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day 181 {cloudy & wet day}

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Today was another miserable day outside. It was another work day for me too so the pictures were few and far between. Afraid I wouldn't find anything to take a picture of I snapped this one on my way home. The sky was pretty cool looking.



The sippy cup battle continues. The second the boys hear the word "milk" they go running for the fridge. The second they see it's in a sippy cup they either walk away in disgust without taking it or they immediately drop it and run away crying.



That was about it. A pretty uneventful day. Thanks for looking!

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day 180 {baking cookies}

Monday, 29 June 2009

Today was a sad day. The weather was miserable and I got some sad news after lunch. There are people in this world that you meet whether it's in person or over the phone or internet that you come to know very well. In this day and age it isn't uncommon to consider people friends even though you have never met them in person and they live halfway across the world.

I belong to an online community for one of my soap operas and I have come to know many of the ladies there very well and consider them like a second family. They are wonderful people and helped me to keep my sanity when I was home on maternity leave with little adult interaction.

Today I learned that one of those friends passed away today after a battle with cancer. Although I never met Donna, I came to know her as a beautiful person who was very giving and thoughtful. I remember mentioning once in passing that the boys were terrible sleepers. Donna read this and she contacted me letting me know about a great book she recommended I read. But rather than give me the name of the book, she went out and bought it and sent it to me. I couldn't believe it. I didn't know Donna very well and here she was spending her hard earned money on something that she knew I would find useful. She was a wonderful person and I feel very privileged to have known her. Rest in peace, Donna. xo

Here is my only picture of the day. I tried to cheer myself up by baking. Yes - me baking. I have grown to love baking since I had the boys. The thing is I enjoy making stuff but I rarely eat any of it. It's not that it's terrible - I just enjoy the creating much more than the eating. Now if those cookies were a Whopper combo with fries, it would be a different story. I'd be on them like a fat kid on a smartie. :)



That was it for today. Thanks for looking!

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day 179 {quiet day at home}

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Today was a quiet day at home. Last night we were up until 4 am sitting outside with neighbours, friends and aquaintances from high school. I don't remember the last time I laughed so much in my life. It was a great night.

It was an even better morning. Ava slept until 9:30 and the boys didn't get up until 10:45. Then the boys went down for a three hour nap this afternoon. Unbelievable! Not sure what my in-laws did to tire the boys out yesterday while we were at Wonderland, but I am very grateful and would love any tips they might have. :)

I don't have much in the way of pictures today due to all of the sleeping we all did. I only have a couple.

This morning I went to my parents' house to find the Canada's Wonderland picture from my childhood and ended up bringing home an album full of pictures. Here's Ava looking through the album with my mom. There were quite a few pictures where my mom asked her who the little girl was. She was convinced they were pictures of her but they were actually pictures of me. There were a few of them where she argued with us because she didn't believe it.



Other than that I tried to get some pictures of the boys. These pictures tell a lot about my relationship with my boys. The second I sit on the ground they attack me and it is a battle for my attention. I sat down and Owen ran over.



Ethan wasn't far behind. As you can see Owen didn't like this because that's his hand that is over my lens.



Well, those weren't exciting, were they? I'll have to see what I come up with tomorrow. I guess not every day can be exciting. Thanks for looking!

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day 178 {canada's wonderland}

Yesterday was a great day. Jason, Ava and I went to Canada's Wonderland with Ava's Uncle Jarret & Aunt Sara. The weather was gorgeous. It was hot but not humid and there was a nice breeze blowing which cooled it off nicely if you found some shade to stand in.

Here was our parking area.



I laughed my head off because I immediately thought of one of my favourite movies:



We were about the same distance from the entrance. The difference of course was we were nowhere near the first people there as evidenced by the 45 minutes we sat on Major MacKenzie Dr. and Jane St. waiting to enter the parking lot. We also did not park this far out by choice. Oh and of course the other major difference was the park was actually open. :)

Here's the front entrance:



Standing just inside the entrance with Wonder Mountain in the background. Thanks Sara for taking this! :) Just to the left of us you could get your picture taken with Scooby Doo. Ava was not having any of that because she was shy and would later turn down chances to have her picture with Dora and Diego too. Maybe next time when she's four she said.



I think they've had these hand stamps since I was a kid:



First ride of the day? The Hanna-Barbera-Go-Round. Check this out. Here's Ava, Sara and I on the ride...



then rewind 25 years to my first trip to Wonderland on the exact same ride. That's me with my mom and that's my sister on the train.



Other than Sara and I going on the Time Warp flying coaster, we stuck to KidZville. It's just as well because the roller coaster lineups were huge. Here's Ava on Jokey's Jalopies. These antique cars were also around when I went to Canada's Wonderland for the first time.



Jimmy Neutron's Brainwasher. I was okay on this one. A little while after this we went on the equivalent of the tea cups called the Flavorator. There isn't a roller coaster I won't go on but I'm not a fan of spinning in circles. Add in a small case of sun stroke and the Flavorator almost finished me off.



Ava's favourite ride - the Chopper Chase helicopter monorail:



Here's the ride we wanted to go on: Behemoth. The lineup was ridiculous. The wait from the back of the line was two hours. Needless to say we didn't wait. So my favourite rollercoaster remains Superman: The Ride of Steel at Six Flags Darien Lake. From what I hear it is comparable to Behemoth. Huge hills, incredible speed and a thrilling ride despite not having any loops.



The Antique Carousel:



Random shots of Ava in KidZville. These are my favourite shots of the day:



That was it. It was a great day and a lot of fun. Thanks, Jarret and Sara for a fantastic time! And big thanks to Sara's mom for getting us tickets. Regular price of admission for the 2009 season: $46.69 per person. We paid $10 each and $28 for Ava. Price of a general admission ticket when the park opened in 1981? $9.95 and $9.25 for a child admission.

Thanks for looking!

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Day 177 {tramapoline!}

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Well when I got to work this morning I realized that I had lost five pounds but not the five I was expecting. I forgot my purse at home. Not a good thing when it's the end of the month and the police have to meet their quota for speeders. So no problem - I'd go the speed limit. Who am I kidding - I'd go the speed limit + the 10-15 km I could most likely get away with. Anyway, for some reason the always reliable car took a few seconds to start when I went out to run and errand and I thought I was going to have problems. Luckily I didn't because no purse = no cell phone and no CAA card. Anyway, the day went to hell from there but got a bit better by the end.

The picture I wish somebody had gotten: me almost falling off my chair at work when Jason called and told me that the $800 repair we just did on our RAV-4 didn't work and told me how much it is going to cost to fix the real problem.

Anyway, the one shot on my hit list for today was a picture of the paper. Geesh Globe & Mail - is that the best you can do? ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz BORING.



Now this is a little more like it. I am sure the Toronto Sun headline was more of an attention grabber and the best of all three, but I couldn't find a copy. I imagine it went something like "MICHAEL JACKSON DIES! BUBBLES THE CHIMP TO INHERIT MILLIONS!!! Scantily clad Sunshine Girl with an IQ of Paris Hilton on page 4."



Anyway, after work I came home to discover we have - in the words of the very wise Homer Simpson - A TRAMAPOLINE!!!!! Jason finally assembled the trampoline we bought (along with Grandma & Grandpa) for Ava's birthday. The kids were wild too so it was a perfect way for them to burn off some energy.





We were proven wrong this afternoon. The daredevil (Owen) didn't like the trampoline at all and the more cautious one (Ethan) loved it. Here's Ethan playing. He kept running from side to side, then Ava would jump and he'd fall over and laugh his head off. Every time Owen got bumped or lost his balance he cried.



After the boys went to bed, Ava and I went back out to play. I discovered I no longer have the moves I used to have and quite possibly won't be able to move at all tomorrow.



Daddy showing Ava his tricks.



That was it. It wasn't a very good day but playing on the trampoline with Ava as the sun went down made it all better. I can still hear her squealing and laughing. Tomorrow we are off to Canada's Wonderland for the day. Ride on the top of the list for tomorrow? Behemoth. Thanks for looking!

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Day 176 {r.i.p. Michael Jackson}

Thursday, 25 June 2009

So the big time crazy stuff that happened in this house today came from the tv. I cannot believe that Michael Jackson is gone. Although not a fan in recent years mainly because I couldn't get past all of the child molestation allegations, I was a big fan back in the day. I remember my dad bringing home the Thriller album, I remember hiding out on my grandparents' basement stairs watching the Thriller video with my hands over my face while my uncles watched it and I remember the day his hair caught on fire filming the Pepsi commercial. He was larger than life at that time. It's a shame. (Oh and Farrah Fawcett died today. It's sad but it doesn't mean much to me as she was on Charlie's Angels before I was born and I have never seen an episode.)

Anyway here was our day. It started out with "moon sand". Ava got it for Christmas (thank you Great Grandma & Great Grandpa!). I wasn't so sure about it but it was fantastic. It made a mess but it was so easy to clean up. It swept up perfectly and brushed off of clothes easily. It was a million times better than playdoh because it didn't stick to anything. Thank god because she got it everywhere:





When it's time to do laundry in our house, we throw it over the upstairs railing. Here's Ethan trying to throw it back up.



Then I saw the big news about Michael Jackson. Dora was immediately turned to CNN and the troops were NOT impressed. They quickly got over it thank goodness. Here's Ava and I watching the coverage on CNN.



While we were watching, I heard Owen start to scream and cry. Poor Owen. Ethan was sitting on him and poking him with a toy.



The big news came in about 6:30 ish - a full hour after TMZ reported it.



My parents came for a visit and we of course watched CNN the whole time. This is nothing new as my dad always watches CNN when he comes over but the big difference was this time we were all glued to it. Here's Ava saying goodbye to them.





And that was it. It sure didn't start off as an exciting day, but it sure ended as one. As I type this, I have CNN going in the background. Time to unglue myself from it and go for my walk and bike ride. I am on a mission to lose another five pounds so it's time to get my butt in gear again. Thanks for looking!

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Day 175 {evening visit}

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Today was Ava's last day at Story Hour. She had to take something special to show the group so she took "Puppy" which is one of her favourite toys that was given to her by her cousin Lucas.



She had a meltdown when we got there because she didn't want anybody to see her. It lasted until she realized that the other kids had cool stuff for her to look at. At first she wouldn't sit on the story mat but as the time went on she was front and centre so she wouldn't miss anything. In six weeks she has really come a long way.



Afterward Nana took us out for lunch.



After dinner we went for a walk to visit the kids' friend R. They had a great time exploring his backyard and playing with anything and everything they could find.

Owen got a drink.



Ethan went straight for the source,



and Ava crashed the big wheel while Ethan was on it.



And R just watched the three of them take over his yard and his toys wondering what was going on.



On the way home the two children who fed their dinner to the dog - Ethan and Ava - were now hungry and shared a bag of crackers.



That was it. Thanks for looking!

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Day 174 {jarret & sara's house}

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Today was pretty uneventful. After dinner we went for a walk to see the kids' Uncle Jarret and Aunt Sara. They are doing renovations on their house so the kids thought that was pretty interesting to sit and watch. I have no doubt the boys would be up there too if they were let out of the stroller. Needless to say they were not.







Ava got to play with Jarret and Sara's cat, Monte. Surprisingly he was okay with being pushed around like a baby.





That was it. A pretty quiet day. It's been hard to do much outside with it being so hot (not that I am complaining). Thanks for looking!

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