Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I Guess I lied?

I said I was going to write more. I honestly meant to. I'm sorry. Really.

I've been feeling a lot better lately. Which essentially means that I'm able to stay awake, even when I'm sitting, and I don't have roiling nausea all the time. I still run out of steam pretty quickly though, and if I don't eat the second I feel hungry, I'm in for feeling barfy for the rest of the day.

This time around, I'm showing a lot earlier, and things are already getting a little tight. I went shopping for some maternity clothes with my sister (she's due in October!), and we were sorely disappointed with what we found. I'm trying to get it together enough to make myself some long(er) tops to wear with yoga pants. In the meantime, tank top and pajama bottoms it is.

I did manage to put on actual pants, and drag myself to the Quilts at the Creek show that I go to every year with my mum - my sister and her family came too this year - didn't manage to take any pictures though. Luckily, they've got their own website you can have a look at, and they've posted plenty of pictures. If you're at all into quilting, or just enjoy admiring amazing work by talented artists, I'd recommend checking it out next year. (Also, I just love the village.)

I've also gone and gotten my first look at the Bean.  I was watching one of those "your baby this week videos" with the girls, and the line that keeps running through my head in a soothing voice is "your baby is starting to look more and more human"... well, good. You know how most 13 week ultrasounds look like a cross between a squirrel and a chicken? That's what I was expecting. Our Bean looks surprisingly a lot like an actual human baby, which is very reassuring because I'd been having dreams that s/he had no face. The ultrasound tech assured me that, as well as a face, it has two arms, two legs, a spine, a heart, AND a brain!

Looking more human every day!

The long and short of all this me-feeling-awful-and-falling-asleep-everywhere though is that my kids' summer vacation, thus far, has sort of sucked. As far as I'm concerned, anyway; they've actually been quite lovely and understanding.

I feel like a jerk though. I haven't really taken them anywhere, and we haven't really done anything. It's been super hot, which makes the nausea ten times worse, and I'm not the best with heat in the first place. As soon as I go a few days feeling mostly good, I'm going to have to make it up to them.

For now, they still love me because they're getting more screen time than usual. If I can't take them on any real life adventures right now, at least I can let them enjoy some vicariously through Netflix. I mean, really, where would I get a dragon, anyway?

They're in love with Dragons: Race to the Edge. The series takes place between the first and second movies, and follows Hiccup and Toothless on their adventures to explore and find more types of dragons. I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of the Cressida Cowell series of How to Train Your Dragon books; well we loved both of the movies, and we are pretty happy with the new series as well.

They watched all the episodes the week they were released, and are now waiting impatiently for new ones. I don't know how they got the idea, but they seem to think I'm actually in charge of these things. For now, they're satisfied to play vikings and dragon riders themselves, which in itself is awesome, but I hope I'm feeling more normal/mobile soon, or we're in for a mutiny over here. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Alrighty. So I haven't been around much lately, and here begins a list of my excuses:


The kids.


Okay, just one excuse really. Made up of a few parts.

1. The kids are home for the summer. They are animals. I honestly don't think that I fought with my siblings as much in my entire childhood as these two have in the past few weeks*. It's amazing really how they've managed to distill "sister bugging" into a fine art. They are masters. It's not a marketable skill though, so I'm trying to convince them to move on. They feel they have more honing to do.

2. I don't seem to be able to write with distractions. I've been working on it, but I haven't yet managed to completely ignore the eruptions of screaming from the basement every few minutes. 

3. I've been laying-on-the-couch-trying-not-to-move sick for the past couple of months. And when I'm not fighting nausea, or breaking up fighting sisters, I'm asleep. I fall asleep in the middle of sentences. Book on my face. Propped up against the wall on the stairs. Drool everywhere. It's not pretty. Number three is the size of a kumquat, and already asserting him/herself.

Did I forget to mention? I'm forgetting a lot of stuff these days. Yep! Who's got two thumbs and is totally pregnant? This guy right here! (You know... me.)

So between coralling the kids who are running around outside of me, and trying to stay conscious in spite of the one rolling around inside of me... I'm exhausted.

At least I think that's where I was going with that.

And that, friends, is my super stellar pregnancy announcement.

*My mum would probably beg to differ, but it's my blog, so nyeah.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

June... Is Over?

I don't know how it happened. One second, it's Kee's birthday, right at the beginning of June, and the next, I'm watching fireworks and thinking, really? What the heck have I been doing?

Having the kids home all day every day has been a huge adjustment for me. I'm used to having at least a few good hours of complete silence in my day. It has taken just one week to realise that I won't have even a semblance of quiet again Until September. Am I terrible that I'm already looking forward to it? Don't get me wrong - I love having my kids around, I just also love having some time to breathe and actually focus on what *I* need for a minute.

As a result, I'm instituting a daily quiet time. You know that part of the day just after lunch when it gets so hot that you don't really want to move anyway? Perfect. I dub thee "Quiet Time". With capitals, because it's important.

I will be napping. The kids will most likely turn their nose up at such an idea, so I'm going to loosen the reigns on screen time a bit and let them work through a list of pre-approved Netflix titles.

We're going through a bit of a throw back period with our viewing these days. The kids are all excited about things that I used to watch when I was a kid. Some shows like My Little Pony and Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated have been updated and revamped, while one of my personal favourites The Magic School Bus is the same excellent show I remember from watching with the kids I babysat. (Sadly, though it is available, they have no interest at all in Jem, so I'll have to watch that on my own time.)  There are also some excellent new shows, in particular Dragons: Race to the Edge (which takes place between the first and second movies), that they're stoked about. 

But that only takes care of an hour or so every afternoon. What to do with the rest of the summer? Once again, I'm leaving things to fate, so we're wide open here.

What are you guys doing? Any super fun ideas  that I can steal?

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Thanks, Kerry!

Do you guys know about the Sew Mama Sew site? There are literally hundreds of tutorials on there, as well as some great ideas for sewing with kids. There is also the wonderous thing that is Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day.

"Hmm..." you say, "that sounds intriguing. What exactly is that?"

Twice a year, Sew Mama Sew is host to hundreds of giveaways for handmade items, patterns, fabric, and notions. It's gotten so big that a single day can't contain it anymore; now it's more like giveaway week. Not only is it a great chance to win stuff, but it's an opportunity to go through all the links and find those hidden gem blogs that you might not otherwise be aware of. I tend to go through and browse all the sites, and find at least a couple that I keep reading. Despite the odds, I enter all of the giveaways that I'm interested in, and consider it a day well spent.

This past giveaway day, I finally won something! Just this week, I received a lovely package of cotton fabric scraps that are going to come in very handy for future projects.

Aren't they lovely?

So, thank you very much to Kristin and Beth at Sew Mama Sew for hosting such a comprehensive giveaway, and to Kerry of PennyDog Patchwork for the beautiful scraps!

Friday, June 5, 2015

This Will Indeed Be a Challenge.

Yesterday (while taking a break from moving shelves and things) I came across an 8 week crafting challenge that I've decided to take part in. What better motivation to get my craft room in order than that, right? This was the first week - make anything at all using a photo. As long as there is a photo involved.

Of course. I did manage to get the shelves together yesterday. But I couldn't lift them. So this is my room at the moment.

They're going to be great once I get them upright and filled with wonderful craft supplies... but at the moment, they're blocking access to everything. Especially the closet (you can just see it on the left there) which happens to contain my big box of photos. And my photo printer. I also only had one day to do it, and it just happened to be a PA day for my kids. I had an inkling of a plan that involved the three of us sitting around the table painting some lovely wooden picture frames... but I think they're in the closet too.

So for my week one challenge, I cut a picture out of an old calendar that I found stuffed on a shelf. Which I hope counts... it is a photo, I just didn't take it. Still good?

"Out of this world"... get it? *snort*
I promise, next week will be more involved!

Do any of you want to take part? Let me know! Tag me in your posts or tweets or whatever so I can see what you made!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Perfectly Pink. (And Sparkly!)

This week, Kee turned seven! Can you believe it? I've been writing this thing since she was a tiny baby... and now she's seven. I'm officially all out of babies over here. *sniffle*

Kee is my little tiara wearing ninja. My feather boa coveting knight in sparkly armour. She loves all things pink, and aside from climbing everything in sight, a "spa day" is one of her favourite things to do. Up until now, a "spa day" has meant having a bubble bath, then me painting her nails and trimming her hair while she watches a movie. (See how I snuck in the haircut?)

I don't know if she'll be falling for that one anymore, now that she's had a taste of a real spa. I've recently become a "Glambassador" for Glama Gals Tween Spa, and over the weekend we were invited to the Grand Opening of the new location in Barrie. Right in time for my ninja princess' birthday!

From the moment you step into the space everything is pink and white, glitter and sparkle. We were treated to cupcakes, "pinkatinis", and a room full of every pink candy you can think of. The girls were in heaven.

Then they were whisked away to pick a nail polish colour and have their nails done, using Piggy Paint.  

Off to the hair station, to get colour, braids, sparkles, and updos.

They even got to make their own personalised bubble bath and lotion to bring home at the "Glama Lab".

I couldn't pry them away for a pic until we got home!

By the time they'd taken part in all the spa activities, eaten their fill of pink food, and rocked a few dance party breaks and sing alongs, my girls felt like princesses. The people we met there were all wonderful. Everyone was full of smiles and positive energy. That's the thing that I love about Glama Gals; It's about more than nail polish and sparkles, it's about making the girls feel cared for and special.

I think Kee summed it up when I asked her if she'd enjoyed going, and she replied, "BEST. DAY. EVER!!"

*If you haven't heard of Piggy Paint before, it's a non-toxic, odourless, all natural nail polish. It's what I went out of my way to find when I was trying to bribe the girls into not biting their nails anymore. That didn't really work, but we do love our Piggy Paint!

I am part of the Glambassador program, and as such receive things like party invitations every once in a while. My opinion, as always, is entirely my own.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Family Time.

Lately, a lot of my Netflix watching has been shows that I remember watching as a kid. Shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-air (raise your hand if you can still sing the entire theme song from memory?), Party of Five (the angst!), and Gilmore Girls (I desperately want to live in Stars Hollow). All great shows centered around families!

Family can mean a lot of things. It can mean the people you're born to. It can mean the friends that you grow up with. It can mean the people you bond with at work. It can even mean the minions that your scientist partner created, or the children you adopted under false pretenses to further your plan to steal a shrink ray to facilitate you stealing the moon.

If you're at all intrigued by that last one, you might want to watch one of my family's favourite movies of all time, Despicable Me.

Not into cartoons? How about Raising Hope? Jimmy Chance, a well meaning guy with a big heart has a one night stand with an escaped convict. He later finds out that she'd gotten pregnant, and decides to raise the baby, Hope, by himself. He's not *all* by himself though, as he still lives with his parents and grandmother. It takes a village after all.

There's also a great new series, exclusive to Netflix about redefining your definition of family later in life. Grace and Frankie have lived and raised their families parallel to each other for years, their husbands being partners in a law firm. They couldn't be more different though, and don't exactly get along. When, after 40 years of marriage,  their husbands leave them for each other, Grace and Frankie are forced together to reevaluate their lives. Despite their abundance of differences, they discover that having one huge thing in common can be the basis for a meaningful friendship.

How about you? What are you watching?