Author: Sheri

Eat, Pray, Love

Mike and I took off for some kid free time this afternoon. I got to pick the movie, so I chose one I have been wanting to see…”Eat, Pray, Love”. So…off we went to the city. First, we stopped at Home Depot in search of a large grommet punch…no luck…then on to the movie theatre. Today’s movies were free, thanks to our Scene points, so we got our free tickets and headed off to the concession stands. While standing in line, I watched a Grandmother (I’m guessing here) help her 5ish grandson take proper aim in an incredibly violent shooting game…good job granny, you wouldn’t want him to make it to grade school without knowing how to handle a machine gun or witness a blood bath. We got our goodies and headed to theatre just in time to see the all important previews. I love the previews and added these movies to my list of ones i want to see: Life As We Know ItThe Social NetworkLove and Other Drugs The movie finally started and I wasn’t disappointed. If you don’t know about it, this is a true story about a writer who travelled to Italy, India and Bali in search of peace after a series of failed relationships. When watching movies based on truth, I always wonder how much of it is factual and what is added to enhance...

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Who are those clean cut kids?

They are mine! With school just a few days away, we decided it was time to make these scruffy kids look a little more presentable. First, we did the mandatory “Before” pictures. If you are wondering why I would take the pictures in front of a marked up, coloured on wall, it’s because most of my walls are marked up and coloured on. Crappy builder’s paint and toddlers don’t mix. My dear Kool did most of the wall art in the house (not recently) and my little Grumps has recently decided to showcase some of his talent…on one of the few freshly painted walls, of course. Anyway, back to the hair… Kool was approaching the Bieber look (hey…did you know I am from the same town as Justin Bieber?! No, I don’t know him because I don’t hang out with teenage boys, but his uncle and I used to hang out many moons ago) and we just couldn’t have that.  Wave has more of a hippy thing going on. Her hair was wet in the picture, otherwise it would be curlier. She wants long hair, but she doesn’t want to brush it…and she definitely doesn’t want me to brush it…so we negotiated a shorter cut. As long as she can still have a pony tail, she is happy. I think she’s cute as heck with shorter hair…something I learned after...

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My New Life

I follow this woman’s blog at and she is one of the most inspiring people I have ever come across. This message is beautiful, no matter what your spiritual beliefs are. I watch it whenever I have had a rough day and it always gives me a little...

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Tall Tales

Kel has a vivid imagination. This is great, except that he seems to blur the line between fantasy and reality. It’s usually silly things, like today he said to me… “Mommy, remember the time when we saw some deer on the road and daddy had to stop the van and wait for them to finish eating?” Ummmm….no, I don’t remember that. Maybe because it never happened. He once asked me if I remembered the time I saw that huge car accident and I had to call 911 and talk to the police. Again, I couldn’t recall that. Another time he asked Duck if he remembered the time they were in a parking lot and a car was doing donuts on the ice all around them. That one slipped our minds too. Those are all innocent enough, although if you tell him that these things never happened, he insists that we are wrong and have simply forgotten these incredible moments. I don’t worry about his ability to conjure up horrific car accidents and tornadoes. He comes by it quite naturally. I am fascinated by natural disasters and admit to being one of the rubber necks at accident scenes, and I have a pretty good imagination…although I think I can distinguish between what I imagine and what is real (I hope!). The problem with Kel’s imagination is that I don’t know what...

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My little Grumps starts day care tomorrow. He will go two days a week, and Kel and Ave go to grades 2 and 1 respectively starting next Tuesday. This means that twice a week, there will be no children in the house! The only downside is that I will be at work and won’t get to enjoy the quiet, empty house. I see sick days in my future. I just learned that this year our school will be completely nut free. I have no problem with this, and if my child had a nut allergy I would expect everyone to deal with it, but I’m having trouble coming up with lunch ideas. I have the pickiest kids in the world. Last year they ate peanut butter bagels every day. They don’t like sandwiches.They don’t like vegetables.They don’t like yogurt in their lunches (it is, however, fine at home).They don’t want anything hot.They are not allowed anything in packaging.They do approve of lunchables, and very graciously suggested I just buy them, open them and put the contents into other containers…but cost, health and a mean streak prevent me from doing this for them. So I’m at a complete loss as to what to feed them. I could just fill the lunch bags with cereal, but I’m not sure the teachers would approve. Cheese and crackers are my own big brainstorm, but there has...

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