Saturday, January 30, 2010

I'm So Excited...And I Just Can't Hide It!!!



Yesterday, we had to take Little One to "the city" for an audiology exam. Because of her prematurity and low birth weight, the infant hearing program conducts follow up visits just to make sure she is not at risk for hearing loss. Little One passed the test with flying colours! In fact, she can even pick up sounds that we can't!

We also got to do some shopping and meet up with some friends for lunch. Poor Hubby sat through lunch being the only male at the table. He had to listen to all the women talk (and talk, and talk!), but was such a good sport. Hubby was outnumbered by Maddy and Maddy's Mom (A Scrapping Mom), another friend of ours, Little One, and yours truly. When the bill arrived, Hubby disappeared and treated my two pregnant mommy friends to lunch too! Awwwww! I love my husband!!!

The other reason I'm so excited is that Little One had a photo shoot with PhotoCaptiva. Check out their website and admire their gorgeous work!

There was a time when I considered taking Little One to Sears, The Superstore, or even Walmart for her portraits. Then we became friends with the amazing duo from PhotoCaptiva and now we get them to do all our family portraits. Their photographs are works of art. They put so much care and thought into their shots. They capture life's most precious moments. A picture does speak a thousand words...and those generic photos at Sears that we used to take when we were kids just don't cut it. At least, not for me. Totally not knocking generic photo studios at all and not meaning to sound snotty, but I just love, love, LOVE the personal touch you get with PhotoCaptiva!!

Rosie and Jamie are so professional, fun, enthusiastic, and great with kids! The photo shoot we had on Friday was a blast!

Little One had a Cake Smash session. Since I didn't let her eat (or touch!) any of her birthday cake on her 1st Birthday (yes, what a mean Mommy!), she got to go to town and make a mess of the cake Rosie had especially made for the session! Little One didn't care for smashing the cake. She preferred to daintily pick off the decorative flowers and eat them!

There was fun fur...

and there were bubbles!!

Little One was even a little fairy for a while!

Little One went through FIVE costume changes and didn't even fuss! She had a blast and was a complete ham for the camera. Two hours of taking photos and she was a happy camper! Now, that has got to say something about how great these photographers are with even their tiniest and youngest subjects!!

I am ALWAYS 100% satisfied with the photos Rosie and Jamie take. There is a huge difference between "good" or "nice" photographs and professional photographs. Rosie and Jamie just bring out the very best in every beautiful frame and shot they take. They've got such vision and eye for detail. Their shots are unique and made to suit your character. I can't even begin to describe how talented these two are!!!
Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Sneaky Chef


I recently wrote a post about hiding certain veggies in Hubby's food because he doesn't like cooked veggies. He loves salads of any kind and he'll eat any raw vegetable (except for kohlrabi), but he just does not like cooked veggies.

I've been "hiding" extra veggies in my dishes for years, just because I always want to try to sneak in more veggies into our meals. We eat a lot of vegetables, but I always feel like we can eat more. Now that we have a child, I'm even more mindful of getting enough veggies into our meals.

Since that post, I have received a few e-mails from readers asking for recipes for their kids. Many parents have said that they are having a hard time getting their kids to eat vegetables. Luckily for me, my friend Gadget Girl gave me The Sneaky Chef cookbook for Christmas! Thanks, Gadget Girl!
The Sneaky Chef does things a little differently than I do. I do the extra veggies pureed into soups or sauces, but she goes a step beyond that! She gives recipes for different vegetable purees and recipes for what kinds of dishes to use each of those purees in.

For example, her Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies have white bean hidden in them! The Stove Top Lasagna has sweet peas, broccoli, and spinach hidden in it AND has 16% less calories, 41% less fat, 31% less cholesterol, 25% less sodium, and 201% more fiber. Brainy Brownies have spinach and blueberries hidden in them! The recipe uses the Sneaky Chef's "purple puree". The brownies are still really chocolate-filled, but your kids will never know that they're healthier for them!

Included in the book are healthier recipes for homemade chicken strips, mac and cheese, burgers...and all of your kids' favourite recipes!

I absolutely LOVE this cookbook! Check out the Sneaky Chef website and peruse the free recipes. You may be tempted to get a copy of the book for yourself!
Thursday, January 21, 2010

Snuggie: The Blanket With Sleeves!


You've seen the ad on TV. You laughed. You poked jokes. You thought, "Wow! Is that the dumbest thing ever created, or what?!"

Who on earth buys these things?!



Well, my Mom (bless her heart) bought each member of our family a Snuggie. Yes, it's true! Dad, my brothers, and I (and our spouses) got a Snuggie as part of our Christmas presents.

BabyBro and I laughed and made jokes. My poor Mom looked at us and said, "But, it's cold in the winter."
Guess what? Mom knows best. That's right! I said it.

As much as we made fun of the Snuggie, it is super comfy and warm. Sure, it looks pretty silly. We look like we belong on the set for Harry Potter or something. The large arms are also somewhat cumbersome, but it's pretty comfy! It's like a blanket with sleeves!

Oh, wait. That's what the ad says!

Also good on cold winter days...

I love soups of all kinds. I could eat soup every night of the week. I love making soup, and luckily for me, Hubby loves soup too. The only thing is that Hubby is not a fan of cooked veggies. He prefers eating his veggies raw. In order for me to get some cooked veggies into him, I hide them in his soup!

C's Cream of Broccoli and Potato Soup

Ingredients:
(Remember, I don't really measure anything when I cook. Sorry!)
-A couple of potatoes, diced/cubed (generally, I cook one potato for each person, and one extra for the pot)
-one onion, diced
-garlic, minced
-a few pats of butter
-salt and black pepper to taste
-a head of broccoli (florets and stems), cut into bite sized pieces. I take off the tough skin of the broccoli stems before I cook them.
-a little bit of flour and butter (for your roux)
-a few cups of chicken stock and some milk
-and the secret ingredient??? Two handfuls of BRUSSELS SPROUTS!!


Photo from Google Images

I kid you not! I sneak in the Brussels Sprouts since I know Hubby hates them and would never eat them if he were aware of them! He LOVES the soup and can't really tell that there are Brussels Sprouts in there because all of the other flavours are so rich. He doesn't even notice!

Instructions:
1. In a pot or pan, melt butter and sautee your onions, garlic, and diced potatoes.
2. Add broccoli and Brussels sprouts (quartered).
3. Once veggies have "sweated", begin your roux. Melt butter and add a bit of flour to make your thickening agent. Add your milk to this.
4. Add your chicken stock and your roux to the pot.
5. Stir all ingredients, and cook until veggies are tender.
6. Season as you like.

Because I don't want Hubby to know there are Brussels sprouts in the soup, I puree the soup before serving. The result is a very creamy, hearty, warm, delicious soup. YUM!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What NOT To Do When Talking On The Phone


After having just fed the baby, I sat in the office and prepared to check my e-mail pay bills online waste time on Facebook. The phone rang. It was my friend, SuperAmazingMommy.

Me: Hello?

S.A.M.: Hey. How are you?

Me: Good. You?

S.A.M.: I forgot to tell you to bring indoor shoes, a pencil, and a bottle of water to rehearsal tonight.
What a great friend. She always looks out for me.

Me: Great! Thanks for reminding me! Putting those in my bag now. I am so excited about tonight!

S.A.M. says something to her youngest son. Something about candy canes and him wanting to do something by himself. I think.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to reply to an e-mail, comment on family members' Facebook photos and status updates, keep a watchful eye on Little One (who looks like she wants to tear apart my bamboo plant and pull all the DVDs off the shelf)...AND as all this is going on, I also try to groom my eyebrows.

S.A.M.: What are you doing?

Me: Oh. Trying to groom my eyebrows. Oh, crap!

S.A.M.: What?

Me: Urgh. Guess tweezing one's eyebrows while on the phone and on the computer is not such a great idea. Shoot! Pretty soon I'm not going to have any eyebrows left!

S.A.M.: That's why I say to not bother! God gave you eyebrows for a reason!

Me: Yeah, well...Nothing irks me more than messy, unruly brows. I can't stand thick, caterpillar-like, messy-looking brows. Those strays! Argh! If I don't groom them, my eyebrows will look like...

S.A.M.: If I don't occasionally groom mine, they look like my Dad's.

We both laugh.

Me: I know, right?

S.A.M.: Well, they're supposed to look like eyebrows! STOP plucking them! Stop it, now!

Me: Well, they're not perfectly symmetrical! If I fix one side, the other one needs to be fixed.

S.A.M.: That has nothing to do with you being OCD at all.

Me: Hey, you'll be proud of me. Remember when your boys put Little One's play mat back NOT in alphabetical order? Well, I just left it like that!

S.A.M.: Good for you! You're learning to let go.

Me: Crap.

Silence

Me: Okay, if you see me at rehearsal tonight and I don't have eyebrows, you'll know why.
*****
Ladies, we can change a diaper, talk on the phone, write notes and To-Do lists, AND think about what to make for supper pretty much in one go, but...

Do not (I repeat, DO NOT!) groom your eyebrows AND go about doing other things at the same time. Not a good idea.


In case you were wondering, this is what we are rehearsing for:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sweet-and-Sour Pineapple Chicken


Our local grocery store had pineapple on sale. 3 for $5. I couldn't resist. I know I've been telling you all that Hubby and I like to buy locally. Most of our produce comes from our gardens and our meat comes from our farm. Well, our beef comes from our farm. We buy our chicken, and pork. Most of the fish we eat is caught locally (by my Dad, our friends, my uncle and my cousin). I felt awful knowing that the pineapples were trucked in from some warm country just so we could satisfy our taste buds.

You don't understand though. I have been craving (even dreaming about) pineapple! The sweet, tangy, slightly sour fruit, dripping with refreshing juices!! Ahhhhh!

Little One and I munched on some pineapple wedges today. I also made this for supper:

Sweet-and-Sour Pineapple Chicken - Recipes - Quick & Easy - Canadian Living

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I didn't have green and red pepper on hand, so those two ingredients were missing from the dish. I was going to serve the dish with brown rice and a spinach-red onion salad with dried cranberries, roasted almonds, and poppy seed dressing.
I got lazy and ended up making couscous instead of rice. Couscous has got to be the easiest thing to make...ever! Boil water, stir in couscous, remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Who could mess that up? Seriously, couscous is a no brainer! It's so easy and fast to make...and it's so yummy!

Apparently, I'm the only one in our household who feels that way though. Both Hubby and Little One haven't acquired a taste for couscous. I blame it on their uncultured palates. Just kidding. Couscous does have a texture that takes some getting used to for some people. It's all about the texture.


Little One LOVED the Sweet-and-Sour Pineapple Chicken!!! She devoured the chicken, but spat out the couscous! She then proceeded to look at me with a strange expression on her face...and began to play with her couscous.
Monday, January 18, 2010

Mama Loves


Sophie the Giraffe - classic teething toy from France. Made from natural rubber, it is safe, soft and non-toxic. Perfect for babies to chew on. Sophie is also made with non-toxic food grade paints. Little One LOVES her Sophie. She loves the soft texture and the squeaky sound Sophie makes when squeezed. Little One loves rubbing her gums on Sophie's ears and feet. Perfect for a teething baby!

Sophie sells for $21.99 CAD at Babies R Us. You can probably find lower prices elsewhere, but I've always seen the price around the $20-$22 range.
Bumbo Baby Sitter - made with low-density foam material, light weight, portable, and easy to clean. Perfect for helping babies sit independently in an upright sitting position. "The Bumbo has a favorable orthopedic effect that is important to assist in the correct spinal development of an infant. "

Little One loves sitting in her Bumbo. I feed her in it, she watches TV or plays while in her Bumbo, and it gives me the ability to do other things while she's in the room with me. I even read her storybooks sometimes while she's in her Bumbo.The Bumbo comes in many different colours. It's kind of pricey though. It retails for about $64.99 and can be found in many children's stores nationwide. You can also purchase it online at Babies R Us.
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder - Quite possibly one of my favourite baby gadgets at the moment. Though Little One has been eating solids since July, I still worry about her choking on her food. The girl LOVES to feed herself! The Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder is amazing because it allows your baby to enjoy fresh food (fruit, vegetables, meat, etc) without choking! It's also BPA free.

Simply open the feeder, insert food into the mesh bag, snap shut and give to baby! It's easy to clean, safe (it locks tightly, so your baby cannot open it) and gives parents the peace of mind that no small pieces or chunks of food will choke the little one!

My Little One loves chewing, sucking, and gnawing at peaches, banana, and other food. Since she's teething, I think it also makes her feel good to rub her gums with it.

I love Munchkin products, but this one takes the cake!

Available at most children's stores, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, etc. Comes in packages of 1 or 2. The 2 pack sells for $9.99 online at Babies R Us.
Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks - The company states that Baby Mum-Mums can be given to babies as their first snack and may be given as soon as he or she is ready for solid food. Mum-Mums are made from specially selected fine quality rice and the "crackers" dissolve/melt in baby's mouth.My friend, SuperAmazingMommy gave me a box of Mum-Mums to try out on Little One. I could not believe my eyes when Little One devoured TWO whole rice rusks in one sitting! She loved the texture, the taste (I'm guessing she loved the taste, because she ate two of them!), and just being able to feed herself. I loved that the rice rusks melted in her mouth and weren't a choking hazard. Some moms have told me that they worried about chunks of Mum-Mums being bitten off by their babies, but Little One seemed fine with the Mum-Mums. She just sat there and happily fed herself. I also loved that there was no mess to clean up afterward...unlike with the Farley's Biscuits!
Sunday, January 17, 2010

How I Lost 6 lbs...and How My Husband Found Them



Many Moms I talk to have told me that once their children start eating table food, they end up gaining a bit of weight too. A few of my Mom friends have told me that they end up eating their babies' leftovers or they pick at their babies' food. There are always leftovers, so they end up having to finish their babies' meals.

This isn't the case for me. I've actually lost 6 lbs in the past two and a half weeks. The brand new jeans I just bought at Old Navy? The one new piece of clothing I bought for myself as a treat? Those new jeans that I love are now way too loose and hang halfway down my legs. No joke. They fall off me whenever I walk. How? Well, Little One is a bottomless pit. Sometimes I think the kid has tapeworm or something. Friends joke that she has fourteen hollow legs, because the kid can eat! Just to give you an example, she ate an entire chicken breast, half a sweet potato, broccoli, green beans, yogurt, and half a mini bagel for supper...AND after she polished her meal off, she chased it with some milk.

Yeah. The kid can eat!

What normally ends up happening is that she'll eat her food and then eat from my plate. I rarely end up eating a plate of food to myself, because my 14 month old daughter always wants what I'm eating. Funny, because she eats whatever we eat! With me not eating a lot at meal time (because Little One scarfs down my food), and by the time I'm done cleaning up after her (she has got to be the messiest eater I've ever seen!), I am absolutely exhausted. I often end up too tired to eat.

On the flip side, Hubby has GAINED weight! Those 6 lbs I lost? Hubby has acquired them. I suppose it doesn't help that I've discovered how to make his favourite treat in the world! Hubby LOVES cinnamon rolls and the beautiful, funny, and talented Momisodes shared her recipe here.

Unfortunately Fortunately, the recipe is super easy to make and takes no time at all to whip up a batch of cinnamon rolls!

Mix up the dough.
Roll out the dough and spread on the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Half-dressed cinnamon rolls. Fresh out of the oven and in need of some
serious slathering of icing sugar!


Piping hot and ready to eat!

I made them for our friends and they gave them two thumbs up. We get together with friends once a month for what we call "FAT FRIDAY". It's actually "wing night" at our friends' house. Little One plays with their 2 yr old son and 13 month old daughter. Mommy and Daddy get to socialize with other adults. It's a win-win situation. Good food. Good friends. Good times. Fat Friday is also the only night I make dessert for and it's the only night Hubby gets to eat dessert (or any junk food for that matter). Spicy chicken wings, fries, Caesar salad and dessert = Hubby's favourite meal of the month! Haha!
Friday, January 15, 2010

I Love You, Neti


Oh, yes it's true!
I love you, Neti.
And, this is true.
When I'm not near you,
I'm blue.
Oh, Neti!
I love you!

There are certain things in life that are so very private and intimate that you sometimes don't even want to share them with your spouse.

My love affair with my Neti is one of those things.

I was introduced to my fair Neti a few years ago. A friend highly recommended Neti and sent her my way. We have been inseparable ever since.

Neti and I have had our quiet, special moments together. Just her and I. In the bathroom. In the kitchen. Hovering over the sink.

My husband has seen Neti before, but he has never witnessed the special relationship we share. At least, not until today.

I accidentally left the bathroom door open while Neti and I were doing our thing. I didn't notice Hubby standing in the door way in silence.

"Having fun, honey?"

I gasped. I was caught red-handed. I didn't know whether to be embarrassed or not. After all, this was a very normal, natural thing. Why should I be embarrassed?

I suffer from allergies and sinus related issues. When you live on a farm, apparently you are not supposed to be allergic to anything. My Neti Pot has helped me tremendously with my sinuses and allergies. I have to admit, that it was a relief for me that my husband actually witnessed me with Neti! Now I don't feel like I need to use the Neti Pot in secrecy anymore. The process is kind of gross, but the result? You're left feeling oh-so-clean and refreshed!

*Photo from Google Images*

I Love You, Neti


I love you, Neti.
Oh, yes it's true!
I love you, Neti.
And, this is true.
When I'm not near you,
I'm blue.
Oh, Neti!
I love you!

There are certain things in life that are so very private and intimate that you sometimes don't even want to share them with your spouse.

My love affair with my Neti is one of those things.

I was introduced to my fair Neti a few years ago. A friend highly recommended Neti and sent her my way. We have been inseparable ever since.

Neti and I have had our quiet, special moments together. Just her and I. In the bathroom. In the kitchen. Hovering over the sink.

My husband has seen Neti before, but he has never witnessed the special relationship we share. At least, not until today.

I accidentally left the bathroom door open while Neti and I were doing our thing. I didn't notice Hubby standing in the door way in silence.

"Having fun, honey?"

I gasped. I was caught red-handed. I didn't know whether to be embarrassed or not. After all, this was a very normal, natural thing. Why should I be embarrassed?

I suffer from allergies and sinus related issues. When you live on a farm, apparently you are not supposed to be allergic to anything. My Neti Pot has helped me tremendously with my sinuses and allergies. I have to admit, that it was a relief for me that my husband actually witnessed me with Neti! Now I don't feel like I need to use the Neti Pot in secrecy anymore. The process is kind of gross, but the result? You're left feeling oh-so-clean and refreshed!

*Photo from Google Images*
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Life is Good...When You're a Baby


When I look at Little One, I often think of how good it was to be young and carefree. Our biggest worries when we were kids were being away from Mom for an extended period of time and what toy we'd play with next. I remember warm summer days and playing with my brother, cousins and friends until dark. Those were the days when we used to run around and play street hockey or hide and go seek without our parents worrying too much. Everyone on the street knew everyone. It was still relatively safe for us to play outdoors (sort of unattended). We'd run through sprinklers and go on make-believe journeys. We'd ride our bikes and play outside until our parents called us in for dinner.

I miss those days.

Then I see Little One. She has her whole life ahead of her. It's just so amazing to see her grow each and every day. She seems to learn new things on a daily basis! I love seeing her with her BFF, Maddie. These girls just make me smile!

Checking themselves out in the mirror.
Maddie giving Little One a sip of milk from the sippy cup.
Snack time! Here, have some Puffs!
Mmmmm! Yummy!
Time for more milk!
Hugs and kisses from Maddie.

Yes, life is pretty sweet when you're a baby.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Read To Your Bunny



Read to your bunny often
It's twenty minutes of fun.
It's twenty minutes of moonlight
And twenty minutes of sun.
Twenty old-favorite minutes
Twenty minutes brand-new,
Read to you bunny often
and...
your bunny will read to you.


Rosemary Wells' Read to Your Bunny is one of Little One's favourite books. Every day and every evening, I read to Little One. She just loves books and being read to. The tactile sensation of touching the images and words with her fingers, feeling the pages of her books and being able to turn the pages really appeal to her. I am always amazed that she can sit on my lap and listen to two or three books in one sitting.

This is something that I love and treasure too. This special time I have with my daughter is priceless.

When she was in the NICU for the first two months of her life, I used to read to her every day. Even when she was in her incubator, I read to her. I don't know just what extent she was able to hear the stories from her books as I read, but I did it nonetheless. Sitting by her incubator/isolette every day, and not being able to hold her all the time like a new Mom would do if she were able to be at home with her newborn baby, I felt that was one of the things I could do to bond with my baby.

It's amazing, because now Little One knows just when to turn the pages of her books. She's heard the stories countless times and seems to really enjoy being read to.
Little One has been feeling icky and has had a fever on and off for the past few days (she's cutting her fifth tooth), but still wants to be read to. She even fell asleep on her play mat...hugging her copy of Read to Your Bunny! Funny kid!
Monday, January 11, 2010

Today is a Sad, Sad Day


I heard the news this morning and fell to my knees and cried. I gave my Little One an extra big hug and held her for a very long time.

Lisa (a friend of mine from when I lived in Toronto, but now lives in Texas) and her husband just lost their son this morning to a terrible disease called MLD. I had never heard of Metachromatic Leukodystrophy before and I have been following Ryan's journey since he was diagnosed.

"Ryan was diagnosed with MLD at the age of 33 months.Metachromatic Leukodystrophy is a progressive genetic metabolic disorder that affects the neurological system. There is no known cure and his condition is too progressed for him to even be considered for a Bone Marrow Transplant."

He received his Angel Wings early this morning.

Thoughts and prayers are with Lisa, Jerry and their family.
Rest in peace, sweet Ryan.
Saturday, January 09, 2010

Got A Secret




I disinfect all of Little Ones toys, her play mat, the door knobs (front door, bathroom, etc), and commonly touched objects (remote control and telephones) every time we have visitors...and especially when our visitors are Little One's friends!

It's one of my many quirks. No, I'm not that paranoid. I know Little One needs to be exposed to germs in order for her to build up her immune system. At the same time, I still want to keep things clean so she doesn't get sick if it can be avoided.

Surprisingly, my husband hasn't really commented much. He's a farm kid and believes that "a handful of dirt a day keeps the doctor away". He believes that Little One eating a fly isn't something to freak out about. In fact, he joked that it was "extra protein". Gross!
Anyway, he saw me disinfecting all the toys and the play mat after our friends left today and just said, "That's a good idea" and went about what he was doing.

My friends (E, SuperAmazingMommy and SuperAmazingMommy's two boys) came over for a visit and we had a great time catching up. Both E and SAM were very impressed with me at lunch when I let Little One feed herself in her highchair WITHOUT a bib! Actually, I had forgotten to put one on her and when I realized it, it was too late.

Me: Oh. I forgot to put a bib on Little One! Ah...I guess it's okay. It's going to go in the wash anyway.

E: Wow! I am so impressed! You are slowly starting to let go! You just let her eat without a bib! Good for you!

I am trying to loosen up about these things. For one, when Little One eats, she makes a mess. I'm fine with that. I know feeding herself is part of her development. It's good for her. The only thing is that the clean-up is a pain. When I forget to put her bib on, she stains her clothes. Grrr! Again, I need to let go and realize that the cleaning up will not end. Not even when Little One is a teenager! ;) Well, she'll be cleaning up after herself soon...right? Haha!

Little One dropped part her her lunch on the floor and I didn't rush to pick it up. I'm slowly getting broken in (or broken down! Ha!). I really don't know why I get frustrated by things not being where they belong or the house not being in total order all the time. I need to realize that when one has children, one's house is not going to look like a page out of a magazine all the time.

Photo from Google Images

SAM's two boys (aged 2 and 4) decided it would be fun to pull apart the play mat. I said they could, under the condition that they put it back together before they went home. Sure enough, they had tremendous fun tearing everything apart. The putting things back together was even more fun. SAM, E, the boys and I were on the living room floor and trying to piece together the alphabet play mat. It was quite comical. I wish we had it on video!

The mat was put back together...only NOT IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER!!!! :) I have to admit, the haphazardness of it all was rather cute. I think SAM and E were probably wondering how long it would take after they left before I took everything apart and put the mat back in alphabetical order.

You know your friends love you when they find humour in all your OCD moments.

Do YOU have any quirky little secrets you'd like to share? :)
Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I LOVE YOU! I HATE YOU! I LOVE YOU!



Maddie's Mom (aka A Scrapping Mom) and I took our girls swimming today. When one sets foot off Island, one revels in simple joys like treating oneself to things one does not get on the Island. Don't get me wrong. We LOVE the Island. We love that there are no huge corporations like McDonald's, KFC, Wendy's, Dairy Queen, or Tim Hortons. This said, when we go to the city, it's nice to have a treat once in a while.

Maddie's Mom and I had been craving a breakfast sandwich at our trusty 'ol Tim Hortons. I purposefully didn't eat breakfast so I could have a breakfast sandwich. *drool*


Last time we took the girls swimming, we popped over to the Tim Hortons "drive-thru" in Stinkynola and anxiously awaited our turn so we could set our hands on the much coveted breakfast sandwich. Maddie's Mom placed our order and we were stunned at the response. STUNNED!

"Breakfast is now over" was what we heard via the static-filled speaker.

HUH!?

"What do you mean breakfast is over?"

"It's after 11."

"Ummm...But, it's only 10 after 11!"

"That's right. Breakfast ends at 11."

"Oh, come on. You can't tell us that there are absolutely no more breakfast sandwiches. It's ten minutes after 11!"

"Do you still want to order anything?"

"No thanks."

Disappointed, we drove away. We were starving though. Incidentally, Maddie's Mom is pregnant. She needed something to eat. We ended up getting a bagel or something. Grrrrr.

Fast forward to today.

Maddie's Mom: This time, we are getting breakfast sandwiches!!!
Me: Yes! Let's leave the Island a little earlier so we can make sure we get there before breakfast is over!

Tim Hortons is exactly 74 minutes by car from my house. Door to door. Pathetic, but I've actually timed it.

Anyhow, we made it to Stinkynola at exactly 11AM. We pulled into the drive-thru and...

Tim Hortons lady: May I take your order?
Maddie's Mom: Yes. Could we have two breakfast sandwiches, a French Vanilla, and an apple juice, please?
Tim Hortons lady: Breakfast is now over.
MM: What? Oh, come on! Seriously?
THL: Breakfast is over at 11.
MM: Wow. It's 11:01! You mean to say that as of a minute ago, there are no more breakfast sandwiches?!?!
THL: Yes. Do you want anything else?
MM: No.
THL: Would you like a bagel BLT instead?
MM: No.

Maddie's Mom ended up getting a bagel with light cream cheese and a French Vanilla. I ended up getting a bagel BLT and an apple juice. Once again, our hopes were crushed and we were left disappointed.

Tim Hortons
, you know we love you. We do. Your Iced Cappuccinos and your French Vanillas are the best. Hubby loves your Tim Bits and Crullers. Your chili and sandwiches are also first rate, but COME ON!!! What's with the no more breakfast sandwiches ONE MINUTE after 11?!?! We are sooooo unimpressed. Seriously? ONE MINUTE after 11?!?!

**Maddie's Mom's alternate blog name, "A Scrapping Mom" is derived not from the fact that she likes to get into lots of scraps with people. She's not like that at all. Her name comes from the fact that she loves scrapbooking! :) **
Monday, January 04, 2010

It's Just So Hard To Explain



Unless you've had a pet, it's difficult to understand the relationship humans have with their animal companions. There's a sense of companionship, trust, faithfulness and love that words cannot fully describe. Sometimes I think that should anything ever happen to Chance, I couldn't ever have another dog. Ever. The pain of losing Chance would be too much. I don't think I would ever want to put myself through something like that again.

My canine baby, Chance has been with me for seven years. I got him when he was just a few weeks old. When I got him, he could fit in the palm of my hand. Now, he's 50 lbs and still thinks he's a puppy! He tries to sit on my lap whenever he gets the chance and doesn't realize that he practically knocks me over every time he does that.

Chance has been with me through thick and thin. He's seen me through a difficult relationship that ended badly. He's seen me through the death of my aunt. He comforted me when I ditched my vehicle a few winters ago (someone drove me off the highway).

Chance has also been there for the happiest times of my life. He moved from Toronto with me and found his new home on the Island. He became a farm dog and left his city life behind him.

He's had his fair share of close calls and disasters. When we lived in Toronto, he got his back paw stuck in the elevator door as it was closing. When we moved to the Island, he ate something funky and ended up sick for a week. He wouldn't eat or drink and just seemed so lifeless. After a few days, he was back to his old happy-go-lucky self again.

When we made our new home on Hubby's farm, Chance enjoyed the taste of true freedom. His new freedom cost him his pride and landed him in the veterinary clinic though. Chance had an altercation with a porcupine. His entire face had quills embedded so deeply into his skin that the vet needed to sedate him to take the quills out. He even had a few coming out of his eye socket. Needless to say, that was the very last time Chance ever messed with a porcupine.

Today was the most horrible day by far though. The strange thing is that I had a dream that Chance was pulling Little One on a sled and then they were playing at the beach. When I woke up, I thought that I really need to spend more time with Chance. Ever since I gave birth to Little One, my canine baby hasn't been getting as much attention from me as he used to.

Just before 7AM, I got a phone call from Hubby's cell. Chance had been run over by the school bus and was very badly injured. Great. What a way to start the week off. Hubby had to go on his bus route and couldn't help me, so I tried to make Chance as comfortable as possible. I grabbed something to keep him warm with. I tried to lift him into my van, but he was in too much pain and if he had sustained some internal injuries, I didn't want to make things worse. I waited for Hubby to return, all the while staying with my canine baby. I did go in the house a few times to check on Little One, who was still sleeping and to make a few phone calls.

Chance was taken to the vet, was checked and had x-rays taken. It turns out, he has a crushed pelvis. He will be on pain meds for a while and hopefully won't have any major complications.

I cannot tell you how relieved I am that he is still alive. Some would say that "a bullet is much cheaper than a vet bill" or "he's only an animal". Chance is so much more to me and the idea of losing him today was just too hard to deal with.

Chance definitely lives up to his name. Chance in French means Luck.

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City girl moves to the country, falls in love, and marries a farmer. She tries to incorporate her city ways with her new country lifestyle and blogs to keep in touch with friends, family & students who live far, far away :) Can this city girl go country? Watch as she learns all sorts of exciting things about life on the farm and in a small rural community. *UPDATE* We are now parents! Our baby girl was born on Nov. 11, 2008 (at 28 weeks gestation- 12 weeks premature, but she's quite the trooper)!!!
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