Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"Special Tape"

I thought my oldest little guy would love Washi tape so I picked up 3 rolls of it for him the last time I visited The Paper Place

I was right. He is cuckoo for the stuff. His "special tape", he calls it. 
The only problem is he has blasted through it, while I have resisted the urge (a tough job ya know) to tell him to slow down. 

I know you gotta let them roll with those creative vibes they're feelin', but I also know, at least for the next couple years, it's time to find a cheaper stock of coloured and decorative tape!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Central Experimental Farm

We visited Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm the week before last with a friend and her son, and I'm thinkin' we should probably get a pass. 
When I looked up the place, it didn't give a whole lot of info, and I was a little concerned that Levi and Owen wouldn't find much to interest them. Totally not the case. This place is awesome. 
First of all, it is massive, and secondly it is right in Ottawa. There are a lot, and a large variety, of animals. We saw many baby animals, as you would at this time of year. There are crafts and activities for kids - we enjoyed a maple taffy talk and tasting. There is a great exhibit with tractors to sit on, and which are rigged to feel like you are sitting on actual moving tractors. 
The honey exhibit is also great, with an area of toys for the little ones to play with. 
There is a playground for when there is a little less snow on the ground, and possibly slightly warmer weather - though our day was an extremely beautiful one, thankfully. 
Also, there are great puddles to be jumped in, but I can't guarantee those will be there if and when you visit! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Settling In

We have been packing up our home gradually since November, and finally the time came to load it all, move it a few hours up the road, and settle in to our short-term rental. So here we are, and here we have been for 4 weeks, in our country's capital.

We have gradually settled into our new city with a wee bit of exploring, but mostly a whole lot of playing and hanging out at home, reveling in the fact that we are neither packing nor rushing out of our home for a showing. 

This month has flown by, and now with only 1 sleep to go until the magical moment where we have keys in hand, time has slowed down to a painful crawl, where we are not seeing it pass through hours or days, but minutes and seconds. Come on Tuesday!!! A little more space, our familiar comforts, and the beginning of unpacking, and organizing is a very welcome prospect to me with the due date of our third babe less than 3 weeks away. 

It's almost time to make our new house, our new home!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Sugar Shack Visit

On our second weekend in Ottawa, we visited a local sugar shack called Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm. They produce only enough maple syrup on site for visitor's to see the workings of a sugar shack, while the bulk of their maple syrup is all produced on another farm owned by the same family. 

We enjoyed a tasty pancake breakfast. Levi ate his weight in both pancakes, and maple syrup. Definitely the 6 bucks worth we paid. Stanley the bear visited all the tables at breakfast, and both of our boys became happier and more excited about him, the further away he got. Funny how these costumed characters are put in place for the kiddies, but the majority of the little ones are terrified of them. 

Goats, pigs, chickens, horses - one being the largest I have ever seen - are all there for visiting. A wagon ride is also on offer, but we skipped it this time. Maple taffy, of course, is the best bit. 

It is amazing, really, to think that someone thought "hey, if I boil this watery substance coming out of the maple tree for a certain amount of time it will taste super sweet and awesome. Especially good on pancakes!". I mean it probably didn't work quite like that, but still is that not crazy?

There are a pile of maple sugar farms in the Ottawa area, and nearby in Quebec, and we plan to sample as many as possible. We've had a good start!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

...And Then He Turned Two

Once upon a time, I was nervously and excitedly preparing myself for a planned induction. Just over four hours after it began, my husband and I were staring into the face of our 9 pound, 10 ounce bundle of boy.

This little boy has moved so quickly, keen to keep up with big brother. It seems like he went from crawling, to climbing, jumping and kicking a ball in a flash.

Nothing beats hearing him say "mama" and "dada", although his personal current favourite is "NO". His words become more abundant by the day, and in no time he'll be telling us the stories that Levi already seems to understand.

A feisty, and cuddly little Mister whom we love so terribly much. He was practising his candle blowing yesterday, and was so ready for today - Me? Not so much. Time is getting away on me with these little ones.

Happy 2nd Birthday to a very special boy! XOXOXO

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sewing For A Three Year Old

Always, when I am sewing, or knitting, or crocheting, my 3 year old wants to get involved. He really wants to make his own of whatever I'm up to. For a long time, I have planned to get him his own sewing needle (a big, blunt, wool needle),  but I wasn't sure how, exactly, I would get him using it. Thank you, Amanda! When this post popped up on Soulemama it was too perfect! It was exactly how I could and would get him involved.

My little guy is so proud of his new skill.
"Daddy, I was sewin'. I was just sewin' with my sewin' hands. But not with mommy's big sewin' machine."

What a treat to see him intently stitching away at his little piece of art. :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Goodbye House!

Moving out of a house has time and space constraints, that make it so much more draining than moving in.
We started packing for our move more than three months prior, and felt on top of things the whole way through. Of course, those final days always come with surprises - like the ridiculous number of loose items that will not fit in boxes and are just a complete and total pain. I don't know what we would have done without family to help us get through that whole truck loading process (THANK YOU!). We managed to fit everything in our truck with not a pin-sized spot available!

We always knew this home was a transitional, impermanent one and so didn't stress about leaving it. And yet, sitting in my emptied boys' room the night before with them rolling around me, I did feel a twinge of sadness at leaving behind the home which was both of their first. Looking around at the room where I nursed, cuddled, read to, changed, played with, and chased these two miraculous additions to my world definitely sparked some feelings. 

And then, sitting in our room in the final moments - my hubby and me - we felt nothing less than total excitement. Finally being able to appreciate an empty home, and start to think about what is to come in the following weeks.

 I believe a little change in one's life is good for the soul - exploring new places, and meeting new faces will be a grand new experience for all of us that I am very much looking forward to.


Friday, March 8, 2013

{This Moment}

{This moment} is inspired by Soulemama, and beautifully done by so many. It reveals a moment from our week that is special enough to stand alone, without need for expression, or explanation.