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So even though today started off looking like it was going to be a bad day, it ended up being a very good and very productive day. The Boyfriend drove Kaeidyn to school this morning, and ran and got some formula for Carter (since he’s finished an entire box!). Then around 10 AM, I woke up to go pick Kaeidyn up from school.

It’s been a gloomy rainy day all day. My favorite. So I grabbed an umbrella and walked my shivering ass to her school. She was so excited to walk home in the rain, and ran all the way home through every last puddle she could find. I discovered that I remembered much more about rainbows than I thought I did, as we walked past a puddle with an rainbow caused by oil in it.

I got home, and after much procrastination, decided to go do the dishes. Well after I got one load of dishes done, I suckered Kaeidyn and Kenzie into washing the cups and silverware. I love how good of a job they do, I’m always shocked that I only have to go back over a couple things.

I ended up getting almost all of the dishes done, finally sweeped and mopped the floor (which seriously needed it), and got some more laundry done. Now all that’s left to do before The Boyfriend goes back to work is vacuum the living room, clean the counters, clean the dining room and finish up even more laundry. Tonight, I have to fold clothes and put them away before we go to bed. But that shouldn’t take me long, especially being that I’ll probably sucker The Boyfriend into helping with that 😉

I need to start working out so bad. Almost everyday I find myself complaining about some part of my body. Of course, not often out loud. But I’m always thinking about it. Lately, it’s been all about my stomach and my feet. In the summer, I prided myself on my gorgeous feet. Now, I just want to keep them covered up all the time.

Prior to Carter, I had gotten to the point that the only thing that I didn’t like about my stomach was the stretch marks. Now, it’s the entire shape of it. It protrudes like I’m still pregnant, and I despise it.

I’ve been contemplating about cutting Sprite out of my diet, and switching to water. Problem is, I hate water, with a passion. But, I figure if I want things to change, I have to change them. I’m also thinking about trying to quit smoking again. I seem to be much more nervous and hesitant about it now though.

I was planning on barbecuing up dinner tonight, but then it had to rain all day. So I made these delicious pork chops in the oven, that literally simmered away in what I’m calling My Barbecue Butter Sauce, which is basically just garlic barbecue sauce, a lot of butter and every spice I have in my spice cupboard (which isn’t very many spices). It was delicious, especially on top of the Yorkshire Puddings.

I wish I liked more fruits and vegetables. Even if I was able to puree them up and then add them to sauces or whatever, but I seem to notice every little one. It sucks being such a picky eater sometimes.

Well, I guess that’s really all I have to write about today, but I guess more in the next couple of days here.

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My Best Of 2009 List

  1. Carter Was Born!
    Carter's Birth
    This year, we welcomed the sixth member of our family (and our fourth child), Carter Drayke. Even though, after having Keirnan, I said I wasn’t getting pregnant again until at least Kaeidyn was in school, back in January, I found out I was expecting again.The Boyfriend and I both knew before the test, but the confirmation seemed like a big slap in the face. The pregnancy was long, and even though in terms of health it was my best pregnancy yet, it was a hard pregnancy. Carter was my least complicated pregnancy, and I lasted until 4 days away from my original due date, which was October 28th (the doctors moved it further back to November 7th or 8th, because I was measuring small – which is the least abnormal thing for me!).

    So October 24th, we welcomed our handsome man, who at 2 months old now, seems like he’s not even a baby anymore. Weighing in at a solid 12 lbs 2.5 oz., he’s holding his head up with ease and already starting to crawl. Definetely one of the best things to happen this year!

  2. Kaeidyn’s Officially a Big Girl!
    Kaeidyn's First Day
    This year was a year of many milestones for my eldest. First, she started school. The day was epic for all of us. The first day, was an orientation that Alfie and I got to go to with her. For her, it was an amazing, exciting day. For me, it could’ve gone better.The day was a drop-in. When we went, we were the youngest parents there. The teacher had hardly acknowledged our existence. Looking back on it now, it was probably just because she was incredibly busy doing something else. At that time, I took it as she was ignoring us.

    The next day was Kaeidyn’s first day completely by herself. We got there, and Kaeidyn ran up to the teacher and started talking to her. Again, it was probably just the teacher was incredibly busy, but she turned away from Kaeidyn and I took it as the teacher ignoring my kid. I walked out of the school bawling my eyes out (even though I said I wouldn’t cry when Kaeidyn started school!).

    Of course, Alfie had to make it worse by telling me all the way home that “It’s okay”, secretly laughing to himself that I was being the irrational, mom-on-the-first-day-of-school cry baby, that I said I wouldn’t be. His own little “I told you so” dance.

    Even though I’ve cried alot over the stuff that’s gone on at school with Kaeidyn, from Christmas Concerts to speech therapy, it’s one of the best things that happened this year for alot of reasons. I love how much I’ve learnt about her since she’s started school and how much she’s learnt. I love watching her get older and wiser and smarter with each passing school day.

    Another really big milestone for Kaeidyn was losing her first tooth. She said one day her bottom front tooth hurt. Nothing seemed out of place. The next day, her tooth was loose. About three weeks later, after a short freak out about “it’ll hurt so bad!”, with the help of a paper towel, we pulled that loose tooth out.

    The next day, she woke up to a loonie under her pillow, a missing tooth and a second loose tooth, which she lost about two weeks later. Now her adult teeth are coming in and she’s incredibly excited. Can’t wait for her to lose her top front teeth!

  3. This Summer
    Picture of Summer
    This summer was by far my most favourite summer ever. I’m not normally one for the outdoors, preferring to be within the confines of my own home. For some reason, this summer, I never wanted to be in the house!This summer, not only did the kids and I all get tanned, but we did alot of fun stuff as a family. We went:

    • To Gull Lake
      At Gull Lake at Gull Lake Kenzie in a Hole
    • To Kin Canyon/Rotary Park
      At Kin Canyon Walking through Kin Canyon On the stairs Mommy and Kaeidyn Kenzie carrying wood Kaeidyn carrying Wood
    • Camping for a Day

      Kenzie, Keirnan, Riley, Kaeidyn, Kenzie and Hope Building the Tent Big Hill
    • To The Fountain

      Kaeidyn at the Fountain Kenzie at the Fountain Freezing Kaeidyn Valerie Rayne in the Water
    • To The Westerner Parade
      Eating Apples at the Westerner Parade
    • To The Exercise Park
      Exercising
    • To the “Club House”


      The Club House is really what the kids call Grandma’s House but I’m calling the field out behind her house the Club House.
    • To the new Bower Ponds Park

      At Bower Ponds At Bower ponds Bower Ponds
    • Paddle Boating

      On a Boat On a Boat
    • To the Blackfalds Water Park

      Trying to Convince the Boys to Go Play At the Water Park
    • For a nature walk at The Kerrywood Nature Center

      Fish At the Kerrywood Nature Center At The Kerrywood Nature Center Kerrywood Nature Center
    • To Discovery Canyon

      Discovery Canyon Discovery Canyon Discovery Canyon Eating Apples Eating Apples Discovery Canyon

    Needless to say, we can’t wait for this summer!!

  4. Tons of Great Pictures
    The Boyfriend and I got tons of great landscape pictures which we’ve been using as desktop backgrounds. Some of my favourite landscape pictures from this year include:

  5. Great Kids Movies
    This year was a year with many great kids movies. They’re have probably been alot of years with great kids movies. Thankfully, I’ve had a computer all the other years, so I was never forced to watch kids movies. This year, it was a goal of mine to spend more time doing things with the kids. So this year, I watched a few kids movies with the kids and I loved every one of them. Maybe more than the kids did.Kaeidyn and I absolutely loved Tinkerbell and The Lost Treasure. We did the whole family movie night for this one, and while it was hard to keep the boys extremely interested in it, Kaeidyn, The Boyfriend and I were having a hoot and it was a seriously funny movie.

    Bedtime Stories (the kids call it “Raining Gumballs”), is another one of our favourites for this year. The first couple of times, the kids watched it alone or with Alfie. I finally watched it, and seriously, one of the best Adam Sandler movies ever! It’s funny, it’s touching, it was exciting.

    Another one that we all enjoyed this year was Monsters vs. Aliens. My favourite part of the movie is when “The Missing Link” says that it felt warmer, “That would be a very convenient truth”. I laughed hysterically through most of this movie. The best part was, even though the kids didn’t understand any of the references, they laughed through most of the movie too.

    And even though it’s not a kids movie, one of our memorable movie moments was taking Kaeidyn and Kenzie to go see Transformers 2 at the big Galaxy Cinema. That was alot of fun and the movie was spectacular.

  6. The Delicious Food We Ate
    My Delicious Nutritious Shepard’s Pie

    Preheat Oven to 425 degrees farenheit.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
    • 6-8 Medium Potatoes
    • 1 can of Corn
    • Approx. 1/2 cup of frozen carrots, finely diced
    • Approx. 1/2 cup of frozen cauliflour, finely diced
    • Approx. 1 cup of Original Tomato Sauce
    • Butter
    • Cheez Whiz
    • Milk
    • Seasoning Salt
    • Onion Salt
    • Garlic Powder
    • Salt and Pepper

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Peel potatoes and cut into chunks.
    2. Place in a larger pot, fill with enough water to cover. Turn on high heat and bring to a boil.
    3. Place frozen cauliflour in a medium pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.
    4. Begin browning meat in a medium pot on medium heat, adding salt, pepper, onion salt, garlic powder and seasoning salt to taste.
    5. Once meat is browned, carrots and cook for approx. 5 minutes or untl carrots are soft.
    6. Add tomato sauce to meat/carrot mixture and reduce heat. Simmer until everything else is prepared.
    7. Open can of corn, save the liquid from the can, and cook in a small pot on medium-low heat.
    8. Once the potatoes are soft enough that you can no longer pick them up with a fork, they are ready to be drained. After draining, return to the pot, add half of corn liquid, a small amount of milk, about a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of Cheez Whiz and the boiled cauliflour. Mash to desired consistency.
    9. Add remaining corn liquid to meat and sauce and let simmer
    10. Place a small layer of mashed potatoes into cupcake tins (I used a 12 cupcake one) and cook in the oven for about 7 or 8 minutes.
    11. Remove from oven and add a layer of the corn, then a layer of the meat and lastly another layer of the potatoes. Place in oven and cook for about 15 minutes.
    12. Add some grated cheese to the top of each Shephard’s Pie Cupcake and cook in the oven until the cheese is browned.
    13. Remove from oven. Eat and enjoy your nutritious, delicious Shephard’s Pie. Careful: It’s really hot!

    Tomorrow I’ll put up Cheesy Pork and Potatoes (mmm!),
    a meal good enough for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

    So there you have it, my list post and the best things about 2009!