What happened in between

I haven’t blogged in a really long time. Almost six weeks, which isn’t the longest that I have gone without blogging but it very close. I have been around but blogging has been really low on my list of things to do.

So here is what has happened since I last blogged (in no particular order. This is just as I remember things):

  • Mats won the principals award. He has been doing really well this year. He is now the “big” kid in his class. He has taken on more of a leadership role and his teacher really likes that. She wants him to start practicing for next year now. He knows the curriculum really well and having him review is not helping him anymore. So he needs to start working on the curriculum for next year so he doesn’t get bored. Based on all this, his teacher decided to give him the principal’s award at the last celebration assembly. He was pretty proud of himself, as he should be. He was telling us for about a week before the assembly that he would be getting the award but he didn’t know the exact date of the assembly. It wasn’t until his teacher sent home a note that we knew when it was all going to go down. Since I was back at work, I could not go but Millhouse and Beanz went that morning to see him get his award. He was super excited to see that he had a cheering squad and he held up his award proudly for them to see. That night we had bacon pizza for dinner because how else would you celebrate getting the principals award when you’re five.
  • The NP was on TV. Well, she was on more than TV, she was in the local paper and on TV. Her drum squad was featured for being the youngest group in the province to actually perform and compete for drumming in the province. Which is pretty damn cool. But the fact that she is also the only girl in her squad is also a pretty big deal. She has been drumming for forever now and she holds her own against the boys and now she is being recognized for just how good she is. It is a pretty cool accomplishment she has achieved.
  • Trinidad happened. I LOVED it. It helped heal me. I needed it. LOVED IT.
  • Millhouse discovered a ghetto version of Dave and Busters about two blocks away from the house. It is a small laser tag/mini golf/arcade type place. It doesn’t look like much from the outside and the inside is really small but for what it is, which is a place for the kids to burn off energy, it is really good. It is the type of place where we can take the kids on a Sunday afternoon when they are bored out of their mind and it will keep them busy. They have been a couple times and they seems to really like it. Mats gets really exciting about getting to go there. I think it is because he is finally getting included in some big kid adventures. I thought it was expensive until I found out there was a wagjag deal for it. Now that I have coupons, we will be going there more often. J

Chicpoee Tube Park – My Review

Where did we go:  Chicopee Tube Park

Cost:  $17 per child because we did not go zip lining.  The package with zip lining was $25.

Would I go back:  No

The kids, Beanz, Millhouse and I spent the most part of Sunday at the Chicopee Tube Park.  The NP went tubing* there over the winter.  She had a fun time so I decided to check it out for a summer activity.  I like to explore in the summer and find new things to do.  Ontario is full of stuff that is always going on so I see no reason with sticking to routines.

When I checked the out on line; they seemed very family friendly and had things that would work with the wide range of age groups that we had.  There was ziplining and tubing for the older kids and eurobungy and rope climbing for Mat.

When we got there we realized that the park itself is very small and the activities are geared towards older kids.  Maks and the NP spent some time tubing and climbing up a spider web* while Mat spent his time having a slushie in the chalet.  Because the euro bungy only allowed one child at a time, there was always a line up to get on that.  The spider web got very rambunctious when the older kids went on and started rough housing.  The tubing was fun but because both the tube and the track are dry, you never go very fast and you don’t ever make it all the way down to the bottom.  Both Maks and the NP would get stuck halfway down the track and have to drag their tube to the bottom.  If they added some water to the track, it would have sped up the tubes and I bet more people would have been going down them.  The ropes course was considerably smaller than other ropes courses that we had been on and again, it was limited to a couple of people at a time.  That means that if you didn’t catch it at the right time, you could be waiting for a long time.

Within an hour and a half all three kids had done all there was to do and were ready to go.

The novelty of the park was there.  You can do a variety of thrilling activities that you normally wouldn’t be able to do.  But based on the website, I was expecting it to be a lot bigger with more to do.  And for the price, it is not something that I would go back to again.  We spent $87 for all three kids and Beanz to play for an hour and a half in a very small area.  It is not an economical trip and overall none of the kids want to go back.

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*for those of you that don’t know; tubing is when you go down a steep hill in an inner tube.  Because the snow is packed down and the tube is smooth, you fly down the hill.  In the summer; they build two tracks of smooth plastic so that the tubes will fly down the hill.  But because the track and the tube are dry, you don’t go as fast.

**we were unable to go ziplining

Allow me a couple of moments to wallow

Stuff is going on with me and I need an outlet to wallow.

I am going to wallow on the blog because really I feel bad saying the same things over and over again to people and I might drive them insane.

In my head, things are spinning and I am spiralling so to save my sanity, I am going to write.

I will password protect the posts so that the general public is not subjected to my wallowing.  Making them password protected means that you can easily ignore them if you want.  If you want to journey into the muck of my mind with me, just ask for the password and I will let you in.

Not all of my posts will be these things.

So you can stick around for regular scheduled family friendly posts as per usual.

I was hacked

So my little blog was violated.

I got hacked.

And then panicked.

But I put out a call to Cecilia and she helped me out as best as she could.

And 48 hours later, my blog was fixed.

I got a lecture about blog security and changing my password more often but I’m back!!!

And I’m super excited about that.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

I don’t blog so much anymore. I have so much to say but my time is so limited that it is hard to actually do all the things that I want to do.

Blogging is on my list of things that I want to do but admittedly, it is really low on the list and keeps getting pushed lower and lower.

I do try to make the effort to blog more but unless I actually will myself to do it, I won’t do it.

I wonder if that is a sign I should stop.

When dreams make you cry

Beanz sent me a text telling me that she had a dream that I had killed the Ninja Princess.  The same night I had a dream that Beanz was harassing me for shoes.  Now, I think that my dream had a very to the point meaning behind it; Beanz is really good at harassing me about shoes and my subconscious can’t escape the harassment even when I sleep.

Beanz’ dream was a bit more complicated and so I turned to dream translator Google and this is what I came up with:

If you dream about the death of a child, then it implies that you need to let go of your immaturity and start being more serious. As your child reaches certain milestones and grows into an adult, dreaming of their death may be symbolic of their own self-discovery, transition and transformation into a new stage of life.

So I emailed that over to her and her reaction was for me to stop emailing her.

She wanted to cry.

The whole idea that her child is actually growing up, even on a subconscious level upset her that much.  I have no idea how she is going to make it when she has to take the NP shopping for prom dresses .  And much to her chagrin the NP is going to need a prom dress at lot sooner than Beanz expects.  I personally can’t wait until the NP is getting ready for her prom and is rocking a fantastic ensemble.

But I think Beanz can wait.

She may try to put her in a onesie instead.

Not since May

So, the last time I blogged was in May.  It is not for lack of stuff happening in my life, loads and loads of stuff has been happening in my life and that is why the month of June looks like nothing has happened in my life.

I am going to try harder to update my blog.

No promises but I will try.

Pretty Pretty!!

My blog has gotten a makeover.

The freaking fantabulous Mo from over at Fantastique Designs has made me a super awesome blog layout.

It is my first ever customized layout and I totally, absolutely LOVE IT!!!

It is so me and since that is what my blog is all about, ME, it is so great having a design that represents me and totally me.

Her website is currently under construction but her work is amazing and she is totally easy going and great to work with so if you are interested in having her make you something as amazingly awesome as mine, let me know and I’ll hook you up with her.


A blog post a day…

Is as hard as heck.

I know a lot of people that are saying that 2013 is the year that they blog every day.

I can’t do that and I am not even going to attempt to blog every day.

Instead, I am going to try to blog more.

That I can handle.

Protected Posts

Stuff is going on in my life.  Stuff that I don’t want everyone to know.  So because of that you are going to see some protected posts popping up on my blog now and then.

I hope y’all don’t take offense to them being there.  As much as I appreciate my readers, some things just need to remain private.

If you want access to these posts, just ask and I will let you know the password.