30 Jul 2014

9 Years

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Today we celebrate the ninth year since we said “I Do.” On a hot summer day, just like today, in front of families and friends we promised each eternal love. We’re older, wiser and have two beautiful children. We’re happy and feel blessed.

May God keep this marriage under His mighty wings.

28 Jul 2014

READY. SET. WRITE.

Hello everyone.

Welcome come back to another week of RSW, hope your week was productive.

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For those who are interested in the link up:

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman. Find the rest of the details HERE.

How I did on last week’s goals

I found it hard to write throughout the week. I was going to give up on my research but I finally managed to get the 2000 wds down. I couldn’t develop the characters. While I was struggling to get my research done, I revised my novel Wasting Away and sent a query to QUERYDRILL for their feedback.

My goal(s) for this week

This week I want to go to the library to consult some historical books and complete my research so I can prepare myself to write the fictional part of my WIP. 

A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Nothing. – I did the research but I didn’t write anything fictional.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

Finding time is my biggest challenging. I have time during the day, but not enough to put my mind to work. I’m having limited time sleep and that affects my thought process.

Something I love about my WIP

The vision of the world my characters live in is so vivid.

This is me.

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How was your week?

Have a great one. Please leave me a note so I can stop by to say hello.

Have a great week

26 Jul 2014

30/52

AOI week 30

sibling love week 30

TOI week 30

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014." (portraits captured with Canon 6D)

AOI: “The light is perfect.” she mimed me on Friday of week 30. This particular day she decided stand behind the camera and snapped lots of photos

AOI and TOI: Feeding his little brother. This week she was telling him “I love you T” every chance she had. On Friday during our routine stroll she held his hand and they both fell asleep like that until we got home

TOI: what can I say, we have to set his cot to the lower setting. He’s trying to get out from there

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23 Jul 2014

Our Everyday Life: Easy, Friendly, Camping

childhood funMy daughter enjoying one of my childhood fun, kite on the back

I’m combining week 28 and 29 of our everyday life post because I’m falling too with the updates.

So the weekend of 28 and 29 we went camping. It was such an incredible experience. Cold and crying baby with excited toddler. I had fun and I believe the children did too. Though AMI complained because he had to sleep on the floor leaving the airbed for me and the children, he still liked camping because he says he can’t wait to go more camping this summer.

Weeks 28 and 29 in detail

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WEEK 28

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Easy week, no meltdown. The most cheerful children I’ve ever had, with a crawling baby in the house.

It's surely getting easier having two kids. AOI can entertain herself and plays with her little brother when he starts crying and I’m busy doing something in the kitchen. Also baby TOI doesn't mind playing on his play mat while I complete a task or two.

Tuesday AOI didn’t have a nap. I went to the paddling pool, when we got back home she was good and curled by herself on the red sofa to just relax. AMI phoned Fort Carlton to check if we can go camping over the weekend.

Friday we were home in the morning under did you go to work I went to the gym but my mind wasn't there. I took lunch went to work I bought my new iPhone five. I made a new contract. My main focus this week was to take it easy. Achieve that and by the weekend I was feeling much content with myself. My sister in law, the one who lives in Scotland, was recovered at the hospital because she fainted couple of times during the week. The doctors haven’t found out what’s wrong so we pray there’s nothing serious with her health.

When my husband told me we were going to Fort Carlton I registered in my mind that we were going to the lake, but minutes before our destination I found out that we were going on a Saskatchewan historical tour. We camped at the campground of the fort under the cold starless night sky. Baby TOI cried for a little, toddler AOI jumped, excitedly, on the airbed, daddy had a tantrum because the kids were not behaving well. "Let's go home." He wined.

"Are you for real?" I curled my eyebrows. It would have been embarrassing to put up tent and then straight away pack up and go back home, of course I wasn't going to do that so we stayed. After a while toddler AOI stopped jumping up and down the airbed for a bedtime story and baby TOI stopped crying for a feed.

Our family tent is flimsy, so light that it gets real cold in the evening. Yes, even in this summer nights. Still, we slept alright. The following morning we had breakfast and then went to visit Fort Carlton. It was there that I got inspired to start writing a new novel. An historical novel set in Saskatchewan. After the visit, we drove to Batoche, a famous Saskatchewan historical landmark, where the Metis won over the British army and then, obviously, lost due to less ammunition and manpower. We had lunch and then with our golf cart visit the place, watched some videos and stayed till they closed at five. I did most of the tour with TOI, because AOI was tired and AMI stayed with her while I went about the place, baby attached to me and big camera in hand.

dragonflyMorning dragonfly wishing us luck

tentingMorning at Fort Carlton campground

sleeping babyWrapped up warm sleepy baby

toddler holding babyI like to see her protective side towards him, but of course I know she is too little to hold him unsupervised

fort carltonMapping down our tour

teepeeTeepee outside the fort, to show the visitors how life was set back then

mother and daughterCuddling my tired baby, she fell asleep even before we left the fort and slept in the car until Batoche

the fortFort Carlton, July 2014

WEEK 29
beach babies

Another successful week, spent with friendly friends at another campsite.

Monday I went to the dentist to have two teeth filled and one extracted. It was painful, but worth doing because I was having problem chewing and enjoying food.

During or soon after dinner, AOI casually said “I have one finger.” She stretched her left arm forward. Then said “I have seven fingers.” She just smiled then carried on playing. This is the beauty of childhood, the norm is what you know. I hope she will always have this happy-go-lucky attitude as she grows.

sis and bro chilling

Wednesday was hectic. TOI had his 6th month vaccine, he didn't have any side effect but he couldn't sleep well. I had to organize some camping things, clothes and food. After dinner I asked AOI “Guess who is coming camping with us?” “Who?” she asked from her potty “Your best friend.” I thought she was going to say Elefante she came out from the bathroom and with the biggest grin ever “C!” she opened her arms.

Thursday, after lunch, we headed to the lake, joined by C and little C, for our long weekend holiday. We arrived at the campsite alright. Our campground was 137 in Elmview, surround by trees and few steps away the camp playground. AOI was sleeping when we got here but she was exited to see the games and be with her best friend. We had a quick snack then headed to the beach, the beach was quiet; just two other families.

summer childhood

After dinner  AOI and little C went to play on the merry-go-round. They were joined by a little boy, J., about four years old. He was strong and turned the merry go round for them. They played for more than half an hour then he noticed that AOI has only one finger on the left hand. "Why she has one finger?" He kept on saying his daddy.

“She was born like that.” I said. I still haven’t found how to respond to little children that AOI was born with what is called amniotic band syndrome. He kept telling AOI “You have one finger.” AOI didn't see any problem with that, she looked at him like to say so what! She carried on playing alone. After a while I saw them playing together. He might have said that she has one finger but that didn’t bother her. He wasn’t nasty to her just curious and surprised. My girl did everything with her one finger and after a while he just forgot about the whole one finger surprise.

Friday, the day started with clouds and cold wind. We walked to a trail that led us to a nearby beach.

solitair tent

We played by the lake, our girls played chance. We all joined in.

the run

On our way back to the campsite, my friend collected some flowers for the picnic table at our campground. Many people camping there made the place look like their cosy backyard. They had lights, outdoor carpets, comfortable chairs. They really do glam-camp.

wild flowers

After lunch the children napped. Andrew had to drive AOI for her to sleep. After nap and snack we took the girls and baby TOI to the beach. I’m sure of you were on the beach looking at me and my friend, you would thought we were two crazy mothers with our cameras snapping our girls enjoying their time on the beach.

Daddy went to try fish something. He returned empty handed, no luck.

lake side fishing

The water was so cold but they didn't seem to feel it. Baby boy was on the beach enjoying sand while the cold water caressing his toes. We had dinner on the beach. My sweet girl was onto collecting beach stones. On the way back to the camp we saw a deer and a breath taking sunset.

sunset

We love all these little simple things that make everything so special. After a shower we sat by the fire and my friend prepared hot chocolate.

fire

my children and I

My children sat on my lap.

After a while little C said she wanted to go sleep. It was easy to read a bedtime story time to AOI, feed and put them to bed, they were so tire. Daddy too. Around 10:40pm, after I cuddled AOI until she fell asleep I joined my friend, whose daughter was sleeping in the other tent. We talked until nearly midnight. It was nice talking with her kind of her to answer so many questions that are related to my story.

Saturday we went with the flow. Had chips and eggs for breakfast – daddy’s suggestion.

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AOI was tired from the morning. She wanted cuddles.

father and daughter

After packing up our tents we left the campsite and headed to the beach. We wanted to try a different beach but the children had to have their nap. AOI fell asleep in the car, C went into her portable cot with her cuddly/chewy baby and fell asleep five minutes later.

portable cot

I just laid my children on a blanket under a tall tree and let them sleep.

sleep under the summer breeze

After nap we all hit the beach, we played with the coarse sand

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had ice cream

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until it was time to leave. Which was always difficult to do.

But still, we returned home with sand everywhere and fond memories that we want to repeat for our children, because every child has a special holiday place. Mine is Lake Garda in Italy and Lake Diefenbaker reminds me of that childhood magic place.

22 Jul 2014

28-29/52

WEEK 29

sibling love week 29

TOI week 29

AOI week 29

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014." (portraits captured with Canon 6D)

AOI and TOI: They favourite sport these days is looking at each other and laugh, laugh making me laugh to watch them laugh. 

TOI: Enjoying the cold lake water and messy wet sand. It was his first time dipping in the lake but he loves the water.

AOI: She always, ALWAYs collecting stones, I have to throw them away once we get into the car. She collected so many stones each time were on the beach that our tent was full of stones.

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WEEK 28

sibling love week 28

TOI week 28

AOI week 28

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014." (portraits captured with Canon 6D)

AOI and TOI: He started crying before I was doing something near the sink, she kneeled down next to him and said “Don’t cry T, I’m here for you.” I quickly grabbed my camera and snack one picture before picking little TOI up. She is so sweet and cute with a little brother. Sharing and caring for him. I’m blessed I’m to have these two.

TOI: He tried eating pureed to liquid carrot. He loved it and then started cooing and making loud noise with the spoon. He was too cute to resist not eating him and too messy to watch

AOI: During this week every time she didn’t nap she would sit in her red chair and just chill out. It was nice to see her getting used to spending time by herself. My little toddler is turning into a little girl too fast

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21 Jul 2014

READY. SET. WRITE.

Hello everyone.

First of all, thanks so much for the warm welcome to this lovely community of writers. I really enjoyed getting to know many of you but due to time I couldn’t comment on some blogs I stopped by to read. I will try my best, between the children naptime, to respond to all your comments and stop by your blogs to say hello.

RSWteal

For those who are interested in the link up:

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison Miller, Jaime Morrow, Erin Funk, and Katy Upperman. Find the rest of the details HERE.

How I did on last week’s goals

I wanted to do 2000 words research for my WIP, I managed to get about 1600 wds down

My goal(s) for this week

My aim this week is to do more 2000wds research for the story. Develop the character even more. 

A favourite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

“You’re your own saviour.” That’s what my mother always tells me.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write)

Finding time to research and write was very challenging. From Thursday until Saturday we were camping. Before that I had to wash clothes and get us ready. Yesterday had to go food shopping and meet up with some friends. But I’m happy to say that baby boy is getting into a bedtime routine so I’m going to work more after he goes to bed in the evening and try to go to bed early and try to wake up early to write some more.

Something I love about my WIP

It’s rekindling my love for cultural history. Also after completing Wasting Away this story tis pushing itself onto me. It wants to be told; I’m scared and excited me to see where it will lead itself.

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Question: How was your week

Have a great one. Please leave me a note so I can stop by to say hello. Also I’m looking for a CP so if you’re interested teaming up please let’s me know.

Have a great week

16 Jul 2014

Mr.T: 5 and 6 Months Letter Update

Oh sweet little boy,

happy 6th month birthday, my dear son.

me and my boy

Yesterday you turned 6 months, I really can’t believe the speed with which you’ve reached your half year mark. I look at you and I don’t remember my tiny, tiny boy, when your skin was loose and I was scared, like a first time mother, to break your delicate infant body. I don’t know how to bottle up your sweet babyhood, the only option is to snap as many pictures as I can.

Today you had your sixth month vaccination – just one shot. It worked as a sleeping pill. You had about one hour nap in your carseat in my office, while you’re sister was taking her afternoon nap in her pram. Anyways, at six months you weigh 7.9kg and long 66cm. You can crawl and you have two teeth.

On June 15th you did your first road trip. You were great, didn’t cry much. I didn’t have many toys for your because having your dummy and Sophie was enough to sooth you. When you really wanted to sleep I would stretch my hand to your cheek and give you a very tiny finger strokes. That sooth you like magic. You started to go on all four while were in Lake Louise – June 19th.

TOI week 27 crawlingAnd just like that, one bright July afternoon you decide to crawl like a baby tiger on a mission. since then you haven’t stopped moving and getting my attention. you practically go every where possible. under the dining table, chewing the straps of your sister’s booster chair {turn high chair for your on some occasions} – not very hygienic. Your sister tells you it’s not very clean of course she forgets that she did just that at your age. Funny how we all grow more wiser and fearful. 

On Canada we tried our new family tent in the backyard and on Saturday July 12th, we went to Fort Carlton to camp. It was an experience.

127-148 days-horzweeks 17-20

Having an open plan is very good, because easy spot you around the main floor. Both you and your sister are good to play alone but when I place you on the play mat you try to eat the toys, or to lick my crocs which I use in the garden; sometimes your sister tries to correct you or, if she can’t stop you, she calls me to come help out. Sometimes you listen, other times you look at us and pretend you don’t understand.

crawlingOther times you leave what you are doing crawl to another toy or simply lifts your arms off the floor, that’s your saying pick me up. if you want to go back down you lunge, in this case i have to be extra careful. I have to be more vigilant having two kids. it is proving difficult to multitask, like having time to write or even doing simple house chores. I’m trying my best to find balance in all my daily duties, so I’m not too harsh on myself if by the end of the day I haven’t done everything I planned to do.. 

You are fast and curious, always moving if you are not feeding {even when feeding, you stop mid-feed to curious around or check out the voice or a noise that interrupts you} or sleeping, or sitting in my arms. Just like with your sister, I love to witness your curiosity. I wish you keep it forever, always explore and question, because in my opinion QUESTION is KNOWLEDGE, KNOWLEDGE is POWER.

162-182 days-horzweek 21-24

Unlike most children, you didn’t have fever or any sign of discomfort during your teeth cutting. Maybe those times that I couldn’t put you down for a second, were your natural way to sooth yourself and boost your immune system while the teeth were coming through.

You are fun to be around with. I can’t imagine our lives without you. you’re sister loves you so much, everyday you cry she calls for me to come and pick you. if I’m doing something and I can’t pick you straight away she brings you a toy and tells you “Don’t cry T, I’m hear for you.”  sometimes you tuck your chin into the chest and give out a shy smile, it’s the cutest thing ever. But your belly laughs are the best. They make me laugh – when you see me laughing you laugh more and i laugh more; it is pure happiness. the smiles you reward me every day are priceless and heart fulfilling.

You’ve tried pureed peas, carrots and spinach. You like them all. You want to sit at the table with us so daddy is going to bring out the baby high chair he built for your sister when she was your age. It will be fun to have you sitting on your chair during meal time.

You have your own rough bedtime routine. You take a sink bath or sometimes you dip into the water of your sister’s bath. She takes upon herself to wash your head. I then read a little cardboard book to you. You listen to a lullaby on songza while I feed you.

5 months

You also have a rough night sleep pattern. Normally you fall asleep while feeding around 20:00 or 20:30 and sleep for about two and half hours. When you wake up you want a change and a feed then you sleep until 2:30am. Daddy normally picks you from your crib and give you to me. You then sleep next to us until 4:30, at this point you want to change or most importantly feed until we both fall asleep. You sleep again until 6:30am or 7:00am, circa because sometimes you want a little bit more after that feed.

morning

Some mornings you wake up before me and just lies there watching and grinning at me. When I fight to open my eyes because I’m too sleepy, you big brown eyes and sweet smile becomes my antidote against my tired body. I feel so blessed and in love with my life.

Tonight you fell asleep even before 20:00, you didn’t sleep well in the afternoon. One funny thing is that you and your sister take turns in staying awake. When you sleep she awake and when you’re awake she’s sleeping but there some ten minutes window in which you both fall asleep. In that moment I can sit still to recharge.

6 months

You’re such a cute, sweet and smart baby. I love you so much.

Daddy calls you mummy’s boy. I love to have my mummy’s boy, because your sister is mummy’s girl. You two are my all, my soul. You both give me so much conditional love and I feel blessed to have you both as my son and daughter, thank you so much for choosing me as your mother.

All my love,

Mummy.

15 Jul 2014

Our Everyday Life: Routines

counting baby

I’m little behind with our everyday life update. This update is for week 27.

So, week 27 of 2014 was all about getting myself and the kids back into a routine that works for all of us. In the day we would relax at home, or go to the paddling pool, then go for a nap inspired walks. Sometimes were successful other time were not. But we didn’t have tired tantrums. AOI would simply take her books and sit somewhere among the many toys and study the pictures or recite the words by heart.

Monday evening my friend invited us to her house, we were suppose to meet at the spray park but due to rain we went to her house. Only me and the kids went because AMI was working and when he got home he preferred staying home for dinner. My friend prepared an American homemade pizza, it was yummy. My daughter has go appetite, she asked for seconds and I ended up eating it for her because she didn’t finish it. That 32 months old toddler of mine, she was so tired by the end of our evening with our friends.

Tuesday was Canada Day, but AMI went to work in the morning. In the afternoon, when he got back we went to buy our camping trip gear. With the held of AOI AMI set up the tent to try it out in the comfort of our backyard.

family tent

tenting

For the first time AOI went to bed very late, part due to overtiredness and part to the noise of the fireworks from the Canada Day celebration from the nearby park.

Wednesday morning we woke up too early for my liking. After breakfast me and the kids  went to the spray park. After snack and a little more play we came home for AOI's nap. We she woke up she had spaghetti in bianco, while watching too many episodes of Bo on the Go - now I know where she learnt her bad dancing skills. Baby TOI started to show interested in crawling. At four we went to meet our friends. I was so tired by the end of the day.

Thursday, AOI woke up early and came to sleep in our bedroom. At one point we heard a big thumpf, it was AOI falling down on her chin - poor sweetheart. She had a bruise. The day we took it easy, singing the Rhinoceros Tap and the whole CD on repeat. It was fun and AOI loved it.

Friday was a good day, though TOI wanted to be held the whole time but I love cuddling him and giving him tender kisses on the soft cheeks, but it can be tiring especially when he doesn’t want to sleep when I put him in his cradle swing. He had fun with his sister, who is very interested in the wellbeing of his little brother. As soon as he made a crying noise she would say “Mamma, T is crying. Pick him up.” I had to because I can see she’s learning so much from whatever I do.

WEEKEND

Saturday I really wanted to go the gym for a good workout, because my body was feeling the need to get rid of for negative toxins. But that didn’t happen. AMI wanted to organise the children clothes, so we did. That required nearly the whole day. Then we had pizza, Mediterranean style and that was the top of the day.

Sunday we had a chill at home day in the morning. Then in the afternoon we agreed to meet with some friends but in the end we decided to go to the lake. It was a nice outing, we took the canoe on the lake and we were rowing in when it started to drizzle. The wind blew strong and AMI had to paddle harder. I held tight to TOI who just had a feed on the canoe and AOI had to try to sit still. I loved it.

It was another successful week.

stroll

balance

pizza

Sunday July 6th

Week 27 iPhone copy

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