Posted in Parenting

Winter in Canada

Winter in Canada is a great time to…

1.  Bundle up

What. Is. This? I can’t even move in this thing!

2.  Go skating

That was fun, can we go around the rink one last time?

3.  Be silly

Who needs the beach when you can just use snow?
Who needs the beach when you can just use snow?

4.  Get creative

When it's too cold to play outside, just bring the white stuff inside!
When it’s too cold to play outside, just bring the white stuff inside!

5.  Relax

Ah, this is the life!
Ah, this is the life!  Is my supper ready soon?

6.  Learn to share

What *is* this thing , big brother?  Can I put it in my mouth?
What *is* this thing , big brother? Can I put it in my mouth?

7.  Take up a new hobby

Making a scarf takes a lot of concentration!
Making a scarf takes a lot of concentration!
Posted in Ten Thought Tuesday

Ten Thought Tuesday: Firsts

TTT1.  Last week, it would seem, was a week of firsts.

2.  After having received the green light by his allergist, Charles had his first taste of cheese on Saturday (which he loved, by the way).

3.  After nearly a week of red cheeks, awful sleep, bucketfuls of drool, constant nursing and chewing on everything she could get her mouth on, Amélie cut her first tooth on Sunday (closely followed by a second one the very next day).

4.  Little Dude spent his first week at daycare sans diaper.  And it went well!

5.  I went out with Charles to the rink (which is literally right across the street from our house) for his first skating experience on Saturday.  He had a blast.

All smiles despite falling once or twice.
All smiles despite falling once or twice.

6.  For the first time in years, the price of gas dropped to under a buck per liter around here.  Yay!

7.  Amélie took the train for the first time on Thursday.  She slept the whole way through, though, so she didn’t even notice :P.

8.  After almost completing my first crochet project (a scarf which I completely unwound because the perfectionist in me wasn’t happy with the result), I started my first project with a pattern.  It took a little getting used to, but I’m getting better at pattern-reading.

9.  Since Numb3rs isn’t available on Netflix Canada anymore 😦 , my partner and I started to watch the first season of House of Cards.  It’s fascinating to see all of the manipulation that can happen behind the scenes of political life.

10.  I’m looking forward to my first good night of sleep in a week and am crossing my fingers for it to happen tonight.  Wish me luck!

Have you had any “firsts” recently?

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Ten Thought Tuesday: Anniversaries and Thinking


  1. Haven’t blogged in a week.  It feels weird, but good at the same time.  Then again, writing again (after a short hiatus) feels good too.
  2. We finally celebrated my son’s birthday last weekend at my parents’ house.  I made an awesome cake with my brother and decorated it to look like a clown.  The little guy loved it!P1110764
  3. Yesterday we had some light snow followed by some light rain followed by some cold weather overnight.  Bad combination, especially on the minor roads that weren’t really cleared properly.  I had to be pretty cautious while driving to make sure I didn’t lose control on black ice.
  4. I received a request to see if I would selling some advertising space on my blog (which, I was told, would be unobtrusive).  I never thought my blog would become interesting enough that it would become an option so I was pleasantly surprised by the message.  I haven’t replied yet because I’m thinking it through and would like your opinion, would it bother you if there were advertisements on my blog?
  5. I just finished reading devouring the Divergent series.  Seriously, I was ridiculously enthralled by the books and read them in like, three days (the last time I read so much in so little time was when I read another trilogy about a dystopia – the Hunger Games).
  6. The little guy is getting better and better at walking and it’s a joy to watch him toddle around glowing with pride at his accomplishment.
  7. He’s also teething.  Again.  It.  Just.  Doesn’t.  Stop.  For those of you not keeping track, he’s up to 12 teeth and his lower canines are working their way up.  Not fun.
  8. I can’t wait for Christmas holidays to come ’round.  I’m in serious need of some time off to recharge my batteries.
  9. This weekend I’m going to the Salon des Métiers d’art!  It’s so awesome because it brings together a lot of Quebec artisans who will exhibit and sell their work.  I’m sure I will find more than a few things that will catch my eye!
  10. The city workers started working on the rink in the park right across my house.  I’m planning on trying to find some ice skates for Little Dude and bring him skating during the holidays.

How was your Tuesday?