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day 304 - trick or treat, smell my feet $

Sunday, 31 October 2010

The kids have finally caught on to Halloween. It seems that once candy enters into the mix the shyness goes out the window. Today was a big success although it was absolutely frigid outside. First order of business was the out of town portion of the trick or treating. Here are Ava & Ethan walking to Grandma & Grandpa's front door.

Ava dressed up as a hamburger and ended up winning an award for the silliest costume Friday at school. She won a donut and she was so happy about it, that donut might as well have been a million bucks.



After that we met up with Maggie and her husband and kids. Jason handed out the candy at home while Maggie and I took the boys and her husband took the older kids. They would end up covering more than twice the ground we did.



The best part of the whole experience is always going through the candy afterward.



Maybe it's the gold in me, but I not only go through it - I also sort it and organize it. All the chocolate bars go together, all of the licorice and jelly candies go together and then you have your miscellaneous candy which is basically everything else. This bowl full of chocolate bothers me though. The tootsie rolls seem misplaced to me as I'd say they are more candy than chocolate but what difference does it make? They're going to be the last thing left in the bowl anyway.



A pleasant discovery in the kids' haul? One good, old fashioned Kerr's molasses kiss. Old school, baby!



Make no mistake - these things are terrible. I want to say I never liked them but I remember either my sister or I expediting the removal of a loose tooth by chewing one of these bad boys, so the candy bowl must have gotten down to slim pickings one year. It ripped the tooth right out. God they were horrible, but it's still nice to see that they are still kicking around and that somebody is paying tribute to the classics.



Happy Halloween!

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day 303 - the birthday pinata $

Saturday, 30 October 2010

It's rare that I get out of the house on my own. Ava usually comes with me but for some reason she didn't feel like going shopping with me today when I had to pick up a birthday present. So I went by myself. And shop I did. I got half of the shopping done for the kids for Christmas. Old Navy had big sales on kids' clothes. And in the spirit of Halloween, they had a special promotion going on:

Sales lady at the cash: "I'll give you 20% off one item if you scream. Would you like to scream?"

Is the pope Catholic? You didn't see the ass I made of myself yesterday for free.

Anyway, it was the easiest 20% I ever saved.



It was a busy day with parties for the kids, who have busier social calendars than we do. Ava had a Halloween party down the street and then we were all invited to a birthday party. The theme? Construction party. So Mommy went to town (thank you Marco for lending us your tool sets!). The result? Three construction workers who upon closer inspection look more like Amish lumberjacks (Owen left, Ethan right).




It was our first birthday party outside of our family. Essentially the McDougall boys were being launched on society. And I had no idea how it would go. Would they behave? Would they fight over the present we took for Joel? Would they break anything or set Michele's house on fire?

They did none of the above and they made me look like a liar.

Case in point: the breaking of the pinata:



Not interested. Meanwhile if that paper mache bulldozer had been my Christmas tree, they would have beat it like a rented mule.



This damage however, was done by the other kids at the party. Other than a couple of cracks at it by Ava, my kids were merely spectators.

It was a success. We all had fun and Ethan was schooled a bit by the birthday boy. Cardinal Rule #1 of birthday party etiquette? Thou shalt not blow out the birthday boy's candles.



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day 302 - scavenger hunt $

Friday, 29 October 2010

I'm on our social committee at work and every year we have an event for Halloween. We do a pot luck lunch followed by a Halloween related activity. After several years of pumpkin carving contests, we decided to do something different and organized a scavenger hunt. We split into three teams and assigned point values for various tasks. Each team had an hour to complete their mission.



In addition to toilet papering a co-worker's house, my team had to pump $0.13 in gas



and recreate the Thriller video. Bonus points were up for grabs if we got a stranger to participate and be Michael, which we did. She was a great sport although I had to admit I had my doubts when we said "Do you know the Thriller video" and she did a couple of moves and said "Oh wait! That's the Backstreet Boys!" FAIL. Anyway, I kid. She was awesome and light years better than the useless pirate on the right who had the inside track but was still unprepared.



The other big news of the day is that the kids and I carved pumpkins with Nana & Grandad. A horrible picture and my pumpkin carvings leave a lot to be desired, but Owen looks cute.



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day 301 - soccer is a contact sport $

Thursday, 28 October 2010

After a month of excitement, the day finally came. The kids started indoor soccer tonight. I was worried because the boys beat the living hell out of each other from the moment they woke up this morning. All day they hit each other, head butted each other and threw each other to the ground. Although I stop them once they pass a certain point, there are many times I let them go. They are the same size and evenly matched and it seems to take one of them getting hurt to actually prove my point. Anyway, this method works when it's my kids battling each other. Them laying a hand on someone else's kid = not cool.


So away we went to soccer not knowing what to expect. When they got there, there were enough balls for each child to have their own. No sharing required thank goodness. And then they were off like little gazelles. They managed to kick the ball from one end to the other keeping total control of it and kicking it while running. Ava didn't surprise me that much as she has played soccer before and knows what she is doing but the boys were amazing. They were incredibly coordinated and it was fascinating to watch.



And then the moment came where the whistle blew and they all had to sit in a circle and listen to their coach. Crap. I'm sure you can imagine how that went.

It went about as well as Red Light, Green Light. Red light!



Red light!!



RED LIGHT!!!!!



Sigh. The skill was there but the attention span was not. It got a little better as things went along though.

And have no fear parents, my sons are far more interested in beating the hell out of each other than to go after your child:



I love the look on Ava's face. She looks about as shocked as I did when it happened. (And now that I look at this again, the poor thing is about to get clocked by the kid in red. )


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day 300 - the missing crunchie bars $

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Every year I buy Halloween candy early. I buy it, put it in the big orange bowl we have and we pick at it non-stop and usually have to buy more candy at the last minute. Then I buy too much and we end up with lots left over. This year I've been so busy I haven't had time to pick any up until today.

Now correct me if I am wrong, but I think Kit Kat is the only chocolate bar in these assortments that is readily available in the US (and even then I think they are made by Hershey instead of Nestle). The rest of these chocolate bars are Canadian/UK chocolate bars and only available in the states through specialty importers. Once again I could be wrong.

Something I am not wrong about? This Cadbury assortment used to have Crunchie in it. WHERE DID THE CRUNCHIE BARS GO CADBURY?! What a disappointment.



On the way home from work the sky was crazy. Add the setting sun and a dark and ominous storm cloud and it was really spectacular. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Armageddon!



No, not that Armageddon. (Mom, you won't like this clip. Dad, you'll love it. In fact now that I think about it, I think you were the one that sent it to me several years ago. Disclaimer: probably not a good clip for great grandparents, animal rights activists or hamster lovers.)

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day 299 - animal planet $

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

About a month ago, my in laws were over and the kids were crazy and put on one hell of a show. We joked that it was like watching Animal Planet. Ever been to African Lion Safari and had the monkeys jump all over your car, ripping off your rear view mirror and rubbing their bums all over your windshield? Welcome to Tuesday evening in the McDougall household.

Here's my tea and my iPod as I relaxed in the bath after I thought the kids were asleep.



Five minutes later I got out of the bath, glasses fogged up to see something crawling under the duvet on our bed.



Yep. Still no pictures. I have a hard enough time keeping frames on the wall let alone having time to actually put pictures in them.

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day 298 - a three mommy effort $

Monday, 25 October 2010

Mondays are busy. Ava has skating lessons and it's hard for me to get home from work in time to get her on the ice for 5:30. If Jason is on afternoon shift, it's even harder.

Today was a three mommy effort, of which I was not one. Our babysitter Vicki got Ava organized. She got her changed into her bunny costume and even painted a little bunny nose and whiskers on her face. My mother-in-law picked Ava up, took her to the rink and got her on the ice with plenty of time to spare and my mom had the two boys dressed in warm clothes and loaded into the van just as I pulled into the driveway. All I had to do was hop into the van and drive to the arena.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. We wouldn't be able to do half of what we do without the help that you give us. xo



Skating is going very well. Three weeks in, Ava is able to march on her skates and thus is already a better skater than her mother.

The other big news of the day was the big election. Here is the sign we have on our lawn supporting Uncle John. There's no question that Uncle John gets our vote based on his vast knowledge of local government, his intelligence and friendliness and the fact that he has a bottomless freezer full of ice cream sandwiches.



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day 297 - grandad's birthday $

Sunday, 24 October 2010

On Sundays I like to bake. Thanks to years of watching my dad, I have become a pretty good crepe maker so I cook crepes for breakfast and then I usually follow it up by baking cookies. It's become so routine that it no longer bothers me that the dog lies right at my feet and I have to step over her every time I cross the kitchen. The boys stand on the chair and scream "Dump! Dump!" wanting to dump the ingredients in the bowl. Then they sway back and forth and scream "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....." in unison mimicking the mixer as it spins. It's funny and a contrast to Ava at that age. When I'd fire up the mixer she'd get a look of panic and dive under the kitchen table.

Anyway, today was no different. I baked Grandad's favourite peanut butter cookies. Once the boys licked the beaters they were long gone. And then they got quiet.

Never a good thing.

From across the room it looked like Owen was innocently looking out the back window, but when I got closer I discovered he was innocently looking out the window he had just drawn all over with crayon. And below the window was the window frame he drew all over with the same red crayon.



So that was it for destruction of our house today. And what better thing to do on a Sunday when our kids are in destruction mode? Take them to my sister's beautiful new, clean house which reminds me of the nice, new clean house we had six long years ago. Anyway, they didn't destroy anything.

That I know of.




Happy birthday Grandad!

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day 296 - the days of potty training $

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Welcome to the days of potty training. Days I have been putting off for months out of sheer laziness. Keeping in mind that laziness is getting to sit in one spot for three minutes before somebody climbs something or gets into something they shouldn't be getting into. Diapers are still much easier at this point.

Anyway, both boys are showing interest but Ethan is doing much better than Owen is:

Me: He's peeing on the potty!!!! HE'S PEEING ON THE POTTY!!! Wait a minute. What's the protocol for this? Does he shake it or dab it with toilet paper?!

Jason (from the other room): I have no idea.

Me (muttering to myself): Well I'm sure you have a better idea than I would.



These are also the days of dress up. Or more specifically "destroy the laundry room closet" dress up. If I had a nickel for every time I have cleaned that closet in the past week I'd be rich.



But they look cute and they crack me up every time. (Did I mention I buzzed their hair? They are rocking a #4 buzz). In a couple of weeks I might attempt some gel action. That's Owen on the left and Ethan on the right.



It's also the days of play dates. Here's Ava on her way to Lily's house for the afternoon. Ava found her lip gloss in the car. She lost it after our trip to the Party Lites party a couple of weeks ago. The conversation that day in the car was hilarious. She had carefully applied her lip gloss in the car on the way down and it looked just like the picture below. When we left a few hours later she had just finished playing hide and seek with her friend Victor (who is ten years old) and was quite taken with him:

Ava: I really like Victor. Can I sleep over at his house? Can I go back to his house again? Do you think he noticed my lip gloss?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say yes. Yes he did.



And last but not least we had takeout for dinner. Check out my fortune:



Thank you Mr. Wing. Your deepness always impresses me.

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