Sunday, April 03, 2016

sunday randoms

So kind of a big week/weekend around here.

My very best texting friend/future compound wife married her guy this week. Super duper happy and excited for them both and only a titch jelly that they already went to a Jays game. But yeah, over the moon happy for those two. They deserve every happiness in the world. Congratulations again guys xo

We tackled and finally completed a little home improvement project that has been on the books for many year and with minimal swearing, so yay us! The girls now have satellite TV in their Lady Cave and this Mama doesn't need to listen to her two children and one man child fight about what we are watching on TV. The fact that this project got wrapped up just before the Jays opening game of the season are completely related. Go Jays go!!

In amongst all of that it is still spaghetti dinner around here all the time. I think this year is going to be a record breaker. I am so excited only 6 more days!!

This Billion Dollar wreck show has me completely hooked. Anybody else watching it?

How was your weekend?

Sunday, March 27, 2016

sunday randoms

Happy Easter y'all. Hope you had a great long weekend. Ours was on the quiet side, with only one big dinner at Granny's. The rest of the weekend was spent on spaghetti dinner errands and talking about spaghetti dinner and putting out spaghetti dinner fires and posting on the internet about spaghetti dinner oh and spaghetti dinner, spaghetti dinner, spaghetti dinner.

Yep, we are in the home stretch now. Two more weeks and it will all be a distant memory.

There are a lot things about this year's planning that make it feel like it's the first one all over again. Which is equal part exciting and nerve wracking.

Still made time this weekend to binge watch some Schitt's Creek, watch a movie with the oldest, cracked the spine on a new book, started re-routed some co-axial cable and of course the pinata party on Plants vs Zombies 2.

Ugh Mike went to bed and left some Nostradamas documentary on.

Oh he also got me hooked on that show, Billion Dollar Wreck. Will they find that gold or won't they?

How was your weekend? 

Monday, March 21, 2016

happy happy day

So it seems like it was the International Day of Happiness this past weekend and y'all know I like to celebrate as many fake holidays as I can, so it seems like the perfect time to list those little things that make my life happy. I mean it goes without saying that Michael and those girls of ours are dead centre of the things that make me happiest, but what about the zillion little things?

Things like.....

Coffee dates with Auntie KK.
Oh and double date night with Auntie KK.
Lazy summer wine and cheese nights with JB.
Evenings spent with friends playing cards.
Board games.
A really good burger.
Netflix.
Running.
Sharing a good book.
Volunteer projects.
Jammies.
Iced coffee.
Green tea.
Hot coffee.
Cheese.
KitKats.

What makes you happy?

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

international women's day

Happy International Women's Day y'all.

This "holiday" was getting a lot of play on social media today as things like this tend to these days. I will admit IWD was not something I thought a lot about until I heard the following on the radio this morning..... In honour of IWD who is a woman who has influenced you?

Well the long answer is lots of them in various little ways, but then I spent the day thinking about who the biggest ones were.

My Mom. Obviously. Cliche, sure, but also very true. If my Mom taught me one thing I would have to say it was to tie my shoes........ kidding, but she did do that too. No I think the most valuable thing is that life is going to be shitty sometimes, but you can't use that as an excuse or a crutch or a free pass to act like an asshole. And those sucky moments, they don't define you. They are a part of your history, but they aren't you.

My Grandma. My Mom's mom. At her knee I saw what unconditional love was in the truest sense. She also taught me that loving someone doesn't mean always liking them and/or what they are doing. Also life is shitty sometimes, it's better to handle it with grace (wonder where my Mom got it from).

Auntie KK. She taught me that you can do for others for only so long and then you have to take care of yourself. And if you're smart you'll keep those scales balanced before it becomes a problem.

ML. She let me ride her coat tails when we first met, the whole time showing me the person I could be.

Grateful for those ladies and their influence in my life thus far is a true understatement. I don't have enough words to adequately thank them for the gifts they are to me.

Monday, March 07, 2016

snapchat

This parenting a teen/tween in the 2000's can be a tough gig. Forget the moodiness, the never ending showers, and the constant replacing of the earbuds.... I can't keep up with the technology!

Mom, can I get snapchat?

Mom says no because she read an article that listed the apps you shouldn't let your teen have and snapchat was like number two. Never mind that kik was also mentioned in the article and she has had that for years.

Anyway, lather, rinse, repeat.  Mom, can I? Nope.

Saying no, arbitrarily, is not the way I typically parent and I don't put a ton of stock into parenting articles necessarily. It seemed only fair to check things out for myself. ll of this to tell you I now have a snapchat account. I am probably too old and therefore lame to know what to do with it, but that seems to be neither here nor there. I have one unfortunate younger friend who has been the recipient of my clumsy (read embarrassing) attempts at being snapchat cool. Both girls have been eager to show me the ropes..... I blame them for all the ridiculous snapchats that have been sent into the world.

In the end the risk factor is no different then texting or instagram or facebook (which apparently isn't cool, who knew) or kik or the million other apps out there I have no idea about. I think you need to sit down with your kid and discuss expectations for their behaviour (easy, same as always, be kind, don't be an asshole). Explain that nothing lasts for mere seconds on the internet. Once it is out there it is out there for good. Be respectful of yourself and other people. As a parent I like to keep myself in the mix and pay attention, ask who they connect with, ask how their friends use it. Really at this stage it's a lot of hoping that they were paying attention to what you've been teaching them the last decade or so.

If you need me I will be over here snapchatting my dinner.


Friday, February 19, 2016

just keeping it realz

It is nothing, but teens and tweens up in Blogmotherland which presents a whole new level of parenting issues/problems/learning curves.

Me: So how angry are you at me right now?
Teen/Tween indicates a very high level with a wave of her hand.
Me: I'm fine with that. Know why?
Teen/Tween: Cause I probably won't hate you tomorrow.
Me: Yep, but even if you do, it won't bother me. I'm not here to be your friend, I'm here to be your Mom. We can be friends when you're 30.
Teen/Tween: But you'll be super old by then!

Monday, February 15, 2016

spotlight

It's no secret that we are fond of volunteering here in Blogmotherland, but here's the thing..... once word gets out that you are the type of person who is willing to work for free (of all things), well you would not believe the kinds of offers that come your way. I'm not going to lie, we've had some pretty fun adventures in volunteering and sometimes it offers the opportunity to add some new skills to the old resume.

We have very good friends and some of those very good friends have kids who figure skate. Typically kids who figure skate have a figure skating carnival to show off their skills to their adoring public. You know what figure skating carnivals also require?

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Spotlights! And dudes to run them. Yep, Mike realized a life long dream of being a lighting technician while helping out some very dear friends. Win win!

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And because we like to be supportive, we came out to see some of the very best in figure skating and spot light wrangling by people we actually know and love a whole lot. Again, win win!

I triple love figure skating and I am a sucker for little kids showcasing a new skill they are learning. And one of my very best girls is in this show up to her elbows and it was so super cute and well done that I busted with pride because I get to call her one of my people. It was not a bad way to spend a weekend!

How was your weekend?