Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Terry's Albums of the Year 2008

Terry's first blog - awwwww....


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1) Pain - Cynic Paradise



There have been a number of excellent albums this year but for me this one is by far the best of the bunch. The newest album from Swedish heavy metaler Peter T's industrial metal band Pain has an excellent balance of computer generated sound and full-on rock/metal. Although this album does deliver a softer (less metal) sound then its predecessors it keeps the basic sound of a Pain album while showing that the band is willing to expand its sound.

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2) Scars on Broadway - Self Titled


Daron from System of a Down's side project Scars on Broadway has continued to be on high rotation on my iPOD since it first came out this summer. The arrival of this album has proven once and for all that Daron can make it as a lead vocalist as well as the writer and creative force. Its just unfortunate that he cut off the tour in support of this album thus preventing any remote chance of them coming to the Peg.

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3) Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God


Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth's newest album has pretty much solidified the fact that they can continue to deliver quality albums one after another. They once again delve into a world of Norse mythology and deliver a tight compilation of catchy melodic sounding songs with interesting and funny lyrics.

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4) Pennywise - Reason to Believe



With the arrival of emo and screamo bands over the last few years I have drifted farther and farther away from the Punk genre only really staying with the main bands that I started with in the 80s/90s. Pennywise has been known for bringing out the same sounding album every year over the last few years but this time around have brought something new to the table. I think they're pretty much completed exactly what they've been trying to do; release a punk album that doesn't sound stale or rehashed.

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5) Judas Priest - Nostradamus



I never really thought that I would ever been into an Opera but this Metal Opera double album has made me a believer. If they released an Opera that was written from this album I would be in the front row. Although lagging in some parts this album is one of my all time Priest favourites.

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Worst Album of the Year


The Offspring - Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
Just when you thought they couldn't release an album that sounded worse than Splinter they release this Bob Rock-produced monstrosity. If their goal was to release the next Coldplay album then they succeed as the songs have been so overproduced that they sound like they were written by the record company themselves.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

A 2 Year Old With A Laptop! A Team T-Lo Christmas

Well Team t-Lo had another wonderful Christmas this year.

It all began about a month ago when Terry and I decided that we would take Logan to the Toys R Us to wonder around. Then we would know what toys Logan really took a shine to and get them for his birthday and Christmas and tell Santa what kinds of things our boy was interested in. While at Toys R Us, we were checking out the dinosaurs when Logan spied something that would keep his attention for the rest of the trip. A kid sized laptop! He loved that thing. He wouldn't stop playing with it.

Terry and I wanted to move on to look at the other toys, but Logan wouldn't budge. So we did the classic parent thing and told him that if he was good Santa would bring him the laptop for Christmas. It sort of worked. He did permit us to wonder throughout the rest of the store.

From then on anytime we talked about Santa, Logan would say "laptop?" Apparently this Santa character was only good for one thing - bringing laptops to good little children.

Finally Christmas morning came and there were so many presents to open. Logan loved them all. He started with his stocking which held his very favourite candy - Swedish Berries! Yum Yum!



He got cooking utensils and plastic food, books, clothes, Hot Wheels, a tool set, a tractor, fridge magnets and all sorts of other things. What a spoiled yet very good little boy!

Of course, we saved the best for last. Although by that point Logan was getting a little discouraged about opening presents. He wanted us to actually open the boxes and let him play with all the stuff he'd already unwrapped. We almost couldn't get him to open the final box. But when he did, it was all worth it. A Laptop!



We set the laptop up beside our computers and let him play. At first it was cool because Logan is very good at his letters. He figured out how to get the laptop to repeat the letters he was typing on the keyboard (the thing sports a full sized keyboard just like mommy's and daddy's). But then he started to realize that this laptop couldn't send messages to daddy's Blackberry, or play Doom, or make music videos appear on the TV screen like the other computers in the house. So he went back to playing on Daddy's computer mostly. He still turns his on to hear the beeps and boops. Hopefully he'll grow into it and be able to play the games a little more soon.

After all that excitement there was one heck of a mess to clean up. But we didn't mind. That is what Christmas is all about.



Then we started on the Christmas dinner. It was delicious. This is the first time I attempted to make stuffing that wasn't Stove Top. It turned out wonderfully in the crockpot. My boys enjoyed turkey, stuffing, gravy, veggies, potatoes and gingerbread cookies for dessert.



Now onto Terry's birthday!

Happy Holidays from Team T-Lo!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Winter Wonderland

Not only did we put up the tree this weekend, but we also went to see the Winter Wonderland light display at the Red River Exhibition grounds. It was a beautiful light display. Even though it was a long drive for us near Logan's bedtime, he stayed up to enjoy all the pretty lights!

The following is a bit of the light show in picture form. I recommend that if you're in the Winnipeg area that you should go see it in person though. It's quite spectacular!



The voyageurs!


A penguin ice fishing - wha?!!!


Maids a milking?


The nativity scene.


Santa's Flight school.


One of Logan's favourites - the Loch Ness Santa monster!


Toy soldiers.


Santa bidding us goodbye at the end of the parade of lights.



Sunday, 14 December 2008

Logan's First Christmas Tree

Well technically it's Logan's second Christmas tree, but he was only a few days old when we had the other one. We decorated it the day before he was born in fact.

So, this is the first tree that he got to help decorate. We went to the tree lot yesterday and Logan helped us pick out the perfect one. Then we came home and after several attempts at getting it in the stand, and still have it stand upright and somewhat straight, we put on the lights. Then the garland and a few decorations. The bottom of the tree is a little heavy on the decorations because a short little someone was helping. Then we put Logan's favourite on the top - the snowman! Ever since we did that, Logan has been trying to feed the snowman his paper cutout pizza hahahaha

Here is the end result! :D







Saturday, 13 December 2008

Logan's Second Birthday

On December 11th Logan turned 2! He's such a big boy. He's grown so much this year and he's learned so much. He's growing up way too quickly for my taste! Just comparing to last year, there is so much of a difference.

Logan had a great day. We decided to keep the confusion down by not having a big party this year. He wasn't sure exactly what a birthday entailed and he still gets it a little confused with Christmas. So it was just him and his parents on the evening of his birthday. First we opened presents. He soon got the hang of that!



Here he is opening a train set from his cousins Caitlyn and Devin.


Here he is opening his MegaBloks from mommy and daddy.


Here he is playing with his big tub of Dinosaurs from Grandma and Grandpa.


Here is Blok and Dino jungle in it's full glory!

Then it was time for cake. Logan knew all about cake because it was my birthday only a few weeks ago. He was eagerly anticipating blowing out some candles. I made a plain white cake (so it would taste like the ones you buy at Safeway) and some nummy icing that tasted like marshmallows. The cake was a little mangled since I have no clue how to decorate a cake, but I got Logan's name on it and it sure did taste great!



Logan successfully blew out his candles with a little help from daddy. And now we may move on to celebrating Christmas without causing our toddler any undue confusion. We're going to get our tree today and possibly head out for a tour of the lights!

Friday, 28 November 2008

Thirty-Two or My First Mommy Bag

It was my 32nd birthday on Monday of this week. It was lovely. I got books from my best friend (you'll be seeing reviews of them on here once I read them). You can never go wrong with books off of my Amazon wishlist :D Janice from work baked me up some scrumptious carrot muffins with real cream cheese icing on them - yum! I got money from mom and dad which came in handy when I decided to sew myself a present - featured below - my very first mommy-sized purse. It's huge!






Terry took me to the Moscow ballet on Friday. They did the Nutcracker and it really got me into the Christmas spirit. And Terry actually enjoyed himself too!

Perhaps the funniest thing about the evening was learning that Logan is a little scammer kid when his parents aren't around to watch him hehehe. We don't leave him with a babysitter often. Actually I think the last time we did was in the summer. But for the ballet, we had his godfather Josh come over to hang out.

Logan, being the cute little sweetums he is, somehow convinced Josh to let him have a bunch of Coke. I'm sure it wasn't that hard. One cute smile and a few mixed-up words and presto - pop! Mommy and daddy never let him have pop. He also convinced his unwitting babysitter to let him up in the cupboard, which he totally loves, but isn't supposed to be in. Mostly because it ends badly with his crying about not getting whatever it is that he wants out of said cupboard.

Haha, that's what babysitters are for! You're supposed to scam them into giving you things you're not supposed to have and getting into things you're not supposed to touch. I love it! I just can't believe the little munchkin caught on so fast. He's not even two yet and he's figured it out.

So I had a wonderful birthday! Now onto Logan's birthday, Christmas, Terry's birthday and New Years... then rest.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Logan the Headbanger

Scars on Broadway is Team T-Lo's fave band for this month anyway.


Watch out for Logan the headbanger! His daddy is so proud.





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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

What Would David Suzuki Do?




































Check out the t-shirt I just made for Terry!

I have some crazy iron-on transfer skillz. And a few GIMP shop skillz too. Yeah, that's right, I'm too cheap to use PhotoShop and GIMP is free! Yay!

What would David Suzuki do?

Well first of all he would tell me to use a hemp t-shirt instead (but cotton is a natural fibre anyway, so I'm halfway there).

Oh well - it's the sentiment that counts...

Note: You can now buy your very own What Would David Suzuki Do t-shirt at my Etsy store

Monday, 17 November 2008

The Ultimate Lunch!

Check out what Logan had for lunch today:






- A peanut butter sandwich
- A hot dog all cut up into little pieces with Ketchup
- A chocolate chip cookie
- a sippy cup full of WildBerry juice

Nummy num! What a spoiled little boy.

In an effort to save every cent that we make and to get some of the chemicals out of Logan's diet, I learned how to make bread from scratch this past weekend. I used this recipe and it turned out great! (That is what Logan's sandwich is made of). Although it did take 3 hours on Sunday morning. Can anyone say "breadmaker" for Christmas?

This morning I baked the chocolate chip cookies too. Boy oh boy, this little boy is one lucky little dude.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

If You Can't Beat 'Em - Submit With A Vengeance!

As you know from a previous blog, Team T-Lo was hoping the Canadian Election would have turned out differently. We only had one issue - Daycare Spots. And now it looks like we'll be waiting until Logan starts school before I will be able to go back to work full time. So much for helping the economy to grow in these troubling times. We aren't going to have the money to buy a house, car etc. for a long time.

We tried to beat 'em - but it didn't work. I might as well get used to the realm of Housewifedom for awhile. And I'm not one to halfass anything when it comes to my job so I'm working on submitting with my whole ass!

Being as housewife really is the hardest job on the planet. I get a break when I actually go to work in the evenings. But I'm starting to get the hang of it. Logan helps a lot. He's very much attached to having the same schedule everyday.

We get up, eat breakfast, get dressed and brush our teeth. Then we clean some part of the house. Logan really likes helping to clean out the toilets (what a weirdo!) Or we do laundry. After that is done, we head over to the computer and check the email for the latest daily dish (everyone - housewife or no - should sign up to allrecipes.com for their daily recipe emails. It save sa lot of time thinking about what to make everyday). After that, we print out a recipe to try. Logan actually goes to the printer every morning at that time waiting for the recipe to come out whether I am going to do baking or not. He's totally trained! He takes the recipe out and puts it on the kitchen table. Actually anything that comes out of the printer he puts on the kitchen table. Terry learned this when his printouts disappeared as soon as they were printed one day hehehe

Then we bake! Terry says that he's being spoiled. I always have nummy treats for him to take to work. He thinks I'm fattening him up for something sinister - mwahahahaha. While everything is cooking, I read books and play blocks and dinosaurs and sing songs and have lots of fun with Logan. We also enjoy outings to the library on Fridays when the little kids gather for storytime. Logan is too young to sit still through storytime, but he enjoys playing with all the other little kids who are waiting for their older siblings.

Then it's lunch. Logan prefers hotdogs - just like every little boy. And then nap time. This is where I'm not such a good housewife. During Logan's nap, I should be doing something productive like laundry or cleaning, but I'm too tired. I usually nap right along with my little guy or catch up on my reading.

After the nap, I do what every stereotypical housewife does - I turn on General Hospital. Actually General Hospital sucks right now, but I still watch it. *On a side note: here is the link to a funny blog about General Hospital for anyone who watches*

Then Logan and I get ready to cook some nummy dinner. After dinner I run off to work (that doesn't sound very housewifey of me, but we got bills to pay!) In the evenings that I don't work, we're off to grocery shopping and I sew Logan's clothes. That boy is always growing out of everything. It's hard to keep up.

The realm of housewifedom scares me a little - but as you can see, I've gotten slightly more used to it. I no longer feel like it's an unnatural state for me to be in. Although I'd still gladly run off to work during the day if we could ever get a daycare spot! And anytime I feel like my lot in life is too difficult or frustrating, I remember why I'm doing all of this...





For them!

Saturday, 8 November 2008

The First Snowfall of the Season (2008)

On Monday of this week (November 3rd) it was a beautiful 18 degrees outside. On Tuesday it was 16 degrees. I took Logan to the park all decked out in his summer hat and light sweater. We played on all the equipment and stayed extra long because I knew that it wouldn't last. It's Winnipeg after all and it is November!

So it was no big surprise to wake up on Friday morning and see the ground covered in a cold white substance. Logan, however, was very surprised. He doesn't remember winter from last year since he was only a year old. He's seen pictures of himself all bundled up and riding in the sled, but I don't think he really believed that was real.

We've been warning him this day would come. We made him try on his winter coat from last year to see if it would fit and we've taken him to the store to buy winter boots and mitts. We're told him that, although he protests about getting bundled up now, it was going to snow and he would be forced to wear warmer clothes.

Somehow, we weren't expecting Logan's reaction to the snow. When I opened the blinds on Friday morning and he saw the snow, he immediately went to the closet and pulled out his new boots - the very boots that he's been avoiding - and tried to put them on. All this while chanting, "Snow? Boots?"

When Terry got home from work, he took Logan out to help with the snow shoveling. I snapped this picture before the battery died in my camera. He was totally happy to be bundled up and outside playing in the snow and helping daddy shovel. :D



Monday, 3 November 2008

Team T-Lo's Halloween Monster Bash

Halloween was great fun in the Team T-Lo household this year. Logan is finally old enough to know what the heck is going on. For weeks he was excited about the big day. I was sewing his bee costume, we were baking all sorts of pumpkin things (pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pie) and there was a fresh pumpkin outside waiting to be carved.



On Tuesday evening, Terry carved the pumpkin and showed Logan how to light it up with a candle. For the rest of the week, Logan insisted on having a candle lit up several times for practice.

Finally the big day came! Logan's costume was done and ready to go. He had a basket to put his candy in. And it was getting dark. Terry took him over to the neighbour's house first. They had a special candy bag made up just for him.

The picture below is Logan trying to figure out the whole Trick or Treating thing.


Once he got going, Logan knew exactly what to do... sorta...
He would walk up to the house and stare at the person. He isn't old enough yet to be able to say "Trick or Treat" but he can say "candy!" Terry needed to prompt him to at least hold up his basket to catch the candy. It was a great fun time though.

After Trick or Treating was over, Team T-Lo had our friends over for a little get together. It was nice since a lot of our friends live in apartments or out in the country where they weren't going to have many kids. We baked up a bunch of cookies, cupcakes and cake and made a spooky electric green punch (7-Up, Peach/Pear juice and Blue Caracao). Num Num!

And of course, for the last few days, Logan has been packed full of candy!

Here is a photo of him stuffing his face hehehe

Friday, 24 October 2008

Mommy Do!

Our good friend Melanie warned us this would happen. You see, Melanie has a lot of friends with little boys - so she's our expert. She said that little boys can get demanding - and boy was she right! Little Logan has a serious case of the bossies!

He brings me his mitts - "Mommy do!" he yells. That means he wants me to put on his mitts.

He brings me his fruit to go - "Mommy Do!" he yells. That means he wants me to take the wrapper off his fruit.

He hands me a book - "Mommy Do!" he yells. That means he wants me to read a book to him.

It goes on like this all day long. Here's to hoping that he will learn "Daddy Do!" this weekend hehehehe

But then again... who can say "no" to this face?





I've also included this sweet little picture below. Logan is going to be a bee for Halloween. I'm not done making the costume (it still needs a bottom elastic, wings and a stinger). But the boy refuses to take it off. He's totally into the Halloween spirit! Wait until he finds out that people are going to just give him candy for being cute. Watch out!

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Little Fish, Little Fish

Now that the summer is over, Team T has been having a hard time figuring out places to take little Logan to have fun. Playpark at the mall is still a big hit - but the boy misses the beach!

Remember how much fun he had at St. Malo Beach last summer? Well, it turns out that Logan just loves to swim whether it be in the great outdoors, or the great indoors. On Sundays throughout the winter we plan on taking him to Pan Am Pool. The pool is equipped with the best little kiddie pool ever. There is a shower thing and lots of toys. Logan has a great time!







In typical Logan fashion, he has to try to go off on his own without his parents hovering over him. He's taken a few mouthfuls of water, but this last trip he was very sturdy on his feet in the water. And he loves to float with daddy's help.

See you on Sunday at the pool!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Team T-Lo Gets Political

Recently Team T-Lo has realized that Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada have had their way with us - and not in the good way either!

Logan's name has been on a couple of different waiting lists at Daycares in Winnipeg for almost a year now. We're still waiting. One daycare told me that I would be looking at a year and a half wait minimum and another told me that I might have a chance next September. Oi!

So for now, I'm doing exactly what the Conservatives want we to do - and not by choice. I'm a house wife, at home taking care of Logan. Although they have never come right out and said it, the Conservatives seem to have an antiquated notion of the Canadian family, straight out of the 1950's play book. They want us moms to stay at home and cook and clean while our husbands go out and make the bacon. Unfortunately, our family can't support this very well. I have student loans to pay off and what am I supposed to pay them off with? My house wife salary!? So, Terry gets home from work, we eat dinner together and then I head off to my evening job.

And you know what we spend Logan's $100 a month cheque on? Bills, saving up for a down payment on our first house, etc. Harper says we should spend it on daycare or possibly getting the grandparents to come over and watch our little ones. Where are these type of grandparents? Logan's grandparents first of all aren't old enough to be retired, they don't live in the same city as us, and why the heck would they spend their retirement years helping to raise another kid when they could be doing all the other fun things they've saved for?

We're stuck basically. We can't get daycare - so I can't work full time - so then we can't save up to buy our first home - so then I can't make enough money to pay off my student loans (even though I graduated with my B.A. in the top 10% of my class) - so then we save all the money we have and don't go out to eat or go to the movies, etc. - so then I sew all our clothes because it's cheaper than buying them at the store.

You see where this is going... Team T-Lo is not helping the economy at all right now. We're just trying to make ends meat. This is so stupid considering that Terry and I are both educated and hard working. We both have excellent jobs. I'm afraid for the families that don't have as much as we do - what has the current government done for them?

Anyway - I guess you all know who Team T-Lo endorses in the October 14th National Election...



We even have a lovely sign on our lawn! Go Matt!

Go Jack Layton and the New Democratic Party for Prime Minister and real leadership for Canada!





End of rant.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Logan's Godparents Get Hitched

Last Friday (September 26th) Logan's Godparents took the plunge. Josh and Melanie got hitched! Team T-Lo wants to express our very warmest congratulations to the happy couple.

Josh and Melanie aren't only the best Godparents Logan could hope for, they are our best friends and fabulous babysitters. We couldn't be happier about their marriage.

Here is a picture of the wedding party. Terry was best man. The wedding was at the Aboriginal Centre in Winnipeg and it was a beautiful setting for the ceremony.



The reception took place the next day in Miami Manitoba at Josh's parents' place. It was a beautiful day and we had a great talking catching up with friends and celebrating togetherness under a great big tent. Logan loved running around the big yard and especially enjoyed the spinach dip on chips and of course, Bar-b-que!

Here is Team T-Lo enjoying a wedding dinner.



Now is the time to ask a serious question - and present Team T-Lo's first poll!

Friday, 19 September 2008

Yarrr!

Me and my first mate Logan set out this morning to sail to yonder blue jellyfish!

We arrived and at least 20 rapscallions had escaped from the brig. They were running wild. Logan wanted to round 'em up and make 'em walk that there plank. But his attention was soon turned onto a lovely wench. Lo and behold, the attraction didn't last long. That there girl had a little something going on in the poop deck (if you know what I'm saying) - P.U.!!! She needed a diaper change.

Our voyage proved fruitful. We returned with many colourful chocolate coins as pirate bootie.

Cheers to another successful "Talk Like A Pirate" Day!

Yo ho ho and a bottle of milk!



*** note: "Jellyfish" is Team T-Lo's code word for "Park" because our first mate is too clever a lad and knows when we're spelling things. ****

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Tawny: A Retrospective


Tawny in 1950.















Tawny in 1956 - close to the time her parents were born.















Tawny in 1962.














Tawny in 1968.















Tawny in 1972 - the year her dad graduated from high school.










Tawny in 1976 - the year she was born.












Tawny in 1978 - the year her brother was born.










Tawny in 1982 - the year after Terry was born.












Tawny in 1984 - the year before her sister was born.










Tawny in 1994 - the year she really did graduate from high school.












Tawny in 2000.










Make a retrospective for yourself.


I got the idea from my lovely friend and fellow blogger Smooth Angie D.