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Anthems of Spring

For as far back as I can remember, music has always played an integral part in my life.  I can remember my mom putting on Englebert Humpersomething, Gordon Lightfoot or Elton John while cleaning.  My dad had tons of 8 tracks and records and I can remember always playing with his LPs, looking at the cool artwork of certain bands and rocking out to Led Zeppelin. 
Music is nostalgic.
Music can turn a bad day around.
Music can move you to tears.
I love music and while listening to some beautiful music today, I started thinking about songs for the seasons, particularly for spring.  I realized that I have a set playlist for most seasons.  These are songs that are definitely cranked the minute that I can open the sunroof while driving, or a window while cleaning.  They make me happy.
These are my spring anthems.

Collective Soul.  Anything by them reminds me of high school and being young and craaaaazy, especially The World I know or Gel.
Barenaked Ladies: Reminds of countless ringette tour…

The playlist

I'm not a runner and I don't pretend to be, in fact every single second that I'm on the treadmill is a challenge and I doubt that will ever really change.  But I still do it once or twice a week when I need a break from Zumba or can't make it to a class.  I've tried everything to make it more enjoyable from watching movies, to going outside, to making my husband be in the room.  Anything to make it feel less like torture.
This recent experiment has been très successful and it's funny because it revolves around Zumba, which if I haven't made it clear enough is the best thing to happen to my workouts in ages.
I try to put in 30 minutes on the torturemill.  Thererfore, I put together a fantastic playlist that equals around that length and I treat each song as a 'routine' like we'd do at Zumba.  I also gradually increase the speed for each song so that when I'm at the apex of my workout, I have the best, most motivational song pounding in my ear…

Willis and discipline

About two weeks ago Willis eliminated his naps.  Up until then he was napping from about 1:30-3:30, 5 days out of 7.  It was grande, but he was also having difficulty going to bed at his bedtime which is 8:00, so I wasn't really sad when we were over them.
In lieu of his naps, Willis was now given 2 hours of "quiet" time, which ranges from laying low and watching a movie to playing quietly in his room, to reading books on the couch.  He needs this time as much as I do.
Last week in San Diego he had neither naps nor quiet time to 'regulate' his 3.5 year old mood swings and thusly we found ourselves dealing with a bossy, attitude filled little boy.  This was completely unchartered territory for us, so we decided to just ride it out and hope that it was simply the circumstances that brought this out in him.
Now that we're home and I've reestablished a routine (which is so important for this little boy), I'm finding that his temper is flaring less but wil…

and the room is done!

Project completion.


So, I changed my plans a little bit from the original but I'm very happy with the produit final, (minus the little boy having a "moment" in the photos from tonight).  All I had to do was some decluttering and rearranging, add a little colour and update the blinds.  Done and done!  This project feels like it took forever, but we just got our canvasses from the photographer a couple weeks ago from the photoshoot we did in August.  SO happy with them!  Now I'm moving on to the upstairs' stairway/hallway.


I got curious yesterday and I wish I wouldn't have.
First Jyl posted about knowing who Rebecca Black was and then I kept seeing Perez Hilton make reference to her and then she was trending on curiosity got the best of me.  I finally youtubed her last night to see what the talk was all about.

Well, there is 3 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.

45 million hits?  I can see why.  It's like a train wreck watching her video/song and now what is even worse is that I have it stuck in my head. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

It's like people are turning a little tooo much to the internet.  Supporting random junk and turning it into a sensation.  Putting their entire lives as status updates.
I think social media has done great things for people, don't get me wrong, but then there are the youtube videos and Ke$has out there that just wreck it.  Where'd the talent go? Why aren't there more Elton Johns?  Adeles? Oy.  Maybe I'm just getting pic…


Just a couple thoughts I can't tie together into a single blog, so I'll just spew it out together.

Lucia- regardless where we went on our trip, she was showered with ooohs and aaahs, people commenting on her big, beautiful eyes and how precious she is.  It was a nice change from the weekly "She's so small, you should feed her mores" that we get here.

Frazzled. That's how I'm left feeling.  I can't think of another word to describe it.  I think I handled myself well on the trip (for someone who is easily frustrated).  But the last day was tough.  The stress of flying with kids got to me?  The stress of a 3.5 year old who was choosing that time to press all the wrong buttons?  The stress of having to whip out your boob in airports/themeparks/airplanes to calm a baby?  I think all that got to me on the last day and had me at that "don't even you dare look at me" mode.  The one where I can snap very easily.  I wasn't a monster or anythi…

Home time.

I just had the most relaxing morning while Lucia napped.  Dan took Willis for his last swim, the sun was shining, the birds were singing right under our patio and I had a chance to sit on the patio and enjoy the sun and the aroma of the fresh air for one last time.  It was fabulous.  I've had a great trip and am feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and ready to take on spring cleaning.  I'll likely wear some of my new favourite shoes while cleaning. Because I can.  I look forward to heading out over to Jordan's tomorrow to catch up with friends and then to see the girls on the weekend for Candace's birthday.  And just like that, life is back on.

San Diego 5: Talking with animals.

The zoo today was a blast.  Highly recommended for many reasons:  The layout is easy to navigate, it's very beautifully landscaped to make you feel like you're walking through a rainforest or a jungle or a tundra at all times.  We lucked out today with the weather.  The first 10 mins it poured, which I think scared some people away because it felt like we had the place to ourselves.  In fact, apparently it's normally an hour wait to see the pandas, but we just strolled right in. After the rain it was a beautiful, sunshiny day.
Lucia loved the animals.  She just laughed and laughed.  Apparently they are funny.   Willis on the other hand, reminded me very much of the SNL skit, Talking to Animals, because every time we got up to a different exhibit, he'd strike up a conversation with the animal.  Hi bear, how you doing?  How's your day?
I can just see him adding in the say hello to your mother for me.  I added the video for the skit, but if it doesn't work, just g…

San Diego 4: Keeping up with the kids.

6:30 am: awake with kids, eager to get going.  We deter them (Willis) to cuddle in bed instead and watch SpongeBob CircleSkirt.
7:30 am: Breakfast around the round table.  Fruit, muffins, choc choc and coffee. Lots of coffee.
8:30 am: Lucia naps, Willis and Dan go swimming.
9:00 am: Lucia is up.  Deena and Lucia play games.   All sorts.
9:45 am: Walk down to Legoland.  Legoland day 3 proceeds such as this:
Dinocoaster with Willis x2
Bathroom break
Safari Trek for Willis and Daniel, Lucia and Mom have snack while watching.
Bathroom break
Duplo play village.  Coffee for Dan and Deena, Willis plays in the water.  Yup, more water.  It's 'cold' here, a 'cold' +15.  Wimps.
Walk through MiniLand.
Bathroom break.
Decide to call it a day and head back to room to get to Costco for pizza instead of paying 40$+ for lunch here.
12:00: Back to room.  Willis and Dan go to Costco for pizza and ice cream, Lucia naps.
12:30: Lucia is up, we play games again.   You guessed it, all so…

San Diego 3: 4 million pieces of lego or something like that.

Willis, to our surprise, LOVES rollercoasters.  We had to go on this one twice.  Luckily it was the first one we hit right when the park opened, otherwise it was up to a 90 minute wait.  I'm sure we'll be doing it again tomorrow.

From Dan: So there's this real cool ride with little horses that gallop around a track.  All knights and castles Lego themed.  But kids have to be a certain height and it says at least 4 years old to ride.  Willis is tall enough, but the operators ask each kid directly how old they are before they get on.  Willis really wants to ride, so I crouch down beside him and whisper "How old are you Willis?" and he holds up three fingers and proudly says "Three!".  I wince.  So I tell him "that nice person is going to ask you how old you are, and if you don't say four she won't let you on the ride."  When we get to the front of the lineup, the operator asks Willis how old he is.  Willis throws up 4 fingers an…

San Diego 2: Adventures in Legoland

It feels like I've been up for 20 hours straight. Maybe it's because our day started bright and early at 6 am and we haven't stopped since. In fact, it's almost 7 and I could easily to go bed, but as I type Willis is putting his bathing suit back on to go for ANOTHER swim. Man.

Back.  Luckily he only wanted to stay in the hot tub.   Now that's the way to end the night.

I'm not sure if mornings or night time are going to be my favourite here.  The am is beautiful:  fresh early air, birds singing morning songs, in room Starbucks and plenty of time to get ready for our day as nothing opens until 10.  Nights have been nice too.  We're forced to lay low as Lucia is maintaining her 7pm bedtime, and without any house work calling my name I can read, play Scrabble with Dan and enjoy a beer (or two).

Today was a fantastic day.  One of the draws of this hotel, aside from the proximity to the Premium Outlets, the beautiful rooms and such, is that it has it's own p…