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Party time!

On Sunday we took Andrew to a toddler birthday party.The son of one of James’ co-workers was turning 3.He was a cute little guy, and it was fun watching Andrew play with the other kids at the party.Well, at their age they don’t really play together, per se, but there was some interaction!The birthday boy gave us kisses when we got to the party, and gave Andrew a hug.Well, Andrew likes kisses too, so he leaned in and kissed N on the lips and N went, ‘Blaaaaaaaah!’LOLIt was pretty funny.
The party was at the Fun 4 Kids play center at Park Royal in North Van and I highly recommend it for kids aged about 2 ½ and up.Andrew thought he’d died and gone to heaven there!He LOVED it!Both James and I went through the whole thing with him and a word of warning – it’s exhausting!!Especially because it’s built for little ones, so adults have to do everything crouched down and after a while I found it started to get uncomfortable.
The party theme was Spiderman, so again Andrew was pretty thrilled!It wa…

I still can't believe he's gone...

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Today was Jack Layton’s funeral.I hadn’t really planned on watching the entire thing, but it ended up that way.Boy, was it ever emotional.You’ve gotta hand it to the guy, he really did so many good things, for so many people, and his positive spirit was so evident throughout the ceremony.He touched so many lives and has had such a strong impact on Canada.I think he would be very pleased with how his life and character were described.As was said today, Jack was the same person politically and in every day life, and I think that’s something we all respected so much about him – the fact that he was so politically trustworthy, just a naturally kind and generous soul.
I liked what someone wrote in chalk some days ago in remembrance of Jack Layton – that he was ‘the best prime minister we never had.’I truly believe that myself.I always had hope that he would one day become our prime minister, I know he deserved it and would have served our country well in that position.It’s a shame that it n…

Sky high grocery bills

One of the biggest challenges I have is trying to stay within a grocery budget each month.  We currently spend over $600 A MONTH on groceries alone (often getting closer to $800, which seems INSANE to me)  This includes everything bought at the grocery store, so not just food but toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.  Still, most of that is spent on food and I find it insane (and stressful) that we consistently spend so much on our grocery bills each month.
I’m curious what other people are spending, relative to the amount of people in their household of course.  I am finding it particularly challenging lately because Andrew is ALWAYS hungry – ‘Andrew huuungy’ – and running for the fridge or pantry cupboard to decide what he wants.  In typical toddler fashion, there are times where he’ll eat just about anything and relatively large quantities (given his miniature sized belly!) and then there are the other times where he seems to eat very little but it’s actually still a lot, just of a fe…

Rest in Peace Jack Layton

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I only just heard the news of Jack Layton passing, so it’s only natural that I can’t shake the sadness of the news.I just can’t believe it.Well, I can, actually, because when he announced that he was battling yet another cancer, he looked nearly identical to my grandfather who died of prostate cancer at 63.He looked just the way he did when he was very close to the end, so I had a feeling he wasn’t going to improve.Still, I, like many Canadians (and of course Jack and his family) was hopeful.
I have been a supporter of the NDP since I was first able to start voting.While I don’t agree with everything they stand for, I am definitely a person who believes socialism is the best thing to strive for.I have never felt than any politician could be ‘trusted’, and yet Jack Layton seemed an exception.He was a genuinely thoughtful and caring person.No, I didn’t know him personally – the closest I ever got to him was waving as a he rode past us in a car during the Gay Pride Parade in Vancouver a f…

Andy's Life in 2011...

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I’m trying to get an early start on creating Andrew’s yearly ‘book.’Last year it was the first one I created and it made for an excellent Christmas gift for family, called ‘Andrew’s Life in 2010.’I detailed all the major events in his life, as well as not so major everyday things that would share a glimpse of what his 2nd year of life was all about.

This year I want to go with the same sort of thing of marking important events, but I want to take a bit of a different spin I think.I’m not sure yet how I want to go about it, I just know it can’t go quite the same as last year’s.Mainly because of how this year started off.While I’m sure there will be mention of it, part of me finds it hard to start the book off (after a quick recap of last Xmas/Andy’s new year’s eve bday) with his Papa having a heart attack on January 1st.Not to mention losing the house in Nanaimo, etc…

Going through all the pictures last night from the past 8 months was more difficult than I’d anticipated.I didn’t cry, …

Footloose and fancy free

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Last night Andrew stayed over at his Nana’s, and tonight he’s camping with his Daddy and Nana on the Sunshine Coast.I would have liked to have seen the Sunshine Coast, but I’m not huge on camping…though the main reason I chose to stay home is because I don’t think it would be healthy for me to spend that much time in a row with my mil.We get along best by not spending too much time together at all…
This is the first time I’ve been away from my boy for 2 nights in a row.And it’s the first night I’ve had on my own in at least 3 years!Which is CRAZY but true!I’m always with my boy, what can I say.
I was a bit apprehensive about him staying over at the mil’s and then going camping the next night, and expressed that it could be an issue in terms of fussiness from him.And lo and behold earlier this evening James called and Andrew was absolute sob central on the phone screaming MOMMY MOMMY, SEE MOMMY MOOOOMMMMMMYYYYY!Awwwwww!!My poor baby boy missed me so much.It definitely tore at my heart …

What a difference a day makes

Andrew was SUCH a good boy for his mommy today, a complete switch from yesterday!  What a good thing, too, because I came down with a sudden headache and was throwing up it was so bad.  If he had been in the same ‘mood’ he seemed to be in all day yesterday, I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten through the day.

(I told him I had to go throw up and he said, 'Andrew watch?'  (He's seen me throw up once, MAYBE twice in his life) and I said, 'Well, Mommy wouldn't mind a little privacy, why don't you go play in your bedroom or something?'  He took about 3 steps out of the bathroom, turned back to face me at the toilet then pointed at the floor and said, 'Andrew stand right here and watch.') =D
Despite feeling deathly ill at some points of the day, we actually did a lot!  I made a batch of Welsh Currant Cakes in the morning, during which time Andrew watched some Caillou and then requested a ‘sink tub.’  He’s getting to the point where he can barel…

A day from hell

I feel soooo blaaaaaaaaah tonight.  I’m just way beyond exhausted, Andrew really had me beyond the end of my rope today.  Nothing was right for him.  I brought him water, he wanted milk.  So I got the milk, then he’d want juice.  I practically had a buffet of snack options offered to him but he didn’t want anything I could provide.  It went like that the whole day.
We went to IHOP for lunch because we were out with my mom and we were all hungry, and the few times Andrew has been there he loves the kid’s pancake because it has a face on it.  Well, he ate 2 bites and then poured salt all over it before I realized he had the salt shaker in his hand.  Tantrum after tantrum, it was a nightmare of a day.
He’s going on his very first camping trip this weekend, and it is also going to be the first time I am alone for an entire night for probably 3 years or more.  I think it has been over 3 years!  So I’m looking forward to an entire night to do what I want, and after the hellish day that was to…

Tonight, tonight

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Tonight I went to see the movie The Help.(With my mil, of all people, if you can believe it) I KNOW!!!Not my idea, obviously, but it went a lot better than expected.We are two very different people, but in the short amount of time we were alone together I actually thought it went a lot better than I’d anticipated.Which is not to say we are now all buddy buddy, I definitely still think it’s best for me to keep my distance from her for the most part, and usually I do, which has been working well over all.
Anyway…I loved the movie, I thought it depicted the book very well.There were a few modifications in the movie but I think they made sense because it would have taken a lot longer to explain things the same as in the book…And the movie had to be able to make sense to people who wouldn’t have read it.Over all, I recommend it – read the book and then check out the movie!

I guess I tend to dwell on the morbid side of things, so forgive me for making this post more about what we saw BEFORE t…

Already nesting and I'm not even pregnant! lol

I’ve been really tempted to paint our condo, but I resist because I know it would be quite expensive, and since we don’t own the place I don’t know that I want to invest that much in it.I’d basically want to paint it a very similar colour to what it already is, because I like it – it’d just be nice to get rid of all the holes in the walls that aren’t ours, and to make it look fresh and clean.I guess it wouldn’t hurt to talk to the owner of our place – maybe she’d be willing to chip in a bit since we’d be doing something good for her place.We’ll see...On the other hand, I might just paint the bathroom and nothing else!It’s small so it wouldn’t cost much, and it would give me a better idea of whether or not I’m even up for painting anything else!

I’m getting ahead of myself – we’re not pregnant yet – but I’ve been giving some thought as to what to do re: ‘baby’s’ room.This place seemed so spacious and perfect when we moved in as a three-some.But there’s no room for one more bedroom-wise!…

Only a few weekends left of summer, it's hard to believe

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I feel like time is going by way too fast lately.Mostly because it doesn’t feel like we’ve had much of a summer weather-wise and I really, REALLY was hoping for more of one before the fall would set in once again.There are things I love about fall, but I think it’s harder to envision enjoying it when it can feel like it’s already fall on summer nights that should be hot, or at the very least WARM.It hasn’t been horrible all around, but it’s frustrating how little heat we’ve actually got in our neck of the woods.
On Saturday my dad came over in the morning to fix our washing machine and do a bit of stuff in the garden.Then James, Andy and I got on our bikes and rode to a great park that we discovered off Hastings St.There’s a little kiddie pool that’s open 3 days a week (tho next week is the last week since summer is almost over already, boooo) and a great playground, big open field and nice view of the water.We had a picnic and played at the pool and playground, then James and I got ou…

My Spidey

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When we were at Playland, Andrew really wanted to get his face painted.  The first time we went, we actually got into the line-up so he could have it done, but it was taking soooo looooong and none of us wanted to stand in a line for ages.  So he was fine with not having it done there (for a ridiculous price, like $8 or $10!) after I promised to find some face paints and do it for him myself, at home.

A week or so ago I came across a little face paint packet in a store and snapped it up for $1.25!  I may not be professional at it, but this was my very first ever attempt at painting a face!  Andy was thrilled to be Spiderman.  Next time I want to turn him into The Joker!

It was fun to do, I just found a picture online of a Spiderman face-paint and did my best to copy it.  I think once he’s a bit older and will sit still for longer (although he was awesome at having patience for this!) I will be able to practice and get better at it.  We both had a lot of fun with it!  And I’m soooo gla…

Out cold

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First night without the safety bar thing on the bed that helps keep him in, and already he's basking in the freedom it allows!  Now you can see why I'm practically falling out of bed when he sleeps in between me and James :P

Fly away home

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Because he was being such a patient boy while Mommy did a big grocery shop last week, Andrew got to pick out a balloon to bring home.  Of course he picked out one of the biggest ones they had...A giant Tweety Bird!
He even took Tweety into the bath with him!
But then he was playing a little rough with him.  I told him, 'If you keep hitting your balloon like that, you might break it, and remember what happened to your balloon last time (in our old apartment)...It didn't even last a day!'

Well, as it happens, I looked up and noticed that Tweety was losing air...
'Fix it Mommy, FIX IT!!!'  Andrew whined.  And I did...I was able to find the hole and I put tape over it.  But it was upsetting Andy so much that Tweety was sagging.
So, less than 24 hours after we brought him home, we took Tweety out into the backyard.
I explained to Andrew that once he let go of the string, Tweety would fly away and we'd never be able to get him back.  He promised me he was OK with that!
So …

Beddy byes and book reviews

Last night Andrew and I went over to my parents’ place for dinner so that James could have a few hours to himself, since he so rarely gets that.As my dad was driving us home later on, Andrew mentioned how dark it was outside.I told him that’s because it’s night time, and little boys and girls go to sleep at night time, because that’s what night time is for.I mentioned about his bed, and how he should go night night and sleep in there straight through till morning, rather than making his way into our bed in the middle of the night.I asked him, ‘Do you think you could do that, sleep in your bed all night long?’And he thought for a moment, then replied, ‘Not right now.Be big boy SOON, Mommy, not NOW!’
Part of me (especially in the middle of the night when I’m having my hair pulled and/or feel squished to the edge of the bed to accommodate his need for spreading out while he sleeps) wishes he would take to sleeping solo through the night.Especially if we’re going to have a baby next year –…

I wish the weekend wasn't over

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Yesterday we rode our bikes to a playground we’ve always seen from the skytrain and said we would one day ride our bikes to so the boy could play there.It’s near Gilmore skytrain station and it was a pretty good park.Andrew loved it.It’s a bit close to a noisy road but still enjoyable, and had some different features than some of the parks we go to.I brought along a little picnic for our lunch so we sat and ate and then Andrew played while James and I sat and watched him.Then James played with him while I read some of Room on the book reader.I’m still not 100% sold on the kobo, but I have to say something I like about it is when you’re reading outside you don’t have to get annoyed by the book pages flapping in the breeze because there are no pages to flap!I did find that the thing got pretty hot though, since I was sitting in the sun.But it works great, over all I think I do like it.
After the park our original plan was to bus home but somehow James convinced me to ride bikes back.I fe…

Summer time, and the livin's easy

I just finished making Smelly Danielly’s Pesto Trapanese sauce that will go over spaghetti for tonight’s supper.We’re having my parents over so I wanted to make something I haven’t before, and I’m so pleased with how the sauce turned out. I know everyone will love it – including Andrew.He loves to slurp up spaghetti noodles!The sauce tastes very fresh and summery, and I was happy to be using some Basil from my little herb garden.I also made a Lemon Meringue Pie for dessert.
I feel the urge to do some more baking but I don’t really want the oven on too much since it’s such a nice hot day.I should really be outside, since our apartment is dark-ish, and doesn’t really reflect how beautiful it is outside right now.I took a stroll over to the grocery store for a few ingredients I was missing for the sauce, and really soaked up the warmth of the day.It felt so good to be out in the heat, although I know if I was out for too much longer I’d be a sweaty mess!Still, just not having had much h…

Long weekend day 3

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On Monday (BC Day, yay for long weekends!) we really wanted to do something outdoors and just the 3 of us. It ended up being a perfect day, weather-wise and all around.

We just took it easy in the morning, had our breakfast while sitting out on the patio, and spent some time playing in the yard. Well, Andy played, and I bossed James around getting him to organize our patio a bit better. I had to get him to do some of it because of my spider issues. It looks a little less cluttered out there now, I feel like it’s really coming together.

Once we were ready, we biked over to the grocery store and I popped in to get some picnic food. Then we made our way, biking to Hume Park in New Westminster.

James and I used to go there every now and then when we lived closer to Lougheed Mall quite a few years ago now. We loved it then, so it’s special to us to be taking our child there all these years later. It’s a really great park.

We didn’t time ourselves but my guess is that it took about h…