Dec 28, 2007

Christmas 2007

Too many photo's to's a slide show to give you a glimpse of our Christmas.

Check out the video of our Dance Dance Revolution Christmas Eve on You Tube.

Dec 20, 2007

~ Metalic taste in my mouth ~

I have this weird metalic taste in my mouth this week. What's that about? Maybe my bionic woman parts are rusting.

It's nearly 1 am and I'm awake. Why?...because I made the unfortunate decision to eat two pieces of almond roca when I got home at 10pm. So my brain is on a sugar rush. Rather than lay awake, which irritates me (shocking I know) I would rather be busy.

I'm browsing around all your facebooks pages...cause I'm snoopy. Got reading Amy Workman's (call out to Amy) blog and she had a fun Christmas guess what's your reading next.

1. WRAPPING PAPER OR GIFT BAGS? Wrapping paper for sure. For a couple years now I've done a wrapping present game with my kids. I'm locked in my room wrapping all of the presents in one night. As I get 3 or 4 of them done, I unlock the door and push them out. They coming squealing down the hallway to see who the presents are for, and then take them to the tree.

2. REAL OR FAKE TREE? Fake, fake, fake....

3. WHEN DO YOU PUT UP THE TREE? I try to have it up the first FHE in December. It was late this year as I was not in the country....I was walking on the beach. This year our tree is also only half dressed. The bottom half is Jack-proof, the top half is mommy pretty.


5. DO YOU LIKE EGG NOG? Yes, but only a couple swallows. You could choke on that stuff. My dad used to water it down with milk for us.


7. DO YOU HAVE A NATIVITY SCENE?'s getting old and broken though. Didn't put it up this year, as I was already late decorating, and it's slim pickings. Joseph's hand is broken off and I think the sheep has lost his head.

8. HARDEST PERSON TO BUY FOR? Brian's dad...he has everything, or doesn't want anything, or buys whatever he does want.

10. WORST CHRISTMAS GIFT YOU EVER RECEIVED? Brian gave me exercise equipment one year. Um.....watcha tryin' to say Buddy?!!!!!



13. WHEN DO YOU START SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS? In the summer. My goal is to always have all the shopping done by November 30th. However next year I'm going ot move that up even more. I find that if I'm done all the shopping and prep then I spend quality time with the kids.

14. HAVE YOU EVER RECYCLED A CHRISTMAS PRESENT? That depends on who's reading this blog.


16. CLEAR LIGHTS OR COLORED LIGHTS ON THE TREE? Clear lights...and mommy puts those up by herself, and they have to be evenly spaced, and none hanging down...I have selective OCD....that's one of them.


18. TRAVEL AT CHRISTMAS OR STAY HOME? While the kids are small we're going to stay home. But as they get bigger, I want to travel.

19. CAN YOU NAME ALL OF SANTA’S REINDEER? Mastercard, Visa, Debit, Cash.....

20. ANGEL OR STAR ON THE TREE TOP? Big lopsided bow. Waiting to find that perfect gold star.

21. OPEN THE PRESENTS CHRISTMAS EVE OR MORNING? Christmas morning. What would be left for Christmas morning if you opened them all on Christmas Eve??

22. MOST ANNOYING THING THIS TIME OF YEAR? I understand that my children are excited....I really do. But my kids get really......REALLY annoying when they get too excited. It's all I can do no to send them to their rooms until Christmas morning.


24: FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION? Santa leaves the gifts, unwrapped, in front of the tree.

25. UP OR EARLY OR SLEEP IN? Early....but the rule is 7am. They have to stay in their rooms until then. Not that we're sound asleep...we're laying awake waiting for the time to pass as well. But I hate it when the presents are done....and it's 8:30. That's a lot of day left, and they're already tired and cranky.

26. DOES SANTA WRAP YOUR GIFTS? Nope...that's a mommy job.

27. DO YOU TELL THE CHRISTMAS STORY? Yes, we have a great book that we read, and we have the nativity in hand puppets that the kids like to act out. Though that usually ends in carnage...but acted and real.

Merry Christmas!!

Dec 10, 2007

~ Mexico ~

What an amazing trip we had. The weather was perfect, the resort was fantastic, the sites were incredible. What more can you ask for....oh, maybe more leg room on the flight.

We went to the Paradisus Riviera Cancun Resort with 640 other people the qualified for a trip through NAPA. One of the cool things about being in Mexico is that everything is outside...most of the hotel is not enclosed. The front lobby has no walls...the hallways are little bridges over water. Parts that are enclosed only have a thatch roof. It very different to the concrete jungle that we call home.

The first thing we did was head to the beach. The sand is incredible. It's like white flour. The coast line is resort after resort. So you can walk a long time as the waves come in.

We had the perfect blend of downtime at the resort and hitting the sights. Our first tour was Tulum and Xel-ha (pronounced Shell-ha)

In Xel-ha we snorkeled down the river and experienced all the amazing salt water fish....and the disgusting salt's really salty.

To snorkel down the river we had to walk along the path that literally goes through the jungle, and they didn't always cut down the trees. And while you're walking along you can jump out of your skin cause weren't expecting the 3 foot long Iguana to be sitting there minding his own business. Brian got to walk first after that.

The next night was a huge out door dinner theatre in Xcaret. It's all in Spanish but you get the jist that it's the evolution of the Mayan culture and the Europeans discovering the country. Then there is a big presentation of all the different regions of Mexico and their native dances and costumes.

Our next tour was to Chichen-Itza which wasn't as long as would have liked, as it was a pretty long drive to get there. It's amazing though.

And the last days...just hanging on the beach. We got up early to see the sunrise...

A couple things that I noticed on our trip....
1. I think there should be a weight limit on bikini's. If you are not 18 and 110 pounds you should not wear a bikini. The same goes for speedos. This is especially true if you are 70 and walking on the beach in one. I don't care how tanned you are. That just says to me that many many people have witnessed this dangling display you are putting on.
2. I really can't think of a single reason that someone needs to tan topless. And also, unless you are 18 and 110 is just not pretty. Maybe a little warning would be nice to so that we don't have to be so shocked and puke in our mouth a little when we are innocently walking along the beach.
3. All you can eat buffet....need I say more.
4. was created for a reason. It is possible to go home with a tan by using it. But if you want to sleep in pain and shower in even more pain...that's your business. I choose to use sunscreen.
5. I don't think there is a word in Spanish for 'use your turning signal'. Cause none of them do.
6. If you are driving a mongonormous bus with 50 people in it...maybe you should go less than 130 km/h. This applies further when you're on a gravel road in the jungle.
7. The highways in Mexico have this huge speedbumps on them. Some are the big humps that we see around. The others are like four lines of huge metal bowls turned upside down. You'd think with this on the road that they would slow no...we like to get air in the tour bus.
8. Doesn't matter how small the bottles of alcohol are....a group of Italians can get drunk on a flight from Calgary to Cancun.
9. Humidity is an enemy to naturally curly hair.
10. As amazing as the trip was, and as beautiful as the land and weather was....I'm happy to live where I do and have my life. I don't live in a hut with a thatch roof and have my children begging with no shoes.