Archive for November, 2008

YAY for Thanksgiving!!!!

So, as many of you know, Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday.  No ridiculous shopping for people who probably won’t even like what you’re giving them.  No hodge podge about a bunny delivering eggs.  No weird little green man.  No need to give crappy chocolates or roses.  Nothing like that.  Just pure celebration of life, love, and good food. 

I LOVE cooking Thanksgiving which is why we did it 3 weeks ago.  I missed Canadian Thanksgiving, and so a few weeks ago I cooked up a storm of the real Thanksgiving dinner.  Today we’re going to Dave’s uncle’s.  Apparently the man likes to do ribs and fried turkey… does that sound thanksgiving-y to anyone normal?  Not me… but thats ok.  I’m not hosting, and all I have to do is bring a salad, so I’ll keep my complaining to a minimum.

Tonight Dave’s parents have generously agreed to watch our kids whilst Dave and I take a mini hiatus from life.  Just for one night.  I think I might go into shock if I was away from Charli and Tori for longer than that.  I jokingly said to Dave the real reason we’re getting a hotel room tonight is so that we can wake up at 3am and go shopping and not wake up anyone else!  He thinks I’m serious.  I’m insane, but not that insane.  Most of the “deals” suck anyway, and really, I’d rather get 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep instead.  Besides, there are a million stores between our hotel and Dave’s parents house- we can stop on the way home!  🙂  

Well, hopefully today brings you and yours lots of good food, good memories and no hospital visits.  I can see us having to call an ambulance cause Uncle Don has fried himself, NOT the turkey…

We are thankful for so many things, which probably includes you if you’re reading this(unless you’re an internet stalker, then you can omit that…).  We’re grateful for family, especially Dave’s parents, who we’re living with and who we really have a lot of fun with.  We’re grateful for our sweet little girls that keep us on our toes all day, every day.  We’re grateful that Dave has a job, I’M grateful that he’s going to school.  That we have a nice, working car.  A place to call home and be safe in.  That Dave doesn’t go back to work till Monday!  Charli is grateful for mommy and daddy, and most of all, Tori’s hair that she loves to pull(oh yeah and Tori as well).  Victoria is grateful for her bike that she was able to ride this morning, mommy and daddy, Charli who she loves to play with, and all her toys. 

We are so blessed with everything we have and the people that are in our lives.  I love that there is a holiday dedicated to remembering whats important in life!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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So, I/we havent updated this thing in a while.  Sorry… especially since I know some of you are counting on us for your daily comedic relief!  😉 

We are still at Rose and Dale’s and life is getting interesting.  Dave is very busy with school and trying to figure out when to take the GMAT- its like the ACT for grad school.  It sucks.  We bought him a study book for $60, but figured it would be worth it in the end, the problem is the book is HUGE!  So, we talked about it and had tentatively decided that Dave would take a “trial run” test to just get a feel for it, and then he’d know what to really brush up on in the book(thus not having to read the WHOLE thing) then he’d go back and take the test again before we have to turn in his application in February… one problem… one very large, expensive problem- THE GMAT IS $250!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I could not believe that!!!!!!!   I thought maybe like the ACT, around $50-70, maybe double that since its an entrance exam for graduates, but sheesh- nothing, NOTHING like $250…   So, now our plan has changed- hopefully he’ll only need to take it once and we’ll be done with it.  Dave is not exactly excited to take it either- the test is 250 minutes.  Four hours on a Saturday morning- does that sound like fun to anyone normal?  I think not.

Onto the hilarious parts… Charli is growing so fast.  She has one tooth now and loves to talk all the time.  She has started to do this thing with her tongue that cracks me up!  I’ll stick my tongue out at her and she’ll do the same thing- only she puts it back in and out pretty quick and thinks its the greatest thing.   Her favorite places to crawl in grandma’s house are into the formal living room by the grandfather clock- Rose has this little fake plant down on the ground in a little pot- she LOVES to crawl up there and chew on its leaves… yummy.  She is also enthralled with grandma’s “lid drawer”.  All the tupperware lids are in one drawer closest to the floor.  Charli has figured out how to crawl up and on this one small knob, she pulls herself to kneeling.  She then proceeds to open the drawer and somehow get her legs under the open drawer and sits there playing with all the lids for as long as she can stay balanced… occasionally she’ll lose her balance and get stuck underneath the drawer paralyzed in fear.  Its hysterical.

Tori… now she is the really funny one.  She has such an opinion these days- about everything!

The other day Rose was home from work and was going to treat Tori and I to lunch.  I was getting Charli dressed for the day when Tori comes in from helping grandma get ready and says,

“Mom!  Where’s da food”


“WHERE’S DA FOOD?!” (as if I really didn’t hear what she had said)

“Sweetie, I don’t understand what you’re asking me.”

“WHERE’S DA FOOD?!!!!!!”  (very insistent at this point that its not a difficult question to answer)

“I don’t know Tori, where is it?”



A few minutes later Rose comes in and asks,

“Did Tori ask you what she was supposed to?”

“Um, she asked me where the food was”

Rose, laughing, says, “She was supposed to ask you where your favorite place to get food is.”


Or the other morning, Tori had crawled into bed with us.  Dave had left to go get in the shower and she looked at me and said,

“Now I’m gonna go get some nem n nems!” (M&Ms)

“Oh yeah?”

“YEP!” (she slides down off our bed)  “hmmm…. now where can I find some nem n nems?!” (as she’s looking through the stuff in our room)

Or the other day at the store…

“Tori, if you don’t start listening and sit down in the cart, I’m going to lose my mind.”

“MOM!(still standing up at this point, now yelling for all to hear) I DON’T WANT YOU TO LOSE YOUR MIND!!!!!!”

“Well then sit down!”

“I don’t want to sit down and I don’t want you to lose your mind ok!?”

Tori is the most hilarious kid.  When she’s not trying to get her way via screaming or tantrum throwing, she really is quite comical.  She’s got the best imagination.  She is very sweet and loving with Charli.  They are best buds and its so much fun watching them feed off each other. 

Most days (I guiltily admit) I take my job for granted.  My kids are so much fun, a helluva lot of work, but even more fun.  Tori really is a sweet kid, even if she screams and throws the mother of all fits at the most inopportune times occasionally.  She brightens my day, everyday with her hilarious banter and commentary on life.  I love it; all of it.  Even the parts where I’m up for the 10th time in the middle of the night with Charli, or I’m cleaning up a potty accident from Tori.  These things are all fairly temporary, and the pros still out way the cons…  I love being a mom!

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