there, Shawn. Pizza, Shawn. [I think she is remembering it is Pizza Friday where we have pizza for supper as a family on Fridays].

Shawn: yaah.

Faith: [we are going up the driveway of her daycare] Aaah, Peekaboo Daddy!! Peekaboo!

Me: That’s right, we are here.

Faith: Shawn, Peekaboo! You hold onto Daddy’s leg [she’s giving Shawn instructions as to what to do when we get out of the car to stay safe. When I am getting one child out of the car the other holds my leg so I know where he/she is. Usually I get Shawn out of the car first. Faith remembers].

Shawn: yaah.

January 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM 11 comments

521 hits!

Wow, my faithful readers really did some big-time visiting this past weekend, especially all day yesterday. I hope you enjoyed and will continue to enjoy my new posts in the coming year.

One thing I have noticed, you really enjoy reading posts that are about my family, specifically my kids, so I will do more posts about them for now on. And lots of pictures, too.

Thanks for visiting over 500 times this past weekend. Keep it up and we will reach 10,000 hits in no time!!!

January 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM Leave a comment

Shawn’s birthday party

Friday, January 20 was Shawn’s actually birthday but because Saturday was a better day for everyone especially our families we decided to have his party today. And what a party it was.

As we were waiting for many of the guest to arrive Shawn opened many of the gifts he rec’d. We all enjoyed our newly renovated basement and Shawn’s new Thomas the Train set. Lots of pictures to prove it. Please take note of the first picture of the train set, that is what it looked like before the kids got a hold of it, that’s the second picture. haha!

When everyone finally arrived we enjoyed a fantastic meal De-Ann prepared–lasagna, bruschetta and veggies and cupcakes for dessert. Shawn even got his own cupcake with 2 candles on it while we sang happy birthday to him.

After supper Shawn opened open some more gifts and cards and you can see from the pictures he thoroughly enjoyed himself. As well some of our friends got into the act in helping him unwrap some of the gifts. Shawn patiently opened up each gift and shared each piece of paper with anyone nearby. It was cute to watch.

One of the many gifts Shawn rec’d was a remote control crane from De-Ann’s Dad (Grandpa to Shawn). You’ll see that Faith really took to actually operating the crane.

Another gift I wanted make mention is also highlighted in the pictures below is a card from Denita (a very special lady to both Shawn & Faith–they love her) with 2 loonies in it. This was so important because it showed how great a gift DJ gave to both kids this past Christmas. He gave them each a piggy bank that was designed specifically for them. So Shawn got to go upstairs with DJ to put the loonies in the bank. As DJ says, this is Shawn’s college fund. Love it!

It was a fantastic day altogether and one of the highlights was the meeting of two grandpa’s (Grandpa Nykiforuk and Opa DeGraaf) for the first time–it only took 19 years.

A huge thank you to all our friends and family for a fantastic birthday party for Shawn. I can’t believe Shawn is 2 years old and has been with us for over 6 months!

January 22, 2012 at 12:12 AM 1 comment

Shawn’s reaction

As many of you know I purchased a Thomas the Train set & table for Shawn for his birthday. I wish you all were here when Shawn saw the set for the first time, his reaction was priceless. Check out the video below…

January 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM Leave a comment

Basement reno update

I know it has been a long time since I have posted about the basement reno. And there is a good reason, it has been on hold for a long time, more than 2 months.

As you know the contractor we hired back in March has had a number of things happen to him that has stalled our reno from completing, well just before Christmas he suggested I take the remainder of the money we owe him and hire someone else to finish the basement. I hoped he would be able to finish the job himself before the new year but that never happened so reluctantly I started to ask around for a new contractor. One of the guys in my small group has a son that is a contractor so I contacted him to come in a take a look at what needed to be done and give me a quote. He did so, and he only quoted $600 more than what we owed the original contractor. So, again reluctantly, we hired this new guy.

I have to say though, that it was the best thing we have ever done for this basement reno. Today is the third full day he has been working on the basement and he is almost done. I will take pictures when it is complete but I was so excited to see what he has accomplished in two days I had to share it with you all.

Here is what he has completed so far: grouted the stone tiles on the fireplace, put the butcher block counter top on the dry bar, cut it to fit the corner, sealed it to the wall and put the kick plate and handles on it (it looks like a piece of furniture). He repaired all the walls that had imperfections in them, using drywall compound–then he painted over them–you can’t tell where he did the repairs or painted. He put the sweep on our cold storage door so the cold stays in the storage room. Then he finished most of what needed to be done in the bathroom. Shower wall tiles installed and grouted, vanity is put in with water working, shower fixtures put in and water works, and the light fixture is installed.

The only things they still need to complete: in the bathroom install the thermostat for the heated floor, finish grouting the floor tiles near the door and grout the shower tiles on the ceiling. Then last but not least put a door over the electrical box where we are going to put a picture or bulletin board over to conceal it. Then the basement reno will be complete.

As you can see there was a lot to still be complete on the basement when we hired the new contractor, but he has been excellent, fast and efficient. So thankful for this new contractor and we are definitely going to be hiring him back again when we need him.

January 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM 1 comment

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