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Girlfriends

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:22:00 +0000

I've got a girlfriend who has come into my life fairly recently (within the past few years) whom I am SO lucky to have met. We mesh. We get each other.

I am lucky to have her in my life.

She understands me. She understands my life. She understands my family.

She is amazing with children and is so wonderful with my kids and I LOVE her for that!

I haven't seen her since Christmas, we were seeing each other every week prior to Christmas. She moved, we "lost touch" a bit and even though email can make things so easy to stay in touch, we didn't stay in touch as much as maybe we could/should due to "life".

Last night, I realized just how much her friendship truly means to me. I knew she was important to me before, don't get me wrong. However, I was once again reminded how much I enjoy our time together. Our talks. I enjoy listening about her life. I enjoy sharing mine.

We have quite a bit in common. We have VERY similar morals and similar interests for the most part, but there is 10 years difference in age between us, which makes a unique difference that keeps things interesting too.

Not only is she my friend, but we are so fortunate that is also our family's friend. She came to visit our family and that is so extremely special. She fits right into our family like no time had passed. She meshes into our family routine not like she is guest, but like she is like family and that is a very unique quality.

I am lucky. I am very lucky. I just needed to share that here today.

I was talking about this blog last night and it got me thinking that whenever I do think of a topic to write about it is almost always about the kids. There is nothing wrong about that, but this thought came to me this morning and I am so glad to have found the brief moment to get these words down because time around here is rare these days and I am so happy to have found the time to actually write out a post like this!

I should run before the kids summon me back upstairs - they will be waking up soon.....

You know who you are....thank you for your friendship!

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Is It Wrong?!?

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 12:00:00 +0000

For April Fools, SciFi Dad wrote a post announcing that I was pregnant!

I/We had pretty much decided (but not officially) that two children were good for us! Maybe I'll get into why later on in this post or maybe it's a post all to itself.....

Is it wrong that now after "pretending" to be pregnant and "acting the role" online for a day that I am actually a tinge disappointed that I'm not? There's this eensy weensy (and it's small) part of me that is truly sad that I have decided that I don't want more children. I think it's because deep down, I really do want more, but I know that it's not the right choice for us, for our family!

Hmmm......

  • Finances are a huge reason.
  • My terribly difficult pregnancies/deliveries and post partum recovery is another reason
  • Family dynamics (we struggle as it is with two sometimes with jealousy issues, etc. etc. and I feel it would be unfair to add another to the mix).

Gah, why I am feeling this way?

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PMS in 5 year olds?

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:00:00 +0000

Is there such thing as PMS in 5 year olds? This may be TMI for some of my readers, but if there is any week during the month that something in my house is going to get reorganized, scrubbed extra clean, you get the picture, it's the week leading up to my period. Do any of my other female readers have the same thing happen to them? It's almost equivalent to the nesting phase that a pregnant woman goes through, just not quite so crazy! But seriously! I don't keep track of when my period is coming, I just let my hormones do that for me. When I find myself on my hands and knees scrubbing behind the toilets (seriously, who likes doing that? apparently only me the week before my period comes!), then I know my period is not too far off in the future! So, why am I talking about this? Bunny went on a serious cleaning and organizing rampage today! I'm talking S.E.R.I.O.U.S! She announced that she wanted my help to sort through *some* of the toys that she no longer plays with. Well, little did I know that this would lead to a full out overhaul of her room! NO complaints here, let me tell you! I was shocked though! She got rid of her Little Ponies, some stuffed animals, her Barbie car, some puzzles, LeapFrog books and cartridges that she has outgrown, oh goodness, the list goes on! We filled a huge bucket full of things. It was so heavy, I barely could carry it down the stairs. Does she realize that her 6th birthday is just around the corner and she is making room for her loot? Did this happen genuinely because she wanted to get rid of the clutter of things that she doesn't use anymore? OR are hormones hitting early at the age of *gulp* almost 6?!? Because THEN, while I was making dinner tonight, she started to tidy up the family room and kitchen, putting all of the toys where they belong. This is something that usually she doesn't like to do when we ask her to help out. AND.... She disappeared upstairs and made everyone's beds (that's right, nobody's bed got made today--lazy Sunday!), cleaned her bathroom counter and laid out Little Man's bedtime clothing for him! OR was she feeling guilty because when we were at Michael's this afternoon, she picked up a glass ornament and dropped it on the floor, smashing it in a thousand pieces?!? She is at an age now that I don't mind if she browses through stores and touches things because, for the most part, she knows what to touch and what not to. This was an ornament that looked plastic to her and I get that. Boy, she was so embarrassed and not too impressed when I explained to her that we had to go up to the front and tell them about the broken glass! I want to raise my children to be honest people. I want them to own up to their mistakes. I helped her do the explained, she said some of it and I said some of it, but boy was she every upset! I felt for her, did I ever! Well, whatever the reason, she was in a cleaning/organizing/impressing Mommy/helping mood this afternoon and I liked it! [...]



Happy Valentine's Day!

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:02:00 +0000

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

The kids found this on their spot at the table this morning:

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I've made the following muffins this morning with a surprise treat inside of them! I hid a hershey's kiss inside each one for them to discover. FUN! I also tinted them pink for Valentine's Day.
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The Nothing Muffin adapted from Muffin Maniajavascript:void(0)
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Stir together dry ingredients.
Add melted butter and egg to milk and combine.

Add wet to dry and stir to moisten.

You can jazz this batter up with whatever you want or leave them plain jane! Today, I've added on Hershey's kiss hidden right in the middle for a yummy surprise. Oh, and I just might have tinted them PINK!

Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean (unless of course you're using a Kiss in the middle--haha!)

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Muffin Tin Monday: For the Game!

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 14:39:00 +0000

Both kids have been sick this week! Bunny more than Little Man!

Bunny actually had to get a chest xray that showed that her chest was showing some mild signs of pneumonia! After being on antibiotics all weekend, she is showing signs of improvement, finally!

Anyhow, neither kid has been eating much so last night I made them fun Muffin Tin Meals for dinner. They have both been VERY picky eaters this week. It has been very difficult to get ANYTHING into them.

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For more fun Muffin Tin Meals, go here:

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Groundhog's Day Activities with the Kids

Thu, 03 Feb 2011 11:00:00 +0000

Yesterday we had a snow/sick day.

Bunny was sick with a fever.

Little Man was....sick, but running around like a typical 2 year old.

We did Groundhog Day crafts to keep us occupied, it was fun.

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2 year old craft on the left, 5 year old one on the right

The kids took their stick groundhog puppets and made a "Groundhog tv show" in our little Ikea cubbies, it was so adorable and a lot of fun!

There's a bit of controversy as to whether or not the Groundhog actually saw his shadow. Did he or did he not? Or was there too much snow for him to tell?

We got so much snow! Thanks to SciFi Dad for working from home and shoveling for us :)

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These Days....

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:00:00 +0000

Life with Bunny is....

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Watching her enjoy reading like nobody's business! (SciFi Dad bought her that hat and she loves it so much, she often wears it around the house all day long!) I can't get over how quickly she is picking up on reading, she is reading full novels in a couple of days with comprehension and all. Did I mention she is only is in Senior Kindergarten?!? Gah! This is one of her chosen activities aside from.....

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Skating her our backyard rink that her Daddy made for her! She went from this to skating with no aid at all in a day! Now, she does little laps around her rink like a speed demon and just loves it! It's so much fun to watch her!

She's lost a tooth with another wiggly one on the go.
She's always making new artistic creations and she dances up a storm to her favourite music on a daily basis!

The other day we were at our local indoor playground and a grandmother said to me, "Do you see that girl, the one that looks like 'xyz', she is so sweet and being such a great help! I don't have to go up and help my grandson anymore because of her!". I felt so proud to be her Mommy! She was climbing the upper play structure with the 2 year olds who needed help--what a sweetheart.

I just felt like writing a post about all of the positive things that my daughter has been doing these days because around here, there have also been A LOT of drama so I needed to do this for me.

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Weekend Breakfast: French Toast with Fruit Sauce

Sun, 30 Jan 2011 02:49:00 +0000

My kiddos and I LOVE French Toast! SciFi Dad, not so much, unfortunately :(

Anyhow, I would say we have French Toast for lunch once every week and a half or so and sometimes for breakfast on weekends.

Here's how I make it.

French Toast

Rule of thumb is approximately 1 egg for 2 pieces of bread.

6 slices of bread
3 eggs
4 Tbsp milk (I'm guessing here, I just pour!)
1 tsp vanilla (again, a guess, it might be closer to 1 1/2--I just pour)
splash of pure maple syrup

Whisk together wet ingredients and dip bread in, coating both sides.
Cook in a fry pan over low-medium heat.

Fruit sauce:
I use frozen fruit, usually blueberries--sometimes cherries or strawberries.
I rinse the fruit and put it in a glass measuring cup with 1 Tbsp of pure maple syrup.
Microwave for 1 minute, stir and then 1 minute more.
Fruit will then be somewhat watery. To thicken up, mix 1 tsp of cornstarch with a small amount of the watery liquid and add to the rest of the fruit. Microwave for 1 more minute then let sit to cool.

This is a much healthier version than covering French Toast in syrup!

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Muffin Tin Monday

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 22:00:00 +0000

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I came in a little bit late today to read about the theme, but I made my kids a Muffin Tin meal today for lunch! They were super duper excited!

Go see more Muffin Tin Meals over at Muffin Tin Mom's place!
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But the Monsters Are Going to Eat Me!

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:57:00 +0000

As I was snuggling Little Man before bed last night, I was talking to him about being quiet in the night time so that he didn't wake up his sister. The way his room is organized right now (and pretty much the only way it can be due to lay out), his bed is against the wall beside his sister's room. He has a habit of waking up in the night, getting up on his knees and hands and rocking himself back to sleep, often with banging his head against the wall (I have put his crib bumper pads up to protect him as much as I can) and moaning loudly. This wakes me up the second he starts (I'm a light sleeper and I have Mommy instinct) and it occasionally will wake up Bunny too. Last night, I told him that if he continues to do this that we will have to move his bed over into the middle of his room so that he has no wall to bang on because I don't want him to hurt himself AND I don't want him waking his sister up because that isn't fair to her. Side Note: When we first moved him into his big boy bed 2 months ago, the rocking stopped. I was so excited! But for some reason it has started up again in the last couple of weeks (since he started up teething again--it's a comfort thing). I started running into his room the second it started to try to comfort him and to quiet him down which works, but this starts a bad habit of him waking and calling out for Mommy in the night which then starts the co-sleeping habit again! You just can't win! His response? "But Mommy, then the monsters over there will eat me!" WHAT? Are you serious? At 2 years 3 months old my child is scared of monsters in his room already?!? Where is he getting this from? Of course, his sister, ironically! So, I called SciFi Dad into the room to help me convince Little Man that there were no monsters in his room. We got him out of his bed, had him walk all around his room, allowing him to look absolutely EVERYWHERE that he wanted. I think hope we nipped that fear in the bud! Yikes! That's all we need. Between teething, night terrors (growing pains, stomach pains--we're not sure what they are, but he has been having crying spurts that we have trouble settling) and moaning and rocking in the night, I'm one tired Mommy, he's one tired monkey and we all need some sleep! What age did your kids start being scared of monsters in their room? Bunny didn't start until at least 3 if not 4! However, she didn't have an older sibling influencing her and she didn't watch as much tv as Little Man does either! I'm a bit ashamed of that to tell you truth, but such is life around here. [...]



Retail Kills Me Sometimes!

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:12:00 +0000

Seriously people, sometimes retail just kills me! You need a bit of background first for this story to make complete sense.... For Christmas, Little Man received some Diego Sheets from his Aunt. Oh, how excited he was when we first put his Diego sheets on his big boy bed, let me tell you! He loved the fact that Diego was practically life size on on his pillow and when I would lay down to snuggle with him, he would often ask me to sit up so that he could point things out on Diego. OR better yet, he would say, "No Mommy, you don't lie there, you are lying on Diego". Then, one night last week, SciFi Dad went upstairs to console Little Man during on of his MANY crying fits and when he came back downstairs, he was laughing. He told me that Little Man must have "won" the toothbrush fight with me earlier that evening. A bit confused by his comment, I asked him to clarify his statement. SciFi Dad noticed that when he was rubbing Little Man's head, there was a huge sticky spot in his hair and when he smelled it, it smelled like toothpaste. He concluded that when Little Man was attempting to yank his toothbrush out of my hand, he won, pulling with a bit too much force and it must have landed in his hair without me noticing. So, the next morning, I found the sticky spot, but before I wiped it out with a wet washcloth, I noticed something slightly strange. It was blue. DARK blue. But his toothpaste is transparent. Could he have gotten his paws on his sister's blue toothpaste? Nope because it definitely smelled like his toothpaste. And it was then that I put two and two together. The toothpaste was a bit wet when he went to bed. His Diego sheets are dark blue. The die from the sheets wiped off onto his head. AND even worse. Bunny had noticed that Little Man's Sophie Giraffe teething toy had a slight blue tinge to it last week too, but I let that go not thinking too much of it as it was ever so slight and not all over (bad Mom, I know--I win yet ANOTHER parent of the year award for this one!). When we investigated a bit further, sure enough a couple of his other sleep friends' noses had a slight blue tinge to them as well. SO, I marched those sheets right back to the store where his Aunt bought them and explained the situation and do you know what the "only" thing they could do for me was? Give me a brand new set of the EXACT SAME STINKIN' SHEETS. I don't want more dark blue sheets that are going to bleed all over my son, my son's toys and potentially be harmful, especially since he is teething right now and CHEWING.ON.EVERYTHING! I want different ones. And goodness knows what is in that dye, I don't even want to go there. So, I accepted the new package as "that was all they could do" and today I went to a different location of the same store and told them that we received them as a gift, we don't have the receipt and could I please have a gift card. They said YES! Why couldn't they have just done that in the first place? Or agreed to me choosing a different set of sheets like I had wanted to? I just don't get it? Gah! Retail just doesn't make sense to me sometimes. [...]



Bottom Up or Top Down?

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:00:00 +0000

Today is DeLurking Day!
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What does this mean for you? It means that I'd really, really, really appreciate your comment on this post! I even make it easy for you today. I ask you a question to answer.

Lately, Bunny has been striving for a little bit of extra attention.

She actually admitted to SciFi Dad that she liked life better before Little Man was born. Then, the next day, when I pulled her aside during her fun play tea party with her brother and asked her if she really would rather not have a little brother, she told me that she made a mistake by what she said.

It's normal to feel resentment towards a younger sibling sometimes. It's normal to want things to go back to the way they were if you are old enough to remember the way they were. I still am shocked that Bunny has the memory that she has!

Anyhow, one of the ways that she has been trying to get attention (it's been negative attention, admittedly), is by "doddling" while she gets ready for bed.

The other night, SciFi Dad started to lose a bit of patience as she was taking a really long time to put on her pj top that had buttons on it. He broke down, raised his voice and said, "Just start at the bottom and go button by button until you do them all up!"

PAUSE

This is where I'm confused! I've always buttoned my tops from the top down. I need your input. QUESTON How do you button your tops? Top down or bottom up? Seriously people, have I been doing this wrong my entire life?!?

Oh and you know how the other day I wrote about Bunny and Little Man being best friends and enemies? Well, the happy fairy must have paid a visit to our house last night because everyone was so cheerful with one another today because they didn't have trouble all day! A first in a very.long.time!

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Best Friends and Enemies!

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:00:00 +0000

How can they be best friends one second and the next second (literally), seem like they have become each other's worst enemy? One pulling the other's hair out, the other screaming and yelling rudely in a hurtful way? I just don't get it!

One is 5, almost 6 and the other is just over 2.

My daughter is going through quite the rough patch with her brother right now. I think deep down, she truly does love having a brother. She adores having a play mate someone she can nicely "boss" around. She dotes on him, mothers him, takes care of him and genuinely loves him to bits and pieces, most moments. But then, he gets in her way, takes a toy away from her, shoves her to the side because he doesn't have the vocab to describe what he wants, etc. etc. etc. and she just can't take it and she becomes this evil monster who is growling, screaming, stomping, storming and complaining about how life isn't fair and that she wishes that life could go back to how it was before he was born.

My son, who is 2 simply worships the ground that his older sister walks on. He loves her and follows her every.single.move. He wants to play with her, sit beside her, talk like her, eat like her, etc. etc. But, he is also 2. You know what naturally comes with this territory! He has a difficult time sharing and he can't fully communicate his needs. When he wants a toy, he wants it then and there. If his sister says that he can't sit right beside her because she wants her space, he shoves her, kicks her and if she gets close enough, he hits her, grabs her hair etc. because he is frustrated with her answer (and her tone of voice I'm sure too, it isn't the nicest--we're working on this!).

Things can be candy and roses one minute and turn into a blood shed battle the next with tantrums, screaming and it takes all of my patience (luckily I have a lot of it!) to stay calm enough to bring everybody back down to reality.

And then, when the storm is all finished, they go back (in the snap of a finger) to being best buds again.

At least they spend more time being best buds than not, right?!

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Puke City!

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 02:58:00 +0000

Have I ever told you I hate puke?

Who doesn't? I know!

but in the past almost 6 years, I've seen way more than my fair share of it. You could probably call me the puke expert.

I've learned a few tricks along the way that I thought I'd share with you tonight.

Bunny woke up and puked in the bathroom while sitting on the toilet. This is exactly what she did the last time she was sick too!

Anyhow, here are my tips when your child has the stomach flu:
  • Cover your child's pillow and bed with old towels or sheets so that you can easily peel off dirty layers, including a waterproof pad underneath the layers to protect the bed.
  • Throw an extra towel on the floor beside your child's bed. An old flannel sheet works great for this too.
  • Put a little chair beside your child's bed with a clean, empty trash can/puke bucket on it. Drape a washcloth on the back of the chair (these things come in handy when you are half asleep and don't know where things are in the middle of the night).
  • Get out a few garbage bags for soiled clothes and linens. If you tie up the bags, you can choose to do the laundry in the morning and it won't be any different than doing it right away, but if you leave it in a heap in the laundry basin it will start to dry--yuck!
  • If you have a girl, put a hair elastic beside her bed at night! Oops, I just realized I forgot to do this for bunny....good thing I'm typing this post right now!

And, the worst of it is I felt yucky today too which means my turn might not be too far behind :(

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Happy Juice

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:45:00 +0000

Bunny: "Mommy, are you having your happy juice yet?"

Me: "Yes, I've just had my first sip."

Bunny: "Mommy, why does Daddy call it happy juice?"

Me: "Because it makes me happy in the morning."

Bunny: "Oh, makes sense."

I'm not grumpy in the morning, I just don't know what he is talking about! AND to make the kids learn that it is called happy juice, gah! Well, I guess it has its advantages because then when they grow older, they'll know that Mommy will need her happy juice in the morning before they can bug me ;)

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Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Bars

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 18:49:00 +0000

Bunny, Little Man and I made these really yummy squares this morning. They are basically Butter Tart Squares with Cherries and Chocolate Chips in them instead of Raisins, so they are a Christmas theme.

My recipe is adapted from a recipe that I have clipped out from a Chatelaine issue dated December 2008.

I'm a sucker for any type of baking with cherries and I love shortbread, so this combination is like my dream baking recipe for Christmas!

Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Bars

INGREDIENTS
BASE
2 cups flour
1/2 cups icing sugar
1 cup cold butter cut into cubes

FILLING
3/4 cup drained maraschino cherries, chopped
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 oz white chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate (optional to drizzle on top)

DIRECTIONS

1) For base: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray bottom and sides of 9 by 13 pan with oil. In a food processor, whirl flour and icing sugar until blended. Add butter and pulse until coarse crumbs are formed. Press over bottom of baking pan and bake in centre of oven until light golden around edges, 25 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, coarsely chop cherries. In small bowl, stir flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with vanilla. Then whisk brown sugar until mixed. Gradually stir in flour mixture just until combined. Then stir in cherries, coconut and chocolate chips. Pour over hot baked crust and spread evenly.

3) Bake in centre of oven until filling is set and edges are deep golden (approx 25 minutes). Cool on rack. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before cutting.

Drizzle melted white or semi-sweet chocolate over warm bars.

Bars will keep in a tightly covered container for 1 week in fridge or 1 month on freezer.

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Christmas Baking: No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 02:00:00 +0000

An old blogging friend of mine, Terri, sent me a bunch of her Christmas baking recipes a few years ago and I still haven't gotten around to making all of them.

But, today, my friends, I made one of them and boy I wish I had made this one the year she sent me the recipes! This will now become a family favourite in our house just like she wrote on her recipe (it has been a family fav in her house since she was a little girl as well!).

It was SO easy to make, it is crazy and it is super duper yummy!

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
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Combine in Saucepan:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa

Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Mix in:
2 cups quick cooking rolled oatmeal
1/2 cup flaked or shredded coconut
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla

Drop by the spoonful onto wax or parchment paper on a cookie sheet and cool in refrigerator.
Try not to eat them all in one sitting :)

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Giving to the Children

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:59:00 +0000

Way back in September, Bunny organized and set up her very own Lemonade stand to raise money for the children at Sick Kids Hospital. Well, we had a little conversation about giving at Christmas time and two minutes later, she dashed off to her bedroom and arrived a few moments later with a couple of toys in her hand.

I explained to her why it was so sweet of her to want to donate her toys to the children at the hospital, but that is not exactly how it worked. Her heart certainly was in the right place.

We came up with a plan to make some Christmas cards that will be delivered to some of the children who are in the hospital over the holidays.

These are what she came up with:

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She made the specifically shiny and stickery because she knows that is what "sick children" will like to help them feel happy. She also stuck an extra little square of stickers as a little bonus gift inside for them to use if they want.

And, she she said that she knows that these won't make things all better for them at Christmas time, but if they give them "even a second of happiness in their heart, that her goal will have been met". How sweet is that?

We had a lot of fun creating cards and our hearts were filled with love knowing that we might put an extra little smile on someone's face this holiday season.

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Growing Up too Fast!

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:04:00 +0000

I've got one two year old boy who is now venturing into his "big boy bed" with some success and some not success and one tired Mommy.

AND

I've got one 5 1/2 year old who discovered this morning that she has a loose tooth!

I'm not sure if I can handle this!

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Time of Giving...

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 11:00:00 +0000

It's really important to me that we raise our children to be givers. I want them to be thoughtful and caring and giving individuals. I want them to hold doors open for people, I want them to offer help to others "just because" and I want them to get something out of it--I want them to feel good inside for doing so.

This past Labour Day, Bunny organized and set up her own Lemonade Stand to raise money for Sick Kids Hospital. She was so proud of herself and for the first time, she learned what it felt like to give, to truly give and it felt really GOOD! It felt so good to her that she is already planning her stand for next year and she feels it is important that she spreads her money around so she will be choosing our local hospital to give to.

This Christmas, our children will open their stockings and inside their stockings, there will be a card. The card will say that a stocking has been donated in their name to a child at Sick Kids Hospital. We want our children to learn about giving at Christmas and to not get fully wrapped up in the receiving side of things. I hope that our daughter (our son is too young) will have a full heart) when she reads this card just like heart felt like when I ordered the stockings.

The poor children at Sick Kids, who are there for long periods of time, deserve to have extra special things that help them to smile on Christmas morning!

If you would like to help give extra smiles to the children and families at Sick Kids Hospital, please see their Sick Kids Get Better Gifts page.

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Information: Help to DONATE Toys for Tots by Sharing a Toy Memory

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 02:34:00 +0000

I like to give to others during the holiday season. I love seeing the proud look on Bunny's face as she marches off to school each day with a little bag full of some food, a toy and a book or two to donate to her school's food/toy/clothing drive. She has the spirit of giving in her this holiday season too and I am so glad that it has caught on to her at such a young age.

If you like to give to others as well--especially at this time of year. Here is one simple way that you can:

For all Facebook users who log on to www.facebook.com/Citibank and post a favorite childhood toy memory, Citi will donate $10 to Toys for Tots with every post, raising up to $100,000.

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Big Boy Bed Already!

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:00:00 +0000

On Sunday, I had SciFi Dad take the frame off of Little Man's twin bed so that the bed was lower to the floor and ready for him to sleep in if he choose to as he has shown a slight interest in it lately. This change required a slight room configuration due to the placement of the vent in his room. Now his change table is in front of his window. Typically, I wouldn't like this (due to "privacy issues"), but this is wonderful because he loves looking out the window while I change his diaper so it's not as much of a fight to get him up there to change his dirty diapers. On second thought, maybe this isn't a good thing--will it delay potty training?!? Anyhow, he REALLY wanted to sleep in his big boy bed. We had to negotiate leaving his blind up last night to keep him somewhat happy in his crib because I really am not ready for him to be in his big boy bed at night. I don't think he's ready for a few reasons: 1) He's a rocker. He sits up and self soothes himself A LOT at night and he rocks himself back and forth in his crib. 2) He is happy in his crib. He hasn't tried to jump or climb out yet, so why take him out! But, at nap time, I feel like it is a different scenario. So, today at nap, I set him up in his big boy bed, closed his door, closed the gate a the top of the stairs and crossed my fingers. After serious attentive baby monitor listening, about 10-15 trips up to "check" on him and about 5 threats (due to him peaking his head out of his room and then running back to his bed, he finally crashed after about an hour. He slept for an hour and when he woke up, he was a bear. I am talking, the grumpiest, wildest bear I have ever seen (seriously, he was flailing, hitting, kicking, arching his back, not wanting to be put down, but not wanting to be snuggled-- you know one of those moods). He was miserable, inconsolable and crazy! I couldn't calm him down. So, I had to leave him alone in the family room for some quiet time to himself while he sat on the couch with his mp3 player and rocked and moaned and facded in and out of lala land for about half an hour. Then, he snapped out of it and joined the land of the living. He wasn't himself for the rest of the day, but he was half manageable. The big question is: Now WHAT? What do I do tomorrow? I know this is a transition. It takes time. Do I go with the flow or do I give up? The thing is, he is interested. He still wants to sleep in the big boy bed. He even said so at night tonight as I was putting him in his crib. I said we would talk about it tomorrow at nap time. Here he is on the couch after nap: [...]



And Now The Pressure Is On....

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 13:53:00 +0000

giggle....Blush!

I wasn't planning on writing a post today, in fact, I wasn't planning on even booting up the computer this morning, at all. Instead, I was going to just hang out with Little Man. However, it occurred to me that SciFi Dad probably would write a post about my birthday and I would get in huge trouble if I didn't read it first thing. And boy, am I ever glad that I read it!

I've got to get my blog in ship shape order to for a few visitors ;)--tricky to do when I'm jumping up and down every 2 seconds to help Little Man (and this is why I don't post during they day--or that often period!).

So, if you're new here of if you haven't figured things out...today is my birthday. And I'm not ashamed or embarrassed to share my age, I'm turning 35. I asked myself the question as I was walking home from dropping Bunny off at the bus this morning, should I actually start feeling like a "woman" now? Cuz I don't! Oh well, I think I'll always feel like a big kid at heart. Age is just a number, I don't get depressed by age. At this point, I could really care less how old I am. I feel truly lucky and blessed that I have had the two kid minimum that I desired in life by the age that I'm at now and that is that.

This morning, when Little Man was reminded that it was my birthday, I asked him if he was going to say Happy Birthday to Mommy, his response was, "No, not say Happy Birtday Mommy, where did my peasant go? Daddy put it somewhere. Where did it go? Want to go see it." Bless him, he didn't spoil the surprise.

And Bunny, true to her nature, made me breakfast (yogurt mixed with Just Right cereal--her very own special birthday creation) and she made me a hair barrette. We also snuggled in bed together from 6:15 - 7:00. She made my bed and she let me choose her outfit. She also tried to do her own hair, which ended up with her putting a huge glob of gel in her hair that we had to brush out together--too cute.

Anyhow, I love birthdays--just spending them with family and friends. So, that's what I'm going to go do now.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Info: White Out Now

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 11:00:00 +0000

Most of the time that I get propositioned to post information on this blog, I choose not to. This is a personal blog. However, there are a few things that I feel pretty strongly about and I feel are important to share with you, this "White Out Now Campaign" is one of them. I have not been compensated in any way for sharing this information with you, I am doing it because I feel it is worth while information!

Dr. Greene, a well known Pediatrician, says right on his Facebook Page, "Let every kids' first grain be a whole grain. There's no good reason not to. They won't mind. They'll thank you." and personally, I agree with him. Babies don't know any different.

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Dr. Greene would love for you to Like his Facebook Page to help spread the message in order to meet his goal of ending white rice cereal for babies by Thanksgiving 2011 - it's like giving babies Wonder Bread. We can stop this habit in a year!

For the whole story, go here.

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A Must See: Halleluilah in a Food Court!

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 11:00:00 +0000

This video is well worth the watch. I love this song and it puts me in the holiday spirit! As did watching our local Santa Claus Parade this weekend!

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