Sunday, March 19, 2006

Wearable Collection

I've collected a lot of different things - stamps, dolls, shot glasses, etc. What I collect now are charms for my Italian charm bracelet! I love it!

I was actually in a mad panic a couple of weeks ago when I thought I lost it. I got a new charm on it with a blue "K" for Kyle and I could only get the charm half on, so I knew I had to take in in to the place I got the charm for her to put it on. It was in my purse when we were out for dinner and I too kit out to show Kyle. After dinner, we went to the mall to pick up our family pictures and I was going to get my bracelet fixed. I got to the jewelry place and it wasn't in my purse. I was in a mad panic! All the charms had been gifts and represented different things in my life. I was horrified to think it was gone. We went back to the car planning on going back to the restaurant to see if it was there, but I very thankfully found it on the floor of the car. My purse must have tipped over and I didn't notice it fall out when I picked it up. Happy! Happy! I went back in the mall and had her fix it right away so that I could put it on again!

I've also found that it's a great conversation piece because people ask about the charms. Tracy originally bought mine for me as a thank you for helping with their wedding and I like mine so much that I got one for both her, mum and another friend. The charms make great gifts!


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

What a difference a shower makes!

I started off the day in rather rough shape. I was most certainly tired (though when am I not these days!). I really had no energy nor ambition to do anything. The fact that Nathan woke up screaming didn't help I don't think. Then, I got up to see that it was raining too.

Kyle surprisingly wasn't up when George left, so he came in and said goodbye to me. Nathan started crying about 2 seconds after George left, so I got up and fed him. Kyle got up about a half hour later. I got him something to eat and turned on Treehouse. I was surprised that Nathan went to sleep again. I had a cup of coffee and decided that it was as good a time as any to have a shower.

Wow! What a change. I felt so much better afterwards that I got ready to go out. I called Gina and Tracy to see if they wanted to do anything since they're both off now what with being due anytime. They were actually both wrapping up work related stuff today, so I had to figure out something else. I didn't really want to go shopping and spend money, so I just decided to go up to our little local mall and grab a couple of things at Save-On and maybe have a wander around.

I got all of us ready and piled us into the car. It was starting to clear up though it was still raining lightly. We went into Save-On and got a couple of things. Kyle is just so darn cute and seems to charm the pants off someone every time we're in there. Today it was the female "greeter" at the front of the store. When we were leaving, she was talking to someone and he kept saying bye, but she didn't hear him. I told him he could go up to her and say goodbye if he wanted, so that's exactly what he did. She melted! She told me it reminded her of when her son was little and how she missed that time. He is pretty darn cute I must say myself.

After that, we headed over to Tim Horton's. Kyle got a muffin (which he asked for himself) and juice. I got my bagel and a coffee and we sat down there since Nathan was sleeping anyway. Kyle and I had a really good "chat". We were sitting near the window by the cars in line for drive through. He kept looking at the people in the cars saying "Hi! Me Kyle!". I couldn't help but laugh and then tried to explain to him that they couldn't hear him.

We decided to make one more stop at the dollar store. I know mum used to go in there all the time with him just for something to do as well. We wandered around and I found a toy for him and I found a few good scrapbooking finds for myself for just a dollar too! Gotta love that! The things he says constantly amuse me these days, s it's always fun to go somewhere a little different because you're bound to get all kinds of good conversation out of him!

It was off home after that and we had some lunch and Kyle went down for a nap. I got to spend some time with Nathan alone and then he had about a 45 minute nap too. While he napped, I managed to go through a whole bunch of old papers - something that I've been meaning to do for ages. All in all, it was a very good day and it's not even over! Much better than it started for sure!


Monday, March 13, 2006


Jobs I've had...
1. dishwasher
2. clerk in a Buns Master Bakery
3. manager in a clothing store
4. teacher

Movies I'd watch over and over...
1. Grease
2. 4 Weddings and a Funeral
3. Doctor Zhivago
4. Love Actually

TV shows I love to watch...
1. Law and Order (all of them!)
2. Survivor
3. The Amazing Race
4. Coronation St (I know, who knew?!)

Places I've been on vacation...
1. Hawaii
2. Thailand (while living in Japan)
3. Cambodia (while living in Japan)
4. Las Vegas

Favorite food dishes...
1. enchiladas/burritos
2. pasta
3. broccoli cheese soup (homemade)
4. vegetarian stroganoff

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Cuddles with Kyle

I just had one of those moments that you capture in your heart and never want to let go of. Kyle brought his blankie out to me (I was sitting in the computer chair) and he wanted to "tuck tuck" me (tuck me in). He did this and then went back in his room to bring me his little blue teddy. He then asked to tuck tuck with me, so he climbed up in my lap and we cuddled with his blankie and teddy.

We were sitting next to the window so the light was coming in and putting a wonderful soft shadow on his face. I looked down to see his long eyelashes and hear his soft breathing as he was cuddled in next to me. I told him I loved him and gave him a kiss. He replied "Love you mummy" and there are no words more special than these ones coming from Kyle. I was only wishing that Kyle would remember this moment too...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Like mother, like daughter

What is something that you do, or say, that when you are done you realize that you are just like your mother?

This is such a funny question because as a kid there was something mum used to do that I swore I would never do - WRONG! When my mum starts cleaning (to this day), she gets a bit crazy and goes on a rampage cleaning everything in sight. It's quite funny actually because I remember dad asking mum for things after she had cleaned up and she'd have no idea where they were because she had sort of been "glazed over" in cleaning mode when she had put whatever is was away. We called her the "whirling dervish".

I was so sure I would NEVER do this. When I was a kid it drove me crazy (and probably made me feel slightly guilty for not doing my part around the house). The funny thing is that I most definitely have turned into her! I even remember how she would like to do the cleaning either without anyone there or she would get frustrated if we were - particularly if we weren't doing much to help. I can SO understand now and have even gotten to the point where I have occasionally asked George to either help or take Kyle out somewhere! We sometimes also now have the same thing in our house now where George will ask where something went and I'm not sure after my cleaning spree!

On this one I can now say - Like mother, like daughter! Who would have ever guessed?!

My First {Snapshot of Saturday}

There's a new challenge from Shirley to take some a picture or two every Saturday to give a snapshot of your life. I love this idea, so I too this one this morning of Kyle.

I don't know why we even bother buying toys! This is the box from the highchair we just got from mum and dad and Tracy and Brian as a gift for Nathan. Kyle has adopted the box as his hiding place! He also found a fairly large diaper box the other day that I had flattened for recycling, but he now gets in it and puts his train hat one and thinks he's a trainman! We have a million toys he could play with, but these two boxes are far and away his favs right now. Figures!


Friday, March 10, 2006

What a day...

Well, here it is not even 6:30am yet and I'm sitting here with my coffee. I never manage to get here at this time of the day, but it's not your typical day!

First, the weather is crazy! We had snow yesterday and then by midday, it seemed to be pretty much gone or at least slushy. Mother Nature wasn't finished though because we got another dump of snow last night and then it's snowing again this morning. I'm hoping to be able to take Kyle out for a bit later since mum and dad got him snow pants and George's parents got him boots. The only thing is that we haven't had snow since he got them! The same thing happened last year when mum and dad got him snow pants. Dad jokingly said he would buy Kyle snow pants every year if it meant we wouldn't get snow!

Kyle was up early this morning - just after 5:30am! He's in the living room having some milk and toast with peanut butter and jam while watching Sesame Street. Quite happy that today's number is the number 10! He keeps telling me every time they mention it!

Nathan is surprisingly sleeping. He woke up about 5am (so I've been up since then) and George changed him and brought him to bed with me and I nursed him in bed and he fell asleep again. He hasn't barley flinched since. I keep going in and checking because he's so quiet and he's usually up at this time of the morning. He may sleep more today though because he had his first 4 shots yesterday. Between the shots and the Tylenol, he may be a bit groggy today.

I've already managed to get the kitchen pretty much clean and make coffee. Quite happy the kitchen is better. It's the one place in the house that drives me crazy if it isn't clean. The island in particular has a way of becoming a magnet for things if you're not on top of it. One of my little pet peeves I guess - the island needs to be clean!

I'm hoping to get a few other things done around here today since it looks like we'll be home for the day. Nathan's birth announcement cards with our new pictures from Sears in them are at the top of the list! Mostly just some picking up and laundry other than that. With any luck, the kids'll sleep at the same time and I might get to scrapbook for a little bit. Well, either that or have a nap!

Well, think I'll go sit with Kyle for a bit and watch Sesame Street! Oh, the things I couldn't imagine myself doing a few years ago! Wouldn't trade it for the world!


Thursday, March 02, 2006

How old are you?

Well, this actually worked and though it came up with a slightly younger age of *31* (no complaints), it's definitely the right age range for this proud to be 35 year old!

You Are 31 Years Old
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.
13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.
30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
What Age Do You Act?