Signed with Love

Among finishing my room and fixing my slippers, I spent a good chunk of today writing letters. I have a bunch of stamps left and I have to use them otherwise they’ll go to waste. I have 6 more letters to write and then I’ll be finished. Problem is, I don’t have all the addresses! I’ve enlisted my parent’s and sister’s help in this. Let’s hope they come through for me before I leave.

So I actually did fold and put away my laundry today. That’s a record. Normally it sits in a pile on the couch for a few days at least before I take the time to deal with it. Yippee.

Bath time tonight was a little challenging. Sylvain apparently never wants to sit down. He likes to stay standing and to try to walk around in the tub. This makes it really hard to rinse his hair because I would rather he didn’t fall. I forced him to sit and held him down and he started crying and screaming like a banshee. Greg actually came upstairs to see what was wrong he was expelling noise so lustily. Once he was rinsed off and out of the tub he settled down. Bastien’s gotten a lot better than when I first got here. He hates the shower head that they use to rinse him off with and he would always put up a huge fuss and cry and everything. Now he still doesn’t like it but he’ll sit relatively still and let you get all the soap out. It goes a lot faster.

After the baths we played upstairs for a while. He has this toy Doctor’s station and a stuffed dog that was sick. He had the chicken pox. It was funny. But first, while Bastien was finishing up his bath, Sylvain came in the bathroom with some toy kitchen utensils and Bastien said he wanted to cook with his brother. He was adamant about doing this. So when he was all finished he made pumpkin soup with carrots and beans…I think green beans, but I can’t be sure (we had green beans last night, that’s what I’m making that assumption). Soup and sandwiches. And lemons. Don’t ask about the lemons, I have no idea.

                                                                                                                        

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I prefer babies to bananas myself.

So today I actually did something useful! Well, I started something useful. I started cleaning my room. It needs it really bad. I could have finished it all today, but I got distracted during the tidying process. I started organizing my list of things I need to claim, and prices and stuff. My Mom left behind with her (I don’t think it was on purpose) a good-sized bag that zips closed and I’m using that to put all my souvenirs, brochures, and souvenir books. I have it all organized. I just need to add a few more things to it and it’s all packed. I got all my laundry washed and dried (or drying), and I got my shelves and desk cleared off and dusted. So tomorrow I need to fold and put away my laundry and vacuum and my room will finally be clean again. I’ll make sure to do another thorough dusting and vacuuming before I leave and we should be good.

Me and the boys had an interesting play time this evening. Bastien got a knight’s play tent (it looks like a mini castle) from his Paternal Grandparents and so he was in there with Sylvain. When they first went in he told Sylvain to hurry because there were sharks and crocodiles who would eat him. I said I was a crocodile and I would just wait outside the tent flap for any unsuspecting children. Bastien had a stuffed monkey with him and a Lego piece that he said was a banana. He kept sending out the ‘banana’ saying it was for me. I told him crocodiles don’t like bananas, but babies taste pretty good. Sylvain kept coming out and then I’d pounce and he’d scurry back in. He’s pretty smart, he got the hang of the game fairly quickly. I just have to be careful that he doesn’t break my glasses. I need a new pair, but I can’t afford one right now so these will have to do for a while.

Before all this Adeline was checking Bastien’s throat (yesterday he said it was sore). So she looked with a flashlight and told him to say ‘ah’. Then she called Sylvain over and held up the flashlight. As he was walking towards her he opened his mouth and said ‘ah’. Smart kid! Then he kept trying to take the flashlight in his mouth, but still.

So there was lots of laughing going on as the boys tried to escape from being ‘eaten’ whenever they would venture forth from the tent. Before supper we all started to calm down and I even started reading Bastien a story. Oh, and the other day at lunch Adeline told him that I was going home soon. Then of course he said I would be back. She had to explain again that Canada is my home and that I was on a long vacation this year (it was the easiest way to explain it to him). Like when he goes on vacation and stays in a different house and then he comes home to Wasseiges. He thought Wasseiges was my home and I was just going to visit Canada. I wonder if he’s going to ask them where I am when I don’t come back from the airport. I think he’s done that before when I’ve been away for a couple of days.

So as you can see I was busy doing some much-needed room cleaning and therefore didn’t have a chance to load my pictures. I have a lot of them for London Day 2, but I might just have to post some to start if I ever want to get the post written!

                                                                                                                    

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Ugh

So I planned to post about London today. I’ve chosen all the pictures I want to put up on Facebook from the 3 days. I went to start loading Day 1 and something was messed up and didn’t work. So, I did something else. I got distracted and forgot about it and before I knew it, it was time to pick up Sylvain. Then I got distracted watching TV after the boys were in bed. Now it’s almost midnight and I’m ready for bed.

Other than the appointment for the car (just your regular check-up, oil change, etc.) I didn’t do much besides fold laundry, listen to Christmas music – hey, it’s almost December – and spend some time on my computer. Bastien actually ate tonight with very little fuss. I think it’s too early to hope him eating somewhat willingly will become a common occurrence, but I’m sure it will happen at some point ;).

Sorry for the disappointing post :(.

                                                                                                                        

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Oldies, but goodies.

 

Today started out like any other day. But then there were some extra people here this morning (of which I only met one because I went upstairs with the boys) looking at the boiler because I guess there’s some odd problem with it. Another difference was that Bastien only asked for a movie twice! I told him he could have one after his nap and he seemed content with that. We spent a couple of hours listening to an Henri Des CD. I have to say, his music is quite entertaining (even though it’s meant for kids). I find a lot of his songs catchy.

Lunch was, well, it was different. Different because Bastien was very calm and it was Sylvain who was acting out. I think he was pretty tired. He did have a nap this morning, but we ate a little late so I don’t know. They both took a decent length nap this afternoon which gave me time to chill and watch some Criminal Minds. What I really need to do while they’re napping is clean my room. It’s not as bad as when there were two of us living in here, but it needs a good vacuum. And the couch is covered in clean laundry that needs to be folded. I have to go through and organize some clothes as well. Like my shorts and capris – I doubt I’ll be wearing them anymore. It got up in the low 20°s today, but I think it’s going to be ‘pant’ season from here on out.

Adeline got home while we were watching the movie (Rango  again) and Greg a little after here. They left before it was finished to go to a birthday party. So it was just the boys and I for supper. First though was baths. Sylvain was extra exuberant in there tonight.  Adeline had bought mini-cucumbers for Bastien and he had two! He loves cucumbers and pickles. We had left over turkey from last night, salad, and I put some potato balls in the oven. I actually almost forgot about that part – potatoes/rice/etc. – and then I remembered the potatoes in the freezer and through a few in the oven. They weren’t ready when we sat down so I used them to get Bastien to eat his turkey. And Sylvain has more new pj’s! The one’s I put on him tonight are green and a dark grey with Tigger on them. Cute ^_^. Two piece pj’s are good right now. I didn’t have any problems getting them to bed which was good because I had Skype plans.

I Skype’d with a friend of mine from high school who spent some time studying in Quebec and working in Normandy, France. We talked a bit in French. At least we have each other to practice with! I got to say hello to her Dad as well. We talked about how pretty much everyone from our high school group (which wasn’t very big to begin with) is all over the place. Our one friend moved to the States (where he husband is from), another is in Hamilton for school, another is all over the place (between Canada, the USA, and Europe working with horses), one in Toronto, another in Law school in London, England…and she might be leaving for co-op. She thinks she’ll still be around by the time I get back, but will be leaving sometime in January (if she gets a position). I still have a lot of other friends in the area, but that group of us from high school has really drifted apart. I guess that’s life. We all have drastically different interests, in some ways it’s a wonder we’re still friends or became friends in the first place. Obviously we have things in common, but you know. I’m glad we’re still friends though and I know that this won’t be the last time I’ll see them. We just might have more ‘online’ type friendships in the future. Steph and I have another Skype ‘date’ set for the 26th. We’re going to try to make it a regular thing. It was really nice to see her and talk with her.

So that was my day and I’m not sure how I’m going to end it; a movie, more tv? Or bed? It’s a tough decision!

 

                                                                                                                       

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Productivity is subjective

At least I woke up for my walk this morning, woot! Go me. I did spend most of my day planted on my chair in front of my computer, but I wasn’t just fooling around. For some reason I’ve been on a movie kick the last couple days. I just want to watch movies all the time! Today I watched Invincible with Mark Wahlberg. I don’t know where the idea to watch that came from, it just sort of popped into my head yesterday. I can never remember the name of that movie though, odd. And I’m not a fan of football. Double odd. I like football movies though, or rather, I like sport movies and most happen to be about football. Even though I’ve seen it a few times before I didn’t remember everything and for some reason I got really into it and was on the edge of my seat waiting for the football scenes to play out and… Wow, cool it Holly.

What else did I do? Well, I posted about 93 photos from our trip to Paris! Complete with tags and descriptions. I commented in a heated discussion on the Laurier Musical Theatre club group on Facebook. I said Happy Birthday to a couple of people. And I organized some other pictures. When you put it all down here it doesn’t sound like much….. I mean, there were dishes that I put away, filled the dishwasher, folded a little laundry, helped Adeline fold the big sheets and covers, had lunch, watched a little bit of a French game show with Adeline… Is that really all?

Like I said, subjective. Here’s the link if you want to check out my Paris pictures. ^_^ Enjoy.

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