Feb 27, 2020

Bobbly Fun

I love the little bobble-head toys we have on the dash of our van.  They look so happy, bobbing away in the sun.  Some are enthusiastic little dancers, some dance grudgingly like they don't want to.  It is a little bit of siily fun to see them every time we get into the van.  And, they always make me smile.

Feb 26, 2020


Little Prince has a different bus for a while.  This one doesn't have any special seats with a seat belt like his usual one. He was okay for a few days, but then he wouldn't keep seated.  So, now he has to wear a special harness while he is on the bus.  He doesn't mind, but it is a little bit of a pain to get on him.

Feb 25, 2020


Well, we had our meeting.  It wasn't terrible.

On our way home, I picked up some good clippers so that I could cut his hair. There was a learning curve with the new clippers, but he looks so much better.  And, I will do a better job next time.


The people who work with Little Prince in school have requested a meeting today.   I have such anxiety about it.  I am sure that it is probably nothing, but my mind always jumps to the worst possible scenario.  This is going to be a long day.

Feb 23, 2020


It is finally sunny outside.  It feels so good to just look out the window and enjoy the view of the sun shining over the trees and the rooftops.  I can't wait until the spring comes with warm weather, sunny days, and no shovelling.

Given the fact that I have both whiplash and lung problems, I don't have to in me to clear the snow out of our driveway and steps.

Feb 22, 2020


Prince Charming and I upgraded our cell phones today.  As a result we gave our old ones to the little girls.  They just use them as mini-computers to play games on, but they are thrilled.  It is fun to get to be the hero for a day.

Feb 21, 2020


It was still snowing today, and so I had to shovel us out again.  When I got done, I had trouble breathing. My airways were tight and my lungs felt tight and burny.  Apparently, all my shovelling in the stormy weather, when I have asthma has me experiencing bronchospasm.  So, hot showers and hot coffee and tea are in my future.

Feb 20, 2020


We have had a snow storm for the last two days.  Yesterday, the kids had a snow day from school.  Today, it was still stormy but the kids had school anyway.  I had to go out in the storm to shovel us out so that the kids would be able to get back into the house after school.  It took me hours to warm up! And, my lungs have been burning ever since.

I wonder how much snow our deck can handle? I can't open the door to get it off.

Feb 19, 2020


Little Prince had the cutest project in his book bag.  It was a Tshirt that he had worked on.  My favorite part us where he wrote his name, because he wrote it out, finishing on the second line, and then started to write it again to fill out the number of spaces available.

Feb 18, 2020


We had a fun day out with Princess Belle, celebrating her turning 18 and becoming an adult.  We got our haircut (as is our tradition), we took her to McDonald's (her request), and let her spend all her Christmas money.  She was thrilled and had a blast. 

Feb 16, 2020


I have been thinking about changing the colors I decorate with.  When we move out of this house will be a good time to do that.  I am thinking that since I live in the maritmes and I  am  married to the son of a fisherman, a coastal farmhouse look would be fun.  Puttering around thrift shops and markets would be a fun way to pick things up over time.  I would love from red and yellow to blues, whites, and greys.  I even have a few blue things because of Autism Awareness Day fun.

I played around with colors in a few little places today:

Our coffee, tea, and hot chocolate station

My utensils (used to be in a big red vase)

My table

The kids snack bins

Feb 15, 2020

Big Hit

Valentine's day was a big hit.  The kids had fun and I was thrilled to do something nice for them. It was a nice break from the daily struggle to get by.

Feb 14, 2020

Valentine's Day Fun

It is a COLD, COLD day today. So cold that there are warnings issued.  But, I braved the cold ling enough to get a few things to make Valentine's Day special for my kids.  I haven't been able to much the last few years, and I just want the kids to have fun.  So, now I am waiting for them to come home from school. I know they will be excited.   I even have a special supper planned.

I even had a special mug for my coffee today.

Feb 13, 2020


As I sit here, drinking a coffee, looking out at the cold, grey day, I am amazed at the amount of snow outside. I know that we are only about halfway through the winter here and I have no idea where we are going to put all the snow.   And, I can't imagine how it would be to live in a basement apartment around here (like our downstairs neighbor)!

I long for warm, sunny days. I don't remember any other winter with so little sunshine.  Every day just seems grey and gloomy.

Feb 12, 2020


Princess Magpie and Princess Snifflefritz joined Drama Club today.  They were excited and it was cute to hear them talking about it.  Princess Magpie also has a field trip to go skiing. She is totally thrilled. These are the kinds of experiences that I wanted for them when they went to public school. 

Feb 11, 2020


Little Prince has had two great days at school.  He has even eaten.  Now, he had eaten cheesies, but at least he isn't coming home starving.  I am so glad!

Feb 10, 2020


So, Little Prince came out and asked for a lollipop.  I let him pick one out of a jug I have filled with them.  Then he walked away singing, "Lollipop, Lollipop, oh Lolly Lolly". It was about the cutest thing ever!

A Whole Day!

All of my kidlets finally made it through a whole day at school.  Let's aim for a whole week!

Feb 9, 2020


We have such kind neighbors!  After all that snow, I looked out and there were three people outside clearing out our driveway! They even did our steps!! I almost never all the shovelling done before someone comes over and takes over with a snowblower.  So nice!

Feb 8, 2020


We are all battened down to weather this winter storm.  The kids are feeling better and hopefully I will be soon too.  This flu is wearing me out. 

In the meantime, I am watching the snow pile up on our deck and hoping it doesn't get too heavy.  I can't open the door to get at it.  I have no idea how I am going to clear it off.

Feb 6, 2020

Poor kids.

And they're home sick again!  Little Prince is home with tummy troubles and Princess Snifflefritz is home feeling yucky.  This evening Princess Magpie said she was feeling yucky too.  I swear public school is giving their immune systems a thorough workout.  My poor babies.

Feb 5, 2020

I did it!

I did it.  I finally did it and I am thrilled with the results. I got some of my pictures of the kids bound into books and I did a calendar as well.  I LOVE it and I will be doing more things with my pictures as well. 

This is the back of the Calendar and the two books.

Feb 4, 2020


All my babies are getting better.  Prince Charming us still sick, but at least there will be less sick people in the house.

In the meantime, I watched "PS. I Love You " tonight.  I cried so much!!!  I am such a mess.  I'm not kidding, I spent the rest of the night feeling drained and sad.  I mean, I LOVE this movie, and I love the people in it.  It is one of the few movies which make me cry that I can watch more than once.  Man, I need a hug.

Feb 2, 2020

Thank Goodness!

Well, the kids seem to be coming around. Appetites are returning, energy is increasing and activity is resuming.  Prince Charming is sick now and he has the man flu (teehee) but overall, life is starting to return to our house.  Thank Goodness!

Jan 31, 2020

Here in the Trenches

I  still in the trenches battling to get through the day with a family of sick people. I will be very grateful for this to move past our house. This is exhausting, the kids are getting grouchy, we have all seen far too much of the inside of these walls.

Jan 30, 2020

From Here

Hello from the land of the sick.  We are all still battling this flu/cold.  The day started off okay, but one by one I got calls from the school about sick babies. And, by 12:30 all my kids were home snuggling with their stuffies, feeling sick.  This sick mommy is hoping my sick babies start feeling better soon.

Jan 29, 2020

This Week

So at this point I think our house should be quarantined. Prince Charming is the only person who seems to have avoided any part of this cold, or flu, or whatever yucky thing this is.  The other five people in our house are all sick.  This is NOT a fun week.  It is not to try to mommy 4 sick kids when you are sick too.

Jan 28, 2020


I am checking in from the land of the sick.  Princess Snifflefritz is feeling better, but now Princess Magpie is sick.  She is miserable, not moving, and crying.  Not at usual for my 11 year old girl. Little Prince is on the mend, but he is still not himself.

Jan 27, 2020


Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE Doctor Who. I have been a fan for years. And this week one of my favorite characters came back!! I was thrilled to see Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) come back!!! I am so happy!! I hope this is beginning of many more episodes. 

Jan 26, 2020

Poor Babies

It was a quiet day today. Little Prince is still sick.  And, Princess Snifflefritz is sick too.  She doesn't seem as bad as he does, but I will probably keep them both home tomorrow anyway.

Jan 25, 2020

Poor boy

And now my poor is actually sick.  He us running a fever and crying.  I hate that he can't tell me what's wrong.  He was crying before the fever started, and I couldn't tell he was sick.  We were all hovering around him, offering him everything he usually likes.  Eventually he settled down and seem happy for a while before starting to cry again.  That's when his fever started.  My poor baby boy.

Jan 24, 2020


I am still struggling with this headache, but I managed to get some things accomplished anyway. I tackled my pantry and got it better organized. I actually ended up with more space and everything is sorted into zones.  I am pleased with my progress.

Jan 23, 2020


They sent Little Prince home from school today.  They thought he might be getting sick.  He was fine and cheerful all day.  There was not even a hint of sickness. He happily watched television and YouTube videos all day.

Jan 22, 2020


Little Prince was so tired this morning.  He just lay on his bed with his eyes closed and his arms behind his head while I changed and dressed him.  When I stood him up to out on his coat, he leaned on me so that I could help him stand up. It was exceptionally sweet.

Given that I am STILL fighting a headache, I feel his pain.

Jan 21, 2020


So, I am still suffering with an awful headache. And, I tend to think weird things when I have a headache. So, this is what I'm thinking. Why does my house had this amazing view on one side of the house, and no view at all on the other side of the house, but this is the side that has the big windows? If that makes no sense, I apologize again, I have a headache. But what I mean is that the side of my house that has the amazing views that I love has a teeny, tiny window in my bathroom, and a small window over my kitchen sink. Out my big picture window all I see is a street with other houses. I think this whole should have been turned around. Now, that may make logistics be getting into the house from the car complicated, but who needs that when you have a great view. 

Sunset out my kitchen window:

Jan 20, 2020


I am having one those days where my headache is so bad that I can't function. I am trying. I really am.  But, my vision is even a little blurry.

Jan 18, 2020

Snowy Saturday

While we didn't get the snow my friends in St. John's got, we did have a snowy, windy day.  I puttered around, tidying up, organizing, baking, and enjoying my kids. I love how often I hear them singing in the room.  Even Little Prince does his best sing the school song. And it is SO adorable.

This is how our back deck looks!

Jan 17, 2020


The last few mornings,  Little Prince has been so cute.  While I am dressing Little Prince he will stand up, put his head on my shoulder, and just melt into me.  It is a moment of pure sweetness.  He will stand there half dressed, his head on my shoulder, his arms around my neck and just lean on me, like he is soaking up all the love he can get.  He stays there until I physically move him and gently let him know that we have to get ready for school.  I LOVE my boy.  I am so lucky that my autistic boy loves when we snuggle.

Jan 16, 2020


Not too much to share today.  I am super-tired and have a headache. 

Princess Snifflefritz is excited that she gets to go swimming with her classmates tomorrow.  She did Show and Tell in school.  She showed a slideshow of our cat.  It was a big hit and she felt good.

Princess Magpie earned 100% on her French test today!  This is her first year taking French. 

So, I may not be at my best, but my girls are shining.

Jan 15, 2020


Is it the fact that it is January? Is it the fact that I can remember one sunny day in the last two months?  (It stood our so much I blogged about it!) I don't know, but I am so tired! I wake up exhausted.  Princess Magpie even commented on the fact that I am making silly tired mistakes every morning (wrong lunch in the wrong bag, forgetting stuff, all sorts of littl things). I don't mean to complain, but I am just so completely, entirely exhausted and I have been for weeks.  Send help! Or at least coffee!

Jan 14, 2020


Little Prince called me "Mom"! He has always called me mommy and now suddenly it is mom! He us learning from his sisters, I guess. He is growing and changing SO much!  I mean, he is autistic, and so I remember not that long ago crying because he called out to me at all.  Now he while he still doesn't speak in sentences, he is using big boy words.

Jan 13, 2020

At Least It was Passive

Little Prince was tired today.  He decided to pull a passive resistance style of protest. At the door (where he usually watches for the bus), he melted to the floor and refused to stand up.  I tried to get him to stand and it was like trying to wrestle a limp noodle into a standing position.  When  we got to the bus, he refused to walk up the steps.  He just stood there. No movement at all.  I lifted him up the bottom step, (thinking the big step was too much for him to manage this morning). He then stopped on that one! I had to move him step by step up to his seat! He didn't cry.  He didn't whine.  He just didn't want to move.  Silly boy.

Jan 12, 2020

The Sooners

I am having a day of the sooners.  I would sooner be somewhere else than here. I hold firmly to the fact that moving here last summer was a mistake.  I am trying to make the best of it, but there are days when the wish to go back in time and change things is strong.

Jan 11, 2020


Quiet Saturday at home with my kids. I have a headache and didn't get much done, but it is so nice to hear my kids playing and laughing together.

Jan 10, 2020

Coming Along

I got a lot accomplished today.  I packed all the Christmas boxes downstairs into the storage room, shoveled the driveway and steps, and tidied the house.  Now, I am sitting here with every part of my body aching SO badly.  I am trying to gather up the energy to drag my sore butt into the kitchen to make supper.  But, I am glad to see the house coming together.

Jan 9, 2020


We had a CRAZY amount of snow today.  It 8s windy, snowy, and cold.  All on the coast, all the schools are closed, we have a winter storm warning. But, the schools here are still open. So, I trudged through knee deep snow carrying Little Prince to the bus for school.  But, luckily I have a wonderful neighbor who used his snow blower to clear the driveway so that he could walk home from the the bus (holding my hand) after school.  (I only dragged my aching, old butt outside to shovel the porch and steps). In the meantime, we are all home, I am in my jammies, and I don't care about the storm outside anymore.

Jan 8, 2020

Always Seems to Happen

A new year always seems to be the time that I feel like getting organized and doing a thorough cleaning.  So, this week I am tackling some projects.  I have organized the girls room, Little Prince's room, the living room, and the linen closet. I have Christmas all boxed up and ready to carry down to the storage room. I still have some cleaning that I want to do, and my pantry cupboards are calling me, but I am pleased with my progress.

I do have to say that I am feeling really old these days.  After a day of cleaning and organizing I am SO SORE!  Once I sit down, I can barely move.  It is ridiculous. 

Jan 7, 2020


It was sunny today. And when I saw the house lit up with the sun, I realized that it has been dull and gloomy from long time. I think it's probably been like that the whole time the kids wee off for Christmas. I don't remember last time the house was filled with sunlight like that. Even Princess Belle came out of her room and commented on the fact that her room looks so nice all lit up with the sun. It's funny how just a sunny day can make me feel so good. It came to my whole mood.

Jan 6, 2020

Back at It

The kids went off to school today. They looked so cute all decked out in their new snow suits and boots. They were so excited to be going back to school after Christmas. It is nice to see them so happy.

I took down the Christmas decorations today. It was a lot of work, but I did take the opportunity to do a little cleaning too. The house looks naked now. I think need a few more things for my walls. It really does look really bare in here. Tomorrow, I'm going to try to get more cleaning done. Now that the kids are back in school, I would like to get their rooms cleaned.

Jan 5, 2020


I have been inspired by several things to make a little change.  Here are some of the things that inspired me:
  • I was given a curling iron and a flat iron
  • I got my hair cut
  • I found some new unopened makeup. 
Because of those things I have decided to do a little more about my hair and makeup.  Today, I blew my hair dry instead of simply air drying it. Tomorrow, I will experiment with some of the makeup.  Too much fun.

Jan 4, 2020

Sleepy Saturday

We had a quiet day home today.  I did a little tidying, prepared some healthy food to keep me on track for my diet the week, and listened to my kids play. It is lovely to just spend some time relaxing with the kids.

Jan 3, 2020

New Year, New 'Do

Went out and got a haircut.  It was from a cheap place, but it feels good.  I still want to get it colored and to get my brows waxed but at least I don't need to hide my hair under hats!

Jan 2, 2020


My New Year's Resolutions are simple for this year:
  1. Continue on my weight loss journey.  Try to get to 100 lbs lost overall by the end of this year.
  2. Continue to clear out the extra kids clutter.
  3. Move somewhere to improve our life.  
  4. End this year in a better financial place than we are now.
  5. Give my babies the best Christmas ever next year to make up for the things I couldn't do this year.
And just for fun some fun pictures of our trip to Grandma's house:

Jan 1, 2020

New Decade

I am looking back at 2010 and comparing my kids and myself, then and now.  So fun.



Yup, that's me

We had the most boring new year's ever.  We spent a couple of hours at Grandma Great's house and then came home and did nothing.   It was a lot 9f driving and I was exhausted.   Welcome to a new year, and a new decade.