Guess who’s…

5!

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This little pirate is!

I think Alex had a pretty sweet birthday – We had McDonalds for dinner – his selection, he got a playmobile police station and a Darth Vader light saber from us – and we spent the evening biking around the neighbourhood and putting together his new toys. [as a side note - I recommend putting together playmobile BEFORE - because there are zillions of pieces!]

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On Saturday we through a pirate bash for our boy. The kids got to dress up, walk the plank, go for a treasure hunt, and play swords. A word of caution moms – foam swords hurt!  For desert – pirate cake pops!! They were very tasty!

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An hour after the 8 little pirates jumped ship, we had 23 family members come over for a birthday bbq. Yes – we were all a little tired after it all – but so worth it.

After all – you only turn 5 once right?!

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Tuesday Tidbits

  • Lets just start out by saying I’m soooo behind in blogging! It makes me feel like such a bad friend – but I think the reasons why I’m busy are good ones.

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  • I was so happy to discover this week that our little blogging community is going to have another baby boy to fuss over! Congrats C, D & S!!
  • Easter has come and gone – but not forgotten. We had a wonderful long weekend. Alex was so very excited – and totally jacked on sugar. Next year we will go for sugar free treats. We did attend a community Easter egg hunt – what a crazy 5 minutes. That’s all it lasted – less than 5 minutes. But since it was put on by a local chocolate company… I didn’t mind going out early in the morning in the freezing cold – the chocolate was goood! 

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  • It is going to sound crazy – but I’m seeing a physio for what I’ve termed “iPhone finger”. I have some bad tendinitis in my right hand due to all the mousing and mobile device use that I do. So I have some funny exercises I have to do – seems to be getting somewhat better. 
  • Now that he weather is getting better, I’ve been “getting off the couch” – and started up my little “jogging” routine. I must find that its getting a lot easier! I’m less out of breath and can run longer periods of time. On Sunday, I walked and ran just over 2km in 16min – baby steps right!  I’m using RunKeeper to help keep track. 

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  • On Sunday I did something for the first time – I felt a baby kick. My sister-in-law is 7 months pregnant and I asked if I could feel the baby if she is active (yes a girl!) and she was more than happy to let me. What an amazing – yet so very strange – experience! Let’s just say that tears were shed. 
  • I’m almost done Alex’s Life Book – just in time for his 5th bday… oh my goodness – he’s turning 5!
  • Currently reading: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (attempting for the 3rd time…)  If your local public library uses BiblioCommons for the catalogue, you can follow me at “lilmisslibrary“) 
  • Recently watched: This is 40. I was so pumped to see this movie – but sadly by half way I felt it lost it’s mojo.

Snow Much Fun!

Over the last few weeks we have been able to get out and enjoy some of Ontario’s winter wonderland. I wish I could say we enjoyed the outdoors more throughout the winter – but the temps have been pretty extreme – either really cold or mild and mucky. When it has been somewhat decent, we have made the best of it.

Alex has enjoyed playing in his tree fort…

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We had fun making a snowman (within a few days he was gone due to a warm spell)

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And during March Break, we went up north to the cottage and enjoyed sledding – in the middle of the lake (Mush Momma!), down a small hill for Alex, and Matt and I went down Hazard Hill (yes – as scary – and fun – as it sounds!)

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While we have had some fun… I am done with winter. Done done done. Are you with me?

Happy Love Day!

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Our Valentines was pretty much like any other Thursday – regular routine of childcare, work, dinner for Alex, skating lessons, bedtime, and then date night dinner for Matt and I.  After I got home from work, I quickly threw together dinner for Alex (which he wouldn’t eat by the way), and then got him out his valentines day card and little gift (don’t worry – this was before he decided he wasn’t going to eat dinner).  It was fun watching his expressions as he opened his card and bag of little gifts. 

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I even got a peck on the cheek from my little valentine! 

Happy Lunar New Year!

On Saturday we traveled to Toronto to a Lunar New Year Celebration put on by the Korean Canadian Children’s Association. We went a really fun celebration back in 2011 - and this year was even better. The program was fantastic – it showcased Korean drumming, dancing, music and customs. The children were all invited onstage to do a traditional bowing ceremony (and get a pouch with some money) – our little man was too shy despite practicing before at home.  After the initial program we had an amazing meal with rice, bulgogi, japchae, dumplings, shrimp…. I wanted to finish my plate because it was so good – but the portions were huge! After the lunch we went to the basement of the church  where they had set up with stations such as calligraphy,  games, street food, tea ceremony, traditional dress etc.  We hung out for a while and explored the various stations out.  I loved seeing many of Korean ladies dressed in their elaborate hanboks – they are such beautiful pieces of clothing. Another fun part of the day is that we go to see Barb, Belinda and their families! I’m always shocked at how big all the boys are getting – and it was nice to meet baby Owen. Sadly – there were no group shots, but we did promise to get together soon for another “Seoul Bros” gathering.

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One really cool thing was that on the way into the Church, we looked up and saw a Korean Air plane taking off from the airport – not something you really see everyday! Memories of Korea are all around.

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1, 2, 3, 4

There once was one little boy named Kaeul, living in South Korea, awaiting a forever family.

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Little did he know there were two people from Canada waiting to be his mommy and daddy.

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On February 3, 2009, the three of them joined together – forever.

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Today we celebrate four years with our little boy. He is our sunshine, our joy, our everything.

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We love you Alexander!

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Biking in January

The weather this winter has been very… strange. Either it has been down right cold and nasty, or it has been mild. Like no snow mild. Such nice weather that Alex could go for a bike ride – which is what we did on Saturday morning. 

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Alex has been attempting tricks – so far this is about it – but I’m sure once spring hits he will be doing all sorts of crazy things!

Today we woke to 90km/hr winds and a wind chill of -20C – amazing the difference a few hours can make. Oh Canada….