Monday, August 27, 2007

I had another Interview today!

So, on Friday night I saw a posting for a job I may be interested in. It's as an events planner. So I submitted my resume Friday night, got called on Saturday morning and had my interview this morning (Monday). I think it went OK, but I guess I'll find out over the next few days. I feel I did OK, but the one thing I forgot to do was shake the guy's hand at the end and say "nice meeting you", so now I feel dumb. Anyway, I'll keep you posted!

Tim brought Josh skating this morning for the first time ever. It didn't really go so well....he just kind of pushed him around the ice. He'll keep trying though! Later we are going to visit Grandma (my Mom) and tomorrow we're going to African Lion Safari. Tim is home until Sep 4th, so, we'll have lots of free time!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Busy Busy Busy

The playroom and ensuite have finished getting painted - WAHOO! That means that all the rooms in the house are officially painted. We also went to Ikea to pick up a couple of big shelving units for the playroom and a bed-chair thingie, very cool. I'll have to post pictures when it is all done....we're not there yet though!

Tim's last day at DSC was yesterday. He had mixed emotions leaving, but he's certainly extremely excited for his new job. The best part is that he's home with us for 11 whole days as his new job doesn't start until September 4th.

Tonight I am hosting a "Milton Mommy's" dinner with a bunch of local mothers in the area. There are about 15 that are supposed to be coming. I've spent the entire day re-arranging the basement and getting rid of toys into various places in order to make room for all these ladies. Then tomorrow Tim has a bunch of guys coming from Milton Gospel Hall for some football pool, I still don't understand the fun in that. They don't do it for money, just for bragging rights.....I guess I'll never get it, just like Tim will never understand my love for Figure Skating. Then after that we are heading to a friend's place for a BBQ. Fun fun.

In other news, Josh failed his very first swimming class on his own, poor little guy. It was because he is unable to pull himself out of the water and also because he won't put his head into the water. So, those are things we need to work on. Our plan is to bring the kids to public swim several times this year to get them more acclimated to the water, hopefully our plan works. Of course, Josh has NO IDEA that he "failed" his class, so I guess that's a good thing.

So, our plans for Tim's week off are just basically to play it by ear. We're going to go to the Ex with some friends one day, Tim is golfing one day (booo!), and other than that we don't have the week planned out. So, that's about it for now!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Swimming in Paint Chips

So, we went ahead and hired a painter to do some painting jobs.......but he said he can come tomorrow and I haven't quite finished picking the colours, which is quite the problem. We are painting a bunch of exterior stuff, our playroom and re-painting our ensuite. Hopefully it all turns out OK. We are doing the playroom in primary colours, the ensuite in a pale, pale creamy yellow, and the outside of the house in a taupish/greenish colour....hard to explain, but hopefully it will all come together and I can post pictures!

Tim has 3 days of work left and then he's done at DSC, it's really hard to believe. I was always able to hear about the goings-on of my former workplace through him, and also I got to catch up with old friends at the Christmas party every year. But, now that will be no more! Crazy stuff! Hopefully his new job brings other perks, though :)

On the weekend we did go to the park and I got a few decent shots of the kids, you can see some of the shots can click on them to see much bigger versions.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Goings on

The remainder of the week was fun. We didn't really have too much going on, just enjoying some fairly quiet family time and running lots of errands. Yesterday morning I watched our neighbour's daughter for a bit in the morning and then yesterday brought the kids to ChuckECheese with our friends MaryAnn, Doug and their daughter, Ellie. The kids all had a fun time, though Josh was VERY scared of Chuck the point he was shaking! As long as we avoided Chuck all was well. The pizza was yucky, but serves us right for eating pizza when we're supposed to be losing weight!

This weekend I am going to attempt to take some shots of the kids at a park of some sort, hopefully we can get some decent ones. We're going to pack and picnic and hopefully have a fun time, and then I'll try to sneak in some shots somewhere.......

We have someone coming on Monday to give us quotes regarding the painting work I'd like to get done. Hopefully we can get that done over the next few weeks. Then I'll have another thing crossed off the HUGE house "to do" list.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Big Decision

So, I had posted that there were lots of things happening with me over the next little while. We had decided that I was going to open up a kid's shoe store, and were well on our way to doing just that. Then, the other night while I was signing Kaia up for ballet lessons it hit me for some reason that I would be missing out on so much of my kid's lives. The reasoning we originally had for opening the store was that, yes, in the beginning I would have to work TONS of hours around the clock........but the hope was that as the years went on, that my hours would get less and that I would have some flexibility. We prayed alot about it and were feeling led to do it.......but then the realization that I was going to be missing such a crucial part of the kid's lives crept in. Josh is only 3 and Kaia is only 2, and what a hard time to miss if I was working constantly. So, with a heavy heart, we pulled out of our decision to open the store. My dream of having my own business will have to wait......sigh........

On a happier note, as I mentioned, we signed Kaia up for ballet lessons. I'm VERY excited as I was a dancer myself for 10 years and I hope she enjoys it as well. For Josh, in the fall we are signing him up for swimming and possibly Dash sports (which is a mixture of a bunch of sports) and in the winter he will start skating lessons with Tim, and continue swiming as well. He is also starting once a week preschool program. So, our fall will be very busy indeed. Of course, on top of this he has Sunday hopefully all of this will help him to prepare for junior kindergarden in Fall 2008.

Tim has just over a week left at DSC, then we'll have a week off. We haven't decided what we are doing on his week off yet, but probably nothing too exciting!! Our cruise is quickly as approaching (you can see my countdown ticker to the left)......but my waistline is not shrinking as fast as I'd like it to!!

Today I have to spend the big part of the day doing laundry as Josh spoiled not one set, but TWO sets of sheets last night. I'm not sure what's up with that. So I have lots of sheets to wash, on top of my regular Thursday laundry rotoation. Fun fun!!

Monday, August 13, 2007

The weekend

Well, it is Monday morning and another weekend has gone by. We had a nice weekend. On Saturday we had Melissa, Mike and kids was nice to see them. Baby Dezi is growing but still seems so small to me compared to my kids, he's a cutie. He has my chin which makes him even cuter of course, ha ha. On Sunday we had church in the morning which started off fairly well but ended with a bang with both kids freaking out and us having to leave a bit early. Will I ever look back on these times and laugh???

We also went for a long, long walk around the neighbourhood which was really nice. Tim and I are trying to drop some pounds before our cruise so we're stepping up our exercise. Tim would like to lose 12 pounds, and I would like to lose another 18. We have just over 2 months left, so I'm not sure how likely that is, but we are going to try! Tonight I'm going to try a kickboxing class with a friend and see how it goes.

Today I have a few things that need to get done:
- I need to call a couple of painters to get a quote on some minor work we'd like to get done inside and outside the house
- Clean up the inevitable weekend mess that seems to creep into the house every week
- I need to design some business cards and get them printed (more info on that later in the week.....)
- return some videos to the store
- start organizing the kids fall wardrobes, and start selling their fall clothes from last year

I think that's about it for now.......other than that we'll probably just go to the park, hang around the house, and then, like I said, I will try kickboxing later.

This is Tim's second last week of work at DSC, hopefully they are good ones!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tim's new role

So, yesterday after almost 12 years at Surgard/DSC, Tim gave his 2 weeks notice. He has been offered a job at RIM (maker of the Blackberry) and will be starting there in a few weeks. Of course, DSC will always hold a special place in his heart as it was his first and only job out of college and it is where he met me, but he's really excited about his new job. His title remains almost the same -- Embedded Systems Software Developer. The location is in Mississauga so it will be a shorter commute for him which is definitely a bonus. We are so thankful that he found this opportunity!

Yesterday we had a fun day. I brought the kids out to Alicia's Backyard (indoor playland) in the morning for a few hours on a playdate. Then in the afternoon we headed to the park for more fun. We are excited it is the weekend. Melissa, Mike and kids are coming over later and this morning we are headed to the market to pick up some fresh berries. I just have to wait for everyone to wake up as I'm the only one awake right now (6:30am).

I'm off to sip my coffee now!

Friday, August 10, 2007

My First Post

Well, since there is so much happening in our lives I thought I would start a blog to try to keep ourselves, and everyone else, updated on our lives. God has really been working in our lives, and over the next few weeks you'll see some really exciting things that are happening with Tim and I.

Joshua and Kaia are doing really well. Josh's speech continues to improve each day.....he is still really shy, but that's to be expected (think of the legacy: Ted, Tim, Jeff!). Kaia, on the other hand will NOT stop talking (again, the legacy comes into play: my Mom, Nancy, ME!). They really make our lives so busy, but so wonderfully full. I have enjoyed being a stay at home mom, but that, as you will soon see, is probably coming to an end.

On Tuesday Josh had swimming lessons and he did really, really well. I can't believe he's growing up so fast! I can remember when he was this REALLY chubby baby swimming with Tim in the pool, and now he's this skinny toddler (darnit, the kid won't eat enough!) swimming on his own at swim class. Sigh, it goes too fast! Kaia had Kindermusik last night and she loves that. She sings and dances so loud and with so much abandon, it is amazing. She's really a sight to behold. She draws attention wherever she goes! We are currently deciding which fall classes to sign the kids up in, there are so many choices: swimming, sports, dancing, skating, gymnastics, music, crafts, and many more! We'd like to sign them up for at least one each, so we need to make that decision soon.

As for Tim and I, I will have to post and update as the days and weeks go on. Things are great for us, and I have appropriately titled my blog "The Blessed Bunch" as we just feel so blessed in our lives! The key, of course, is putting Him at the center of it all, and everything else will fall into place.

...Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. Jeremiah 17:7