Proud parent moment!

Rock on, dudes! Our amazing little guy was so moved during the Canucks’ run for the Stanley Cup that he composed his own Fan Song. We posted it up to YouTube for friends and family to see.

Lo and behold, it attracted a bit more attention than we ever expected and is now a featured video on the Twisted Sister official website!  Does it get any better than this?!?

Kidisms – age 4

Update at age 4:

– Luzz Bightyear
– My boogie hurts! (When we asked him to explain, he stood up, started dancing, and pointed to his waist/abdomen area.)
– Ohhhhhhhhh, shutternuts! (Used in place of “darn” or “bummer”.)
– I’m NOT four, I’m four and three quarters!
– My body sent an email to my brain to make the house (into) a swimming pool! (His explanation for why he made the bad choice to flood the bathroom.)

Previous kidisms: Kidisms


He can spell his name! I had no idea! They must have been practising at daycare, but today is the first time I’ve ever heard him even try and he spelled it all, perfectly! I was pretty flabbergasted and so proud of him!

Potty trained!

Just wanted to share our exciting news that so many of you have already experienced! Nicholas has been wearing underwear for 2 weeks! And he’s so happy about it!

Truth be told, I decided to put him back in diapers (they’re much cheaper than pull-ups) and he really did not like that, so after about a week, he announced he wanted to wear underwear and has been dry every day since (with only one accident).

Yippee for me! But he also thinks it’s pretty cool.

2010 Olympics volunteer

I was pretty torn about applying to volunteer because I wasn’t sure how I could juggle work, Nicholas, and whatever position they may assign to me, but I applied at the end of March (when my Mum was invited to a group interview), attended a group interview in early May, and by September came to the conclusion that my assistance was not required as I hadn’t heard anything. Right about that time, I received a volunteer update newsletter that said, “In this exciting time, some of you may still be waiting for your volunteer offer. Not to worry, there are still plenty of Games-time roles to be filled.” Hmmm, I thought to myself, perhaps there is still a position for me …

… and one week I letter I received this message: “We would love to offer you a role as a Vancouver 2010 Volunteer!” Here it is … Supervisor: Venue Protocol & Language Services at the Vancouver Olympic Centre! Wow! Way worth the wait!

3 training sessions in the next couple of weeks and only 106 days to go! How exciting! At the moment, my shifts are mostly 7am – 4pm, which means this night owl will be waking up at 4am to be out of the house by 5am … seriuosly!!! Anyone who knows me well, knows I’m usually going to bed between 2am and 3am … this should be interesting. Stay tuned for more as the Games get closer!

Dry day

Nicholas has been in potty-training mode for 14 months now! I really thought it would go faster than this, especially because we were using cloth diapers. I’m trying to encourage and support and hope he’s ready to move to underpants soon. We have a picture on the mirror and each time he tells me has to use the toilet (successfully), he gets a sticker. No reward necessary … just the sticker makes him happy enough! Usually, though, it’s me telling him to go every couple of hours or so and he doesn’t collect stickers very quickly.

On occasion when I’ve tried to push for “the change”, it hasn’t done any good and I just ended up being the one who was frustrated and had to clean up all the mess. I imagine it would be more stressful if you have a specific time-line for the change. We’re lucky that we can just let him decide when he’s ready. I’ve been really amazed at the back-and-forth of it all … just when you think he’s well on his way, he suddenly says, “Mummy, I want to be a baby!” and proceeds to poop in his pull-up. Ugh!

Today was a very exciting day – completely dry from sunrise to bedtime!!! That’s a first! With any luck, it may continue!


Kids say the darndest things! Our little guy has some great lines:

– Are you require assistance?
– Stop tickling – you are annoying me!
– Roarrrr! I am scaring the poop right out of me!
– Awwwwww, my body is tired but my brain is NOT tired!!!
– Mummy, I am a little bit upset with you.
– Something in Daddy’s bathroom is dis-GUS-ting!