Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My 31st Birthday

The weekend before my actual birthday, Dee and Layne offered to take the boys overnight so Chris and I could go out on a date to celebrate my birthday. It was fabulous.

We decided to try a new restaurant in calgary, Tango Bistro . Its a "small plate" restaurant meaning that everything is more like appetizer size and you order a handful of different things to try. Everything comes out at different times- when it is ready rather than all at once. We enjoyed a fabulous meal and dessert and I also found a new favourite wine!

We had smoked duck faltbread with onion marmalade (amazing!), cheesesteak poutine (so delicious!), Lobster roll (not my favourite), Yam wedges (not pictured) and some incredible shot glass desserts- caramel apple pie cheese cake, Rocky Road Mousse and Chocolate mousse with Raspberry truffles. I absolutely loved the apple cheesecake and tried a bite of the other desserts. The truffles were far too rich for my taste. The presentation was beautiful, though!

After enjoying our leisurely and delicious meal, we went to see Argo. I thought it was a fabulous movie and I was on the edge of my seat and tense right from the opening credits til the end. It was suspenceful and interesting while still being historical. I thought it was great.

Then we came home and enjoyed sleeping in without kids giving us the 6 am wakeup call!

My day of my actual 31st birthday was spent with my 3 favorite people. We had a great day and it was the perfect way to celebrate.

It started with me sleeping in, then coming downstairs to see the birthday banner that Chris and the boys made. It was a tradition when Chris was growing up for everyone to sign the banner for the birthday person, and we've tried to carry on the tradition.

My favorite part was the family in the word "happy" and the wine glass at the end.

After breakfast, we took the boys to see Home Alone at the theatre. Every Saturday, Cineplex has a "family favourites" feature for $2.50 admission. We all love going to the theatre and the boys hadn't seen Home Alone. Watching them laugh at the physical humour in the movie was the best part! Luca especially really "got" the jokes and humour and we all had a great time. I recently found the movie at WalMart for $5 so we'll be watching it again for sure!

Then we went to Montana's and enjoyed a night out. It was really nice and we all had fun playing "I Spy" while we waited for our food. Its so fun that the boys are at an age where they get the games and can fully participate.

After lunch we went to Ikea for our Christmas tree. The past few years we have bought our trees there and have always come home with a full and beautiful tree- and only $20 and you get a $20 off your next purchase coupon to use in the new year.  We also enjoyed browsing the store as well. Its on teh other side of Calgary so we don't get there very often.

Here is Levi pretending to be a tree. :)
After dinner, rather than getting the traditional (for my birthday) DQ Ice Cream cake, (due to our "diet"), we opted to go to Menchies for frozen yogurt instead. The boys love to choose their own flavours and toppings and there is always something that each of us like. It was a tasty end to a wonderful day.

And now I'm 31.....

Monday, December 10, 2012

Kid Funnies

I try to remember all the funny things my kids say but it's hard to keep them in my memory just as they said them. Here are a few recent ones that I don't want to forget. I got really good laughs from each of them.


One Sunday afternoon, Levi and I were cuddling on the couch watching Teletoon. Unfortunately, that channel has commercials and some are lenghthier ad/ infomercial.  This day the one that came on between shows was for a hair removal product. I tuned out and was flipping through a magazine but Levi was apparently watching closely because when it was done, he turned to me and in a very serious voice told me "Mom, you should get the No-No. It will remove ALL your hair!"  I wasn't sure whether to think it was cute or be offended (I've decided cute is the way to go) but I sure did laugh.

Another time he told me I needed to have another baby so I could get a baby food maker and "make all my own healthy baby food" that he had seen on an infomercial.

Proof that advertising works!

There is this little girl in Levi's class that he has fallen in love with. He has talked about her nearly daily since September. Apparently the feeling is mutual.

One day as we were driving, our conversation went like this:

L: "Mom, I love Destiny because she is the prettiest girl I know"
Me: "That's nice to say, honey." (not totally listening at this point)
L: "I'm going to marry her when I grow up"
Me: "Oh really?" (my interest a bit piqued)
L: "Yep I am."
Me: "Where will you live?"
L: (said like it was a no-brainer) "At our house with you and Daddy."
Me: "Oh, ok. That sounds nice"
L: "And we will have two kids. A boy and a girl. Their names will be Johnny and Angelina".
Me: (laughing.......)


In our house, we have always used the proper names for body parts. The boys have always called their penis' a penis and when it has come up, have told them the proper names for female body parts. We haven't made a big deal out of it and they don't usually use the words to be silly or gross (except Levi recently has taken to saying "penis" almost every chance he gets and laughing hysterically). Its (usually) just a name for a body part around here.

But when I got the following text from Dee, I nearly peed my pants laughing....

Not a broken leg or cut or bad heart but a missing vagina! Yes, I can see how that would be a problem!