Thursday, September 30, 2010

Picture Day

I don't recall a time when I heard these words from my boys.

"Mommy, I love my new hoodie, and shirt. So cool."

Could I be dreaming? I never knew little boys liked clothes.

It's picture day at J.P's school, and I have never seen him so excited.

What else did he have for breakfast? I could have sworn I gave him toast and jam!

I look at him, and realize he can't button his pants. He grew again! I rush to the bedroom, and hand him another pair of jeans.

"It fits."

He runs to my bedroom and gazes into the mirror. I giggle as he strikes several poses. He wishes to go to school now. What? Since when did he want to go to school? I tell him that he would just have to wait for his older brother to go on the bus first.

On our way to school, J.P is beaming. He insisted on wearing no light jacket. Good grief!

When we arrive at the school yard, I see girls twirling in their fancy dresses, and a few boys wearing dress shirts and pants. A little too formal for school pictures but they did look very cute.

If there is one thing I know for certain, boys don't want clothes for gifts; they'd rather have toys or games but for picture day, it's all good!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Please Don't Photo Tag Me

You've probably seen the trailer, or heard about the movie The Social Network. On Friday, it will be released in theatres and with that in mind, I'm looking forward to watching it. I enjoy Facebook, it definitely has its perks. First, I can keep in touch with my family, and second, I can get reconnected with old friends. However, I've stated in my post last February; that I like my privacy. Only my immediate family and very close friends can see family pictures. And if there is one thing that I'm not too crazy about; it's getting photo tagged!

I know I can't control what a person can post on his/her profile but if you add me - whatever you do, please don't photo tag me!

A weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival resulted in some serious photo tagging! My brother likes to take pictures from his Blackberry and send it directly to Facebook. Can you believe I've been tagged before I even arrive home?! And last Saturday, it was my mother-in-law's 70th birthday party. Guess what my relatives did?

Oh, you guessed right!!!

No matter how I set my profile settings....I've been tagged.


~ Check out The Social Network.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Life Goals

A few months ago, I read an article about a young widower, and his desire to keep his wife's memory alive by fulfilling her life goals. The story struck a chord with me ever since. I could relate to it simply because it shared some of my life goals - things I would like to do in my lifetime. Often, I would talk to my husband about what I want to do when the kids get older; and lost dreams that I would like to accomplish some day. Here's an example:

- Run a marathon.

- Go horseback riding.

- Learn and dance the tango in the streets of Buenos Aires.

- Learn to knit.

- Write a book.

- Do more traveling.

- Own a house by the lake.

What about you? Do you have a list of things you would like to do?

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Writer

On Tuesday, I attended J.P's school for BBQ/Meet the Teacher Night. I was exhausted; still recovering from my whirlwind at TIFF. Somehow, I found it odd to be going to school in the evening - especially after gallivanting to red carpet events during the film festival. We arrived just before 6:00pm; skipped the barbeque, and went directly to J.P's classroom.

As we waited in the hallway, I admired my son's work that was displayed outside his class. It was an All About Me board, and each student had to answer personal questions - what they like to do, who were their best friends etc. I noticed J.P had good spelling, and his answers were lengthy and descriptive. I was glad I made my boys write in a journal over the summer holidays; a little writing certainly paid off!

His teacher walked in and welcomed us in the classroom. J.P proudly showed me around, excited that I was there to see his desk, his peers and his school work. I spoke with his teacher briefly, and she immediately said, "Oh, your son is quite the writer." I was so pleased, and happy to hear that, and she suggested that I take a look at his work. J.P took out his notebook, and I began to read one of his entries:

"On Saturday, mommy went to take pictures of the stars...."

Oh dear.

My mouth dropped open. And I laughed so hard.

"Mommy, what's so funny?"

"Nothing. I love your writing."

On the way home, I encouraged him to keep reading, and writing. He can only get better - except next time, I won't tell him where I'm going.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Weekend at TIFF

For the past three days, I've been heading downtown to the Toronto International Film Festival. Last year, my brother attended and he was lucky enough to see George Clooney. So, this time around he didn't want to go solo and asked if I would like to go with him. I was thrilled, and asked Mr. O if he could take care of the boys. He told me to go and enjoy the event; and to take lots of pictures!

I was hoping to catch a glimpse of a few celebrities, maybe even get an autograph. But what I didn't expect is the excitement on the red carpet. There's a certain buzz and electricity in the air when you know someone famous is making an appearance.

James Franco impressed me not just with his good looks but with his generosity - he took the time to see his fans. They were behind schedule of the screening of his new movie 127 Hours, and he told his publicist to hold on as he signed autographs. And yes, I got his autograph!!!

In three days, I saw many celebrities, and collected many autographs - Carey Mulligan, Jennifer Garner, Ben Afleck, Blake Lively, Jeremy Renner, and Catherine Deneuve. However, the highlight for me is seeing the beautiful and sweet Natalie Portman  at the premiere of Black Swan.

It was a wonderful experience, I'll definitely be back next year!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Summer vacation may be over but we're still dreaming of this:

We're such nature lovers....let's explore the lush forest, and breathe the fresh air.

And wouldn't you love to sit here?

Oh, the cottage life! Sigh.

What a summer!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The First Day of School

This morning started nicely. I woke up the boys at 7:30 a.m, and told them to have breakfast.

They came down, ate, dressed and were ready by 8:00.

It's A.R's second year in French Immersion school.  A new bus schedule left us wondering why there were no kids waiting outside; A.R looked at me concerned, and said maybe he missed it. I told him to wait a few more minutes. Soon enough, the bus stopped in front of our house and I waved bye to my son.

Oh, these first day jitters!

J.P goes to a different school that is five minutes away; as usual we walked to school.

He was excited to see his friends, and he immediately gave me his backpack, and ran into the school yard. It was crowded with new faces; parents, teachers and children. The last time I saw J.P was in the playground.

Moments later, the school bell rang. I scanned the yard but couldn't find him.

Where the heck did he go?

All the kids had lined up, and I still couldn't find my boy!

My heart was racing when I went inside the school to look for his classroom.

Luckily, J.P was there! Thank goodness!

But he was in tears.

"Why did you leave me? You didn't give me my backpack."

"I was looking all over for you. You were supposed to line up. I was so worried. Here now, don't cry."

I wiped his tears, and kissed him. I didn't want to leave him. Not now.

I can't believe it's the first day of school, and I'm a complete wreck.

Friday, September 3, 2010

One Last Chance

September is here, and we're slowly making the transition -

new bedtime, new routine, less computer and Wii; more reading books.

And so far, it has been difficult.

This week, my boys have been nothing but trouble -

they've been driving each other crazy!


So glad they'll be off to school soon, to see their friends and begin a new and exciting school year.

Yes, change is good.

But first, we have one last chance to enjoy the long weekend together.

I hope you don't mind that it will be quiet here for a few days...

we just want to hold onto summer a little bit longer!

~ I'll visit soon until then have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Young Readers

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law gave me The Time Traveler's Wife to read. I told her I watched the movie but she recommended that I read the book.

So, lately I've been catching up on some summer reading.

And yesterday, it was another hot, humid day and I thought it would be nice to cool off outside in the evening.

I asked the boys if they would like to join me -  they both agreed.

I took out two folding chairs, and placed them on the patio. I sat down; my feet propped up on one of the chairs, and started reading.

Meanwhile, J.P came out with his light saber. My little Jedi Master was running, swinging and dueling with his imaginary foes.

And soon, his older brother appeared; brought out his book and an extra chair. 

Suddenly, J.P stopped playing, pondered and then rushed back inside the house.

He, too, returned with a book!

And there we were, the three of us, sitting and reading quietly as twilight fast approached.

Usually, you would see kids in the neighbourhood skateboarding, playing street hockey or just hanging out.

Not on this day!

I was pleasantly surprised to find only  young readers!