Archive for August, 2009

Fairy Berry Bake Off

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by

We have a couple Tinkerbell books that features some of the other fairies in Pixie Hollow. One of Snow White’s favorites is “The Great Fairy Berry Off”. In this one, two baker fairies, Ginger and Dulcie, get into a mean spirited contest trying to best each other in the kitchen.

Since Snow White and I love to bake, and I had a surplus of strawberries, I told her we would make a Fairy Berry Crumble like in the book. Of course, she loved this idea, so we got started right away.

I expected a nice, fun baking experience. She wanted to re-enact all of the fight scenes from the book.

“Try to take this berry from me!” she yelled, waving a strawberry in the air.

“No, we’re baking nicely. We’re not going (more…)


Ethan’s room

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by

Mommy has been working hard on trying to get Ethan’s room ready for him to move into. He really likes bears so he got a camping and bear themed room. When he saw it for the first time this morning he got excited and kept saying bear over and over. Once his room is done I get to move into Ethan’s room with him while Mommy decorates my room! I like Ethan’s room and made sure to comment on it to Mommy every day when she was painting the mural.

camping theme bedroom


Putting the Childhood Dental PTSD Behind Me

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by

I remember my early childhood dental visits as if they were only yesterday…the dentists name was Dr. Karet (I think that’s how it was spelled) and it was pronounced like the vegetable so as I child I heard the following “Dr. Carrot”. Dr Carrots office smelled like alcohol and old man and it had that 1970’s polyester style wall paper plastered over its walls. Everything about the dental office screamed at me as a kid that I needed to run in the opposite direction and I tried, I swear I tried. I fought tooth and nail with the dentist and his assistant and they fought back, HARD…I wriggled, screamed, shook that chair but they proceeded to try and hold me down to get the dental procedure done and I vowed that I would not go back there……..ever. Lucky for me my mother found a new dentist, a child friendly dentist, called a pediatric dentist….and I went to him and somehow got over my fear, until that dreaded day when I was in his office at 21 years old and he said the words I knew would one day come, but still they were shocking as ever….”Melissa, you need to find a new dentist….you’re not a child anymore, we can no longer carry you as a patient here.” Crap.

I spent the next couple of years in a sort of dental limbo and (more…)

Another visit to the fire house!

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by

We love our fire fighters! I really want to keep in touch w/ the guys & gals that helped Ian out when we called 911. Our fire house is awesome. No doubt about it. I decided that they needed brownies for their Tuesday night meeting so on Monday I whipped up a batch. Um, no. Not from scratch. From the box. It’s the thought that counts, right? Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any of the people that worked w/ Ian but it’s ok. We know they enjoyed the brownies!

We have changed where we play (more…)


Today I add "Professional Butt Wiper" to my resume

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by

After 11 years and 5 kids I estimate that I have wiped at least a million butts – and that’s not even counting my own!

Here’s to job security!

Toronto Babies at the Ball Park

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by

Two weeks ago (yeah that’s how far behind I am in my blogging) we ventured off to the Babies at the Ball Park event at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. We’ve been to this event before back when Jacob was just 14 months old but this was our first time with two kids! The event is a pretty awesome deal where you not only get discounted tickets to a Major League Ballgame but you also get stroller parking, a diaper change station, and a ton of other parents who quite frankly just don’t give a darn if your baby is screaming its head off or if you have your boob popped out to nurse a wee won….nope everyone is complacent and could frankly care less – babies wailed, my seat got kicked about 100 times over and I didn’t feel any urge to turn around and death stare the person doing it because I knew that the kicker was a wee 15 month old and my own son was surely about to do something equally as annoying at any given minute. Ahhhh, it was so nice to be with other parents and enjoy the ball game without worrying about fingers up nostrils or retched smelling diapers!

We had decided to take the Go Train into the city because (more…)


Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by

Knowing what you want your life to be like when you grow up must be such a comforting thing. At least, that’s the way I see it now. At 19 I could not have imagined anything worse. How could you possibly know that you wanted to be an engineer/lawyer/teacher and be married/single with/without kids and live near/far from home? How could you know that without experimenting first?

But people do know.

I remember meeting several people during my first year at university (more…)


Connecting with your baby while using a bottle

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by

Yes, everyone knows breast milk is best for a baby, and trust me I wouldn’t dare argue about that. However, for any number of reasons a lot of moms cannot always nurse their children, be it for medical or financial reasons, or personal preference. But there is no reason a mom must feel guilty for not nursing her child. As long as your baby is receiving proper nourishment, love, and attention you are being a good mother and let no one tell you differently.

People will tell you giving your baby a bottle, even one with breast milk, is a disservice to your baby. They will tell you that you obviously didn’t try hard enough to nurse and that by giving your baby a bottle you are missing out on developing a special connection, or bond, that of course you can only get from nursing. This can make many a new mother who does not nurse feel guilty and like a failure, especially if (more…)

Pledge of Allegiance

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by

This morning Mommy and I were looking through my picture book and when I saw a picture of the American flag I started reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. We say the pledge every morning at preschool and I learned this after only three days! Mommy was very impressed and tried to get me to say it when she had the camera on but I started being silly. I did mostly say it for her later in the afternoon.

Soap Nuts Review and Giveaway

Monday, August 24th, 2009 by by


When I first discovered soap nuts on a cloth diapering forum I was both intrigued and incredulous. There is no way a nut plucked from a tree and tossed in my laundry is going to clean my clothes or diapers. Despite reading the mostly rave reviews of them I was not convinced. Somehow, the thousands of people who were washing their clothes with soap nuts were not getting their clothes clean but were under the impression that they were. And, so what if they were clean? They don’t have the delicious fragrance of “Sunny Day” or “Mountain Rain” or the infamous “Spring Flowers.” I said all of this before I had even washed (more…)