Thursday, November 30, 2006

For long last.....

So my friend Alison asked me to post a picture of my purple streaks. These were originally done a month ago, and then again a week later and finally got fixed today. Initially the purple streaks turned to orange/light brown streaks. After the first 'fix' they turned to yellow after washing. Hopefully today's batch is the right concoction and is to date my favourite shade of the purple stuff.

Yes, it's my favourite colour..... Yes, I painted my walls with a purple glaze in my living room.....No, I will not allow Brooklyn to dye hers purple! (just kidding...)

So Alison, sorry I look like such a dork in the photo but now you can see what it looks like.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Let It Snow !

Well, perhaps Rayael's intense wishing upon a winter snowfall was the reason for the dump. Either way, it came. And for our friends and family further East than us - YES Anna ! I said inches NOT centimetres!

In Central Saanich we got about a foot and a half, and our neighbours joined us to clear our panhandle driveway to the road. The kids absolutely loved it and we helped them build a fort - igloo at one end and a run for the magic carpets at the other end. Tonight's expected freezing could be a problem for tomorrow but we'll see... perhaps another snow day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

How to Tug at a Mother's Heartstrings

Zachary has an obsession. He is obsessed with changing outfits to suit what he's doing. If he's watching a Star Wars movie he will disappear to his bedroom and return dressed as a Jedi. If he's playing cowboys he'll disappear and re-appear fully clad in stetson and cowboy boots. If he's playing Davy Crockett he will re-appear in a racoon hat and different clothes.

The problem with this is when you visit his bedroom.

He has no concept of organizing laundry.

Clean clothes are mixed with dirty clothes and are strewn all over the room and hanging out of drawers. As a result we end up washing clean clothes over and over without ever really knowing if they were dirty or not. This is a real source of frustration for me. I'm a busy Mum; I work outside of the home and taxi kids all over town. I don't have time to wash clothes that aren't really dirty. I had reached the peak of my frustration on Monday when I called Zachary in for a meeting and told him how angry I was that after many conversations about it he had still proceeded to toss everything all over the place.

Imagine my surprise when I went back downstairs to see if he'd cleaned up the mess, and in addition to a now-clean room found a note on his bed. This, you can imagine, was the cause of many tears on my part. What he lacks in order he more than makes up for in kindness. This is what he wrote:

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween with the Michalskis

Last night was fun. Despite kind of hating Halloween and everything it stands for, you can't help but love seeing all of the children dressed up and being in a state of giddy shock that strangers would load them up with candy.
This was the second year we met at Todd's Mum & Dad's house for supper, and then all went trick-or-treating together. Our five children love hanging out together, and they get on like a house on fire. We had 2 Darth Vaders, an Obi-Won (don't call him Anakin!!) a fairy princess and a hippie. After the candy catch Jill made us a cup of tea while Todd set off fireworks.

Good clean family fun.