Friday, April 25, 2008

Should have stayed in Bed

I think this is one of those days where I should have just stayed in bed.

I had to cancel my dentist appointment for this morning- because this stupid cold I came down with is making it impossible to breath through my nose.

This afternoon, I took Nathan to the "old mall" in search of a store I'd heard about, that would hopefully either have a bra to fit under my wedding dress, or would be able to custom make one- the store isn't in the mall any more. And no one can remember the name of it, so I can't look it up to see if it's moved.

And I think the thing that's got me the most riled today, is the conversation Chris had with his brother last night. His whole family seems to think I need to head back to work! I'm so ANGRY about that. Just because his brothers wife is returning to work after her baby...just because his mother worked all through their childhoods...
I keep saying my kid(s) will only be young once, and I want to enjoy as much of it as I can.

Plus we made the decision to move to a smaller town- with cheaper housing for this exact reason- so I shouldn't have to work.

And truth be told, Both Chris and I had separate properties when we left town. I sold mine and put the profits into this house. He sold his and put them into the business, which has now in essence lost that money.
I have paid the mortgage myself for the last year.
Although that's the only bill I really pay- he pays the utilities etc. - it's not like I've been having a free ride on some gravy train. I feel I've contributed more than my share for the past for them to start yapping off that I need to go back too work and help with the bills is absolute crap to me!

Bubble magic

We had such a fun- MAGICAL time last night...

Nathan of course found the "ice cream cones" in the dollar store bag almost immediately. And wandered around, trying to carry all three of them for most of the night.

I finally unscrewed the lid of one, and started blowing some bubble for him- he was absolutely spellbound- I had somehow created the coolest thing ever. He sat on the floor and watched them, jumped up to catch them, spun around to see where they'd was at least twenty minutes of the best entertainment ever as far as he was concerned.

I love watch "new" things through his eyes...makes you remember how magical life can be if you look at everything with fresh eyes!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Dollar store is soooo cool

I had to zip into the dollar store this afternoon, to pick up a B-day card for "grandpa zooms" birthday at the end of the month; it'll have to be in the post this week to make it in time.

But while I was there I ended up spending a lot more than 1 dollar (surprise).

I picked up a little rake so Nathan can help with yard work, a plastic fishing pole with some plastic fish, a big box of those huge sidewalk chalks- can you telling I'm dying for spring to begin? But mother nature hates me and gave us more snow again today, actually I'm convinced it's my fault I was wearing Capri's or shants when it was warm a few weeks ago and I'm sure I jinxed everything.

*shants* - Tiff proposed this word in College, based off the theory they are Not Short, Not Pants...and anyone with self respect SHANT wear them. Love IT!

Back to the dollar store I also found these "ice creams" and had to have them, not only do I love the colors they're actually bubble blowers inside...I'm wondering if I should e-mail a pic to the wedding photographer...I think it would be so cool to use them in some of the wedding party pics, and then we could have bubbles too!
Well I think it's a neat idea, even if Chris rolls his eyes...

Signs of spring

Well the trees are starting to blossom...which is always so pretty...

But the other pics are our front yard...

What kind of sick joke is that??? There's still snow on half of it and Dandelions are already taking over the other half!!!

I guess I need to get on my resolution to find more earth friendly weed solutions a little sooner than I thought

FeEdiNg EVIL Geese

I Thought we needed to spend at least a little time outside yesterday- so we tried to teach Nathan to feed the ducks at the lake. He ate the bread- and the Geese won't let any ducks come near us....

It was a little Chilly, especially with the can see the snow is still between the rocks on the shore.

I also figured out yesterday that I'm afraid of geese.

I read somewhere years ago, that geese have strong enough wings that the flapping can break a childs arm. Hence why Nathan is being held in all these pictures.

But the stupid goose wouldn't leave me alone once it made the connection that I had food. I was literally running from this stupid thing...pretty aggressive bird I thought. It would walk right up to you looking for food...

As you can see in a bunch of the pics. Chris could even hand feed the stupid thing.

He was busy laughing at me, trying to convince me that even if the goose did bite has no teeth and the worst it would feel like was a pinch...I really have no desire to test that theory, thanks

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day

It's official Earth Day and I'm a little disappointed...we we're suppose to meet a bunch of people from our playgroup, for an outside playdate at the park, in honor of Earth Day. But because of all the snow in the last few days everyone seems to be bowing out.
So I instead I've been spending some time reflecting on how "green" our house is...
We moved in here just over a year ago now...and honestly the previous owner gave us kind of a head start...most of the light bulbs were already the new energy efficient florescents, there was low flow faucets on most of the sinks, the toilets have dual flush handles (which either don't work, because the water pressure is then too low, or they we're installed improperly- all I know is they usually stick and end up wasting more water than they save) and finally they also left us a compost bin in the garden.
But we moved in with a "greener" attitude and starting making some big changes- at least from how we we're before, and honestly I'm quite proud of us!
We recycle everything we can now, from all the cardboard cereal and cracker boxes in the house, to every single plastic bottle, wash out all the tin cans, and of course paper. In fact we have 5 bins in the storage area just off the kitchen for paper, plastic, glass, metal and cardboard respectively. And in doing so I can honestly say we've cut our garbage down to 1/3 of what it was at the other house. And that still includes all the diapers...we honestly used to average close to 3 large green garbage bags a week and now we're done to one or less! So I think we've done so changing.
I've always hung up laundry for drying, other than sheets and towels I rarely use the dryer and this past year I started using coldwater tide as well. I guess I bought into the commercials...and speaking of commercials here are my resolutions for getting even "greener" in the next year...
1) I need to do some research into phosphates, and if I can switch all of our household soaps to phosphate free- I keep seeing a Presidents choice commercial for their phosphate free dishwasher soap- and although I don't really understand much about what phosphates are or why it's bad- it is making me feel guilty that I should probably look into it! (yes, I am proof that marketing works- although I'm getting tired very quickly of "green guilt" marketing)
2) We started cleaning with a few green cleaning solutions last vinegar,baking soda and lemon type mixtures...It didn't last very long, although they seemed to work pretty close to as well, it always seems to be faster to grab the pre- packed disinfectant wipes- So I would like to resolve that I will make an effort to have most of these mixture pre mixed and waiting on the shelves so it's just as easy to us them as anything store bought.
3) With spring on it's way (hopefully) I will start combing the net for better weed control solutions. I tried last year, to find a dandelion solution- but everything I found suggested just popping the heads off by hand. That worked great the first day with 50 dandelions. The second day was less fun when 100 more had opened over night. By the third day in a row, when I walked out and found at least 200 more I admitted defeat and bought some weed killer at the store. But this year- hopefully with more awareness- maybe there's a more clever solution lurking out there somewhere???

This made me laugh today

I got this out of Reader's Digest (yes, I am someone I never thought I'd become reading read's digest on a regular basis), it came in the mail today... it mad me laugh out loud...and reminded me of my Dad, especially when I've obviously bored him with too many wedding details in one conversation! You can always tell, because he starts talking about what he's working on, and on which car...


Dear Abie,

The other day, I set off for work, leaving my husband in the house watching TV. I hadn't gone more than a kilometre or two when my engine conked out, and the car shuddered to a halt. I walked back hom, only to find my husband making love to our neighbour.
My Husband was let go from his job six months ago, and he says he has been feeling increasingly depressed and worthless. I love him very much, but don't know if I can trust him anymore. What should I do?


Dear Fustrated,

A car stalling can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Check for debris in the fuel line. If it's clear, check the "jubilee" clips holding the vacuum pipes onto the inlet manifold. Or maybe the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the carburetor float chamber.
I hope this helps.

Monday, April 21, 2008

well it's melting but...

All the snow is starting to melt, at least off the roads and sidewalks...but since all the parks and the backyard is still soaked...we had lunch at McDonalds playland today. Anything to burn off some of that cabin fever energy.
I think Nathan was a little overwhelmed, there was about a million kids there today. He was funny when we walked in he didn't even want to let me take off his boots or his coat he was just roaring to get playing. But we actually had to take most of our lunch with us since there were tears by the end and it was obviously past nap time.
Hey as long as some of that extra energy is doesn't matter that Mom had to finish her burger at home!
Mom has also spent most of nap time on the phone with her bridesmaid- trying to come up with a "dress solution" for the wedding.
I really wish more stores would show pictures of all their dresses on looks like I'll be running all over town here, well the same is being done in Calgary to find a similar dress at a good price. blah!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I love this....

“During a friendly argument, my husband asked me why I married him in the first place.

“I was just stupid,” I teased.

When he said he was happy to hear that, I requested an explanation.

“People get divorced all the time because they fall out of love,”he said.

“But I’ve never heard of anyone falling out of stupid.” –Linda E. Barbour

Snow, Snow Go Away!

It was a pretty quiet day around here...the snow seems to have slowed us all down.

Although we did manage to get to Moore's and pick out a Tuxedo for Chris this afternoon. He looks pretty spiffy when he's all cleaned up. He also managed to get matching ties for his brothers...they'll both match and then match his vest material as well...I think it'll all look I just need to start over with my bridesmaids...well at least one of them.
Nathan was quite amused with the mirrors too...I let him stand in the dressing room mirrors, and he could figure out why there was suddenly 20 Nathans. It was pretty fun to see. Although he had to leave the store a little earlier than Daddy since he was not playing very nice. He's obviously headed for the terrible 2's much earlier than expected.