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Archive for December 2009

Day 365 {new year's eve}

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Today was a quiet day at home with some baking and cooking to prepare for a night in. First order of business was baking with Ava - in miniature. We used new bake ware we both received for Christmas and made a batch of mini banana muffins and loaves.



Ava's list and my translations on the grocery list she started. This is a terrible picture now that I look at it closer. Oh well.



Owen milling around and watching stuff as it happened. Actually I shouldn't really say he was watching. He was the stuff that was happening and before long we had four chairs in the kitchen with us because he wouldn't stay off the counter.



While I was making dinner (I tried a new recipe - it was delicious and I would definitely make it again), the kids played hockey with Daddy.



Later in the evening I made a few treats for us to share with my parents who were coming over for the evening. I made bacon wrapped water chestnuts and ate a ton of them.



I also made stuffed pizza rolls that we dipped in warm pizza sauce. They were so good and so easy to make. They were a hit.



And last but not least I made a Skor cheese ball. Dear god it was good. Guess who really has to exercise their ass off now?



We had a very quiet night and watched Night at the Museum 2. Ava even stayed up late enough to watch the ball come down. She almost didn't make it as she almost fell asleep at ten to twelve.



I had to keep tickling and poking her to keep her awake on the little bed I made for us on the floor.



Anyway, that was it for today and that's the end of my project 365. I haven't totally ruled out doing it again this year and already have some pictures taken for tomorrow just in case. Thanks for looking and thank you to everyone that read my blog this year!

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Day 364 {skype}

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Today was an errand day. We took the kids to McDonalds for lunch (cost for 3 happy meals and an Angus burger combo = just under $25) and grocery shopping. It's a rare occurance that they get to come with us and today was a great reminder of why we don't take them with us. First of all unless we are at Costco or Zehrs it is a two cart caravan through the store because they all won't fit in one cart. I had Ava and Fresh Pot (Ava's nickname of the day for Ethan) in my cart and Jason had Banana Pants (Owen) in his. Fresh Pot thought every man we passed in the store was his daddy and you could hear him calling it out throughout the Walmart. He poked holes in some of the meat in the cart and kept throwing his hat on the ground. Ava proceeded to crush everything in our cart. Owen was a little angel and didn't say a word. He just looked around and was quiet.

Anyway, here's Ethan rocking his Pookie hat again. He looked absolutely adorable today even if he was a little terror at times.



We finished the day by Skyping Nana & Grandad before bedtime. We could easily communicate with them by just going outside and yelling down the street, but this is far cooler. :) Well at least it WAS cooler until the boys started hitting buttons and we lost the audio. It took at least five calls to say good night but the kids loved it.



And that was it. One more day to go......

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Day 363 {birthday girl}

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Today was baby number one's birthday. Our beautiful Scarlett turned 7 years old. My poor baby who went from being the centre of attention to getting bumped further and further down the line as the kids started to show up. The same dog who once ate my birth control pills and proceeded to lie in my lap sucking in all of the attention and playing the sick and dying routine while I spent an hour on the phone with poison control only to run by with the pack in her mouth untouched five minutes after I got the whole "wait and see what happens and hope for the best" verdict from the vet. The dog that broke us into parenting and remember my mom once telling us "Wow. When you become parents it will be a breeze after raising Scarlett." A comment that quite possibly could explain how we ended up with TWINS five years later... ;)



Other randoms of the day included Ava with her new book. When I was growing up, "The Monster at the End of this Book" was one of my favourite stories. This is the sequel and it features Elmo who didn't exist when I was a little kid.



Ethan discovering that his bottle is far more entertaining to use as a water gun. It's tough love from this point on. Once this box of liners is gone, it's sippy cups from here on out. Enjoy it while it lasts, boys.





And finally, it took me a whole 5 minutes to take down our Charlie Brown Christmas tree and the ten remaining ornaments the kids did not manage to beat out of the tree during the pinata episode. I admit it was kind of nice. Taking down the tree usually takes a long time because each of the ornaments has its own box and it takes a while to put everything away. Not this year.



That was it for today. Only two days to go. Unbelievable! Thanks for looking!

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Day 362 {retail therapy}

Monday, 28 December 2009

Today Ava, my dad and I did some running around. We had to return a couple of things and pick up a new uv filter for my camera. I broke my cardinal rule at Henrys. Don't touch anything. Get in and get out fast so you won't fall in love with anything. Anyway, on a related note, I found my next camera. When am I getting it? No time in the near future, that's for sure. I had my good buddy Ron put it back on the shelf and left with my $39.99 filter (I went cheaper this time) with a $10 warranty covering it the next time it gets smashed and went on my merry little way.



At that point it was off to the mall for lunch. Here are Ava and Grandad in the new food court. Yes those onion rings are mine and a reminder that I need to exercise like crazy starting January 1st because I am up three pounds because of treats such as these.



My little Ava. Looking at this picture I am reminded just how young she is. She speaks really well, has a very large vocabulary and she is tall for her age. It's easy to forget she is only three years old. In this picture she actually looks her age and not like she is going on eighteen.



While at the mall I wanted to get the scoop on Aeropostale. I keep seeing people wearing their sweatshirts left and right and wanted to see what I've been missing out on. I headed there with very low expectations because after all I am still not understanding this whole Bath & Body Works craze that is also going on. I like bath stuff just as much as the next person but holy crap.

Anyway, the verdict? I am in love. Turns out it's the Campus Crew of the twenty first century. I {heart} fat clothes.





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Day 361 {bozo the clown}

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Today was a quiet day. I went shopping by myself to see if I could find Rock Band 2 and Super Mario Brothers. No luck. Those Wii games are the Tickle Me Elmos of the 21st century. They are impossible to find. The thing that makes me mad is I saw them at Walmart in the days leading up to Christmas and I didn't buy them. Crap. Anyway, it was an interesting afternoon driving around trying to find them. I ended up at EB Games which was interesting. I suspect 95% of the people who shop in that store live in their parents' basements. Talk about a different breed. Where I come from, we call those people



lol. Just kidding. You haven't seen me in a Henrys store.

After dinner, family friends came to visit and brought the boys the coolest gift - a Bozo the clown inflatable punching clown. It took exactly three seconds for the three of them to tackle him and knock him to the ground so I'd say they were quite impressed with their gift.



Another gift they were impressed with was their new hats. Actually I was the one who was the most impressed and luckily they were willing to model the hats for us. :)

Here we have Owen modeling the Princess Leia



and Ethan modeling another one of my personal favourites, the Double Donald Trump Comb-Over aka Hot Cross Bun.



Here's Ethan sporting The Executive



and Owen rocking the mullet.



Another fun day and a very entertaining night with the kids. Thanks for looking!

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Day 360 {boxing day}

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Remember the cassareep from a few weeks ago? Well it was used to make some delicious pepper pot for breakfast. Big thanks to my dad who has perfected it. It tastes just like when my grandmother used to make it. Usually we eat it on Christmas morning and when I was a kid we couldn't open presents until we had eaten first.



Today we celebrated Christmas with Jason's family. It was another good day. We all had fun and received some very cool and thoughtful presents. Knowing how much the kids love music, Owen and Ethan's aunt and uncle got them an MP3 player and Owen LOVES IT. He walked around like this for at least an hour listening to I Got a Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas over and over and over and over...



The boys got the coolest hats I've ever seen from Grandma & Grandpa. They are awesome and I can see many, many hours of entertainment ahead.



Another great day. Thanks for looking!

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Day 359 {christmas day}

Friday, 25 December 2009

Merry Christmas! It was a great day today. We got to sleep in a bit and didn't get downstairs until after 9. It was great but I suspect it will be the last year it happens.

Ava was the alarm clock and got us all up. She made sure to peek over the landing to see what was under the tree first and report back that Santa had possibly visited while we were sleeping. Here she is checking out her present from Santa - a Barbie castle (actually a Disney princess castle).



Ethan checking out his new train set.



Owen checking out his creativity table.



Anyway, it was a nice morning full of presents. To Owen from Ava:



To Ethan from Mommy & Daddy:



To Ava from Ava. (A month ago she picked out a present for herself while we were shopping and wrapped it up.)



Unfortunately there was a fatality. I ran into the kitchen for something and left my camera on the kitchen table. Owen grabbed the strap and pulled it off the table. It hit the ground hard and amazingly enough the only thing that ended up getting broken was my UV filter. I still have no idea how the lens didn't get damaged because the force was so hard that it bent the metal ring on the filter. It was very hard to unscrew and it wouldn't sit flat on the counter it was bent so badly. Anyway, that's my big lesson of the day for everyone. Each of my lenses has a UV filter on it for this exact reason. Better to break a $79 UV filter than a $500 lens.



In the afternoon we had some downtime. Everybody had a nap and then we went to my parents' house for dinner with my family. Here's my mom showing Ethan and Ava the ornaments on the tree. What you can't see is me behind the camera telling Ethan not to touch the ornaments. Did he listen? Nope. But he didn't break anything thank god.



Owen at dinner.



My present from my sister and one of only a handful of people who can get away with calling me Jenny.



That was it. Another busy day but a good one and it's finally Christmas!

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Day 358 {christmas eve}

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Eve is always a crazy day around our house cleaning up and wrapping presents. Luckily it isn't as big a job as it is for some people because I usually wrap the presents as I buy them. Here are all of the presents ready to go (yep - still no pictures on the wall in our room. 365 days of pictures to choose from still hasn't changed that):



After losing the vote Saturday night, we watched the Leaf game instead of Elf. Go figure it will not air again before Christmas and I really wanted Ava to see it this year. God bless the people at Zellers because I was able to pick it up two days before Christmas and for only $9.99.



Ava's favourite part:



After that it was time to make cookies for Santa and track his progress on Google Earth which I had never done before and it was pretty cool. Here we are tracking him as he delivered presents to Antarctica at 3:05 pm. Ava is screaming hello to him. :)







Shortly after that we were into the Christmas Eve routine. First the kids each got a pair of Christmas pajamas which is a tradition my parents' still have for my sister and I. Then we were off to church. We being Ava, my mom and I. The boys stayed at home with Daddy.

Here's our church after the family mass. It was a low key and uneventful mass. After all, it's not every year that a drunk guy stumbles in and tries to carry on a conversation with the priest from the back of the church. Those years are few and far between, not to mention hard to top. ;)



Ava was a bit crazy during mass. It was close to bedtime so she was wired and would not listen to a word I said. During the readings she started dancing around in the aisle and almost got run over by Mary & Joseph headed up the centre aisle to the manger. It was at that point I started showing her my cell phone and threatening to call Santa and tell him not to come. Later in the van on the way home we would get into a disagreement over this. Ava told me Santa doesn't have a cell phone. I told her yes he does have a cell and I have the number. At that point she told me she would call him back and tell him to come. I told her I would lock the door. She said she would unlock the door. Anyway...you get the idea.

At that point it was time for an old tradition and a newer one. We ate cinnamon buns and other snacks and then my dad read The Night Before Christmas to the kids. As you can see, two seconds after he started the boys were long gone and Ava was the only one who remained.



Shortly after that, it was time to leave a snack for Santa and it became bedtime exactly three seconds after Ava dropped it on the floor. She went to bed crying and her last words were "I hope I still get a present from Santa." Poor Ava. She really can't handle going to bed late. :(

Here's Owen saying good night to his Nana. All three kids love my parents but Owen has been very attached to my mom the past few months.



I wasn't organized enough to get Ava's letter written and sent off to Santa earlier in the month so we left it with Santa's snack (a glass of milk, three chocolate chip cookies, cheese, pepperoni and some carrots for the reindeer). Next year we will be more organized.



Shortly after that we moved all of the kids' presents downstairs and at that point it was time for me to lie down on the couch and enjoy another new tradition. Watching "It's a Wonderful Life" on the late channel and falling asleep on the couch.



While I was sleeping, Santa dropped off the kids' presents.



What a busy day. Is it Christmas yet?

Thanks for looking!

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