December 13, 2011
December 12, 2011
December 7, 2011
The other week he came running off the bus . . .
"Mo-om! Jayden was punching me on the bus! Are you going to talk to him?"
"Jayden, why did you punch Jackson? You know that is not acceptable." I questioned Jayden.
"Well, Mom, it was because he was trying to stick a needle in my ear!"
Up here for Remembrance Day/Veteran's Day we pin plastic poppies to our left chest to show our support. Jackson had taken his apart and found creative ways to get attention.
"Jackson!" I exclaimed, "I don't blame Jayden. I would beat you up if you tried to do that to me too."
"But aren't you still going to talk to him??"
November 1, 2011
October 26, 2011
And finish things off with some delightful desserts . . .
Thorax cake (7 different cakes and toppings).
Gelatin heart . . . that oozes blood when you cut into the artery.
Not sure any of these will end up on our menu. But, if you want them on your plate, check out this_site.
October 25, 2011
October 24, 2011
October 21, 2011
October 3, 2011
I can't wait to try this out in a session. Any volunteers? (Serioulsy, just kidding!)
September 27, 2011
But, in the few minutes I do have available I stumbled across this commercial and thought it was funny!
Check out all the other great commercials at kohler.com.
(They seriously have great marketers . . . these commercials make me want to slap down all my pennies, er, thousands if I had them, on their products.)
September 13, 2011
Seriously. It is like a full-time job trying to figure out extra-cirricular activity schedules for 3-4 kids . . . and figure out which days of the week we will be eating on the run, which I will be entertaining 3 children while another does their thing . . .
You would have thought I had learned my lesson, bopping around at soccer all summer long.
But, we really feel it is important to keep our kids busy in things, and give them opportunities to learn new skills so they can discover what they are good at.
First up was securing swimming.
I wasn't crazy about the idea . . . swimming in the fall only to forget everything by spring or summer (because I am NOT the mom who takes kids swimming in winter!). But, the kids insisted and I figured that any time (but winter) is a good time to start learning how to swim properly. I asked around for swim school recommendations. There really aren't many out this way, but one happened to be 20 minutes away . . . not bad. The other mom told me how great it was and that she started lining up at 4 am for places.
4 am?? That's crazier than dealing with swim kids in winter!! I was so not going to do that. And, even at 9am (when it ACTUALLY opened for registration) I figured I'd wait a bit more and let the crowds die down. It was my first activity so I could afford to take what I could get.
I headed over at about 1 pm. Three people were still ahead of me and a rush of people came minutes after me. I talked to the owner and he said people were sleeping outside his house, in line, since midnight. Yes, MIDNIGHT.
And apparently it's not just the locals who are drawn in. People from townships and cities two, or three over were lining up.
We were given the choice of Tuesday nights at 7 pm or Friday night at 6 pm. It was a pretty easy choice. The rest of the week was filled with 30 minute classes . . . mostly all full.
I was pretty pleased though that we had a spot at this "great place" . . . until I had to hand over the check. No where on the flyers or the conversations with neighbours mentioned prices.
I about died. I could just imagine the conversation I would have to have with Brad later.
However, if you figure that is for three kids to be taught by world class athletes (the owner medalled for South Africa, and his son swims internationally), from mid-September to mid-December . . . it kind of works out. Certainly, it is more expensive than the swim lessons as the rec centers we were used to. But then again, those lessons didn't teach my kids to even FLOAT in water after the 6 weeks were up.
Next up, gymnastics and soccer vs tennis . . .
August 9, 2011
Up in Cottage Country.
We just got back from a sun-filled week at my in-law's cottage with the entire family. Normally, we fit the entire clan in a mere 1200 sq ft . . . but this year a new cottage was built and we had two cottages to spread out in.
We had a fantastic time canoeing and kayaking, games on the beach, cliff jumping, playing on the lilly pad, exploring nearby islands.
And, while the adults relaxed on the beach, the kids spent endless hours finding sea creatures . . . and acting silly. In the evenings, we spent more time on the beach and in boats . . . and of course had campfires with S'mores!