Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Cameron picked apples from our tree yesterday morning and suggested I make some pies with them. I thought: "Sure, I can make some pies this morning."

Well, by 4:15pm, I was done.

I had to wash my floor because it was so sticky and clean my oven.

But I baked 8 pies and one platz (I hope I spelled that right! It's a pie made in a cookie sheet.)

But when I don't want to eat sugar, baking pies is probably not the best idea...

Friday, August 25, 2006

Corn & Apple Festival

It's the Morden Corn & Apple Festival this weekend. We live just over a block away from the festivities, so we usually head downtown for all three days of the festival. I never had anything like this growing up, and it's so cool to see my kids get excited about it. So, of course, I bring my camera along...

Cameron is on the Corn & Apple committee and is in charge of the shuttle bus. We walked a block and a half to catch the shuttle, which drives around the town.

Today, at the festival, we ate some free corn,

went to the petting zoo,

the boys went on the pony rides,

and all three kids went on the mid-way rides.

Tomorrow is the parade in the morning and I'm sure we'll walk downtown after Sage's nap (we all love the free corn, petting zoo, pony rides, etc.) In the evening, I'll be helping out at our church booth, selling caramel apple cheesecake.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Aren't these adorable?

I bought a brown floral skirt for Sage at Old Navy a week ago and wanted to find some shoes for her to wear with it. We went to several stores in the mall, but could not find a lot of brown.

Then we went to Children's Place and found these.

Sage was in heaven when we tried on shoes. We tried on the size eight, which were a little small and she cried when I took them off. When we tried on the nine, I figured they fit well, but didn't dare try to take them off. So I pulled the tag off and paid for them at the till, saying: "I guess we'll be buying these."

She's been wearing them around the house and insists on wearing them instead of her sandals when we go out.

She's very cute, this little girl of mine.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Home Alone

I'm actually alone in my house right now.

This never happens.

This evening, I took my kids to my MIL's so I could go help make cheesecakes at my church for our mission project to the Congo (we'll sell them at the Corn and Apple Festival this weekend.) And we were done at 8:15, but Cameron was at the farm, so he said he'd bring the kids home. I totally didn't expect to be done so early, so I actually feel a little guilty for not going to pick up my kids, but I really didn't want to waste gas driving out there.

And okay, I'll admit it, a little alone time is quite nice.

So I guess I'll just enjoy it while it lasts.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Keeping it real

Anita, my friend and fellow Design Team member at My Scrap Shoppe, posted a challenge recently to be real on a layout.

I'd like to think that I don't lie on my pages. I know I used actual photos of my kids and document the events in our life truthfully.

But I don't always show the "not so great" stuff.

The times I get angry, or impatient, or fed up.

It's a lot easier to write about how much I love my kids (which I do!) and the cute things they do (and let's face it, they are adorable!)

But I don't always include the "real."

So I took Anita up on her challenge and made the following page.

It's called "Today."

And here's the journaling:

"I was too tired to get up early and go for a run, so I stayed in bed… I hurt Austin accidentally, but was too stubborn to apologize right away… I tickled, laughed & played hide & seek… I visited with a friend and got to be helpful…I got impatient and frustrated with my kids when they wouldn’t obey… I organized my space & finished up a few projects I’d been putting off… I had the opportunity to help my husband, but then got disappointed & mad when I felt my help wasn’t appreciated… I let my kids watch TV so I could get some things done in peace… I baked some muffins because we were out of baking, but I ate some, even though I’m trying to lose weight…I spent time colouring & reading with my kids before bedtime, staying up with Austin an extra hour, even though I was quite tired… I stayed up later than I should to finish the novel I was reading…I ended my day in prayer, ever thankful for God’s love, mercy & grace… "

So, there it is...

The good. The bad. The real.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Bad Mommy

I had signed up for the reading program for my boys at the library this summer and noticed last week that it was coming to a close. What registered in my head was that Tues. and Wed. were the last days to redeem the "money" they got and to count their minutes. So yesterday (Wed.) we walked to the library in the morning and Austin runs in and comes out in tears, saying he can't buy anything. I went in and sure enough, everything is taken down! The librarian said that yesterday was the last day and they've put everything away. I started to cry, I felt so bad. I'd convinced my son to save his money until the end so he could get a good prize. So both Austin and I were crying outside the library and I was apologizing for getting the date wrong. I still feel really bad.

I did take them to the dollar store so they could get a reward for all the reading they'd done. But it wasn't the same.

Anyway, next year I'll know better, hopefully.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Happy Birthday, Jonah!

We celebrated Jonah's fourth birthday on the weekend.

It was actually a weekend long celebration, with supper at Cam's mom's on Friday night with the cousins.

And then my mom came out on Saturday and spent the night.

Then on Sunday, Jonah officially turned four. We invited Sonya and her family to join us for mini-golfing and supper, which included an orange cat cake for dessert.

After supper, we took the kids outside to play with one of the birthday presents Jonah got: a bubble blower. (The other present was a lizard shovel.) The kids got along well and had a good time.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A little get to know me

My friend, Heather, sent me this in an email and I thought it would make a good post for my blog:

1. First Name: Leigh

2. Were you named after anyone? No.

3. When did you last cry? I can't remember.

4. Do you like your handwriting? yes

5. What is your favorite lunch meat? balogna (I know, I know...)

6. Kids? 3 beautiful ones

7. If you were another person would you be friends with you? Yes

8. Do you have a journal? Mostly it's my blog.

9. Do you use sarcasm a lot? A fair bit.

10. Do you still have your tonsils? yes

11. Would you bungee jump? Maybe.

12. What is your favorite cereal? Captain Crunch, but I haven't bought it in a long time!

13. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes (finally! Did you hear that, Mom?)

14. Do you think you are strong? Yes

15. What is your favorite ice cream? Anything with chocolate and without coffee

16. Shoe size? 8

17. Red or Pink? lately, it's pink

18. What is the least favorite thing about yourself? The extra 15 lbs I'm trying to lose!

19. Who do you miss the most? my dad

20.What color pants and shoes are you wearing? light blue shoes and barefoot

21. Last thing you ate? sugar-free neopolitan ice-cream

22. What are you listening to right now? Rescue Heroes (Austin and Jonah are watching it on tape.)

23. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?midnight blue

24. What is your favorite smell? newborn baby

25. Who was the last person you talked to on thephone? My friend, Anita.

26. The first thing you notice about people you areattracted to? their eyes

27. Do you like the person who sent this to you?absolutely!

28. Favorite drink? milk

29. Favorite sport? Softball

30. Favorite color? Sage green (of course!)

31. Do you wear contacts? Yes, but rarely, because my eyes are too dry and uncomfortable when I do.

32. Favorite food? It's a toss-up between chocolate and french fries (I know, I'm such a gourmet!)

33. Scary movies or happy endings? happy endings, for sure

34. Last movie you watched? Glory Road, not wait, The Princess Bride with my kids.

35. What color shirt are you wearing? black

36. Summer or Winter? without question, SUMMER!

37. Hugs or kisses? Hugs!

38. Favorite dessert? Sex in a pan

39. Who is most likely to respond? Good question!

40. What books are you reading? I just finished one called Claire Knows Best by Tracey Bateman. A fun read!

41. What is on your mouse Pad? a photo of my family

42. What did you watch last night on TV? I can'tremember the last time I watched TV

43. Favorite sounds? quiet

44. Rolling stone or Beatles? neither

45. The furthest you have been from home? England, when I was five

46. Do you have a special talent? I can make up new words to songs off the top of my head

47. When and where were you born? August 14, 1972, Winnipeg, Manitoba

48. Any words you don't like? scrapping

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


I think I might have an addict on my hands.

Sage is addicted to her soother.

I'm not kidding. Cameron threw out one of them a couple of days ago and then, this morning, she lost hers at the park.

Come nap time, she was quite upset about not having a soother, so I told her we'd buy a new one at Wal-Mart when she woke up. When she woke up, she was saying: "Soother, soother." She didn't really stop until she had the package of 2 in her hands. Then she started saying: "Open it, open it." I tried to explain that we couldn't open it until we'd paid for it. So she tried to suck on it... through the plastic! By the time we got to the till, she had crushed the plastic covering them.

But now, the owner of two brand new soothers, my Sage is a happy girl once more.