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day 273 - the tattoo $

Thursday, 30 September 2010

The fight was long and the battle was legendary. I'm not talking about Terry Fox's battle. I'm talking about the battle surrounding this tattoo.



Ava did the Terry Fox run today at school. She begged me non-stop to put the tatoo on her. Then once it was on, she screamed and cried for an hour for me to take it off. It was a day where I could not win.

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day 272 - fun with chalk $

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

I have to thank my kids. I have a camera in front of their face every single day. Some days they are into it and some days they aren't. Today was one of the days they were not into it. It took a lot of bribery to get these shots.

Today's shots were made possible by Smarties



(Ethan left, Owen right)




and the good people at the Kinder surprise egg factory.



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day 271 - always so good $

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Maybe it's because I have come down with a bad cold. Maybe it's because I had Swiss Chalet on the brain today. But tonight I decided I was not cooking.

All I have to say is "always so good for so little" my behind. Swiss Chalet, although delicious and by far my favourite, is anything but cheap. It's also torturous to travel 45 minutes with it sitting on the seat beside you, smelling the chickeny goodness. Luckily I can't smell anything so it wasn't an issue.



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day 270 - and the cold nights in arenas begin $

Monday, 27 September 2010

Today was a big day for Ava. She started her skating lessons today. Getting her on the ice was a job and a half but once she got out there she did very well. And she looked tall! Have I mentioned she's one of the tallest (if not the tallest) in her class?




Today also marks four years since my grandmother passed away. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of her and miss her terribly.



I wasn't sure what to write for my blog post and debated it all day. Nothing seemed right. Then an email came from my uncle. It was perfect and bang on right down to my nine year old cousin's reply at the end:

"Ariana has a school project to do on any member of her immediate or extended family. She picked Mom. She asked for stories and character traits that were unique to her. Paul was over at the house this evening as we all recalled her incredible strengths and abilities:

Loreta: Her ability to feed 1,000 people on a moments notice without breaking a sweat.

Paul: Her ability to clothe, feed, and provide a most comfortable life for 9 people on one salary.

Mark: Her organizational skills were so finely tuned, that by the time we sat down to eat Thanksgiving dinner, all the pots, pans, and cooking utensils were washed, dried, and put back in the exact place where they started that morning.

Ariana: She took the time to teach her how to make curry with the patience of 20 grandmothers.

Thomas: She used to cheat at cards."

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day 269 - star student $

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Ava was very excited when I got home from work on Friday. She was awarded the "Star Student" award at school. She got a cute little hat and certificate and everything. There was celebrating which led to questions like "So why don't you listen at home?"

Anyway, I joke, but we are very proud of her.



Other than that, it was a pretty low key day. Cooking and baking was done and Ava and Nana put together a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers for a very special person who is missed dearly.



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day 268 - moving day $

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Today was moving day for my sister and brother-in-law. They moved into a beautiful new house just a few minutes from where I work. Congrats guys!



One of the best parts of the day? Smile cookies from Tim Hortons.



The best part of the day I can't show you a picture of because my sister would kill me. It was priceless. All I can say is it was AWESOME. ;) So I'll just leave you with something just kinda awesome instead: Ava and Owen having a little moment watching the clothes go round and round in my sister's new dryer.



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day 267 - katy & elmo $

Friday, 24 September 2010

I grew up in the days of Like a Prayer and the infamous Pope picture ripping incident. The big news this week was that Katy Perry's Sesame Street segment with Elmo was pulled from the episode over her outfit.

I've seen the clip and I've also let my kids see it. They loved it and I found it cute and don't see the big deal. Here they are watching it on Youtube:



Here it is so you can see for yourself:



It amazes me that this is such a big deal when just last week I was watching tv and I saw this commercial air. For the record my kids have not seen this commercial. And also for the record this is one of the funniest commercials I have ever seen.

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day 266 - britney $

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Today Ava wore the back to school outfit that she picked out herself. She spotted it and she really, really wanted it. It's a cute little plaid skirt and cardigan with a fooler dress shirt underneath and it's adorable. It's very Britney Spears-ish.



Me: Smile and say Britney!!!!
Ava: BRITNEY!!!!
Me: Do you even know who Britney is?
Ava: Yes I know who Britney is! She's in my class. She's in JK.

Generation gap: 1
Mommy: 0




Here's one more shot for today - Ethan watching from the front door while I take pictures of Ava.



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day 265 - the super harvest moon that wasn't $

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

There are only two things that could make me leave my house with the kids after dinner when bedtime is so close I can taste it: A. our house is on fire or B. super harvest moon. ;)

Shortly before dinner Photojojo put out the word that there was going to be a "super harvest moon" that was supposed to be amazing and impressive. As the sun went down the moon would be rising and they would meet to create a beautiful 360 degree twilight. There would also be an optical illusion that would take place and the moon would look massive. I should have pulled out the bullshit card and slammed it down on the table right then and there.

Anyway...enough jumping ahead in my story. I figured the best way to see this gigantic moon and get an awesome shot of it was to get out in the open. What better spot than a hayfield? I jotted down my little notes on what settings to use and Ava and I packed up the tripod and a blanket and headed out. We hiked out into the field to see this:

 
The same damn moon I've seen a million times before.

I'll give them one thing. The 360 twilight was pretty nice. Here's Ava while it was going on. She had the sun setting behind her and the moon was in front of her. Under normal circumstances her face would be dark from the shadow cast by her body. Not today. Today she was facing the moon and it was bright.






















But as far as the whole optical illusion thing goes? I give it an F because it was non-existent. The moon was the same size it usually is.






















We took a few shots while we were out there and I really enjoyed spending the time with Ava and seeing her run around with your camera but the moon was really disappointing.















































Here's one of Ava's shots. Look at Miss Sunflare. Now she's just showing off.



A conversation walking back:

Me: Ava you took some amazing pictures. Way better than my pictures.
Ava: Yeah, your pictures are terrible.

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day 264 - costume shopping $

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Halloween preparations have begun in our house. Costumes have been purchased and when the moment of panic set in because I couldn't find the costume Ava desperately wanted, my best friend came to the rescue. God bless you Jenn and your mad shopping skills. Thanks for elbowing your way through the Conestoga Mall to find her costume (which is not the one pictured). xo



And here's your gardening stumper of the day. How on earth does a petunia grow out of a crack in a paved loading dock? Your guess is as good as mine.



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day 263 - how 'bout you sideburns $

Monday, 20 September 2010

I had a really hard time coming up with something to take a picture of today. I just wasn't feeling it and I wasn't in the zone. I got home from work and checked Ava's mailbag and what I found reminded me of Billy Madison. That made me happy.





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day 262 - apple picking $

Sunday, 19 September 2010

I can't believe it's apple picking season again. It seems like we just did it last year and really I didn't even realize it was that time again until my mom asked me on Friday night when we were going to Chudleighs. The weather has been really hit and miss so when we heard Sunday was going to be nice that was it - plans were made. And not only was it nice, it was absolutely beautiful. The sun was shining and it was t-shirt weather.

As much as I have issues paying $7 each to get through the gate (the boys are free), it is a beautiful place to go. Wagons take you in and out of the orchard, there's a small petting zoo area, lots of setups for pictures and most importantly, it's the home of the Chudleigh apple blossom. Actually, to hell with the regular blossoms. It's the home of the Chudleigh caramel apple blossom. Once you go caramel, you never go back.



Chudleighs was insane. We got there 10 minutes after they opened and it was a zoo. We were lined up pretty far back but thankfully the line moved quickly and while others got sidetracked by children's attractions, we went straight for the wagons and didn't have to wait to get out to the orchard.

Here's Owen on the wagon. The exposure on this picture is terrible (thus the black and white) but I love it. It melts my heart. Owen has the most beautiful smile in the world but the majority of the time you just get a smirk from him. He usually has his "I'm really enjoying this but you will never see me smile" look on his face. It's cute but to see him look at me like this confirms why I will always pay the $7 each to get in, fork out cash for multiple $3 pony rides and buy bags and bags of apples.




At that point it was time to pick the apples. Here's Ethan picking Cortland apples with Nana and Owen having a big conversation with Grandad near the Royal Galas. Would you believe this is the third year in a row they have worn these vests? The first year they were enormous, last year they fit and I couldn't believe it when they still fit this year.



These ones of Owen make me laugh:



He likes apples but he's not a huge lover of fruits and vegetables. This is my fruits and vegetables baby:






Here are some other randoms from the day:






Last but not least I would like to thank my children for punking me today. I was standing in the line waiting to pay for my caramel apple blossoms when I told my sister and Ava to pose for a picture. I took the picture and went to check it as I usually do and there was nothing there. It was black. I took a few more shots and they were all black too. At that point I started to panic that the shutter had quit and old Buelah was toast.

Then I realized that one of my boys had played with the dials on my camera.

f16 at 1/800 of a second at iso 100 equals this:



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