Posted in Parenting, Toddler

Rosy Cheeks

Today was an awesome day!

Since it was a holiday, I was off work (yay!) and it was a beautiful day.  Sunny, hot (but not too hot).  Perfection.  Needless to say, the little guy was thrilled.

You see, he absolutely loves to play outside.  Now that he’s understood that outdoors = fun (because it was kind of hard for him with all the snow this past winter) he wants to go out all the time.  Seriously.  Yesterday morning, he was up at 6:15 am and was asking to go out 15 minutes later.  Dude, let mama wake up, will ya!

Today was no different and he spent loads of time outdoors.  After getting up, we had some breakfast.  Then I got him dressed and we walked his dad to work.  He started getting tired when we were almost home (as the trip to work and back is a little over one kilometer), but he immediately forgot his fatigue when we turned onto our street and he saw the park.

Oh boy, he was excited!  He practically ran to the park and we spent quite some time there on the swings.  Then, he decided to go down the slides over and over and over again.  He wasn’t super pleased when I coaxed him back towards the house, but he didn’t make a big deal over it so it was all good.

Once we were back in the house, he helped me with the laundry (he especially loved handing me the clothes to hang on the clothesline ’cause that meant we were back outside 😉 ) and I phoned my parents to ask them if they wanted to go have a picnic and take a walk with Little Dude and myself.  They, of course, agreed.  I mean seriously, who can resist spending some time with Mr. Cuteness?

Incidentally, it's getting really hard to take pictures of my boy.  As soon as he sees a camera, he comes in as close as possible to try to grab it.
Incidentally, it’s getting really hard to take pictures of my boy. As soon as he sees a camera, he comes in as close as possible to try to grab it.

We ended up going back to the Ecomuseum and, after having some lunch, got to see some of his favourite animals (namely, the turkeys).  Once again, he walked almost the whole way despite the fact that we had already passed his nap time.  He was tired, but also wildly happy about observing everything around him which meant that he wasn’t cranky.

Quite predictably, Charles fell asleep in the car and wasn’t very pleased with me when I changed his extremely wet diaper (the little guy drinks so much when it’s hot out and our bamboo inserts just aren’t cutting it), but went down for his belated nap happily.

I woke him after two hours and off we went again to get daddy from his workplace.  This time, though, I brought the stroller along and Little Dude was grateful for the ride.  We stayed outside when we got home and helped the dada start setting things up in the yard.  Charles and I cleaned the patio set while we let his father do the heavy lifting.

Of course, every good thing must come to an end and though we had spent some (read: a LOT of hours of) good time outside, it was time to get in, have supper and get the bedtime routine rolling.

This is how happy my son was with me when I brought him back inside.

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But why can’t we stay outside just a little while longer?

He did end up calming down when I took out the DS for him to play with and he ate like an ogre at supper.  And now, after chattering a storm in his crib for the last hour, he’s finally asleep.

Posted in Ten Thought Tuesday

Ten Thought Tuesday: The Christmas Eve Edition

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1.  It’s Christmas Eve and we are definitely going to have a white Christmas which is awesome.  The last time we had so much snow, I was still living with my parents.

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Yup, snow there is!

2.  I’m almost finished with gift-wrapping.  I love doing this!

3.  The little guy has a new favourite activity: climbing onto our bed.  It’s actually quite impressive to see!

4.  Do you guys know about songza?  It’s a great resource with ready-made playlists with a whole bunch of different themes.  Of course, a Christmas themed playlist would be awesome at this time of the year.

5.  I actually received the Etsy gifts I had ordered.  So happy!

6.  It’ll be interesting to see Charles’ reaction when he’ll be given gifts to open this year.  I’ll be sure to snap some shots and take a couple of videos!

7.  I’ve been meaning to write something for the past three TTTs, but I keep forgetting what it is.  Maybe I should write it down the next time the idea pops into my head.

8.  OH!  I should tell you guys, I’m on Pinterest now (I should have created an account aaaaages ago).  You can find me here.  I haven’t got much going on yet because I’m only going once a week (you can seriously spend hours on there!).

9.  You know that song “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth?”.  Well, all I want for Christmas is for teething to stop momentarily.  The little guy’s first cuspid cut and the second one is on its way!

10.  Last but not least, I hope you all have a great Christmas.  Stay safe and have fun!  Take care, everyone!

11.  I saw this quote on my calendar and thought is was very appropriate:

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

Jessy Jackson

Posted in Ten Thought Tuesday

Ten Thought Tuesday

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1.  I wanted to post about it when it happened, but I passed the one year mark in blogging a little over a week ago.  I’m really happy because blogging has allowed me to connect with some really wonderful people.

2.  There’s a million thoughts coursing through my head these days and about as many drafts in my draft folder, however, I’m struggling with blogging these days.  Perhaps it’s because I’m tired and in need of my Christmas break.

3.  I just went shopping!  Actually took some time for myself and bought some clothing!  I guess starting a new job in January gave me the motivation to go (I’ve been meaning to buy a couple of new things for months now, but I hate shopping for clothes).

4.  We had quite the snow storm last weekend, it was awesome to wake up to 35cm of snow!

5.  It’s been freezing since the last snowfall though, around 35 (Celsius) below with windchill.  Brrrr.

6.  This week, we’re having pork tenderloin with a mandarin glaze and slow-cooked baby back ribs.  It is going to be YUMMY!

7.  I had a nice romantic dinner with my partner on Saturday evening.  We went out for fondue.

8.  I’ve finally sent out a package that’s been sitting around on my kitchen table to a friend.  It’s not going to get there in time for Christmas, but it’s ok because she’s not expecting to receive anything 😉

9.  Speaking of Christmas, I’ve got all my gifts ordered, but some of the things I got from Etsy haven’t arrived yet.  Probably stuck at the border…

10.  The little guy is really awesome at walking now.  He is getting more and more confident (and quicker lol) and rarely crawls now.  It’s crazy to think that just one year ago all he could do is cry, fill his diaper, nurse and sleep!

Happy Tuesday everyone!