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!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sister Puzey

A couple years ago my mom told me she was wanting to serve a mission for our church.  I must admit I was a bit surprised but so excited for her.  She had a few setbacks in preparing to go including a broken knee.  Six months ago she received her call to serve in the Montreal, Canada mission for 18 months leaving February 2018.

A few weeks ago mom spoke in her ward before leaving and we hosted a dinner afterwards for all her ward members and family and friends who had come to support her and say their goodbyes.  It was so nice to see everyone and for our entire family to be together.

Then it was time for mom to fly to the MTC (Missionary Training Centre) in Provo, Utah.  It was a Sunday afternoon, Dave, Jared and I with our families came to see mom off.  Rachel and her family had said their goodbyes a couple days before.  Mom was quite anxious about flying but was so calm at the airport while I cried like a baby.  We saw her off to security.

Once she was in line and already chatting with the people standing in front of her we headed home.  Unfortunately, we got a call later that day.  After sitting on the tarmac for 2 hours the flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems with the plane.  Back off the plane, picking up luggage, back through customs and back in line to get another flight.  By the time mom was able to book her flight there wasn't another one available until Tuesday afternoon.  Jason and I went and picked mom up and she stayed with us until Tuesday.


All ready to go again.  Jason took mom to the airport and stayed with her until she got to security.

After a short delay of 30 minutes she was finally in the air and arrived at the MTC on the Tuesday night in time for a quick bite to eat and then to attend a devotional.

She then spent 2 weeks in the MTC learning Preach My Gospel and some of the office duties she'll be doing in the mission office in Montreal.  This Friday morning, February 23rd she headed to the Salt Lake City airport to fly to Montreal.  Her flight was to leave at 10:00 am.  Around 11 am we got word that the flight was delayed (seriously).  It was snowing in SLC and the plane was in line to be de-iced before taking off.  Another hour and they were finally on their way.

Of course, because of the delay in SLC she missed her connecting flight in Toronto.  Luckily she was able to book another flight for that night and was able to make the connection.  About 8 pm Montreal time she finally arrived.  

It has been quite the ordeal but "Sister Puzey" is finally on her mission.  We are so proud of her and can't wait to hear all the wonderful experiences she will have for the next year and a half.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Another Year!

In January we celebrated Jason's birthday.  I must admit we usually don't do much for Jason's birthday.  I don't know if it is just because it is so close to Christmas, or because it's cold and snowy, but we usually just stay home.  This year was no different.

For dinner we went out for noodles, and then home for cake.  A Dairy Queen icecream cake.  I always feel weird purchasing one in the middle of winter but Jason loves them!

Jason, unfortunately, didn't have any gifts to open.  He bought himself a new sword online that he got in the mail a couple weeks before his birthday.  I forgot to take a picture.  I think all in all Jason had a nice birthday.

We sure love him.  He is a great husband and father.  We are all so lucky to have him.  He does so much for our family and we know we are his first priority.  Happy Birthday Hun!!  Hope this year is great.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Lover's Holiday

Jason and I rarely do much for Valentine's Day.  Some years we'll go out for a nice dinner, but by far my favourite valentine days are when Jason cooks for me.  Valentine's Day this year fell on a Wednesday and Jason decided to spoil me with a homemade dinner.  I taught piano until 8:15 p.m., so while I was teaching Jason prepared dinner.  As soon as I finished he was all ready.

He even got me some beautiful roses this year. 

The first course was a crab salad in cucumber.  These were so delicious.  I could have eaten a whole meal of just the appetizer.

Next up was a delicious carrot soup Jason made from scratch.

Then an amazing steak oscar.  I love steak oscar!!

And for dessert - sticky toffee pudding.  It looked so good I had it half eaten before I remembered to take a picture, oops!

I love my husband so much.  I am so grateful that we found each other, and that he loves me so completely. I never take for granted how blessed I am.  Happy Valentine's Day my love.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Gingerbread Creations

Last night for FHE we decorated some gingerbread creations.  Bowen and Cadence worked on decorating a little house.  Cadence is really into Christmas this year and was having so much fun!

Ashton worked on a Millenium Falcon.

Everyone made an individual gingerbread man too.

This is the smile I get when I ask Cadence to smile.

Stay tuned for more Christmas fun at the Atwood house!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


When I was a kid, whenever we'd come to Calgary and happen to drive over cemetery hill my dad would always say "hey look, people are dying to get in there!" - or some variation.  His corny, slightly inappropriate joke would be met with eye rolls and "oh dad".

Ever since we've had kids, every time we drive over cemetery hill I say "hey kids look, people are dying to get in there!".  I laugh every time!!  My joke is met with eye rolls and "oh mom", etc.

The other day the kids and I were driving to pick up Jason from work.  Jason works downtown on 17th near the Saddledome.  As we were driving over cemetery hill Bowen says to me "mom look out your window", I looked to the left and quickly said, "hey look, people are dying to get in there!".  Bowen says to me - "mom you almost forgot".

It warmed my heart that he reminded me.  I hoped that my dad got a glimpse of that exchange and it made him smile.  I'm sure my kids will tell the same corny joke to their kids.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Little Taste

I'm a bit behind in updating my blog.  I need to post about our summer that was busy, fun and seemed to go by so quickly, but for now a little update on how we are doing.  The boys are back in school, Jason at work, and I'm back to teaching.

Ashton is in Grade 8, and Bowen is in Grade 6

The school year has been going well so far.  Both the boys like their teachers.  They are both playing in band.  Bowen is continuing with the clarinet in the Grade 6 band, and Ashton switched to Alto Saxophone this year for the Grade 8/9 band. 

I'm still watching my friend's little boy in the afternoons.  Cadence enjoys having him come and she usually decides what they play.  He's a good sport, even when she dresses him in rainbow dress shoes, and girlie hats.

We also switched Cadence to her toddler bed.  We took our time since she never once tried to get out of her crib.  She loves having the freedom to get out of bed on her own in the morning, but she's been doing great and has never gotten out of bed before 7 a.m.

Ashton still loves being creative and clever, whether he's making a homemade birthday gift for my cousin Sheri, or just finding ingenious ways to still use his broken headphones.

Bowen stays busy with his Pokemon, playing lego, drawing and reading.  I'm also giving the boys piano lessons this year.  I am committed to being consistent.

Lots more going on, but there is a little taste of what is going on at our house.  Stay tuned for some summer updates and more life at the Atwoods!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Called to Serve

My mom is going on a mission for our church, and last night we all got together at the farm to see where she will be serving for 18 months. She had gotten her envelope last Thursday and waited until most of us were able to come.  We were only missing the two oldest granddaughters - Cora was working, and Leah is at EFY.

We all made our guesses as to where we thought she would be going.  Then it was finally time for the moment of truth.

She'll be serving in the Canada Montreal Mission for 18 months, primarily as an office specialist.  She reports to the Provo MTC on February 5th, 2018.

I am so proud of my mom for making this decision to serve, and excited for the experiences she'll have.

Ashton made cute little flags for the cake.

Congratulations Mom!  We think you are amazing.