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Day 31 {skating lesson}

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Ava had another skating lesson with Aunt Sara today. She did very, very well. She isn't shuffling as much and is starting to get more confident. She is having a blast and is loving every minute of it. Thanks Sara!



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Day 30 {carpet angels}

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Not much going on today. Jason was in a curling bonspiel, so it was just the kids and I. It was somewhere around -20C, so needless to say we didn't leave the house. Instead of going outside and playing in the snow, Ava decided she would make "carpet angels" in the living room while the boys were having their nap.



I've got three Lady Gaga fans on my hands. I taped her appearance on Oprah a couple of weeks ago and we finally watched it. And we have watched it non-stop since Saturday. Their favourite song?



"Peas!" has temporarily been replaced by "Gaga! Gaga!" I am okay with that. ;)

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Day 29 {a present}

Friday, 29 January 2010

Last night I was absolutely exhausted. After the kids went to bed, I had my bath, put on my pjs and sat down to watch tv. I had the remote, a Cary Grant movie playing (god bless Bell Express Vu and the addition of TCM to our channel lineup) and the laptop on my stomach. Within five minutes I was fast asleep.

When I woke up a while later, I noticed that Ava had drawn me a picture and had snuck downstairs and left it on the floor beside the laptop. :)



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Day 28 {prints}

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Yesterday my prints arrived from WHCC for the wall of my office. 75 prints like the ones below. The quality is amazing as usual and I was very happy with them until I discovered that WHCC charged me $20 US in shipping for $12 in prints. Buggars. They are going to look amazing but come on - $20 in shipping for one sleeve of pictures?! Looks like it's boycott time, baby.



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Day 27 {the peas}

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Here's my beautiful Owen this morning at breakfast with the very cool Christmas present the boys got from Jarret & Sara. They got them an MP3 player and loaded their favourite songs on it. Every morning when he wakes up and every night when he goes to bed he looks up at me with the same hopeful little eyes and says "Peas?!" Owen's favourite song is "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas.

When you turn the song on for him, his smile can light up a room. When the song stops, plug your ears because he is not happy. In between, he clutches it to his ear and sways back and forth. It's not out of the ordinary to hear music coming from the boys' room in the middle of the night. Owen will often roll over, turn the music on and then fall back asleep. It's also hilarious to see "Sexy Bitch (clean version)" scroll across the screen lol.



Tonight, Ethan got to carry the MP3 player upstairs and take it to bed. Owen was very distraught so Ethan gave it to him and gave him a kiss. It's amazing to watch them because although I am told there is no birth order with twins, I think Ethan is very much the big brother of the two. He makes Owen happy by holding his hand in the van and lets him keep the MP3 player in his crib every night. Unfortunately in between they beat the crap out of each other (case in point the scar you can see on Owen's nose. Ethan threw a toy at him the other day and almost broke his nose) so this whole protective brother thing is a bit hit and miss.

Timelessmoment asked about my camera and settings so here is a bit of info for those who are interested. I am a Canon girl and shoot with a Canon 30D DSLR. I have had it for three years. I have three lenses - an 18-55, a fixed 50 mm 1.8 lens (a must have for Canon DSLR owners as it is only $119, great in low light and you can even leave it outside in the rain for two days and it will still work...) and the lens I shoot with 98% of the time - a Sigma 17-70.

As far as settings go, I shoot in P mode quite a bit and the rest of the time I shoot in aperture priority (AV) mode. Unless I have something specific in mind like sparklers, I don't shoot in manual. My children are so fast that I don't have the time to sit and think and figure out my settings so I go the auto route or I set my camera with a wide aperture and go. I would rather have the camera make the decisions for me than make them myself, get rushed, choose the wrong settings and miss the shot. With that being said, I still feel very strongly that you need to know your camera. Know what it's capable of. Know how it works. Learn your metering modes. Don't be afraid to crank your ISO. Understand the fundamentals of shutter speed and aperture and how they work together. But on the other hand, don't get hung up on the technicalities and have fun. Get lots of practice and always, always, always SHOOT IN RAW. That's my challenge for everyone - shoot in RAW mode for one month and see how you like it. I guarantee you will never go back to JPEG mode.

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Day 26 {my girls}

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Seven years ago we brought Scarlett home from the breeder and it was the last time I got to eat the crust on my toast. Four years later I would end up kissing the crust plus several bites goodbye once Ava started eating solid food. Now seven years later, the girls are the easier part of the equation. They are my two babies who have gone from being the centre of attention to having to share the spotlight with two very demanding little boys.

This morning while I was getting ready for work, I peeked out into the hall and found my girls in the hallway. Scarlett was lying in the doorway to Ava's room and Ava was sitting there shaking her paw and petting her very quietly. The boys were still in bed and the whole house was quiet.

Ten minutes later the babysitter would pull into the driveway, Scarlett would go bananas and the day would take off full blast from there.



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Day 25 {new jeans}

Monday, 25 January 2010

Last Friday I bought a pair of the most comfortable jeans I've ever owned. They have several small wear patches and I love them. The whole way to work today I thought of my Grandad. He would have had a bird if he saw me wearing jeans that came out of the store brand new looking like this.



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Day 24 {baking with nana}

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Today was pretty quiet. I cleaned the house and made spaghetti sauce and Nana & Grandad came over to visit. Ava had a great time baking with my mom, who showed her how to make icing and how to pipe flowers on top of the cupcakes.





I think the sippy cup battle is slowly coming to an end. The green sippy cup to the left is the latest one we are trying out. All of the ones to the right of it are ones we have tried and have failed along with the infamous bottle. Damn that blasted BPA scare in winter 2008. If that hadn't hit we never would have gone with the Playtex bottles with liners and we wouldn't be in this mess today. The whole thing stems from the fact that the boys always sucked the air out of the bottles so the liner and nipple acted more or less like a straw so they never had to tip their head to get the milk out.

Yes all of these sippy cups were not cheap but far better than listening to two little boys shriek at you in stereo.



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Day 23 {birthday party}

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Today was a good day. The kids were invited to their cousin's birthday party so we went to Brantford for the day. On the way in the car I managed to capture a picture I have been trying to get forever. When the boys travel in the car, they usually hold hands. Every time I think to take a picture of it, they stop and I end up missing it. Today I caught it and this picture melts my heart.

Owen is usually the one who starts it. He holds out his hand and depending on his mood, Ethan sometimes ignores him and on some days like today he gives in. It's absolutely adorable.



I love how you can see Ava's cabbage patch doll in the backseat with her seat belt on. :)

From there, we were off to Kidtastic. We'd never been and the kids loved it.





The highlight of the afternoon? Air hockey. The boys LOVED it (Owen's in the brown and Ethan is in the blue).



Then it was cake and present opening time. Happy birthday Natalia!



One part of the birthday present we bought for Natalia. My guess is that my sister-in-law is cursing my name to the tune of about 500 little pieces right about now. ;)



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Day 22 {commuting}

Friday, 22 January 2010

I've been getting tired of listening to the same songs over and over, so I updated my iPod last night.



I had to do something to keep the ride entertaining because there sure isn't anything entertaining to see during the trip:



Seriously?! That's the best you've got? The sign at the mechanic place at the other end of town that says "Let us take a peek at your undercarriage" gets full marks but this sign is so lame I'm not even going to put my name on the picture.

Here are the first three songs on my iPod after the update:

#1:



#2:



#3 - Ava's favourite song:



The kids usually listen to whatever I listen to, so it's no surprise when they end up having the same favourites as I do. Turn it Up is a song that she picked out all on her own while we were listening to the radio in the van a couple of weeks ago. I have to admit it's kind of catchy. It reminds me very much of one of her other favourites from a couple of months ago.

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Day 21 {band-aid chic}

Thursday, 21 January 2010

The other day my sister came over for dinner and ended up helping with our nightly routine (thanks Mel!). She was helping Ava to clean her room and came across this. A simple picture but it tells a lot.

Some stupid and lazy person (ME) showed Ava how to open the child proof doorknobs so she wouldn't have to help her get into the bathroom every time she wanted to go. Unfortunately, she has been helping herself to anything and everything she finds. She's been swiping stuff from my craft room and from the bathroom left and right.

Case in point this Curious George band-aid bra:



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Day 20 {the shy kid}

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Unbelievable. Almost four years has passed since Ava was born and we have come to this day - junior kindergarten registration. I worked a half day and took Ava to the school with me where we registered and she got to see her aunt's classroom and meet the kids (thanks Mel!).



I had the forms in hand that I had filled out telling of Ava being quiet and shy. Outgoing later but she'd have to warm up first.



I don't know where that child went, but I didn't see her yesterday. We met up with my friend Maggie and her daughter who will be in Ava's class. Maggie and I have been friends since kindergarten so we are thrilled they will be in the same class together. It's been a long time since they have played together so we planned a play date to re-introduce them.




Can you go to hell for lying to the Catholic school board?

In totally unrelated news, the sippy cup battle rages on.



Why swallow the milk when you can suck it through the straw, spit it on the floor and dance in it? Serenity now. Serenity now.



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Day 19 {frost}

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The past few days the scenery on the way to work has been beautiful. We've had heavy frosts and the trees have been beautiful with all of the branches covered in white. The weather isn't very cold (-2C to -5C), but this picture makes it look like it's absolutely frigid outside.



Here's another picture from Day 19. Here's Ava putting clips in her hair shortly after she woke up. A few months ago I couldn't get one clip in her hair and now she wants five ponytails and 10 clips some days.



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Day 18 {bathtime peek-a-boo}

Monday, 18 January 2010

Not many photo opportunities today, but I took this picture of Owen tonight in the bath in between canonballs.



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Day 17 {miss mess}

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Today was all about cleaning the house. It's been getting neglected since I started back full time and I have been having an even harder time keeping it clean because *somebody* keeps making messes left and right. I was a drill sargent all weekend with Ava. She has been making messes all over the place in the form of little ripped pieces of paper and piles of crayons. Stacks of books from her bookcase stuffed into little bags and corners of her room. Little piles of hair clips and Barbie accessories all over the place.

Today as a part of driving the point home, Ava helped me clean and vacuum her room. Unfortuantely she would end up destroying her room again a couple of hours later.



I have been giving a lot of thought to my pictures lately. I have so many of them, but few of them are displayed. About a month ago, I found a free template by Paislee Press and it inspired me, so this week I went through my pictures and selected some of my favourite photos to put up on the wall in my office. The result is a collection of fifty of my favourite pictures, all of which inspire me or are near and dear to me in some way:



I am printing them as 5x5s and the best part is that the WHCC winter sale is on so it only cost me $12. I am printing 75 pictures so I have extras to swap out when I get bored with them. Thanks for looking!

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Day 16 {photo walk}

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Today I got out of the house to take some pictures. Here is my official picture of the day - the Church of Our Lady, taken with a fish eye adapter I recently bought.



This week I was inspired by a recent Photojojo newsletter, so I was on a mission. They had a brilliant and hilarious idea for avoiding camera loss. So I had a whiteboard, some markers and a ridiculous plan. And who better to help me?



Jason R lol. It doesn't matter how crazy my plan is, he is on board and comes up with some equally interesting ideas of his own:



He continually teaches me that there is just as much beauty to be found in inanimate objects as there is in animate ones. Thank you Jason! Anyway, more about the whiteboard project later. Here are some of the other shots I took.




The company was fantastic but unfortunately the graffiti was lame. :(



A talking dinosaur?! Is that the best there is?! Apparently so, as the masterpiece I photographed in the spring has since been defaced and almost everything else I photographed in the past year has since been painted over. :(



Most of the new stuff wasn't worth photographing but some of it was okay.





I love you Mom. xo

For the first time I got to go inside the Church of Our Lady. It really is beautiful. There's just something so inspiring about the stained glass.





From there we went to Goldie's Mill and walked down by the river.



Then it was time to create the pictures I will leave on my memory cards in case my camera ever gets lost. Yes, I realize that not only am I a complete spaz, but the acting is piss poor and of Days of Our Lives caliber. I will definitely be sticking to my day job.































Not as great as Andrew's, but a valiant effort and a fun afternoon. Big thanks to Jason for taking these pictures (and for the $100 in the one picture...which I promptly returned). Thanks for a fun time Jason and thanks for looking!

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