Friday, 7 December 2012

...and, the FAMILY PICS!

The family pic...

(Lindsay's idea...and I LOVE IT!)


cute enough for a holiday card?

my angels

looking back...

wow- i love a good resolution, but keeping them seems to be my nemesis these days.  crazy- when i posted the halloween pics, i had great intentions to "get back at it" to my blog on a (very) regular i'm logging in, almost 5 weeks since my last post, and here we go again...

looking back...

wow- its been a busy one.  sometimes you just need to roll with life: the good and the bad, and the crazy, and the not-so-crazy.  work has been nuts.  kids have been amazing, and fun, and warm, and awesome...and a little crabby, tired, and draining at times too.  rowan is back to his night wake-ups- sometimes upwards of 4 times a night, and there is no "tuck and turn" to go back to my own warm bed...and its wearing on him too- early morning wake-ups since the "Fall Back" daylight savings time ended, have left him pretty darn tired at the end of the day.  But- we roll with it. 

georgia has been making slow strides (but strides nonetheless) with her speech since her surgery.  we got the great news from the ENT surgeon a few weeks back that noted her hearing was back to 100%- what fab news!  looking back- seeing her groove it out in the car seat to the radio tunes on day 2 post-surgery was awesome...she was boppin' to the music like it was the first time she'd ever heard it!  (and the sad part is- it probably was the first time she could ever hear it!).  its still a bit of a uphill battle- her speech isn't accelerating as fast as we had hoped, and she's essentially starting her sounds and word forming from an infant-level.  it'll come- just lots of practice ahead. 

as for interests- rowan is still using his train table like it is going out of style (the cost-per-use on that toy is down to half-pennys per day!), loves puzzles, books, playing outside, baking, crafting, and hide n' seek (new after-dinner-time family game- full-on 4-member hide n' seek in the basement!).  georgia has become quite the caregiver- loves her dollies, kitchen playset, and joins in (or torments?!?) with all rowan's trains and car play.  she's also a huge hide n' seeker...not so much into books, but will craft with the best of 'em. 

schedules have been busy lately- the holidays are up and coming, and we're busy with social schedules, prepping the house, and Glen's been putting together his Festival of Lights display (pics to follow!).  we've just mourned the passing of a feisty, friendly and vibrant lady- Gramma Parton- and looking forward to enjoying some time with family and friends over the holidays.

Glen isn't so much counting down the days 'till Christmas, as much as he's counting down the days till The Hobbit

i've been sewing like a fiend- wish i was better (and faster) to a) get all my holiday gifting and projects done; and b) to maybe start a little Etsy business (yikes- did I really just put that in writing???).  i am so in love with my new machine, and almost yearn for the nights that Glen is at hockey so I can have some uninterrupted "date" time with the stitcher! 

i've also recommitted to running- in the past, its been so hard to break the 10K mark (on a regular basis), without getting bored to tears.  thanks to my good friend amy and some stellar chatter, we barely noticed the (almost) 14K we logged yesterday!  around-the-bay and possible spring/fall marathon- here i come!

just had new family shots done (thanks to Lindsay Golden!  photographer extraordinaire!)- amazing job, as usual.  postings to follow...

and, that's a wrap (for now).  promise it won't be another 5 weeks before i blog it up!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween 2012

Yup.  That was fun!

Despite the arrival of the not-so-Frankenstormish-Hurricane-Sandy, and the drab rain that sleeted through the UX today- Halloween didn't disappoint!  Rowan has been talking about tonight for 2 weeks...dressing up in his costume, having a Halloween party with his friends at school, making a Haunted House, carving pumpkins, and telling his sister all about Trick or Treating.  He.  Was.  Pumped. 

...and then it came (ready or not...I won the award for procrastination this year, picking up the last of the Halloween candy at about 3pm this afternoon!).  He was literally shaking with excitement, and popped out of bed this morning at 6:20am.  Funny enough- we didn't think Miss G would get as "into it" as she did this year, but one mention of the word "costume", and she was off like a hat to find her stuff.  Sweet.  Nothing like the energy of 2 kiddies to get into the spirit!

At Rowan's request, I made his Peter Pan costume (which, ironically, was often mistaken as Robin Hood...both characters do sorta wear the same stuff, only Robin Hood would have had a bow & arrow instead of a dagger...mental note for next year!).  Given I only taught myself how to sew a few weeks ago, I'm pretty stinkin' chuffed at how it turned out:
(OMG!  i hate that blogger automatically rotates my pics!)
Georgia was going as a super-cute owl costume...also homemade...but made it super warm in case we had a freezing cold Halloween night. So, Rowan got his wish, and had his little Tinkerbell sidekick for G's daytime costume at daycare (super sweet!  and thanks to Team Laba for the hand-me-down!):

Here's Georgia in her night costume- my sweet little owl:

I totally bootlegged the idea off a blogger's site (thanks to Lindsey from The Martin Family Times!), and I love, love how it turned out!  So easy...used a Poncho pattern that my Mom had from when we were kids instead of a cape- which proved to be much warmer (and more appropriate) for Ontario October weather!

Pumpkins turned out super cute, and got tons of raves from all the trick or treaters that came to the door:

(do I need to admit my Pinterest addiction here?  ...and subsequent idea steal for the Cookie Monster Pumpkin?  I can claim creative licence for the Elmo version!)  Ironically, I just went out to douse the lights in the pumpkins, and somehow all the cookies have disappears- must have been some hungry kiddies!

Finally, the family pic:

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

They are (always) listening...

I read this today, and it hit me that I am too often not giving my kids the full attention they deserve.  I'm reminding myself to pick at least one of these each day- put a stop to "life" for a few minutes each day, and revel in my beautiful babes...

{19 Things we should say to our Children}1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving you. Nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that.

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2. You are amazing! I look at you with wonder! Not just at what you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one!

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3. It’s all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons: when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry, afraid, or lonely. Big people cry too. I do.


4. You’ve made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes. I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It’s all over. You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you.

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5. You did the right thing. That was scary or hard. Even though it wasn’t easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too.

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6. I’m sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake.

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7. You can change your mind. It’s good to decide, but it is also fine to change.

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8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come up with that? Tell me more. Your mind is clever!

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9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that person. That must make you feel good inside. Thank you!

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10. I have a surprise for you. It’s not your birthday. It’s for no reason at all. Just a surprise, a little one, but a surprise.

"It's for you."

11. I can wait. We have time. You don’t have to hurry this time.

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12. What would you like to do? It’s your turn to pick. You have great ideas. It’s important to follow your special interests.

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13. Tell me about it. I’d like to hear more. And then what happened? I’ll listen.


14. I’m right here. I won’t leave without saying good-bye. I am watching you. I am listening to you.

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15. Please and Thank You. These are important words. If I forget to use them, will you remind me?

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16. I missed you. I think about you when we are not together!

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17. Just try. A little bit. One taste, one step. You might like it. Let’s see. I’ll help you if you need it. I think you can do it.

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18. I’ll help you. I heard you call me, here I am. How can I help you? If we both work together, we can get this done. I know you can do it by yourself, but I’m glad to help since you asked.

Making cinnamon rolls with Grandma...

19. What do you wish for? Even if it’s not yet time for birthday candles and we don’t have a wishbone, it’s still fun to hear about what you wish for, hope for, and dream about.

The best place to seek God is in the garden.

Saturday, 15 September 2012 we go!

We've been waiting for this for almost 2 years now...the trip of a lifetime!  Toronto-Paris-Mauritius!  (where's Mauritius?  check it out:  No kiddies...just Glen and I for a much-needed couple "time out" from the real world!  2 full days' travel away from home-south of the equator (almost at The Tropic of Capricorn), and the other side of the Date line-  a little inundating with leaving Rowan & MIss G behind, but they are in great care with Oma & Pappy. 

I won this trip as a Sales Incentive with my company in 2010/11 (known at Medtroinc as the "President's Club Trip") when I was preggers with G- declined attendance at last year's locale, as Georgia was only 4 months old, and definitely too young to leave with anyone for an extended period of time.  The next 9 days are going to be amazing...overnight flight to Paris, followed by a 10-hour tour of the world's most romantic city, then a 12-hour flight to Mauritius for 6 days on one of the Top-10 beaches in the world.  It is also a big surfing mecca, the 5 star resort has paddleboards for us to play on in the Indian Ocean, and Medtronic International has organized a 1/2 day catamoran tour, 1/2 day jeep 4x4 tour through the rainforests of the island, and some time to ourselves to just relax and enjoy the island.

Can't freakin' wait...

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Bragging Shots

We attended the wedding of a great couple last weekend in Timmins- and were blessed with the company of some amazing friends!  Here's a photo recap of my beautiful family...

now...can anyone show me how to rotate longitudinal pictures in Blogger????

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Hands-down, apart from some less-than-perfect weather, this was one of the best trips to Hatteras yet.  The kids are at an age where they lived and breathed the beach!  From sandcastles, eating the grainy stuff, hunting for pirate treasure, kite name it.  This was THEIR vacation.  Here's the best shots of the kids, with more to come!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The Bribe

Rowan just completed his second-to-last "big boy" swimming lesson.  And by "big boy", I mean going in the pool by himself with the instructors.  Its been truly unbelieveable the transformation we have seen in just 9 weeks of lessons.

To our surprise, he was that kid at swimming lessons who threw himself down on the pool deck, kicking and screaming that he wasn't.  going.  in.  the.  pool.  period.  It wasn't pretty- in fact, it was downright embarassing, catching the attention of people even behind the glass in the viewing area.  A few weeks went by, and it really didn't seem like it was getting any better.  There was a 2:1 ratio of teachers in Rowan's class- 4 kids, 2 teachers, and good gawd, they had a run for their money with him!  The amount of coaxing that they tried...I tried...Glen tried...

Then, the light went on.  Revisit potty training incentives...and gave him a "special package" that he could open if he went the WHOLE swimming lesson without crying.  Unbelieveable.  It was like he was a whole new kid.  4 weeks and counting (and 4 new engines later...)- not a tear shed, and he's actually asking when it's Tuesday so he can go to swimming lessons. 

Today, he did everything his teachers asked him, wore the lifejacket like all the other kiddies, did front float, back float, put his face in the water to dive for rings, and participated in all the games.  They told me, with surprise, "I think we are actually going to pass him".  (love that they said that with both a question and disbelief tones in their voices!)

I know its flat-out bribery, but it works.  And I much prefer to call it reward-based learning.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Food Issues

We have food issues in our house.

Miss G is about as picky as they come.  It took some time to get her onto purees, and when we was little, we had only a short (1 month- maybe!) honeymoon stage of her eating pretty much anything we spooned into her mouth.  She had a gag reflex that just wouldn't go away.  And meat?  We've had to hide it in other food since day 1. 

Fast forward to now- just turned 1 year old, and we're on 6 straight weeks of eating nothing but bananas, muffins (or some sort of close bread family friend) and, on the odd occasion, greek yogurt.  Yup- thats it. 

We present options- every meal, she's offered a smogasboard of what the rest of the family is eating- and she just sits there.  Staring at us.  And eventually, starts to yell and point across the kitchen at the bananas, or yell again long enough until we dropped some toast infront of her. 

I've stooped low enough to start baking Miss G "Custom" latest batch were Applesauce/Bran/Prune/Carrot.  Trying to sneak in whatever possible nutrients I can.  We also started giving her a multivitamin- trying desperately to cover the basics that she is clearly too picky to get in via food.

She eats nothing from a spoon.  Her daycare provider manages to get her to eat the yogurt- me, I have to mix it with milk and throw it in a sippy cup to get her to drink it down.

And this week- we ended up in the ER at Uxbridge Cottage Hospital with a baby with a bloated stomach to the point that I couldn't even zip up her sweatshirt.  After a visit with the ER doc and a few xrays- lo and behold!  She was backed up right to the ascending colon- over 400% more fecal matter in her bowel than the average baby her age!  I guess I shouldn't have been surprised- 6 weeks of bananas and bread products will do that to you.  So, we're now on daily suppositories and stool softners to fix the problem.  Whilst still breeding our way straight back to this issue, as she's still only eating the culprits that put us in this mess.

And where do we go from here?  Suggestions welcome...please!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012


Happy 1st Birthday, Georgia!  You are such a gift!  Love you forever!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

my OMG moment

Yup- it came.

This morning after an awesome playdate (and photoshoot!) with all the "sisters" (as Rowan would put it), and departing my awesome running friend...en route home up the Young St hill...sun shining...Miss G decided it was better to "walk" the hill, than have me push her in the chariot, and there it came:

I'm BACK TO WORK in 2 dreaded days.  Eff.

The whole idea of me "going back" was great a few weeks was still freakin' cold, I was constantly having to bundle up the kids to go outside, we were running out of indoor things to do after the long, cold winter...and frankly, I was ready to start having my life back and firing a few brain neurons here and there. 

And then the great weather came...

No more beauty-day runs with the babes (even if its an extra 75lbs to push around the hills of Uxbridge!), no more weekday playdates, no impromptu pool dates, park visits, splash pads...  Back to the crazy full-time job rush, flights, early morning ORs, weekend sales meetings. 


Saturday, 17 March 2012

She's walkin'!

Stinkin' cute and everything else...Miss G is now standing solo, and strutin' her stuff:

Many moms are reluctant for their subsequent babes to start walking (or moving...).  Perhaps its one of the final "baby" steps for their youngest child- trying to hold out on those baby stages for a wee bit longer!  Or perhaps its the fact that life does get a little crazy when they start moving (we've been pulling G out of the dog bowl since she started crawling at 8 months!- see below, and note the copious amounts of water she's managed to splash out of the dog bowl already!)

...or perhaps the reluctancy of motion is simply to keep life easier- believe me.  We've been breaking up enough shake-downs in the toy room between Rowan and G to cost ourselves some serious grey hair on a daily basis!

Regardless- we're happy she's a-movin'!  She's so proud of herself, and it is an amazing reminder of life's special moments to see the expressions on her face when she toddles along. 


One of Rowan's fav things to do during "quiet time" is to craft.  I saw this idea on Pinterest, and given Rowan's fascination for all thing Seuss, I had to do it!  Take a look...

any guesses on what this is....

(beyond just a smattering of Rowan's handprints...)

Thing 1 and Thing 2 was a total copy-job from Pinterest, but I'm happy to say that the Fish in the Pot was our creation- Rowan's palm and thumb for the pot, and the lateral side of his fist for the Fish.  Super cute, and I can't wait to get a triple frame and hang them up in his room!