Tuesday, October 30, 2007
A sneak peak!
Here is a little look at our house after Dwayne installed the flooring this past weekend.


Here are the kids trying out the new floor:


Here is the kitchen area. The door leaning against the wall is for the bathroom and the dishwasher and fridge will go on that wall instead. :)


Another view of the kitchen. The stove and range hood will go to the right between the end of the counter and the front door.


Hendrik riding his bike in the living room. To the right you can see a sliver of the backdoor. We will also be changing woodstoves for a more user friendly model.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007
What's in a name?
I was tagged by Jill over at XBox Wife for this meme.

MY ROCK STAR NAME (first pet and current car):
Kola Metro

MY WANNABE NAME (favorite ice cream flavor and favorite cookie):
Candy Cane Chocolate Chip

MY "FLY GIRL" NAME (first initial of first name and first three letters of last name):
J-Ven - this one is kind of funny because my sisters used to jokingly call me J-Lo as I was the only one of us 3 that had hips until very recently.

MY DETECTIVE NAME (favorite color and favorite animal):
Blue Elephant

MY SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name and the city where you were born):
Robin Hay-River - The last name kind of comes out weird on this one as it is two words so I've hypenated it.

MY STAR WARS NAME (first 3 letters of your last name and first 2 letters of your first name):
Venje - Hmmn. Sounds like I belong on the Dark Side.

MY SUPERHERO NAME ("The" and second favorite color and favorite drink):
The Red Cola - A certain red cola is often my hero when I've had way too little sleep. Yay Coke!

MY -cough,cough- ENTERTAINER -cough,cough- NAME (name of your favorite perfume/cologne and favorite candy):
Cool Water Bounty

MY WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (mother's and father's middle names):
Ellen Barry

I tag anyone else who feels inclined to play as with 2 sick babies right now I just don't have the time or energy to tag anyone specifically.

Leave a comment if you're participating so I can come and visit your post later. :)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Works-For-Me Wednesday - Colour coded laundry baskets

It seems that Shannon and I had the same idea this week! I was going to post about doing my Christmas cards well in advance this year too. In fact, my cards came in the mail yesterday and I plan on starting to address them this weekend.

In light of that, I've thought of another tip because otherwise it's just boring! Off the top of my head - colour coded laundry baskets. We do a lot of laundry in our house with a mechanic, a toddler, an infant, and a slight klutz. "Do you know where "x" is?" is often heard, along with, "Do you know if "x" is clean or not?" Instead of rummaging through one gigantic mass of laundry I came up with the idea of colour coding the laundry baskets. My husband has a beige one for dumping all of his work clothes in, my toddler has a bright orange one for his clothes, our baby girl has a white one and for now so do I until we find another fun coloured basket to use. (It's easy enough to tell hers and my clothing apart. :)) This makes it easy to find what my family is looking for. I only have to go through one basket instead of multiple ones. Now if only I could get my clean laundry pile organized and put away...

I'm also doing a laundry happy dance because my new washer/dryer unit just arrived yesterday!!! It both washes and dries the clothes in the same unit. This is what we bought. We will soon be living off the grid and on trucked water in a much smaller house so we needed something that conserved water, energy, and space. This fit the bill. You can plug it into a regular wall outlet and because of the condensation cycle of washing and drying in the same unit you don't even have to vent it to the outdoors!

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Monday, October 22, 2007
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
I was so excited when I woke up this morning and saw that it was snowing! I know some of you do not share an enthusiasm for snow but once it gets cold and the leaves are down you might as well have snow. It brightens things up outside and you can do stuff with snow - snowmen, forts, shovelling...

For some reason snow makes me feel productive. I think it is because our winters here are so long. From sometime in October until sometime in May there is snow on the ground. I associate winter with not only outdoor type activities like cross-country skiing and toboganning but also with indoor activities like crafting and reading and playing games and working on special projects. It has put me in a crafty mood but in order for me to do that with a clear focus I'm going to have to do some tidying up first. I need to get my paperwork under control first so I have both the room to work and the mental room as well.

I'm off to make supper, fold laundry, do dishes, and file, file, file. :)

As an aside, I found the knobs/pulls for our kitchen today at our local drug store of all places! They are the only stock they have of them and won't be getting any more and as a result they are on sale. I can get the whole lot of the colour I want for about $20.00. Not too shabby.

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Bonjour Mes Amies!
Paris, France, View of the Eiffel Tower by Sally Gall


Lately I've been pining for Paris a little bit. I love that city.

I was fortunate enough to go to Europe when I was 15 with my grandparents. It was wonderful! All the sights and history...I'd love to go back someday.

Better start practicing my french...

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Friday, October 19, 2007
Some treasures in mail
This seems to be the week for mail from the U.S. After what seems like weeks and weeks of waiting, actually, it was weeks and weeks of waiting, a lot of treasures have arrived in the mail.

I have received fabric, vintage pillowcases, DVDs, patterns, and cutesy handmade items. The cutesy stuff is for me, the fabric and patterns are for sewing things, and the DVDs are just for fun. :) Hooray for Etsy and eBay!

Here is the stash! (The little round object with the squirrel on it is a handmirror.)



And a close up of the fabric I got to make a floor quilt for Riley!

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Thursday, October 18, 2007
Hendrik's Book List
Hendrik LOVES to read so I thought it might be fun to share with you some of his favourite books. Here are the ones he's really been enjoying this week.


Flannel Kisses

As cozy as soft flannel sheets, Flannel Kisses is a joyful celebration of childhood and the perfect snowy day!

Linda Crotta Brennan
Illustrated by Mari Takabayashi






Bear Snores On

In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.


Karma Wilson
Jane Chapman





Goodnight Moon

A little rabbit is getting ready for bed. And as the night gets later and his room grows darker, he bids goodnight to everything around him.

by Margaret Wise Brown
Pictures by Clement Hurd





Guess How Much I Love You

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Bid Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. Well then, Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare right up to the moon!

Sam McBratney
Illustrated by Anita Jeram

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7 Random Things Meme
I was tagged by Lauren Christine for this meme.

Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged.
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.


1) I am obsessive when it comes to certain things - like loading the dishwasher. If anyone else does it I have to leave the room so I don't see what's happening!

2) My weakness is Coca-Cola. I can take or leave other sodas, chips, cookies, etc but I really enjoy my Coke.

3) I have a keyhole shaped birthmark on my thigh. When I was little I thought that if I could find the right key I could insert it and my body would open into 2 halves and I could see how everything in my body worked.

4) When I was a Girl Guide I met Roberta Bondar, Canada's first woman in to go into space and the world's first neurologist to go into space.

5) I am the queen of unfinished projects. I have too many crafty interests and too little time.

6) I like to run, although I haven't done so in quite some time. I also like to read about running.

7) I am proud mama to 2 little ones on earth, 2 in heaven, and 1 snuggled in my womb.

I tag:

Lynette at "Stuck on Grace"

Becka at "Marcus Sees and Says"

Pink Jeweled Cat
at "Desert Retreat"

Emily at "Whatsoever Things"

Louise at "Our Odyssey"

Amy at "Pretty Babies"

Jill at "XBox Wife"

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Miss Riley pulls herself to standing!
Dwayne and I happened to glance over and catch Riley standing, holding onto Hendrik's little red couch. This is a first for her. :) We managed to get a quick couple of pictures before she decided to sit back down. (She has her knees bent here a little as she's thinking about sitting back down and her p.j.'s are a little big so she looks very short in these pictures.)


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WFMW - Table/counter basket

I am forever moving things around to make space on my kitchen counter or my dining table. Usually it's the same things shuffling back and forth - bread and fruit. I found a basket that I like that is not too deep and has handles on both sides. It is large enough to hold a couple of loaves of bread and some fruit and whatever else is in the way and yet small enough to sit on the counter when I need all my table space or on the table when I need all my counter space. Now I just toss everything into the basket and move 1 item instead of several.


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Saturday, October 13, 2007
Fire Hall Open House
Our local fire hall had an open house today as part of Fire Prevention Week. Hendrik was thrilled to be able to see the fire engines up close and also climb on them a bit too. He got a plastic "Junior Fire Chief" hat which he loves. It was a little bit windy this afternoon so I ended up chasing it a few times. In these pictures he is keeping one hand on his hat - just in case. :)



Riley observing from the Ellaroo.

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Saturday
As I kid I remember Saturdays as both being a day for big chores and also as a day for special fun.

Saturdays were the days our pets' cages had to be cleaned, our rooms had to be picked up, and perhaps there was some seasonal work like raking or hauling firewood. After our chores were done we were free to do as we liked. If there was time and the weather was favourable we'd often go for a hike as a family. Otherwise, we'd have a fun evening together.

When I was really young, winter Saturday mornings were spent cross country skiing. My dad would get us all bundled up and take us to Jack Rabbits. It was a love hate sort of thing. We didn't enjoy the preparation but we enjoyed the activity.

I am trying to do a similar thing in our little family now. Today there is a lot to be done around the house but it is also a beautiful fall day. The kids and I are going to go and do a little bit of essentials shopping and then visit the fire hall as they are having an open house today. Later I plan on baking a special treat and curling up with the kids for the evening to watch a cartoon and read some stories.

I almost forgot the other part of Saturdays - preparing for Sunday. This is an area I really need to work on. My mom used to have us pick out all of our clothing, shoes, socks/tights, etc for Sunday mornings on Saturday nights so that there wouldn't be a mad scramble or frustration in the morning. I rarely do that anymore but find the times that I do to be very rewarding. I don't feel the panic of deciding what to wear, what to dress the kids in, wondering where item "x" is, etc. It really improves the Sunday morning mood!

Off we go! I will try to post some pictures later on from our trip to the fire hall.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007
Miss Potter
Well, this afternoon I FINALLY got to see Miss Potter for the first time. Once Hendrik was napping, I curled up in a blanket beside my sleeping baby girl, grabbed some milk and yummy chocolate and nestled in for a treat. What a lovely movie! I really enjoyed it both for the scenery and for the storyline. Sadly, I didn't have a chance to watch it a second time before it had to be returned to the rental store. Perhaps I will add it to my Christmas wish list.

I am a huge fan of Beatrix Potter. When I was pregnant with Hendrik I bought the entire series because I wanted to be sure that I had some good books on hand for my baby. They are a little advanced for babies, admittedly, but in my nesting pregnancy mind they were an absolute essential.

While in university I adopted a bunny that looked much like Peter Rabbit. So much so that my then boyfriend and I at the time decided that it would be fun for him to have a coat like Peter's. I picked up the fabric and we bought set to drafting a coat pattern for the bunny. My boyfriend finished his much before me (he was avoiding his schoolwork more than I at that time!) so we used his to start on the coat. It never got completely finished but Winky did wear it once and when he died I buried him with his coat as well. Perhaps it is a little silly to sew for a bunny but he was lovely, very tame rabbit who I thought deserved a coat!

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Peter Rabbit


(On a slightly related topic - does anyone know when "Becoming Jane" will be released on DVD in North America? I wasn't able to see that in theatre either.)

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Ultrasound pictures
Friday we had our first ultrasound done. I say first because I've had repeats with both Hendrik and Riley as neither would quite cooperate enough to see everything that the tech wanted to see. This baby was no exception. While we could tell the gender of this baby, which we did not find out, it didn't want to give us a clear view of it's face. The tech wasn't sure if we'd have to go back for another ultrasound as she said they only use that view to rule out cleft palate. We will see.

This baby is quite the little boxer. It's hands were going the whole time we were watching. It also appears that it may be a thumb sucker like it's older siblings.

Here are a few glimpses of our baby!



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WFMW - Make ahead mixes
I like to make pancake and tea biscuit recipes up without the liquid/perishable ingredients and put them into Zip-Lock bags for when we are hunting or camping. I write the liquid/perishable ingredients that need to be added, along with their quantities, on the outside of the bags. (You can also jot down the oven temperature and time needed to cook them if you need a reminder - this doesn't always apply if you are cooking over an open fire obviously!) No mess, no fuss and you can have homemade goodies on the trail without having to pack along half of your kitchen. :)

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007
On a happier note...
We had a great weekend in the bush hunting. Dwayne went out with the men and they got a couple of moose. The kids and I stayed behind with our friend and her grandson and had a nice time chatting and the babies and I were able to catch up on some much needed rest to finally vanquish the colds we've been fighting the past couple of weeks.

On Sunday our host's daughter-in-law and her son came across the river as well and we all had Thanksgiving dinner together. Turkey dinner in the middle of the bush - amazing!

Hendrik had a great time playing with the other 2 kids. Riley's second tooth FINALLY came in after 2 months of us seeing it sitting there just under her gum. I got to read (!!!) - hooray! I finished "Lady Susan" by Jane Austen which is the book the Sense & Sensibility book club is reading right now. Dwayne was glad to that the guys had a successful hunt. All in all, a good weekend. :)

On Saturday night Hendrik heard his first owl. There was a big hooter sitting up in a tree behind the log cabin. We couldn't see it in the dark but we could sure hear it hooting away.

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A little stunned...
We were away for the weekend and as we were preparing to return home on Monday we found out that an RCMP officer had been shot and killed in a neighbouring town while responding to a call early Saturday morning.
Constable Christopher Worden was married and had an 8 month old daughter. I feel terribly for the family and will be keeping them in my thoughts and prayers. I don't know this particular officer but as the Northwest Territories is a small place (less than 42,000 people in TOTAL) an incident like this affects almost everyone. When the towns are typically under 3000 people you get to know the officers in your town by sight at the very least. With communities being so small and remote you can understand how much smaller and tight-knit a community the RCMP members and their families must be. I can't imagine what it is like for the detachment in Hay River right now. It must be so difficult to lose a friend and coworker in that way.
The young suspect is still at large and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. People are sad and frightened and I imagine it will take some time before the community is able to heal.

Link to news story

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Thursday, October 04, 2007
Sweet baby

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Oh my!
Just before we had to leave for a doctor's appointment...




Thankfully he was in his high chair.




Thankfully they were washable markers.




Hooray for baby wipes!

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Feeling better
I am feeling much better this morning. Thank you for your messages! I am still tired but am cheerful. Today I am going to try to get some cooking and baking done for when we go hunting that way I won't have to cook while we're in the bush, I can just heat things up on the stove. That's the plan anyway. I also need to take the baby in to get her ears checked out to make sure she doesn't have an ear infection. She's had a cold the past week and is teething. She's been pulling on her ears but doesn't have a fever or seem to be in distress. I think perhaps Riley has just discovered that she has ears and that they are fun to fiddle with. Her brother did a similar thing around the same age.

I'm off to tidy up in the kitchen and then hopefully get started on some pumpkin and some cranberry muffins or loaves. I think I'll make some lentil soup and some moose stew tonight. I'd start now but I need a few things from the store and don't know that I have the energy to grocery shop with the littles today.

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Crying for no particular reason
Tonight after I went to bed I started crying for no apparent reason. At the moment I am chalking it up to pregnancy hormones. I've been trying to think of anything that would make me suddenly start crying and there is nothing in recent memory to make me feel that sad. Maybe it's a combination of being over tired, being a little concerned about trying to get Riley to gain weight, feeling an odd sense of nostalgia for this apartment now that we are getting closer to moving (I NEVER thought I would feel that!), my grandpa's condition slowly worsening, I just don't know. In any case, I decided to get up for a bit and eat some chocolate cake, check out what blogland has to offer at this hour and cuddle my littlest one for a while now that I have cuddled with my big guy and my little guy. Hugs all around. :) Hopefully a good night's sleep will cure whatever seems to be upsetting me.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Fall routine
We have had a busy few weeks. We were out of town for dental appointments and to pick up supplies for building our house for about a week, then we were all sick for about a week, and then Dwayne's parents and some of his uncles and an aunt came for a visit (ranging from 2 to 5 days). Dwayne's parents leave first thing this morning and then we are back to being just the four of us. We had a lovely visit and the kids will miss their Grandma Anne and Grandpa Bob I am sure.

Now we have to settle back into some semblance of a regular routine again, whatever that looks like around here! Dwayne has the next few weeks off to work on finishing up our little log house and I hope to do some fall cleaning and some downsizing and organizing in preparation for our move.

In all honesty, I'm not sure how I'm going to get it all done. I might just break down and hire someone to help me. That is a big deal for me because I like my house cleaned a certain way and things put away a certain way and well, sometimes I drive my husband nuts because of it! He says I'm like living in the fairy tale of "The Princess and The Pea". LOL! (For any of you who watch The Martha Stewart Show and caught the segment a couple of weeks back about how to make a bed - that is me.)

I want to arrange my house and our belongs in such a way that the amount of "stuff" we have is manageable. I want to easily be able to maintain and care for the things we have so that I have more time to spend playing with the kids and spending time on useful hobbies rather than constantly being picking up things and cleaning and shuffling clutter around.

I'm not sure if there's much point in coming up with some sort of fixed schedule for the next few weeks or not. I think I will try to stick with a consistent supper and bedtime routine so that it makes getting the kids to bed simpler and will leave the days free and flexible. I am going to draw up a list of the things I need to accomplish in the next little while so I can at least keep track of my tasks.

I also have a list of friends that I need to call or write to. I have been terrible lately for keeping in contact with people. Between little people and our building project, being out of town several times in the past couple of months, and feeling under the weather I am afraid I have badly neglected my friends. :(

In any case, I hope we will have a productive few weeks with Dwayne off work - he working out at our new house and I getting this one ready to move out of.

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Works For Me Wednesday - The Backwards Edition
This week Shannon is hosting a backwards edition of WFMW. Instead of providing a tip, you ask for some from your fellow bloggers. It's a chance to get your most puzzling problems solved.

Here is my connundrum.

We are going to be moving into a much smaller house in the very near future. Our rental unit had a lot of extra space and a garage and shed. The house we have built does not have much space, maybe 700sq ft in total. We have a small cabin that we plan on sealing up well for storage.

Do any of you have suggestions for storing belongings for long periods of time? We likely will have to store a good portion of our things for a couple of years until we finish building a larger house. Are there special packing/storage tips for clothing that wouldn't apply to say kitchen supplies or papers/books?

Join in!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Grouse hunting
Today Hendrik went hunting with Daddy and Grandpa Bob. He was so excited. He kept talking about "grouse chicken" and "wild chickens". He said he wanted to touch them. Dwayne told him he could touch one if they got one that wasn't too dirty. They were gone about 7 hours. When they got home this evening our little guy came bounding through the door, so anxious to tell me all about grouse hunting. In his 2 1/2 year old way he told me about the grouse and how they had beaks, and mouths, and noses, and two eyes, and feathers and that they were very, very soft.

I find it amazing that something as simple as driving down bush roads looking for birds can keep somebody so young entertained for so long. He did have a nap in his car seat at one point but to be happily looking for grouse for 5 or 6 hours is still pretty impressive in my books. If only I could find something at home that would keep him occupied for that long!!

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