Monday, 31 December 2012

Farewell 2012!

A VERY short recap of some of our 2012:

January - Flu
February  - Hubster and I went to Orlando
March - Cruise
April - Hubster and I celebrated 18 years of marriage.  Threepeat turned 5
May - Middleman went to Ottawa.  Rosie had eye surgery
June - Boy Oneder turned 16 and Middleman turned 13
July - We went to a drive-in movie
August - I turned 43
September - Boy Onder started grade 11, Middleman started grade 8 and Threepeat started SK
October - Hubster turned 46
November - Top Talent was completed
December - I was promoted to manager!  I got the flu (refer to January)

Happy New Year!  I hope all your dreams come true this coming year!! Pin It

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Worst Christmas ever

I worked on Christmas Eve. 

I knew something was up because I just didn't feel right all day.  Weak, tired, headachey, just blah.  I also had Middleman suffering at home from a nasty case of the flu...he suddenly spiked a fever after his soccer game on Saturday evening and got progressively worse.

I got home at about 3:00 on Christmas Eve and didn't even feel like having a glass of that point I *knew* something was wrong.

I just wanted to sleep. 

By 9:00 pm, I couldn't stay up any longer.  We usually play board games well into the night on Christmas Eve, but, I just had to sleep.  I felt so bad.

I woke up several times in the night, aching.  I can't begin to describe the pain...I felt like I'd been hit by a truck!

By Christmas morning, I felt horrible.  Terrible, painful cough and headache, fever.

As the day went on, I got worse and worse.  I couldn't believe how bad I got and how quickly.

Mom left at around 6:00 after the turkey dinner that I cooked but barely touched and I went to bed.

Christmas night, my fever went up to 103 and the aches were almost unbearable.

I spent the entire day in bed yesterday, and thank God, Hubster took good care of Threepeat to let me rest.  I slept on and off, had lots to drink and a little to eat.

I am supposed to be at the office today, but emailed in sick last night as I still had a 103 fever.  This morning, I can hardly sit here from the pain in my back.  I have a couple of clients that I need to work with, so I have to be here, logged on, but if I get done with them early enough, I will log off.

I will be getting my flu shot next year.  I got this flu last year on New Year's Eve and it was just as bad.  I'm just praying that this one doesn't turn into pnemonia like it did last year. 
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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Come on Christmas!!

  • Shopping - CHECK
  • Wrapping - CHECK
  • Turkey defrosting - CHECK
  • Plans made to see all the people we love - CHECK


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Winding down and ramping up

Tomorrow is my last official day as an Implementation Specialist.  Monday is my first official day as a Service Delivery Manager.

I will continue to work with two of my clients on their implementation, which will be complete at the end of January, so in essence, I will be doing two jobs at once for about six weeks.  That part sucks. 

Coming into the Service department for a payroll company at year end is deadly.  Employees are stressed out and very, very busy and clients are the same.  It's gonna be stressful, that's for certain.

I have moved into my office and have started making it my own...added some photographs and some of Threepeat's artwork...I like it.

What I don't like is the commute in rush hour and coming home late.  Not being able to throw dinner into the oven while I work at home or doing a load or two of laundry during the day.  This is my first week at the office and already, the house is a disaster and the laundry is piling up.  Ugh.


I have not been this happy in a long, long time.  I have a challenge...I have something to look forward to.  I am living my dream.

Christmas is in 5 days and I am actually ready!

Life is good today....very, very good.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Sometimes I wonder...

  • What would my Dad think about my promotion?
  • What would Joanne say about the tragedy in Connecticut?
  • What would they both look like today?  Would my Dad be as handsome as he was before he got sick?  Would Joanne be as beautiful as she was when she died?
  • Would we spend our Christmas arguing over where we would be or would we be happy just to be together?
  • Would going to the dentist with Threepeat be such an ordeal if Joanne was still with us?
  • Why?   Why were they both taken from us so soon?
  • Where are they?  Can they see us?  
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Sunday, 9 December 2012

A dream come true!

I have been BUSTING to tell the world, but had to wait until it was all official, and now that it is, I can SCREAM it from the rooftops!!!

I have just been promoted to Service Delivery Manager at the company I have worked at for almost 16 years.

Boy has this been a long time coming!

I have applied for NINE management roles over the last 5 years or so and have been turned down every time.  Three weeks ago, I applied for the tenth time...and finally, found out this week that I was the successful candidate!!!

I will be leading a team of 22 people who service our large and enterprise customers.  Some of these people were the first I worked with almost 16 years ago!  I am very excited to be working with them again!

I will no longer be classed as "virtual" and will have to work in the office again, but I think the time has come.  Six years of working from home has been amazing, but I think I am ready to be out in the real world again.  It will be a major adjustment for sure, but a good one I think.  Eventually, once things are settled, I can still work from home a couple of days a week.

So, VERY exciting news!  I can't wait to get started now!! Pin It

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dr. Tara

With Threepeat being as sick as he was last week, the thought of consulting a naturopath has crossed my mind.

Even healthy people can benefit from the services of someone who uses a holisitic approach to health as opposed to pharmaceutical fixes.  In fact, I think after speaking with the doctor, that Threepeat's biggest issue was that he was put on antibiotics and may not have really needed them.  The antibiotic suppressed his immune system and then a virus was able to attack.

Naturopaths can help with all sorts of things, from anxiety and depression to hormone imbalances to cold and flu prevention. 

I cam across Toronto naturopathic clinics and considering that she is in the Toronto area, I am going to be contacting her for a consultation...not just for Threepeat, but for me as well.

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Mesenteric Adenitis

Say THAT five times fast!

That's what the probable diagnosis for Threepeat is. 

We went back to the hospital yesterday for our follow-up appointment with the urgent care pediatrician, who, for the record, was a wonderful doctor.  He checked all of Threepeat's vitals and looked in his ears an throat.  He listened to his heart and felt around his tummy.

Because he was already on antibiotics, the doctor assumes that the other symptoms point to mesenteric adenitis.  The first thought was appendicitis, but that was ruled out with the ultrasound.

So, since there is no pain and he is feeling much better, we are to continue with the Amoxicyllin until tomorrow (the end of his ten day prescription) and then, he will be good as new!

Thank you so much to those who were there to ease my mind.  @theteendoc, @5crookedhalos, @katieb38 on Twitter and all my great friends on Facebook.

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Monday, 3 December 2012

Technology growth awakens innate intelligence

Technology grows at an exponential rate. Today, you find technology in every aspect of human life. One of the best applications of technology, as I’ve seen it, is the use of computers in unleashing human intelligence. There are some kids who are unable to communicate like others because of learning disabilities. But this doesn’t have to mean that their intelligence and intellect goes unnoticed. Computers can give such kids the ability to communicate and display their genius.

I saw an inarticulate child featured on 60 minutes. This child couldn’t communicate normally, but you put a palmtop in his hand and he starts voicing hunger, sadness, emotions, demands and desires. I think that’s pretty important because what it shows is that a child with a learning disability may not be able to communicate too well, but he has the ability to be an absolute genius and he has the desire to communicate.

The earliest instance of computers being used to tap into a child’s potential that I can remember is at the Kaiser Elementary School. My kids used to go to that school and at that time, almost ten years ago, Mrs. Chris Jurenka was the principal. What Mrs. Jurenka did was to get computers installed in her school for a total investment of $150,000. It may have seemed like a large amount to spend but the idea behind it was that every child with a learning disability should have a computer in front of him. What happened next was simply amazing. These kids, who were otherwise really quiet, began to interface with the computers; and this helped them to be able to communicate with other people. Their intelligence was transparently visible through the use of computers. Then, the computers began to be used for a second purpose – to teach English to all the kids who came from a variety of cultures and spoke different languages. That was a hit too!

What this goes to show, I guess, is that innate intelligence only needs a medium to expose itself. Today, technology is giving everyone, including kids with learning disabilities, that very medium. If you feel that you can’t afford a computer, you can visit a public library. Most libraries across Europe, Canada and U.S.A are free and have computers for public use. So, make use of the technology that is awakening innate intelligence.

Post written by Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Creator behind a single dream that became the largest publishing empire in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul author of The Richest Kids in America

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

We could use a few prayers...

Yesterday morning, Threepeat was moaning and complaining of lower back pain (on the right side).  We held off taking him to the hospital to see if it would go away, but by 12:30, it was obivous that the pain was not going away.

As a little note before I explain the rest, he was on day 6 of amoxicyllin for strep throat that he had last weekend.

We took him to the local hospital ER.  He was nauseous and was still complaining.

They took his vitals, registered him, asked a million questions and then sent us to the waiting room to wait.  And wait.  And wait.

They finally took us in to a room where we answered some more questions.  Then waited.  And waited. 

They came in and gave us a cup for him to pee in.  He tried a few times but couldn't go.  He was starving.  They wouldn't let him eat.

He threw up.  He said he didn't have pain anymore.

They came in and told us that if he hadn't peed in 30 minutes, he would have a catheter inserted. 

I told Threepeat to drink lots of water.  He finally peed.  Still pain-free.

They took us to another waiting area where we waited for his ultrasound.  He napped.

After the ultrasound, we went back to the ER to wait for the results.  And wait.  And wait.  It was now 4:30 and Threepeat had had nothing to eat all day.  He was starving.  The nurse told me he couldn't eat until they had the results to confirm that it wasn't his appendix.  The radiologist had already told me that it was not appendicitis, so I told her I was letting him eat some chips.

He was so thrilled to have something in his little tummy and it made the further waiting a little easier.

Finally, they called us in to the room again.  I told Hubster that I would go and get the car (we parked miles away) and that I would meet him outside.

Here are the results of the urine test:

There is a small amount of blood in his urine.

Here are the results of the ultrasound:

There is fluid in his abdomen and something about his lymph nodes.

They sent us home and told us that we would be referred to the urgent care pediatrician for follow up. 

I have no idea what is wrong with my baby.  I am very frightened.  Considering that he is already on antiobiotics, I can't imagine that this is an infection right?  So what the heck could it be? :(

The hospital called last night to say we have an appointment at 3:30 Monday.
Will you please say a little prayer for us that all will be OK?

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Mini Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pies

These little things are Heaven in a ramekin!  And, they are SO easy to make!

I got the recipe from "First for Women" Magazine and have tried it a few times.  Now that I have perfected it with my own twist, I am pleased to share it with you!

The recipe says it serves 6, but I used smaller ramekins, so it ended up making 8.

2 pkgs of refrigerated crescent dough (I used Pillsbury)
1 medium onion
8 ozs sliced mushrooms
1/2 small red pepper, diced
2 tbsps olive oil
1/2 bag of frozen peas and carrots
1 jar Alfredo sauce
1 pkg (.49 oz) chicken broth powder
1 tsp poultry seasoning
4 1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 large potato, boiled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 large sweet potato, boiled and cut into 1 inch cubes

1.  Grill chicken and boil the potatoes to just tender.
2.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Open the crescent roll dough and cut in half (where it is already perforated) and then cut each of the halves into you have a total of 16 strips per package.  Divide the strips among 8 greased ramekins, pressing the ends into the bottoms.
3.  In a frying pan, over medium heat, cook onion, mushrooms and pepper in the oil for 5 minutes.  Add the next four ingredients.  Stir well.  Stir in the cooked chicken and potatoes to coat.
4.  Divide mixture among the ramekins.  Fold the dough over the filling, twisting to secure the tops.  Lightly cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, removing the foil after 20 minutes.

I refrigerate the extras and Boy Oneder takes them to school for lunch! 

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Friday, 23 November 2012


Wow....this week has lasted for what feels like a MONTH.  It's funny how sometimes (usually when I am on vacation) the week FLIES by and sometimes, the weeks drag on.  This one dragged peeps...ugh.

Last night, Hubster and I had parent/teacher interviews for Middleman and Threepeat.  Both boys are doing AMAZINGLY well.  I always love going to the interviews because, I am blessed with really, REALLY good boys.  They gush over my guys and tell me what a great job we are doing as their parents.  I just love that so much!

A special visitor will be arriving at our house soon.  I just bought an "Elf on the Shelf".  He is due to arrive in 3 to 9 days.  The boys (especially Threepeat) will be very excited!!  Oh, who am I kidding?  *I* am so exicted to see where this little guy will turn up every day!!!

I have almost finished Christmas shopping for Threepeat...he's the easy one.  I just have to buy the things he has asked Santa know, the things that either don't exist or are very difficult (and expensive) to find?  Sigh...  As for the other boys, I am completely at a loss on what to get them.  What the heck do you get for 16 and a 13 year old boys that have pretty much everything?  Double will probably end up being gift cards...I hate that.

The boys have a PA Day today and the two olders are still sleeping.  Threepeat is at daycare because he BEGGED me to let him go.  He so loves it there and they love him like their own.  He likes to play Angry Birds with his three best pals.

Anyway, back to work I go.  Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Drive By

A drive-by post is all I have time for today, so here goes...

  • Dudley is a maniac...of this I am sure.  He is truly Threepeat in dog form...never stops running and playing until he suddenly crashes and burns
  • Top Talent is done.  We rocked it.  We are now waiting for our final takeaways to complete our project
  • Boy Oneder is going to his semi-formal on November 30th.  He bought his outfit this weekend and he looks so handsome and grown up
  • Middleman is LOVING his new soccer team.  He is getting a real work out three days a week and has already made some great friendships with his new teammates
  • Threepeat continues with his gymnastics for about three more weeks.  We watch him every Monday night and he has a HUGE perma-smile on his face for the entire hour that he is in the gym
  • I have started my Christmas shopping.  Nowhere near done, but I have a few things already hidden away
  • I think I will put up our Christmas decorations and tree this weekend...maybe
  • We had a GREAT night out on Saturday with the neighbs.  Yet another one of us crossed over the hill and hit her forties.  We partied until the wee hours of the morning
  • The previous weekend, we went out for drinks with another set of friends and had a blast there too!
  • We've started attending church again because Middleman will be confirmed this May.  I really, really hate this church and the priest, but Middleman wants to be confirmed with his friends, so this church, we must attend.  I cringe the entire time
  • I am painting a nativity set that I bought this weekend.  A couple of years ago, MIL killed our Joseph from the set we had before when she knocked him off the table.  She felt terrible and prayed for days over his accidental death.  Since then, Mary has been a single mother.  At one point, we placed one of the Wise Men in Joseph's place, but it just felt so dirty and wrong.  So a new nativity set will be placed on our table this year...if I can get it painted in time for Christmas!
  • BIG changes may be coming my way soon....

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

And that's a wrap!

Six weeks

The list is endless.  There are no words that can really describe what the last 7 weeks have been like for me.  Top Talent has been a life-changing project for me.  I just can't do it justice with words.

Seven weeks ago, I was chosen from a potential 1,200 employees for a new initiative called "Top Talent".  I applied, along with 75 others.  From that 75, 32 were chosen to do presentations to the executive team on something that we felt would be a good project for the chosen few Top Talent members to work on.  From the 32, 16 of us were the chosen few.  The elite employees who were trusted to represent our company on four projects that the executive team felt needed to be brought to the forefront.  For the last seven weeks, I have been on a full team of 16 and a project team of 4.  Our mission was to work on project plans that we were to present to the executive team with a goal to move forward on our plans.

We succeeded.

Yesterday, we did a presentation to the entire executive team on forming our own charity.  We worked well into the night on many nights, all the while, expected to continue excelling at our day jobs.  And we did it.  We blew them away.

And now, it's over.  All that hard work and dedication came to fruition at 3:00 yesterday when we passionately presented a strong business case for a charity all our own.  Helping others and building a strong philanthropical name for a fantastic company.

I rubbed elbows and shared stories and laughs with every single member of the executive team.  I formed bonds with my fellow Top Talent employees.  I networked, I sang my praises and I showed them just how damned good I am.

After 16 years, I finally have a voice.  Every member of the executive team knows me by name...knows how hard I work...knows my potential.  Finally, I exist.

I rock.

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Possums and Crock Pots, Soccer and Work


Got you with that title, didn't I?

We have been dealing with a possum that decided that our backyard was a good place to chill out.

The possum (or opossum as some people call them) is the most hideous looking glorified rat I've ever seen.  His fur is all gross and matted and his tail makes me shiver just thinking about it.

He hung out for a few nights last week, which made letting the dogs out at night a bit scary, but thank God, he seems to have moved on, finding no food in our yard.


I have been using my crock pot a alot lately.  I've made a few pot roasts (not possum meat!) and I've made chili a few times too.  I love that I can throw everything into the pot in the morning and just serve it at dinner time!

The indoor soccer season has begun and we have a fresh start with a new club.  The club we were with before treated our team very poorly and so, it was time to move on.  Middleman now plays for a great team with a couple of his friends.  We couldn't be happier.

Tuesday is Top Talent Day.  This is the day that will bring our project to a close, when we present our recommendations to the executive team.  I am very excited about what we will be presenting because I think we've worked really hard and gathered some very good information, but I'm not gonna lie...presenting this stuff to approximately 30 people, 10 of which are the top executives at our company, is a bit overwhelming.  I'm hoping my nerves don't get the best of me!

Dudley's doing great.  He's now BFFs with Rosie, which is nice!  Threepeat is still as full of energy as ever and Boy Oneder is looking for a part time job.

Other than that, everything is pretty much normal around these parts.  Looking forward to a night out with some friends at a local pub to see a live band tonight...the first time Hubster and I have been out alone together since our trip to Cabo San Lucas in October, 2011.  Yeah...I think we're due!

Have a great weekend!
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Friday, 2 November 2012

Five Question Friday

Thank God it's goodness what a week it has been!  Stress, stress and MORE stress!!!  I am so glad that this week from hell has finally ended!

On to Mama M's Five Question Friday.  Head on over and join the fun!

1. What terrifies you the most?

The thought that something could happen to my  I am terrified that they will get very ill or's a real issue for me. :(
2. Favorite fall/winter drink?

Wine....spring, summer, fall, doesn't is my first drink of choice.  However, coffee is my morning drink.
3. Do you and your spouse have the same political views?

Neither of us are really THAT into politics, but we are both Liberals when it comes to voting.
4. What was the last book you read? Was it any good?

The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy.  It was got better in the middle of book three, but books one and two were painful. (excuse the pun)

5. Do you look forward to the snow each winter? Why or why not?

No.  I loathe winter.  I despise snow.  I hate the cold.  I wish I lived in Cabo San Lucas.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Halloween from Jack Sparrow!

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Five Question Friday

Mama M runs her Five Question Friday Meme every week and I play along when I have the time.  Today, I have the time, so here we go!

1. Who wakes up in the morning with the kids, you or hubby?

Boy Oneder gets up first at 6:30...he showers, eats his breakfast and then comes to wake me at 7:00.  I'm usually awake, just laying in bed by that time.  I head downstairs, boot up my laptop and log in to check my emails.  Next, Middleman gets up at 7:15 and has his shower.  He also wakes up Hubster and Hubster carries Threepeat downstairs (Threepeat is a VERY slow riser).  I make breakfast for Threepeat and lunches for the three boys and kiss Boy Oneder good-bye when he leaves for the school bus at 7:30.  I help Threepeat get dressed and then the younger boys leave for school at 8:15...and I continue working.  Hubster is usually still sleeping on the couch or he is showering if he is heading into the office.  So yeah...the answer is me.

2. Do you watch the World Series even if your team isn't in it?

Nope.  I hardly watch it when the Blue Jays ARE in the World Series.

3. What is the best compliment you have received?

That my children are respectful and well behaved.  I take great pride in the fact that I am a good parent.

4. Do/did you dress up to take your kids trick or treating?

I have in the past, but only a time or two.  It's usually too cold here for any cool costumes.

5. Do you have a favorite bible verse? What is it and why?

"John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" because it reminds me that Jesus died for my sins and that because I believe in Him, I will be saved. Pin It

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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Monday, 15 October 2012

Diamonds are a girl's best friend!

A friend of mine on Facebook introduced me to Diamond Candles a few weeks ago.  I thought they were SO cool. 

They are all natural soy candles in beautiful jars and so many awesome scents.  The best part?  Every candle has a ring inside it.  The rings are worth anywhere from $10 to $5000!!!  I had to get me some of these candles, but I had a problem.

The problem?  They don't ship to Canada.  :(

Luckily, I have lots of friends in the United States and my good friend, Rhonda, agreed to let me have them shipped to her house and then the plan was that she would then ship them on to me.

Even more luckily, Rhonda received the two candles last week and had plans to come to Niagara Falls for the weekend! 

After much scheduling and rescheduling, I was able to drive out to Niagara Falls yesterday to pick up my candles.

I lit the apple slice one first and almost immediately, my kitchen smelled lovely.  Of course, I had to get the other one, Hawaiian Coconut going too...the sooner I burned these suckers, the sooner I would find my prize!  I think my favourite of the two is the Hawaiian Coconut. a beach!

Anyway, about three hours later, I saw a shiny foil package inside the melting wax.  I grabbed a knife and dug that sucker out like a kid on Christmas day!  I opened up the package and found this:

It's not real, but it sure is pretty!

I can't wait for the prize inside the other candle, which I lit the moment I cam downstairs this morning!

And then, I can't wait to order more!  The scents are so nice and the added little prize makes this so addicting!!

I'll keep you posted!  :)

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Five Question Friday

I haven't done Five Question Friday in AGES, so I thought I would participate today.  If you want to play along, head over to Mama M's blog and get crackin'!

1. Did you have any homecoming traditions?

Homecoming is an American thing.  I don't even know what it is to be honest, so homecoming traditions here.

2. Do you ask your spouse before spending money?

Generally speaking, no.  We both contribute to the family income and so, I don't feel the need to ask HIM if I can spend OUR money.  But...if it's a big purchase ($100 or more), I do ask.  He asks me too if it's a big ticket item.

3. If you could be famous for something what would it be?

Curing cancer.  Inspiring world peace.  Changing many lives for the better.

4. Have you ever seriously thought you were going crazy?

Daily.  Seriously though, yes...quite a few times.  Being a full-time working wife and mom of three boys and two furbabies is a difficult thing...sometimes, I have felt like I am losing my mind.  Maybe I actually have?  LOL!

5. How do you eat your steak? Burger? (as in, well done, medium, still moo-ing...)

Burgers have to be cooked right through...if there is even a sign of pink, I won't eat it...I don't want e-coli thankyouverymuch.  Steak must be medium rare, erring on the rare side.  Mmmmm.....maybe a BBQ dinner is in order tonight.

Have a great weeekend!

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Bathroom Reno

Hubster and I have an ensuite in our bedroom.  When we bought the house, it seemed like a lovely oasis for me to relax has a step up corner tub, a nice shower stall and is a nice size. 

It didn't take me long to begin to LOATHE that bathroom.  It is the major source of stress in this house and I can hardly stand going in there.  There are cracked tiles, the shower leaks, the bathtub is WAY too big and difficult to clean.  The paint on the walls is still builder's white.  I HATE THAT ROOM!

So, to save my sanity, Hubster has promised to look into renovating that hideous room.  I am hoping he will make it into the oasis that I always wanted.  We are going to need floor files as well as bathroom wall tiles because I want tiling all over this baby.  Paint fades, wallpaper peels, tiles are forever.  I want the tiles to go halfway up all walls of the bathroom.  And I want small tiles 1 inch by 2 inch.  They need to be matt (not shiny) and the floor tile must be matt as well.

I want a regular bathtub (not the step up kind) and a bigger shower stall.  I want my one sink vanity tobecome a two sink vanity and I want lots of storage space.

It's going to cost big bucks, because I want premium, good quality items, so we will have to save up a little before beginning this messy, expensive job, but I can't WAIT! 

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Thanksgiving Drive-By

  • We had a great Thanksgiving weekend...ate a nice roast lamb dinner at my Mum's house on Sunday and then I made a faboo turkey dinner yesterday.
  • I am sick.  I started feeling yucky on Saturday with a tickly throat, sore chest and aches and pains.  It quickly got worse on Sunday and yesterday, the post-nasal drip was terrible.  I was up most of the night last night and feel dreadful today.  Hubster started it and passed it on.  Thanks Dear.
  • I am so thankful for the blessings in my hubster, my boys, my Mummy, my doggies, my home, my health (even with this cold, I am healthy and so is my family), the amazing dinners we ate this weekend, my job, my friends...
  • Life is slowly becoming less stressful and I am so grateful for not only those people that are IN my life, but also, for those that are no longer a source of stress.  Sometimes, writing people off is a good thing and in this case, it has been AMAZING.  No more bullying, no more negativity...just peace
  • I am crazy busy at work.  Hectic and non-stop, but that makes for quick work days!
  • The weather is getting really cold, especially in the mornings, but I REFUSE to put that furnace on yet.  We use the gas fireplace to heat up the main floor in the mornings and I hope that will get us through until November!
  • Milo, Rosie and Dudley are now BFFs.  Everyone has found their place in the pack and they spent some great time together yesterday!  We even took them for a walk around the block and Duds did amazingly well on the leash for the first time!
  • The boys have leftover turkey for their lunches today.  I still have lots tonight will be a turkey stirfry for dinner and then I will make my famous "leftover turkey soup" for tomorrow.
  • I ordered two Diamond Candles and had them shipped to my friend's house in New York.  Diamond Candles doesn't ship to Canada yet, but I HAD to have them!  I am hoping to meet up with my friend in Niagara Falls this weekend to pick them up.  Can't wait to see if I win a diamond ring!
  • Overall, life is good...very, very good.  And I am happy.  :)
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Tuesday, 2 October 2012



Rosie doesn't snap at Dudley's face EVERY time he walks by now...

And she tolerates him being on the same couch for a spell...

And every now and then, will even share the couch cushion:

Baby steps!
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Monday, 1 October 2012

Almost at 70,000 vistors!

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Kick 'em when they're UP, kick 'em when they're down...

We love dirty laundry....

Yeah right.

My older boys, being 16 and 13, in my opinion, are old enough to take their folded, clean laundry and put it away NEATLY in their drawers/closets.  Clearly, I am wrong.

Today, the camel's back got broken by that final straw.  I spent the morning cleaning the house and I am still doing laundry with no end in sight.  When I went into Middleman's room to find the missing laundry baskets, I was shocked and dismayed.  I saw TWO laundry baskets full of clean, previously folded clothes.  However, that clean, previously folded clothes was now heaped into two big piles of crumpled clothes.  I lost it.  He's lucky he wasn't home at the time.

Once I composed myself, I had what I consider to be a BRILLIANT idea.  Today would be the last day that I did laundry for him.  When I went into Boy Oneder's room, I saw dirty laundry ALL over the floor and  some previously washed and ironed pants in a crumpled pile in the corner.  He was then added to the naughty list.

When they got home, I told them that today was a very special day.  They were confused.  "What's so special about it?" Middleman asked.

With a super big smile on my face and the voice of an angel, I replied, "Today boys, is the last day I will be doing laundry for you.  Starting tomorrow, you will both be 100% responsible for washing, folding, ironing and putting your own laundry away!"  Boy Oneder's face looked like he just lost his best friend.  Middleman was dumbfounded.  I explained what I had found in their rooms and told them that they had been asked, warned, pleaded with and cried to about how hard it is for me to keep up with a full time job, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. and that I had reached my limit.  I was past the point of no return.  I was done.

They are to come up with one day a week where each of them will have full access to the washing machine and dryer.  If they miss that day, they will be wearing dirty clothes for a week.  They are free to switch days with each other if necessary, but if they miss a week, they cannot add to Hubster, Threepeat and my laundry on the weekends.  If they leave clothes in the washer or the dryer, said clothes will be placed in the laundry tub and will have to be re-washed and/or dried.  If this is to occur, they will also have to pay us a $10.00 penalty for the wasted hydro and water that will be used by having to wash/dry the same clothes twice.

Needless to say, they are not pleased.

It will KILL me if they choose to wear dirty clothes, but I will not back down on this. They have VERY little to do here (clean their rooms and their bathroom once a week) and they don't even do that.  Now, they will have to man up and get their acts into order or they will be two very stinky boys.

They may be really mad at me today, but their future wives will thank me profusely.  :) Pin It

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Boy Oneder

My Boy Oneder really IS a Boy WONDER.

  • He made Honour Roll for grade 10 (last year).  We will be attending an Awards Ceremony for him on October 25th
  • He helps me SO much with Dudley...making sure he is taken out first thing in the morning and watching him like a hawk until he does his business
  • He has chosen a lovely girlfriend, who, by the way is also on the Honour Roll
  • He has chosen excellent friends.  His two best friends are also on the Honour Roll
  • He works hard and cares deeply
  • He has the amazing work ethic that my Dad instilled in me and I have passed down to him
  • He is so handsome, patient and kind
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Friday, 21 September 2012

Top Talent

I have been working for the same company for almost 16 years.  This company is amazing.  There have been many ups and downs, but at the end of the day, this company cares about me and I care about it.

I am an Implementation Specialist.  I convert/implement clients onto a payroll/HR software program.

A little background...

I started in 1997 as a customer service rep.

I moved up to a higher position with a different product in 1999.

After Middleman was born, I moved to the training department.

Then I moved to inside sales...a brand new department within the company.

I was promoted to Team Leader of the inside sales team.

I then moved up to Implementation Specialist in 2006, which allowed me to work virtually (I work from home 95% of the time).

In February, I applied for a position on the Top Talent Team.  This is a new initiative that basically takes the "cream of the crop" and puts them with mentors, as well as has them working on projects that are to be presented to the executive team, with a goal to rolling the plans out to the entire company.

There are approximately 1,200 employees at this company.

There were 75 applicants for the Top Talent Team. 

Our applications were reviewed and whittled down to 32 candidates.

Those 32 candidates were required to present to the Top Talent Committee.  We did a five minute presentation on a project that we felt should be taken on by the chosen Top Talent Committee.

The 32 were then cut to 16.  I am one of the 16.

After all the years I have invested in this company, I finally feel that my efforts are being noticed.  My voice is being heard.  I am being recognized for my hard work and dedication.  And hell yeah...I am going to sing my own praises!  This was such a huge accomplishment and I am so, SO proud of myself.

Yesterday, I joined the other 15 top performers for a two day conference.  The talent, tenure and wisdom in the room was unbelievable.  I mingled with all of the executives of my company and got my name out there!  I am no longer just a number...I am ME!  I am amazing.  I rock. 

I am so excited about this opportunity.  This opportunity gives me FIRSTHAND EXPOSURE to our top executives!  I no longer have to rely on anyone else passing on the message about my work ethic...I can prove it firsthand to the people that matter.  I am stoked beyond belief.

This is incredible.

It will be A LOT of work over the next six weeks because this appointment is above and beyond my regular job, but I am beside myself with excitement about it.

I am going places people!  I am mooooooovin' on up!!!

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Update on us...

  • Dudmuffin is fitting in perfectly with the fam.  He is as smart as a whip and so loving and affectionate.  He is tinier that his photos show and he has moments where he pounces around like a kitten.  Rosie is tolerating him.  She growls at him to keep him at a distance, but little Dudley doesn't give up.  He is determined to be her friend...I'm hoping that day will come soon because he is so desperate to play with her.  He was very slow to start eating, which worried me a lot over the weekend.  He honestly survived from Thursday to Sunday on about 5-10 pieces of puppy kibble per day.  Being so little and so feisty, he needs the food for energy and I was really starting to worry about hypoglycemia, which is very common in little chihuahuas.  Luckily, I was able to get him to eat a nice big (2 tsps) meal on Sunday by mixing some boiled chicken into his softened kibble.  Now that he's eating a little, I feel much better.  He is sleeping in his crate at night time and last night was the first night that I slept upstairs in my bed.  His crate was in the family room.  I let him out at 11:00 and got up at 6:15 and he had had no accidents...GOOD BOY!  Threepeat loves him to death (almost literally) and so his crate is a peaceful place where Threepeat is not allowed to bother him.  Boy Oneder and Middleman as well as Hubster are all smitten with our little guy.  He is a great addition to our family of boys!
  • School is going well for all three boys.  Middleman's soccer season is coming to an end and Boy Oneder's hockey season is just beginnning.  Threepeat started gymnastics last week and loved it. We missed last night because both Hubster and I had to work late, but he didn't remember that it was Monday, so he has no clue that he missed a class. ;)
  • Threepeat lost his second tooth last night...the bottom right has now joined the bottom left that he lost a couple of months ago and he has a big gap in the bottom of his mouth.  He is really quite proud of his "big boy" status.
  • Boy Oneder is still dating his lovely girlfriend, "A".  She is beautiful, inside and out and I am very pleased with his choice.  I know that he's only 16 and chances are, she will be one of many, but I am going to enjoy her while she's here.  She is just amazing.
  • I have been chosen to be part of the "Top Talent Team" at work.  I am one of 16 people in the entire company chosen to be on this team.  We are meeting this Thursday and Friday for a conference where we will be working on projects with executive mentors.  I am extremely excited about this and can't wait to see what's in store for us.  This is such an awesome opportunity to work with some really great people and learn a lot from some high level executives!
I think that captures everything that's going on around here.  Now that summer is coming to an end, hopefully, our lives will slow down just a bit so I can be better about blogging more frequently! Pin It

Friday, 14 September 2012

Cuddly Dudley has arrived!

I have been keeping a secret for over a week now.  We were originally scheduled to go all the way out to Frankford, Ontario (2.5 hour drive each way) to pick up Dudley from the breeder tomorrow.  The breeder is a co-worker of mine and last week, she told me she was going to Ajax, Ontario (a one hour drive) for a team meeting on Thursday (yesterday).  It worked out awesomely as I saved myself an extra 3 hours of driving by meeting her at the team meeting.

I decided last week when she told me, not to tell the boys.  I would suprise them when they came home from school and saw little Dudley in the house.

It nearly killed me, but I kept the secret and I am SO glad I did.  The look on their faces when they walked in the door was priceless!  I videotaped all three of them, but, believe it or not, NONE of the videos worked.  :(  I did snap a shot of them a few minutes after they saw him though.

I have been keeping an album on Facebook of photos that the breeder has sent me and have added to it all along.  There are also a few from yesterday and today:

Dudley is so much tinier that I even imagined.  He is a Shi-Chi (Shih Tzu Momma and Chihuahua Daddy).  His mommy is 10 lbs and his daddt is 4 lbs so we expect Dudley to be somewhere in between.  He is the runt and currently weighs 1.1 kg.  I took him to the vet for a check up yesterday and he is perfect in every way.  He is so lovng and is definitely a lapdog!  The boys, Hubster included, LOVE him and I am just in heaven with this little guy.  Rosie, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with him.  She isn't outright mean and nasty, but she does growl at him as she walks past him, as if to say, "Watch it Mister!  I'm the boss around these parts!"  I'm sure she will warm up over time.  In the meantime, Duds just stays out of her way.  :)
Last night, being the first night, I slept on the couch with Dudley in his little crate on the floor beside me.  He cried for a few minutes when we turned off the light, but settled fairly quickly.  He whimpered several times throughout the night at at 4:00 am, I took him out for a pee.  He did his business and went right back to sleep.  Only one accident in the house so far...always the humans' fault though, as he was left unattended for a couple of minutes and pooped on the dining room floor.  His poops are SO small that really, it was nothing,  Every other time, he has peed outside.  He's a very smart little boy!
We are very excited and in love and can't wait to see Dudley grow not only into his body, but into his personality!!
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Tuesday, 11 September 2012


Do you see my title up there? Busy...yep that would be Busy with a capital "B" is crazy around here lately!

  • the boys are back into their school routines.  They all love their teachers so that makes the idea of school much nicer!
  • Dudley joins us in just a few short days.  We are all very excited to have our little man here in his forever home!
  • Middleman's soccer team played really well in the St. Catharines tournament this past weekend, but we had some trouble with the parents...again...I have been so upset about this and am so angry and disappointed in the immature and disrespectful behaviour of a few of the parents.  They are complaining about their son not having enough time on the field.  In my opinion, this is something that should be discussed privately with the coach, not by screaming and cursing on the field, in front of all the kids, all the parents and all the other teams in the tournament.  These parents embarrassed the coach and the entire soccer club with their horrible actions.  This is a REP soccer team.  If they are not happy with the amount of time their son plays, they should put him on a houseleague team.  The coach needs to play his strongest players in important games and they need to come to terms with the fact that their kid is NOT a strong player.  My goodness, I have to let this go, but my heart really does go out to our coach.  He is a very, very good man who is fair and kind to all the kids.  He doesn't deserve the treatment he got this weekend.  He puts his heart and soul into this VOLUNTEER position.  Parents should be kissing his hand for all he does, not purposely embarrassing him.  And to add insult to injury, there is one mother on the team who plays both sides of the coin.  To several parents, she agrees that the offending parents were wrong, and yet to the offending parents, she sympathizes and says the coach is wrong.  You know what?  Pick a side and stick to it or shut your mouth...all you are doing is making things worse!  GRRR!  /rant off
  • Boy Oneder had a motorcycle accident yesterday in the schoolyard.  He was riding a pocket bike that the neighbour gave him with shorts and a t-shirt on.  He knows MUCH better because he is a dirtbike rider.  Safety comes first.  By the grace of God, he was smart enough to be wearing a helmet, so his face and head are still intact, but the rest of his body is a disaster.  He has 12 road rashes on his arms, legs, hip, shoulders, back and feet.  He is a complete mess and he is in alot of pain.  I hope he has learned his lesson, but I wish I could take away the pain.  Bless his heart.
  • Middleman's three week old Blackberry got dropped down the sewer last night.  He was outside playing soccer with the neighbs.  He had no pockets, so he put his Blackberry down on the grass...near the of the neighbour girls picked it up and voila...drops it directly into the sewer.  We all stood and watched as he received texts before the lights burned out in the depth of the sewer.  I felt sick.  This was a replacement for the one he tried to clean with water when it got dirty from being dropped in the sand a few weeks ago.  So now, he will pay for a replacement with his own money.  He needs to learn the value of a buck and I refuse to keep replacing his stuff.  We'll see if that makes a differenence in how he treats his new phone.
Man, this ended up being a pretty negative post....but Dudley comes soon!!!!!!!  Happy Tuesday!
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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Off they go...

Yesterday, Boy Oneder headed off to Grade 11 and Middleman started Grade 8:

Today, Threepeat started Senior Kindergarten:

So long summer, 2012.  Thanks for the fantastic memories that will last a lifetime! Pin It

Monday, 3 September 2012

Back to reality...

My vacation, and the kids' summer vacation, officially end now. I am lying here in bed, dreading the hamster wheel I need to climb back into at 7:00 tomorrow morning.

The laundry is all done, ironing complete, house clean and our skin is sunkissed from a glorious weekend spent outdoors. Tomorrow morning, the boys will have to wake WAY too early to get ready for school. No more laying in bed until 10:00 or later for them...the lazy days of summer are over.

No more hanging out with their friends or trips to Wonderland. No more staying out late, nor movies that end after midnight. Tomorrow, reality hits...hard. :(

I will miss their company during the day. I will miss having them around when I need help or just a hug. I will miss them. :(

Threepeat doesn't start SK until Wednesday, but he will continue his routine at daycare tomorrow.

Sigh...I so love summer. Especially summers like we just had...perfect weather. I'm depressed. Looking forward to our cruise in March. :) Pin It

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Just what the doctor ordered....

I am on the last two days of a twelve day "staycation" and man oh man have I needed this.

I have been **almost* unplugged for most of this time and it has done me a world of good.  Oh sure, I've checked in to Facebook a few times and have checked my email, but for the most part, I have been away from the computer.

Last Thursday, we headed up to the Delawana Inn with my Mum, my nieces and Hubster and the boys.  This place is so freaking awesome.  I could go on for days about how many things there are to see and do there, but I will save you the time.  Just head over to and you'll see and read all that we had at our fingertips.  The absolute best part was being able to spend some really good quality time with Courtney, Rebekah and Danielle.  I don't get to see them often enough, but the four days that we spent together were absolutely precious.  They are such lovely, lovely girls and my sister would be so stinking proud of the young ladies they are becoming.  Don't even get me started on their beauty...stunners is an understatement!

On Sunday, we headed home and I plowed through many, MANY loads of laundry.  Monday was uniform day and Boy Oneder and I spent an hour at the school uniform store waiting our turn to get his school clothes.  $269.00 later and we had 3 golf shirts, 2 pairs of pants and a sweater.

Tuesday was underwear and socks day.  I headed over to Walmart with Middleman and we got them all new socks and undies.  I picked up a new bed for Rosie (and one for Dudley too) and new bowls for both of them as well.  I also got a few groceries and a few outfits for Threepeat.  The grand total was $344.00.  (gulp!)  Middleman couldn't fit into the boys' size 16 jeans but was swimming in the mens' size 30, so we didn't get any back to school clothes for him.

Wednesday was clean the house day.  I got the first floor shining and then lost all my steam.  I laid down and read quite a few pages of "Fifty Shades Freed".  I was still forcing my way through it though.

Thursday was "Get Middleman Jeans Day" so we headed over to Vaughan Mills to get some.  Four stores later, we ended up at American Eagle and he got three pairs of 29/32 jeans...all to the tune of $180.00.  (gulp!)

Boy Oneder came with us and bought himself a new paintball gun in preparation for the next day which was "Drive to Barrie for Paintballing Day".  Boy Oneder brought his beautiful girlfriend of four months and Middleman came along.  I considered keeping Threepeat out of camp for the day, but because Flagraiders (near Bingemans) was closed, there would have been nothing for him to do, so I left him in camp.  He went on a trip to Cedar Ridge Park anyway and had a blast with his friends.

The older boys had an AWESOME time at Barrie Paintball and can't wait to go again.  Boy Oneder's girlfriend held her own and had alot of fun too.

Yesterday, we ate dinner at Mum's and I fell asleep on her couch at 8:00.  I was sooo freaking tired.  We got home at 9:30 and I went straight to bed.  What a difference THAT made.  I feel like a million bucks today!

Tonight, we are having homemade spaghetti bolognese and then our neighbs, who have been away in the States for a few days, are heading over for some Mojitios, Dawn style.  Oh yeah will be a great night!

Tomorrow is clean the upstairs day and prepare for our big back to school day on Tuesday.

I really need to take extended staycations more often.  I am a new woman because of this!

Dudley arrives in 13 days and we simply can't WAIT to have him all to ourselves!  He is still less than a pound in weight and he is seven weeks old tomorrow.  What a little dolly!!!! Pin It

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

I'm alive....

Just enjoying (and being productive) for ten vacation days.

I'll be back atcha really soon and will catch up on all my Photo-a-Day August posts too!

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of my sweet boys and my amazing nieces taken at the Delawana Inn this past weekend.  I am so beyond blessed.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 21 - Cool

Photo-a-Day August - Day 21 - Cool

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Monday, 20 August 2012

Another year has come and gone...

Friday was my 43rd birthday.  FORTY-THREE.  How the heck did THAT happen?

My Mum and the boys took me out for a nice dinner at Montana's where I was humiliated by the Montana's staff, who had me wear moose antlers while they sang the longest birthday song EVER as loud as they possibly could...look:

We had a lot of fun though and afterwards, went back to Mum's house for cake.

Saturday morning was an early one.  Threepeat, Middleman and I had to leave the house at 5:45 am to get to an 8:00 am game in Keswick.  We were up before the sun!  After a really, REALLY good game, we were tied at 0-0.  We went into penalty kicks, and after six shots per team, we lost on the seventh shot.  Devastated doesn't describe how we all felt.  What a hard way to lose.  :(

We headed home and Hubster and the boys tore out all of our ratty grass in the front yard.  It was so full of weeds and dry patches that we fugured the best thing to do it pull it all out and then replace it with new sod.  It's all levelled off now and just needs the new sod, which I hope Hubster will get on soon!

On Saturday afternoon, Threepeat decided, out of the blue, that he wanted Hubster to take his training wheels off his bike.  He has only ridden his bike a few times this summer, with the training wheels on, so I have no idea what prompted him to suddenly want the training wheels off!  I told Hubster to keep them handy, because chances are, they would be back on in ten minutes when Threepeat got tired of falling off.


to my absolute amazement, that child got on his bike and took off.  I held his seat TWICE...I swear...TWICE.  The third time, he told me to let him go...and go he WENT!  He was amazing!  He fell twice, but got right back on like a champ!

By Sunday afternoon, he was a pro.  He told me that Hubster took him around the school TWELVE times! 

He is so determined and we are soooo proud of him!

Saturday night, we hung out around the house after a long day out in the sun.

Sunday morning, I made bacon and eggs and then did a little laundry.  We headed over to Kath and Bru's house after our bouncer pick up and had a great BBQ.  We had been trying for literally months to find a time to get together and yesterday was FINALLY that day.  As always, we ate lots and had lots of laughs.

We got home around 8:30 and then one of my neighbs invited me over for a belated birthday glass of wine.  We chatted in her backyard in front of the fire and caught up.  It was such a nice way to end the weekend.

So, another year is gone and I am 43.  Sigh...getting old. Pin It

Photo-a-Day August - Day 20 - Today

Photo-a-Day August - Day 20 - Today

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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 19 - Hole

Photo-a-Day August - Day 19 -Hole

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 18 - Inside

Photo-a-Day August - Day 18 - Inside

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Friday, 17 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 17 - Faces

Photo-a-Day August - Day 17 - Faces

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 16 - Food

Photo-a-Day August - Day 16 - Food

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 15 - Ready

Photo-a-Day August - Day 15 - Ready

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 14

Photo-a-Day August - Day 14 - Arrow

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Monday, 13 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 12 - Simple

Photo-a-Day August - Day 12 - Simple.  Photo-a-Day August can't any simpler...and SO much fun!

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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Great day!

Today, we went to a picnic at the local conservation area.  I admit, the last time I went to a picnic at a conservation area, it was for the COFFA club and I was probably 12 years old.  Don't even ask me what COFFA stands for.  All I remember is that there were races and prizes at their picnics and that they were TONS of fun.

Today's picnic was run by Cattolica Eraclea Social Club.  We had SO much fun!  Middleman's friend from soccer invited us a couple of weeks ago.  I will admit that this morning, I was regretting our RSVP while I sorted through a load of laundry that was almost taller than me.  I contemplated cancelling.  But I didn't.  Instead, I headed over to St. Phillip's Bakery and got some still warm buns, some cooked turkey breast and some prosciutto.  I also got a bag of tarralli (non-Italian friends, google it!).  I then went to Shopper's Drug Mart and got three bags of chips and a 12 pack of water bottles.  I drove home to pick up the clan and we headed to Boyd Park for about 12:15.

The weather was iffy and I was concerned that we would end up soaked and miserable, but thank goodness, we only got a couple of spurts of misting.  The kids played soccer and some oldtimer games like wrapping each other in toilet paper and trying to pop a balloon with an egg inside without cracking the egg.  Every child walked away with a bag full of goodies.  There were pinatas and a clown/magician who made AWESOME balloon creatures as well as a facepainter and a tattoo artist (OK..they were stick-on).  There may or may not have been about an hour where I didn't see or hear Threepeat.  He was so busy playing that I didn't even know he was there!!!  Boy Oneder and Middleman played soccer with the other older kids and had a blast themselves!  We brought Rosie with us and she was a GEM.  Lots of kids petting her and she was so patient and good.  SO glad to have her.

Boy Oneder decided to walk home with Hubster and Rosie.  The park is about 6 kilometres from our house, and the first kilometre is ALL uphill.  Yeah...have fun with THAT boys.  We'll stay here and have fun and then DRIVE home.  Thank you very much.

We all brought our own lunches, but at 5:00, they served up some wicked sausages on buns and hot dogs for the kids.  There was a raffle, which I didn't win, but was glad to "donate" to.  

At 6:00, I took a good look at Threepeat and decided it was time to go home.  He was COVERED, from head to toe in mud.  He was in DESPERATE need of a shower!  So, after many "five minute warnings", we finally headed home.  .

I had SUCH a nice time.  I met some new people and spent time with a few people from our soccer team.  I am so blessed to have such good friends in the absence of family.  We are very sparse in the family department.  Since Joanne died and Mark remarried, we rarely see them...they live so darned far away, so it's hard with nine kids between us to get together with all the extracurricular activities and the vast distance between us.  All we really have is my Mom and Husbter's Mom.  That's why days like today are such blessings.  Friends who take the place of missing family.  It felt like home there today.

Thankful, tired and blessed...that's me. Pin It

Photo-a-Day August - Day 12 -Spoon

Photo-a-Day August - Day 12 - Spoon

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 11 - Purple

Photo-a-Day August - Day 11 - Purple

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Friday, 10 August 2012

Baked Panzarotti

Yummy!  One of my favourite things to make for my family is baked panzarotti.  They are like pizzas, but all closed up and full of yumminess!  They are so easy to make too!

What you will need:


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced (I used a scallion today because that's what I had in the house)
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 bottle of tomato puree (usually, I use our homemade sauce, but it takes longer to cook, so I cheated with the store-bought puree today) :)
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup wine (red or white will do)
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper

  • Store-bought baby!  I'm not gonna lie...making pizza dough is hard work, so I cheat here.  I am making 5 panzarotti, so I bought two pizza dough balls...explained below
  • 1 egg, beaten, for brushing on top

  • Whatever your heart desires!  In my case, I am using three cheese mix, mushrooms, bacon (which I pre-cooked in the microwave) and cacciatore salami.  Anything goes here peeps.

Heat oil in large frying pan.  Add onion, garlic and chili flakes.  Saute until tender. 

Add puree and swill out the bottle with water to add to the sauce...about half a bottle. 

Add oregano, basil, salt, pepper, sugar and wine.  Stir well.  Bring to a slow boil and then reduce heat and simmer for half an hour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Break each of the pizza dough into pieces.  In my case, I broke the first ball in half (one for Hubster and one for Boy Oneder).  I broke the second ball into three for Middleman, Threepeat and I...simply because we can't eat the big ones like the big boys.  Roll each piece out into a circle.   Don't worry if it's not a perfect circle. :)

Add about 1/4 cup of sauce for each panzarotto.  You want to keep some sauce aside for dipping. 

Add fillings, leaving an inch border all the way around your circle. 

Fold dough over into half and press edges with thumbs to seal.  Brush with beaten egg.  Place on a greased baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown. 

Serve with a small bowl of sauce for each person to dip and a nice green salad.

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Photo-a-Day August - Day 10 - Ring

Photo-a-Day August - Day 10 - Ring

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 9 - Messy

Photo-a-Day August - Day 9 - Messy
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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Photo-a-Day August - Day 8 -

Photo-a-Day August - Day 8 - Glasses

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Sign, sign everywhere a sign...

When Boy Oneder started studying for his G1 Licence a couple of months ago, he brought home that little book that we all studied from way back when G1's were called 365's.  Remember, you would buy the book from Canadian Tire and study all that it had to offer in preparation for your learner's permit?  That coveted day when you got the freedom to climb behind the wheel of your Dad's car and independence was yours?

I got to looking through the book and really, not a lot has changed.  I mean, there are sections now on not texting and driving and stuff, but the basics like Traffic Signs and Safety Signs are the same...universal is good when it comes to learning to drive I guess. 

Now that Boy Oneder has his G1, and we have moved on from the book part of driving, he has moved on to actually driving a vehicle.  He is my baby and although he is 16, he is SO not old enough to be driving a car!  I know, when *I* was 16, I was very ready to drive, but that was ME.  I look at him and see that squirming little newborn and think, 'he is SO not old enough to drive!'  Luckily, he is an excellent and very responsible driver.  He's actually learning to drive the Jeep, which has a standard transmission...pretty good, if you ask me.

I am in the process of looking into driving lessons for him (it will decrease his insurance premiums once he has his G2 and then his G licence).  Talk about EXPENSIVE!!  Once he gets his full licence, the next thing will be that he wants to buy a car.  Once that happens, we will need Parking Signs for our driveway!!! Pin It

Photo-a-Day August - Day 7

Photo-a-Day August - Day 7 - 8 O'Clock

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Monday, 6 August 2012

Photo-A-Day August - Day 6 - Writing

Boy Oneder's gift to us from a few years ago:

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Sunday, 5 August 2012

My Fourth Boy and Threepeat

We met our little Dudley yesterday.  If it was even possible, he was cuter in person than in the photos.  Threepeat LOVED him and Hubster fell in love almost immediately:

We can't wait to bring him home in September!

In other exciting news, Threepeat lost his first tooth last night!  As with everything Threepeat does, it was WAY earlier than the older boys.  Boy Oneder and Middleman were well into grade one before they lost their first tooth and here's Threepeat, barely 5!!

The Tooth Fairy took his tooth and left $5.25, all in change.  Being five years old, he thinks he is RICH now!  If we had given him a $5.00 bill, he would not be as rich as he is with all his coins!  He even told his brothers that if they needed to borrow money, he was their guy "Cuz I'm LOADED!"  LOL!  Oh that Threepeat!

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