Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Soaker Wars

"Mommy, can I try out my super soaker?"


How could I refuse? It was a hot, humid evening, and J.P couldn't wait to play with his new toy. It was a birthday gift - two new blasters, one blue and the other red. What a great way to cool off!

Besides, I was gardening and I wanted to keep him busy, and out of my way.

J.P took out the blue blaster, filled it up with water and started to spray the driveway, the side of the house and my plants. His older brother no longer wanted to play with his Nintendo, and asked if he could play with the other.

And soon, the soaker wars began.

With rapid fire action, J.P made his assault on his unsuspecting brother. A.R took cover behind the car, the crab apple tree, and even behind his gardening mother!

I was caught in crossfire, showered in a barrage of cold water. Delirious laughter and screams filled the air.

It was sheer joy, pandemonium and wild fun!

And the boys were drenched from head to toe.

Maybe I should have asked them to change first and wear their swim trunks. What was I thinking?

When we headed inside, I found puddles in my kitchen, and a trail of wet footprints on the carpet.

Mr. O asked if I took pictures. Sadly, I did not. How could I?

Next time I'll be ready ...with my super soaker shot blaster!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Last Day of School

I took my time this morning.

There was no need to rush.

Yes, it's true I like to be organized and on time.

But not today - it's the last day of school!


So, I let the boys wake up later than usual, and prepare their own breakfast. (Leave their favorite cereal on the table.)

I get funny looks from them as they get ready for school.

Am I more excited than the boys?

You bet.

I won't have to pack another lunch until September!

Hmm, I wonder what we'll do tomorrow?

Sleep in? Hit the pool?

Or shall we have more banana cake, and ice cream?


Friday, June 25, 2010

Just Because...

I don't consider myself superstitious but I've realized there are a few things I do, and I don't know why I do them. Does this make me superstitious? I think it has been passed down from generation to generation; my family always tell me not to do certain things. I ask them why, and I'm given an answer, "Just's good luck and bad luck."

Here are some superstitions:

I don't like bugs in general especially spiders, and beetles. I'll remove them immediately but if I see a lady bug, I'll keep it inside the house. They're considered lucky.

When I celebrate my birthday, it will be on the exact date, or a day after. Never before.

When I enter a new church, I always make a wish.

When I give a purse as a gift, I never leave it empty. I always add coins for wealth and good luck.

When someone is lying down on the floor, you shouldn't walk over them. Mr.O always reminds me not to do this! Bad omen.

When you're having a meal and someone is leaving the house, you must turn your plate. This is to ensure a safe travel!

And you know what?

I find myself telling the kids to keep the lady bug in the house!

Why? Well, just because...

~ What about you? Are you superstitious? Do you avoid cracks in the pavement? Or have a lucky number?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's Loud

Lately, it's been noisy around here.

Construction. Renovations. World cup fever. You get the picture, right?

Everywhere I go, it's loud.

Yes, I realize the kids are excited that it's summer, and that school is almost over. But does that mean they have to run wildly around the house, or play Nintendo with their voices drowning out the television set?

Mr.O cannot watch a soccer game without having to crank up the volume.

I'm very concerned for their hearing especially the boys. I don't allow them to wear a headset when they play computer games, or listen to music.

It's a battle to keep noise levels down. I like my peace and quiet.

"Turn down the volume."

"Huh? What did you say?"

Even though, they heard me the second time, the silence won't last long.

And with all this racket, it's hard to think. To write.


It's going to be a long summer.

That's why I'll be posting more pictures for the summer vacation. I hope you don't mind. (I love taking pictures with my new camera!)

I'll still write, however, I'll just be posting at weird hours.

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Weekend of Celebrations

Last Friday it was J.P's birthday but the celebrations didn't stop there. We also celebrated my niece's birthday, Father's Day and our 12th wedding anniversary over the weekend.

After A.R's guitar lessons on Saturday, we headed out west to London, Ontario. My cousin's daughter turned one, and was having a birthday party. We hadn't seen them in a long time, and a visit was long overdue. It was a three-hour trip - I must say it was a scenic and adventurous drive; we ended up getting lost but we managed to find our way. Whew! Luckily, the boys are used to long driving! Upon arriving, it didn't take long for J.P to find the bouncing castle! The boys had fun playing pirates, video games and filled their bellies with ice cream cake, snow cones and cotton candy.

And on Sunday, the festivities continued with a birthday/anniversary lunch party with our families. Here's J.P and his uncle at our favorite Chinese restaurant. We watched and cheered the World Cup soccer matches during lunch.

Now, I'm exhausted after a busy weekend of celebrations. I'm going to take a few days off to recuperate; I'm feeling sick and need some time to rest. And to think it's the last week of school for the boys. Imagine what next week will be like?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happiness is ...

All week J.P has been counting down the days till his birthday. Well, it's finally here! And coming home to a hot lunch is pretty awesome! Happy Birthday J.P! We'll continue the celebration after school with pizza, and cake!

And just when you thought the climbing rose didn't survive the winter - you find all the roses in full bloom! Yay!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Moms are On to Something

On Monday, my son calls from school to say there is still room for one more parent to volunteer for the trip to the museum.

Did I accept?


But my husband did.

Mr. O asked if I wanted to go. I politely declined. He looked at me, grew pensive and said, "Maybe you should go instead. There is going to be a lot of kids."


I'm not that crazy!

So, yesterday was the big day for the school trip. I made breakfast, packed lunches, and watched father and son leave for the day.

And what did my husband tell me afterwards?

There were two bus loads of kids! He had to supervise five students but found it wasn't easy keeping them all together. Ten year olds like to wander off.

Out of the six parents who volunteered. Four of them were dads, and two were moms. Whatever happened to the moms? One of the fathers said, "I think the moms are on to something."

Hmm, you think so?

Is that why one of them brought aspirin?

Mr.O came home with a headache, and said I should go next time. Really? I think I know better.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Mad Hatter Tea Party

What happens when your two kids have birthdays in the month of February? You throw a Mad Hatter Tea Party in June! My sister-in-law wanted her children to celebrate in warmer weather so they could play outside. Unfortunately, it rained all day on Saturday; and so the kids had to stay inside. But no worries, it didn't dampen their spirits!

"Don't be late, don't be late for a very important date." Take a seat and have some tea. (In this case, apple juice) Will pizza, chicken nuggets and mini-hot dog buns suffice?

Look at those Eat Me cupcakes...

And shortbread cookies..."Off with their heads!" If you chose otherwise.

A matinee showing of Alice in Wonderland was a perfect idea after tea time. Followed by computer games, Wii and hide and seek. Can you imagine seventeen kids running around the house?

And no tea party is complete without a rabbit! Shall we follow him and seek a grand adventure?

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Favorite T-Shirt

Have you met anyone who wears the same thing every day?

Has a favorite sweater, shirt, socks, or pants?

Well, I do, and I won't say who it is because this is really a no-brainer!

What if this piece of clothing is old, the colour faded, and there are lots of holes? Would you still keep it? Throw it out, or cut the material to make rags?

Honestly, this favorite t-shirt has seen better days! How does one become so attached anyway? Tell me. It boggles the mind!

"Why are you still wearing that? There are plenty of nice clothes in the closet."

"Really? I didn't know that but I like this t-shirt, it's my favorite."

"You said that about your shorts."

"Where is it? I can't find it anymore?"

"Oh, I dunno."'s a rag now, baby!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Daddy's Home

On Monday morning, my husband told me he was on vacation.
What a surprise!

He had been tight-lipped on the subject for weeks. He's such a silly guy!

But I was determined to get an answer.

I made several inquiries but heard nothing. Eventually I resorted to nagging. And within minutes, he finally succumbed to my queries.

I was thrilled, and joked that I was on holidays too.

Of course, Mr.O wasn't impressed with my antics; he even looked worried as I made plans for the week. I just couldn't help myself!

I'm not usually a Monday person but I can say there was a bounce in my step when I hurried to wake up the boys, make breakfast and pack lunches.

Mr.O stayed in bed, but sadly, his slumber was short-lived.

Over breakfast, I told the boys the good news.

J.P shouted, "Yay! Daddy can take me to school!"
And so, for the past few days my husband has been wonderful seeing the kids off to school; and being available for errands. It may not be his ideal vacation but he knows it's a time we always look forward to.

What else can I say?

My boys love it when their daddy's home. And so do I.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Beautiful Sunday

We spent Sunday afternoon visiting family. I happily took pictures in my sister-in-law's garden, and watched the kids play in the backyard.

Here's J.P and his cousin swinging. Doesn't this image bring back memories of your childhood? Sigh

And what could be more enchanting than playing pirates for hours - on a Hook inspired playground set!

Spending time with family, relaxing in the garden and admiring the clematis in full bloom...what a beautiful Sunday!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Reward

"I got perfect on my math test!"

"That's awesome, J.P!"

"I aced my social studies test!"

"Wow, that's great, A.R"

Who would have thought my boys would be excited about tests, and school?

This all began when their grandmother told the boys that she would give them a reward if they did well in school. She said for every perfect test, she will give them two dollars.

Call it positive reinforcement; or just plain incentive. Let me just say that it has worked wonders this third term!

Week after week, the boys bring home their tests - not always perfect but with outstanding results.

And Grandma is so pleased with their hard work. She has been dishing out the money, along with hugs and kisses too. She loves to spoil her grandchildren!

With only a few weeks left in school, the boys are setting their sights on summer vacation. No more homework, and tests to worry about.

And thankfully, Grandma can now have a much needed break.