Friday, September 28, 2012

Rubber Boots

We had decided to announce our pregnancy to our families on Christmas day.  I was Christmas shopping, and trying to decide a "creative" way to announce to Shane's family that we were expecting a baby, since they were who we were spending Christmas with.  Shane's parents are cattle ranchers, so I was on the look out for some teeny tiny rubber boots.  With no luck in that department, that isn't how we announced, but I still have a deep desire for our little man to be in some rubber boots. 

Fast forward a little bit, and I find myself babysitting, Samuel has no shoes, and the boys want to go to the park. So, what do I do? Borrow the B boys rubber boots that are too small for them, and a bit too small for Samuel, and off we go. I loved his mis-matched outfit so much, I had to take a few pictures (thank heavens for smart phones)!

I sure love all these little guys. I think it's safe to say I'd be happy with just boys...
The boys had a ton of fun at the park, and we were even joined by some other friends.  I've enjoyed soaking up the last rays of warm sunshine here in Alberta.  I'm glad we took advantage of such an afternoon, and created a great memory because of those boots.
Seriously, I've got to get Samuel his own pair of rubber boots!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Check Up

The other day I took Samuel in for a check up.  It was the routine, look him over, and have any questions answered that I had.  Our doctor is great, he's the guy who delivered Shane.  The reason that I even took him in was because there is a spot on his back that has no pigmentation to it.  I was told to watch it, but that it would likely go away, and isn't something to worry about too much. 
Just in the name of fun, I figured I'd post Samuels "stats."
Height:  31.5in (85%)
Weight:  about 27 lbs (97%) (I didn't get the actual #, just the approximate from the chart)

Head Circumference:  almost 20in. (98%)

Weight for Height: (96%)

He may not be the tallest, but is almost the heaviest, although we don't point that out at our house ;)

Happy to have a healthy, strong boy!  Not to mention such a ham.  He was really good during his check up, and waved to everyone as we went out.  I've got to watch this one, he's gonna be a heart breaker!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

1st Hair Cut

For months I had been wanting to trim up Samuel's hair, so I could do it in a mo-hawk, etc.  The back turned into curls, and I just couldn't bring myself to cutting those locks off.  After several months of thinking about it, I decided one morning, it was time.

I stripped Samuel down to his diaper, sat him in the sink in my bathroom so he had plenty to look at/ play with, and started to cut.  I made sure to save as much hair as possible, and cleaned up the front.   
I styled a mo-hawk on him, and immedietly felt guilty/remorse for cutting my babies hair.  I put him down for a nap, and thought about the length and curls in the back.  I called Shane and asked him what he thought about the curls.  We both decided it was time for them to go. 
When Samuel woke up, back on the counter/ in the sink he went.  



He did pretty well.  A snip here, and a snip there.  I'm glad I knew what I was doing, or it could have been pretty bad! 

Strangely, I didn't feel any remorse for cutting off the locks in the back.  It was nice to see a clean cut boy.  



**After posting these pictures, it makes me sad and miss those curls.  The thing is, he is always rubbing his head against his bed, carseat, etc, so the darling curls generally looked like a matted duck tail.  That was my reason for cutting it off.  As I've been doing his hair, I see the curls are still very much there (thank you grandma Donna).  I think it's safe to say this little guy will have a mop of curls... once his hair evens out a bit ;)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ward Corn Bust

Our ward corn bust this year was a lot of fun.  There was a bishops youth retreat that evening, so Shane and I drove seperate vehicles (since he'd be staying).  Samuel had just gotten brave enough to stand on his own, and once the blanket was laid down, and I was headed for food, he decided to take a few steps solo.  It was exciting to see him stand up and walk all on his own.
There was lots of yummy corn, salads, and desserts.  I was disappointed that there wasn't any type of main coarse, but I think that had to do with the fact that the men were incharge. ;)  We enjoyed eating and chatting.  Samuel is a busy body, and took Shane's fingers and was off playing all around the grass.  They found a soccer ball, and I was happy that I caught this in a picture. 
I was sad a lot of the "regulars" weren't there, but enjoyed chatting with those that were.  It was a fun night, and a good break for this mama.  I love evenings out with my boys!  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Labour Day Parade

*I live in Canada, and therefore spell labour with a U. :)

I have loved parades ever since I was a little girl!  The fourth of July was my favourite because we'd be going to the parade as a family.  I was delighted to learn that there is an annual labour day parade here in our own home town.  I prepped the family the night before to be sure not to miss it.

We got Samuel up from his nap, loaded up in the van, and headed down to find a parking spot and meet my mother-in-law.  Fortunately Shane's office is a block away from where we were planning to watch the parade, so we parked in front of his office and made the short, chilly walk. 

This was my first Canadian parade, and I was very impressed.  We are the closest town to a lot of acerages, therefore have a lot of cowboy/girls/ ranchers, and had a lot of horses in the parade.  I was proud to see that. 
You would have thought I worked for the newspaper and was photographing the parade to run a story on it.  I just couldn't help myself.  It was a lot of fun, so here are a lot of the pictures from the parade:

I love the church float asking what's missing.  I also am really intrigued with the clysdales. 

Samuel enjoyed this one piece of candy we got...  Check out the British marching band, the native dancers, the man riding a bull, and the man riding a bull segway.

There ended up being an accident about 30 meters from us.  A woman fell off one of the wagons and the parade was delayed about 45 minutes.  It was crazy! 
I loved it!  EVERY second of it!  I look forward to the parade next year.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Naked Walking

Samuel has been this close to walking for seriously 2 months now.  Even before then, when he was furniture scooching, I'd say he was this close.  I thought he'd be walking around 11 monthsish at the rate he was going.  Well, here we are at 13.5 months (when these pictures were taken), and he will stand on his own, but not walk.  Well, we found the trick... NAKED walking.

Shane and I will sit across from each and coerce Samuel to come to us.  He gets a big smile, generally followed by a giggle, and then will Frankenstein walk between us.  We were in the midd of a diaper change when we decided to let him be a "free" little man.  We put him between us, and got him to start walking, and he actually did it.  He was doing really well so I ran to grab the camera... and as you'd expect, he stopped doing so well (or started losing confidence/interest).  Here's a play by play of that night:
I think he's prety cute!
BIG thanks to Brittany for recommending PicMonkey... My blogging experience will forever be changed!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Labour Day Weekend Kickoff

Shane had given me a heads up that this particular Friday night was going to be a date. He was in charge of planning, and we were going out, as a family. We had a few errands to run prior to our date starting. Samuel was pretty irritable, and after our errands, I voted that we skip the sit down dinner, and order the best pizza I've ever tasted in my life. Shane was game, so that is what we did, pizza.

After we ordered, we deicded to go to a park nearby and play. Here are some of my favourite shots of the night. I love watching Samuel explore, and he loves to play.

It wasn't very long before it was time to go and pick up our dinner.  We picked up the pizza and I suggested we went to the "red park" to eat it.  The red park is a handicap access park with ramps, so our not.quite.walking Samuel can motor around (although steps don't slow him down). 
We pulled into the parking lot, grabbed a picnic table, and enjoyed our pizza.  Samuel was happy to sit on the table and eat to his hearts content (the camera stayed in the van... silly choice on my part).  When we were all done, we put the pizza boxes in the van, and it was play time.  One of Samuels favourite games at the park is when I stand under the playground and stick my fingers through the holes.  The does the same back.  He think it's just hilarious. 
Earlier this week, Samuel had discoverd his ability to go down the slide by himself.  We tried and tried to get him to go down the slide by himself, but he wouldn't do it.  Kids are funny that way.  We held his hands and walked with him all around the ramps, chasing the other parent.  He expored all over! 
When we had had enough play, it was time for a bath and bedtime. It was a great kickoff to the labour day long weekend.
I sure love the dates with my boys :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Prairie Winds Park

There were a few hot days this summer, and a week or so late in August that happened to have a couple of them. Kailey and Breanna had made plans to go to a spray park across the city and invited me to come along. I wasn't sure that it was going to happen with nap schedules, etc, but it did, and we made it there.

Here we are unloading everything, and getting Lucas and Samuel changed. I was kicking myself for not wearing my swimming suit, that is until we got in the water...

We walked across the wading pool and it was FREEZING! The babies didn't seem to mind too much.

Samuel loves to splash in any kind of water.  Once the shock of the water temperature wore off, he was ready to play...

and crawl all around the pool, until it got too deep.

Cheesey boy

I love this one.
After a bit of playing, Avrie and Breanna showed up.  The babies played for a bit longer, but Samuel and Lucas were about done.  We got back to our blanket and got the boys changed.  I had to get a good picture of them all.  I love it!

I couldn't believe how big the wading pool was and all the fun park stuff that they had both water and non-water.  I can say it's definitely someplace we'll be hitting up again next year :)  It was a fun adventure!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FHE Strawberry Freezer Jam

I can't help but get caught up in the bounty of summer. I tend to over buy fresh produce and hate to waste it. We had a carton of strawberries that were about to spoil when it hit me, rather than freeze them, make freezer jam. I bounced the idea off Shane when he got home from work, and he was in. After dinner was over, it was time to start making the jam.

Wash the berries

Cut off the stems and put them in the blender

Samuel was helping with the recycling

and decided to eat the lid to the jar the jam was going in


This jam was SUPER easy.  I've got a feeling we'll be making this again. :)


Strawberry Freezer Jam:

  • 2 cups crushed fresh strawberries
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 (1.75 ounce) package dry pectin
  • 3/4 cup water
  1. Mix crushed strawberries with sugar, and let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the pectin into the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 1 minute. Stir the boiling water into the strawberries. Allow to stand for 3 minutes before pouring into jars or other storage containers.
  2. Place tops on the containers, and leave for 24 hours. Place into freezer, and store frozen until ready to use.

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Monday, September 17, 2012


I've been slacking a bit in the blogging department, therefore this week is going to be a major "catch up" week for our blog. I am one day shy of this camping trip being a month ago, le sigh!

I married into an "ourdoorsy" family. My father-in-law Garry for many years ran his own hunting guide business, and my mother-in-law stood by his side and spent many hours cooking/ taking care of camp. They have everything you can imagine for camping (although a bit dated), it's always a good time when the "family camping trip" rolls around. The only unfortunate part about the last 3 years has been that someone has been pregnant, or had a new baby... This puts a major damper on things, and our hiking in with all our stuff on our backs doesn't happen.

This year we went to Blue Rock campground. I was pretty apprehensive about going because Samuel is 1, doesn't quite walk yet, and only sleeps well in his crib.  I got over the fact that Samuel would likely be covered in dirt head to toe, and decided to make the best of it.  This all being said, here's how our trip went down:

Shane's family had all left either Thursday night, or Friday morning.  Shane had to work, I had to work, and Garry had some things around the farm that he needed to take care of.  Garry met us at our house, and we made the 1.5 hour journey to our campsite.  We arrived around 7pm and roasted hotdogs for dinner.  I was surprised how nice the campground was.  There was a nice grassy shared area, and gravel everywhere else, not dirt like I had expected.

Samuel likes to be independent.  He likes to feed himself, and had recently started to stand on his own, if he was distracted.  Isn't he cute?

As I mentioned in the beginning, "someone" is pregnant.  Here are our sister-in-laws, (left, Tasha,  and  right, Breanne).  

Travis and our cousin, Christopher play in the fire.  Like I said, this campgound was hardly roughin' it.  I won't complain ;)

Mum and Pop Gallup, in their element

The night was coming, and we were getting ready to set up our tent.  When we found out that it was going to cost $23 for our tent on the ground, we opted to stay in the trailer with Shanes parents (yep, real rough).
It got time for Samuel to go to sleep.  I nursed him, rocked him, laid with him, and over an hour when Shane came in to see how things were going, we decided this wasn't going to work.  Samuel will fall asleep in the car when he is tired, so we bid farewell to the in-laws with the hope that we might  come back.  I was exhausted, it was 11:30, and I really didn't want to do the 1.5 hour drive home.  I knew we wouldn't sleep great, but at least we'd get more sleep.  After we got about 10 minutes down the road, Samuel was out.  We turned around, and pulled back into the campground.
Samuel woke up a couple of times, but nursed back to sleep.  I tossed and turned, but felt semi rested in the morning.  I had to tease Garry when morning rolled around, and Samuel woke everyone up later than they usually get up, and he asked us to turn the furnace on.  Oh it was so easy to poke fun at this true camper sleeping in a trailer and asking for the furnace to be turned on.
Because of their experience as hunting guides, breakfast was GREAT!  We had hashbrowns, eggs, toast, and bacon (although I passed on the bacon, since I'm not a fan).  I swear everything tastes better when you are camping!

Samuel loved being able to explore this giant "playground."  He was in heaven!

After breakfast was all cleaned up, Donna pulled out this cute little chair that she has kept since her boys were little.  I think it's DARLING, and Samuel really enjoyed being in the action.  She gave him some cups to play with...

He LOVED it!  Check him out in his element. 
Pretty soon it was time for a nap for Mr. S.  We went to the trailer, and he was almost asleep when the door opened, and in came donna.  I about DIED!  Samuel was wide away wanting to see what was going on, and she was just wanting to put away the dishes.  I was super frustrated, and off in the van we went to get Samuel to sleep. (in her defence, it's been 20 years since she's had a baby, and it's easy to forget how tempermental they are).

As per all of our get togethers, a family photo was in order (we miss Shane's youngest brother who is faithfully serving a mission in SLC).  I'm glad my MIL is so persistent, and that they boys have matured a bit as "their girls" have entered the picture.
After Samuels nap, we had lunch, and packed up to get out of the campsite.  The camp "hosts" were nazi about paying, where things could go, and check in/out times.  We didn't want to uspet them, and made it out just in the knick of time. 
Christopher was being baptized that afternoon, so we all had time to kill and decided to check out the falls close by.  Here we are, waiting for everyone to arrive.

Sam LOVED all of the attention!

The water was bitter cold!
We wandered down river a bit, and hiked up some rocks to get this shot.  I didn't take a picture, but there were people who were cliff jumping (40ish feet) into the water.  We were all commenting how dangerous it was, but I think I just may have done it ;)

We tried to skope out a place to shower prior to the baptism, but didn't get a chance.  When we got to the church, we got as cleaned up as we could, put our dress clothes on, and enjoyed the special occasion it was.