Pumpkin Time!

This evening, Alex and I carved our pumpkin. I asked him what type of pumpkin he wanted – he decided he wanted a scary pumpkin.  So we looked at a few scary pumpkin pics online – luckily Alex picked out one that was fairly simple.  Alex’s job was to clean the pumpkin out – he wasn’t too keen on the guck on his hands – but he go the job done.

Boo!

 

Our little dude these days

Alex is changing more and more every day… (and I’m doing a poor job of documenting it all)…

Potty Training
As I’ve mentioned previously, Alex is completely trained – yeah! No accidents in almost 2 months, it’s been very nice. One cute thing though is that Alex has decided he needs to pee like a big boy – so standing up. But not on a stool or anything – right in front of the toilet. He’s pretty good at it – but I now have to clean the toilet much more than I would like.  He rarely will go when we are out too – so extra nice.

Speech
Alex’s speech is coming along sooo well! There are a lot of sounds we have to still work on – but most people can now understand him. He is also now saying his name! (sorta)  He does have some bad habits… like saying “bad boy” – that came from the sitters… not happy about that one.  He has also learned “One more minute”… sigh.  He also asks “Momma (or Dada) will you play with me?” – when we are rushed in the morning it breaks my heart that I can’t – especially when he starts to cry 😦

Sleep
I’d say 90% of the time, Alex is sleeping through the night – 8pm – 7am. But on occasion, he will wake up just after midnight – or around 4:30, calling for me – and won’t let Matt go in to calm him down – it’s momma or nothing – kinda sweet… but so tiring. The other thing about sleep is that recently Alex has been playing in his room from 8 until 9, 9:30 ish. He makes “nests” in his bed, changes from his pjs into shorts & tees, throws his puppy around the room, reads books – you name it, he does it. Drives. me. nuts.  He will also play the “I gotta pee” card numerous times.  Tonight was a good night though – no issues 🙂  The one cute thing he does is in the morning he will come into our room, open the curtains and say “Momma! Morning time!” even if it’s pitch black out still.

Oh… and I naps for the most part have gone by the wayside… now it’s quiet time most days.

Other Alex notes:

  • Alex loves watching Scooby Doo and Dora
  • Alex loves playing Batman / Spiderman – we are each assigned a roll and have to run around the house
  • Alex also loves playing ghost “woooo oooo”
  • A week or so ago I bought Alex an ambulance that goes with his firetruck toy – he hasn’t stopped playing with it! $20 well spent.
  • I still can’t get Alex to ride his big boy bike (did I mention I bought a 2 wheeler for Alex? – can’t remember). He loves the bike – but won’t ride it. He wants to go fast and doesnt’ understand that he needs to use the pedals and not just his feet like his friend Henry who has a glider bike.
  • Alex is fiercely independent and wants to do everything on his own… causing lots of frustration along the way. He can put on this own shoes for instance, but not zip up his coat, or get his fingers in his gloves correctly.
  • I’m trying to get Alex to sing – we generally do this while in the car to and from the sitters. His favourite is Baa Baa Black Sheep – if I stop singing he will pick up the words. So I know he knows the song – but just chooses to not sing along.  He’s like that in so many ways – soaking it all in, and one day it will all just come pouring out.
  • He knows his numbers up to 10 – while he rarely will say them.  He does count up to 3 all the time.
  • He will point out A’s and say “Momma! That’s me!
Alex is just so amazing. I love him more than I ever thought possible.
(will try to get some good pics over the weekend)

Pinning!

Like many of you all, I’m totally addicted to Pinterest. I could spend hours and hours pinning all the pretty items, yummy recipes, cute quotes, and so much more – and I’ll tell you I have done that.  One of my blogging friends Rachel has been posting about all the things she has done that she has discovered on Pinterest – and also she has asked what we have done. At first I thought, geeze, I really haven’t done much. But while browsing my pins, I’ve discovered I have tried some of the wonderful things I’ve found.

Sponge Balls
Made these for Alex – but used them at the cottage, in lake water, with sand… while the balls were very cool, they got pretty nasty fast. I recommend using them on grass – much more fun.

Party Streamers
Made these for Alex’s birthday party – so freaking easy and so cool! We were able to tape them to our outdoor patio tent – I’m not really sure about taping them to a ceiling…

Rolled Fabric Wreath
I have this partially done… I tried to have a number of them made for my craft show – but when I tried to find the christmas sprigs… they were nowhere to be found. It was too early in the season I guess. So.. within the next few weeks it will be done!

Embroidery Thread Organizer
Did this – fabulous idea! So easy – so organized. Must get more embroidery thread… I’m running dangerously low.

Fabric Headband
I made one of these with some lovely Amy Butler scraps that I had. Super easy – just wish I looked better wearing it (need my hair to grow some…)

Felt Poppy
Made a variation of these (using the base pattern) for my craft show! They were a huge hit. $1 of each sale went to the Poppy Fund. I wish I had a picture…. but I sold out at the craft show!

Felt Heart Bookmark
I altered my felt bookmark pattern I have been using for a couple of years to look more like this one – very cute.

Button Bracelet
Made this with a number of off white buttons – I think it turned out ok, but next time I will use more elastic that is a tad more narrow.

Framed Hand Print
I made this with scrapbooking paper for Matt for Father’s Day! Turned out ok – not as nice as the one on Pinterest though.

Toronto!

Last Saturday (the 8th), Alex and went on an adventure to Toronto. You may be thinking – you live close to Toronto, what sort of big adventure can that really be? Well – I’ll explain.

First of all we had to drive on the 401- the highway that I used to have to take anti anxiety meds to ride on. It is one of Canada’s worst highways. So I was a tad nervous – especially after Alex decided he didn’t want to watch his DVD player – I though this is going to be tough – but it wasn’t . Now I’m actually looking forward to another trip into the city for some shopping 🙂  I wasn’t planning on driving right into Toronto – instead I was going to Yorkdale shopping centre where we could grab the subway down to Queen Street… where I was meeting Michelle, Amanda, Christa, and their families!!! Yes – it was a blogging mommies meetup!

So – got to Yorkdale – no problems. After a quick bathroom break, Alex and I headed to the subway… which turns out isn’t very accessible when you have a stroller. So we got there – got our day pass, and lucky for us the train was in the station! So we got on and sat down. And waited… and waited… then the announcer came on to tell us that due to a “police investigation at Lawrence Station, we were not able to move”… what?! I figured it may only be a few minutes, so we waited.  and waited. After about 10 more minutes Alex started getting antsy. A nice young lady sitting by us started  chatting – she was going on about how cute Alex was (he really is, isn’t he?).  Then the power went off. There was now a power outage and we were asked to evacuate the train. WTH? So, with Alex crying, we exited the train. The young lady and I were still chatting and I joked that if she knew where to go I’d drive downtown. She said sure! Another young lady overhead and asked where we were going – I told her down to Queen St and asked if she wanted to come along – and she also said yes (she had pastries to share). So I picked up two complete strangers and drove them down to Queen Street. They were super nice girls – and they were probably thinking – this girl is pretty naive…  But hey – I had to get where I needed to be!  So finally we arrived downtown – just 45 min late – not too bad considering how late I would have been if I had waited for the shuttle bus that was to be dispatched.

[The reason for the police investigation was a reported unattended bag… which conveniently was never found]

It was so nice to finally meet Michelle, Amanda, their kids and their husbands – all who I’ve heard so much about on their blogs and Facebook. But it was also nice to meet Amanda’s friend Christa and her family. We went to Riverdale Farm (via subway and street car – neither very accessible so thank you to the dads who helped me lift Alex in his stroller!), went to a diner called Ginger for some asian food, and back to a park for some play. Then back to the hotel where everyone was staying and we said goodbye. Within 5 minutes of being in the car, Alex was out, and slept until we were just about 20 min from home. Not bad, not bad.  Next time Matt will have to come and we will have to stay over!

One problem. I didn’t get a group shot of the moms!! I did get this one of the kids though – they are not looking at the camera – but they were looking in the same general direction 😉

Colin, Alex, Brandon and Poppy catching a wave.

Pumpkin Patch Fun

Over a week ago, my friend Hayley and I took our boys to Shantzholm Family Farm. I took Alex there last year (on a much nicer day).  We went early one morning, mid-week, so the wagon rides were not running, and turns out the pumpkin patch was turned into a corn maze this year, so the kids played in the kiddie maze and checked out the animals. I picked up some hay (very messy I might say), and a number of gourds for the craft show as entry way decor. It was way too early to get a real pumpkin – that adventure is still to come.

Vroom!

 

Cute photo take 1

 

Cute photo take 5

 

Cute photo take ... oh I give up.

 

One last effort for a cute pic - not too bad.

 

 

At least this guy somewhat cooperated - isn't he cute!

 

 

Craft Show

So my craft show was… in my opinion… a great success! Did I tell you that already? We had a great turn out – especially in the morning – and considering there was so much going on in town that day. I sold probably at least half of my “wares” so I was happy.  Who knows if we will do it again – it was not as successful for some vendors – but most people sold at least something.