Monday, 30 April 2012

The Aviation Museum

This weekend we decided to head to another wonderful Winnipeg museum.  There are so many and we're trying to get to each of them eventually.

The Aviation Museum is out at the airport of course!

I think the kids enjoyed it.  Although we call it the "switches and chairs" museum because the kids were only interested in flipping all the switches on the simulators and sitting in the chairs.

I enjoyed all the inventions that crazy people tried out and eventually turned into something fantastic.  I love crazy invention stories!

Like one of the first prototypes for the helicopter.  Look at that bicycle seat! Hilarious!

The kids loved the Children's Aviation display upstairs in the museum.  Tons of interactive stuff to try out.

Laney the pilot preparing for take off.

Lane experimenting with air lift.

We couldn't pull her away from this fun game.  You put plastic balls on the cones that are shooting air and watch them float in the air.  Fun!

Logan the head pilot.

He is such a handsome flyer!

These two make a great flying team.  They flew us to Timbuktu several times that afternoon.

And yes, Terry was there as well.  We forgot to bring the regular camera.  We had to take pictures with our phones.  Terry's iPhone has a better camera than my Blackberry so he was the cameraman for the afternoon.  Here's one sorta decent shot from my phone though.

Good times!  Do you like taking your family to a museum for an afternoon activity?  Which ones are your favourite?

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturday - The BIG Show

So let me tell you all a little about Kim.

She's the high priestess of the mommyhood confessional.

Everyone bow to her and her awesomeness.

Right now!

Kim writes a truly funny, touching, heartbreaking at times, beautiful blog called All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something.

Did I mention that she also includes Chuck Norris facts and Simpsons references in her writing? Ummm..... AWESOME!

And she started Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturdays.

I truly thank her for this because I have a lot of really heinous mommy stuff to confess.  And I'd probably get struck by lightening if I ever entered a church confessional.

Queen Kim is busy this week and has asked one of her loyal minions to take over the Big Mommyhood Confession show.


I'm so excited.

So go on over to All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something and read my confession.

Then link up your own.


Friday, 27 April 2012

An Afternoon in the Life of a Stay At Home Mommy

1:39 pm

Me: Well you kids obviously won't nap.  Go play then while I get some work done.

I should have known that I was doomed in the quest for naps when the show I was watching to bore the kids ended up having a character named Logan on it and a horsey.  Damn yous Touch!

1:50 pm I'm sewing a new set of cloth pads for my Etsy shop

Lane: Mom! I pooped.

Me: did you poop or pee?

Lane is in potty training mode, but she still doesn't know the difference between pee or poop.

Lane: I pooped.  Change me!

I get up from my work, get a diaper and proceed to change Lane. She trickled a tiny amount of pee into her diaper.  Pooped indeed!

 Back to sewing.

2:00 pm

Logan: Mom my fingers have a whole bunch of dust on them.  Can you get it off?

I realize that Logan has been into the Timbits and has coated his fingers in sugar and then went around touching every soft surface in the house.  Half of his precious binkie is stuck to his sticky fingers.

I take him to the bathroom and help him wash his hands with soap.

Back to sewing.

2:07 pm

The cat meanders her way down the stairs.

Maya the Cat: Meow!

(translation: I want some lovins right now and I'm going to jump up on your lap in the middle of you sewing a seam and then freak out because there is a needle madly flipping up and down mere inches from my face.)

2:08 pm

I go to the bathroom to wash off the bleeding scratch on my arm from a spazzy cat.

2:14 pm

Lane: Mom! I pooped!

Me: Did you poop or just pee?

Lane: I pooped! Change me!

I get another diaper and proceed to change yet another trickle of pee in her diaper.

 Me: Want to have potty time?

Lane: No, I'll have potty time tomorrow.

Fine. Back to sewing.

2:18 pm

Lane comes into the room pantsless and without a diaper on.

Lane: I want to have potty time mommy. Logan helped me take off my diaper.

Me: OK. Let's go.

Lane sits on the potty and I realize that I haven't had a pee since 8:00 this morning.  So I sit down as well.

Me: Let's make some tinkles together.

Lane: OK! I can tinkle!  (she then makes a series of pushing noises).  I peed!

I check and there is nothing there.

Lane: I made tinkles now!

I check and there is still nothing there.

Lane: I made tinkles now?

I check and still nothing.

Lane: Well I had a good try and I want a sticker.

I get her all dressed and washed and get her a sticker.

Back to sewing.

2:38 pm

Me: Logan I need my cutting table to put snaps on these pads.

Logan: Not now mom. I'm cutting!

Logan has his scissors in hand and is busy cutting tiny pieces of construction paper and using all of my precious scotch tape to stick them to another piece of paper.

Me: Then can you please move over so that I can do some work?

Logan: I'm making art mom.  I can't move now.

Who can argue with that?  I go over to the computer to write this blog post.

2:47 pm

Lane: Mom! I pooped!


Why oh why don't they just nap on Friday afternoons?

 At least they're cute!


PS: Those cloth pads I was sewing during this glimpse into my life are available here. ;)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Iron Craft 8 - Love Your Mother... Earth

For this challenge we were tasked with:

We would like you to turn something you would normally give or throw away into something else. (courtesy of Just Craft Enough)

Now you all know that I sew.... A LOT

And this challenge fell right in the middle of my sewing machine breaking down.


So what was I to do?  I would have to craft something instead of sew something.


But I still couldn't let my craft not involve my sewing somehow.  The items I decided to use were those pesky empty thread spools.  I have A LOT of them.  I couldn't think of anything really special to make out of them.  They are not wooden or vintage or anything cool.


What did I make out of these items?

Some empty thread spools and some left over embroidery thread pieces that are too short for friendship bracelets?

Here is Logan cutting the thread into shorter pieces.

Here I am gluing the thread spools together (photo taken by Logan).

Here is a picture of all the crafting (photo taken by Lane).

Ta da!


We made a nice basket for the birds to gather pretty coloured string for their Spring nests!

The thread spools worked great because they had lots of holes after gluing them together to poke the string through.  Easier for the birds to get at.

We hung it from our apple tree in the backyard.

Then took pictures.  Then we made Terry climb up on a ladder and place it a it further into the tree because I had it perching on a small branch no where the birds would even go.

If you're in our neighbourhood and happen to see some nests with colourful thread sticking out of them, you know why!

To follow all of the Iron Crafters, please visit the Flickr Group.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturday #26

I lead a very sheltered life.

Well at least when it comes to smoking...

And I don't mean that kind of smoking (even though it was 4/20 yesterday and you probably thought I was going there).

After all, I do live in Cannabi.... I mean Canada.

But no, I meant regular cigarette smoking.

I think my parents might have smoked before I was born.  And my dad started up again after they got divorced and the kids were all living with mom for awhile.  As soon as I moved back he quit.

No one in my family smokes.  No one in my immediate friend circle smokes.  None of my co-workers smoke (hah! cuz I'm a stay at home mommy - I have no co-workers! hehehe)

I'm sure that my husband runs into smokers all day long.  They probably sneak out of work to have a puff.  I'm sure he notices them at the bus stop every single day.


But for me - no one near me smokes.  Not a single parent would dare have a cigarette in their fingers while dropping their kids off in the school yard.

Yesterday, I took the kids for a walk to Canadian Tire.  Because of my sheltered life, I was actually surprised to see a smokey stain in the sidewalk about 20 feet from the store.

I know!  Sheltered indeed!

Like somewhere in my head, I had forgotten that people actually have this unhealthy habit.

Then Logan asked, "What is that mom?" as he pointed to a cigarette butt.

And then I realized something else.  My kids don't even know what a cigarette is.


Proud mama moment!

I explained that some people have an unhealthy addiction to smoking.

Then he asked, "What is smoking?"

So I answered him literally - "Some people like to suck on sticks that are on fire on one end to make smoke which they breathe in."

Logan thought about that a moment and said, "Gross."

Gross indeed.

Have you had to have a smoking talk with your kids?
How do you explain it to them?


I'm sharing my confession over at All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something.  Join us?


Friday, 20 April 2012

Food Friday: Apple Bundt Cake

I know this is more of a fall recipe, but I make it year round and it's always a hit with the family.

Yum! Can you see all those apples in there? So nummy nummy.

- 2 cups apples - pealed, cored, diced (I usually like to use a granny smith apple because it keeps a little shape and crunch when baked)
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup chopped walnuts

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C. Grease and flour and 10 inch Bundt or tube pan. In a medium bowl, combine the diced apples, the 1 tablespoon of white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, set aside.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside as well.

- In a large bowl, combine 2 cups white sugar, oil, orange juice, vanilla and eggs.  Beat at high speed until smooth.  Stir in flour mixture until mixed. Then stir in apple mixture.  Make sure the flour is well mixed so that it doesn't stick to the apples and make them all floury.  Fold in chopped walnuts.  You can also layer the batter with the with the apple mixture, but I find this only makes a few soggy layers.  I like it all mixed together evenly.

- pour the batter into the prepared pan.

- Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool some more.

Here it is right out of the oven.  So light and moist.

And when I'm actually talented enough to get it out of the pan in one piece, here it is cooling on a rack.  Does anyone else have a tricky time getting a cake out of a tube pan in one piece?  I've wanted to share this recipe with you for a long time, but I could never get a decent photo of the cake out of the pan.  It usually ends up more like a pile of crumbly cake with half stuck to the pan.

Oh well, it still tastes the same, so my family doesn't mind ;)


Monday, 16 April 2012

Macrame Monday: I'm Still Here

Oh my gosh! I realize that macrame Monday hasn't made an appearance for a long while.

That doesn't mean that I haven't been working on macrame though.

I've been working hard on a project. 

Only I've had a seriously good month at Tawny Bee and have had to work hard to catch up on all the sewing projects to keep my stock up.  So much so that my sewing machine is now broken.  And it's going to take a couple of weeks to get it repaired!  ACK!!!

So I guess I'll be doing a lot more macrame in the meantime because... idle hands and all that...  gotta keep busy.

What exactly have I been working on:

Wavy and Chevron Friendship Bracelets

These! They were part of a wholesale order that went out last week.

Wavy and Chevron Friendship Bracelets

These!  Also sold all of them last month.

Chevron Friendship Bracelets

These! All sold in the past few months.

Wavy Friendship Bracelets
These! Again... all sold already.  You get the idea.

I have another 30 to tie to finish off a wholesale order and then I gotta catch up on  my stock. 

That's a lot of macrame!

And if that wasn't enough - you can't start a macrame revolution without going a little overboard right?  So I'm also working on this:

Sorry for the dark photo.  I only get to work on this beauty when the children are napping.  Knotting in the dark with the cat trying to chase down all the cords.  Now that's the life! :D

Stay tuned for a lot more macrame projects coming up while I wait for my baby... er I mean... my sewing machine to be fixed.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Secret Mommyhood Confession Saturday #25

I was born in a body that's a lemon.

My heart didn't work properly.

Then my hands and feet and some of my internal organs didn't grow to proper size because of my terrible circulation.

Thankfully my brain compensated with it's huge super charged smart cells :P


Knowing that my body is a lemon, I'm always waiting for the next thing to go wrong.

These terrible feelings of doom happen most often when I'm healthy.

Like now.

Every lump and bump I feel is gonna kill me.

I know it.

Every headache isn't due to dehydration, weather, or aspartame withdrawal.  Nope, it's a brain tumor.  I'm pretty sure.

My heart is working so well right now that something else has got to go wrong to balance out the universe.

The fates wouldn't let me be healthy for any good amount of time.

Last night I had a dream that I knew that I had a brain tumor really deep in there. The doctors ran a bunch of tests and said that I was indeed dying, but they couldn't figure out why.  And the only test they could do to figure it out was an MRI.  The exact test I can never have because I have a pacemaker and tons of metallic things (including a metal mesh wiry thing holding my new heart valve in place) in my body.  GAH!

So the doctors basically told me to suck it up and accept that I was dying and that they were going to do nothing about it.  *sigh*

Bummer dream!

But you see that this fear of being healthy is very deep in my subconscious.

And the worst part?  If that dream wasn't bad enough?

I sometimes think that if I am healthy, it gives the fates some opening to make someone around me sick instead.

I always had that fear when I was a kid that if I was feeling too well, my brother or sister would get sick in my place.  And now I worry that my kids will be a target.

I know it's completely irrational but I can't help it.

I guess it's part of the martyrdom that we all feel as mothers.  And then it's just amped up in my case because I was born with serious health issues.

And then it's particularly bad this week because my brother messed up his back last year and is waiting on results of an MRI right now.  His doctor went on holidays without discussing the results with him first.  What is that?

So if the fates really do work like that - please just make me sick and leave my family alone.

Wow! I'm a bummer this morning.

I just gotta remember this:


Got a confession that you're dying to share?  Or want to check out everyone else's dirt? Go on over to All Work and No Play Make Mommy Go Something Something and dish!


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Iron Craft #7: Freshen Up

This week's Iron Craft Challenge was a great one for spring!

Spring is in the air here in the midwest (sure we could still get snow until May, but humor us). It seems like everywhere I go people are picking up things to freshen up their homes after a dull, grey winter. I thought that seemed like a great challenge for the Iron Crafters. This time we’d like you to create something to freshen up the place you live. Maybe some new throw pillows, a slip cover on a chair, make a throw rug from the bathroom, create some new art for your bedroom. (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

So I went big!

I decided to freshen up Logan and Lane's old change table.

They have both outgrown the need for a change table.  Yes, Lane is still in diapers, but she certainly doesn't fit on this change table anymore.

What to do with an unwanted piece of furniture?

We would give it away....

Or I could make it into something Lane needs:

A dresser!

I went hunting for white baskets that would fit on the shelves.  Unfortunately, I could only find one of the big white baskets and had to make do with the smaller ones on the bottom :(

I made the basket liners out of the same fabric I made Lane's curtains out of.

I also covered the top "change pad" piece with the strawberry fabric.  Eventually I'll move this piece down so that the basket drawers pull out straight instead of lifting them.  Then I'll leave the top free for a lamp and other decorations.

I even found red and white damask ribbon at Michael's to add to the basket front.  So cute!

Next I took some Raggedy Ann and Andy Wallies (wallpaper cutouts) that I received from a friend who couldn't use them anymore and added them to the table.

Aren't they precious?

We took all of Lane's tops and put them in the big basket.

Diapers fit perfectly in one of the side baskets.  I'll put underwear in there once Lane gets going on the potty training. Socks went in the other smaller one.

The two bottom baskets contain pants and pajamas.

We're thinking about moving the dresser to the other side of the room where her plastic dresser now sits empty.  We had the change table pushed up against her bed so that it would be an obstacle to her falling off the bed.  But she's been in her big girl bed for awhile now, so it should be fine to move now.

Doesn't it look sweet in her room?  And an upcycling project to boot!


If you want to see the other participants in the Freshen Up Iron Craft Challenge, check out the Flickr Group.


Also sharing this re-vamp with:
Too Cute Tuesday - Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Lil Luna Link Party - Lil Luna
Sugar and Spice - Seven Thirty Three
Show Off Your Stuff - Fireflies and Jellybeans
Blog Stalking Thursday - The Crafty Blog Stalker
Tickled Pink - 504 Main
Feature Yourself Friday - Fingerprints on the Fridge
Friday Favs - Nap Time Crafters
The More The Merrier Monday - DIY Home Sweet Home