Monthly Archives: January 2010

Friday Fun

I guess the cuteness makes up for the mini Oscar the Grouchs of the past couple days.


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Sleepless Slumber

You are in bed reading, your eyes are getting heavy, they aren’t focusing on the words anymore.  You close the book and turn the lights off looking forward to dreamless sleep.  Your twins have another thing in mind ~  atleast that’s what the Beans did to me last night. 

I was up until almost 4, at that point the two of them had chatted and played themselves out.  They felt that from 12:30 until almost 4 was Romper Room time.  I went into their room eventually in hopes of laying them back down and saying night-night again and have them actually listen to me.  Sofie is playing with a stuffed duck she carries around everywhere and having a conversation with it and her brother.  Sebastian is on his knees clapping away like we should applaud that he’s up at this hour.  He’s also blabbing on about something to Sofie.

That’s how I found myself researching Chess Boxing, checking email, reading my book, drinking warm milk and praying that I could get some sleep.

Today, nap time will become Family Nap Time as my eyes are burning from the tired.

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Chess Boxing

A group of women I was out to dinner with were discussing this (yes strange topic for a bunch of women and I’m not telling you how we got on the topic).  It really does exist, strange and very weird.  There’s even a World Chess Boxing Organisation.  It’s funny cuz if you go to their homepage right now it says “Leo ‘Granit’ Kraft” Youngest World Champion in Chessboxing History.”

Now I read that sentence kind of fast and all I saw was Kraft and Cheese Boxing – hmm.

Well now that you’re enlightened about Chessboxing, you can get back to your day. 

The WCBO motto “Fighting is done in the ring and wars are waged on the board.”  DEEP, but I’m thinking that too many TKO’s might make one a pretty bad chess player right?

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Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’

When I was pregnant with the Beans I was told several times that we would end up having a garage full of strollers.  I scoffed at such an idea, why does anyone need more than one stroller?

Fast forward 10 months ~ 4 strollers!

Our stroller buying frenzy started off with the irreplaceable Baby Trend Double Snap N Go.  This stroller was my lifesaver in the early days.  The Beans and I went everywhere in this, we went walking at the cottage, shopping, strolls around the neighbourhood, everywhere!  I was so upset when the Beans outgrew their infant seats making this stroller obsolete.  I almost shed a tear when I sold it to another twin mom.

Then we started using an Expedition Double Jogger.  Now before I go any further with my thoughts on this stroller I’ll just put it out there that I’m not a jogger.  I’m as much of a jogger as I am a millionaire.  Actually the probabilities of me becoming either a jogger or a millionaire are about the same – nil to the thousandth degree.

I hated this stroller, maybe because I walked with it instead of jogging with it?  I’m not sure but unless you were going in a straight line the thing was impossible to steer and it’s HUGE.  Obviously taking it on any adventure in the trunk of our car was not an option.  (I did like that the sun canopy pivoted and could provide shade at all times of day and in all directions). 

Enter stroller #3, our Valco Tri Mode Twin.  A great stroller, it rides smoothly, tons of room for the Beans, an adjustable handle, wheels that swivel all the way and it even fits through any door.  I have never had an issue with the stroller not fitting.  This is our neighbourhood stroller, it goes anywhere and everywhere.  It is still a big stroller and does take up most of my trunk space but in a pinch I have taken it shopping.

Now we have a new shopping, travelling and just easy small stroller.  Our Combi Twin Sport.  Now this is a stroller!  This thing folds up to nothing, still plenty of room for the Beans, rolls around nicely and it takes up no room at all in the trunk.  This thing came to Bahamas with us and it even fit through the x-ray machine.  How ingenious!

So now I ask, why do I still want one more stroller?  I can only think of one reason to get this stroller (well there are many but this is the most important).  You can fold it with one hand, in one fluid movement!  The City Elite, what a stroller.  I don’t have enough time, let alone a spare hand to need both of them to unfold and fold a stroller.  I want you City Elite stroller – how can I make you mine?

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Today I visited my local Montessori school to see if it was the right fit for the Beans.  It was all I could do to get them out of the house and at the school by 9:30, how could I possibly get them there for 7am once I go back to work.  I would have to wake them up at 6, do a quick change, bottles, breakfast and running out the door.

The school was very nice, the administrator answered all of my questions but how is it fair to the Beans for me to rip them out of bed at 6am when they usually wake up at 8.  Yes the school have a very good reputation for teaching kids to be independent thinkers, doers, teaching them all the important things.  But isn’t sleep important too?

This bloody decision is so hard, I have 6 weeks left until I go back to work and if I don’t figure this out soon the Beans will be looking after themselves or I’ll be unemployed.

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Showing off and Shopping

Today the Beans and I went into the city and by the “city” I mean Toronto.  T and I both work downtown and his colleagues were desperate to see the babes again.  So they were dropped off at T’s work to be spoiled and I went shopping (well more to do an exchange than actually shop).

So excited to now have this, I have coveted this for many years (before the Big O made it a favourite thing of hers and well before the First Lady started wearing one too) and I finally have it.  Thanks to T for giving this to me for Christmas.

Behold my new favourite thing, my new ToyWatch Chrono.

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A Walker Here, A Walker There, A Walker Everywhere

The Beans are very crafty little kids, very resourceful.  If their conventional walker is being used by their sibling well they’ll just use whatever else is at their disposal.

A stool:

This poor turtle:

This learning cube (and checking her reflection in the dishwasher while she’s at it):

This dancing bear toy:

Shopping carts:

Heck even their kitchen becomes a mobile food truck.

Oh wait, they actually do use the walker.

They must have inherited my craftiness.

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