I love Christmas time, especially in Ottawa. It was so beautiful with all the snow.
Monday, December 31, 2007
I love Christmas time, especially in Ottawa. It was so beautiful with all the snow.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
There was a freebate for nail polish from Rite Aid a few weeks back and Elle wanted to pick the color. She wanted the super bright pink...and I let her have it. I tried to encourage a different color selection, but after realizing I wouldn't wear it anyway...why not let her pick?
But why is pink such a popular color choice?
Both Elle and Bryn were thrilled to have their toe nails painted.
That is something I haven't done in a really long time.
And now that it's getting into winter. I probably won't do it for even longer.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
OK...so Halloween has been over for a while now, but I figured I should at least post some pictures. Elle was Tinkerbell and Bryn a black cat (with calico ears and tail). Bryn quickly figured out how to say "Trick or Treat", which came out as 'treee tee'. She rarely let people put the candy into her pumpkin. She likes the control I guess. Elle was mostly frightened which may have been in part because she was cold. All the candy is gone now, and we are somewhat surviving sugar and soother withdrawl...which happened this week too. Our friend just brought us over some Canadian Smarties...delcious...we are going to eat them all.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
1. Living in Guatemala as a missionary for 1 1/2 years.
2. Witnessing 'Delicate Arch' as seen on Utah's license plate.
3. Almost making it to Aspen.
4. Standing on the Canadian Shield.
5. Experiencing BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Arizona, Missouri, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alaska.
6. Seeing the world largest truck, fake fish, thermometer, and maple syrup bottle.
7. Hiking/Caving Gargantua.
8. Shopping at Mall of America.
9. Kayaking in the Thousand Islands.
10. Visiting Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump and Frank's Slide.
So...there are my great accomplishments in 29 years...or at least things I've seen.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
This experience has concreted the fact that I will NEVER buy a Dodge Caravan.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Today I became a runner.When I was in junior high school I ran a mile in 5:55, but today I became a runner.
When I was a freshman in high school I went to a cross country team practice, but today I became a runner.
When I was a sophmore in college I ran my first race, it was a 5k, but today I became a runner.
Three years ago I spent $100 on a pair of shoes for the first time in my life (Mizuno Alchemy 5), but today I became a runner.
Two years ago I bought a $10 dri-fitlike t-shirt, but today I became a runner.
I ran my first 10k and 20k in 2006, but today I became a runner.
Last year I bought some shorter shorts at Walmart to run in, but today I became a runner.
I ran the Seneca Falls Convention Days race in back to back years, but today I became a runner.
I ran the Deuce, but today I became a runner.
My nipples have chaffed and been incredibly sore following multiple races/runs, but today I became a runner.
I signed up to run a marathon on September 29, but today I became a runner.
Last month I bought a new pair of running shorts (Pearl Izumi, 5 inch inseam, built in briefs, a pocket for GU) on clearance in California, but today I became a runner.
I have run 20 miles 3 times, but today I became a runner.
Today was my last "long run" before the big race. It was to be a fast 12 mile jaunt through the back roads of Seneca Falls. I put on my fancy shorts, fancy shirts, old school Oakley's, my worn "I took it all off for cancer" hat, laced up the mizunos and my runner specific socks, taped my nipples, and set off.
I was somewhere along Farron Road headed north, and running at "an incredible rate" when I felt something inside me...it was telling me that when I got back to the school I would need to visit the little boy's room then...I realized that this was a feeling that I could not hide, and in a matter of 10 seconds, I had left the road and was like a bear in the woods between a soybean field and a row of trees along the side of the road. I looked around and grab a leaf from a near by oak tree. That didn't get the job done, so I reached for the soybean leaf, it was a little furry and wet, but I didn't care.
After half a clean up job, I continued on...I felt terrible like I should stop, but the runner inside me urged me to carry on, and my feelings soon changed from "oh, crap" to "what bliss." I couldn't believe how happy I was to be out there running after having the runs on the side of the road. Let's just say I'm not going to be eating any Clif bars an hour within the marathon.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
1. Elle woke up cranky. She didn't sleep enough and wouldn't sleep anymore. This could cause ANYONE to pull out a younger sibling's hair.
2. Bryn has been particularly annoying. I hesitate to say that my child has been annoying, but she has. She is whining and is super cranky herself (teething!). So, perhaps Elle is just annoyed with all the racket Bryn is making. Pulling hair should quiet her down.
3. She watched Terminator 3 the night before.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
This is one of my ways to 'stick it to the man'. I started cutting out Box Tops around the same time I signed up for upromise. Thanks to upromise.com, I have $2.82 set aside for my girls education. That should get them REALLY far.
I have a ziploc full of Box Tops. Having General Mills give 10 cents per box top to a school is refreshing to me(not sure why). So, I collect. Problem is...I don't have a school to contribute to...any takers?
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbs up the garden spout.
Down came the rain and pee poo pee poo poop.
Out came the sun and poop pee pee poop poo.
And the Itsy Bitsy Spider pee poop poop pee poop pee.
Naturally, Elle thinks this is hilarious. I just hope she doesn't teach the other nursery kids.
Why is Laura to blame? Cause HER son Braxton taught it to Elle. Where did Braxton learn it? Undoubtedly from Laura. I rest my case.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Pony pants make any underpant head look fantastic. The girls and I were doing laundry the other day and Elle came up with this on her own, completely on her own. How do underpants find their place on heads? Eric and Robert used to do it all the time when we were kids. They would try and get their underpants onto our heads. I just don't get it. Could it be a correlation between head and waist circumference? Or, just a fascination of hats, especially ones that normally go on your butt? However crazy it is, I took pictures of it. I can't get enough of crazy.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
In a month when the sting of summer is gone, I'll change it to something new.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Derek: 60 pounds (exactly...he was sure we knew it was exact)
Brianne: 39 pounds
Braxton: 41 pounds
Carter: 28.5 pounds
Elle: 30 pounds
Bryn: 20 pounds
Brianne weighed herself again this morning and was a pound lighter. I think if you cut off her hair she'd probably weigh 10 pounds.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Bryn keeps trying to say she's 2...silly girl! Notice Elle's massive hair snarl at the back of her head. This was at 7am, but she can be seen with a similar hair snarl at later hours.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Yesterday, we sold our Ranger. As a tribute to the truck it was, I'd like to list some of it's great trips:
1. The East Exodus. Cross country pulling a trailer for our move to Seneca Falls. The 'Christmas Miracle' guadrail saved the truck from going in the ditch during a lake effect snow storm in Illinois.
2. Aspen anyone? After a few days at Moab, Kent, Paul, Brandon and I headed to Colorado to visit family. We were just one person shy of truck capacity.
3. Oh Canada! We drove the truck up for our wedding and honeymoon in Alberta. We found out how to jimmy the back window to get in a locked truck. I also got the truck stuck on a not so slippery patch of ice.
4. A-town. I can remember at least 2 trips to A-town in the truck. One includes Paul and Josh Mallett. The other was just Paul, Brandon and I. A-town is the truck's home town.
I know we had more great trips, but my memory is failing and I have 2 naked children running around. Please share your memories of the Ranger....I'm missing it already!
Goodbye Ranger! I hope Ray(or his son) is good to you.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Last night Brandon had me do a HME(Hard Medium Easy) Run. He did the same type of run earlier and it almost killed him. He ran a hard mile, medium mile, and easy mile twice with a warm up and cool down. So, he change it up a little for me:
5 minute warm-up
2 minute hard run
2 minute medium run
2 minute easy run
Repeat HME three times
5 minute cool-down
I didn't get out for my run until around 8:45 last night, but it felt great. My hard runs were around a 7:30 pace, mediums (9 pace) and easys around 10:30 pace. I've only got 1 more workout till the race.
Now to find the next race to train for!
Has anyone tried the mile workout?
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Brandon had me start training last night with:
5 minute warm-up jog
1 mile as fast as I could(8:35)
4 minute walking break
1 mile as fast as I could(7:57)
It's funny not running with the Cougar. My body seems to run as though it's still pushing it. After the first mile, I decided to change up my form a bit, and ended up running the second mile 30 seconds faster. I'm not very fast..but that's alright.
My next workout:
5 minute warm-up jog
10 minutes at target pace (8:15)
5 minute cool down jog
My workout last night was very interesting. I don't think I've tried running one mile as fast as possible before; a very enlightening experience. So give it a try! How fast can you run a mile?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I've always wanted to get 2nd place in the Olympic Ski Jump, but I'd have to be crazy. How does someone get to the point where they say...Let's strap on some skis and go down a super steep jump and see what happens? There must be some smaller jumps they try out first.
Lake Placid is an interesting place. Just walking around there makes you feel like a champion. It was absolutely breathtaking. The streets were full of bikers, hikers and just plain tourists. It felt like an outdoors playground. Every time I went outside I got giddy. It was gorgeous! I hope my girls gain the same appreciation for nature. To top it all off, Price Chopper was within walking distance from our hotel, and accepted coupons! Every couponer must go to Lake Placid.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I like free money. Who doesn't? That is why I get especially excited after a brutal couponing trip to have the cashier give me money back. This happened twice this week. At P&C, they gave me $3.42 and yesterday at TOPS, I got $1.10. I'm not exactly sure why it happens. Not all couponing trips end this way. It has something to do with using Food Stamps and coupons together. It must be a complex algorithm of buying the right products with the right coupons...if only I could figure it out, I could make millions.
There have been other times (without food stamps) the cashier had to hand over cash. The coupon amount exceeded the cost of the item. Result: cash in my pocket and free toothpaste!
Now to diverge, let me define a 'brutal couponing trip'. I most definitely had one yesterday. After story hour at the library (9-10am), we headed to the school so Brandon could watch the girls while I lifted weights. Bryn fell asleep on the way there, so Brandon was going to drive to Sauders and shop contingent on Bryn waking up. Elle fell asleep too, so Brandon just kind of hung out until I called him telling him I was done. When I got in the car, both girls were asleep. I thought...what a great opportunity! I'll just drive my sleeping girls the 20 minutes to a civilized town to do some grocery shopping! Just as we were leaving Seneca Falls, Elle woke up with a vengeance. Where was Dad???!!! She had been really excited to spend time with him and wakes up to find MOM driving the car??? That's just rude! Elle's screams quickly woke Bryn up and I had 2 screaming girls in the back seat. Elle wanted to talk to Dad, so I gave her the phone after I dialed Brandon's number. She didn't talk to Brandon, she kind of just screamed. While 'talking' to Brandon, she peed her pants, which turned her hysterical. Bryn was screaming too and was developing some sort of rash. Once at BJs, I changed Elle's pants and fed Bryn. Bryn's rash started to disappear. I had 2 happy girls again, but I was worn out. Somehow we managed through 3 stores and various potty breaks (I don't think I could have handled another hysteria)and we were home by 2 or 3 pm.
Then I got to shower!
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I've been thinking a lot about this which has made me even more confused. My great grandfather was a US citizen as were his parents. My grandma was born in Wales. I have ancestors from Norway and various other parts of the world. So...how does becoming a US citizen invoke feelings of betraying Canada? Thoughts? Comments?
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
This will be my last post as only a Canadian Citizen. Soon, I will be an American. As far as I understand, Canada will always recognize me as Canadian, my homeland...for which I am grateful. But the US will only recognize me as American from here on out.
According to the US History and Civics Test study guide there are 3 benefits to becoming a US citizen. They are, in no particular order:
1. You can travel with a US passport, I guess that's a 'good' thing?
2. You can petition for relatives to come to the US and be permanent residents.
3. You can get a Federal Government job.
Also, my greatest 'right' will be to vote. I am mostly excited for that.
People have asked me why I've decided to become a citizen and I don't really know. I guess I don't see a reason not to. I plan on living in this country for the rest of my life. So, why not? Now, if I can just make it through 'the Oath'!
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Brandon and I endeavored on our first wax job yesterday. Brandon spent time online trying to figure out the best way to do it, and 'asked around'. So, we gave it a try and it seemed to work out alright. See for yourself!
We have spent a lot of time outdoors this week and I've loved it. The girls have too and we've even had a chance to use the Stanton Meadows playground without swearing 3 year olds around...now that's impressive!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Yesterday I washed my kitchen floor using a Mr. Clean sponge. It was disgusting! I didn't realize how much dirt was on the floor. Thanks to my favorite chloroform sponge...I have a sparkly white floor!
Elle is getting ready to go to see Ms. Mary at the library for story time. I need to distract her for another 3 hours until it's time to go...any ideas?
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
We went to the MOST - Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse this week. In this picture you see Elle, Adelaide and Emma playing with the ball suction thing with Bryn watching close by. We all went to the zoo together after and we're ready to sleep by the time we got home.
We hit up our first hike this summer. Brandon and Brad had to get something upholstered in Clyde for the business, so we decided to find a park nearby with a trail. The trail left something to be desired and we quickly realized that Elle needed new sandals. So....we headed to TCP for some killer sandals for $3.50.
Laura is a couponer.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Trips...trips and more trips! The girls and I spent a couple weeks up at my parents in Ottawa while Brandon had lab and lecture finals. We spent most of our time blowing noses and coughing, but managed to have a good time. Elle was in heaven with all the cousins running around and Bryn quickly learned how to go up stairs. One of the main reasons we went up was because Grandma Ellingson came out from Alberta. This was the first time I have seen her in 2 years! We celebrated by going out to eat at more places than I've gone in a year and Grandma eating skor blizzards. We've been adjusting back to normal and enjoying Brandon's break in school.
So...since Brandon has 2 weeks of no school...what should we do? Any suggestions? How would you spend these 2 weeks?
Monday, March 26, 2007
We got back from visiting Pittsburgh yesterday. It was a blast! I love the forested hills. Among our adventures were the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. Even though it rained the whole time, I was impressed. The Aquarium is amazing and if you're lucky you can pet a sting-ray. We weren't lucky. We did go on field trip day, and I'll try to remember that next time I think about going to a Zoo on a Friday.
Elle got her hair done at LEAST once a day, so she was in heaven. Bryn was good friends with Ruby (the dog) and Elle was too, eventually.
Friday, March 16, 2007
All in all, it was a great time...even with the 3 potty trips ending in Elle saying "I go later!" and Bryn being dragged over carpet by an 'older' child. The program and dinner (which I guess was formal dress...do biscuit smeared clothes count?) ended by 9pm with a grand finale of cake. I got the girls home by 9:30pm to find Brandon already in bed. It took me an hour or so to wear off the late night sugar intake and get the girls to fall asleep. By the time I got to bed I wondered...was this fiasco worth it? I'm not really sure. I did 'win' our table's centerpiece.
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Elle is going around the house shopping. I wonder what imaginary things will appear in the house today.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Elle just discovered my calculator (HP 48G) and somehow managed to get it beeping. She's very good at pressing buttons and looking the part. Do I sense a future math nerd? I hope so!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I don't know how it happened, but Elle loves doing hair. I rarely do her hair, but when I do she loves it and has started doing her own hair which is hilarious. I captured a few of these times on camera this week. She even took on the huge task of a lion's hair....not an easy one to work with.
Maybe she'll be able to teach me how to do my hair someday.
If anyone is interested in the deals coming up this week...here are the ones for TOPS...they have triple coupons this coming week!!!
Hormel Fully Cooked Entrees 6.99/2 (BOGO) – (2*$1 coupon)= 2/$4.99
Birds Eye Veggies 2/$2.50 - $1 coupon = 2/$1.50
Campbell’s Select Gold Label Soup 2/$4 – (2 * $1 coupon) = 2/$2
Arnold Country Bread 2/$3.39 (BOGO) - $1 coupon = 2/$2.39
M&M’s Dark Chocolate Candies (big bags) 2/$5 – 2*(.75 coupon *3) = 2/.50 or .25 each
Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies 2/$2.89 (BOGO) – 2*(.55 coupon *3) = -.41 (FREE)
Hungry-man Dinners 3.53 – (.75 coupon *3) = 1.28 each
Furmano’s Crushed Tomatoes 3/$3 – (.55 coupon *3) = .45 each can
Hot Pockets 3/$6 – ( .50coupon*3) = 3/$4.50
The list might not make much sense...but anytime you can get cookies for free...you'll find me.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Bryn has pink eye today, at least we think that's what it is. Elle claims she has it too, but shows no signs.
Friday, February 2, 2007
Elle is still awake and in her birthday suit. She's wearing jumper pjs that require her to take it all off to go potty. I'm impressed she actually did it. I'd be inclined to just warm up my pants a bit.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
We just got back from Brandon's b-ball game. It was pretty boring. The highlight was when Elle said 'go pee' and then we went to a 'strange' potty and she went pee on it. Unfortunately I didn't have any fruit snacks to award her with. She has moved on from the 1/4 piece salt water taffy to one fruit snack piece of 'Superman' or 'Cars' variety, her choice. I usually sneak a piece too.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
What am I teaching Elle right now?
Numbers? Spanish? What am I'm NOT teaching her? Amidst colors and shapes comes what I'm really trying to teach my girls. Kindness, love, compassion, gratitude, happiness and how to be self-sufficient contributors to society.
What is Elle like?
Funny? Beautiful? How can I describe my little girl? I think she's hilarious, absolutely adorable, obedient and smart, but what is she really like? I don't know.
Anyway...questions questions. On another note, we got a new couch yesterday for 20 bucks. It's orange brown and super comfy. Goodbye futon! Elle got a potty balloon from Adelaide today.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Potty training has been going fairly well, which I attribute to a few things:
1. Bryn uses the potty too...so Elle thinks it's cool.
2. Candy as incentive. Elle loves candy, but rarely gets it....so when she successfully goes on the potty, she gets a small piece of candy (1/4 of a salt water taffy). It used to be a full taffy, but she had 4 in 20 minutes the first day. She really wanted the candy!
3. The Princess Pull-Ups. Cinderella, Ariel and Jasmine belong on girl's crotch.
4. She is very independent. She can do this all by herself and insists it so.
5. 'Pretty dresses'. They allow easy access and are fun to dance in. Elle is particular on which dresses are pretty. The dress her Grandma made last year is considered the prettiest followed by a hand-me down from Brianne, a cousin.
I'm sure there are more reasons, but Bryn is on the potty and Elle is putting tinsel on Bryn's head.
The plate is still by the washer.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Elle likes to 'help' by holding the coupons, which usually ends up with me picking coupons off the floor. Bryn is usually pretty chill and occasionally lets out a squeel if she's too hot or something. Today we did the entire couponing trip in 4.5 hours and we are now home watching Dora save Diego from the prickers and thorns. I can't wait for next weeks deals!
On a completely different note, as this is my first post on my Guacasite, I'd like to mention what this site is for; I don't really know.