Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Warm Weather and Kids

This past weekend was a long weekend in Canada, Victoria Day; or May 2-4 as many call it.  We lucked out here in Southern Ontario with BEAUTIFUL weather all weekend long.  There wasn't a drop of rain and temperatures soared to the high 20's.  All in all, it was picture perfect!

As a family, we spend most of the weekend outdoors.  My parents picked the twins up for a sleepover Friday night, so they could all go to Canada's Wonderland on Saturday.  They returned Sunday mid-morning and we then spent the day in the backyard, soaking up the rays.  We played catch and paddle ball, brought out the water guns and just enjoyed time as a family.

The weekend was great, exactly what it should be.  Yet, here I am in the aftermath, chasing flies that have been let in because the kids can't remember to close the door behind them on their MANY trips in and out!  I hate flies.  They are so disgusting and pester you when you're trying to sleep.  UGH.  I think there might be a  half dozen of the little buggers plotting against me as I type this.
Do I regret the perfect weekend with my family?  No, not at all; but, the kids had better learn to close the door behind them or there won't be anymore such weekends :p

Friday, May 18, 2012

{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, May 17, 2012

Beeping Crazy

When we moved into our current home five years ago, the builder told us that the smoke detectors were all connected; but the one on the upper level would talk to us.  
Last week, at random the smoke detector did just this.  It would emit a short beep and say "low battery detected" in a creepy computerized female voice.  It was especially creepy when in happened in the middle of the night.
Mr. Twingle took the detector down and replaced the battery, THREE times, and it continued to beep and talk to us telling us the battery was low.  It is currently sitting on my bedroom dresser, without a battery.  

Three days later, the alarm on the main floor started chirping (beeping).  Once again, Mr. Twingle took the detector down to replace the battery only to find that this particular smoke detector is hard wired without a battery back up.  So why is it chirping at random?  We've left this one connected and I am currently suffering through the incessant chirping.

I've googled and checked the manufacturer website.  We have tried vacuuming it, blowing it with compressed air, resetting the breaker and yet it still chirps.  The worst part, is there is no rhyme or reason to when it starts.  It'll chip every 20 seconds for 6 hours and then it won't chirp again for two days.  

I'm fairly certain at this point that both the upper floor and main floor detectors need to be replaced; but seriously, what are the odds of two going at the same time; when both say they are good until 2017 and they are different models?  Needless to say I'm going crazy with the constant beeping.  

I think I hear beeps in my dreams at night now and that can't be normal!

I just realized this post doesn't really have a point, other than giving me a place to rant...so thanks for reading (if you got this far).

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

50 Shades of...

Like many other women, I hopped on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon.  I figured it couldn't hurt since I have 50 books to read for my #50BookPledge!

50 Shades of Grey was my 17th book; and I'm not really sure what my feelings toward the book is.  A lot of the book was based on BDSM; not really my thing.
The story line was good though.  It was fast paced and kept me reading.  I wanted/needed to find out more about how things were going to turn out.  
I'm fairly good at predicting how stories will play out when I read a book; but, 50 Shades of Grey, was not one of those books.  The shocker ending, was just that, a shock.  I couldn't believe it ended that way and had to pick up book 2 of the 3 book series, 50 Shades Darker.

Book 2 wasn't quite as racy as book 1; but, it still kept me enraptured.  I had a hard time putting these books down.  I love the unexpected twist at the end of 50 Shades Darker and will read the third and final book of the series to see how it all plays out.  

I took a short break from the 50 Shades series as I felt the endless sex scenes, on almost every page, were getting to be too much.  So book number 19 on my #50BookPledge was Insurgent by Veronica Roth.  I'll write more about that later!

All in all, I would recommend the 50 Shades series.  Though the writing isn't stellar and the story is, to quote Christian Grey himself, "50 Shades of fucked up", it was a good light read.  

Friday, May 11, 2012

Five Question Friday - May 11, 2012

TGIF!  Seriously, I am so glad it's Friday because it means I get two whole days off from packing lunches.  Yep, it's the little things I tell ya, LOL.

We have a busy weekend ahead as I'm sure many of you do.  I'll be out tomorrow with my Guides trying to sell off the last 10 cases of cookies we have.  Then the kids and I will be off to the momstown Hamilton Art & Play event for a luau!

Wishing all the moms out there a very happy Mother's Day weekend.

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP!

Oh, and remember (pay close attention...this is the important one)...HAVE FUN!

1.  What advice would you give a couple getting married?

I think the best thing I could offer up to couples getting married is this; a marriage is hard work.  If you're not willing to work at it "for better or worse", then don't get married.  There are going to be highs and lows; but, it's how you deal with lows together that will make you strong.  Don't run for the hills at the first sign of trouble.  Make a whole-hearted effort to make it work.

2.  If you could tell your 16 year old self ONE thing, what would it be?

I think I would have to tell myself not to care so much about what others think.  In then end, the only opinion that matters is yours.  If you see yourself as smart, beautiful and loving; others will too.

3.  What do you do to keep cool in the summer?  (AC, window fans, swimming, etc.)

We have AC as the humidex in South-western Ontario can be stifling.  However, we don't stay indoors all day long.  I often take the kids to shady parks with splash pads or wading pools.  We'll have a picnic lunch, play ball, cool off in the water and just have fun.  I'm not sure how we are going to be able to do that this year though, as we only have one car now.  I guess the little inflatable splash pool will have to do.

4.  What did you (or your wife) crave most while pregnant?

With the twins it was fish n' chips.  I don't like seafood of any kind; yet I HAD to have it when I was pregnant.  Afterwards, I wouldn't go near it again.

With Pickle, it was BBQ'd steak.  I couldn't get enough of this red meat; and likely because my iron was low during pregnancy.

With both pregnancies though, I wanted citrus fruit.  I had oranges, clementines and lemons ready to be eaten or used as a garnish at all times.  I love citrus fruit anyway; but, during my pregnancy it was like I couldn't' get enough.

All in all, not terribly crazy cravings.

5.  Who is your favourite TV mom?  Why?

I think I'm going to have to say Lorelei Gilmour from the Gilmour Girls.  She was a young mother, who managed to accomplish SO much.  She was faced with a difficult situation and rather than shrink away, she stood up to the challenge and made a life for her and her child.  She raised a smart, independent, self-assured woman that trusted her mother with [almost] anything.  That relationship is what many moms dream about.
So yeah, that's my favourite TV mom...now it's your turn!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"It's Not Fair"

I can't wait for school to be done for the summer.  

Wait, did I actually just say that?

Yep, I did.  The past few weeks it seems Pretty is having a hard time getting up at 6am.  The twins are still going to bed at the same time, so nothing has changed with that regard; but, suddenly she is MISERABLE in the mornings.  I'm talking full-on meltdown mode when she doesn't get something she wants.  This morning the tears started flowing after her standard "it's not fair" comment over the fact that Boo got a Gatorade at his lacrosse practice last night, provided by the team, that he was taking in his lunch today.  Of course, I know she's going into meltdown mode because she's tired.  The twins are already in bed by 7pm, even if they're not falling asleep until closer to 8.  I can't realistically put them to bed any sooner; and yet we have to be up by 6 in order to have breakfast and be ready for their bus, which comes at 7am.

Today's meltdown over Gatorade then opened the door for other "it's not fair" moments that she isn't happy about.  Things like Boo getting a snack at his Beaver meeting or that Pickle got a popsicle yesterday afternoon while the twins were at school.  Though is quite all right by her, if she gets something and the others don't.  
It seems to me, partly through our doing as parents, that she feels she has to get something every time Boo or Pickle get something.  

How do we break this vicious cycle of entitlement?  It's really hard for the twins because they ARE twins and they both always get something at holidays, birthdays, etc.  I'm open to suggestions as I can't face any more morning meltdowns over "it's not fair".