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Archive for December 2010

day 365 - and it begins $

Friday, 31 December 2010

Remember this day my friends. When the McDougall boys hit the NHL and start bringing money into this house to repair all of the stuff they have broken, you can say you were present for this momentous occasion - their first skating lesson.



Athletic skills have come easy to them so far. From the time they were able to pick up a ball they've been able to fire it at people (and be surprisingly accurate). Swinging a hockey stick was the same thing. It was a piece of cake for them. Watching them try to take off running in their skates in the upstairs hallway before we left was hilarious. Not so easy.

It was funny watching them. Owen was clinging to his pusher like it was a life preserver




and it took about an hour just to get Ethan to be able to stand upright without his legs slipping out from under him.



Knowing that the zamboni keeps them this captivated, I am tempted to take out a second mortgage on the house to buy one and pay somebody to do laps in our backyard 24 hours a day.



What? I'm serious. You two don't sit still for two seconds



and you are also the reason I had to go to Home Depot today with my iPod in hand and say "how can I fix this"?



In totally unrelated news, there was a Cary Grant marathon on today. God bless you Turner Classic Movies.

At dinner tonight Ava and I watched North by Northwest which, in my opinion, is the second best Hitchcock movie ever made (the best being Notorious). Ava loved the parts she saw and provided the entertainment. There's a scene near the beginning of the movie where they kidnap Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) and take him to a mansion. The group of men take him through the front door and straight into the living room.

Ava (gasps in horror): "Mommy! Those people did not take off their outdoor shoes!"

What do you know? I've actually taught her something.



Here we are watching one of the most famous scenes ever made.

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day 364 - photo projects $

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Another quiet day and a day to get some new projects done. I am very much a DIY kind of person and thanks to a lot of blog reading and google searches, I've found instructions for some cool stuff. I've been inspired.

More details to come.



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day 363 - happy birthday baby number one $

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Today Ava got a haircut. Other than that, today wasn't that exciting. I wish I had a funny story for you, but I don't remember anything happening that was earth shattering. Maybe that's a good thing because I've had more excitement lately than I can take and I'm tired.



There was a milestone today however. My baby celebrated her birthday today. Scarlett used to be the canine equivalent of the twins - wild, crazy and untrainable. A dog with an appetite for five dollar bills and birth control pills. Now she's eight years old and still has bursts of energy, but they are now followed by hour long naps.

Happy birthday my beautiful Goldenview Scarlett O'Hara.



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day 362 - recycled chunky crayons $

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Broken crayons drive me crazy. Maybe it's because there's nothing more exciting than a box of brand new crayons, perfectly sharpened and ready to create something. Or more likely it's because every crayon that is broken equals two crayons that can be used to write on the walls, cupboards and floors. The damn things multiply like rabbits.

Whatever the case, we've got a million of them and I've been finding them everywhere, so today Ava and I made new crayons out of the broken bits.



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day 361 - paging the tooth fairy $

Monday, 27 December 2010

Unbelievable. Ava has a loose tooth already. It seems really early to me, but what do I know? The middle tooth at the bottom is wiggly and a Google search has revealed it's early but not uncommon.



What's the going rate for the tooth fairy anyway? Guess I'd better Google that too.

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day 360 - boxing day $

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Pepperpot, day two. To newcomers to the family, it's pretty crazy stuff. Beef stew for breakfast?! Unheard of. Then when you describe the stuff that's lurking inside you lose a few people. Ox tail and pork hocks? Who in the hell eats that stuff?

Apparently we do. Or at least some of us do. I'm a bread girl myself. It's all about the dipping.

Whatever way you explain it it, it's an acquired taste that can't be described and you either love it, or you hate it. I love it.



Today was a great day full of delicious food and cool toys at Grandma & Grandpa's house. This is the look of a child who got power tools for Christmas. Thank god it wasn't art supplies.



Oh. And the boys got full size hockey sticks. Heads up people.



We might need to invest in a pair of these for everybody in the house.

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day 359 - so this is christmas $

Saturday, 25 December 2010

When I was a kid, we got to see our Santa presents and then it was straight to the table for breakfast. We weren't allowed to open the rest of our presents until we had eaten and the only reason we got the Santa gifts is because they were unwrapped under the tree. The rules were never bent and every year it was the same.


Now that I have my own kids those rules went out the window and it's presents first, breakfast later. The rules may have changed but the breakfast hasn't. Every year for breakfast we have the same thing I had every year growing up: pepperpot and homemade bread.

Santa hasn't changed either. He still brings the odd shaped presents he's too lazy to wrap. Against his better judgment, he showed up this year. Apparently he has a sense of humour.



Not a whole lot to say about the day, oddly enough. It was pretty uneventful which is a far cry from the days where we had to be three places at once. Here are the girls watching Ramona & Beezus while the boys had a nap.



Merry Christmas everyone!


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day 358 - merry christmas, you wonderful old building and loan $

Friday, 24 December 2010

When I was a kid we always went to midnight mass. We would have a nap in the early evening and then wake up and go to church. Then when my sister and I became teenagers, we were already out for the evening and we'd meet my parents at church. This year I decided I wanted to have the same experience with Ava.

Me: "Ava, would you like to go to church with Mommy tonight?"
Ava: "That's depends. Do I have to be quiet?"
Me: "Yes."
Ava (very politely): "No thank you."

At that point I gave her the pep talk (guilt trip) about how it would be so cool for her to be up so much later than her friends and she agreed. Around 9:30 she and I lay down for a little nap. I explained to Ava that it would be really hard to get up after a short nap but we would do it, right? She excitedly told me yes.

Well, 11:15 rolled around and I gently called her name. Nothing. I poked her lightly and called her name and she rolled over away from me. I had been stood up.



I don't remember the last time I went to church alone. I used to with my mom, then after she joined the choir, I'd sit with my grandmother and we'd people watch and make each other laugh. Then after she passed away, it was me and Ava. Then one year we tried taking the boys (it didn't go very well). This was the first time I had sat by myself. It would have been nice to have had some company, especially at collection time when I reached into my purse and discovered I had a whopping 35 cents in my wallet (I later found a five dollar bill - thank you Jesus). Anyway, good times, good times.

The big news this year was that we moved into the 21st century. We tracked Santa with an app on the iPod. No more computer tracking for us, baby.



There's no better way to finish off Christmas Eve than by watching "It's a Wonderful Life" on the late channel curled up in new pajamas. Thanks Mom & Dad. xo



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day 357 - omg the perfect tea party hats $

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Today was a day for Ava and I and a day I will never forget. The boys went to the sitter, Ava and I went out for breakfast with my co-workers for our annual Christmas breakfast and then we finished our Christmas shopping.

My shopping is done, but Ava wanted to buy presents for several people from a list of her own. I took Ava to the dollar store and she wandered around the store deep in thought looking for presents. Here are some highlights:

Ava found the "perfect" tea party hats for Nana



and a balaclava so Daddy can rob a bank snow-blow the driveway.



She got a lot of really thoughtful presents and it didn't cost a fortune. She was pretty happy and I think it made her feel grown up.

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day 356 - here comes the smolder $

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Two very excited little girls were taken to see Tangled today. Maybe it's because I've seen more kids' movies than adult movies this year or maybe it was the delicious movie theatre poutine, but this was probably the best movie I've seen all year. It was really cute and I really enjoyed it. The girls liked it too and were on the edge of their seats for the second half of it.

The name of the game is now Tangled. Suddenly Ava can't get enough. A few short days later she would get a Tangled Rapunzel doll with hair a foot long. Five minutes later her silky hair was transformed into one big dreadlock. Damn doll looked like Bob Marley (but has since been returned to her former glory).



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day 355 - christmas preparations $

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Today was a busy day with Christmas shopping and more Christmas card work. I checked several remaining people off of my list and Ava wrapped some special presents.



Three months ago Ava could count to 30. Suddenly she can count to 100 and is writing cute little notes for everyone:



I love you too Ava. xo

I guess I should mention that this is my 1,004th post. Apparently I have had a lot to say. It's about 1,003 most posts than I thought I would make when I started this thing almost four years ago. Thanks to all of you for reading and encouraging me every step of the way.

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day 354 - you're on the what list?!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas cards roll on...



Picking up the mail was interesting today. Ava received a letter from Santa Claus today which read: "How are Ethan & Owen? I see that they are on the list of good girls and boys with you."

WHAT?!




Ava this afternoon after I read the letter to her: "Boys!! We've been bad all year and we're on the good list!"

For the past two weeks I have been threatening to cancel Christmas by calling Santa on his cell and telling him not to come. He has been my silent partner and a pivotal part of my master plan to blackmail the kids into being good and the pudgy bastard stabbed me in the back.

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day 353 - christmas cards $

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Christmas cards. Every year I stress over them and I complain from the moment I start them to the moment they go out in the mail. The process is always the same - I order the supplies in October and they sit and gather dust until December. Time ticks away and then somewhere around the first week of December I get around to figuring out what I am doing as far as photos and card design goes. I order the pictures, wait for them to be delivered and then before I know it, it's a week before Christmas, the cards are more work than I thought and it's several late nights of frantic work to get them out the door.

This year was the first time I was offered help to get it done. As a result, four people don't get pictures this year. Thanks for your help, boys.



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day 352 - the island of misfit toys $

Saturday, 18 December 2010

What's that old saying? When one door closes, another opens? Two weeks ago the art supplies were seized, never to be returned. But who needs art supplies when you have deodorant?

Today during their "nap", the boys took off with two sticks of my deodorant and drew all over their wall. You know, I don't even know what to say anymore. I give up. I really wish I could find this stuff funny but I can't.

I think the only good thing I can say about this incident is that the upstairs hallway may look like the pedestrian tunnel at the bus station but it doesn't smell like it.



Today was family Christmas at my sister and brother-in-law's house with my family. To keep the kids entertained and from destroying their house, we gave them one of their presents early. Remember this from earlier this year? Well I was able to find three of them a few weeks ago and I was on them like a fat kid on a smartie.

They were a huge success and I am always amazed at how great the speakers are. Shawn Desman, Pink and Flo Rida sound fantastic. When playing at exactly the same time...not so much. Looks like we need to invest in three sets of headphones.



Anyway, it was a nice evening spent with family followed by a late night trip to Walmart to buy deodorant. Have you ever seen the people who shop at Walmart in the middle of the night? It's like the Island of Misfit Toys, my friends.

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day 351 - stress eating $

Friday, 17 December 2010

I hate country music. Or at least that's what I would lead you to believe. Truth be told I don't mind the odd song and I am a huge Keith Urban fan. I've seen him in concert three times and for some reason he just speaks to me. He spews the beautiful, mushy stuff and I eat it up.

Anyway, his new album is great and I am really enjoying it. It's getting me through what has been an insane month.



The other thing that gets me through? Stress eating.



The Burger King S.O.S. was put out at about 11 am. Please note that when I put out the S.O.S. I usually take a few people down with me. This food was not all for me. There were four of us that crashed and burned today. Heading into holidays with January deadlines imminent and suppliers closed over the holidays and it was inevitable.

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