September 24, 2012


This weekend went by too fast. Way too fast. So fast that want to stretch my arms out to pull myself back so that I can slow down and relive those moments again. I didn't get enough of my cuddly two year old or my sweet and goofy big kid who knows just want to say to make me laugh. I miss them so much and it's only Monday.

My boys are at the stage where the love superhero's. They are captivated by every hold-your-breathe animated action sequence which got me thinking about if I were a superhero, what special powers I would want to have.

If I could freeze time the days would go on forever because I would hit pause every time the two of them did something cute which would be way too often. I would want to look at them in those moments forever, gazing and how beautiful they are, realizing that "this" moment, in its uniqueness will never happen the same way again.

If I could go back in time, I would relive moments like these!

If I had telepathic powers I could constantly send Aaron naughty images and messages during work.  It's different for us though, at least I get to see him during the day but I miss my whole family together at once, all day.

My heart aches sometimes. 

I just miss them!

September 20, 2012


Ugh. So let me preface this by saying that I love my husband so much and I appreciate everything that he does because he does do a lot...however, there are two things that I dread asking my wonderfully loving husband to do. What things? Cooking and shopping for clothes for the boys. Now don't get me wrong. Aaron can pick out great thing, if only they were always the right size but sometimes things go haywire.

One thing I do before going shopping for a specific item is to do my homework online. I virtually go from store to store to compare styles and prices so that I can map out my plan of attach for the mall.  The only day I am always able to go shopping sans kids is on Friday after work since I get off early. Aaron had today off so I entrusted him with the task for picking up fall coats for the boys. I even gave him a list of stores that I has researched and found great prices and style for so what does my lovely husband pick up?

You can kind of see in the picture that the material of the coats are slightly shiny/plastic it reminds me of those wind breakers from the 90s. I swear the pictures make the coats looks alright but you need to see them in person, to touch them, to really understand where I am coming from.

Did he go to the store that I suggested? Negative!
Did he spend less money than he would have spent on the coats at the stores I suggested? Negative!

So tomorrow after work, I am high tailing it back to the store he got them from, returning it, the going to the stores on my suggestion list and buy new ones.


Now after writing I feel like I am coming off as that controlling wife who doesn't let her husband do anything but I swear to you I am not...except when it comes to cooking and shopping for clothes for the boys. Other than those two things I am totally laid back, I promise you.

Honestly though? I am making a big deal about the jackets or are are we seeing eye to eye on this one?

September 16, 2012


I haven`t had the chance to truly enjoy the magic that is a Sunday afternoon in a long time.

Aaron works a lot of Sunday`s. It`s the dreaded launch month as all the universities so the all the departments at the office are under fire right now as all the new students start their programs, especially Aaron`s department. The only Sunday he will have off in September with be the 23rd and we as so looking forward to that. Thankfully with the approach of October his weekends will start to free up.

I spent a good portion of today wearing Aaron`s big fluffy sweaters, not bothering to step out of my sleepy clothes.

I wrote this post :)

I oversaw my 5 year old doing homework while his little brother pretended to do his as well. Monkey see monkey do! I then reminded him that not everything has to be perfect and thought that I should tuck that piece of advice away for later use when I fell like I have to take on everything and have all done just so.

I helped to build Lego houses. Should have been an architect.

I put a two year old in time out.

Then daddy came home and wiped away little tears and made Sunday actually feel like Sunday a.k.a. Family Day. We ate dinner together and while I was cooking the house was ruined again but I guess that is all apart of having a family and making the most of your time together.

September 11, 2012


With the comeback of Starbuck's fall lattes, I can now ignore the calender and say that it is officially fall! The S family has put away the air conditioners, the big ugly fans and traded them in for big fluffy comforters and full pajama set. I woke up this morning to a crispy chilled room and loved ever minute of being buried underneath the warmth while breathing in and feeling the cool air on my face. I love fall. Every red, orange and yellow moment of it starting at the tops of those colour changing trees and overcast skies, going down to the dewy grass sprinkled with brown leaves.

What can I say? I love big cable knit sweaters and cardigans. I adore brown leather boots and fall coats, not to mention the fact that fall means the start of holiday season for us; Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas!

I have a plan for this fall. This fall I plan on baking more as well as making soup at least once a week. A few weeks ago I made a butternut squash soup and it was lovely! An amazing thing about this recipe is that it's super easy to make. It's not the kind of meal that requires your attention, you kind of set it up and forget about it while you attend to other thing. Another great thing is that my kids loved it and it's so hard to get my oldest to eat any sort of vegetables.

So here is the recipe I used courtesy of All Recipes.

Butternut Squash Soup

2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
2 medium potatoes, cubed
1 medium butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and cubed
1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a large pot, and cook the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, and squash 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Pour in enough of the chicken stock to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.  

Transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth. Return to pot, and mix in any remaining stock to attain desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
 I found that I didn't need to add anymore stock on to my soup at the end. It was perfectly creamy!
This batch gave serves about 6 people.

September 9, 2012


I wanted to write this post a lot earlier than now, but I waited until we go our new computer.

(He was so happy to take this picture...can you tell? hehe!)

The first day of school seems to be a rite of passage for most mothers, especially those who stay at home and whose children have never been to daycare or preschool. It's not just the first day of school, for many it's the first day your little will leave your comforting side to step into a teeny tiny part of the world that they will get to discover with their peers. I am so excited for Joshua and Lucas when I look back and reflect on my own childhood, my school days and the times in my life where I was able to grow into my own. Childhood is a notion that adults often simplify "being a kid is easy, you don't have any responsibilities, wait til they get into he real world!" I admit, I use to utter these phrases, often when I became overwhelmed by the realities of life forgetting just how tough and how important and how much responsibility it takes to be a kid.

Currently he is learning how to navigate the world on his own. This week we continued the process of growing up both my boys started school. Joshua is now in Senior Kindergarten and Lucas is attending full day daycare (luckily they are going to the same place). Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten and very different. First in JK Joshua only went for a three hours a day, in SK it's all day now that I am working.

He has also received "homework" for the first time! He takes home a work package on Wednesday and has to return to school to be checked on Monday. He has actual subjects such as Language Arts and Math twice a week and Science once a week. On Fridays he learns Mandarin! For the area we live in Mandarin is an important language as we have a large Chinese population in Toronto. When I looked at his curriculum for the year I have to say I was a bit surprised at the amount of work he had to learn but he does have an entire year to learn it and I trust his teacher's ability and judgement.

I walked through the book store the other day (it's like a church for me) and I passed the ever famous Dr. Seuss book "Oh the Place You'll Go." This book so fitting for people of all ages and it's truly fitting for a kid just beginning his way through his big kid world.

"And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.
But on you will go your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way"

- Dr. Seuss "Oh the Place You'll Go!"

September 5, 2012


It rained all day yesterday.

I spent a good portion of my time at work staring out the window. I watched the clouds roll in thick and dark as the rain pelted the pavement in the parking lot and I felt happy. I felt warm and cozy. I felt like curling up on the couch watching daytime television enjoying a bowl of hearty chili or comforting bowl of soup. I was stuck at work

I missed family time and I miss the weekend.

Aaron I started the weekend off with a dinner and a movie date! We rarely ever go on dates, if we go once a month it's a bonus so we use the time we had to reconnect.

On Saturday my family planned surprise party for my uncle. It was one of those fancy parties at a hall, which gave Aaron and I a chance to get dressed up for a party! We had a blast though, it was great seeing everyone, dancing, eating wonderful food and when we had our fill of that Aaron and I walked along Main Street, which for a suburban town was very lively even at midnight. Have you ever been to a new place, whether you were on vacation or even a stop off on your way to somewhere else while road tripping, and you instantly feel alive, refreshed, like you were home? I loved the town that this Main Street resided, and my heart and soul was overwhelmed with its charm. I have to make this place my home, no matter how much money it will take!


Being that the party of Saturday was a surprise my poor Uncle O has organized a barbeque for himself on that Sunday. The C family would never let a party go to waste so we enjoyed each other's company for another day. The best part of all was that my Father in Law dropped off the boys at my Uncle's house. My heart swelled with joy the moment I saw them! Weekends are big for me since I work full time, so having my entire Saturday spent without them was hard, the good part was that Monday was a holiday, which made up for it!


I spent Monday relaxing with them. I took them to the park and got them ready for Senior Kindergarten and Daycare the next morning. The events of this day will have to be on another post!

*Still doing all of this from my iphone