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February 29, 2008 at 11:57 pm 1 comment

Musical Moment

Here is a list of some of the music I have been listening to as of late.  I enjoy music that isn’t always played on the radio.  I love the catchy, yet relaxing tunes that appear on some TV shows I watch, certain commercials and other odds and ends.  

 

I purposely search for artists that aren’t well known and introduce them to my friends and family as something ‘new and different’ from what they are normally used to listening to.

 

If there is anyone out there that would like to share some of their favorite music, please feel free.  I’d love to hear them!

 

1. Life After Love – Low vs Diamond

2. Bubbly – Colby Caillat

3. Dream Tonight – Rhonda Stakich

4. Everybody’s Changing – Keane

5. I feel It All – Feist

6. Mixed Up – Rhonda Stakich

7. Mushaboom – Feist

8. New Soul – Yael Naim

9. Peachy – Missy Higgins

10. Just For Now – Imogen Heap

11. Sending Love – Casey Marshall

12. Steer – Missy Higgins

February 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm 5 comments

Winter Stroll

 

Yesterday my Sister and her daughter came over and we took the kids into the ravine for a nice long walk in hopes to tucker them out.  It didn’t even phase them.  Sure, they were all tired and wanted to be carried the rest of the way home, but once we got inside their energy level sky rocketed!  Where do kids get all their energy from?  It amazes me.

 

It was a nice walk and I was able to snap a few pictures.  Since the ravine is the closest thing I have to the country right now  (besides my In-Law’s) I consider it a treat to go down there.  It is really pretty there in the spring with the streams flowing and buds about to bloom.  Fall is amazing too.  All the paths are covered in leaves and the colors are warm and inviting.  Summer can be terrible with all the mosquitoes wanting to eat you whole, so I hardly go at that time.  Winter is nice too, but the snow covers most of the paths so it limits where one can trek.

 

So, I sit here sipping my nice hot cup of coffee, hugged by one of my favorite shirts, enjoying the smell of Mullberry floating throughout my house wondering what to do today.  It’s a beautiful overcast day and it’s making me think of rain.

 

I think we’ll spend the day indoors and I’ll crank some music and watch the kids dance like bobble heads.

 

 

 

 

February 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm 2 comments

Good Morning Sunshine!

I was laying in bed this morning, listening to the kids laugh and play in their bedroom through the monitor, as I do every morning when all of the sudden I hear, 

 

“Mommy!!!  We need your help!”.  

 

I let out a big sigh and ask why, as Lucas has a tendency of over exaggerating events and makes Nathan playing with one of his toys sound like he’s hanging by his toes from the light fixture and is about to fall into a pit of lava.  

 

Lucas replies, “Nathan took off his diaper!”.

 

I whip the covers off of me and run into their room thinking I will find the same mess he made once before where EVERYTHING was covered in poop.

 

Upon entering the room, I find my youngest standing buck naked in his crib, poopy diaper at his feet with the BIGGEST smile on his face.  He stripped himself of his jammies, throwing them onto the floor.  Along side those were his blankets, teddy and book.

 

He looked awfully proud of himself too, as if to show me that he did me a favor by removing all the other things that could have been pooped on.  I have to admit that I was thankful the only thing I had to clean up was his cute bottom.  He didn’t sit on anything, dip his hands in the diaper or rub anything off his bum and proceed to finger paint a masterpiece like the last time.  

 

He looked like a chocolate covered baby and not one that you would pay big bucks to devour.

 

It was gross.

 

My kids are growing too fast and becoming way too smart for their own good.

February 26, 2008 at 10:04 pm 1 comment

A Case Of Nostalgia

 

 

I don’t know if it’s the weather changing, the fresh air creeping it’s way through the windows or the way I woke up this morning, but I am feeling nostalgic.

 

Of all things, I am listening to 80’s music and Monster Ballads and it’s taking me back to a time in my life where I really felt like me.  My first Love, my crushes, my friends.  I miss those days, but at the same time I’m glad they are behind me as I wouldn’t trade what I have now for the world.

 

I’m an 80’s girl at heart and I can spend forever listening to the music, because for the most part, it takes me back to the “carefree” days that were mine.  Silly dancing, playing dress-up, laying in the tall grass and simply, just being a kid.

 

There are days where I wish I could travel back in time just so I can spend the whole afternoon playing outside with my best childhood friends. Riding our bikes around the neighborhood, taking walks, collecting strange objects and turning them into treasures, building forts and so much more.

 

I just might have to bust out some ABBA like my Mom used to do when she did housework in the summer.  She would have the windows wide open and I could hear the music from down the street, mixed with the smell of Mr. Clean brings back the greatest memories of us cleaning, singing and dancing all throughout the house.

 

I can’t wait until the day when my boys get a bit older and we can spend all day outside, build forts, climb trees, roll down a hill and laugh so hard that we can’t get up.

 

Until then, I’m going to dance.

 

February 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm 1 comment

How To Annoy Me

When I ask you to clean up after yourself, ignore me.  Then decide 3 days later to do so and expect a medal like you came up with it ALL BY YOURSELF!

February 20, 2008 at 3:42 pm 1 comment

Shhh…Quiet Please, I Can’t Hear You

 

 

I am trying to figure out a way to find my inner peace and quiet.  My brain is cluttered, there are so many things going on in there all at once and I am having a hard time finding silence.  I have tried meditation, but I just can’t seem to find the solid time to do it.

 

The thing most would find weird about it all is that I don’t live a fast paced lifestyle, I don’t have a bunch of places to be at and my days aren’t chalked full of events, other than chasing kids and the normal household chores.  I have other stresses in my life that seem to keep my brain in the ON position and it is seriously becoming too much.

 

It is very difficult for me to be able to find time to do what I want to do without constant distractions and disturbances. Frankly, I am getting a little sick and tired of having to wait until 3am to maybe have a half hour to myself.  That just isn’t enough time to do anything and most nights that doesn’t even happen as the kids tend to wake up 3-4 times a night.

 

Insomnia doesn’t help either.  I do not have a proper sleep schedule, nor have I ever.  I am a night owl and have been since I can remember.  I can wake up early in the morning if I have to, but would rather catch as many z’s as I possibly can when I have two young kids to chase after.  I have seen doctors concerning the insomnia, taken prescribed and over the counter sleep aids, tried alternative methods and none of them have worked.  I have stayed off the caffeine (YIKES), avoided any afternoon naps and I was still unable to sleep properly.  

 

There is constant noise around me at all times.  Even when the kids are in bed and I mute or turn off the TV, I can still hear noise.  It just doesn’t seem to go away.  Ringing in my ears, buzzing in my brain, bright, strange shapes and colors that resemble a kaleidoscope when I close my eyes, it’s never ending.

 

Then there are the voices.  Most days they are mumbles or whispers and I can’t make out what they are saying with the odd days where they either talk in a rather strange, loud tone or yell and scare the crap out of me.  It’s the same feeling as someone popping out from around the corner and yelling BOO!  But no one is around you.

 

I dream when I’m asleep.  I dream when I’m awake.  It’s non-stop and I just wish I could figure out what it is.  It would really help if I were able to understand what this is or why it’s happening.

 

If only I could reach far enough up my nose to flip the switch to the OFF position when I want some quiet, I’d be a tad bit happy.

February 19, 2008 at 2:01 pm 3 comments

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