Sunday, February 19, 2012

Outdoor Madness!

Well its been a fantastic couple of weeks.. I have started writing this post..probably about 3 times! But we have been so busy doing fun things that I never got a minuet to finish one post, then something else would come up!!
So The night I said "Ill write each week, I promise!" well... I TRIED! here we are two weeks later already, my oh my time flies when your having fun! or so tired that you collapse on your bed each night praying daylight stays away just a wee bit longer..but alas HERE I AM, and im FINISHING THIS POST! TONIGHT!!!

The night I left off with you last I hurried along and tided up my house to get ready for another Monday when I got a phone call from my husband asking me to fix him a snack.. you know the usual call I get on most night shifts, anywhere between 9-11pm (but the amazing wife I am.. there is always a snack waiting for him on the counter whether or not I am sleeping or awake) He continued to ask me how I was, how my night was.. how the girls went to bed.. then "Oh yah.. I rolled my truck tonight.." .. pause.. deep breath on my end of the line.." YOU WHAT??..How on on this green earth do you FORGET to mention that??" Well Im fine, truck's not.. but Im fine..
Getting those phone calls reminds me of how blessed I am to have a healthy husband that comes home every shift change whether or not its on time or not... he's home..
Last week was quiet as we were all getting over the cold that has been vamping through our tiny little town knocking us all down hard and fast.. we had alot of movie days that turned into movie nights.. with the end of the week feeling better.. we dug into the finger paints, and made some homemade Bird feeders.. and decorated for valentines day :)

They really are the best of friends.. melts my heart when I catch them cuddled together.

 Bird Seed. Peanut Butter. Toilet Paper Rolls and LET THEM GO :) This was a huge hit.. time friendly.. a little messy... but what isn't messy with 2 and 4 year olds!
 Spread the PB - and Roll in bird seed :)

You can never go wrong with cutting up dollar store sponges.. giving a pile of paint and paper to toddlers and let their imagination do the rest :)
After each time she put her hands in the paint.. "I dirty mom!"

 Last week was great :) Took it Easy, and got Crafty :)

Another great thing that happened this week is that my mom booked tickets to come see is in April!! Pretty stoked to see my mommy again :) 6 weeks and counting!!

So This week is "Family Day" in Saskatchewan.. something we do not do..BUT SHOULD, in New Brunswick.. so because Daddy has to work on the holiday we thought we would take Family Day and turn it into Family WEEKEND! Justin had from Thursday-Sunday off and we made every second of it count, its rare we get to see him for that long! Thursday we got up bright and early and headed into the City for a day of fun! We headed straight to the Shaw Center for some swim time! and of course my little water bugs lovvvved this idea! I don't have any pictures because I locked my camera in the darn lockers before realizing it and we only had one token :( BOO! But I can assure you the girls had a blast, and for a decent price we will be back visiting again soon! We then headed to Fuddruckers for supper! BEST BURGER EVVVVVVER!!!!!! Im not a Burger person, but this burger was like to.die.for :)

The girls were pretty beat after a few hours in a pool and eating the biggest and best-est hotdogs ever! (they aren't hamburger kids) So we hit the road for the 2 hour drive home.. Oh wait...wait wait wait.. No.. We went to Canadian Tire where my husband walked away in search for new windshield wipers LOCKED the door and went inside.. when I went to open my door to put stuff in the trunk (not thinking) not only did the Horn start going off uncontrollably and me not being able to shut it off.. but I had to sit in the front seat trying not to make eye contact with people who were walking by stareing at me like I was some sort of crazy person! 20 minuets later... he returned! "Who locks the car when we are all still in it !!!" he laughed... a lot.

Friday we had a family day at home.. made crafts, cleaned garages, cleaned basements.. you know regular family day stuff! Saturday I hosted my first ever "home party" where all of 4 people showed up.. BUT we had fun, chatted, drank coffee and ate delicious dips! I don't LOVE parties but I do love this stuff and am on the fence of becoming a Consultant <-- Check it out!
Saturday night we headed over to our lovely neighbors.. ate supper, played cards and let our children run wild until 11pm.. we always hope they will crash and they never do.. when we realized that they were a little TOO quiet we realized the two older ones had opened the freezer, pulled out a box of popsicles and we don't know exactly what happened but between two 4 year olds, one 3 year old and two 2 year olds 18 popsicles were missing.... Yup - Time to go HOME!

 10:30am this morning we geared up with our neighbors again (we love them! lol) headed to Chitek Lake for a day of Ice fishing, sliding and fun outside in the beautiful temperatures!
 Drilling holes for the shack! although it was so beautiful out we spent most of our time outside soaking up some sun rays!
 The girls so eager to get in and fish.. although that wore off pretty quick..
 Reesie Girl fishing.. with no luck :( But she tried!
 After the girls were getting a bit ansy we decided to haul out the GT's and take them for a spin!! Down a pretty decent hill
 As you can see.. poor Norah had a bit of a crash!

 WE CAUGHT A FISH! :) Girls were pretty excited at the catch for the day!
 Guess we'll be cooking Fish for lunch tomorrow :)
 Reese and the Fish!
The boys are pretty proud of their catch!

We are enjoying our winter here in SK... not nearly as bad as we thought ;)
Catch ya next week!!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Falling behind...

I guess my life is on high speed and I have fallen so behind -Yet again! I really need to start back up with my weekly blog posts! so you as my viewers PLEASE encourage me to write more.. !
January oh how I loath January, mainly because another year has wrapped up, my girls are one more year older, IM one year older, our life is zipping past and I feel, although this was a crazy year, that Im not taking each breath to its fullest, Im not stopping to smell the flowers, Im always in a hurry. So - This year as my wonderful husband and I have both decided to take our Health as priority, and to just slow down.. appreciate all God has give us and breath it all in. 

Christmas Morning 2011!
We missed to post anything in December, So I will catch you all up a bit. Norah got her first hair cut, much to mommy's dismay as I always wanted to have my little girls to have long beautiful hair. But Norah just hates when I touch it, or even come close with a brush! but it suits her so well :)
 Reese laced up her skates for the very first time and did AMAZING! I am soooo proud of her hard work and dedication she never gave up! way to go Reesie mommy loves you so much !:)

Daddy worked a lot but then we got to enjoy him for 10 whole days at the end of December, Christmas came and went - J finished off his last shift on the 28th and we all (including J's Parents) packed into the minivan and jetted off to Edmonton for a mini get-away. Got to enjoy the West Edmonton mall and all its glory & the giant indoor theme park with the girls! although the trip was short and sweet the drive back was not so much fun 20 minuets into the haul back Reese had a little mishap with her stomach not agreeing to settle, and making a mess all over herself, and a van full of people having to endure the smell for the rest of the journey home. Pushing that aside we had a great get away! Coming home to enjoy daddy watching play hockey for the Timberwolves here in Spiritwood! Go Daddy GO!


those were the biggest suckers possible. of course they picked those out for a treat!

This is what I needed for January!

January, like stated above - we wanted to slow down and take in the world and I TOTALLY did so.. so much that I think I got myself into a bit of a rutt! we didn't do ANY-T-H-I-N-G, and we all got sick with the flu, which slowed us down even more- yuck. We stayed put for so long Norah really got the hang of potty training! yay! We had a few gatherings at our humble abode - We hosted my lovely in-laws for a week over new years. It was so nice to have family here, big beautiful suppers with more then just the 4 of us, lots of laughter and noise through out the walls of our home, something that just makes my heart sing.. and along with my early mornings I always had company to sip my coffee with! These times are truly treasured so COME ON PEOPLE, COME VISIT US! Saskatchewan really is a beautiful place! and luckily for them they didn't have to enjoy our below 50 temperatures! Thanks for coming guys.. it truly is a blessing to have family travel this far just for us!Papa's Girl! Treasured moments for sure <3

Christmas/New Years dinner :)
Happy New Year Everyone :)!!
We also celebrated Daddio's birthday while Nana and Papa were here, and then again with our Spiritwood family - sorry not many pictures as I was running around, as I do, when Im in hostess with the mostess mode! We truly have been blessed with a great group of people who love us very much and strive to make us as comfortable as here as can be!

 And just like that,all of a sudden, hello February you came so fast? look at that! January my most loathed, detested, gloomy month is GONE! Onto LOVE month. So far so good!

We have sadly had to say goodbye to our Keeonah.. with little to no success of trying to keep her in our yard.. the town rules - she's got to go. breaking it to each girl was very different.. because Norah isn't quite realizing what is happening she just played along to Reese's emotions which were more then dramatic, after about 3 days of asking for Keeonah and running to her room to sob on her bed, countless times of explain to her that its just in Keeonahs nature to run and she wasn't happy here, she finally came around to letting her go. We still have our lazy pup Phoenix who is as happy as can be to just lay in the sun on the patio. Keeonah is off to a Farm about an hour away where she will have endless amounts of acres to run and be free and a nice loving family to come home to at night.
Saying goodbye to her will be harder then I think as she is our piece of home.. but its just not right to have her penned in our yard and not have enough time for her with raising a young family. she has brought much joy (along with some not so much joy) to our family and kept us on our toes! we will miss the cuddles she so gladly offered to us each night. We know it is within her best intrest to have a farm and a young couple that can dedicate more hours then we could have possibly imagined.
We love you Keeonah with all of our hearts and will miss you fur baby. xoxo

Well thats a wrap to our family up until now! and I promise WEEKLY UPDATES :)
The Finlays