April 16, 2011

Food…Glorious Food

Both of my kids have always been excellent eaters.  They have healthy appetites and are always willing to at least try something new.  I take as many opportunities as I possibly can to stretch their taste buds as much as possible.  My two year old daughter will devour an entire avacado if we let her.  She has also been known to practically inhale a curried chicken meal regardless of how spicy it might be (must be all those rotis I ate when I was pregnant with her, Mmmmm….roti).
My ten month old son seems to have inherited the family foodie genes.  He’s clearly bored with bland baby food and has been impatiently trying to grab at the delicacies on everyone else’s plates (like goat cheese and tzatziki.
All in all, I have no cause for complaints about my kids eating habits.  However, I am a bit worried that they’re going to eat me out of house and home when they become teenagers (lol).  Fortunately, that won’t happen anytime soon.  So, in the meantime, I will take every opportunity to enjoy all types of glorious foods with my kids!
Bon Appétit!


April 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I think I found a good hiding spot…

Oh no, they found me! C’mon, let’s play again.

 Fun, fun, fun!

For more Wordless Wednesday photos, be sure to check out Beautiful Mess, Parenting by Dummies, Wordless Wednesday, and Better In Bulk.


April 12, 2011

Smart Phones and Kids Safety

Hey Moms,
I thought I would pass this along and encourage you to watch the video attached. If you’re too busy, then pick up your smartphone, go to your settings – location services – camera – (turn it off – don’t worry, it’s just the GPS). It won’t affect any of your other programs that require GPS like your maps but it’s that simple to keep the kids around you safe if you take pictures of them using a smartphone of any kind.
May you and your family be safe!

April 9, 2011

Subversive Saturday

Today I will be celebrating Subversive Saturday by reading ‘The Lorax’ to my kids. Yes, there are lots of things I can be doing around my house i.e. laundry, but this is way more important. It’s never too early to teach my kids to stand up for what they believe in and to convey the message that they are never too young to make a difference. After all, “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ‘The Lorax’ (1971)
Come and join the fun at the Subversive Saturday Society:

April 8, 2011

My grandma had brass balls

Come on mamas, join the carnival and celebrate Mother’s Day:

When I decided to write about mother’s day I originally thought I would wax poetic about my baby’s smell fresh from a bath, or the gentle feel of my children’s soft breath against my cheek. After all, my life is rich with these wonderfully poignant moments. How do I choose just one, or two or three, when they are all vivid reminders of how blessed I am to be a mother. However, this mother’s day I can’t help but feel this overwhelming need to pay tribute to the women who have gone on before me, and in particular one woman – my grandmother.

Her name was Mary Elizabeth but everyone called her Selina. She lived to be 97 years old, spunky and cracking jokes in her hospital bed during her last month with us. She gave birth to 14 children at home without epidurals. Sadly, she knew intense grief as she had to lay nine of her children to rest. Before the word feminism came into popular usage my grandmother was challenging shady politicians and advocating for social reforms. According to her friends, my grandma had ‘brass balls’. She was a strong, complex woman who laughed hard and loved even harder. To her, strength was synonymous with being a woman and being a mother. It’s not surprising that she passed on these traits to her children and grandchildren. She was a major influence in my life and I still get teary eyed or chuckle out loud when I remember something that she said or did. We all have women like that in our lives and it’s important that we don’t forget them.

So let’s raise a toast to all the female trailblazers who came before us and fought in their many varied ways so that their daughters and granddaughters wouldn’t have to. Let’s acknowledge their sacrifices and challenges. Let’s choose to pick up their torches and stalwartly carry them so that our daughters and granddaughters will inherit an epic legacy.