No Smokes for Granny

There was a knock on our door this afternoon, and when Paul opened the door there was a little white boy and a little black boy, both around 7 or 8 years old.

One of them said;
"Were, uh, looking for three cigarettes for our, uh, Grandma."

Paul told them he doesn't smoke.

There was a rather loud exclamation of disappointment, and then they turned and left.

How dumb do those kids think we are?!


iLike it

If you buy any Christmas cd this year make it Josh Groban's Noel... he is incredible! I heard him perform Little Drummer Boy yesterday on Oprah, which prompted me to check the rest of the songs on iTunes. I listened to the 30 second samples over and over again, and then finally bought 7 of the 13 songs from the album. Here he is playing on Oprah:

The guitarist is pretty impressive too - this is my favorite mix of this song!

The 7 songs are going to be played over and over and over again. I'm one of those annoying people that can put a song on repeat and not even notice that it has played 20 times in a row. So far Judah doesn't seem to mind that the songs have been playing since he woke me up at 7:30 this morning =)


10 Months

Judah is ten months old today!

I just love this outfit that a friend bought for him (for his birthday! He got it early!) =)


A Jumping Pig in the Movie

Us - prebaby - the 'lets go to a movie right now' days

Last week when my parents were here they offered (or perhaps felt obligated?! :) to watch Judah one evening so Paul and I could go out and see a movie. Free babysitting. It was delightful.

So delightful in fact that for a moment we were slightly tempted to move to Canada just for the free babysitting. But then common sense struck, or maybe inspiration. We thought of this family from church that we've done the occasional random kid swap* with, and asked them if they'd like to set up a monthly movie night - one night they go out and we watch their kids, and another night Paul and I go out and they watch Judah, and one day baby #2. (*swap: we don't swap on the same night! That would defeat the purpose. It's more of a dump and run)

We generously offered for them to go first (ya know, since we just got to go see a movie and all!)
They love the idea - so tonight (when they will be watching Judah on one of those occasional random swaps) we're going to set up a schedule, and movie nights will become part of our monthly routine - woohoo!

We took Judah to the theater when he was very little, and he was very good the entire time. But we fear if we dared try it now we'd end up with popcorn being thrown at us. Which really would be a cheap way of getting free snacks... but really - imagine sitting in a dark-suppose-to-be-silent-theater with a little person whose view on life is 'if you can jump, why sit still?' and whose close second view on life is 'everyone loves me and wants to hear me squeal like I am a piglet stuck between two fence posts.' I just can't imagine paying to sit in that room. I can turn the lights out in my own living room and get the exact same experience. But soon I won't need to. Because soon it'll be written on my calendar in big, bold letters MOVIE NIGHT - no baby!

Tonight will be a no baby night, but we're not seeing a movie. I want to say what we're doing, but I fear that Paul will read my blog in the few hours between now and the date and he'll then know what we're going to do... that happened last year. In fact almost exactly a year ago. I was planning a secret date for us to both get manicures, but he happened to read my blog entry about it a few hours before we went. He was a good sport and didn't tell me about it till we were at the manicurist place.

Ok, I will take the chance and hope he will not read it and post our date, because I am really excited about it. We are going to go to Long Horn Steakhouse for free. Well, up to $40 free. I found a mystery shop for that restaurant and I got accepted for it, so FREE dinner! Yay! Free steaks =) When I talked to the lady on the phone about it she told me the shops can be performed up to 3 times a year, and that I could recommend friends if they were interested. So, if you're interested just let me know and I'll give you the website :) The deal is that they will reimburse you $30 of your meal and then a $10 bonus for completing it within a certain time frame. You can go with 1 - 6 people, but they will ONLY pay up to $40. 1 person could get a really nice meal, 2 people we'll probably end up having to pay a little bit out of pocket. 6 people is so not worth taking!
After dinner you go home and answer a survey online about your experience, then they'll send you a cheque.

Well, Judah needs to get spiffed up for his night out =)


Christmas Elf

I found this greeting on someone elses blog and had to steal the idea!

Check out our family Christmas greeting HERE!

Still Here!

I am still alive, and have no exotic trip to tell of in my two plus week absence from bloggy land. THANK YOU to those bloggy friends that checked in with me to make sure I was ok ... my neglect of my blog has been due to the fact that I have been so tired - I am pregnant with baby #2 =) The baby is due mid July. I have an ultra sound in a few weeks to determine the actual estimated due date. Yay for modern technology! I think I am 6 weeks along right now.

My parents drove down here for a few days this week - I didn't get any pictures of my mum with Judah, but here's Judah with his Grandpa:

Judah's great-great Uncle and Aunt sent down Christmas presents, along with their blessing for them to be opened early. Judah took advantage of that and decided to open his presents - he had more fun eating the paper than anything else!

I didn't get a picture of the opened gift... it took him SO long to open the gift! But for those on the edge of their seat dying to know what he got it is a Judah-sized car for him to ride, with lots of sirens and horns for him to make noise with :) He loves it!

He also got a cd!

Thanks Uncle Frank and Aunt Polly!


Judah at the Park

Something New

Yesterday Paul and I made Sushi for the first time ever - it was so much fun and incredibly delicious! We used cucumber, avocado and imitation crab for the filling.

The Babies Again

Here are some more pictures from Anita and Ian's visit:


Fight for Ownership

Two Boys in the House!

Judah's cousin Ian is here visiting! The boys are having lots of fun together. Here are some of yesterdays adventures:

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