Saturday, January 31, 2009

Valentines card contest

I am always up for a contest. So here are a few cards I made for BBTB website.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Cute videos of our walkers

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Follow up Friday

Joe asked:
How does your husband feel about Newfoundland?

Answer: Aaron is always up for a change so moving wasn't too hard on him. Don't get me wrong he loves and misses his family but he sees this a better opportunity for our families future. As far as being here in Newfoundland he likes it. As a family we have become alot closer and have enjoyed being here.

Trisa asked:
What words are the Lily and Preston saying? Do they have any absolute food dislikes? Any tantrum throwing yet?

Answer: They are saying more and more every week. We can't understand it all but here is what we have so far. BOTH- dog, duck, ball, daddy (dada) night night (ni ni) hi, thank you (dat do) Kiki, our cat (didi) Ashley (Ahee) Just Lily- bear, baby, bye bye, bubba. They only say mama when they are crying or are feeling bad.

Dislikes- Lily isn't very fond of bananas, I know really bananas doesn't every kid love them! Preston likes just about anything.

Tantrums- YES!!! We are starting to see more especially from Lily. She has this ear piercing squeling scream that makes you take notice. Most of the time it's when Preston takes a toy from her.

Kim asked:
How is Ashley liking Canada? Is she involved in cheerleading this year? How is that going?

Answer: Ashley is loving it. She is a cheerleader at her school. She was selected by her cheerleading coach to be on the dance team. There were only a few spots so we are really proud that she was invited to be on the team. She takes tumbling as well. We were fearing that this move would be hard on her but I think when we move back it will be harder since these are the days when you really start to get your life long friends.

Hajar asked:
What is your favorite thing to do when you get an opportunity to go out by yourself? What is your favorite non-kid-related thing to do at home when they give you a chance?

Answer: I like to go out with girlfriends and enjoy a mom's night out.
Non kid is by far scrapbooking. Anytime I get a free moment you can find me in my basement cutting, pasting, listening to music while I get my creativity out on paper.

Mama Jean asked:
Are your purchases and money dealing with American dollars or Canadian monies? Are the prices at stores considered American prices or Newfoundland prices?

Answer: There aren't any places around here that take American money so it's all Canadian. All stores are Canadian prices. It has been different getting used to the price of things. It seems like everything is more expensive but it's because the Canadian dollar is worth more that the American dollar. Right now if you have 1 Canadian dollar and exchanged it you would only get .82 cents American.

Deanna asked:
What is your heating bill like?

Answer: Funny you should ask this since I just paid my bill. Let's just say it wasn't pretty. We have electric heat so you can imagine how much it is especially since the heater is always on. I am about to invest in a few electric blankets and one of those heat dish things I keep seeing at Costco. I will say it was between 5 and 7 hundred this month!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Q & A Wednesday

A little late, sorry!!! I have been doing really good and going to the gym 3 times per week. Well today I had to be there at 9 so I had to get my but in gear early. While we were out we went to the store. Now we are back home, lunch is done and the babies are napping. The one nap has been going great. I have been tweaking it a bit because if the babies go down any later than 12:30 I have found that it takes them longer to go to sleep. I have been trying to do lunch and in the bed by noon.
OK so anyway here we are the middle of the week. Last week I had some great questions and hopefully you got to see a side that I don't always talk about. Well since I normally only talk about my kids anything is new information.
So ask away! I will follow up on Friday.

Staci

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Silent Sunday!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Follow up Friday

I got alot of great questions this week.


Deanna asked:
1.Where do you get your arts and crafts ideas?
Most are just floating around in my head but others come from websites such as skip to my lou, scrapbooking websites and cricut.com. I love taking an idea that I see and making it my own.
2. What's your favorite thing to do during the day? (With the kids, with out the kids)
With kids is going outside to play. Although we don't do that very often now. Right now I guess it's going to the book store or to playgroups. Without the kids, probably date night with Aaron.
3. What is your biggest challenge during the day?
The evening hours when it's dinner time, kids need to be bathed, kitchen needs to be cleaned and we all just feel like crying. I have learned to start dinner earlier even if it means it's ready and we have to re heat. At least we aren't waiting to eat while listening to tired kids.
4. Do they have pizza delivery?
Where we live, no hehe



Hajar asked:
Do your babies have times when they would rather feed themselves than let you feed them?

I don't really feed them anymore unless it's yogurt, applesauce or oatmeal. They don't mind when I have to feed them especially since they LOVE yogurt, oatmeal and applesauce. One day I will be brave and just give it to them with a spoon........ one day.
Would they sometimes rather eat what you are eating than to eat what you've offered them?
We pretty much eat the same thing unless it's spicy or I am eating a sandwich for lunch and they are eating veggies. I will give them my crust though. lol We even gave them salmon the other day. Preston was not amused. In those cases we give them ravioli or vienna sausage which they love.


Jenn asked:
1. Why do you like scrapbooking as a hobby?
I love the idea of preserving memories for my kids.
2. What meal do you prepare that is delicious?
My favorite is garlic chicken
3. Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower?
Leader
4. What is the hardest thing about having twins?
The long days but I am sure that is the case with all moms. If the babies aren't feeling well or are cranky it makes for a very hard day x two!


Tasha (sister in law) asked:
1.How did you and your husband meet?
Aaron was a friend of my brother, Dustin and yours before I met him. Aaron was visiting friends in Virginia and Tasha was supposed to pick him up from the airport. I decided to go with her and my first impression was he was an ass. After spending lots of time with him we fell in love. awwww. We got married a year later in Vegas which was his idea. He didn't tell me until 2 weeks before we left.
2.Do you miss the working?
I miss being part of the working world. I miss being appreciated, my last boss really loved me and was very appreciative. I always heard mother hood is a thankless job and it's very true.
3.Why is your brother so weird? hehehe
Well I am sure my parents would have to explain this one because Aaron says I am a little strange myself.


Mama Jean asked:
If you were to have a child born in Newfoundland, would it be a citizen of the U S or NL?
It would have dual citizenship because we are US citizens living in NL.


Joe asked:
When you moved to Newfoundland, did you have any preconceived ideas about Newfoundland (or Newfoundlanders) that were either proven or disproved after living here?
I must admit that before I moved here I had never heard of it but after researching online I found that it is a very beautiful and cultural city and the people are so friendly. I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to have all the luxuries of Houston (Target, Mexican food, specific brands) Since living here I have realized I am not missing any material things. I guess you adapt to your surroundings.
The main thing I was worried about was making friends. I have always been outgoing but have a hard time making friends because well I have been told I come off as bitchy. That idea has been dis proven because I have made friends, I have been able to make meals and do just fine with what St John's has to offer.



Courtney asked:
What are the babies eating these days?
It's probably better to tell you what they don't eat. They don't eat pretzels, nuts, or chips not because of allergies but because they are hard. They do eat peanut butter though. They are great eaters and will eat just about anything. I stay away from sweets or anything high in sugar. They love fruit and veggies so I am hoping to keep that trend going.

Once again you haven't disappointed me. These are really great questions and it gives an opportunity to view a part of our lives that I may not talk about.

Oh the changes we see

There have been a few changes here at the funny farm Dauphine household. First off we are on day 3 of the 2 to 1 nap transition. Wow I had no idea it would be such a trying time. I sure hope it gets better. Advice I have received from friends and everything I have read on the internet, it will get better, it might take a week or two but it will........ whew! Today the babies ate lunch then went down for their nap at noon. They actually went to sleep around 12:45 and slept until 2:30. So not bad but right now they are pretty tired.
We have 2 walkers. Preston is nowhere near as good as Lily but over the next few weeks he will get the hang of it. He has only taken a few steps for now! I can not imagine how much fun we are going to have at the playground this summer now that they can climb and slide and get around more. Whooo hooo yay me I am sure things will start to get very interesting when they go in 2 different directions.
Another change is plates. YES plates. I am not sure if we are late or early on this one. We have always fed the babies in their chairs with the tray attached. We decided to do away with the tray and just pull them right up to the table. So do we give them a plate or just put the food on the table? We tried both and my table was suffering and I can only buy so many table toppers for my dear son to rip off as soon as he sees it. I even tried wax paper with tape. Tonight I gave them their food on a plate. It worked well. I think I do need to invest in plastic plates for them so my good ones don't get broken.
I am so excited that my friend Jenn, her husband Kevin and their daughter Kiera are making their plans to come visit us in April. It will be so exciting to have visitors and to show them our corner of the world. I can't wait.

Here are a few pictures and video from dinner tonight.
Yum lasagna, sweet potatoes and green beans. This plus a fruit cup, these kids can eat!


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Q & A Wednesday

Here we are again....... ask away! I am hoping that I get at least one question per week to keep this going. I will follow up on Friday to answer any questions that you ask.
Ask in the comments if for some reason comments don't work because for some reason they don't always work properly send me an email by going to my profile.

Monday, January 19, 2009

You may have noticed


My big boy got his first hair cut on Saturday. He was such a trooper. He got nervous when he heard the clippers but I think most kids do. He is such a brave boy and now doesn't even look like a baby. We get a certificate with some of his hair taped onto it. Of course I can't wait to scrapbook it.
Speaking of...... I have finally finished the babies album from their 1st birthday. I did a 6x6 album with 12 layouts to highlight the day. I also was looking through some old pictures and found Ashley's 1st birthday pics so before I clean all the birthday paper up I am going to scrap hers. I have made a list of scrap projects I want to get done this year and hope I stick to it.
Preston has also started to try and take a few steps pretty soon I will have 2 little walkers. Lily walks most of the time but is still a little wobbly.

A few more questions.....

I had a few more questions that I wanted to answer before I get behind.
Robyn asked when do I have down time.
Answer: Down time is few and far between. The babies go to bed at 7 and only have trouble if they are sick or teething. After we put them to bed me, Aaron and Ashley will watch a movie or I will scrap book or just take a bath and go to bed. I try to relax as much as possible. On the weekends I usually go to the store or run errands and leave all the kids at home with daddy.

Faron asked how hard is it (was?) to adapt to the metric system? Have you found it easy to adapt to that system for everything from temperature to speed limits to routine measuring?
Answer: It is difficult. I wouldn't say everyday but I find myself cooking something and pull out the philly cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and it says grams on it. I need it in ounces so I just google it to convert it. That is probably the hardest....... cooking. All packages are ml, grams, or liters. The speed limit is easy because all cars have km on them. When the weather man says we are expecting 15 cm of snow it doesn't sound so bad when it's in centimeters then I realize it's like 6 INCHES. hehe

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Silent Sunday

I went out to dinner last night with some friends and we decided to go to George street so I could be screeched in.

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My big boy with his first hair cut

Silly little Lily.


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Friday, January 16, 2009

Follow up Friday

I only got a few questions but I am hoping this catches on and I can do it every week. Here are my answers.
Kelly asked:
What is your typical schedule for the twins? nap times, bed times, etc. My twins are 14 months and starting to mess with their nap schedule. another ?...do they use pacifiers?
Answer: Our schedule has pretty much stayed the same since the babies were 7 months old. We wake at 7 - 7:30 and eat about 8. Change clothes, play or go run errands or playgroup, sometimes if we have to run errands we either do it after lunch or before morning nap. Nap is at 10 usually about an hour. I put them down for naps in separate rooms, Preston in the pack and play in the guest room and Lily in her room. This helps alot since Preston would wake Lily up right as she was falling asleep and she would not go back to sleep. 11, Wake up, play, eat lunch at 12:30. Play or go outside. Afternoon nap at 2, about an hour. wake up 3 - 3:30 snack. Ashley gets home so she will usually play with them while I do any cleaning/laundry I didn't get done in the morning. I start cooking dinner about 4:30, Ashley studies or does homework while the babies watch baby einstein, word world or elmo or just walk/crawl around the kitchen or empty the tupperware cabinet. We try to eat dinner between 5:30 and 6. Aaron gets home about 5:30 so he keeps them entertained while Ashley finishes her homework and I finish dinner. We all eat at the same time, then give the babies a bath, clean up and to bed at 7.
I try to play with them alot during the day so they will sleep good at night and during naps. Although today they fell asleep on the way home at 1 and stayed asleep when I put them in their bed, I think I will try and move to one nap this weekend. We ate lunch while we were out about 12 so I am thinking maybe I should start there. They have been having issues with their afternoon nap over the past week so I am thinking they are ready. We will see!
As for the pacifier. Preston loves his binky and I try to only give it at sleep time but always have one handy in case of melt downs. Lily has never liked them but loves to steal Preston's.

Jen asked: My question is what do you like most about living in Canada and what is the biggest difference between living here and the States. I'm one of your Canadian followers.
Answer: Oh Jen where do I begin...... just kidding! It is a lot different because I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I am used to hot, humid summers with lots and lots of mosquitoes. I would have to say the biggest difference is the weather. I have never been anywhere so cold. Today it's 9 degrees or -12 celsius. What I like most is the scenery, it is so beautiful here. The ocean is amazing and the sky is so blue. There are lots of outdoor activities to do during the warmer months and it's very family friendly. One thing I have to complain about though is the shopping here in St John's, there isn't much. I am used to be able to get whatever, whenever in Houston. I suppose there isn't anything I NEED that bad though. It's pretty relaxed and laid back here so I have learned to just go with the flow. So far I like it here I just wish it was a little warmer.

Thank you for asking your questions and I look forward to more next week.

Staci

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winter storm video

Here are a couple of videos for my southern followers. Picture tropical storm force winds but snow and not rain. Good times! We have a snow day here, schools closed, work closed, us in our pj's and the smell of gumbo cooking on the stove.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Q & A Wednesday

Starting today I am going to invite readers to ask a question........ any question and I will post the answers on Friday. So think, think, think of something you have been dying to know and ask away!

Post your question in the comments & be nice.

Staci

Another blast from old man winter

Yesterday we woke up to about 5 inches of snow. For the first time I had to clear the drive way. Aaron caught an early flight to Halifax so if I was going anywhere I had to learn to use the snow blower and move that snow! I decided I would clear the drive way after the babies went down for their morning nap, around 10. I got all bundled up goofy hat and all. (hehe) It wasn't as hard as I originally thought. I guess the look of a big piece of machinery or anything that says horsepower is enough to scare most women. Once I figured out the wind direction and which way the chute needed to point to avoid snow coming back and pounding me in the face I was good. Seriously the whole snow in the face is not fun, now that you have that vision, picture a car driving by as you are being pounded in the face by flying snow. I am sure it was obvious to the people passing by that this was my first snow.
Looking at the weather tonight we are expected to get another storm tomorrow with 5 to 7 inches, thank god Aaron is back!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Silent Sunday

I am going to start a new trend....... Silent Sunday. Each and every Sunday I will post only pictures, probably from our recent week. Here are a few from this past week and today.








Friday, January 9, 2009

I knew this day would come

Along with our eating out days, my grocery shopping days are coming to an end. I am going to have to strategically plan each and every grocery shop trip from now on. I will make sure that it is after breakfast but before lunch but not before morning nap, afternoon nap or dinner. So that leaves me with about a 2 hour window where the babies are not eating or sleeping. Today I left the house bright and early around 10:30, hey that's bright and early around here lately we have been sleeping until 8 or 8:30 since getting back from Houston. Ok so bright and early here we go to Toys R Us to spend our gift cards, then to the grocery store. Toys R Us was great we got a new sled, a gate for the stairs and a ball pit to keep the wee ones entertained while we hibernate for the winter. We get to the grocery store and all is smooth sailing until the bag of Apple Crisps runs out. Apple Crisps are my kids new favorite thing since being at Aunt Michelle's, thankfully our Costco here sells them. Any who I brought one bag to the grocery store and Preston wiped them out. He was so pissed when they were gone. He was screaming and throwing a fit he pushed the half gallon of milk out of the cart onto the floor where it busted open and leaked everywhere. Once I got him settled down we went to look for pork sausage while in front of the meat dept Lily turned the bag of goldfish, that was keeping Preston occupied, up side down. So I had a clean up on the Christmas aisle from the milk and a clean up in front of the meat from the goldfish. I think it's safe to say the grocery store won't miss us. At least they fell asleep on the way home so I could unload the car and put the groceries away.
Maybe they were just having a bad day........... there is always next week!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Car seat question

I have been asked why the babies have not been turned to forward facing.
Why would I turn them forward facing? Is it because they have reached the minimum for weight of 20 pounds? Is it because they have reached the minimum age of 1 year? They have done both but there is no way I am turning them around until I feel comfortable that they are ready.
I have read lots of articles and watched lots of videos comparing forward facing to rear facing crash tests. After seeing those videos anyone that has young children will keep them rear facing as long as they can. In Sweden children are kept rear facing until they are 3. I am not saying I will keep my babies rear facing until then I am just saying it is possible to do so. There are even tether straps you can buy to tether the rear facing seat to the floor of the vehicle since the seats do have a tendency to move upwards.
I am not trying to scare anyone I am just explaining my decision to keep my babies rear facing. It scares me to drive in Houston, in rain and especially in snow hopefully if we do have a crash we will all be safe.



Monday, January 5, 2009

Drum roll please

We took over 500 pictures while we were on this trip but here are a few favorites.



Aaron grandparents, parents, niece, Preston and Lily
A few things I found cute in the pictures:
*A box is a great toy
*We southern folk love our food.
*Louisiana & Texas are hot enough to wear just a diaper in December
*Lily has found her belly
*Preston has one heck of an immune system.
That's not in the pictures but Ashley, Lily and I are all sick with congestion, cough, and sore throat. Preston had fever one night but has not gotten sick. He also didn't get the stomach virus that spread through out the entire family in October.
I love to travel and see my family but it's nice to be home, I just wish home was a little closer!
You can view all the pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.com/atdauph/Christmas082#
I can't wait to get my new year's resolution in motion and scrap more. Now that we have tons of pictures I really have no excuse........... well except the whole baby thing!

Friday, January 2, 2009

What a trip

And it's not over yet. We have had a few road trips mixed in with our Christmas vacation. We got home from Louisiana on the Monday after Christmas then headed to the family farm in Centerville, Tx on New Year's Eve to ring in the new year with the grandparents. We figured our days of ringing in the new year drunk then suffering with a hangover the next day are over. We had a nice quiet night with very little fan fare. We did some fishing, relaxing, had a bon fire and exploring with the kids before heading back to Houston today. Tomorrow we have my niece's 3rd birthday party then Sunday we head home. As much as I am not looking forward to going back to Canada to the snow and slush it will be nice to get back to normal. Or as much normal as we are used to. 
We have lots and lots of pictures so please just bear with me I will get them uploaded I promise.