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Getting Ready for Christmas: Christmas Cards

Yikes, November is almost over. And with the end of November means the start of December. And the start of December means the start of the Christmas holiday season. This year I was invited by Cardstock to try out their custom photo Christmas cards. I’ll be writing an Everything Fabulous post in the next few weeks on tools for making custom Christmas cards so this was a perfect opportunity to try them out.

Of course that meant I needed pictures and not shots of the kids at the beach (not very Christmasy). We don’t even have snow here yet. Hopefully the wooly hats and mittens help set the scene. My kids had a great time, though I had a hard time getting them to stand still. I don’t know how professional photographers do it. Oh and these photos, I took with my iPhone 4. Is there nothing that phone can’t do.

Ice Cream

Nothing says summer nights like a sweet, drippy, chocolate dipped ice cream

Foto Friday: For the love of Princesses

Happy Friday

It’s been some time since I’ve participated in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta, but I’m back today. We’re heading to Disneyland soon for my birthday which means my youngest has started talking about princesses again:

My 2yo and her Disney World pal Cinderella

My 2yo and her Disney World pal Cinderella

Then she met the real Cinderella

Then she met the real Cinderella

For the love of Princesses:My oldest daughter was never really into princesses. I mean she liked them, but she wasn’t nuts over them. Then comes child number three, the stereotypical fairytale, prince charming, castles in the sky, princess loving girl. It’s funny because we were never really big on pushing girly things.

One year my oldest daughter (now seven) received a Cinderella doll as a gift. She liked it but it sort of just sat on her bed. When my youngest found rescued Cinderella, she took possession, like it never belonged to her big sister. On our recent trip to Disney World the Cinderella doll came with us. She slept in the hotel, she ate dinner in the restaurants, she even went on a few rides. The Cinderella doll was the best friend a little princess loving girl could ask for.

Then we had dinner with ‘the real’ Cinderella and my daughter almost leapt across the table to give Cinderella a hug (according to my husband because, as life seems to work sometimes, I was away from the table and missed the whole event). Through the entire meal my daughter would wave at Cinderella, give her hugs, offer her food, even if Cinderella was across the room.

It was an amazing night for my youngest, which only makes it sad that the night should end with the Cinderella doll going missing. I don’t know if it was from the excitement of seeing Cinderella and therefore the doll was left behind. Or perhaps the doll now paled in comparison to the real princess. Whatever the reason, Cinderella doll will be missed, at least by me.

Foto Friday: Beaver Boy

Happy Foto Friday

It’s Friday and again I’m participating with Candid Carrie and her Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see who else is playing by visiting her blog). I know everyone’s been focusing on the first day of school but we’ve have had our own special first day.

Finally... a Beaver

Finally... a Beaver

Beaver Boy: When my oldest daughter started Sparks (the youngest group of Girl Guides), she loved sharing stories about what she did in her girl club. Then my son heard there’s was a boys club, Beavers, and from that moment he’s been counting down the days, every day for two years.

Well yesterday was that day. My son wanted to wear his uniform to school so he’d be ready to go right away. He was at school ‘recruiting’ his friends to join. He could hardly eat his dinner. When he came home from his first Beaver’s meeting he was all smiles, big tired smiles.

When my son started junior kindergarten last year it was a big day for both of us. The first day is always big and one I will probably remember. But somehow my son starting Beavers has a similar effect on me. He’s participated in outside activities, on his own, without me, but Beavers is at night. I mean he’s out while his sisters are getting ready for bed and he doesn’t get back until they’re asleep. Maybe that’s it. Attending something that keeps him out past his regular bedtime means something. It means he’s getting bigger. It means he’s not my little baby boy. I’m so excited for him.

Now my youngest has started her countdown….

Foto Friday: Road to Disney World

Happy Foto Friday

I’m participating again with Candid Carrie and her Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see who else is playing by visiting her blog). It’s been two weeks since our vacation, but I’m still thinking about it.

Crossed into Pennsylvania

Crossed into Pennsylvania

...and then into West Virginia...

...and then into West Virginia...

...then North Carolina...

...then North Carolina...

...and South Carolina...

...and South Carolina...

...then through Georgia...

...then through Georgia...

...finally Florida

...finally Florida

Road to Disney World: one van, two adults, three kids, four movies, six bathroom breaks, eight US states (New York state and Virginia are missing from the sign tour), twenty hours in the van, twenty-four juice boxes and assorted snacks.

All this makes for a long car ride, but it’s worth it for a week in Disney World.

Foto Friday: Big Thunder Mountain

Happy Foto Friday

Another Friday and another week I’m participating in Candid Carrie‘s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see who else is participating over on her blog). We’ve just come back from a recent trip to DisneyWorld so I’m full of vacation pictures. Though this week I’m sort of cheating since I’m posting a video instead of a photo (just this once, I promise):

Big Thunder Mountain: Roller Coasters have always been a favourite of mine. The hills and twists and turns. The freedom to scream from terror and excitement all at the same time. My seven year old daughter recently discovered the roller coaster bug on our last DisneyWorld trip. And, like all children, she of course has to kick it up a notch. Even at her young age she’s riding the rails with her hands high in the air. The video depicts her first ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster ride in Magic Kingdom. Trust me, after this initial ride her hands never touched the inside of the car. Yes, I love the Honey Pots ride and the Spinning Tea Cups (well, maybe that one not so much), but it’s kind of nice when your kids are old enough to enjoy some of the bigger, more thrilling rides I also enjoy.

When was the first time your child or you yourself enjoyed a coaster?

Foto Friday: Ready for Disney

Happy Foto Friday

I’m participating again in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (visit her blog to see who else is joining in). We’re heading to DisneyWorld shortly and the kids are ready:

M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E here we come.

M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E here we come.

Ready for Disney: All three of my kids are excited. When they’re playing together in the backyard they’re pretending to they’re on the rides. They sit and tell stories about past trips (this would be our fourth visit). My youngest daughter wakes every morning and asks if we leave today for DisneyWorld. She can’t wait to meet Cinderella and the other princesses or eat dinner with Winnie the Pooh. Well the wait is almost over. And to be honest, I’m just as excited as the kids.

(Oh and no that’s not dirt on my son’s face. The day I took the picture my son had a party at camp and they had some face painting.  He’s a pirate)

Foto Friday: Cousins

Happy Foto Friday

And here I am once again participating in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see others on her blog). We just came back from visiting my sister and her kids for Simcoe Day which brings me to today’s photo:

There's something special about cousins

There's something special about cousins

Cousins: Kids will always have family, you can’t escape them and they love you no matter what, though sometimes you may not be too happy with them. Kids will always have friends; someone to share a common interest in like Webkinz or Star Wars or grade one. But sometimes friends change interests or develop new friendships or move away. I always think cousins are like a hybrid of the two: they are friends who are family. You can hang out with them and enjoy playing with them because they’re not your brother or sister and you don’t see they every day. But because they are still family, they will always be there for you. Cousins have a special bond.

My sister and I were the first grand kids on both sides of the family and the kids to follow after that, our cousins, were much younger. We still see them occasionally on special family events, but we’re in different stages of our lives.

My sister’s kids are pretty close in age to my own, by some happy coincidence. And they enjoy hanging out together. It would be nice if we lived closer, so the cousins could hang out more, but in the meantime we make an effort to get together so the kids can get together. I hope our kids continue to develop their unique bond with their cousins for years to come.

Foto Friday: Sugar Crash

Happy Foto Friday

Another Friday, the last of the month. That means the summer, if you can call it that, is half over. I’m participating in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (visit her blog to see other participants). We’ve been away on a work vacation and that’s what this week’s photo is:

Nothing like a vacation nap

Nothing like a vacation nap

Sugar Crash: We’ve been having a mini vacation. And to make it a kids vacation you need jumping on the bed, non-stop cartoons on the TV and of course snack. My kids loved it. My youngest daughter was enjoying some cartoons on the TV one afternoon and when I looked over she was asleep. So I guess that’s one more great vacation treat: an afternoon nap on the couch.

Foto Friday: Tow Truck Drivers and Licorice

Happy Foto Friday

I’m participating again with Candid Carrie and her Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see who else is participating by jumping over to her blog). This summer my kids have been doing some extra reading as part of the city library’s Summer Reading Club and that is the focus of this weeks photo:

Nothing like a pulling apart licorice

Nothing like a pulling apart licorice

Tow Truck Drivers and Licorice: My son is a big fan of Matthew and the Midnight series by Allen Morgan and Michael Martchenko. This week we borrowed Matthew and the Midnight Tow Truck. My son’s favourite part was the tow truck driver’s snack, red licorice. After reading the story my son asked if we could buy licorice. This morning at breakfast my son asked if we could buy licorice. As we entered the grocery store my son asked if we could buy licorice. Standing in the candy isle, licorice in hand, my son asked if we could buy licorice. So we bought licorice. I don’t feel so bad, it’s literature licorice.