Tuesday, 31 July 2012

"Caption This!" Monday...a day late

Sorry, I'm a day late, but


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Monday, 30 July 2012

All Things to All People






Pet Owner


Business Owner

Where does the "Dawn" part come in?

Sometimes, it would be nice to just be Dawn.

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Four Days Off

And POOF!  It's over.

I took two personal days on Thursday and Friday to try to catch up with some housework.  I did catch up and felt very productive, but there is a long way to go.

I got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed the grout on our tiled floor.  Oh my gosh do we have a lot of tiled floor!  It took forever, but I got about halfway done.  The rest will have to wait because my arms were about to fall off!

We put up Middleman and Threepeat's bunkbeds again...we had them up for a couple of months when we bought them a few years ago and then took them down because the ceiling fan was too dangerous.  Because they needed the space BADLY, we decided to put them back up...but...we lost the pegs to hold the two beds together.  Oh my goodness....I went EVERYWHERE looking for a new set, but no one carries them.  So, I ended up buying a 3 foot long metal rod and poor Hubster had to hacksaw that sucker into 4 - 4 inch pegs.  He was exhausted afterwards, but he got them done and so last night, Threepeat slept on the top bunk for the first time.  He was SUPER excited!!  We need to move their dressers to their new spots, which we will probably do tonight and then we have to paint (their room still has builder's white walls...yes, we have lived her for almost 11 years) BLUSH.

This afternoon, Mum and I took Threepeat to Springridge Farm while Hubster, Boy Oneder and Middleman delivered and picked up bouncers.  What FUN!  Here he is getting "eaten" by the corn maze witch:

Threepeat played in the hay bales, went through two corn mazes and slid down some awesome ridged slides that made his voice shudder as he yelled all the way down!  We petted some animals and took lots of photos. It was a blast!  If you are ever near Milton, Ontario, I highly recommend this place.  I got some mango curry dip powder and made some as soon as I got home, so it's "mellowing" in the fridge right now for later.  I also got some fresh corn on the cob, which we will enjoy with our teriyaki steaks that I bought at M & M Meats yesterday.  Add some asparagus and baked potatoes and Bob's Yer Uncle!

I have a nice quiet work week coming up (I hope I didn't jinx myself) so maybe I can get some admin catch up done.

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Dawn's "Anything Goes Salad"

Tonight, I made a salad.  I made a salad that had all my favourite things that you could possibly put into a salad.  I also named my salad...she shall be called the Dawn's "Anything Goes Salad".  I took photos of the creation as it was built, and I thought I'd share with you this little piece of aweseomeness...yeah, I know that's not a word.  Ev.

Anyway, this salad is named the "Anything Goes Salad" because literally, you can put whatever you want into this baby and it will turn out great.

Here's how my masterpiece was built:

I started with Boston Leaf Lettuce:

Then, I added some thawed frozen peas

Next was some chickpeas:

Fresh mushrooms:

Water Chestnuts:



A boiled egg

Shredded cheddar cheese

Crispy bacon

English Salad Cream...OMG YUM!

Serve with fresh bread and a full glass of wine


So, how would you make your Anything Goes Salad?  Cuz the best part of my Anything Goes Salad is that you can make it your own by adding/removing whatever your little heart desires!! Pin It

Thursday, 26 July 2012

How fun!!

I'm gonna do this:


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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Wordless Wednesday...My Baby Drives

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Monday, 23 July 2012

"Caption This!" Monday

What would be a good caption for this photo?

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Sunday, 22 July 2012


So, I've been missing in action here on my blog lately.  My apologies.

I've had a VERY stressful time at work lately and there has been alot of stress and drama in my personal life as well.  I have typed out a couple of blog posts and kept them in draft mode and I'm glad I did.  Sometimes, I just need to type it all out to feel better.  If I had published them, there would have been an uproar, so those posts will remain private.

I am feeling much better now that I have spent a couple of hours catching up on work.  It's Sunday, and I shouldn't be working, but I figured that if I put in a couple of hours today, it will make my Monday (and the rest of the week) less stressful. (here's hoping anyway!)

Hubster took Boy Oneder and his friend dirtbiking today.  Threepeat went with them to ride his little jeep, but five minutes in, the jeep broke.  I guess Hubster will have his hands full keeping him occupied for the next two hours.  Poor Hubster.

I think we are adding to our family...no...bite your tongue, I am NOT pregnant...thank God.  My co-worker's dog had puppies and I think we are going to get one.  The Daddy is a fully grown THREE POUND chihuahua and the Mommy is a small (10 lb) Shih Tzu.  They had 4 puppies...3 boys and a girl.  I fell in love with one little boy just from his photo and decided to call him "Dudley".  But...my friend posted a photo last night of all three of them together and now I am torn.  Seriously.

I mean just LOOK at these little angels:

Dudley is the fawn coloured one on the right and the little girl is the black one in the top left...but from this photo, I am leaning towards the little boy in the bottom right with the white socks.  OMG, how will I EVER decide???

They will be ready to leave their Mama in early September and I simply cannot wait to meet them.  My friend lives two hours away, so I am trying hard to resist going too early as I want to go and be able to make a choice once they have developed a little personality and look a little more like they might when they grow up.  I'm not sure how my Rosie will take to a new baby in the house, but she's such a good girl that I really don't think I have much to worry about.

So, that's pretty much it for me.  I'm tired, but loved.  I'm overwhelmed, but needed.  I hope you are all having a great Sunday.  :) Pin It

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Well, at least he's feeling better

Threepeat stayed home from camp today.  He was still a little warm this morning (99.7 degrees) and had only had three doses of antibiotics, so I kept him home.  He will MOST DEFINITELY be going back tomorrow.

He has been a DISASTER all day.  "I'm bored!" "What can I do?" "Can you play with me?" "I want milk" "Can I have water" "My throat hurts" "I don't like the Jello you made"


But his driving me bonkers makes it clear that he is on the mend and that the antibiotics and rest and fluids are kicking strep throat's butt.

Hubster spiked a fever last night too...he has been suffering with a horrendous cough and cold for two weeks and last night, had a terrible headache and pain in his face.  I told him to get his butt to a walk-in first thing this morning.  Sure enough, Dr. Dawn was correct...nasal spray and antibiotics for him.

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Monday, 16 July 2012

"Caption This!" Monday

Time for the second week of "Caption This!" Monday.  No prize this week, but I'd love it if you would play along...just leave your caption in my comments!


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Running on empty

Oh.my.goodness. I am tired.

Threepeat has strep throat so last night was full of high fevers (103 degrees) for Threepeat and anxiety and sleeplessness on my part.  I think I slept a total of about an hour (in broken, ten minute intervals).  And today, I am feeling the pain.

It all started around bedtime last night.  Threepeat asked me for a hug and when I squeezed him, he was on FIRE.  A check of his temperature showed a reading of 102.7.  Wow.  There were no other symptoms other than the fact that he slept in until 9:30 Sunday and the fact that he ate very little for dinner.  He was otherwise perfectly fine.  I put him to bed last night all dosed up with Advil and he woke again at 5:00 am.  I laid awake all night worrying about him, of course.  I gave him more Advil and the thermometer showed 103 degrees.  Sigh...

Back to bed...he fell asleep right away, I was up for the day...though I laid in bed, begging God to let me sleep.  No such luck.

He woke up at 8:30, feeling cool, so I didn't even check his temp.  He ate two bites of cereal and then slowly got more and more quiet, lethargic and whiny.  He started to whimper that he was going to throw up so I checked his temp...102.4 .  I also looked at his throat and it was covered in red splotches.  I tried to get him to take Advil but he kept saying he was going to throw up, so I figured it was best not to upset his tummy with Advil and made the quick decision to take him over to the walk-in.  When we left the house, he was shivering and covered in goose bumps.  The nurse at the walk-in happens to be my neighbour, so she gave me a sample sized Advil and he took a dose.  TWO HOURS later, the doctor gave us the diagnosis of strep throat based on all his symptoms, but took a swab to confirm.  She prescribed amoxicyllin and we were on our way. 

I filled his prescription while my Mom watched him and made him some chicken noodle soup.  He ate about half of it and then wanted cookies, so he had a couple of chocolate chip cookies.  We gave him a dose of the antibiotics and since the fever was down, he was feeling much better.

I SO hate when my babies are sick.  I am so tired that my eyes are burning.  Looking forward to bedtime tonight.  :( Pin It

Friday, 13 July 2012

Five Question Friday

Time to announce the winner for the "Caption This Monday!" contest!

I tried to use a random online drawing thing, but when I hit "Draw a Name" I got a warning from my work's security department saying it was p*rn (GULP!)  So I'm gonna get fired over this drawing! LOL.  I swear that I truly did this fairly.  I had Hubster pick the name out of a hat.  Stephanie had nine entries, Shayna had 7 entries and Annie had 8 entries.

And the winner is....



Congratulations Annie!  Email or Facebook inbox me your address and I will mail off your $10.00 Tim Hortons' Gift Card right away!  Thank you Shayna and Stephanie for participating!! 

YAY FOR FRIDAY!!!!!  We have a quiet weekend ahead, so I plan to get Hubster working on my "Honey Do List" which is a MILE long.  I hope the weather will be nice so we can spend some time outside too!

Friday means that it's time for Mama M's Five Question Friday, soooooo, here are my answers:

1. What's your view on men wearing sandals (yay or nay)?

Sandals are ok, but manpris, forget about it.  Manpris are soooo unmanly.  Most men who wear them are short and stocky and the manpris simply make them look shorter and stockier.  But sandals, yeah, they are OK.

2. What song do you love but are embarrassed to admit?

(Hides her head in shame...) Achy Breaky Heart.

3. What summer camp should they make for moms?

Wine tasting camp.  Where all you do is drink wine by a lake...ALL.DAY.LONG.

4. What is the most romantic song? (Not necessarily your favorite or your wedding song...)

There are SO many beautiful and romantic songs out there.  I do love, "I Swear" by John Michael Montgomery and also "Here and Now" by Luther Vandros.

5. Do you have an embarrassing pregnancy story?

My pregnancies were all horrible...each one worse than the previous.  I have nothing embarrassing, but I was a miserable, evil pregnant person.  I'd rather not discuss it...especially after my song admission up there in #2...that's embarrassing enough.
Head on over to Mama M's blog and join in the fun!

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Lost in translation

Have you entered my new "Caption This!" Monday contest yet? Well, what are you WAITING for? There's a $10 Tim Hortons Gift Card up for grabs! Go quick and enter now!  The contest ends at midnight!

This morning, I was watering my neighbours' plants because the lucky dogs are away in St. Maarten!  Anyway, I was standing there with the hose and I noticed something yellow to my left on the fence.  On closer examination, I saw that it was a piece of plastic, knotted around a nail in the fence and a loop was made at the end.  I looked around trying to figure out what it would be for and I realized that in the place of the long piece that attaches to the gate thingy (you know, that piece that locks in to close the gate...what the HECK is that called?), there was a nail.  The thingy (OMG I can't think of the name) had obviously fallen off and they replaced it with a nail...the yellow plastic was a loop to keep the gate open.  "Hmm.." I thought, "what a neat improvisation!" 

I got back to watering the plants and saw that over where their baby trees were, there were old hockey sticks being used as posts to hold the baby trees in place.   My neighbour's parents take care of their daughter a couple of times a week and when they are here, the father is constantly working...cutting the grass, watering the plants and grass, pottering around. 

Seeing these little fix ups made me think about the father's generation and how they were so creative in getting stuff done.  They came from poor backgrounds, where the luxuries of buying a new gate thingy (GRRR!!!  WHAT IS IT CALLED??!) or pretty poles to hold up their trees were simply not in the cards.  I'm sure when they were little, something like a bike was always second hand and lasted through at least 4 or 5 children.  I'm also sure that if a pedal broke, a piece of cardboard would replace it, not a shiny new one from Walmart or Canadian Tire!  Food was never wasted and clothes were worn until they were see-through!

But my point and the moral of my little story is that we are going to lose that creativity.  Hubster and I simply replace what is broken.  Our kids are even worse.  There is no thinking about how to make something that is broken work again...we just buy a new one.  Bikes don't last through ONE kid, let alone 4 or 5 and toys get broken and tossed in the trash rather than sitting down and working out how to fix it.  That kind of makes me sad.  I mean, it's nice to know that we have the means to replace something, but we no longer value things like the older generations did.  Everything is so easy come, easy go.  In gaining the ability to replace something easily, we have also lost the creativity, logic and pure productivity of figuring out how to fix something.  Our kids will never have that "handy man" ability.  Sadly, they will lose the option of even calling in a handy man at some point, because unless the older generations pass down that knowledge, it will be lost.

My Mom knits.  Not half as well as my Nanny B did, but she can knit fairly well.  Mom taught my sister and I how to knit when we were little and I can knit up a MEAN scarf...but that's it.  Knitting will be almost obsolete with the passing of my Mom's generation.  Another basic skill that is taken for granted.  It's not important, but it's SO important.  Know what I mean?

Anyway, those are the thoughts in my head this afternoon.  Sometimes, I wish we could go back to simpler times.  I betcha people were MUCH smarter then.  They may not have known how to program a computer or make millions selling stocks, but boy they could fix gate thingies (GRR!) and bikes and things!

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Have you entered my new "Caption This!" Monday contest yet?  Well, what are you WAITING for?  There's a $10 Tim Hortons Gift Card up for grabs!  Go quick and enter now!

Best friends, chatting in the summer sun after a long day of swimming

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Monday, 9 July 2012

Caption This Monday!

I am starting my own Monday Meme and I hope a few of you will participate and make this a great blog meme...if not, I'll be doing a "Caption This Monday!" myself each week.  It's easy really...just find a photo that you think will elicit a funny response and ask your blog readers to come up with a funny caption for your photo!  To get this little venture started, I am offering the winner of the first "Caption This Monday!" on my blog with a $10 Tim Hortons gift card. 

Take a look at the photo below and come up with a funny, creative caption for it and post your entry in the comments section below this post.  I will accept entries until Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and then the lucky winner will be announced on Saturday, July 14th, 2012.

You can earn extra entries by following me on Twitter, liking Boy oh Boy oh Boy on Facebook and tweeting about this little contest (see the Rafflecopter widget below).

So, get those creative juices flowing and caption THIS:

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Friday, 6 July 2012

Five Question Friday

It's FRIDAY!  Can I get a "WOOT! WOOT!"?  The week went pretty quickly, which is always good and I have summer hours today, so I am done at 11:30!  YIPPEE!!

It's gonna be a busy one for us...lots of bouncers out all over town, so Hubster and the older boys will be gone most of the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

So, being Friday and all, it's time to play Mama M's Five Question Friday!  Head on over for a visit and play along!  Here are this week's questions:

1. Is love at 1st sight possible?

I don't think so.  Lust at first sight, yes, but I think that love is something that takes time and getting to know someone.  You can't fall in "love" with someone that quickly.

2. How did you choose your pet's name?

Boy Oneder used to watch "Caillou" when he was little...thank God Threepeat doesn't watch that hideous show!  I HATE IT!  Caillou's little sister's name is "Rosie"...Boy Oneder wanted to name our bichon after Caillou's little sister....UGH.  Love the name, hate the show.
3. What are you considering giving up (cable, home phone)?

Giving up?  Nothing.  LOL. 

4. How much do you pay your babysitter?

We've never used a babysitter for any of our kids.  When Boy Oneder and Middleman were little, their grandparents would watch them if we went out and now, Threepeat stays with his older brothers on the rare occasion that Hubster and I go out.

5. How "young" is old enough to babysit?

My number is 13.  But I think it depends ALOT on the kid.  I know some 11 year olds who are more mature than my 13 year old and some 16 year olds who are less mature than my 5 year old!  I think the law here in Canada is that you can leave your kid at 12 and a kid can babysit another kid at 13...that's my rule anyway.  I have left Threepeat with Middleman before he turned 13, but only to run to the grocery store for 15 minutes or so.  Now, I am comfortable leaving them alone during the day, but I still want Boy Oneder here if it's at night time.

Happy Friday!!  Have a GREAT weekend!

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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Wordless Wednesday

I love Mom
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Monday, 2 July 2012

Stranded at the drive-in....

"Stranded at the drive in, branded a fool, what will they say Monday at school?"

Hubster and I took the boys to a drive-in movie last night...well more than one movie...more like three.  This drive-in is one of only two (that I know of) left 'round these parts.  Hubster and I spent many a night at the drive-in when we were dating, but our kids don't have that option anymore with so few of them around, so when my Manager told me about this place, we were on it like white on rice!

When I checked out their website, it said that although the first movie starts at approximately 9:30, they recommend that you come very early as the line ups are long.  It recommended arriving at 6:30.  THREE HOURS EARLY!!  We ended up arriving at about 7:15 and there was not one other car in line...BONUS!  We paid our admissions (dirt cheap at $13 for Boy Oneder, Hubster and I and $2.00 for Middleman who went back in time one day and became 12 years old again and Threepeat was free!)  Because it was a long weekend, there was a bonus third movie on each of the three screens, so we really scored!

We met a couple of really nice families, who talked our ears off, but were just so friendly.  The 2 plus hours before the movie started flew by.  We set up "camp" and the boys played soccer just like my sister and I did while we waited for movies to start when we were kids.  Here's what our awesome seats looked like:

We took a trip to the snack bar, which my boys innocently called the "restaurant".  LOL...they had no clue that when we walked in, there would be moths, flies, spider webs and years old hot dogs (which taste DELICIOUS by the way).  Boy Oneder, being the princess that he is, was DISGUSTED. LOL!  Middleman asked us what movie we last saw at the drive-in and Hubster and I giggled at each other, thinking the same thing, 'I don't think we've ever WATCHED a movie at the drive-in!"  Of course, the kids had no clue what we were talking about, but we had a good laugh.

We set up in front of screen three, where Madagascar 3, Men in Black 3 and The Dictator were playing.  The older boys and Hubster moved their redneck chairs over to screen 2, where Ted was the first movie.  They brought a boom box so they didn't need a car for the sound and set themselves up with three large bags of chips and 8 cans of Coke...yes, EIGHT.  

Threepeat and I settled into our seats in the trunk of the van and covered up with a blanket, not for the cold, because it was a beautiful night, but because of the unbelievable mosquitos.  It was BRUTAL.  We all look like we have the chicken pox this afternoon...yes, they were THAT bad.  But we refused to let them damper our night at the movies and Threepeat and I LOVED Madagascar 3.  The olders and Hubster said that Ted was the stupidest movie ever and they couldn't wait for it to be over.

They joined us for the second movie, which started at 11:45...Men in Black 3.  I personally thought it was dumb, but then again, I don't like any of the MIB movies.  The boys liked it.  Threepeat made it through about half of the movie before finally falling asleep at around 1:00.

We thought about staying for the third movie, The Dictator, but the bugs were SO bad that we just had to get out of there.  :(

We packed up and got Threepeat into his booster and Hubster got into the driver's seat while I walked our garbage over to the "restaurant" (LOL) garbage can.  I got back and the headlights were still not on and the van was not running.  Crap.  Dead battery.  We walked back over to the restaurant and got one of the staff to help us with his handy dandy power pack.  Princess Boy Oneder is freaking out in the backseat envisioning us dying a slow and painful death in a drive-in parking lot.  Threepeat was snoring away and Middleman kept telling Boy Oneder to shut up (as were his father and I - he was REALLY annoying).  We tried FIVE times to get the van going, but it just wouldn't kick in.  Off went Mr. Staffman to get another power pack.  This time, she started on the first turn of the key.  Boy Oneder breathed a HUGE sigh of relief and we were off...with the engine malfunction light lit all the way.  It's still on today, so I guess we'll be taking her in for a check up tomorrow.  Sigh.

We arrived home just after 2:00 am, tired, bitten, but happy (except for Boy Oneder, who I'm going to bet will never see the likes of a drive-in movie theatre again.  LOL!  He really is a city boy!! 

The rest of us have already promised that we will go again at least one more time this summer. But this time, we will have ALOT of bug repellent, perhaps even a mesh tent and no Boy Oneder to complain all night!  

If you have a drive-in in your vicinity, you HAVE to take the kids...what a great night!!

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