Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
It's been a busy summer for us all. "C" attended his first wedding for the parents of his friend "Z":
We took advantage of the warmer weather to get out to Riverdale Farm:
And the Science Centre:
And to Monarch Park:
And within the past month or so, "C" has clearly shown that he understands that he speaks two languages. He still emphasizes English a little more than we'd like, but he does at least know that we speak French and English, and knows equivalent words in both languages.
That last photo is, of course, not current, but it was processed recently, and it's cute.
I hope you all had wonderful summers as well.
Monday, September 27, 2010
- Sun 2010-Oct-03, 10am-4pm at 895 Eastern Avenue
- Tue 2010-Oct-05, 5:30-8:30pm at 200 Bermondsey Road
- Wed 2010-Oct-06, 5:30-8:30pm at 4560 Sheppard Avenue East
- Inflatable Fire Truck Bouncer
- Mini-Combat Challenge
- Fire Truck Displays
- Celebrity Reading Room
- Displays and demonstrations by Fire Safety Experts
Monday, August 23, 2010
I have to say canning tomatoes is a lot easier then I though - time consuming but easy.
I saved 3 dozen plum tomatoes so I can make and can tomato paste - that is what is on tap this afternoon.
And latter this week I will be canning pears.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
The picture tells you all.
I just love this picture of C Monster and his "BFF" yes I think my 2 year old has a BFF. Z Monster lives next door to us - so I think he sees her more like a sister.
On Canada Day we spent the morning building a sand box. We used 2x10 for the sides, some 2x8 for 2 seat to sit on, some 1x6 for the bottom along with some gardening weed barrier stuff... It was surprisingly very easy to build. Today I hope to get out to sand the sides down (make sure all the splinters are gone); then tomorrow we are hopping to build a lid for it and then fill it up...
C Monster has a swing
Also on the toddler fun front; I made a swing for C Monster. I used an old piece of 2x6 that was lying around from all the construction that happened to the house in the last 5 years. Sanded it down and primed and painted it with the left over paint from the house projects. I also had tones of rope left over; I braided 3 nylon ropes together - that way it's sturdier but also a bigger rope for him to grab onto. Then we hung it in the back under our walk out. When it's not in use I can lift it up and hang it away. I have to say I was pretty impressed with how it turned out...
Our garden is doing great this year except for a few crops that slugs are eating faster then I can deal with. And I think Sluggy might have had something to do about it...
I guess a 4" slug eats a lot and fast because since we relocated him to the park my garden is doing a whole lot better.
This morning we spent the day raspberry and black currant picking - here is our loot.
We went to Organics in Markham - definitely will return again next year or sooner. They have much more then just raspberries and black currants. We also got some home made jam and some fresh bread made on site in their stone oven... It smelled oh so yummy.
They had some chickens and a turkey roaming about - C Monster quite liked that. If you live in the Markham area make sure to check out their website or visit them.
One of the things we love making is crackers - but if you want to hide veggies in crackers it's best to dry them up first. About a month ago now I built a frame out of wood and attached a mesh bottom to it - simple drying rack like our ancestors used to use many many moons ago. Here I am drying carrots and onions. As I write this I have zucchini drying. The carrots so far turned out fine; still waiting on the others to dry up. Will let you guys know how it goes.
The pride parade tomorrow. (HAPPY PRIDE EVERYONE)
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I took one of the pant pockets and transformed it into a backpack for baby. C Monster was oh so delighted when he saw it.
Hunter boots but well they are not cheep - I finely went out and splurged on them.
In the picture to the left C Monster is modeling them for you.
So when C Monster bran new organic sheet ripped only a few months after we bought it I was not ready to down cycle it to something else. I decided to patch it - I found this extra cute dinosaur patch for only a couple bucks on Etsy and sowed it on to the sheet. Since the whole was on the side of the sheet I did not need to worry about the treads being uncomfortable under you when you are sleeping.
C Monster quite likes his "new" dinosaur sheets - that is a bonus too.
- does not leak when tipped over
- C Monster can not shake out the contents
- not made from plastic (at least the inside parts that touch the liquid)
- shock resistant - i.e. not made from glass
see past post) but still have not found the perfect cup.
Cup number 1 - The Kleen Kanteen is great as he can drink from it, he likes it cause it looks like ours and now he even uses a sports top like ours - however he can also shake the water out all over the place when he wants to.
Cup number 2 - The Born Free we converted 2 baby bottles that we never used into a sippy cups again the issue is C Monster can shake out the contents also they are glass and well he got mad one day a pitched one - you can guess what happened after that.
Cup number 3 - The Foogo it's leak proof, shatter resistant, made from metal and so on but their is just one problem - we have owned 3 in a year and half and all of them have broken. The first one lasted a long time about a year or so - after a year the lid stopped closing and then yesterday the plastic base fell off. The second one we had cracked at the base after about 3 months and started leaking water. The 3rd one's lid broke just 2 weeks after we bought it. I had call Foogo and they said they would send me a replacement lid - that was over 3 months ago now and well I do not have a replacement yet and don't think I will ever get one.
And yes for any of you wondering I am going to send a link to this blog post to Foogo.
Any other cup we tried with him can't really be counted as they were tried when he was only 12 months old and well he has changed a lot since then.
Do you have a favorite Sippy Cup? if so please share with me.
Having a sippy cup that I like - I know I am not very creative today
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I decided just before he turned 2 to call my milk lolo that way when a 2 1/2 year old screams at the top of his lungs "I want lolo" when you are in the middle of the grocery store you do not have to worry about what others might say. I know I really should not worry about what others say but I do.
When C Monster was about 18 months old a stranger addressed him while he was nursing and told him he was to old to be doing that - I corrected them immediately. When C Monster was 18 months old it did not phase him one bit I am not even sure he knew what the stranger was talking about; however now that he is older and understands a lot (more then I sometimes realize) I don't want this situation to repeat itself again.
So after that incident we slowly started encouraging other liquids on the go and kept nursing for at home, nursing rooms and at friends or places that I knew would not be judgmental. Am I doing harm to C Monster with this I don't think so. If he asks for lolo when we are out I usually try to figure out why he wants it - is he hungry, tired, hurt (beyond a kiss fixing it) or just needs mama time. Typically it's because he is hungry - if it's for any other reason we find a quite spot and nurse - this is rare.
The reason why I started questioning if I am doing the right thing today is... C Monster had an appointment to get a vaccine today as I always do I nurse him during and after the vaccination. The nurse was surprised but ok with the fact I wanted to nurse my 2 1/4 year old during his shot. Christophe barely even flinched during the shot - just another breastmilk miracle. After the nurse was done she said take as long as you need and started to close the door, I said no no it's ok we will finish nursing in the waiting room. (I know they don't typically like it when you occupy the nursing station after the nurse is done - I think and hope she was just trying to be polite)
We sat down in the waiting room across from a family with a little new born (maybe 2 months at the tops) and started to nurse. The father asked me if my son just got a shot and said wow he is so big we don't even think we heard him cry - what a brave boy. I answered yes and explained that if you nurse your child during a shot they don't feel it as much. The conversation when from there and the mother and father poured their hearts out to me on how they want to breastfeed but they can't seem to figure it out and so on. We talked for a bit - I am pretty sure all her issues where due to a horrible latch and well by the time C Monster was done nursing and fast asleep in my arms; the mother decided to try to breastfeed her little one instead of giving her a bottle when she started to fuss and guess what she said it did not hurt, and we could all hear and see the baby girl gulp down her milk.
I gave her all the names of the various resources in the area for breastfeeding support and she said thank you and we parted ways.
Did the fact that I was nursing a toddler in public help this mother and baby maybe - would she have reached out to a total stranger otherwise maybe - we will never know. However a situation like this make me think twice next time I ask C Monster to wait 5 minutes for us to get to a more convenient spot to nurse.
PS - if you are wondering what are the resources I gave her:
La Leche League Toronto Help Line - (416) 483-3368
Toronto East General Breastfeeding Clinic - (416) 469-6667
So I ask you are nursing a toddler? What do you think when you see someone nursing a toddler? Would you nurse a toddler in public?
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes, or until pale gold around edges.
For a change add herbs such as rosemary or sage. Or minced vegetables.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
What seems like a very long time ago we bought C Monster a doll; he never really liked it until just recently. However the beautiful Waldorf doll we bought does not stand up to C Monster abuse (He really does not abuse it that much). I have to say I am disappointed in this toy; when I undressed it today to give it a wash (C Monster dropped juice on it) I found not one but 4 spots were the seams were coming undone.
When I looked up my post regarding finding the Perfect Doll I realized this doll is not even a year old... Sorry Peppa but for craftmenship you get 2 thumbs down from us.
Luckily I can sew so C Monster Baby when to the doctors today for some stitches and is now all better.
Being done reading the Breastfeeding Answer Book
C Monster learned how to open one of the baby gates yesterday - in our defense we installed one part in the wrong spot now that it is fixed I think he can't open it anymore; but I will have to keep a close eye in him. It's the gate at the top of the basement stairs.
C Monster has also fully mastered opening the screen doors - they must be kept locked at all times now. I try to make sure he does not see me use the little lock leaver.
Friday - and friends coming to the house
Monday, May 24, 2010
I only have a few recipes that made it to my recipe box for bread. I had previously shared one on the blog for Cranberry Raisin Loaf. Another one that I am particularly fond of is my Harvest Bread; it's a simple whole wheat bread that also taste very yummy.
select 2 pound loaf size
whole wheat cycle
place all ingredients in order listed in bread machine
1 tsp Honey
2 tsp Kosher Salt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds,
1 tsp teff seeds
1 tsp amaranth seeds
1 tbsp wheat germ
2 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast
- you can always switch out one sugar for another; as long as you keep the same quantity. For exempple if a recipe calls for a TBSP of sugar you can use a TBSP of honey or sucanate or panella or anything other sugar.
- you can almost always subsitite up to half of the white flour for whole wheat, spelt, kamut or rye flour. Before doing this make sure their is not alread some of these flours in the bread if so you should never have more then 1/2 of the total flour being other then white - unless you add gluten flour.
- you can add up to 1 cup of nuts and seeds (that do not absorbe liquide) to a 2 pound loaf
- you can add up to 1/4 cup off seeds that absorbe liquide to a 2 pound loaf
Saturday, May 22, 2010
We have been in our home now for 8 years I think and have done reno work on all the rooms... now all we have left is to tie up loose ends - one being the cold air return that is in our front hall. See it's a large 12" x 36" ugly vent that has old scratched up paint that matches noting in that area - solution paint it. The only real way to effectively paint a vent is spray paint. I hate spray paint, it's toxic, it stinks, it's bad for the environment. But when you think about it which one is worst dumping the old vent or painting it?
We decided dumping it would be worst - so we got a can of spray paint. Today I cleaned the vent and sprayed it ( it was so stinky I had to wear a mask - I though I was going to toss my cookies from the stink) I still don't know if we made the best environmental choice - I guess we could have left it the way it was but I really did not want that.
Not so stinky...
Last week I picked up a Abeego Food Wrap. I had been looking for a reusable sandwich wrapper for a while now and was so happy when I saw these at Grassroots. So far we have only used it for plain bread and nut butter sandwiches - so far so good. It does the trick seems to keep your bread fresh and soft. C Monster loves opening and closing it himself - a plus. Best of all it smells so good - they are coated with beeswax to make them waterproof - it smells divine.
I might even need to get a few of their Abeego Flats.
Looking Forward To
My cold air return vent to be dry and back in the house.
My first set of nursing bras I bought about 2 years ago were all the exact same one just in a variety of colors - lets be honest the variety of colors was black, white and ivory. First I had a little one with me, did not feel, sexy and well was way to tired to keep on looking for something fun. This time around I wanted bras that made me feel beautiful, flirty and fun - not a mom bra.
Here is what I found after just going to 2 stores. First I went to Secrets From Your Sister. (PS if you are chesty and need - nursing bra, regular bra or any bra you can imagine - this is the place to go first they are amazing but be ready to spend 100$ a bra.)
I picked up 3 bras from Freya:
Evymama and picked up 2 bras from Royce:
If you are going to go to either of these store give yourself time as you will be there for about an hour. Both stores have toys to entertain you toddler :-)
Having a back walk out that is painted.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I was so happy and appreciative when one our friends text-ed and said she wanted to give us one of her daughter's doll houses. I knew C Monster was going to like from the get go as he has played with it at her house before.
So before I continue - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AYELET.
I set up the doll house that night while C Monster was sleeping and well as soon as he saw it he had to play with it. He quickly realized that his dolls did not have a bed. I tried flipping one of the tables upside down to make a bed but that was not sufficient. So what do I do? - I made him a bed. I used an old jewelery box for the base and made a mattress and pillows out of a small piece of white felt and used a small square of fabric to make a blanket. I only made 2 pillows for the bed I should have known better and made 3 as he always puts 3 dolls in bed together - mama, papa and him.
I guess this is his ideal sleeping arrangement - in bed with his parents.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I don't know how blogger moms that update their site everyday do it - cause I can't - well anymore.
I am going to give you a condensed version of what I have been up to for the last week and a bit - and hopefully I will have time to elaborate on some of them a bit latter.
- Memere and Pepere are visiting
- Garden is mostly planted - frost attacks - we win
- C Monster get a doll house
- I make a bed for C Monster dolls - as per his request
- C Monster get new shoes - he must sleep, eat - basically live in them
- I make broccoli waffles - not my best creation but edible
- C Monster vocabulary expands at mad speeds
- "I am working girl again" - my boss is horrible (he he he I love you Geoff)
- C Monster learns to unlock doors
- E Monster gives me flowers
- Mothers Day comes and goes
Monday, May 3, 2010
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Saturday, May 1, 2010
The subway is a "chocho"; the street car is this weird gesture with his hands and the bus is the gesture from the wells on the bus go round and round. I love how with everyday C Monster us communicating more and more with us.
By the way we were taking the TTC to go to my friend Lisa's birthday; she wanted to go bowling. Happy belated B-day Lisa.
C decided that he had to paint not with one brush but will all the brushes... I don't need to mention that he made a mess do I.
That being said his artwork was quite nice - we have to go back next week to pick it up.
During the nice weather the teacher brings the kids outside; they have such a nice playground there - really well designed for little ones. If you live in Toronto - East End this is definitely a spot you should check out. (Blake Street Junior Public School, 21 Boultbee Ave, (416) 393-9415.