Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I feel pretty sluggish lately. Don't feel like exercising very much or going for walks. Also a heavy blanket of exhaustion hits me every day without warning in the afternoon. Something which I have no control over. My body is tired and stretching to its maximum.
Lunch consisted of tomato sandwiches as there isn't much to eat in this house of mine. Tonight's menu consists of Ratatouille and green onion flatbread. Yum!
It is so flipping cold out today! Supposed to be even worse tomorrow. This morning the wind was so strong you could hear it howling outside. Makes you feel safe, warm and cozy in your bed though.
Made the cutest booties for the babe yesterday out of fleece. I bought the pattern on Etsy and it turned out beautifully! The pattern sizing only went up to 18 months but my husband bought some graph paper so I can try to enlarge them as I really want to make a matching pair for C. I'll work on that a little later.
Made all my baby wipes yesterday out of old flannel sheets! Doubled them up and used a zig zag stitch around the edges. Now just waiting for the diapers to arrive and I will be a cloth diapering mama!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So needless to say I placed an order last week and am eagerly (yes I know it sounds ridiculous to "eagerly" await the arrival of DIAPERS) waiting for them to arrive.
Speaking of waiting of things to arrive, where have I been over the last 8 months? On another planet? Why is it that I have JUST recently (last 2 weeks) realized that I need things for the baby which I haven't even thought of until now. I had 8 months to prepare and purchase these items. 8 MONTHS! But no, instead I decide that shopping for baby items in the smack dab middle of the holiday season is a dandy time to do so.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
C sat through the entire thing with the help of the hymn books (which she went through at least 20 times). All four of them had to be looked at then put back, over and over again. There was absoloutely nothing to look at except for music notes and writing but she thought they were just great.
On the way out we stopped to look at the nativity scene in front of the church and C named off every animal and "Mary, Man (Joseph) and baby Jesus".
Earlier today we were listening to the "birds singing kismas" translation = Chipmunk's christmas cd. She was dancing up a storm with her daddy. Hands in the air, twirling around, jumping around. Ahh my heart...
I made chocolate truffles and cranberry, orange and walnut biscotti this week. Tomorrow I'm planning on making Bryanna Clark Grogan's Panettone from Nonna's Italian Kitchen. As if I need to gain anymore weight with this pregnancy! But now see its Christmas weight so its allowed (I'm trying to use this as a brainwashing tecnique for myself but its not working).
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
They are estimating the babies weight to be between 6-6 1/2 pounds right now! I thought that was pretty big considering I'm 35 weeks although I feel as if there is no room left. When I lie down this little munchkin moves her bum from side to side or stretches her legs out. You can almost feel the toes when she kicks!
We had a ton of errands to run after the appointment and didn't even have time to finish everything. 2 more weeks until we go again.
Everyone is talking about how people aren't spending as much this year however after yesterday I would have to disagree. The shops were jam packed from 10 am - 3pm! We were in Canadian Tire and they had 5 cashiers open with lines reaching down the isles. While waiting in line I saw a tall, rough, older man wearing work clothes and suspenders. He was one of those guys who just don't shop. The type that avoid shopping at all costs, who you don't usually see in a store unless they are being dragged by their wives. This man however was by himself, waiting patiently in a never ending line up to purchase one item. A Tonka truck. Christmas turns even tough guys into softies.
We had a single man rent a room last night from a town not too far away. He was driving a volkswagen with a broken heater and and was on his way to BC. After 2 hours of driving in a snowstorm with CANDLES lit inside the car to keep his windshield clear he decided to head home the next day. Apparently the blanket he used to cover his legs wasn't enough to keep him warm. Umm.... yes I can understand that.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
It is so beautiful outside today and the temperature is just right. The snow is glistening like little diamonds in the sun. Gorgeous!
I have to go through all of my files now before putting the drawers back in my desk (oh joy). Must take advantage of this wonderful time in the afternoon when C is having her beauty rest. Why is it that no matter how large the desk there is never enough space for anything. And why do we insist on shoving papers in drawers when we have FILES to store them in. Laziness I tell you its laziness. Early New Years resolution NO MORE MESSY DESK DRAWERS.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Well I feel much better now; "I can see clearly now the rain has gone". Sheesh I just seem to be breaking into song lately at any given moment ha! Ah well, music is medicine for the soul.
December "the month of Christmas" has officially begun! We were going to put our tree up today but unfortunately there is a file cabinet and hutch that has to be moved into our new room upstairs so I don't have anywhere to put it until Wednesday or Thursday. Lots of other things to do in the meantime.
I bought the two cutest figurines the other day. So many Christmas decorations are tacky or distasteful but I thought these were adorable. I have a real soft spot for the "Victorian Santa Claus". I'm not a big fan of the new florescent red and brightly bleached white one of the current day. The charm and innocence just isn't there like it is with the original. I am biased though as I'm a real sucker for anything Victorian, vintage or otherwise.
Friday, November 28, 2008
My husband helped me to see a different side of things. He is such a calm, level headed and understanding man who thinks clearly no matter what, where as I used to let my "passionate streak" control my actions, words and thoughts. I am happier now that I am no longer that person and feel as if I've been let out of a "box"; although can't handle "drama" as well as I used to.
My head hurts, I'm tired and as the song goes, "Make the world go away".
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The baby is head down! YEAH super relief. Last midwife appointment she was still breech but the little darling turned. Boy am I glad about THAT. C loves these appointments. She sits next to me while I get my blood pressure checked. She lies next to me on the examining bed with this sweet little smile on her face while the midwife checks the babies position and heart beat. Then she talks about how she is going to be a "big tista". My baby is going to be a big sister. Wow....
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sewing is therapeutic for me actually. It is very soothing and relaxing once you get started. Trying to keep C preoccupied is the hard part which is why I usually save it for the evenings.
C needs another dress and I didn't see anything in a reasonable price range in the stores (is it just me or do they put EVERYTHING up for the holidays?) I'll have to pick up a pattern next week for a jumper. There were a couple of Simplicity ones that were pretty cute and included patterns for pants and a couple of different tops. I already have some beautiful fine wale corduroy in a retro blue design which was picked up earlier on this year.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The weather is getting colder now. Not just chilly but that fresh cold that bites harshly. I really like the cold as odd as that may seem. It refreshes my mind, body and soul something that the extreme heat just can't do.
We had our first snow of the season today! A little earlier then usual and not just a dusting either so it officially counts as the "First Snow" on our calendar. Christmas is just around the corner.... Time to start thinking about Advent!
This morning as I was brushing C's hair I was astonished as to how long its grown! The curls usually hide the length but today they had formed into soft golden waves. She was preoccupied with a television show so I pulled out the comb and attempted to french braid her hair. I don't know what was more shocking, the fact that I did a decent job or the fact that she allowed me to do so and sat still?
This is the before and after. My sweet little brown haired Pippi.
Monday, November 17, 2008
A Message by George Carlin:
Saturday, November 15, 2008
And while we are on the topic of cooking I found out some interesting news the other day. Apparently Tenderflake puff pastry is vegan! Who knew? There is a recipe on the box for a wonderful apple tart with caramel sauce. That will be our Sunday dessert I believe.
Drooling over Le Creuset today. My cast iron fry pans get used constantly and these look even better. Time to save up some Aeroplan miles.
Pancakes for breakfast tomorrow! Every Sunday is our pancake breakfast and both hubby and baby look forward to it wholeheartedly. It is also our day of rest and relaxation although I don't know how much of that I will be doing considering all the business paperwork which must be tended to. Lots of paperwork to leaf through which has piled up during the week "sigh". I'll be so happy when my desk is in its final resting place and I have my little home office back again.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
1. What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. (This is my creed.)
2. You define your own life. Don't let other people write your script.
3. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.
4. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. (A lesson from Maya Angelou.)
5. Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.
6. What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you believe.
7. If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough. (From the German theologian and humanist Meister Eckhart.)
8. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
9. Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.
10. If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.
11. Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn't lie.
12. Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.
13. Let passion drive your profession.
14. Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus.
15. Love doesn't hurt. It feels really good.
16. Every day brings a chance to start over.
17. Being a mother is the hardest job on earth. Women everywhere must declare it so.
18. Doubt means don't. Don't move. Don't answer. Don't rush forward.
19. When you don't know what to do, get still. The answer will come.
20. "Trouble don't last always." (A line from a Negro spiritual, which calls to mind another favorite: This, too, shall pass.)
Friday, November 7, 2008
Oh.. My... Lord. Luscious, smooth, fluffy and unbelievably divine. Chocolate was the last thing on my mind until I read about it and now its all I can think about. Now I have to restrain myself from eating the entire bar. It has since been relocated to a very high area, out of reach. In order to retrieve it again I must get a step ladder. Hopefully that defers me and my insatiable craving although somehow I doubt it.
The floor is being ripped out today right down to the bare boards. They have to fix it all from underneath as nothing is level. Lots of creaks and cracks which have to be repaired before the tile goes down. My allergies are acting up which is odd as I am not usually prone to allergies.
I'm amazed at how this little girl of mine who couldn't stay asleep naps through loud drilling, grinding and sawing. From one extreme to another!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Even though we're Canadian, my husband and I feel such an immense feeling of joy and excitement for the future of American. President Barack Obama said last night
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."
It sure was an answer to us.
45 years ago it was only a dream. Dreams do come true. Anything is possible. Martin Luther King Jr. would be so proud.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
On a completely different note, I MUST make granola today. Throughout this pregnancy I haven't had any cravings except for granola. I could eat it all day. How weird is that?
Speaking of pregnancy I feel so huge! While at Canadian Tire the other day I tried to sneak through the space between the teller and my cart to place my bags in and couldn't fit through. I tried sneaking in through the side, frontwards, backwards but to no avail. It was quite funny actually. I was trapped by the baby belly.
(you may be able to see my toes but I sure can't )
I have also recently developed Mommy-brain. Now I did have this condition with my first but it wasn't this severe. Does it get worse with every child you have? If that is the case God bless Mrs. Duggar.
Just to give an example; we were in Subway and after paying for lunch I asked the lady for "One of those things" pointing behind the counter. She looked at me questioning, "What things". " You know, I said, those things", as I began sketching a rectangle in the air with my fingers. Blessed girl finally came to the conclusion that the crazy woman needed a TRAY to place the subs on. My mind had truly drawn a blank. I couldn't for the life of me remember the word TRAY. Sigh.
Well I'm off. Lunch, mail and then try to put her down for her nap. Not necessarily in that order but I'll try.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I'm glad we decided not to go trick or treating last night as it would have made thing worse. Next year for sure though. Now its on to Christmas...
I've been looking into some prelit Christmas trees however most of the bulbs aren't guaranteed. Meaning if one goes out, tough luck for you as the rest don't work. Not an ideal situation when you have over 1000 lights on a tree. I came across this one today
The World's Best Pre-Lit Noble Fir.
Super Cool and its guaranteed for life.
My husband is finally taking a much needed break today after working so hard all week on these renovations. He put the beam up in the sun room, fixed all the faulty wiring (so far anyways) and put up a big post on the outside of the office. It looks beautiful! They were supposed to put two up but it ended up taking longer than anticipated. Next week is supposed to be nice though so it should be finished by then.
Now I'm off to make a carrot cake with vegan cream cheese icing. It feels like a carrot cake day today. I love autumn. Everyday calls out for walks in the leaves, hot apple cider, spicy carrot cake, fresh bread and anything else that fills the house with comforting aromas. Yes I love fall.
Friday, October 31, 2008
She’ll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She’ll pour herself some.
Her three year old will spill the coffee.
She’ll wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she will find dirty socks.
She’ll remember she has to do laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She’ll trip over boots and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She’ll look for her cookbook. (101 Things to make with a pound of hamburger.)
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two-year-old.
She’ll smell something funny.
She’ll change the two-year-old.
While she is changing the two-year-old the phone will ring.
Her five-year-old will answer and hang up.
She’ll remember that she wants to phone a friend to come for coffee.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
She will pour herself some.
And chances are,
If she has a cup of coffee,
Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.
Written by Kathy Fictorie, based on the children’s book “If you give a mouse a cookie” by Laura Numeroff.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
My little girl and I went to pick up some supplies today. The dollar store has to be one of the most fantastic places to shop. I left with a huge bag overflowing with goodies for $25! My daughter was thrilled as well with all the interesting items being bought for her. Safety scissors (discovered at a friend's house yesterday what a great idea), glue sticks, play dough, stickers, a Dora pencil case to which she exclaimed "Hode it, I hode it. Dora mama, Dora!", papers, colouring pencils etc, etc, etc.
She was mesmerized when we got home with all the goodies. Watching her squeeze and touch the play dough for the first time was a treat.
There is nothing like witnessing your children experience things for the first time. Their eyes wide in amazement and when they smile at you in wonder all for the simple things we take for granted like the crunch of leaves underneath our feet while going for a walk or the birds flying in the sky. Or like today the feeling of play dough being squished and poked for the first time :).
No, I don't believe there is anything better than that.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I have been looking for patterns to make some felt food for my daughter as a Christmas present and came across Bugga Bugs . She also has a store on Etsy you can check out at Bugga Bugs heartfelt fun . Everything is so cute and realistic! If you sign up for her mailing list you can receive a free pattern. Now to make a decision on which one to get.....
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I walk along holding your 2-year-old hand, basking in the glow of our magical relationship.
Suddenly I feel a kick from within, as if to remind me that our time alone is limited.
And I wonder, how could I love another child as I love you?
Then she is born, and I watch you.
I watch as the pain you feel at having to share me as you have never shared me before.
I hear you telling me in your own way, "Please love only me" and I hear myself telling you in mine "I can't".
Knowing in fact that I never can again.
You cry, I cry with you.
I almost see our baby as an intruder on the precious relationship we once shared.
A relationship we can never have again.
But then, barely noticing, I find myself attached to that new being, and feeling almost guilty.
I'm afraid to let you see me enjoying her -- as though I am betraying you.
But then I notice your resentment change, first to curiosity, then to protectiveness, finally to genuine affection.
More days pass, and we are settling into a new routine.
The memory of days with just the two of us is fading fast.
But something is replacing those wonderful times we shared, just us two.
There are new times -- only now we are three.
I watch the love between you grow, the way you look at each other, touch each other.
I watch how she adores you, as I have for so long.
I see how excited you are by each of her new accomplishments.
I begin to realize that I haven't taken something from you, I've given something to you.
I notice that I am no longer afraid to share my love openly with both of you.
I find that my love for each of you is as different as you are, but equally strong.
And my question is finally answered to my amazement.
Yes, I can love another child as much as I love you, only differently.
And although I realize that you may have to share my time, I know you'll never share my love.
There's enough of that for both of you -- you each have your own supply.
I love you both and I thank you both for blessing my life.