Saturday, December 22, 2012
The other day my son came home with a craft. When he got home, he went straight up to my room and taped it to my door. He made me a wreath! I will happily keep this one up year round on my bedroom door. It brings a smile to my face everyday. It truly makes me happie.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
We just booked another all-inclusive vacation from itravel2000.com. We are going with Sunwing again this year but to another resort called AZUL Sensatori. All the reviews on tripadvisor are very good. It's a 5-star resort 20 min from the Cancun airport. I am looking forward to getting away and enjoying the food which is touted as "gourmet".
We are going this year with one other family so there will be 4 adults and 4 kids (ages 5 and 2). I'm really hoping to get connecting rooms so that the kids can play together while we are in our rooms. There's an adult only restaurant so my plan is to take turns going there while the other couple takes care of the kids (good time to try the 24-hour room service). The kids club looks amazing. It has its own splash pad, water slide, kiddie pool, FisherPrice room, in-door rock climbing wall, gym equipment, video games room, etc... I've been reading all the tripadvisor reviews and watching all the Youtube videos that I could find about this place. I even started a list of things to pack. Can't wait!!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
ROD - where have you been all my life?! No wonder Blockbuster went bankrupt!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I haven't been fully following the prescribed diet but I've still maintained my 20 pounds of weight loss. I have been doing PV days almost everyday and instead of being restricted to eating 2 WW bread and 1 fruit everyday, I've been randomly eating carbs/starches throughout the week, sometimes I eat more than the equivalent of 2 slices of WW bread and 1 fruit and sometimes I eat less. I think it all averages out in the end and as long as I'm not gaining back the weight that I've lost, I will continue this way for another 65 days.
I've convinced so many people to be on this diet now and it's amazing to see other people have the same or even better results as mine!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Here are some of my 'everyday' activities:
- Read the Christmas story from Luke
- Sing a Christmas carol together
- Give everybody a hug and a kiss
- Listen to Christmas music during dinner
- Call someone and sing them a carol
- Dress up for dinner
- Thank God for Jesus
- Hide something special in each other's beds
- Make paper snowflakes
- Do something kind for a family member
- Take turns telling the Christmas story
- Draw a Christmas picture for a family member
- Tell each other what is your favourite thing about Christmas
- Pray for a friend
- Read the Christmas story from Matthew
- Pop some popcorn
- Make an ice cream cookie sandwich
- Set up the tree
- Bake cookies for family and friends
- Write Christmas cards
- Write a family Christmas letter
- Play a family board/card game
- Watch a Christmas movie
- Take a drive to see Christmas lights
- Take some family Christmas pictures
- Make a card for your teacher
- Decorate a gingerbread house
- Go to the Santa Claus Parade
- Make ice cream
- Borrow a Christmas book from the library
- Make a list of things we are thankful for and post it up
Any other ideas for me?
Saturday, November 10, 2012
However, she challenged us to reprioritize our lives so that we are a woman first, wife second, and mom last. I have always believed this. One of my favourite pieces of advice that I've received and given to a lot of new moms is this: The best gift you can give to your children is a good marriage. And one of my all time favourite quotes is what they tell you on the plane: Put on your own oxygen mask before you assist others.
Do you agree? How do you prioritize?
Sunday, November 4, 2012
I baked a banana bread with a sugar substitute and it tastes pretty awful so I don't think I'll do that again. It's Christmas soon so I'll need a lot of self-control and will power to stay away from all those baked goods...my weakness.
I also had my first celebration meal yesterday where I had a bowl of my favorite Vietnamese beef brisket and tomato rice noodles and spring rolls as the appetizer. I had a couple of my homemade ginger bread cookies for dessert. Delish!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Fortunately, I attended a blogger conference last week and someone from Canada Beef (beefinfo.ca) was there. I learned that there are oven roasts and there are pot roasts. Oven roasts are best cooked in the oven with dry heat and shouldn't be cooked in the crock pot with 'wet heat' (I don't think they actually said 'wet heat' but you know what I mean). She gave me this very simple recipe for an eye of round roast.
What you need:
Eye of Round roast
1. Preheat oven to 450F
2. Wash and dry the roast with paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Stick a meat thermometer into the roast
3. Put the roast on a rack in a pan and into the oven
4. After 20 minutes, turn the oven down to 275F.
5. Bake until meat thermometer is at 140F.
6. Let roast rest for 10 minutes before cutting into it.
My roast was small so this whole process only took just over 1 hour and it turned out amazing! Where has this been all my life?! My kids and I ate half of it before dinner even started!
|Eye of round patted dry|
|Added salt, pepper and inserted thermometer set at 63C/140F|
|Done after 1 hour! Let rest for 10 minutes.|
|Done to medium rare - perfection!|
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I officially started Phase 3 of the diet today by adding 1 serving of fruit and 2 slices of whole wheat bread (or 1 ww bagel in today's case) to my daily diet. I don't think I'm going to add the 1 serving of starch/week yet and I'll wait for very special occasions to do the celebration meal rather than doing it once per week. I am going to keep a close eye on my weight to make sure it doesn't go back up just because I am reintroducing carbs. If it does start to creep back up, I will most likely cut it out again and go back into Phase 2 for a bit. We'll see!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Starting this weekend, I will move to Phase 3 of the diet which means I can move to PV days everyday except for 1 day a week where I have to go back to a PP day. Each PV day, I can also have 2 slices of whole wheat bread and 1 serving of fruit. Once a week, I can have 1 serving of starch and once a week, I can have a 'celebration meal' where I can eat anything I want but only 1 serving of an appetizer, main course, and dessert. No seconds. I have to be in Phase 3 for 5 days for every pound I lost so that would be 100 days or just over 3 months so by the end of January, I should be able to move to the final Phase 4 of the diet.
Thank you Dr. Pierre Dukan!
Monday, October 8, 2012
My husband loves ice cream cakes and since ice cream cakes are so expensive, I googled "ice cream cake recipe" and discovered that we have been spending way too much money on buying ice cream cakes from Baskin Robbins. I made a trial cake last week for my FIL's birthday. The crust turned out too thick, I added chocolate turtle bits to the ice cream which made it too sweet, I only had a 9" spring form pan which made for slices that were too big, and I didn't put a layer of icing on it so it didn't look professional. I modified my recipe (even bought a smaller spring form pan) and made this cake yesterday for my daughter's birthday and it turned out much better than last weekend's version so here's the recipe.
1/4 cup butter, melted
2L ice cream
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Mix oreo crumbs with butter. Press into bottom/sides of an 8" spring form pan.
- Bake at 350F for 6-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely and put into the freezer.
- Defrost the ice cream at room temperature for 30 minutes. Next time I'm going to try to make my own ice cream to make it a real "homemade" ice cream cake. But for now, Kawartha's Moose Track ice cream (so yummy!) from Costco works just fine.
- Scoop ice cream into the chilled pan with the crust. Ensure ice cream is packed into the pan so there are no air pockets. Put into freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Beat heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks.
- Take the cake out of the spring form pan. Frost the cake on the top and sides and return to freezer for another 2 hours or overnight. I don't think I beat this enough so the whipped cream became kind of soft when I started to frost the cake but after I froze it again, it was fine. i'll have to work on making a stiffer whipped cream next time.
- Write a message on the cake and decorate with some buttercream icing if you wish.
- Defrost for 10 minutes at room temperature before serving.
Two years ago on Oct 7...
some time after 8:30pm - mommy's contractions started in full force
The past 2 years have gone by so quickly but you have grown so much. From a little lump weighing 6lb 7oz, you are now a little person who has your own personality and likes/dislikes. We call you mui mui all the time so I wonder when you are going to figure out that your real name is Ainsley. You can barely pronounce Ainsley yet - just like most of your relatives. :)
You bring so much joy to the family already with your ever expanding vocabulary and repertoire of songs. You recently learned how to make a rocket sound and you have learned how to say grace before meals. Mommy and daddy finds it so funny when we ask you a question and you say "umm...[pause as if you had to think about it]...no". You sing all the time, especially in the morning after you wake up in your crib.
You like to eat and you always want to try mommy's food. You have the cutest way of asking for food: "shum?". You get it from when we ask you "do you want some?". Mommy is often surprised at how much food you can eat and you like vegetables more than meat, especially steamed broccoli, which is opposite from goh goh.
You admire your goh goh so much and you try to copy whatever he does all the time. You always tilt your head when we take pictures - something that you learned from goh goh. Today, he was trying to show you how to throw a ball. He is going to teach you so many things as you grow up. I love how you and goh goh play with each other and have each other to play with all the time.
Mommy looks forward to falling in love with you more and more as you grow older, if that is even possible.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
I guess the secret is not to make anything that I can't eat. With that in mind for Thanksgiving, our extended family is coming over to our place for dinner and to celebrate my daughter's 2 year old birthday. Everything I'm serving is Dukan-friendly. My MIL is making turkey (check) and I'm making all the sides: sauteed mushrooms, steamed broccoli, roasted carrots/zucchini/tomatoes (check, check, and check!).
I will be making another ice cream cake (no check) for my daughter but I bought a smaller springform pan so that we won't have leftovers to tempt me.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
I watched an episode about binge eaters on the Dr. Oz show and felt like sometimes I binge eat too. Not to that extent but I can certainly pack a lot of food in. I guess I'm still losing weight because I have been generally good about only eating from the list of 100 allowable foods.
I went to get a physical check up this week and everything is good. My weight, waist line, BMI, blood pressure are all within normal or average range. In fact, my blood pressure is the lowest it has ever been. Not that I've ever had a blood pressure problem before (except for at the end of my 2nd pregnancy) but it's great to know that this diet hasn't made my blood pressure go up. :)
Saturday, September 15, 2012
1. Every morning I look forward to having my breakfast of 2 tbsp oat bran and 3/4 cup lactose free skim milk. I microwave it for 2 minutes and let it cool and thicken for 5 minutes. It becomes a bowl of satisfying, creamy, deliciousness!
2. Silken tofu is an easy and portable protein that I bring to work for lunch. I just drain it out of the package, put it on a plate, microwave for 3 minutes, cut it into 12 chunks, and pour 1 tbsp of soy sauce over it and voila, eat it with a hard boiled egg and you have a perfect PP lunch!
3. I am a steak lover and recently discovered how to prepare a whole beef tenderloin into steaks. I've been doing this and individually freezing the steaks so I can have beef tenderloin (aka filet mignon) steaks whenever I want. I defrost individual steaks in the fridge for 2 days and pat it dry before I generously grind on fresh ground pepper and kosher salt. Then I put it on a hot pan for 1-3 mins a side, including the edges (so 6 sides in all). Let it rest for a couple of minutes and then enjoy!
4. My husband made a chicken souvlaki the other day using lemon juice, lemon zest, and oregano as seasoning. Skewer and probably baked at 350F for 30 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. There's something about eating meat on a stick. It was delicious with a salad, even without the tzaziki sauce and pita bread!
5. Smoked salmon is also a very easy protein. Just defrost in water for 10 minutes and serve it with some firm tofu slices with a squeeze of lemon juice.
6. The tilapia filets from Costco are really great too. I cook it like a steak. Take it out of the fridge for 30 min to let it come to room temperature. Make sure your fish is dried off with a paper towel. Right before you cook it, just grind some salt and pepper on each side, spray a non stick pan with some oil (not too much), and pan fry each side for 4 minutes on med-hi heat. The fish should brown nicely on the outside and still be moist on the inside.
7. Grilled chicken with stir fry veggies with shirataki noodles are very yummy too. Just pan fry the chicken to get some browning, add the veggies until they are almost cooked through but not too mushy, add the rinsed shirataki noodles, add a splash of soy sauce and cook through.
8. Hard boiled eggs make great PP snacks. I usually bring one to work and then have one in the evening. I make 6 hard boiled eggs at a time and keep them in the fridge so I have 3 days worth of hard boiled eggs ready to go.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Five years ago yesterday (Sept 13, 2007), mommy went into labour around 3pm, 3 weeks before your due date. We went to the hospital around 10pm and you were born around 5:30am on Sept 14. Mommy and daddy were very excited to finally meet you after waiting for 9 months. We had pretty much decided on your name before you were born but we waited until after we met you to finalize. You could have been called James or even Jude - Jude Law like the actor - that's what daddy wanted to call you which obviously mommy veto'd! You were so tiny as a newborn (5lb 13oz) that you didn't fit into any of the clothes that we brought for you to the hospital. Getting you to eat was difficult because you were so tiny and a bit jaundiced which made you sleepy all the time. Somehow mommy got through all of that and you started growing really well and became a chubby bunny over the next 6 months. Mommy took you to do so many things during her year of mat leave. We did Ontario Early Years classes where we met your friends Sophie, Jared, and Jayden. We did sign language classes, music, swimming, and had playdates with mommy's friends from church and work who were also on mat leave. Everyday was an adventure. We also went stroller walking on the 10km Leslie trail almost every week - that was a lot of fun cuz you would nap and mommy would chat with her friends the whole time.
We took you to NYC when you were only 5 months old. It was your first plane trip and you did great. When you were 11 months old, we took you to HK to meet kai ma and mommy's side of the family. We stayed for 3 weeks and also went to Thailand with the whole family. You didn't like the sand on the beach but you enjoyed being in the pool and we took lots of naps. We came back to Canada after our HK/Thailand trip and mommy went back to work when you were 13 months old. You started daycare at Mrs.Bond's home but by 18 months, we had to move you to Pineway (I'll blog this story another day if I haven't already blogged it before). Pineway was amazing and you had so many friend's there and the teachers loved you. After mui was born, we took you out of Pineway for the summer before you started JK and we went traveling as a family all over the place - San Diego, Las Vegas, Muskoka, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Hong Kong, Macau. Then mommy went back to work again after you started JK. In JK, you also had lots of friends and your teacher, Ms Chui, loved you. You loved school and you learned so much. You learned how to hold a pencil properly, how to write letters and words, how to read words and simple sentences, how to count to 100, how to play, how to take turns and how to share. You learned so much in just 1 year. We went on a trip to Mexico in February with Sophie and Jayden and you said that Mexico was your favorite country. :)
After JK, you and daddy and mui spent the summer going to Wonderland a lot. You also went to 4 weeks of VBS which you loved.
Daddy wants to take you to Chuck Cheese today and Mommy wants to take you out for ice cream after dinner. It's your special day!
Mommy can't imagine life without you and mui now. You and mui bring so much joy, laughter, and purpose into mommy and daddy's life. I love to plan things for you and we consider your needs in everything we do. I love giving you hugs and kisses everyday and I cherish those moments because one day, you will grow up and you won't let mommy hug and kiss you anymore, at least not in front of your friends. :) I love you!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I'm going for a full body physical check up next week so I'm hoping that my doctor will check my cholesterol levels and stuff just to be sure that everything is still within normal ranges. I feel great though so I'm sure everything will be fine.
My 5 yr old son is my own person Dukan coach. He asks me everyday whether it's my protein day or protein+vegetable day. When I eat something that's questionable that's not meat or vegetable (like tofu or yogurt), he will ask me if I'm allowed to eat it. It's good to have someone to keep me accountable, even if it's my 5 year old!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
1. We crossed the border at Peace Bridge which was much faster than going through the Queenston-Lewiston bridge.
2. We stopped at a McD's which was conveniently located just off the highway for a bathroom break about 30min after we crossed the border. There was also a gas station there where we could have gotten some US (cheaper than Canada) gas.
3. After about 3.5 hours, we arrived in Erie, Pennsylvania for our first shopping stop. We had lunch at the food court at the Millcreek Mall. I had a huge salad at Fuddruckers which was delicious but so big that I couldn't finish.
4. There was nothing much at the mall other than a good sale at The Limited so I would suggest skipping the Mall next time.
5. We also went to a nearby TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Designer Shoe Warehouse, and Target. I would prioritize Marshall's and DSW next time although I did find stuff at TJ Maxx and we walked off our TGIFridays dinner at Target since it was the only store that opened late.
6. We drove another 1.5 hours and stayed overnight at the Hampton Inn Grove City which was clean, comfy, and spacious for the four of us. They also had a pretty good spread for the free breakfast buffet.
7. We spent the day shopping at the Grove City Premium Outlets. Be sure to join their mailing list and print out a voucher for their coupon book and additional coupons. It's worth it especially since the four of us pooled our purchases so we got additional discounts at many stores.
8. Some stores will give you an additional discount if you sign up for their credit card. You just need to give them your SIN and drivers license. You can pay it off right at the cashier so you don't have to remember to make the credit card payment layer.
9. We had dinner at Primanti Brothers, a Pittsburgh local chain right beside the outlet featuring famous meat, coleslaw, and french fries sandwiches. 10. On our way home, we stopped at the same McD's rest stop and filled up on American gas (cheaper than Canada) one last time.
11. We got charged 13% tax on our way back into Canada because we all went over our $200/person limit for less than a 48hour stay. Kids clothes are only taxed at 5%. You are taxed on the full amount once you go over the exemption. It still worked out to be slightly less than an extra night of hotel stay. So depending on how much you are planning to spend, it may or may not be worth it to spend an extra night in the US.
Even though we had to pay for the hotel ($40/person), 3 meals ($50/person), gas ($30/person) and taxes (13%), the trip was well worth it. I forgot how much fun it was to go shopping and just to hang out with girl friends.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
|Before the work started|
|Started installing the stones|
Although it has been thrilling to see my new weight and have clothes fit so much better on me, I think these PP and PV days are starting to wear out on me. I better get to my true weight soon or I might just move on to the Stabilization phase sooner.
I only have 6 more pounds to go!
Monday, August 20, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Baby Proof is about a couple who got a divorce because he wanted kids and she didn't. She goes on to explore a new relationship, gets asked to be an egg donor, and to support her best friend's pregnancy and miscarriage. Her interactions with her friends and family forces her to reassess her decision and she finally comes to terms on how she really feels about her ex-husband. [spoiler alert] in the end, they get back together. Big surprise (insert sarcasm).
To me, the theme of this story is that the grass is not always greener on the other side. True love often comes with compromise and sacrifice but if both people are committed to each other, every problem has a solution.
The book is about the ripple effect of 1 secret/lie, how it affects all parties involved and the reconciliation process of undoing the secret/lie.
I really enjoyed this book as it caused me to think about my own family secret which started almost 30 years ago and remains a secret to some to this day. It made me think of what would happen if/ when this secret gets exposed in the open. What will happen to each person affected? How will everyone react to it? When and under what circumstances would this occur?
Don't worry, even if you don't have a deep dark family secret, this is still a good read.
I am planning a cross border shopping trip with some girlfriends to buy some new clothes - very exciting!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Pastor: I brought 2.5 people to Christ today
Pastor's wife: that's great! 2 adults and 1 kid?
Pastor: no, 2 kids and 1 adult. The kids have their whole life ahead of them, the adult only has half his life left.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
The positive reinforcement that I get each morning when I weigh myself is amazing. I can't believe it. My clothes fit me better and I feel great. I don't have any carb or sugar cravings. I don't really have the urge to reach for that slice of bread or whip up a batch of cookies so despite the limitations of this diet, it has actually been very liberating. My plan is to continue Phase 2 until the end of Aug and then reassess how I feel. I'm supposed to lose a total of 20lbs to reach my true weight. If I haven't reached my true weight by then, I may just proceed to Phase 3 or I may continue Phase 2 until I reach my true weight. So 11lbs more to go!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Unfortunately, one of the $34.99 shoes broke after a couple of weeks so I went back to the store today to get an exchange. The shoe is no longer in stock so the store clerk told me to find something that is $34.99 for the exchange.
After a long search, there were many shoes on display but not many that I wanted to buy, I finally found a pair that was $29.99. Upon further examination of my receipt, he told me he could only exchange for a $17.50 value because the receipt didn't say the shoes were bought on a BOGO deal.
I told him it was for sure a BOGO deal or else I would not have purchased 3 pairs of shoes that day. He eventually agreed with me but then he told me that he couldn`t give me the sale price of the shoe I found today. The original price of the $29.99 shoes is $39.99 so he told me I could get 50% off $39.99 which meant he wanted me to pay $2.50 for the difference. I didn`t think it was right because the shoes are currently on sale for $29.99 so I should get 50% off $29.99 and actually get a $2.50 refund.
After arguing for a couple of minutes, I didn`t want to waste my time and the time of the couple of people who had formed a line by then. In the end, I asked to get a refund for $17.50. I will never purchase shoes at Payless Shoe Source again. They have just lost a customer for life over a couple of dollars. I also buy shoes for my husband and 2 kids so they actually have lost 4 customers. I'll be taking my money elsewhere from now on.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
This week, I am going to a Brazillian steakhouse which is all you can eat meat. I will be able to eat unlimited meat and not feel guilty about it!
Friday, July 13, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
During the Attack phase, you can only eat lean proteins, e.g. eggs, chicken, beef, fish, tofu; 1.5 tbsp oat bran, and fat free dairy products. You can eat as much as you want - awesome! So I went out and stocked up on chicken, fish, smoked salmon, tofu, fat free yogurt, skim milk, and oat bran. Today is Day 4 of my Attack Phase and I've lost 3lbs. I don't feel hungry, I don't miss the carbs, and I can already see my muffin top starting to shrink. The only problem is constipation... Other than that, so far so good.
Tomorrow I start the Cruise phase which is alternating days of protein and protein + low carb vegetables. I can now eat 2 tbsp of oat bran and I can still eat fat free diary products. Can't wait! We'll see how long I keep this up.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
- Lansinoh Lanolin cream - it's much easier to prevent cracked nipples than to treat them
- Kushies anything - I especially liked their burp pads, change pads, crib sheets, swaddling blankets
- Bebe au Lait nursing cover - this was the one must-have item in my diaper bag. I couldn't have breastfed for 13 months without this
- Diaper genie - we tried to do without one for our first child but I ended up caving and bought one for our 2nd child. What a great investment!
- JJ Cole bundle me - especially good for winter babies
- Graco Infant car seat - they are lighter than the Peg ones
- D-drops - the sunshine vitamin
- Beco carrier - I had a Beco Butterfly 2 but the Gemini is newer and looks great too
- Bravado designs nursing tank tops - didn't own one but wished I did
- Medela Electric breastpump - didn't own one but wished I did
- Skiphop Pronto travelling change pad - I have a similar one but it's not Skip Hop. Always wished I had this one instead.
- Stroller frame - I had a Graco stroller frame before I committed to buying a Bugaboo Bee. I loved it because it fit my Graco car seat perfectly. It was lightweight and had a huge basket underneath.
- Stroller - I ended up buying a Bugaboo Bee about 6 months after my son was born. I liked how easy it manoeuvres even with one hand and how it folds in 1 piece. However, I`ve had a lot of problems with it and the customer service sucks if you live in Canada. The handle bar lock is now broken, suspension is rusted, 5 point harness buckle is broken. The stroller still works (thankfully!) but it`s just slowly breaking down bit by bit. I contacted customer service and they said they can`t ship me the parts because I`m in Canada and their only Canadian retailer that sells parts doesn`t have what I`m looking for. So now I tell people to research how easily you can get replacement parts before committing to a stroller since it`s such a big investment.
- Graco Pack n Play - Good to have a playpen for travelling or napping at other people`s homes. I had a basic Graco one which worked fine. There are more fancier ones out there but probably not necessary.
- Books: Canada`s Baby Care Book, Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child, Lullababy Sleep Plan, The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems
- Braun ear thermometer
- J&J nursing pads - I went through so much of these that I decided to get reusable ones for my 2nd child.
- can`t really think of anything right now...
- Fisher Price booster seat
- Baby Bjorn soft bib
- Heinz Baby Basics spoons
- Munchkin suction bowls
- a small food processor - there are a lot of special baby ones out there now like the Baby Bullet but any small one will do
- Gap UV shirts for swimming - these UV shirts and shorts really are good quality. Even better if you can get them on sale.
- Britax carseat - you`ll need this when your baby grows out of the Graco bucket car seat
- a waterproof camera because you`ll want to take pictures of them swimming or at the beach or at the waterpark when they are older. There are lots of different ones in the market.
- Baby Bjorn potty chair - when they first start potty training, they need a chair to feel like they won`t fall in
- Baby Bjorn potty seat - when they get older, they can use this one with a matching step stool
Stuff to borrow if you can because you`ll only need these for a few months max:
I'll update this list if I think of anything else that was useful for me. Thanks for reading!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
1. Woke up at 7am
|2. Baked cupcakes|
|3. Baked cookies|
4. Fed kids breakfast
5. Removed all the weeds in the backyard
6. Had lunch
7. Bought a bday present from ToysRUs and gift bag and tissue from Dollarama
8. Attended a bday party with present (see above)
9. Bought groceries
10. Bought grass seed
11. Sowed grass seed in backyard
12. Baked banana bread
13. Made and ate dinner (store bought tourtière and steamed broccoli)
|14. Made fruit skewers for party tomorrow|
15. Made icing for cupcakes for party tomorrow
Amazing how much can be accomplished in one day.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Me: Something gross
Me: Flowers are not gross!
Him: [laughing] Oh, I thought you said 'grows'!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
As always, I researched the area before we went. I found a few local events that we went to including an Airshow at CFB Borden and the RCMP Musical Ride which both just happened to be in the area in the past week. Amazing.
The weather cooperated and we went to Wasaga beach, Elmvale Jungle Zoo, and Centennial Park (playground and beach). We ate at restaurants that were recommended by tripadvisor including Tiffins Curry in a Hurry and Casa Mia.
We got in-room massages every other day (thanks to health benefits!) and went swimming at the resort's indoor/outdoor pool almost every day. I even fit in a couple of workouts on the treadmill.
We were in a 1-bedroom unit with a full kitchen so we cooked most of our meals. I love cooking breakfast because it's something i don't usually get to do. There's something special about sitting down together as a family and eating a hot breakfast. And with 2 young kids, it's not too enjoyable to eat out anyway. I must say I have a pretty good breakfast repertoire. Breakfast was different every morning: French toast, egg in a hole, scrambled eggs, over easy, sunny side up, toast, sausage, bacon, hashbrowns in the form of smiles, fruit, and usually served with a fruit smoothie.
The best part: we were able to do most of our laundry before we came back with the washer/dryer there so I don't have to do a week's worth of laundry after coming back home.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
- traveled to San Diego and Las Vegas and went to LegoLand, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park and Seaworld
- spent 2 long weekends at a cottage in Muskoka on Lake Healey
- went to Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City with my sister's family and friends
- traveled to Hong Kong and Macau for 1 month
- went to a 1-week all-inclusive vacation in Riviera Maya with 2 other families
- went to Rochester's Museum of Play
- bought season's passes for Canada's Wonderland for both summers
- did weekend family activities like Maple syrup festivals, Wizard's World, and biking/picnics at Sunnybrook Park
- had many backyard BBQs and playing outdoors with the kids
It has been an awesome adventure and privilege to be able to do all this stuff. Looking forward to more adventures to come!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
If it's someone that there's a possibility that I'll see again, I don't see the point of a long drawn out goodbye because chances are, our paths will cross again some time in the future, specially considering how easy it is to stay in touch with FB/social media nowadays.
If it's someone that I will truly miss having regular contact with, I also don't say much to belabor the goodbye because I tend to tear up easily and I don't like to cry in public because my face becomes one big swollen mess.
So if you are someone that I have to say goodbye to, I apologize in advance for the brevity of my goodbye but know that it's not because I don't care, it's just because I'm bad at saying goodbye.
Friday, May 4, 2012
My son loves his reading time every night. It has become a special time that we spend together before he goes to bed.
My daughter doesn't like to go to bed but she gets really excited when I say "let's go 'tai shu shu'" which means "let's go read a book" in Chinese. She will pick up her favorite book and run to the couch in her bedroom so we can read together. It's so cute.
I hope I'll be able to continue to inspire a love of reading in their lives so they can each find their own 'golden house'.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
It turned out that there was nothing to worry about. Keith is doing just fine at school. The teacher is really pleased with his progress in all areas. She showed me some examples of his work - his drawings and writing. He drew a picture of 6 stick figures and he wrote something like this as his caption: ON FML D W M HS. Which was his way of writing "On Family Day, we went to mama's house." The teacher explained that he is starting to sound out words and he wrote all the letters by himself, which is a huge accomplishment for his age, especially considering he couldn't even hold a pen properly at the beginning of the school year.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
But I love Costco for their amazing return policy. I bought the Quick Tax software last week and noticed today that they were selling it for $8 less. I was fortunate to have kept my receipt in my wallet and with just my receipt, I was able to get the $8+tax back. That's pretty awesome!
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I never knew a whole lot about chiropractic medicine. From what I had heard before, I didn't really believe in it. But tonight has completely changed my perspective. My friend practices an alternative form of chiropractic care called NSA (Network Spine Analysis) that doesn't involve cracking bones. It's a very gentle form of care that can even be performed on babies!
My 15-month old daughter has not been sleeping well for about a month now. This is unusual because she had been sleeping through the night since she was 3 months old. But for the past month, every time I put her down to go to bed, she would start screaming. We would try to let her 'cry it out' but usually after 30-60 minutes of serious screaming, either Jeremy or I would go rescue her and then she would stop. We had no idea what was wrong. Last night was the worst when she screamed for almost an hour before I went in to get her. I held her for a bit but she started crying again when I tried to put her back in the crib. So I ended up bringing her to my bed but she was very restless and didn't sleep until well past 1am.
Anyway, Leo, from our small group, is a chiropractor and he offered to give Ainsley some care. As I laid on my back with her on my tummy, she was very squirmy but after just several contacts, she started to settle down. It was very amazing to me but I kind of thought maybe it was a coincidence. After that, I put her to bed like how I usually do and then walked out of her room. I was still skeptical so I was totally prepared for the screaming to start up but she only cried a few soft cries and then that was it. She went to bed for the night.
Now I'm a convert. If you have back pain or if you are not sleeping well or if you have a fussy baby, give my friend Dr. Leo a call. Even better if your benefits cover chiropractors.