Spring

It’s hard to believe that Spring is here after the winter that would never end. It was a very long… cold… winter. And even today -the 7th of May, I was wearing a wool coat and scarf. But I’m finally calling it spring. There is no more snow on the ground, flowers are popping up out of the ground, trees are budding and baseball season is about to begin.

So much has happened since my last post. We celebrated Alex being home with us for 5 years in February, Alex finished his first year of hockey (which he rocked by the way – 10 goals in his final game!), and Alex turned 6 just last week. Here are a few photo highlights.

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Yes – I think this was Spring.

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Alex, #16

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A good collection of loot from the Easter Egg Hunt

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Cool Easter Egg Shades

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I’m 6 and riding a cool new big boy bike!

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Happy New Year!

Or should I say… Happy Halloween, Happy Birthday to Me, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday to Matt, and Happy Polar Vortex x2.

I can’t believe I have not been on the blog since October. Yikes.  But New Year – new start… even if it is almost February. 

Another thing I can’t believe is that 5 years ago right now, we were on the big beautiful blue plane headed to Seoul. It’s amazing how quickly time flies – everyone says that phrase – but it is so so true.  I wish we were going back ourselves – but I am currently arranging for a collection of photos to go to SWS – hopefully with a coworker of a friend who is headed to Seoul on Saturday to meet her sweet boy for the first time. 

So for now, a quick photo update of our life since my last post. 

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Halloween 2013 – was a cold wet windy night. Alex started out as Batman and did a costume change into a pirate for round 2 of trick or treating.

 

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Christmas Card 2013 photo shoot – one of the pics. 

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Fun with photobooth – thank you Target!

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We hosted a Christmas Eve playdate / lunch for Alex’s neighbourhood friends. 

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Christmas Eve cuddles

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A visit from Santa on Christmas Eve!

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Alex and his loot – note candy in his hand…

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Yes – I was crazy enough to go out in a blizzard caused by the Polar Vortex and take pictures of my front porch – it was so cold… but so pretty. Alex’s school was even closed – very rare for a city school – but understandable with -35 weather.

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In mid January we had “Winterfest”. There was mini golf, ice sculptures, sledding, games, jumping castles and much more. It was cold… again – but lots of fun for Alex. 

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Mason had eye surgery 2 days before Christmas… again this year. He is doing ok now – but not 100%.  He is really tired of the bitter cold and can’t wait for the weather to improve so we can go for walks again!

 

Where Was I?

Good question – I feel at times like I am so out of the blogging world, but then I get inspired for a post or two, and then… well, life takes hold. I never realized how busy I would find it being a working mom of a 5 year old – there is very little spare time to do much.

I thought I would take a moment to share some random facts of what is happening in our lives – just so I don’t forget for when I get caught up in scrapbooking!

Krista

  • I had my hair chopped my hair off! It feels so good to have a style again – longer hair just isn’t for me.
  • At work, we did a massive reorganization of our main floor – we did a huge weed of unused non fiction, rearranged shelving and moved collections. It took the better part of a weekend when the library was closed and was a lot of work – but it looks pretty darn good.
  • I just finished reading “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan – very fun novel playing up the stereotypes of affluent Asians in Singapore.  Now I’m onto “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy” by Helen Fielding.

Alex

  • He has started hockey! He is in Tyke – also known as Timbits (oh how Canadian!).  Matt is coaching and I guess every time he asks the team if they have any questions, Alex will put up his hand and say “Let’s Play Hockey!”
  • He is coming out of his shell for sure. Often he will ask our neighbours if they know his mom or dad, or what they are doing – something he would never have done a few months ago.
  • Alex is in a big “Who made this” phase – asking that question about everything from cars to the moon to his skin.
  • Speech is still ongoing – but now he is getting help again in school – so hoping things start to progress more.

Matt

  • He has been accepted into the Vice Principal’s pool! That means if there is an opening for a VP in his board, he may be called into that position. He has worked very hard for this – I’m very proud.
  • Hunting and Fishing season is back so Matt is back to hunting and gathering for our family 🙂

Mason

  • Has a problem with his eye right now… poor guy.

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Tuesday Tidbits

  • I think I’ve turned into the worlds worst blogger…. I keep thinking I should give this up – but then I seem to regain some energy to do it again… We will see.
  • Peer pressure can be a good thing. At least when it comes to our guy and his bike. Alex has been using just one training wheel for some time, and really didn’t need it any longer. But it took one of his little friends to come down the street with no trainers for him to finally decide he was ready for a 2 wheeler. So as soon as Alex saw his friend (who had been using trainers just 30 minutes before), he sat down and tried to get the extra wheel off. Then he was across the road to the sidewalk and off – super speedy I should add! No whip outs so far – fingers crossed!
  • We spent Canada Day up at our cottage lot camping – it was a great time. You can read more about it on our cottage blog.
  • One of the recipes I tried while up north was Chicks on Sticks – I highly recommend it if you are going camping! Super easy and very tasty. You can find it on my camping / cottage pinterest board.
  • C has me hooked on the Mortal Instruments series. On book 3 right now! And they are being made into a movie – sweet!
  • Any magazine readers out there? Our library just got Zinio – digital magazines free with your library cards – check your library you might get it!
  • Speaking of library – it is so nice that Alex can finally participate in the Summer Reading Club and activities at the library I work at!  He just got his first sticker for reading 3 books – here’s hoping the momentum sticks.
  • Alex had his final report card home. He did pretty well considering he would rarely talk to the teachers making it difficult to assess his abilities. We are going to be working on his abcs and 123s this summer to help with JK this September.
  • Alex’s belly button surgery is set for this August – any tips for those who have had their kids in surgery?
  • We are experiencing some real behaviour issues with Alex – lots of whining – and lots of problems at bed time. I am hoping this is just a phase… Anyone have some extra patience they can send my way?
  • Matt, even though he is a teacher and should be on summer break, is actually taking a class this summer! He is taking the Principal Part 1 3 week course right now – 4 days a week of intensive instruction. So he may be having a job change in the not so distant future. Very exciting for him!
  • My cleaning lady called in sick today – and she is on vacation next week, so my house is a disaster. Must finish up this post so I can go mop my floors… 😦

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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?

Midweek Ramblings…

Finally. Last October I bought a bike for Alex. On Sunday he finally decided to take it up and down the street. On Monday he rode around the block. Just like everything Alex does – all in his own time. Maybe we will have  family bike ride after all this year!

Thanksgiving has come and gone here in Canada (without a blog post – oops! Enjoy the pics in this post from the weekend) – but I wanted to share a book that would be nice for my American readers – it’s called “Bear Says Thanks” by Karma Wilson. It’s a lovely story in rhyme about saying thanks to your friends – perfect for before Thanksgiving Dinner.

Speaking of books, I’ve finished a few good ones recently: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (sort of like Room, but through the eyes of the woman), Bared to You by Sylvia Day (50 Shades read alike – not as much character development, but written much better), and Insurgent by Veronica Roth (second in the Divergent trilogy… so hard to  wait until 2013 for book 3!)

Just over 2 months until our trip to Cuba! The count down is on! So excited. Especially since I scored a bathing suit on clearance at Old Navy for $4.

I’m having fun pinning Christmas pics and sites to my Pinterest page. Hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner.  I must admit, if a Christmas tune sneaks into my random playlist on iTunes that I’m no longer skipping the song. I’m singing along 🙂

The Handmade Culture craft show I organized turned out really well. The number of people through was down from last year, but I think everyone sold one or two items which is good. I’m now trying to get rid of the stash on Etsy.

I’m the worst at Thank You notes… It’s something I’m working on.  So S, you will be getting come goodies in the mail soon!

Labour Day

Most people who know me would laugh if I told them that I enjoy hiking. I know Matt laughs at that. But it’s true. I love walking in the bush, or on trails all smelling all the earthy aromas (cheesy I know).   On the last day of summer vacation we took a nice stroll down in our local hiking area – the Old Grove. We took a trail that we don’t normally go on this time because we had heard about a really cool frog pond.

Despite the heat and the whining from a certain 4 yo that he was “too tired” it was a very nice walk… although next time I might be tempted to just take Mason 😉

Poking at the Frogs

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Fun Flash Back to Labour Day 2009 when we did a walk in the Grove on the last day of summer.

This is one my favourite pictures of Alex – look at that sweet face!

 

 

Happy (belated) Canada Day!

A week ago was Canada Day – as normal I’m a tad late. That’s the way I’ve been rolling lately, but that’s ok. As long as things get done right?

Anyhow, Matt was up north at our property on Canada Day, so Alex and I hit the town with family and friends for the local Canada Day festivities. We normally are up at Matt’s parents cottage on Canada Day so this was a real treat. We had lots of fun. First off, we went downtown with my mom for the street party. There were food vendors, kids activities, live music and various awards. Alex got a balloon dog, ice cream, and we had some Kens French Fries (some of the best fries around!). We also sat and watched some local musicians, including Loreena McKennitt who sang O Canada.  On the way back to our car we saw another famous star – Christopher Plummer! He also lives in town seasonally for the festival.

On the way home Alex fell asleep, which was a good thing – I needed some time to prepare a salad for the bbq at our friend Cathy and Ryan’s place that we were headed to. I ended up having to wake Alex up – I know, something you should never do!, but we were running late. At Cathy & Ryan’s we had a swim and a really nice bbq. We all then had to rush to our friends Sarah & Jeremy’s for the parade! (yes, we were running late – again!). The kids had a blast at the parade. It was short and sweet, but enough entertainment (and treats) for four year olds.

After the parade, the kids played and did some sparklers. When it was dusk, we all raced back to Cathy and Ryan’s to see the fireworks! Got there just in time for the start. It was a perfect end to a wonderful day.

Happy Canada Day!