Foster – 2 years plus

Dear Foster,

I have a wish. I want you to stay this age forever. You’re absolutely killing me with your cuteness lately. I mean, you’ve always been cute, but lately, as your brain wraps itself around the new words you’re learning every day, the result is just priceless and I can’t get enough. And its not just the funny or sweet or unexpected things that come out of you’re mouth that I’m talking about when I say cute. Its the whole sweet package. I don’t know if its the contradiction of your built-like-a-tank exterior with your soft and sweet personality, or if I’m just a sucker for your curly hair (or both), but you’re charming the heck out of me.

I know that I still owe you a newsletter to cap off your first year, but for now let’s just skip ahead to today so I can tell you how you’re so quick to give a hug or a cuddle. And you’ve adopted a very European way of giving kisses when you give them.

One on each cheek.

And if your recipient is really lucky, they get one on the nose too. Dad and I usually get all three at bed time. And if you’re feeling extra generous you’ll put both hands on our heads and pull them down towards you so we can have a forehead… and top of head… and an anywhere-else kiss too. To delay bed time one kiss at a time. How could I refuse?

And though, you’re much too big to fit entirely in the crook of my arm any more, you will still ask for a snuggle in the chair after bedtime stories. Sometimes we’ll just rock so you can have some quiet time. Sometimes you ask me to sing you a lullaby. It doesn’t seem to matter much what I start singing. Usually you’ll interrupt me with a request to sing about trucks. Excavator doesn’t rhyme with much.

Once you’re in bed, you get tucked in with your buddy, “Woof”, the pillow dog stuffy that you can’t sleep without. Just the other day we forgot him at school and you woke up in the night sadly saying “No Woof. No Woof”. You have a special blanket too. Once you’re all tucked in and I’m standing in your doorway, you say to me “Night, Mom” with a little toddler pause between the two words and it just melts my heart.

When you’re not settling down for bed, or otherwise being especially cuddly, you have very busy active days.

You are a typically “boy’s boy” who loves the rough and tumble play of rough housing and jumping on anything that has even a little bounce to it. You don’t sit still for too long. Though, those stints are getting longer depending on the activity.

You LOVE trucks (construction trucks and trains and cars and any other vehicle that moves). And you have a special fondness for fire trucks in particular. In fact the only “joke” in  your repertoire is about a fire truck. It goes like this:

Knock Knock!

Who’s there?

Fire truck.

Fire truck who?

WeeEEOOoo WeeEEOOoo

Sometimes you get excited and don’t wait for the “Fire truck who?” part and skip right to making the sound. Sometimes you tell that joke in your sleep. You find it endlessly funny.

You are your brother’s biggest fan. You follow him around. You want to do what he’s doing, play what he’s playing, and see what he’s seeing. Harrison doesn’t always find this as endearing as I do. But now that you’re talking more, the more Harry is able to play with you and communicate with you. He’ll often ask you yes or no questions (or other “easy” ones) so that he can work with you to play a game, or find out what you want.  You’ve called him “Ra-Ra” for a while now, but you’re starting to call him Harry. Sometimes you revert to the short-form. Usually I think its just because you’re in a hurry to get his attention.

Sometimes he’s the only one who understands what you’re asking for. Like the time not that long ago when we were all sitting around the breakfast table after we’d finished eating and you looked me squarely in the eyes and said, “Tree bow”.

Hmm… that was a stumper. I didn’t know what you were asking for. You cocked your head to the side in that adorable way that you do when you’re asking a question, trying to get out of trouble, or just generally trying to get your way and said it again.

“Tree bow”

I looked over at Harrison who had a little twinkle in his eye and he got up from the table and walked around and whispered to me, “Treat bowl”.

Yep. You wanted to eat a treat after breakfast and of course, Harry knew just what it was you were after. Adorable, but no.

My dear little Sprout, you have certainly lived up to the nickname I gave you before you were born. You’re growing so quickly and catching up to your brother in both height and weight. You may not be the “little” brother for long. It seems as soon as I’ve put the clothes Harrison has grown out of away, its time to take them back out again for you.

So, if you could just stop that I would greatly appreciate it.

I know my wish won’t come true, so each day I try to remember to take in all the little moments with you, make memories with you and hold this time of you in my heart and mind forever. And take lots of embarrassing pictures too.

Love,

Mama

More about you:

You’re not a picky eater but it takes you FOREVER to eat.

You love to dip your food (most any dip will do).

For months you have exclusively had milk out of your “truck cup”. The only sippy cup that will do.

You love daycare.

Most mornings when I ask you if you’re ready to go down for breakfast you respond with “Yes. Pancakes?”

You will sometimes surround yourself with pillows and blankets and tell us that its your bedroom.

You refuse to wear sandals of any kind.

You always ask to be wiped up after a meal. You will sometimes ask for your hands to be wiped during a meal.

If you can see your rain boots, you must wear them. (rain or shine)

You call Redden, our 20+ pound cat, “Baby Cat”. Which is weird because you usually call things that are small “baby” and the larger version “daddy”.

You have an adorable crush on our friend Priya. You ask if we’re going to her house all the time.

You have a facial expression for every mood. You can pout with the best of ’em.

Your hair is wild and crazy and I love it.

Cool Foster

 

fire trucks and building blocks

 

Park Foster

 

Sweet Foster

 

Playful Foster

 

Halloween Foster

 

Birthday Foster

 

Me and Foster

 

Foster

 

Foster and Mama

 

Friday Finds

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first day of spring!

I hope you had a great week. Being that we’re Irish we were all clad in green on Tuesday to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. How cute are these little leprechauns?

Luck of the Irish

 

This week I’m loving that I took a fashion leap (no pun intended) and bought this jumpsuit from Forever 21.  I’m also seriously coveting this one from ASOS, but it’s out of stock in my size.

I’m devouring this month’s Food & Drink magazine from the LCBO. Looks and tastes like Spring!

And speaking of drinking, I’m loving everything lately from One Fine Day, but I can’t wait to try this cocktail. Because me and gin are a perfect pair. I bet it tastes like summer in a rocks glass.

This gorgeous table is inspiring my HomeSense searches lately. Must.have. two large vases for our dining room table!

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Now this is a foosball table I can agree to having in the house.

A gorgeous spring printable for your home.

You may have heard about March Madness. Here’s a guide for beginners to help you enjoy and even get in on the action.

I always enjoy the lip sync battles on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show and now they’ve made a whole show out of it. Here’s an epic preview to end your week. Hope it’s sunny and springy where you are!

 

Friday Finds

Can you believe it? I’m even squeezing in a Friday Finds for you this week before my holiday.

Speaking of vacation, I ordered two new bathing suits from Victoria’s Secret last week while they were having a sale.

The knockout bandeau (in green)

The getaway halter (in black refracted geo)

This is a bit old, but I thought it was still worth sharing for its comedic value… an infographic of the best and worst “first pitches” in Major League Baseball.

I love Jones Design Company and everything she does. Last week she shared her tips on how to organize your iPhone home screen. Love it!

Can’t wait for spring so I can wear bare legs again, and I might even buy myself this gorgeous skirt.

gap flare skirt

I love this nursery.

This cat cracks me up.

 

And of course, I couldn’t let this Friday go by without some Valentine’s day links. I have a serious crush on Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show has created some “Fallontines” for the big day. The fourth one cracked me up. (It will make sense if you’ve seen this interview in which he finds out that he went on a date with Nicole Kidman)

Gotta love Etsy to come up with the awesome and the quirky. I almost got this card for husbandman this Valentine’s day, but we decided not to get each other cards. (And also, I didn’t order in time).

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I also liked this one, and this one. And would definitely believe it if I was on the receiving end of this one.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Have a great week!

 

About time

I’ve finally updated the “About” page on the site. It was waaay out of date.

About out of date

 

The info was from before we even had kids! Crazy.

I still need to make more updates to the site, like changing the header image (sorry Foster) and I’m going to try to figure out a way to get the links to show up better/darker. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Also, I promise to get to the house reno stuff (which we are still working on) that I mentioned when I returned from the dead checked back in last week , but first husbandman and I are off to Mexico for a week in the sun!

Goodbye -25 degrees with the windchill… I’ll take +25 with a humidex instead!

Hasta la vista!

Late to the party

So I had this grand plan that I would come back in January and say Happy New Year to you all and kick start this little blog of mine and it would be like I never left. But alas, that is not the case. It has taken me all month to sit down to write this little blurb. Bear with me I’m kinda going train of thought on this one and I haven’t blogged in 8 months!

You guys… Life.Is.Busy.

I went back to work full-time in April and that’s pretty much where I fell off the Internet. I was truly surprised by the amount of work going back to work full-time with two kids would be. I really thought that since I’d been back to work once before and handled that reasonably well, how hard could it be? How much more work could sending one more kid to the same daycare be?

I’ll tell you how much: More than twice as much. Much more. I was completely blindsided by the sheer amount of trivial information I’d have to keep in my head just to keep our family functioning (Did we take his blanket home? Where are the other ones “outside” shoes? How did he nap today? ) and to continue sending our children to school well-fed in washed clothes with washed faces. Not to mention feeding them again at night. They want to eat twice a day at my house? Freeloaders! I’m not complaining, I’m just saying I did not see it coming.

And so, the blog has taken a back seat to our busy life. I’ve missed it. And thought many, many times about coming back to write something. Anything.

I wouldn’t say life has settled down at all, but I just want to get back in the habit of coming back here to chronicle our happy little life.

In the grand scheme of things you haven’t missed much. Not much work done around the house, and life has been “normal” (just busy). The boys are getting big. I’ll share a few pictures soon. Work is work, and that’s pretty much all we have time for.

But, I do have some house progress to share. We have new floors on one level of the house. And let me tell you, if you want to get a project kick-started, start with the floors. Everything else will HAVE to go! Now that the floors have been professionally installed we’ve been spending most of our evenings DIY-ing the rest: Wallpaper removal, baseboard and trim painting, wall painting, outlet switching, light installing… the list goes on… and on!

I think that’s about it for now. I’ll be back soon (hopefully) to share some progress pics of our new floors.

Happy New Year!

 

Friday Finds

Hope you all had a great  couple of weeks. We had a busy long (Canadian) weekend. Packed full of family, friends, some gardening and half-decent weather. Warm weather is still being shy in this part of the world. We get one warm day or two, and then its back to cold. If you’re celebrating a long weekend in the US this weekend I hope you have a great one. And hey, if you have some downtime check out what I’ve found around the web in the last little while.

Funny celebrities have funny kids (and funny stories to tell). Here’s an amusing round-up. Amy Poehler’s is my favourite.

Speaking of celebrities one of my faves is apparently moving. Kelly Ripa and Mark Conseulos have put their 7000 sq. ft penthouse up for sale (It’s sold). Check it out.

And if you’re in the market for a house but the well-appointed 5-bedroom penthouse in Manhattan isn’t your thing (what?) perhaps this Star Trek themed mansion is more your style. All yours for a cool $35 M.

star trek house

Looking for something random and awesome? You’ve come to the right place! Here’s 20 hedgehogs that should fit the bill.

Meanwhile in Canada… perhaps the most Canadian thing that has ever happened. (Video)

I think I’ve decided on this fabric for the curtains in Harry’s room. I bought a swatch and he approves. Ha!

Pretty sure I’m going to have to try making these Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Pops this summer when raspberries are in season. I can’t wait.

And since summer will probably, hopefully, eventually make its way here I’m seeing bathing suits everywhere. I love ASOS bathing suits. Especially this one (pictured below), and this one and this one. Now I just need to work on my beach body!

asos bathing suit

You didn’t think I’d leave you without some videos, did you?

Selfies around the world. So beautiful. So fun. I’m jealous!

 

The president of the United States goes out for a stroll. It was caught on video.

 

I hope that kept you busy for a little while. I’m looking forward to a weekend that has a great forecast, Harry’s first soccer “game” this weekend, and a little gardening. And two of my very best friends just had baby boys this week. I’m hoping I can squeeze in a snuggle or two with them some time soon. Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Friday Finds

Better late than never! Another week that threw our best laid plans for a loop. Both husbandman and I were sick with the flu at.the.same.time. It was the worst! We rebounded quickly though and managed to finally finish painting the basement. I’ll have pics for you soon. I love it and I’m so excited!

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I feel I need this bag and then I need to plan a getaway.

I laughed so hard at these. The photos are priceless but the captions rival their silliness. 100 most important cat pictures of all time.

Big news in our house this week! Scientists have discovered a new dinosaur. And they gave him a great name.

Last week I posted about some octopus art that I found. And this week, a new DIY take on large scale octopus art. Is Octopus the new fox in home decor?

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I just bought this shirt for Harry.

I love these simple and inexpensive updates for sprucing up the front door.

That’s it! Have a wonderful weekend. If you’re a mom I hope you have the most wonderful Mother’s Day and are appreciated for all that you do for your family. I’ll try to post again next week to catch you up on basement progress.