Saturday, April 25, 2009

Harbour Tour

So fortunate today - our friends took us on a harbour tour! We had such a great time - we even saw our first seals. I didn't have the camera ready at that point, but I did name them Henry and Lola.

The boys were great - very excited to experience their first boat ride. I was so proud of them! Aidan was so tuckered out by the fresh air, he had a 3 hour nap afterwards.

I've got a few photos below of our day:

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Liam with his short hair:

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Kieran with his long hair:

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James and Aidan:

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Got a Clue?

Got a clue?

I thought I'd share this little idea - my husband loves to play Clue with the boys, so we adapted our pieces and wrapped up the game for him for Father's Day last year. Very silly of us, but a lot of fun!

I used this picture for my technology blog because I had an assignment about our vision of the future of technology in schools and libraries.

Sorry this is such a scattered post, but Aidan has been sick all week, and he's not sleeping well, and I'm exhausted. Funny how the brain turns to mush when it's unrested, huh?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Yes, it was Easter Sunday today, and we had a great big Ukrainian meal (James' family is Ukrainian, mine's Irish/Scottish/English). I wish I'd taken photos of the meal, but I think I have last years shot, so I'll dig it up....

Ukrainian Easter dinner

There you go. We had Easter dressing (Natchinka?), cabbage rolls, bread, eggs, ham, sausage, and beet relish with horse radish (makes your eyes water like crazy).

The boys had fun searching for their eggs and treats. Kieran has been sick for a couple of days now, but he had enough energy to enjoy the day.

James' uncle and aunt came over for supper and Baba and Dido have been here all week. (Incidentally, it's been wonderful having the help!) Yesterday we went to the university and walked around the gardens. Liam was amazed that there were flowers bigger than his head.

Walk in the Garden

Aidan did lots of walking with help from his Dido. He's still pretty unsteady, but he's starting to do more one-handed assisted walking which he's excited and a little nervous about. Our PT and OT told us not to worry - the bear-walking and crawling that he's doing is helping to strengthen him in ways that will help him down the road (with fine-motor control needed when printing, for example). Knowing this makes us feel better - but still there is something about that walking milestone that makes you want to get there fast. He'll do it when he's ready, and we're okay with that.

Walked a mile (or so it seemed)

Aidan played with tissue paper for a solid 45 minutes, then later got one strand of that fake grass stuff that you put in the Easter basket and played with it for 15 minutes. No need for expensive toys for this boy, he's delighted by the world around him (I kind of hope this quality lasts!). Here he is standing: he's just played "shredder boy".

Paper ripping day

All in all it was a lovely Easter weekend (and it's not over yet, there's still tomorrow!).

One last thing to mention, I'm finished my class - yippee! It's been a long haul as I've been working through 2 terms with a focus on technology in school libraries. It was a lot of fun, and I learned an incredible amount. I've enjoyed stretching my mind and technical abilities, but I'm going to enjoy the summer without a class. I'll turn my attention over to my other writings with a hope that I'll be published one day (a girl can dream, right?)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Gratitude, not a Bad Attitude

That's what I try to teach my boys. Every single day. But it's hard for little boys - who think that toys or another television show will make their life complete - to understand that we don't need more. In fact, we probably need less.

Imagine if our TV was gone. What would we do? Would we talk more, read more, play more - TOGETHER? Would we be outdoors more - go hiking, biking, walking? Would we actually be healthier?

Would our attitudes change? Would our bad attitudes (about not getting to watch their favourite show, or play one more video game) be replaced with a little gratitude for the simpler things in life - or would the men/boys in my life revolt and send me packing?

I guess when it comes right down to it, I'm spineless. It's just a little pipe-dream of mine, this idea of no TV. Once, I saw a book about television watching and children called, "The Plug-In Drug." It got me thinking about how and when we use our TV. Maybe I'll go back to my old ways - and make them "pay me" to watch a program. Read, draw, write, do chores, play an instrument. . . then they can watch a show or play a video game.