Monday, 30 January 2012

Birthday Sledding | Ruff Ruminations

Grady was invited to another birthday party the other weekend. These were some brave parents that planned an outdoor party in January! But they got lucky and the -43 temps were gone and it was hovering around zero by the time the party got started. Grady enjoyed the sledding, so we will definitely have to find some more sledding opportunities the rest of this winter. We will be packing the sled to Montana too :D
The two buds motoring down the hill

We were mean parents and made them pull the sleds back up most of the way themselves. They didn't seem to mind :D
Ready for more boys?
About 1/2 way up on this run Grady was starting to get tired out...
So he stopped to take a rest :D
And do a snow angel. His new favorite thing to do! So if we visit your place in the next bit don't be surprised to get a knock on the door after you think we have left so that Grady can tell you he left a snow angel on your front lawn :D
Not a bad action shot!

The birthday boy's mom thought of everything! She had some great squeeze bottles filled with colors to paint the snow.

Grady is drawing a green circle around my sad attempt at a Caterpillar.

It totally looks like a caterpillar right?

Look at this awesome birthday cake!

Pretty cool, but it was a bit challenging to cut into managable pieces :D

The prechool buds all ready to go down the hill together!

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Brian Sledding

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Me attempting a video while sledding :D

Speed Demon :D
If you are wondering the sledding was at Midnapore Lake which can only be accessed by community members unfortunately because it is beautiful!

Friday, 27 January 2012

Big Machines Make Happy Boys! | Ruff Ruminations

Before heading off to Montana for our annual ski vacation we stopped at the Library to check out some books and movies to take with us. But just like our trip to the Calgary Humane Society...

It was the big machines that made the big impression!
No boy or man can resist a close encounter with a Grader!

Look at how big these wheels are Mommy!

Yes, the highlight of little boy's day is to stand inside the bucket of a loader!

So much to check out!

A peek into the engine as it was getting serviced.

So much to see.

Two happy guys! Then I dragged them to the far less exciting Library :D

20 Questions | Ruff Ruminations


1. What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday?
Sleep in as long as I can, then a nice homemade brunch, cuddles in the lazy boy and a dog walk in the sun. Then maybe a good movie at home or dinner and drinks with Friends.
2. List your top 3 favorite TV shows:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Coronation Street
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Grey’s
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Dragon’s Den
3. Would you rather be in pictures or take them?
Be in them if someone fab like my sis is taking them and take them if I am having a not so fabulous fashion/hair day :D
4. Why do you blog?
So that people can keep up with what we have been doing.
5. Share 5 websites that you visit regularly:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Facebook
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Pinterest
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Twitter
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Blog Lovin
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Hippo Hug
6. If you could have lunch with one person from your Twitter list, who would it be?
I’ve met several already and I am sure I will meet more. Probably The Bloggess would be cool.
7. List a few of your favorite snacks:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Chips
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Chocolate
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Stoned Wheat Thins
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Special K Fruit Crisps are a current fav
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Candy
8. Do you have a pet?  If so, what kind?
2 dogs, Mardi and Rebar
3 fish (there used to be 4) they don’t have names aside from “the sucker fish” We will add a few more after vacation I think.
If Brian let me I would have every animal possible except for a spider.
9. Which 3 material possessions would you struggle to live without?
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->My iPhone
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->A car
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->My Lazy Boy chair, I am always comfortable there!
10. What’s your favorite drink?
Cherry Coke Zero
11. Do you enjoy cooking?
I like to do big meals like prime rib or turkey but Brian is really the best everyday cook in our house.
12. Do you have children?
Yup Grady is 3, and we have two furry “children” Rebar is 6 and Mardi is 5
13. What are your favorite hobbies?
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Sewing
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Baking
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Reading Blogs and Twitter and Facebook and Books :D
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->TV
<!--[if !supportLists]-->§  <!--[endif]-->Dodgeball
14. Would you consider yourself to be shy or outgoing?
I was painfully shy as a child/teen and am still pretty shy but I push myself to be outgoing. I don’t want to be the shy mom no one talks to.
15. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?
I would love to be better at making friends.
16. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
I’ve always had a crush on Mark Harmon. Does that mean I have daddy issues?
17. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done this week?
Gone to the new Discovery Zone at the Edmonton Telus World of Science (blog post coming)
18. Do you live near your family?
Brian’s family is 30 min away so that is nice and all of my family is in Alberta but I do wish I lived in the same city as my sis.
19. List 3 of your talents:
1) I’m pretty good at remaining calm and level headed in emergencies. 2) I am told I make the best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever 3) I can sleep like a champion :D
20. What is your greatest attribute?
I am helpful to a fault. I want to help anyone and everyone that I can, within reason. And I am way too honest! Ask Brian it drives him crazy :D

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Elastic Peg Board | Ruff Ruminations

Brian was kind enough to whip up this elastic peg board for me as I am the Vice President at Grady's school and I recently helped them address their behaviour policy to actually incorporate helping kids deal with a heightened emotional state. One of the calming strategies is to spend some quiet time with this peg board.

Grady loved it! So I guess Brian will have to make another. He played with it every day before I brought it to the school. It kept disappearing from where I was keeping it!

Love the look on his face! Like stretching your mouth helps stretch the elastic :D

Thanks to:
Merry With Children

for hosting

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Alaska Quilt | Ruff Ruminations

I just realized that I never posted the photos of my mom's Alaska Quilt. I think it turned out pretty nice! I can't take all the credit as she usurped my sewing machine when she was visiting and did all the cutting and most of the piecing herself. Then I just finished it off for her. She collected all the fabrics while on her Alaskan Cruise and wanted a quilt to serve as a souvenir of the trip.

Alaska Quilt:
Planning a lay out

All pieced together

The lovely front.

A fun plaid for the back.

I bound it in the same plaid as the back. It turned out just the right size to sit on the whole top of a queen size bed without any overhang. It looks lovely in her house. I still have a little bit of the fabric left so I may make up a table runner or wall hanging to go with it.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Portable Car Mat | Ruff Ruminations

This is one of the reasons I haven't been working on my Hippo Hug website or samples for weighted vests and weighted animals. The other reason is that Grady is sick again (still?) so I have been balancing work-life well in his direction which means putting down sewing or the computer whenever I hear "I need some cuddles mommy". Happy to oblige! There is many years ahead for me to make my million :D


In any case this month Grady has two boy birthday parties to go to and I have been wanting to do some sort of portable car mat for a while so gifts for the boys seemed perfect opportunity! I got the panel from My Sewing Room. It was reasonably priced and I decided to just get the sample rather than the whole kit as I knew I had a lot of stuff in my stash that I could use. I think they turned out pretty good. I added a "garage" for 5 cars and a ribbon to tie the whole thing up so that it is easily taken to Grandma's or where ever!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Olympic Oval Skating | Ruff Ruminations

Over the Christmas break we went skating again when our friends were in town. We wanted to do some outdoor skating but the weather was too warm and that day it happened to be really windy so we went to the Olympic Oval again.
Grady got a new helmet thanks to Billy's giant head :D Much better than the bike helmet we used last time! And he likes wearing it!

Letting Mommy do all the work! Grady insisted I wear my "Hockey Flames Shirt" too. Happy to oblige Grady :D

Somewhat of a group shot with out friend's The Martin Family. Although skating the oval doesn't make for a very social experience as you can only go one direction and it takes a bit to get around the whole rink before you are back to where you started. It is pretty reasonably priced at $6 for adults and kids under 5 are free.

Grady tried real skates this time as his litte bob saktes lost a wing nut and he still wanted to keep skating. So we rented a pair for $5 then he did one tour of the ice and said he was all finished. Isn't that just the way!

Daddy and Grady
We look forward to some more skating this year, I might have to upgrade to some more comfortable skates! Figure skates were fine when I was a figure skater but they aren't as good anymore now that I am out of practice and getting old :D Maybe we'll even consider a backyard rink next year? We definitely have the backyard for it.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Calgary Zoolights 2012 | Ruff Ruminations

Brian's work offered tickets to zoolights again this year and we decided to buy some thinking we would have loads of time over the holiday season to go. Ya right! 2012 crept up on us but fast! And we realized that we hadn't gone yet and that we only had 4 days left to go before our tickets went to waste. So even though we were all sick we still went because it was a beautiful day and I didn't want the tickets to end up in the garbage. We also had an extra child ticket so we brought along one of Grady's classmates and friend :D They had lots of fun together and both fell asleep in the car on the way home. And it made me glad about our decision to only have one kid :D
Belly slide down the big slides, some snow or ice would have made these slides a bit more fun, but we can't complain about nice weather!

Watching the light show set to music. I didn't manage to catch any of the lights on in this photo!

The snowmen lighting up during the show.

Light up flamingos are only tacky when they are not at the zoo :D

Playing in the hay piles.

Teamwork to build a giant penguin puzzle

And of course lots of cool lights to see! This was by far the best Zoolights we have ever been to. I think they must have at least doubled the amount of lights this year and it made for lots of great things to see and do. Next year? We'll go again for sure! But maybe get there earlier than 7 so we feel less rushed. I'd tell you to go check it out but you have to wait until November 2012! But mark it in your calendar as a must do for next time because I am sure the Calgary Zoo will only improve it again next time.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Neglecting You? | Ruff Ruminations

Have I been neglecting you my readers? Sorry it has been a few days since I have posted and I have several excuses so I hope you understand. My first excuse is that I got a new toy after Christmas...a laptop! And since I don't want to transfer all of my photos to the laptop and I haven't yet figured out how to network our two computers (if you know and it is easy please share :D), I have been avoiding the basement to play on my new laptop. My second excuse? Playing on my new laptop means setting up my business website for Hippo Hug!

So I have been posting lots over there like photos:



And of course information on the products I am selling and how they can benefit a variety of people.

So please go over there and check out my weighted blankets and go back often to see what I've updated as my website grows :D

And if you'd really like to show your support please "like" me on facebook and think about linking to my website on your website on blog to help increase my search engine optimization and show some support for this budding mompreneur :D Any link no matter how big or small your site will help! And be sure to let me know and I will surely return the favor! You can also find me on twitter for Hippo Hug.

Thanks in advance for any support you can give me!

Now back to our regular programming :D 

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Making the Magic Happen | Ruff Ruminations

I know no one is writing about Christmas anymore now that 2012 has shoved it back into the boxes in the basement but I haven't packed it up yet and I still wanted to share how our Christmas morning and prep for Santa went. :D
Grady spreading his reindeer food that he made at preschool

Putting out cookies and milk for Santa.

Look at that! Santa showed up and left a set of footprints! Grady's stocking must have been too heavy to hand once it was stuffed.

Discovering more Santa footprints where we left the cookies and milk.

Seeing the cookie was tasted and milk drank.

Opening up the stocking gifts. Santa only filled the stocking.

Reading a story with Auntie Amanda

All the gifts under the tree ready to be torn open. We draw names in my family for the adults so that the buying is not too stressful but we can all still spoil the kids :D

And here is some of the video that I took:

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