Ten Thought Tuesday: Bleached House Edition

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  1. I haven’t been very good at this blogging thing lately so I thought I’d ease back in with a Ten Thought Tuesday.
  2. I DO have a good reason for not writing much though.  Between my job, my two littles and the end of my first trimester (yup, we’re gonna have another little one!) I’ve been completely tired.
  3. Plus, we just got hit with a “lovely” bout of gastroenteritis.  Oh yeah… So today I’m working on disinfecting the house with my friends bleach and water.
  4. The good news is that Christmas is just around the corner.   Little Dude is pretty excited (and was wise enough to ask for something different to everyone who asked him what he wanted).
  5. No snow so far though :(.  Plus on Chirstmas Eve we’re set to hit temps of 15 Celcius.  Thank you El Nino…
  6. I’m really looking forward to seeing the new Star Wars.  I’ve heard that it is wonderful.  Anyone wanna babysit my littles?
  7. I’m also looking forward to some alone time with my partner (and soon-to-be hubby – we’re getting married in May!).  We’re off to a spa for three days after Christmas.
  8. Amélie finally got her surgery to remove the dermoid cyst that she had over her right eye about a month ago.  Everything went very smoothly and the staff at the Montreal Children’s Hospital was fabulous.
  9. Oh, and since we’re expecting another baby, we also decided to upgrade one of our vehicles.  Despite saying that I’d never have one, I am now the (pretty proud) owner of a minivan.  Never say never folks.
  10. My partner and I just discovered a new series on Netflix.  We are thoroughly enjoying Psych which gets us laughing every time.

How have you all been?

Oh How Things Have Changed

When I was a kid, by the start of December, I would usually be flipping through the Christmas special version of the Sears catalog.  I remember flipping through page after page getting excited by a whole bunch of cool-looking toys and gadgets.  I could spend quite a lot of time doing this.

A couple of weeks ago, we received a small booklet from a nearby toy and game shop with a whole bunch of really interesting…well…toys and games.  I was sure that Charles would get excited by it, but he flipped through it once and then moved on to other things.

Today, he looked at a set of flyers that I just couldn’t pry out of his hands to get him to bed.  He kept exclaiming at each page and pointing more than a few items.  He seriously spent a good half-hour pouring through the content, never tiring of turning the same pages over and over again.

Anyone want to gander a guess at what he was getting all excited about?

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Yup, these are indeed grocery flyers.

Oh Boy…

I’ve been pretty absent lately and it’s not because nothing is happening.  Perhaps, in fact, it is because too namy things have been happening.

I am absolutely jammed at work.  My days are so busy that they fly by (which is a good thing!).  The best part is that my students are progressing in English!  Yes!!!  You see I teach a group of 13-15 year old students who have learning difficulties.  Specifically, most of my students are at about the level of 4th graders.  They have trouble with their mother tongue (French) so English is waaaaay far on their priority list.  BUT, so far, things are going smoothly and not only are they progressing beyond what I had though, but they are actually enjoying themselves.

Then, there’s the home front.  Amélie is now confidently walking (and climbing, and hiding inside cupboards and trying to do everything her big brother does).  She is seriously all over the place.  And she talks!  This surprised me because (even if I know I shouldn’t be comparing my children), Charles was only saying “water” and “mom” by 18 months whereas she has quite a few words in her vocabulary (“eat” being the most prominent one…).  She also recently started to cut her canines…all four of them…at the same time…at 13 (well, 14 now) months.  Sheesh!  She’s such a sassy little miss though and lights up any room she’s in.  Oh and she has rendered my plug protectors obsolete as she has figured out how to take them out of the plugs.

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You guys have now been relegated to the state of “useless”.

Charles is doing really well too.  He is now able to dress himself (when he wants to…).  It’s always very apparent when he does so because his shirt, boxers and pants (and usually shoes/boots) are facing the wrong way, but boy oh boy is he proud when he surprises his father or I by getting out of his room all dressed.  He is also talking non stop and loves to sing.  “Row, row, row your boat” anyone?  He still has his tantrum up and downs, but they seem to be getting (if not less intense) further apart and shorter in duration.  Perhaps it’s just a placebo effect to my knowledge that he is going to be three (!) soon though.  We’ve been keeping up his swimming lessons and have really seen an improvement in the last few weeks.  He’s now able to float on his back unassisted and he’s able to put his whole head under water (which is wonderful because we used to get huge meltdowns when we got his face wet even a little).

By the way, for those of you who use the Allerject epinephrine injector in Canada, I received an e-mail yesterday stating that the company was issuing a voluntary recall of their devices because:

“The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery,” (source)

We’re not using an epinephrine injector anymore (thank goodness that Charles doesn’t need one anymore), but for those of you who are using Allerject, it might be worthwhile to look into with your pharmacist.

‘Till next time!

The Mathematics Behind Housekeeping As A Parent

My partner brought both kids with him this morning for grocery shopping.  This means that I got almost an hour and a half alone in the house to get some cleaning/washing done.  I was amazed at all that I was able to accomplish and realized that there was a very simple way to represent how children affect the amount of time it take to clean a house.

Mathematics behind housekeepingWhat do you think?  Does this sound about right to you?  Happy Saturday!