Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hello Spring!

Alright, I know I completely bad mouthed Spring earlier this week, but come on! I had full reason to!
Finally, Spring arrived!
Our temperatures soared to 10 degrees Celsius (50 F for my American friends)!
I managed to get both boys out to the park Wednesday morning! It was wonderful!
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It was Andrew's first 'real' time at the park. We'd taken him in the fall when he was just a little bitty newborn, but he hates the infant seat so much that he pretty much screamed as soon as I stopped pushing him in the stroller. This time, being almost 6 months (what!?), he was able to sit in the swing.

This is what he looked like most of the time...

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...but I did manage to get a smile out of him a one point.
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Joseph's been out to the park a couple times this spring and he went a bunch of times in the winter as well. You can't keep the kid away from it!
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Apparently the fresh air and the swing exhausted Andrew because he couldn't keep his eyes open on the walk home.

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 I'm loving this warm weather and can't wait for the hotter weather to arrive. It means softball season, windows open and swimming pools!


I'll post about our Easter tomorrow. Haven't had a chance to upload all the pictures yet!
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!

Here's some out-of-control cuteness!!
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 From my family to yours,

Happy Easter!

Thank you Marcie from Marcie Costello Photography for the adorable picture!
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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Great Camp Adventure

Did you go to camp when you were a kid?
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I did and I absolutely loved it. Each summer I went to Girl Guide camp and I think back to all of the different activities we were given the opportunity to participate in. From rock climbing to team building to crafts, I loved every second of it.
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Create a team with your family and friends and participate in some fun camp challenges all while raising money for a fantastic charity!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Some recent pictures of my little munchkins.
 Sorry they're blurry, they're getting hard to catch on camera!

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He wanted to take the picture with me (how nice!)
Have a great Wednesday!
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Spring Style

There isn't much of Spring here yet and quite frankly, I'm not really a fan of it.
With all the snow we get, it takes a while to melt out and everything is all mushy, muddy and gross. It's my least favourite season.

However, there are nice times during when the warm weather comes around and everything starts to bloom. We have some tulips that always pop out of our garden.

There isn't much difference in the clothing I dress the boys in. We don't have fancy Easter dinners and because of the mud they pretty much live in sweat pants.

They did have Easter pictures (which I'm dying to share as soon as I get them) so I got some new polos for them.

Here's what J wore:

Here's what A wore:

Nothing special.

They'll probably wear them for Easter dinner (and make a big mess of them)!
Also, a new staple in the wardrobe with the muddiness is:


It's too warm for regular snow pants, but since I don't want to have to do tons of laundry every day, they'll help keep J a little cleaner.

I'd love to have a little girl to put into an Easter dress this time of the year since there are so many adorable little dresses and outfits!

Although my little guys look quite handsome in their polos!

Linking up with Melissa over at Growing Up Geeky to check out some other adorable Spring outfits!
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Why did you sign up for a 5K?

The Husband asked me a question the other night.
"Why did you sign up for a 5K? What is your goal? Why not just run in the neighbourhood?"
He wasn't asking it to be snarky or sarcastic or negative, he was just being curious. But it definitely got me thinking.
I know why I'm running.
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I started to run to help me lose weight initially. I figured a lot of the people I see running are skinny, why not try it.
I had heard really good things about the Couch to 5K program and how many people avoided injuries and were successful in completing it.

But why do a 5K race?
I think that paying for and participating in a race are keeping me accountable. I hate paying for things and not doing them. Therefore, signing up for the race means I'm going to do it.
If I was just to run in the neighbourhood, I'd probably mail it in. I'd get to a certain point and say 'meh'.
But there has to more to it than just being accountable right?
I asked a group of ladies that have all participated in races of all different lengths. Here's why they run in races as opposed to just around the neighbourhood.

"There's a different sort of atmosphere that you get at a race
that you just don't get in your neighbourhood. It's fun and challenging
and you get to run beside people you've never met before and everyone
is supportive and cheering!"
~ Lisa ~

"You're usually supporting some charity or cause which is
an added feel good"
~ Melanie ~

"Holds you to a goal!"
~ Kirsten ~

"You tend to run faster in a race,
so races are a good way to push yourself to the next level"
~ Tracy ~

"Knowing I have a race coming up is motivation to keep running
in between races"
~ Kate ~

"There are fun ones. A color run and a mud run. They aren't just standard runs"
~ Molly ~

I'm excited and anxious for my race. I want to experience everything that these lovely ladies mentioned! I am a competitive person, however, my competitiveness is more towards myself than it was. I used to love to beat other teams, come in first, be the best. Now, I want to be the best I can be to myself. I want to make myself better.

Alright, I guess medals and cool t-shirts help.

It's a Bumble Bee Medal
 Who wouldn't want this cute little medal?
It's what the runners get in one of the races I'm signed up for!

If you're a runner, why do you run?!
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Felt Memory Game

I finished another craft that I absolutely love!
This time I made a felt memory game for the boys to play with. J kind of plays with it properly and A just eats them, but they turned out really cute and I'm really excited to make more and create the "expansion packs" as The Husband calls them.
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This is a really easy craft.
It is made solely out of felt.
To begin with I cut the felt into 3 inch squares.
I cut out 32 - 16 for the front and 16 for the back. Each square needs a backing so that you can't tell what's on the front (duh! Didn't realize this at first).
I then decided what objects that I wanted on the front. In this case, I created:
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- fish, baseball, apple, heart, sun, football, boat, cookie
I cut each object out out felt, used embroidery thread to sew it to one of the 3 inch squares. I also sewed a blue border around each square. Then I attached a piece of backing (an empty square with a border) on the back using a blanket stitch.
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As I said before, I'm really pleased with how they turned out.
Some of the "expansion packs" will be alphabet, numbers and colours. I figure the boys will get a good number of years of fun out of them and then I can bring them to school and use them there (the joys of teaching primary grades).
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What do you think?
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Holy Hair!

My hair is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.
99.9% of the time it's in a bun on the top of my head because it gets in the way.
The 0.1% that it is down is in the shower when I wash it. Sometimes (I dare say when I get time) I straighten it.
I'm starting to get gray hair and it gets frizzy very quickly.
I need a fix.
I don't wash it often (about 2 times a week) because with it up in a bun it gets knotted very easily and therefore turns into a big rat's nest and is hard to brush.
Here's what happened when I brushed it tonight (and that took 10 minutes):
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I'm probably going to go get it highlighted before the summer and I've thought about chemically straightening it, but I like the curl, I just can't figure out how the heck to deal with it.
Right now, my current hair care system is wash, leave it down to dry and then stick it up in a bun. Then brush it (usually with tears involved) and repeat!

I need some help.

If you have hair like me, what do you do to it? What is your hair care routine? What products do you use?

You can clearly see, I need help!
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Hey...wandering child...

Where are your parents?
This is one of my biggest pet peeves at indoor playgrounds.
That and the mothers that sit idly on the side, with their phone, while their child is playing.
Today, I took the boys to a multi-room indoor playground. It's pretty fantastic, especially since winter seems to be never ending and I can't bring myself to take them out to the park in the freezing, cold, snowy, windy weather.
This indoor playground has a bouncy castle in it, a backyard tree house playground, a mini-ball pit, numerous bikes, slides, tricycles and a little dress-up area and infant area. It's a lot of stuff packed into a little commercial area.
Today, our moms group and another moms group were able to take our kids there to play.
 Twice...not once, but twice, there was a little girl wandering around the place, looking for Mommy and crying. She almost walked right out of the place but the girl at the front stopped her.

There are times it's hard to keep track of J, especially in that place because he runs from room to room and I have to grab A and run after him, but I'm moving with him. He doesn't have to come find me.
The one that irks me big time is moms on the phones while their kids are playing. I do have my phone out every once in awhile, but I'm taking pictures of my child playing. I'm not texting friends, not checking my email. I love watching my kid play and explore but it's also easier to keep check of my kid when I'm actually watching him.
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I guess it goes back to when I was younger and I got lost at a fair/parade. The parade finished and everyone crossed over this bridge and went to the park for the fair. I was holding my cousin's hand and in the rush of all the people he got pulled one way and I was pulled the other. I went and hid behind a tree until some nice person came and took me to the police tent where they announced my name over the microphone.
Honestly, it was the scariest thing ever. I was about 7 or 8 years old and I still remember it like it was yesterday.
That's why it scares the crap out of me when I see these little munchkins wandering with big tears running down their cheeks!
I'm not over-protective of my boys, but I definitely have a good handle of where J is when we're at the playgrounds. I'm sure most moms are the same way, but really, keep an eye on your kid. Please!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Oh crap! It's one of those days.

Where do I begin?
My two lovely boys sleep like crap.
There is more snow outside.
Overwhelmed with trying to get the house ready to put on the market.
It's definitely one of those days. A still gets up every 3 hours at night so last night was 2 and 5. I was woken up at 1:30 for some reason meaning I managed to get back to sleep for about half an hour before the crying started for food. Then, once I finished feeding A at 5 am and was just back to sleep, a lovely sound over the monitor woke me right back up at 5:30. At least A slept until 7:15 after I put him back down, but up until now (10:30), he's had a ten-minute nap. Yay.
Then there's the snow. Last night's 'storm' cancelled my run because it was way to windy, cold and there was a high chance of freezing rain. Therefore I haven't run since Saturday and I'm definitely feeling the itch. It's days like this that assist in my crappy eating too.
The snow puts another damper on a cleaning activity I was going to do, which would be washing the windows. Can't do that because I don't want to step outside in the freezing cold air to wipe grubby little prints off that have been there since the summer.
Plus, we have to go grocery shopping at some point.
There is not enough caffeine (or wine) to get me through this day with a smile on my face.
Maybe something a little stronger?
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