Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Its slowly getting warmer out........


First day of Spring

 Keira was supposed to wear "spring" clothes too school for the first day of Spring. So she wore a sundress with winter clothes under it.
Every am at school Keira writes me a love note on the back of her morning work.

Samuel's Dump Truck Birthday and Nairi's Hello Kitty Birthday.

 Samuel is 2!!! He wanted a dump truck birthday so thats what he got. This is the same cake Mike made for Israel when he turned 2.
 Dump Truck dirt cake
 Nairi is turning 4 and she wanted a Hello Kitty birthday. Their birthdays are 8 days apart.  

 The theme was a combo of Hello Kitty and trucks


 2 year olds are fun to watch when they open presents






Keira's First Confession

Waiting in line for her first confession at Ste Marie's. She was nervous but still smiling. Afterwards she literally skipped all the way to the front of the church with a huge smile on her face ( the confessionals are in the back). Next up is First Communion on Easter!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

To sum up winter 2015 in Ipad pictures

 Samuel's last days as a 1 year old
 Mountains of snow
 Keira is learning how to cook. Naturally she only has interest in making dessert
 We did lots and lots and lots of puzzles.
 more snow
 Wow no one is fighting....
 No words for these...



 Fat Tuesday sugar high
 appropriate attire for -25 degree tundra
 Our new family white board with Israel's love note to daddy on the bottom
 Every day Keira writes this message on the back of her morning daily work at school
one of Mike's masterpieces

Laundry room mini- make over

 Our laundry "room" is squished into a closet in our first floor bathroom. Its so small that I couldn't even get far enough away to get a decent picture.  So this project started because A) Mike was on vacation this week and Mike can't sit still and B) our furnace condensation  line  that runs to the outside of the house froze one night when it was -25 outside. It happens at least once every winter. Mike decided that since we had to do something about it we might as well run a new line that doesn't run to the outside. The new line drains via the wash machine drain so that required moving the wash machine and getting lines run and cutting holes into places etc. So since that was going on Mike figured why not just stack the washer and dryer and create some custom shelving. We store alot of cleaning supplies and such on shelves above the wash machine. Since we always have a toddler in the house I don't want any chemicals under the bathroom or kitchen sink.
 So above is the before pictures and below the afters. Again its hard to get a decent picture because the bathroom is tiny.


 It came out great and there is so much room on the shelves because they are so deep.




Allergy testing for Nairi

 A year and half ago Nairi was diagnosed with a tree nut ( walnuts and hazelnuts) allergy and a peanut allergy. We repeated her blood work in April and her peanuts were at a normal level and her hazelnuts had jumped way up. She had also started showing some signs of season allergies. 2 weeks ago we did skin testing for environmental allergies and a peanut oral challenge.  Seasonal allergies can start at age 3 and Nairi is 3. Her skin testing revealed that she is allergic to cats, trees and cockroaches. Because she is so young these can change.
  Keira had a peanut oral challenge so this wasn't the first time we have done this. They rub it on her lips and then wait... Here she is getting her peanut butter lipstick. She passed with no  problems.
Her back after the skin testing.  The reason her hazelnuts were so high ( the Dr suspects) is because she is also allergic to trees and there can be cross sensitivity between some trees like birch and hazelnuts.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Because no one is tired of snow pictures

This is what over 60 inches of snow looks like. A snow path is necessary for toddlers to be able to play in the snow otherwise its just too deep and tall for them to go anywhere. Notice the snow pile is as high as his head.
 Keira sums up how I feel about winter, snow days, cabin fever and the term stir crazy
 He thinks snow is cool but I am pretty sure he is the only one that thinks so
 He pretends to like it and then he falls and can't get up due to the bulk factor and the smiling is over.
 The pictures do not do justice to the snow piles. They really and truly are massive. When a car goes down the street you can only see the top half of the car because the piles on the side of the road are so high. Right now my garbage cans are in the street for garbage day and I can't see them from my window at all because the snow piles are higher than the garbage cans.
 Thank goodness for the snow path
 Winter sunset