RV Show 2013

This is our 5th year going to the RV show and we love it!  Even the Professor and the Princess get excited as the day gets closer and this year the little Monkey joined in the fun.  He loved going through the RV’s trying out different seats and claiming beds as his own.

Even though we were not in the market for a new trailer this year, we still enjoyed checking out all the different RV’s.  It’s interesting to see the different types, the layouts and the new features.  There truly is an RV for every person.

For those who like luxury, there were plenty of options to choose from…

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Big kitchens.

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Modern sophistication.

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Big screen TV’s and fireplaces.

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Skylights.

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Comfortable beds.

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Washer – Dryer hook ups.

For those who might like or need something a little smaller…

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Small but has everything necessary.

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A hard top pop up.  Reminds me of a ski chalet.

And for those who want the most minimal camper experience!

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I personally thought this one was the coolest camper ever and I’m not the only one.

They even have it written on the camper itself.

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The show was as great as ever.  If you’ve never been, I recommend checking it out.  Especially if you’re looking to buy an RV.

Kitchen Construction 2012

We have started our kitchen construction again.  I’m calling it 2012 because it’s not the first time we’ve had to live through tearing our kitchen apart.  The first time we did it, we had just moved into our home and realized that the kitchen cabinets were useless.  They were rotted out, not to mention super-duper ugly, and we spent the first couple of months storing our supplies under a fold away table.  Not the most convenient way to live or cook!  There wasn’t much we could do about it since we had spent every cent we had just getting the house.

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Thankfully, friends of friends of ours were getting a new kitchen and were replacing perfectly good cabinets.  Since we couldn’t afford new cabinets of our own we installed the gently used cabinets and they have worked fabulously for us.  The price was great, plus it was nice knowing the perfectly good cabinets were not going to sit in a land fill somewhere.

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I was just so thankful to have a fully functioning kitchen that we stopped working on it and took a break.  Well, there was that and the shingles we lost in a hurricane which caused the roof to leak right through the Little Professor’s ceiling.  Then the boiler needed to be replaced and the little monkey’s room needed attending.

The time has come to finish the kitchen!

Before we do anything else we need to put up a new ceiling and while we are doing that…some recessed lighting.   Unfortunately in order to install a new ceiling we need to pull the present one down.

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And of course, true to the house, we found an even uglier ceiling under it!

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So we spent the weekend tearing down ceiling.  Well, by “we” I mean Daddy.  I did a lot supervising and gave plenty of suggestions.

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By the end of the weekend a third of the ceiling was torn down!  At this rate it’s going to take a month just to get the ceiling down.  It’s bittersweet.  I’m excited to get on with the kitchen, but the stress of living in a construction zone is still very fresh in my mind.

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I know in the end it’ll be worth it, but the process is not nearly as fun as the completed project!

Bedtime Stories…

Bedtime stories are precious.

Our’s first started back when the Little Professor was tucked away safe in my tummy while Daddy would read to him.

Our favourite book was…

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It’s a sweet, little book perfect for new parents falling in love with their life changing bundle of joy!

As the years have passed, there are a few gems that we continue to enjoy and every once and a while we stumble upon a new one to add to our most loved collection.

Here are some of our favourites…

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Wow, It’s a Cow!  By Trudy and Jay Harris

This is a cute book for the little ones.  It’s one of the Monkey’s favourite.  It’s full of rhyming, animal sounds and little peekaboo flaps!

What more could a curious, little toddler ask for?

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Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

A book about the special bond between mother and son and the evolving relationship that comes with age.  This book is especially dear with the Little Professor and myself.  Even though he is off reading goofy, little novels full of wedgies and other mildly rude stuff, he still loves to snuggle up with his mother for a private reading of Love You Forever.  He even requests that I rock him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.

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   Princess Justina Albertina – A Cautionary Tale by Ellen Dee Davidson

A seriously fun book with a great, though slightly drastic, ending.  To be honest, it’s the ending that makes this a favourite with our family!  Princess Justina likes to have her own way.  She reminds me of too many kids we have come across in our adventures.  You know the ones! They’re at the stores, parks, and restaurants constantly demanding things a little too loudly from parents that obviously have never said no in their life. It’s crossed my mind to keep copies of this book in my purse to hand out to those darling little cherubs.  Maybe the end of the book will scare them straight!

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You Are My I Love You by Maryann K. Cusimano

This is not so much a story but rather beautiful poetry depicting the day in a life of a parent and their child.  Each verse  flows with song and permeates with love.  It’s graceful and lovely and the perfect transition between an animated day and drifting off to peaceful sleep.

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Mommy’s Best Kisses by Margaret Anastas

What mother doesn’t just love to kiss her child and what child doesn’t absolutely love being kissed?  This book is an interactive, playful excuse to kiss my children – not that we need one.  This book leaves us all laughing and giggling, smiling and wiggling.  It’s sweet and fun and has given us many precious times together.  From the moment I first skimmed through it at the bookstore right up until tonight, this book has brought a smile to my lips and spilled happy tears from my eyes.

If you have little ones in your life, you might want to add one of these books to your special collection.

Something to Marvel about….

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I managed to finish the Little Professor’s quilt in time for Christmas!

At one point, around 3 days before Christmas, I wasn’t so sure I was going to complete it.  I knew I had to.  I had made a promise to my little man to have it finished by Christmas, but I was beginning to think keeping that promise would involve sewing all night right through Christmas Eve.

Thankfully, it never came to that.  There was only one night that I sewed through the night to early morning but it wasn’t Christmas Eve.

Phew!

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In the end it was worth all the hours I put into making the quilt.  Everything from choosing the fabrics, creating the design of the quilt, to the endless hours of free motion quilting – something I had never done before which turned out to be a lot more time consuming than I could have imagined.  Fun, but time consuming!

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In the end it was all worth it to see the look on the Professor’s face when he opened it Christmas morning.

Since then he hasn’t spent a night without it.  He likes to wrap himself in it when he’s reading or playing his DS.

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As I was finishing this quilt I decided two things:

1.  I love quilting!  I can’t wait to get started on my next one.

2. It’ll be while before I sew another huge quilt.  I’m sticking to lap quilts from now on!

Happy New Year!

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I love New Year’s Eve.

I get all excited about the possibilities that lay wait in the new year.

Whatever happened in 2012, whether good or bad, is now the past and the future is ready to be conquered.

Anything is possible!

I’ve never been much for New Year Resolutions.

Instead I like to name the year.

Once it was the Year of Prosperity, another was the Year of Organization (not our best year), but this year is…

The Year of Change.

It’s the year we change our thinking, our environment and how we live.

Change can be painful, but sometimes it’s necessary.

I’m excited at this prospect.

Happy New Year to all of you!!

What is your year called?

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

The kids have been hoping for snow for weeks now.

Last year we had very little, so when they looked out the window this morning and were met with a blanket of fluffy white snow covering everything, they were so excited.

Once breakfast was finished Daddy and I spent a good hour gathering winter clothing and helping each child get dressed.

I made it very clear they were to stay outside for at least an hour, since it took so long to get out there.

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Once the Professor and the Princess were outside I went and woke the Monkey from his nap.  He was not impressed that I had disturbed his sleep, but when I showed him his siblings playing in the snow through the window, he wanted to join them immediately.

Immediately in his socks and clothes, immediately!

He was not impressed about the delay in getting his snow suit on.

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The three of them really enjoyed playing in the snow.   Daddy showed the Monkey how to make snow angels by moving his arms and legs for him.  He thought that was really funny but didn’t quite get the concept.

Then Daddy showed the Princess how to make snowballs.  She was more interested in eating the snow even though she was warned multiple times not too.  That one will eat just about anything!

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The Professor and the Princess worked together to make a snowman.  They even asked for a carrot for its nose.

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Frosty’s nose didn’t last long though…they ended up sharing it between the two of them!

Wonderful Christmas Chaos!

Christmas expectations and Christmas realities are two completely different things in our home.

Christmas expectations are calm and orderly.  They go off without a hitch and are picture perfect.

Christmas realities are busy and messy and very loud.  They drown out Christmas music and leave the living room in total chaos.

Christmas Expectation….

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It’s the picture I posted to Facebook today wishing all our friends and family a Merry Christmas.  So cute with the little matching pj’s, on such well behaved children.  What I should have posted was the picture right before I managed to get them to stay still and smile for 5 seconds.

Christmas Reality…

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And then there’s this!

Christmas Expectations…

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The way I wish our living room stayed throughout the morning but really only lasted for a few minutes.

Christmas Reality…

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But for some, Christmas Expectations…

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pale in comparison to Christmas Reality…

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I’ll take Christmas Reality any day!

Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours!