Too Many Toys!

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Holy moly b’ys, I am up to my yin yang with toys! Of course now that Christmas is over, there are new toys which I had to find places for. After completing my task, I don’t think came to mind “You can’t can have too much of a good thing”!

There’s more to it than the kids simply having too many toys. No matter what is brought into this house, they always revert back to their favourites. What are their favorites, you ask? Marbles, McDonald’s toys, things given to them two years ago, etc. I’m honestly baffled and a bit annoyed!

This Christmas, my children worked very hard on their wish lists for Santa and were so excited about what they had asked for. At the top of my Son’s list was a Zoomer Dino and for my Daughter, a ballerina doll. They delighted in telling everyone about what they were hoping for, even complete strangers at the grocery store! On Christmas morning, I’m sure you can imagine their delight (and the screams, the running around, the jumping on couches…) when they opened their presents and found what they had been wishing for. For hours, we played with their new toys and marvelled on how cool they actually were! The next day…bam…marbles.

Please tell me how lining up marbles is more fun than a dinosaur which is able to move on its own, is able to be trained and it even farts! It’s not difficult to use at all. By the end of Christmas Day, Jack was able to handle the Dino very well. It wasn’t just their main gifts either. All Christmas presents came second to the marbles. It baffles the mind!

Space in our current house is limited and there is no more room for new toys. So, I have decided to put a boycott on toys until further notice. There are SO many other things that can be given rather than toys.

When spring arrives, I’m going to have to go through their toys and donate or sell the things which aren’t used anymore. It’s really a shame since half of their toys are almost brand new…meaning they haven’t been played with much. Besides their favourite toys, my kids are really into art/drawing, crafts and reading. I will have to do more to encourage that.

In the meantime, anyone got a spare bin?

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The Beginning of January Blues

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Well, tomorrow is it. First off, it’s my birthday (yay..) and more importantly, it’s the last day for the Christmas decorations to be up. On Old Christmas Day (Jan 6th), everything will come down. Of the 365 days in each year, January 6th is my least favourite day.

I. LOVE. Christmas. With all my heart! As soon as November 12th comes along, I have the Christmas music on all of the time and start to prepare for the upcoming Holidays. By December 1st, my house is decorated inside and out!

For the odd skeet out there who think I’ve been taken over by the “commercialism of Christmas”, keep your drawers on! I keep the true meaning of Christmas very real for my family and we have many traditions which help us keep the spirit of Christmas alive.

I love everything about Christmas. Our traditions, midnight mass, the lights on people’s houses, the smiles on everyone’s faces, the excitement of Children, the decorations in my house and the magic of Santa Claus! People are a bit friendlier, families spend more time together…what’s not to love?!

That’s why I get really down when it’s all over. The world becomes a bit more plain, people forget their manners and life goes on. As the old saying goes “I wish everyday could be like Christmas”. At least…I think there’s a saying like that. Maybe a song?

I shouldn’t be too sad I suppose. If this year is anything like last year, my kids will be singing Christmas carols until June.

New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s the New Year and you know what that means – time for a new, better you! Time to get in shape, get your finances in order, go to Church more, stop swearing and organize your house. How many of you now have raised eyebrows?

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. It’s the start of a new chapter, if you will. Why not bring some positive change into your life? However, making a resolution just for the sake of making one is pointless. If your heart isn’t into it, if it’s going to feel more like a chore rather than a challenge, then you are setting yourself up for failure.

Here’s another thought…why do people keep going back to the same resolutions? Fitness, finances…those are major lifestyle changes! If you’re ready to commit, then by all means go for it! If you aren’t ready for many major changes in your life all at once, perhaps a more realistic goal would be best.

I’ve made two New Year’s Resolutions this year:

1) Start putting my pictures into albums.
2) Donate one item to the food bank for each day of the year.

One benefits me and the other benefits other people. The picture thing is easy, just something I’ve been putting off. The donations thing is easy too. Each week I go shopping I will pick up 7 items which are on sale (always a dollar or less). At the end of the month, the kids and I will bring it to the food bank.

If you’re not ready for any changes, why not resolve to not make a resolution this year? Haha! Whatever the case may be, I wish you much success!

Happy New Year!!

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Whaddaya at b’ys!? I hope you all had an awesome New Year’s Eve last night. My husband, Troy, and I didn’t really have any plans as such. Perhaps cook some hors d’oeuvres, watch a good movie and bring in the New Year quietly. New Year’s Eve has never been really big with us, especially since we had children. However things didn’t really turn out as we had planned…or didn’t plan rather!

Just before the kids were due to go to bed, we let them watch a TV show about Arthur (the aardvark) celebrating New Year’s Eve with his family. After it was over, Jack and Gabrielle realized that it was indeed New Year’s Eve and wanted to stay up. We didn’t stand a chance, they played the “cute card”.

We were totally unprepared! What were we going to do with a 6-year old and a 3-year old? Well, the night started off with a good game of Monopoly Junior followed by a nice drive around town to see the Christmas lights. We happened upon a fireworks display too! The kids were thrilled! Troy got really excited too and decided to purchase some fireworks of our own. After coming back home, we played Monopoly again and the did our countdown! Jack and Gabrielle were SO enthusiastic and were even more so after we set off our fireworks.

Next New Year’s Eve, I think we will plan more for the kids. Some noise makers (yes, I’m THAT crazy), more kid-friendly snacks and perhaps some of our friends too! Should make for a good time!

Happy New Year Everyone!

On Vacation!!

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Whaddaya ya at readers?!

Forgive my lack of posting over the past couple of weeks. My family and I are currently on vacation in Disney World!!! It was a busy time preparing to go and super busy now that we’re here.

We will be here for one more week however, in that time, I hope to be able to sit down and write a post. After I return home, I promise to write a detailed post on traveling to Disney World with the small children. I read many similar posts on the subject before I came and thought I was prepared. After having spent four days in all four kingdoms, I have learned quite a few things that I would like to share.

For now, I wish you a magical day!

Back To School – Two Sides of the Coin (or…Locker?)

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They say that this is the “most wonderful time of the year”.  No, I’m not talking about Christmas, I’m referring to Back to School.  Is this true for all parents?  Is the school year a blessing or a source of stress?

I have many friends who absolutely love September.  Their children go back to school and they are left with more free time – time to work, time to relax and time to clean.  I, on the other hand, am not one of those thankful people.  There, I’ve said it!  Wow that feels good!  Yes friends, I am not a fan of sending my Son to school.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love his school, I adore his teachers and opening his book bag after school is like a mini Christmas!  However the number of things I have to stress about has gone up exponentially.  Where do I begin?  Bullies, bad influences, head lice, colds, pink eye…and the list goes on.

When my children are with me I can control where we go, who they are in contact with and monitor their hand washing skills.  During the summer months, nobody got sick.  When my Son, Jack goes to school, all of that control goes out the window.  Despite a “keep your kids home when they’re sick” rule, some parents will try and send their children to school in hopes that their symptoms are overlooked.  That short amount of time in school is enough to spread plenty of germs which will infect other children.  Although I ensure my kids practice good hygiene at home, at school there are so many distractions and Jack may forget to wash his hands on a regular basis.  Tomorrow is the beginning of the third week of school and already, my whole family has gotten sick!

Last year, when Jack was in Kindergarten, there were several instances where a boy thought it would be funny to turn off the bathroom lights while Jack was using the potty.  My poor little man became very afraid in the dark (no windows) and understandably begins to cry and scream.  The vice principal finds him quickly, calms him down and promptly deals with the prankster.  I know, at that age, the boy’s actions were not considered bullying but it was enough to create doubt and insecurity in Jack’s mind.  “Why did the boy do that?”  “Why does he keep doing that?”  “I’m afraid to go potty in school.”  “I don’t want to be his friend anymore.”  I honestly didn’t think I would have to deal with such things in Kindergarten.

All I want is for my children to grow up safe.  When they are with me, they are as safe as they’re gonna get!  When they are in school, I am not in control of what happens and that stresses me to no end.  I’m hoping it will get easier as time goes on but according to my Mother, it doesn’t!

Summer Fun…Happened So Fast (Yes I Know the Real Lyrics!)

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They say that the days are long and the years are short.  I think Father Time must be on fast forward mode or something because this whole year is just flying by!

Please forgive the length of time between my posts this summer.  My Sister and her children are home for the entire summer and it has been super busy around the house.  Keeping up with five children is quite the challenge.

AUTHOR’S SIDE NOTE – At this time, my oldest Niece (age 7) is watching me type this post and would like me to mention how good she is.  Well…I would like to take the opportunity to say what a wonderful, talented, spiritual and good girl she really is.  She was the first born Grandchild in the family and she had our hearts from minute one.  Love you kiddo!  😉

Back to my blog!  We knew about this upcoming visit since way back in February and have been counting down the many long days and months since then.  When they finally arrived it was such a joyous moment.  All I could think to myself was “This is great!  Six whole weeks of fun with my Sister and the kidlets!”  Today, half of their trip is already over.  Wait…what?  Where on earth did three weeks go?!  We’ve done a ton of fun stuff in that time but, in the same breath, it feels like we’ve done nothing.  Does that even make sense? 

As much as I don’t want them to, I know these next three weeks will fly by.  All too soon, we will have to say goodbye once again and it’ll be back to phone calls and FaceTime.  Why does time work like that?  Why do special/fun times seem to just speed on by and regular days just seem to pass by at snail speed.  (No disrespect intended to the snails of the world).

AUTHOR’S SIDE NOTE #2 – My inquisitive Niece (who is still watching) noticed that I did not post her name.  If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll notice that I’ve never used names until now.  I have decided to change that.  Isabella, my beautiful Niece, you are truly an inspiration and a joy in my life.  XOXO  (PS – You’re now a famous movie star!)

I realize the side notes are a bit distracting, but she is just THAT important!  Now, back at ‘er!

It’s sort of a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation.  If we relax and take it easy all summer, perhaps the days/weeks will go by slowly.  However when it’s all over, we’ll have done nothing!  If we make the most of our time together and complete our “Summer Fun Bucket List”, we’ll make many wonderful memories but our time together will seem so short.  You see my dilemma here?!

As I’ve said, we’ve been planning this trip since February and all of the children have been making lists with things they want to do during the summer.  We’ve combined all these items into one big list and will do our best to get everything checked off.  Yes, the summer is likely to fly by however we will be left with a lifetime of memories.