Archive for October, 2010

Happy Halloween

Mr. Magoo "drew" this face on the pumpkin - my friend Supergirl did a fabulous job interpreting his scribbles, don't you think?

One of the things that has not panned out for me as a mother quite the way I envisioned has been holiday celebrations. I thought I’d be a LOT more into them but instead I’m finding I’m actually pretty laid back about them.

This was Mr. Magoo’s 2nd Halloween (ok, 3rd, but I was definitely NOT up to dressing him up at a week old) & he has yet to dress up for the event. Last year I had plans for a spider costume (with me as his spiderweb), even bought the stuff I needed to make the costume but we ended up with H1N1 & I didn’t bother. This year we have been out of town for the past week & once again it just didn’t happen – although we did carve pumpkins – twice.

Ah well, there is always next year.


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Ok – I’m a little late in posting this but it’s been a very busy week (I’ll get to that later) but my little man turned TWO on Monday!!! It is crazy how fast time can go by.

A talented cake decorator I am not but the icing was delicious (my little man certainly thought so as that was the only part of the cake he ate).

It was a lucky coincidence that a few friends were visiting from out of town & could come over for a meal & little party. Combined with all the grandma’s & it was a pretty full house.

There were presents...

and cake...

and even a homemade crown for the little prince.

At two he is a pretty special little guy – although I am more than a little biased. Here is an excerpt from the e-mail I sent to our doctors in Costa Rica with a birthday update: “He is a joy to us (most) every day! At two he is 15 kilos (33lbs) & 92 cm (36”) tall with big hands & big feet. He runs & jumps & climbs & gets into everything. But he also loves to help us with everything from building the back deck & fixing to the toilet to vacuuming & baking muffins. He “talks” a lot but still has only a few words – I think we are at about 4 dozen in total right now – enough to get his point across. He is a very happy little boy who is usually pretty easy to live with. He has a wonderful personality with a sense humour that is developing with each day. In August we started potty training & it has gone wonderfully – we haven’t used a diaper day or night in over a month now, although I do my fair share of wet laundry!

Overall he has been very healthy with just a few colds, one case of roseola & a case of hand, foot & mouth disease all of which he weathered like a trooper.He is a wonderful eater – which brings envious comments from many other parents of picky toddlers (I realize I am VERY lucky here!) & he is still very much enjoying nursing.”

He was very pleased with his new wagon from his godparents.

We spaced out the gifts over two days to stretch out the interest & make it less overwelming for him. This was the last one - a travel carmat I made for him. The orange along the edge has pockets to put matchbox cars in & then the whole thing rolls up & goes with us.

We’re in New Brunswick now visiting friends so I will have pics from our trip up soon. Tomorrow we are going to the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy – I am very much looking forward to that as last time I was in New Brunswick my plans to make it there were foiled & it’s been on my list of things I’d like to see ever since.

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I’m watching one of those ridiculous makeover shows. The women were given an assignment to show their least favourite body part & then photograph it – I suppose this was to help her look at her that body part more positively. Eh, I doubt it actually worked.

But here’s what really got me about it – all the women looked wonderful. They all appear to be at a healthy body weight but pretty much all of them linked their disliked body part to their “need” to lose weight. Ugh!!!

I listen to women & their body hate all the time (oy, the gym locker room can be a bad, bad place). The complaints, the excuses for not wearing this or that, the inability to appreciate their bodies.

And I hate that I do it myself.

And it scares & saddens me that I may one day reach my goal weight & still be so unhappy with my body as it seems that is the rule.

All of this is linked to the news that there is indeed going to be a woman’s powerlifting competition in November (we’ve been hoping for this). It’s exciting – this is what I am supposedly doing all this training for. We’ve got an awesome group of women all committed to going.

But I’m afraid.

You see the meet rules state that all lifters must wear a little stretchy suit. As a rule I don’t wear tight things. The idea of being weighed in, having that number out for others to see AND having to wear a little stretchy suit in front of a pile of people while squatting & bending is more than a little bit unnerving.

I try hard to not allow my weight to stop me from doing things, but I’m just not sure I can do this.

Unfortunately time is ticking so I don’t have much time to continue to deliberate. Sigh.


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The title says it all! Pretty darn exciting to wrap my hands around that bar & pull with all my might & something actually happen!

Ok – I must admit that they were band assisted chin-ups, but it’s a progression.One day I’ll pump them off unassisted with ease.

Several weeks ago chin-ups were part of our Saturday morning training session & I instead was assigned a different exercise. I watched with envy as the other ladies did their chin-ups. I hesitantly asked Paul when I would be ready to try chin-ups & he declared “today”. I wasn’t able to do even one & I left the session feeling silly for even trying.

I did chin-ups & I’m feeling pretty damn proud of my progress.


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I’ve been negligent of my blog & I apologize. Life has been crazy here lately & I must admit to feeling a little overwelmed almost daily.

And I’m realizing that my 52 project goal is waaaaay behind. To be fair to myself I do have several projects half done & several others with the photos taken ready to be posted – now to get around to posting.

So, my mother-in-law’s house is on the market but as luck would have it her dishwasher died a couple weeks ago. It was old & beyond repair (repair was attempted) & needed to be replaced. Apparently a big gaping space in the cupboards is not a big selling feature.

Last night I went over & read the directions, wrote down the parts I needed & reminded myself to put my plumbing kit in the trunk of the car (yes, I do have my very own plumbing kit – it was a Christmas gift last year!).

This afternoon (after a truly fabulous La Leche League meeting in the morning) I hit the hardware store & then headed over for the installation.

So I now proudly announce that I completed the installation in one neat little session. No runs to the hardware store, no readjusting of plumbing joints that turned out to leak, no fiddling with electrical connections. Everything went smoothly & it is now sitting shiny & new ready for action!

Hmmm….how fabulous would it be if all my projects went so smoothly?!

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Muddy Morning

We had a sunny morning with some puddles reminding us of all the rain we've had. We started off with some innocent puddling stomping.

As he got into it the splashes got bigger but still he was mostly dry.

And when we met up with a friend to play trucks he started out trying to stay out of the puddle.

But before long he was very much in the puddle.

And once you've sat in one puddle you might as well splash your way through all the rest you pass.

The fall colours are really starting to shine now.

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