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Sweet Little Thing

22 Mar

After her birthday party this weekend Olivia went home with her Grandma and Grandpa to spend a week being spoiled by them. I hear she was up until 11 pm last night! My Mom shared a sweet story with me about their antics on the phone tonight.

This past Christmas Via received a beautiful dollhouse from Santa.

Today my Mom and Olivia were playing dollhouse with the old Fisher Price dollhouse from my childhood. My Mom shared with Olivia that she had always wanted a really nice dollhouse when she was a little girl like the one that Olivia has. Nicer than the one that they were playing with LOL. This is pretty much what we had, but with more furniture … can’t say all the furniture is around today to play with …

images from Etsy.com

Olivia responded, “Don’t worry, I will get a job and get money and buy a nice dollhouse for you too.” Now isn’t she just the sweetest little thing?

Once Upon a Time …

15 Mar

… exactly four years ago to the day …

… a baby was born and “named” Ruth …

Blackberry camera phone photo, Olivia day two

… well “named” in that I told a nurse I thought that she looked like a “Ruth” and the NICU nurse promptly put that on a piece of paper and taped it to her crib LOL. Several days later she was officially named “Olivia Ruth” since Mr. Somewhat thought “Ruth” was too “old lady.”

And she is on her way now … yes, my baby girl turns 4 today!

How else to celebrate than with a trip to the “close park” and as MANY pushes on the swing as she desired! Above is a photo of her first swing on the swing and her most recent swing on the swing. I have taken soooooo many thousands of pictures of her it was hard to choose, so I thought that this would make it easier!

She is very excited for her upcoming birthday party this weekend. Me too!

Glitter!

1 Mar

What little girl doesn’t love glitter? We have been glittering up a storm here the last three days.

Years ago, while in the height of my obsession with wooden toys for Olivia I bought a stack of wooden animal plaques at Michaels. Originally, I was going to paint them all pretty and she would play with them. Unfortunately, I only painted one … well half of it and the rest were shoved in a bag at the back of a cupboard. Lately, Olivia has been resistant to doing any drawing and painting on paper so I have been looking for alternatives … like the giant chalkboard (which is still capturing wonderful drawings from young and old around here and has inspired a blackboard making date with my sister for Sunday).

This past Sunday, faced with bored kids I had the eureka moment to drag out the wooden animals and have them paint and glitter their little hearts out. Most of the animals were around 80 cents a piece, so with the older crowd I am sure this is a cost effective craft, with Olivia, well, she painted 8 of them. But, with painting the front and back and adding glitter on both sides and with extended drying time due to thick paint, we have stretched the project over three days! So in the end, I think it was cost effective and also gave me some down time while she was totally engrossed in glittering. The secret to non-supervised glittering? Glitter glue. Kids can squeeze a little out onto their painting and brush it on with a paint brush. Way cleaner than having them dusting loose glitter all over your house and only sometimes on the painting! They were given instructions on washing their paint brush often, since otherwise the glue would ruin the brush and they did listen, even an almost 4 year old!

Meanwhile, while Mr. Somewhat shopped for dressier shoes for his new job last week I was distracted by glitter myself. Skechers has some ADORABLE little girls sneakers decked out with tatoo inspired images and plenty of glitter and even gems (think be-dazzler!). Too cute NOT to talk about. Aptly called “Twinkle Toes” this line is hard to resistant and I HAD to make Via put a pair on even though we are no way near sneaker wearing weather (it was -35 yesterday with the wind chill!). Of course, she is a size 10 and they don’t come in anything smaller than an 11, but I made her put them on anyway – not that it was a struggle … It went something like “Look at these pretty princess shoes Via!” and she begged to have them. Who wouldn’t? Look at them!

images from Yahoo Shopping

Glitter, hearts and unicorns? Skechers has hit a home-run! They were too big for her but she made her best effort to convince me they weren’t … like running in them … which almost convinced me and then she tripped and fell on her face. So we left without them even though I wish we hadn’t!

It’s Almost Party Time!

23 Feb

On March 15th my little girl is turning 4!

Yes, she is officially a kid now, not a toddler.

I am realizing that this month is dwindling away and party planning must commence!

For her first birthday there was only a cake. For her second birthdays (she got two parties when she was 2!) it was all about pink and yellow and flowers, not really any theme at all.

For her third birthday I realized that if I wanted to have the theme parties that I wanted to have I had better get on it because she is an opinionated little girl and time was a wasting. So last year I put together a Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday and it was a hit. Olivia’s favourite part, well, besides the cupcakes (she LOVES cupcakes) was picking out food from the book to blow up and hang on the walls. Thanks to http://www.blockposter.com you too can have quick and easy wall decorations for any occasion. We scanned the pictures straight out of the book for the best resolution, but you can always use images borrowed graciously from the internet if you want. You will use a lot of ink, but I think it is worth it. In the end I sold the posters to a dayhome that was having a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme month. So they were re-used, not tossed, which I think is great. Plus I recouped some of my ink money LOL. Genuine HP Printer Cartridges don’t come cheap, but I always buy them because I love that my printer actually thanks me for installing the proper cartridges, no lie, the little screen actually thanks me LOL.

The party was pretty easy to set up. I baked medium and small cupcakes and iced them green and yellow for the caterpillar’s body. Then I baked a larger cupcake in a ramekin and iced it with red. Put them all together and you get a caterpillar! I also ordered green helium balloons and one red balloon to make a floating caterpillar. My sister had a giant leaf from IKEA, so we borrowed that for decoration as well. Most of the snacks were my regular go tos. But for a special touch I made kabobs of green grapes with a strawberry at one end to mimic the caterpillar. For extra fun I took different coloured paper and brushed watercolour over them. Then I cut out haphazard pentagons and hexagons inspired by Eric Carle’s collage pieces in the book and scattered them over the cake table and snack bar. It went down without a hitch.

This year Olivia is asking for a fairy themed party. I know she is thinking Tinkerbell. I am thinking more generic fairy princess. Tonight I have bookmarked a few ideas from Amy Atlas and folks over at Ohdeedoh.
I am definitely making some sort of cake pops from Bakerella and probably some sugar cookies.

I want paper flowers and butterflies … and that is all I have so far!

Oh, and she has to wear a cutie-pie tutu and crown. Let the planning begin!

Reality TV is Dangerous

23 Nov

Some days I think about how organized I used to be. Before Mr. Somewhat and Via I had everything under control. Now days go by and I feel like I am just along for the ride and I have no idea what is going on. I know many feel the same way. Somehow the three year old in your life is telling you what should happen and when …

Like now, she is insisting that she needs to watch Inspector Gadget.

So let’s talk about TV. I used to watch very little TV. In fact, for several years I had no TV at all. Then I worked for a TV distribution company for almost 7 years … when you get all the channels and for that cheap you start watching more TV. More than you ever wanted to. And so does everyone in your house. My living room furniture configuration is centered on the TV. I wish I had a fireplace, but I know that in reality the furniture would still be facing the TV LOL.

Speaking of “reality” and “TV” — I don’t watch a lot of Reality TV. Certainly not the really trashy stuff like the Bachelor or Jersey Shore etc. I will admit to watching Cupid, a short-lived Bachelorette-like summer show that was pretty sweet. I don’t think anyone else, besides me and my roommate Rhiannon watched it though because there was never a second season LOL. I think it was too genuine! I do watch Wife Swap and Trading Spouses though. I really enjoy watching how different families live. And as much as I cringe at the uber-strict-it’s-my-schedule-or-get-out-Mama’s sometimes I start leaning that way …

I start dreaming about a life where the dishes and laundry are always caught up and completed within a reasonable time-frame. No more wearing clothes you grab out of the dryer … and dishes directly from the dishwasher … So I think about maybe instituting a schedule. So-and-So’s laundry is done on this day, and must be completely folded and put away by end of day … etc. I get a little rush thinking about my laundry room being free of piles of clothes. So I start thinking about other things I could schedule … TV time, strict meal plans for ALL meals and snacks, specific park play days … the list goes on and on. Then I start planning the elaborate calendar I would need to keep the system running smooth – oh the colour-coding!

What could go wrong?

Life!

Yes, life would go wrong! I come to my senses and snap out of it as I realise I am going to be a slave to this schedule. What happens if I don’t do MY laundry on Monday … then I have to shift all the laundry days over … But maybe we have someone coming over for dinner on Friday, so I need to make sure the dishes are done, so I have to recalibrate the two-day dish lay-over I have granted myself (yes, dishes really are my MOST hated chore and doing them every two days would still be a stretch). The perfect schedule would crumble in days after I see how silly it is to be stressed out over a timetable that I made up. So I end up back where I was, no schedule, doing things when I have to (like laundry when Via only has one pair of panties left), watching too much TV and wishing my life were more organized …