Geocache Diet – Day 103

Even for a quiet shy fellow it is nice to be noticed once in a while.  When you are doing a weight loss challenge around geocaching, it is very nice to be noticed by the group who run geocaching.  It was fantastic when we received an e-mail from the fine folks at Groundspeak/Geocaching.com to express an interest in what I was doing with the Geocache Diet, but it blew us away when they said they would like to do a story about the geocache diet for the 10 year anniversary of geocaching.

Last month we had a visit from a two person film crew who followed us around during dinner one night and then joined us on a hike the next day to film our family geocaching.  We have been told that this video will be one of 3 or 4 that will be featured on their 10th anniversary page – Groundspeak’s Lost & Found – Discovering the Lost Stories of Geocaching  sometime in May.  We have not seen the video yet, and may not until it is released to the geocaching world, but the filming went very well and it was a lot of fun.  While the story was primarily about the geocache diet not surprisingly the kids stole the show and there is a good portion which will show a geocaching family in action.  The kids were excellent during the filming and I think they had a lot of fun.

We had no idea what to expect from the experience and the film crew were excellent in making the process easy and fun for us.  I was very nervous as I am a lousy public speaker and I thought I would have a hard time with this process.  We will have to wait and see how it turned out but I finished the shooting being happy with how it went.  The kids will be the obvious stars of the show but I also have a feeling that the Comox Valley will look pretty good in the video as well.  We took them on one of our favourite walks in one of the local wooded parks that lead to a rugged beach and the geocache we were after.  We are very excited to see what the end result will be like.  We will set up a link to the video from familynavigation.com as soon as it is available.

This video is going to show the geocache diet to a lot more people and the pressure is on to make sure I succeed.  I hope I can use this as motivation instead of a fear of failing.  Oh well, time to stop worrying and find some more geocaches.

Staying Calm and Low Stress – Ya Right!

I have been trying to figure out a way to stay calm and not be stressed out around the kids when they start fussing. During this time I find myself getting all worked up and anxious around them. There are times (more frequently lately) where the slightest little whine sends chills down my back because I know what’s coming. We wrote about some of our experiences in the blog Surviving Terrible Twos (Times Two). I have been doing some reading about the terrible twos with twins and have found that lots of people have the same struggles as we have. There are more resources than I realized that will give me some idea about how to handle this.

When Annika was this age I remember focusing on staying calm, trying to keep a smile on my face, and keep a sense of humour. I need to challenge myself to this over the next few days and see how I do. I will start out one day at a time with small things.

  1. Let things roll off my back and not let them effect me emotionally. It is hard I know but I have to try. I was telling a friend that having two emotional crying two year olds around you is like having someone yell at you all day. It’s hard to take. I know that when I was working if there was a boss around that was constantly bickering and yelling at everyone all day, all I wanted to do was get out of there. It is hard to stay positive when the people around you have negative reactions to everything. I have to learn not to take the kids constant emotional swings personally.
  2. Stay calm. I can see that when I let the twins get to me and I get frustrated it has a snowball effect and it only makes things worse. The times where I stay calm and positive the drama seems to end sooner.
  3. Keep a smile on my face as much as I can. I can’t walk around all day like that or people would think I’m a little crazy but just having the feeling that I’m smiling on the inside helps me to stay positive and in control.
  4. Keep a sense of humour. I don’t want my kids to feel like I’m laughing at them but some of the things they do during their tantrums are pretty funny. I will be going to their aid if they really need me but if it’s just a ploy for attention I can let the tantrums run their course. I want  them to feel like they can come to me if they need something to, so there is a fine line that I have to find. I feel like now we are jumping to their every whim just to eliviate the chaos but it is not working.
  5. Remind myself what I am thankful for. We didn’t think we could have kids as we talked about in the article “Our Struggles With Infertility”. There are times when it feels like this is too much to handle but would I really rather go back to the days without kids? Not a chance.
  6. Keep telling myself “This is just a phase and they will grow out of it.” Then there will be new phases for us to handle.

I wrote this to get my thoughts out and to help me understand these tough times. Maybe this will help other Mom’s of twins as well, mainly to know that they are not the only ones who have to go through difficult times with emotional kids.

Geocache Diet – Day 100

294 Geocaches Found – 668 km on foot – 25 lbs lost!
Wow!!  I have been on the Geocache Diet for 100 days and there is only one thing I can think of:  I have a long, long, way to go.  Over 1800km to go in fact but the big number is the weight.  I think I am starting to turn a corner with my weight loss and I hope to see accelerated progress in the next few weeks.  To help in that goal, and to celebrate the 100th day of this little challenge, I went for a great 10km walk in the woods and along a beach.  I didn’t find any geocaches today but I plan to find a bunch tomorrow on my mega day out and we also found 15 yesterday during a fun family outing.

We attended our third ever geocaching event yesterday, 2ndwhile on the geocache diet, and it was a lot of fun.  It was simply a lakeside potluck lunch to celebrate the release of 27 brand new caches in the area.  The organizer created the ‘Alphabet Soup’ series around Horne Lake on Vancouver Island that was released yesterday morning.  She had let everyone know ahead of time, via the event posting, that there would be 27 new caches published that morning and there were a lot of people who were ready to race their way to first-to-find glory.  Our goal, on the other hand, was to do some relaxed caching by the lake with the family.

The geocaches were all hidden close to the road so we did not walk too far, though I did walk 4.5km finding a few from the event location, while the kids enjoyed the caching and the picnic.  We had no intention of finding all 27 with the kids today as that would have been far too much so we were very happy with the 15 we found.  Annika got involved in the finding of caches more then I have seen in the past as she was very excited to find the ones she did.  They were all fairly easy caches which made it even more fun for her.  The twins just liked throwing rocks into the lake and snooping around the picnic table.  I was trying to avoid the picnic table however as potluck picnic lunches are not the best for the geocache diet.  I was able to find a few lone veggies on the table which is good because I only have 265 more days left to reach my target.

Geocache Diet – Day 98

I am making a few tweaks to the Geocache Diet to make it more efficient.  The main change is that I have relaxed my rule where I can only count the distance walked while geocaching.  In order to walk 2500km in the year it means that I have to average around 7km each and every day.   My daily geocaching routine currently involves driving to the location where I will be hiking, hiking (hopefully at least 7km), finding geocaches, and then driving home, all in no more than 3 hours.  This plan worked very well except I am starting to run out of geocaches close to home that I have not yet found.  This means I have to spend more time driving to my starting point which leaves me less time for my hike.  As a consequence I am driving more than I had hoped to and I am getting behind on my hiking target.  My solution was to break the week into 1 prime geocaching day, 3 secondary geocaching days, and 3 hiking only days. 

Once a week I get to take the whole morning off away from the house and go hiking and geocaching.  I get up around 5am and as soon as I can I am on the road.  When I get to my destination I go for a 4-5km walk followed by breakfast I brought along (or bought at a cafe).  During this break I usually will get out my notebook and do some writing.  After my break I will go for another geocaching walk before returning home.  I have already done this weekly outing a few times now and it is a great day out.  I am averaging around 9-12km walked each day and I am finding around 6-10 geocaches a time (16.6 km walked and 15 geocaches found is my record so far). 

Enjoying time with the kids

My secondary days will be closer to home and I will try to find around 3-5 caches at a time.  I hope to walk at least 4km and will often take the whole family with me. These will be great little breaks in the week where I can get some exercise, enjoy the family, and have fun enjoying geocaching.  These outing will still be around 3 hours long from the time I leave home to the time I return.  The hiking only days will be walks that I start from home.  There are great trails around our house but I have not been on them in weeks since I have found all the geocaches.  My goal is to walk around 10km on each of these hikes which should take me 2 hours or less.  By adding these into my weekly routine it means I am spending less time in the car and I am ensuring that I am exercising a lot.  I always take my notebook with me so I can break up my walk with some writing if I wish.  This new schedule will allow me to try some longer hikes and walks that could push me harder physically.  The goal is to get into shape and to lose weight and this tweak should allow more success.  I still get to find a bunch of geocaches as well as I am not altering my goal of 1000 caches found on foot. 

On that note we will be going to another geocaching event tomorrow.  A very eager cacher is organizing a pot lot lunch around the release of 27 new caches (28 if you include the event cache) that she has hidden nearby.  We will leave in the morning and see how many we can get by lunch.  She is calling this series ‘alphabet soup’ and will have one for each letter of the alphabet plus a bonus cache you can find after finding the other 26.  Before starting the geocache diet I set a limit of 15 caches as the maximum number I would find in a day but I may find more on Sunday if we get on a roll.  I will only count 15 towards the geocache diet however because I do not want to have too many cache heavy days on record as this challenge was supposed to be about daily exercise and constant weight loss.  I think I am slowly getting back on track with losing weight as well.

Surviving Terrible Twos (Times Two)

We have a serious case of the terrible two blues.  Our inefficient, over sensitive, and emotionally fragile twins are taking over the house and it is starting to get out of hand.  Our older daughter, now 5, never really went through the terrible twos.  Sure there were some challenges but nothing like this.  The twins have now realized that they have some control over the situation and every situation they try to take control.  Annika at the age two had much better communication skills and could let us know what she wanted much better then Bryce and Jada can.  Add in the competitive factor since there are now 3 kids to fight over attention and toys and our patience is getting tested on a daily basis.

A while back I wrote The Inefficiency of Kids which talked about how long it took to do anything in our house.  Back then all I had to worry about getting the kids focussed on doing what I wanted them to do to get ready for an outing.  Now it seems everything comes with a fight.  Getting the twins dressed is a test in patience unlike anything I have ever experienced.  If I am trying to get them dressed then they scream out ‘MOMMY DO’ over and over.  If Lisa tries it is “DADDY DO’.  When the Grandparents were over it was ‘MAMA DO MAMA DO’ (for Grandma) which actually worked out well.  We also get ‘KAKA DO’ (for Annika) or ‘JAHDA DO’ & ‘BRISSY DO’ (Jada & Bryce), but this usually results in pants going over their head.  Eventually we have to fight through the fuss and get them dressed.   This happens all day long as they compete for our attention and try and to control every situation.

So what can we do about this?  We try to be as positive as possible and make the actions we want done as enjoyable as possible.  The good part is that our day is divided up so each of us only has a few hours at a time with being left alone with the kids.  I could just imagine how hard the days would be if one of us were out of the house each day at work.  One added benefit is that it seems like Annika is almost embarrassed of what the twins are doing that she is being far more corporative in doing what we ask of her.  I feel bad for her because it takes longer to get ready and do fun stuff plus it is starting to put Mommy & Daddy in bad moods.  I don’t know if there is much we can do other than work through this phase and hope that it ends soon.  Until that time I will be enjoying my long morning walks and Lisa will be relaxing in the evening having a bubble bath.

Gardening is More Fun With Friends

Valerie, Annika and Susan (the Magnolia)

I find that I tend to wander around the yard aimlessly not knowing what to do exactly - not sure where to start. I know I have a lot of jobs that need to be done and I need to think things through to get myself organized.  I have been finding more and more that I need help and/or encouragement of at least one other person before I can get a lot done.  

Yesterday we had the privilege of having the previous owners of our house come over to help in a spring gardening blitz.  They were kind enough to spend almost a whole day with us helping us sort out many of the questions we had about the large collection of plants they had collected over the last twenty years.  A lot of the plants I knew but some were a total mystery.  “What are they?  Weeds or some exotic rare flower?”  We just weren’t sure so it was a big help.  We still have a lot of work to do, mainly weeding, but also cutting back of some out of control plants.   

We are so fortunate to have made friends with these people and they are so nice to help us with any questions we have with the house and garden.  He is an artist here in the Comox Valley named Christopher Little.  

I now have a new enthusiasm about the garden thanks to a little time spent talking things through with people who know more about gardening than we do. I will be spending much of my spare time out there fussing, fiddling, building, coaxing, fertilizing, weeding, and hoping for the best.  I have lots of great new ideas for what to do next, so keep undated with the “Lisa’s Garden” RSS feed if you like.

Geocache Diet – Day 94

278 Geocaches Found – 634km on foot – 24lbs lost!

Some more thoughts and observations along the geocaching trail:

Walking in the rain when you are feeling good is the best.  You can really push yourself without getting too hot and when you return all wet and muddy you feel like you accomplished something.  When you walk in the rain when you are not in the best mood you just get wet.

Is there anything sadder than seeing (and hearing) a woodpecker looking for food in a metal pole?

There is nothing that gets your heart rate going at 6am like walking past that aforementioned woodpecker.

Oh the highs and lows of geocaching.  That geocache that has been eluding you for weeks and is driving you nuts can turn into elation when you finally find it.  At least that is how it should be.  If the cache is not that hard of a hide then I just feel like an idiot for taking so long.

Be safe out there.  While walking the trails pull over and stop when reading your GPSr.  Trees and cliffs can pop out of nowhere if you are not paying attention.  I have learned my lesson.

Geocaching would not be as fun if everyone knew what you were doing.  Sure I love being outdoors and exploring some great trails but there is something exciting about rummaging in the bushes trying not to get caught.

I bet teenage geocachers get a rough time from some non geocaching folk.

‘Hey you kids, what are you doing over there?’
‘Honestly Mister we are just looking for a plastic container with rubber balls and key chains.
‘Yah right, you kids are up to no good now get out of here you druggies before I call the cops.’
‘Not again, let’s just go hang out in the mall instead.’

Some cachers come up with a great idea for a cache, spend a lot of time putting it together, and find the perfect hiding spot only to get nervous that people will find it too hard.  They then include a very detailed hint that practically walks you to the cache.  Other cachers like to see you suffer.  I really like the ones that are comfortably in between.

If I am pushing 3 kids in a stroller up a steep hill I should be able to count it as double distance towards my goal should I not?  Ahhhhh…Not fair.

Other than travel bugs, I rarely ever trade within a cache unless the kids are with us.  They love seeing what treasures lay in some of these boxes.  I find it a shame when there is a nice big cache with little in it so I now carry a bag of items small kids would like and put some stuff in the empty caches.  Our local thrift stores sell grab bags full of great kid’s trade items for a low as $1.

I used to love walking around a new town or park until I was lost and then see if I could figure my way back.  Since I now always have our GPSr with me I always know where I am at all times.  I will often throw my GPSr in my pack and try and get lost but it is never the same as I know that I have backup.

Earth Day Birthday Party Activity

Yesterday was Annika’s birthday party.  We were so lucky to have the nicest day in the last little while considering what we had planned for the party activities.  The weather was sunny and warm and the kids hardly came in the house at all; perfect.  They ran around the backyard and played with the outside toys and did their craft on the back patio.  I couldn’t imagine eight guests plus my own three all running around the house.  It would have been a bit chaotic but I am sure we would have managed.  

With Earth Day coming up on April 22 we decided to use that as a theme and do a planting party.  We set up a nice low table on the patio with small terracotta plant pots, brushes, and paints. The kids weren’t so sure what we were doing or why but all of them went along with the craft. After we had pancakes (Annika’s very popular choice), cake, and opened presents we returned to the craft table and planted our flowers and/or lettuce(why not) in the beautifully painted pots.  At this point the kids finally understood what we were doing.  Their little eyes all lit up when I brought out the flowers and lettuce and told them they could now fill their pots to take home.  None of them seemed to mind that I had no “goody bags” for them full of candy and unnecessary dollar store toys.  I did have a very small baggie of chocolate Easter eggs for each of them as they left, and I mean small.  We are trying to become more environmentally conscious and Earth Day is coming up, so giving out a bunch of plastic was not an an option for me. I would have felt too guilty.  

Annika and her friends painting pots

Earth Day is April 22nd.  Find out what is going on in your community, take part, and have fun.  

Our Top 10 Family Lifestyle Overhaul Songs

It is almost a year since we made this huge leap in our lives so to celebrate 1 year of change… time to make a mixed tape!!  Here are the top 10 songs from our song library that seem to fit to what we are trying to accomplish; at least in the way that we interpreted them.  I realized part way though that I had actually included 11 songs and I didn’t want to cut any out.

10b)  Conor Oberst – Moab

To us this is a song about escape. When you lose your way, lose your priorities, hit the road, and rediscover what is really important and have some fun.

Some will spend their precious time
Trying to decorate their lives
Taking measurements for some new look they want
So from 1-10, 10′s exactly what I am
0 being everything I’m not

Tell me what you like
Is it less than 5?
Is it less than 5?

There’s nothing that the road cannot heal

 

10a)     Sam Roberts – Brother Down

This is a pretty cool song.  In our eyes this song is saying that it is OK to question how you are living your life and say that this is not right.  Get your priorities in line and don’t let your life pass you by.

One life to live but we’re doing it wrong you see
Got my brother down ’cause it’s nothing to me
Rich man crying crying cause his money is time
Poor man smiling cause he knows he ain’t blind

I think my life is passing me by

 

9)  Annie Lennox – A Thousand Beautiful Things

Simple meaning for us.  There is so much to see and do in your life so don’t close your eyes and miss out on what you were destined to experience.

The world was meant for you and me
To figure out our destiny
(a thousand beautiful things)
To live
To die
To breathe
To sleep
To try to make your life complete
(yes yes)
So …
Light me up like the sun
To cool down with your rain
I never want to close my eyes again


8)  Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Everyone who knows me would know that I would sneak in an Elton John song into this list.  This of course was written by Bernie Taupin who sees things a lot more like we do (at least at the time that the song was written) then the life of excess Elton John is famous for.  The Yellow Brick road represents to us the path to take to get rich and live the high life.  We will take a more relaxed simple life closer to nature.  The city can survive without us.

So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plough

Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road

7)  Cat Stevens – Where do the Children Play?

What is the cost of progress?  How much is too much?  We decided to take a step back from the busy working life, slow down, and watch our children play.

Well you’ve cracked the sky, scrapers fill the air.
But will you keep on building higher
’til there’s no more room up there?
Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?

I know we’ve come a long way,
We’re changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?

6)  Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell

This is a Joni Mitchell song but we like the Counting Crows version.  We are trying to get back to nature and away from the culture of making decisions for economical gain and without much thought of the long term consequences.  When we lived in the city we missed being surrounded by nature.

They took all the trees
Put ‘em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ‘em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

5)  Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

Get lost with your chosen companions and enjoy the moment.

I don’t quite know how to say how I feel
Those three words, are said too much, they’re not enough.

If I lay here, if I just lay here
Would you lie with me, and just forget the world.
Forget what we’re told, before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life.

4)  Crosby, Stills, and Nash – Southern Cross

This has always been one of our feel good songs due to this lyric.  Again we are interpreting the song to our feelings and not necessarily the way the song writers meant.  I remember our first night after flying to the Cook Islands on the start of our 14 month Honeymoon and we sat and watched the southern sky and we understood that we were in for something big.  Last summer while sitting on our patio with our feet up watching our kids run around the yard, we understood why we came this way.

When you see the Southern Cross
For the first time
You understand now
Why you came this way
‘Cause the truth you might be runnin’ from
Is so small.
But it’s as big as the promise
The promise of a comin’ day.

3) Sarah McLachlan – Ordinary Miracle

When you have kids you start to see again how amazing the things you take for granted really are.

The birds in winter have their fling
And always make it home by spring
It’s just another
Ordinary miracle today

When you wake up every day
Please don’t throw your dreams away
Hold them close to your heart
‘Cause we are all a part

Of the ordinary miracle


2) Eddie Vedder – Society

Beautiful song and one I play a lot when I need to refocus on what we are doing.  Prioritize you life to make sure you are heading towards the right goals.  If you do not like the path of the mainstream then get out and go a different direction.

Oh it’s a mystery to me.
We have a greed, with which we have agreed…
and you think you have to want more than you need…
until you have it all, you won’t be free.

Society, you’re a crazy breed.
I hope you’re not lonely, without me.

1)  Jack Johnson – Upside Down

A year ago we called this our theme song for our lifestyle change and it still fits.  We are still in the process to turning our life upside down to find the lifestyle we want to live.  It is a great feeling and I hope it lasts the lifetime of everyone in our family.

I wanna turn the whole thing upside down
I’ll find the things they say just can’t be found
I’ll share this love I find with everyone
We’ll sing and dance to Mother Nature’s song
I don’t want this feeling to go away

Geocache Diet – Day 90

268 Geocaches Found – 608km on foot – 24lbs lost!

I have been struggling with my diet lately even though I have been trying very hard to lose weight.  The exercise portion of the geocache diet is going very well and I am feeling a lot more fit then I was when I started.  My problem lies in the kitchen where I will catch myself unconsciously eating more than I should.  I have noticed that there is an emotional connection to my eating habits.  I would not consider myself an emotional person but when you are looking after 3 young kids, and you are trying to make a living on your own, you cannot help but experience a series of highs and lows during the week.  Here are some of the observations I have noticed lately.

  1. Feeling Good.  When I am feeling alright I tend to make pretty good decisions and I tend to slow down when I eat.  If I am relaxed and not in a rush to get the meal done then I do not seem to eat beyond full.  However when things are going well we also like to reward ourselves with something special.  This could be one of our favourite healthy meals but it may be something not quite as good.  When there is something worth celebrating we usually think of a special meal as the way to celebrate.  I have to come up with a better reward so we are not always associating these happy moments with food.  
  2. Stressed out or overwhelmed.  This is really the first time in my life where I have been around small kids.  I am still not used to these kinds of emotional swings and drama.  When the kids are at each other and will not settle down no matter what I try then it can really affect me. For whatever reason I turn to snacking to calm down my nerves.  If there are salty or sweet snacks around I will usually take them first but anything will do.  The problem is that I am eating because I am flustered and not because I am hungry.  Getting out for a walk also helps me calm my nerves but that is rarely an option I can take at that particular time.
  3. Anticipation.  If there is some future event that I need to prepare for I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about it.  I like to be as prepared as possible but I also get distracted from other important things, like planning menus.  If we are not organized in our menu plans then we tend to take unhealthy shortcuts.
  4. Being tired.  Not surprisingly we have periods where we are just worn out and the last thing we can be bothered with is making dinner.  This leads to ordering food out or freezer meals and the healthy options for both are limited.  We need to make sure that we have quick healthy meals that we can make in a flash without much effort.

The last two points have more to do with being well organized with our meal plans but first two points require a bit more figuring out.  Why do I automatically think of food when I get down and why do I always want to reward myself with food as well?  I think it is good that I can recognize this and I am going to pay close attention to it to see if I can control this is some way.  At this point I do not have the answers.

Utilizing Old Gardening Magazines

In early March we went to Victoria for spring break and it was beautiful.  We had a great time and after being around the all the nice flowers and gardens I started to get excited about planting our garden.  My Mother-in-law had been cleaning up her basement and found a whole bunch of old and new Gardening magazines that were offered to me.  When Martin saw me loading them into the van he just rolled his eyes and I could see that “you are collecting too much junk” look on his face.  I must say I haven’t read, or even looked at all of them, but the ones I have read have been a big help.  I have been learning about what to plant, when to plant, what plants go well together, composting tips, and how to mark your beds in the spring for planting bulbs in the fall.  I keep thinking “I have a lot more reading to do” as the pile just sits there and torments me.  I know it is full of all kinds of knowledge, I just don’t have the time to get to it all right now.

So my point to all this is; if you can get second hand magazines for anything, take them, and scan through them if you get a chance. You can always pass them on to a friend, use them for kids crafts, or just recycle them.  One thing about gardening magazines is that they don’t have a “fashion” that goes out of date.  If you learn the best techniques to grow pumpkins one year, those skills can still be valid for years to come.

Relaxing Times During a Hectic Day

After a hard day’s work it is really nice to sit down to a nice meal and slow down, relax, savour some good food, and maybe discuss the events of the day.  That is the way it used to work in our house but, like many other pre-kids occurrences, it has been turned completely upside down.

Dinnertime is anything but a relaxing time right now but I have found that I can unwind a bit by convincing Lisa that I should make dinner.  I will turn on some music, talk radio, or even watch a TV show online while I slowly chop, stir, and mix up dinner at a relaxing pace.  When dinner is ready to be served I will sit down, take a deep breath, do a little stretch and when I am ready I will call out ‘Dinner’s Ready!  From that point on it is a sprint and a battle until the kids are in bed.

The twins are now deep into their ‘terrible twos’ stage it all seems to build up to dinner time.  Every night we seem to get some or all of:

  • Daddy I wanted the blue plate
  • Daddy Bryce has my juice cup
  • Daddy my food is too hot
  • Daddy my food is too cold
  • Daddy my food is too spicy
  • Daddy I want to have some of your hot sauce
  • Daddy I want to eat your food
  • Daddy I don’t want to wear a bib
  • Daddy you forgot to roll-up my sleeves
  • Daddy can you cut up my food
  • Daddy you cut up my food too small
  • Daddy I want juice and not milk
  • Daddy that is the wrong juice
  • Daddy Bryce made a face at me
  • Daddy Jada threw her broccoli at me

This is just a sampling of what the twins would say to us if in fact they knew enough words to say those things.  They are still at the point where all of these demands come out as different pitches of ahhhhwaaaaeeeeeee.  Once we make it through dinner, wash hands and faces, have a little play, put on pyjamas, brush teeth, read books, and tuck them into bed, it is time to relax again.  I will often light a candle, put on some soft music, dim the lights, fill a sink full of hot dishwater, and do some dishes.  How times have changed.