Friday, June 29, 2012

My little entrepreneur

He set up a store in the living room!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Making a big splash on the last day of school

It was my son's last day of junior kindergarten. According to his report card, he did extremely well =) So happy for him!

It was a sweltering day so we decided to let the kids enjoy a dip in the wading pool. My daughter was so excited she did her very best impression of a smile (squinty eyes, cheek to cheek grin) and guess what? Her dimple made it first appearance! This is a big deal in our house. I often tell my husband that I wish our kids had inherited his dimples and now it looks like my daughter did. Hooray!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Look what came home with me today!

I had to wait 3 weeks for this beauty. Its moonstone and onyx and did you notice the little Z charm? My name begins with Z - cheesy I know =)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Learning to cook

My kids asked if they could help me cook. I am making tehari today (a Bengali beef and rice dish that is my specialty) which I am making to take into work for multicultural day. I told them they could peel the onions. They are doing an amazing job and not even making a mess. Does it look like they're having fun? My daughter says that she smells like onions =).

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Trip to the wild side

We went to the zoo today! It was so much fun! Primarily because we went with some lovely friends who made the experience even more enjoyable.

There were some really cool animals like this camel.

It had startlingly soulful eyes.

Then there were these emus. They were trying to peck at us through the fence.

They had some goats that the children enjoyed feeding.

We also encountered some naughty monkeys.

Oops - wrong monkeys! Here they are.

The most beautiful creatures were these strutting peacocks. I've never seen a white one before.

There were some cute babies at the zoo too. Here is a piglet.

This is a 5 week old baby tiger - so adorable.

Through the trip I kept thinking of how much my sister and her family would have enjoyed the zoo. Especially when I saw these graceful Zebras. They always make me think of my little sister =).

After looking at the animals the kids cooled down at the splash pad.

We visited a miniature version of an english town. I told the children that fairies, elves, goblins and gnomes lived in the little houses. My son tried he best to peek in the little windows to see them.

We ended the day playing on the climbers and trampolines. This is what the kids looked like on the way home. I took these shots before dozing off myself. Being wild is tiring!

Well until next year bye bye zoo!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Do you have pickups?

My daughter can't say hiccups properly. What she can do very well is snuggle with me on the hammock on a warm afternoon. My son has a new skill too. He has learnt to make paper airplanes. He and my husband bond over flying airplanes.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's day shopping spree

Happy father's day to my husband who is such a kind, warm, loving daddy to our two monkeys. Yesterday my son and I went to the mall to get him the perfect father's day present. We were joined on our spree by my sister, my nephew, his friend and his friend's mother, aunt and little sister. We had so much fun hanging out with each other and we shopped so much that our little guys ran out of steam. Poor things = ( In my defense, my husband is really hard to shop for!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bye bye girlie curls

This is her new look for the summer. What do you think? More or less cute?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Who wants to wear pretty slippers?

So proud of my boy! He went from being unable to get himself ready at the beginning of the school year to being able to get himself and his sister ready! He calls her so sweetly  to wear her shoes. Seriously can he be any more precious?

Monday, June 11, 2012

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

It was a regular evening in the Glue household today. We finished our dinner, cleaned up the dishes, played with our children and were ready to take them to bed. That's when something remarkable happened - my daughter let out a huge sneeze and take a look at what fell out of her nose.

Yup that's right - a plastic bead. I'm guessing it is something she put up her nose at daycare when no one was looking. They take very good care of her at daycare so she must have been very sneaky!
What is astonishing is that she had this bead in her nose for most of the day and it didn't bother her. When I asked her about it she explained very calmly that she had put a bead in her nose, as if it was a very normal thing to do. I spent a few minutes telling her that sticking things in the nose was a bad idea but she didn't seem to agree.
I was perplexed and unsure what to do next, when suddenly I remembered this alarming story I heard about this other two year old that once stuck moth balls up her nose. The family had moved to a new house and this little girl found some moth balls and put one in each nostril. Her mom found her acting very drowsy. The moth balls had started to melt from the heat in her breath. They took her to the hospital and the doctors had to hold her down and extract the moth balls from her nose.

That little girl was me and since I have the memory of an elephant - I actually remember looking at the moth balls in my hand and sticking them in my nose. I remember being restrained in the hospital and I remember the huge scolding I got from my mother. Now I know how she felt - sorry Ammu!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sun filled Sunday

My favorite memory from my childhood is playing with my sister in the warm waves at the beaches in the Philippines. Living in the great white north I was worried that my children would not have the same experiences of enjoying a beach that I had growing up. Fortunately we discovered the best beach in Ontario. On a hot summer day it's like a tropical paradise, except substitute the coconut tree with evergreens. We had such a great day - and I hope we get many more days at the beach this summer.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Smelling the proverbial roses

I went for another morning run today. Well to be honest, it was more like a morning walk (my pace was a 20 minute mile =). I went by myself and for the first 30 minutes, I didn't see a soul on the road. the only sounds I could here were the birds chirping in the trees. It was incredible. I did stop to take some pictures.

Really I think we are so lucky to live in our little corner of the world.

Well at least I got some exercise in because this is what I had for breakfast!

Want to see the cherry on top?

One of our very creative friends made it!

Friday, June 8, 2012


The perfect way to end a week - grocery shopping with happy kids. Look they're even hugging each other instead of bugging each other like they usually do when we put them next to each other in a shopping cart. It's enough to warms the cockles of my heart!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Happy Mommy

I got the kids to finish their dinner by promising to take them to the park. Is it wrong to bribe children to eat their food? Here they are smiling on the swings.

You can't see me in the picture but I an smiling too. Full bellies = good night sleep!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Indoor Playground!

We just reorganized the play area in the basement. I won't even do a before picture because it looked like a room from an episode of hoarders. Here is the after shot. Tada! So much better. Let's hope it stays clean!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Disguising the diastasis recti

Although I have lost an inch and a half from my waist, I still have a long way to go to stop looking pregnant. I decided to try the layered panel top look to see if it would disguise it. I got this top for $15 from fairweather.

Well what do you know! It does hide the belly nicely. I love the color, the only thing is - I'm not sure I like the shape it gives me, sort of like a bell. I'm not sure what's better, to look pregnant or to be bell shaped....hmmmm........

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tale of two sisters

Tale 1

True story - We were at a sushi restaurant. My son who has a penchant for the japanese ginger, divided the slices served at our table between him and his sister. He proceeded to gobble his share up at an alarming rate. Before long he was done and started staring longingly at his sister's pile which had not even been touched. Without asking he took one and popped it in his mouth. My daughter's reaction was to let out a screech. Her face was full of outrage , she howled as if she'd been seriously wronged. Of course she was not interested in eating the ginger herself, just upset that something was taken away from her. A few moments go by and just as my husband has managed to calm her down, I noticed my son eying her ginger again. (He's seriously into ginger) Before his hand could dart out for another slice I captured his hands and convinced him to ask her for a piece. He asked her nicely and he was rewarded with a big smile. Not only did my daughter give him the piece he requested, she continued to dole out slices to him until her plate was bare of ginger. It was the sweetest thing - so very different from how she had behaved only moments before! It's so interesting watching her grow! Here she is sitting in the restaurant (pre-ginger incident) having a blast playing with her sunglasses even though is was cloudy outside! Oh my funny little girl! I love you!

Tale 2

To many people the picture below look just like a picture of a wallet.

My sister though, will understand the significance of this picture. It is a rarity. You see my wallet is usually overstuffed and I can't get it to close. To remedy this my clever sister bought me this cute green H&M purse. The idea is that I take all non-essential cards (mostly loyalty cards) and coupons out of my wallet and put them in this new purse and only take this extra purse on shopping trips.

I transferred the loyalty cards out of my wallet today and for the first time in many months, it closed! I love it and I love my sister - not only is she smart, she is also stylish!