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Gardening season again

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Last year I planted my first garden all by myself, and it was a pretty successful garden.  The only thing that did not turn out or produce anything were the cucumbers.  I also found the tomatoes took forever to ripen, I had to pick them and store them in my basement before they even began to turn red. 
Now the gardening season is upon us again.  I was late in the game last year for planting so we had a late harvest season.  It turned out alright, but I want to be on the ball this season.  I am doing some research and asking some well informed ladies about gardening (mom and Grandma) in hopes to have another successful season.  I am also hoping to do some flower beds and some planters this year as well.  It seems like a brave undertaking for this plant killer, but I am determined to learn how to live with plants so that I can have plants in my house all year long and fresh veggies into the fall.

We have had to make some modifications to our garden today in preparation for this season.…

What's for supper??

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Adrian called me tonight saying he was going out to do some work with Danny, which told me he would be out late and I would be making supper. Since I have started my six week challenge again I knew I would have to cook something for supper and it couldn't just be processed food that would be no good.  So I came home and tried to figure out what to make.

There wasn't a whole lot around, I decided I wanted some rice so that took care of the side dish of my meal, but what to serve with it.  We hadn't done a big shopping trip so the fridge was a little bare on veggies, so I couldn't do up a stir fry and I didn't even have any stir fry meat.  I had a steak (a single steak), pork ribs, pork chops, hamburger and ground turkey in the freezer.  I was feeling hungry so the ribs were out.  I like to slow roast my ribs so the meat just falls off the bone.  So that left me few options. I wasn't feeling hamburger or pork, which essentially left me with a steak and ground tu…

My child loves the outdoors

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I don't know where he came from, but it started to get warmer out and the evil white stuff finally left and with it my child who did not really care for the outdoors.  In it's place I have a child that will fore go everything, and I mean everything to be outside. 

He loves it, he loves to play outside, go for walks or simply just sit outside eating an apple.  This child is simply gaga over spring weather. I am sure it will continue into summer and through fall, but come winter again I will meet that child I had become used to.   Oh and kicker, he's just like me!!!

Here are some photos from some recent outings.









Wedding Update

Maybe one of these days I will be the excited bride that I have seen everyone else being, but for now I am more blase about the whole situation.  Seriously, the closer it gets to the impending date, the more I want to just run down to city hall and forget about everything else.  I just really don't care that much, it's kind of counterproductive too.

I finally got my wedding dress.  I am very happy with it.  It's not quite the dress of my dreams, but it's the dress that will best suit my wedding that looks the best on me.  It even has STRAPS!!!  I am so excited about that part, although it's almost made so you shouldn't wear a bra, but we will see what happens come closer to that special date in August. 

Now I have been thinking about my numbers and who's all going to be around and everything, and I am starting to reconsider the whole meal on the beach thing.  I am thinking we will talk to our hotels and see if we can use a kitchen and then just have that p…

Falling asleep at the...keyboard

I have sat down so many times over the past few weeks, logged into Blogger and looked at my dashboard, I've looked to blogs and was trying to think of something to write about.  After much deliberation I turned off my computer and I walked away.  I just don't have a whole lot to say.  It may have to do with some conversations I have had as of late and some of my own reflection that I have been doing. 

I started this blog with a purpose but it hasn't always panned out the way I wanted it to.  I initially had a plan to keep this blog focused on one type of blogging but it soon ventured off into some many different areas that it more closely resembles a journal then a purposeful blog. 

It was also brought to my attention that maybe I don't talk about "deep stuff" very often, to which I know there is some truth in that statement, but I don't really feel like putting all that out there into the world wide web. So how do you find that happy medium?  I have a …

Teenagers are interesting

I don't know when it happened, but I am sure it was sometime in the night.  A dark scary night, when someone came in and robbed me of my Chandlerman.  In his place they have left this new version of the same boy, but he's not the same he's different.

I am scared it was a more gradual process than I want to admit that slowly as he aged he grew away from me.  Not grew away but changed into a more reserved child that no longer has a strong need for his mother. 

I know in my head that it didn't happen overnight, but it happened in such a fashion that I didn't see it coming.  Maybe it was a little of my teasing him when I still tucked him into bed, maybe it was my pushing him to be independent, I mean I know I can be my own worst enemy at times. 

But now instead of my sweet natured little Chandlerman, who would cuddle with me on the couch to watch movies, who would steal into my room late a night to cuddle after a nightmare, who would sit with me as I made meals for us,…

What's the answer??

So ever since I can remember I have had a desire to be a school counsellor.  I went to school and got my education degree and became a teacher, which is rewarding in it's own right, but it's not where I feel most satisfied.  I know that in order to become a school guidance counsellor I will probably have to do some more schooling, which I am willing to do when I feel my family is financially stable enough to allow for me to be away from the full time workforce.  But then there's this situation I ran into last weekend.

While perusing the Internet, I decided to check on jobs in my old school divisions that I had worked for in Saskatchewan.  I wasn't seeing anything in Alberta so I thought I would see what was available in Saskatchewan.  There wasn't a whole lot, nothing more than in Alberta really, and nothing that I would be willing to apply for until I checked the Saskatoon Public School Division Website. 

"OMG!!!!", was the thought that ran through my h…

Little Man is getting so big

I am constantly amazed at the leaps Little Man is making in his development.  He is becoming more and more of a toddler and less of my little baby. I don't know what is more pressing on my emotions, the sadness of seeing him leave is infancy behind, or the excitement fear of seeing him learns his independence as he explores his surroundings. 

In the past few months Little Man has grown leaps and bounds.  He is fairly small for his age I think, or he is average I guess.  He is right between 12 month and 18 month clothing, 12 month is too small, it shows off his little pot belly, and 18 month is too large, the pants drag on the floor.  In actual fact he has a long torso and short legs so pants have always been large and shirts are often always too small for his age size.  I wish you could mix and match sets of clothes to suit your child.  You know those cute Disney outfits, for me I might need a size 12 pants but 18 month shirt, if I could do that life would be great.

He is also de…

Paris or Kim

Apparently, there is new fire being brought to the Hitlon v. Kardashian feud.  It has been said by one Mrs. Hilton that Kim K is a thunder stealer and is simply copying Paris.  Is this true?  And who is the better reality television star? 

I am going to provide my opinion on this matter, but first I want to go through the background of these two girls.  I need to do so for myself because I prefer to have an educated opinion as opposed to an emotional opinion. 

Paris Hilton came onto the scenes of the tabloids for being a party girl in New York, she was young, "pretty" and rich.  I put pretty in quotations because I am not sure I necessarily agree, she may be pretty but I do not think she's beautiful or even someone anyone should strive to look like.  Then Paris began this reality show with Nicole Ritchie, "The Simple Life" and it was some what of a hit.  The only thing I remember from that show is that Paris didn't know what Walmart was which was astoundi…

Potty Training v.2

So I have done the whole Potty Training situation before with my eldest son.  It was truly a trial and error experience and it wasn't the most successful experience.  In fact it was full of more epic failures than successes, but eventually we hammered out all the kinks and after a bout of serious illness at 4 years old my eldest son was potty trained.

Now having a new baby that is entering the age of Potty Training, I have decided to do things a bit different.  Thankfully, my situation is a bit different so I can try different things to help me find success.  Here are my tools and tricks I have been using to see if this round of Potty Training will be smoother.

1) I have been sitting him on the potty as often as he asks.  We introduced him to the potty when he was just over a year old.  He wanted to sit on it so we got a seat and sat him up on the potty and he sometimes peed and other times he just sat there and tired to play with the toilet paper.
2) We started sitting him on the…

Well I took a break

From life really.... but I am back now.  I was on Spring break and we were in Saskatchewan, which usually doesn't restrict me from posting updates, but I was busy and I did not feel much like writing.

I have become very intra-personal as of late.  Reflecting on the things I would like in my life.  And how I am planning to achieve those things. I have come up with a couple of ideas and a couple plans of actions, but I still have some more work to do.  Getting bills paid and working more are top priorities, but I am doing well with those. 

I have decided that I am the only one who can make my goals come into reality (who knew right?).  I just finished reading a friend's novel that has been published and it is a true motivator for me.  If she has the ambition and conviction and wherewithal to stick with her writing then I can do that as well.  I just have to organize my time and get better at sticking with my desires and not getting distracted.

I will post more later, I just did…