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Archive for February 2011

the joy of love - the future

Monday, 28 February 2011

Big day today. Rehearsals started for the skating carnival and it was skating picture day.

Who knows if Ava's going to become an excellent skater. Who knows if she is going to continue this whole "taller than the whole class" thing she's got going on. Maybe one day she'll become a ballerina/teacher (gotta be some documented cases somewhere...) or maybe she won't.

As long as she has fun and she's doing something she loves, that's all that matters.



And that's a wrap on The Joy of Love. It was fun. I enjoyed it very much but I'm kind of glad it's over. It was hard finding the time for two blog posts every day and hard to get my shots taken on work days.

I missed a couple of days I might fill in at some point, but at this point I am going to say goodbye to The Joy of Love and keep plugging away on my Project 365.

In case it's of interest, Willette Designs is running another free course in March called "The Joy of Luck". Click here to learn more and to sign up.


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day 59 - the break dancer

The buses were canceled today. I have no idea why as the highways were fine, but Ava was perfectly happy to go to Jen's house instead. The boys were thrilled to take their new movie with them.



You've gotta see Megamind. We loved it. The soundtrack has Highway to Hell, Back in Black and Welcome to the Jungle. I was in hair band heaven and the kids loved the songs.

Owen might even have a career in interpretive dance ahead of him. Lately when he gets excited, he runs around the living room jumping and dancing. At the very end of the movie they play Bad by Michael Jackson and on Sunday he went so far as to throw himself onto the floor to break dance.

Remember the guy who break dances in the Fat Boy Slim video (fast forward to the three minute mark)?

Exactly. Like. That. LOL

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the joy of love - what they say

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Last weekend while I was cleaning the computer room, I stepped on a straight pin. It stuck right up into the boney part of my toe so far that it took some wiggling to get it out. It weirds me out just thinking about it. Anyway, Ava was with me when it happened.

She calmly said "I know exactly what to do!" and was gone. Two minutes later she was back with a bandaid, vaseline and a q-tip. She prepared the bandaid and had me all fixed up. She was like a little doctor. She was so impressed with herself and so was I. She is such a quick learner and she may only be four years old but she is the little mother of the house. She always looks out for all of us.

Today Ethan fell and scraped his foot. Once again Ava was gone in a flash and came back with everything she needed to fix him up.



I told her that she would make a wonderful doctor or nurse one day and she informed me that she isn't going to be a doctor or nurse. She is going to be a teacher during the day and a ballerina at night.

Who knows - maybe she'll become a Spanish teacher.


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day 58 - chef boyardee

Owen is my sidekick for all things domestic. He likes to help with the vacuuming, he likes to help me bake and today he wanted to help me make spaghetti sauce.




Not exactly a thrilling day, but it was a good one and the house looks pretty damn good after a weekend of spring cleaning and organizing if I do say so myself.

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the joy of love - bromance

Saturday, 26 February 2011

My boys are inseparable. When they were in the hospital we wrapped them like little burritos and tucked them in side by side in their basinette. When we brought them home they slept in the same basinette during the day and they slept in the same crib at night.

Then, once they started rolling around, things became a bit more challenging. One would kick the other in their sleep and wake them up and there would be hell to pay. At that point they were moved into cribs across the room from each other. They seemed okay with the move and didn't seem to mind not being in the same bed as long as you put them to bed at the same time. You can't put them to bed separately because they are lost without each other.

Once they were able to get out of their cribs, a big boy bed entered the picture and they were back to sleeping together. They now sleep at opposite ends of a twin bed.

Not sure what was up with them tonight, but they insisted on sleeping on the floor. Not sure who's decision it was, but the other was apparently on board because they are both fast asleep on the floor in this picture (Owen's closest to the camera and you can see part of Ethan's head just below the electrical plug in the background).




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day 57 - on a sugar high

Ava's social calendar has become much busier since starting school. Today she was invited to a birthday party for a little boy in her class who lives down the street. Upon her return she devoured the entire contents of her loot bag.



Another thing that has increased since she started school? Her vocabulary.

Tonight we were talking about that thing that hangs down at the back of your throat near your tonsils. I had no idea what it was called so I had to google it (it's called the uvula). I show her the picture. She looks in my mouth, I look in hers. Anyway, we're chatting away about how it's a funny word.

Ava turns to me and says: Wanna know what's another hard word to say? Vagina.

Me, as I almost spit my tea all over my laptop: WHAT?!

Ava: Vagina. Is that Spanish?



Oh dear god I am so not ready to have these discussions.

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the joy of love - when you love them the most

Friday, 25 February 2011

Two weeks out of six I pick up the kids from Jen's house after work. It's so nice to hear them scream "MOM!" when I come into the house. The boys usually come running and give me a hug. I feel very loved and I love them so much, having missed them while I am at work.



I sit them on the step and put their coats on. Then I turn around to get their boots, turn back, and they are gone. The moment I realize they are gone, I love them slightly less.



I'm just kidding.

Well not really.

Fifteen minutes and a lot of wrestling and fighting later, we are on our way and Jen can finally eat dinner with her family.

I'll streamline the pick up process at some point. Gotta get through the terrible two/threes first.


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day 56 - what the (insert expletive here)

What the hell is this?! When did this happen?! The last time I went to the gas pumps a week ago I paid $1.09/L. I suspect the price skyrocketed to this the second Dalton McGinty said that the government won't regulate gas prices.



I left the pumps feeling violated.

One thing's for sure. The $1.29 I spent on Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" gave me far more enjoyment than a litre of gas did. I got way more value too as I got two songs for the price of one. No need to buy Express Yourself now.

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the joy of love - where

Thursday, 24 February 2011

8:03 am. Kitchen table.

Ava counts out a collection of 100 beads by 10s for her 100th day of school celebration.



3:03 pm. Boys' room. The boys (who are supposed to be sleeping) snap a number of their blind slats.



Counting to ten multiple times was also involved.


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day 55 - happiness is a raspberry chapstick

I have a policy not to get attached to chapsticks because they aren't in my possession long before they are lost, or more likely one of my kids gets their hands on it and destroys it.

With that being said, I actually liked this chapstick and will miss it.



R.I.P raspberry lemonade blast chapstick. Our relationship was brief but you will be missed.

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the joy of love - facebook

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

I don't change my Facebook profile all that often compared to some people. In fact checking it now, I have changed it 12 times in the past year and a half. Number of them that I am actually in? Two. I usually use recent favourites that I have taken of the kids and don't change to a new one until I take a shot of them that really speaks to me.

My current Facebook profile picture:



(Which oddly enough was taken on day 23 of my project 365.)

The profile picture that shows me in peak physical condition? Me at my fittest?



This week I learned something really useful about Facebook. The new picture viewer that Facebook has implemented drives me crazy. It's slow and it just bothers me. Did you know that if you press F5 it will close the viewer window and let you view the photo album the old way?


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day 54 - talk to me

The child that would test my patience every. single. second. today? This one right here:



Owen.

He talked non-stop today. He didn't nap and he didn't listen. I tried to ignore him and it lasted about as long as I could put up with him saying "MOMMY!!! Talk to me!" over and over.

No big story for today. Just very glad it's over.

This post brought to you by Tylenol.



Or should I say the "Ultra Headache Relief" people. Other than Kraft Dinner and Heinz Ketchup we are very much a no-name family.

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the joy of love - face (a portrait)

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The boys love horses. When they see them as we are driving down the road they freak out. And when I say horses, I mean cows and horses. They are all horses and trying to disagree with them will get you nowhere.

Today we didn't spot many horses on the way to the movies so in between sightings we had a little quiz.

Me: What lives in a barn, boys?
Owen: Horsies!
Ethan: Pigs!

Silence.

Me: What animal does milk come from?

Silence.

Me: Cows. Milk comes from cows.
Owen & Ethan in unison: Ohhhhhhh.
Me: Where do eggs come from?
Owen: The dollar store!



(This is Owen.)


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day 53 - more of an atari

This afternoon I discovered another grey hair has popped up on my head. I've gotten the kids' cold and have a red nose and watery eyes. The dismal and cold weather has turned me into a snacker and as a result of no exercise for four months I'm carting around more junk in my trunk.

To quote the wise Cee-Lo Green, I am definitely more of an Atari than an Xbox today.



Come on spring. Enough already.

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the joy of love - hands

Monday, 21 February 2011

When I was born, one of the first things everyone noticed was my hands. I had long, bony little fingers. Twenty-nine years later I noticed the same thing when Ava was born.

She has the same hands as me. I have the same hands as my mom and my mom has the same hands as my grandmother. What I wouldn't give to still have my grandmother here to be a part of this picture. She had beautiful hands and she started it all.



It's one of those traits where I can look at Ava and specifically say that she got that from me and it makes me smile.

As much as I love discovering genes my kids inherited from me, I hope Ava doesn't get the chest. Where was the Rawlins gene there, Dad?!




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day 52 - not exactly nhl bound...yet

The boys are obsessed with hockey. They talk about their skates non-stop, they sleep with their mini sticks and they are in love with the arena.

They were thrilled when they got to go skating today.



Their approaches were very different and it was hilarious to watch. Ethan, for example, wanted to go fast and he was going to go fast and do his own thing no matter what you told him.



Owen went slower, was steadier on his feet and was very persistent. He fell down many times but he always got back up.



But whatever you do, don't offer him any help. He insisted on doing everything himself.



Me: Owen, would you like help getting up?
Owen: NO! I want my shoes!!!
Me: Let me get you up.
Owen: NO!
Me: Okay but you can't get your shoes until you skate over to the doorway where Nana is.

Screw that.



Owen can stand really well on his skates but Ethan hasn't really found his "legs" yet.



So it was a good family day and a fun morning at the rink but as much as skating on your own is fun, it's way more fun when Aunt Sara does all of the work.



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