Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Musings

My apologies for my absence lately.  Life gets incredibly busy this time of year.  

Mr. Twingle was home for a change, which is always wonderful!  We managed to accomplish a few items off the "honey-do" list and spend some quality family time together too.  This holiday weekend was the perfect example of that.  Friday, while Pickle napped, the twins helped Mr. Twingle & I plant three cedars between our house & the neighbours.  A joint effort to try and conceal bulky central air units!  Once the Pickle woke up, we went to the garden centre in search of patio stones and river rock; and also to show the kids the bunnies & chicks on display for the weekend!

We had a delicious BBQ'd beer can chicken for dinner and put Pickle to bed, then the rest of us settled in for family movie night!  We've watched movies together as a family before; but, this time we went all out.  We took the cushions off the couch and placed them on the floor.  We then brought pillows and blankets from our beds down and everyone snuggled together on the floor with popcorn and homemade milk shakes.  Yogi Bear was our movie of choice and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Saturday, found us celebrating Easter with my parents who joined us for a turkey dinner.  We also managed to get the canopy up on the gazebo with my Dad's help and Mom helped me plant some pansies to give the garden some colour until the spring bulbs start coming up.

Yesterday, we ventured out to Mr. Twingle's side of the family for dinner.  His sister was gracious enough to host all of us crazies and served a delectable glazed ham for dinner...YUMMY!  

After such a wonderful weekend with incredible family, I feel truly blessed.  As rough as things might get, you can get through anything when you have families like ours to help you through.

Thanks all, we love you and Happy Easter!

Friday, April 15, 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!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Community Service

There is nothing better than doing nice things for those in your community.

This past week at Sparks, we made Easter decorations for the Glanbrook Home Support, Meals on Wheels program.  Here are a couple of pictures from the evening.





Sunday, April 3, 2011

How My Kids Made Me Cry

The past few weeks have been very trying to say the least.  We've been battling illnesses since before Christmas so I've been run down and exhausted.

To top that all off, the twins have been in fine form as of late.  Attitude worthy of a sixteen (16) year old; inability to listen, disrespectful and the list goes on.

They have a playroom in the basement.  It's a good size room and houses most of the toys they own.  From full-on mess mode, the room takes a good 2 hours to clean up, there are just that many toys.  Ironically, it only takes the twins about 3.2 seconds to make it seem like a bomb went off in the room.  And that was exactly the state of the playroom for the past week.  In fact, it was so bad and they refused to listen or clean it up; that Mr. Twingle and I laid down the law and banned them from the basement for seven (7) days.  They were told at the end of the week, they still had to clean it up or they would be banned for another week.

Today was day seven (7) and the day started off like the day from hell.  I had barely gotten out of bed before Boo and Pretty were at each other's throats about some ridiculous toy or another.  Once they had eaten breakfast I informed them that today was the day they had to clean the playroom.  Of course, this was met with whines and cries of "it's not fair" and "I don't want to clean it, can't you do it?".  They continued to carry on until their BFF called wanting to have a playdate and I firmly said "NO" because they didn't deserve the privilege.  After more tears and "you're mean" "please, Mommy, we'll be good"and more "it's not fair" they decided to clean up the basement.  On any given day that means playing, while watching a movie and doing anything but cleaning.

Which is why I was brought to tears when they came to get me a couple hours later and the room was clean!  It wasn't perfect, or at least, my version of perfect with toys sorted out according to genre, etc.  But it was clean.  There was nothing on the floor, their activity table had chairs set up neatly around it ready to work at, the movies were stacked neatly in the rack and it was wonderful.  After weeks of not listening and  beligerence; they did what I asked and I didn't have to supervise or referee once.

A perfect end to a hellish week.

Here's hoping this week is better.