Sunday, January 14, 2018

Memories in Song.

Do you have a favourite song? One that whenever it comes on you just can't help but sing, dance and have fun? Or one that makes you think of an old memory, takes you back in time to a special moment?

I always seem to associate certain songs with special moments or times in my life. Like Build Me Up Buttercup by The Temptations is the song I associate with my high school best friends. It was a song we just had to sing and dance to anytime we heard it. 

Or Everywhere I Go by Hollywood Undead with old of my really good friends that lives out of town and our trips out to our old favourite bar. (That was closed forever last year.)

Here are my ten most favourite songs that take me back to past memories. (In no particular order). 

The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
"It just takes some time, little girl you're in the middle of the ride, everything, everything will be just fine, everything, everything, will be alright, alright."

Here's To Us - Halestorm
"Stuck it out this far together, put our dreams through the shredder. Let's toast, 'cause things, got better. 'Cause everything could change like that, and all these years go by so fast, but, nothing lasts, forever."

Unwell - Matchbox 20
"But I'm not crazy I'm just a little unwell, I know, right now you can't tell. But stay a while and maybe then you'll see, a different side of me. I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired. I know, right now you don't care. But soon enough you're gonna think of me, and how I used to be."

Standing Outside the Fire - Garth Brooks
"We call them strong, those who can face this world alone, Who seem to get by on their own, those who will never take the fall. We call them weak, who are unable to resist. The slightest chance love might exist, and for that forsake it all. The're so hell-bent on giving, walking a wire, convinced it's not living if you stand outside the fire."

Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
"And here I go again on my own, going down the only road I've ever know. Like a drifter I was born to walk alone, But Ive made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time."

Where Does The Good Go - Tegan & Sara
"Where do you go, with your broken heart in tow? What do you do, with the leftover you? How do you know, when to let go? Where does the good go? Where does the good go?"

Paradise by the Dashboard Light - Meatloaf
"Now our bodies are oh so close and tight, it never felt so good it never felt so right. And we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife, glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife. Come on, hold on tight, oh come on, hold on tight. Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night, I can see Paradise by the dashboard light."

Bed of Roses - Jon Bon Jovi
"I wanna lay, you down in a bed of roses. For tonight, I'll sleep on a bed of nails. Oh, I wanna be, just as close as, your holy ghost is, and lay you down. On a bed of roses."

She's My Kind of Crazy - Emerson Drive
"She's my kind of Sunday driving. Rolling down the back roads hanging out the window. Riding with her hair in the wind and her hands in the sky, like she's flying. She's my kind of pony tail pretty, sounds like the country, looks like the city. I march along to what ever out of town drum she plays me. She's my kind of crazy."

Hurts So Good - John Cougar Mellancamp
"Come on and make it uh, hurt so good. Come on baby make it hurt so good. Sometimes love don't feel like it should. You make it, hurt so good."

What are your favourites?

-A. 

Ps. It's hard to stop at ten, so honorable mentions go to...

Sick & Tired - Cross Canadian Ragweed
Pinch Me - Barenaked Ladies
Push It Boy - Tosh
Anyway You Want It - Journey
Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison
Smile - Uncle Kracker
2012 - Jay Sean
Umbrella - Rihanna
Brian Wilson - Barenaked Ladies
Ragoo - Kings of Leon
Kiss Me - Ed Sheeran
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader


Mom Guilt

Both boys are currently asleep. Probably not for long as the baby will need to eat at some point, but while it is quiet I'm going to type this out.

For those parents with two kids under the age of three, how do you deal with the mom guilt from not being able to spend as much time with the older sibling? I feel like I am frequently saying, "In a minute bud", "When I'm done feeding your brother", "I can't right now buddy","You're going to have to wait a bit". 

I find it's even harder because my second is such a high maintenance baby. He is always being fed, or screaming. He will only take a nap if he is snuggled up on me. If I put him down anywhere (play mat, swing, jolly jumper, crib) he just screams. And I don't mean normal baby screaming, I mean the loudest high pitch scream one could produce. He will scream and scream and scream until he can't breathe and starts turning purple. It only stops if Mommy picks him up. No one else. He will fuss and cry with anyone else except Mommy. It is the single most frustrating thing in the world. I feel like I can never get anything done, or spend any time playing with my oldest unless I just put the baby down and let him scream for a few minutes. 

I just feel so bad for my older child. He's either being told to wait or listening to continuous screaming. I feel like having a second child this close might have taken away from some of his childhood experiences. I know later on once the baby settles into a routine, starts walking, starts talking, and can play with the toys with him they will become the best of friends. 

Until then, wish me luck. Two is much harder than one. 

-A. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Terrible Toddler Tantrums

What do you do when your two year old loses it. And I mean REALLY loses it.

No rhyme or reason, just full on screaming and crying for a significant amount of time. (By significant I mean 15 minutes or more because 15 minutes of screaming can be an unbearable amount of time.)

E just had a wild tantrum, probably the worst I've seen so far. Screaming, crying, throwing himself down, slamming things... just a meltdown of epic proportions. I asked him if he was hungry, thirsty, or tired and he said no to all. I asked if he wanted to watch Paw Patrol, do a puzzle, read a book, or play with his cars, again no.

He eventually went into his room and slammed the door, but because the door handle is so high he couldn't get back out which prompted even more screaming. I opened the door for him after about five minutes and he slammed it shut in my face, and then screamed again because he couldn't get out. I went and sat down in the living room to see if the screaming would subside, maybe he would fall asleep or get distracted, but somehow he ended up getting out of the bedroom. (I'm guessing he pulled something over to the door to stand on.)

He came out and I figured out the root of the problem. He saw his nummers (pacifier) but since we are trying to break him of it during the day it's put up where he can't reach it (and where I thought he couldn't see it.) If he had've just said "nummers" in the first place I would have explained our big boy story and redirected him to something else like the special treats and snacks I bought just for this particular issue. But alas, he is only two and communication isn't their strong suit.

One step at a time.

Toddlers are hard.

A.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Movie Marathon!

*These lists are based on my personal preferences. Obviously there are some movies I skipped as I have never seen nor heard of them. Dates found via Wikapedia page "List of Disney theatrical animated features". Also, only animated movies were included in this list.)

Disney Classics by Release Date Marathon;

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (December 21, 1937)
Pinocchio (February 7, 1940)
Fantasia (November 13, 1940)
Dumbo (October 23, 1941)
Bambi (August 12, 1942)
The Three Caballeros (December 21, 1944)
Song of the South (November 12, 1946)
Fun & Fancy Free (September 27, 1947)
The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad (October 5, 1949)
Cinderella (February 15, 1950)
Alice in Wonderland (July 28, 1951)
Peter Pan (February 5, 1953)
Lady & the Tramp (June 22, 1955)
Sleeping Beauty (January 29, 1959)
101 Dalmatians (January 25, 1961)
The Sword in the Stone (December 25, 1963)
The Jungle Book (October 18, 1967)
The Aristocats (December 24, 1970)
Robin Hood (November 8, 1973)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (March 11, 1977)
The Rescuers (June 22, 1977)
The Fox & the Hound (July 10, 1981)
The Black Cauldron (July 24, 1985)
The Great Mouse Detective (July 2, 1986)
Oliver & Company (November 18, 1988)
The Little Mermaid (November 17, 1989)
The Rescuers Down Under (November 16, 1990)
Beauty & the Beast (November 22, 1991)
Aladdin (November 25, 1992)
The Lion King (June 15, 1994)
Pocahontas (June 23, 1995)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (June 21, 1996)
Hercules (June 27, 1997)
Mulan (June 19, 1998)
Tarzan (June 18, 1999)
Fantasia 2000 (December 17, 1999)
The Tigger Movie (February 11, 2000)
Dinosaur (May 19, 2000)
The Emporer's New Groove (December 15, 2000)
Atlantis; The Lost Empire (June 15, 2001)
Lilo & Stitch (June 21, 2002)
Treasure Planet (November 22, 2002)
The Jungle Book 2 (February 14, 2003)
Piglet's Big Movie (March 21, 2003)
Brother Bear (November 1, 2003)
Home on the Range (April 2, 2004)
Pooh's Heffalump Movie (February 11, 2005)
Chicken Little (November 4, 2005)
Bambi 2 (February 7, 2006)
Tinkerbell (September 18, 2008)
Bolt (November 28, 2008)
Tinkerbell & the Lost Treasure (September 3, 2009)
The Princess & the Frog (December 11, 2009)
Tangled (November 24, 2010)
Winnie the Pooh (July 15, 2011)
Secret of the Wings (August 31, 2012)
Wreck-It Ralph (November 2, 2012)
Planes (August 9, 2013)
Frozen (November 27, 2013)
Planes; Fire & Rescue (July 18, 2014)
Big Hero 6 (November 7, 2014)
Tinkerbell & the Legend of the Neverbeast (March 3, 2015)
Zootopia (March 4, 2016)
Moana (November 23, 2006)


Pixar Movies by Release Date Marathon;

Toy Story (November 22, 1995)
A Bug's Life (November 25, 1998)
Toy Story 2 (November 24, 1999)
Monster's Inc. (November 2, 2001)
Finding Nemo (May 30, 2003)
The Incredibles (November 5, 2004)
Cars (June 9, 2006)
Ratatouille (June 29, 2007)
Wall-E (June 27, 2008)
Up (May 29, 2009)
Toy Story 3 (June 18, 2010)
Cars 2 (June 24, 2011)
Brave (June 22, 2012)
Monster's University (June 21, 2013)
Inside Out (June 19, 2015)
The Good Dinosaur (November 25, 2015)
Finding Dory (June 17, 2016)

The Sock.

So, the other day my toddler went crazy.

He was tossing everything in the air and it was pure mayhem over here. Well at one point he managed to take off his sock, and in going with the theme, tossed it into the air. I wasn't paying too much attention to where everything was landing, I figured I would just clean it all up when he went down for his nap. Well, right before nap time I wanted to put his sock back on because his little toes were getting pretty cold. Could not find the sock, anywhere.

After 30 minutes of searching every room in the house, I sat down defeated and went to take a drink of my juice, and then I saw it. This tiny little, used to be white, sock floating in my cup of juice. The sock is now a slight purple/red colour so I figure, throw some bleach and hot water in a cup and soak it, it'll be fine! HAH! I went to check the sock an hour or so later, super white, GREAT! Not so great? The green stripes around the ankle are now a very pretty yellow, well crap, guess I better throw the opposite sock in to make it the same colour. Makes sense right? Probably should've taken the first sock out because now I have one with nice yellow stripes and one with light lime green stripes. In retrospect, probably should've just tossed the pair as Hubby suggested but I'll just hope no one looks close enough to notice.


Should also mention while all of this was going on the toddler fell off the kitchen chair with his Spiderman toy and bumped his head on the floor. Don't worry he's fine, his main concern? If Spiderman was O.K. because his bendable arm was pointing straight up instead of straight out.

Toddlers... *shaking my head*

Friday, February 5, 2016

Ugh, Parents.

Why? Why will you not let your kid live and learn on his/her own?

All of these parents that were born in the late 70's/early 80's are pushovers. Bubble wrapping their kids from harm and letting them run the household. Gluten free this, vegan that. Wash yourself in purell every five minutes. Don't vaccinate and god forbid you let your child bump their head without a trip to the hospital for an x-ray.

When I was a kid in the 90's we drank from the hose, swung upside-down unsupervised (THE HORROR!) on the jungle gym, swung as high as possible on the swings and then lept off to see who could jump further, and I'm pretty sure most of us ate a little dirt by accident. We're all still alive and most of us turned out ok. (I said most!)

I'm hoping everyday that the people I grew up with, mostly those born from '87-'95 are going to do much better job at regular parenting than some of the previous generation that are really not even parenting. Letting their kids run the house, run their lives and drive the rest of us crazy. Little entitled a**holes that have never been told no by their parents and think they deserve everything on a silver platter because they are special.

You're special alright kid, a little special snowflake just like everyone else. 😜

A.xo.

Ps. Don't even get me started on the 'safe place' rooms in colleges for people who were so sheltered that their fragile egos are damaged by the wrong word.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Favourite Halloween Movies

Every year there are certain movies you just HAVE to watch around Halloween. I have watched the same ones every year for as long as I can remember. How many of these have you seen and what are your Halloween favourites?

Every year Disney Channel plays these in the weekends leading up to Halloween. I get so anxious every year in September waiting for these to come on. 

Little Mary-Kate and Ashley in their Full House days. Cute, little, and actually pretty funny in this great kids movie. 

I know this could be used as a Christmas movie too but there is just something about skeletons that only says 'Halloween' to me. 

Little Hilary Duff before Lizzie. This movie is a comedic masterpiece for kids.

Another Disney Channel Original. Twitches and Halloweentown are staples of my childhood.


Halloween is my favourite 'holiday'. I can't wait for my sons first Halloween this year. Candy is already bought. Costumes are a work in progress. 32 Days!