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day 151 - freedom $

Monday, 31 May 2010

This post is dedicated to my beautiful daughter who reminds me every day how enjoyable the little things in life can be. Like opening the windows and sunroof on a hot day and letting the wind breeze through your hair instead of using the boring old air conditioning.



The booster seat is an even bigger hit now that Ava has discovered she can reach the power windows.

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day 150 - goodbye green, hello blue $

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Two and a half years ago I painted the largest of our spare rooms lime green. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a hot September day and even though I was only four months pregnant, none of my fat clothes fit so I had to paint the room in my underwear. This room would end up being the boys' room and the colour was meant to be neutral and good for boy or girl twins. The colour was absolutely hideous and my choice of that colour can only be attributed to "pregnancy brain". It was awful and I have hated it every day since I painted it.

Today I repainted the boys' room two shades of blue based on an idea I found in a paint pamphlet. The top 18" is a light shade of blue and everything else is a darker blue. I used the Behr Ultra paint which is a primer and paint all in one on the advice of my parents. It was fantastic.



However, with that being said, there was a lot of swearing around three in the afternoon when three strokes into the darker shade, "Laguna Blue" looked a whole lot like "Laguna Purple". Luckily it dried blue and I think it looks pretty fantastic.




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day 149 - vacation begins $

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Today was the first day of a week's vacation. We loaded into the van and went to Home Depot to get some paint for one of the projects I am working on this coming week.

When I announced I was having twins three years ago, a girl at work who also has twins told me something. She told me that one day I would find myself somewhere and the twins would take off running in opposite directions. In that moment, I would be faced with a decision and to chase after the one I loved the most lol. ;)

Well, today it happened. The boys were good in the store so we let them out of the cart. They both held onto my hand and behaved. Then it was time to leave. Jason was at the cash and I took the kids to look at the borders and Disney decor stuff. Everything was going great until Ethan bolted for wallpaper. I ran after him and out of the corner of my eye I saw Owen bolt for custom blinds. Luckily I was able to catch both of them but it's riding in the cart with a seat belt from now on.

Please note - while I did chase after Ethan first, it doesn't mean I love him more than Owen. The truth is that in that moment I wasn't particularly fond of either of them. ;)



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day 148 - jdrf barbeque $

Friday, 28 May 2010

Today was a great day. Every year our company hosts a barbeque to raise money for juvenile diabetes and every year we are lucky to have great weather. So while our head office in Calgary was shoveling out after a huge snowfall, we were all outside for the day in 30 C weather.

Here are some randoms from the bbq:






Here's the crew relaxing after a long afternoon in the sun. One of our clients loaned us their summer students for the day. This is us watching them haul picnic tables back up onto the patio. I'll bet they were really heavy. ;)



The final tally of money raised at the end of the bbq. It was later recounted to be $4,417. Not bad!



I had to take a picture of this as it was too funny not to (please note...this is a coworker's baby and no, the beer cups are not his):



But not half as funny as this. I don't know what's funnier - that somebody had the guts to ask for that to be put on his license plate or that the ministry of transportation actually okayed it. Whatever the case, I found it totally inappropriate but oh so amusing.



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day 147 - a pretty good day $

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Today was a pretty good day. The kids were in a good mood and went easy on me. Lunch was pretty uneventful. There was some serious wheeling and dealing going on. Ava was able to convince Owen to give her his peanut butter cup for absolutely nothing in return. I am sure I did the same to my sister at some point. Or at least she will tell you I did. After I poked her in the ear and made her so mad she smashed her glitter baton over a chair. ;)



The next baby proofing challenge. A month ago Owen reached up inside the water and ice dispenser and unscrewed the light bulb. This week Owen's been carefully studying it and trying to figure out how to unlock it and get it to work. Does anybody know if you can unhook the water and ice so it doesn't work? Maybe I should just ask him to figure it out.



I am not a big fan of cooking. I do it, but it's not something I particularly enjoy. Baking yes, but cooking, not so much. On Friday I got a good deal on some full chickens from the grocery store but I had no idea how to cook them. There was a moment of panic when I saw the package said "may contain kidneys" but I figured I watch Grey's Anatomy - surely I can identify a kidney. Whether I'll want to touch it or not is a different story (there weren't any). Anyway, I looked up cooking instructions on the internet and it was actually one of the easiest things I've ever made. Here's my master piece before it hit the oven.



While I was making dinner, things got awfully quiet in the living room. I found Ethan fast asleep on the couch.




It's hard work destroying your room instead of taking a nap.



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day 146 - the great toothpaste disaster $

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Today was storytime and my first time taking the boys to the library by myself. While they didn't destroy anything, they didn't listen to a word I said and I was clearly outnumbered. They wandered around instead of sitting and listening and at one point Owen ended up with rug burn on his cheek from running and falling on his face.

Here's one of the books Ethan picked out. If I had to pick a favourite book from my childhood, this would be it. I loved it as a child and I love reading it to the kids (we have the smaller board book version).



(This is Owen.)



Nap time was a disaster. The boys were in their room "napping". I heard a noise and could have sworn one of them was in the bathroom. I was busy at the time, so I asked Ava to take a quick look and see if the boys were in their room. She looked and said they were. What I didn't know was they had gotten into the bathroom (Ava had left the door open), swiped the toothpaste and climbed back over the baby gate into their room. I didn't notice that until I cleaned their room after their "nap" and found it all over their bedspread and the banister at the top of the stairs.

Ava: "Mommy! Is that blood?"
Me: "No, that would be Hannah Montana toothpaste."



This is about a quarter of the mess.

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day 145 - pool party $

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Today was a good day. Soccer went well



and thanks to the Ava McDougall Fan Club, the boys were able to run wild and free with lots of people present to chase after them.

The field was a mess of dandelions that have gone to seed. Ethan and Owen were running up and down a hill off to the side of the school yard. It was straight out of Little House on the Prairie (see 0:35 of the clip). ;)





After the game, Ava was invited to go for a swim. It's nice to have connections on the blue team (thanks guys!). :)



The picture below is my favourite picture for today and it was taken by our neighbour down the street. Thanks Paige!!! Everything about it is perfect and you did a fantastic job.



One last picture for today. These legs haven't seen the sun in many, many years, so I went out at lunch in search of some new shorts.

If there's one trait I have gotten from my dad, it's the ability to spot a spelling mistake from a mile away (please god don't let there be a typo in this post). After paying for my purchase I saw this gem on the way out of the store:



Way to go Old Navy. Guleph huh? FAIL.



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day 144 - an unstoppable force $

Monday, 24 May 2010

Jason worked most of the weekend so it's just been the kids and I the past two days. Luckily he was able to reattach the boys' door in preparation for today's nap time (this is Owen).



Let's recap, shall we:

1. The boys can easily remove the childproof knobs on their bedroom door.
2. Gate mounted on the outside of the doorstop = jail break.
3. Gate mounted on the inside of the doorstop = broken door.

Here are the boys two minutes after I reattached the safety knob on the back of their door (that's Owen in the front).



Now they are just mocking me.



The day certainly had its moments. By the end of the day, I had had it. Shortly before 7:30, we got to the last straw. Owen climbed up on a chest and ripped one of the black picture shelves off the wall, smashing the glass in one of the frames.



Anyway, it was a long day. Here's one more random shot from earlier in the day. This morning the kids and I went for a walk to pick up some milk. We sat and enjoyed the shade at the cenotaph and the boys enjoyed spotting all of the trucks that went by.

While we were walking back, I passed a nice elderly man walking his dog. He stopped and watched us walk past and said "no holiday for you today, huh"? Preach it brother.



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day 143 - the broken door $

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Today the boys broke the hinge on their bedroom door...again. They broke it for the first time two weeks ago and I couldn't figure out for the life of me how they did it. Now I know.

Remember the whole doggie door thing from a month ago? The boys were able to easily knock the gates down because we were putting the gate on the outside of the doorstop. I had a brainwave one day and I moved the gate to the other side of the doorstop. That way they could push the gate as much as they liked and it wouldn't go anywhere. They could also pull it and the door would be in the way on the one end.

That worked like a charm until I saw what they were doing yesterday. They were going behind the door and pushing it like they were trying to close it. There was nowhere for the gate to go, so it acted like a crow bar and the screws ripped right out of the hinge.

Here's the damage (this is Owen):



Last week I was only able to find two screws when they did it. The conversation we had at that time:

Me: "Ethan, did you swallow the screw?"
Ethan: "Yes!"
Me: "Owen, did you swallow the screw?"
Owen: "Yes!"

I later found it wedged between the bottom of the doorstop and the carpet.

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day 142 - girls' day out $

Saturday, 22 May 2010

My mom declared today to be "spoil the mother of three kids under four" day. She picked me up and drove us all over the place shopping and out took me out for lunch. Here we are in the car on our way home. This is the look of ladies who have found some deals.

Attempt #1 - whoooooooooa. Double chin.



Attempt #2 - aaaaaaaaar matey. Bzzzzzzt.



Attempt #3 - not bad. Getting there.



Attempt #4 - perfect.



Thanks for a fantastic day, Mom! Mwah! xo

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