Bumble’s Last Week

Holy moly, I never thought I’d finish these updates!  But alas, our little Bumble is gone back to the North Pole and life has returned to mediocre dysfunction once again. Here are the last few days of our Elf on the Shelf’s antics.

Day 16 – Bumble caught a cold from the kids. It was bound to happen eventually with all the plaque monkeys running around here.

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Day 17 – Bumble helps Santa pack the sleigh!  Can’t go anywhere without good winter skis and a tonne of presents.

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Day 18 – Bumble brings a tree to the kids.  I love the idea of this felt tree and how simple it was to make, but it sure didn’t last very long.  Within hours, every ornament and candy cane became a magnet for dirt and pet hair. The kids were frustrated trying to make them stick on the tree and quickly moved on to throwing the toilet paper. #fail

Day 19 – Bumble goes camping!!  I was out of town for the night so Alain was left to figure out this one.  Good job Daddy 🙂

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Day 20 – Bumble delivers the “Golden Ticket”.  I had seen this idea many times and fell in love.  The golden ticket is similar to the one received by the children in the movie The Polar Bear Express except ours was a ticket onto the MiniVan Express.  After dinner, we put the kids in their jammies, filled sippy cups with hot chocolate (warm milk for this year), a bowl of popcorn and tucked them into their car seats with festive blankets. We drove around the city scoping out all the best christmas light displays.  We really enjoyed the tour and the kids stayed awake to the bitter end. We will continue this lights tour tradition for as long as the kids will put up with it 🙂

Day 21 – Bumble builds a train.  I had planned on him having a tea party with all of Brooke’s dolls in her big doll house, but I forgot to turn the house off before she went to bed.  Every time you touch the darn thing, bells and whistles go off like crazy.  I was not willing to risk waking her after the long day we had.  Luckily, the train set was in Linc’s room and he sleeps through anything.

Day 22 – Bumble plans our next vacation. This little dude sure knows the way to my heart. Hot sandy beaches, icy cold drinks and a week of no responsibility…I can’t wait to see where we go this year!

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Day 23 – Bumble’s last day. Dave and I have been watching the Grinch on Christmas Eve for nearly 30 years and now we can pass the tradition onto the kids. We have finger foods for dinner and play games in evening while while Christmas music plays in the background.  Being serenaded by Michael Bublé and sipping egg nog from a plastic wine glasse brings such joy to my heart 🙂  Grandpa and Gramma recorded themselves reading “The Night Before Christmas” for the kids, but they were so tired that we forgot to read it with them.  Ah well, there’s always next year.

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I really enjoyed our first year with Bumble.  I can certainly see how it is difficult to find new adventures from him every night as the years pass, but we will keep trying!  I love the idea of the kindness elf or the toy elf, so we may incorporate those one year too.

I hope you had fun following Bumble’s antics. Feel free to share or recreate any ideas you have seen 🙂

More Elf On The Self Posts:

Bumbles Second Week

Bumble’s First Week

Elfie Arrives!

 

 

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Bumble’s Second Week

Day 8 – Bumble Plays Hockey!  I received several messages after this one was posted telling me that Bumble was sure to win this game haha. But with a super hero team, I can assure you, that my Leafs Bear won 🙂

Day 9 – Ice Fishing at the North Pole.  We had a hectic day and a change of plans that meant we had to scramble last minute for this one. But I am super happy with his adventure 🙂

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Day 10 – Weeeeee!  We don’t have any snow yet, so we thought a little blizzard in the living room would be fun. It only took 4 tries before we finally remembered how to cut a darn snowflake though. Al pouted at first when I asked for his help, but as you can see by all the intricate flakes, his mood changed and he has a lot of fun!

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Day 11 – Bumbles helps Mommy bake!  Brooklynn loved this one and kept asking to make “elf tookies”.  After 6 hours in the kitchen and 5 ridiculously time consuming recipes, our baking was finished.

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Day 12 – Bumble goes potty.  This one would have been more successful if the dog hadn’t drank all the apple juice “pee” and ate the chocolate chip “poops” that Bumble left us. I expected this day to be a little more exciting for Brooklynn since she been doing so well with her potty training, but apparently the holidays mean a break from EVERYTHING. She is back to diapers again, but hopefully we can try in the new year with better results.

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Day 13 – Bumble has milk and cookies for breakfast.  This was a simple one to throw together last minute as well.  We went to the aquarium that morning, so a handful of cookies and a sippy cup of milk was the perfect breakfast for the kids too 🙂

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Day 14 – Candy Cane Hunt! Bumble left a note for the kids letting them know that 10 candy canes were hidden in the house.  If they could find them all, Mommy would give them a special surprise; a gingerbread house to build.  They both loved the candy cane hunt.  Lincoln kept asking to hide them again and again. I think Easter is going to be his favorite holiday!

Day 15 – Bumble makes a fort!  The kids love to rip apart my couch and make forts, so that was the idea behind this one.  Instead of making their own fort, they built a mega block city surrounding Bumble. Guess that works too!

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If you missed last week’s adventures with Bumble, check them out here.

 

 

Bumble’s First Week

I must say, this Elf on the Shelf tradition is all for me; for now anyway. The kids have enjoyed coming out each morning and looking for him, but they vastly under appreciate the time and effort Mommy has devoted to our little Bumble.  I am sure Alain thinks I’m nut when he sees me crafting at midnight for an 8 second surprise for the kids, but I’ve been loving it so far.  Here’s what our first week looked like:

Day 1 – North Pole Breakfast!  I am sure this has been the most fun for the kids.  As Grandma and Grandpa know all too well, we don’t often give the kids very much sugar.  A pudding cup can often send them over the edge, but as the grow and can burn off their energy a bit more, we have relaxed a little…just a little!  However, for our North Pole Breakfast, they were spoiled.   I stared out good with banana and raspberry candy canes and then things went south.  Green Christmas pancakes with festive M&M’s and syrup, “snow” donuts and a big ol’ glass of chocolate milk. I won’t regret this right??

Day 2 – Bumble reads a story to his friends, Newfie style 🙂

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Day 3 – Bumble made me a birthday card 🙂  What a sweet little dude. The kids were supposed to make Christmas cards for their grandparents that day too, but we went to playgroup instead.  Better luck next year Nanny 🙂

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Day 4 – Spidy Bumble was up to no good!  He used dry erase markers to give Brooklynn glasses like mommy and tattooed fingers like her Uncle Dave while Lincoln got a glimpse into his future with a beard.  I still think he looks more like Dave though, not Alain ha!

Day 5 – Bumble got a little vain and took S”Elf”ies with the kids while they slept!  This one would have been much better if I had put the wires in his arms like other suggested.  The hardest part was holding in my laughter and not waking the kids.

Day 6 – Bumble makes a puzzle with his friends.  Lincoln can be protective of his puzzles, so I wasn’t too sure how this one would go.  Turns out, Brooklynn was the one I should have been worried about.  She barreled right over the Elf to reach her real Bumble and knocked poor Elfie over. Knowing he wasn’t to be touched or he would lose his magic, Lincoln slowly lifted Bumble and brought him to me. “Bumble fall down mommy, he need fix in mommy bed”. It was adorable!

Day 7 – Bumble hangs with his peeps.  This kids thought this was hilarious and kept saying “Elf in Yucky Charms!”  Clearly I need to make better cereal choices when they call everything Lucky Charms. They got to help make rice crispie squares and made quite the mess on the kitchen floor, but at least the dogs were happy to clean up.

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I thought I would lose momentum by now, but I am really having fun with Bumble.  Can’t wait for next week 🙂

I am totally gonna regret this next year, aren’t I?

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Week 2 adventures!

 

Rainy Day Blues

I am certain that everyone is sick of hearing complaints about the weather these days, but holy guacamoli…please mother nature, MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MIND ALREADY!  On Thursday of last week, they were calling for sun and 26 degrees for the weekend. Needless to say, we did not get our nice sunny pool weather. Nope, we got muggy, dark, torrential down pours which was not fun.  The twinados aren’t old enough to enjoy a veg-on-the-couch-eating-cheesies day, so a Netflix binge was out of the question.  Whats a momma to do?

The kids have been coming home with a new craft weekly from daycare and really seem to enjoy them. Every morning Lincoln looks at his wall and tells me about his hand print crab or tissue paper tree.  I love this stage where everything is fascinating and simple crafts delight them.

After breakfast, we made a super easy rainy day craft. I gave them some crayons, a full sheet of white paper and let them go to town.  In the meantime, I pre cut the umbrella handles and separated some pom-poms. After cutting the umbrella shape from the most colorful part of their pages, we assembled it all and made a big mess with the glue 🙂

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After lunch, Alain was able to distract them long enough for me to make a pom-pom slide from toilet paper rolls and a bit of masking tape.  This one was a total win.  Lincoln was still running around collecting rogue pom-poms right up until bedtime. We switched the cardboard tubes around several different ways trying to make a better slide each time. Mommy has a legal background, I’m not an engineer, so it took a few tries before the poms would even make it into the bucket on the floor. But we got there!

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Daddy is working tonight and the kiddos are in bed. Now its mommy’s turn for a rainy day craft; nutella brownies! Nom nom!

Probing Pinterest – Moon Sand

Although I am thankful that we avoided the snow my parents got today, I was pretty bummed to see the cold and rain set in this morning. The kids are still a little sluggish from their recent colds (seriously, how many times can a kid get sick in a year!) so I was hesitant about sharing our germs at playgroup and decided to stay home.  When all else fails, hit up Pinterest for ideas to cure the boredom.

Lincoln ate half of a blue crayon on Saturday so I was searching for an activity that wouldn’t make him poop more rainbows and didn’t leave me a huge mess to clean up.  One out of two ain’t bad.  I came across an edible version of Moon Sand. Granted, it’s not the greatest recipe out there and letting your kids eat flour for lunch certainly won’t win you any awards, but its better than bleach.

The Verdict?

Not bad.  Can’t got wrong with only two ingredients unless one of them is flour. This one called for 4 cups flour and 1/2 cup of oil. We used coconut oil, but if you aren’t concerned about your kids eating the sand, then I’d recommend baby oil. The mixture left a little bit of flour residue on your hands, but stuck together well and was easy to clean up.  We gave the kids cookies cutters, measuring spoons and a few mega blocks. They really enjoyed squishing the sand in their fingers and stuffing it through the holes in their ball caps. When the sand hit the floor, the snow angels came out and the real fun began 🙂

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I wouldn’t do this on a weekly basis though. The floors will need a good mopping once the kids are in bed from the oil, but it was definitely worth the smiles and kept them busy for almost an hour…I was so close to finishing that Walking Dead episode!

Puzzles and Potties and Playpens OH MY!

It’s finally here…and gone 😦  But what an amazing time we had at the LMBA Spring Sale.

Every year the London Multiple Births Association hosts a spring and fall sale at the Western Fair Grounds. The sellers at the sale are mostly twin, triplet or quad moms who are more than happy to offload months, and sometimes years, of clothing, toys and gear to other families to enjoy.

This was my first year at the sale and being a part of the sale committee. I bow down in awe to our coordinator and the wonderful team that work so hard to pull these events together time and time again.  Many weeks of preparation and valuable time is volunteered by the dedicated members of the LMBA who really love our sales and want to see them succeed. This was a recording breaking year with nearly 1100 people coming through our doors in just 4.5 hours. Over just a day and a half we had 180 positions filled by volunteers! I love this club 🙂

Here’s a little taste of what you may have missed!

~ Over 1000 feet of hanging clothes organized by size (preemie to 16) as well as outer wear, costumes, bathing suits and maternity wear. ~

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~ Twelve tables of shoes sorted by size and style (everyday vs athletic etc) Over twenty-five baskets filled with socks, slippers and nylons, sorted by size and gender. ~

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~ An entire wall of books from parenting, pregnancy, child and teen. Even a french section! DVDs and gaming systems galore! Each one, individually checked for quality for your protection. ~

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~ Thousands of toys!  Action figures, crafts, puzzles, pretend play, dolls, dress up etc! ~

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~ Feeding, bedding, and strollers all at amazing prices.  Not a single one left by the end of the night ~

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~ Jumparoos, bouncers, playpens, potties and bathtubs ready for new homes! ~

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As you can imagine, once those doors open things get pretty hectic. Thus, the best rule ever was invented; no strollers, wagons, carts etc allowed.  Not only can it be a nuisance trying to navigate your way through the crowded aisles with hundreds of other strollers, but for safety reasons alone, we just can not allow them. Moms and dads are encouraged to carry their little ones in wraps or carriers if they are unable to find a sitter for the evening. We certainly don’t want people to miss out on the amazing deals, but safety for everyone is our primary concern.

Although the sale is hosted by and majority of the items at the sale are from parents of multiples, this is not a “member exclusive” event.  The public is welcome to shop from 6pm-9pm. You will find thousands items for single children and sometimes be lucky enough to find matching outfits or toys for your own set of multiples. The variety of items and great finds will surely be suitable for any family.

Our next sale will be held October 16th 2015 in the Progress Building. For more information, please check out the LMBA Sales page. If you are not in the London area, check out your local Multiple Births chapter and get info on the sales near you. You will not be disappointed!!!

You are Two

Happy Birthday my little Twinados!

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Today you are two!

Two entire years have gone by since your very first breath. Two remarkable years and you have not wasted a single moment. You have grabbed on to this big ol’ world with your tiny little hands and have never looked back.

My sweet, sweet Brooklynn, you look exactly like your mommy, but have the personality of your father.  You are gentle, kind, timid, deliberate, thoughtful, considerate, guarded and loving. Strangers have stopped us in stores just to admire your adorable curly hair and fragile doll-like face.  You are a tiny human with a huge personality.  If I would let you, we would cuddle all day, practice our action rhymes and read stories about Minnie Mouse and insects. You are a cautious rebel but haven’t quite figured out how to handle fear yet. You prove this time and time again when you refuse to walk into a room without holding my hand or when you scream “mom” a thousand times a day, just to hear me respond. Always there to assure you that you aren’t, and will never be, alone.  But you are brave when you climb the dining room table, just to stretch out and veg. You are courageous when you scale the back of the couch, lift up onto your tiptoes and reach for the tv remote that I clearly did not hide well enough.  You are caring at bedtime when you bring an extra blanket for your brother and selfless when you always give me your last blueberry.

You are special and good and smart. Your heart leads you and people follow. At just 2 years old, you have won the hearts of everyone you’ve met and have more supporters than you will ever realize.  Daddy and I want great things for you, little girl. We want you to be healthy….so we don’t let you eat sugar after dinner. We want you to be responsible, so we make you help to clean your toys. We want you to be confident, so we sometimes push you out of your comfort zone, knowing you are strong enough to succeed. Our biggest wish for you is to always know…way deep down…that you are loved unconditionally and you are enough.

Mr Lincoln….our little genius with a million faces.  From the moment you were born, you have found a way to make everyone uncomfortable. Grandpa always called you “the judge” because of the stone cold stares, that only you can give, and make anyone feel guilty. Your handsome little eyes look deep into our souls, taking us in bit by bit. You absolutely amaze us every single day. You are careful, curious, patient, strategic, thorough, sensitive, ambitious and the best cuddle monkey in the universe. You have always taken your time.  At just 4 lbs, your tiny little body was born into a great big world and you have never once been intimidated. You study everything, and break it down piece by piece. Deciphering, absorbing and recreating all over again.  There is no try..there is only do.  My heart overflows when I see you sitting in your room, teaching yourself shapes, colors, letters and numbers.  You are my little sponge.

With all of that wisdom comes deep frustration. You are frustrated that the world can not yet understand what you need. You have so many thoughts and feelings that you are dying to let out. Don’t worry little man, the world will be here waiting when you are ready. Keep taking your time and enjoy these moments. They are so precious and will become your favorite memories.

I once had someone laugh at me for referring to you as Twinados. But the truth is, sometimes getting through life means you make it through the storm.  And you, my sweet angels, have brought a whirling, unstoppable force into our lives. One we dreamt of, but could never possibly prepare for. Our journey into parenthood was not easy and was one of the hardest times for me. One day when you are feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders and have forgotten how to have faith, I will share that story with you. I broke once too, but you both have found a way to make me whole again.

In your very first bedroom, Daddy and I put this quote on your wall.  It was true then and even truer now. We love you.

“Promise me you will always remember…you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more that you will ever know”                                                        -Christopher Robin to Pooh Bear