Archive - January 2012

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Oh So Awkward Photos
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Super Bowls & Slow Cookers
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Winter Boredom Busters For Kids
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Awkward Family Photos Game
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It’s The Thoughtlessness That Counts
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Dexter Who?
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Drawing Out Your Kids’ Artistic Talent
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Cowboys and Seahawks
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Rising Star
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Use These Potty Training Incentives To Achieve Toiletting Triumph

Oh So Awkward Photos

I couldn’t very well ask YOU to show me yours without showing you MINE. So here’s one of the many awkward photos from the Thornbury archives. Note the expression on my husband’s face — the bell necklace he was forced to wear clearly put him over the awkward edge. Thanks to everyone who entered the  Awkward Family Photo game contest  and sent in an awkward photo.  Scroll to the end to find out which photo has been awarded  “Most Awkward.” Here they are in no particular order.  1. Toothpaste Is For Chumps 2. Prima Ballerina in the ill-fitting tutu 3. I don’t care if my face stays like this…she’s driving me batty! 4. Nanny Mc Goatee 5. Sears Catalogue Reject 6. I’m With Frosty, yo! 7. Flanked By Chihuahuas 8. Smoke ’em if you got ’em. 9. Rub a dub dub two grandparents in a tub 10. I asked for a Baby Alive doll. Santa’s kind of a jerk. 11. I’ve just found next year’s Christmas card pose (and he thought the bell necklace was bad!). And the winner is…. #9!   Congratulations Claudine! You have won an Awkward Family Photos board game (Courtesy of FamilyFunGames.com) for you to enjoy with[…]

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Super Bowls & Slow Cookers

    <—- This is a rather super bowl don’t you think? My daughter made it for me at school.     But I digress. This post is about another kind of  <—- Super Bowl.     I find football about as entertaining as well, football. Boooring.  However I do enjoy The Super Bowl — if only for the unique commercials, Half-Time show (wardrobe malfunctions in particular) and the super bowls of food!  Chili, wings, chips and dips add up to a tongue touchdown which makes the “sporty bit” easier to digest. This year we’re going to a friend’s house to stuff our faces cheer for our favourite team (*Mental note: find out who’s playing BEFORE the first half). I’m bringing a cheesy dip in my Citrus Slow Cooker. I love these little guys made by Hamilton Beach for Proctor Silex. They come in four cool colours and the 1.5 quart size is perfect for appies.  I plan to bring my Super Bowl dip in it and leave the slow cooker behind as my hostess gift. Hamilton Beach knows a thing or two about making a great slow cooker – portable cookers with lids that latch (great for bringing with[…]

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Winter Boredom Busters For Kids

Canadian winters are long and sometimes we’re trapped inside for days on end. It’s kind of fun at first, until someone finally goes all Jack Nicholson in The Shining. “Heeeere’s Mummy!”   I’m not above using a Dora episode (or five) or iPad apps or video games here and there to break up the day or so I can make an important phone call in peace. However, there are lots of easy Winter Boredom Busters besides TV and tech. And when I say easy, I mean for me. Games that require the least amount of prep and effort on my part, win.  I’m happy to report that I have yet to chop down any bathroom doors to date thanks in part to these indoor activities: WORD GAMES: These can range from simple classics like “Eye Spy” with versions including colour, shape, function, location in the room {high, low, under, over. between}, to more complex riddles and word problems.    My son enjoys creative word games like “Fortunately/Unfortunately.” One person starts with a scenario like, “I know you enjoy donuts, but unfortunately, I ate them all.” The other player counters with a statement beginning with fortunately, e.g., “Fortunately, a donut truck overturned[…]

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Awkward Family Photos Game

  The only thing better than a raucous games night with friends is, um, nothing. It’s good clean fun. Clean, minus the FOUL, trucker-mouthed answers during our last game of Awkward Family Photos. It’s serious pee-your-pants fun. Okay ya, that’s not exactly clean either. Clearly Games Night is a whole lotta dirty fun. The game is played using a stack of awkward, like really awkward, photos. One player rolls the die and reads aloud the corresponding question from the list of questions surrounding the board. Players write an answer specific to the card in play.   After hearing all of the answers, the roller will  most likely look like this —> After wiping her nose, she picks her favourite answer, and then guesses which player wrote which answer. If your answer was chosen as the fave, you get to put one of your chips on the board. If the roller guesses three correct answers, she gets to put one of her chips on the board. The first player with all her chips on the board, is victorious! The question for this photo:  On the cover of what magazine (real or made-up) should this photo appear? Players’ Answers: – White Rasta[…]

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It’s The Thoughtlessness That Counts

  Winter birthdays stink; my husband and I can both attest to that. His birthday, a few days before Christmas, is consistently lost in the storm of holiday preparations. On his last birthday, my aging husband worked all day, came home to a house in chaos, a stressed out wife and absolutely no birthday regalia. None. Granted I had bought him a birthday present weeks before — a sweater {which he loved}, a shirt {which he returned} and jeans {which he claimed were too small because of the style, not the size}. He ended up making his own dinner and dishing out his birthday cake. Not even a real b-day cake, but a Lemon Too Tall cake, my favourite, served still in the box. What? I opened one side. “Lovely presentation.” he said. I went upstairs to work and he put the kids to bed.  Poor guy didn’t even get any birthday bumps. “It’s the thoughtlessness that counts!” he joked. His only consolation was that at least HIS birthday didn’t fall on the most depressing day of the year. That would be MY birthday. Having a birthday mid January is kind of a joke. It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s depressing.[…]

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Dexter Who?

  We don’t have cable t.v.. You can read about why we’re such losers here. We DO have Netflix however and have been devouring the HBO show, Dexter. So disgusting and disturbing, and completely excellent. Of course, we only watch when the kids are asleep. God knows we don’t need to burden them with a life-long phobia of serial killers. I grew up out west when a very famous child murderer was on the loose….in our neighbourhood. Creeeeeeeeeepy. Yesterday my son said, “Doesn’t Avery remind you of Dexter?” Granted, she DID have blood red jam on her sweater but….!? “Uh, what do you mean?” I asked, horrified (was he only pretending to be asleep, but secretly listening in on our adult show??! Should I book his therapy sessions now?) “I mean, how she’s sneaky and doesn’t listen and is always getting into mischief? Remember? Like in Night At The Museum?” he explained. Oh, THAT Dexter! Yes. Yes she does. 🙂

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Drawing Out Your Kids’ Artistic Talent

There are several very talented artists in my family. I am not one of them. As an elementary school teacher, I drew often on the white board. One day, I attempted to draw a horse. My Grade Twos, who have absolutely no tact by the way, were in hysterics. One student felt sorry for me and said, “Mrs. T., that is a really nice cat.”  My brother clearly got the ‘artist gene,’ passed down to him from my grandmother; who used to create the most beautiful pastel drawings. My bro is a phenomenal artist and his horses, look like horses. My father-in-law is also an incredible sketch artist. The other day he drew a life-like picture of me sitting at my computer, from behind. Granted, there is no way my butt looks that big in real life!? I’m going to chalk that up to artistic license and waning vision.  He passed along his artistic ability to my husband (who I have asked NEVER to sketch me from behind). This summer, my son and his drawing daddy began began sketching outdoor scenes together. I have a great photo* of them sitting on a bench on a hill, overlooking the lake and[…]

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Cowboys and Seahawks

  “What would you like to do tomorrow?” I asked my daughter as we snuggled at bedtime. “Go to farm?” she asked. In this weather? Not a chance. But instead of stating this disappointing fact I asked, “What would you see at a farm?” “Sheep, cowboys, annnnnnnnd, Seahawks!” was her reply. Hmm, it seems our family ritual of making football picks has had an affect on this child. Every Sunday during football season, our family gathers ’round the table for a little friendly wagering. My husband reads out the competing NFL teams and we each predict the winners. Daddy has his own Proline card, there’s one for Grandpa, and the kids and I employ the majority rules method to compile our choices. My husband and my dad actually consider stats and other footbally factors. But the kids and I have our own surprisingly effective method for picking teams. Our selections are based on gut instinct, aka the “Kismet and Karma Method.” Here’s how it works (teams and rational for predicted winners): Carolina Panthers vs. New York Jets  Predicted Winner: Jets — There was a jet flying over head at that particular moment (as seen out the window).  New England Patriots[…]

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Rising Star

When I was little, my mom signed me up for ballet classes. I wasn’t very good, but what I lacked in talent, I made up for in enthusiasm and cute legwarmers. When my little girl was born, I imagined her pirouetting upon a stage one day…   However, Avery’s developmental delays prevent her from participating in a regular dance class, so all pirouetting seemed to be on hold until… I heard about a dance studio that offered adaptive dance classes.   Avery with her partner Lindsay    Adaptive Dance Class Avery attends class once a week, and has been paired with a young ballerina (whom she adores!). “Without the assistance of these volunteers, this program would not exist. They are great kids and their parents and the community should be proud of them.” shares the studio owner.   This is Avery’s second year in the program. She was slightly reluctant at first, but now she is so excited about ballet, she can hardly wait to put on her leotard and skirt and get to the studio! She also LOVES to practice her “moves” at home in front of an audience (which usually consists of her doll, her brother, and the[…]

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Use These Potty Training Incentives To Achieve Toiletting Triumph

  My girl likes to potty all the time, potty all the time, potty all the tah-hime! Well, NOW she does anyway. For the first 51/2 years of her life she wasn’t on board with the whole toilet sitch.    Potty training ANY child takes time and patience and patience. Did I mention patience? Potty training a child with developmental delays is even more “special.”  I wrote about past Herculean efforts to get this girl out of diapers and into some stylin’ Dora underpants here (tricks like these generally work wonders for most kids). Alas we tried, we failed, and we did a sh*t load of laundry. She just wasn’t ready. Over the Christmas holidays we tried again. This time instead of sinking into the bowels of hell, we were triumphant. It’s slightly ridiculous, but here’s what worked: We choose a quiet week where we would be at home most of the time. I told Avery there were lots of babies who needed diapers and asked if it would be okay to give them hers? Of course, she said NO!  This girl has a serious Pull-Up addiction. When I hid her diapers anyway, she tore the house apart looking for them.[…]

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