Blog Title Explanation

"Oh I Know" is a phrase used by Sybil Fawlty on one of my favorite shows - Fawlty Towers. I find I say it alot too!



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Puzzle Fun

Cadence's favorite activity lately has been doing puzzles.  Specifically a new princess puzzle she got at the dollar store.  The first few times she needed some help, but now she can do it all by herself.  She is so proud of herself when she completes it.  I must admit I'm pretty proud of her too.

She can even complete it upside down!!  The other day she had finished it again and she brought it to me to show me.  She ran back into the family room with it and tripped and fell.  I called out "Cadence are you okay?",  she answered back "I'm okay, but my puzzle isn't".  Such a funny girl.  Didn't take her long to fix it again though.

I think we may need another visit to the dollar store to get a couple more puzzles.




Monday, June 12, 2017

When It Rains it Pours

Saturday was a cold, rainy, miserable day.  In the evening Jason and I were sitting in the living room talking and I happened to say "I hope that little leak in the ceiling above the hutch in the dining room that we noticed last summer isn't leaking again".  Jason glanced up and noticed a huge wet spot over the hutch.


When we looked closer, the leak was actually dripping all over my wood hutch that my dad made me years ago.  We started to cover the hutch, but then decided we didn't want to risk getting it ruined, so we emptied it and moved it out of the way.



The drywall was starting to swell so Jason poked a hole into it breaking through the plastic barrier and water came pouring out.



We're not quite sure what we are going to do, but I'm praying we can figure something out.  We know we need a new roof, but that is not in the budget right now.  For now, the forecast is for rain this week so my dining room will just have to be in a state of disrepair for awhile.



We sure didn't need this right now, but I'm trying to not get too down about it.  The joys of home ownership.  When it rains it pours!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Musical Happenings

We've been busy at the Atwood house.  School and lessons will soon wrap up and we look forward to a slower paced summer - I hope.  Last week was the boys' band concerts at school.  It was a great concert.  Bowen's band played first.  I was amazed at the improvement since the November concert.  They sounded so great.  Bowen has loved learning the clarinet and has even asked that we rent his instrument for the summer so he can play it.  He's really good.  Ashton's band was excellent as well. Ashton plays the trumpet and does well and enjoys it.  I look forward to what they'll learn next year.


Cadence and I are enjoying taking violin.  She and I have decided she needs a little break and will start her summer early.   But she did pretty good listening to her teacher, she's just a little young.  A few months off and we'll start up again.  I've enjoyed the challenge and hope to continue my lessons.  Maybe someday I'll be good enough to play a little something in public.


Until she's ready for more formal lessons, she'll just keep singing around the house.  Cadence is always singing.  She sings little songs we sing together, or ones she learns in nursery, or just makes them up - constantly.  Here is her attempt at the ABC song.  Her alphabet needs a little work but the singing sounds pretty good!


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I love it when our home is filled with music!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Not the Best Start

Not the greatest start to our summer, Ashton broke his wrist on Saturday.  He and Bowen went to 7 11 to buy slurpees.  Bowen was on his scooter and Ashton was on his rollerblades.  On their way back Ashton got going a little too fast, got into some rocks and came down on his wrist.

I got a call from a very concerned lady who had stopped to help when she saw Ashton fall.  Another lady had stopped right afterward who happened to be a nurse.  I am so grateful for these women to assist my boys when they were hurt and scared.  Bowen said to me later that the Lord was sure looking out for them that day.

Jason jumped in the car and got to the scene.  They were back in a few minutes and Jason was pretty sure it was broken.  A quick sling and ice pack and off to urgent care.

They decided to put Ashton under general anesthetic to put the bone in place before putting on the cast.  Unfortunately, Ashton had a reaction to the drug and was flailing and screaming so they ended up giving him two doses of sedative as well.  They've told us in the future to make sure he isn't given the drug katamine.

They finally got the cast on him and Ashton and Jason were able to come home.  Ashton was pretty loopy from the drugs and it took hours for him to finally be able to rest and fall asleep.  His arm was sore the first couple of days but it is feeling much better now.


Now Ashton couldn't just have a regular cast that his friends and family sign - NO!  He painted his to look like Iron Man.



We have a follow up appointment at the Children's Hospital next week.  They will xray his arm again and make sure everything is healing properly.  Hopefully, then they can tell us about how long he'll have the cast on.  Sure hope it won't be for the entire summer.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Mother's Day was lovely this year.  Church was nice, and all the ladies were given a beautiful rose and a little Toblerone chocolate bar.  Afterward, as I was waiting on the couch for my family so we could leave Cadence came running towards me holding a present she'd made for me at nursery.  She wouldn't let her dad help her carry it and she had the biggest smile on her face.  She was so proud and excited to give it to me.

I can't wait to frame it and hang it in our home.  I love it!!
When we got home from church, the boys insisted I sit in my favorite spot on the couch.  They got me a drink and a snack and found me a show to watch.  Ashton made me a buzzer so I could get their attention whenever I needed anything.


They also got me a cute clock for my music room, and a Doris Day, Rock Hudson movie - love!!  Bowen made me a cute card with a poem he wrote, it goes:

I love this lady named mum.
She is so wonderfully fun
She's texting her sister,
who's such a good listener.
I can't believe she is my MUM.



It was so nice to have a relaxing afternoon.  I even fit in a little nap while Jason and the boys prepared dinner.  When Jason makes me dinner I always know I'm in for a treat.

Bowen set the table like a fancy restaurant and before I knew it I was being served a delicious dinner.


First course - crab salad canapes with smoked paprika.  Jason has made these for me before - one of my favorites!

Second course - Caesar salad.  Jason makes a delicious homemade caesar salad dressing.
Third course - Carrot soup.  This was so delicious - I could have eaten the whole pot.

The wait staff was just excellent.  Bowen would kiss me everytime he'd come over to the table.  I told him I was going to have to speak to management about the sexual harassment I was experiencing at this restaurant.  He laughed and said "but you're my mom".  I hope he never gets too old to kiss me!


Main course - steak with mushroom reduction, rice pilaf, asparagus, and roasted pear and onion.  It was superb!
Cadence was originally going to help serve but she decided she'd rather eat.  I can't say I blame her.

Her favorite was the crab salad.

Dessert - vanilla pudding, strawberry, and chocolate ganache parfait topped with whipped cream and a chocolate strawberry.  I was so full but still managed to finish it - I couldn't help it, so yummy!
I have an amazing husband to pull off such wonderful surprises for me.  Even amidst a small disaster.  As he was preparing dinner he was taking a plate away from Cadence and his hand was a bit wet and it slipped from his fingers and the pyrex plate shattered into a million pieces all over our island and floor.  He even had to throw away food that was on the island.

I missed seeing my mom on Mother's Day, but I hope she knows how much I love her and what she means to me.  

I am so grateful to be a mom.  It is all I ever really wanted - to be a wife and mother.  I will never take for granted what a miracle my children are (including Kenneth).  I am so blessed!  


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Shrek Jr the Musical

Bowen is a natural performer.  He loves to sing and play instruments.  He loves being on stage.  Several months ago it was announced at school that they would be having auditions for the school play.  They were going to be putting on "Shrek Jr the Musical".  Bowen decided to audition and was given the part of Peter Pan.

Bowen went to rehearsals 2 - 3 times per week from November until last week. He didn't complain once.  Finally the week of performances arrived.  He had an evening performance on Monday night (which I went to), and then a day performance for the school on Tuesday, and then his final performance was last night.

Bowen's grandparents and Uncle Mitch came up for the performance.  They all came early to our house for a supper of homemade salmon soup and buns and then we headed over to the school.  It was a really cute play.  The kids had worked so hard and did a great job.  Bowen has a great voice and the few solo lines he had were right on pitch. He had a couple group dance numbers and a few spoken lines as well.  He did an awesome job.

We went for blizzards after to celebrate.  This has been such a great experience for Bowen.  He loved rehearsals and the performances and is already excited to audition for next years play.

Well done Bowen, we're proud of you!!




9 Years

Tuesday, May 2nd was the 9th Anniversary of the stillbirth of our little baby boy Kenneth David.  I can't even fathom that it has been 9 years already.  The details of that day are still vivid in my mind.  Tuesday was a good day.  I can think of Kenny now and not have the same level of sadness.  Of course, I wish he was here with us, but I know he is safe and waiting until we can all be together again.  I'm grateful family and friends acknowledge him and are so supportive to our family.  I've done a lot of healing in the last few years.  Being able to have another child has helped me a lot.  Not only to have Cadence in our family which is a huge blessing, but I always kind of blamed myself for Kenny's chromosomal problems.  Having Cadence has lifted that guilt.  Knowing it was just one of those things, sometimes problems happen and it is no one's fault.  I know that we were meant to have Kenny and to go through this loss.  It has taught me many things that I am grateful for.  This experience has brought us closer as a family and for me personally has brought me closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior.  What a sweet reunion we will have someday.  Momma loves you baby boy!!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Our Little Miss is Three!!

Last week we celebrated our sweet litttle girl's birthday.  Friday, April 7th was Cadence's 3rd Birthday.  I can't believe that she is 3 already, but in so many ways she seems so much older than 3.

April 7th - 3 Years Old
Weight - 33.5 pounds
Height - not sure exactly, she's tall
Clothing Size - 4T or 5T
Shoe Size - 8
Has a huge vocabulary/and comprehension.  I don't think there is anything she can't say.
Toilet trained - for 2/3 months
Loves to eat
Enjoys playing with her brothers and her friend Adam
Favorite shows - Elena of Avalor, Tangled, Max & Ruby, Dora the Explorer
Favorite movies - Life of Pets, Sing, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Is fiercely independent
Loves to pretend to be a ballerina, wear her fairy wings and dress up in her jewelery
Must watch "one show" each night before bed

Friday morning Cadence woke up to lots of balloons.  She was so excited it was her birthday.


Once we got the boys off to school I told Cadence about her surprise.  Nani, Aunt Rachel and Freya were coming to our house and we were going to go to the ballet together.  The same dance company that did the ballet for toddlers at Christmas were putting on another production called "Once Upon a Season".  Cadence got all ready in her new birthday dress.


Once our surprise guests arrived we headed to the ballet.  They had crafts in the lobby while we waited for the doors of the theatre to open.  She loves the crafts as much as she does watching the ballet.




Then it was time for the ballet.  It was a cute show.  They danced and acted out all the different seasons.  Cadence and Freya both seemed to really love it.




After the show they invite the kids on stage to practise movements.  Cadence was excited to go on stage but then of course was too shy to participate.  Maybe next time.


Love these two!!

After the ballet we went out for a birthday lunch then back to the house to open birthday presents from Auntie, Freya and Nani.



Once Daddy and brothers were home it was time to open more presents.



"Mommy can you get this dress off of me so I can ride my bike"



Then it was time for her favorite supper of Kraft dinner and hotdogs.


Cadence had requested a chocolate cake with pink icing.



We are so blessed to have this sweet little girl in our family.  We just love her to bits!
Happy Birthday Cadence!!