Saturday, December 20, 2008

Baby Fever

I've got it big time.

I just found myself searching baby names online at . GREAT website by the way. It rates names on a yearly basis on how popular they were, so if you are looking for a popular or unpopular name, it lets you know what the ranking was from the 1880's all the way up to 2007.


We (the husband and I) have decided to let things happen if they happen, I am finding that is a plan that gives me no control and it is driving me nuts, lol. I liked TTC and everything that I did during that time. The charting, the planning, all that sex! It was a way for me to feel like I had some control over the whole baby making process. While, yes, it was probably a false sense of security, it helped me to keep from obsessing.

Now I'm obessing.

Am I, am I not? Did we catch ovulation or did we miss it by a few day?

This is no fun for me.

So in the mean time, it's the Baby Wizard and me, looking up possible names for the possible babies that may or may not come to us in the future.



Friday, December 19, 2008

It's a winter wonderland today!

The snow is just coming down by the heapfuls today!!! I am loving every second of it now that Husband is home. He had to go to work today, which is a 75KM drive one way, but got off at noon (as per every Friday). He said the roads were crazy and the people driving were even crazier!


It is crazy people like those people that cause the accidents and walk away unharmed while they leave a trail of detestation in their wake.

Off my soap box now, lol.

Here are some pictures of you winter wonderland from around 11am.




I'd just like to say that there was no snow what so ever on the ground before this snow fell. I've got more picture from this afternoon, and you can really see the difference. I'll have to upload them.

Enjoy the snow!!!


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

I am absolutely awe-struck that Christmas is next week. This past weekend put a wrench in my Christmas festivities as we couldn't go and cut down our tree, so we decided to just use the fake tree we typically have outside.

I am a very sensory person. I need to smell Christmas, and part of that is the Christmas tree. I was really bummed about it for a while, especially since the tree is very cheap and leans to one side. Think of it as a big Charlie Brown Christmas tree, LOL.

Well, MiniMe LOVES it, and his joy about it has put the spirit of Christmas back in to me. After all, Christmas isn't a tree.

I really miss the pine smell though...

So the tree is up early this year because of the change in plans. That is kind of nice because usually we put up our tree on the 21st.

Also, it SNOWED last night. And I mean SNOWED. In less than an hour we had 3 cm on the ground. The weather today was beautiful so MiniMe and I stayed out all morning and shoveled and made snow castles. It was so much fun but I am utterly exhausted now. Whew! The fresh air kicked my butt :)

We are expected to get more snow over the next week. I'm so happy and excited that it is going to be a white Christmas.

Hmmm, MiniMe is still sleeping. He's working on hour three now. I guess the fresh air kicked his butt too, LOL. Best go get a head start on dinner because I'm sure he'll want to go back out in the snow again!


Friday, December 12, 2008

I'm a blog neglecter :(

I have totally neglected the blog this week. Marks were due, a festive sweater had to be made and MiniMe has been up partying at 3am almost every day this week. I know, they all sound like excuses, and they are, but at least they are good ones :P

For the first time since last weekend, I have some free time. I am so excited to be going to the hair dresser today, finally!! I am chopping it all off. I'm so tired of having nice long hair that no one sees because it is always up in a bun or pony tail. What's the point? So I'm chopping it back to "just above the shoulder" length. When it is curly, it should be up at my ears.

I'll do before and after pictures when I get home.

That is about as exciting as my life gets right now. I have spent all week marking and making a festive sweater for Husband, which I will show you later. It is part of a festive sweater party contest, so I don't want to reveal my creation before the judging, LOL.

Friday, December 5, 2008

I made a wreath!

I am so totally proud of myself, LOL. Every year we buy an advent wreath at the local florist. for those of you that don't know, an advent wreath is wreath with four candles in it, one for each Sunday of advent. You can find out more here .

Anywho, the prices of these wreaths have gone up so much over the past years (I'm talking 35-40 dollars for one small wreath) that I skipped it this year and was determined to make my own. Yes, I'm a week late, but we did light a candle last week.

I'm so happy with the way it turned out! I think it looks great, albeit a wee bit square and not as circular as I'd have liked, but good none the less. My mom has asked me to make one for her next year because she liked it so much!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Max and Ruby

Are you familiar with the cartoon Max and Ruby. It started off as a book series by Rosemary Wells, and has been adapted for television. I love the stories, as does Alexander. What I love about them is the simplicity of life it portrays.

Max and Ruby live in a world where children can walk to the park on their own, take the bus to go play at their friends house, go over the grandma's house through their back yard and have a hill they can sled down in the winter.

Ruby spends much of her time talking to her dolls, writing stories, making music, baking, gardening and being a Bunny Scout earning her badges. Max plays with his toys, makes mud pies and like any other boy, gets in to lot so mischief.

My husband gets very upset at the fact that there is never any parent supervision. Although there is a bunny scout leader and Grandma who are both grown ups, he is still extremely bothered by the fact that Ruby has to deal with Max all the time.

I think it is really a look back in the times. Many of the things that Ruby does, my mother did as a young girl, minus the scouts. It was a time that was socially easier, people had more trust in the world around them and parents weren't over parenting. They allowed children to play and to discover things on their own. Children were allowed to be children.

Just the other day I was at the park and a little boy wanted to badly to climb up the ladder to go down the slide and his mother repeatedly pulled him off because it was too dangerous. She wanted him to go down the slide that had the stairs leading up to it and that had a plastic slide. But that little boy was very persistent, and unfortunately it ended in tears with the mom taking him home for disobeying her.

I felt horrible for the little boy because he really wanted to test his skill and to see if he could do something. In situations like this, I say let children explore, and make sure you help make it safe. Stay behind them on the ladder and hold their hand as they sit at the top. After a while of being told they can't do things because it is unsafe, children will stop trying to do things in all situations and will rely on you to tell them where to go or what to do.

I understand that the times we live in now are very different than they were before. But I do think we can create a world for our children that is more simple and less focused on our needs and fears as parents. We need to focus on the needs of our children, things they should experience to grow and develop in as many areas as possible.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My Little Rock Star

Here is the latest video of my little rock star. He loves to sing with the Wiggles, and will use anything and everything he can get his hands on as a guitar / microphone, lol. Enjoy!

MiniMe brings us so much joy and laughter it is hard to remember what the heck we did for entertainment before he was born :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sily Monkeys Stories

I'm excited to join Karen's Silly Monkeys meme! Here is a picture, that to me, needs no words :)

Visit Karen's Blog 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires for information on how to add your Silly Monkey Story!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas Pictures

I took Christmas pictures of MiniMe this evening. I do them at home, create my own set and everything. All I need is a child that will sit in my set, LOL. MiniMe was all over the place. Last year I stuck him in a Christmas box and that made things a whole lot easier. But this year I had bigger plans. I wanted a picture of him beside a beautiful Christmas tree decorated with lights and ornaments.

Not under the tree.

Not hugging the tree.

Not throwing ornaments at the tree.

Not kissing the tree.

BESIDE the tree.

Unfortunately, he had other plans.

It went really well considering, and I'm pretty patient because lets face it, when we as parents get restless because our toddlers aren't doing what we want them to do, they just do more of what we don't want them to.

So I improvised.

I got a chair.

And chocolate.

And got the best pictures of him EVER! I am very happy with them, even if I had to resort to "carrot in front of the horse" tactics. He is looking at the camera (thank you chocolate!), he is beside the tree (ok, in front of a tree, but really, who cares)
he is smiling and he is happy.

What more could you want out of a Christmas picture :)