Happiness in the little things

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This little guy got his first haircut, and surprisingly loved it.  We went to First choice haircuts in Oakville.  It wasn’t busy, so this little man got a lot of attention.

Last week, the two oldest kids had a red and black day at school.  So I had a little fun with Caleb’s outfit.  His shirt says “It’s not broke, don’t worry, I’ll break it later”.  His suspenders are skull and cross bones with black h&m slim jeans.  I even found him some red and black sketchers with skulls on the back.

Elise picked her own outfit… avoiding a long discussion about clothing choice, I put out two full outfits with accessories and let her pick her favourites.  She ended up with a red dress with plaid patches from the children’s place and black leggings with stars on them.  I guess she’s into patterns these days…. but who isn’t?

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Little happenings

On this very snowy day, as we huddle and enjoy hot beverages, we’ve been looking through some fun family moments from the last month or two.

20171225_111605-ANIMATION.gif  Who doesn’t need a little Star wars battle in their front hall?

20180121_185242.jpg We have also had a lot of chess battles around the house in the last month.  The oldest 2 kids have gotten very interested in chess lately.  The games occasionally veer off into creative regulations… but Dad is trying hard to make sure they learn how the pieces move.

20150712_185711-COLLAGE.jpg This guy has been growing like crazy, in height and in variety of interests.  When he isn’t playing hockey or soccer or doing push ups (I don’t know… he has just been doing them every morning), he can be found building elaborate multilevel homes out of boxes, go-carts out of scraps, and shoveling sidewalks for neighbours.  He also loves coming up with stories.  On his last PD day, we spent the morning putting together a book with a story he dreamed up.  The story is about a little boy named Jack who rescues fairies from peril after waking up to find himself in the desert, and returns home in time to strengthen his relationship with his parents.  If only I could get this little book animated for him, it would make a very cute gift for his friends.

I hope you other mommies that are snowed in, enjoy some special time with their little treasures!

Backyard Ice rink

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This has been our little project this winter.  We have built a big ice rink in our yard.  The girls have learned how to skate and Caleb has been able to work on his stick handling.

The rink has gone through 3 evolutions.

The first, I spent 3 days dumping buckets of water over an area in the backyard.  It gave us not so great ice, very uneven with holes.  One section had such a slant to it, we called it downhill skating.  But the kids skated on it and had fun.

Then when it got a bit warm, Brian got 4 inch pvc piping, created a frame and put a white tarp over it.  We filled it up and had a much better ice rink.  The tarp developed a hole during filling and then began leaking.  Because of the leak we had some areas that cracked.  We had to stay out of one corner.  But the rink was much better.  It continued working really well for a few weeks until we got a warm spell and the shallowest parts melted and cracked.

Then, we decided to fork over the money for a real hockey rink liner from Rinkmaster.  However, the ice had not melted all the way and we had to place the new liner right over top to fill it.  But it seems to be holding and we are all enjoying skating almost every day!

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Note to self…

a) Do not keep chocolate pudding in wine glasses in the fridge door.

b) No, you will not remember to open the door gently.

c) Drink more wine.  Clearly you don’t drink enough if you are using wine glasses for dessert-making.

d) You know the rule, if the fridge is clean (scrubbed yesterday), you will spill something very greasy and sticky all over it.