gets to play with Mommy's camera?? OK, that isn't my camera, it's Braydon's. But he decided that it wasn't working properly, and KJ wanted to take some photos, so brave me let her take a few with my camera. Yes, my good camera.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I cannot say that this week of vacation was relaxing. Nor did I really expect it to be. I wanted this week to focus on the kids, and not to be starved of time to spend with them. While I love working, I do find it stressful to do all the things with my kids that they want (within reason of course). So having my date days alone with each kid, days together, swimming almost every day, celebrating a couple of birthdays and not to mention the ball tournament that the week started with, I'm pooped.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I wonder where this current generation is going to learn it's manners. As I type this, my son had to ask 6 times for something before he learned to say please. As soon as he did, I did what he was requesting too. I take the time EVERY SINGLE day to teach these kids manners. Open the door for people, use please and thank you, send thank you notes when someone does something nice, tell people you like them, use nice words, don't hit. Well that last one I seem to have to repeat a lot these days - but the thing is, I keep trying.
Today I ran into a few people who made me think that no one bothered to teach them some of these skills.
Driving to work - I was almost hit by someone talking on their cell phone and driving. Now I try not to use my phone while driving - let's face it, it is more dangerous. But this guy was not paying ANY attention at all to the actual driving aspect of his venture. Lucky for me I was paying attention. But he didn't even bother to give me the "oops, sorry" look. Nope, he just kept chatting.
At work, a co-worker came into my office to ask me a question. She stayed in my office, made a personal phone call from her cell, and for a few minutes stood in the middle of my office chatting away to her father, all in a different language. Um - go to your own office.
Later in the afternoon I was walking into the washroom. Unfortunately, I share my bathroom with the 5000 visitors that come to my place of work every day. There are things that I have seen in there......well that is just another blog on it's own. Anyhow, as I am walking in, this lady was so busy texting on her phone that she didn't bother to look up, and when she did walk into me, didn't bother to apologize.
I'm not trying to say that I am the most polite person in the world. Far from it. However there are some common courtesies that I can guarantee you that I can do better than those three. And I hope, my children will too.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
In the afternoon, I headed to the beach with the kids for some more swimming and Chris and Eric went to get groceries, and did some cleaning up around the house. When I came back, we just relaxed, played a lot of pig in the middle and had a lot of laughs.
Steak, baked potatoes and ceasar salad for dinner in the warm summer evening. Life is good.
Afterwards we headed back to the beach for one last swim. The kids have had such a great time, and been sooooo good. I’m proud of them. Vacation while fun, is always full of different days, and different places, with strange times, and not a lot of normalicy.
All in all, this has been a fantastic trip. I love my family, and love having this week with them. Can’t wait to do it again!
Braydon: going to the beach, getting the pop gun
Kaylee: goats on the roof, going to the beach, getting the pop guns
Kirsten: finding some great Christmas treasures for people, and scoring a new sketch book for me.
Braydon: playing fast football and mini golfing
Kaylee: Eric sleeping over and mini golfing
Chris: Going out in the ocean, playing, mini golfing, swimming, playing pig in the middle
Kirsten: Having fun each day as a family, and how well we all got along (oh ya, and getting 500 or so photos to play with)