Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gone fishing.

I know we have a lot of catching up to do.  We flew Dad up to spend our birthdays together.  We decided to visit Kennebec Lake and take Dad fishing for his 75th birthday.
The first thing we saw when we arrived was the pier and all the boats.  The weather was glorious!
It didn't take long to unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet.  And the view!
This was one of my favourite spots to hang out.
We rented out this 3 bedroom cottage (because that is how I go camping).  And while I prepared the clam and lobster bake, I sent everyone else fishing.
I wonder who caught the biggest fish?
Kerri did!
They came back with lots of bass and other fish, which we really enjoyed.
At one point, the fishing guide left Kerri "stranded" as joke.  She was pretty upset when she found out the white "paint" on the floor was actually bird poop.
The next morning we hung out on the beach.  This was my view.
And that's Kerri taking a plunge and conquering her fears, jumping into Daddy's waiting arms.  It rained later that day, but we had a fabulous BBQ and birthday cake for Dad.
And this glorious hot tub was on our private deck.  We used it every single day.  I wouldn't get out until I was wrinkled beyond belief.  We miss it already!

We spent an amazing long weekend at Springwood Cottages!  If you ever want to visit, check out their website:  and tell Cezar I sent you!

I'll play catch up soon.  Right now we are enjoying Dad's visit.

Life with Kerri is having an amazing September!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Two week update!

  • We celebrated hubby's birthday for an entire weekend.  He had dinner at a fancy steakhouse, and then Nana joined us for dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant.  We also took him to breakfast at Cora's.  
Hubby received a nice gift card to his favourite electronics store, and then got to go on a shopping spree at his favourite gaming store.  He also received passes to the Museum of War, which he will be going to later on with my Dad and Kerri.  Here is a picture of the birthday boy:

  • After the birthday celebrations were over, I had an appointment with a cardiologist, who confirmed that he didn't see any damage to my heart, and gave me the go ahead to start the medical liquid diet.
  • I went to the weight loss clinic, only to be told they want me to wait 6 months from the date of my mini-stroke to ensure I am medically stable.  So my entrance to the program has been postponed until January.
  • My dad is arriving in less than two weeks to visit us!  It's my birthday gift to him (and myself, and Kerri) to send him a ticket whenever he is able to travel.  This might be his last trip here though, so we are going to make the most of every moment.  I am hoping he doesn't have to return early to start chemo again.
  • Kerri had her first half of the psychological educational evaluation completed last Friday - three hours of testing!  Her next half is this Friday, and hopefully before the end of next month we will have a report explaining what was discovered.
  • She starts 6th grade on September 8th!  And turns 11 the following week.  So many changes, all good though!
  • Kerri is also starting art classes and Girl Guides in September.  She asked to do both, so we are doing our best to budget accordingly.  Especially since there will be cookies to buy, I mean sell (no, I really meant buy).
  • In one week we will be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary, again.  We were married in a civil ceremony in June, and then had the big wedding September 1st in Canada.  So we get to celebrate both!  Which also means: hubby has an excuse if he forgets the first one.
  • The same week that Kerri turns 11, I will be turning 50, and my dad will be turning 75.  We are hoping to celebrate it in a unique way, but I can't ruin the surprise (and don't want to say anything in case it doesn't work out).
  • Kerri had her ultrasound, and they decided it was breast tissue developing on one side.  Just in case, she will be having another ultrasound in a few months.  
  • Kerri's vision is also an issue (it seems to happen at the beginning of every school year!), so she was squeezed into an appointment next week with the only pediatric opthamologist here.  I foresee new glasses will have to be paid for, sigh.
  • And in better news, her teeth are awesome!  She has no more baby teeth, and the orthodontist wants her to keep using her retainer at night only.  So no more braces for now!  Thank goodness, because I spent that money on the psychologist, phew.
  • Kerri has been seeing a psychologist to help her with anxiety.  So far, it has helped her deal with her sleep issues.  She is still working on school related things: dealing with bullying, talking to teachers who scare her, speaking up and defending herself with children and adults both.  I am not sure if it is helping, but we will find out soon enough in the coming weeks.
  • She has also decided she has outgrown her DS, her Wii, and her underwear.  We will be school shopping this week for clothes, but I am not ready to get rid of her electronics in case she changes her mind later on.
And other than Jade chewing through a few HDMI cables, that is about all the excitement around here.  We have been doing a lot of reading this summer, and also still helping out our adopted Aboriginal family.  Maybe next year we can afford to go on a real vacation?

Life with Kerri is enjoying the last two weeks of summer break.

Friday, August 7, 2015

A busy day.

Last night I fasted for some tests today.  Kerri and I went to the lab, where they took several vials of blood.  Then they handed me a cup and told me to fill it with pee.  So we headed to the public restroom around the corner.

I don't know where to begin.  It is hard enough to try and pee in a cup when you haven't had anything to drink in 14 hours.  It is even harder to pee in a cup when you are in a teeny tiny stall and contorted like a pretzel to try and capture something in a very small cup without getting it all over yourself.  It is definitely more difficult when your soon to be 11 year old is at the other side of the door with a running commentary and sarcastic ideas on how to encourage me.

Needless to say, I eventually managed in getting a teensy sample to the lab, who assured me it would be enough.

And then we went to the doctor.  Kerri found a lump in her breast.  The doctor is ordering an ultrasound, to which Kerri replied "Is it a boy or a girl?".  Confused, the doctor asked her to clarify her comment, and she said "ultrasounds are when you're pregnant, so I want to know if I am having a boy or a girl."  The doctor tried to explain about puberty, asking Kerri if she had grown any hair, and she pulled up her braid and said "Look, I have lots!".  Poor doc, he was flustered but amused, and by the time we left Kerri had him laughing and hugging her.  And by the way, Kerri knows exactly how babies are made thanks to 5th grade, so she was just being funny.

Then we headed to the pharmacy to fill some prescriptions, and by then my legs were going weak and I realized I needed to eat and drink. So we went out for a late breakfast.

When Daddy came home, we surprised him with dinner at a fancy shmancy steakhouse.  And then Kerri gave him a card with tickets inside for tomorrow's surprise.  He will turn 45 on Monday, so we are celebrating his birthday all weekend long!
Life with Kerri had a busy day!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

She broke my budget.

I started car shopping, but really did not fall in love with anything at the dealership.  So I decided to take the MamaMobile in for a check up instead, since my front tire was making a sound.

Imagine my surprise when the dealer called me back and told me that the other dealer I had done a brake job with had used after market parts; and that my calipers had seized and parts were sticking (hence the noise) and parts had rotted; and that I had to replace absolutely everything.  Apparently I was running on only one functioning brake (our van had no problems stopping and no noises to alert us anything was wrong with the brakes - we thought the one tire sound was something else).

So, four new rotors and brake pads, three calipers, two wheel hubs and ball bearings and one stabilizer bar later, I handed over $3,702.41 to the dealer.  And drove home my beautiful, old, well loved and sometimes gently used MamaMobile.  She barely has 74,000 miles (aprox. 119,000 kilometres).  And although she is eleven years old, she still has a lot of life left.

I think hubby will be trading his car in way before I do. And in the meantime, I don't have any car payments!  On the other hand, I now have a credit card bill to pay...the MamaMobile broke my budget!

Life with Kerri is too attached to that van.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Found more wedding pictures...

Unfortunately we didn't take a lot of pictures...we just enjoyed every moment!  I can't wait to see the professional photographs.

Life with Kerri should have taken more photos!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Wedding weekend.

This was a selfie we took at the wedding rehearsal.  I love how this picture turned out! 

Here is Effy, the beautiful Mother of the Bride (and my sister in law!), and Kerri, the Junior Bridesmaid, and me.  We clean up pretty good!  Pookie just wanted to pose with us, so we let him.
Kerri, ready and waiting to walk down the aisle.  She did a fabulous job!
Mother and daughter, posing while waiting for the professional photographer to take more wedding party pictures.  

Nana and Meg's wedding was intimate and beautiful.  The brides were absolutely gorgeous!  Their wedding vows were amazing, and I cried happy tears.  It was definitely a magical day.  

Life with Kerri celebrated love this weekend.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In other news....

  • Kerri had her final fitting and her nails done.  This weekend she will be walking down the aisle as a Junior Bridesmaid in Nana's wedding. I cannot wait to show you pictures.  
  • I am trying to decide on whether to buy a new car or keep the Mama Mobile.  So far, I am not impressed with any of the cars I have looked at.  I really want to keep my old van.  Hubby really wants me to have a new car.  We are at an impasse.
  • After the heart scare, I have been really trying not to stress out about the little things, and take better care of myself.  I will be glad when things return back to normal.
  • Today I received great news!  I start my medically supervised liquid Optifast diet a week before my 50th birthday.  I will be celebrating early!  
  • My Dad is coming to visit so we can celebrate all our birthdays together this year.  I really am looking forward to his visit!  Every moment I get to spend with him is a gift.
  • Kerri loves her new Privacy Pop Up tent.  We got it for her as a sensory aid, and it makes her feel safe when she goes to sleep in her bed (she can zip it closed like a tent).  It was an instant hit, and worth whatever it cost us.
  • The psychologist has also been helping Kerri with her sleep issues.  We will be working on anxiety next.  And in August Kerri will be undergoing an Psychological Educational Evaluation so we can update her IEP at school.
  • Kerri starts 6th grade on September 8th!  It is her last year in elementary school.  She is growing so much, in so many ways!
  • Jade officially weighs more than Pookie.  We took Pookie to the vet and I was surprised to find out he has always had a heart murmur (they just didn't tell me about it, but it was on his records).
  • Hubby got a CPAP machine today.  I am so looking forward to both of us getting a good night sleep!
And that's life with Kerri.