Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I'm becoming obsessed

While surfing around blogs the other night waiting for Rob to come home, I found this great blog out of my newly adopted province of Saskatchewan. It's quirky, funny and full of pictures. And best of all, she updates almost every day. This is what has been on my mind all day:

OK, listen up, folks. Time for a new name for this blog, and I am taking suggestions from you, our valued readers. (Some of you might have to de-lurk for just a moment, but it's for a good cause.) I've been doing a bit of surfing and reading myself - since I have absolutely nothing else to do - and there are some decidedly witty blogs out there, with interesting and quirky and pun-ish titles. The Mother Load (love it!), Testosterhome (too good), Deathbed Moment (see what I mean about quirky?). The options are endless! So put on your thinking caps while you're sitting there wasting time trying to vicariously be a farmer. I'm going to go read some more because, like I said, I have absolutely nothing else to do!

This is her latest post and I'm trying to come up with something. Normally I can do this, but this one has me stumped. I'm passing this along to you, my blogger friends, to see what you come up with. And I would encourage you to drop over and see her blog. Unless of course you're in the high north and craving fresh produce. Don't blame me when you start salivating over your keyboard. :) Her blog is on my blogroll as Shraefel Farm.

Good Food Box

I went to a Parent's Night at the preschool last night and won a "Good Food Box". This is a progam that is run here and in other communities across Canada to promote healthy eating. The boxes can be ordered for 20.00 and are available once a month. This box as you can see has bananas, cherry tomatoes, english cucumber, lettuce, apples, nectarines, pears, potatoes, and a box of spaghetti. it also comes with a newsletter and recipes that can be used with the ingredients in the box. I bet my friends up North and down further south for that matter would LOVE to pay only 20.00 for all this! I'm definately ordering one next month.

And it starts again

Guess who else is obsessed with Dinkies?! Lightning McQueen is in his hand (Dynaco Blue) and DJ or as Joey calls him "The Nodder" is 6th from the right. The other "Nodders" and the Red Lightning McQueen are never far away.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Random pictures from the past couple of weeks

My little angels.
2.5 seconds later.

Colby has taken a huge fascination with Lego. It's amazing what this child can build.

This is where he sits and quotes most of the movie. I swear if the word is in this movie he can now say it.

Notice the car in his hand?

On the floor playing Game Boy. Seriously, how old is this child? And believe it or not, the game in the machine is Cars. He really is obsessed.

A winning smile, or pure evil, depending on the angle and his mood.

They're out of control!

I finally have baby tomatoes growing. Of the 13 tomato plants I have, 12 of them have flowered. Not bad for my first time ever trying. Here's the problem I have. With the exception of a few, they are now almost bigger than my window. I have mason jars and pickling spice waiting, and I can almost taste the green tomato chow!

Thanks for the great laugh Denise!

For all parents, especially one with boys.

1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 200 m2 house to a depth of 10 cm.

2. If you spray hair spray on dust balls and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.

3. A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 20 Kg boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 6m x 6m room.

5. You should not throw cricket balls up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a cricket ball a long way.

6. The glass in windows (even double-glazed) doesn't stop a cricket ball hit by a ceiling fan.

7. When you hear the toilet flush and the words 'uh oh', it's already too late.

8. Brake fluid mixed with bleach makes smoke, and lots of it.

9. A six-year old Boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old Man says they can only do it in the movies.

10. Certain Lego's will pass through the digestive tract of a 4- year old Boy.

11. Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.

12. Super glue is forever.

13. No matter how many jelly crystals you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.

14. Pool filters do not like jelly crystals.

15. VCR's do not eject 'BL&T' sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.

16. Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

17. Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

18. You probably DO NOT want to know what that smell is.

19. Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.

20. The fire department in Brisbane, Qld, has a 5-minute response time.

21. The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.

22. It will, however, make cats dizzy.

23. Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

80% of Women will pass this on to almost all of their friends, with or without kids.

80% of Men who read this will try mixing the bleach and brake fluid.

Friday, September 26, 2008

On the motorcycle

OK Adam, this is for you. This is now my second ride this year on a bike and I DON'T EVEN OWN A BIKE! Shame on you!

New pics of the boys and their bows

A real car in Halifax

Joey would have 10 fits if he saw this.

Terry Fox walk

Today the preschool had a Terry Fox walk. At the preschool here in town, Joey is not old enough to attend (kids have to be 3) so they offer a drop in program on Wednesday mornings. Joey and I go every Wednesday morning and we both really enjoy the company of people our own age. They made signs to carry yesterday for the walk and invited us to come and walk with them this morning. The RCMP Corporal escorted the kids with the police truck and they were followed by the preschool van. The kids thought it was the greatest thing to follow the truck, especially when he turned on the sirens! Have I mentioned how much I love this town?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bye bye bottle

My baby is not a baby anymore. He's officially done with bottles. He has bitten through all the tops and I refuse to buy anymore. I can't believe it. He's talking clearer and clearer everyday. Someone please tell me when he grew up???

Oh, and now that he is finally finished with his bottle, I have some Advent Bottles that I no longer need. Does anyone need some nipple-less bottles?

Monday, September 22, 2008

I think I want my snowblower!

Do any of you have any suggestions on how to get our snowblower from Halifax to at least Saskatoon? We are running out of options and we would love to have it here before the snow flies.

Help me keep my sanity

Normally I wouldn't do this, but life in the Schwartz residence is becoming strained. Well, specifially MY life when Joey and I are home alone. Joey has become obessed with the movie Cars. He has all the dinkies, a stuffed Lightning McQueen and is now quoting part of the movie (which is HUGE thing for him). Here's the problem. Our copy is scratched and doesn't play. I borrowed a copy from a friend to copy but for some reason my DVD player is now becoming fussy on what it plays. Does anyone have a copy of this movie that they no longer use and would be willing to donate it to to the "Save Tina's sanity" cause? I have checked E.B.ay but by the time shipping is factored in, I would be paying more for a used copy then I would to buy a new one. I don't forsee me going into the "big city" until the end of October, and that's a LONG time to listen to "Mommy, Oh Yeah?(Lightning) Der(Mader)? Nonner (Nodders)" Which translated from Joey language means

"Mommy, can we please put on Cars while I play with the dinkies I have from the movie? Oh please mommy, I'll love you forever!"

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My boy

My Guitar Heros

You can see the rest of the pictures here

My laugh of the night

I don't normally look at the searches that bring people to the blog, but one keeps coming up and making me laugh. Someone from Istanbul keeping googling "Dog Porn" and keeps ending up on the site. So I thought I would say DOG PORN, dog porn, dog porn. Sicko.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Received this as an email

I received this as an email and thought it would be fun to post this on the blog. I'm actually starting one and not copying off someone else's blog. And, it gives you "not posting bloggers" something to blog about! So I'll be looking forward to seeing yours on your blog. 1. What is your occupation right now? Stay at home mom. Trying desperately to find work.

2. What color are your socks right now? White

3. What are you listening to right now? Rob and Colby talking about Guitar Hero.

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Salad with feta cheese and pickles.

5. Can you drive a stick shift? Is there any other kind?

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My sister, of course.

7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? I sure do. She was the 2nd friend I made here in town. 2 minutes after the first one.

8. How old are you today? 33

9. What is your favourite sport to watch? UFC.

10. What is your favourite drink? Sugar free Kool Aid and Crystal Light.

12. Favourite food? BBQ Chicken pizza, and blueberry fritters.

13. What is the last movie you watched? Hush Little Baby. BAD movie.

14. Favourite day of the year? Halloween

15. How do you vent your anger? By calling my sister.

16. What was your favourite toy as a child? Dinkies. I had loads of them.

17. What is your favourite season? Fall

18. Cherries or Blueberries? Blueberries, especially in a fritter.

19. Living arrangements? We live in a house provided by NWC.

20. When was the last time you cried? Hmm, which commerical was on last??

21. What is on the floor of your closet? Sleeping bag and suitcases.

22. What did you do last night? Watched Rob, Colby and Joey play Guitar Hero.

23. What inspires you? My family.

24. What are you most afraid of? Dead fish in a fishtank. They creep me out.

25. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Loaded with veggies and cheese.

26. Favourite dog breed? French Mastiff.

27. Favourite day of the week? Tuesday. All the good shows are on then.

28. How many states/provinces have you lived in? 4 (NS, Newfoundland, NWT, SK)

29. Biggest Life lesson... Live today to the fullest, and don't assume there will be a tomorrow.

My Mommy

My Mom and Grandmother, both who look much younger than they are.

My Mom holding her newest neice.

My Mom and Aunt Donna (they are twins but Mom looks MUCH younger) holding the new baby.

While surfing around Facebook the other night on my cousin's profile, I found these pictures she had taken when we were there in June and just had to post them here for all to see.

Package from Nanny

We received another care package from Nanny the day before yesterday. It had wonderful treats such as Peanut Butter chocolate covered granola bars, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, and of course, the all important Sunrise Bologna. Thanks Nanny!

The other exciting thing that has happened over the last 24 hours is that Joey has finally put a sentence together in english! This is a HUGE accomplishment for him. He looked at us last night during supper and said

"All done my cup".

This is the first time he has strung together 4 words. We were so excited we called Gramma to let her hear it!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Kellie

Happy birthday my 2nd oldest cousin (I think, it is before coffee), and the only woman I know who picks out 2 complete outfits to wear each day, one to wear and one in a "just in case" emergency bag in the trunk of her car.

Happy Birthday Kellie Ann, we love you!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Family Guy - Lois Mom Mum Mommy

This nearly made me pee my pants. Thanks to Elise for putting it on her blog!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Might as well keep going with the explanations

It's true. I have 2 husbands. This is the other one. This is the "Adam" of Colby Adam. Rob and Adam have been friends since childhood. They practically grew up in each other's houses. I didn't really get to know Adam until after Rob and I moved back to Nova Scotia after being in Newfoundland for 2 years. Up until that point, he was the guy in the navy that called 2 times from BC on New Years. Once when it was midnight our time and then again 3 hours later and loaded drunk when it was midnight in BC. He came back to visit when we moved home and lived on our couch for a week. Again, remember I didn't really know this guy, and I was newly married. I walked out to my livingroom one day and there he is sound asleep in nothing but tight black undies. And he was really buff and tanned back then, being a Navy man and all. Only Adam. As much as we laugh about it, it just goes to show how comfortable he was around me. (I'm letting myself believe that, and not that Adam just didn't give a sweet damn, which really is closer to the truth). It was about a year or so later that he moved home for good, and back to my couch. He stayed with us for about a month and then although he had his own place he still managed to spend a fair amount of time on my couch. I'm not sure exactly when he started introducing me as his wife to people, but it was probably around then. (To complicate matters further, when Colby was born his mother became "Gramma Jeannine", which produced many puzzled stares when she would take him for the day and show off her "grandson", as everyone knew neither of her sons had children. ) Then came his -n-his quads (see here), which really sealed the deal for all of us. The best was when I would call his office to leave him a message that said "Please tell Adam to call his wife at home". He would still be laughing when he called me back. It didn't take the secretary long to recognize my voice after that.

He's a fantastic guy who is like a brother to Rob and is Uncle Adam to my boys. He was our first visitor when we moved to the North, and the one who was there for us when we went back home. And I know if he showed up here tomorrow he'd have a Tim Horton's coffee just the way I like it.

For Jackie

To answer Jackie's question, this is where Little Piece of Texas comes from. For any Survivor fans, you will know that the 2nd season of Survivor was on in 2001. I was pregnant in 2001 and we were having the hardest time coming up with a boy name. We had a girl name picked out (Ashleigh Erin), but could not decide on a boy. We already had the middle name picked out (Adam) but were having the hardest time finding a name that we both liked. I fell in love with the name Colby from Colby Donaldson. Neither one of us had heard it before, and loved the way Colby Adam sounded. So, although he TECHNICALLY wasn't named after Colby Donaldson, we did steal his name. So, since Colby Donaldson is from Texas, my Colby is my "little piece of Texas". Now you know.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

It's official

Poor Chester has yet ANOTHER provincial licence plate. I think this one is my favorite. GGR baby!

Playing around today

We decided to get out of the house this morning and went adventuring around town. This is in a field just up the road from us, and the top picture was taken at the beach. I uploaded a bunch more to Facebook, because it loads faster than here. You can see the rest HERE

Saturday, September 13, 2008

For Kara

Today is Kara and Matt's anniversary, and she put a few of her wedding pics on her blog. She got me thinking about our wedding, and I told her about my sneakers. This picture was taken at the end of the night, after a lot of dancing and laughing, as you can tell by my very red face. And no, I didn't get married in sneakers, but they were waiting for me in the car as soon as we got out of the church!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pure evil

'Nuff said.

Tow-mader plants

These are the "short" ones


More flowers. Hopefully they will be tomatoes soon!

And Kara, according to online I don't need to violate them. I just to shake the bejesus out of them for 10 seconds 2 times a week. Much nicer than violating them with a q-tip, and more fun for me.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Gym night

Every 2 weeks the preschool I have Joey enrolled in has a family gym night at Colby's school where the kids can run and play. They all had a blast, as you can see. I think I have 2 little basketball players on my hands!