Saturday, December 30, 2006

Stuff I've looked at the past couple days

1. My dad's crazy red eyes. Why were they red? He took his Seadoo from Crescent Beach to Victoria and back. It was pretty stormy and he was without a GPS but don't worry, he just followed a ferry back. His goal is to take it up to Alaska. Oh boy. Does this mean getting his pilot's liscence is on the side burner? I hope so!

2. The calendar. We took out our new calendar and I flipped through the past year to see what we were up to and whether we were really as busy as I thought, yup, we were. Last year at this time I was 9 weeks pregnant. Crazy stuff.

3. Our computer room. Gary and I went nuts yesterday (or was it plum crazy? That's a saying isn't it? You'll see that my pun makes sense in a second) and put up moulding/chair rail/whatever you call it and painted the wall `Spiced Plum'. We wanted to make the first room you see in our house a little more fun and organized. Now, we just have to put up all the black and white photos. I was very impressed with Gary's knowledge of the mitre box and saw:) I was also impressed with our team work; go Team Chapman!

4. The scale., not going on my daily walks and not going to the gym in the past week and oh ya, eating TONS of chocolate really adds up. It adds up to about 5 lbs. Gary and I may be signing up for a 1/2 marathon and full one for him...may being the operative word. Not sure. Do we have time to train? Do I have any energy to spare? I went for a simple 4km last week and it wiped me out for 2 days...feeding our `little' guy really takes a lot out of me.

5. Lotsa friends. So many of our friends have been out here from Thailand, Ontario, and Walnut Grove(:)) so it was fun to catch up and hang out. Mexico next Christmas? Oh ya, a friend of mine was up from California and she got to meet the lovely Mr. Kai, great to see her again too.

6. Gary wanted me to add that I've looked at us hugging in the mirror. Good old hugs, can't get enough. You know when I was single, I didn't realize how long I would go without any physical contact whatsoever. I used to make my little sisters hug me. Yes, make them. It's important to have some physical contact if you ask me.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas Day

Here are some pictures of Kai opening his presents, playing with his new favourite toy while being held by uncle Todd, and his new big boy `car' which is supposed to be one year and up but you know, he's advanced and all....

Mommy and Kai

Here's a fun shot that Gary took on Christmas Eve

Also, here's our cute little's so nice that he can soothe himself (most of the time) in his crib.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve

My dad and the appetizers. He went wild at M and M Meats and also made the chicken for Jackie's bday and the Turkey for Xmas. Good job dad!

Jackie and Tyler (her boyfriend). Tyler was sandwiched between Trisha, Jackie and Jan on the couch this year and he did really well with it considering all of the uh, interesting and slightly awkward gifts we always give eachother:)

Me and my sister Nut (Trish) trying to make Annika smile.
Wow, I'm exhuasted and we still have all tomorrow to get through! So, on Saturday it was Jackie's 22nd birthday and we had a big dinner and then we all went bowling. I usually don't like bowling but I had a great time! The music, the lights, the times (I need to get out more!!). Then today we had another huge dinner (my dad made the turkey and it was great) as well as church and Christmas presents. Kai seemed to like his cloth dinasour book the best as he could chew on it. We had a great time with family and I think it will be great in the years to come, watching the little kids open their gifts.
I'll have a picture tomorrow of Kai in his new nifty sled. We couldn't get pictures of Kai and Annika together as she is super sick and I was a crazy paranoid mom keeping them as far apart as possible for the past two days.
Good night. Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Dessert and Letters

The other night I made a pear and walnut yummy all warm from the oven with some vanilla icecream. Wow, I love dessert. A lot. I just went through all my letters from when I was in Kenya. Now, I just have to organize them all in a binder or something. It was 2 years ago that I just had a few weeks before coming back to Canada and seeing Gary, (oh, and my family) and boy was I excited. I was climibing Kilimanjaro with Lynette and we were continuously checking our heart rates making sure all was good:) (We made it to the top by the way, no problemo. The couple we were with made it as well although it wasn't so pretty for them with vomitting and asthma attacks etc)
Did I mention that I love dessert? Especially when there is a hot/cold combo. Gary made me a chocolate pudding cake when he taste buds couldn't really concentrate on how good it was because I was so excited.


What are the symptoms of teething?
Biting & gnawing
Cold like symptoms (runny nose, etc)

He's been doing the first 4 for about a month now but suddenly his nose is super runny. Either he's getting his first cold or first tooth. What's better? I don't know.

The senior boys bball team won again last night and Kai and I went to watch. Kai fell asleep in Leah's arms which was a nice break for me and a good work out for her:) Great to see so many fans there and to see them pull off another win.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

What are the Chapman's up to on a Sat night?

So, let's see. Today we went to JYSK (10X better service than the Brick...and by better service, I just mean faster service, I get a little impatient sometimes) and got a buffet thingy which we have wanted since we've moved in. It matches our table perfectly and will take out some of the clutter from our kitchen. Here's a picture of Gary in the 3rd hour of putting it together while watching the hockey game. Kai and I encouraged him with some singing which included how wonderful and manly he was putting together the buffet.
Well, I got a slow cooker for Christmas and I'm `accidentally' using it already. So far I've made cheesecake brownies in it as well as a tuna lasagne (not at the same time, dont' worry!). It's pretty fun and I look forward to many more meals in it. You see, sometimes Kai is best in the morning so I'd love to make meals at that time and then have a perfectly warm meal when Gary comes home from work. Such a great housewife
I am.

What else? Hmmmm...I've been reading a bit more lately. A little Maeve Binchy and Karen Kingsbury...good times:)

Tomorrow my sisters and I are getting together to make croquettes and oliebolen (spelling is prob. off)...good old Dutch Christmas tradition...

That's about it! Kai is doing so wonderfully, he goes down for his naps and night time sleep so well now. He's discovered his thumb which took a lot of work on his part because he was always so jerky with his movements. I think he's so cute when he's sucking it and I think that I will prob. have tears of joy in my eyes every time he reaches a new stage. He is sitting on his own for a few seconds and should be able to do it longer very soon. I can't imagine him talking or walking or playing sports or instruments...I don't know how I'm going to be able to hold in the tears from being so proud of him.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

He's either sucking on his fingers or sticking out his tongue. Either way, he's always drooling. Apparently he could start teething any time but he's been drooling for months so I don't think it will be any time soon.

Ahh...nap time

Not for me, for him! Today I waited until he was really tired, then I read him a story and put the music on and left him in the crib. He only cried for about 8 minutes. He must have been so tired. Usually he would cry for a lot longer so I often rock him to sleep. I hope this is the beginning of a new routine. Those of you who do not have kids...just you wait:) Who do you listen to for baby advice? baby wise? the baby whisperer? the internet? your dad? husband? sister? mother-in-law? your gut? You want to do what's best but I want to make sure I'm doing the best for him and me. I'm such the researcher type which actually just makes it a lot more difficult because which source is the most reliable and up-to-date and works for Kai? Anyway, I feel bad writing about baby stuff all the time because most people who read this don't even have kids. But hey, is this for you? For me? For kai when he grows up? I have no idea.
This morning we walked to Shoppers Drug mart instead of Extra Foods. I tried on a perfume but the more I smell it on me, perhaps it was cologne...I think I smell like a guy. Gary is coming home on time today for the first time in weeks (he's had bball practice/games)! Kai and I are excited to have dinner with daddy. Then, I think we may go watch the bball game...although, then I'll miss `House'....hmmm...dilemma...

Sunday, December 10, 2006

This weekend

These pictures are from my sisters blog and they were taken at lunch today as mentioned below.
So this weekend Kai and I went to watch Gary's bball team in their first tournament. Kai loved watching every minute of it and didn't mind missing a nap. My sister Jantina also came to a game and is quite sure that Gary would love to have her taking stats. On Saturday night, we celebrated 4 birthdays in the extended Chapman family. Today, the whole Dekens clan went to the Beacher Street Cafe at Crescent Beach to remember my mom as this would have been her 54th birthday. My mom and dad LOVED walking there, I think our whole family loves the ocean as we grew up boating/fishing every summer (by the way, Kai's name means ocean). A couple of us went to the Langley Hospice society this week as they had a evening to remember those that had lost loved ones recently and I thought they did a wonderful job. One of the techniques they taught us to get through grief is to take a deep breathe in and out and then hug someone for 3 whole breaths in and out. This makes you really think and feel about the person you are hugging, recognizing how precious they are to you. Gary gets lots of long hugs now. Oh ya, tonight I went to a cookie exchange. You know, you bring 6 dozen cookies and exchange them with others and then you get a whole huge assortment...I better get back to running again!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

4 months old

So today Kai had his 4 month shots and he did wonderfully! Wow, he is seriously such a pleasure (now). For all the other mom types out there, here are his stats:
Height: 27inches Weight: 18lbs 3oz Head Cirucmference: 44cm
All of these are in the 97th percentile. This past week he has really enjoyed sticking his tongue out. Tongue length must be genetic because both Gary and I are able to touch our tongues to our noses and I bet Kai will be able to as well.

So this week I was slightly impulsive. Usually I'm super Ms. Cheapo but I bought a brand new recliner! I saw the Brick had 50% off this recliner so I just bought it. It doesn't match super well but it is nice to curl up in and Kai loves to rock in it with me.
We set up our Christmas tree this weekend. We decided to go with a fake tree from Costco. It is normally a huge tree but we took out the whole bottom section because when we had the whole tree up, we really didn't have much room in our house. Anyone who knows that I grew up on a Chrismtas tree farm may be shocked but we decided that its probably best to not kill a tree and in the end we'll prob. save some $:) Gary and I got to set up all the decorations that we bought last boxing day! Wow, this whole blog makes me seem cheap but I guess that's not the worst thing to be!