Sunday, March 22, 2015

It's a kid, it's a fish...'s a mermaid and merman!
Yup, this is what we found swimming in our hot tub the other day.

Shayla is obsessed with mermaids and had inquired a while ago if you can buy mermaid tails.
So we had looked into it and apparently you can.
If you have about $100... better get saving your money, I had said.
How do I get money? she said.
So I had listed some ways, birthday or christmas money, maybe an allowance or collecting bottles..

Turns out we live on a goldmine for bottles. The first time we walked the ditches the kids got a bag full each and then they were so excited they wanted to bring a bag every time we went for a walk or bike.  Which I thought wouldn't be lucrative as we had just collected the day before.  I was wrong.  At the start of the bottle collecting excitement we went out every few days and we never came back empty handed.  Now, I'm not sure that's a good thing... as we walk and bike on our road a lot and apparently there are a lot of people drinking and driving on it! But the kids were very happy.

Anyhow, one day when we were online dreaming of the mermaid tail Shayla would be able to afford in a few years time, when we happened upon a video on how to make your own... for $25.
So we did that instead.
And it actually wasn't that hard.
And they turned out much better than I had expected.

Here's to hoping the kids stay afloat when they try them out this summer!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Some one on one time!

The other night Shayla and I got an impromptu one on one trip to the city. We had a couple stops to make and some fun shopping and then we went for supper.
Like, at a fancy restaurant Mom?
Yes, let's!
And let's call each other fancy names, like Madam!

So I held the door for her and said after you Madam and she drank her ice tea, which was absolutely delicious, with her pinky up. And told the server to send compliments to the chef because her broccoli was delicious, especially the tops.

It was such a fun night.

And she agreed, except you know what would have made it even better, Mom?
No, what?
If Tristan was here!

Melts this Momma's heart.
Here's to them always being buds! Right?! ;)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


'Mom, wanna play baby?'
'I suppose... I could... for 5 minutes... maybe.'
No, not now, probably not later, maybe even never! Because playing baby consists of a few baby related things, such as; changing pretend diapers and tucking babies into pretend cribs. But mainly playing baby consists of crying... pretend babies laying on the floor and crying. And for some unknown reason that is just not my idea of a good time! ;) But at the moment playing baby is where it's at!
So tonight when they asked to wear our shirts... Clayton commented that they had me wrapped around their little fingers, but... it really was a welcomed change up.

 Tristan comes clomping around the corner in a dress length t-shirt of Clayton's and his dress shoes.
'I am the Dad, OK kid?!'

And Shayla is wearing my one sparkly shirt with an ample looking bosom, as she has on that one bra I bought when I was pregnant with Shayla that I will never ever fill out again and my tall boots, that on her reach up to the middle of her thigh.
'Sweetie, Mom has to go out to a meeting, so the babysitter is gonna come and sit you. Good night honey.'

Yes, the game will surely loose it's appeal for me, long before it does for them but for the moment a game with no pretend crying is absolute bliss!

Plus it was really funny when Mom, aka Shayla tried to get the kid, aka Clayton to clean up his room, 'as it was a total mess.' Nice try Shayla, I like how your brain works... playing a fun game and having Dad clean you room, which of course was a total mess, would have been a great score!

Too bad for... kids these days... it's like you're talking to a wall, hey Shayla!