Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Elephants Never Forget..... neither do kids!!

This is just a little story that I happen to find quite hilarious so I thought I would share it with you.

Brief Introductory
About a year ago (maybe even a bit longer than a year actually), My brother Adam took Evan swimming (at the time Evan was probably 2 1/2 - 3 yrs old) to a pool just down the street from my house. At this particular pool there is a small section which is just for kids. The kiddie pool is about 3 ft deep and has one of those outdoor little tike slides that drops the kids into the water from the ledge. Anyways, Adam took Evan to this pool often and they always had a fantastic time... until the incident.

The Incident
I am not exactly sure what happened on this disastrous trip to the swimming pool however, based on the stories that I have heard from both Evan and Adam it went down something like this....

Adam and Evan were playing in the kiddie pool - chasing each other around, splashing, laughing, all in all having a total blast! During their play time, Evan decided he wanted to try out the little "water slide" so Adam lifted him up onto the ledge and let him try it out. Evan loved the slide and went up and down, up and down, up and down. Finally, on what turned out to be his last time down , Adam made the biggest mistake of his life.... He decided to NOT catch Evan at the bottom. Well, Evan's feet didn't exactly plant on the ground when he landed - Instead, they slipped right out from underneath him and his head went right under the water. Adam was standing right there and lifted Evan out immediately so it wasn't a big deal ( at all) but Evan misunderstood. Evan thought (and still thinks) that Uncle Adam tried to drown him. Evan began to cry ( or shall I say scream at the top of his lungs) to the point where poor Adam could not calm him down and had to leave the pool and bring Evan straight home. So.. the fun trip to the swimming pool is now known in our house as "the day Uncle Adam threw Evan into the deep water".

The Aftermath
I mentioned earlier that this trip to the pool was over a year ago, and I also mentioned that the pool was right down the street from my house. What I didn't mention is that I have to drive past the pool anytime I want to go into town ( which is almost every day) and that Evan talks about this incident EVERY SINGLE TIME we drive past this swimming pool. It's been a fairly regular conversation in our vehicle so I can't recall every one we've had however,  I do remember some of them  because they make me laugh so hard I almost pee my pants ( granted I've had three kids so pretty much everything makes me pee my pants) Anyways.. here are the three funniest conversations we have had in regards to the incident.

Evan: Look mommy, there's the pool where Uncle Adam threw me into the deep water
Me: Did it scare you when your head went under the water?
Evan: Yes, it scared me alot
Me: Well, What do you think we should do about it?
Evan: I think we should put Uncle Adam up in a tree
Me: Why? So that He can think about what he did?
Evan: No, so that he has to jump out, and he'll hurt his knee.

Logan: Evan, there's where Uncle Adam threw you into the deep water ( Logan has of course jumped on board and says this to Evan every time we drive past... just to remind him!)
Evan:  Yeah! I`m gonna throw that guy into a whirl pool and then watch him get sucked in by a black   hole!

Logan: Evan, there`s where Uncle Adam threw you into the deep water
Evan: Next time I see that guy I`m gonna kick him in the gonads!
Logan: Yeah! Let`s kick him in the gonads!

The Lesson
Don`t ever piss off Evan. He doesn`t forget and apparently he lives by the saying revenge is best served cold ... hence the threats still coming a year later!


Thursday, April 8, 2010


In my last post I bragged up my baby a little bit saying that he is the worlds happiest baby. Well, I figured I had better back that statement up with some proof or I am just gonna look like one of these over-crazed mothers that thinks her kids are the best. I mean, don't get me wrong, I am most definitely an over-crazed mother who thinks her kids are the best but.... That particular statement was based on fact not on craziness ;)


On March 15Th, Aidan had a bit of a temperature and was breathing a little funny so I took him in to emergency here at Abbotsford hospital. LONG story short, it turned out that Aidan had a respiratory infection called RSV (which all kids get by the time they are two) but because Aidan has suffered with issues in the past (such as croup) his little body was not able to fight off the infection and he ended up with Pneumonia as well. On top of Pneumonia he also ended up contracting the flu. So... my little baby had a respiratory infection, pneumonia, AND the flu all at the same time. He was immediately hospitalized upon first visit to the ER for 5 days. In that 5 days he received an IV (which took the nurses 8 tries before they actually got the stupid needle in a vein), countless trips to the xray room where he was strapped to a table for chest xrays, tonnes of blood work, and a Ventolin mask every 4 hours for 5 days. After the 5 days was through the doctor decided to let Aidan come home. Well, we were home for 1 night and then Aidan ended up spiking a temperature of 106 - I obviously freaked out and called 911 (I know, I know) and my sweet little baby was rushed back to the hospital in an ambulance (I will just add that while he was in the ambulance with a fever of 106, he was laughing with the paramedic who was playing little games while trying to fill him full of Tylenol!) Anyways, doctors took another chest xray and some more blood work and then sent him home again and said everything was fine. Yeah right! Aidan got to bed at 4:30am that day and by 9am (when he finally woke up) he couldn't even hold his own head up. He just layed on my living room floor completely still, moving nothing but his eyes (literally). So, after a quick freak out call to one of my girlfriends, I called Dan home from work and rushed Aidan back to the ER. I wasn't in the waiting room 5 minutes before a doctor came over and said "yeah, that baby's not going anywhere, we need to get him hooked back up to an IV right now!". So, yet again, Aidan was being poked with a massive needle.. only this time, his poor arms and feet were so bruised ( from the first IV debacle)that they were not actually able to find a vein. So on to plan B....... Aidan was rushed back up to pediatrics where they set him up with a feeding tube (how enjoyable)which dropped 2ml of pedialite every hour into his tummy. He was admitted for another 4 days for severe dehydration. In this 4 days he endured 2 more chest xrays, 2 more sets of blood work, and a Ventolin mask every 4 hours for the entire stay. Finally on day 9 of being in the hospital, Aidan was released with a pretty much clean bill of health and was able to come home to his family.

MY POINT in all of this is: Even though Aidan suffered 2 weeks of torture ( and I do mean torture) he did nothing but smile, laugh, and woo every person that walked into his room. Literally 30 seconds after he was put in a straight jacket and had a giant needle shoved into his foot, he was laughing. I kid you not, I had nurses (who were not Aidans) stopping by daily saying "we heard there is a really sweet baby in this room" .... and he is, a really really sweet baby.

I've included some pictures of Aidan near the end of his stay, right after he got his feeding tube out :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Little Bit About Us

Okay so I know that everyone reading this blog already knows us but, there is always stuff that you can learn so, I thought I would give you a quick (or not so quick) little run-down about who we are and what we do! I'll start with the head and work to the feet :)

Dan is the head of our house. He celebrated his 33rd birthday in September and I gotta say, so far, he is handling his 30's quite gracefully. For those of you that have known Dan for a long time, you know that he is always bouncing with energy and full of Spirit. Dan is probably the loudest person that I have ever met (and I know some pretty loud people!). Dan is also the hardest working person I have ever met! I couldn't have asked for a better person to take care of me and our three children. He is always faithful to provide for us, no matter what that may mean. Currently Dan is working as a Heavy Duty Mechanic and loves it!

I am the jack of all trades in our house. I have several jobs which include raising our children, housekeeper, cook, maid, and then I also work 2 jobs outside of the house as well. I work for my Step-dads company which is called First American Scientific Corp - I am the executive Assistant (basically a glorified secretary) and then I also have my own business which is called Silpada Designs - With this company I sell Sterling silver jewellery through catalogue shopping and home parties. Although I am too busy to breathe most days, I love everything that I do and for the most part, I wouldn't change much about my life! I recently celebrated my 26Th birthday and am looking forward to remaining in my 20's for another 4 years! (sorry, I just had to throw that in there! ha ha)

Evan is our oldest son, he is 4 years old. Although his birth certificate reads Evan, he is usually referred to as Evian (like the water), Hotdogs, sunshine man, and poopntooter. He hates ALL of his nicknames. Evan is a very tender hearted little boy, he often has his feelings hurt and it's hard to win him back after you upset him. He is very stubborn and hard headed. He is pretty much exactly like his mommy. He hates to be cuddled and doesn't show affection too often... but when he does, you know he really means it! He still sleeps in my bed and although I know this is not good, I can't force myself to kick him out. I enjoy sleeping with him because I know one day he won't want to anymore and that will probably break my heart. There is something very special about your first born ( not to say that my other kids are not special too!).

Logan is our middle baby, he is almost 3 years old. Like Evan, His birth certificate reads Logan but he is mostly referred to as Logi, Logo, logo muffin, loga fuffin, logo pogo chicken pot pie, and his favorite, Dogie. Logan is the worlds most compassionate and loving kid. He is such a sweet little boy. Every day, several times a day, he comes up to me and says "mommy, I sure love you" and then kisses me. He melts my heart at least once an hour. Although MOST of Logan is tender, he also has a very, shall we say, annoying side :) Logan has the LOUDEST cry you have ever heard.. and he uses it Often! He is still in the "terrible two" stage and he takes advantage of that quite frequently. It's not very often that you will hear Logan speak in a normal voice, he chooses to whine instead. Constantly. He also has a pretty good temper on him. When you don't answer him immediately he lets you know, vocally, that he is not impressed. I never knew that a 2 yr old could possess such 'personality'. We call Logan our little bull in a china shop. He is 39 inches tall and weighs 43 pounds. Very solid kid.. I think he'll be a football player or a wrestler, or something.. he's gonna be huge. He destroys and breaks things just by walking. Dan and Logan don't get along very well.. they butt heads alot and Dan is always frustrated with him. The older Logan gets, the more we are realizing that the reason he and Daddy don't get along is because they are exactly alike. Dan too is a bull in a china shop and possesses alot of 'personality'. It's kind of fun to watch now that we are understanding where He (Logan) gets it from!

Evan and Logan are what we call "the destructors" - the two of them can turn your house inside out within a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds. Being only 15 months apart, they are inseparable and do pretty much everything together. This is great except when they are putting their heads together to do something bad... it amazes me some of the stuff they think to do.. but that's for another time. Don't worry.. you'll be hearing LOTS of destruction stories, I can pretty much guarantee that one!

Now for Aidan. My sweet sweet baby. Aidan is our youngest and he just turned 1 year old last month and it broke my heart. Just like his big brothers, his birth certificate reads Aidan but he is always referred to as din din, nu nu's, doot doo's, deet dee's, buncha bunch, or mop mop meep meep. I am not really sure how any of these nicknames came about but, they did, and they stuck. It's actually hard to get Evan and Logan to call Aidan by his real name. If you ask Evan what his baby's name is he says "Aidan Samuel nu nu's buncha bunch" almost every time. It's weird. the craziest part though is that Dan and I hear the other boys call Aidan by these nicknames so frequently that we now usually only refer to Aidan as Din Din. I know he'll be mad when he's older but, what do ya do? Anyways... Aidan is my pumpkin. He is the happiest baby on the planet. Always has been. He never cries, ever (well unless he is in pain or something but even then..) He smiles and laughs and then smiles some more. He is lovely. Although Evan and Logan both walked and talked a bit by their first birthdays, Aidan is much different. He has no desire to do anything for himself. He likes to be held, pushed in his stroller, carried in his baby bjorn, and anything else that involves someone doing something for him. I am quite happy about this as, we don`t plan on having any more babies and I am pretty thankful that Aidan's `babyness` is being preserved a little. It will be very interesting to see what kind of personality he develops over the next year. I am sure he is going to be just as active and psycho as his brothers but for now... he`s just my sweet little baby.

As a whole, I think we make a pretty great little family. We are happy, healthy, and we love each other! Dan and I are doing our best to teach our children everything they need to know in order to survive on their own and I think we are doing an OK job so far! It is super hard sometimes to get through the days but at the end of every single one of them, We are so thankful to be blessed with our life. God gave Dan and I each other and now he has given us 3 amazing kids and we couldn't ask for anything else.

Well, I think that about sums it up for now. If you managed to get through this novel, I hope you were able to learn something about us that you didn`t already know and I hope you`ll keep us and our blog on your list of regularly visited web pages ... there will be lot`s more to come :)

Ciao for now,


P.S - I am aware that the photo attached to this post is really outdated! This was the last family photo we had taken and it was a total disaster. None of the kids would cooperate and we ended up not being able to get a family photo with ALL of us... we`ll try again this summer :)

Will I actually do this?

So, here is my very first blog post! It will be uninteresting and probably put you to sleep, but at least there is one here to read! I am not much of a writer. I am the girl who has about 25 diaries in her chest of memories, all containing no more than 10 entries. I always loved buying a new diary, they were always pretty, were accompanied by a new pen, and gave me something to look forward to. However, at the end of the day, I would always realize that I didn't have much to write about... all my entries sounded the same. So, it's been about 10 years since I last attempted anything like this. I am kinda hoping that now that I have a husband, kids, a job, a life, I might have something more to share with my population of friends/family. I Might not though.... just warning you now! I have friends that blog, and it seems like a good way to let things out. I chat about my kids endlessly to my poor mother and my husband but I think they might get sick of hearing me say "oh, and then He did this ___ and it was soooo cute!" so... now I am just going to tell you people and that way you get to chose if you want to listen or not. Only seems fair. Okay, that's it for now. I strongly encourage you to check back in often - you will find one of the following things : A) I have found a new love for writing and post something new and exciting everyday or B) nothing other than this little post ( which you can come back and read every day if you so desire!).

toodleoo (hmmm, I have never tried to write that word before... how do you spell it?)