Thursday, 30 May 2013

Help me obsess over Christmas presents in May. No, really.

Okay - a quick disclaimer.

I know it's only May, and it's crazy to think about Christmas presents.  But I am a chronic over-thinker.  I want Vivian to get a dollhouse for Christmas, but I want it to be something that is going to be able to hang in there for the long run, so I want to make a good choice.  I don't want to get something that is going to end up falling apart, or being too small, or that she'll outgrow in a couple of years.  Also, buying and furnishing a dollhouse can be quite the endeavor.  If I end up picking a dollhouse that I'll need to buy furniture for separately, I would like to be able to keep an eye out for sales or just grab furniture one room at a time so it isn't one major purchase right before Christmas.  Plus, it would be awesome to have some input from other people, so if you want to weigh in on the dollhouse dilemma, I would love to hear what you have to say!

So yeah, Vivian is pretty into Barbie dolls and princesses right now.  So I would like her big Santa present to be a dollhouse.  But which one?  I found a Barbie Dreamhouse on clearance for $75 the other day and couldn't decide if it was something I should seriously consider getting now, or if it would just end up being a cheap piece of crap that would fall apart and I would regret anyway.

So here are the choices I'm looking at.

The classic - the Barbie Dreamhouse.  I know it's plastic and probably not the greatest option, but part of me thinks, "Why not?"  She loves Barbie, and she's only little once.

Find it here
There's the option like this, which is technically a Groovy Girls house, but Barbie-sized dolls would fit in it.  Not a whole lot to it, but it's nice that it's double-sided and wooden.

Find it here

Now, if I were making this decision based only on what I want, I would pick one of the next two.  They're both simple and modern, gender neutral and built to last.  But I worry about picking something that I think looks nice versus what she would really love.  Plus they wouldn't fit the Barbie-sized dolls.
Find it here

Find it here

I love Melissa and Doug stuff, so their house is a cute option, but again it would only fit smaller dolls.
Find it here

My mom suggested this one, the Step 2 model.  It's nice and big, with enough space for more than one kid to play at a time.  It would fit Barbie dolls, but there aren't many rooms.

Find it here

This is what Vivian would pick out.  It's the only time I've ever seen her react to a commercial.  The Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle.  As soon as she saw the commercial she ran over to me, yelling "Mommy!  Castle!  Princess!"  Each princess has their own area, and she has all of the princesses already.  It's so cute, but the reviews for it are terrible.  It's cheap plastic, the pieces don't fit properly, you basically have to glue the thing together...I don't always put much stock in online reviews, but this one worries me.  But then I think about how excited she would be to see it...
Find it here

Whenever we go to Mastermind Toys, she loves to check out the Playmobil stuff, especially that princess castle.  The Playmobil stuff is cool, but it's not cheap.  The Princess castle is $179, and it doesn't fit the Barbie-sized dolls (I keep referencing Barbie dolls because I think she'll end up playing with them the longest).  Plus I worry that a castle would be too limiting.

Find it here

Find it here

These Imaginarium ones might just be my best bet.  They're nice and big, with lots of rooms and will fit Barbie dolls.  But do I go double-sided, or get the one-sided one with the elevator?  I'm not really worried about how much space it will take up (a luxury of only having one kid).
Find it here

Find it here
Then of course there's always the crazy thought I could build one.  Ana White has plans for a house that is basically identical to the double-sided Imaginarium one above, and Young House Love made a really sweet one for their little girl.

So there, lay it on me.  What is the best way to go?  When I was a kid I had the Tudor-style Fisher Price dollhouse and loved it to pieces, so maybe bigger isn't always better?  I'd love to hear if you have any advice!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Multipurpose Booze

I stopped in at Michaels the other day to kill some time and wander.  I checked out the clearance section and found a nice, big shadowbox (the opening is about 13.5 by 10.5 inches).  Now shadowboxes are always super pricey, so I'm always on the lookout for cheap clearance section ones.  So when I saw this sticker...

I thought - awesome!  A big shadowbox for under $8?  Sold.

So up to the counter I went (didn't find anything else) and the girl rang it up and told me the total was $2.81. I was confused, and suddenly feeling stupid for having to pay with a debit card, so I asked if she was sure.  Yup, that was $2.49, not $7.49.  Amazing!

So here I was with a shadowbox and wasn't quite sure what to do with it.  Here's the whole thing - the only problem with it was that there wasn't any kind of nice background to it, just the back of the frame.  Easily fixed.

Now a long, long time ago, a cousin of mine gave me a six pack of Hawkins Amber Cider as a gift.  And I dragged that six pack around through move after move after move.  The plan was always that one day I could have it sitting at the bar that I would no doubt have in my house.  But after a few years it just started to be used a door stopper.  So I decided it was time to finally part with the cider itself, keeping the empty bottles on a shelf for my future bar.  Then I thought that I could throw together something kind of cool with the bottle caps and part of the case.

I went with my usual method of taping the shit out of some wrapping paper to make a nice backdrop, then just taped the part of the case to the middle-ish.  Of course I also used my usual method of just eyeballing everything instead of actually measuring or making sure that anything was level.  It adds charm.

For the bottle caps I used hot glue to stick pieces of cardboard to the back until I could glue the cap to the background.  Seemed to work for now - we'll see if they start dropping off eventually!

Nothing super fancy, and definitely a cheap project.  I never got to have anything with my name on it when I was a kid because of the unusual spelling of my first name, so it's nice to have something with my last name on it!

 Now I just need a bar so I can hang this up!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Very Vivian - Summer is Coming

Hmm...doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "Winter is coming", does it?  Somehow I can't picture Ned Stark saying it.  But on this wet and cool day, it's nice to remember the nice hot weather we were having - and will be getting more of soon!

With the nice weather, Vivian's been making a beeline to the backyard when she gets home from daycare.  Once there, she promptly gets naked and/or asks for her bathing suit.

While out in the yard, Mommy usually ends up spending some time with Instagram...

While Vivian takes on the task of washing her toys.

Then it's time for a quick dip.  Don't have the swimming pool set up yet?  No problem!  A water table works just fine!

She just climbs right in and usually plunks herself right down in the water to play.  The kids seem to do the same at my mom's house - bunch of weirdos.

Of course, sometimes the weather isn't quite as nice, so rubber boots may be required.

It's a pretty important task, playing in the water table.  She takes it pretty seriously.

The best part is that it leaves me with lots of time to put my feet up and read while I'm enjoying the sun too.  Maybe there's the occasional beer involved.  I yell out encouraging things to her though, don't worry. 

Monday, 27 May 2013

Treats of the Week

Hope you all had a treat-filled week!

  • Finally getting a new keyboard at work (I've only been waiting for it since March)
  • I've been reading a lot more lately, and if Vivian catches me with a book in my hand she'll turn it to a random page and proudly say, "There you go, Mommy" as though I needed help finding what I was looking for.
  • I took some time the other day and crazy glued all of the shoes and necklaces onto Vivian's Barbies.  Creativity stifled?  Maybe.  But sanity has been saved.
  • A crappy, cold, wet and rainy Thursday meant my usual grass cutting night was postponed and I spent the evening on the couch watching TV instead.  Of course, I still had to cut it on Saturday, but it made for a nice quiet evening.
  • On Friday my friend Jenn and I went out for dinner and movie and it was just one of those perfectly-timed lovely evenings.  We got a booth at the restaurant, our meals were awesome, scored great seats at the movie and thoroughly enjoyed the movie itself (The Great Gatsby). 
  • Arrested Development returns!  I don't want to be one of those people who is all, "Well, I don't want to brag, but I watched it when it was originally on."  But you know, I did.  I loved that show right from the start and following it through multiple hiatuses and schedule changes before its untimely cancellation.  Over the years I've loved loaning the DVDs to people and seeing the cult following form.  There's nothing better than sharing something awesome with people.  And while I haven't made it far into the new episodes, and I actually find them kind of strange (of course, that's to be expected.  It can't be exactly like the old episodes) I still find the whole resurrection of the show to be an amazing, amazing thing.
  • I'm not usually a good napper.  I can't lay down and think "I'm going to take a nap!" that always backfires.  But sometimes just laying on the couch and watching TV magically turns into me dozing off on the couch for an hour or so while Vivian naps and it's such a wonderful surprise!
  • Scoring a side of the road deal after the town-wide yard sales.
  • This video

Thursday, 23 May 2013

I'm a terrible stripper.

Despite the valiant efforts to raise me right, I've become a stripper.  Good news though - I'm terrible at it.

I wasn't currently using this dresser that used to be in Vivian's room, so I thought I would try my hand at stripping the paint.  

I was watching some show on HGTV a few months ago and they were stripping paint off of old trim and the host said, "Once you've stripped paint, you'll never want to paint wood again."

Truer words have never been spoken.

It's partially my fault - I picked the completely wrong piece of furniture to try this on for the first time.  I've painted this dresser four times.  And it was painted when I bought it.  Once I started trying to strip it, it quickly became apparent that there were many, many more coats of paint on there than I originally thought.  So this is really more of an experiment - I may very well end up deciding to paint it again, we'll see.

So here's what not to do when stripping furniture.

Initially it seemed easy.  Pour on the stuff, wait for it to bubble up, scrape it off.  Now, the can says to wait 20 minutes.  But I'm a picker - so as soon as I saw it starting to bubble, I wanted to scrape it off right away. Therein was my first mistake.  I quickly learned that when the can says 20 minutes, it really means like 40 minutes for this piece of furniture.  And even then the results weren't pretty.

Bubble bubble.

Here's the pile of stripped off paint that's been hanging around in my basement for the last month or so.  Of course I haven't bothered to clean it up at all.

Here's the side of one of the drawers.  This must have been painted white several times, because it takes a lot to get through that white.  This is also an old dresser, and it's possible that some of that paint is 30 or 40 years old, which is even more awesome.

It's so tempting - I literally have to walk away, go in the house, and find something else to do to keep myself from scraping it off immediately.  You can see how easily the top layers come off, this is after just a couple of minutes.

What made it go a bit easier was cluing in to using this Mastercraft multi-tool I have. (It's similar to that one, but not exactly.  Mine has a power cord, so it wasn't nearly as expensive as that one) It has a special attachment for scraping which really helped move things along.  I can't use it for too long though, or else it starts to hurt my wrists.  It's a pretty handy-dandy little tool though!

 Here's the same area as the top picture of this post after I'd scraped it.  You can see how hard that paint clings!  This was after letting it sit for about 30 minutes.


On the drawers I even discovered that there seems to have been some old decals hidden under there.  It's hard to tell in this picture, but those two blobby areas that don't have paint on them have traces of little bears.

 So yeah.  The entire dresser looks like this right now.  Some wood, some paint, a whole lot of mess.  I'm pretty tired of using the stripper stuff.  I've tried the gel (that claims to stick to vertical surfaces, but that's a damn lie) and the spray (the nozzle jammed after using half of the can) and this is as far as I've gotten after spending like $60 to do so.  And I keep burning myself with it, which is probably my own fault since I keep going out and doing this barefoot and in shorts and forgetting to put my gloves on.  I'm going to try sanding it down next and see how far it gets me.  I can tell this was never a super nice dresser to start with, so I'm not expecting it to end up being any kind of family heirloom or anything, it's really just a learning experience.  I would really like to try stripping something else - maybe something with only a couple of coats of paint though.

Any suggestions?  I keep thinking that maybe even if I could get the body of the dresser down to the wood and just repaint the drawer fronts or something, that might be a good compromise to save my sanity.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Very Vivian - Big Girl Bed Success (at least so far)

You know how sometimes you get a couch and you end up taking away your kid's crib?

No?  Just me?

Well on Sunday my mom and her friend were bringing me a couch.  Never one to turn down free furniture, I was happy to accept the hand-me-down with the plan of putting it in the office since it was a pull-out couch and thought it would be nice to have it in there as a guest bed. However, once it was here, mom talked me into putting it in the living room.  But putting it in the living room meant that there was less room for all of Vivian's toys.  So Vivian's toys got put in her bedroom.  Which meant there wasn't enough room for the crib and the bed.  Something had to give.

So down came the crib.

It was a spur of the moment decision, but it ended up working out.  On Sundays Vivian and I usually go to my mom's for a hangout and dinner before heading home in time for the good Sunday night shows.  Typically, she falls asleep on the ride home, so I figured this was a good night to start with the bed.  I figured she would fall asleep in the car, then I could just put her right in her bed and she would be none the wiser.

First night went well - after about an hour of being in the bed I heard her crying and she had rolled off of the mattress.  So a quick readjustment of some pillows kept her in there much better.  I had to go in a couple of times through the night to settle her down and cuddle with her, but mostly it was a success.  Especially since she ended up sleeping in until 11:00 a.m.  Yes, that's right - my 2 1/2 year old slept in until 11:00 a.m. on a holiday Monday.  It was amazing and terrifying.

So that set us up for night number two - because she had slept in so late, there definitely wasn't going to be a nap.  So by the time 8:00 p.m. rolled around, she was quite ready for bed.  I only had to go in once to switch movies for her (yes, she falls asleep with a TV on) but otherwise she slept through the night!

Here she was on Tuesday morning when I went in to wake her up for daycare.

Passed out with all of her babies and blankets.  And yes, I need to get outlet covers for that outlet - I'm working on it.

I figured that night number three would be the real test - three times is a pattern, right?  Night number three worked out to be a book club night for me, so I took her along with the intention of her falling asleep in the car once again.  She foiled my plan by staying awake for the drive home, and was still bouncing around in her bed at 11:00 p.m.  I had to go in to settle her back down a couple of times, but the amazing thing is that she's always in the bed still.  Even if she's crying, even if she's having a little party, it's still in the bed.  Every single time that I've had to go in there, she's still physically on the bed.  She hasn't tried to open the bedroom door, and she hasn't been playing with the toys in her room as far as I can tell.

So I'm officially calling this a success.  The crib is officially packed away, and it isn't coming back.  I'm sure there will be lots (and lots and lots) of rough nights ahead, but I think we're doing pretty good so far!

Up next is getting rid of the bottle.  Not looking forward to that one.  Then it's potty training.  Then time to learn how to drive, I guess.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Summer Viewing

Per special request (from Jenn) here's the list of what will be filling up my PVR this summer.  I have to admit, I love summer TV.  Expectations are lowered, so guilty pleasures are that much guiltier, and networks seem to take bigger risks in running some quirkier stuff, which can make for an interesting mix on those long, hot days.  I love that all the good shows aren't piled up in the fall anymore, with the summer being a wasteland of  repeats.  Long live the summer shows!

I've got them in order of premiere date - a couple have already gotten under way!  But please note that these are only the shows that I'm interested in this summer - there's lots more out there too!

  • Family Tree (HBO, started May 12) - I actually have both episodes of this saved on the PVR right now, but haven't gotten around to watching them yet.  Starring Chris O'Dowd and created by Christopher Guest, it's got to be funny, but a little offbeat.  It's mockumentary style (of course, Christopher Guest) which I always find fun. 
  • So You  Think You Can Dance (FOX, started May 14) - One of my favourite parts of summer, it's just super entertaining, easy watching.
  • The Goodwin Games (FOX, started May 20) - I liked the sounds of this one when it came out of upfronts week last year.  It has a great cast (Scott Foley and Becki Newton are the main stars, with Beau Bridges as a guest star) and a fun, outlandish concept.  I have this one recorded too, but haven't checked it out yet.
  • Rookie Blue (ABC, May 23) - Now, I have to admit, I've only seen one episode of this show.  But my friend Kimberly loves it, and is always telling me to watch it and to tell other people to watch it.  So I'm telling you to watch it, and maybe I will too.
  • Arrested Development (Netflix, May 26) - If I could only pick one show to watch this summer...well, it would probably be Breaking Bad.  But I would be super sad about not being able to see the new episodes of Arrested Development.  Luckily, I don't have to make such a tragic choice.  I'm incredibly excited to see what the Bluths have been up to, and am thrilled that Netflix has really latched onto the idea of people marathoning shows and just releasing all the episodes at once.  THE FUTURE IS NOW.
  • The Bachelorette (ABC, May 27) - I didn't watch the most recent season of The Bachelor, and I'm assuming that this Bachelorette was a castoff from that season.  Even without a background knowledge of her, I'll probably tune in, even if only to have something on in the background while I do other things.  
  • Brooklyn D.A. (CBS, May 28) - A different kind of summer show - this is supposed to be a 6-part reality series following real Brooklyn District Attorneys.  With all the legal drama/police procedurals out there, it will be interesting to see the "real deal" behind the scenes.  For some reason, I can't find any information about it on the CBS website, but it's showing up on my PVR, so we'll see how it goes.
  • Keeping up with the Kardashians (E!, June 2) - I know, I know.  Give me a break, it's entertaining.  And who doesn't want to find out what Kim and Kanye will name their baby?
  • Mistresses (ABC, June 3) - This just looks FUN.  Just soapy, silly, fun.  I hope it delivers!

  • True Blood (HBO, June 16) - I wasn't crazy about the last season, but I'm assuming that this season will be better than the final Sookie Stackhouse book, which isn't saying much.  Even when this show isn't great though, there's still a pretty good chance that Alexander Skarsgard or Joe Manganiello will take their shirt off, which is always worth the price of admission.
  • Under the Dome (CBS, June 24) - I AM SO EXCITED! u I loved this book, and I think doing this as a miniseries is the exact right way to handle it.  I really, really hope that they can deliver on this one!

  • Big Brother (CBS, June 26) - I only really got into this show during the summer that I was off on maternity leave, but now it's something that I really look forward to.  It's just goofy and ridiculous.
  • Dexter (TMN, June 30) - Judging from the trailer for the final season, they are pulling out all the stops.  I'm super excited to see how they wrap up the story of everyone's favourite serial killer!

  • Whose Line is it Anyway? (CW, July 16) - Yes, it's back.  I probably won't watch it every single week, but it's nice knowing that new episodes are there!  
  • Breaking Pointe (CW, July 29) - Yes, I watch a reality show about ballet dancers.  Don't hate.
  • Breaking Bad (AMC, August 11) - Yes, the king is back.  This is the final (half) season, and I have absolutely no idea where they are going to go with it, but I'm ready for the ride.
Also up this summer are Royal Pains (USA, June 12) and Franklin & Bash (TNT, July 24).  While I've watched both of these shows and quite enjoy them, I can never seem to stick with them consistently.  I will probably tune in and out, but I wanted to throw them in there just for good measure.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Treats of the Week

Yay for the long weekend!  Hope you all had a great time!  Here's the bright spots from my week!

  • I finally went to an appointment that I have been waiting for for a year and a half.  
  • Vivian spent the night in her big girl bed, and even though she woke up a few times through the night (nothing unusual there) she slept in until 11 a.m.!  On a holiday Monday!  Hooray!  As I'm typing, she just went to bed so we'll see how tonight goes!
  • Vivian's speaking has gotten so, so, so much better.  While waiting in the emergency room the other day I brushed her hair behind her ear, and then she went on to yell, "Don't touch my hair!" for about two solid minutes.  It was embarrassing and hilarious.
  • I have a teeny, tiny, branch of a lilac plant in the yard.  I love lilacs, and have always wanted to have some of my own.  Well it's not much, but I have one little bloom!

  • I took a load of stuff to Goodwill and another load to a free recycling depot this week, which means that as of this moment there is no pile of stuff to go anywhere.  I'm quite sure that this will be different by next week (constantly purging!) but it feels good to have those piles cleared out!
  • Finishing the book for book club early!  (Wild, by Cheryl Strayed)  Now if only I would read the book for Graphic Novel Group ahead of time too.
  • Drumstick McFlurries.  I saw these last year and thought it would just be peanuts and fudge mixed in, but it's sooooo much better.  It's all little bits of chocolate covered waffle cone and it's amazing.
  • Being lazy on the long weekend.  As much as I love the warmer weather and being outside and all that good stuff, sometimes there's nothing better than being lazy and spending the day inside when you know you should be outside.  It was kind of a busy weekend here, so today was spent inside watching movies in the air conditioning and it was glorious.  Speaking of which...
  • Air conditioning.  I hate that I had to turn it on in May, but it had to be done last night.  I always hold my breath before the air conditioner or furnace comes on for the first time, and thankfully there were no problems this year.  It was so nice to have it on last night, if only to cover up the noise from the fireworks so Vivian could keep snoozing away in that big girl bed!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Outfit of the Day - One Outfit, Two Pairs of Shoes

My beloved Aldo sandals have finally died.  Four summers ago I made the decision to stop buying cheapo sandals that would just fall apart at the end of the summer and instead opt for one pair of expensive sandals and wear them to death.  The pair I chose were about $50 and worth every penny.  But now they've died and I had to find something new.  Of course, Aldo didn't have anything that I liked, so I went with these flats from Old Navy.

They're okay.  They'll do the trick for now, but I'm hoping to find a nicer, more expensive pair that will last me for another four summers or so.

On the day I bought those sandals and took these pictures though, I started out wearing my new beige wedges.  I took a closer up picture of them for you.

The picture isn't upside down, I was just holding my foot up and taking the picture myself.

They're really comfortable, but I can't drive in them so I'm constantly having to take them on and off and it drives me crazy.  So when I bought the flats on my lunch break, I switched it up for the drive home.  So I took pictures in both pairs of shoes to show the difference.

See, that's why girls wear heels.  Everything looks better!  Your legs are all flexed and look nicer, lifts your butt, just makes everything a little bit nicer.

If only I could drive in them.

Oh and the skirt is newish and pretty comfortable - except I wish it was more structured.  It has a weird little loose waist that doesn't give me the nice flattening action that I usually look for in a skirt.  Whatever, it's still cute.

Skirt and top - Smart Set
Sandals - Old Navy
Wedges - Aldo

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Recent Thrifting Finds

Sometimes I don't have much luck out thrifting.  I might find one or two cool little things, but not enough for a whole post or anything.  So instead I save up all those little bits and pieces until I cobble together something for you guys.

Here's what I've cobbled.

I found this little wooden stool at a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store for $4, perfect for Vivian to use to brush her teeth.  Why is it that toddlers have such a compulsive need to wash their hands and/or brush their teeth?

I found this vintage Air Canada bag at One Man's Treasures for $5.  I couldn't resist, even though I don't really have any need for it.  Maybe I'll be a stewardess for Halloween.

A brass snail to hang out with my brass mouse.  He came from Talize and was $2 I think.

I found another one of my bowling glasses.  This one is in pretty rough shape though - it's almost all faded off.  Damn dishwashers.  I knew if I didn't grab it though, I would probably never come across another mug like it.  Hopefully I can find some more like this in better condition!  I think it was $1 at Talize.

This beauty isn't really a thrifting find, I got it at Heist.  I got it on sale for $35, which is a lot for me!  I love it though, don't regret it a bit!

Also in the basement is this chair I got off Kijiji for $20.  The cushions aren't anything special, but I'd love to have it reupholstered one day since I love the vintage wooden frame so much.

Don't mind the cat hair on it.  I didn't get all fancy for these pictures or anything.

Nothing else really of note lately - except that I have been having really good luck with books at thrift stores lately.  I was at Talize the one day and there were a whole bunch of Chuck Palahniuk books (which I left for someone else since I have them all) and I got some Chuck Klosterman, George Carlin, Nick Hornby and Douglas Coupland.  Way better than the usual dog-eared copies of Harlequin romances!

You guys find anything good lately?  It's getting to be yard sale season - it's town wide yard sales here in Strathroy the last weekend in May, and then my favourite Kilworth yard sales are the Saturday of Father's Day weekend!  Can't wait!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Very Vivian - First Trip to Emerg

I was a good kid.  I was quiet, listened to my parents, did what I was told.

My sister, on the other hand, set fire to my grandma's kitchen.  She needed skin grafting after giving herself a chemical burn.  She cut the cat's whiskers.

When we got older, Courtney would imagine that I would have quiet, nerdy children and she would be their crazy aunt who took them on wild adventures.  I always told her that it will be the exact opposite - I'll end up with a kid just like her, and she'll have the quiet, sweet one.

Know what else my sister did as a child?  Shoved pebbles from the turtle's tank up her nose.

What did Vivian do today?  Shoved a popcorn kernel up her nose.

Parents know that receiving a phone call from the daycare in the middle of the day is never a good thing.  So when I got a phone call at 11:00 a.m., I figured Vivian was sick.  But no, I was told there was a kernel in my daughter's nose and no matter what Joanne (my daycare provider) did, it was not going to come out.  So I went running out of work and picked Vivian up for our first trip to emerg.

After a not-too-long wait, we got to see the doctor.  I was pleased that it was a pleasant, young, female resident.  We couldn't get Vivian to hold still to look up her nose though, so we had to go to another exam room to hold her down on a bed.

We got her wrapped up in a blanket with a nurse's help and pinned her down.  Of course now she's screaming, but at least we could see the kernel lodged up there.  I assumed I would be asked to hold her head or something while they tried to get it out, but they completely surprised me when the nurse said,

"Okay mom, we need you to blow into her mouth."

I beg your pardon?

Yup.  They wanted me to seal Vivian's mouth with my own and blow into her screaming, snotty mouth until the kernel popped out of her nose.  Strange, but true.  After three or four breaths, it came right out of her nose, just like that.

Poor little girl was so exhausted she fell asleep on the way home from the hospital - which is saying something, since we're like less than 3 kilometers away from the hospital.

I didn't take any pictures of her while we were at the hospital, because I didn't want to be that parent, but here she is snuggling in her big girl bed (still for hanging out only, not sleeping) before bedtime tonight.

The best part about the whole ordeal?  I forgot to pay for parking and thought for sure I would end up with a ticket, but it was my lucky day!  

So tell me what your kids have shoved in their noses.  Anyone else have to breathe in their kid's mouth?  The doctor and nurse said this is usually something kids only do once, so I've got my fingers crossed I won't have to do it again!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Treats of the Week

Hope you all had a week filled with treats!  Here's my favourites from the past week...
  • My annual Big Mac for McHappy Day.  I go to McDonalds more than I should, but I only get the Big Mac for McHappy Day.  Calories don't count when it's for charity!
  • I watch a lot of TV.  And I love it, don't get me wrong.  But I do love when my shows end for the summer and I don't feel so tied to the TV.  It's nice to know I'll have time for other things, even though they're usually just movies and other TV shows that I need to get caught up on!  (This summer I want to try and finish Rome, finally watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Deadwood)
  • I've been making an effort this week to get the coffee ready to go the night before, so I just have to flip the switch in the mornings.  It's such a little thing, but it really makes me feel like my morning is going much more smoothly.
  • Spending Mother's Day with my mom, sister, and Grandma Millie.
  • I have a pretty standard rule about not buying myself jewellery or perfume, but I caved and bought myself a necklace last week.  My old one that my sister gave me had about had it after my wearing it every day for like a year and a half.  The finish had rubbed off of it, and some of the stones had fallen out.  I had a hard time finding the perfect necklace, but I settled on this little beauty from Victor and Phoebe on Etsy.  I went with the gold one, even though I usually wear silver toned stuff.  I thought the silver might make it look too cheap, and the gold gave it more of the look of a "real" piece of jewellery that I was going for, even though it was only like $15.  It's super tiny and delicate, and it sits right at the base of my throat - I love it!  Maybe it will start a whole new rule for myself about buying jewellery - I'm having a hard time resisting everything on the Kate Spade website.

  • The look of a freshly-cut lawn, and especially the cold beer that follows it.
  • We had beautiful weather for most of last week, so most nights we headed outside as soon as we got home.  Vivian would get in her bathing suit and have a blast playing with the hose and in her water table, while I sat and read.  It was lovely - and hard to believe since I had to cave and turn the furnace back on last night!
  • Getting a hydro bill that was under $100 - and that's hydro/water/sewer!  Woo!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Outfit of the Day - Addicted to Stripes

So I'm pretty much a stripe addict now.  It's a problem.  I might start committing crimes just to wear a striped jumpsuit, as I assume jails are still the way they were when Elvis was around.  This is one of those super simple Old Navy dresses that I picked up a couple weeks ago.  I liked it so much I bought it in two colours.  It's so freaking comfortable, and so freaking flattering if I do say so myself!  I'll be in these a lot this summer.

...and one with my super adorable purse.  I even pulled out the coral wedges for maximum cuteness.

Hooray for dresses!

Dress - Old Navy
Shoes - Aldo
Purse - Hello Holiday

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Very Vivian - Phase 1 of Operation Big Girl Bed

Edit - I wrote this blog post on Sunday night at about 11:30.  That night Vivian didn't settle down to sleep until 5:00 a.m., and I caught her climbing out of her crib at 4:00 a.m.  Last night's sleep wasn't much better, so this whole plan could be going out the window, who knows.

A couple of weeks ago I was rearranging furniture in Vivian's room when I saw it happen.  

Vivian climbed in and out of her crib.


I've suspected that she's been able to do this for some time now, but now it's confirmed.  While I don't think she's ever done it through the night or anything, I assume it's just a matter of time before she drops a toy out of her crib and hauls herself out to go get it.  I'm not quite ready to transition her to her big girl bed yet though (I still want to paint the frame, and I don't think she's quite ready yet) but I figured the plan could be set into motion.

So I set up just the mattress on the floor, as I'd had suggested to me by several people.

Yes, she looks like a dirtball in this picture.  That's pretty much how she comes home from daycare after spending the day outside in the sandbox.  She was showing me how she skinned her knee.  I thought we were going to have to go to emerg.  But I included the picture because all the rest I have look like this...

She does really love it.  Every night and naptime I ask her if she wants to sleep in her crib or her big girl bed, and she always chooses her crib.  She loves the big bed for playing and hanging out in though, so I figure eventually nap times will start and then we'll go from there.  That's the plan at least!

Any other suggestions?  I'm not in a rush except for the safety side of it - I don't want her to fall and hurt herself or anything.  I was thinking about maybe getting her some new Hello Kitty or Princess sheets to help sweeten the deal, and then maybe she can get a matching comforter when she's sleeping in it full time or something.  We went to look at sheets at Target the other day though and she had zero interest.