Friday, June 25, 2010

A Cute Reflection

Pretty and Boo had their Kindergarten graduation today.  Their wonderful teachers went above and beyond with their graduation ceremony giving out diplomas, photos and even a small gift to each of the children.  Part of their small gift was a magnet.  The enscription up it is very sweet and very true so I thought I would print what the magnet said for you.

All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergaten
by Robert Fulgham

Share everything * Play fair * Don't hit people * Put things back where you found them * Clean up your own mess * Don't take things that aren't yours * Say you are sorry when you hurt somebody * Wash your hands before you eat * Flush * Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you * Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some * Take a nap every afternoon * When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together * Wonder, Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup:  The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that * Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die.  So do we * And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK (REGARDE) * Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.  The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.  Ecology and politics and equality and sane living * Think of what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.   Or if all the governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.  

And it is still true, no matter how old you ware - 
when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hot Seminar Series

As you can tell from looking at my blog archives, I'm relatively new to blogging. But for many women, blogging is more than just a hobby, it's a way of life.

What I like about blogs is that they are never static, meaning they change constantly. Yet for those of us new to blogging we need to learn how to make changes that will improve our blogs and increase our following; which is why I've signed up for the Hot Seminar Series running from June 16 - Aug 11.

Successful work-at-home-mom, Kelly McCausey has put together a fabulous opportunity to learn how to better your blog. She has put together nine weekly webinars to help us learn how to make the most of Wordpress. Now, I'm not currently using Wordpress as I find it more complicated than Blogger; but, maybe once I'm done with the webinars, I'll be more confident in my abilities to make a rockin' wordpress blog!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Woody & Buzz Too Old?

I just got home from a family trip to see Toy Story 3 in 3D.  The twins have been super excited to see this since they found out there was going to be a third "Buzz movie".  I have to admit, I've been excited too.

The gang was all there for the most part:  Woody, Buzz, Mr &; Mrs Potato Head, Barbie,  Ham, Rex, Slink, Jesse, the 3 green aliens and Bullseye.  Missing were minor characters such as Bo, Etch, RC and the Toy Soliders.  While I was disappointed not to see these characters they really weren't missed in the grand scheme of things and we were introduced to new characters like:  Lotso, Ken and Big Baby.

The premise of Toy Story 3 is that Andy has grown up and is going to college.  Through a series of unexpected events our beloved toy friends end up at a daycare centre where we meet the above mentioned new characters.  But this is where I think Disney and Pixar have gone wrong.  Viewers are introduced to the ideas of dictatorships and the renderings of a "mafia-like" punishment.

In all fairness, I think Disney/Pixar was trying to appeal to the first generation of Toy Story fans.  The kids who would have seen the film when it was first released as young kids themselves.  Kids who are now grown and starting new aspects of their lives, much like Andy.

However, what Disney/Pixar didn't take into account was that the Toy Story enterprise has transcended time and has appealed to many generations of children, including my own 5 year olds, making Toy Story 3 perhaps a tad too old for them.

Of course, Pretty and Boo are raving about the film and ask when we will go to see it again.  At 5 years old they are really too little to understand the significance of the actions we've seen.  As their mother, though, I know I will be monitoring their play for the next few days to ensure their own dictatorships don't arise.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Little White Lies

Today I write.  I am another year older and I hope, another year wiser.  Having my birthday has made me think about my life and where I am;  what I have achieved, what I have yet to achieve and what has been a failure.  

This life evaluation has made me realize that life is full of lies.  As children it is engrained into our heads that lying is wrong.  So why is it, as adults, that lying to ourselves is completely acceptable?

Is it because we think lying to ourselves doesn't hurt anyone?  I say we're wrong if that's the case.

And so I'm coming clean. 

I have struggled with my weight all my life.  I've always lied to myself saying I am big boned, or it's genetics or some other reason to pass the blame.  The truth is, I am not big boned and genetics has nothing to do with it.  While some of the blame can be placed on my parents for not teaching me healthy eating habits at a young age, most of the blame falls on me for not taking responsibility and ownership when I was old enough to do so.  It would have been so easy to start a healthier life-style and exercise routine when I was in my late teens.  The weight would have melted off as my body was young enough to respond quickly.  As I've gotten older the ability to lose weight has gotten more difficult.  That's not to say it can't be done, and I vow here that it WILL be done.  

Starting today I'm changing my relationship with food and with myself.  I'm going to stop lying to myself and I'm going to take ownership for what I put into my body. 

I will post updates along the way.  I'm sure it's going to be a rough journey; but, it's one I plan on completing.

I'm also putting forth a challenge.  I challenge you to come clean with yourselves.  What have you been lying to yourself about?  Put it out there and make a change!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Frivolous Wish List

My birthday is this week and every year my husband asks me "what do you want?".  I immediately dream about the lavish gifts I would like that are frivolous and silly and then state I don't want anything at all or I give him a list of practical gift items for around the house, yard, etc.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a wish list they dream of that contains items that you don't NEED; but you'd like to have.  Here are a few of the items on my current list:

Pandora Bracelet w/Charms
Gift Certificate for a day at the Spa
A trip to Paris, France
and these:

Fluevog shoes!  

I'd love to hear what guilty pleasure items are on your wish lists.  Please leave me a comment to add to the list.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mabel's Labels Love

Yesterday I attended Guide/Scout camp with the twins.  Pretty is a Spark and Boo is a Beaver.  We're very fortunate that the Guiding and Scouting movements in Mount Hope do a lot of events together and Hertiage Camp is one that they do every year.  
Since this is the first year for Pretty & Boo in Guiding/Scouting it was the first time they have attended a camp other than with family.  Of course, they had to bring a change of clothes, bathing suits and mess kits and Mabel's Labels ensured that everything that got sent to camp, came home from camp! I actually witnessed first hand the awesomeness of Mabel's Labels when Boo couldn't find his water bottle and there were 3 sitting unclaimed on the picnic table.  He went over to the bottles, checked for his label and proclaimed "I found the lizard label, this one's mine!".  Yes, he can now read his last name; but that lizard icon just confirms it for him if he's not entirely sure.

For those of you that aren't familiar yet with Mabel's Labels, they are the best invention ever if you have kids; or even if you don't!  Mabel's Labels sticky and clothing labels are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe.  They can be customized with your child's name and an icon making Mabel's Labels truly invaluable to any family.

We have 2 sets of the Classic Camp/School Kit and I don't know what I would do with out them.  I label everything that goes to school, camp, sports, etc.  As I have more than one child I opted to only do our last name on the labels making them versatile for all 3 kids as well as my own items.  We even used the labels before the twins could read by simply adding one of the numerous choices of icons to the labels.  When we received our first batch I showed the twins the labels and our icon and told them to look for that instead.

Mabel's also offers labels to organize your office, craft room, spice cupboard and so much more.   Visit Mabel's Labels to get organized too.  You can also stay abreast of new uses for their products and new releases by following their blog, the The Mabelhood.

Thank you Mabel's for helping make the twins first camp away from home a success!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Pickle is on the Move

I don't know if I'm ready for this!  Pickle is crawling.  It's only commando style right now; but, she's mobile nonetheless.  She is getting up on her hands and knees and rocking so I know she'll be full out crawling before I know it.  As I speak, she has discovered my iMac cables and is giving them a tug.  We haven't baby-proofed yet and while we have all the gates and outlet covers, etc from the twins; we're not sure where we stored it all when we moved.  I guess I better start searching through boxes!

On a side note, we had her well-baby check up today and she's doing well.  18lbs 5oz, 29" long.  The doctor actually said "she's a little tall".  I guess he wasn't expecting her to be in the 90th percentile for length given she's only in the 50th for weight.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

So Happy...

...I just have to take a moment to share how happy I am for my friends Jody & Al.  Last week they were chosen to become adoptive parents of the cutest little baby boy.  They have named him Keith and you can read all about it on Jody's blog:  The Family 4 You

Just One of 'Em days...

According to Wikipedia the definition of guilt is as follows "Guilt is a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that they have violated a moral standard, and bears significant responsibility for that violation.[1] It is closely related to the concept of remorse."  
As mothers we have an even more profound experience when we feel it is our children we have wronged.  
I am currently going a Mommy Guilt moment.  Mr. Twingle, is out of town and while the twins haven't done anything particularly "bad" their constant bickering, slapping and fighting with one another has worn me out today and I've spent most of the day yelling at them.  Yes, I know yelling does nothing and they don't respond to it.  And yet at the moment I do it, I feel better.  It's a release of sorts.  A way for the pent up frustration to manifest and escape my body.  
So why do I feel guilty now?  They are 5, they're brother & sister and they are going to fight.  I just need to suck it up and move on.  I know that once I have them in bed tonight I'll sit and have a cry because I feel so awful for how I've treated them today.  Tomorrow is another day and I'll do everything possible to make it better than today.

Bitter Sweet

Shortly after lunch today I took Pickle upstairs with me while I was putting away her laundry.  She happily played on the floor with some board books and taggies showing off her new sitting skills.
As I was putting away the laundry, I packed away a rather large pile of clothing that no longer fits her.  It was then that 2 things hit me:  1) Pickle is my last baby.  I won't be seeing these items again & 2) I can finally sell all the items that no longer fit her as there won't be any more babies to save them for.
I sit here typing this entry and I'm torn between being elated that I can clear out from my basement the plethora of rubbermaid totes containing baby cloths that no longer fit; and being sad that my baby is growing all too fast.

Childhood Innocence?

I'm sitting on the couch this afternoon with the twins watch Harry Potter while Pickle naps. It's a wonderful thing. The kids think the magic and wonder of the Harry Potter films is simply the most amazing thing in the world. It sparks a new line of philosophical conversation with them as to whether magic really exists. At 5 years old, they understand that what they are seeing is simply a movie and cannot possibly be real; which makes me wonder, where has the childhood innocence gone?
Are we so jaded as a society that our children pick up on it all too soon? If at 5 years old, they don't believe in magic, will they continue to believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy for much longer?

Originally posted May 22, 2010 @ 18:54

Dream BIG or Go Home

A conversation ensued as I drove home with the twins from school today.  We were talking about careers and jobs and what they might like to be when they grow up.  Boo wants to be an astronaut and Pretty wants to be a vet.
The conversation took me back to when I was younger and my parents would ask me the same question "what do you want to be when you grow up?".  As I reflect on my answers: teacher, accountant, marketing manager, paralegal, lawyer and interpreteur, I realize that I didn't become any of those things.  Instead I have become something much bigger and greater than I could ever have imagined:  a mom.  Everyone tells you that being a mother is by far the hardest job in the world; but, what they often forget to mention is that being a mom is BY FAR the MOST rewarding job any woman could ever hope to hold.
I guess if I really thought about it, I always dreamed of being a mom someday.
So I leave you with my favorite quote by author unknown "Never let a day go by without a dream".  Oh and don't forget to dream BIG!

Originally posted May 22, 2010 @ 1:45

Thoughts of a TwinglesGal

It seems like everyone is blogging these days.
They blog about their families, jobs, dogs 
and just about everything in between.  
After reading some very good blogs lately, I've decided to give it a whirl.  
I'm certainly not the original TwingleGal; but, I am a stay-at-home-mom to twingles.  "What exactly ARE twingles?" you ask. 
Here's the equation:  
Twins + Singleton = Twingles (Twins + 1)!  

Life is far from ordinary with 3 kids.  I hope you enjoy my quirky posts and silly antidotes on my life raising twingles.

Happy reading.