Friday, April 30, 2010

A Blast From the Past

Do you remember Duran Duran, Madonna, Twisted Sister, Simple Minds and Depeche Mode? If you don't recall any of these artists, you didn't grow up in the eighties. I must say it was quite an exciting time for music in general - you could listen to new wave, punk rock, pop, rock and heavy metal. There were even vinyl records, walkmans (a portable cassette player) and the launch of music videos. Back then, the girls wore tube skirts, blazers, bangles, brooches, and had big, teased hair! We swooned over Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street, and flocked to the movie theatres, and watched The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. Ah, good times!

Recently, my kids found my 80's play list on the computer, and started listening to the songs in my collection. Soon enough they were belting out tunes from U2! And at bedtime, they would request to play 38 Special's, "The Boys are Back in Town". Huh? How did you know that song? Oh my, it's a blast from the past! I can't believe my boys are actually embracing the music I listened to when I was sixteen. But what can I say, my kids rock! They know a good song when they hear one - even if it's from the eighties!

What do you remember from the 80's?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's One of Those Days

"I have to wear black and white. I'm having the school play today."

"What? Why didn't you tell me? Your bus is coming in five minutes!"

A.R is motionless by the door as I scramble upstairs to find his clothes. I throw a white t-shirt, and black track pants to him. He quickly changes, and bolts out the door to catch his bus.

I hate doing things last minute. Arggh!

No wonder my mornings are so hectic and chaotic! And I must say that living in a house with three boys (husband included) isn't always domestic bliss. Every day, I see shoes, socks, jackets and toys scattered all over the floor. Why can't they pick up after themselves?

I keep telling them there's a place for everything. Food scraps in the green bin, dirty clothes in the hamper, wrappers in the garbage, books on the shelves. Pretty simple, right?

No.

It's very complicated. And my patience is running thin.

I guess it's one of those days...sigh. 

I need to take a moment to breathe. And try not to fret over the little things. 

Now if I could only break out into song and dance...like Glee!

Oh, that would be sublime!

But, who am I kidding? The darn house would still be a mess.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Life of the Party

On Saturday, we attended my aunt's 70th birthday party, and it was a lovely family affair. There were heartfelt speeches, lively entertainment, lots of food and of course, dancing!  

I'm usually the first one to drag my husband to dance but now, I take pleasure in watching my boys burn up the dance floor. They were rockin', poppin' and groovin' to the music. Where did they learn these moves?

A small, festive crowd gathered around J.P, and cheered him on. He was the life of the party. And you can see the joy on his face when he strutted here, and swayed there. It was so amusing and entertaining for the adults to watch all the kids dancing

We had to give the little guy a break now and then; kept him hydrated with juice, and water. And we gave him a plate of fruits to boost his energy! Unfortunately, I was feeling under the weather, and couldn't keep up with him. I asked my husband if we could leave the party early.

So, before midnight, I told the boys we were leaving soon. They put on their jackets while dancing! Didn't they have enough yet? We let them frolic one last time, and then finally said our goodbyes. On the way home, J.P was fast asleep in the back seat. We chuckled at the very sight of him snoozing away. This little dancer was exhausted. Too tired to take off his shoes, brush his teeth, and change his clothes.

When's the next party? Bedtime was amazing!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Friday



Just a quick post before I head off to do some errands. As you can see, I have a bunch of wise guys who like to make my life crazy! My morning photo-op wasn't successful as I thought it would be. Each picture was funnier than the previous one, and by the time we shot this one, A.R was soon out the door to catch his school bus! Since, I like to end the week with something that makes me happy; I thought it would be nice to share this with you. I love this photograph!

And it's probably the only picture you'll see of me.

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Let's Go Nuts!

A few weeks ago, my husband came home with a small can of almonds. He suggested I take a handful of almonds every day. I asked why, and he said it was high in fiber, and it was good for me. Really? I usually enjoy peanuts, and cashews but rarely do I eat almonds.

So, I thought I'd give it a try.

After dinner, I grab a handful of almonds to snack on. I do this every single day. What's a small amount anyway? Besides, I didn't think much of it.

Not until, I got my period.

I was expecting more of the same - being weak, miserable and bedridden. I've been suffering like this every month - for almost a year! I was wondering what was wrong with me, and thought of getting a check-up. It was all becoming too abnormal.

But this time around, I didn't experience any difficulties. I felt fine, and I was very active.

Could it be the almonds? Obviously, it changed my cycle for the better.

Why didn't anyone tell me about this before?

After doing some reading, I discovered almonds are high in monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fat - found in olive oil), vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Also, a good source of manganese, riboflavin and copper. Want to reduce the risk of heart disease, and diabetes? Have more nuts! Pecans, chestnuts and peanuts. And they say, walnuts are even better for you! Read here. The health benefits are astounding.

I'm going to continue my almond snacks each day. Hope you will too!

And let's go nuts!

Monday, April 19, 2010

An Afternoon Stroll

Yesterday, we took a lovely stroll by the wetlands on the north shore of Lake Ontario. I was very excited to try out my new camera - especially after seeing this beautiful view.


The boys brought along their Nintendo DS, not to play games but to take photos too. They were delighted to see wildlife firsthand - spotted a Canadian goose, a turtle, a red-wing blackbird and a caterpillar! They were a busy duo, snapping up pictures along the trail.



My husband noticed he was the only one without a camera, and joked,"I feel like a mule carrying the camera bag, and water bottles." Poor hubby. I told him to bring one next time. Many times during our nature trek, I fell behind while taking pictures. My companions were too far ahead of me, and my afternoon walk soon became a steady run! And catching my breath to admire this...



A blue sky, a gentle breeze, a meandering path...what a perfect way to spend the afternoon!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sweet Talk

If the boys can't get what they want, they know who to turn to. And whenever my husband returns home from work, the boys jump for joy at the very sight of him. It doesn't take long to work their magic. Here's J.P in action:

"I missed you daddy."

"Aww..I missed you too."

"Daddy, can I have some ice cream?"

"Did you have dinner yet? Why don't you go and ask mommy?"

"I don't want to. I'm asking you!"

J.P is clever to ask his father because he knows exactly what I'm going to say. There is more persuading, light elbowing and nodding from my husband.

"Tell her she's beautiful. Tell her how much you love her. Why not give mommy a kiss?"

You think this sweet talk is going to win me over. Think again.

From the kitchen, I tell them dinner is almost ready. I inform J.P that he can have ice cream after his meal. He is elated, and races off to wash his hands.

My husband walks over, embraces me, and asks, "Can I have ice cream?"

"No, we're going to eat soon."

"C'mon, please! You know I love you...I'll give you a massage."

"Okay."

Sometimes, it takes more than sweet talk to win me over.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cool


When your ten year old son hangs around you; it's nice to know he enjoys your company.

Lately, A.R has been spending a lot of time with me. If I'm at my desk, he'll be sitting in my husband's chair, playing Nintendo. If I'm watching a movie, he'll be snuggled next to me. If I'm reading, he'll be close by.

I can't believe this is from someone who didn't want to hold my hand, give me a hug and a kiss in public! He's content to be with the boys - his father and younger brother. And talk about animation, Roblox, and the latest toys and gadgets.

Nowadays, A.R is more open and affectionate. He tells me about his day at school, asks me to play Nintendo, and to listen to him play guitar. Oh, I must be dreaming!

Does this mean I'm cool again?

I hope so.

In a few more years, he'll be a teenager. I don't even want to know what I'll be then.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cravings

Last Saturday, my husband and the boys went to bed very early. I was alone downstairs, watching a movie. It's one of those rare nights when I get peace and quiet. I was savoring the moment but I soon realized there was something missing.

What's a movie without a snack?

And oddly, the silence was deafening. 

I always crave chocolate but this time I wanted to munch on something crispy. I was restless. I paced the kitchen, opened the fridge every half hour, peered into cupboards. No popcorn. No more Easter goodies. No luck!

I checked the fridge again - there's an apple!

Not what I was craving for but it will suffice.

Crunch...crunch...crunch.

Ah, much better.


What's your favourite movie snack?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Expressions

I thought I'd try something different today. Instead of writing a piece about the funny expressions my family and I use every day. I thought it would be fun to combine it with the posts I've written in the last few months. Here's what I came up with:

My husband is an easy going person but he's known for saying, "I don't like it." Whether we're going on vacation, watching a movie or having dinner. If there is something he dislikes, he'll let you know right away. When I posted The Tough Guy, what do you think he said to me?

My family always tease me with "Please go away!" I said this repeatedly on our first camping trip; during a wicked thunderstorm. Now, I'd definitely say this to some of my old classmates in  Did You Find Me?.  However, my husband would agree that I drive him nuts when I ask, "What's for Lunch?".

On countless occasions, I hear my ten year old boy use the word, "FAIL!" especially while playing computer games. Read  Brotherly Love, and you'll know why!

And if there is one member of our family who makes us smile; it would be our youngest son, J.P. He's the happy-go-lucky kid; and to him every day is " The Best Day of My Life!"


Hope you enjoyed this post!

~ Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Good Wife

"I hope you take care of me when I'm old."

These were the words my husband uttered when he walked through the front door last Thursday. Really? I was thinking the same thing.

"I don't feel good."

This is followed by a series of low moans, and groans. Ah, yet another revelation, and with such vivid detail. What happened now? Did he fall and hurt his back again?

"I'm think I'm sick."

At this point, I check his temperature. He has a high fever. I tell my husband to take Tylenol, change his clothes, lie down and rest. I find him minutes later on the bed, fully clothed, under a heavy blanket. Definitely not the way to bring down a fever. He knows this but when he's sick, he's like a sick puppy. I scold him; change his clothes, and remove the heavy blanket, and replace it with a lighter one. He began to shiver, and grabbed the heavy blanket to cover himself.

"Why are you bothering me? Just leave me alone!"

Huh? Didn't you want me to take care of you?

Oh, he's so stubborn. Arggh!

I pick my battles. I know he's not feeling well. I leave him in peace.

A few hours later, his fever breaks and he's in a better mood. My husband says, "You'll take care of me when I'm old, right?" I don't give him an answer.

The truth is, I try to be a good wife, and mother. I love my husband dearly, and he knows I'm there for him if he needs me.

But he's not exactly old yet.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Sunday

Yesterday, we were invited to my aunt's 68th birthday celebration. This special occasion was held at a Japanese restaurant. Shrimp tempura, miso soup, grilled salmon, chicken, beef and vegetables were on the menu for lunch, and of course, cake and mango ice cream for dessert. The food was delicious!

It was lovely to be with family; especially seeing my boys with their cousins. And at our table, it was non-stop talking and giggling. The kids also enjoyed watching the chef cook the meal in front of us. For them, it was quite an experience! As you can see in the photo, J.P is content after his meal. I must say that little boy can eat!


After lunch, we dropped by my parents' house. Unfortunately, our visit was cut short when we discovered J.P wasn't feeling well. He wasn't playing with his brother, complained of being tired, and just wanted to lie down. I checked his forehead - he had a fever! So, we headed home and spent the rest of our Easter Sunday watching movies. And taking care of our J.P!

Where did you spend Easter? Hope you all had a happy, and blessed one!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Feel Good Friday

Today, I'll be participating in Feel Good Friday.

1. On Monday, the boys received their report cards, and they're both doing
    well in school. Yay!

2. I loved seeing A.R's reaction when we gave him Nintendo DSi XL for
     his birthday.  Priceless!

3. Last night, J.P helped me with laundry. He actually put his clothes away
    in his drawer. What a sweet kid!

4. Hearing from Stephanie made my week. I love her blog!
    Check out Ordinary Life Magic.

5. I'm glad it was a short week. Time to reflect, be thankful and celebrate
    Easter.


   ~ Have a wonderful Easter weekend!