Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Everyone behaved and we had a 21lb free range turkey cooked a la martha stewart with a cheeseclothe over the breast soaked in white whine and butter, and basted every hour OH. MY. GOD. the BEST BEST BEST turkey I've ever had!!!!!!!!!!!
The kids didn't get too many gifts and seem thrilled with everything, played and played and played today with all their gifts. Pretty funny when the bionicle with the slashers and shooters has to go ask his mummy if he can go on a playdate.......
Happy Holidays All!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
OR MAYBE Canadians are sick and tired of all the plastic/junk Made in China crap they buy on impulse at Walmart, Zellers, Stupid Store er I mean Superstore, Liquidation world, don'tgetmestarted on Dollar Stores and various thrift stores and their houses are full to the brim, so they are junking it all, feeling guilty at the landfillage (new word?), and deciding that all the crap is NOT NECESSARY. So they are going back to the basics, and trying to make Christmas more about family and less about things. At least that is what I hope they are doing. Sorry to say, I was out looking for something to buy as I don't have anything for Hubby. I hate buying because I should.
I find that if I go to those stores and look around I can always find something that I NEED, but if I don't go, surprise, I don't buy anything. So I try my hardest not to go. I avoid the crap aisles like the plague at SS and avoid Walmart as much as possible. It's amazing how much I don't need. Everytime I buy something I look where it's made. The hat I bought August when he was one, and it still looks as good as new? Made in Canada. Even upmarket gift retailers are full of Made in China SH!T. When we lived in HK we went to a HUGE trade show in GuangJong, like the hugest there is, the one all these wholesalers go to, and guess what we saw? Everything that is in the stores today, mass produced.
My sisterinlaw is very very frugal. If you look around her house you see the same stuff everytime you visit. She doesn't buy stuff. Never. There is nothing extra, and her house is deliciously neat, organized and clutter free and easy to care for. And I bet she has a big bank account for it.......
A friend recommended watching the "story of stuff" gotta find that now.......will post link......
Monday, December 22, 2008
Now, to top it off, my mom is pulling the guilt trip, poor me, I'm not appreciated, I'm so hard done by, my kids are so evil, trip on us and it's CHRISTMAS for CHRIST's sake. Now apparently she's pissed because my dad is going to be here (you know the 82 year old, who's birthday is the 24th, who's housebound due to snow, blind and deaf, sleeps in the chair most of the time and used to be married to her.....and yes, they have been coming to my house together since we moved here, and she's even had him out to her house for dinner with us....) and she was here last year and he wasn't and she made a scene because the stuffing everyone loved she hated because it had raisons in it......I digress. Christmas is great isn't it? Oh but, it's HER TURN THIS YEAR NOT HIS, REMEMBER, I 'changed the rules' apparently. Wow are you confused yet? There's more, way way more, but I won't bore you with details....
We (hubby and I) have determined to be the adults and I phoned her tonight to make peace. Impressed? Makes me want to ralph, quite frankly. She must have seen my number and didn't answer.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Last year their best gift was the $2.49 on sale BATMANs that I got at a closing out sale and Santa "left" on their bedroom floor to open first. They spent hours first of all trying to open them and then hours playing with them. Once we got up it became 'how fast can I open this and what's next'.....kind of a bummer really....so I've done a LOT less this year hoping that the main gift is cherished and appreciated and played with for hours.....I've avoided "madeinchinapiecesofcrap" that are so prevalent everywhere as much as I can - don't get me started on that one.....I'm scared to look where the bionicles are made. Santa is bringing consumables - bubble bath, toothbrushes, and a couple of hotwheels....and socks.....they are sooooo excited already, and are busy making pictures for us.
They made tissue paper covered jar candles for the grandmas, which will be appreciated......we'll see how this xmas goes....
Started writing this a week ago, so must get on with it.....
Thursday, December 11, 2008
We took a mini art class at a scrapbook shop - an accordian book that the lady had purchased and then cut a bunch of cool christmas paper to glue on both sides of each page, then some reindeer stamps, part of the rudolph song for one side of the pages and room for xmas pictures on the other side of the pages. Very cute little book. The 2 big boys got right in there with the glue, it was all very systematic and not much room for creativity....but of course they found a way, coloring over the words with felt pens, coloring with sparkly pens then felt over top to make sparkly colors, coloring over the neat scrapbook paper....you know, making a very Martha Stewart project their own. What were the little girls doing? Sitting quietly following instructions with nicely colored reindeer.
Just like the Piano lessons August was in the last two years. A cool program called Music For Young Children, which is group based with parent involvement. August was the only boy. All the "homework" he did was big scribble scrawls...and all the girls' had beautiful colored and glued and cut stuff. The difference is startling and unexplainable if you don't have boys.....at the Consignment store today I said something that sparked a conversation. (I bought shrink art but wasn't sure my 7 year old could do it as his fine motor skills weren't that great....and she agreed that her son was the same - the conversation went on.....) The lady had 2 girls and a boy, she was like "yah, tell the boy to go brush his teeth, like 8 times, then go and see what they're doing and they're filling the sink with water and floating things" I remember reading something by Eddie Murphy years ago to the effect that you better have your boy first or you'll think there is something wrong with the boy if the girl comes first. Homelearning mommies with girls have it easy, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
BTW Shrink Art went over WELL here!!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
An 18 year old killed himself this week in a car accident here.....5 kids in the car, no seatbelts, N or L licence ....perhaps alcohol involved with running the red light. This scares the crap out of me. Watching my friends/family/acquaintances with older kids I see my future and hope to hell my kids stay close.....I'll have to video Holdy bawling "I don't want to leave you mummy, I want to stay with you forever!!!!" when I explain that one day he may move into his own home...What exactly is my SIL going to do when her now 10 year old daughter wants to stay out with no curfew, I mean her son, 16, has no curfew......stays out all night and and and....and who am I to judge my boys haven't got there yet.....She asked me what I thought and I said just that "How can I say what I think you should do when I'm not you and my kids are only 3,5 and 7" Hold on to my kids, hard, hope, pray (to whom I dunno) that they choose the right path, knowing that they will do stupid things, just like I did, and hopefully get lucky, just like I did....and hope that they make WAY better choices than their friends......
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Regrets? That the kids weren't 5 years older and with us....it was SO COOL to see parents and kids rocking together....
Thoughts? To be 53 and to ROCK ON like Angus did ... Man, he found his passion young. He was working so hard he was sweating a river, and when he stripped down to the jockey's with AC/DC on his butt, highlighted for all on the big screen, it may just have been the biggest roar heard from the stadium all night.....or was it when the played "all night long" or "dirty deeds" or "she's got the jack" or "thunderstruck" Man it was FUN!
Just got a link for an awesome website: http://sandradodd.com/pam/howto
A must read!
Monday, November 24, 2008
He also wrote me a shopping list. Mouse traps and bag of 75 chocolates (for the advent calenders we made.....) His spelling was interesting but I'm SO HAPPY HE WROTE SOMETHING!!!
My dad is 82 and getting old. He had a hip replaced 10 years ago, a quintuple bypass and a bout of prostate cancer. His eyesight is almost gone, his hearing is bad and basically he's quite unhealthy and the hip is starting to go again. He falls, regularly. He falls asleep, regularly. He spends 1 or 2 nights a week here and I do all his banking, shopping, etc with him. He lives about 25 minutes away, which makes for an hour round trip not including errands. I am getting concerned about his hygiene and eating habits and afraid he may fall and seriously hurt himself and not be able to get help. However, he also has his pride. So I got his Dr. to call him in, without letting on it was me behind the appointment. I was then informed he had a dr's appt. So I hand the receptionist a list (handicapped parking tag, lifeline, homecare, hip problems, falls regularly, asthma, etc.) and softly say (my dad cannot hear me) please don't let my dad know I've given the dr. this list, he has his pride. So 5 minutes into the appointment the doctor calls me in, and with my list in hand, and with my 3 boys pinging around the small room, he goes over the list with my dad and I. I am steaming mad at this point (and afraid of what my dad would say to me).....I leave the room and get mad at the receptionist, in a totally disrespectful manner, which I am trying to change about myself. My dad comes out a little while later, we make appointments, fill out forms and head out to take him home. What does he say to me now?? "Wow, that doctor was certainly organized eh?"
He didn't/couldn't see that the list the doctor was using was from me........
Now I find out one can make an appointment to see one's parent's doctor to discuss ongoing issues. Wish I had known that.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
All this just hit me today.
I figured out what August said. His loose tooth is driving him batty....it's been almost out for a week now, he finally said....."Maybe tonight I'll just put my whole head under the pillow and the tooth fairy can just take my tooth!" Ok, well *I* thought it was funny.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I'm noticing August sitting and actually reading books today, not just pictures. Cool. I knew it was gonna happen soon......
August made me laugh today with something he said, and for the life of me I can't remember what it was. How can I forget? I need a memo machine or a notebook.....I was driving so I don't know how I could have written it down, but even one word and I may have remembered.....
My kids want to know how the old man went to bed if he was already snoring.....
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The best thing about some of the blogs I follow is the pictures of other kids....SouleMama`s son has long hair and was wearing a funky hat.....my kids can see other kids are like them....
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I read on a blog somewhere, wish I remember which one, about a cool activity - a blog linked from "unplugyourkids". So after swimming today I bought some sandpaper, 100 grit, and brought it home. The kids made pictures on them with crayons. Then we turned them over on t-shirts and pillowcases and ironed them. COOL!!! A transfer. They loved it! And if you color in the same place again it's reusable......August went outside and colored a maple tree that's beside our deck, Sawyer did a rainbow then balloons and Holdy wanted to do his hands so we traced them and I colored them in for him.....what an EASY awesome activity!
Sawyer, "Mummy we're doing lots of things, why?"
Overheard Sawyer on the phone to a 30 year old friend "so, what do you want to talk about?"
This was after he played 2 songs on the piano for her "old macdonald" and "twinkle, twinkle" (he's had like 5 lessons) and the three boys all sang "Moose Song" on three different phones with her....and he waited to call her back after she went to help a friend who ran out of gas......Can you say 5 year old ladykiller?
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
1. Play the game
2. build towers, see whose gets the highest
3. build castles
4. build domino type courses
5. build buildings to smash down with hotwheels
6. build buildings to smash down with remote control spider
7. build roads
8. build anything else you can imagine...
9. Make letter shapes...
My kids are all busy right now with jenga blocks, we have 2 sets....
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
i want to write something>>>i"m searching for the right word<>>>>> and now my keyboard"s wonky and i remember last time this happened don had to fix it>>>> I want to write something that is life changing for someone.....eyeopeningÉÉÉ cool different funky neato""" the word escapes me
today was homeschooling swimming lessons> my boys love going<> so we"re late<>
<'''''''''''now itès really wonky' at least maybe iève kinda figured it out' but hard to read noé
23 HAY Numbers are back, and commas, I have no idea how I changed it.
Ok back to my story....we get to the pool late, as usual, and since August is basically ready and his lessons start in like 30 seconds and he just has to get his shoes and tshirt off, I send him in while I pay for me, and then head in to the change room with the other two boys.
I get into the pool into the shallow end with the two little guys and I realize I forgot to put in contacts before leaving the house. This is bad. Out in the deep end I see a head bobbing up, take a breath and head back down....over and over .......It looks like August, I start screaming MY SON MY SON, and pointing, but I canèt do anything as Ièm with a 3 and 5 year old, who canèt swim and who would follow me out......the lifeguard is about to jump in when the mother of the bobber jumps up and yells IT IS MY SON AND HE IS FINE. ok, I am a loser. August was on his back swimming with his instructor. I still havenèt spotted him and keep asking Sawyer DO YOU SEE AUGUST DO YOU SEE AUGUST - he has distinctive goggles, but I can not see him. Sidenote: I have told August in the past that if he gets in over his head and starts to sink to go to the bottom and shoot up so he can get a breath. My heart and insides were in turmoil for the rest of the swim. the kid DID look like my kid, and same goggles, I think. His mother talked to me later, she felt bad that she was so blase at the time, but realized the panic I felt. I was just happy to see her get up, cuz then I knew it wasnèt August........Which takes me to the time Holdy almost drowned, in our backyard pool with Adults standing RIGHT THERE.
Scene, birthday party, blowup backyard pool, big mess, Holdy a baby at 10.5 mos and pulling up only....mommy cleaning up as party is essentially over. I head in and out of the house clearing up and the baby is furniture walking around the yard chairs. In the kitchen I have to pee, I have two choices, go thru the hall-laundry room to br or thru the dining room where I can look outside thru a glass door. This is the route I choose and as I look out the dining room sliding glass door I see two baby feet disappear over the edge of the pool ..... you now see one mama running and screaming at the top of her voice JESUS CHRIST JESUS CHRIST.....and finding her baby under the water drowning. I did not sleep for a week. What if I had gone to the bathroom via the other route. I probably wonèt sleep tonight. The two adults who were less than 3 feet from the edge of the pool where he went in had their backs to the pool and were talking and did not notice the baby head that way......
My sister had JUST told me 3 kids drowned that summer in Victoria in backyard pools.
Needless to say, I am not comfortable at swimming lessons with three energetic boys. And when they get the waves going (I hate those dang waves, they PULL you out to the deep water, and my 7 year old still sinks.....) I really panic.....
Holdy did not (canèt use apostrophes) like baths for QUITE a while after that.
Today he was dunking his whole head under the water for fun, he JUST turned 3.
Profound, that was the word I was looking for.
Monday, October 13, 2008
And I had them practice piano for their lesson tomorrow. Sawyer loves it so far (year 1). August is fighting it, and said he hated it, and wasn't going to practice. (We just changed programs and teacher and hopefully this improves his attitude) I said fine, if you don't want to play piano, I'll pull you out. I don't want to fight with you about this all the time. And went to do something else. And next thing I knew he was playing all his songs. The longest he'd practiced yet. And then he was upset because some keys don't work on our piano, so we had to take his piano books to grandpas to play on his piano. Wow, so maybe giving him the option to quit, and the choice, gave him what he needed. I hope so. I don't expect maestros, but I'd like them to have the option to be able to play what instrument they want later on.....
Wow, then we drove to our ski cabin with dry goods/freezer goods for the winter (it's walk in only in the winter), saw a squirrel, a river and picked some wild blueberries, drove down bout some toilet paper on sale at canadian tire, and then picked up my dad and then went to my cousin's for thanksgiving dinner, then home. Listening to screaming all the way home, Holdy LOST IT, sooooo tired, so frustrated, so ready for bed poor thing. August sang to the tune of "down by the bay" "all I ever want is eeearr ear plugs...." I'm like, yah, I can relate......
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Also, reading before bed tonight, they both wanted to go to websites in the back of the book, TICK, must do that tomorrow. I've been too lacidasical (sp?) got to plan my unschooling a bit more, right? ARGH!!?? Why do I doubt myself so much? I will make a loose plan, and see what happens......
We will go outside for a walk and collect leaves and......................lets just see what happens.....
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Today was painting day at our house. We started with a Pig activity from a new Usborne book....
While that was drying in front of the fire, we started a Tractor.
August began taking photos of his tractor as he made it. Here are his instructions:
1. You need to get a piece of blue paper.
2. Then you get scissors
3. Then you cut a square.
4. And then you cut a rectangle too.
5. Then you paint blue and green on a piece of paper.
6. Then you glue the rectangle on. Then you glue the square on.
7. Then you draw wheels.