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My Kids, My New Kids (on the Block) & Other Stuff

Updated: 2017-09-23T12:38:40.877-06:00


NKOTB July 2015 in Buffalo - The Main Event


I just felt it was really important to share these. 
K thanks. Bye! 

Hoops For A Day, Shoot For Awareness 2013


Video made by my Corina of my brother's 24 hour basketball fundraiser for Autism Ontario, starring my children, my siblings, my nieces and nephews, and me. Yeah!

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Oh, Hi Donnie!


I don't really blog these days. Thanks, Facebook. You murdered blogging. I did think it was important to drop by and mention this though:

My heart. It does burst.

Haircut Fundraiser For Canadian Cancer Society


Corina is donating her beautiful hair to Canadian Cancer Society, and you can help by sponsoring her.
Click here to go to her donation page!!
Thanks, dudes. Please share this all over the place.

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24 Hours of Basketball for Autism Ontario...again!


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My brother Nick is running his 24 hour basketball game again this summer in support of Autism Ontario. Please watch this very short video starring my brother and my son, which was made by my talented cousin. Cool boys all around. If you could, please oh please, just click the link there and sponsor me as I play basketball for 24 hours straight. I COULD DIE! But you could help kids with autism, so it's worth it. And I thank you.

Sarah Silverman: A new perspective on the number 3000


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The Dodgeball Hunger Games


My hardcore children.

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Hoops for a Day - Basketball Fundraiser for Autism Ontario


The kids and I spent many, many hours playing basketball the other day. My brother Nick organized the event Hoops For a Day Hope For a Cure, which was a 24 hour basketball game to raise money for Autism Ontario. Our very talented cousin Braedan put together this sweet movie to show how much fun we had. Hopefully next year we'll have even more participants and raise even more money! (The video doesn't seem to embed correctly, so you may want to watch it on Youtube.)

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What Have I Been Doing Lately?



(image) Nothing much. :)

Baby Bjork


Only the best thing you will see EVER.

This is Corina at age 3, singing It's Oh So Quiet. If you're so pressed for time that you don't have the full 4 minutes, do yourself a favour and at least watch from 2:38 to 3:05. They say laughter is the best medicine, but they're wrong. Toddlers singing Bjork songs is the best medicine.

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My Grandpa's Face


As I age, I see my Grandpa's face more and more in my own. His strong jaw and turned-down mouth that looked grumpy even when he wasn't, the angles in his face - somehow I got all of that. One of my favourite people on earth passed down his face to me. I might not be dainty or ultra-feminine, but I look like Grandpa. I'm very happy with that.


A Brief Guide to Life


My project:

less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busywork, more impact
less driving, more walking
less noise, more solitude
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles

I can do this.

My antiques, and a love story.


Slowly my house is filling with antiques, and I am so happy about it! We now have my grandparent's dining room table, my mom's dresser from when she was little, some sweet teak Brady Bunch pieces in the living room, and my grandparent's living room mirror, among other things. Sure some of our "antiques" may only be 40 years old or so, but everything's relative, so shut up.My mom gave us her Blue Willow china, which I totally am in love with. Today we toured Eldon House (London's oldest house, now a museum containing nearly 90% original furnishings) and saw our very own Blue Willow china prominently displayed in the dining room and kitchen. The tour guide told us the story of the picture, which seems like something I should have known.Blue Willow china was introduced in the late 1700s and illustrates a love story! (Gag.)The Willow Legend There was once a Mandarin who had a beautiful daughter, Koong-se. He employed a secretary, Chang who, while he was attending to his master's accounts, fell in love with Koong-se, much to the anger of the Mandarin, who regarded the secretary as unworthy of his daughter. The secretary was banished and a fence constructed around the gardens of the Mandarin's estate so that Chang could not see his daughter and Koong-se could only walk in the gardens and to the water's edge. One day a shell fitted with sails containing a poem, and a bead which Koong-se had given to Chang, floated to the water's edge. Koong-se knew that her lover was not far away. She was soon dismayed to learn that she had been betrothed to Ta-jin, a noble warrior Duke. She was full of despair when it was announced that her future husband, the noble Duke, was arriving, bearing a gift of jewels to celebrate his betrothal. However, after the banquet, borrowing the robes of a servant, Chang passed through the guests unseen and came to Koong-se's room. They embraced and vowed to run away together. The Mandarin, the Duke, the guests, and all the servants had drunk so much wine that the couple almost got away without detection, but Koong-se's father saw her at the last minute and gave chase across the bridge. The couple escaped and stayed with the maid that Koong-se's father had dismissed for conspiring with the lovers. Koong-se had given the casket of jewels to Chang and the Mandarin, who was also a magistrate, swore that he would use the jewels as a pretext to execute Chang when he caught him. One night the Mandarin's spies reported that a man was hiding in a house by the river and the Mandarin's guards raided the house. But Chang had jumped into the ragging torrent and Koong-se thought that he had drowned. Some days later the guards returned to search the house again. While Koong-se's maid talked to them, Chang came by boat to the window and took Koong-se away to safety. They settled on a distant island, and over the years Chang became famous for his writings. This was to prove his undoing. The Mandarin heard about him and sent guards to destroy him. Chang was put to the sword and Koong-se set fire to the house while she was still inside. Thus they both perished and the gods, touched by their love, immortalised them as two doves, eternally flying together in the sky.(From )And that's what I eat my Cheerios out of! I love knowing the story. One day, when I win that damn Lotto Max, I'm going to live in a beautiful estate full of antiques and I will bore everyone with the story of every last piece in my house.I WILL!!![...]

My New Life!


(image) So many things, and mostly everyone already knows it all! Shortest version is we sold almost everything we own and drove across the country to live in London again. That's where I grew up, and where my family is. Picture above: sister, me, brother, sister, sister. There are 3 more brothers, but they missed out on the photo shoot.

Car things: my car insurance tripled in Ontario. Hate. There are approximately 132 hoops through which to jump to get licensed, insured, and registered in Ontario. Today I was exchanging my Alberta license for an Ontario one. After more than 2 hours in line (!!) I handed over my license, my passport, and filled out the paperwork. Then I signed the paperwork.

"Sorry...your signature is wrong. It doesn't match the one on your passport because it's too loopy. You have to do it again."

I did it again. It was still wrong. I wish I was exaggerating, but she made me do my signature at least 20 times.

Me: But I'm the one doing my's obviously right!
Her: But maybe it's not you. Maybe you're forging.
Me: But you have two pieces of government photo ID! What's harder, forging a signature, or forging a face?
Her: But the pictures are in black and white.
Me: ...

Anyway, after the 20 or so attempts, I finally got my own signature right and she believed it was me. Because, you know, when someone takes that long to get their signature right, it's clearly them.

Lost Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich


I can't find where this was originally posted. I didn't write it, but I should have because I could have.

How to Make a Sandwich on the Island

1. Gather ingredients
2. Point gun at ingredients and shout “HOW DO I MAKE A SANDWICH OUT OF YOU?!?!?”
3. Breathe heavily through your nose as though you were about to hit ingredients
4. Give up and make the sandwich yourself, and eat it bitterly

1. Make separate sandwiches, one with peanut butter and one with jelly
2. Take a bite of the peanut butter sandwich, declaring it the best
3. Take a bite of the jelly sandwich, declaring it the best
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 ad infinitum
5. Follow peanut butter or jelly sandwich into grave danger

1. Throw the jar of jelly at wall, sneering “I don’t need no sandwich”
2. Call the mascot on the jar of peanut butter lots of clever nicknames
3. Huff and puff and stomp around and grumble a lot
4. When no one’s looking, make perfect, even, symmetrical peanut butter and jelly sandwich and sit in a corner, enjoying every bite

1. Sit idly by, believing that the ingredients will find a way to make a sandwich out of themselves
2. Lose faith and make the sandwich anyway
3. Realize that you were the instrument by which the ingredients chose to make a sandwich after all
4. Run around the room and grab everyone’s knives, insisting that their sandwiches will do the same in time

1. Make sandwich
2. Eat sandwich
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 ad infinitum

1. Procure 23 milligrams of uranium-20
2. Set hadron supercollider to eight megajoules
3. Program a sandwich-making macro using Cobol or Visual Basic
4. Act all tough-like

1. Eat sandwich
2. Call the sandwich “brother”
3. Place peanut butter slice over jelly slice
4. Spread jelly on the other slice
5. Spread peanut butter on one slice
6. Take two slices of bread, a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly

1. Steal someone else’s sandwich
2. Claim you coerced them into making the sandwich for you all along
3. Say you’ll tell them everything if they make you another sandwich
4. Stare at them all creepy-like

1. Lay out plans for one of the most intricate, fascinating, and delicious sandwiches of all time
2. Just as you start making it, get shot

1. Apply peanut butter
2. Disappear for eight months
3. Apply jelly
4. Disappear for eight months
5. Eat sandwich

1. Mmmmmmm, peanut butter

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse
1. Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
2. Have someone take a bite, then tell them it’s a baloney sandwich
3. Make up a whole bunch of other shit, then say you had planned it all along
4. Buy a few yachts

What are we at now...23 days until Lost is back? Yay!

Top 10 New Kids on the Block of 2009


Top ten lists are important in the new year. Here's mine. I gave it a lot of thought.

Top Ten NKOTB Members of 2009.

1. Donnie

2. Donnie

3. Donnie

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5. Donnie

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7. Joe
8. Jordan
9. Jon
10. Danny

Grey Cup in Calgary, death, destruction.


We just got back from the Grey Cup festivities in Calgary, where we saw my sister Dana and also almost died in a car accident 2874 different times. If you know me you already know the story, and if you don't already know, that was basically it anyway. The roads suddenly turned into ice when we tried to drive home, and everyone was smashing into each other. It was c-c-c-crazy and absolutely terrifying. We survived though. Woo!

I was smart enough to charge my camera battery before leaving so we could get lots of pictures, but stupid enough to leave my battery in the charger, bringing an empty camera. I have no pictures of my sister or her kids, who I hadn't seen in two years. Yep.

At the Grey Cup festivities, there were insane amounts of free stuff handed out. My favourite was the bacon though. A huge tub of bacon. The lady handed me a can of Pepsi Max and said, "No calories, so it's okay to have bacon!"

I was confused, but went to the bacon lady and took some. I asked her what the bacon was for. She said it's Pepsi Max's slogan. You can eat bacon because the Pepsi has no calories.


Me: "Clearly Pepsi isn't marketing this product to the Jews."

Lady: .....

Awkward silence. Sara eats bacon. Aaaaaaaaaaaand scene.
(Not end scene.)

Guess who loves me!


"Her, her mom and her brother are the sweetest family! She is a little angel!"

- Donnie Wahlberg on Twitter, about MY family, with this picture included.

(image) Oh my, I love him still. My life is super duper fun.

Conversations with my kids are the best.


Oops...I forgot I had a blog.

At dinner tonight I was telling the kids about a guy I know named Lochlan.

Max: Do they call him Locke?
Me: No, but I should tell him we have a guinea pig named Locke.
Corina: Lochlan sounds like Walkman.
Max: You should tell him you have a Walkman.

My kids grew up once we hit the splashpark.


Today Corina was in a bathing suit and I was a bit of a distance away from her. Those two things have not happened simultaneously in quite a while, and I guess I saw her objectively for a few seconds. I was shocked, SHOCKED I say, to see how long and skinny and toothpicky she is. It looks like it would hurt to hug her.

And this...this...when the hell did this happen?
(image) Max now sits in a chair at the splashpark and watches little kids play?
MAX!!! What is happening to you?? TURN INTO MY BABY RIGHT NOW!

See you in another life, brutha.


That's what Desmond said to his cagemate as we took him away. It was all very sad.

But today they were reunited. Say hi to Charlie! Desmond's on the left with the mohawk and Charlie is on the right with all the chub.

(image) They get along so well. Charlie sings to Desmond (super loud purring) and Desmond is constantly saving Charlie's life. I don't know how many times today he has said, "You're gonna DIIIIIIEEEE Chahlieeeee!"
(image) Charlie's kind of a spaz and he bit my thumb, but we still like him.

I have a creature in my house.


I'm really not a pet person. Most people who know me are aware of that. I often wonder if I'm a horrible mom because all my kids really want in the world is a dog and a baby, and I won't give them either one. They ache for something little to love and cuddle and take care of, so today I gave in.


(image) Desmond! (Yes, Hume. I got to name him.)

He is a 10 week old guinea pig and he has a natural mohawk which makes him likable already. So far he's very scared and doesn't want to come out of his tunnel, but I'm sure we'll have more fun with him once he's comfortable. We even got him a leash so we could play in the backyard with him. Now that sounds like a party.

This is the new favourite activity in our house:
(image) Staring. Fun!!! I hope it's everything they ever dreamed of.

Desmond better like New Kids on the Block, because tonight he'll be watching the live stream of their Full Service Tour with us. Woot! You can do it too. Just click here.

Full Service Tour In Your House!


In da house?

New Kids on the Block's Full Service Tour didn't come anywhere near me this summer, which I am okay with. Really. I am. I never once cried about it. To make up for leaving Western Canada completely out of the tour, they are going to stream their Dallas show live online on July 17! Woot!

The show will be on, and you can order the show starting Monday, July 13. I know all my friends will want to watch it. You'll get to see my boyfriend!

(image) This is bringing back all the memories of their Pay Per View when I was a teenager. Maybe Donnie will ride in on a motorcycle, Danny will say "Live...via satellite!", and they'll all take off their shirts - just to continue bringing back the memories.

Joe and his son Griffin


Joe has a book drive he does at each show, which is what he would like to tell you about here. Get ready for the most adorable thing ever.

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The Griffster says "Sure" we can get to 25,000 books! from LET'S GET THIS FOUNDATION on Vimeo.

My ovaries just exploded. That was so sweet, and I love watching Joe as a dad.

School, singing, teeth, tattoos.


It's summer! YAY! Now the kids and I get to stare at each other for two months straight, and we couldn't be happier about it.Both the kids did really well this year in school again. Corina and a buddy had enrichment together so their giant brains wouldn't stagnate in their grade two class. I'm so glad she had a good teacher who was willing to do extra work for her.Max had the big transition to middle school and it couldn't have gone better. He became a superstar on the trumpet in stage band, and continued with his scary big-brained ways. He got perfect on his science Provincial Achievement Test (that's possible?), and he joined the math club and entered the Pythagoras Mathematics Contest. In an assembly he was presented with this certificate of distinction for that test, which was apparently super hard and I'm sure I would fail.He didn't even care. He was all, "Do I have to keep this award?"And I was all, "YES! IT PROVES I'M A GOOD MOMMY! I mean...keep it if you want, buddy. I don't know..."This is my pretty-haired Corina heading off for her last recital of the season. She sang Ferryman. I just love her hair all curled like that. She was too busy watching tv to even look at the camera. Max finally lost his last two baby teeth, one right after the other. He decided he was done with them and yoinked them both out.Today we went to the Tattoo Show at the Exhibition Grounds. I was very tempted to get a whole bunch of tattoos, like maybe a single tear on my cheek and a huge flower on my thigh, but I resisted. The kids aren't as strong though. Donnie will be proud to see what Max got: A seahorse will be proud to see what Corina got: Here's the video of Corina's recital. I love her sweet voice. [...]