Sunday, February 18, 2018

Happy Sunday

Melting snow + warm sunshine = good day! Despite me kicking them off the PS4 to go outside (worst mother in the universe), the boys reluctantly started to enjoy the sun :)


Friday, February 16, 2018

Glimpses of a Friday

Hello all! I am so glad that it is Friday :)

Here are some pictures of my day... Hope you enjoy xox

Monday, February 12, 2018

Small gratitudes... the post sickness/post sabbatical trip version ;)

Andreas is back from Denmark. He brought me lakrids (licorice) chocolate and my favourite interior design magazine. The boys feel better and they all went back to school. I went to work and didn't have to worry about having someone take over my class, rush out early or try to co-ordinate the boys' homework by text message :) I don't have to take the dogs out at 5:15 am to pee (Andreas' job!). On Thursday, it is supposed to go up to 5 degrees C. Sunset today was at almost 6 pm. Canada is in 4th place in the medal count at the Winter Olympics. It is 4 days until payday. March break is coming up soon.

Just the small gratitudes... <3

Happy week to you all xox

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Since the boys have been sick all week, I fell behind in a lot of home and work stuff so, today, I made myself a very long to-do list. It is filled with all sorts of important stuff like 1) correct manuscript for submission to journal, 2) prepare lecture for Monday's class, 3) finish folding laundry, 4) shovel balcony in back of house because I am sick of seeing all the snow on it, 4) take dogs out for longer walk because I was in no mood to do it this morning so they got stuck with a quick pee exit, 5) vacuum, 6) banking (because I am sure that I am late for something... just haven't had the time to figure out what yet), 7) organize trip to Netherlands (yes, Ageeth, I am still coming!), 8) sit with Alexander to get homework organized for Monday, 8) vacuum again because I am sure that someone has messed the house up since the last time I did it- see item 5, 9) have more coffee because the first pot will not be enough and 10) pick up Andreas from the airport (yes, he is on his way home... just in time to clean up the latest snowfall)!

Wish me luck! This list is about as high as our snowbanks! Happy Saturday to you all xox

Random internet image... but, oh, so true!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Blast from the past

I found this old picture of the boys. I think that this was from Nicka's graduation from daycare (5 years old). Alexander would have been 7 and Oliver 2. They look like some bad-ass biker gang ;) Yups... the trio of trouble in action ;) Things haven't changed much since then!

By the way, they are feeling better now. Nicka is going back to school tomorrow. Not too sure about Oliver yet. Alexander has a ped day so he gets an automatic day off.

2 more days until Andreas gets back....

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sick boys

I jinxed myself. Yesterday as I woke up, I told myself that the "busy" week was over. Ummm... no. Cleary not.

It started with Nicka coming down with something last Friday, which hung on through the weekend so I let him stay home on Monday. Then came the Monday early morning email from the elementary school, saying that there was a case of Scarlet Fever in Nicka's grade. Then, yesterday morning, came the call from the high school: Alexander was sick and wanted to go home. Then, yesterday afternoon, came the call from Oliver's after school daycare: Oliver was sick. I took them to the after hours clinic to get a diagnosis/medication (if needed) but, with about 5 million people in the waiting room and after 2 hours without even seeing the nurse, we left. I figured that some rest and time at home was better than hanging out there. Then, yesterday evening, came the email to my students, cancelling today's class (I could swear that I heard a woohoo in the universe!). This morning, we went to the pediatric clinic where the boys have their doctor and, after about 30 minutes, we walked out with a diagnosis of no Scarlet Fever (yeah!) but the flu (and from all the coughing in that waiting room, just like everyone else in the universe- boo!).

It is a chorus of coughing (actually, hacking) and sneezing at our house.... and I am frantically washing my hands every 2 seconds! Wish me luck! xox

Waiting for the clinic to open

Poor buddy!

Our email from the school. Everything but the rash...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Snow, snow, snow...

Usually, Andreas takes care of the snow removal. That was a deal because he had an ongoing battle with the snow removal guy for years... years of Andreas hiding behind the blinds, checking when the tractor arrived (or didn't)... years of Andreas not satisfied with the service (in defence of Andreas, the service was pretty sucky)... years of Andreas grumbling about how he could do a better job. Anyway, a few years back, Andreas bought a snow blower and decided to do the job himself.... at least, when he is home... and, at this moment in time, he is not... and it snowed... a lot... ;)

To keep a long story short, there was a point today where I found myself begging the snow blower to start again and get out of the road. Yes, I had an aloud conversation with the machine... Finally, after digging it out of the snow (I am guessing that is not supposed to happen), Alexander and I managed to get it going again and promptly retired it back into the garage. We found 2 shovels and started the task ourselves. I think, at some point, I had offered him an amount of money that equalled one of our mortgage payments but, being the nice kid that he is, we decided that Pappa would pay him $20 when he gets home. Fair deal so I agreed ;) Plus, the "something nice" that Andreas owes me for his 2 week "vacation" has now gone up to a "something very nice" category. Oh yeah, I also ended up with an unintended workout ;) Bonus!

During my shovelling adventures, the snow removal guy passed by in this tractor and I could swear that he was laughing at me! Yups... something "very nice" ;)

Wishing you all a good day xox

Please note the yellow snow blower back in the garage again ;)

Yes- $20!!!

At least the shovel doesn't stall in the road!!

Done! Unfortunately, it will probably last about 2 hours before I have to do it again ;)