Wednesday, September 09, 2015

what is she trying to say?

One of my very helpful children: Oh hey Mom, I just read an article about how if you put a teaspoon in the freezer and then hold it to your eyes it will really help with the bags under your eyes.

Me: ummm, thanks. I guess.

Monday, September 07, 2015

happy birthday granny

And just like that summer vacation is a wrap and what a fun summer it was!


Luckily we got to wrap it up in the best possible way. Celebrating Granny's birthday with an early (and ginormous) lunch, so kids who are starting school tomorrow could get to bed early and World's Cutest Nephews that live a million miles away could get back home in reasonably good time.

I am sure all of your families are perfectly delightful, but I have the absolute best one out there. True story. Lunch was a real collaboration. Uncle Dave and I prepped and cooked. Michael barbecued, the girls occupied TWCN and Auntie Mel kept the Grannies company.

We shot an absolutely epic family picture, where everyone's smiling except one disgruntled family member. I won't be so rude as to call them out in such a public space, but everyone who looked at the shot afterwards laughed their faces off. Even the disgruntled one.

We drank a million coffees and a couple of bottles of wine. The grandkids completely charmed their Grandmother (easily done, as I am sure you can imagine). There were lawn tractor rides, after Abby was done cutting the grass of course. And an absolutely adorable gluten free cake.

It was the perfect way to celebrate the lady who..... well there are hardly words..... my Mom is just great, not perfect, but she has never done anything less than the very best for all of us and she continues to be our Mom and takes care of us in ways we don't always realize we even need. Before you even realize you need her.... there she is. Her heart is always in the right place and we are so lucky she gets to be our Mom and even better.... Granny to our kids. We love you Mom, hope you enjoyed your day xoxo

Thursday, September 03, 2015

it's my favourite

This is my favourite age. I have said this very thing a million times in my Mom career. Whatever age my kids are at currently is mi favourite. I know a lot of moms get all nostalgic about the newborn stage and the baby stage and so on but I rarely have felt the desire to move time backwards. I have friends and family with babies and toddlers and I love the pictures and videos they send me, but I can often be heard remarking to Mike, glad it's them and not me because as cute as the little tyke is tossing blocks all over the living room and pretty happy with my life being virtually block tossing free. I, for sure, enjoyed while I had it though.

The newborn all swaddled up in blankets with nothing on the agenda, but sleeping and eating. Super fun. The baby in the jolly jumper, the crawling, cruising, learning to walk. Pretty epic. Four year olds who come home from school with stories about friends you've never met and shaky over sized printing. So much fun! I loved it. It was my favourite stage, while we were in that stage and it still remains true today.


The 13 year old with the cellphone that texts me things so funny and random that I have to take a screen shot and send it to my friend TC. Who suggests shows we can binge watch together like Once Upon a Time. Who is quick witted and responsible and can make her own breakfast. Who runs with me and makes me listen to cool music. Yep, 13 is definitely my favourite age.

Then we have the 9 year old, who may be the most literal almost 4th grader you've ever met. The one who after overhearing her Dad joke that he "drove a Dodge Stratus" said um, excuse me, but he drives a Ford Freestyle. (if you get the Dodge Stratus reference we can totally be best friends). Who puts away her own laundry (in a kinda, sorta, good enough way). Who can pour her own cereal and put her own waffles in the toaster. Who likes to watch Frozen and eat popcorn. Yep, 9 is most definitely my favourite age.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

you can call her jack o'lantern

Long time readers may have noticed that Maya likes to take the slow boat to things. She took two years to start sleeping through the night, for example. So it may come as no surprise that at the age of nine and a half she had only lost two teeth and those only because the dentist removed them and that was just a month or so ago. Around the same time we noticed that she finally had a tooth that could be called wiggly. So it wiggled and it wiggled and it wiggled a little bit more and then finally after her second bite into a naan bread pizza it had wiggled it's way mostly out.

Lucky for me ML always seems to be here for a visit when my kids teeth are just barely hanging in their heads. Even luckier, she's happy to deal with that whole extraction process because..... ick. this being Maya though, it wasn't going to be quick or easy and ML being ML, she doesn't proceed until she gets word from the child in question. So they sat on the couch together, Maya with dental floss tied around her tooth and ML with a killer pep talk and they sat and they sat and they talked and they sat.

Mike was out running some errands during ToothWatch 15, but had promised to bring back timbits, too bad Maya wouldn't be able to eat them in the state she was in. So ML pep talked her face off the 45 minutes or so that Mike was gone. All it took was Maya hearing the back door open, her Dad coming home with timbits in hand.... PULL IT! So MyPie and ML each with a hand on the floss popped that tooth right out. They also lost it momentarily in the couch, but that's a story for another time.


Monday, August 31, 2015

sunday randoms on a monday

I am unabashedly in love with Taylor Swift. I hope we can still be friends.

Also play far more Plants vs Zombies 2 then I probably should!

Netflix in bed is like the best thing ever, how come y'all never told me?

This weekend kind of slipped through my fingers like sand. I feel like I got zero accomplished, to which Mike says p'shaw!

After an epically long break I started running again, with the Abster. As a beginner she has a love/hate relationship going with it. 

September... it arrives tomorrow. What?

Given this is the last day on August we are on the eve of what is... hands down.... my busiest month in the year. Wish me good luck y'all.

That being said I am looking forward to hoodies and tea and early evenings.

How are y'all doing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

words from the fridge


This has been the theme of the last 19 years. The secret to our success? Possibly.


Yes, Michael and I recently celebrated our anniversary. If you know us in real life you know we aren't hung up on celebrations really. So we had no real plans for the day. Work, home, evening with the kids. Lucky for us the 13 year old and her trusty cell phone were cooking up a plan with Granny.


A plan that included a home made anniversary banner.


Homemade flowers.


Breakfast for dinner because Mom likes eggs benedict for special occasions.


And thanks to a well stocked pantry at the neighbour's.... cake too!

It was the perfect big deal/not a big deal kind of celebration. Thanks to the girls for cooking it up and Granny for helping them out. We loved it!

Thanks to Michael for making me a wife and a mom and a better person. Thanks for being the best partner in everything that a girl could ask for. Thanks for living simply, dreaming big, being grateful, giving love and laughing lots with me. Here's to the next nineteen!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

we're streaming

Have you heard the exciting news? That we recently had our bandwidth cap raised from an archaic 20 gigs, to a more reasonable 100 gigs? It's like we won the internet lottery! Of course the first thing we had to do was sign up for Netflix! So exciting to finally be one of the cool kids! It's kind of a lot of pressure though, what should I watch first. There is so much to get caught up on. Things you unlimited internet users take for granted. So after much thought and consideration I started thusly....

1. Suits! Because of course I did. That whole show could just be Harvey Spector walking around in those suits and I would be happy.... but not really because my true love is actually Donna!

2. Once Upon a Time. Pre-Netflix we'd borrow seasons of shows from the library, but if the show was popular then the wait list was long and by the time you got your hands on the next season there had likely been some sort of spoiler alert breakdown because your jerky friends assumed you'd already seen that episode. The girls and I are actually watching this together. I love that we can start an episode at our leisure. Another library issue, you need to wrap up a whole season in a week or prepare to be fined 25 cents per day it's late.

3. The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Mike is a bit of a documentary junkie. Don't get me wrong I love a good documentary too and this one about an incredibly interesting baseball team hits all the right notes.

4. House of Cards. Getting caught up on season three. Oh boy do I love Kevin Spacey even though he scares the life out of me.

5. Derek! Oh my, I don't think I made it through an episode without weeping. What an incredibly sweet series. What an incredibly sweet portrayal of Derek, by Ricky Gervais. Loved it!

What are your NetFlix favourites?