Friday, 5 December 2014
I knew this day would come. Cooper hasn't seen her cousins or friends for a few weekends now. She's been sick and away from school and her classmates. Both mom and dad work full time. Basically she is lonely. I am eating dinner one night and she looks at me with those puppy dog eyes that sucker me every time.
"What's up babe? Everything ok?"
"Ya mom I was just thinking.......no, never mind."
"Tell me. You can ask me anything. Say anything to me. Tell me, what's on your mind?"
"No, I already know what you're going to say...."
"Well, I was thinking....I'm kind of really wanting a little brother or sister now."
Sunday, 16 November 2014
In this house, leftovers equals stew. And stew equals easy cooking night!!! Once a week we have either roast chicken or roast beef. On our mini rotisserie, it NEVER gets dull. Always delicious. But because we're a family of 3, we never finish a full roast. So, what do you do with the leftovers? The answer is almost always STEW!
Friday, 14 November 2014
Monday, 10 November 2014
It's November 10th which means every single store is loaded with Christmas stuff already. But I can't lie, I absolutely love it! The music, the ornaments, the warmth! Our family loves the holidays and we go all out! We sing, we bake cookies, host Christmas parties, decorate inside and out. This last week while out at the mall, I notice that every store we went into had a huge display of these Elf on the Shelf boxes. I've heard of it but it's probably the one tradition we've never taken part in. What's the deal with elf on the shelf?
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Our family is fun. We always take joy in picking on each other. Whether it's making fun of one another or pointing and laughing when someone falls down, we are all on an even playing field and nobody is off limits. Today I took pride in setting up my hubby for a great embarrassment and I will leave step by step instructions on how I did it.
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
I hear it all the time. "My dad used to make me sit at the table until I ate everything on my plate." Or, "my mom sent me right to bed after dinner if I didn't finish my meal."
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
You're from THE YUKON??? This is the exact reaction he gets anytime anyone hears where he's from. Me included. When I met Jason and heard where he was from I think my face scrunched up looking all confused, my eyes got big, my jaw dropped a little.....the Yukon??? Really?! That's near outer space right?
Monday, 3 November 2014
Friday, 31 October 2014
Halloween is HUGE in our house! For me it's always been my favourite time of year. I love dressing up and decorating the house and it's something we're passing on to our daughter. There's a fairly simple outline we follow to have a successful Halloween and it goes as follows:
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
As anyone with kids knows it doesn't matter how much you clean. The second you turn your back, everything is everywhere! This is no different when you only have 1 child. Add 2 crazy shedding dogs into the mix and it's even worse! We have a system in our family that allows us to maintain a livable area without the bitching and whining of "I don't wanna clean!" We call it the 10 minute sweep.
Saturday, 25 October 2014
It's fully loaded with chewy jellybeans, rich milk chocolate and the best part....POP ROCKS! If you're thinking, "That's an odd combination..." you're not alone. That's what I thought too. Try it! You must try it!! The milk chocolate of course, is amazing. It's Cadbury. The chewiness of the jellybeans adds an awesome texture and the BEST part is the pop rocks bursting as the chocolate melts in your mouth! It's like it makes the flavour last a little longer!
Our house is addicted and we fight over each piece. The next time you see this chocolate bar, you must give it a try. Metro sells the smaller 47g size for just $1.00. You'll thank me later!
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Bedtime in our house is pretty lax. Our daughter goes to bed anywhere from 8:30pm-10pm. We've developed a pretty standard routine. Brush your teeth, mom reads, dad sings, Inka (our husky) climbs into her bed and lights out. I'd say 90% of the time it's that simple. But then there's that other 10% of the time...."I can't sleep!"
Saturday, 11 October 2014
How old does your child have to be to walk to/from school on their own? Does it matter if they are a boy or girl?
An argument started at home the other day when we realized the boy who walks our daughter to and from school graduates this year. I said, "well I guess we'll have to figure something else out." And that's when my Yukon man said to me, "ya, I guess Cooper will start walking herself to school next year.
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Sunday, 21 September 2014
I can count on one hand the number of times I have had a night away from Cooper since she was born. That's 7 years!!! 7 years of being home by bedtime, 7 years of not going out, 7 years of a jail sentence it felt like sometimes. Her dad and I are together, which is rare these days, so she doesn't "go to dad's" every other day, and although I am extremely grateful for that......I'm almost jealous that I don't have that option. Sounds horrible right? But listen..
Thursday, 18 September 2014
I have a 7 year old daughter. I have a boyfriend of 12 years. She is our only child and she is pretty damn near perfect. I couldn't tell you how often we hear, "when are you guys having another one?" For me the answer is clear and unwavering. NEVER.