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Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Welcome to my Ultimate Blog Party 2009 post!

In honour of this fabulous occasion I thought I would share with you the chaos of my life this month (you are SO lucky!!!).

March 1st was my husband's first day in his brand new job (he's a pastor). We moved 14 hours away from our previous home in northeast Saskatchewan to our NEW home in northwestern Ontario. Apparently God did NOT hear my request for "south" and "warm places with no snow".

So we drove across the bald headed prairies towing our tent trailer in minus 45 degree weather, our three children sitting in our van wondering what on EARTH we are doing and WHY our cat is in the van with us and why people keep pointing and laughing. We are the coolest people in the world.

We arrived in our lovely, but frozen, new town and after a few bumps in the road moved in to our new home. It is lovely. And huge. And loud.

Our house gurgles.

I'm not kidding.

It is loud and sounds like the shower and the washing machine and the dishwasher are on ALL THE TIME.

I don't know why this is. But it makes me have to pee in the middle of the night and I don't appreciate that.

Sometimes if I close my eyes real tight and use my imagination I can pretend that we live near a waterfall of some kind. But really? It would be a very odd sounding waterfall.

I have also discovered that laminate floors LOOK very nice. But are impossible to keep clean. And there is a lot of them. I spend a lot of time sweeping. Which is apparently pointless because I have to redo it 8 minutes later anyway.

My two year old daughter Olivia enjoys helping me clean. I have noticed that this does not make my job easier. But it is still very cute to watch.

We spent the first 10 days without a washer & dryer and the laundry piled up VERY VERY high... I may never catch up. But I'm ok with that. In 5 or so years my oldest son will be 12 ish and he can learn to do the laundry and I'm sure he'll be thrilled to find the Spiderman jammies he lost in the great laundry pile of 2009.

In our new town we have this new-fangled thing called a "postman". Actually ours is a postwoman. But did you know that this wonderful person actually BRINGS your mail RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR!!! We no longer have to drive to the post office to get our mail! Bliss.

This is especially helpful since I get a multitude of packages weekly of things I am to review and/or giveaway on this here blog of mine.

I'm certain the postwoman will learn to hate me before long. But I still love her.

This week is spring break and has been especially exciting for us...

-Our cat got in a argument with a skunk and lost. He managed to stink up our entire house. It is unpleasant but we are all getting used to it I think... which may be unfortunate for those around us who wonder where that faint stench of skunk is emanating from but of course are far to polite to blame their pastor's wife for such hideous perfume.

- Aiden split his chin open in the changeroom at the pool... and freaked out so much at the hospital that the doctor decided to steri-strip it instead of stitching it "to save him the stress". I think maybe it might have been to save the doctor stress however. But I'm ok with that because it saved me stress too.

(yes, it IS all about me... haven't you heard?)

- speaking of doctors I have mentioned on this blog before that it is apparently impossible to find one in this town. I have a theory now though. I think they are all on vacation. In Tahiti. If I was a doctor making loads of money I would TOTALLY be in Tahiti right now.

- our basement started flooding but I yelled at it so severely that the water got scared and threw itself back under the wall from whence it came. Sort of.

So there you have it... my life this month in a nutshell... good thing I have a wonderful husband and great kids or I'd be completely nuts :)

Now aren't you glad you stopped by to visit?

Have fun at the party!


Anonymous said…
". . . he'll be thrilled to find the Spiderman jammies he lost in the great laundry pile of 2009."

This CRACKED me up! I've been sick for a week and it's totally amazing how much laundry can stack up in a week--especially if one or two of the family is sick.

I feel your pain! :-)
Lightening said…
Hi Tara. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is a lovely blog. :) Sounds like you've been through quite a lot in the past month.
Chris said…
i have been following your blog for some time now... :) thanks for sharing the recent happenings in your life.. God really is IN CONTROL of all things!

im also participating the party...
shopannies said…
Sounds like you have had quite a time.
I'm glad I stopped by Tara!!
IE Mommy said…
I am so sorry that your house makes you want to pee but that just tickled my funny bone to no end...Swing by my site, The IE Mommy, to check out my Ultimate Blog Party Post.
el Maggie said…
I remember the excitement of mail being delivered to the house when I moved to the big city for university.
Caroline said…
Sounds like a month of wonderful adventures. Trust me...the skunk smell takes a while to wear off :( I'm trying to get back in the blogging game so I'm trying not to lurk about anymore and return to commenting. Have a great April.
PS. It's Spring Break here, sunny and 80F - you should see my tan!
Debbie said…
Hi Tara! This party hopping is fun. Nice to meet you!
~Sandy~ said…
Hi Tara!!! So nice to meet you...what a fun blog you have! Your kids are too cute :O) I am off to enter your giveaways. Please check out mine, I see you have a daughter. I have an adorable Boutique Swing Top giveaway going on.

happy partying!!!!

Susie said…
Happy UBP!!! I am a professional blog hopper:-) Nice to meet you!
Tamara B. said…
Came by to party with everyone and I am already a subscriber to your great blog.
HappyHermit said…
Gurgles !! What a perfect descriptor !!

Have a wonderful Party Day !!
Tenille said…
I enjoy reading your blog! Sorry that you are no longer a Saskatchewan-ite like me!

Your post-woman WILL learn to hate you I think. I still have to drive to the post office in my town and I know they hate me for all the boxes coming in and they don't have to bring them to my door!
Tenille said…
I enjoy reading your blog! Sorry that you are no longer a Saskatchewan-ite like me!

Your post-woman WILL learn to hate you I think. I still have to drive to the post office in my town and I know they hate me for all the boxes coming in and they don't have to bring them to my door!
Anonymous said…
LoL that was so funny! Nice to meet you! Party On!
Glad I found your blog during the Blog Party! My nephew also has Aspergers so I look forward to reading more of your blog!
Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm enjoying the party! You have had quite the month! Maybe things will settle down a bit for y'all. :)
God bless,
April said…
Just going from party to party to see how others are doing this blogging thing.

I really enjoyed reading your post. I'm really glad you have a mail person now, I would HATE to have to go and get it all the time.

I will definantly be back to your site, I also struggle with depression and am new to blogging but I plan on talking about it also. I think Satan wins when we are silent and am so glad to find others (especially christians) who talk about it. come check me out
My prize is #115 check it out!
Have a good weekend
StacieinAtlanta said…
Hi Tara!

I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out. What a great week we are in for!

Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. :)

The Divine Miss Mommy
Margaret said…
yes, I AM glad I stopped by. I love reading your blog Tara!
pam said…
Hi Tara, and welcome to Ontario! I am in SW. ON though. How excited I was to see you are a fellow Canadian! I really enjoyed reading all about you! I hope you get a chance to come over and say hi to me. I am going to get my party post up tomorrow.
April said…
so I'm embarassed, I was checking my comments and saw that you had posted on mine already :)

thanks for visiting
Valerie said…
Found your blog via the blog party! You have a great blog! I'll definitely be coming back!

Hi Tara, nice to meet you! I have been to your blog a couple of times already! I really enjoy it! Have a great week!
Anonymous said…
I Tara! How are you? We chatted before via the blogosphere. I hope you are well and resting in the love of our Lord.

I John 4:19
auntrene said…
HI, I am new to blogging, this is my first Blog Party. I am having so much fun, I am gathering recipes for next years party. I will be ready. I love your blog, Thanks for inviting us to stop in for a bit.
Have a Wonderful day!! I am hoping for sunshine for you and warmer temps.
Nadine said…
Hi. Nice to meet you. I'm a pastor's wife too. For the last six months my husband has had a different job we are moving back to place we grew up in NY to pastor a new church.

I really enjoyed reading your post. I hope you have fun at all the parties. Please stop by if you get a chance.
Brea's Mommy said…
Good luck with the recent move! I'm sure it is hard to uproot from everything you know! Have fun at the party

I would also like to invite you to join Show off your blog Saturday. I would love to read your favorite post!
Connie said…
At least you made your trying times funny to read. Hope things pick up soon but with your sense of humor I think they will! Enjoy the party!
Pamela said…
nice to meet you, thanks for sharing all about your life in an amusing way, good luck with your move, now I will know how our new pastor and family is going to fill they should be here in 2 weeks. Happy UBP 2009
Super Fun Mama said…
Hi, stopping by all the blogs in the party that I can get to. It's very nice to meet you and your blog! With how many blogs in the party right now, that is 254 blogs per day for 4 days! Wow!
Heather said…
I hope you get settled into your new house before too long. Good luck with the noise problem. If I were you, I'd give the postwoman dibs on some of the items you review. You wouldn't want a package to get "lost" or anything! ;)
Lolli said…
Good to meet you! Come stop by my party, too! i've got lots of prizes this week!
Kati said…
Happy UBP 2009! Thanks for all the opportunities to win!! Great Blog!!
Hello, been here before but didn't realize all that was happening in your life. Hope all calms down soon and that a rainfall of good doctors fall from the sky.
Erin said…
What a great post! I laughed so hard!! This is my first visit to your blog...I will be back again very soon. Happy partying!
So, do you know why your house is gurgling? Is there a reason? I'm dying to know what makes a house gurgle.
Holly said…
It's great to meet you! What a wonderful blog. Hope you have a wonderful bloggy party!
Mom Fuse said…
Haha that was a fun post!

Just stopping by for the UBP party!
Hey Tara! Nice to see you at the party. I hope you are having a blast!

Great contests :)

Would love to see your blog at

Happy Blog party-ing !
AKA Her Media
AKA The almost always organized mom
JamericanSpice said…
Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!
Thanks for hosting a blog party! I love your writing style. You had me laughing about your son finding his old Spiderman jammies. I am going to be back to your blog for sure. I look forward to getting to know you!
Hey, Tara! How's the night light? :) Have fun with the party!
Greetings from a humor blog writing, homeschooling, high school Sunday school teaching mom of two teens. Sounds like your life is full and REAL!

Found you through UBP09. Drop on by anytime. :)
Jocelyn said…
Hi Tara! Sounds like you got a lot on your plate. Nice thing about the postwoman. Bliss indeed. ;D
I, too gets tons of packages every week because of Hip Mama's Place. :D
I am just so glad my postman, UPS, and Fedex guys are realy nice. :D
Happy UBP '09! :D
NateAndJakesMom said…
Yeah, I live where the postman only makes it into our little tiny downtown... I have to go and get it now... sigh.

Party hopping.

You can visit my party HERE!

janetfaye said…
Hi from UBP 2009!

It is nice to meet you!

Thanks for sharing and I wish you and your family Happiness in your new home :)
Dawn said…
I hope everything settles down for you soon. Have fun getting to know your new town. Love the last picture of your kids in the car.

Happy Blog Party and thanks for stopping by my blog.
Fran said…
wow! lovely blog you got here. I'm sure you're enjoying the UBP fun just like I do!

Thanks for the visit. :)
Joseph S. said…
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Thanks for joining the UBP. I loved your blog!
Hi Tara! I love this post - your story about the move just cracked me up. :) I hope you guys are getting all settled in now!

Happy blog partying!
Colleen said…
Hi Tara! Oh my... you are living in chaos. I'll definitely be back to see how things go!!!

Just blog hopping in through the party link list.
Stop in on my party if you've got a minute!
Nicki said…
Hi, just stopping by with the Blog PArty! I love your blog! Sounds like there is never a dull moment in your house, either! Our dogs got sprayed by a skunk last fall, and I remember how bad it smelled... although after a few days it sort of grew on me, and now the smell of skunk fills me with warm-fuzzies! ;)
Miriel said…
Thank you so much for stopping by my blogh from the Blog Party.
And thank you for offering to exchange links with me. I have added your link to my blogroll.
Unfortenately I have no button for my blog (how do I make that?) but maybe you can just add a text link?

I hope you enjoy the last few days of the party!
I am enjoying all these blogs. Yours is one of the best especially your graphics.
Happy blog party! I enjoy very much these blogs especially yours!
your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs
Natalie said…
your month in review makes me very tired!!! great party post girl!
Kristina said…
Stopping by from the party. I like how you start off by calling yourself imperfect.
~Tara said…
Hi Tara, I'm Tara....nice to meet you. I'm stopping in from the UBP...I gotta tell you, you've got a great blog here- I love the way you write!! Sorry to say, but you've got to be a little bit crazy (don't worry, I am too)to go thru everythign that I've read and still be's a tough ob us mom's have, huh?

Hope you get a chance to stop by my blog Life, as it is and enter my's my first and obviously nothing compared to your amazing giveaways!!

Take care...
What a great way to introduce yourself at a party! I enjoyed reading about your previous month and your need for the south and warmth. I'm looking for someplace not so warm and colder. Happy Blogging!
TwinHappyJen said…
You have a beautiful family... I'm sorry it's been a tough move! I hate moving :-p

I'll definitely have to check out your blog more later... (I'm just bookmarking everyone right now, while I blog-hop my way through the party :-p)

Feel free to check out my blog, too! While I found the party too late to be part of the official prize giveaways, I do have a door prize at my blog: I'm giving away a free print copy of my book, "Two Snowflakes." Here's my address:

It was nice to meet you!
Visiting from the UBP & enjoyed reading your blog!

My buffet table is set ~ stop by & stay awhile!
Pamela Kramer said…
Here comes the prize train....TOOT TOOT!!!! You're a winner, stay tuned!
Exploramania said…
Pastors wives are always so busy and I can see your days are all full. You already know he never gives us more than we can bare..
You are ivited with all your friends and family to come to my party. It's full of healthy treats and wonderful free prizes..come on over.

Gymathtics LIVE Event is going virtual! - Saturday, April 25, 2009, 2-5pm

Exploramania is having a Gymathtics LIVE Event in Tampa but wants to invite everyone who cannot physically attend to attend virtually through the Internet. There will be games, prizes, demonstrations, and live photos from the event from 2-5pm on April 25th all streaming through the Internet celebrating Math & Exercise with Gymathtics. This is a GREAT family activity for some safe family FUN. Those participating through the Internet will have added perks by utilizing Social Networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and Twitter during the event. Even better, everyone can enter for giveaways, including the Gymathtics DVD, starting TODAY! Share this with your friends and family.

For instructions on how to participate online, visit Exploramania’s Blog at
kimberly said…
You have had some changes! What an adventure that post was... LOL.
Happy UBP!
Musing Mommies
Anonymous said…
LOL! Too funny. Hey, I have one child (also on the spectrum and almost the same age as Aiden) and our laundry is never caught up.

Stopping by from the party, excuse me while I enter your giveaways, ;)

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