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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: 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.

Is BlogHer10 for me?

I know I’m new to the world of blogging, having just started in March of this year, but I’d have to be living in a bubble not to have heard about the BlogHer conference. By the time I had heard about BlogHer 09 in Chicago it was already sold out, but really, I wasn’t in any position to go had tickets come available.

With the Chicago show over, blogs and twitter are buzzing with posts like keynote presentations that made people laugh and cry or both and the thoughts of swag being given away at the conference. And now that BlogHer 10 has been announced (in New York August 6 – 7, 2010), people are already planning next years trip.

I can’t help but get caught up in the excitement, but at the same time I’m not sure if BlogHer is for me. When I read Jill’s post, from Scary Mommy, it only reinforced my fears. She compared BlogHer 09 to a trip back to high school: cliches and pranks, cool ladies and the nerds. High school was okay, but I’ll admit I’m glad it’s over. I don’t know if I want to relive it.

I’ve read blogs by some amazing women and think they’re kind of cool, but now I would be meeting them in person, they would be meeting me, assuming I could even bring myself out from behind the potted palm at the back of the room. What if these women slough me off, ignore me. The conference is for networking and sharing, but what can I offer with my limited experience. And what happens when I get the nerve to contribute and I say something stupid or irrelevant (well, it’s happened before). I’m not an extrovert personality. I mean I thought I was going to pass out when I just spoke with Erica of Yummy Mummy Club, imagine meeting people in person.

I like the idea of learning and connecting with women who have been making blogging work for them, with the women whose blogs I’ve read and admired. I just don’t know if I’m ready. Are you going?

Foto Friday: A Missing Piece

Happy Foto Friday

I’m participating in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (visit her blog to see others). It’s not that I have an obsessive personality, but when my daughter suggested working on a puzzle together….

And after all that work

And after all that work

A Missing Piece: I use to do puzzles all the time. I actually owned one of those puzzle rolls (you know that piece of felt you build the puzzle on and then roll it up out of the way). I think I still have the puzzle roll in the basement. I wonder if there’s a puzzle rolled up inside it still?

Since we’re planning a trip to DisneyWorld next month, my oldest daughter wanted to work on this pin puzzle. I hesitated because my daughter doesn’t have the greatest attention span with some things. The largest puzzle she’s worked on, that we’ve worked on together has been twenty-five pieces. This was a five hundred piece puzzle. But that aside I still agreed to do the puzzle.

My original idea was to help with only a few pieces. But as soon as my fingers touched one of those cut-out pieces I was hooked. I worked on the puzzle with my daughter, who quickly lost interest in it (no surprise), but I kept going. It didn’t help that it was on the dining room table, calling me every time I came near it. While I waited for my computer to start up, I placed a Mickey piece. Clearing the breakfast dishes, some Donald Duck. Even last night at midnight I was working on it.

And the closer the puzzle got to being finished, the more obsessed I got with completing it. At this stage I was no longer doing a fun puzzle with the kids, I was on a mission to complete it, forget the kids (though really they had no interest and were wondering why I wasn’t feeding them dinner).

And the moment came, the last piece. I placed it in and stood back looking at all my work. And what should I see staring back at me? One glaring empty hole where a puzzle piece should be. Oh crap! It might be hiding in the dining room somewhere, but it’s more likely that it’s been sucked up by the vacuum yesterday. And the worst part is I want to do another puzzle. Between blogging and doing puzzles I’ll never get any writing done.

Foto Friday: Carrots are still Carrots

Happy Foto Friday.

It’s time for another Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta. Hope over to her blog to see other camera clickers. This week is all about those picky eaters out there:

You can't fool me

You can't fool me

Carrots are still Carrots: My two year old is at that stage where she doesn’t eat much during the day. I’m lucky if I can get her to sit at the table for a full five minutes. Since she doesn’t eat much, I (try to) make an effort in what she has access to eating; making sure she gets enough fruits and vegetables. But along with her limited food intake, she’s also developed a picky side. Like most parents desperate to get their kids to eat well, I’ve employed tricks. My daughter is a big fan of eating trees (broccoli florettes). She had no interest in them until we called them mini trees (thank you Gisele on TVO kids). I can’t explain it, but you don’t question what works.

So on to conquer other vegetables. One of our favourite children’s book authors is Lauren Child. Her Lola and Charlie book I’ll will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato is a great book about picky eaters. We tried to employ the tricks big brother Charlie used to get little sister Lola to eat foods she doesn’t like (and there are a lot of them). One dinner, with the help of my other two kids, we tried to convince our youngest that Orange Twigglers from the Cat Planet (a.k.a. carrots) were indeed delicious. But she taught us a lesson: A carrot known by any other name still tastes like a carrot. Yuck! Well you can’t will them all.

Foto Friday: Food Fixes Everything

Happy Foto Friday

I’m participating again in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (jump over to her blog to see other participants). Our Canada Day didn’t end up like we planned, which brings me to today’s photo:

Strawberry Tarts for Canada Day

Strawberry Tarts for Canada Day

Food Fixes Everything: We usually visit my sister and her family at their farm. Well they don’t really live on a farm, but when you’re from the city any house that has corn fields surrounding it is called a farm in my book. So we were suppose to go up to the farm for some games and BBQ. Well I got hit with a bug and seemed to transfer it to my sister over the phone so we agreed it would be better to postpone our visit until the August long weekend.

Of course I had to play the Bad Mommy role and break the news to my kids. No matter how many times I hear ‘You’re so unfair‘ it hurts. So I wanted to do something so our Canada Day wouldn’t seem like a complete downer. My husband did some grocery shopping for me and picked-up a batch of strawberries. Now I love baking, but I’m not a great baker (more a great eater), so when I found this recipe for Strawberry Tarts it looked easy enough for even me.

Easy Strawberry Tart

– 9-inch frozen pie crust (I used 12 mini tarts)
– 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 2 tablespoons milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 3 cups whole strawberries, washed and hulled

1. Bake the piecrust/tart shells according to the package directions and set it aside to cool.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Spoon the filling into the cooled piecrust/tart shells, spreading it evenly in the shell. Arrange the strawberries, bottoms up, on top of the filling.

Chill for 1 hour before serving.

The results: happy children and maybe a not so terrible Canada Day (Because we all know food fixes everything)

Coutesty of Strawberry-Recipes.com

Foto Friday: No more school

Happy Foto Friday

It’s Friday and I’m participating in Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see other snap happy people on her blog). Two of my three kids go to school (grade 1 and junior kindergarten) and yesterday was their last day of school. So this Friday has some extra special significance.

Taking it easy

Taking it easy

No more school: School is over and summer vacation has begun. But before the summer camps and family vacations, the trips to the library for the summer reading club and the playdates with friends, there’s time for just plain nothing. (to note, my youngest who doesn’t go to school seems to be enjoying the taking it easy part of summer)

Happy Summer Vacation!

Foto Friday: Underwater Obsession

Happy Foto Friday

It’s the last Friday of June. The last Friday of school. The last Friday before my daughter starts swim camp. which brings me to today’s picture for Candid Carrie’s Friday Foto Finish Fiesta (you can see other clickers on her blog).

Ready for some deep sea diving

Ready for some deep sea diving

Underwater Obsession: My 7yo has been taking swimming lessons since she was six months old. Like most babies she loved the water. When it came time to float around on her back in a life jacket, most times she would fall asleep, that’s how relaxed she felt in the water. Then she went through a stage of not wanting anything to do with the water, especially if it involved her head. That has passed. Now she is obsessed. She loved being UNDER water now. My two youngest hate when they have their hair washed versus my oldest who would prefer to wash her hair everyday,  just so she can lay submerged in the tub. And in one week my oldest starts swim camp for the first time. Nine days of swimming and being in the pool. She’s very excited. Maybe we have a deep sea diver developing in our midst.