Wow...is it March already?? I am still excited over Team Canada's big win today over Team USA in Hockey. What a relief! I do not think anyone outside of Canada would understand how disappointing a loss in yesterdays game would have been. Anyways, I had a blast doing the Monday Mingle vlog last week, so I decided to give it another shot. This time, baby Kyron joined in with me!
This weeks questions are:
1. Do you like to garden? What are your favorite flowers?
2. Faves: Coke or Pepsi? Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate? Coffee or Tea?
3. What nationality(s) are you? Or what is the primary one?
4. Do you watch the Winter Olympics? What is your favorite sport?
After watching this video, I kind of feel a little like MJ dangling the baby over the balcony. Weired.
Be sure to check out Eighty MPH Mom's site here: http://www.eightymphmom.com/2010/02/monday-mingle-vlog-march-1-2010.html
Here is the video! Watch the smiles...it is just precious!
For a real laugh...check out my friend Jill's blog: http://dont-you-hate-pants.blogspot.com/2010/02/just-little-pissin-and-moanin.html?zx=c6541b19d3ef49a4 I bet we can all relate to nosy pharmacy people and cranky seniors!
I just love this picture!
As many of you know, Becky is a grade one teacher. As a going away/Christmas gift from one of her students, she received a photography gift card! As luck would have it, the Mom turned out to be Brandy from Fresh Sugar Photography, an award winning photographer. Brandy came by the house when Kyron was 13 days old to take some shots for us and I must say, they are simply amazing!
She was so fun to work with and I would recommend her to anyone. We were not expecting to be in the photos, but I am so glad she coaxed me in. I will treasure these pictures forever.
Brandy highlighted some of the shots on her blog, which is definitely worth following. If you want to see some more pics, check out the link here!
It is a stereotype here in Canada that the Americans know nothing about us, but we know everything about them! I am not sure that it is entirely true. We do not live in igloos. The weather in Calgary this has been better than in most of the USA, so we do not live in a frozen tundra! A few yeara ago there was a CBC comedy documentary by comedian Rick Mercer called "Talking to Americans" that has helped fuel this fire! Here are a few clips of that show....tooooo funny!
Iowa Governor Congratulating Canada on the 24 Hour Clock
Here is a classic with Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee... wow!
And I cant forget George Bush thanking Prime Minister "Poutine" Check at 3:41 ( The PM at the time was Jean Cretien. "Poutine" is a French Canadian food...think French Fries, Gravy and Cheese Curds...) and Canada for being the USA's most important "neighbor to the north" of them. What? Oh well.... The rest of the video is classic, showing people congratulating Canada on legalizing staplers, finishing the tunnel to China and encouraging us to get our first newspaper! It goes on and on...you cannot make this stuff up!
I really do love all my American readers and think that these videos are made just in fun. ( Perhaps I am being cheeky due to the Team USA victory over Canada on Sunday?) I am sure the producers edited out the correct answers, lol. In my travels to the USA, most people know lots about Canada and my city Calgary, which always shocked me.
Truth be told, the two counties are pretty much the same. Same TV, same culture. We just have higher taxes, no guns, and free health care!
PS! My friend Jill started a blog!!! She is the funniest lady I know, so it is an awesome read! Check it out and tell her what you think!
I thought this was a pretty unique posting idea so I wanted to give it a try! I did a quick entry as this was my first one! Check out Eighty MPH Moms site to join in! Each week they post different questions, which is kind of cool. This weeks question was " What are your 5 Favorite Movies!"
There you go! Happy Monday!
This award is given to those Mom Bloggers that deserve more than just a stinking silver or bronze. These mom blogs are the real deal. I have chosen five mom blogs that I think are worthy of this award! In no particular order:
1) Jen from Three Little Monkeys: Jen has an awesome blog and she always takes the time to comment on everyones site! Did I mention that by random fluke she lives in the same neighborhood as me, but we have never met!
2) Tamara at The (Un)experienced Mom: She was one of the first mom bloggers to add me to her site and really helped me along the way!
3) Shandal at My Life in 3D... What can I say...this cool Kansas mom is just way too kind to me and my blog. She has an awesome blog also!
4) Courtney at Momma Donna Hey: Another Kansas mom....awesome sense of humour and a great writer!
5) Lindsey @ Mommy Wonderland: Lindsey is a great blogger. She writes with amazing honesty and is not afraid to call it like it is! Plus...she has cool tunes on her blog!
Ok... two more... ( I made up the award...so I can bend the rules!)
6) Sarah at The Stroller Ballet Sarah is a funny, funny lady! I just found out that she is a Canadian, living in the USA. I knew there was a reason why she was so nice!
7) Mary at The Mommyologist Funny Blogger, Great Comments and Super Cool Blog Design!
Ok folks...many more deserve this award, so be sure to do the following:
Please feel free to spread the love and pass this award onto some of YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS!
Naturally, the original award was given to my wife Becky, as she is the GOLD MEDAL MOM in my life!
Have a great weekend!
Love is in the air! As part of my Valentines Day gift, my wife Becky was kind enough to find me a book that she knew I would love! We are not ashamed to admit that we find "toilet" humour quite funny and we often share the funniest jokes about this taboo subject! Since me and Becky share the same sense of humour, I laughed when I saw this book! She said when she saw it, she just knew it for me!
Yes...this is a real book. "What's Your Poo Telling You?" is a humour book dedicated to the diversity of the human poo, which is quite fascinating. Topics include:
- Monster Poo
- The Deja Poo ( Its corn related)
- Soft Serve
- Ring of Fire
- Pebble Poo
- The Snake ( I love it!)
- Sneak Attack!
- The Honeymoon's Over Poo
There are over 100 pages of poo stories, complete with drawings! This book is actually written by a MD, so it is informative as well. Many of you will think this is gross, but I think it is super funny!
Since me and Becky share the same sense of humour, I laughed when I saw this book! You know what love is? Knowing what your partner will love and finding it for them.
Thanks baby! ( I know she liked her Micheal Buble concert tickets!)
A lot of people think we are weird.....thoughts?
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Its Family Day in Alberta, which is a statutory holiday here! This holiday was created with the intent that everyone would get the day off and be able to spend some extra time with their family! I guess this does not apply to those lucky enough to have to work in the service industry ( Retail/Restaurant) etc, as it looks like everything is open today.
I will be spending this holiday with my Wife and Baby Kyron, so I am thankful that I do not have to work!
Here is a quick video of Kyron chillin' on his daddy's lap!
What are your plans for the day? Do you think that these holiday's are a good idea?
I hope that everyone has a great day!
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read about our story!
Although she still will not admit it, I think Becky had a HUGE crush on me back in the day! I would even bet that we exchanged Valentines that year. What I would not give to have that card now!
Seriously though, I love this lady so much and she makes me so happy. She is an excellent wife, loving mother and truly my best friend.
I cannot thank her enough for making my life so wonderful.
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Here are the funniest things I remember:
4) The Ugly Sun-Ice 1988 Official Winter Games Jackets!
I guess these were the height of fashion in 1988? Yuck. That said, I do remember wanting one so bad. I know that the Olympic volunteers all got one but I do not remember if they sold them in stores. Unfortunately, there are still some folks in Calgary that think its a good idea to break out these coats in the winter time and show them off. I am not sure who told them this was a good idea. Put them in storage....and keep them there. Thanks!
( FYI: People are actually selling these rags online for $500-$750! What?)
6) The Closing Ceremonies I recall thinking that this was just the greatest thing ever. As I looked for a clip to share on youtube, this proud Calgarian was a little hesitant to share it with everyone. Take a look at this wonderful video and try not to laugh. Especially at the 0.21 Second mark at the wonderful singing and dancing solo. Oh My.
I may be a little cheeky, but the 1988 Games really were a wonderful time. The whole City pulled together and it was considered one of the most successful Winter Olympics at the time. It is exciting to have the games back in Canada and I will be watching as much as possible.
Go Canada Go!
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We have posted the first picture here:
I love this idea! It kind of has that "Flat Stanley" or Roaming Garden Gnome feel to it and it will be awesome to see how he is growing in comparison to the monkey! I just hope I can remember to take it every month!
Any other great photo ideas? Feel free to share!
FYI: Kyron the Mon-Ky is on the left. The stuffed Monkey is on the right! :)
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The first week and half were a total blur due to the adrenaline of the new adventure and sleep deprivation, so I am glad we took notes everyday and that I had a chance to record some of it on here. We are now into a pretty good routine around here and Becky has turned into supermom to say the least! Kyron is now sleeping about 4 hours at night between feeds and is not much of a crier during the day, so our sleep patterns are moving back to normal.
My Mon-Ky is now 10lbs, 13oz ( Almost 11lbs!) and growing everyday! Here are some new pics from today to share with all of you...
We are all friends here right? Good. Then I see no reason why I should not show all of you that I am not ashamed to tell you some embarrassing stories as they come up. I mean really, what fun will this blog be if I decide not share the good and the bad with everyone. I really have no humility left after this story, so at the very least I hope everyone has a good laugh at my expense.
I normally do not sleepwalk. I do tend to talk in my sleep, at least I used to do it but Becky says that I do not really do this anymore. ( Apparently I just "snore"...but lets save that for another post!) In the past, I have woken myself up with my sleep talking but not in recent memory. As a teenager I used to have the odd sleep walk around the house but I must have outgrown this. So now that you understand that this is a rare thing for me, you can imagine my surpise when I had an awesome old sleepwalk this week!
Here is my sleepwalking adventure....
Earlier this week I woke up at 4:00am and walked around to Becky's side of the bed and proceeded to wake her up. Here is the conversation. Please do not judge me.
Shane: ( In my "all proud of myself" tone of voice) Hi Honey. I went to McDonald's and got you some breakfast. Its downstairs if you want it.
Becky: (Stares at the alarm clock.) What? What do you mean?
Shane: I got you some McDonald's. For Breakfast.
Becky: Honey, what are talking about? ( She is still trying to be nice here....even as she looks at the alarm clock again. Yep. 4:01am.)
Shane: McDonald's. Downstairs. For Breakfast. ( I am wondering why she does not want any?)
Becky: I'm Confused? ( She clearly gives up here. The tone is "I give up", but still in a nice voice. Even after being woken up at 4am.)
Shane: FINE! FORGET ABOUT IT THEN! ( This is when I stomp out of the room.) I am still at a loss as to why she is not excited about having McDonald's for breakfast.
Becky goes back to sleep. I march downstairs a little disappointed that she did not like my nice gesture. As I hit the bottom stair and look into the kitchen, I kind of "wake up". I soon realize that there is in fact NO McDONALD'S and I look around the kitchen a little confused myself. Thinking that Becky is about to get up and come downstairs, only to be disappointed by the lack of the phantom McDonald's, I run back up stairs and wake her again and tell her "don't worry hon, go back to sleep... there is no McDonald's". I walk out of the room with my tail between my legs, listening for Becky's laugh. ( There was no laugh but she probably held it until I left the room again.)
How Embarrassing. But like I said....we are all friends here right?
So....anyone else want to share an embarrassing sleep story?
Some people will say that this was not a real smile and that it is just a "reflex", but I really do not care what it was... I love it!
I got a shot of a half smile later in the day, which I have posted below.
Now...Ask me again if I am the happiest, luckiest man in the world?
There is your answer! Happy Friday Everyone!
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Our dear friends Tanya and Dale had their baby girl Elle only five days after Kyron was born. I must say, they sure look cute together. Looking at this picture, I wonder if an arranged marriage is in the stars? It is a long way down the road but remember, I first met my wife when I was 6 years old in Grade 1! ( See the Story Here)
At they very least, he will have a very good friend to grow up with!
Then it dawned on us.... what is something that we have not been able to do together since the late stages of Becky's pregnancy? ( I am sorry, but I should say during MOST of her pregnancy!) As it is now 3 weeks since Kyron's arrival, we figured it would be ok to do this together as it is natural for married couples that are in love. Personally, some people say there are more important things to do but I do not particularly agree with any of them. We are both adults and have NEEDS people. In fact, before Kyron came into our lives we found the time to do this almost daily. At the very least, it became our Saturday or Sunday afternoon tradition.
Like a pair of randy schoolkids, we got excited about our plans for the afternoon. The answer that came out of her mouth was exactly what I wanted to hear! I got a little *ahem* excited just hearing her say it!
( Get you minds out of the gutter people!)
Yes sleep! We had these grand plans about dropping Kyron off and having three hours of uninterrupted sleep together. Wow, things sure change once baby comes! But once you have a baby in the house your plans usually get altered.....so no sleep for us! We ended up going to a children's furniture store and buying more stuff for Kyron, followed by a trip to the pub for lunch and then shopping for picture frames.
Hot Date? You bet! I got to spend the afternoon with my beautiful wife!
Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!
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