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"Are they triplets?" "No, I found the other one in the parking lot and thought, 'why not?'"

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The girls are going camping!

*I wrote this post yesterday but I am only getting around to posting it today. What happened? Well, I left this to the last minute before having to go pick up kids. Went and picked up kids, frantically drove kids to a hair place because it’s picture day today. Aidan looks less scruffy now, Madeline can see out from under her bangs and I had them straighten Isabelle’s hair for me. Then it was home to do homework, laundry, make dinner and get ready and go to Brownies. We weren’t home until just after 8pm. Rush kids to bed, do more laundry. Try to have a relaxing bath only to realize that there won’t be enough hot water. Give up and go to bed. **Run around like a crazy person getting kids ready for picture day only to realize I forgot to put Aidan’s clothes in the dryer. The shirt he absolutely has to wear is still wet….crank up dryer to get it dried in time……

So please enjoy yesterday’s post today!!!  🙂

I’m not really sure who is more excited, myself or the girls! After a bit of trouble, we finally got the girls signed up in Brownies. Madeline has been wanting to go camping forever and I figured this might be the best way for her to experience it! Isabelle hasn’t been quite as keen on it, however it finally starting to get excited. This also means that Madeline is going to start getting nervous.

Yeah, I can’t win. Who knew 7&8 year old girls were such emotional roller coasters. I really didn’t expect this for a few more years!! This is typical Madeline and Isabelle however. Madeline will be really excited to do something or try something new right up until it’s time to actually do whatever it is. Isabelle will be shy and nervous and not want to do it all, but when she’s got no other choice, ie. Mommy dropping her off at Brownies for the first time and walking out the door, she always says she had a great time. Kids are weird.

The girls successfully sold all their cookies. They had some help from Daddy who sold a lot to his co-workers. The girls did a great job going to some of the houses in the neighbourhood as well. Isabelle really enjoyed doing this. I’ve never seen her so enthusiastic about something!! My favourite part was when a house down from us said they couldn’t buy a box because they had just spent a bunch supporting Scouts. The girls faces went from all smiles to that pitiful sad look kids get. Both of them practically said in unison “oh….okay…….thank you.” Two seconds the later, the woman hands over $5 and takes a box from the girls. The girls couldn’t figure out why I was chuckling to myself.

This weekend Aidan will have the house to himself. It’s always a little strange when it’s just Aidan home. The house is so quiet. This likely makes me sound like a bad parent, but Aidan can be so quiet that I forget there is even a kid at home! I am trying to think of something that we can do together that he will enjoy since most of our outings are based around something the girls would also enjoy. The nice part is that all I really need to do is offer to shoot nerf guns all day and he’d be happy!

Halloween is approaching quickly! I need to seriously get my ass moving on making these wands. They shouldn’t take me too long once I get going on them. I’ve looked up a few idea on Pinterest. Here’s a peek at the scarves my talented mother in law knitted for the kids in Gryffindor colours. I ordered these patches from someone on Etsy and will put them on the robes my Mom is making for the kids!


I think they are going to look fantastic! The wands are on my to do list for tomorrow while the kids are at school.

Tomorrow is picture day, fingers crossed Isabelle doesn’t make a goofy face again this year. The photo we have of her is from two years ago. I’d like to update it!! I spent the better part of the morning at the mall trying to find something for her to wear for picture day. Her hair kills me because all the stuff I know she’d love to wear just doesn’t really go nicely with her hair. Think hot pink. Barf. Aidan has chosen to wear a long sleeve plaid shirt he picked out from Joe Fresh. He’s going to be my little lumberjack. I have no clue what Madeline’s plans are for her attire. For the most part she usually does a pretty good job of choosing something decent so I will just have to wait and see what tomorrow morning brings.

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Where were all the Trick or Treaters?

The kids had a great Halloween despite the slightly less than last year crappy weather. Madeline went out with a friend and Isabelle and Aidan went out with their Dad. I got to stay home and hand out all the candy. We had 550 pieces of candy to hand out and I was getting worried we wouldn’t give it all away. I eventually just gave handfuls to the kids that did ring the door bell. The rest was given to our kids, not that they needed it but they were happy to have a little extra. Isabelle got many compliments on her costume. She was not the only bag of jelly beans this year. While the costume helped to keep her warm and protected from the rain it didn’t hold up well to all the walking. Next year we have decided to wear a costume that will last a little longer.

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I was on Facebook this evening after getting the kids to bed. I seem to have installed the “Memories” app onto my Facebook at some point and now every so often it pops up to remind me that I have “Memories” that are ready to view.

Today I decided to click on it to see what the memories were and was reminded that on this day last year I accompanied Isabelle and her Grade 1 class to the pumpkin patch.


I love pumpkins and the kids love pumpkins. And do you know what they love more? Picking their own pumpkin out of the field!! This year there will be no school trips. Which means no trip to the pumpkin patch. Madeline has already asked a few times if we are going to buy a pumpkin soon. So far our Zhers has showed great promise of large good looking pumpkins. However before I could answer she then said how much she just loved going to the pumpkin patch!

Of course I have to deliver! I know they would be happy to just pick up some pumpkins the next time I hit up Zhers but it just isn’t the same as going out into the field and finding the perfect one.

I believe I will be taking them out of school this coming week and we will go to a pumpkin patch and choose some awesome pumpkins! The cranky secretary can bite me if she doesn’t like my explanation when I call in their absence. We are barely 2 months into the school year and she has already commented to me about how Madeline is missing a lot of school already and also that I should plan our Dr appointments a little better so they can all go on the same day. Sure, I get right on that. Bite me. Works great if they are all seeing the same damn DOCTOR!!!

Anyways……I’m already searching Pinterest for ideas on how to carve our pumpkins. Do you carve your pumpkins or do you dress them up in other ways? Share your ideas in the comments!