Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back online

Well, it's been quite a while since i last posted. I've had a run of bad luck in the electronics department which began with a laptop full of milk, but I'm sort of back online and am looking forward to blogging this fall about Ethan's first year of kindergarden and Rueben's first year of flying solo with me at home. We're heading to the BC lakes district this weekend for the annual family and friends fishing derby. Fish On!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Train Conductor hats

At our house, trains rule the toy box. Ethan loves building extensive, complicated tracks with our wooden train set. We started with a simple wooden set from IKEA and it quickly grew to fill one of the extra large buckets in the toy shelf. Rueben also likes playing with trains, but I'm more likely to find him driving the trains into the barn set or onto the play parking garage. They each have their favorite engine which makes joint playtime more enjoyable and pleasant.

Since they spend so much time playing with their trains, I thought it would be fun if they each had a little train conductor hat that they could wear while playing. I had an old pair of jeans that I wanted to use for one of them and some seersucker material for the other. A quick google search led me to this tutorial. It was so simple to measure and cut out the pieces. I decided to have the straight pleats of the cap on the inside of the hat with the angled pleats on the outside. The first hat I made was the denim one and when I put it on Rueben, I felt the brim was a bit too long, so I shortened it by an inch for Ethan's hat. I love the way they turned out and they were so easy to make. I ended up making 3 more for Ethan's preschool class to play with at school. All aboard!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

A fishing we will go

Labour day long weekend for our family means it's time for the annual Sheridan Lake family and friends fishing derby. Since Andrew was in town and we had a sunny afternoon, we decided to head down to the river to hone our fishing skills. I know that labour day is a ways away yet, but what's the harm in getting in a little practice???

Ethan learned how to tie the line...

...and cast...

and a few other things with technical names that are lost on me now.

Rueben was up to his usual shenanigans.

And we forgot to bring a change of clothes so the boys rode home in their undies.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fashionable Life

Diane Von Furstenberg's top 10 rules to live by. 1. Trust yourself. "The secret to feeling attractive, and to being attractive, is the confidence that comes from knowing who you are and what you believe in." 2. Accept the passage of time. "The older you get, the more you should learn to love life and appreciate the beauty that comes with age." 3. Document your days. "Carry a camera and create an inspiring visual diary of your life." 4. Your suitcase symbolizes your life. "The best way to know a woman is to open her luggage. If she knows how to pack well, it means she understands, and cherishes, how to live a simplified life." 5. Fashionable friends. "Choose fashions that make you happy. I hope the clothes I design will become my clients' best friends. That way, when they open their closets, they will always encounter someone special." 6. Dress your personality. "Always choose styles that also accentuate your personality. Don't use fashion to try and project a different persona. Authenticity is key." 7. Use your feminine power. "My mother taught me that being a woman is a privilege because the world revolves around us! It is a precious gift, and its power should be used in a subtle and respectful way." 8. Your handbag is your guide. "Before leaving home, check your agenda and organize your bag according to what you have to do that day. keeping everything in order makes life easier." 9. Indulge yourself. "If you are like me, and don't want to resort to Botox, book regular massages. I'm sure it helps to keep everything firm and in its place." 10. Lead a balance life. "The best regimen is to keep moving! Never stop working, travelling and seeking adventure. Drink plenty of water, limit alcohol and sugar and get to your yoga class!" (From Elle Canada June 2010)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rebecca Black - Friday - RKB Productions Parody - Game Day (NOW ON iTUNES!)

I'm officially on the wagon with this song/parody/anthem. Go Canucks Go.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

In the works

I see lots of toddler T-shirts in my future!

Link Love

I thought I'd share some of the blogs that have inspired me along the way.

Food blogs that I read:

Aimee from Under the highchair is also the food editor at
(I also read simple kids and simple mom)

Craft blogs I read:

Where have you found inspiration?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A New Direction

I've been contemplating for a few weeks now what I want for the future of this blog... what kind of focus or direction it should have. Lately I've been surfing craft blogs thinking how creative and crafty I used to be in my younger days and how much I miss making things for myself and my friends. I have really felt inspired lately to create more things with my hands and I would love for this blog to take on a more home-made kind of feel. So, in the future, look for more blog posts and maybe even tutorials about crafting and cooking.

What I don't want to loose is the 'journaling' of life with the boys in our little corner of the world, so you'll still be reading about music, books, outings and milestones in our lives. Looking forward to new directions.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

First: "mum" - A valentines gift

At last, my love has come along
my lonely days are over
and life is like a song

At last, the stars above are blue
my heart was wrapped up in clover
the night I looked at you

I found the dream that I could speak to
a dream that I can call my own
I found the thrill to press my cheek to
a thrill that I have never known

You smile, you smile, and then the spell is cast
and here we are in heaven
boy you are mine at last.

Rueben finally said "mum"... which I'm claiming as mine. I've been waiting too long to hear him say mom, or mommy, or mama, or any other variant, so when he uttered 'mum' at bedtime on Sunday night, I couldn't have been more thrilled.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mumford & Sons - The Cave

This was hands down the performance highlight of the 2011 Grammy's.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Celebrate the BOY

This month, the amazing craft blog MADE is celebrating all things boys. If you like to craft, you'll know that most of the craft blogs on the net tend to focus on girly craft and sewing ideas. That's why when I logged on to MADE this afternoon and found this post, I was super excited. Can't wait to see what kinds of crafts will be presented, and to see how long my 'to craft' list will become.
Time to Celebrate:

The running lady

Heck no, not me! My dear trainer is already giving me heck because I don't always get my one hour daily exercise. I have enough to think about with all these new food guidelines. My kitchen is supposed to close at 8pm for the night... hard to get used to when your previous regular routine consisted of a 1am fridge raid. But I digress.

Yes, there is a running lady. Ethan has preschool Tuesday and Thursday mornings and without fail, on our way to school we pass by a running lady. I would guess that she's in her 60's. But man is this woman dedicated. She's always wearing the same black pants and headband and she's always jogging along. She's not going super speedy, but you can tell that she's been running for a long time. We've seen her running in sunshine. We've seen her running in rain. We've even seen her running in snow!

And every morning when we pass her, I'm silently cheering her on.

photo credit:

Friday, January 28, 2011

2011 - year of the health nut

I've gone and done it... I hired a personal trainer.

I finally made the plunge when our tap costumes arrived to the studio and we had to try them on... yes, the costumes are gorgeous but i just wasn't happy with the way it looked on me. So, I bit the bullet and called up a friend who also happens to be a trainer and a weight-loss success story herself.

I started two weeks ago. In my first week of changes to my food and exercise levels, I lost 10 pounds! It feels pretty good too! And to be honest, I haven't changed much about my diet...besides swapping my lunch for a hefty salad, the only major change I've made is to stop eating after 8pm and to eat smaller meals more frequently.

I've also increased my physical activity, but not even by a big stretch. I train with my GF Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for an hour, and then I try to get out and walk Lilly everyday or do some kind of physical activity everyday (even if it's just racing around the dinning room table with Ethan).

Hopefully I can keep up the success. I've been derailed by a nasty cold this week so haven't had much energy to be active. Time for another cup of tea.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A little hard work never hurt anyone.

We had a big dump of snow last week. It fell overnight and accumulated to about a foot. The next morning, we headed out to buy a snow shovel so I could shovel the sidewalk in front of our house (it's the law here, don't you know!) when, at the the store, Ethan saw some shovels that were just his size.

"Can I get a shovel too?"
"Of course. Are you going to help me shovel the snow?"
"Of course!"
So, we started with the driveway, then shoveled the sidewalk. Here is Ethan, proudly displaying is shovel. Then we discovered that when you drop the handle into a snowbank, it makes a cool shape. So, we spent 15 minutes dropping our shovels... sigh.
After all that shovelling, we warmed up inside with hot chocolate and a movie night and listened to .50 clang around inside Ethan's allowance jar.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Brooke Waggoner - Fresh pair of eyes

I could listen to this song over and over again and never tire of its achingly beautiful melody. I think I'm in love with this song.

Cause I want to be seen
with a fresh pair of eyes.
The single white tree
in a black hood of disguise.

I want, I want to be seen
with a fresh pair of eyes.
The single, the single white tree
in a black hood of disguise.

I miss God, I miss God
I miss God, I miss God.