Monday, January 31, 2011

Stress Relief

As parents we often experience a stress that can drive us mad with frustration, exhaustion and emotion.

That stress is caused by our beloved children.  Those little bundles of joy that we created and brought into this world.  The ones we worry about constantly, care for and love unconditionally.

Parenting is NOT for the faint of heart.

It took me about three years to figure it out; but, as a parent, I need to have an outlet to rid myself of the daily stresses.  I have found that sitting down at night, after the kids are in bed, and paper crafting (scrapbooking or stamping) is a great release.  It allows my creativity to flow and my brain cells to fire, melting the stress away.  I also LOVE to read.  Although, these days I read "fluff".  I don't think I would absorb anything too heavy.  Most of my reading is done in bed.  I try to read a complete chapter since I really hate putting a book down in the middle of one; but, I read until I can't keep my eyes open any longer and then head off to dreamland.

I know, I live a glamourous life!

All kidding aside, I firmly believe that if you don't find a way to relieve your stress it will eat you up inside, no matter what the cause.

So how do you relieve your stress?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What if...

I got to thinking the other day "what would I do if I only had one month to live?".  The idea seems foreign somehow; yet it intrigues me.

I think first and foremost I would make individual vlogs to each of my three children.  Telling them how much I love them and how much joy and happiness they have brought into my life.  I would let them know that I'll be watching out for them always and that I'll be there, in spirit, for every momentous occasion in their lives.

Then I would take the trip to Paris, France that I've never had the chance to take.  I studied languages all through school and majored in French in university.  It would be a shame to die never travelling to the place that inspired me as a child.

I would also make sure my husband knows how much I truly love him and how special he has made my life.  I would thank him for being there and putting up with my own brand of crazy for all the years together.  I would also tell him that I would want him to fall in love again.  He's too special not to have someone to love and love him in return.

I would say my good-byes with strength and courage and let my family and friends know how much they have meant to me over the years and tell them not to mourn the loss; but, to celebrate my life as it was.

It's a very sobering experience to write a post like this.  I count my blessings that I have several years ahead of me, God willing.  To all the families that have had loved ones told they only have a month to live, my heart goes out to you all.

How would you spend your last month to live?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Politically Speaking

If you've read my recent Five Question Friday post, you'll see that I'm not a political junkie.

But it's really more than that.  I avoid politics at all costs.  I just find the whole idea disturbing.  How many times do we hear of corrupt politicians and funds mysteriously disappearing from City funds?

Politicians are humans, and humans make mistakes.

I understand why we have political bodies that govern the people and I make informed decisions about who I would like to see as that governing body when elections come around.  However; that's the extent of it.

You will not see me talking politics on my blog, nor do I really follow blogs that deal with a lot of political banter.

But that's just me.

I hope this post doesn't offend anyone or sound "politically incorrect" (insert rolling eye smilie here).

Friday, January 28, 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!



Five Question Friday January Wrap Up

The first month of the new year is coming to a close.  I think I've done well at maintaining at least one of my resolutions so far: to blog more.  While I haven't blogged every day; I have written more posts this month than I have in previous months so I'm off to a good start.

Today was a challenging day.  I gotta tell ya, twin six year olds can be quite...troublesome.  So now that they are in bed I'm having a glass of wine to release some of the stress of the day while answering this weeks Five Question Friday!

The rules are simple so I hope you'll play along.  First, copy and paste the questions (found at My Little Life) into your blog and answer them.  Then link up to that post.  Lastly, have FUN!


1.  If you had $1,000 to donate to a charity, which would you choose?
This is a really tough question.

There are so many wonderful charities that are deserving of the money and quite a few that are near and dear to my heart.

I guess, I would have to say McMaster Children's Hosptial.  Two of the three kids have had stays at Mac.  Boo, was admitted only hours old because he was nine weeks premature and had difficulty breathing.  He was admitted to the Level III Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where he was on a respirator for a day, CPAP for four days and remained in the NICU for eight days; a relatively short time given how early he arrived.
Pickle was born at Mac; but, ended up being admitted to the Level II Special Care Nursery (SCN) due to low blood sugar.  While she was there getting her sugars increased by IV, it was noticed that she was having brady's and apneas, uncommon for a term baby.  She ended up in the SCN for eleven days until the paediatrician was certain her health was not at risk.
Through their expertise and wonderful care I now have three healthy children that like to drive me crazy!

2.  Snow days:  Do you welcome them happily or are they a pain in your butt?
I LOVE snow days!

There's nothing better than getting outside with the kids to build a snowman, fort or just have a good ole snowball fight in the fresh, falling snow!

3.  What talent did you wish you had and why?
I think we've answered this question before.

4.  Are you a news, politics or celebrity gossip junkie?
None of the above.

Okay, that's not totally true.  I do like to read the odd celebrity gossip piece; but, I'm definitely not a junkie.  My general opinion is "who the hell cares?"

5.  What is your favourite "cocktail"?  Are you a beer person, kiddie cocktail junkie, or perhaps your more the "Cosmo" kind?  Anything flies...doesn't hafta be alcoholic!
Really it depends on the day and my mood.  But 9 times out of 10 I'll go for a cosmo or a mai tai!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

My BlissDom Goal

Anyone that blogs knows that BlissDom is the go-to event to learn more about becoming a better blogger and networking.

I learned about BlissDom Canada 2010 only weeks before the event; but, immediately set my goals on BlissDom Canada 2011.  Unfortunately, the costs associated with attending this brilliant conference are out of my budget.  So I'm setting a goal to attend BlissDom Canada 2012, wherever that may be.

Wish me luck in achieving my goal.  In the meantime, I will be entering any contests that could see me winning an all-expenses paid trip to BlissDom Canada 2011.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Bloggy Award

It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to acknowledge a fellow blogger.  And so I'm presenting a Bloggy Award to Crunchy Green Mom.  I love reading her posts and find her truly inspiring.  I hope you'll stop by her blog and say "hi".


a mom blog community!

The Bloggy Award Rule:
{1}  Acknowledge and link to the blogger who presented you with the award.
{2}  Give the award at least 3 of your favorite mom bloggers, or 5 if you really can't narrow it down!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mini Rant

I don't know about the rest of you; but, I hate Discovery Channel and TLC.  My husband is totally addicted to crappy reality TV shows on these channels.  Shows like Operation Repo and Storage Wars.  Where is the entertainment value in these shows?  I just don't get it!

Don't misunderstand, I don't hate reality TV as a whole.  I do admit to liking the Amazing Race and Big Brother; but, why do I care about some guys car getting repossessed?

I think the worst part is that he will monopolize the TV to watch these horrible shows and I'm forced to sit and watch with him or do something else.  What happened to watching shows that we both enjoy?  Thank God for Blue Bloods on Wednesday nights!

End Rant.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Making Friends Monday - January 24, 2011

I'm not sure about the rest of you; but, I really didn't want to start a new week today.  The temperatures this morning were -21 degrees C (-28 with the windchill).  My nice warm bed seemed like the perfect place to stay.  Unfortunately, life goes on no matter the weather.

While waiting for Mr. Twingle as he ran some errands, I was browsing through some photos and came across the ones of me meeting three of the five New Kids on the Block.  I was, and still am, a HUGE NKOTB fan.  There is just something about those five sexy guys from Boston that I adore.  So it was a once-in-a-lifetime moment when I met Jonathan, Danny and Donnie back in 2008.  I also got to briefly speak with my favourite, Jordan, even though I didn't get a picture with him.





Okay, sorry.  I just had to get that out of my system! 

It is Monday, which means it's time to make friends.  I hope you'll join in the blog hop sponsored by Living on Love and Cents, Coupons are Great, The Thrifty Things and Reviewed by Mom.





This week's Spotlight Blog is The Knit Wit by Shair make sure you stop by and say "hi".


Sunday, January 23, 2011

My Take on Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show

Those of you that frequently read my blog, will know that I was taking my kids to see Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road show; and was super excited about doing so!

Feld Entertainment provided me with tickets to see the show and we attended yesterday's 2:00 pm show at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.  We had wonderful seats about 10 rows back, centre stage; but, not on the floor so we could actually see everything.  We were a little late arriving so we didn't catch any of the pre-show sing-a-long; but, we didn't have to wait long for the show to begin either; which is a blessing when you have a one-year-old with you.  

The show began with Sheldon, one of the live performers, coming out to do brief introductions and get the audience even more excited, I honestly didn't think that was even possible!  I was also pleasantly surprised that it "seemed" Sheldon was singing live, and not to track since Mickey and his friends were (to ensure little ones believe in the magic, of course!).

Even as an adult I found the show to have lots of energy and found myself singing along to classics, like Cinderella's "So this is Love".  I especially got a kick out of the audience participation factor.  Not only did they include kids; but they had parents involved too...affording me a good laugh.

Overall, I found the pace of the performance just right.  The scenes were just long enough to captivate the audience; but, not too long to loose their attention.  There was a brief intermission, perfectly placed, to allow families to visit the washrooms if necessary.  The show ran for about 1.75 hours and finished with a "big bang"!  

I would totally recommend taking the family to see this wonderful show.  There is nothing better than seeing your kids light up with the joy and wonder that Disney Live! provides.  

Friday, January 21, 2011

Five Question Friday for January 21, 2011

TGIF!

I am so glad it's Friday.  This week has been an interesting one and I'm ready for a break.  It all started on Monday when Boo went to school with all his outer wear as normal and came home with boots, exactly the same, yet 5 sizes bigger than those he went to school with.
I would love for someone to explain to me how a child goes to school with boots that are a size 1 and comes home with boots that are size 6?  I've spoken to the teachers and checked the lost and found and there isn't any sign of Boo's boots.  What gets me the most is that whoever has them, is cramming their foot into boots that are too small for them.  I just don't get it!

Sigh, I'm ready for some fun.  So here are this weeks Five Question Friday responses.  Enjoy!


1.  Where did you meet your spouse and did you instantly know it was love?
Mr. Twingle and I met in high school.  We were actually friends long before we started dating; so no, I had no clue it was love!  We were both in the school concert band; I play clarinet and he was a percussionist.  He claims he "only joined the band for the chicks".  I guess it worked.
We actually started dating our senior year, in the June, just before summer vacation and heading off to university.
I had realized I "liked" him while signing his yearbook and getting all teary at the prospect of not seeing him again.
A few days later was my 19th birthday and Mr. Twingle brought me over a card and a shot glass (you can legally drink in Ontario at the age of 19).  I thought it was so sweet of him so I invited him over for cake later since I couldn't go partying as I had an exam the next day.  He and our mutual friend came over and we played cards in the kitchen while enjoying cake and having a beer.  I started playing footsies with him under the table and our relationship took off from there!

2.  What is your favourite room in your house?
I would have to say I love my kitchen.  It's actually the main reason I wanted to buy the house in the first place.  It's large and open and has TONS of storage space and room to entertain.

3.  Can you wiggle your ears?
Can't everyone?
Seriously, don't your ears wiggle or move when you talk or smile or chew?  Mine certainly do.

4.  What is your evening ritual?
Mine or the kids?

Kids: eat, play, bath, brush teeth, brush hair, jammies, tuck in, "bug bites", kisses, hugs, lights out.

Me:  potty, brush teeth, jammies, zzzz.

5.  How many hours of sleep do you need to function?
This is an interesting question.  I guess to function, I can get by with only 4 or 5 hours; but, I won't be at top performance.
For optimal performance, I need at least 7 hours of sleep; but 9 would be AWESOME!

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So, that's it in a nutshell.  I'd love to hear what you have to say and don't forget to enter my CSN stores giveaway for $35 to spend in any of their 200+ stores!

{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!






Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

M-I-C-K-E-Y MOU-SE

I got a good chuckle this morning as I watched Pickle, now fifteen (15) months, dance the "hot dog" dance along with Mickey Mouse and friends on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

It occurred to me that Mickey Mouse is one cartoon character that has transcended time.  Generations of kids have grown to love this adorable mouse.  What's even better is that Mickey has changed with each generation, ensuring that the kids of today love him just as much as my parents did when they were younger.

Maybe that's why I'm SO excited that I'm finally taking the kids to see Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show this weekend!  It seems like it's been forever since I found out we were going and now it's almost here.  My anticipation is building and I know the kids are excited too.

I know that Pretty and Boo are going to love singing and dancing along with their favourite Disney Live! characters.  But, I'm looking forward to seeing little Pickle and her reaction to the live event.


I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and I'll blog about our experience when we get back from the show.

Don't forget, you can still purchase tickets and receive a discount when you use the code BLOG at TicketMaster

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Fabulous Giveaway!

I recently finished watching the movie Under the Tuscan Sun and have been dreaming of the Italian countryside ever since.  In fact, since viewing the film I want to watch movies like Gidget Goes to Rome, Three Coins in the Fountain and any others featuring the beautiful architecture and romantic ambiance.



I can totally visualize myself sitting at a bistro in a round chair, sipping a cappuccino and enjoying a napoleon.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snowy Day Comforts

Today is a dark and gloomy day in Southern Ontario.  The weather forecasts a winter storm which will bring 10-15cm of snow today; the first real snowfall of the year for our area.

While many may complain about this grey day, I love it.  There's nothing better than turning on the fire and snuggling in with a good movie.  Today's movie of choice:  Eat, Pray, Love.  What a fabulously inspiring story.  I can't think of a better story that would empower women.  I truly feel uplifted and ready to take on any challenge life may throw at me after watching this movie.  I would strongly recommend it to anyone.

Now watching Eat, Pray, Love got me thinking about other movies that I've watched and loved.  I think my all-time favourite movie would be Indian Summer.  I don't believe it's a well-known movie; but, I love it and could watch it time and again.  I think the reason I love it so much is that it is filmed in beautiful Algonquin Park in Ontario.  Canadian landscapes are beautiful and there's nothing better than Northern Ontario in the Fall.  The colours are breathtaking.  The storyline is adult, dealing with failing marriages, grief and more; but, with cheesy lines and laughs mixed in.

My go-to movie for an immediate pick-me-up when I'm sick would be any of the Gidget movies.  Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian or Gidget Goes to Rome.  They're old and well behind the times; but, for a quick bit of fluff they do the job!

So, what are your favourite movies?  Do you have a go-to film to make you feel better?  I'd love you to share your choices with me.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Fear and Paranoia

Yesterday was a wonderful day.  Pretty and I had a girls day and joined her BFF and mom for an afternoon of skating at a local, free, outdoor rink.

The girls had a great time and I got a chance to chat with the other mom while we supervised and picked the girls up when they fell.

During our discussions she mentioned several news items and was quite concerned by them.  Actually, it was more than just concern, it was fear.  She was genuinely afraid based on what she had seen on the news.

Seeing her upset I felt I needed to remind her that while the news is good at reporting local happenings, they're also famous for blowing things WAY out of proportion.  In fact, the media is just an outlet for propaganda promoting fear and paranoia among the masses.  At least that's my opinion.

So while I may watch or read the news to catch up on the happenings around the world, I always take what the media reports with a grain of salt.




Friday, January 7, 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!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Walk Down Memory Lane

I was going through some photos on my computer last night and came across one of the very few photos of me when I was pregnant with the twins.


It seems like just yesterday.  It's hard to believe my babies are 6 now.  The time really does go quickly.  

Finding out we were expecting for the first time was wonderful.  Mr. Twingle and I had been dating for six and a half years before we got married, so we decided we would try to have kids right away. 

About three months after we started "trying", we were eating dinner and I was overcome with a wave a nausea.  It was that moment that made me wonder if I was in fact pregnant.  When we took the pregnancy test and it came back positive, we were both surprised.  We have had family that struggled with fertility and so we were prepared for the worst.  Unfortunately, I miscarried at eight weeks.  I was heartbroken and felt defeated.  I ended up needing a D&C, which was my first experience with any kind of surgery.  Since I had my procedure at the hospital, I was put out and when I woke up it was all over; the surgery and the miscarriage.  We were advised to wait at least one full menstrual cycle before we started to try again; but, at that particular moment I didn't want to try, I wanted to mourn the loss of my unborn baby, whom we had nicknamed "Little Ty".  Even now, 6 years later I still think of that baby and wonder what he/she would be like.  My due date would have been September 19 and each year on that date I send a silent prayer for the child I didn't get to meet.  

We heeded the doctor's orders and after the necessary month, we "pulled the goalie" as Mr. T likes to say.  Within a month I was pregnant again.  I didn't have any nausea and really didn't clue in that I was pregnant until I was already nine weeks.  I just figured my cycle was still messed up after the miscarriage.  I had a very good pregnancy and you can read about my experience birthing the twins in a previous post.

After having the twins, I knew I still wanted one more child.  But Mr. Twingle only wanted two.  I tried to convince him every chance I got; but, he wasn't going to budge.  The only thing that gave me hope was that he didn't want to get rid of any of the toys or clothes that the twins had outgrown.  I secretly kept hope that he would change his mind.  

By the time the twins were three, I had come to accept that another child wasn't going to happen and I was learning to accept that.  It was no longer the end of the world and I wouldn't resent Mr. T for it. 

That spring, we had an "oops" and I learned I was pregnant.  We planned to tell our families on Father's Day that we were expecting.  But, the day before Father's Day, I started spotting and lost the baby at eleven weeks.  I developed a fever and ended up needing another D&C, which took place one day before my birthday.  Needless to say, I didn't much feel like celebrating that year.  I mourned the loss of this baby much more than that of the one I lost before the twins.  To my thinking, it was because I knew that he/she was my only chance at a third baby.  I knew Mr. Twingle still didn't want a third child and he would make sure we didn't have another accident.  Bean's due date was January 4.  

Another year goes by and to my surprise, he has not yet take precautions to ensure we don't have another accidental pregnancy.  Mainly because he was touring so much of the year and didn't have time. Just my luck, we got pregnant again, with Pickle!  Neither he nor I were expecting it to happen and so I think I took three or four tests before finally calling the doctor to confirm it.  

I guess in the end, the saying "good things come to those who wait" is true.  I can't imagine life without Pickle in it, even if raising Twingles is a challenge.  It's one I'm happy to accept!

Here I am the morning of Pickle's delivery.





Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Excitement Builds!

I had been trying to keep the fact that I am taking the kids to see Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show a secret for as long as possible.  I knew that the moment I told them, their excitement would start to grow and I would be faced every day with "how many more sleeps until Mickey Mouse?"

Wouldn't you know it?  The kids saw a commercial for it the other day and I had to tell them in order stop the pleading: "can we go, please, please, PUHLEASSSSE?"


Of course, I'm super excited to be going to.  Who wouldn't be, it sounds like such a great show?

We will join Mickey Mouse and the gang on a rockin' road trip and talent search.  Along the way, they'll find Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie and of course, Tigger.  "In Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show, fun knows no boundaries" says Producer, Kenneth Feld.

I'm also super excited about the Pre-Show Party!  Fifteen (15) minutes before the show, the audience gets to sing and dance along with a live host.  There will also be video highlights from Playhouse Disney's Handy Manny,  Imagination Movers, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jungle Junction and Special Agent Oso.  This pre-show event is FREE to all ticket holders.  How awesome is that?

Don't forget that you can save $5.00 off the cost of your tickets by purchasing them through Ticketmaster and entering discount code MINNIE for the London, ON performance or BLOG for the remaining Ontario shows.

It is moments like these that make me glad I decided to blog.  I can share our excitement and experiences with family and friends and I can also offer you amazing deals.  

I hope you'll continue to follow our Disney Live! experience and join in the fun.


Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Holiday Wrap Up

I breathe a sigh of relief as I finally get a moment to sit back and reflect on the past two weeks of holiday hustle and bustle.

We've had a very full and enjoyable two weeks.  Wrapping it all up New Year's day with a brunch.  For about eight years now, we've gotten together with Mr. Twingle's former work colleagues turned friends for a New Year's day brunch.  We rotate houses and brunch is always pot luck.  It was especially wonderful this year as we were able to get everyone together.  The past two or three years, at least one of the families couldn't make it.  It was a first chance for some to meet Pickle and it was our first chance to meet the newest member of the NYB (New Year's Brunch) gang, little Joshua who was only two months old. Our brunch lasted well into the evening hours; bellies were full and laughter was shared.

I do love the holidays and all they represent; but, it's nice to have life back to normal again.  If not for myself, then definitely for the kids who have had more than enough excitement to last a while.

The twins started back to school after Christmas break yesterday.  They were excited to get back and see their friends.  And, while I don't think they'd actually admit it; I think they like the structure the school day gives them.

Mr. T and I were able to get out with Pickle and do some much needed grocery shopping.  I've got to tell you, as much as I love the twins, it's really great when I don't have to shop with them.  I don't feel rushed and I definitely don't have to listen to whining if I say they can't have some sugary treat they just "have to get".

I started taking down the Christmas decorations last night.  I still have the tree to take down, which I'll likely do this afternoon while the baby naps.

I'm not sure which takes longer, decorating for the holidays or packing it all up?

It almost reminds me of being single.  You know, when it took you forever to get ready for a date.  The anticipation building as you ever so carefully decide what to wear, painstakingly put on your makeup and  do your hair.  Then you go out with said date (presumably have a good time) and return home to de-glamify yourself in a matter of minutes.

The analogy just sums up the whole holiday season, don't you think?  A lot of work, a lot of anticipation and when it's over it just leaves you wanting.  Wanting what?  I'm not entirely sure myself; but, I will say this: there are only three-hundred fifty-five (355) sleeps 'till Christmas!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Morning Routines

As many of you may have guessed from earlier posts, Mr. Twingle travels a lot.  That means I'm left home to take care of the three (3) kids and tackle each day's chores.

None of that would happen if I didn't have a good morning routine.  Okay, it doesn't even have to be good; it just has to be a routine.

Our alarm goes off at 7:00 am; thought it's rare that I actually need it.  At least one of the kids usually wakes around 6:50.  I get up and ask the twins to get themselves dressed with the clothes I laid out the night before.  I then head in to get the baby up, changed and dressed before heading downstairs to make breakfast.

I'm in the kitchen by about 7:15 am and I begin getting breakfast.  Most mornings the kids just want cold cereal or toast so it's quick and easy.  I give the baby some "O's" or a banana in her chair while I make lunches.

By about 7:30, lunches are packed and the kids are done breakfast.  They then pack up their backpacks with their lunches and agendas before using the washroom and brushing their teeth.

At 7:45 I get the three kids dressed in coats, hats, mitts and boots and we're out the door by 8:00 am.  The twins don't get bussed to school so I have to drive them as it would take about an hour to walk.

School begins at 8:25 and we usually arrive around 8:15 so the kids have some time to play.  Once the bell rings and the twins are inside the school; Pickle and I head home where I give her a bottle and make myself some breakfast.

Then we play together for a bit before her nap.

It all happens really fast and most of the time I don't even realize it's a routine; but, that's exactly what it is.

Would you believe that when Mr. Twingle is travelling we're never late for school; but, when he's home we often make it just as the bell rings?  It's like he throws a wrench in my well oiled machine and it takes a few days to work out the kinks.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My Bucket List

One of the prompts from the Blog Dare issued by Bloggy Moms asks about the items you plan to check off your "bucket list" in 2011.

I guess I've lived in a cave for the past, oh I don't know how long, because I didn't know what a bucket list was.  I had to Google it :\  So just in case there are others that have been living in a cave alongside me; a bucket list contains things you want to accomplish before you die.  So here are a few things that I have on my Bucket List.

  • Travel to Europe, visiting France, Germany and Italy
  • Visit at least one of the WAGGGS World Centres: Our Chalet, Our Cabana, Pax Lodge or Sangam
  • Go to NYC
  • See a show on Broadway
  • Purchase a Genuine designer handbag & shoes
  • Travel to Australia
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Go to Disney World and Disneyland
  • Learn to run and run a 10K
  • Lean ballroom dancing
  • Go on an Alaskan cruise
  • Publish a novel
I guess that's a good start.  So which of these do I hope to accomplish in 2011?  I guess I'd be happy to accomplish any of them at all.  

Most of the items would take a large disposable income to achieve and that's something I don't have. But, if I stick with my resolutions and become more financially responsible; there's no reason I can't budget to cross off my bucket list items in a few short years!


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Resolutions!

Welcome to the year 2011!

Can you actually believe it?  I mean we're already 11 years into the 21st century and the millennium.  It's insane when you think about it.

Maybe I watched too many episodes of The Jetsons growing up; but, I thought we'd all be flying around in little space ships by now.

The issuing in of a new year often sees many people setting resolutions for the upcoming three hundred and sixty-five (365) days.  If you were to look up the word "resolution" in a dictionary, you would find that it's a noun with eight (8) possible meanings.  The meaning pertaining to New Year's is as follows:

"A New Year's resolution is a commitment to a personal goal
 that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit,
often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous."
                                                                                     -from Wikipedia

I've never really been one to set a New Year's resolution myself.  When I was little, we would all sit around the table on New Year's Eve and announce our resolution.  As a child, mine were usually things like; keep my room clean or get better grades.  The latter an easy one to keep since I was an A student!

I think it was probably in my teen years that I stopped making resolutions when I realized that the more detailed or in depth ones were much harder to keep.  I didn't, and don't, like to fail at things and so that reality made me cynical regarding the whole New Year's resolution "thing".

a mom blog communityFor 2011 I have decided to once again set New Year's resolutions.  Yes, that was plural as I have more than one (1).  First off, this post is coming to you as part of a resolution to blog more.  I have accepted the Blog Dare issued by Bloggy Moms.


My other resolutions include finishing, or at least getting caught up on, the family scrapbook; cooking and eating healthier; and being more financially responsible.

I hope you'll join me on my journey to keep my 2011 Resolutions.  I would love to hear what your resolutions are and how you plan on maintaining them.


Wishing you a very Happy and Prosperous 
New Year!