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This is Halloween, this is Halloween....

I can’t believe Halloween is only 2 days away.  Andrew is SO excited and the girls have no idea what they’re in for!  They don’t seem to remember the fact that they’ve already lived through 3 Halloweens (granted they were only 2 weeks old on their first one!)
Andrew is SO excited about Halloween, given it’s one of his very favourite days of the whole year.  He’s going as a Grim Reaper that has fake blood pumping through the chest (using a little pump in his hand that looks like a heart!)  But because his costume is a little bit flimsy and I worry that he could easily snag the fabric on something, he’s opted to wear a Flash costume for the parade at school tomorrow.
The girls are going as witches and the skirts of their dresses have flashing lights in them.  They’re going to look SO cute!  

I’m really looking forward to Halloween night...and keeping my fingers AND toes crossed till then in hopes that it won’t be raining for trick or treating……
In some ways I’m looking forward to Halloween …

Pumpkin Patch 2015

I wrote this over a week ago so when I say 'last Sunday' I actually mean several Sundays ago!
I can’t believe I forgot to write about our trip to the Pumpkin Patch.  We went on Sunday the 4th to Applebarn in Abbotsford.  We went there two years ago, and then last year we went to Aldor Acres because that’s where Andrew’s school field trip was held.  Last year it just so happened that the field trip was held on a particularly cold and rainy day, and while we did make the most of it and had a good time, I was dreading the idea that his field trip to the same farm this year would end up being on a rainy day, too. It’s also on a day James can’t take off from work, which would mean I’d have to drive all 3 of our kids and potentially also be in charge of one more kid from Andrew’s class, ALL ON MY OWN.  Which obviously I COULD do, but I really, really, REALLY wouldn’t want to.  So when I barely, sort of, kind of, not really hinted to James that we could go to the pumpkin patch last S…

Sick days and new toys

The cold I had last week turned into a flu, and after about 4 hours of thinking I was on the mend the night before last, I woke up yesterday morning feeling as if I was getting the virus all over again.  It just won’t go away, and keeps getting worse.  Andrew has been coughing and stuffed up for WEEKS and the girls have had it for almost a week now and aren’t getting any better either.  At least the kids are able to go about their day as per usual, but I find I’m totally dragging myself, completely exhausted, and am having a more challenging time than usual meeting all of their many demands throughout the day.
Yesterday Andrew’s class went on a field trip to a pumpkin patch, but we went to one a few weeks ago (post on that to come) so I decided instead of going with his class, he would stay home and we’d do something fun on our own as a family.  He was totally fine with that.  So the plan was, we were going to go to a Halloween shop downtown and then go to Science World.  I got us a fa…

My babies are 3!

Last Wednesday was Margaret and Emily’s 3rd birthday.  James worked from home so we could have a bit more time together as a family that day.  They opened just a few of their presents in the morning before Andrew went to school - his gift (a Merida doll (from Brave) for Emily, and Merida’s mom for Margaret, and Fifi’s gift, which was a DVD of a bunch of Robert Munsch stories.  It was on Netflix several years ago and Andrew loved it, so I figured the girls would, too, but so far they haven’t taken to it (BUT Andrew still loves it, so it’s not a complete loss!)

I had planned on taking the girls to a park before their nap, but it was kind of cold and damp outside, so not really conducive to a park visit.  We just hung around and did our usual stuff, which the girls were totally fine with.  They had a really hard time falling asleep at nap time because they knew that when they got up it would be after school, and after school meant presents and cake!  My parents came over just before I had…

A low key but happy Thanksgiving after all

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and while it wasn’t the greatest weekend ever (see my last post), we ended up having a really nice Thanksgiving evening yesterday with my parents.  James made the Tofurkey (I don’t know why, but it’s become his tradition to take charge of that!) and he roasted yams and red onions with it.  It was SO delicious, and while I’m not always the biggest fan of yams, these ones were so good I’m thinking I just might want to start buying them more often.  He also made the Brussels sprouts.  I made a butternut squash casserole that turned out really yummy, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots and parsnips, creamed corn, and my mom made her delish stuffing.  There was also of course black and green olives, cranberry sauce, and also sliced beets.  It was a huge feast!  I was STARVING before we dug in and then after a few bites I felt stuffed already.  I ate way too fast and I have no idea how I found room for the pumpkin pie and strawberry cheesecake that my parents …

Four years ago, my life changed forever

Thanksgiving.  To me the very essence of the holiday is supposed to promote gratefulness, happiness, family, and love.  I’m not saying that I’m not a thankful person, but Thanksgiving is unfortunately the most difficult time of the year for me.
It’s so hard to believe that tomorrow it will have been FOUR WHOLE YEARS since my miscarriage.  Four years!  Despite all that has happened since, including giving birth to the two most beautiful girls in the world just six minutes apart a year later, it feels in some ways like it happened just yesterday.
People said it would get easier, that with time I’d gain closure and be able to move on.  And, yes, it has gotten easier in the sense that I don’t cry about it all the time, and I don’t have flashbacks nearly as often as I did in the first year after it happened.  But I still think about it just about every day, not in a dwelling sort of way, but in the sense that it’s there, it never quite goes away.  Nor should it, it’s not that I want to forge…

Family game night

Today my nana and aunt came over to visit from Nanaimo.  They always bring a bag load of goodies for the kids, and this time one of the things my nana had got for Andrew was the game Uno.  It’s some sort of special edition with extra game pieces (I can’t remember what it’s called right now) that add another dimension to the game.  I’ve actually wanted to own the game Uno for YEARS but for some reason just never got around to buying it.  My nana was thrilled to bits when I told her that I’d always wanted that game, and that on our summer trip to Parksville the townhouse we stayed at had it and Andrew loved it too and wanted to get it.  So that was definitely a huge hit.  Andrew basically played the game the whole rest of the day, with everyone at the get together, and then even by himself if no one was able to play with him.  A little before the girls’ bedtime James got a fire going in the fireplace, and after the girls went to bed, he and Andrew and I played several rounds before it w…

Shopping with twins, and Halloween decorating

When I only had Andrew I feel like I took him out so much more than the twins, I guess just by the nature of only having one little one to be accountable for, instead of 3.  And even when Andrew’s not with me, taking 2 little ones out at the same age is not without its challenges, and in earlier stages of their lives felt literally impossible.  Because of this, I feel like there are some pretty basic outings that the girls have never, or at least very rarely, experienced.
For example, they've literally only been to the mall a handful of times.  And I could lose a few fingers and still count on that hand how many times they’d been!  And almost all of those times would have included going to get their picture with Santa, which shouldn’t even count!  Yesterday, after stopping by someone’s house in New West to buy them some cute little dresses for when they’re a bit older (they’re size 5T so definitely big right now!) and realizing Hume Park was a no-go because it was all dewy and unus…