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Whine and Roses #4 – Is Elsewhere!

4 Feb

Todays “Whine and Roses” post is featured on my dear friend Priya’s blog over at My Reflections! I encourage all my readers to go check out my post and the rest of Priya’s blog as well, as she is definitely a favorite blogger of mine. Become a follower too, you will not regret it!

Thank you Priya for this wonderful opportunity. It’s been an incredible experience and I have truly appreciated it. Much love for you from me and my Army.

And to keep the home fires burning here on  my own little corner of the internets…

The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar - as read by Hayden


Feel the Love

1 Feb

 “Love is friendship set on fire.” – Jeremy Taylor

This month on Raising an Army I’m going to be doing something  just a little bit different, thanks to my friend Priya over at My Reflections. In February, she devotes the month to “Love Bytes” and so has inspired and challenged me to do the same. Over here, in the spirit of the Army, I will call it “Whine and Roses” – a series of posts dedicated to love – particularly the side that comes with having a house full of children. Since I have a whole lotta love in my heart and am surrounded by love every day of the year, I am fairly certain that I can handle 28 days of sharing a little piece of that love with you all.

As I was looking for a quote to kick off February and the “Whine and Roses” theme, I realized how diverse people’s opinions on what love really is can be. It really made me search within myself for the answer to the question; “What is love, to me?”

This month I’m going to challenge myself to explore that in-depth. Today I’m just going to leave you with some images of what love is to me today. These are some of the roses that offset my whine.

The 3 Hooligans; Silas, Hayden & James

Daddy and his Princess

Simply Kissable

Hanging out with my big boy.

Lots of roses today and no whine…let’s see if that trend carries through for the rest of February. 🙂

Happy Holidays

1 Jan

With love from the Army. Peace and joy to you in 2011.


7 Nov

On November 1st, we had the first snowfall of the season here in Newfoundland. I didn’t get any pictures, and the snow didn’t stay down on the ground, but it simultaneously thrilled and horrified me. Even though I’m long past that stage where winter is exciting and I can’t wait for snow, the first snowfall of the season always still gives me that old thrill. Despite its shortcomings, snow is so pretty and looks so clean and fresh. As the thrill ran through me, the horror chased behind. Snow already? I hate winter! Winter is cold and wet and gross! It makes it so difficult to get out to run errands and the people where I live drive like idiots at the best of time. Give them a layer of slush and/or ice and we’re talking about playing Russian Roulette just to go to the grocery!

The snowfall combined with todays self-actualization project made me think about that whole theory that no two snowflakes are exactly the same, just like no two people are exactly the same. Today I was supposed to write about what makes me different from everyone else. What makes me a “special snowflake”? So I sat down with my laptop to write.

And spent the next twenty minutes at least staring at the screen blankly.

What does make me different and special? I honestly don’t think there is anything about me that really sets me apart. There are things about me that are unusual, sure, but nothing that I don’t share with at least some other small group of the population. Here are some of those “oddities”.

– I have a large family…and I only want to add to it. I’m not finished with four children. I want more. Maybe I’ll decide five is enough. maybe six. Maybe more. Honestly though, this doesn’t make me special. Sure we have more than the average amount of children, but we’re no Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. In the grand scheme of things, four children really isn’t that many.

– I am intensely passionate about what I believe in and will fight for what I believe is fair and just, but I’m no Nelson Mandela.

– I love my friends and family and would give my life for theirs, but any mother, father, sister or brother worth their salt would do the same.

But only I can raise my children to be good, loving, tolerant members of society. Only I can teach them to reach out to a friend in need. To put their arms around the friend who is crying. To embrace the rejected. To love everyone, not in spite of their differences but because of them. Only I can teach them what it means to sacrifice your own wants and desires in the name of making a difference.

Only I can be James’ mommy. Hayden’s mommy. Silas’ mommy. Lola’s mommy. Only I can teach them by my example what a mother’s love is supposed to be. Unconditional, fierce, never-ending.

What makes me a “special snowflake” are the little snowflakes that I brought into this world and my imprint on the world will be an echo of the imprints they make.

This is what makes me different. This is my task and mine alone. God help me to fulfill it and not fail the special snowflakes he’s entrusted to me.

The Army

14 Oct

Today’s assignment is proving a little difficult for me. It tells me to share a picture of my family. Well, guess what. I have lots of pictures of each individual person, but ever since Lola was born either Johnny or I have been behind the camera and we don’t have a single picture of all of us together other than this one:

and this one makes it a little difficult to tell what Lola looks like...

So in light of that I’m also going to share a recent picture of each of us and tell you a little about my family.

The Mama

So this is me. I’m 29 for the second year in a row, and I’m the Mommy. I love scrapbooking, baking and of course blogging! Sometimes I wonder what I did before the kids came along but then I remember – I slept through the night and used the bathroom without someone yelling through the door!

Not the Mama

This picture pretty much sums up Johnny. Wherever he is, the kids aren’t far behind. He’s almost 28, he likes photography and gaming, and he’s the love of my life. He’s a great dad, and always helps out in any area that help is needed.

The Hooligan

James is our oldest. Our wild child. He can’t stay still or keep quiet if his life depends on it. He likes Bakugan and Wii and the outdoors and all those other things that an 8 year old loves. This boy changed my life and continues to change it daily. He is precious to me. People judge me because I allow him to live with his grandparents, but they don’t realize that I just love him too much to make him leave.

The Genius

Hayden is our smart one. He’s going to be 6 in November and he’s wowing his teachers with how much he knows. He’s a very high-maintenence child with a lot of other difficulties, but brainpower isn’t one of them. He loves reading, Ironman, drawing and building things.

The Explorer

Silas is curious and inquisitive and wants to know the hows and whys of everything. He’ll be four in December and is into everything because he wants to know how it works and what it does. He’s a cuddler, a lover and a bully all rolled into one. He’s big for his age and doesn’t mind pushing back when he’s pushed!

The Princess

The first girl after three boys, Lola just sits on her throne while we all worship at her feet. She is three months old today and already knows who rules the roost – She does. An amazingly pleasant baby, she’s usually all smiles and coos and her giggle is to die for! I think she’s the prettiest baby in the world. I may be biased, but I’m allowed because I’m her mommy!

So there you have the army…and that reminds me; I need to schedule family photos!

“She’s our Princess…”

19 Aug

“She’s our Princess,” says Silas one day, looking up from kissing his baby sister’s toes. And she really is. Everyone in this house just bows to her and grovels at her feet. She’s a much-loved little girl. As a friend of mine said, “The goddess has arrived.” If the boys were ever guilty of worshipping a mortal creature, she is it.  

Check out that dimple in her right cheek!

Of course, she’s also the reason that blogging has been suspiciously absent from my list of activities. She craves skin to skin contact from one of us at all times and – let’s be honest – we’re more than happy to oblige her Royal Highness. However since the sling I had for carrying around the boys is missing and I haven’t gotten my Moby wrap yet, that means that things like cooking, cleaning, sending IM’s and blogging are extremely difficult. I’m a terrible one-handed typist. (Since that’s how the majority of this post was typed, please excuse any glaring typing errors.) 

Lola was 5 weeks old yesterday. I can’t believe that 5 weeks have gone by. Those weeks have been a blur of checkups, cuddles, nursing, diaper changes and baths – for her. What it hasn’t been full of is sleep, free time or baths for me. I’m lucky to snag a ten-minute shower once a day. 

I'm not sure if this is before or after he promised her a pony...

Even Daddy is captivated by the Princess. She sure knows how to wrap him around those little tiny fingers.

Being a big brother is the coolest

James has been spending more time at home since Lola came along…he loves holding her and rocking her.

And Mommy? Oh Mommy is having way too much fun.  I’m making up for lost time now. Time that I didn’t have a baby girl to dress up and treat like a living doll. Little girl things are just too cute.

The smallest dress I ever owned.

A dress from her auntie Carolyn

Her Piglet romper from Beckie

She’s got more clothes than we know what to do with, so she’s constantly dressed-up. Even just sitting around the house. Because a Princess needs to look her best.

And as Silas so astutely pointed out…She’s our Princess.

Update on the Hooligans…

3 Jun

So I have told you about the baby shower and such…time to get myself in gear and update on what my boys have been doing in the meantime.

James, ever nearing his 8th birthday (8th! I hate saying that!) is looking forward to summer and getting to spend more time outside. He’s a really out-of-doors type kid and can’t stand rainy days or being stuck in the house. He’s been doing great in school and will finish second grade on June 25th. He’s excelling in everything, especially math – takes after his mama for that!

Hayden finishes kindergarten on June 25th as well. He’s done pretty well this year, other than catching every virus that floated through the darn school. He’s done pretty well. We had some issues with behavior, but he seems to have settled in quite well. He’s looking forward to a summer of free time, playing outside, and SOCCER!!!

Silas is also looking forward to summer, because his brothers will be free to play with him. He’s also counting down “sleeps” until his baby sister arrives. The cradle and bedding arrived this week and he was almost as excited as I was! I think he’s going to be an incredible big brother. Lola responds to his voice already like she does for no one else. I think they’re going to be close.

The May 24th weekend was a lot of fun here (Victoria Day in Canada) and we got the first really nice weather that we’ve had in forever! To celebrate, Johnny and I fired up our firepit and we did some marshmallow roasting in our backyard!

This is very serious work.

Hayden liked the marshmallows. We ran out of hot dogs to roast unfortunately because dang they were good! You know, we could have sworn we had more marshmallows though…they seemed to be disappearing…


It was a lot of fun and after a lot of playing, we were all tired out.

Some of us more so than others