Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Embroidered Picture

Big Boy wanted me to embroider something for him, so I decided to make a picture of a horse to hang on his wall.  He particularly likes the metallic thread, so I sucked it up and used it for part of his picture.  Metallic thread is difficult to stitch with and it bunches and gathers in the most annoying ways.  Sorry about the light reflections on the photos, the picture is framed with glass so taking a picture is tough.

Monday, April 14, 2014


We went to the Arboretum today before the big storm hit. I'm glad we did, we had a fun walk and learned about bees. 

We also saw a few snakes. I took a picture of this little guy....he's not too close, just the way I like it. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday - Little Boy's Singing Debut

Today is Palm Sunday and Little Boy's class from school sang at church.  For weeks they practiced the songs.   Their teachers made up palm leafs for them to carry to the front of the church.  Little Boy practiced at home.

Today Little Boy had a bath and got all dressed up.  We ate a nutritious breakfast and headed off to church....where he stood and sucked his thumb instead of singing.  His classmates all did their own thing.  Two of them sang boisterously.  Two of them cried.  One of them simply stared out at everyone.  Little Boy stood in a relaxed pose and sucked his thumb.

I asked Little Boy afterwards why he didn't sing.  He said "I didn't want to."  Then he sang the songs all the way home.

I guess that's how it works when you are three years old.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Busy Saturday

We had a busy day!

It started early, when we dropped off Daddy for a 7:00 a.m. start on the MS 150 Bike Tour.  The starting point was a fair distance from our house.  We left him at about 6:30 a.m. and I took the kids out for breakfast at Denny's. 

I've never been to Denny's and I was pleasantly surprised. The kids menu was very clever - for a set price the kids can pick 3 items off a list.  The list had about 10 things to pick from so every kid should be able to find what makes them happy. Breakfast was fast and cheap and the kids ate well. We will definitely go back. 

Then, I took the kids home and we did some chores. We headed out to do a craft at Michael's at 10 a.m.  The craft wasn't great.  The kids basically made cards out of construction paper and used felt markers to draw on them.  Pretty disappointing for a craft store. 

After the craft we went home for lunch and a quick nap.  Then we drove Big Boy to a birthday party that was very far away from home (a 35 minute drive).  We dropped off Big Boy and the I took the other kids to visit our friends. Partway through the visit I got a call saying the birthday party was going to be extended and that I should pick up Big Boy at 6:00 p.m.  It was a 4 hour party!

Since the party ran through dinner hour I took the little kids out for supper before picking up Big Boy. Then home to bed!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Mixed Bag on a Friday

Ah....Friday.  Great day to start at weekend. Today I bring you a variety of things:

Baby Boy

Baby Boy learned something very important this week - how to eat from a sandwich bag without spilling everything.  This is not a benchmark in any baby growth chart I've seen, but as a parent I think it's an incredibly important step.  No more fiddly baby snack cups!

He also learned to say "cheers". 

Little Boy

Little Boy learned to start himself off on his bike.  Now I don't have to hold the bike steady for him to start!

Trail Ride

On Friday morning Little Boy learned to start his bike by himself.  So naturally on Friday afternoon I took them on a trail ride. 

It started as a bike ride through the park but we quickly figured out that bicycles are not permitted (or welcomed) on the running path.  So, we found a bike path.  I had no idea it was a mountain bike trail!  

I started the kids off on the trail and I thought we'd turn around at the first sign of a tree root. I was shocked when they sailed over the lumps and bumps with ease!   I had to drag them off the trail to get home in time for dinner. 

A relatively smooth ride in the park.

And then the bumpy trail!

Even some "bike climbing"!

I could not keep up with them!


On the way home from our trail ride the kids were riding on the sidewalk a bit less than one house-length (about 30 feet) in front of me. I could see and hear them and they could hear me. They stop at all driveways and wait for me at the road crossings. 

I was stopped by a man washing cars who told me that he saw the boys and thought they were on their own. He then lectured me about how dangerous it is to be that far behind them. 

Can you imagine!  Not so long ago it would be expected that a 7 year old could ride his bike without his mother trailing along behind. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Baby Kisses and Toddler Hugs

Baby Boy loves to kiss and hug.  He is a very cuddly little boy.  Only problem is that he goes in for a kiss with his mouth completely open in this enormous grin, like he's going to take a bite of his favourite food.  And he only likes to kiss on the lips.....

It's pretty cute but so awkward.

Last night I was trying to dress Baby Boy and Little Boy was being a pest.  He was grabbing at me and I asked him to stop, to back away.  He looked up at me with his enormous brown eyes and said:  "Mummy, I love you so much I just need to hug you."  He gave me a hug and walked off.

Boy did I feel bad for trying to chase him off!

Monday, April 7, 2014


I cut my own grass for the first time today.  What a terrible job.  I'm happy that I have 3 boys and will be able to pass that chore off to them once they are teenagers.