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you say it’s your birthday…well it’s my birthday too, yeah

I’ve been complaining lately about not finding making the time to post.  I have a backlog of images that I want to share, tutorials and baked goods and crafty things of all sorts.

Today’s my birthday.

IMG_7172To celebrate, I’m gonna do it (post, you pervs LOL) and share some of the things that have been keeping me busy the last month.

IMG_5997Henri finished his first, then his second chapter books.

He won’t go to bed without a book and a flashlight.  (He gets that from me).IMG_6067Jakob discovered Grumpy Cat.

IMG_6262I’ve been hooking.  (Heh).

IMG_6446I caught a toad and the boys got to hold it.

IMG_6449Doesn’t it look like he’s almost posing?  (The toad).

IMG_6612We finally assembled the boys’ beds into a bunk bed in Jakob’s room…

IMG_6642…and Henri got bunk beds too (I forgot to take a better ‘after’ pic)…

IMG_6628…so of COURSE the first thing they did was have a sleepover.

IMG_6635They became ninjas (or rappers, I can’t quite tell which)…

IMG_6739…and climbed trees…

IMG_6818…and did shadow-puppet shows…

IMG_6821…and dressed themselves with no regards for color or pattern.

Finally the summer drew to a close, and they had their first day of school.IMG_6881They kissed each other goodbye (I couldn’t resist this pic!!)…

IMG_6886…and then Mr. Grade 3 went off on his way…

IMG_6891…followed not long after by Mr. Grade 1.

In what may be the BIGGEST surprise of the summer, I managed to transform my office from this:

IMG_6952(Don’t judge me)

…to this:


(I KNOW, right???)


Funny, I always thought he was priceless.

And that works us back to today.


This is what 38 looks like.

Have a great weekend!


lazy thursday

I HAVE to share this pic of Henri from last night:

This kid cracks me up with how he sleeps!  From finding him hanging half out of bed, to this…I’m surprised he doesn’t wake up when I walk in and start laughing, then rush out to get the camera!

Today was a lazy day.  Since Jakob is still contagious until 24 hrs on antibiotics, and we won’t know if Henri has strep until tomorrow, they were both home again today (and will be tomorrow too).  Nowhere to go and nothing special to do meant a nice, relaxing lazy day with all of us in our jammies.

I’ve said before that my boys are close, and they really, truly are.  They’re this amazing mix of brothers and best friends, the kind of relationship where they won’t go into their separate classrooms without hugging and kissing goodbye in the hallway first.  Before lunch, while watching a bit of Artzooka, they were like this:

That’s Jakob lying down with his head in Henri’s lap, while his brother absently strokes his hair.  I swoon, I really do.  I know Yannick and I are really affectionate with the kids, constantly hugging and kissing them and telling them all day and randomly how much we love them, and it’s so great to see them not only reciprocating with us (Jakob makes the ladies at the mall or hair salon melt when he comes up out of the blue to say “I love you Mommy”), but also with each other.  With two boys I don’t know if this kind of relationship has an expiry date so I’m try to record or at least witness and remember as much of it as I can.

Both kids were awesome (or sick, depending on how you look at it) and slept all afternoon.  I LOVE a 1-4:30 nap time!  I finished reworking my shawl swatch and got a good chunk of it done.  I finished up the rest of it tonight and now just have a stockinette part to get through so I can move on to the next bit of charting.  Just me, the yarn, and Excel…good times.


silly faces!

The boys were home again today.  Their fevers weren’t as high as yesterday, but you could tell they weren’t “well”.  Plus we still haven’t heard back with Jakob’s strep results, so I want to keep him home until we know for sure.

I had a follow-up doctor’s appointment for me today, because when I’d seen my doctor after the bad hernia incident, my blood pressure was higher than normal and he wanted to make sure it wasn’t staying that way.  (I was sure it was because of the incident, though).  He was only an hour behind schedule today, and I did a bit more swatching though I might rip it out ‘cus I wasn’t very happy with it.

Because the kids were home, but I had the appointment, I brought the kids to my parents’ place for their nap.  Neither one slept, of course, because they were too excited to be “out”.  Still, besides being sick, they were in great moods, and we had some fun being silly with my camera.

Nice enough…

Silly face time!!

They had supper there and played for a bit so once I got them home I was able to get them right into bed.  I got a bit of work done and decided to just call it a night.  I’m going to get into bed with my phone and play video games until I pass out.  I’m so hooked on some of these games that getting into bed with a few hours of nothing to do but play seems like the biggest luxury right now, and I’m going to take advantage of it!