Friday, September 30, 2011

The Jantzen's

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I have been asked to photograph a few different families this Fall. The Janzten family goes to our church. I loved photographing them, their kids are so sweet! I also felt like I owed it to them, since Jesse helped Tim get his dream car and went on a road trip with him to get it, and then almost died in the process -- not really -- but that is another story...

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I learn something about photographing other people (besides my own family) every time I do it and I feel blessed that they would even want to ask me. Photography is a hobby for me, I have a lot to learn and a very long way to go, but it is something that I enjoy doing immensely... because every picture has a story to tell.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Family Joy - Week One

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I am taking a 3 week online photography course with Willette, called Family Joy. The focus this first week is immediate family and trying to use a tripod and remote to take photos of your family. Not bad... but I do need to remember to actually hide the remote next time!

There is always one kid who has to ruin the photo...

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So why not let them all...

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Tim and the kids.

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Me and the girls.

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The kids.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

A Dream Car

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After a couple of years, waiting to find his dream car, Tim has finally bought one.

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The car was advertised on Facebook, his cousins husband was selling it. We never even knew he had this 1971 Pontiac T37. Tim immediately contacted him... as me... telling him to sell it to Tim!

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It doesn't seem to matter that my Suburban now lives on the driveway, because there is not enough garage space...

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Or that he starts it up at 6:30am every morning and the whole house shakes...

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I really am happy that he has found his dream car. The boys are really happy that daddy found THEIR dream car.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ballet, Tap and Jazz

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Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music. ~William Stafford

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The girls have started dance at the Edmonton Dance Factory. They do one hour per week and cover Ballet, Tap and Jazz.

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I knew shortly after we brought Zoe home that I would be putting them into dance. Zoe is always dancing and twirling and pointing her toes... usually while watching herself in the glass of the fireplace!

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Zoe loves to wear anything pink and the prettier the better! I can hardly wait to see a recital... I am sure my girls will be the cutest!

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Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! ~Constanze

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oh, the things they say!

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Micah: When Grandma was ten, did she know what a bathtub was?

Micah: I wish I could get chickenpox so I could have a milkshake with a bendy straw and a new video game.

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Micah: I wonder what a bee's tongue looks like?

Micah: What is sex? Is that when you dance?

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Lilah: Where do you go when you die?
Me: To Heaven. But you have to love Jesus and ask him to live in your heart. (Look of confusion on Lilah's face!)
Lilah: How?
Me: You pray a special prayer and ask if he will live in your heart.
Lilah: Well... I will if you want me to.
Me: Lilah, you don't do it because I want you to, you do it because you want to do it.
Lilah: (shrug) Okay. (and walks away).


Lilah: We should adopt another kid.
Me: Why?
Lilah: I LOVE staying in hotels!

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Lilah: When you die, do you do this? (She puffs up her cheeks and holds her breath)


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Me: (to Zoe who is laying on the floor) Are you bored?
Zoe: No. I am Zoe.

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Me: My tummy hurts.
Zoe: Then I should drive the car. Lilah and I will sit in the front seat and you and Abby can sit in the backseat.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pickles

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Today Zoe started a preschool speech therapy group called Pickles.

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Speech Therapy has been a bit frustrating for me so far. They have given some good tips, but at the same time the community Speech Therapists don't seem to know quite how to deal with a cleft lip/palate child. Especially, when it comes to finding ways to fix the amount of air that is released when Zoe talks.

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We will see how it goes with this community health centre and if I feel it isn't working we will have to head back to the University Hospital to see the Speech Therapist in the Cleft Lip/Palate clinic.

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We have been focusing on fixing one sound at a time and encouraging her to speak clearly so that we can understand her. After four years of talking the way she talks, it doesn't occur to her to even try to speak clearly and she automatically speaks in sentences where she leaves off many different sounds in each word, so it can be a guessing game as to what she is trying to say.

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I didn't really know if this technique was sinking in, but the other day she actually heard one of the sounds we work on (ffffff) and corrected herself!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

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On this day in China, people travel to spend time with their families to appreciate the beautiful full moon, eat moon cakes at night,
and think about family members that may be far away. It makes me wonder if my children's biological family thinks of them and wonders about their lives.

On Monday, I went to the Hong Kong Bakery to buy a Chinese Cake to celebrate and some little moon cakes. One was egg yolk and one was red bean curd. The girls ate them right up!

On Tuesday, our family went to The Golden Rice Bowl where we had peking duck (they all loved it!).

I almost missed this holiday this year, it fell so early and happened to be in a very busy week. But we do love that we can celebrate these special holidays with all of our kids.

Monday, September 12, 2011

First Day of Preschool

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Today, Zoe and Lilah start preschool at Little Blessings Preschool. This school is held in the basement of a beautiful, old, country Lutheran Church.

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They woke up very excited! It is really hard to wait patiently when preschool doesn't start until 12:30!

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I can hardly wait to see these girls grow this year. I know they will thrive and learn by leaps and bounds.

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I gave them these pile of classics to pose with, not really thinking that The Scarlett Letter was the first book on the pile.... hopefully, they won't read that one for awhile yet!