From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

Out Of Hibernation March 8, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 8:15 pm

Hi everyone, it’s me! Nope, not dead, just lazy. I keep meaning to update the blog, and I know you’ve heard this promise a bajillion times before. The only time I have to write in this blog is usually once the kids are asleep and by then, my brain kind of goes “hah.. good luck formulating a sentence there Melina, I’m on vacation until 5:30 am… let’s watch some Netflix!” We’ve been busy, busy in our household since the last post in…. September… yikes… I’ll gloss over the major holidays:

Thanksgiving: in an act of defiance over the possibility of not having any leftovers from parents and in-laws, I made a huge turkey for our little family of 4 and had leftovers for weeks. We had to freeze most of it and I learnt an important lesson about being greedy about turkey leftovers.

Hang in there baby...

Hang in there baby…

working off those extra turkey pounds

working off those extra turkey pounds

Halloween: Henry went as a fireman, Freddy as a robot. Henry figured out what the point of Halloween finally was, much to my chagrin and I really blame Halloween as the day where we ended up having candy in our house forever. Like by the time we got through the Halloween candy, the Christmas candy and chocolate was in our house, and then Valentine’s day. It’s never ending and Henry after each dinner asks “can I have a piece of candy for dessert?” So we really have a BC time period in our house and an AC period. Basically “Before Candy” and “After Candy”. We’re still in “After Candy”. Also, Freddy came out victorious in this equation as the second child, being exposed to candy much earlier than Henry ever was. Is it normal for a not yet 2 year old to say “Candy? ME TOO!!!!”

Our Amazing Pumpkin

Our Amazing Pumpkin

Freddy pissed that he's been relegated to shoulder duty but it was for his own safety. He kept trying to break into other people's homes.

Freddy pissed that he’s been relegated to shoulder duty but it was for his own safety. He kept trying to break into other people’s homes.

My little fireman, next to his cousins the policeman and the army ninja...

My little fireman, next to his cousins the policeman and the army ninja…

Christmas: I scaled down a lot spending-wise this Christmas but somehow ended up going overboard anyways. I’m still doing the math on that one. I may need a theoretical physicist to explain how that worked out. Instead of buying a ton of gifts for the boys, we went with the rhyme:

Something you want

Something you need

Something to wear

Something to read

But on top of that, they got a stocking, a gift from Santa, a Christmas eve box and a “office santa” gift.

I absolutely love Christmas and am pleased to announce that the boys have inherited that love. It took a while to explain to Henry that Christmas was over. If he had his way, it would be 365 days a year of listening to carols and Muppets family Christmas.

My little Christmas Elves...

My little Christmas Elves…

a small glimpse at the mayhem

a small glimpse at the mayhem

Finally, Henry turned the big 0-4 this year. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by. This was the first time he really geared up for it and was excited. Part of it is also because he knows when he’s 4 years old, he’ll be starting school. His birthday landed on a Saturday this year and he had convinced himself that as of the following Monday, he’d be going to school. So for weeks leading up to his birthday, he’d wear his Elmo backpack before going to daycare and then put it back on the second he got home. He’d put in all his “school stuff” which consisted of a lot of dinosaurs, a rubber duckie and a flashlight. He’d tell us about his school bus, how he’d need us to pack a lunchbag and how “I’m going to go to school but NOT FREDDY!” and then Freddy would say “ME TOO!” and Henry would say “No Freddy, not you” and then a fight would erupt. Luckily we were able to distract him from all the school stuff by planning an awesome birthday and going on a trip to Florida (which I hope to post about soon).

The night before his birthday, before going to bed, we put two wrapped books just outside his bedroom door so he would see them when he woke up. He was so excited when he got up and saw that he already had something waiting for him. Chris then made us all waffles. Something Henry had specifically requested and then we opened up his big present which was a huge Playmobil pirate ship. We quickly learnt though that we should assemble these things before the boys actually open them. Chris spent close to an hour putting it all together.

Luckily Henry's too young to pick up on our not so subtle clues like his book about chores.

Luckily Henry’s too young to pick up on our not so subtle clues like his book about chores.

Need a degree in civil engineering for some of these toys.

Need a degree in civil engineering for some of these toys.

We then had a great birthday party at Starr Gymnastics. It was a Muppet themed gymnastic party and Henry loved every single second of it. Especially his cake, created by my friend Katrina (who also did our Halloween pumpkin). He got to party with 10 of his closest friends (well mostly cousins because we were too cheap to bump it up to 20 kids, maybe next year).

Enjoying the high climb... Henry felt like he had to show off for all his family and friends.

Enjoying the high climb… Henry felt like he had to show off for all his family and friends.

Freddy also felt the need to show off by acting like a 4 year old himself (for the record, he's not even 2 yet)

Freddy also felt the need to show off by acting like a 4 year old himself (for the record, he’s not even 2 yet)

About to take the plunge into the foam pit

About to take the plunge into the foam pit

Freddy blasting off into space. Don't worry, Chris was in the foam pit at the time.

Freddy blasting off into space. Don’t worry, Chris was in the foam pit at the time.

Everyone listening to instructions carefully... including Chris.

Everyone listening to instructions carefully… including Chris.

Our amazing Muppet cake. Each letter of Henry's name is a different Muppet (Kermit, Gonzo, Beaker, Swedish Chef, Animal) and the inside was a beautiful rainbow cake.

Our amazing Muppet cake. Each letter of Henry’s name is a different Muppet (Kermit, Gonzo, Beaker, Swedish Chef, Animal) and the inside was a beautiful rainbow cake.

Loving his presents.

Loving his presents.

Enjoying a Kermit letter H for dessert after dinner.

Enjoying a Kermit letter H for dessert after dinner.

So that’s what we’ve been up to. I plan on doing a post about our trip to Florida soon-ish as well. Hope you’re all doing well also!

 

One Response to “Out Of Hibernation”

  1. So funny…love your writing. Glad you’re not dead and just lazy 🙂


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