Wordless Wednesday; The Princess Tea

Here is my collection of pictures from the Princess Tea, coming up again this year at Faith Tabernacle church. It’s a fancy luncheon, for any little princess age 3+, that’s full of fun, delicious food and Disney princesses. These are our photos from last year and I’ve decided to post them, in anticipation of this year’s event. Both girls get to attend and couldn’t be more excited- just this evening they wanted to wear their crowns to bed. I will post again after the 2016 event, sharing the pictures from that.

Please see the watermarks on the photos, as they’re a mix of my own and ones from the Faith Welland Connections Facebook page. Thank you for allowing me to use them and to Celebrations Photography, for some of these absolutely gorgeous shots.

I’m still going to label this as a Wordless Wednesday post because, apart from explaining what you’re looking at and giving credit where it’s due, I will leave you to these pictures now.

princesstea3

 

princess tea

 

princesstea

 

princesstea2


princesstea4

 

princesstea6


11148392_772672842831291_8227158257539272439_n (1)

 

11350537_772677752830800_3830338727486684570_n

 

11227049_772663536165555_1453577327831752540_o

 

1496342_776146402483935_2681266405223191059_o

 

11312626_776146545817254_2648803124658347461_o

 

11312714_776146015817307_6921656227712502623_o

 

11357124_776146219150620_5294278063598965432_o

 

11425551_776146565817252_8937686785093647036_o

 

11406684_776149899150252_8156837534380414820_o

 

11312917_776149129150329_979663076055583167_o

Views of Thing 2

I have done a couple of questionnaires with the children, which you can find here and here, and I’ve finally gotten some time alone with my stepson in order to make him part of this series too. I plan to ask the children these questions once in a while, tracking their changes and views on life. Here’s a picture of Thing 2 and below are his responses;

11248947_10155968803740184_3930181361094800218_o
1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything, what would it be?
 I’m going to say, like, a few squares.
2. What do you think is in outer space?
Something that goes on forever.
3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been?
Zooz. I liked the Sky Quest. And here.
4. What are you good at?
Art, studying animals and rocks;  I do study them.
5. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
I don’t know. “You got 100%” or something like that, in school. 
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of school and some project that I studied on the otter. I really liked that.
7. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
Eat lots of candy, I think, and stay up all night.
8. What is the worst smell in the world?
(lots of laughter) My brother, farting.
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Geologist… or one of those people from Marineland that do the things with the dolphins- I want to do that, with otters instead.
10. What makes you cry?
 If my brother’s mean, or other people are mean.
(As a side note, he had just cried because Thing 1 attacked his guy in Minecraft)
11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark?
Uhm, no.
12. What are you scared of?
Roller coasters.
13. If you could mix any animals, what two animals would you combine?
The shark and the horse. I just think it would be funny… Or the body of a tick and the head of a dog. 
14. Who is your hero?
My Dad and my brother- No real reason, just because it’s nice and because they’re people who I do things with and look up to. They always help me. 
15. What is your favorite song?
Get Lucky by Daft Punk.
16. What is a friend?
A friend is someone who looks out for me and, if we have a fight, someone who will always come back. They help me do things.
17. What is your favourite memory?
When we were at the cottage, I liked going fishing and swimming together and going out for dinner at that really, really, really good place. I loved the french fries. 
18. If you could be any animal, what type of animal would you be?
An otter because they pretty much get to do whatever they want.
19. Who is your best friend?
Maitland.
20. What is your favorite thing to do with family?
 Go out for a few days, like go camping or to the cottage, or something like that. 
21. What is the most important rule?
Always help people in need, or help clean up.
22. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
A house and a bunch of animals.
23. Why do people get old?
They’ve had a whole year of life, so you just get older. They get wrinkly and stuff because they’re just growing too much skin and it’s crinkling up. Your skin gets thinner and thinner so your veins start to show too. 
24. What is love?
I have no idea. How many questions are there? We’re just halfway?!
Oh boy, okay…
When people get together, they eventually start liking each other and they do all these activities together, then they fall in love. It’s when two people spend all of their time together, then move in together and they get married. That’s all I’ve thought about it.
25. If your pet could talk, what would it say?
“Hello. I love you, let’s play! Take me for a walk. What do you want to do? I’m hungry- could I please have some water?”.
26. If you had super powers, what would they be?
To crawl through a computer and then be in a different place or on a different planet. Oh- and to make things float, with mind control. And splashing water at people out of NOWHERE!
27. What’s the best thing about being a kid?
You get a lot of free time and you don’t normally have to take care of anyone a lot. You also don’t have to do as much work as adults do, or even go to work. You get to just stay at home for the whole day. That’s all I’ve got.
 
28. Why do people have different colour skin?
Um, because of the sun- people who live where it’s really, really hot out have darker skin. People who have light skin, like white skin, have it because they don’t need the dark skin because it’s not going to be super hot and it’s not going to be really cold. Sometimes where it’s really cold, people have darker skin too… just not super dark.
29. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why?
Someone in Vancouver, like if they were still a kid- My Papa Dale, if he was still a kid. He’s really fun and always goes fishing with me, teaches me how to cast and helps me pull out fish too. He would be a fun friend to have. That’s all I’ve got.
30. What makes you happy when you’re sad?
My family because they always cheer me up and tell me that we’re doing exciting things together.
31. Do you have a lucky number? Why is it lucky to you?
58. It’s lucky because, whenever they tell me to pick a number between 1-100, it’s mostly a winning one and it’s an even number.
32. If you could be president for the day, what would you do?
I would tell people what to do and, uhm, make them build new houses for orphans to live in. I would make people have to adopt more orphans, to give them families so they can live nicely.
 
 
33. What is something that you don’t understand about grownups?
They always get to eat candy whenever they want and get to do whatever they want, pretty much. They get to do fun things and go to parties by themselves or have alone time, like at my other house- I don’t understand that.
34. What is the greatest thing ever invented?
The phone, the computer, a house, ovens and TVs.  I can’t pick between all of those.
35. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it?
Once, my mother and I coloured on my brother’s face when he was sleeping to get him back for drawing on me. He had glasses and a moustache.
36. What do you think is the most important appliance or piece of furniture in your house?
The oven or stove.
37. What is your favorite word? Why?
My favourite word is “boom-boom” because it’s fun to say.
38. If you had your own country, what would it be called?
Um, Fishland, with fish everywhere. 
39. What do you dream about when you sleep?
Scary things…no, wait… fun things mostly, like wave pools and going to the waterpark.
40. If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? Why?
 The trumpet because I really like the sound and they’re kind of soothing. They’re really fun to play and it’s kind of like a flute- I already know how to play the flute.
41. What 3 words would you use to describe our family?
Fun, lucky and polite.
42. What’s something you’d like to learn how to do?
Um, fly!
43. If you had to give away all of your toys but one, which one would you keep?
I’m going to say the Xbox.
44. What do you think Heaven is like?
White, with lots of clouds and it’s peaceful.
45. What is something that you’re thankful for?
My life, my family and my pets.
46. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Going on a roller coaster. That’s what I answered on the “What are you afraid of?” question, because it was really hard to do because it gives you this really weird feeling. It feels like your skin is going on the back of your face- and I don’t like fast rides. You know that weird feeling that you feel when you’re on a roller coaster- I don’t like that, it’s what scares me.
47. Do you think that telling the truth is always right, even if it hurts someone’s feelings?
Yes.
48. If you could change one thing about me, what would it be?
Not having that sickness thing with your heart, I don’t want you to have that.
49. What’s the greatest thing about being you?
I always get my way.
50. If you could fix any one thing about the world, what problem would you fix first?
I would make sure there were no more tornadoes or things like that happening.

 

If you end up using this questionnaire, feel free to shoot me your link. I would love to see what your own children come up with!

 

An Interview With Thing 1

I recently came across a fun questionnaire for children on the CrayonFreckles site and, with the exception of a few questions (I swapped some of hers out for some of my own), I used her outline to interview my oldest son. I had to change a couple of things to be more age appropriate, as my son’s already aware of how babies are made, and I wanted to change out a few of the more religious questions. I’m so glad that I did this- although it’s an easy questionnaire and doesn’t take much time, I discovered things that I didn’t know about my child and this has made me feel so much closer to him. I teared up a couple of times, listening to him talk, and he teared up during one of these. He’s heading to an age where it’ll be a lot more difficult to speak to him for any length of time so, while he’s still receptive, I’m so thrilled to have taken this time with him.
Be sure to check out the site mentioned above for a great printable, in case you want to ask your own wee ones!
1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything, what would it be?
 That’s kinda tricky. I would say, a big house, with lots of land and just squares and rectangles.
2. What do you think is in outer space?
Stars. Planets and then, far beyond all of the planets, there are other galaxies….probably with other life.
3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been?
Canada’s Wonderland. I like it more than the cottage because nothing really exciting happened at the cottage. Well, we tipped a canoe but… 
My favourite thing about Canada’s Wonderland was all of the rides and Ethan flipping out on the rollercoaster.
4. What are you good at?
I’m good at learning different languages. I’m good at sports and I’m good at helping others.
5. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Hmm. I don’t know. Wait, are these questions necessary? Probably something you’ve said.
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the fact I’ve started a job and that I’ve raised lots of money for charity- and that I will help people when they need help.
7. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
You don’t want to know!
I would probably play tons of tricks on people, or get all of the money from a bank… but, I mean, I’m never going to be invisible.
8. What is the worst smell in the world?
Wet socks. Ones I’ve worn after gym class.
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Whatever is going to make me lots of money.
10. What makes you cry?
 When I saw that you guys were sad when I was about to have my surgery. Like, seeing the people I love being really sad.
11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark?
Uh, I don’t think there were dinosaurs. I did see the movie but, uh, I don’t think so.
12. What are you scared of?
The unknown.
(answered straight away)
13. If you could mix any animals, what two animals would you combine?
A cheetah mixed with a bear. It would be strong and fast. 
(As a side note, I’m so glad he didn’t say “bulldog and shihtzhu”- that’s totally what I was expecting)
14. Who is your hero?
Probably you or Dad. Mainly you though ’cause I think that you are very smart and you know how to manage things. You hold everyone together and do fun things.
15. What is your favorite song?
One Republic- Counting Stars (he could only name the lyrics to it).
16. What is a friend?
A friend is someone that you can count on, for your secrets- someone you trust. 
17. What is your favourite memory?
(after a lot of thought)
When I got the Dad I never had. There’s lots of memories from when Ethan and I played together, or getting to have tiny siblings because I’ll get to have nephews and nieces. I would say the best one was getting to have a Dad though because mine left me.
18. If you could be any animal, what type of animal would you be?
I like tigers and bears but I would say I’d like to be a tiger because they’re going extinct…so if I was one then maybe I could help protect the tiger existence. 
19. Who is your best friend?
Um, well I guess I’m popular. I had two schools here so I have friends from there and from the new school too. I can’t really choose my best friend because I have tons of them but, if I have to, then I would say Cole, Jaren and Dylan are my best ones. And Hayden too. Those are all of my best ones and I can’t choose just one. There’s also Lucas- and then that would probably be it.
20. What is your favorite thing to do with family?
 Go on a walk, or go to the beach…something outdoors-like. 
21. What is the most important rule?
Don’t go out without your parents.
22. If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
I would do things for people that don’t have a lot of food. I would use some for my family and I too, going on a big trip and getting a good-sized house.
23. Why do people get old?
I don’t know, I’m not a scientist! You’ve gotta do *something*. That’s the way we were made- if we don’t get old then we can’t grow up, have kids and families. I don’t have a big theory, that’s just the way we were made.
24. What is love?
Why are you asking me such weird questions?! It’s when two people have strong feelings for eachother and they decide to be with one another, to have a family together and to stay together for their lives. That’s what I think love is.
25. If your pet could talk, what would it say?
Ben, you’re a sonofa—-
Don’t write that. Mom…alright, whatever. She would say, “I need to be fed. I want to go to the washroom. Pay attention to me!” She would just give us orders and ask for things, like Charlii does.
26. If you had super powers, what would they be?
Super strength and super speed. I would also have super intelligence and, I guess, why not- to fly!
27. What’s the best thing about being a kid?
That you don’t have to pay for your bills or make your own food and you don’t have to buy your own house. You don’t have to take care of yourself and you don’t have any kids to deal with, unless you’re an older sibling like myself. Sometimes you can sit back and play a videogame or just play outside and take a bike ride. Plus, you always have family there to help you make decisions and help you get through things but, if you’re a grown up, you have to make your own decisions.
And can I add another answer the question before this? I would read minds too. 
28. Why do people have different colour skin?
Um, because some choose to stay inside and that makes them very pale- I don’t know why though. Some people are just born that way. I don’t know the story but there were two groups of people and they split up- there was a black side and a white side and I don’t know how to tell it but some got lighter because of where we live, I think? I don’t know. These questions are hard.
29. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why?
Oh! Um, Stephen Hawking! I’d like to be friends with him or Albert Einstein…or any great inventor or mathematician. They could help me with my homework, help me construct things and, if I hang out with them a lot, then I would become smarter too. 
30. What makes you happy when you’re sad?
When I get sad that I may die some day, I try to think of the present and live life for today. I’ll just distract myself if I’m sad in general, with something else to do.
31. Do you have a lucky number? Why is it lucky to you?
Eight. It’s lucky because, when I was 8, I got a soccer jersey with my age on it and it was my favourite number for the whole year. After that, it kind of just stuck with me.
32. If you could be president for the day, what would you do?
I would eliminate electricity or water bills. I would start to pay the country $100 towards grocery costs for families that might need it. I would try to get it so that school work is done in schools and not at home.
33. What is something that you don’t understand about grownups?
Love. For sure, it’s just really confusing to me.
34. What is the greatest thing ever invented?
I would say electricity, being found and used to power so many things. It gives us light and electricity is related to technology- I just think it’s all really cool. 
35. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it?
Yeah, I’ve played many jokes! I joked that my friend’s girlfriend liked me…and set it up with the whole class. Everyone was in on it and he believed it but then we obviously told him it was just a joke.
I also drew on my brother’s face while he was sleeping. Twice.
36. What do you think is the most important appliance or piece of furniture in your house?
Our kitchen….The stove!
37. What is your favorite word? Why?
I’d say “stuff” because it gets me out of lots of things that I didn’t want to say. 
38. If you had your own country, what would it be called?
Funland. Only because B.C. is already a place. 
39. What do you dream about when you sleep?
 Most of the time I don’t have any dreams but, when I do, it’s a nightmare. One time I had a nightmare that we were walking on a bridge and the girls fell off when I wasn’t looking. They were swept under the water and you and Dad jumped in after them. Then it was just Ethan and I. Before the dream ended, his jaw opened wide open and his face turned into stone. Then he fell apart…and then I woke up.
40. If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? Why?
 The drums because I like the beat and I like  how, when you whack all of them at the same time, or really fast, it creates a very unique sound. Most of my favourite songs have lots of drums in them.
41. What 3 words would you use to describe our family?
Silly, weird and awesome. 
42. What’s something you’d like to learn how to do?
Karate and  to also learn how to conquer my fears. 
43. If you had to give away all of your toys but one, which one would you keep?
 Probably my wooden axe. 
44. What do you think Heaven is like?
Um, I don’t really believe that you go to Heaven. I think, if it is real, I picture it being very bright and anything you want, you get. I believe in reincarnation though so I think we just come back. Maybe you could just have a choice though and go to Heaven instead. It’s hard though because no one really knows.
45. What is something that you’re thankful for?
 I am thankful for a family that cooks my meals, puts up with me and gives me a good future- if that makes any sense.
46. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
I can’t remember lots but I’d say controlling my feelings and moving away from one of the house I liked and one of the schools I liked. 
47. Do you think that telling the truth is always right, even if it hurts someone’s feelings?
No. 
48. If you could change one thing about me, what would it be?
Um, you stop keeping me inside sometimes and I just go wherever I want to go, whenever.
49. What’s the greatest thing about being you?
(jokingly says)
I’m kinda balanced because girls love me, only sometimes they’re way over-the-moon…. only my Nana is allowed to be over-the-moon in love with me. Seriously though, the greatest thing is that I have a home and food. Many families don’t have that.
50. If you could fix any one thing about the world, what problem would you fix first?
 To help all families in the world love each other, get along and be happy- everywhere.
If you end up using this questionnaire, feel free to shoot me your link. I would love to see what your own children come up with!

An Interview With Peanut

I saw this post flying around on Facebook and decided that I would make it into an interview, with my oldest daughter, and post it on here in order to have the cute keepsake. Without further ado, here are the words of my three year old Peanut.

10626562_10154525405285184_4353683275500172051_n

1. What is something mom always says to you? Eat.

2. What makes mom happy? If I eat all my lunch.

3. What makes mom sad? Um… if we have to throw out toys.

4. How does your mom make you laugh? Um, painting the wall.

5. What was your mom like as a child? Um, a birthday cake.

6. How old is your mom? Ummmm, four.

7. How tall is your mom? Seven and one thing.

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Make a craft.

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Don’t like it. Make a craft and go for a walk.

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? For walking.

11. What is your mom really good at? Painting.

12. What is your mom not very good at? Not making sandwiches.

13. What does your mom do for a job? Writing things down.

14.What is your mom’s favorite food? Sandwiches.

15.What makes you proud of your mom? I love you.

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? Mermaid.
(man, I love this kid lol)

17. What do you and your mom do together? Go for walks and on dates.

18. How are you and your mom the same? You’re twenty and I’m two.

19. How are you and your mom different? You’re Mummy and I’m Peanut.

20. How do you know your mom loves you? We paint a card for you, for Balance Day.
(She was confused on this one, saying she shows me she loves me by making cards for Mother’s Day…. which she thinks, for some reason, is called Balance day. I suppose that makes sense, as I juggle quite a lot :P)

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? When he makes things for you.

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? To Freshco’s.

23. How old was your Mom when you were born? Um, twenty.

A Moment In Me-Time; March Madness

It feels like I just wrote one of these posts- goes to show how quickly time flies.

It also shows that I really ought to keep my butt in gear and get my posts published on time, in order to have a nice gap in this series.  Thank you for coming by and sharing my moment, while I have some me-time (aka a glass of wine). This is the series where I let you into my personal life and tell you about what’s going on this month at Chez Casteels.

My thoughts on March; In like a lion, out like a lamb- truly!

  • March came in blustery, frigid and absolutely terrible on the tails of February’s record-breaking cold snap. It appears that spring has sprung, however, and we’ve had beautiful, warm and sunny days lately. I was outside in just a sweater this afternoon and was completely comfortable. Everything is thawing!
    On the downside, I saw an ant in the living room today and it’s time to bust out the peppermint oil. I can effectively, and naturally, keep those pesky buggers outside where they belong by sparsely dropping the oil around the perimeter of my room maybe once a week or so. It also smells just lovely and is far safer for my children, as well as our dog.spring-60504_1280

          What I’m reading;

  • I’m such a douchecanoe- I’m not reading anything. I’ve been making an effort to invest more in my blogger tribes this month and I’ve been spending spare time pouring over fellow bloggers’ musings and work. As such, a novel has been put on the backburner. I’m going to have to invest some time in a good book soon though, as my Gramma has read pretty much everything Nicholas Sparks has written in this past month alone and she’s putting me to shame.1619207_10153786900450416_728380407_n

          My favorite blogs/sites this month;

  • Tomoson is ranking up in my list of faves for March. I know, I know- so many bloggers complain about it but I’ve actually made some money and found some excellent products on there this past couple of weeks so I’m a happy camper. Yay for bill payments.

  • I’m cooking a lot of different food this month so I’m actually perusing The Food Network’s site every second day, Alton Brown’s Good Eats section in particular. Gah, I love that guy.

         What I’m watching;

  • I’m catching up on The Blacklist. Admittedly, I’m fairly disappointed in the plotline. This whole, “Will she, won’t she?” back and forth between the two main characters is getting to me. Moreover, it seems like the only intelligent characters are male. I’m not sure what woman, ever, would just drop a subject when someone distracts her with another- but it seems highly unlikely to me, especially from a woman who’s trained in investigation and profiling. I think it’s getting a little silly but I’m still hopelessly addicted to James Spader. Lord.
  • I have also gotten much moreintoSchitt’s Creek, a story about a fabulously wealthy family that is swindled by their accountant, leading to all of their assets being seized. They’re forced to move into a tiny town full of “regular people” and hilarity ensues. Daniel Levy is laugh-out-loud funny and is my favourite character but they all play off of one another so well. I highly recommend it.

    schitts-hero_new3

    sourced from cbc.ca

         What I’m eating or drinking; 

  • Guess what I did? I broke down and ended up with my rear end sticking out of our fridge, stuffing my mouth full of cheese and anything I could find- including chocolate. I don’t even like chocolate (unless it’s dark)! I hate myself….and I looooove food lol. I make very sensible diet choices on a regular basis but I know where I go wrong and have to just cut that stuff out, rather than limit everything I eat and do. I’m not “fat” but do need to tone up and slim down just a wee bit. As a result of my freak out, I’ve decided that I can lose the weight slightly slower but wind up quite a lot happier. I lost 78lbs after having my son (back to pre-pregnancy weight) so I do know what I’m doing. I just have to stay motivated, disciplined and I need to refrain from snacking at night.

What I’m wearing; 

  • I have recently done up some shirts that help with the promotion of this site. They read, “I’m afraid if I gave up wine, I would have to replace it with MURDER” and include my website across the bum or the sleeve. Considering I’m tagged in a wine-related post at least a couple of times each week by those who know me, I felt it was pretty fitting. I’ve been wearing my comfy sweater with that printed upon it, then a tank top that matches. I’ve got a few more, to give away to people, but I’m debating how I want to go about that.search-back[1]

What I’m doing; 

  • I’m getting ready to plant the herb garden and we’ve taken on tomatoes this year. I’ve got little seedlings sitting on my diningroom table, just waiting to sprout their organic deliciousness.  We’re making a serious investment in the outside of our house this season, as I’m tired of it looking shabby and I will be able to have the girls out in the yard this year- no newborns that need to be held! (Not sure if I’m happy about that or completely distraught) This means that I’ll be able to tend to our garden so we’ve started the compost and the seedlings.
  • I’m actually starting to wedding plan and solidify a few things- yay! I’ve made a few small purchases and gathered some of the decor, which will be mostly DIY so thank goodness I’ve got a crafty streak. I’ll probably feature a few of those items on the blog when all is said and done.
  • Spring cleaning. Gah, so much crap to sort fun.

What I’m listening to; 

  • Sugar by Maroon 5. Bear and I are actually going to use this song for our first dance when we get married, rather than your standard slow one. We prefer a bit of fun and something different, plus the lyrics are pretty good. It’s been playing quite a lot lately, in celebration of finally settling on one.

  • I’ve been looking up “Greatest Hits- full album” on YouTube quite a bit and just going with a lot of the random things that pop up. Right now, I’m playing Michael Buble (I love him) and Home is playing as I write this.
Making me happy this month;
  •  Lessard Coutu Custom Jewellers. Keep your eyes on the blog over the next couple of weeks for a special review going up! My engagement ring from Divine Diamonds/Infinity Jewellers (which I had nothing but problems with and it caused us to postpone our wedding) is now being redone by a truly gifted jeweller from an unrelated store. It’s being fixed and I can’t wait until I can finally wear my ring. I can not possibly say enough about Lessard Coutu Custom Jewellery and our experience has been fantastic so be sure you click that link and check out their Facebook page.  It would mean almost as much to me as their actions, if you would go and visit their site. Stop by, tell them that more businesses need to genuinely care about their clients and that their personal touch has peaked your interest. While you’re there, you’re going to want to scroll the wall and see some of the amazing custom designs that they do, based upon the stories of those that walk into their shop.
    I can promise you, with all my heart, that this is a business worth supporting and Moe, one of their staff members, is why I’m over the moon in March.
  • Peanut turns 3 today! I can’t believe how quickly time flies and, although I am so proud of my little lady, I feel like I’m being robbed by fate. It’s impossible- she’s getting too big, too fast. Hey uh, life…Slow down already!
    I never truly knew how much I loved your father until I saw how much he loved you. You are one of my greatest accomplishments and I can not possibly express how proud I am to call you my daughter. You provide so much joy and I can’t help but beam when I think of the sassy, smart, hilarious girl you’re becoming. I love you, sweetheart!

    10626562_10154525405285184_4353683275500172051_n

    My goals for LAST month;

  • Continue working on the SEO. Still a work in progress, although I am getting it done.
  • Lose 10lbs more, at least. Decided this would lead to binge eating, which it did, and opted to slow it down a big. I remain on track and am considering this accomplished, even though the number itself has not been met.
  • Start doing my squats again. Done! My butt is even bigger.

My Goals for this month; 

  • Work out my bum and abs at least three times each week.
  • Harass the hubbs to clear out his crap from the workshop. Set up my sewing and craft space, which I’ve been wanting for years.
  • Make a go of the garden, at least getting it tilled by the end of the month. Seedlings will need to be planted soon!

 

A Moment In Me Time; Reflecting Upon February

I am taking things up a little late this month, as I didn’t feel February was full enough at any given time for my  A Moment in Me-Time series, where I give readers a glimpse into what is going on in my own personal life during each new month. Check out the related posts at the bottom of the page for past months. Now, in retrospect, I can include February- as well I should!

          My thoughts on February; Just like in January, Brrrrr….

  • I was still dealing with the whole raging snowbitch factor, no point sugar-coating it. February was one of my area’s coldest months in history and we got a crapload of snow. A lot, a lot of freakin’ snow. Don’t get me wrong, if I didn’t have the wee ladies…I would be out, enjoying the cold. I actually love the cold. Presently it’s -14 degrees, which isn’t terribly cold in comparison to what we’ve been dealing with, and I have my bedroom windows open. Of course, I’m snuggled up under my nice Marilyn Monroe blanket but most people who enter my bedroom do so like this; blizzard-15850_1280

I love the cold. You can’t, however, enjoy it completely when there are toddlers in tow. Poor baby fingers, toes and noses become chilly rather quickly and I wouldn’t expose my wee ones to this weather for any length of time;

snow-storm-596351_1280(Above picture is what is known as a “light dusting” here :P)

          What I’m reading;

“Things To Do With Mum”, a book full of activities for Mamas and wee ones, ranging from neat, easy craft projects, to games, baking recipes and gardening ideas. I got mine at Winners but I just checked Amazon and realized that it can be purchased for a penny! Well worth the cost. There are a lot of ideas that work for varying age groups, which is great for our household due to the gap between my sets of children (the boys being 8&9 and the girls 2&1). My kiddoes and I are running out of craft ideas and, admittedly, I can’t check Pinterest for them or I’ll go on a pinning spree. Must. Maintain. Self. Control. *eye twitch*

(Affiliate link)

          My favorite blogs/sites this month;

  • Huffington Post. The drama is never-ending and they are routinely publishing such garbage, ridiculous articles that I find it easier to deal with any type of person that I run into as a result of having exposed myself to complete stupidity earlier in the day. I can face the internet with the thought, “No one can possibly be as ridiculous as what I read this morning”, leading to more patience and an overall uplifted mood. Thanks HP, for  providing garbage, although typically amusing, literature!

  • Happify would take my second pick. I even got my oldest started on the little activities. They’re so much fun and I used to use the site on a regular basis, finding that it genuinely helped improve my overall mood, but I have just gotten back into it in the last few weeks. If you don’t know what Happify is, I suggest you check it out!

         What I’m watching;

  • Jon Stewart, as always. Not going to lie, my heart broke a wee bit (okay, maybe a lot) when he announced that he would be leaving the Daily Show. I’m not entirely sure of what I’m going to do without him.
  • I haven’t actually picked up much of anything else, or watched what we already typically do. I have 3 episodes of The Blacklist sitting on the PVR and I feel like I have betrayed James Spader. Not sure what’s up- I just wasn’t in a TV kind of mood in February and it’s continuing into March.

         What I’m eating or drinking; 

  • Too many salads, with various types of protein on top.
  • Organic beer. We’re dabbling with that this past couple of weeks.
  • Isagenix shakes. I started on the program (yeah, I know, and I’m still having a beer here or there lol) and have lost a bit of weight thus far. I’m finding it incredibly unenjoyable but worthwhile, I suppose. I know I’m going to break down and end up sitting on the floor, surrounded by packets of Swedish Fish, Tootsie Rolls, a multitude of chocolate bars, a hunk of spicy salami and some chips. I just want a damn candy bar, alright?!
    Fml.chocolate-582943_1280

What I’m wearing;

  • Last month I spent most of the time in sweats and pajama pants. I was feeling pretty down due to the weather, my lack of activity and the cold. I stayed bundled and actually wore socks a couple of days in February.

What I’m doing; 

  • I spent a lot of time revamping the blog and I still have plenty of work to do.
  • I saw family much more and began talking to my sister on a regular basis, which is awesome. I think having children has eliminated much of their social circle/desires and its lead to her wanting to visit a bit. My nephew is the cutest (giant) monster in history and Butterball snuggles brought a lot of joy this month. Gah, babies. They make me mush.

What I’m listening to; 

  • I spent A LOT of time with the Galaxy radio stations on. My girls love Uptown Funk (thank God I do too, otherwise I might have shot myself by now) and “The Whistle Song”, as Charlii calls it. I can’t even recall what the title is on a regular basis, as I’ve started to think of it like the girls do. This is the song that I heard FAR too much of in February;

Making me happy this month;
  • February was actually the first month, ever, that my husband surprised me in our relationship. We typically do not celebrate special occasions with gift exchanges and spend the day together, possibly with a bottle of wine or a trip out for breakfast. I had never received a birthday gift, Valentines Day present, Mother’s Day gift or anything of the sort. If I need something, we’ll buy it and it’ll be my “birthday present”- so I purchased a small item for myself a couple of times but he has never actually surprised me with something.
    I just don’t like guilt and, if I could spend the money on my children, I would rather do that instead. Admittedly, I have cheated a couple of times in the past and surprised him with something but he usually sticks to our agreement and I’m genuinely okay with that. This year, for Valentines Day, we planned to have fondue at home, with a bottle of wine and a romantic movie after all of our children went to bed. However, he showed up late home from work and presented me with a little gift bag. I was shocked. I was even more surprised to discover that the bag held Chanel No. 5 perfume, something I’ve wanted for at least a decade and could never justify spending the outrageous amount on as a result of our little ones. I use all natural products in the house, don’t wear scents and don’t even burn Scentsy but if I can smell like Marilyn Monroe, you can bet your ass I’ll risk cancer for it. I’ve just always wanted it, for as long as I can remember, and bringing it home was the most thoughtful, strange and lovely thing he’s ever done for me. unbeknownst to me, he had been saving his coffee money for months on end and going without in order to put toonie by toonie away to save up for this. It took a long time, as he doesn’t buy coffee often, and I knew how much it meant to him to be able to do that for me. I cried. It was incredibly romantic and made me extremely happy. Untitled-4

    My goals for LAST month;

  • Redo all posts, making them SEO suitable. (1/2 done. This is taking far too long but I’ve made excellent progress)
  • Purchase and utilize a proper planner, for my blog as well as for the household. Solidify the girls’ routine. (Done! They go to bed at the same time nightly, I have zero issues getting them to stay there and I’ve got a great calendar that I’m using instead of a planner. Works the same way)
  • Go through my “still to contact” bookmark and complete everything. (Pfft. This one will have to carry over, for the same reason the SEO will. I have four children and not enough hours in the day)

time-488112_1280

My Goals for this month; 

  • Continue working on the SEO and Still to Contact (making it one goal, as they’re both half-finished)
  • Lose 10lbs more, at least.
  • Start doing my squats again.

 

A Moment In Me-Time; January

It’s that time again! I took up A Moment in Me-Time series, where I give readers a glimpse into what is going on in my own personal life during each new month and this is the fourth installment. A Lovely Life Indeed gave me the inspiration for these posts and I hope you have been enjoying them!

My thoughts on January; Brrrrr….

  • If it gets any freakin’ colder here in Ontario, Canada, I think my husband’s testicles are going retreat far enough to turn into ovaries. I have also become a raging snowbitch. I hate being cooped up, which is next to impossible to avoid when I’ve got two toddlers in the house who loathe being anything other than a balmy 170 billion degrees while on top of me, nestled into my cleavage and rubbing baby palms on my skin. I don’t think tobogganing is a very toddler-appropriate activity.  snow-woman-554176_640
  • New Year, new me, yadayada. I get so sick of the, “I’m going to own 2015!” type posts. Who cares if 2014 turned into 2015? You’re still the same person you were 30 seconds before midnight and any resolution made simply because it’s the start of a new twelve months on the calendar isn’t one that’s going to last very long. I’m not saying that I’m innocent in this- I used to make resolutions, as I figured that was a good idea at the time, but they were soon forgotten. I now set goals for myself, month after month, not because it’s a change of date but because they’re ones that truly matter to me in the moment and I can get behind something like that. I did, however, pick a single word to steer me in the right direction for this coming year. You can read about that in this post; here. I felt that would be an easy daily reminder, rather than having to tackle a list of tasks set for myself.

    What I’m reading; I had been reading 101 Nights Of Great Sex/Romance (or something like that) until I realized it was written by a man, who’s clearly a pig, and involves a bunch of tasks where you present your guy with porno mags, bring porn into the bedroom or degrade yourself as a female by pretending to be a helpless nincompoop. I don’t like the idea of talking to my spouse like I can’t understand something simple and need him to do it for me because I can’t figure things out for myself. This, of course, is in order to get him out of the house, all so that I can artfully arrange his tools in a bowl for a masculine table centrepiece and surprise him with a guy’s night when he returns. That was actually a task described in the book (who puts drills and screwdrivers in a bowl, anyway?!) and it wasn’t my idea of “Great”.

    My favorite blogs/sites this month;
  • My Domestic Dish; Yeah, it’s mine! 😛 I have been investing a lot of time in my site so far this month, which has prevented me from reading as much as I normally do, and this will be the only one on the list for January. I have been changing up the header and the logo, as well as going back through and redoing some old post SEO. Those are things I had neglected previously and, as I want to really focus on writing more, I figured I should redo the things that I had not gotten completely right the first time. Correcting all of my old mistakes will make me less likely to continue them going forward. What do you guys think of the new imaging? Do you like the cute, cartoonish lady and the new header more? LogoforMyDomesticDishAs a refresher, the old header and logo looked like this;

PROPERLOGOdomestic_copy (2)

      What I’m watching;

  • Jon Stewart, as always. His irreverent style is exactly my kind of humour and I love the man.

    Source noted above.

    Source noted above.

  • Modern Family has also started back up and it’s one show that my hubby doesn’t want to miss. Of course, it’s probably because he and PhilDunphy aresoulmates, two halves of the same whole. Some days I just shake my head. Thank God I snagged him,eh? And that he looks better in nothing but dress socks;
    http://funny-pictures.picphotos.net/

    http://funny-pictures.picphotos.net/

    What I’m eating or drinking; 

  • Spring rolls! I have a friend named Jerrah, who makes the most absolutely delicious spring rolls and I can’t get enough of them. I buy them often and am so thankful to have a container of them left, waiting to be heated. They’re calling my name as I type this and I am actually debating frying some up right now. Is there anything better than Filipino cooking?
  • I have been wearing a lot of items from Perfect Threads lately, which is kind of like a Once Upon A Child for grown ups. It’s a neat store and I’m going to be doing a review for them in the coming week so be sure to check back! I love their customer service, above all things, and have received some fantastic pieces.
  • Sea Glass Riesling. It comes in a blue bottle and is normally about $16. I found some on clearance at the LCBO and opted to give it a try. It is absolutely divine, even better than Megalomaniac (maybe), so it has made it’s way into my me-time routine at night, as well as my Me Time post!glass-434789_640

    What I’m wearing;

  • I’ve also been wearing socks. I absolutely hate socks. Anyone who knows me is aware of this and, for some reason, I’ve felt like putting them on. I typically wear them only when absolutely necessary, in order to sport some sort of shoe that requires stifling my poor tootsies in a stuffy, overly warm compartment and then I take them off immediately upon returning home. My floors are chilly and my feet have “all of the markers for RA”, according to my rheumatologist, so they’ve been causing me a great deal of pain. I’ve been wearing the socks as a buffer but I’ve been compelled to wear them even in slippers or shoes. I suppose it really is cold here, as this is the first time that I can ever recall wanting to wear the slip ons from Satan.socks-91856_1280

 

What I’m doing;  Please see above (regarding the blog), as that’s what is taking up most of my time. Tonight, however, I’m making chocolate mousse, wine bites (various, hoity-toity appetizers that will be fantastic with wine) and I’m having a date with the hubby on our livingroom floor. Instead of the Teddy Bear Picnic, we’re doing a Parents Picnic. It’s like that, with less fur and smelliness, depending on how long my children allowed me to take a bath before making numerous high-pitched demands that their very existence hinged upon having met.

The only time they're not asking me for things.

The only time they’re not asking me for things.

What I’m listening to; 

I haven’t been listening to much, actually. Maybe numerous high-pitched demands (see above).

Making me happy this month;
  •  All of the work I’m getting done on the blog! I’ve been productive.
  • My hubby’s been far more supportive than usual, which has greatly helped with the aforementioned point. He has shown more of an interest in what I’ve been doing, as well as making sure that we set some time aside to talk to one another instead of just watching TV together. Now, don’t get me wrong, he’s normally a pretty good guy but he’s not exactly thoughtful on his best days. Lately, however, he’s not only been doing housework but he has been helping with the kids moreso than usual as well. This is all on top of his normal work schedule. I’m  not sure what has gotten into him lately but I like it. A lot.

    My goals for LAST month;

  • Keep on bonding with the hubby. Spend at least one night each week having a “date”, or at least a few hours devoted to one another without any distractions. He votes on naked snuggling (of course). DONE! I’ve been doing more of these things lately and have something set up for tonight as well. 
  • Finish my quilt when the sewing class starts up. Sewing class has not yet started.
  • Use the new Flex Belt three times a week, minimum. Not done. Womp womp. I forgot about this- and, see, that’s why resolutions are not a good thing!My goals for this month;
  • Redo all posts, making them SEO suitable.
  • Purchase and utilize a proper planner, for my blog as well as for the household. Solidify the girls’ routine.
  • Go through my “still to contact” bookmark and complete everything.

A Moment In Me Time; To Remember December

This is my third installation of my A Moment in Me-time series, where I give readers a glimpse into what is going on in my own personal life during each new month. A Lovely Life Indeed gave me the inspiration for these posts and I hope you have been enjoying them!
Please check out my previous months here and here, if you’re interested. 

My thoughts on December; Pressure, pressure, pressure…

  • I actually hate Christmas. I know, I know, I’m probably in a small minority but the commercialism is sickening, the pressure is stress inducing and the monotony of the same damn songs and specials played year after year makes me want to shoot myself in the face. I love spending time with the family, don’t get me wrong, and I love giving my children presents but I resent the idea that some fat bastard in a red, fur-lined leisure suit gets the credit. I don’t want to teach my kids to sit on some old guy’s lap in exchange for gifts, nuh uh, but “‘Tis the season!”….or so everyone says. I just hate it. I despise everything about it, with the exception of the Christmas tree. The only reason I participate each year is that I’m addicted to seeing joy on my children’s faces and a holiday season that culminates in that, however polluted in other ways, is worth subjecting myself to. As I stated in my last month’s post; My gorgeous babies will become wrapping paper shredding, screeching minions of Satan and they’ll be more wired than Charlie Sheen while winning, which is not my idea of a grand old time. Until the New Year, I am a closeted and falsely happy human embodiment of Grumpy Cat. Bah-Humbug! 
from smosh.com
  • It’s cold. Having two toddlers, I can’t go outside often. I’m a shut in; A grouchy, sunshine-starved, corpse-white shut in.
  • My ladies Thursday morning, a women’s social group that I attend in our community, ends until the New Year. My sewing classes also end, which means I have very little to do outside of the house and on my own. I am constantly in the company of children now that I have no programs to attend. Although I love my babies dearly, if I have to hear someone whine about wanting juice one more GD time after I just poured them a glass that was rejected by way of throwing it off the table, or if I need to mediate one more argument about who shoved who and how it shouldn’t matter because it was, “only tapping like this”, I may curl into the fetal position and cry.
  • The month is full of errands, company and errands for company. It’s hectic.
  • This is the most expensive month of our year and it’s highly stressful.
  • FML. December can end already!

What I’m reading; 

  • Nothing at all: This month is not about reading. It’s about wrapping, stress, baking, stress, spending, stress, more wrapping, stress, some cleaning post-baking and post-wrapping, stress, children unwrapping, stress and then more cleaning. No time for books and escape!
My favorite blogs/sites this month;
  • The Sits Girls; This is a fantastic blog for a newbie to the cyber world, such as myself. I suppose my page views don’t exactly quantify me as “fresh meat” but I’m still learning the ropes and have much to improve upon. I love the organization of this blog, how easy it is to navigate and I like the overall sense of community from the general site as well. It’s an excellent resource for bloggers everywhere and, as I’m hoping to improve My Domestic Dish in the New Year, it’s providing me with some regular reading material.
  • Mirth and MotivationI love dropping by Elizabeth’s blog, especially on a Motivational Monday, and am always floored by her collection of quotes, her outlook on life and the inspirational posts that she manages to piece together week after week. This blog is a lovely positive-while-not-preachy place and it’s my sanctuary during this stressful month. I would love to join in on the themes for a month, following proposed topics for bloggers and I think I might make an effort at it this coming year. It’s a great place to head for some daily affirmation!

What I’m watching;

  • Reruns; Everything I regularly watch is over. I’m watching the usual Christmas programming and have probably involuntarily seen Elf enough times in the past two weeks to file a restraining order against the overly cheery ahole. 
Attribution; http://cdn.3news.co.nz/3news/AM/2013/12/19/325800/Elf.jpg
  • I have also been taking full advantage of the fact that the On Demand fireplace is back. I love turning it on and have been doing so daily. In fact, I’m listening to the crackle of it as I write this. 

What I’m eating or drinking; 

  • I’ll be entirely honest, I’m eating everything I shouldn’t right now. Gah- and I was doing so well! I’ve been baking quite often and have a variety of cookies, meats and other homemade delectable that are steering me off of the healthy path. I’m not normally one to indulge in many sugar binges, as I am more of a savory lover, but I’m blaming Elf. The four food groups mentioned in that movie are candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup- I’m going to suggest that it embedded itself into my brain and has effed with my wiring. Freaking Ferrel and his pointy hat!

  • The beverage of choice this month; wine! I’ve actually been given a couple of bottles from the women of my Mommy group so I’ve been sampling some various brands lately, courtesy of my lovely friends. I am looking forward to rum and eggnog this Christmas Eve, as part of our celebration with extended family, and we enjoy Kraken the most. If you’re a rum drinker and haven’t tried that one yet- do it. Do it and let me know how much you loved it!

    What I’m wearing; 

    • A front full of flour, most of the time, as well as pj bottoms or sweats. I’ve been baking quite a bit and choose those items when working with flour. It makes no sense to get covered in ingredients while wearing jeans or a skirt. I have also been rocking the poncho wrap a lot lately, as it’s like a big hug on a cold day and it’s super comfortable!
    What I’m doing; 
    I’ve been baking a lot lately. It’s not my idea of fun anymore, as I feel like a mini shortbread factory and it’s really getting to me.

    • I’ve been taking care of Thing 1, who has undergone surgery to remove his appendix. He went in on the 14th, after spending the morning vomiting and I knew there had to be something up because he was never sick. As soon as he said that he had pain in the lower, right side of his body we got him to the emergency room immediately and he was in surgery by that evening.
      It was, easily, the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to me as a parent and my poor, little guy was incredibly brave the whole time. Minutes before his surgery, he was comforting me while I could see the fear in his eyes. I never, ever want to see my child in pain again and if I could put them all in a bubble, I would seriously consider the undertaking. 

      What I’m listening to;

      • Christmas carols, what else?! Michael Buble is my reason for the season. 
      • Uptown Funk and Bruno Mars. Gah, love that song!

      Making me happy this month;

      • My little Chicky is potty training! Not only has my youngest daughter been using the toilet, she’s also coming out of her shy, little shell and is talking much more than usual. She’s finally piping up in front of her Daddy, my family members and siblings more than just the odd word here or there. Prior to these last few weeks, it’s only been Peanut and I who have gotten to speak to her so I’m very proud of her. It’s so exciting! At the same time, it’s bittersweet because my bitty baby is growing up and she’s the last of our brood. Ah, my ovaries! 🙁

      • Crafting! I’ve been doing a lot of Christmas crafts with the kiddies. I love finding a project that the kids enjoy but this year our ornaments didn’t turn out all that great. My oldest went in a different direction, my other son did what he was supposed to do (but he’s the artsy one) and Peanut Modge Podged our entire dining room table. So be it! It was fun while it lasted. I still want to make a salt dough ornament with Chicky though, just to mark her first Christmas craft and to go with everyone else’s handprints from previous years.

        My goals for LAST month;

        • Lose more weight, even after eating cette weight in Halloween candy. Hasn’t happened, although I haven’t gained either. Small steps, it’s Christmas and I haven’t added an ass cheek in shortbread!
        • Finish my quilt. My sewing class started doing Christmas things instead, which prevented my completion by no fault of my own. However, it’s given me something to look forward to in the New Year so I’m going to mark this as a carry over goal. 
        • Devote some time to the hubbs, as I have been doing with the children…At least once a week, without any other distractions. DONE! (When he’s awake, that is. Keeping this on for next month too, as it’s a positive goal).

        My goals for this month;

        • Keep on bonding with the hubby. Spend at least one night each week having a “date”, or at least a few hours devoted to one another without any distractions. He votes on naked snuggling (of course).
        • Finish my quilt when the sewing class starts up.
        • Use the new Flex Belt three times a week, minimum.