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A (very) late post about Thanksgiving

So I’ve been meaning to get this post up for a while. But apparently a baby that doesn’t sleep = a mama that doesn’t blog. At least it’s still (just barely) October.

As mentioned previously, we went to Kemptville for the Thanksgiving long weekend. Besides going for the BIG FAMILY DINNER, we were also there to celebrate Boo Boo’s first birthday with my parents. As expected, my mom did her part to continue with the Sesame Street theme:

Sesame Street and One year balloons

Boo playing with his balloons

Boo enjoyed his first ever experience with helium balloons…I don’t think he could figure out how they stayed afloat!

Cookie Monster puppet

Boo Boo’s Nana bought him a handmade Cookie Monster puppet. It’s been a big hit.

As for Thanksgiving dinner? It was delicious!

Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving table detail

The table setting was lovely. Unfortunately, I wasn’t seated at it – this was the “Over 50” table – and I was at the “everyone else with kids” table.

It was also hectic. There were 4 littles present (another on the way for my cousin!), so the husband and I spent a large majority of the time running after, or tending to Boo, as he crawled through people’s legs, “ran about” with his walker, and played alongside (if not with) his cousins:

Boo examine's A's dress

Boo was pretty obsessed with A’s dress – the stripes and the flowers proved irresistible. A was a VERY good sport about Boo Boo’s grabbiness….we felt like he might be coming on a little too strong, but A’s mama was of the opinion that it was good preparation for a little brother!

Boo Boo staring intently

Though you can’t see him, Boo is staring intently at his cousin O who’s far more skilled with the Mega Blocks (I love the look on his face!).

Dinner was equally hectic. Though Boo had his turkey before everyone else (the little guy gets so so so distracted, and with only 3 stubby little teeth, we didn’t expect him to eat from the table anyway), he still sat with us while we ate and practiced with his sippy cup:

Boo Boo holding his sippy cup

His older cousin O – already a master at drinking from a cup – thought he’d give himself a challenge and try a wine glass instead (which he’s also clearly mastered….we got that glass out of his hands before he managed to drink any of its contents!):

O tries to sip from a glass of wine

And since it was a birthday celebration, we of course had another Sesame Street birthday cake for Boo Boo – this time it was an Elmo cake! I’d made it about two weeks earlier, at the same time as his Cookie Monster cake, and then kept it in the freezer until Thanksgiving. I was worried about freezing a fully frosted cake, but it turned out just fine. The key was to fully freeze it (for about 4 hours) BEFORE wrapping it in cling wrap and aluminium foil….and then, of course, to unwrap it immediately upon removing it from the freezer to prevent any damage to the icing.

Me and my Elmo cake

Me and my masterpiece!

Elmo cake and other deserts

It was just one among many, many deserts. Obviously, it proved most popular with the littles. Not so much with the over 50 crowd ;)

Elmo cake

The Elmo cake in all its glory!

I’d really hoped that the red icing, combined with Boo Boo’s obsession with Elmo, would prove more enticing than the Cookie Monster cake. But nope. Boo couldn’t have cared less about my masterpiece. I trust I’ll get a difference reaction to cake by the time his next birthday rolls along.

So that was our Thanksgiving…as I’m obviously seriously behind on my holidays, you can imagine that my post on Boo Boo’s Halloween will be………..coming. At some point.

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Abby Hill Farms Country Market (or that day Boo fondled a pumpkin)

Over the Thanksgiving weekend my mom and I took Boo Boo to the Abby Hill Farms Country Market to see some pumpkins. I didn’t expect too much of a reaction out of him, but basically wanted to plop the little man down in the midst of piles and piles of pumpkins and see what he would do. I wasn’t disappointed.

Boo Boo feeling his first pumpkin

Boo Boo and a pile of pumpkins

There were pumpkins everywhere….Orange ones, of course, but also white and grey ones.

Scream scarecrow in a pile of pumpkins

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…and little pumpkins, pie pumpkins and gourds, gourds, gourds!

Mini pumpkins

Nana, Boo and a pumpkin

Multicoloured gourds

Boo mauling a gourd

In addition to the main attraction (the pumpkins, obviously), there were all sorts of activities for the littles. There was a corn sandbox, bales of hay to climb on, big John Deere tractors to investigate, a mini train to ride, a petting zoo, pony rides and a banjo-playing clown! Though Boo was still a little too little to enjoy most of them (he cried when we put him in the corn!), he did enjoy the clown and petting zoo:

Nana, Boo Boo and the banjo-playing clown

Nana and Boo at the petting zoo

A goat at the petting zoo

In addition to the pumpkins and activities, there was an actual farmer’s market with produce and flowers for sale. We picked up some tomatoes and brussel sprouts, as well as a few gourds for Boo:

Cabbage

Flowers at the market

It was a wonderful and sunny fall day!

Mama, Boo and Nana

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Boo Boo’s 1st Birthday

Last week my little man turned one! I was far more excited about it than he was. Obviously.

Despite his lack of interest in getting older I still wanted to make the day special. So we spent the morning playing together, and having his 12-month photo shoot:

Boo in 12-month onesie

After a big hug, kiss and a “Happy Birthday” from both Mama and Dada, I dressed Boo in his 12-month onesie made by his Nana. As you can see, he was very thoughtful that morning, obviously contemplating his life so far, and what it means to be one year old.

Boo in his jeans and moccasins

Once he’d finished with his deep thoughts, though…he got on the move…

Boo poking Mama's glasses

…he very closely examined Mama’s glasses…

Boo laughing

…which for some reason was lots of fun!

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Mama and Boo Boo dancing to celebrate ONE YEAR OLD!!! Hurrah!

Boo and his Jeep

As the day wore on, though, Boo started to get a little pensive again (i.e. he was getting sleepy).

When Boo went down for his nap, that’s when I got busy decorating!

Sesame Street Pom Poms

I’d seen Sesame Street pom poms on Pinterest previously, and decided they’d be a great low-cost, but high impact, decoration that I could re-use in Boo Boo’s room after his birthday. A week or so before the big day I bought tissue paper at the dollar store and made each pom pom using 5 sheets, cut in half (making each pom 10 sheets thick – so nice and full). I already knew how to make poms from my wedding, so this was a cinch. There are tutorials everywhere for poms. I won’t bore you with another one.

I had plenty of card stock and construction paper in my craft stash for the faces, which I mostly drew free-hand (except for the eyes…I think I traced a stacking cup for those). Once everything was cut out, I used double-sided tape to adhere the faces to the poms.

Here’s a close-up of each character (I’m quite proud of them!):

Grover Pom Pom

Grover Pom Pom

Big Bird Pom Pom

Big Bird Pom Pom

Elmo Pom Pom

Elmo Pom Pom

Cookie Monster Pom Pom

Cookie Monster Pom Pom

Oscar the Grouch Pom Pom

Oscar the Grouch Pom Pom – this one was my favourite!

1st Birthday Napkins

To stick with the Sesame Street and primary colours theme, I bought a green dollar store tablecloth, yellow paper plates, and – my only decoration splurge – 1st Birthday Elmo napkins from the party store.

Boo Boo's presents

And of course there were presents!

When Boo woke up, we explored the house and its new birthday decor:

Boo looks at his presents

Boo looking up at his stack of presents. I think he was eyeing the Elmo gift bag, and the Big Hugs Elmo that wasn’t wrapped (it was delivered earlier that day….so no time to wrap it!)

Boo and balloons

Besides the Sesame Street poms, I’d also hung balloons throughout the house at “Boo level” for him to see better, and play with.

After enjoying the decorations, we went for a walk to the park. I’d intended for Boo to have a ride on the swings…..only they were already gone!! Completely completely gone! (It wasn’t just a matter of the swings being taken down for the winter – the whole swingset was dismantled and gone…they’ve been working on improvements to our local park, so I can only hope new (and better) ones will be put up next spring.)

Boo and Mama on a walk

Boo and Mama enjoying the fresh air on his Birthday walk!

Boo playing in his room

Back at home Boo seemed to once again be contemplating the meaning of life…

When the husband got home from work, he was probably more swept up in the idea of Boo’s birthday than Boo! So we opened up a present right away – Big Hugs Elmo:

Boo, Dada and Big Hugs Elmo

Dada, Boo and Elmo!

Boo Boo and Elmo

Boo was so excited to see Elmo move, talk and sing to him!

After playing with Elmo, Boo Boo’s Grandma and Grandpa came over for dinner…..and this is where I suddenly don’t have very many pictures, as I got busy giving Boo his dinner, eating dinner, trying to entice Boo to open his presents (and then basically opening them for him).

I did, however, take pictures of my cake!!!

Cookie Monster Cake

Boo Boo’s Cookie Monster Cake

After debating and torturing myself over what Sesame Street character to make – I decided to make two cakes. A Cookie Monster cake to celebrate with Boo Boo’s Grandma and Grandpa, and an Elmo cake to celebrate with his Nana and Gramps (still to come – the Elmo cake currently resides in my freezer – I have a sneaking suspicion it is neon red).

I tackled it in two parts….one night I made the cake and then put it in the freezer. The next night was reserved for the icing….and what a LONG night that was. I haven’t decorated a cake in years. No joke. I think I was still living with my parents in my childhood home. So this was an experience. Luckily, I have a Michael’s about 5 minutes away so I was able to purchase all of the supplies I needed, including some ready-made black icing.

The cake itself was a simple yellow cake, and the icing buttercream (with LOTS of colouring!). I used the recipes from this post by Kelly Luna, minus the cookies and cookie dough. It turned out amazing! So so delicious. So much so, that my mother-in-law (whom I’d been warned might not be too keen on blue icing) had a second piece! Wow!

I’d love to tell you that Boo Boo went crazy for the cake and dived right in….but nope. He kinda poked at it a little. I put a small piece into his mouth and he seemed interested in the new taste….but overall, he didn’t seem too impressed :(

Boo Boo and his Cookie Monster cake

Boo Boo and his Cookie Monster Cake

Maybe he’ll be more into cake number two (he is very attracted to red, so here’s hoping the Elmo cake proves more enticing)!

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Restoring my faith in humanity

So there’s this story that went kind of viral last week about a guy in green on a Toronto bus who wouldn’t move his bag for a woman to sit down. You can learn a little more about here and here if you’re interested.

While discussing this event with my husband he got going on a rant about how awful people have become and that stories like this – and the behaviour he sees on a daily basis – causes him to question his faith in humanity. Sure, it was all a little over-dramatic….but not wrong. It’s not too difficult to find people being jerks and generally being inconsiderate of their fellow human beings. You see it in drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, public transit-takers, at the office, in the news, online, everywhere.

And yet…

Lately I’ve been getting out with Boo a lot, and the two of us have experienced the exact opposite of people being selfish jerks. A few examples:

I took Boo on the metro for the first time, wearing him in my ErgoBaby to avoid the hassle of hauling him up/down the many many stairs in his stroller. On our way downtown the metro was practically empty, so I had no trouble getting a seat. On the way home though…..not so much. Immediately upon seeing me and my little man walk onto the train, though, a young woman gave up the last available seat and left it for us.

At the very (VERY) packed and busy closing sale at the Chapters bookstore on Ste-Catherine’s there was about a 1 1/2 hour wait to pay for purchases. After waiting about 10 or so minutes I finally made my way upstairs where staff saw me with Boo in the ErgoBaby and immediately asked if they could help carry my books and ushered me to a priority line for pregnant women and parents with young children. Five minutes later I was on my way home.

During the beautiful weather last week I took Boo down to the canal in his stroller. As we paused at the picnic area to look at the fish jumping in the water, I suddenly heard a young man calling “Madame! Madame!” He wanted me to know that he’d been smoking a joint and that he’d put it out and stop if I planned to stick around with the baby.

….which all leads me to believe there’s still some hope for us….at least so long as we’ve got a cute baby on hand.

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Lately No. 3

So Boo and I were going about our regular business…

Boo playing guitar

Boo loves the time between when he first wakes up (and Mama nurses him) and breakfast…the sun is shining into the living room and he’s got tons of energy. Most importantly, though, is that Daddy hasn’t left for work yet, which means it’s guitar playing time!

Boo and a stacking cup

My little man loves rolling around on this colourful bedspread…here he is relaxing and drooling with one of his stacking cups.

Boo Boo head to head with Mama

Hanging out with Mama.

Boo pouting in his highchair

Boo has been getting a little picky of late…this face is pretty common during mealtimes.

Then the husband came up with the idea of buying a cottage. It’s not entirely clear if this is a realistic idea, or something we even want to do. But we thought it might be fun to see what’s out there, and what kind of cottage we could expect from both ends of our hypothetical price range.

So all of our careful work on routines and good sleeping habits got chucked out the window, and we found ourselves driving up to the Laurentians repeatedly.

Boo in the car with his phone

Strapped into his carseat and ready for adventure! Boo loves his mobile phone!

Casse Croute Le 200

On our cottage visiting adventures we’ve been exploring the same general area as where my family had a log cabin when I was a kid. For a trip down memory lane we stopped in at Casse Croute Le 200 in Brownsburg (this place was a frequent stop on our way up to the cottage on Friday nights).

Hot dog and fries

Mmm….steamy hot dog and greasy fries.

Farmland

On our way to scout out a property, we made a turn and suddenly were surrounded by farm fields, bales of hay and the greenest ever grass.
It was just beautiful.

Boo being tickled by Daddy

When we headed out for a whole day of visiting we brought along Boo’s favourite blanket to spread out and play on….here Boo Boo gets tickled by Daddy!

My main take away from the last while is that I had completely forgotten how misleading real estate pictures and descriptions can be. I mean, I know the agents’ goal is to present the property in as favourable a light as possible. But really….we visited a cottage advertised as just 100 feet from the river. What the agent neglected to mention was that it was 100 feet DOWN. Eep!

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