Makeshift Monday

I hope you all had a good weekend. Of course ours flew by, like always.

I have a few posts lined up for this week – I am feeling a little more inspired now that Spring has arrived. If only it would warm up a little more…

Am I alone in the lack of motivation that comes along with winter? I feel like I lose part of my creativity during those LONG winter months.

With spring, comes cleaning/organizing, gardening, outdoor activities and brightening up the house…That being said, I haven’t started any of those things, but I have been thinking about them. I thought I would share my “to do” list I created this weekend for things I need (or at least would like) to get done this spring and summer:

1. Clean out the guest room

2. Design Maxton’s big boy room

3. Transform the guest room into Maxton’s big boy room (including custom built-ins for the closet)

4. Build a deck/patio (and by that I mean Steve)

5. Plant a garden in the front and back

6. Organize the nursery for the baby (that includes bringing out all the baby furniture and gender neutral clothing)

I am going to stop there because I think I am getting ahead of myself. Too ambitious? I think we can pull it off!

Have you started a to-do list for this spring/summer? Do you find it helps you organize and prioritize things?

Snow Day

A week ago Friday, we were hit with quite the snow storm. It’s not often that I can actually say we got A LOT of snow; but, we got A LOT of snow. Enough that our car and SUV couldn’t make it up the street, and it took hours for Steve to shovel through the drifts in our driveway.

It started the Thursday night, and only got worse throughout the day on Friday. I managed to make it to Maxton’s daycare and to work (although if I could do it again, I would have just stayed home), but was able to leave early.

At the end of it all, it was the most snow I have seen in a long time. Schools stayed open; however, the end of the day, I think they regreted the decision, as Police were advising people to stay off the roads. Too bad Maxton doesn’t really care about the snow yet…

I’m not sure he was as excited about shovelling all the snow as he looks…

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Cars were getting stuck on the streets, and neighbours were coming out to help push people, and dig pathways for cars.

Maybe it doesn’t seem like a lot of snow, but for what we are used to, it is!

I Know, I KNOW!

Sigh. Here I am again, posting an apology for how horrible I have been with blogging these days. Working full-time, being a mom, being a wife, and keeping a clean (sort-of) house is HARD! Then you throw blogging into the mix and it becomes almost impossible.

I have to admit, I have tried to post my Christmas recap post for a while, and every time I post it, none of the pictures show up. Fail. WordPress has made some adjustments, and they seem to be working against me. Now I am debating whether or not I should even bother, considering Christmas was almost one month ago…

I am also working on a project that is taking up a lot of free time, check back next week for details on that.

No more excuses, I am going to make it my mission to find time to blog! This does not qualify as a Makeshift Monday post, but I promise I will have one for next week.

Don’t give up on me!

No Words

It’s been fairly quiet around here for the past few days. There was no Makeshift Monday post this week, thanks to my uncooperative internet. I decided I would blend that post with another one, later this week. Yesterday escaped me, and I needed time to build this post.

I’m sure you are all familiar with the tragedy that struck Newtown Connecticut, last Friday (December 14). It was a regular Friday for me, just playing with Maxton, getting his lunch ready. I received a text from a friend, asking if I had heard about the shooting at an elementary school in the U.S. I immediately turned on the news and could barely believe what I was seeing and hearing.

At first there was a lot of speculation as to what occurred. The media were confused, the public were confused, it even seemed as though the officers who were on the scene, were confused.

When I heard the confirmed death toll, 20 children, and 6 adults, I cried. I looked at my sweet little happy boy, and cried. I cried for the parents of those children, I cried for the families of those children, I cried for those children who are now angels looking down from above, and I cried for all the teachers and administrators, who put each and every childs’ life ahead of their own. I cried out of thanks, that my baby boy was safe in my arms, that afternoon.

I cannot put into words the sadness I feel for this senseless act. My heart goes out to all the families of those 26 victims, who went to school/work that morning, but never made it home that evening.

God bless those teachers/administrators who did everything they could to keep the children in their classrooms safe – some died doing so. To those sweet little six and seven-year olds, who were taken much too young, may you find peace. To the adults, who died protecting those children, may you also find peace.

Hallelujah – The Voice

Car Seat Safety

A huge pet peeve of mine, is when parents/caregivers fail to properly secure their children in their car seats. Children are your most precious cargo!

Parents are too quick to forward-face their child’s car seats. Many forward facing seats can hold children up to 45 lbs (20 kg) while rear facing! Often parents will switch the direction of the car seat because their toddlers have started walking, or are 22 lbs (20 kg), or feel their child is too bored facing the back. Rear-facing is much safer, so don’t be afraid to keep your child that way as long as possible (providing they are within the manufacturer’s height and weight restrictions for rear facing).

With the cold weather setting in, we all want to make sure our little ones are bundled up, and protected from the blistering cold. In doing so, we often compromise safety in the car seat. Winter coats and snowsuits are designed to be thick, oversized and bulky to keep our babes warm; therefore, compromising the security of the harness.

Maxton was “voluntold” to demonstrate:

Here he is just sitting in his seat, with his winter coat on. His coat is clearly very bulky and I had to let the straps out a lot to accomodate it. He hated it and that was enough of that.

Here are his straps after I pulled them as tight as I could with his winter coat on. You will notice how loose they are now, even with him in a thick fleece sweater. I was able to stick my entire hand behind the chest buckle, and pull it forward.

The solution? Dress your child in a warm sweater (that’s not too bulky) and take their coat off before strapping them in. You can place their coat on backwards once they are buckled, and a blanket for extra warmth. This will make it easy for them to remove it themselves if they feel too warm. Yes, this will take extra time and you may consider it to be a pain, but it’s safer.

Test it out yourself and you can judge whether or not your child’s winter coat or snowsuit is safe for their car seat.

Here is a link for some additional safety tips and regulations in Canada.

Keep your child(ren) in car seats for as long as possible (before moving them into a booster seat), providing they are under the manufacturers height and weight restrictions.

Happy travels!