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It’s been five days since school officially ended.  It feels more like two weeks – this is a good sign.  We’ve done so much as a family and are looking forward to more fun things to do. 

Seeing that W loves animals and both Z and V are older and have a different appreciation for the zoo, we reinstated the zoo membership.  It has been so great since we are close to the zoo and we love the splash island.  Some days we just go to the water park and then go home.  Some days we visit the animals.  It all depends on weather. 

Before I forget, we’ve also been enjoying sleeping lately.  M has been successful in sleep training W.  It has been 6 nights that she’s been sleeping through the night.  When she cries out, M just talks to her on the monitor and tells her to lie down and go back to sleep. The best part is when she wakes up she is happy.  She just talks to herself and does not get up and call out or cry.  In fact this morning, she fell back asleep after 20 min or so of talking to herself.  M and I got to shower and get ready. 


And where were Z and V the entire time?  Well, yesterday we got back into working with Perler beads.  Cyclops took me an hour and a half to make last night.  So when they woke up this morning, they went downstairs and got to work.  Instead of coming to our room and waking us up they chose to work quietly downstairs.  We feel blessed.  

Yesterday, they were both sitting on the floor in their room singing the chorus to the song Unsteady by X Ambassadors.  It was so cute.  M and I were giggling to ourselves listening to them. And it was all because we watched World of Dance with FikShun.  


In less than a week, we will be flying to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for a week of all inclusive vacation. I can’t wait.  It will be so nice to just relax and play with the kids and not worry about chores at all. 


We’re currently on our way to MakerEd TO, happening down at the Lower House of the York School.  M is presenting with his colleague on how to choose the right bots for your classroom. 

The kids are at daycare so we are in a maker date.  So excited!!!

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DST

Ok, I just came down from trying to put Z to bed.  Yes, yes, we still sing to them.  We tried to take it away but they whine.  V is much better sleeper in the sense that she falls asleep way before him most nights.  It’s already 8:32 pm and he is having trouble falling asleep.  This always happens when DST (Daylight Savings Time) hits.  I’m sure there are plenty other people whose sleep is also affected by this change.

Knock on wood.  Why?  So far, W has not woken up since she fell asleep with me.  She’s definitely feeling much better now.  It’s about time.  It has been almost two weeks, for crying out loud!  So she gets to go to daycare tomorrow.   W got her Chicken Pox vaccine today.  I got M to take her to the doctor while I stayed home with V and baked a carrot cake.  I never knew she liked carrot cake that much. She asked me to “trim” off the edges of the cake so she can try it out.  Cheeky monkey.

As part of our decluttering efforts, I finally got around to posting the three Moby Wraps I own.  I used to have more, if you could believe it.  W is too heavy to go in it now that she’s a toddler.  It was great when she was a baby though.  We still have two toddler Tulas and a woven wrap that I’m still trying to break in.  Oh, and not to forget, a Storchenweige ring sling, too.  I still use all those every now and then, depending on the days.  It now dawns on to me that this is the reason why playpens never worked with our kids.  They just love it so much on us.  Who can blame them, right?

So, as mentioned, M said this week would be my birthday week. He asked what I wanted for my birthday.  My response?  A clean and tidy house.  Maybe I should have also added, SLEEP.  Well, may I say that it’s “getting there”?  Honestly, there’s still a whole lot to do.  It’s never-ending.  Anyways, back to my birthday…Today, after M came home from picking up Z from school, he brought flowers that Z chose.  Z also wrote the sweetest message inside.  It made me teary.   On his own – no coaching. Just him.  My sweet boy.

Ok. I spoke too soon.  W woke around 9pm and had a total freak out when M went to her.  She’s usually ok.  When I went to her she calmed down immediately.  

Oh, before I forget, I made the kids a cardboard elevator.   Saw it on Pinterest and totally loved it.  So did W.  She knows what elevators are and pretends to press the buttons to choose a floor. She loves it when I ask her to choose a floor and I close the door, making the sound effects as the elevator goes “up” or “down”.   

 

And it begins…

Tonight, I got to leave the house at 7:30pm.  M is doing books and bedtime with the kids.  It has been a while. I wanted to go to Value Village to shop.  The last time I went I scored well – finding tops I can wear for work. When V heard this she asked me to look for a shoulder cutout shirt and an off-the-shoulder sweater.  My goodness.  She’s only 5 and she’s already wanting to dress sexy! Scary.  What do you think? Should I encourage it?

Lately, I’ve been trying to spend as much time with W as possible since she’s going to be in daycare in a week. Yes, my baby is going to daycare.  That week will be my week to myself. I plan to get a haircut, get a massage, go through my wardrobe, go into school, and maybe some cleaning the house. Maybe.  We’ll see. 

In the last few days, W has learned about puppets – finger and hand puppets.  She’s so proud when I her put the puppet on.  She wiggles her little finger to make the puppet move.  I should also say that her latest love are squirrels.  We like to look out windows when we’re home and spot squirrels. She gets so excited. I’m thinking we should get our zoo membership again starting in the spring. She’d love it!!!

This afternoon, I was home with both girls. Z was at a friends’ house for a play date while M was at a training session for his SteamPlant. I let V paint my nails. While she was painting my nails, I browsed on Pinterest and found a pin that uses nail polish to create a marbling effect. 

Here’s one of them.  It’s a little messy and whatever container you use you just throw out after.  It’s super easy to do though and the results are stunning!    Definitely doable with kids.  And it’s a great way to use up some of the many nail polish bottles I have! 

Btw, the weather has returned to winter.  It was snowing when I went out to VV and chatime for bubble tea.  

Look What We Made!

About three weeks ago I went to Home Depot to return something. It was a mounting strips pack that cost me $7.90. It was meant to hold objects up to 1kg on a wall but it wasn’t even sticky. I learned that they take returns with no questions asked if you’re unsatisfied with the product.  I was so happy. 

While browsing around the store, I came across a shopping cart fillled with empty 3M boxes.  They felt very sturdy and had dimensions that could easily lend to different interesting projects.  Immediately I thought of making a light pendant with one. 

It turned out pretty good considering I did it on the fly. The next time I make one, I would measure and cut differently so that I could evenly space out the cutouts.  

The other thing I immediately thought of was a stuffy apartment. We have a few small stuffed animals and I pictured eight little doors that lead to eight little homes.  I saw some ideas on Pinterest way back while browsing for ideas on diy advent calendars. 

It’s still in its initial stages and requires more finishing touches. I’m thinking of painting it white and stamping it with a brick pattern.  We were able to shingle the roof the house with some circles cut out from a used gift bag.  

What have you made with used cardboard that’s cool?

Hiccup

You know the feeling when things don’t go as you planned them? Well, thus wekenend has been like that so far.  Plus all the snow that’s on the ground I think has something to do with it. 

Usually W does 1-1.2 hrs in the morning and then maybe 45 min in the afternoon.  It hasn’t been quite that way.  Her morning naps have been 30 min and Michael has had to go and extend her nap by picking her up and rocking her, which ends up with him holding her. I really wanted to move away from that so she could learn to sleep on her own. This will also give the four of us time to spend together, or even for some ME time. 

On a more fun side, we decided to take the kids tobogganing yesterday – nothing big.  But when you’re 42 and out of shape, trudging through a foot and a half of snow can send you panting and having leg cramps.  It was fun while it lasted but extremely tiring. 

I don’t know if this is a boy-thing, but Z kicks everything he sees.  Ok I understand kicking snow is fun.  But when he is in the house and sees something on the floor, instead of picking it up,he kicks it around. It drives me crazy. He’s been pushing and testing limits a lot today. Other than remaining calm, what else do you do or say as a parent?

Don’t get me wrong. I love him to pieces but when we say, “time to go”, he acts as if he doesn’t hear us.  He takes his time and goes slowly.  It’s the story every morning on school days.  The pickup van would arrive and be sitting on the driveway waiting for him and he slowly wanders to the foyer and doesn’t get dressed and ready to leave.  Like, what do you do? M gets so frustrated and ends up rushing him out. It’s like he has no sense of urgency. Happens with V too, though not as much. 

On a happier note, While W napped this morning, we crafted something as a family.  Sharpie mugs. We used vinyl letter stickers and drew designs on them.  



I’m looking forward to Zander’s Chanukah concert this Thursday. 

Upcycled Balaclavas 

It is -8 degrees Celsius out today.  Thank goodness there is no windchill factor.  Also the sun is out so that helps. But the one thing is find challenging is dressing infants and toddlers in this weather.  We don’t have. A garage so our car sits out in the cold. Even after 5 min of warming up the car, it’s still freezing.  And they say it’s unsafe to buckle a small child with winter coat.  I wish they made thinner suits for the car – kind of the like the car coats they have for adults.  


Zander has a million hats in the closet but he likes to wear certain ones a lot.  I’ve been wanting to make him one of these and I finally did. It’s a balaclava, which doubles as a hat and a scarf because it’s long enough to also cover the neck.  

This was made using an old sweater and a fleece material. I found the template that fits a 5/6 yo here. I lined mine so it would be reversible. I didn’t get to finish the raw edges on the bottom here.   And I also found it tricky to sew the face hole and flip it inside out. I had to try a few times to get it right. 


V also wanted one but in pink and purple – of course.  So I made her one out of this lavender mink material and a pink cotton sweater I don’t fit anymore. I just love to upcycle things – so good for the environment and my pocket. 


Here’s what the other side looks like.  


I didn’t have a child model as V is in school today and the baby is sleeping. 

It’s not a difficult project to make but definitely a challenge to do reversible. 

If you make this, I’d love to see what you chose for your two fabrics. Happy sewing. 

P.S. The only time I’m able to blog or see or do anything else is when the baby is sleeping.  

Birthday Weekend

I can still recall the day my water broke – there was the early morning one, and then the big gush at Zander’s  Hanukkah concert.   I remember people being shocked that I was there.  Willow came fast and furious into this world. It was the shortest active labour I’ve ever had – under two hours.  

That was a year ago. I still can’t believe how quickly a year has gone by. There’s still all the things I wanted to do a year or more ago.  I never had the time to make a scrapbook for the girls. Hopefully I’ll get to it before I have to return to work this time.

It has been busy the last few days.  We had a small party for Willow this afternoon. Just a couple of friends.  Really, it started out as at least 5 families then last minute cancellations due to illnesses.  Willow had fun still. 


Michael got her these crazy balloons – which she totally loved. I made her mini cake for smashing (which she didn’t do) and her bigger cake. I also made her signs. The ONE was made with recycled cardboard, paint, glitter and modpodge.  


I guess now we look forward to hanukkah and Xmas.  

Spare Time

Now that W is napping in the crib, I can actually say I have spare time.  Wow, that felt so nice to say.  

  • I actually debated taking a nap.  Instead I chose to finish the Tugging Box I toy I was inspired to make from Pinterest. It turned out well.  

I used the box in which the IKEA fridge filter came in. Ribbons knotted and beads or Pom poms hot glued at the ends made them colourful.  I also added two pipe cleaners for texture. Then I wrapped the box up in this silver sticky back paper and finished the edges with some washi tape. Some stickers all over to add to the appeal. 

I have a feeling my two older children will be amused with this toy more than the baby.  We’ll see.  


I guess here’s proof the toy is a success.