Category Archives: Random Ramblings

The Finality of it all Makes me a Little Sad

So as I’m writing this, I am sitting in a clinic waiting for my husband to come out from having a vasectomy. (Insert groan from all men here). As I sit here and wait I can’t help but feel a little bit sad with the finality of it all.

Once we had our 2nd child we said we would wait 5 years until we made the final decision on whether we were done having kids or not. The 5 years came and we both agreed that we were happy with having just the two kids and that there was no way we wanted to go back to sleepless nights and diapers.

Having both agreed that we were done and he was going to go for the procedure why do I feel like crying? Is it the fact that he is giving up his “manhood”? (He’ll be happy I threw that in) Is it that I know that we will never hold a new baby of our own? Because we have closed a chapter in our lives?

Whatever the reason, most of all I am so thankful for the two beautiful children we have and the great life we have together!

How did you feel when your hubby went for a vasectomy or did you have your tubes tied? How did you decide who had the procedure?

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Yep That’s me Rockin’ out in my Mini Van!

Our family loves to listen to music!  Our neighbours must think we’re nuts as we dance around our house and sing into whatever we can find (fly swatters, hair brushes, shoes, etc…).  Now our singing is not just limited to behind the closed doors of our house.  We also love to rock out in our mini van!  Like really, who wouldn’t?!  Mini Vans scream rockin’ out right?

I don’t mind the stares and laughs as people beside me at a stoplight look over and see me air guitaring, singing into a straw or waving my hands in the air.  The other day I got the thumbs up from an older gentleman that was beside us and I just smiled and carried on with my Katy Perry impersonation!  Now I will admit I have got some weird looks like i’d lost my mind or needed some sort of therapy but I laugh and feel sorry for the boring person in the car next to me.  lol

Our kids love music, love to sing and play instruments and I know that they will remember these fun moments in the car when they are older and likely will do the same with their kids.  So cheers to all you parents that think rockin’ out in your mini van is where it’s at!

Here are some of my fave videos of the kids loving their music…

This is my little man a couple of years ago but I just love this video!  He is king of the Robot!

Our little Diva in the making rockin’ out on the Wii to the Beibs  in her monkey jammies!

Inch by Inch, Row by Row … Gonna Make my Garden Grow

Veggies

There are so many reasons I love summer but one of the big ones is our vegetable garden.  A couple of years ago we decided to plant a small garden in our backyard as a fun project for the kids.  The kids loved picking out we should grow and enjoyed checking on it each day and giving it some tlc.  Since that first trial garden we have made it a family project each year.  We enjoy being able to go out into the backyard and pick some fresh veggies/herbs to add to our dinner or just as a mid-play snack.  Nothing beats the taste of fresh veggies from your garden.

Now I will say that for us it was trial and error on what grows well and what doesn’t.  Although a watermelon sounds like a great idea, it takes up a lot of space as we quickly learned.  Last year our daughter brought home a pumpkin seed that we planted in the garden with little expectation but boy were we wrong.  That thing grew and grew and tried to take over our backyard and weworried that it might entangle the children.  Come Halloween we did end up carving that pumpkin we grew into a Jack-o-lantern which was very cool!

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When pumpkins attack!

We have had great luck with other veggies and each year we grow some awesome tomatoes, cucumber, peas, beans, strawberries, green onions, basil, thyme, and hot peppers.You can grow from seed but we never remember early enough so we generally buy the starter plants from Home Depot, Terra Greenhouses, Superstore Garden Centre and local nurseries.  I watch the flyers and buy them on sale to keep the costs down.

What you’ll need:

Planting soil, seeds/plants, gardening gloves, pots (If container planting or starting from seed), small shovel, Miracle Gro, sunshine, water and of course some patience for the wee ones.
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It’s as easy as digging a whole in the prepared dirt of your garden and/or pot and placing the plant in.  Be sure to repack dirt around the base of the plant and press firmly to make sure it is secure. Be sure to read the tags that come with the plants/seeds so you understand how much space each plant will need to grow.  Space plants appropriately in the garden before actually planting them. I love Miracle Gro and swear it is the only reason that this non green-thumb has a successful garden each year.  Once all plants are planted, be sure to give them a good watering with Miracle Gro to give them a good start.  Be sure your garden is in good sunlight and gets lots of water on a daily basis.  You really can’t go wrong and trust me when I say that your kids will love watching their garden grow and love eating it even more.

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Don’t think you have the space to grow your own veggies?  Think again!  The best thing about growing a garden is you don’t need a ton of space.  We built a 4’x4′ box out of 2x4s to raise the garden up and to keep little hungry critters out.  It is amazing how much yumminess comes out of this little space.

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We also do some container planting which is great if you have little space.  Container planting is also great if your little ones want to sample throughout the day.  Place the containers where they can easily get at them without having to climb through your garden.  Generally, we plant cherry tomatoes and strawberries in our containers as these are loved snacks for our kids.

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Now I know that not everyone has the time or want to grow their own veggies so thankfully there are an abundance of Farmer’s Markets in Ontario.  To find one near you click here

It’s Ear Piercing Day

I fully remember the day  when I got my ears pierced.  It was my sister’s 10th Birthday and I was on my way to get my ears pierced.  I don’t remember my sister being bitter but probably more excited that she got to see me in pain!  haha  I was 5 years old and had decided that I wanted to get it done.

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Fast forward many years later to me having a daughter of my own.  Many of my friends pierced their children’s ears as infants but I wanted to wait for my daughter to be ready so she could make the decision herself and remember it.  For the last couple of weeks my daughter has been determined that she wanted her ears pierced.  Every morning I would hear “Mommy, can I get my ears pierced today?”  I set a date and decided if she kept asking, we would go and do it.

Well, today was the set date and she was still good to go.  Her BFF was on board to come watch and in the end decided she was in as well because she wanted to have her ears pierced with her best friend.  My sister came along for support and also because she is the Mom of 2 boys and wanted to be a part of this big day in a little girl’s life.  I’m not going to lie, I was alittle emotional  as it approached and ahem…during the entire process.

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There were tears (by one and all)  but in the end the girls looked beautiful and loved their new “fancy” rainbow earrings in their ears.  Next we were off for some ice cream to congratulate them on their bravery.  They spent the afternoon telling one another how beautiful their new earrings looked and how happy they were they did it together!  Enter heart melting here!

I am so glad that I waited for her to make the choice for herself and love the fact that she had her best friend by her side.  This is definitely one of those memories I will cherish forever!

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Thank you to the fab ladies at Halton Hills Jewellery for doing such a fantastic job!