Monthly Archives: April 2013

Leibster Blog Award

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This day keeps getting better.  Not only is it Saturday, we found out our Rainbow is measuring a full week ahead of schedule and I’ve also been nominated for the Leibster Blog Award by Cristina from Diary of a Desert Fox.

So here is how it works.  Once you’ve been nominated, you have to post 11 things about yourself, answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you and pass it on.  Choose 11 people to award and create 11 questions for them.

11 THINGS ABOUT ME

  • I have a thing about series, books, movies, tv shows etc.  Once I start I have to finish them even if they are horrible.  Sometimes it’s a good things, sometimes it’s self-inflicted torture.
  • I have to order things from biggest to smallest.  The books on our shelves are arranged and I will take the time to line them up.  It drives Hubby crazy, but it gives me some sense of peace.  I’m weird, I know.
  • Broccoli is my favourite vegetable.  My mom said when I was a child I would eat it out of the bag before we would even get to the cash.
  • I have an eclectic taste in music.  On my music player you will find country, classic rock, celtic, R&B, Popand even bagpipe music.
  • I have not listened to the radio in over 2 years.  I dislike a majority of today’s music.  Too processed and packaged in my opinion.
  • I had a psychic tell me I would die at the age of 80 by the way of heart attack.
  • I share a birthday with John Grisham and Jules Verne.
  • I’m a Daddy’s Girl through and through.
  • My daughter is named after my sisters.
  • Fuzzy Peaches, Lik-a-Maid’s and Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups are my favourite candy.
  • My daughter was born on Rememberance Day and our Rainbow is due on Father’s Day.

11 QUESTIONS FROM DIARY OF A DESERT FOX

  • Why do you blog? I started blogging in 2012 that combined by two favourite passions, writing and being a mom.
  • What advice would you give to a new writer? Set time aside everyday and write.  It could be about nothing in particular, just keep writing.
  • Why do you think I nominated you? What a loaded questions LOL I’m not sure, maybe because you have a Mom & Baby section on your blog as well.
  • What’s your favorite way to escape? Going for a walk and listening to music and tuning the world out.  Reading is another great escape for me.
  • If I were to spend 24 hours in your city/country, where would you advise I go? Anywhere downtown.  Toronto has so much to offer.  Queen West is always a treat, so is Yonge Dundas Square and not to mention the ROM, CN Tower, Steamwhistle Brewery and the AGO.
  • I know I haven’t heard it all. Tell me a funny/weird/unexpected question you’ve been asked while in a foreign country. While traveling in Spain, I was asked if Canadians really ‘believe’ that the War of 1812 really happened.
  • What is your fondest memory? Prior to my dad going back to school to become a Geological Surveyor, he used to drive Big Rigs.  He used to take me on week long trips.  We’d travel all over Ontario and Quebec, go to restaurants, talk and listen to music.  My earliest memory is of me in the truck.  He was sleeping in the bunks and I was 2 years old and I woke up and started playing with the air brakes.  They were in the shapes and colours of blue triangles, red square and yellow hexagon.  So in my defense, it wasn’t my fault.
  • What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done? I’m all about self-preservation, but a friend once convinced me to go into the sketchiest bar in Toronto (in my opinion).  It was in a dangerous area where shootings and stabbings were common, but she lived in the area and felt comfortable.  Walking in, the people at the door warned us we “were at the wrong bar”.  I have never been so terrified before in my life.  I was certain we would be attacked.
  • What is the one thing you have always wanted to do but never have? Do a poetry reading.  I have a terrible fear of speaking in public.  I once went to a book reading of one of my favourite author’s and got up the nerve to ask her a question, but I ended up blurting it out quickly and then ran away.  When she signed my book, I stuttered uncontrollably.
  • What song defines your life? Midnight Train by Journey.  I wouldn’t say any one song defines my life, but it’s definitely very relevant.  I am from a small town and lived on a farm and my Hubby is a city boy through and through.  Also, whenever that song comes on, our daughter starts dancing uncontrollably and at a restaurant once she started fist pumping in her booster seat.
  • If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A tiger.  There is something majestic about them that has always interested me.

My 11 Nominations

  1. Boldlyblessed.wordpress.com
  2. Notsotubular.wordpress.com
  3. Lovingsweetisabelleskye.wordpress.com
  4. Mistyrennquist.wordpress.com
  5. Skrohde.wordpress.com
  6. Skeyezthelimits.wordpress.com
  7. Urbanwallart.wordpress.com
  8. CharlieandPearl.wordpress.com
  9. Fun4learning.wordpress.com
  10. Mommyhasissues.com
  11. Alotonyourplate.wordpress.com

MY 11 QUESTIONS

  • If you were President of the World, what laws would you make?
  • If you were a Superhero, what power would you have?
  • What would your dream holiday be?
  • What do you find rewarding about blogging?
  • Do you think that cursive writing is a skill all children should have?
  • If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
  • What would be your best achievement to date?
  • If you could, would you want to be a celebrity?
  • When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • Why did you start blogging?
  • If you could ask your future self 1 question, what would it be?

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All Those Vivid Dreams

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Everyone says that you get less Zz’s while pregnant but the dreams you do have are much more vivid when pregnant.  Many believe that the additional hormones are to blame for the heavier dream load and the constant tossing and turning makes you interrupt the REM cycle therefore remembering more dreams in sometimes more vivid details.  I have been having my fair share of bizarre dreams and here are just a few.

  1. Very early on I had a dream that I gave birth early to a baby boy (psychic maybe?) and he was deformed but my Dad was cuddling him nonetheless.  Apparently these dreams represent an anxiety about the babies health.  It is likely since early on we were worried we would lose it, my subconscious was going into worry overdrive.
  2. This one was truly weird but I dreamt that Hubby and I were camping on a beach and the entire campsite was being attacked by Bigfoot.  We tried to trap it with a dummy made out of carrot (???) but it ended up just throwing carrot sticks at us.  Then somehow the Bigfoot pushed a woman into the water where she was circled by sharks.  Dream decipherers believe that dreams of being attacked by animals, albeit fictitious animals, represents a fear of vulnerability.  Or I ate too many Tums before bed.
  3. Lately I’ve been dreaming about loved ones that have passed on.  My Nan, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, and last night dreamt of my family dog I had as a kid, have been a mainstay in my dreams.  Some may not believe this, but I like to believe that people we love will visit us in our dreams to let us know things will be ok.  However, dreams of relatives who have passed away may be the subconscious’ way of connecting the old and new generations.  But it usually leaves me reaching for tissues when I wake up.  Hormones and sad memories equal a whole box of Kleenex used and in the trash.
  4. I have also had very vivid dreams about certain people in popular culture.   I had a dream I was on tour with the Jonas Brother’s, whose music I have never listened to and then the other night I had a very realistic dream about Snooki.  Somehow the cast of Jersey Shore (a show I don’t watch) and I were visiting my sister who was building a house.  I then turned to Snooki and said “It is a sad thing that future generations will look back and realize you would be considered an influential person during that time.”  It’s even more sad when you wake up and realize that is true.

What crazy dreams did you have when you were expecting?

In the Final Stretch

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IMG_0642 I am happy to announce we are in our final stretch of this pregnancy.  We are now 29 weeks pregnant and so far everything has gone well.  We did have a bit of a scare a few weeks ago with some unexpected light bleeding, chest pains and fainting, but after going to the hospital (better safe than sorry), our Rainbow is doing really well and I am ok.  Turns out baby is sitting really low and sitting on a nerve, cutting off blood supply which caused the chest pains and fainting.  I now have to be constantly moving, like I’m not tired enough, to encourage blood flow throughout.  But overall baby boy is kicking like crazy, my dreams are more and more vivid, and we are anxiously awaiting his arrival.

It’s hard to believe that time is flying as fast as it is and that it won’t be too long before I’m off on maternity leave, holding my baby boy and chasing after my very active little girl.  I have fears of how I’m going to handle two children, a newborn who’ll be up all night and an early riser 4 year old who will be up all day.  In the end, I cannot wait to add to our family and start another chapter of our life.

17th Annual Smart Start Student Art Show at Sherway Gardens

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sas logoArt is in everything, from the architecture in the buildings we see to the scribbling’s of our little ones as they first learn how to use a crayon.  Art in childhood has been known to stimulate and develop imagination as well as refining cognitive and creative skills.  Art can add to the overall success at school by developing a sense of craftsmanship and goal setting.  Art enriches all aspects of life and that is why is should be supported and celebrated.

From April 6th to the 13th, over 100 talented high school students across Toronto will be showcasing their art in the 17th Annual Smart Start Student Art Show at Sherway Gardens.  There will be original drawings, mixed media, paintings, sculptures and more.  Come support local talent and have a night out with your family.

 

Toucan created by Thomas Malichen- Snyder who is a grade 10 student at St Patrick Catholic Secondary School

Toucan created by Thomas Malichen- Snyder who is a grade 10 student at St Patrick Catholic Secondary School