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Day 120 {stomach flu day 2}

Thursday, 30 April 2009

The stomach flu continued today at our house. There was a whole lot of this



all day long except when they were A. playing with the dog,



B. Lying down in the dog bed having a rest,



C. Watching the General Hospital theme song (I played it five times as a result)



and D. trying to rip down the window shades.



Other than that, there was a lot of crying and a lot of throwing up. I am tired and can't wait for this to be over. I am tired of doing laundry. Add another three loads to the pile below and this is the laundry I have done over the past two days (not including a few things that have already been put back in use).



The good news is it is nothing serious. Ethan went to see the doctor again for his ears (still not better yet) and the doctor is not concerned. It just has to run its course. I am beat and am off to bed. Thanks for looking!

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Day 119 {stomach flu}

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Today was a very long day and not a good one. The kids all had the stomach flu so most of last night and today were spent cleaning up messes and doing laundry. Here's Ethan. He had the roughest day of the three.







We tried again to become a bottle-free house today. It didn't work. A good part of the misery above is resistance to the sippy cup. It was back to bottles again at 5 pm as I couldn't take the crying and crankiness anymore.

Anyway, nothing exciting as far as pictures go, but that was out day. Thanks for looking!

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Day 118 {rainy day}

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Very little to share with you today. It was rainy and miserable here and best described by one of Ava's favourite songs:

When the sun shines, we'll shine together
Told you I'll be here forever
Said I'll always be a friend
Took an oath, I'ma stick it out till the end

Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my



You can stand under my





eh eh eh

Under my



Thanks for looking!

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Day 117 {downtown}

Monday, 27 April 2009

Today was a perfect day. Not sure what the temperature was, but it had to be at least the 27 C they forecasted. Janie and I went for a long walk downtown on our lunch hour. It was so gorgeous and nice to get outside. I am even sporting a sunburn tonight. Right on.

First we went to Goldie's Mill. I love this place and have been several times. A picture from my first trip to Goldie's Mill can be found here. Ahhh...Weezy Jefferson. Good times, good times. I had forgotten about that.

Having been on previous occasions I tried to take some shots I hadn't taken before. No small feat considering the amount of pictures I take on a daily basis. Anyway, here are a couple:

A window through a window:



A shadow.



I was here...



From there we followed the train tracks in search of more graffiti.



There was some cool stuff along the tracks.





And then we hit the mother load:



It was graffiti overload. From what we can tell there are lots of graffiti artists in Guelph and there is a terrible poet with crappy poems and a ballpoint pen. My personal favourite is the stencil guy:



However, it doesn't look like the stencil guy was happy today:



Can't blame him. He create works of art and this dude just goes around writing his name on buildings. We saw this signature in several spots downtown. Pointless indeed.

Anyway, this is hilarious. I was quite taken by this genie dude and took a handful of pictures of him. I didn't notice until I got back to the office that somebody had added on an...um...appendage that I didn't notice when we were there. Maybe it was Mr. Stencil in a fit of rage. Whatever the case, I have censored it for the faint-hearted.



This piece of graffiti takes me back to my rap loving (believe it or not) college days. Rest in peace, man.



Other random shots:





I really wish I could stop taking sunflare shots....SHANNON.



Hmmm...wasn't Earth Day just a few days ago? We found these abandoned computers on our walk along Wellington Street. Meatheads.



Instead of scary transients, this time we encountered Canada geese. I think they scared me more than the homeless people. Sure they look friendly here but I didn't like the way they were looking at me. They looked hungry.



Anyway, it was a fantastic day and so nice to get out in the



That's it! Thanks for looking! I hope you all had a great day.

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Day 116 {wal-mart}

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Today was pretty uneventful, just a quiet day at home. I didn't take very many pictures so I'll let my beautiful assisant fill in where photos were not available.

Jason planted a tree in our yard today. It's kind of like Kate Moss - when it's turned to the side you can barely see it. :)



We decided to go to Wal-Mart to pick up some stuff once the boys woke up from their nap. They went to sleep and I could hear Ava singing away in her room. Then I didn't hear anything. I found her asleep on her floor. She had curled up with the pillow and comforter from her bed. This is huge because she doesn't do naps and never has. Even as a baby all she had were little catnaps. (This is my favourite picture for today.)



Anyway, remember the garden we planted on



Day? I think it's on steroids:



Anyway, a little while later the kids (and Jason) woke up from their naps and we got ready to go. With the crazy Wizard of Oz like



from yesterday a distant memory, we packed up Rihanna (Ethan - left), Beyonce (Owen - right)



and Ava and headed out. Ava was thrilled we were going to Wal-Mart. Why the excitement you ask? Is it the free



? Nope. It's still all about the penguins.



Anyway, we got home just in time. Five minutes later it was



Did I mention we are now a



only family? Two weeks ago the boys said goodbye to formula and we are now contemplating buying a



for the backyard.

That's it! A pretty boring day but a good one. Thanks for looking!

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Day 115 {storm}

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Today started out as a beautiful day. It was really warm and the sun was shining. It was really windy though and we ended up getting a really wild storm. We went to my in-laws' house where I love to look around and take pictures of whatever I can find. There are always flowers to take pictures of which is something we have very little of at our house. Anyway, on with our day.

Child-proofing continued. Attempts to throw small toys down the central vac hookup have been thwarted through the sheer magic of masking tape. For now. (This is Owen)



Jason's baby came out of storage.



Ava's lettuce, peas and carrots are starting to sprout (this is the lettuce). Unfortunately the outlook for the carrots might not be good if we don't get them into the garden very soon (thanks for the heads up, Karen K!).



On our way out of town we had to stop to get milk. There was no parking near the grocery store so Jason pulled into the alley. Ava immediately says "that's my church!" Amazing since A. it's the back of the church and B. we don't go very often. Kid's pretty smart.



Anyway, we arrived at Jason's parents' house just as the sun went in and the winds continued to pick up.

I took some pictures of the flowers in the garden. Forget the daffodils though - check out the sky. It was pretty wild.



Ava helped water Grandma & Grandpa's new tree.



The boys put a lot of miles on and ran a scatter pattern as usual. (Here's Owen two seconds before he found the kiddie pool full of water that the tree roots were soaking in and drenched his entire arm.)



And everything they found on the ground immediately went in their mouth (this is Ethan eating a pine cone).



We went down to the river where Tia chased rocks as Ava threw them in the water.



I took a little walk with Owen further down the river to take this really uninteresting picture.



See all of that dead brush? Jason lost his wedding ring in that spot two months after we got married. He was throwing leaves into the pile when his ring flew off his finger. Number of minutes it took him to find it with a metal detector? 5. Unbelievable.

Anyway where was I? I was taking that boring picture and I thought Owen and I should head for the house as it was getting even windier and the rain seemed really close. We headed for the house and I managed to get this picture of the clouds moving in:



And that's when mother nature almost turned Owen and I into Dorothy and Toto. It was like Indiana Jones running from the boulder. People running from the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. Of course I am exaggerating but seriously, it was scary. It was definitely tornado weather and stuff was starting to get blown away by the wind.

Jason's parents' neighbours' tree snapped and just missed the house. The wind was blowing not only the rain but it was picking up all of the dirt on the ground and it triggered a dust storm. There were cars on the highway that were pulled over with their hazard lights on. It was scary.

Anyway, it only lasted about five minutes but it was long enough. Long enough to pick up our muskoka chair and fling it off the front porch and into our neighbours' garage. Long enough to pull shingles off another neighbours' roof. And long enough to smash our next door neighbour's beautiful play set they just bought for their kids two days ago against the fence. :( THANK GOD Ava's trampoline is still sitting in the garage in the box or everyone would have seen a 14 foot flying saucer sail over the town. For once procrastination pays off.

Here are some pictures from the aftermath of the storm.



There was just something about these four perfect little droplets sitting in a row.



Raindrops on the clothesline.



After the storm, Ava and I went outside and wandered around. Here she is heading back to the house and up the stairs that Owen and I ran full blast up a short time before.



That was it. An exciting day and lots of opportunities for pictures. As much as I love taking pictures of the kids it's been nice to get outside and take pictures of other stuff. The ground has turned green overnight it seems and it's so nice to get outside.

Thanks for looking!

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