28 February 2009
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26 February 2009
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
I'm shocked...this is idiotic and pathetic. For a country that notoriously and historically has not pandered to the ideal that only 'pretty' people be in films and on television this is a travesty. Good on Cbeebies for hiring a talented and bubbly presenter regardless of whether or not she has a disability...and SHAME on the parents who take the time to complain to the BBC rather than explain to their children that 'normal' includes ALL people..all shapes, sizes, colors and abilities. I know we have this conversation all the time with our girls...they might be curious when they see someone with a noticeable disability, but they have never been SCARED!
25 February 2009
24 February 2009
Today I ordered a pack of Peppa Pig knickers from the UK. I couldn't resist these as they are so sweet and since they will be Paisley's first undies I wanted something special! That's right...Miss Paisley will be trying out undies in the Spring as she has been consistently peeing and pooing on the potty for quite some time! I had rather a tough time finding them, because Paisley's wee bum is about as tiny as they come, and underpants in the USA start at age 2/3T which is what Piper is still wearing! My solution is to buy undies online, or to bribe friends in England to send me pack of Marks & Spencer's wonderful knickers(they have them in 18 month sizes)!
Piper was in undies at 16 months during the day and at night by 18 months. It's taken Paisley a little longer which is just fine, as I believe they let you know when they are ready....and Paisley LETS ME KNOW! She comes up to me and says "Mum-Meee...I need go poo" or "Pee on poddy Mum-Mee"....awwwww, the kid is MAGNIFICENT! I'm so proud! We go through about 1-2 g-diaper liners a day, just with little 'squizzles' here and there, so I think she is ready....we just have to wait for nicer weather...I'm thinking May...I'm hoping May, lets put it that way! I do love the way Paisley tells me she needs to go...she puts her own "poddy seat" up on the big potty, all I need to do is pop her on there...oh...and she wont be COMPLETELY potty trained for some time, as I still do the all important wipe! TMI?....sorry bout that!
22 February 2009
Narnia's porthole is only accessible by an hour long hike or by kayak....none of the bus'n'snap crowd at all! The water is clear and clean, and the town is void of 'touristy' crap and t-shirt shops...in fact, on the road in you can stop and pick up locally farmed veges and fruit from a roadside stand with an old ice cream container 'honesty box'!
I wonder if C.S.Lewis himself could ever have thought of a better place for the Narnian's to live? I think J.R.R Tolkien would probably have been quite content knowing all his Hobbits'es were happily residing down under in Godszone.
Pretty soon...the girls will have citizenship to New Zealand, I'm glad they will be in such good company!
21 February 2009
Mike is so proud! At last Piper is old enough for our local soccer team! He's even signed up to Coach which will be a BLAST! Piper is SUPERDUPER excited and I cannot wait to get her itsy bitsy size 9.5 soccer cleats in the mail! Size 9.5 folks...the girl has TINY feet!
20 February 2009
It's not a healthy obsession by any means...but I love Matilda Jane...I do...I adore them...the girls look awesome in their comfy punky hotchpotchy eyecatchy clothes and one day I hope that I will fit some of their 'Mommy' clothes....oh to dream. Their Spring line is due to be released on March 1 and Mike has limited me to one outfit each...ooooh, but which one? I know for sure...one of the girls will be sporting this funky number someday soon. It feels all Pippi Longstockings to me...and I love me some sassy Swedish punkmuffin anyday! Hmmm...the red shoes are tempting too!
If you look at their website under last seasons dresses, you might even see one of the Snowflowers...she's rocking the westside knot dress
19 February 2009
18 February 2009
17 February 2009
16 February 2009
Once upon a time in a land not so far away, lived a tiny young Princess...she was the sweetest child in all the land, with skin as fair as the Arctic snow, and eyes as dark and rich as espresso(c'mon guys, this is a modern fairy tale!)
Even the Princesses older sister agreed...because it looked so much like her own!
Good night sweet Snowflower...we love you!
no peas were harmed in the telling of this tale
p.s. Paisley is sporting a rather lovely scratch on her cheek...don't worry, this was not from falling out of her bed!
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the workwe are in, to bind up the Nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all Nations"
President Abraham Lincoln - inagural address March 4, 1865
"yes we can"
President Barack H.Obama - 2008
15 February 2009
I do...I really do...and just so you don't think I'm some kind of Stepford wife that loves to vacuum and do laundry(snort), I'm not, and my loving husband will attest to that quite vehemently!
For our 9th Anniversary, this is what I want...I don't want jewels and baubles...clothes, shoes, flowers or wine...I just want a clothesline. Does that make me weird?
I know a lot of communities don't allow outside clotheslines due to the aesthetic issues they have with them, but honestly, I think we are going to have to rethink this tactic and consider the environmental impact of air drying our clothes as opposed to using electricity.
This is the Hills Hoist 400
I think the investment will pay us back within the year!
p.s. I wonder if that guy comes with the clothesline?
14 February 2009
12 February 2009
08 February 2009
HERDING CATS...in pink tights!
I know I've said this before but quite honestly a room full of two, three and four year olds trying to dance in time to music is like herding cats. In the beginning I wondered why there were three teachers for 10 children, now I know...and it's not enough! Piper loves it though. Paisley likes watching....but I think she REALLY wants to join in!
p.s. Piper is the shortest one in the front row...oh, and push pause on the music in the sidebar to hear the chaos!
07 February 2009
05 February 2009
So...you've probably guessed by the picture above that we are the proud new owners of what seems like the worlds most expensive vacuum cleaner! We 'agreed' to a demonstration because our next door neighbor who is also Piper's Principal referred us to the sales people for this particular brand of household sucker. I'm a cynic, I always have been...I question EVERYTHING. However, I remember friends in California owned one of these, and it was great...so hey, I thought why not, lets give the poor sod a break and let him clean our carpet for free and we'll be done.
NOT SO FAST!
The sales guy turned up at 1.30 in the afternoon...he showed me all the nifty gadgets and solid craftsmanship and warbled on about the amazing warranty and to be honest, I can sift the wheat from the chaff so I gleamed the useful information from the sales banter...and before you knew it it was 4.45! Yep, three hours had passed! Mike came home early to take Piper to ballet and the guy was still in our house...salivating that the 'breadwinner' had now arrived! Of course Mike is no pushover, he is a shrewd and calm customer who actually deals with Salespeople most of his day, so he's all too familiar with the 'A.B.C.' pitch. Funnily enough...Mike took a wee trip down memory lane and told me of all the times the 'Kirby' salesperson had done demonstrations for his Mom & Dad when he was a nipper....and how he knew his Mom had wanted one but it was 'never the right time'. So...after a few more hours...yes HOURS...we got ourselves a Kirby! We did a triple trade...our 9 year old Kenmore, a 5 year old Bissel steam cleaner and a set of JBL speakers and center channel(which Mike had been planning to sell)...so we dropped the list price by more than 50%!
Now don't get me wrong...this isn't exactly the 'right time' for us to be making a purchase like this, but our vacuum was nearing it's final days and the conversation about a new one had already taken place. We feel buying a quality item that will last us until our kids go to college is a better investment than buying several lower quality ones in the same amount of time..it's a recycling thing.
Mike just hopes this makes me want to vacuum!
you would not believe the CRAP that that thing got out of our carpet!
02 February 2009
good grief...she's shutting herself in her own locker...I told her, she'd have plenty of time in High School for such enjoyment...sometimes probably not by choice!
01 February 2009
the massive mixer was mesmerizing
the fridge....brrr, still...not as cold as outside ironically!
The kids split into two teams to do kitchen duty, the pizza guys were really fun and taught the children all about how pizza is made...y'know, so our kids don't think there is a magical 'pizza fairy' that knocks on our door once a week with a big brown box! They saw how ingredients were measured, dough was mixed, rolled and spiked(the boys all seemed to like the medieval tool that had that job!)...then the children got to make their own little pizzas...put them in the oven and watch them come out!
a smile for mummy!