Posts Tagged ‘2009’

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Well I finally got more pictures up. It only took me forever! So I decided since I haven’t done it yet, I’m gonna add links to all my photo albums on Facebook (since it’s the only way for sure that you’ll get to see a bunch of pictures. I’d like to add them on here, but it takes too long!). I’ll probably also make a sidebar widget with the links, but not right now. So enjoy the pictures 😉

Pictures Pictures Everywhere

2010

Growing Up

New Set

Carter and Cupcakes

Carter Drayke

First Day of School

We Go Out

Paddle Boating

More Pictures

The Kids in Summer

Beach Day and Exercise

Big Family Outing

Fun at the Fountain


Picnic at the Ponds

Westerner Parade 2009

Westerner Parade 2009, Pt. 2

Recent Pictures

Transformers 2 – 2009

Day of Camping – Landscapes

Day of Camping

Happy Birthday Patty

My Little Photographers

My Little Photographers, Pt. 2

Newer Pictures of the Kids

Us

Christmas 2008

New Years 2009

The Three Terrors

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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!