Wednesday, February 25, 2009

All new

Well, I was tired of my old blog so decided to try this one out. All of you out there who have personalized blog pages, like Stacey, Kalle, Mel etc, where'd you get them? Or can I do it myself?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No T.V

Am I the crazy one? Ok, don't answer that. But do answer this. How much t.v do you allow your kids to watch/how much did they watch when they were under the age of 2???
Here's the issue:
We have never let Caden watch t.v. Its not that he asks for it or wants it, its just that we don't have our t.v on when Caden is awake so he really doesn't know what it is. I am so against parents who use a t.v as a babysitter. Caden is 21 months. Seriously, should I be offering him a cartoon, rather than a tractor, or blocks, or a crayon and paper?? I just can't take away his imagination to maybe get an hour of time without him bugging me. Its so not worth it.
I know people who let there kid(s) watch t.v./movies at all times during the day. Any time I go there, the t.v is on. What is this teaching them?
So, with that said, we were at my inlaws this weekend. They too, know that we don't allow t.v. But what do they do?? Buy Caden 2 movies. What am I suppose to do? How many times can I say it? CADEN DOES NOT WATCH T.V.!!!!! My mil thought we should just put the movie on to see what he would do. And let me tell you, boy was I proud of my boy. You know what he did? Paid absolutely NO attention what so ever to the t.v. He just continued playing with his toys. Even with my mil's encouraging, nothing. I wanted to hug him. Ha, I told you. Rob even told them that he won't be interested. It was just so nice to have him affirm what we've been saying.
Now, I'm not saying that we won't ever let C watch t.v, cause that's not the case at all. Once he's a little bit older, absolutely I'll let him watch some cartoons on treehouse or something. But why oh why would I introduce that to him already. He has way too many toys, books and things to do.
When I was growing up, we were very limited to t.v. We had a certain amount we could watch a day, so we had to choose wisely. Otherwise, we played outside, downstairs, in our rooms, with all of our many many toys. We had such an imagination. I played school, house, barbies, etc. We were farmers with our tractors in the dirt outside. We made amusement parks for apples in the sand box. Built forts and quinces in the winter. Who needed t.v.
Please, I want your input on this one. De-lurk yourself if you need to. How much do you let your kids watch t.v. and when did they start??

A couples survey

Stole this from Amy's blog
♥ Fill it out and let's learn about you and your better half!
♥ What are your middle names?Leigh Michelle and Jay Franklin
♥ How long have you been together?7 years (5 1/2 married)

♥ How long did you know each other before you started dating?not at all. A friend gave him my number and he called. I knew who he was cause he came to Twisters.
♥ Who asked who out? He asked me out, but only after he found out i was interested.
♥Who said I love you first? Rob did
♥ How old are each of you?I'm 25 Rob is 32
♥ Whose siblings do/did you see the most?Mine
♥ Do you have any children together?Yes. Caden.
♥ What about pets?One cat - Fred
♥ Did you go to the same schools?No
♥ Are you from the same hometown?No
♥ Who is the smartest? We are smart in our own areas
♥ Who is the most sensitive? Umm, we both have our moments
♥ Where do you eat out most as a couple? McDonalds probably
♥ Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Jamaica
♥ Who has the craziest ex? Probably Rob.
♥ Who has the worst temper? For sure me.
♥ Who does the cooking? All me
♥Who is the most social? Definitely me
♥ Who is the neat-freak? Well, we both are not too neat-freaky.
♥ Who is the most stubborn? For sure me. I'm super stubborn.

♥ Who wakes up earlier? I do only cause of Caden. If i could, I'd sleep in everyday
♥ Where was your first date? At Twisters
♥Who has the bigger family? We both have 2 siblings. But Rob has 4 nephews. I don't have any
♥Do you get flowers often? No, I don't really have use for flowers in my house. I'd rather buy something else
♥ Who do you spend the holidays with?Everyone.
♥ Who is more jealous? We don't really have things to get jealous about
♥ Who sings better? Not too much of a singing couple.
♥Who does/did the laundry? Me, but Rob will if he needs something done.
♥ Who’s better with the computer? For sure me
♥ Who drives when you are together? Rob almost always
♥ Who picks where you go to dinner? I think we take turns. It doesn't happen very often.
♥ Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong? I have a very hard time admitting when I'm wrong
♥ Who named your pet? Rob.
♥ Who wears the pants in the relationship? I'd say mostly me, although Rob has his things he's firm about.
♥ Who eats more sweets? No doubt its Rob
♥ Who cries more? No doubt its me.
♥ Are you still together? Oh course!

He's just not that into you

I finally went to see it, thanks to my friend Shar who also wanted to see it. Pretty good. The reviews I've heard were not good at all, so I was sceptical. But, I went anyway. And I'd see it again. Now as Joni stated in one of her posts, its not the most clean movie, what with the one married man having an affair and all, but other than that, its not too bad. Not too much swearing, which is always good.
Still patiently waiting for confessions of a shopaholic to come to Winkler. Hurry up.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Minor case of OCD

I'll admit it. There are definitely things in my life that would qualify me to have obsessive compulsive disorder. Here are a few:

All the shirts in Robs, Cadens and my closet must be facing left. There are no exceptions. If Rob ever hangs up his own clothes (which is rare so its not a big issue) I must go back and change them. If I'm lying in bed, thinking that there is a possibility that a shirt might be facing the wrong way, i have to get up and check, or I will not be able to sleep.

Whichever side I was lying on in bed when I wake up to get out of bed to, for example, go to the bathroom or check on a crying Caden, I have to lie on the opposite side when I get back into bed. I can feel it if I'm on the same side as I was and I can't do it. I've tried to forget; but my body remembers. Not sure why this is.

No other dishes are allowed to be in the first row from the left, of the top rack of my dishwasher, except cups. And those cups must be in between the row, not on a spoke. It drives me crazy when Rob puts his dishes in the dishwasher in no particular order. I always fix it.

I must fold my kleenex in half before I use it. No way can I use a crumpled kleenex. And if i pull out a kleenex that isn't whole, I will only use it if I can get all the pieces for it.

Anybody else have some OCD confessions??? Post em on your blog and let me know that you've done it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Girls night

I know I always talk about it, so I figured its time i explained it. Every Wednesday, for the past 8 years, we get together. Who are we? Here goes. Shar Neisteter, Sarah Klassen, Tiff Peters, Joder Wiebe, Pam Rempel, Jodi Giesbrecht, Erin Boschmann, Candace Toews, and Karla Kuhl. We've been friends since grade 9, some of us longer. We started this shortly before high school was over and amazingly enough, its still going. We alternate among all of our houses and at 8:00 every Wednesday, we meet. Not everyone shows up every time, obviously, and some are more loyal than others.
What do we do? Absolutely nothing but sit, talk and eat. What more does a group of girls need right? Our husbands often ask what we do when we are together, and they can't believe that we could just sit and talk for hours. Just another example of how guys don't understand girls.
We also do fun events a few times a year. Every summer we go camping as a group. We have a Christmas weekend away, usually to the states, and then throughout the rest of the year, we plan potlucks as a group, including husbands. Oh and sometimes we go see movies as well.
I look forward to Wednesdays every week. Husbands stay home with the kids, and us girls get to unwind and relax in the middle of the week. I value these friendships so much. I am closer with a few of the girls, just because we get together other than on girls night, and some of us also get together as couples. Also, 4 of us go to the same church. Its such an awesome thing we have and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. We've been through 9 of us getting married, and are about to have the 4th and 5th girls become mothers. That'll make 6 kids among us. How exciting.
Anyway, now you know all about it. Do any of you have groups like this?

Work work work

When Caden was born, I obviously had mat leave, and therefore stopped working 1 1/2 weeks before he was born. Once he was a few months old, where I could leave him somewhere for a day and not have extremely sore boobs by the end, I started coming in to work a day here and there. Starting in January of 2008, I was coming in once a week and when my mat leave ended in June, I started coming twice a week. I used to always say that once I had kids, I wouldn't be working anymore. I wanted to stay home. But I've discovered that I need to work. I love my son, and he is a very easy boy to take care of, but I found that I need the adult interaction, and I need to do other work than just house stuff. I'm not saying that when I don't work, I'm always at home, stuck in my house. We go out alot. Visiting, shopping, etc. But I take pride in my job at PVC. I am secretly happy that both of the girls hired to take over my job couldn't do it. It makes me feel important; and that no one else knows what I know.
For the month of February, I am working 3 days a week, because the other lady in the office is gone, and I have a much bigger work load. (doing invoices and payroll etc, not normally a part of my job). Not to mention that for this week and next, my Dad is also not in the office. It feels good. I like knowing all thats going on.
Now, with that said, I am not planning on ever coming back full time. I do not want my son to be at day care 5 days a week. I know I could never do that. I'm just pondering the option of coming 3 days a week. The extra money is always nice, and I have so much work to do always. I've been back 2 days a week now for 7 months and have only just recently caught up on work.
I also know that once we have another kid, working will not be a very practical option. Once you put 2 kids in day care, the take home pay drops alot. Is it worth it?
Anyway, just my thoughts while I sit here enjoying my coffee break.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Not so sporty spice

Although I am not a huge sports fan, curling is one sport that I could watch for hours. This weekend I got to watch my dad curl in the annual mens bonspiel. I love it. I could literally spend all day at the rink watching. It makes me sad and disappointed that my brother Randy doesn't curl anymore, cause he was good. Plus it was another person to watch.
Last year, my family had the chance to go Grand Forks for a curling game. It was such a great game, and fun to watch a different caliber of curlers. I'm looking forward to the scott tournament of hearts. I don't usually watch too many games, but when I can, I steal a few minutes/hours.
I, however, hate the other ice sport. You know which one. Hockey. Seriously can't stand the sport. I can't even describe to you how much i hate it. It makes me mad when it consumes peoples lives. When you have company over, turn off the t.v. When plans come up, skip a hockey game. Hockey fans are among the most loyal and it makes me mad. Get a life.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day

Not much for big plans for us today. Robs been working all day, and I've been watching my dad curl. We debated going to Winnipeg or Grand Forks for the weekend, but since we just got back from a trip, decided we showed save money. We are, however, going to see a movie tonight which for me, is super exciting. For some reason, I just love going to the theater to watch movies. Plus the popcorn is a big bonus. What are your v-day plans?

Random photo challenge

I'm copying this idea from kalle's blog, who gets it off of others blogs. Name of the game is to actually post the picture from that folder in your Pictures. This week it is picture folder January 2007 or your 13th picture folders 3rd picture.

Well, this picture is obviously of Caden, cause what other pictures would I have in my folders. He's almost 8 months old here, and we were trying to weigh him.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ice Ice baby

Yes, these people really are skating on the street in Osterwick. How crazy is that. Later in the day I saw 2 kids with hockey sticks and a puck. Gotta love Manitoba winter

Thursday, February 5, 2009

First born

A different kind of survey (copied from facebook) all about your first born. I tag everyone who reads. And let me know that you've done it so I can read it

2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME? Yes almost 4 years
3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS? So very excited. It was a long time coming
4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU? Never no way not a chance
6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? I felt like I might be and I was 4 weeks late (which isn't abnormal for me) But I went to the clinic and had a test.
9. DUE DATE? May 31 2007
11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? Icecream, tomatoes and pasta
12. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST? I can't really remember so it can't have been too severe
17. WAS THE SHOWER A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW? I knew about 2 of them. The other was a surprise
20. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR? 24 from start to finish, although only 8.5 of hard stuff
22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? my doctor, a doctor in training, 3 nurses and my husband
24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? Not a drop. It was my goal and I was so very proud of myself for doing it.
27. WHAT DID YOU NAME YOUR CHILD? Caden Alexander Jay Suderman

My Van Gogh

Our first time finger painting. I helped with the first one, but the second one he did all by himself.

Story time

He was being grumpy and bored, so I told him to go to his room and read some books. This is what he did.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

25 things

I know this was meant to be done on facebook, but I thought I'd do it here too. 25 random things about me.

1. I chew on the ends of pens
2. I talk with my hands
3. I can’t stand still when I’m talking on the phone. I pace all over the house.
4. I hate cleaning my house
5. I love doing laundry. Especially in summer, when I can hang it outside to dry
6. I love to shop, for myself and for Caden
7. I can’t stand slow drivers. I get road rage, big time.
8. I love the crust from bread. I wish I could buy a loaf of crust.
9. I am blessed with wonderful friends, most of whom are friends from high school. We get together every Wednesday, almost religiously.
10. I am looking forward to building a new house in a few years. Sometimes I draw up house plans. Some realistic, some way not realistic.
11. I enjoy watching movies. At the theatre, or rented. And I have to have popcorn when I’m at the theatre.
12. I would love to be able to go south every winter. I have a need to travel.
13. I wish I had the creativity to scrapbook. Eventually, I will start a scrap book for Caden. I love buying scrap book stuff. Get me into a dollarama and I go crazy.
14. I hate painting, although I love a newly painted room
15. I feel lost without my cell phone. Honestly, I can’t stand to be without it.
16. I have always wanted to be a mom. Yet, I had no idea the affect this little man would have on me. He is my world.
17. I enjoy blogging, and wish I had internet so I could blog more often.
18. I love icecream. Blizzards, floats, or mixed in a bowl with strawberry jam.
19. My favourite actress is Julia Roberts. I own all of her movies. Although I also love Kate Hudson and Sandra Bullock.
20. In Junior High, I was in love with Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I had posters in my locker, and all over the walls in my room. I was gonna marry him.
21. Seeing little boot prints in fresh fallen snow makes me smile
22. I love fresh homemade salsa
23. I HATE winter. Can’t stand being cold. Don’t like having to start my vehicle. I hate wearing so many layers.
24. I miss high school. I loved being in high school. Looking back, I realize it was so simple then.
25. I’m actually looking forward to potty training Caden. I’m sure I’ll have a post once I’m actually doing it, but we’ll see.

Now, I tag everyone who reads my blog to do the same thing. Oh, and let me know that you've done it so I can come check it out.