Friday, January 16, 2015

Making Tracks

Went for a walk with the kids tonight.  We came across deer prints on our street.  I pointed them out and we all stopped to admire them.  A little further on one of my kids says, "What kind of tracks are those?"

"Cat," I reply. "That looks like cat prints."

"What about those ones?"

"Those are the deer as well."  We continued to follow the deer tracks up the street, watching as they criss-crossed with the path of our neighbour's cat. My youngest, getting in on the game, got excited and said, "Those?"

"Those are people tracks," I say, wisely.

"Ooh," she says, impressed. Then she got really excited... "Wook Mommy, Wook!  Pikachu tracks!"

I laughed, as did her siblings, who then got into a heated discussion about what Pikachu tracks might look like.

We walk a little further and she exclaimed delightedly over the "car tracks."
Then, towards then end of our walk, we came across a huge footprint. Huge.  She squeals, absolutely overcome with excitement, "Wook! Wook! Daddy Tracks!"

BAHAHAHAHAHA!  Walking at the kids' meandering pace might not be very good exercise, but it sure is good for the soul!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Never a dull moment...

We didn't make the decision to have a fourth child lightly.  Or quickly.  She's 4.5 years younger than Kirstin.  Our family of 5 felt right.  We almost stopped there.   I'm so glad we didn't.  This two year old makes us laugh every day.  The other night after we'd tucked in the older kids and it was Brooklynn's turn to be tucked in.  Heading upstairs to her room, I stopped to put a couple of things away, and turned my back for a second.  She was gone.  I found her in Alex's bed, covers pulled up to her chin and Alex laughing so hard tears were flowing.  "What's so funny?"  I asked.  He replied, between giggles, "When she ran into my room she said, 'Shew, that was a close one!'"

Yup, never a dull moment with a toddler in the house.  

Here's a couple of photos for you to enjoy!

 (Yes, that is the dog's water dish...)

"Hey, has anyone seen Brooklynn?"

"Oh, never mind, I found her.  She's taking a nap!"

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Farewell babyhood...

What do you do with a crib that no longer passes child safety laws?  Ours broke last year, in our move to this new house. With a broken side, clumsily secured using zip straps, passing the crib on to a worthy newborn is no longer an option so basically, once Brooklynn was finished with it, it was bound for the dump.

Well, it was bittersweet, but we moved our little monkey into a big girl bed.  She wasn't sleeping in the crib anymore, anyway.  She's taken to calling our bed, "MINE!" so it was time.  This crib was a very good crib for us for 10 years and I'm not ready to let go of it completely, so I decided to try my hand at something I'd seen passed around on Facebook a while back.

So for $26 and change, I picked up a vinyl table cloth and double sided tape, some plastic bins from the dollar store, and some colourful clothes pins.  Then with a screw driver, pair of scissors, and my glue gun, I made our baby crib into a desk for the girls' room.  I basically took the drop side off the crib, moved the bottom back up to the highest level, zip strapped the bins onto the inside of the rails (I love those zip straps!), and hot glued clothespins around the inside of the "desk."  I used the table cloth to cover the bottom of the crib and re-cover the trashed kids' folding chairs.  It was a very fast, very fun project and all the kids have had their turn working on their artwork at the new desk.
I am very, very pleased with the results!  It's not as professional looking as the ones on Pinterest, but the girls seem to love it and they're impressed.

Now I have to decide what I want to do with the offending drop side that I removed from the crib.   There are plenty of ideas on Pinterest.  Here's what's in the running so far...

A drying rack for the laundry room
                                                   A book case for one of the kids' rooms
 Or a little something for ME... a craft storage rack for my scrapbook room.

They're all very tempting... might have to keep my eyes peeled for discarded baby furniture from here on out.  

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"Kids Say the Darndest Things" is already taken...

I've had an idea for a book in mind for a few years now. It's going to be a compilation of short essays and funny things that my kids say.  Mostly anecdotes I've already blogged or used as my facebook status updates.  I've already got a plethora of really great material and it just keeps coming.   

I've also already started writing it in snippets here and there.  Here's an oldie but goodie sneak peek of one of the first page:

I was sitting on Alex's bed with him tucking him in.  He stuck his hand in something brown and slimy.  He said "Eww, what is that?"  

I determined, upon closer look and smell, that it was the remains of a very ripe, mushy banana (that quite conceivably went through the washer since I just pulled his quilt out of the dryer an hour ago.) I said "It's okay, it's just some banana."

and he said...

"No, I think maybe a fruit fly pooped on my bed." 

Anyway, I've had the title and the cover image in my head forever, but up until now I've never been able to properly capture it on film.  Until last week...

"Reflections on Motherhood."
by Laura Freeman