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    Digital Art


    2015 - 04.26

    i have a kaleidoscope app on my phone that Nadia likes to play with. Unsurprisingly, she really likes Frozen, so she will swipe at the app while singing Let It Go to build her colourful “snowflakes”. Here are a few of her recent masterpieces.  

             

    Sleep Deprived


    2015 - 04.24

    How’s this for sleep deprivation? Yesterday afternoon, after Nadia ate a banana on our way home, I didn’t have a garbage bag in my car so I carefully arranged the banana peel on top of the empty plastic bag that was on my passenger seat so that the peel wouldn’t get the fabric mucky.

    Yep. More sleep would probably be awesome.

    A wicked stomach bug has been going through our school, although it hasn’t really hit my class (yet, knock on wood). I’m feeling really sick to my stomach, so I’m hoping that it’s not that, and that I’m just really tired. I’ve been using a ton of hand sanitizer and washing my hands like crazy. Several classes in the school have had over 1/3 of the kids home sick, including our buddy class and a couple classes which contain siblings of my students. :/

    Day Three


    2015 - 04.23

    Third day in a row of blogging since I decided to start again. It’s nice to be stretching my writing muscles…they’ve atrophied quite a bit over the last three years.

    My luck has run out with the broken cookies I mentioned a few days ago… N was insisting on the “BIG??? PEAS????” (please) ones today. Unfortunately we were sifting through the crumbs left at the end of the bag…so until there’s a Costco run, we’re both out of luck. 

    To try and bring Nadia’s bedtime to a reasonable hour, I’ve asked her daycare teachers to try waking her up a little earlier from her nap. Currently, she consistently sleeps 1230-3, give or take some time on either end, and it’s rare that she’s asleep before 11…usually closer to midnight, with a morning wake up call by us around 730. This afternoon she napped 1230-2, and was asleep before 10. This might be the final piece in the puzzle that has been our kid’s sleep patterns. I’m going to follow suit and try to sleep. She woke me up at 2 am, and I wasn’t able to get back to sleep until at least 330, so that made for a two coffee morning.

    Pasta Hack


    2015 - 04.22

    I like long pasta, but it’s a bit tricky for the toddler to eat, and I don’t send bibs to daycare which can make things pretty messy (Nadia wears red or brown on those days). I’m lazy and don’t have time to make two different kinds of pasta separately, or the inclination to wash two pots (lazy: see above).

    My solution: metal colander in the pot. Cooks the orzo and the vermicelli simultaneously. :)

      

    Agreeable Child


    2015 - 04.21

    I’ve been telling Nadia stories on Facebook a bit, but there are some that are too long to post, and sometimes I think I post too much about Nadia there, so I’m going to try and start writing some of the things she says or does over here.

    I bought some coconut cookies by Thinster (not Mrs. Thinster, as far as I can tell, but I can’t seem to find any pictures of this product anywhere…) at Costco a few weeks ago, and they never managed to make it into the house, despite me raving about them and telling David that he REALLY NEEDS TO TRY THESE. I’ve been eating them on my commutes to and from work, and occasionally sharing them with Nadia. She’s usually more interested in a bar of some kind, or a pouch. These cookies feel really wholesome to me…they’ve only got about seven ingredients, all of which I have in the house (except soy lecithin): coconut, flour, butter…etc. (I’m not getting paid by either Costco or Thinster’s…but I would absolutely take some of them as a thank you for this post. :D )

    These are not the cookies that I have in my car, but I think they might be by the same company. I really want to try these too…

    Anyway. I practically can hear the grandparents saying, “Get on with the part about the grandaughter!” Hah.  Murphy is probably going to bite me for this one…oh well…

    We’ve been incredibly lucky with Nadia. She’s always been a pretty easy going kid, although we’ve definitely seen our share of stormy weather with her. We have not taken any of it for granted. Here’s a couple of examples. On the way home today, Nadia wanted some of my those cookies. She got one, but it happened to have a chunk taken out of it (we were getting close to the bottom of the bag. Don’t judge…). No problem. This two year old was just happy to have a cookie. Yay! I’ll admit I held my breath. I always expect her to morph into the terrible twos.

    From the backseat a few minutes later: “Mumma?”

    “Yes?”

    “TWOOOOO cookies?”

    I decided to push my luck. I grabbed a cookie from the bag, snapped it in half and handed her the pieces. “One cookie…two cookies!”, which she ate happily. I’m not sure how long I’m going to be able to get away with not sharing as many of my cookies giving her broken cookies, but I’ll take it for as long as I can.

    Later this evening, I had just finished changing her diaper during which I took her shoes off since it was getting toward bed time. We were walking out of her room when she stopped dead still in the middle of the hall. I had just turned off the light so I nearly tripped over her.

    “MUMMA!”

    “Yeah, baby?”

    “SHOES!!”

    “It’s late. We don’t need shoes.” (Expectation: tantrum storm of epic proportions. Reality?)

    “Oh. Ok.” and she kept walking.

    Tomorrow’s blog post? The sudden emergence of the Terrible Twos? Maybe. :/