coffeepoweredmom

Getting through the day, one cup at a time.

Birthdays (or Where Did The Time Go?)

My newest little baby, Charlotte, is almost 5 months old. Which means that next month I will have a 6 month old, a 4 year old, and a 6 year old as Ally and Kira both celebrate their birthdays. I remember posting back when I was nervous about Ally going into Junior Kindergarten, but she is graduating from Senior Kindergarten now and will be a Grade 1 in September, whereas Kira has done her orientation and will be starting Junior Kindergarten herself in the fall.

Charlotte has TWO teeth and is constantly trying to pull herself up into a sitting position. I am well aware that when Ally and Kira go to school in September that Charlotte will most likely be crawling.

Crawling.

Is that crazy, or is it just me?

 

I am also returning to school in September, of course, mine is entirely online (and this year I’ve even attempted to choose courses that don’t have exams) so I will still be able to walk the girls to school in the morning and pick them up at night.

 

I am going to try to post more frequently now (I’ll put it into HabitRPG to try and encourage myself), but this is not like riding a bicycle and I am very much struggling to find things to post about. Wish me luck!

 

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THEY GOT MY THING!

Have you ever been so shocked and happy about something that you just plain forget English and start driveling all over the house. That happened to me, just under an hour ago.

I had just put the kids down and sat down at my computer to prepare myself for another night of “estudio muchas Espanol” for school when I decided to check my email (boring blather), and then clicked on my bookmark for my OSAP application. OSAP, for those who don’t know, is the student financial assistance program here in Ontario. In other words, it’s where the money comes from these days. I sighed as I clicked on through and distinctly remember thinking (or saying out loud…shhhh) “Why do I do this to myself? Torture myself like this.”

Why would I say something so negative? Well, because OSAP and I ran into a little hiccup recently. Due to my full-time status, but my only 60% course load, my upcoming second calendar year is still only considered my first academic year by my school. OSAP saw YEAR ONE on a piece of paper, assumed I had failed at my first year, and was all “we ain’t gonna pay you if you’s a stoopid fail head. Wassup wid dis year one bs? You best be explainin’, son”.

I had to write a very detailed letter explaining that although my paperwork said year one, it was only because I am taking 60% of my course load each year, which means my courses for my second calendar year are still considered “first year courses”. I then snail mailed it to OSAP, and proceeded to wait impatiently. Now, the post around here is awesome. The speed at which OSAP processes the paperwork that they receive is much, much slower than my anxiety allows.

So, “Why do I do this to myself? Torture myself like this.”

And then the request for this letter was gone.

And my funding has been approved.

AND I NOW HAVE MONEY TO EXIST OFF OF FOR THE NEXT YEAR, WHICH I DEFINITELY DIDN’T HAVE TWO HOURS AGO!!!

jump for joy

This is fabulous news because we recently found out that we’re expecting our third. Surprise!

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Well, That Didn’t Last Long

Hahaha, remember how I agreed to do a photo challenge?

Yeah, unfortunately that’s not going to happen.

With this winter funk going on right now, and the fast approaching Christmas season (Can you believe there’s only 7 more days?!?!) I just can’t seem to muster the energy to try and do these daily photos or crafts right now. Bummer, right?

To top it all off I start Semester 1 on January 1, 2013 so I have been receiving text books, student manuals, course outlines, letters from the school, etc. and it is so overwhelming that I don’t know how much of my time I will be able to allot to blogging anymore! I’m stressed and anxious, but I’m sure I’ll be fine. I just want to give you guys a heads up that you may hear from me even less often than you have been (up to December, that is) but that I will still be here and I have every intention of blogging whenever time and energy will allow me to.

I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’ll see you back here for the Holiday Photo Challenge (click the picture to the right —>) so remember to take your photos of your hot beverage getting in on some of your family-holiday-fun-times. 😀

Lots of love,

coffeepoweredmom

-Crystal-

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Need A Meaningful Gift?

If you want to purchase a lovely gift for someone this year, one that makes a difference to a family, then check this out.

Once Was Lost is selling beautiful items (like a certain bracelet that I want) and 50% of their proceeds can go to help a specific family fund their adoption. By specific, I mean if you type the family’s name into the “notes to seller” box then the proceeds will go to that family.

For example: Varun and Amelia, who I only know through Amelia’s blog, are in the process of adopting a child from India. If you buy one of these amazing items (bracelets, necklaces, shirts, bags, pillows) and write “Varun and Amelia” in the ‘notes to seller’ box then 50% of those proceeds go to Varun and Amelia to help them cover all of their adoption fees.

I want this bracelet:

my bracelet

Are you listening Santa? This bracelet is brass, which is sweet because there is no nickel in brass so I won’t be allergic to it. It’s also only $10. What? I know, right!

So, if you’re looking for a sweet gift this year that will really give to a family who could use it, then check out this site. You won’t be sorry!

 

PS, if you buy this for me then you will be my new best friend. No pressure.

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Grown Up Stickers

When Ally was a baby I purchased zoo animal themed wall stickers for her bedroom. At some point during our multiple moves we landed in a place that was less than sticker friendly for the walls and I instead transferred those stickers to her four-drawer dresser. As she aged and began helping to dress herself, pick out her clothes or put her laundry away we used the animal stickers as a reference to which drawer items belonged in.

“Can you get out socks please? They are in the zebra drawer.”

“Yes sweetie, your pyjamas go in the rhinoceros drawer.”

 

Today, during nap time, Kira ripped all of the stickers off of Ally’s dresser. Ally was so sad about it (and so was I) that we headed off on the ridiculously long walk to the dollar store. She picked new, different stickers and we hauled slow bum home to put them on.

As I sat on the floor next to my now 4 year old daughter I silently remembered all of the places the old stickers had been with us, the learning tools they were, even the pictures that they appeared in – and they were gone. Then I watched my quite suddenly grown up little girl, peeling and sticking her own carefully chosen stickers on to her dresser in whichever places she thought looked best.

Gone are the days of brightly coloured, extraordinarily happy zoo animals. Gone are the bright green tufts of grass, and gone are the days of referring to a drawer by animal instead of order.

Now the dresser is covered in chic flowers, silver and pink with the occasional shiny pink diamond accent. Pyjamas now go in the third drawer, bedding in the fourth. Ally’s dresser is no longer labelled with 10 bubble letters spelling her name, but is instead just assumed to be hers by this little adult who needs no direction.

She’s only four, but it seems like an eternity has passed. I don’t want to mourn the loss of other tiny things, but I know it will happen. At least I can come here to cry.

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