Friday, 30 July 2010

Five Question Friday

Yep...it's that time again...Five Question Friday, courtesy of Mama M . Wanna join in? Just head on over to Five Crooked Halos and join in the fun!

1. Did you have a favorite blanket or toy as a kid? If so, do you still have it?

I had a homemade cloth doll named Susie. I loved that dolly so much. My Godmother made it for me when I was born and even though her hands are no longer, her head scarf is gone and she is missing one leg, I do have her somewhere in a box in the basement. Once our basement is finished (we are at the painting/flooring stage now), I will dig her out and put her on my bed. I still love my Susie.

2. Do you dream in color?

Yes I do. I heard somewhere that we don't, but funnily enough, just last night I had a dream where I was arguing about a colour with a co-worker. I definitely saw red in my dream last night.

3. How tall are you? Do you wish you were shorter or taller?

I am 5' 4" and I am pretty happy with that. I would take an extra inch or two if it were offered up, but no more...good thing come in small packages. ;o)

4. If you could have anyone's (celeb or other) voice as the guide on your GPS, who would it be?

Hands down, Ozzy Osbourne. Hubster bought a TomTom when we first got a GPS. We ended up returning it because he didn't like the way the screen looked, but we downloaded Ozzy's voice for the couple of days that we had it and we laughed out BUTTS off. He would say things like, "Take the next right you wanker!" and if you missed a turn, he would exclaim, "You stupid f&%^er...make a U-turn!" Of course we only used his voice when the kids were not in the car. While the kids were with us, we used Bugs Bunny. That was fun too. Unfortunately, I have a built-in- GPS in my new van, so there are no choices...just the boring lady that comes with the system. Hubster's GPS is not a TomTom, so Ozzy isn't an option for him either. He just has a lady with a British accent who I hate. She says things wrong, like, "Islington Avenue" which is pronounced "Izlington". She pronounces it, "Eyeslington". Dumb.

5. Do you return your shopping cart to the corral or leave it wherever in the parking lot?

I ALWAYS return it. Rain, snow, kids or no kids. It is lazy and rude to leave the cart in the parking lot. The wind could take it and smash it into a parked car (I've seen this happen) and the poor person who has to collect them already has a tough enough job. Pin It

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Threepeatisms...

I have a HUGE post in the works, which will explain in great detail a war that I am fighting at the moment. Unforch, I cannot disclose it publicly until the matter has been settled, but trust me when I say that it will be worth the wait.

Anyhoo....to kill some time while you wait, I thought I would share some stuff that Threepeat says that makes me laugh...

Me: "Threepeat, you are so cute."

Threepeat: "No I amn't."

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Hubster: "Threepeat, do you want a hamburger or a hotdog?"

Threepeat: "A hangerburger please."

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Me: "Threepeat, who is your best friend at school?"

Threepeat: "Mila."

Me: "Is she pretty?"

Threepeat: "Yes. I need to kiss her."

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Me: "Threepeat, who's your best friend?"

Threepeat: "Middleman."

(Middleman then hugs him)

Threepeat: (screams) "DON'T HUG ME!!! Mom...Middleman is not my best friend anymore. Rosie is my best friend."

Me: "Rosie? Why?"

Threepeat: "Because she doesn't hug me." Pin It

Monday, 26 July 2010

Getting to know you...

Keely at mannland5 has a great feature every Sunday and I thought I would get involved this week...
*wanna play..copy the questions..answer them..then go to Keely's Blog and link up*

The Q's..

1. Thong or Granny Panties?

Mostly thong, but at *certain times of the month*, big 'ole granny panties

2. If you see a guy with his fly down, do you tell him? Only if I know him

3. Spanx or no Spanx? No Spanx. Although I would like to try them, I find them very expensive and I don't think there's anything out there that would hide my honkin' belly.

4. Do you sleep in your sheets? Not IN my sheets, but UNDER my sheets, yes.

5. What is your favorite Disney character? Snow White. I think I was her in a past life.

6. Dream vacation spot? Deserted island with unlimited wine, food and a hot pool boy...ooops...was that out loud? OK, I mean, a trip anywhere warm with my family.

7. What is your dream job? I am doing it. Working from home for a company that treats me extremely well.

8. Who is your hero and why? My Dad. He raised me to be a good person, taught me more than anyone in the world has and loved me unconditionally. While he was fighting leukemia, he showed me just how strong and yet how vulnerable he was. My Daddy was and always will be, my hero. RIP Daddy. Pin It

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Travelocity....

Mum, BIL, New SIL and allllll the kids, as well as BIL's family and New SIL's family and in-laws are in the Bahamas. Most of them left yesterday. They are there because BIL and New SIL are getting married on Tuesday.

I am thrilled for them. I just wish I could be there to witness their marriage. But, it was just too expensive for us all to go. Hubster told me I could go with my Mum, but it would have been wrong to be there with everyone except my family, so I stayed home.

I imagine they are all very excited and having fun in the sun! Mum just called to say that it was very, very hot and sunny. Nice.

The wedding is tomorrow afternoon at Atlantis.

I know that Joanne is smiling down on them. I know she approves. I know that she would wholeheartedly agree that New SIL is wonderful for her girls. Still, it's an odd feeling, ya know?

Anyway...congratulations to New SIL and BIL and allllll the kids. I love you all tons and tons!!! Pin It

Friday, 23 July 2010

Five Question Friday...VLOG style

I haven't done a Five Question Friday in a while and because I'm lookin' all hot from being at the office today, I thought I would VLOG my answers...I am crushed because Youtube somehow cut off my last question...GRR...but the rest are there, so I redid the last two and then it cut me off again...stupid thing. So you don't get to hearmy last answer, but my answer is my laptop. Hmpph.

If you want to play along, go visit Mama M at Five Crooked Halos and answer!




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Love, Loss and What I Wore



Last night, Mum and I spent a wonderful evening together. She came over at 5:00 and we drove down to Yorkdale, where we sat quietly chatting over dinner and a couple of glasses of wine at Moxie's. It was so nice to be relaxed and in no hurry, with no kids to interrupt!

After dinner, we hopped onto the southbound subway, headed to the Yonge-Bloor station. We made it, no worse for wear (you all know how much I HATE downtown). After a three minute walk, we arrived at the Panasonic Theatre where we ordered a glass of wine and made our way in to the theatre to watch "Love, Loss and What I Wore".

As I mentioned in a previous post, my very first boss was wonderful man...so very kind to me. He has three sons and a daughter and I had the privilege of attending his second son, Michael's Bar Mitzvah back in 1989. When I joined Facebook in 2007, I searched every name I could think of to try to find pallies to connect with. One of those people was Michael Rubinoff. It turns out that he is an Entertainment/Commercial Real Estate Lawyer by day and a theatrical producer by night. Love, Loss and What I Wore is his current production, which had its official opening on Wednesday night. Apparently, Michael's Dad was there on Wednesday and so I missed seeing him. :o(

As Mom and I were waking into the theatre, I saw Michael and called him over. Of course, he didn't know who I was until I told him my name and he shook my hand and thanked me for all the support I had shown him on Facebook and Twitter. I hugged him (that's just how I roll...sorry if I freaked you out Michael) and I thanked him for the tickets (I won them through Twitter). After a bit of small talk, Mum and I headed to our seats...our awesome seats...second row.

The show began a few minutes later and almost instantly, we were pulled in. Louise Pitre, who is stunningly beautiful, began talking about her Brownie uniform and how her mother could not afford to buy herself a Brownie Leader's uniform...after a short monologue about dresses and outfits her character had worn throughout her life, the other actresses spoke of different things related to clothing, boots, shoes and purses. Paula Brancati is a doll...very cute and a great actress. She barely looked at her script and really enjoyed her part. Mary Walsh was HILARIOUS as she talked about her first bra fitting experience and Sharron Matthews had us in stitches as she talked about her blow up bra and had our full attention when she told the story about the lesbian wedding and had me close to tears with the bathrobe story. Andrea Martin was incredible, as she always is. She was SO into the part and made facial expressions that were priceless during the other actresses' readings. Her purse story had tears running down my cheeks and my belly hurting from laughter as I could completely relate to what she was saying in every way.

There were some touching stories, some funny stories and some stories that made you mad. This play was just great.

Women of all ages, colours and sizes will enjoy the humour in this play. Everyone will be able to relate to at least one of the little stories in the play. The 90 minutes flew by and Mum and I laughed and recounted some of the sadder stories all the way home on the subway.

Truly, this is a great Girls' Night Out. Although there were a few men in the theatre, it's really not geared to men...don't force your man along...enjoy it with the girlies.

The only regret I have is that I didn't have the guts to ask Michael to let me meet Andrea Martin...I've loved her for years and would love to have met her! Ah well...maybe I'll buy myself some tickets to go again and have the guts to ask that time.

Congratulations Michael and the entire cast and crew of Love, Lost and What I Wore Toronto...and thank you for the great seats. We had a blast! Pin It

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Grease Sing-a-Long



What a night. Even though I have seen Grease at least thirty times, it's been a long time and watching it last night was such a treat...especially considering that we were ENCOURAGED to sing along! Mary, Franca and I blasted out the tunes along with a theatre full of other Grease lovers. The lyrics were printed on the big screen, although most of us didn't need them as we knew every song by heart.

Some people dressed up...we didn't because Mary and Franca are party-poopers. ;o)

This is the ultimate sing-a-long movie...and it is SO awesome on the big screen! Seeing John Travolta in his young, HOT Danny Zuko days was just divine.

Sigh...you MUST experience this. BUT...if you want it in your city, you have to demand it:



Go do it...you KNOW you wanna!!!!! Pin It

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

I got chiilllllllssssss...they're multiplyin'...

Yes folks...that's one of the most well known lyrics in the world..."You're the one that I want" from the Grease soundtrack.

Tonight, Marylinda, Franca and I will be attending a special advance screening of "Grease Sing-a-Log" at the Scotiabank Theatre downtown, courtesy of Boom 97.3. I entered their online contest last week and received an email on Friday, advising that I had won 4 passes to the screening!

I have seen Grease at LEAST 30 times and know every song by heart. My sister, Joanne, and I used to sing like animals in our bedroom to the LP on our little record player and our Barbies would dance to all the songs. To now be able to see Grease on the big screen again, this time with all the lyrics printed on the screen so that the entire theatre can sing along karaoke style,is just a dream come true. I will be singing like a crazy woman! I apologize in advance to my lovely neighbours for any embarassment I may cause! ;o)

Funnily enough, this is only one of two sets of free tickets that I won for this week. Tomorrow night, my Mum and I are heading downtown again to see "Love, Loss and What I Wore". I entered a contest through Twitter and won two seats for tomorrow night's show. My first full time boss, Lloyd Rubinoff, who is a lawyer and was truly like a father to me, has a son named Michael, who is a producer. I am his friend on my beloved Facebook and as such, saw him promoting his new show. I entered the Twitter contest and won! We will be in the fifth row tomorrow night, so that will be fun too!

Thank you Boom 97.3 and Love, Loss and What I Wore! I'll be sure to post reviews afterwards!! Pin It

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Violence and Harrassment in the Workplace Workshop

It saddens me that my company is required to hold a mandatory workshop for us that teaches us what is and is not appropriate in the workplace. It is not just my company that holds these workshops...many of my friends have also had to attend the same type of training.

What makes me shake my head is that, as human beings, we should know what is right and wrong. It is inappropriate to comment on a woman's breasts or a man's penis. It is inappropriate to use someone's age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or culture against them. It is wrong to threaten to kill a co-worker because they didn't fill the coffee pot. Simple stuff. So why is it that we have to waste two hours of our time to have someone explain in detail what is right and what is wrong?

Really, all my company should do is send out this email to everyone once a quarter:

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.

These are the things I learned:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.



Simple, no? It's a sad, sad world when we can't just follow the simple guidelines in Robert Fulghum's poem. Pin It

Monday, 19 July 2010

Expanding horizons...

Since Threepeat started preschool, he has really been adventurous when it comes to the food department...not at home, no, no, no...here he is spoiled and only eats what he is used to and likes....but at school, just...WOW. The school provides his snacks and a hot lunch every day, which really rocks...I don't have to pack his lunch and his only option is eat what you are given or wait til snack time to fill your belly.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when I pick Threepeat up from preschool, I check the clipboard to see what and how much he ate that day and how long he slept. There was only one day where his portion showed 1/2 for lunch...the day they had vegetarian chilli...every other day was 1 or 1.5 servings. Here is what he has eaten 1 to 1.5 servings of:

Pasta - this is a gimme
Potato and broccoli soup with french bread
Fish sticks and french fries
Vegetable barley soup with bread and butter
Spanish rice with salad
Chicken nuggets and fries with salad

Can you believe it? I know it may not be a big deal to you, but Threepeat has a very limited pallete when it comes to food. The fact that he is eating a full portion or a portion and a half is HUGE!!!

This just reinforces that preschool is a good thing for him. He is coming out of his comfort zone and is doing so well. His teachers are so patient and kind and although he HATES rest time, the teachers are willing to sit with him for the entire two hours...the pattern seems to be that he sleeps for one of the two hours allocated for rest time...he complains about it and says he doesn't want to go school because of it, but not giving in to his fears is really paying off.

GO THREEPEAT!!! Pin It

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Despicable Me

We took the kids to the movies tonight...what a great night.

Middleman had already seen "Despicable Me" with my Mum, so Hubster took him to see "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" which just came out a couple of days ago. Boy Oneder opted to come with Threepeat and I to see "Despicable Me". Threepeat has seen the commercial on TV many times and each time, he says, "I want to see that!" So tonight, being the most excellent mother that I am, I fulfilled his wish. And I am SO glad I did.

This is a very, VERY cute movie. We had the added bonus of seeing it in 3D, which made the experience that much better. They even had little 3D glasses for Threepeat...SOOOO cute....Here are the boys just before the movie started:



Anyway, there were some sad parts, some laugh out loud parts and some really cool parts. Agnes, Edith and Margo are the cutest girls EVER and the minions are HILARIOUS. It is an extremely heartwarming movie with a lovely story and a great ending.

I wish I could tell you more, but I don't want to ruin the story. Just go see it...for reals...it's a GREAT family movie. Pin It

Friday, 16 July 2010

Three Sleeping Angels.

Special thanks to missmisssa at Crumbsnatchers for this beautiful creation:



Head on over to Crumbsnatchers for yours...it's free and the designers are unbelievably talented!!

Oh and...




cute everyday comments

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Thursday, 15 July 2010

Happy Thursday





I could really use a thankful post and what better day than Thursday to be thankful?

I am thankful for:

New bloggy friends....Lisa

Old bloggy friends...Kate, Wendy, Deanna and Karen

This guy --->

This guy --->
This guy ---> My marriage --->

My real life pals: Kathy, Franca, Marylinda, Maria, Tina, Grace and Joanne

My Mummy

My mother-in-Law

My girlies

My job

My health and that of my family

My doggy

My home

My horsie, Myles (well he's not mine, but I think of him as mine)

My Facebook and all the friends, new and old, that I have there

Sunshine and summer days

Threepeat's wonderful preschool teachers

What are you thankful for today? Pin It

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

(Insert loud and dramatic sigh here)

Today was day 6 of full day, Monday, Wednesday, Friday preschool for Threepeat.

Today was the first day that he actually cried. Thank God I wasn't there. Hubster dropped him off.

Apparently, he had to be pried from Daddy's arms, crying heavily, as the teacher carried him over to the circle.

I just called the school and he is fine now, after a chat with Miss N about sleep time. He asked her if he had to sleep and she said no. He asked her if she would stay with him at naptime and she said yes. She told him she would do a puzzle with him while the other kids slept. He stopped crying.

Sigh...

My heart aches. I *KNOW* he loves the school, especially Wednesdays because today is water day and he plays with water tables and cups outside...he loves it. I *KNOW* that he is much happier playing with other kids than sitting nearly comatose in front of the television with Nanna all day. I *KNOW* that he will eventually stop crying at drop off and that he will trot off happily to join his class...but why can't eventually be NOW?

I always pitied the other parents whose kids cried every morning. Now, I am the one who needs pity.

Sigh... Pin It

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Imposter!

So there's this chick. Her name is Lisa. She could be me.

Lisa owns the site Oh Boy oh Boy oh Boy...yep...my site name with an extra "oh" in front of the name.

Someone pointed me in her direction because our site names were so similar. So, off I went to her site, ready to hate and give her what for because she stole MY name.

The first thing I noticed were her three cuties...yep, she has three sons, just like me. So, I guess she has a right to the name too. But I still wanted to find some flaws...I continued snooping around her site.

I read about her family and realized that she had lost her mom and that her littlest man, Bryan, was her saving grace...yep, just like Threepeat was mine after losing so many family members in such a short time, especially Joanne and Dad.

I read a few of her posts and she has a similar writing style to mine. She also has tons of reviews and giveaways, some of which are for US residents only (HMPH!) but some are for us Cannucks too!

Anyway, I ended up emailing her because I just felt a connection. I told her I wasn't some looney, but also told her honestly that I went to her site to hate, but ended up really liking her. We chatted back and forth a couple of times and she actually apologized for using MY site name...silly girl...I was kidding about her stealing it!!! Then I added her as a friend on Facebook (go figure...I can see her WHOLE profile!) She must like me too...LOL!

So Lisa, I'm glad I found you.

Go check her out and tell her I sent you! Pin It

Monday, 12 July 2010

Twas the first day of camp

and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except me, crying my eyes out!

Mom's taxi was a busy place this morning! Luckily, Boy Oneder now has a ride to summer school in the mornings with his friend's Mom, in exchange for Hubster or I picking them up after school. So, Boy Oneder didn't need a ride this morning.

Our first stop was to drop off Middleman at soccer camp. He is there from 9:00 to 4:00 all this week. He was really excited about it and trotted off happily to meet his teamates.

Threepeat, on the other hand, was not so happy about preschool this morning. He started last night, saying that he didn't like school and didn't want to go today. We talked about it a little bit and it turns out, just as I suspected, he loves everything except naptime. From 12:00 to 2:00 it's naptime at preschool and all the kids have little cots to lie on. The blinds are shut, the lights are turned off and all is quiet in the school. Now...anyone who knows Threepeat, knows that quiet is not his strong point. Nor is lying still or resting. This is a problem.

When we dropped him off this morning, he wanted to be carried. Hubster told me to stay in the van while he took Threepeat in. Halfway across the parking lot, I could see Threepeat begging Hubster to pick him up and Hubster was refusing, saying he would hold his hand. Threepeat started to cry. Eventually, Hubster softened up and carried him in, while I watched from the silent safety of the van, tears welling up in my eyes. A few minutes later, Hubster emerged, alone. He said that everything was OK and that Threepeat wasn't crying. Sigh...

I came home to the quiet house and then it set it...the guilt. I know that this is such a good thing for him. I know he LOVES being with the other kids and playing with all the toys. I know he loves the songs and the activities. But, he hates two hours of his day. He dreads it. Those two hours are making it difficult for him to enjoy the rest of the day.

So, I just called the school.

I spoke to the supervisor, who I have known since 2002 because her children go to the same school as Boy Oneder and Middleman. She is lovely. I explained exactly what I just typed above. I explained that I understand his need for rest (and that of the other kids and teachers), but that he really, REALLY doesn't like rest time. She said that she was going to speak to his teachers today about allowing him to do a quiet activity on his bed, rather than lie there in the dark, hating every second of this "punishment". I told you she was lovely. I'm sure that eventually, he will fall asleep...two hours is a long time to be sitting on a little cot playing with a quiet activity, but at least now, he won't have to just lie there thinking and being sad.

Hopefully, this will change. We are, afterall, only on week two (and just day 4) of his new preschool. I am sure eventually he will adjust. I hope so anyway.

As parents, we try to do what's right for our kids and I know this is right. But seeing him suffer through the adjustment period sucks. Ugh...parenthood. Pin It

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Eclipse....

**Warning...for those of you who are completely out of the loop and haven't read the Twilight books or seen the movies, there are spoilers ahead. Now, go and read these awesome books and then rent the first three movies...you will NOT be disappointed.**

Swoon...

Hubster and I just got home from watching my boyfriend, Edward Cullen, in "Eclipse"...for those of you who are living on another planet, Eclipse is the third movie in the Twilight Saga.

Swoon...

This one, was so far, the closest to what I had envisioned when I was reading the books. The scene when Jacob, Edward and Bella were on the mountain, in the tent, was EXACTLY as I had seen it in my mind's eye. Amazing.

Eclipse had a few funny lines and a couple of cute scenes...there was also LOTS of fighting. My Edward asked Bella to marry him....oh don't worry...it was just for the movie...he loves ME really. Dumbass Bella hemmed and hawed and actually said no a few times before she finally woke up and smelled the Nabob and accepted. She really is a selfish little so and so. She leads Jake on, refuses to marry Edward unless he changes her first and then decides to marry him because he is such a good boy and won't have sex with her before marriage.

Jacob is, well, he's cute in a little boy kind of way. His teeth are WAY too bright and his nose is a bit pig-like, but he is cute...and very strong. In the scene where he is carrying Bella through the forest, he is having a full conversation with her and is not in the least out of breath. He has a beautiful body (for a 17 year old...(shudder)) but he's so not Edward.

Alice is beyond lovely again and Rosalee really redeemed herself this time with her explanation to Bella on why she is so against Edward changing her into a vampire. Jasper seems gay to me and Emmett, although buff and strong, is pretty ugly in the face. Esme had a very small role this time and Carlisle is still his fatherly, loving self.

I think that "New Moon" is my favourite movie so far, but "Eclipse" is a close second.

Get out there and see it if you haven't already peeps...worth every penny to see it on the big screen! Big thanks to my most awesome hubberoo who sat through the movie with me...he rocks.

I am already chomping at the bit for "Breaking Dawn, Part 1", which isn't coming out until November, 2011!!! OMGOSH how will I ever wait that long??!! Pin It

Friday, 9 July 2010

Feeling like an outcast

I do love my beloved Facebook....

But...

Sometimes, I get my fee-fees hurt.

Once in a while, I notice a couple of friends have dropped from my friends list and I try with all my might to figure out who "unfriended" me, but most of the time, I can't figure it out (I am, afterall, Ms Populaire over there and have over 300 friends, so keeping track is hard - LOL!) Anyway, I let those go because I think, if I can't even work out who is missing, I didn't really have a strong connection with them anyway).

But today, something NEW hurt my fee-fees. I had someone on my friends list who I have been friends with for ten years and FB friends with for at least two years. I noticed a little while back that she had removed everything from sight, except for "info" which listed little more than her name. I used to have full access to her profile, including her photos and her wall and now, I had nothing. I figured that she had changed her privacy settings for whatever reason, never thinking that it was just *me* who was exlcuded.

Yesterday, I found out that she is pregnant and I was thrilled for her, so I went to her FB page to offer my congratulations. Once I arrived on her page, I realized that I can't write on her wall, so I sent her a PM, congratulating her and telling her that because I couldn't see anything on her page, I had no idea that she was pregnant. She responded graciously, thanking me for my message and telling me she was very excited about the baby, but not mentioning anything about my extremely limited access to her page.

This morning, I asked two mutual FB friends to see what they could see on her page. They had full access. I then unfriended her. My feeling is that if you can't trust me or feel that I am unworthy of seeing your Facebook page, then you shouldn't have me as a friend in the first place. I have no idea why she feels it necessary to hide her photos or her wall from me, but obviously, she has her reasons...and I have mine, for choosing not to be her friend on Facebook. I am not particularly close with this woman, but we are aquaintances at the very least.

Am I weird for feeling hurt? Can you think of any reason why you would limit access to one mutual friend and not the others? Nothing has happened between us that could cause her to think that I can't be trusted with her information. I am just at a loss here...and I am hurt. Should I be? Pin It

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Sunday School Humour

Kate suggested that I post this email on my blog, and because it's so cute, I will:

LOT 'S WIFE
The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot 's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, 'My Mommy looked back once while she was driving,' he announced triumphantly, 'and she turned into a telephone pole!'

GOOD SAMARITAN
A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, 'If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?' A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, 'I think I'd throw up..'

DID NOAH FISH?
A Sunday school teacher asked, 'Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark ? ''No,' replied Johnny. 'How could he, with just two worms.'

HIGHER POWER
A Sunday school teacher said to her children, 'We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a Higher Power. Can anybody tell me what it is? One child blurted out, ' Aces!'

MOSES AND THE RED SEA
Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School. 'Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt . When he got to the Red Sea , he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved..'

'Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?' his Mother asked.

'Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!'


THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.

On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know.'

UNANSWERED PRAYER
The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why.

'Well, Honey,' he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. 'I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.'

'How come He doesn't answer it?' she asked.

UNTIMELY ANSWERED PRAYER
During the minister's prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews.

Tommy's mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, 'Tommy, whatever made you do such a thing?'

Tommy answered soberly, 'I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He did!'

ALL MEN / ALL GIRLS
When my daughter, Kelli, said her bedtime prayers, she would bless every family member, every friend, and every animal (current and past). For several weeks, after we had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, 'And all girls.' This soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this closing. My curiosity got the best of me and I asked her, 'Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?'

Her response, 'Because everybody always finish their prayers by saying 'All Men'!'

SAY A PRAYER
Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.

'Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer.' said his mother.

'I don't need to,' the boy replied.

'Of course, you do.' his mother insisted. 'We always say a prayer before eating at our house.'
'That's at our house.' Johnny explained. 'But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook!' Pin It

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Another First...

This morning, I dropped Boy Oneder off at his first day of summer school. The course is called "Learning Strategies" and here's the quote from the flyer about the course:

This course explores learning strategies and helps students become better,
more independent learners while increasing their personal management skills,
both in school and in other context. Students will learn how to develop and
apply a range of strategies to improve their learning and achievement,
particularly their literacy, numeracy, communication, and planning skills. This
course will increase a students’ confidence, motivation, and ability to
learn.


When we decided to enroll Boy Oneder in this course, the thought was that it would prepare him for high school, which is going to be a whole new world for him in September. The course runs daily on weekdays from today to July 30th and once complete, he will have one high school credit under his belt. We figured that he would still have the whole month of August and one week in September to veg. Boy Oneder is a very active kid and hates having nothing to do...even PS3 only entertains him for a short time. After being bored out of his mind yesterday, not even one full week into summer vacation, I think he agrees that this course is a good idea.

He asked me to drop him off because Hubster refused to go into the school with him to help him find his class. When we arrived, it was bustling with lots of new niners, NONE of which were walking with their parents. I turned to Boy Oneder and said, "I am MORE than happy to come in with you if you like, but do you really want me to?" He looked around and said, "No...I guess not." He had that deer in a headlight look and my heart broke. I told him to look for signs and that if he couldn't figure it out, to ask a teacher. I told him not to be embarrassed to ask for help or to speak to other people. He confirmed that he had his cellphone and he was off. I drove away, feeling sick for him, knowing how nervous he was. Poor dude.

As a seasoned Mom, I know he'll be fine. I just wish I could hold his hand and make it easier, ya know? But, he's a big boy now. Sigh...

I came back home and picked up Threepeat and took him to preschool...his second full day. He was a bit clingy, but nothing too dramatic. Today is water day, you see, and he is pumped about playing outside with all the water toys. I glanced at today's menu and I'm thinking that he's going to come home mighty hungry...today's lunch is vegetable chili, french bread and milk (I'm guessing that he'll only eat the bread and drink the milk) and this afternoon's snack is veggies and dip (he'll only eat tomatoes and cucumbers). But, maybe he'll surprise me and eat it all...I'll keep you posted. I'm praying that nap time is easier for him today...he was very upset on Monday. Sigh...

Middleman is sound asleep in his bed (it's 9:55 am) and will have a heavenly day of having everything to himself (TV, PS3, Nintendo DS, food) and no brothers to drive him nuts. LOL Pin It

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

It's so hot the hens are layin' hard-boiled eggs...

Yeah, I know...everyone has been saying that lately. But for REALS peeps...it's STINKIN' hot. How hot IS it you ask?

It's SO hot:

  • My central air conditioning has been running for 48 hours + straight, with the thermostat in the house set at 20 degrees celcius, but when I checked the temperature a moment ago, the actual temperature is 26 degrees celcius....feels like 45 degrees celcius
  • An "extreme heat warning" has been issued for the Greater Toronto Area
  • I have considered sleeping on an air mattress in my unfinished basement...several times
  • I actually had beads of sweat on the small of my back today. Note: I.DO.NOT.SWEAT.
  • I ran through the sprinkler with the kids...the first time I have run through the sprinkler in probably 20 years
  • I couldn't ride my beloved Myles tonight
  • Local soccer games have been cancelled

Yes folks....it's gross out there. Far be it for ME to complain, (ahem...cough, cough) because I *NEVER* (ahem) complain, like EVER (snort) but I am complaining here. I hate winter very, very much, but this heat is ridiculous. Unless you have a pool or a lake or something, there is no way you can enjoy time outside. I love summer, but not humid, sticky, vile heat.

Please Mother Nature...let us keep your beautiful sunshine, but please, PRETTY please, take about 10 degrees off of the humidex temperature of 43 degrees. Merci beaucoup.

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Saturday, 3 July 2010

Another GREAT inpromptu neighbout party!

Last night, we set up the 4-in-1 combo in Mary and Jack's backyard. We all brought some food and just threw it all together.

The kids had a BLAST. They bounced for FOUR hours, stopping only to eat a bite or two or to grab a drink. It was awesome to see them all have such fun together!

We have such a special thing here on our street...6 couples and their kids and EVERYONE gets along so well. Such a blessing I tell ya.

I so love summer...and I SO love my neighbs. Pin It

Friday, 2 July 2010

Holy smokes, what a busy couple of months!

May and June were BUSY months for us!

  • Boy Oneder's Confirmation
  • Katrina's Confirmation
  • Rosie's surgery
  • Boy Oneder's Graduation
  • Boy Oneder's Birthday
  • Middleman' Birthday
  • Bouncer rentals GALORE
  • Hubster's cousin's Bridal Shower
  • Boy Oneder's Dirtbiking
  • My horseback riding
  • Middleman' soccer
  • Boy Oneder's 4-on-4 hockey
  • Threepeat's Little Gym
  • Threepeat's preschool change

PHEW!

We haven't stopped for weeks! Don't get me wrong, I love it. We are living life to the fullest, but sometimes, it's TOO much. Weekends are spent delivering and picking up bouncers (thank God, We Be Jump'n is booming!) and week nights are filled with sports...Monday: soccer, Little Gym and hockey, Tuesday: horseback riding, Wednesday: soccer, Thursday: soccer, Friday: hockey. Craziness I tell you! Summer is flying by because we are filling it with stuff!

Anyway, I am glad to be busy, especially watching my boys flourish with their sports. I just wish we had a little down time too!!

How is your summer going?

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