Sunday, November 7, 2010

Halloween Party 2010 at Rhyme time in Cremona

So every Tuesday Justice and I drive to Cremona to enjoy time with Auntie Cari, Austin and Kyla for rhyme time. Airdrie is so busy that I can't even get onto the waiting list so when Careen said that there was room in Cremona I jumped on it just so Justice can meet new people and of course she loves to sing.
This is Kyla in her puppy costume. She didn't last long in it at rhyme time so this is on Halloween day......she was so cute!
Austin in his cowboy outfit. Nana made the chaps for him that he loved
My muffin/cupcake princess

The kids decorating their cookies.....and of course Justice is eating more candy then putting them on the cookie

One of the kids cookies.....I think Austin's

This was a good idea. Mr. Potato heads pieces and decorating an orange

Austin and his guy

Justice's pumpkin/scare crow craft and mommy's kitty

There was soooooo many kids there that day that it was hard to keep track of your kids. If at any point I didn't see Justice playing with toys or kids I knew where to look. There were these 2 twin girls still in their car seats very content and thankfully wide awake. That's Justice mommy giving them their soothers

and now rocking them to sleep. I am not worried at all on how Justice will be with this baby. Of course I'm expecting her to have some jealous moments and issues but she loves babies that I think she will be more help then mommy will need!

Halloween 2010

So this year Justice was yet again another princess.....a muffin/cupcake princess....she looked adorable. I bought the costume several sizes bigger because of course we live in Alberta and you never know if we'll have a foot of snow or +15 degree weather. This year no snow suit but it was a bit cooler so I was happy with the bigger costume.
This is Justice doing crafts while Nana french braided her hair for me before going in to see Gran and Gramps. French braiding is something I haven't concurred yet! But it is something I would like to figure out. :)
Justice at Mama and Grandpa's right before we had dinner. We just out walking around their culdesac to a few houses. It took several days for Justice to want to wear her costume. I put it on her a week before and it was a total disaster. She screamed and totally freaked out and I couldn't even get her to step into it at all. So the next day we played dress up and went over to Nana and Papa's to show them her beautiful costume. That helped a bit but then a couple of days later we had a Halloween party at our rhyme time with Kyla and Austin which that helped a lot. Even though Austin was a cowboy (she sees him in his cowboy hat and boots all time that we weren't to sure if she would think it was a costume or not) and Kyla was a pink puppy. She kept her costume on for the entire morning there and didn't make a fuss. So when Sunday came it wasn't a fight much at all. And now she begs me to put her costume on. So hopefully we won't have any problems with it. So we'll see

This is Steve and June's house just 2 doors down from Tom and Sandra's.

2nd house before supper. We only did 3 houses on their street and then I went to 2 more houses in town; Pam and Ron's and Auntie Ashley's friends house were she was helping handing out candy. Then we tried Jodi and Brian's but she fell asleep on the way there which I thought she would crash for the rest of the night but it didn't last long so then we stopped at our neighbours Joe and Nancy's for our final home. It was a late night and busy for me since I didn't have Mike's help this year since he insisted on anhydrous that night.

Justice's candy stash. Thankfully Mike is helping Justice out a lot......and mommy a bit too! :)

Justice decorating her first pumpkin 2010

Justice was given a little pumpkin from cousin Jamie and she was so excited to finally do something with it. She would carry it all around the house prior to cleaning it out and decorating. And of course since she was so young last year she had no idea what mommy and daddy were talking and carving a pumpkin. I bought pumpkin faces in stickers and some you push in like Mr. Potato heads faces. She had a blast! Next year she'll be able to draw something on so we can carve it.
Justice with her sticker side of the pumpkin

Justice with her first funny face

And then daddy got right into it and had her add horns and really add the finishing touch I must say

And this was my pumpkin. I usually do a big fancy and hardcarving but this year with being 7 months pregnant I honestly didn't have the energy to sit for a couple of hours and carve a pumpkin. So a somewhat simply one was what I chose.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Baby Bump #2

So most of you have already heard that Mike and I are expecting our second child on January 24, 2011. I do not know the sex of the baby but Mike doesn't always agree with my waiting for the best surprise bit. He's one that wanted to find out with Justice and now with this baby too.
This ultrasound was when I was just 18 weeks and a day along (August 23, 10) and baby wasn't cooperating with his or her positions and baby wasn't really big enough to see everything clearly, so it turned out that we wouldn't have been able to find out the sex if we wanted to. Great, already a baby that is stubborn like his or her father and big sister! Nice, and I'm out numbered completely now! lol ;o)
July 13 ,10 I am 13 weeks here.......and yes there in ONLY ONE BABY :) Look at the ultrasound above for proof ;o)

August 28, 10 19 weeks

October 12, 10 25 weeks

For the most part I am feeling really good, huge but good. I have been gaining much less with this baby then with Justice. I don't want to gain 35-40 lbs again....that wasn't fun trying to get off. So the last month or so I've been gaining a pound a week which this far along they want to see no less then that or more then that for babys health so I'm happy with that. I think it helps having a busy 2 year old to run after everyday as well to keep the weight down too! lol

Harvest time

So dad and Mike had a few days start on harvest before cousin Jamie (Mike's dads cousin) came for a very interesting and fascinating experience....these words right from Jamie. She grew up in Calgary and hasn't had a chance to see what combining is at all. She loved it and Justice joined the fun with Jamie as well.
My dad is driving the combining and giving Jamie the run down on how it all works.
I was in the grain truck taking this picture. Justice enjoyed talking to us threw the CB radios as well
Jamie, Justice and dad (aka Papa) right before they started combining.

It's kinda hard to see but you see Justice on Jamie's lap sleeping.....and I swear this isn't even 5 minutes in the combine and she is already passed out

I was keeping Mike company is the grain truck while the girls were in the combine. He enjoyed giving me a heart attack on the wobbly ladder that we later had to change to another bin so he had to untie it. Next time I am not going to be around to see that....I was freaking out.

Fall time

So I always said that my favorite season was summer mostly because I love the warmer weather. But since living in Grande Prairie with all the trees to look at and walking through the trails I have become a huge fan of fall time. Especially the colors on the hedge around our house gets this gorgeous red.....not for long but long enough for me to enjoy.
I was driving around the farm on a beautiful fall day in September cutting grass and snapping pictures of all of our trees. So this is just a few. One above is Justice sitting by our hedge in our yard that hadn't completely changed yet.
This is our house with our red hedge and huge trees around us. And not even 30 minutes after taking these pictures did a huge wind and rain storm go through and most of these leaves blew off. So perfect timing on my end I must say! :)

Of course the barn yard

Standing at mom and dads house looking toward our house. We have a huge garden inside those big beautiful trees

My favorite picture that I look. I am in between our house and mom and dads looking south.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My tomboy

Justice is one that what ever Papa and daddy are doing she wants to be right out there as well. These pictures are all after Papa and Daddy were working on a messy and dirty auger to get ready for harvest.....which it is September 22 and we still haven't even started a combine. Silly rain. Anyways, as you can see Justice was right in there getting as dirty as a 2 year old can get
In the left hand is Justice cookie and in the right is dirt that she was playing with

Again, what ever Papa does Justice has to do as well. Not to sure if that cardboard was really doing any good with the dirt on it anyways but the thought was there! :)

Daddy teaching Justice how to use some tools and what makes me laugh about these pictures is that Nana was babysitting for me while I had an ultrasound appointment and she curled Justice's hair and made her look pretty. Then we go out side to see what the guys were doing and Justice got right into it!

Sitting in Papa's barley field right by the shop.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This is one of my favorite videos of Justice. My absolute favorite one is so big that it doesn't seem to want to upload on my blog! Very disappointing! But until just recently Justice has started enjoying singing to what ever comes to her head. The farmer and the Dell is her favorite but she singing "Farmer and the Wife" verse more then the farmer in the Dell. It cracks me up. We will put her to bed at night and if she's not tired or not wanting to read then all you hear is her singing "Farmer and Wife" over and over and over again. But her other favorite song right now is Happy Birthday but we are working on that's hard to understand what she's singing since she doesn't know even 3 words. Just Happy and Birthday! :) lol My little angel!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My Little Cowgirl in the Making!

These are the days that I wish I wasn't pregnant to enjoy a nice ride with my daughter. But instead I'm enjoying to see Nana having these days with Justice. Justice is really loving being around the horses any chance she can get even if it's only for 10 mintues. In this picture Mom is on Shea and Justice is on Abby. Both look very similar but Abby is a bit taller and she has four socks. Abby is a good match for our kids so we are very thankful that we have her after loosing our beloved Dot last fall.
Justice was very excited to sit bareback on Abby. She does quite often but this day she was very excited and kept telling me to take a picture of her and saying "Mom, look no saddle!" My proud baby

Justice is my spit fire will be interesting to see what baby #2 will be...scary actually!! lol But she has no fear at all around horses. Which is a good thing that she's not scared of anything that moves but of course it can be a really bad thing if something happens. She is getting better with respecting the horses feet and back end but it's been a long process.

Every time I see a smaller child or a baby I think Justice is getting so big but then I put her beside Abby and think that she's my little girl!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

57th Wedding Anniversary

My Grandma and Grandpa, Ross and Margaret Giles, have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this past January 29, 2010. Here's a little run down of their 57 years a nut shell! :)
Gran and Gramps got married in 1953 and settled in Hubalta Alberta where Gramps mother lived just across the road from them at that time. Gramps grew up in that area and had worked on the farm at a young age due to his father passing young from a heart attack.
I remember Gran telling me a story about her not having running water in this house. She called it running water though only because she had to run across the road to fetch water several times a day. I couldn't even to begin to imagine.....boy how times have changed.
Gran and Gramps had 2 children; Doug, the oldest and my mom Ellen. Both were born in Calgary while living in Hublata. Gran and Gramps decided to move their family to Airdrie; their current farm just north west of town; in 1962 when mom was 6 years old.
Gran and Gramps raised about 150 head of cattle here on the farm and they farmed about 600 acres of land to feed their cattle. Both mom and Uncle Doug graduated high school here in Airdrie at George McDougall where all four of us girls graduated as well.
Uncle Doug was always helping Gramps around the farm and loved driving equipment and working with the cattle. He unfortunately died in a horrible farming accident in 1974 when he was only 20 years old so that was a devastation to the family but made them much closer. My mom was only 18 years old when her brother passed and I love hearing stories of Uncle Doug and my mom growing up. I would love to meet him. He was a great man.
My dad was a good friend of Uncle Doug's and years later mom and dad started dating and eventually married in 1979. They moved into their house on the farm across the road from the home stead in 1983 where they still live today. Mom and dad have 4 daughters, Careen and my self are 29, Jacelyn is 25 and Ashley is 24.
Growing up on this farm was great but very busy. For years we raised cattle with my grandparents and dad farming more land then Gramps ever did. Dad even had custom silage company for about 13 years and then from there his grain farm grew and grew. Gramps decided to retire around 1992 where mom and dad took over the farm and Gramps decided to keep his cattle for a few years. Mom and dad raised cattle for many years until about 5 years ago they decided to sell the herd. Dad is strictly grain farming now.
Careen was the first of us grandchildren to get married. In 2004 Geoff Rohleder became the first "grandson". Geoff and Careen have 2 wonderful children, Austin 4 1/2 years old and Kyla just over a year. Geoff and Careen live on Gran and Gramps ranch land just north of Cochrane where they built a house almost a year ago. Mike and I were the next to get married in 2005 and we have a daughter, Justice 2 1/2 and we are expecting our 2nd child at the end of January; only 5 days before Gran and Gramps celebrate their 58th anniversary. Then Jacelyn married Geoff's youngest brother Greg in 2008 and they live in High River. Ashley is engaged to Tj date picked yet...and TJ has a 8 years old son Anthony and they live in Airdrie. So that makes 4 1/2 great-grandchildren for Gran and Gramps.
My husband Mike and I have have the honor to live in Gran and Gramps house for almost 2 years now where Mike is now helping dad with the farm. Dad and Mike are now farming about 1800 acres and they hope to gain more allowing them to farm around 4000 acres. Well that's Mike's dream!! It is a wonderful feeling to be back on the farm to raise our growing family. Especially being in the house that my mom was raised in. Just having those memories of my childhood and having my children have similar memories is very exciting and special to me.
Gran and Gramps lived in their farm house for 46 years and have owned the farm for 48 years. They decided to move into Cedarwood Station, a senior complex in town, where they have lived for 2 1/2 years now. It is a very welcoming, warm wonderful place where Gran and Gramps have met many lovely people. It was quite an adjustment for them both not having a big house, their wonderful yard to work in and of course the memories. But they have grown to love their new home. Gran doesn't have to worry about a single meal. Cedarwood makes lunch and dinner which are perfect for them both. Gran always has her fridge full for evening snacks and breakfast if they wish but most of the time their early lunch is just fine. Gran doesn't always have to worry about laundry or any cleaning around her apartment. It's all taken care of. It's been the best move for both of them allowing us family members to enjoy them for several more years.
Gramps will be turning 88 years young and Gran will be 82 years young this October.

Justice's 2nd Birthday

First of all I would like to appoigize for not updating this many many months ago. It's horrible of me to have waited this long to post Justice's birthday in February. But I will do my best in updating more often.

I can't believe that my baby is 2 already. Boy has the time flown by. I decided to have a joined party with family and friends to make it easier for me so it was quite the house full.....good thing I have a big house!! :) It was a nice warm winter day as well so the kids had a chance to play out side for a bit while most of the adults were glued to the TV watching the Olympics Men's Curling for Gold....and the Canadian team was in it.

This is Justice, Nana Cornish, Heather, Cooper and Ryder at Justice birthday cake that I made.

Pam, who helped me make the cake, Kyla and Cari holding her on the right. Austin below at the table right beside Jake.
Drew, Kolt in the hat and Ryder in the red shirt on the left on the picture all waiting for the cake to be cut and handed out.

All the adults around the Men's gold game.
Geoff Rohleder sitting under the window, Nana Cornish standing up, Grandpa Deere to her left sitting on the couch and Steve Munk in the black hat. I should mention that Canada did win the gold and was apparently a very intense game.

Justice opening her gifts.....thank you everyone for spoiling her! I still haven't opened some of her gifts yet.

This is the cake that Pam and I made for Justice. Pam had the cake pan and the yummy recipe for the icing that worked well for piping. It was a lot of work but a tone of fun. Thanks Pam for your wonderful help. I hope to do this every year.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Christmas 2009

After gifts mommy and Justice went out side to enjoy the wonderful weather

Justice enjoying kitty's new toy more then kitty

Justice dressing her go out side to play
Bed head at 6 am! Lovely!
Justice enjoying her new horsey that Santa brought her