Friday, January 29, 2010

Feel Good Friday



I've been thinking about doing a post like this for awhile but was waiting for something good to happen! I got lucky today! Yay!

All week, I've been having issues with A.R getting ready for school. He sleeps in, and usually wakes up half an hour before leaving to school. When he gets up, he goes downstairs and lies on the couch or plays with his Nintendo DSi! I tell him to eat his breakfast, get dressed, wash his face, and brush his teeth. Several minutes go by and I inform him his school bus will arrive soon! Still no response. No reaction. Are all nine year old boys this way? Why can't they follow simple instructions? Arggh! What am I to do? I've been having the talk with him every day. He's still having trouble making the connection. He left me no other choice. I had to put my foot down, and confiscate his Nintendo. A.R sees I am not happy with him at all.

This morning, I prepared the boys' lunches, made breakfast and read some e-mail. I didn't hear A.R wake up early, and go downstairs. He came up to me, all dressed, groomed and ready to go to school. I was so surprised. It was such a lovely morning, stress free and full of laughter! I think the best part is when he hugged and kissed me before he left for school! I never get enough of those hugs and kisses from him!

I hope he follows this routine next week! Can I also add that this bitter cold is making my hair all nice, shiny and smooth? No frizz! It makes me feel good.



Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What's for Lunch?

I like to cook but lately, I'm not so inspired these days. All I can say is that the Joy of Cooking book is mocking me. And once again, I escape to culinary websites to get my creative juices flowing. It isn't easy having two boys, with hearty appetites and who consume the meal of the day within minutes. On weekends, I find myself cooking two meals a day. What if I don't feel like cutting, dicing, preparing and cooking? I know this seems crazy but I ask myself this one question everyday. What's for lunch? Or what's for dinner? You would think by now I'd have a meal plan menu set for the week! Honestly, I prefer quick and easy meals. Heck, I'd rather bake! I turn to hubby, and ask whether he would like to cook for a change. He agrees, and then asks, "How do you like your beans and eggs?

*Silence*

On second thought, I'll just look in the pantry and see what I can whip up. Oh, forget it, maybe you can just order take-out!

What's your favourite meal to make? Is it quick and easy?

Monday, January 25, 2010

One Hour

Yesterday, we had a blackout in our neighbourhood. It was about five o'clock in the evening when the power went out. I was ready to make dinner when I overheard A.R holler in the bathroom - "HEY!" He was about to take a shower, and was left in the dark! I told J.P to give his brother the rechargeable lantern, and to keep him company. Hubby was busy on the computer but was stunned that he had lost all what he was working on. One minute the house was bright, humming with activity and the next, we're fumbling our way in the darkness. I found my battery operated mini radio, and turned it on. J.P took my small flashlight, and played with it like it was a light saber! After A.R took his shower, the boys went to their bedroom, and took out books to read. Surprisingly, they were pretty calm and content to be near the lantern. I asked them if they were getting hungry, and they both said that they were. We went downstairs, and found hubby fast asleep on the couch. I went to the kitchen, and heated some leftover ham - using a portable gas stove, and cooking by candlelight. Over dinner, we discussed the situation in Haiti, and the boys compared their life to those who survived the earthquake, and who have been affected by the devastation. They pointed out all the things they have at home, while others didn't have anything at all. And soon enough, they realized how very lucky they were. Not once did I hear them complain about having no electricity, no computer, no Nintendo, or no television. They waited and waited quietly. The blackout lasted for an hour. It gave us time to pause and reflect, to be grateful and to be still.

One hour such a small, small sacrifice.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Banana Bread

It's been awhile since I baked something new. I've been baking the usual muffins and cookies for the boys but I wanted to try out other recipes. Last night, I noticed the bananas were ripe, and I decided to make banana bread for the first time. I'm so happy with the results! Nice and golden on the outside, moist and delectable on the inside. The aroma in the house was so inviting. Hubby gave it a 9 out of 10! Wow! He likes that it isn't too sweet. I should bake this more often! Once again, you can find this recipe at JoyofBaking.com website.



The boys have no school today so we're staying warm and cozy, and enjoying a carefree day! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


So glad they're not running around! Nintendo DSi rocks!

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Klutz

Is it just me, or am I clumsier than ever? I don't remember being such a klutz. Not a week goes by when I don't bump into walls, couches, and doors. It's not unusual for me to stumble, trip and fall. There are days when I drop things constantly. My boys are quick to say, "Mommy hurt herself again!" Hubby knows me all too well, and asks, "What did you do now?" I evade the question, pretending to be busy. He inquires again, and I laugh sheepishly, telling him how I got another bruise. He shakes his head in disbelief, and wonders how the heck did I manage to hurt myself while doing chores? I shrug my shoulders. I'm baffled too! What's wrong with me? Hormonal changes? Lack of sleep? Old age? Yikes! Luckily, all this nonsense happens behind closed doors; in the confines of my house. For some reason, when I step outside, I restore grace and elegance. Weird. Anyone else the same?

Or is it just me?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

That's My Boy

Just a quick post and picture before we head down to the big city to take A.R to his guitar lessons; and spend the day visiting family. Yesterday, A.R returned home from his French immersion school with a surprise. His teacher chose him as the star of the week. I'm such a proud mama and so happy for him! Here's what his teacher wrote to honour his day:



Voici A.R

It est un garcon
Il a les cheveux noirs
Il a les yeux bruns
It est tres intelligent
Il aime la couleur bleu
Il a un petit frere qui s'appelle J.P
Il aime le musique de Michael Jackson


Translation:

This is A.R. He is a boy, he has black hair, brown eyes. He is very intelligent, he likes the colour blue. He has a younger brother named J.P and he likes the music of Michael Jackson.

And she forgot to add that he plays Spanish guitar amazingly!

That's my boy!

~ I love good news like this! Don't you? Have a great weekend everyone! ~

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Morning Talk

The Christmas decorations are packed away, the house is clean and I'm back to reading The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Things are coming together nicely not until A.R confesses to me that he lost his social studies notebook. And he has a test tomorrow! You see, this isn't the first time he has lost something important. Before the holidays, he lost his school agenda, his lunch container, and his gloves. No wonder I have so much gray in my hair! As much as I dislike having the talk; once again, I find myself having to remind him to be mindful of his belongings, that he's getting older and he has to be more responsible. I ended the conversation by saying that he might have misplaced it and could still be in his classroom. I'm not upset at him just disappointed. He really is a good kid, just a little forgetful. Before leaving to school, J.P surprised me by packing his own lunch and placing it in his backpack. I said, "You packed your lunch all by yourself." J.P smiled and replied,"Yes, mommy. I'm growing up." My heart sank.

Oh my, I didn't realize he was listening to me too!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Procrastinating

J.P woke up and told me he wasn't feeling well. So, he didn't go to school; he's coughing and not quite himself today. I was planning on taking the Christmas decorations down, and do a clean sweep of the house but it seems that will be put on hold for now. J.P is sick, and miserable. Already, I’m having a difficult time writing – J.P is looking over my shoulder and reading what I’m typing. He knows I have a blog; he saw the picture I took of him walking to school and he says,” I want to see it again!” I look at him and think - can I just have a moment here? He puts his head on my shoulder, and all is forgotten. How can I refuse? He’s too cute. I let him see his photo and read the post, and then I send him off to rest in bed but he lingers around my desk. I think it's going to be one of those days. He doesn't want to be alone. J.P is now sitting on my lap. Not much I can do here. Do you ever have days like this?

I guess this post will just have to wait. I know I'm procrastinating.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lazy Sunday

It's Sunday, and you'd think the kids would be sleeping in. No, they're wide awake at the crack of dawn, ready to fill their day with loads of fun. Why can't they wake up like this on a school day? I get up, still very sleepy and quickly put on a sweater, and some socks. The cold snap in southern Ontario continues - mind you, our house is an old one so there's a few cold drafts here and there; and walking barefoot inside the house is not recommended during these typical Canadian winters. I head downstairs, and J.P greets me with a morning smile and hug. A.R is already playing Wii! He didn't have breakfast yet! So, I'm off to the kitchen, preparing toast, and boiling eggs. And my mind runs down the list of things to do today. Church, errands and laundry are all on the agenda. Can't forget the basketball game too! Will I have my lazy Sunday I've been dreaming about?

How do you spend your Sundays? I hope it's a lazy one.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Winter Skin Care

It's that time of year again when winter casts its cold and wicked spell on my boys. Ever since they were babies, they've suffered from eczema. For them, summer and winter are usually the seasons that causes this skin outbreak. Their skin becomes dry, red and itchy due to the extreme temperatures; making their lives uncomfortable, sometimes miserable. I've taken them to the doctor, to skin specialists, and tried many ointments but over the years, I've found ways to prevent their eczema turning severe, and to keep them healthy and happy.

The best way to treat eczema is by cleaning their skin every day. When taking showers, (or baths), the water should be lukewarm, not too cold or too hot. I highly recommend using a gentle soap like Dove moisturizing soap to clean the skin, and then apply Aveeno 24hr moisturizing body lotion. My boys only wear 100 percent cotton clothing, no polyester or wool. Cotton allows the skin to breathe, and doesn't irritate it. I also use Ivory Snow laundry detergent to wash their clothes. Some brands are too harsh for their sensitive skin. I also make sure they eat a balanced meal, and they have a multi-vitamin supplement, and of course, they drink lots of water. As you can see, I do everything I can to make my boys moisturized and happy.

Do you have any skin care tips you want to share with me? I'd love to hear from you. We're experiencing a deep freeze over here. Excuse me, while I put on some lotion.

And how many days left until spring?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Picture of the Day

The boys have been great these past few days - they're letting me rest for a change. They know I'm not feeling well and not always in the best mood. However, to show my appreciation for their understanding, and kindness, I spent some time with them last night - played a few games with them on Nintendo! The boys enjoyed it so much, they want another rematch tonight!



Here's the picture of the day. I took J.P to school this morning. Look at my little boy, trudging along in full winter gear, and backpack. It's only a five-minute walk to school but now it takes us much longer. He tried to run up the hill but discovered his snow boots were too heavy for any running! Making snow angels and snow forts will just have to do! Don't you just love winter?

Hope you're all keeping warm, and cozy!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Just Another Monday

The boys woke up late this morning. A.R didn't stir under his blanket when I came into the room, and J.P was still sound asleep. I said, "Wake up, it's Monday. Back to school." Still no response. How long are these boys going to sleep in? I tried one more time, "Time to get up." A.R moaned, and sat up, his hair dishevelled. He quickly climbed down the bunk bed, and scurried off to have breakfast. J.P remained sleeping. I knew he would have a difficult time waking up, he slept late even though I sent him to bed early! (Still on holiday mode.) A few more gentle shakes and nudges, J.P finally wakes up, and heads downstairs.

After seeing A.R off on his school bus, J.P puts on his winter gear, and gives me a big hug and kiss. Hubby is home today, and takes him to school. Whew! Back to school Monday wasn't as crazy as I thought it would be. Not until I cannot find my cell phone, and then the house turns upside down!

I don't know about you but I like to have it nearby in case of emergency; I also like to get updates from my family and friends that are on facebook and twitter. I always have my mobile on during the day, and when I don't have it, the day seems lost or rather, I feel lost without it. Sounds nuts, huh? The frantic search begins. Where did I last put my phone? Where did it go? I rummage through my desk, look on top of the piano, and the entertainment unit.

Ringgggg!

I scramble like a madwoman, up the stairs and into the hallway. I look towards the bedroom. Ah, there it is! It's on the bed. I check my updates. My brother sent me a message.

Yes, all is well...it's just another Monday.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Getting Better



We had snowfall yesterday, and the temperature dropped just a tad overnight. I woke up late (still recovering from New Year's), and hurried to get the green bin out for pick-up, and get A.R out the door and on his way to guitar practice. J.P tiptoed out of bed, went downstairs and started munching on Italian ladyfinger cookies! That little boy is a sneaky one! I told him that wasn't a proper meal to start off the day so I made him some toast, and oatmeal. He gobbled it down so fast, that I didn't see him take off to go play! Maybe he knows he's going back to school on Monday, and trying to get as much playtime as possible..hmm.

It's a new year, and everyone has aspirations, hopes and even making a few goals for 2010. What about me? Do I need to reform a bad habit? Make a lifestyle change? Lose weight? Eat better, drink less? Get more organized? Ahh..no. I'm taking it one day at a time. Whatever comes my way.

The holiday season was wonderful but ultimately there's a price for all that merriment. Unfortunately, for me my Crohn's has returned. Which means check-ups, specialists, drugs and a bevy of ailments that come with this incurable disease. This is my life, and it's not always perfect. It's just something I have to deal with; just another challenge to meet. So, forgive me if I don't post often, getting better is my priority right now.

And reading, writing, and laughing more.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Blog Award



Thanks to A Page In My Book and to Once Upon A Mommy for this award. :)

The rules for this award:

- Put the Lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.
- Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
- Link the nominees within your post.
- Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

And here are the people that I am sharing it with...

Amanda Rose Books
A New Kind of Normal: Living an Abundant Life with Chronic Illness
Coloring Outside the Lines
Carrigan's Joy
I'm aHodge Podge
Laura - The Bignell Family
Tuckers Take Tennessee