Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Reflection

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Sometimes there are days or dates that make us stop and reflect on things in our life.  Today is my Emery’s angelversary.  Last year I bawled hysterically, locking myself in the bedroom to weep as it had been a year since we lost her.  This year I decided I would not cry, not that I’m not sad or hurting, but that in some small way, she made me stronger.  I sit here typing this post completely grateful for all my life experiences, good and bad, because they have made me into the person I am today.  Sometimes through death we come to realize and appreciate how precious life really is.

I appreciate those in my life more now than before.  Especially my Hubby.  I know I gush about him quite a bit on here, but man, I am very very lucky to have him.  It’s almost been 7 years since we first met and as time goes on we become stronger and stronger.  He is my best friend, the person I can rely on and no matter what happens in our life, I know at the end of it, he will still be there.  He loves me, and I mean really loves me.  There are days when I’m absolutely spent, hair a mess, no make up, wearing nothing but track pants and a bummy old t-shirt, haven’t showered and stressed to the max and I will sometimes catch him smiling at me.  And not the smile that means he’s laughing at me and how I look, but smiling because he loves me.  He has seen me at my worst, held me when I’ve cried, laughed at our best and for those simple reasons is why I love him more than I have ever loved anyone.  He is a good man and I hope that everyone can find someone who makes them as happy as he makes me.

Then there are my children.  Oh my Princess, what a character.  I have watched her grow for the last 4 1/2 years and I am so proud of the little person she is becoming.  Nothing can make me feel better than when I’m lying in bed and she climbs in and wraps her little arms around my neck and snuggles in close and dozes off to sleep.  Her tiny hands, dimples, wild curls and long lashes, oh I could stare at them for hours.  And now that we are anxiously awaiting our Rainbow, who lets me know he is growing big and strong with each kick and flip, I can say that being a parent is both exhausting and rewarding at the same time.  My children are my everything and I cannot wait to watch them grow and experience all their firsts.  I am in love and loved, and for that I am very grateful.

My Emery has taught me how to be resilient, how to heal, and most of all, how to pick myself back up and carry on.  There isn’t ever a day that she doesn’t cross my mind and maybe that is her way of saying “I’m still here.”   So today I will not mourn her passing, but celebrate her life, no matter how short it was, because after all she “was the one who heard what my heartbeat sounds like from the inside.”

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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I have been meal planning like a madwoman and I’ve been trying my very best to stay within our grocery budget while sampling new meal ideas.  I attempted Pulled Pork today and it was Hubby approved and I thought I would give you the recipe.  Easy to make, not time-consuming, delicious and budget friendly.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs Pork Roast
  • 3 Onions, 2 sliced and 1 chopped
  • 1 16 oz BBQ Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Brown Sugar & Paprika
  • Water
  • 3/4 cup Apple Juice, divided

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Slice 1 onion and spread on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Rub the Pork Roast with salt, pepper, brown sugar and a little bit of paprika
  3. Place on top of the bed of onions and top with 1 sliced onion.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of Apple Juice.
  5. Fill the slow cooker with water until it is 2/3 the way full.
  6. Cook on low for 8-12 hours on low or 4-6 on high.
  7. Once the time is up, strain the slow cooker and remove the water, onions, fat and roast.
  8. Shred the pork with forks.
  9. Dice 1 onion and add the roast, onions, BBQ Sauce and 1/4 cup of Apple Juice to the slow cooker.
  10. Cook on high for 1 hour.
  11. Serve on crusty buns and enjoy!

 

Dinnertime Battles

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I told you the Princess hates eggs.

I told you the Princess hates eggs.

It wasn’t too long ago when the Princess and I did battle in the ring with Five Rounds at Dinner Time!  I wish I could say that things have improved but alas they haven’t.  Hubby and I have tried almost everything.  From time-out to negotiating “one more bite”, Princess has a certain will power to dominate meal times.

I definitely don’t make her eat foods I know she hates but the rule is, if there is something new served, you have to try at least one bite.  The Princess is rather particular with her menu.  She hates eggs, and I am not even sure hate is even strong enough to describe her disgust for eggs.  She likes her cereal without milk, don’t even bother giving her oatmeal ( and who can blame her, blech, that stuff is gross), she doesn’t like roast beef deli meat and don’t even bother putting mustard on her sandwiches, mayonnaise only.  She dislikes mushrooms and green beans, but pretty much everything else she’ll try.  It seems like her battle with dinner isn’t about the food, but to see how much she can get away with.

“How many more bites?” is a pretty common question at dinner time but Hubby and I have had enough.  We have tried time-out, leaving the table if she does not eat within a reasonable time, negotiate, and tell her “there are people who go without don’t you know.”  Nothing seemed to work.  If we fought her on dinner, she’d put herself to bed 2 hours before her actual bedtime in defiance.  If we negotiated bites, she still asked for dessert and if we refused, a full on temper tantrum ensued.

Frustrated with mealtimes, I found some very helpful mealtime tips that have really helped.   The Canadian Medical Association Baby & Child Health suggests taking the battle out of dinnertime.  They suggest only giving 1 tablespoon of food per year of your child’s age and always recommend giving less and letting your child ask for more.  If your child refuses, don’t make them eat, but state that they are not allowed to leave the table until everyone at the table is finished.  No more fighting, arguing or negotiating, make dinnertime less of a battle.  If after the meal they state they are hungry, snacks and desserts are not an option, but instead offer them the food they refused.  Remove any snacks in between meals if finishing their larger meals becomes an issue.    So far this has worked and meals haven’t been as bad.  Hubby and I aren’t frustrated and the Princess is definitely missing out on desserts and snacks.  I have removed sugary treats from her lunch and replaced them with healthier options so she only has an all healthy lunch.  Meals are becoming more of a family time and less of Battleground Zero.

March

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MARCH

By Patricia Scarry

March is gusty, muddy, blustery.  This is the month

For flying kites, roller-skating, rattly nights.

Wear something green on St Patrick’s Day.

Robins sing, “Spring is on the way!”

And bears wake up from their winter’s sleep.

March is National Craft Month

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March is National Craft Month and here are just a few of the crafts that I have done and posted.

This is the Art Project I did for the Bathroom - Collage of Princess' Baby Bath Photos

This is the Art Project I did for the Bathroom – Collage of Princess’ Baby Bath Photos

What Do You Have Planned For March Break?

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Every school kid dreams of March Break, that week-long vacation from school and learning.  I cannot wait to experience the Princess’ first March Break and all that it has to offer.  Here are just a few of the many activities happening from the 9th – 17th that you and your little ones can enjoy!

  1. March Break at Shops at Don Mills.  The Shops at Don Mills have been busy planning activities for everyone to enjoy during March Break.  From riding the miniature train, kids yoga, face painting and balloon animals, crafts to music & play, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Simply click the link above for all the activity times and details!
  2. The Berenstain Bears Live!  On March 12th and 13th, The Living Arts Centre is presenting The Berestain Bears Live.  Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for kids and there will be juice and snacks provided.  Come see what’s happening in Bear Country!
  3. March Break Dance Camp.  Have a lover of dance?  Gotta Dance Studios at 3581 Dundas St W are hosting a dance camp from March 11th to the 15th.  Ages 3 – 16 are welcome and there will be dance workshops including celebrities from Stomp and So You Think You Can Dance.  Register now!
  4. March Break at the Ontario Science Centre.   Does your child enjoy science? Then look no further than the Ontario Science Centre.  From Einstein Alive to Cosmic Journey’s, there is something for every one of all ages.
  5. Sherlock Holmes and the Clock-Maker Mystery.  Come to Blackcreek Pioneer Village and take part in solving the mystery based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character.  Tickets are only $15.

Shops at Don Mills March Break Train