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day 101 - testing the twin connection

Friday, 27 April 2012

A certain little girl is about to turn six tomorrow and I'm totally behind the eight ball. Shopping was only done tonight on the way home.

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The quote of the day came at dinner. I was sitting at the kitchen table between Ethan and Owen.

Owen: I want to tell you a secret in your ear.
Cups his hands to my ear: I'm going to be on the green team for soccer.

He's very quiet and nobody hears him.

Ethan: I have a secret to tell you too!!!

Well this could be interesting, I thought. Let's test this whole twin connection thing and see if he tells me he's going to be on the blue team.

Me: Okay, what your secret?

Ethan (whispering in my ear): I want you to spank Owen's bum.


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fabulous friday challenge

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Welcome to another week! Thanks so much to all of you for linking up every week. I always look forward to seeing your photos.

I haven't taken many pictures lately, so here's a recent favourite from last week.

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Have a fantastic weekend! I can't wait to see your shots.

Just a reminder of the rules:

1. The picture has to be taken by you.
2. The picture has been taken during the past week and it can be a picture you have posted earlier in the week.
3. Link up using the link to your individual blog post and not your main blog address.
4. Please include the Fabulous Friday button (below) in your post to link back to my site.
5. Leave feedback for five other participants. Let them know what you think!
6. By linking up you are okay with me re-posting your photo here if you are chosen for the top five.






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day 100 - the great mofo expedition

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

In the northern reaches of Wellington County lies the town of Mount Forest, or MoFo as it's affectionately called. On Easter Monday, my good friend Maggie and I packed up the five kids and headed out on an all day geocaching expedition.

It was a cold day, but a fantastic one and it provided further proof that I still can't navigate worth a damn.

Quote of the day during our travels:

Maggie: "You may be a horrible navigator, but you're awesome at fun."

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Coolest find of the day? A cache full of shark teeth.

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Jennifer McDougall. Horrible at navigating, but awesome at fun since 1977.



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day 99 - chocolate - the breakfast of champions

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Easter Sunday. Most people would say that the best part about Easter is the chocolate.

I would say that it's having Easter Monday off.

That's right. For the first time since high school, I don't have to work tomorrow. I ♥ being a civil servant.

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day 98 - a beautiful day for a slushie dog

Friday, 20 April 2012

Big day in our house. Ava decided long ago that she wanted to get her ears pierced before her "six birthday". Her six birthday is Wednesday, so today was the day.

Insert a huge endorsement for emla cream because there was no pain and no tears. The first earring went in and she exclaimed "I didn't feel a thing!"

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After that, we went on a small geocaching adventure. Weirdest trinket find so far: fake eyelashes.

We took a break and enjoyed "slushie dogs" at the park (Owenism)

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and went for an adventure through a forest nearby that I've driven past my almost my entire life and have never stopped. It was a nice walk.

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It was a full day, but a good day.

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day 97 - the arthur zombie society

I'm not big on cemeteries at dusk, but zombie hunting isn't for the faint of heart. If we're going to cover all of the caches in the area, we have to tackle the ones at the cemetery.

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The kids and I headed for the cemetery with my parents and the coordinates led us to a large tree just outside the cemetery entrance on a lonely dirt road.

Standing at the base of the tree and looking up at a large knot in the side of the tree. A knot that's large enough that a family of animals could be living inside:
Me (to my dad): I'm not reaching in there. You do it.
Dad (laughing): Okay. I'll do it.

He reaches into the tree, moves the camouflage around and pulls out a severed leg Halloween prop.

I thought I was going to die. First from fear and almost shitting my pants and secondly from laughing.

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When my heart rate finally returned to normal we headed to Tim Hortons for a tea. Even zombie hunters need to recharge now and then.

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day 96 - sunset over the water...treatment plant

Boy. This geocaching is taking to us all of the glamorous parts of town.

Tonight's adventure: the water treatment plant.

Ava (standing at the fence): Mom!!! That looks like chocolate milk!
Me: Yeah....that's not chocolate milk.

Cache finds tonight revealed a Bob Marley and the Wailers mixed CD and that I can't navigate worth a damn.

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Six words that can bring geocaching to a screaming halt?

"Mommy, I have to go poops."

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Shit.



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day 95 - optimist's prime

I promise this blog won't turn into 365 days of geocaching, but it's a new obsession and a big part of our recent adventures, so the posts roll on.

Tonight we went geocaching after dinner and checked a few more off the list.

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Three more finds today, but we had to admit defeat searching for the elusive Optimist's Prime.

Optimist's Prime 1, Geokids 0.

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fabulous friday challenge

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Happy Friday everyone! It's been a really long week here and it seemed like Friday would never get here. The kids have been sick the past two weeks and I haven't had time to take a lot of pictures.

I took this photo tonight. Owen has been sick all week. One minute he's playing and running around and the next he's fast asleep on the grass beside the playset, burning up with fever with his siblings poking at him (they operate with a no mercy policy).

Tonight had one of those brighter moments. He was playing dress up with Ava and having a wonderful time, only to crash a short while later.

Here's hoping for brighter days ahead for this little monkey.

Fabulous Friday

How was your week? What was fabulous about it? Thanks for joining in and have a fantastic weekend!

Just a reminder of the rules:

1. The picture has to be taken by you.
2. The picture has been taken during the past week and it can be a picture you have posted earlier in the week.
3. Link up using the link to your individual blog post and not your main blog address.
4. Please include the Fabulous Friday button (below) in your post to link back to my site.
5. Leave feedback for five other participants. Let them know what you think!
6. By linking up you are okay with me re-posting your photo here if you are chosen for the top five.






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day 94 - exploring the great outdoors one tupperware at a time

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

ge·o·cach·er [jee-oh-kash-er]

Noun. A person who uses multi-billion dollar government satellites to find tupperware in the woods.

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Today was the first of many new adventures, thanks to a discussion I had with my friend, Gayle. She recently told me about the art of geocaching, which I had never heard of before. Geocaching involves the hiding and seeking of small containers using a Global Positioning System device (or in my case, a smartphone). Using the coordinates listed on geocaching.com, geocachers seek out the containers (or caches). Inside the container there is some form of a visitor log and, in some cases, a collection of trinkets that you can trade for one from your own little stash that you take with you. To put it in simple terms, it's a real-life treasure hunt.

Say no more. I'm in.

My only hesitation was the thought that living in a small town, this is going to put me on the road for the nearest city because surely there won't be anything hidden in this area.

Not the case. It's quite the opposite. They're hidden all over the place and ten to fifteen of them are hidden less than a kilometer from our house.

Shut up.

So the kids, my mom and I headed out on a little expedition. In no time we found our first cache.

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By the second cache, we had found our first travel bug. A travel bug is a trackable item that travels the world, being moved from place to place and his travels are logged by the people who find him and move him along in his journey. The travel bug we found is tied to a Snoopy doll that started his journey in Costa Rica in 2005 and is en route to his final destination in the Netherlands.

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Let the record show that the first trinket Owen selected was Jerry beads. Bahahahaha.

It was a lot of fun and so nice to be outside. The boys were happy to find mud puddles along the way and I was happy that they didn't knock each other out with the heavy rocks and branches they were obsessed with throwing along the way.

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I even climbed a tree and didn't break my neck. That impressed the kids since 35 is apparently the new 95:

Owen: I will take care of you Mommy."
Me: Awwww...you will?
Owen: Yes. Because you is old.
(leans close to my face)
I better give you a kiss before you die.
(kisses me on the nose)

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Thanks, Gayle! It was so much fun and, as you know, it's two weeks later and we have already logged 27 caches. It's become a full blown obsession.

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day 93 - the girl on fire

Monday, 16 April 2012

Read no further if you plan to read The Hunger Games trilogy as this would be considered spoilerish.
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Seriously. Don't because it will ruin the surprise.
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I mean it.



Day 93

Life is on hold until I finish The Hunger Games trilogy.

There is no more District 12?! Shut up!

I started the third book tonight and I can't. Stop. Reading.



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day 92 - owen's turn

Big day today. It was Owen's turn to sleepover at Nana's house, and most importantly, ride in her new car.



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He's usually pretty smiley. It's so strange to see him so serious. Of my three kids he is the one that is rarely serious. He's a class clown in the making.


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