Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beat the Heat

Holy moly!  It's smokin' hot in Southern Ontario right now.  Yesterday was 25 degrees Celsius, which isn't that bad...until you factor in what I like to refer to as the "stupidex" (humidex).  It felt like a sticky 35 degrees.

Today is a whole lot hotter at 32, feeling like 42!  I'm all for hot and sunny summer days; but, it's not even June yet!

It's days like today I worry as a parent.  I know how easily a child can get heat stroke.  I'm thankful that we have central air in our home so I can stay indoors with Pickle today and keep her safe from the heat.  Unfortunately, the twins attend a school that doesn't have a/c.  I made sure they were both dressed lightly today in shorts, t-shirts and hats.  I slathered them in sunscreen and sent extra with them so they can reapply.  I packed cool, nutritious lunches and their Klean Kanteens filled to the brim with icy water.  I also made a point of instructing them to drink lots today and sent a note for the teacher requesting they be allowed to keep their Kanteens on their desks today for easy access.

When they get home from school, they're going to want to play in the new sprinkler and that's okay by me.

Hoping you all stay cool and safe from the heat today.

Friday, May 20, 2011

{this moment}

Inspiration taken from SouleMama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Overcoming Frustration

I've written several times about being involved with Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada.  I love working with the girls and opening doors to activities they may not otherwise experience.

When I took my five year hiatus to raise the twins, I missed my girls and weekly meetings a lot.  So when Pretty was old enough to join Sparks last year, I happily got back into it myself.

However, I'm feeling extremely frustrated right now with the other Guiders in our small town.  Guiding has been a part of our community here for well over fifty years; or so I'm told.  In fact, it was doing well enough to need multiple units for each branch.

This information just increases my frustration.  You see, as it stands, we have three units in our small town: 1-Spark, 1-Brownie and 1-Guide.  That doesn't sound bad, does it?  What if I said we have a total of twenty-two girls divided between those units?  There are 8 Sparks, 12 Brownies and 2 Guides.  PATHETIC.

One might assume, that if Guiding was thriving fifty years ago, that those families are now too old to have girls of the right age.  But, that is not the case.  In the past 5-7 years, two new surveys have been built in the area.  Each with 200+ homes that house young families.  The only school in town (public) is bursting at the seams with kids, so why aren't these kids signing up for Guiding?

I believe there are two contributing factors to our low membership.  The first is my fellow Guiders.  They are a great group of women, don't get me wrong; but, they seem to suffer from small town mentality.  It's that "If you build it, they will come" mentality.  The second factor is that our town doesn't offer us resources to expose the residents to all the fun things Guiding can be and do.

My frustration, of course, is at an all-time high at the moment because I'm thinking ahead to September already and ways to boost membership.  I've suggested on several occasions that we hold a registration or awareness event and I'm met with negativity and skepticism.  "We done that before and it's a waste of time".  Why is exposure and PR a waste of time?  I don't understand it.  Am I the only one that realizes if we don't increase our membership, than Guiding in our small town will cease to exist?  I can't be the only one that sees that, can I?

Larger towns have stores and businesses that they can approach to hold cookie events or activities; thus getting out in the public eye and being seen.  Our small town does not.  We need to come up with a way to make ourselves seen and heard and an awareness event would be the perfect way to do that.

Sigh, I may be down; but, I'm not out.  I will overcome my frustration and I will open the minds of my fellow Guiders and help them see that we DO need this and we CAN do it successfully.

Watch for my updates as the summer progresses.

Yours in Guiding,
Misty :D

Sunday, May 15, 2011

An Old Addiction Revisited

Mr. Twingle just got home from a three-week business trip.  It's so nice to have him home after such a long stint.

Since he travels so often, it's rare that he brings home souvenirs.  However, this time he surprised me with Super Mario All Stars for Wii.  We've been looking for this particular game for quite some time and had come to terms with the fact that we weren't going to find it.  Well, that and we had been told by more than one store, that unless we had pre-ordered it, our chances of finding a copy were slim to none.

You can imagine my elation when Mr. Twingle emailed me to tell me he had found it!  I couldn't wait for him to get home last night to see if it was worth the wait.  And guess what?  It totally was!

This game is AWESOME!  It's the four original Nintendo Super Mario Games all on one disc.  I've only had it a day; but, I can't stop playing.  I don't think I've played with the Wii this much, EVER.

It's amazing how that one childhood game, can have me acting like a kid all over again.  The twins weren't fighting with each other over the Wii controllers today, they were fighting mommy & daddy, LOL.

If you are lucky enough to find a copy, snatch it up.  You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Scavenger Hunt

Last weekend, my Guide unit went on a Scavenger Hunt in downtown Toronto.  Our day started bright and early at 8:00 am when we headed off to the GO Train to ride the GO to Union Station.

For a couple of the girls, I think it was their first time on a train.  They could barely contain their excitement.

After singing our newly created unit song, to the tune of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, we began our hunt.  

Our only instructions before arriving at the hunt had been to dress for the weather, wear good walking shoes and bring a camera.  So we had thought that we would need to find things around the city, take a picture with us and the found item as proof, and then email the photos in with our responses.
We were sadly mistaken.
The hunt, didn't turn out to be much of a hunt at all.  It was more of a history lesson.  There were approximately 70 questions, like "what year was Union Station, as it stands now, opened?"  I'm sorry; but, the whole point of the day was to have fun.  Not answer boring questions.  About half-way through, when we realized none of us were having fun, and we weren't going to have fun, we stopped following the hunt instructions and just made up our own!  We still managed to complete some of the tasks without even realizing it.  Like when we burst into "Kookaburra" on King St, in front of Canada's Walk of Fame!  The girls were very excited to learn about the female Canadians honoured on the Walk; but, of course they were super excited to find Nickleback!

Here are some pictures from our day!

My gorgeous Necklace, A Pic

This week has been CRAZY!  Of course, when I went to finally sit down to write about it, Blogger was down for a day and a half.  Thus, I've completely forgotten my train of thought and this post my just end up being completely random, LOL.

Before I get too far though, I finally managed to take a picture of the beautiful necklace I wrote about in this post.  So without further ado, here it is!  I'm so incredibly happy with it and would definitely recommend Riverstone Designs.
It's hard to tell from the photo, just how beautiful the necklace truly is.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Follow-Me, I'm Canadian!

As if you didn't already have enough reasons to follow me!  I jest.  But seriously, I've linked up with Maple Leaf Mommy's Follow Me, I'm Canadian link exchange.  You can visit her to join in the link.

I hope you'll join in the hop!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Biological Mother

Birth Mother

Adoptive Mother

Step Mother

Mother - in - Law

No matter how you became a mother, this day is for you.  Take a moment to relax and enjoy the day.  Whether your outside playing ball with the kids or getting pampered at a spa alone, today is your day!

Wishing my Mom & Mother-in-law, and all the rest of the Mother's out there, a very Happy Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Stages of Blogging

Taming Insanity is one of my all-time favourite blogs.  I can count on her to provide a good laugh on almost any given occasion.  I first encountered Taming Insanity on Twitter.  A mutual follower had posted a link to a blog post and after that first read I was hooked.

For those of you that blog, you'll appreciate the following guest post, from Taming Insanity.  I had a good chuckle as I read the post as I can totally relate.  I hope everyone enjoys as much as I do.


1. I created my first post!

2. Oh God, I created a post, will people read it? Will I make millions? What if my parents hate it? I'd better take it down.

3. No, wait, someone read it, I better leave it up so I can be super famous. I can buy my parents off later.

4. Hey, I'm new here...what's going on? I know someone read that one post but....what is going on? How do I get more people to read? Should I post more? Less? How about a picture? Do you like this? How about this? Can you hear me now? What is going on?

5. I guess I could use Twitter to promote my blog.

6. WTF is going on on Twitter? What is a RT? Who are these people? How do they all know each other? Why aren't they reading my blog yet it's ON TWITTER NOW?


7. What? Blog? Oh, right. I should probably blog. Let me just, uh, send out a tweet about one last thing.

8. It's done! I've won the internet! My blog is the most popular blog in the history of blogs!

9. Oh, wait, no it's not.

10. Why am I even doing this? Why am I putting stories on the internet? What is the point of blogging. What is the meaning of life?

11. I'm going to take a break. Except for this one post. Oh, and that would make a great post.

12. No more blogging. I can't take all the pressure and the comment responses and the visits back and the drama and the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments. I do not have time for all this pressure! Don't people realize I'm burning my dinner to respond to their comments??? Why am I not as funny as other people??? Why aren't I as popular as so and so??? I must write more and better and do more and be more but I do not have time!!! Gosh and golly this is a lot of pressure! No more posting, I can't take it!

13. Except this one post. I think I can really shed some light on this cause through this post. I'm going to use my blog for the power of GOOD.

14. Sigh. I have been beset by ennui. Sigh. Please keep that computer away from me. Sigh.

15. How about this? I'll blog when I've got something good to say. Yeah! That sounds like a great plan!!!

{Insert Additional Stages Here}

Taming Insanity, thank you for sharing your post with us.  To my readers, hop on over and read more of Taming Insanity's antidotes...you won't be disappointed.

Monday, May 2, 2011

My Gorgeous Prize

A few months ago, I entered the momstown contest for a Lovelinx necklace from Riverstone Designs.
The contest requirements were to simply explain why I love momstown so much!  I had actually already done this in a previous blog post since I do adore momstown and the wonderful community and support they provide.
I was notified not too long ago that I had won the necklace.  I worked with Christie and Renee from Riverstone Designs to add the correct images and stamping to the necklace and to ensure the images were just as I wanted them before they printed them.  These ladies were excellent to work with.  They were prompt and efficient in responding to my emails or in sending me messages to clarify information.  They even took the initiative to do a second edit to the photos after the first print when they thought they could be better!  Finally, after only a few short weeks it has arrived!

I have to say, it TOTALLY blew me away.  I mean this necklace is simply stunning and way beyond my expectations!  Don't get me wrong, I knew the necklace would be beautiful based on the images I was sent and from their website; but, seeing it in person...WOW!  It's more than just gorgeous, it's truly a work of art!

I want to send out a HUGE thanks to the wonderful people at Riverstone Designs and to momstown.  You've given me a wonderful, early, Mother's Day gift!

For those of you wondering what to ask for this Mother's Day, tell your families that you'd like a momstown membership and/or a Lovelinx necklace from Riverstone Designs.  Take it from me, you won't be sorry!

(I will post a picture of the gorgeous necklace a little later)