Friday, March 22, 2013

The Moon

"Look Mom. Look at my pancake, I made the moon..."


We were having celebratory pancakes (because the 3 year old is all better) and R.E.M.'s Man on the Moon was playing in the background ;)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What brothers are for

Yes, they fight. Often enough to make me wonder what the hell I am doing wrong... but then, there are also magical times that confirm that I don't completely suck as a mom. Today was one of those magical days.

The 3 year old woke up with a fever (no, that wasn't the magical part) and from the start, the 5 year old, while still being his usual rambunctious self, assumed a natural caregiver role. He gave new meaning to the words big brother (well, new-ish to this household anyway). He went out of his way to clown around trying to make his little brother smile when the whining started as I took a shower. He got water to help him stop coughing and kleenex for his drippy nose.

He even searched high and low for his brother's favourite book, "I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew" by Dr. Seuss. His plan was to "read" it to him... and he did. Well, he doesn't actually read yet but he has most of the book memorized. It was truly endearing. And I just thought to myself, that's what brothers are for.

video

In truth, the 5 year old has really been stepping up in a big way. I'm seeing more and more of this "I'll take you under my wing" kind of behaviour towards his little brother. It probably has something to do with the fact that he's anticipating the arrival of yet another little brother soon and he's feeling somewhat maternal.

Who knows. Whatever the reason, I like it ;)

Boy #3 arriving end of July



Monday, March 11, 2013

What spring looks like

We I am so anxious for spring that we took a walk to the park yesterday (not really expecting the kids to play - Ha!). It's a good thing we had our rain boots on (except for the hubby who got his feet soaked) because there were gigantic puddles everywhere, which only added to the boys' excitement... it felt good to be out ;)





Saturday, February 9, 2013

Another hurdle overcome!

One of the last remaining items on my wish list to learn to make was bread. I've really wanted to try making bread from scratch for a long time now and I just didn't have the courage. It all sounds so complicated. All the kneading and rolling and figuring out the yeast and the kneading and the whatever else... Now, let's be honest, it's not like I spent much time researching any recipes. I assumed it would be too complicated and overwhelming. Then, I just happened to see the perfect recipe from "Simply So Good". And now I'm hooked!



It was so easy and simple to make that the kids basically did it all. No kneading. No fuss. No anything, except for a little mixing of the 4 ingredients. That's right, ONLY 4 ingredients (the other reason I love this recipe). I just supervised and adjusted the water content a teensy little bit because it seemed a little more dry than it should have been (but I used Kamut flour, not sure if that made a difference). And VOILA the perfect crusty bread! I was literally giddy with excitement when it came out of the oven.


I strongly recommend going to the "Simply So Good" site to read the full detailed instructions as it includes a ton of pictures which are really useful. I am adding the basic recipe here (mainly because I just want to keep it in an easy to retrieve spot for myself).

I'm off to get the boys. Time to make more bread ;)

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3 cups unbleached all purpose flour (*I used whole Kamut flour*)
1/2 teaspoon yeast (*I used yeast for bread machines*)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's official!

I've been waiting for what seems like a really long time to post this picture:



At 14 weeks, I've finally reached the 2nd trimester. Yay! Ok, energy you can come back now...

The 3 year old is happy but I don't think he fully understands what it all means yet, though he's adamant he wants a sister. The 5 year old is so excited that he's actively announcing the news to everyone, even random strangers [it's sometimes a little awkward]. He's also gently rubbing my belly and even surprised me the other night when he leaned in and said "I love you" in a very sweet voice. To which I replied "I love you too" and his face frowned as he said "I wasn't talking to you. I was talking to the baby!" [we had a conversation on how the baby hears everything we say]. The boy loves babies.

Everyday is a new conversation. They want to name the baby [no chance]. They want me to promise they'll be able to hold the baby ["can I carry the baby up the stairs?"]. The 5 year old was curious about how many cells the baby is now [earlier that day we read part of a book on animals and it dealt with conception and how a fertilized egg is a single cell that divides over and over]. Where will the baby sleep? When are we getting the new car seat? How will the baby come out? ["ewww, where your penis is?"] When will the baby be here?

Oh yea. We're all very happy and excited ;)

Monday, January 7, 2013

The new fort

A big thank you goes to our friends D & R for giving us this toy. 



The 5 year old insisted on building the fort himself, with some minor assistance from the 3 year old. And it's much bigger than it looks like in the picture. The final touch was adding 2 sunroofs for them to open up and peek out from. 


They crawl in, bring a ton of toys and stay inside for a while. Then peek through the sunroof, go back in, crawl out, get more toys... and repeat. It's been 2.5 hours and counting (with a small break for breakfast). And now it sounds like they are meditating in it (?) ... best part, so far no fights.

The boys love it! Thanks again!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Whispers at night

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- Mamma, when I grow up can I marry you, is it allowed, is it done?

-No honey. It isn't. [smile]
But, when you grow up, you'll find someone special and fall in love and buy a house of your own...

-NO! I won't. I will never. I don't ever want to leave. I want to stay here with you. I am not leaving [wipes a tear away]

-You know that you are always welcome here and you can stay as long as you want. But nothing says that you have to be far away. That's why we live near your grandparents. Mamma and Papa wanted to be near our parents too. So you could do the same and buy a house nearby.

-[thinking] So if the neighbours leave I can go live in that house.

-Well, yea. If, when you grow up, a house nearby becomes available you can buy it and live there.

-[more thinking] Alright, well, I still don't want to leave but if I do decide I need my own place then I'll live at the neighbours house so I can still see you every day.

-Good idea... Goodnight then...

-Goodnight.

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Then I had to wipe away my own tears, good thing it was dark... Bedtime conversations are the best. I will inhale this sweet innocence for as long as I can.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Snowy day

The city was blasted with 45 cm of snow [close to 18 inches]. The kids were bored, one recently recovered from being ill and now the other with a fever. Over the past 2 weeks we'd spent far too many days lounging on the couch watching TV because of sick kids. We were starting to get cabin fever. And oddly enough, with so many available rooms in the house, we'd been spending the past few days all huddled together in one single room. Not a bad thing, but eventually...  ARRRGGGHHHH!

We needed to find a way to entertain the child climbing the walls while taking care of the sick one and still keep the house semi-quiet for a while. Then I remembered about in-house snow painting.

Snow. Watered down paint. Small squeeze bottles. Random toys. Plastic utensils. An empty container. And a syringe.

= 1.5 hours of non-stop fun.



I almost had as much fun watching him as he did playing... until he started scooping up the dirty snow and letting it splash down like a bomb, over and over, and spraying the walls in the process!


Still, 1.5 hours. That's a record ;)
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