Saturday, April 28, 2012

Moving Day, Number I Don't Remember Because I'm Tired and We've Been Moving for Nine Months.

Moving Day.  I am tired.  I don't have a lot of words left, but I bring you this public service announcement:

If you ever move and buy eight large pizzas from Superstore on a Saturday that are supposed to cook directly on the oven racks and you think "Hey, maybe it would be a good idea to put some aluminum oven drip-catching trays at the bottom of the oven to catch all the drips of cheese so that I don't have a messy oven later on" don't do it.  You will have an oven with melted aluminum on the bottom instead of melted cheese, burnt pizzas that are not fit for human consumption, and hungry volunteer movers.  Worst idea of the year, so far.  Hopefully the oven can be fixed.

But, other than that, and a opportunity to use my assertiveness training in a dispute with the moving truck rental company, moving day was a success!  Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way!  Barring any further complications, we'll be sleeping in our new abode tomorrow night!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

One Year, Baby!

My baby is going to be a year old tomorrow!  At the risk of becoming monotonous in my blogging themes, how does time pass so quickly?  Children are such a gift.  What a gift...and what a responsibility! Sometimes, I feel badly for my oldest for being the guinea pig of my parenting adventures.  On a walk last week, I pointed out a statue of Terry Fox to him.  Terry Fox, with whom those of you abroad may not be familiar, is a late Canadian hero.  After he lost his leg to cancer as a young man, he embarked on a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research.  He lost his life to cancer, but he truly left behind a legacy of hope that one day we can find a cure for that disease.  I think the Terry Fox Run happens annually even in countries across the world now.  Anyhow, seeing that my husband battled that same disease, I thought perhaps this might be an interesting statue to point out to O, although I knew better than to make any connection between his daddy and someone who died from the same disease.  Apparently 3 1/2 years old is a little young to understand these things.  He thought that Terry Fox was inside the statue, and that we could rescue him from the disease, and was quite upset that I told him we couldn't rescue him.  By the time we had walked back to the car, he was quite shaken with the idea of people dying, and so I told him that he didn't need to worry about it; people usually only die when they get really, really old.  Then, he wanted me to promise him that I would never get really old, and that he didn't ever want me to go to heaven.  There were tears, and lot of hugs, and fumbling on my part to come up with the right things to say to calm his fears.  Sometimes, parenting is hard.  Hopefully, I will be better prepared for the conversation when T gets to that age!
Our moving date has been set for this Saturday!  It is hard to believe that we will finally be living in our new home by this time next week!  My parents have been working like champions to fix up our old townhouse into a beautiful place to live.  I kind of don't want to move all our junk in there and mess it looks so perfect right now!  We downsized a lot of junk as we were packing up our old house, but I'm sure we will have to do some more paring down as we unpack everything and realize how limited our storage space will be.  First on the chopping block: toys, books, and craft supplies.  Maybe.  It's easier said than done for a stuff-saver (I prefer that to "pack-rat.)  Wish me luck.
I've been meaning to do a recipe collection post with photos and recipes but it just hasn't happened with all the moving preparation and innocence-crushing conversations with my three year old.  I do, however, have a recipe board on Pinterest of recipes that I have tried and liked.  If you are looking for some new recipes in your rotation, check it out.  And yes, I did pin some of my own recipes from here onto my board.  I could never remember when I posted them on here when I was looking for them, so I pinned them even though I think that such shameless self promotion is haughtily looked down upon in the Pinterest world.  Oh well.

Andrea's Recipe Board!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Thrift Report

Has anyone else noticed the recent improvement to craigslist?  Bigger photos means it's easier to see all the photos of free stuff.  Not that I am a free section stalker or anything...although I know I'm not the only one because items are usually gone a few seconds after they are listed.  I tried unsuccessfully to nab a chandelier with great bones for some refinishing magic.  Oh well.  Here are some things I picked up on my thrift store jaunts as of late.  Thrifty is almost as fun as free, and it's more fun when you share about your good finds, am I right?

A charming little pair of brass swans.  My plan is to give them a coat of spray paint since I'm not a big fan of brass.  Perhaps silver or glossy white.  I just like the way they almost make a heart when they are beak to beak.  Aw. ($2 for the pair) 
I thought this might look cute somewhere in O's new bedroom - on the wall or on a bookshelf.  The lighting is poor but it's kind of a copper colour. (99 cents)

I think this is intended to be a tablecloth, but I have plans for it as a blanket in one of the boys' rooms.  It's kind of a little map of Germany with the names of different cities and landmarks on it.  ($4.99?)

A big reindeer.  Because I don't already have enough Christmas stuff (hear the sarcasm and mild self-loathing).  Perhaps this one would benefit from a colour change as well? ($3.99)

Clear ball-like buttons for ... well, I guess I'll find some use for them.
And a pretty light switch cover plate.  We picked up a big lot of white switches and power receptacles and cover plates for both on craigslist for a steal to replace the ones in our townhouse.  They were various shades of beige, most with several different colours of paint sloshed on them.  Is it really that difficult to take cover plates off before painting, people?  Oh well, it gave me an excuse to switch to white which looks much better anyways.  They are all plain, flat, white plastic now, but I couldn't resist this cute one.  ($1 for each)

Again, excuse the poor lighting.  This tablecloth was only $3 and it's all hand embroidered linen.  

A puzzle to do in my spare time.  Maybe five years from now?    Quebec City is one of my favourite places, so perhaps that's what inspired me to buy a PUZZLE.  ($1.99)

And another knick-knack.  I bought this one before the swans because it's tiny and kind of cute, and will make for a good spray painting practice piece.  I'm planning on attempting to spray paint the sassy brass doorknobs and closet knobs throughout our townhouse.  I'll try it on one first to see how it goes.  Stay tuned!
In other news, baby T took his first steps this week!  He also started climbing onto furniture, onto the mantle of the fireplace, and saying "Daddy" and "more".  Life is about to get busier!
O surprised me this week too by writing his name on a drawing he did.  He's known his letters for at least a year now, but I've never taught him to print any letters himself.  I looked at his drawing when he was finished, and couldn't believe it when I saw his name at the bottom.  I asked him how he knew how to do it, and he told me that he just looked on the bottom of the train with his name on it (all the Thomas the Tank engine trains have the names on the bottom, and O shares a name with one of the characters) and copied it onto his paper!  The last couple of letters were backwards, but still!  Today, while we were out for a walk, we were talking about favourites (colours, numbers, etc.) and I asked O what his favourite shape was.  He thought about it a bit, and then said "Your shadow on the ground when you are walking behind the stroller, pushing T and me".  Sweetest moment of the day.
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