Friday, December 28, 2007

I'll Need to Get Smarter..

Lucas and I are inside for the day, as the infected eye, was suppose to be contagious today. While playing in the playroom we hid a grapple hook and a dump truck in a bag. Torin, our cat, being a cat, loves stuff that crinkles so he walked over and sat down on it. Lucas yelled at him.

Lucas: Torin, those are my toys
Mom: Maybe you should share your toys with Torin
Lucas: He can't play with toys he doesn't have any fingers.

Of course I was trying to get him to share, but he's too sensible for sharing with cats.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Day Different Then Planned.....

Today I thought it would be fun to take Oma and Opa with Lucas and I to "Build A Bear" so he could spend his holiday money from them there. Last time we were there he was quite fond of the Triceratops they had, but we weren't able to build it because of time limits and we were there with other kids. Today Lucas walked into Build a Bear, and basically walked out. He had no interest in getting a triceratops or any thing else for that matter. In the end after some walking around we bought (another) piece of construction equipment at Zellers (which I generally find expensive, do you?)

Then we came home and his eye that had been watering for a couple of days was now pussing. So after nap time we headed to the walk in clinic (which was surprisingly fast) and got some eye drops (which was also suprisingly fast) and came home. Now we have to put eye drops in Lucas's eyes 4 times a day. So not fun..... at least he's still at an age where he is easily distracted.

Pictures to come soon...

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was great. It's nice that Lucas is at an age that he really enjoyed it. I love giving gifts and this year I know I gave a couple of great ones. In the summer we are lucky to spend lots of time with my Oma and Opa, therefore I think I know them pretty well. Early on Christmas Eve Opa was telling stories about how much he loved The Vinyl Cafe. Later that evening when he opened his present it was a book of stories about the Vinyl Cafe. He delve into that book as soon as he could. It's so nice to give someone a present they love.

I also got Darryl an ipod touch and he had the same reaction. I knew he would love it, but he couldn't wait until all the gifts were open and he could go play with it. I also got a Matchbox Pop Up Farm for Lucas which diverted his attention from playing the elf and giving gifts to playing with the farm and the Deere tractor it came with.

I hope your gift giving was as enjoyable as mine.

Merry Christmas

Jenn

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Favorite Christmas Carols and Traditions

Here are my top Christmas Carols:

1. Christmas Song: Dave Matthews Band
2. Jingle Bells: Barenaked Ladies
3. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer: Jack Johnson (just found it this year)
4. Song for a Winter's Night: Sarah McLachlan
5. Mary's Boy Child: Boney M
6. Winter Wonderland: Hellogoodbye (another I found this year)
7. 12 Days of Christmas: John Denver and the Muppets (especially Miss Piggy)

And some of our favorite Christmas Traditions:

  • Mom and Dad's creative/gag gifts.
  • We've started Cinnamon Buns on Christmas morning (I think this year will also have fruit and yougourt)
  • Chocolate letters, oranges and life savers in the stockings
  • Great vacations we've had over the Christmas holidays.
  • Each person opening a gift, while everyone else pays attention to it
Darryl, Mom, Dad, Alexis, anything I'm forgetting?

Anyone, what are your favorite Christmas traditions?

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas to Me!


On Friday my Christmas present was installed. I love it. I can skip through commercials, watch Y&R at 9:30 at night if I need too. Especially with the writers strike. Now Lucas can watch Diego whenever he'd like. Here is the beautiful thing....

Tiger Butter Recipe

1 pound of white chocolate melted ( I use the microwave) with 1/2 c. of peanut butter. Pour it in a 9x11 container lined with wax paper. Melt one package of chocolate ( I like dark) and pour in lines over the top of it. And then run a knife through it.

It's delicious.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Monthly Newsletter- Month Twenty Eight

Dear Lucas,

On Monday you turned 28 months old. You were trumped because it was Auntie Lexie's really birthday so she gets the dedicated blog space for the day. So although it's a couple of days late here is your monthly newsletter.



The biggest development or change in you this month has been your sleeping. We are kind of in a transition mode where some days you take an afternoon nap and other days you don't. On the days you don't you seem to go to bed easy at night. When you do have an afternoon nap it's usually because you are a grumpy bear and really need and would not be able to make it through till bed time. Your daddy and I have tried to be consistent with putting you to bed and doing to the same thing and not laying with you. Of course the other thing that seemed to play right into this time is that we lost your soothers one night, and although found them the next day, still haven't given them back to you.



Although bed times have not been fun the other 12 hours a day you are up are a blast. You love music and dancing. We love to play it in the house and all dance around. If there is a song on you like you insist that we all dance. Mom...dance, Daddy....dance. One of the songs on our latest playlist is live and has clapping at the end and you insist we clap with that as well.



As well as getting rid of the soother we also had some big milestones, first hair cut and the other big one for me was you and Daddy headed off to Ontario for a long weekend to attend Nannie's funeral. To tell you truthfully I did enjoy my bachelorhood for a couple of days but felt such a sense of peace when you and Daddy were back home again. Daddy, Aunt Lori and Grammie all said you were excellent for the whole trip. Daddy was beaming with pride the whole time. You were great on the airplane, during the funeral (although you did point out a Canadian Flag) and the visitation.




One of you other favorite past times this month has been taking pictures. Although I know that we should limit your TV watching, when you do watch TV it is usually Diego and he has taught you a lot. One of the characters in Diego is "click the camera". I think that has started it and then the idea of digital pictures you can take as many as you like. Plus you see us taking lots of pictures and so you want to as well. Or like to instruct us on what pictures to take. Mom take a picture of my digger. Diego (along with Daddy an Dora) has also taught you your right and lefts and how to count to 10 in spanish. Got to love TV. =)




The Christmas season is upon us and I am excited about this year. Having you around makes Christmas so much better. It reminds me of what Christmas should be about. Jingle Bells (your favorite Christmas carol), lights on people's houses, making and eating Christmas cookies. Although you have had fun wrapping presents there are no "perfect" gifts, or any pressure to find those gifts. You will be happy to see Oma and Opa and your aunts and no pressure to make sure everyone is having the perfect time. Anyway you make it so much better and remind me about all the fun stuff there is to do at Christmas.



Speaking of Christmas, although you were quite nervous you did go sit on Santa's knee. You would not look at him directly but by the end of your visit you did tell him you wanted cars for Christmas. The photographer was excellent and obviously has had lots of experience with kids. To get you to smile at her she made a big farting noise. You are such a little boy that way. If you fart in the tub it makes you giggle endlessly, which makes me laugh endlessly.



i love you my little boy,

Mommy.

This is Why I Don't Sleep Naked...

I'm really hoping for the best, but a little nervous for the worst.

One of our new neighbors is a bunch of guys, which doesn't really bother me, but doesn't really excite me either. They all work and their cars are gone before mine in the morning. We have heard there music a couple of times but it is always off before 11pm. So although I'm not excited to have new friends, or playmates for Lucas. I was being optimistic about it, they work and hopefully they won't give us too hard of a time.

Well on Saturday morning I called the police. At around 6am there were a bunch of girls screaming outside there house. We had heard their music in the evening and again at about 1:30 in the morning, but this was the first time and Darryl and I were both able to fall asleep. Anyway 6am, a girl screaming out front about how the guy had broken her finger. Her and her friend were obviously drunk. I yelled, told them to be quiet, we were trying to sleep. Of course the drunk girls were not being rationale and the neighbors were going on about how he didn't break her finger. I told them I didn't care and if they didn't shut up I was calling the police. Well guess what, they weren't quiet and I did call the police. They had called a taxi for the girls and although he was hanging out front the girls were not getting in the taxi. They were just kicking the window, which is now cracked and yelling. A minute or so later the older guy from the house came to try and break up the fight and the girl punched him. He grabbed her arm and she almost fell down the steps. Then the taxi leaves, then the guys shut the door and turn off the outside lights. So there are there two really drunk girls in short dresses walking up the street at 6am in the middle of the winter.

Luckily I did not see or hear about any girls who froze the next day....

I'm sure the cops came soon after that.....

Crap, what did we get ourselves into...

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Monday, December 17, 2007

Happy Birthday Alexis

Today my sister is a quater century old. Happy Birthday Lexie! Can't wait to see you. (sorry Lexie, for the typo, I do have an excellent present to make up for it, and I'll get cupcakes for you)



Jenn

Friday, December 14, 2007

Baby Update

This pregnancy has been quite easy, especially compared with the last one. Although today has been the one of the first times (other then not being able to drink wine) that I have been very aware that I'm pregnant. My pelvic floor feels like it's going to fall out. There was a deal at the Superstore where if you spent 250$ you got 30$ off. So I got diapers, every kind of meat, and all the "stuff" for turkey dinner. Superstore has the big bins to put your food in which usually I love, but today I over did it. I carried too much stuff today, geez I don't like not being able to do stuff. Guess I'll have to go to the grocery store where they carry the groceries out for you....
video

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Peaceful

It's funny how when people who you are close to are away how you feel some sense of peace when they are close to you. I even feel a greater sense of peace when my sister is in Calgary, although that only happens a couple of weeks a year. My husband and son are back home and I am feeling much more peaceful about it. Although the day with Lucas was spent inside playing and no real adventures he is having a nice nap and we had a blast. Just doing kid stuff. Peace is about family, I'm glad to have mine home.





Jenn

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Speechless..... well almost

I don't have much to say. I've been working like a dog. I can't wait to see my boys. 4 whole days with Lucas. I've watched the ABC video lots.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Weekend Delight...

This weekend Darryl and Lucas headed off to Ontario becuase Darryl's grandma died. Although sad that we can't see her anymore the nice part was it was her choice and she had a chance to say goodbye to all her loved ones.

So after I left Darryl and Lucas at the airport I came home and was amazed at how much I got done. It's amazing how effective I can be when I put my mind to it (and when there is not a toddler around). Cleaned the house, vacumming, mopping, cleaning up "stuff" and then I took Emma for a walk up on the ridge.


Which made me loved my new house and neighboorhood.

The next day I watched a girly movie and made Tiger Butter.




Although I have been working a lot this last couple of days, I am currently wrapping presents and waiting anxiously for my boys to come home.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Monday, December 10, 2007

ABC's

This video was taken about a month ago, but the camera that does video got lost in the move. Here is my boy.....I think he prefers the first part of the alphabet to the second part, he seems mad at it.


video

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Christmas Shopping

Today I got the majority of my Christmas shopping done. Even some stocking stuffers. I do love giving presents so enjoying looking for good presents for everyone. The other part that was good today was it was a Thursday and so the malls and other stores weren't so bad.

I generally don't buy too much for Lucas for Christmas. Santa will bring him a couple of gifts, but everyone else buys him stuff, so I save my spending for kids who need it or other times of the year for Lucas. I do seem to give him gifts most of the year, so I don't really worry about Christmas. The other thing is everything goes on sale after Christmas so I like to wait till then. Let's make Christmas about trees and lights, music and family, good food and cookies. Not presents.

It was a funny experience for me today. I started at Toys R Us and was more concerned about getting a good deal then getting "stuff" whereas by the end I was buying whatever I could find. But I do feel like I got alot of gifts people will really like. Plus I'll make everyone turkey, so they can't complain about that. =)

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Sugar

We have been having some issues with Lucas's sleep lately. He has started to give up his afternoon naps and then was fighting his sleep at night. One of the things we started to pay more attention to is how much sugar is in "stuff" so we were more careful with what we gave him in the evenings. Most cereal kids would enjoy has a lot of sugar in it. Except cheerios. Juice has lots in it, so I'm sure to water it down if I give him any. Although now milk is our drink of choice in the evenings. Comparatively cookies have less sugar in them then cereal. Especially if they are animal crackers or some kind of cookie that is not all chocolate. Granola bars really vary, so if you are concerned about sugar, check the labels. Anyway it's interesting to look at how much sugar is in things.

Is there anything any of you eat that is low on sugar that you want to let me in on I'd love to know??? Or any good bed time snacks that protein in them?

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Dear Lori,

You are an excellent mother but I just wanted to give you some heads up on some recent tricks with Lucas so you are well prepared when he comes, not that he is hard to deal with just some ideas for you...

1. I hope you have lots of bandaids on stock. It seems to be the latest thing for him. 4 times a week we are putting a bandaid on for some sort of "owie". He's never bled, but is quite fond of bandaids. Also they don't have to be fancy. Cheap is fine. =)

2. Ever since we got his hair cut his boyish side of roughhousing has come out. If you are laying on the floor be prepared for him to jump on you.

3. He loves it when things match. Especially the same color. If he ever doesn't want to wear something, just mention how it will match with something else he's wearing and that usually works great.

4. He likes sharing, and will often ask you which of the two things he has do you want. It doesn't really matter which one you chose, he already has yours picked out. =)

5. He is in a growth spurt and will eat alot.

6. He says the cutest things. Today I asked what he wanted to play and he said " I'm thinking about it". Or if he leaves you to go get something he'll usually say, be right back.

I think that's it. I do hope he brings some joy to your family.

Till Tomorrow

Jenn

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Saturday in Pictures

Lucas and I were up at 6am this morning, after a actioned packed night for both of us. I was at a Christmas Party and Lucas had his friend over for a play. So neither of us were very happy. I was trying to sleep on the couch and Lucas was wanting an ice cream cone for breakfast. But after that the day looked up.

One of Lucas friends woke from the sleepover and Lucas had someone to play around with.

And even though it is -18 outside, Lucas is happy to bundle up and go outside for 10 minutes.

Then after waking so early Lucas feel asleep in my arms after lunch.
But we still had time for Lucas's first hair cut EVER! Now he looks like a little boy.

Till Monday

Jenn