Thursday, March 28, 2013
Since we came home from March Break, I've been a little bummed. Wouldn't life be better if it were all vacations, all the time?
Mallory dressed herself in pants AND a shirt that are both way too small. But they were green, and she insisted that she was going to wear them. I don't think she took a good, deep breath in all day.
Since the shirt advertises "Homemade Snowballs 5 cents each", she opened a snowball store, with styrofoam balls and the old toy cash register.
Liam wanted End-of-the-Rainbow parfaits and I bought the stuff to make them, and then we both forgot about them. (Chad was sick in the midst of this, which is part of what threw us for a loop.) He was just as happy to have them the next day when we finally remembered.
At work we celebrate March Madness with Meat Day (don't ask). Everything has to have meat in it. I took the opportunity to try a recipe I'd bookmarked for bacon-peanut butter-banana bread. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't as good as regular old banana bread (or, my personal fave, banana bread with mini Reece peanut butter cups in it - YUM!)
She says she doesn't want to play again in the fall. Why do I feel like the moment we sell off all her equipment, she'll change her mind??
And that brings us to now. I finally feel ready to tackle some projects from my list. We have birthday parties to prepare for, a picture wall to finish in Mallory's room, and some sewing that I'd like to get to before the weather turns warm and I start spending every spare minute outside. Not sure which one is going to get top billing, but I'm hoping to make some progress on something this weekend.
Friday, March 22, 2013
A month or two ago we noticed that she had a new adult tooth coming in in the doublewide's spot... but the doublewide was still there. The new tooth was coming in behind. It turns out that it is called a 'shark tooth' when the teeth start to create multiple rows like this, and thankfully it's pretty common and often fixes itself. Such was the case with Mallory. It did not take long for her original doublewide baby tooth to loosen a little and just this week, it fell out - probably the shortest lag between first loosening and then falling out of any of her teeth. Our hope is now that the adult tooth will work its way forward a little as it grows in, though who am I kidding - our kids did not receive any favours in the dental genes department, so I am sure we have orthodontics in our future regardless.
Not to mention, the adult tooth is pretty much the same size as the doublewide baby tooth. If she does indeed sprout another regular adult tooth, I have no idea where it will fit.
She also lost one of her top center teeth while we were away - hence these pictures - so she has been raking it in from the tooth fairy lately! (If you embiggen the first shot, you can just make out the two rows of teeth on the bottom.)
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Liam came home from the Bahamas with a couple of souvenirs, notably a shark tooth necklace and a stuffed sea turtle. But what he loved the most is a handful of Bahamaian coins that I have to admit I thought were pretty cool, too. They're similar to Canadian coins and worth just about the same amount, but the pictures on them set them apart - a pineapple, a starfish, a sailboat, etc. Wouldn't you know it... Liam took the coins to school on Monday to show his friends (unbeknownst to us) and now they are gone. He says he put them in his desk before gym class and that when he came back they weren't there. He is pretty upset about it.
On the one hand, I think this is a good lesson that you don't take your valuables (or 'dearies', since these coins were worth a grand total of about forty one cents) to school. On the other hand, the poor kid is crushed.
He just admitted this loss to us tonight and I am not sure what the teacher can be expected to do about it now, but I will give her a call tomorrow and then if the coins don't turn up, I will probably place an eBay order. For about five bucks we can replace the lot of them. Thank goodness we live in the day and age when this is possible - a few years back we would have been plain out of luck. I am pretty sure Liam has learned a lesson here and will be more careful in the future!
Monday, March 18, 2013
We are just back from a March Break getaway. This was the year that we finally gave in and followed the hordes down south for a week and my goodness, am I ever glad we did. We had a wonderful time in the Bahamas. Aside from one little girl throwing up all over the Air Canada check-in desk at the airport, we couldn't have asked for a better trip.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Of course, these things always sound fun in advance, and then Jan and Feb and the reality of training in the winter set in. For about six weeks I totally lost my outdoor running mojo and I spent many hours on the treadmill instead. Fortunately this period of time coincided with me discovering 'Breaking Bad' on DVD and I watched five seasons worth of TV in about six weeks, including several long runs that consisted of multiple episodes back to back to back. In fact there was a week or two when I was ready to blow off my long run altogether but then I would get a new DVD and be so looking forward to watching it that my run got added back to my calendar.
Anyway, the point of this race for me is just getting to the starting line. I hold no illusions that it's going to be a PR. I had a bad race, relatively speaking; I just didn't feel as good or strong as I did at my last. The funny thing is that I was only about 45 seconds slower today than I was in Detroit. That's me; no matter how good or bad of a day I am having, I really only have one pace.