Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Surprising Milestone...

Today was a sick day. Katie woke up with a fever. I kept her home from school (she cried about that) and the three of us took it easy.
Sam's diaper rash is back since her poops have (I think) been affected by her teething. Medicine and diaper cream are helping.
We've been eating lots of plain pasta and not too much fruit/fibre.

In all this I'm sure you're wondering "what was the milestone"?

Katie's First Movie.

I decided that since she was sick that she got all the books and tv time she wanted. (which gave me some reading/"napping with eyes open" time). Sam napped over 2 hours which helped. I had hoped this would be a more spectacular moment...maybe popcorn, Ben and I both there, a movie we've been dying to share with her. Nope. Horton Hears a Who which we had PVR'd a few weeks ago as a potential movie for her, just since it was there. We've enjoyed several versions of the book. I think it went ok. She watched most of it I think.

We also read some of Little House in the Big Woods...I've been itching to read this book to Katie. I enjoyed them so much as a little girl. I'm sure she doesn't understand everything but she does seem to enjoy it. Looking forward to more of this.

I think this sicknes is going to put a kink in our nighttime potty training...after a couple of sick issues earlier today, I threw a Sam diaper on Katie when we went downstairs (carpet you know!) and Ben and I have just agreed that messy nights would be even less fun than simply wet ones. Ben's out getting emergency diapers right now. Phew. Quick thinking since...

...I'm heading out to my last writing class in 45 minutes and dinner's just about ready. (garlic lemon chicken drumsticks, white rice and asparagus that I'm betting the girls don't touch.) Hope Ben's evening goes well.

Have a good night, hope you are not sick like some of us.

Friday, November 19, 2010

A little Grumpy...

I'm a little grumpy this morning. A few reasons why:

1. We took the gate off the girls bedroom for sleeping. Party because the plastic gate was getting a bit bent and the girls had figured out how to slip underneath. (gate=useless) Also partly because we've decided to try getting rid of Katie's night diapers. We have ONE diaper left. We'll use it tonight and then make sure we have a lot of clean sheets. Anyway...Sam stays in the room pretty well...we have to hold the door handle for about 20 minutes until she gives up. Katie on the other hand...while she goes to sleep better, she is waking up more and coming to see us in our bed. Maybe partly because she's going to the bathroom (we've told her we're going to start getting rid of diapers completely) and I think largely just for comfort. She'd been a bit wakey anyway lately...searching for her glowworm or other stuffed toy etc. It was a long night last night. I think I juet need to mentally plan for a weekend wake-a-thon.

2) Sam's been a bear this week. Not the whole time, but definitely having a few really fussy periods a day. And some diarrhea...I'm chalking it all up to molar teething.

3) This morning Sam got to and broke a musical snow globe...thankfully not the globe part, just the base. I'm mad because of the mess a bit, because she keeps getting into things she shouldn't (yay persistence, that'll be agreat character trait when she's older!) but mostly for sentimental reasons. The globe was used a lot when Katie was a wee baby when we needed to calm her and distract her while at the change table. It's sad to think that I won't someday be able to hand it down to her. Oh well, it's just an object.

4) Due to the gate thing, the girls woke up at about 5:20 AM this morning. Yuck. I refused to make breakfast until 6am.

5) Winter is officially here this week...like -20 cold and a fair amount of snow. It's kind of fun and nice and bright, but it's going to take some getting used to.

There are many GOOD things though...!

1) Coffee. At home and free at McDonalds this week. I like free things. And coffee. Did I mention coffee?

2) When Sam was having some rough times this week, Katie has been an angel...helpful. Both to me and Sam.

3) I baked a yummy Cranberry Orange Bread for a play date yesterday and it was delicious. (though I didn't use any dried cranberries...only nice tart frozen ones!)

4) The girls have been playing really well together. Last night before bed the girls were racing around in a circle with their strollers and all four of us were laughing.

5)Katie has named one of her stuffed animals. Every time she says the name I almost can't not laugh out load. The name is Baby Join Join. I have no idea where it came from. ("Mom, I'm busy reading to Baby Join Join")

6)I've got cookie dough in the fridge ready and waiting to be baked this afternoon. I've found that with the two girls "helping" it's often easier time-wise to mix dough one day and bake it another. Hard to find time to do it all at once.

7) I've got all my fabric cut and ready to sew for some Christmas projects. Now comes the fun part. Can't wait until Sam's nap time!

8)I think we're planning on going to Millenium Place this morning with some friends. Warm swimming, indoor playground and nice company. Can't wait.

9) Which reminds me...I have video and pictures of Katie's first time ever skating from last weekend. Sam wasn't interested but Katie loved it. She liked it so much that I searched on Kijiji the next day about picked up 2 pairs of skates for her (2 sizes) in our neighbourhood for THREE DOLLARS. (that last point has a lot of good things, doesn't it?) (but I still can't find the camera cord...I'll get Ben to look this weekend)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dear Sam,

I know I should expect that you could figure out how to open the diaper bag and get into my wallet. You've done this a zillion times and each time I curse your cleverness.

Why is it though, that you manage to take out only the most important things? My license, health care card and even the receipt for my Special Boot that I'm to photocopy for the claim? Do you know how close that is to disaster?

There are plenty of better things for you to grab from my wallet...expired starbucks cards, unneeded receipts and various "club" cards for stores I don't shop at. Please take those instead.

That's it for now. Have a good day...lets hope you're less fussy than yesterday...darn molars. (and perhaps a wee cold).

Lots of love,

Monday, November 15, 2010

Where is the camera cord?

I would post, but I can't find the camera cord.

Working on it.

See you soon!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What we sometimes do with Playdoh.

Sometimes, this is what we do with playdoh. Because it makes the girls laugh.

Untitled from BabyLuch on Vimeo.

I've been meaning to take of photo of my newest accessory... a walking boot...an Aircast...looks like a ski-boot. I didn't break my foot, I'm just trying to heal a mystery running injury on the bottom of my left foot. I took last month off running and will do another month with the boot. Sam calls it "Mom's Special Boot". I don't feel the pain while wearing it, so I think it'll help. I'll try and get a picture.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Hello Friday!

I'm uploading a video that we took while playing with playdoh the other day, like in this picture:
It's kind of cute...I'll post it when it's ready. I have a few videos to post, I'll work on it.
Here are some photos I almost forgot about from Katie's preschool party. (really just during the drop off and pick up, other kids faces are blurred). This yellow dude (I forgot who his costume is...) is cute and knows how to pose for a picture!
Katie the Fairy. I love this photo because her face has such a cute heart shape. She actually looks like this a lot but I don't manage to get many photos of it. I just think she's so cute!
Here's Katie with her friends (yellow man in background is a friend too). These 4 really like playing at the playground and running in the field after school. They're very lucky the weather has held out...we're still getting plus temperatures this week. (I just checked the weather and it's currently 12 degrees...at 7:30am!!)
Sam's hair is getting longer and fluffier (that's what happens before it gets thicker) so I'm trying pigtails a little bit. Super cute, but with a high level of difficulty in execution. Sam says "Ow" a lot during, but I really think it sounds a bit fake and suspect she's copying Katie's "Ows" from when I brush her hair.
Not sure what the plan is for today, but I'm thinking we should go outside. I'll let you know!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Snow Pictures

Never mind that the snow's all gone...here are the snow pictures!

Cute and puffy in snowsuits!
The two "Noman", as Sam likes to call them, before Katie insisted on adding her scarf (like Jillian Jiggs, she says!"). (my leg in picture for scale)

Sam wondering about those mittens...they're last years and thumb-less. Mama needs to make her girls some mittens. =)
Katie laughing.
The finished snowman. Katie got upset when we went inside because she wanted her headband back (the scarf was originally her headband) even though I'd prepped her that we were giving it up forever to the snowman.