Thursday, October 31, 2013

New Fisher Price Little People!

I love Fisher-Price’s Little People®. They're sturdy, an appropriate size and they lend themselves to so many different play situations!
 
We have the farm set, the Nativity scene and Noah's Ark. My mom also has some of the Fisher Price cars sets. The boys love playing with them when we go over for a visit. Fisher Price has come out with new Little People that each have their own personality!
 
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So far, these kids have ridden on dump trucks, bulldozers, gone up the elevator in the old Fisher Price garage and been onto the Ark with Noah and the animals. Andrew even put them in the back of his push along car.
 
Fisher-Price’s Little People® celebrate people, places and things through discoveries that spark little stories and big imaginations. They work to empower the developing child toward greater self-directed play.
 
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Also, in October and November, Treehouse will hold the Little People, Big Discoveries contest. Contestants will be able to play a hide and seek game to find new characters on playsets, watch the videos and be entered to win 1 of 5 $265 Little People Prize packs.

Do you have any Fisher-Price Little People® toys? What do your kids do with the characters?
 
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bedtime times 2!

When Andrew was younger, we had no problem putting Joseph to bed. He'd have his bath, his sippy cup of milk while watching his favourite show and then The Husband would take him upstairs, read a couple books, sing some songs, have some snuggles and then bed. Andrew would be swaddled and down on the couch with me until it was time for his next feeding session.
 
Once Andrew got bigger, we needed to start getting him into a proper bedtime routine to help setup good sleeping habits.
 
Our typical bedtime routine involves dinner and then right into bath time (especially now that it's darker earlier and going out to play after dinner doesn't happen). We use JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® which is perfect for Joseph's eczema and Andrew's fairly new baby skin as it's paraben-free, dye free and phalayte-free. I find that the bath time really helps to calm them down before bed. Then it's into pjs, downstairs to play.
Johnson's Natural Head-To-Toe Baby Wash
Andrew heads up at 7:15, has his bottle and snuggles and then Joseph goes up to bed at about 7:45 and gets his snuggles. Then it's usually a good night sleep for everyone and we're up early for daycare the next day!
 
I can't wait until we can sit and read books with both boys!
 
What is your bedtime routine with your kids?
 
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY Medal Board

One of the best things about running in Canada is that in almost every race you run, you get a participant medal! I'm loving this part of running.
 
I've just been keeping them in a bag with my race bibs, but I decided to make my own medal hanger. They sell metal versions of them but I wanted to make my own to show off my accomplishments.
 
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To start out, I bought a 12x12 inch wooden board, from Michaels and painted it black (2 coats).
 
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There is a border around the wood on the back, but the middle is hollow. You can choose a solid board, but with the back open, it makes hanging it a lot easier.
 
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To do the lettering, I chose my favourite font from my Cricut (Cuttin' Up) and printed them off at 3 inches (with Joseph's help).
 
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Then I traced them onto the painted board using a yellow pencil crayon. I also marked the holes of the race bibs so that I would know where to put the hooks.

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I used a thinner brush and took my time painting the letters a nice blue colour. I wish I had chosen a different colour looking back. Silver or yellow or something that popped a little bit more from the black. The blue kind of blends in a little bit.
 
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I painted on two coats of gloss to make it shiny and to seal in the blue paint. Once I finished that I found these little hooks at Michaels and was able to screw them into the wood at the same distance as the safety pins holes in my bibs.
 
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I put all the bibs on it that I currently have. I still have one more step to go, but I haven't had the time, and I want to show it to you completed with my new bling on it from my half marathon. It's fairly easy, I'm going to get some big nails, nail them in to the bottom of the board under the bibs (and into the thicker wood) and hang my medals from there.
 
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So, there you have it! I can't wait to show you my new addition in just a few days!
 
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

T-minus 4 days!!

My half-marathon is in 4 days.


 
Sunday morning, I will be boarding a bus between 8 and 8:45 (I don't want to have to find my own ride) and heading to the start line for my very first half marathon after spending a very quiet night in a hotel so we won't have to worry about traffic.
 
My anxiety level is almost through the roof and having to deal with Thanksgiving, work, weather and two sick little boys in the last couple of weeks, my running has definitely fallen to the wayside.
 
I'm admitting now, I'm not properly trained for this race. I'm figuring I'm probably not the most unprepared person, but by no means am I even close to being the most prepared.

 
The best thing is that I don't really have a goal other than to finish it and the course doesn't close until 5pm, so I have 7 hours to finish the race. I'm fully prepared to be beat by a good chunk of the marathon people and probably a good majority of the half marathoners.
 
When I first signed up, I figured I'd take the Monday off after the race and relax my legs. Ya, not so much anymore. With the boys being sick, I've already used up 3 sick days this year and there's the possibility I could be home on Friday again. I can't afford it. Therefore, I'll be literally dragging myself into work and planting my butt on my rolling chair. I think Advil and my foam roller will be necessary.
 
 The weather is another big concern. It's fall, at the Falls. There is always a mist right down along the water where we'll be running so I'm sure I'll be a little damp by the time I'm done. Right now the forecast is saying sunny, a 20% chance of rain and feeling like 7 degrees C (44 degree F). I'm thinking I have my outfit ready, but I'll be bring some back up stuff just in case.

Tomorrow I have a new DIY medal/bib holder that you can make at home! It's perfect for my running bibs and medals, but it can be adapted to display lots of different accomplishments! 

That's it! There's nothing left to do or say at this point except show up!

The Husband and I will be heading out Saturday afternoon and I'll be taking pictures on my Instagram account, tweeting and updating my Facebook account so please follow along!

I'll have a recap on Monday!!

 
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Apple Picking

We decided to go apple picking on the Monday of Thanksgiving, kind of crazy. Ok, really crazy!!
 
This particular place is on a two-lane highway with a little turn lane in the middle. Match that with a very family-friendly area, no work and great weather equals a long line on the stretch of highway as we wait for the police officer to signal us into the farm.
 
Either way, the boys were fantastic!
 
We went with my sister and my nephew who came a little later, so we went and played on the playground and went to see the animals and into the petting zoo.
 
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The gigantic play area with really fast slides
 
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Joseph wanted to go by himself!
 
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Not a fan of hay!
 
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Pumpkins galore!
 
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Petting a goat
 
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Can't pass up the tractor!
 
After we hit up all the farm activities, we finally decided to head out to pick some apples. We hopped on the wagon and headed out to the orchard.
 
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Andrew & Mommy on the wagon!
 
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He was having a good time. This is his current 'cheese' face. We need to work on that!
 
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Not sure what's going on!
 
We have a successful trip! We picked two bags of apples, Joseph took two down to Grandmom and Grandad (that have extra bruises after he was banging them together) and I made some apple pie bread and applesauce. Yum!!!
 
I love apple picking in the fall. It's such a fantastic tradition that I hope we carry on for years and years.
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Andrew's Farm Birthday party!

First thing was first, we had to take Andrew's 12 month picture so that we could finish his monthly picture collage. There were some really cute ones like this...

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...and then there was the obligatory big brother/little brother teddy bear picture!

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Here's the barn I made with the monthly pictures that we took of Andrew and his teddy bear. It was really neat to see how much he has grown and changed throughout the year.

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I also made this cute little tractor-wagon banner!

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To make the cute little animals on the farm and the banner, I used my Cricut and the Create-a-Critter cartridge to make them. I love the way they turned out.

This was the cake. I loved it, but it wasn't what I had planned. I was going to try to make a two-tiered cake but life/work got in the way and I just didn't get around to it. So I just made a little 10' round cake and put a little pond with ducks and the two little piggies!

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He didn't really know what to do with it at first, but eventually dug right in!

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The rest of the day was kind of crazy! The older kids wanted to 'help' Andrew open his presents and I totally lost track of everything that he got and who gave it to him. Joseph really loved it because he now has a whole new bunch of toys to play with. Andrew loves take pieces of the toys and putting them in different places.

I still can't believe my baby is 1.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Ear Infections & a Sick Baby!

I'm quickly burning through my sick days at work. We're given 10 where we still receive full pay and any days after that we only get paid 50%. I'm already down to 8 days and it's not even the end of October!!
 
On Sunday evening (after the Run for the Cure), I ended up having some ear pain and then my hearing became very muffled. I figured I'd Advil myself up and then head to the walk-in after work on Monday. I woke up at 2 am and was in excruciating pain! I changed my plan to staying home for the morning, going to the clinic and going to work at lunch. Joseph woke up at 5:30 telling me that his ear was hurting. Plan changed again. Joseph stayed home with me, we both went and got our ears checked and I have an ear infection and he's fine.
 
This week, I've had a lot of trouble getting Andrew up from his crib. On Wednesday morning he drank his whole bottle, coughed and it all came back up again. Lovely. He seemed to be acting normal so I figured it was one of those 'baby' things, where they cough, their gag reflex doesn't work well and everything comes back up. Being the awesome mom I am, I sent him to daycare.
 
They called at 3pm to tell me he wasn't well, but that I could go get him at my normal time since it was fairly soon. Since then he's been home. He hasn't run a fever, just miserable. Yesterday, The Husband stayed home, so today was my day.
 
Here he was last night while I was trying to keep him up until 6:30 so he wouldn't be up at 3am. I couldn't hold out. He was just too miserable.
 
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They're so sad when they're sick, but it means a lot of snuggles for me! I'm hoping he's better Monday though!
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's my favourite time of the year!!
 
I love fal, turkeys, family time (playing board games), football, everything!!
 
So from my family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving Day With Tofurky

I'm off stuffing my face with....STUFFING!!
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Only 16 days to go!

That's it...
 
16 days
 
until I run for 13.1 miles or 21.09 kilometers.
 
RunFEST
Every time I think about I get more and more nervous. I know I can do it (not that I've run that far before), but I just need to stay positive.
 
This weekend, The Husband and I are headed to his parents house for Thanksgiving dinner. We're going to take the opportunity of having babysitters to go for the long run. It'll be the longest distance I've run.
 
We're going to do a whopping 10 miles (or 16.1 km). I'm going to figure out how to fuel myself for this run because I was feeling horrible after my last run of 12 km. I'm going to go with the candy approach and sugar up with that instead of using gels or chews. I know candy works with my system.
 
I'm thinking of going out to buy one of these to hold my candy during the race. I'm not sure what the temperature is going to be so I could be wearing a t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt so I can't guarantee there will be a pocket.
 
Adult Spibelt/Blue
 
I'm also starting to work on my Half Marathon iPod song list. I'm going to have to use it because I find it distracts me from what I'm doing. If I don't use it, I'll be more focused on how much everything sucks. I need to be able to sing while I run (or at least mouth the words while I'm gasping for air)! Any good songs you love listening too right now?
 
I'm kind of scared for what will happen after. The run is on a Sunday and I have to work on the Monday. I'm hoping I'll be able to walk. Kindergarten chairs don't lend themselves to comfort for adults.
 
Anyone else training for a big run (5K's are big runs too)! How is it going??
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