Smelly Markers…a Thank You Letter. #YMCCommunity

Dear Smelly Markers,

Thank you for bringing me back to my childhood when I smell your familiar fragrance.

Thank you for making my artwork so bright and aromatic at the same time.

 

Thank you for still being around so that my kids can enjoy your awesomeness.

Smelly markers

Thank you for your delicious fragrance that no kid can help but inhale upon opening the lids.

Thank you for giving my children something to do when I’m not looking.

Thank you for the hilarity that ensued.

Thank you for your indelible ink that is not easily removed.

Thank you for creating more work for me.

Unsupervised children.Thank you for creating memories for us to look back at.

THANK YOU!

 

How To: Make a bed with a toddler. #WhenToddlersAttack #YMCCommunity

Beautiful Bed

1) Remove bedding and toss on top of toddler.

2) Drag dirty bedding to washing machine with toddler going for a ride on top.

3) Pull bedding out from under toddler while they roll around in it.

4) Turn washing machine on and add detergent.

5) Close washing machine lid.

6) Open washing machine lid and retrieve toy car that was tossed in just as the lid was closing.

7) Get fresh bedding from the linen closet.

8) Go save toddler from the linen closet because it’s too dark in there.

Toddler on the bed9) Place fitted sheet onto mattress.

10) Remove fitted sheet and toddler from bed.

11) Re place fitted sheet.

12) Toss flat sheet onto bed and spread it out evenly.

13) Untwist toddler from flat sheet.

14) Re place flat sheet.

15) Chase after toddler and retrieve pillows.

16) Remove pillowcase from toddler’s head and place pillow inside.

17) Repeat steps 15 & 16 once or twice more, depending on number of pillows you use.

18) Place pillows at head of bed.

19) Remove toddler and toys from behind the pillows.

20) Lay out bed spread or if using a duvet…

20.1) Remove toddler from duvet cover (yes, it makes a wonderful ghost costume), spread duvet cover on bed, locate duvet in the living room, remove toddler from duvet cover, insert duvet into cover, and place on the bed.

21) Remove toddler from beneath duvet.

22) Remove all bedding from the bed because the diaper that the toddler was wearing, has leaked and is now gracing your fresh bedding with it’s presence.

23) Repeat Steps 2 through 6.

24) Clean up toddler and replace diaper and clothing.

25) Wait for nap time and make the bed.

Too much laundry.

Life with boys…a whole new bucket of worms..literally! #YMCCommunity

When I was growing up, it was a house of three girls. My Mum, my sister and I.

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I was the “man of the house”. Doing the lawn mowing, fixing things and being the one who got the dirtiest.

Definitely a tomboy.

Tomboy

As far as living with boys, I didn’t have any experience until my late teens and by then, they had found their independence and really weren’t at home a whole lot.

Fast forward twenty years and there is a wee lad co-existing in our home.

His older sister was a handful, but I NEVER expected in a million years, what a little boy brings to the equation.

A boy is a noise with dirt on it

The noise, the aggression, the energy, the destruction.

Trouble

It’s enough to drive one to drink. Wait a minute…it has.

After a full day of a nearly 2 year old and a 4 year old going on 16, and especially if hubby is away for work, this Mama definitely needs to put her feet up and shake off the day.

Some days I feel as though the life has been completely drained from me.

Mom going crazy

If I was looking for a way to lose the baby weight that I’m still carrying around, having a little boy running around is definitely gonna do it for me! The attention being required is far greater than when our daughter was his age.

Daily I’m finding things broken, crushed, and dirty.

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I think we’ll have to replace all our dishes with plastic ones, and we’ll be drinking from spill-proof travel mugs.

Do you have a little dude in your home? Do you find them more exhausting than you ever imagined?

 

 

 

Operation Bedroom Share…COMPLETE FAIL! #YMCCommunity

I have been considering having our two little mites share a room for several months now.

We live in a two bedroom condo and currently our 4-1/2 yo sleeps in our room with us. She’s in her own bed, but we have her bunk with us because she sleeps through the night whereas the Little Dude at 19 months, still wakes every so often, making for a disturbed sleep for Daddy, who has to get up early for work in the morning.

Last week Daddy went away for work and I decided that this would be a fabulous opportunity for Operation Bedroom Swap!

The kids would take over the Master Bedroom as it was large enough to accommodate the crib, our daughter’s bed, the change table/ dresser, the night stand, the wee man’s dresser and still have room to move.

The second bedroom barely contained our queen-sized bed, but I was cool with this as we only used our room for sleeping, not entertaining.

So after 2-1/2 hours of taking two beds apart, swapping the furniture between the two rooms, keeping the lad from getting squashed by the queen-sized mattress, retrieving the screwdriver from his hands several times, stopping for lunch, putting a massive gauge in the hardwood floor and the general refereeing needed to keep the spawn from hurting each other (too badly), I managed to get the rooms set up and ready just in time for nighty night time.

The kids LOVED the new set up and I thought it was pretty cool too.

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We did our bedtime routine as normal, Little Dude got his bottle, teeth brushed and was tucked in. The little lady then did her usual, had her cup of milk, brushed her teeth, we read a bedtime story (in Mum & Dad’s bed), went potty and quietly tucked her in.

Within 5 minutes, I hear, “Mama, I need a drink of water!” being yelled from the kids room!

I quickly pop in there with her water and tuck her back in, but as I’m making a quick get-away, I hear a giggle come from Little Dudes crib! BLARGH! I lay him back down, turn on his mobile and Sleep Sheep and hope that he settles back down.

Nope! He sees his sister across the room and proceeds to toss his bears and soother at her. She gets up and gives them back, but this creates a new bedtime game, so he tosses them at her again, so of course, she gives them back. This goes on for 5 minutes and I decide that she needs to come lay in my bed until Mr. Playtime falls back to sleep.

Normally, she wants to lay and possibly sleep in our bed, but tonight she insisted on being in her own bed and started acting up. I waited about 10 minutes and we snuck her back into her bed.

We managed to get through the night, so I figured I’d give another night a go.

Ugh! Night 2 was worse! The lad was up several times, woke his sister, they couldn’t get back to sleep, which made for a crappy next day.

Operation Bedroom Swap Reversal was inevitable and done very quickly just in time for afternoon nap.

If we stay living in our current dwelling for a few more years, the kids will eventually share a room. But…it won’t be until the boy is at least 2-1/2yo.

Do your kids share a room? How was the transition?

At home hair colour…EPIC FAIL! #YMCCommunity

With Spring arriving and just a few months until Summer, I decided that I wanted to lighten up my locks for a fresh new look.

I have coloured my hair at home for years, so I know it like the back of my hand. I was a blonde for a good portion of my life and I think that I managed to pull it off quite nicely.

At home hair colour

 

Before I got married, I decided to try out a darker shade of me, by going dark brunette and have remained that way for several years now.

A couple kids down and I’m pretty sure the make up of my hair has changed. There is definitely some scientific reasons to why my hair is not as fun to deal with as it used to be. I blame age and hormones.

I picked up a couple boxes of my chosen shade, which really wasn’t THAT far off from my current hair colour, so I figured that I was pretty safe in that nothing too dramatic would occur.

After the kids had been tucked into bed and been asleep for at least half an hour, I threw on my “hair colouring duds” and plopped myself down in front of our full length mirror to modify my mane.

There’s a reason they tell you to do a strand test before you do an all over colour change. Boy did I find out the hard way!

25 minutes later, I hopped into the shower, rinsed out the colour and conditioned with the conditioner provided. I wrapped my hair in a towel and proceed to carry on with the rest of my evening before I hit the hay.

At bedtime, I unwrapped my hair, brushed the tangles out and had a quick glance in the mirror at my new colour.

Too brassy

ERMAGERD! It’s turned from a medium brown to a freakish pinky-orange! Yikes, not what I had intended at all. There was nothing I could do about it now, and thank goodness it was Spring Break, the weather has kept us indoors all week and our swimming lessons weren’t starting for another week.

The next morning, I called the Help Line from the side of the hair colour box and spoke to a very nice lady who was doing a fabulous job reading from the manual that was sitting in front of her. Her questions and responses were very scripted and her monotone was not very reassuring. She suggested an alternative colour for me to try to tone down my spastic hair colour, but I wasn’t feeling very trusting at this point. She even said that they would send me out a voucher to “more than cover” the costs incurred attempting my “fresh, new look”, but I wasn’t planning on waiting out the 2-3 weeks for this voucher to arrive and for me to get back my more appropriate hair colour. I promptly went to Walmart  the “frugalista’s hair salon”, the next morning and picked up a couple boxes of a much darker shade to cover up my poor attempt at a Spring Makeover. It did darken and tone down the disaster, but this is temporary. I will wait for my vouchers, because I’m a cheapskate patient, let my hair rest from the stress and try again at a darker colour.

Lesson learned…when you reach a certain age, your body has gone through childbirth and you’re hormones are changing (I also had my period, so I’m sure that had something to do with the problem, according to the Old Wive’s Tale), it’s probably an awesome idea to go to a salon and have a professional do it. You will spend more money, but you will definitely end up with a better result and have a more relaxing experience while you get in a little pampering.

This is the colour and style I'd like to have :)

This is the colour and style I’d like to have 🙂

Have you have a bad hair experience? What was your result? How did you fix it?