Saturday, March 16, 2013

I'm alive, I swear

It's so weird how I can be a dedicated blogger for years then just stop! I got so busy with my photography that I got out of the habit of blogging because I always felt guilty if I was on the computer and not editing photos etc. Now i'm not booking anyone and haven't been since Christmas, I need to get back into it! I feel guilty since this is my only "journal" of our life. And maybe one day I'll make it into a book...or books. I'm a bit of a procrastinator...

So since Dustin has had his ticket he's been working 24's at work, which has been crazy but I'm used to it now. Which I NEVER thought i'd say! When he's home, he throws off our entire routine and it's almost like, "Um excuse me... get out of my way or don't touch my tv shows!" etc. Speaking of, does anyone else slack off when their husbands home because you expect them to step it up and help? Well I just assume he should take over but that never happens... Whatever.
So this past weekend I got to go on a girls trip with my mom and sisters. Yay! We met up in Southern Alberta and it was BUSY. We put on a baby shower for my cousin Mel, and the next night a baby shower for Kristy, and then the next day was my cousins wedding! I came home more exhausted than when I left! I took the whole day to recuperate. It was definitely nice flying instead of driving. But I decided i'm not a fan of flying alone and next time Dustin and I are going somewhere nice!! We need a vacation SO bad. He's never been on an airplane and I went on my first place last year when I went to Oregon to see my sisters. We are a little sheltered... But while I was gone, Dustin ROCKED being the stay at home parent. Seriously. He had the house cleaned constantly, did the girls hair, laundry, cooked meals, got Jayci and Presley to a bday party, and even took all 4 girls to the ward dance. He's like, "You can get a full time job and i'll stay home with the kids, this is easy! I even have kept the house clean..." Um what are you trying to say?? Trust me dear, the novelty wears off and after a week you'll be saying, "man I don't feel like picking up all day after everyone, or I don't feel like cooking a nice meal that the kids won't even eat..." I think he's just so tired of working every day that this felt like a nice break for him, something totally different and he had fun doing it! But some days, it's not so fun... Like when your two year old locks herself in the bathroom in the dark, or she gets into the bag of sugar and spills it everywhere while eating it by the spoonfuls, or getting up everyday and getting 4 girls to school on time... and I could go on. It gets exhausting yo! I guess i'll just have to leave longer next time...

I honestly don't have much to blog about lately. We have been kind of boring and just taking it one day at a time here to get our goals accomplished and where we want to be in life. We need to buy a house but I think it'll take a little longer than expected, which is fine. I want to be in a good position when we go to buy an 800,000.00 house! I know. Crazy... 

So the latest is i'm trying to plan Kyla and Laken's birthday party. Kyla wants to do a joined party with her, so I was trying to figure out how to work that. I decided to make the party 3 hours long and the first 2 hours will be Laken's and the second 2 hours with be Kyla's. That way they can overlap but still have their individual spotlight for an hour. She picked Hello Kitty theme which honestly is the easiest theme since it's freakin EVERYWHERE right now. Laken loves it too so it works.

Jayci and Presley were having a conversation with me the other day and I asked them how they were twins. They said because they were sisters and that they can feel each others owies... Not sure what that means but I have told them before, so I explained it again and was talking about who was born first etc. Then Jayci said she didn't like it when people mix up their names and everyone does it. Including me! Presley said she didn't like it either. It broke my heart because when I was pregnant with them, I read a book on twins and one of the main things was to make sure they stay as individuals and when people mix them up all the time it can be damaging to them. So i've thought about this a lot since then and worried about when that day would come and so when she said that, I was so stressed about it and felt so bad. It honestly made my stomach churn because I couldn't imagine how annoying it would be to constantly be called someone else and no one ever knowing who you are! I even dreamed about it that night. So I ordered some colored feather hair extensions and decided to cut one of them some bangs. That morning I woke up, came downstairs and said, "ok girls, remember how we talked about how you don't like people mixing you up? I'm going to cut one of you bangs! Who wants them?" Jayci jumped up and yelled "ME!" So we went upstairs and chopped them off. She LOVES them! I also told her teacher how it's bothering them and she is going to make and extra effort to not mix them up. I've also been really good so far since then and haven't mixed them up once! Go me! Good mom points right? Ya right, i'm the worst mom ever, I always get them mixed up! They change constantly and sometimes I honestly have to look hard! Terrible. Who ever said the mom always knows, was wrong! It's more like, the mom knows 75% of the time...

Anyways, I have to go cook some supper that they probably won't eat. The twins are the pickiest eaters. Kyla and Laken are awesome but the other two girls are the worst. Oh well, if they don't eat it, they don't eat!

I'll end with a pic of Laken, our wild child... Stop growing!

Until next time... (which won't be as long as the last, I promise... kind of...)

Saturday, January 05, 2013


Hey it's me again! I'm slowly making a come back into the blogging world. It's hard when I take photos on my phone and now the Blogger app changed and I don't want to write my whole blog on my phone, so i'm hoping this works...

I want to do a Christmas post but I want to do this post first because it's more exciting!
Dustin wrote his final on the 21st of December and we found out he PASSED!!! We are so excited. We have worked so hard to get here and it hasn't been easy! Dustin started his apprenticeship right when we had Kyla, almost 7 years ago... Crazy. He was in his first year of school when we found out we were expecting the twins. So we moved to Fort Mac! He had a great job opportunity and lived with Jill and Travis for a few months until we could apply for the low income housing here. We had the twins and Dustin got a job out on site as a second year. Our goal the next year was to get him through school again. Our goal was to do school twice in one year. Once in the spring and again in the fall. He made it through Spring and in the Fall he was registered but worried financially we couldn't do it again. I honestly didn't care how poor we were or behind on bills we were, he was doing school! And he did! So he was a 4th year! The next spring was our plan to get him back to get his ticket. Well that's when we found out I got pregnant with Laken... So school got put on hold since we couldn't afford to do both and I needed him around for the birth and in trade school you can only miss 3 days until they kick you out. Anyways that year passed and then we tried to register him again the next spring but they filled up so fast we couldn't get him in! So we registered for the fall and I didn't care what it took, he was finishing that school! He is always concerned about finances, so I booked myself solid for photos (which was a bad idea and I paid for later) but it did help financially. Anyways, while Dustin was in school, Jayci had her tonsils out, Kyla had a specialist appointment, I found out about my health issue (which i'll update on later), Halloween AND Christmas! I'd say we had a lot of obstacles to get here but he did it and we can FINALLY move on with our life! He can get a better job out on site and we can get a house this year and pay off a lot of things! It's crazy how long we have been talking about him and "WHEN he gets his ticket" and now he HAS IT!!

I can't imagine the pressure that's been lifted off his shoulders, even though he never says anything, I know he has been so stressed about providing for a family of 6. He has done great and worked so hard. I know he is going to do awesome in his career. He's been told on numerous occasions that when he has his ticket he'll do good things and the guys at work even joke how he's going to be their boss. He's such a people person and anyone who knows him, loves him. He doesn't have an enemy in the world and is nice to EVERYONE. He's such a great example. The girls adore him and are so excited when he gets to be home. They day he passed his test they surprised him at the door with a huge "CONGRATULATIONS DADDY!" Presley yelled "Happy New Year!" But close enough... 

Anyways, I wanted to document this huge accomplishment. Not many people can finish school with a family as big as ours and everything we've been through. I'm SO excited to see what this year brings for us!

We love you and are so proud of you!! 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Where have we been?

Hi!! I'm alive!
I don't even know where to start. I think I'm going to have to break this up into two or three posts!

To quickly summarize at why I suck so bad at blogging lately... I've been a single mom while Dustin's been in school since October 1st, running a photography business that was way too busy for me to handle, staying up till 1 and 2am editing, Jayci had her tonsils and adenoids out in Edmonton, Kyla had a specialist appointment in Edmonton, kids weekly activities, and dealing sick kids.... And so on.
So I'd say I don't get any extra time to blog anymore! I hate it because we've had so much going on and I haven't even been able to document it.

Let's start with Jayci's surgery. It went so well! It started out a little rocky at the beginning because the nurse decided to tell her everything that was going to happen... My kids are worriers so when it's something new you just do it, don't warn them, then it scares the crap out of them and they won't do it! So she was bawling to the point of not even getting into the hospital pj's or taking the Tylenol. I told the lady to stop talking about it to her and she insisted, but I was right. Duh, I'm only her mom...
After that we had to wait a bit until they called us in so we distracted her and took her to the gift shop and hung out with grandma and grandpa Francis who came up specially for her surgery so she was so excited about that!

Then it was time, only one of us was allowed to go in and she wanted Dustin, but he knew I was a nervous wreck and couldn't not go, so we convinced her to let me take her in.
It was the weirdest thing though. She sat on my lap and they said to hug her so her arm was hanging behind me and she jumped so I held her tight and looked and they were giving her the IV which they never mentioned. Anyways she was crying and they said to put her up on the bed so she was sitting and dangling her legs off the side. I noticed them giving her medicine in her IV and I asked what it was and they said it's the stuff that will put her to sleep. I was told it was a mask but ok, so then I asked how long it takes to kick in. The nurse was standing behind her and right then she fell backwards into her arms and she laid her down and they said right now! There she was out cold on the bed as honestly it was the weirdest thing seeing her like that. Then they said I could leave and I was all flustered and said it was crazy and started crying and they were walking me out! All of that in probably 5 minutes! It was a lot to take in especially since I was nervous for her.
So we waited and we went up to the room she was being brought too and after about 45 mins they brought her in. She was tired and actually not too bad. She did hurt pretty bad a couple times then she went to sleep for 4 hours! People stopped in to visit but she was out the entire time. After she woke up she was doing pretty good! We just had to make sure we kept the pain meds up.
I stayed the night in the awesome comfy hospital bed with the awesome pillow... Actually I hardly slept because she was hurting lots and had to pee lots from the IV. In the morning she was doing awesome! The doctor couldn't believe how good she was doing. He said her tonsils were blocking 90% of her airway! And her adenoids were huge. Thank goodness we got them out!
She got to eat pancakes that morning and ate them all! We bought her a ton of gifts. I spoiled her like crazy and don't care one bit! I'd say it's a good time to spoil your kid and she loved it!

So we got discharged and brought her home! The week after was pretty rough, she hurt a lot and we really had to keep up the Tylenol and Advil for pain but she wanted to get up and play all the time. I was paranoid because they said if she had any bleeding or complications to take her to emerg and they would fly her down. Which we didn't want at all. So i made her rest as much as I could. After that week she was doing awesome, her throat looked amazing and we took her for her follow up with our pediatrician here and she couldn't believe how healed she was already! I was so happy.
She lost some weight but at least she is all better now! I'm glad it's over and she we don't have to worry about her being sick all the time. She loves that she isn't sick anymore too. She always asked howcome Presley isn't sick all the time like she is. It was sad. So yay for being all better!!

These were all taken from my phone.

With Daddy after the nurse freaked the crap out of her.

With grandpa Francis before the surgery! I didn't get one on my phone with Grandma and Grandpa and I don't have time to load one with Laken freaking out wanting me to hold her (she's sick...)

With Mommy and Daddy before!

All ready to go it! I posted this on instagram and someone mentioned my hair, how it was pointless to wear the cap. I ASKED if I should put all my hair in! She said no. Just want to make that clear. ha

My baby girl right after surgery. She looked so peaceful.

All her gifts from mom, dad, and both grandparents.

Getting out of bed while we wait for the doctor to discharge us. 
She looks so dang cute in those hospital pj's. 

Going home!! yay!!

Ok that's all I have time for for today! But at least it's a start! I'm surprised i've survived these last 3 months. I can't wait for him to be done and he's worked so hard so i'm excited for him!! I'm excited for the future and what it holds for him. he's so successful and has so much potential that he'll do great things.

I'll be back with more later!!

Oh and I don't want any of my Alberta friends to miss out on my giveaway! It's for a FREE photography session of your choice!! Has to be in the 2013 year and for anyone in Alberta since i'll be traveling South a few times next year. (Winner has to be willing to work with my locations if outside of Fort Mcmurray) Just click on the picture below to be taken to the giveaway! It's simple to enter!! I'm SO excited about it!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween part 1

The girls got invited to a kids Halloween party on Saturday at my friend Amanda's house and she hired me to come and do some photography there. She had this little area all set up and I did shots of each of the kids there. It was super cute! I am so glad she did that so I could get decent shots of the girls in their costumes!

Kyla wanted something really scary. Man this kid is just like her dad. We went into the Halloween store here and she ate it up, she even wanted to go into the back which is the scariest section. She originally wanted to be a dead cheerleader but the costumes were cheapy looking and not the best, then she wanted Monster High, then we found the Dead Prom Queen and that was really scary so she liked that one. She rocked it!

The twins on the other hand walked into the halloween store and started freaking out. Pretty sure they thought they were gonna die. I totally swore walking in because these stupid huge spiders jump out and you and scared the crap outta me. Anyways, it was a total gong show with Jayci and Presley, they were TERRIFIED. So we stuck them in the car while we quickly picked out the costumes we needed. They wanted to be Thing 1 and Thing 2, they picked it out when I was scrolling for ideas online and I thought, no that's ugly, so I re-vamped it a bit... ha.
I ordered the tutus because I like to be crafty but i'm not crazy, so ordering was WAY easier for me. Sometimes it's so much easier to have someone else make it and pay to save time and work. I also ordered their hair pieces from there too. I did make the shirts and the tights are from the Halloween store. I think they looked super cute and can't wait for all of them to dress up for school Tomorrow. Trick or treating on the other hand will be in parkas and we'll have to haul out our sleds with the dogs. Just kidding, you think I own dogs?? ha. Never. We have had SO much snow this last week, it's insane, depressing and I HATE it.

Laken's costume was easy. Britt was at costco and called me and told me how cute it was so I said, get it! And that's it. She looked comfy and warm and cute! There were 3 Zebra's at the party though! It was funny.
She wasn't feeling the pictures so I only got a couple of her. My fav is her fishy kiss face. I just want to grab it and kiss it!

 Here are the costumes! Kyla did all her posing on her own, all I did was say "act like your dead"... so she did!

My very own Thing 1 and Thing 2!
Don't they look way too grown up?? When did this happen?

And Peanut the Zebra.

 (see, the cute fishy kiss face!)

All four gals! Yup Laken is eating a caramel apple...

So tomorrow is both Halloween parties at the school and then we have Trick or Treating with The Andersons, should be a fun filled, busy day!
Then Thursday we go to Edmonton! Just Dustin, Jayci and I. It's time for Jayci's surgery... I'm freaking out inside about it but anxious for it too, then she can finally be healthy and i'm not worried everytime someone is sick so she doesn't catch it. Her surgery is Friday and she has to stay over night in the hospital one night and we will be back Saturday night hopefully. Jill is watching the other girls for us, thank goodness because it's going to be a lot to deal with so it's so nice they were able to take them for us.

Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween tomorrow and i'll post all about our day and the surgery when we get back! :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

We are doing good!

Ok, I guess it's time for a real post. My blog has been neglected long enough and now that I got that off my chest (refer to previous post) I feel much better. I also feel guilty if I blog because I should be editing someones photos.... oh well.

So what's the latest on us. Well, Dustin started school on the 1st of this month! Crazy right?? He's doing pretty good. He said he's had a hard time focusing with my health issues and finances. I told him the reason he is going to school is to "help" in the finance department so he needs to get over it! It's only like 8 weeks left! And we are fine, he just stresses way too much.
So far so good and then our life can completely change! Hallelujah!

I've been insanely busy with my photography. Like INSANELY. At the beginning of summer I started getting numerous emails about photo sessions! It was crazy. I hadn't even done any marketing or anything, I would just post the photos I was working on, on facebook. So I started booking them in. By the end of summer everyone wanted "fall" family photos done so I knew it would be a busy season, which was a good thing because it was more income for us while Dustin's in school. So I have had a session almost every single day and can barely keep up with editing but I know it'll die down as soon as fall is over, so I'll just enjoy doing my job and meeting so many new people which is honestly one of the best parts! I love meeting all these new people. It's crazy but majority of my sessions I don't even know who they are until the day of our session!
I desperately need a new camera and a new computer, like BAD. I'm just trying to make it through Dustin's school with what i've got and pray for the best! Obviously people like my work, even with a crappy camera... So I can't wait to see how much better my photos get with a new camera.
 I also joined a dance class with a bunch of my awesome mom friends and it is seriously SO much fun. We are in an adult hip hop class and we are AWESOME. We have a performance in January and one in the spring. It's just so much fun to get out and do something like that. I am so glad I joined. I've always wanted to join a dance class and it's wicked! 

Kyla has been a busy girl, she started and finished swimming lessons (i'm not doing that again until winter is over!) and she goes to dance once a week. She is loving hip hop though. They even did a performance at the Princess Pageant here in town last week, it was so dang cute. They did it to Justin Bieber "baby". She is getting so big and grown up, it blows my mind. She's reading books and spelling words like crazy. She is one smart little girl. She definitely takes after her mom...

Jayci and Presley are LOVING school, and are both seriously so much smarter than I thought! ha. It's true though, they can both write their names, they know every letter in the alphabet (like which is which) and can count to 23. They can spell our whole family's names and are very artistic. Man can they draw. Kyla too actually. Give them all and pen and paper and they'll be busy forever!
They also did swimming lessons and that didn't go over too well. Presley did pretty good (as in no death screams) but poor Jayci thought she was going to die when her teacher put her in a life jacket and wanted to see if she could float on her own. Every single person was staring at my kid who thought she was drowning. They were referred to "private sea otter" lessons for next time. ha. Oh well...
They are also in gymnastics and absolutely LOVE it. They ask every day, "how many more days until we can go to gymnastics again?" So i'm glad they love it. It's a huge gong show though, the volunteering is retarded and the place is crammed wall to wall when we have to drop them off or pick them up. It's a mad house. Oh well, at least they love it.

Laken. Oh Laken....this kid is hilarious. She has so much personality, you could sit and watch her all day and be entertained. She is a super happy little girl (other than her 3 molars that I just realized came in, I thought my child had turned into the devil) Between her face expressions to her little tiny voice and no fear of the world, she's perfection. She jumps into every photo taken and pulls this huge "cheese" grin. It's hilarious. She climbs on EVERYTHING and isn't afraid to fall no matter where it is. She has gibberish talk she does, can't understand her one bit, but she understands you and she is dang smart. She is hauled from one place to the next for all the other girls or me and Dust and is happy as a clam! We love our peanut and can't believe she is 18 months!! What the...

Well there is a mini update on us! We've been crazy busy from one thing to the next. Driving to and from school and kids activities, then Dust comes home from school, I go do a session then come home and either go to dance or edit, and sometimes (only sometimes yay) Dustin does a side job for some extra cash. Our life is CRAZY. I wonder if it'll ever slow down. Probably not because I don't know how to...

Here are a bunch of unorganized pics of our latest! They are mostly on instagram, if you want to follow me my name is "mindust". I'm way better at that now than blogging.

My two sassy ladies before swimming. (they picked the pose) and I think I blogged this photo before, but whatever, I love it.

We've been practicing our gymnastics moves.

The twins have had many random naps together. Literally "together"

(weird eh?)

The twins ready for school.

Took Laken out for some pics with her little witch outfit I bought her forever ago. No it's not her real costume... But so dang cute!!

At school with Tobin, getting their shoes on

My bday evening with my favorite people. Jill made my awesome cake and Dustin bought me a new purse! The girls made me some super cute cards too. I'm sure lucky!

my adorable purse. (It's been about 3 years or more since i've gotten a new one, I always just used the diaper bag!)

Raining with winter coats on...

Kyla ready for school one day. Had to snap a pic, she made her outfit. Ps: Why is it world war 3 when it comes to picking her outfits?! Or doing her hair! Man alive.

Me and my Honeys at our hip hop class. First day yo.

Dustin's first day of school! (He doesn't look tired AT ALL)

Kyla at her swimming lessons!

The first day we had to dress in our winter gear. So depressing.

Me and my gangstas out on a girls night! Love these people.

One of my ultimate favorite photos that was taken by accident. Seriously. Tear...

Dustin taking off the tattoos that the girls put on their faces the night before I wanted to take photos in the leaves. Dust said he had no idea, Kyla called him out and said "ya you did!" ha. So I made him take them all off. Fag.

Laken's first pigtails that totally count! I never do them thought because they are a pain in the butt. But cute!!

And we teach our children about hygiene young. 
Actually she asked what it was for so I showed her and she wanted some. So now she smells lovely.

So that's about all for now! All these are from my phone because I suck at taking my camera out when it comes to my actual family... not good. Oh well, that's why I love my phone!