Goals for 2014

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions.  Ever.  However, I am a fan of setting goals for myself.  Goals are a long term thing to accomplish, while New Year’s resolutions are a “I’ll do this forever or never do this again starting January 1!”  That’s really, really not my bag.  Goals are something that can be set any time, for any reason.

So, with that in mind, these are the things that I want to accomplish in 2014. [Read more…]

Wordless Wednesday – Explorers

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Train Track Tuesday #7

train-track-tuesday-7This train layout is what happens when the husband and I build together.  I like big, sprawling layouts.  He favors, small, tight, complex layouts with a lot of symmetry.  (Or: I like my layouts to be like Sodor and he likes them to be like Vancouver’s industrial district.)

Elements used: Chuggington Wooden Railway Double Decker Roundhouse, Toby the Tram Engine, James with tender, Old Puffer Pete, Koko

A Day with Thomas – Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum (Not So Wordless Wednesday)

Here in Prince George, we’re pretty lucky.  Sure, the shopping is rotten, but it’s an outdoor wonderland of things to do.  One of the cool things that we don’t do often enough with Norton is take a trip to the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum.  When I found out that the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum was having A Day with Thomas, I decided that we had to take Norton.  Besides, he just plain loves trains anyway (as demonstrated by our Train Track Tuesday posts).

The husband and I weren’t sure what to expect with A Day with Thomas.  The Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum has a ton of old trains from various periods in railway history.  Considering that Prince George is a railroad and forestry town, there’s a lot of history for us to appreciate.  Some of the trains are from around the same period as the Really Useful Engines of Sodor.  We found a variety of cuteness.  The trains (and farming and forestry equipment) were labeled and had “faces” put on them.

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Norton is saying hello to Thomas and Annie while a very large and useful truck looks on.

While there were some smaller models of Thomas floating around, I think Norton was pretty impressed by the very large Thomas.  (And the husband was also impressed by what they managed to do with a tarp and some red duct tape.)

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Not only is Thomas (now retired and) happy in this picture, but he’s still a Really Useful Engine! Norton was impressed by that big and happy face!

We also saw some other characters from Thomas and Friends.  A pair of antique passenger cars were named Annie and Clarabel.  Eudora and I sat down in the dusty and worn leather and tweed seats of Clarabel’s passenger compartment.

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Eudora wasn’t too sure about this whole sitting thing. She really wanted to run up and down Clarabel’s narrow passenger aisle in the middle of the car!

By the end of our tour of the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum, Norton was getting pretty uncooperative.  He was enjoying running in and out of the various cars, in spite of the heat.  He was getting tired and uncooperative.  I also knew that he would really enjoy taking a ride on the mini train through the museum.  I tried to tempt Norton with taking a ride, and he was interested.  He decided that he just knew where we would board the train and decided to lead the way… in the total wrong direction.  When I finally caught up with him, I ended up having to throw a kicking and screaming three year old over my shoulder.  He was crying “Ride train!” over and over again… and continued screaming right up until we sat down on the little train.  Then, of course, he understood what I was trying to do (which was, of course, exactly what he wanted to do in the first place) and was all smiles.  He was delighted when the little train made its way over bridges and through tunnels.  He was just amazed by the vintage firetrucks that were housed at the back of the property.

Yay, train!

Yay, train!

The only downside to the train ride was that Norton had such a good time that he didn’t want to get off.  He was slightly mollified when the conductor let him honk the train horn.  Still, though, like many other parents before us, when it was time to leave, Norton was kicking and screaming.  A bit of ice cream took care of that and made his day.  All in all, it was a worthwhile trip.

What kinds of museums does your family like to visit?

Train Track Tuesday #6

Train Track Tuesday (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

There’s nothing quite as fun as a huge train layout!  You can get most of the elements of this layout (and then some!) at our Amazon Shop!

Train Track Tuesday #5

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Today’s Train Track Tuesday needed to be photographed from standing on top of Norton’s bed.  It was the only way to get it all in one frame. 🙂  This track lasted a few days.  On more than one occasion, Norton stayed up past his bedtime and played trains quietly in his room.

We’re okay with that. 🙂

Parenting Goals for Summer 2013

Summer is here, and it’s beautiful out.  Now that it’s finally nice enough to do things outside with the kids, it’s definitely time to get my summer parenting goals in order.  I’d like to think that these parenting goals will somehow magically make me a better parent… but the reality is, these goals will do nothing more than have me focus more on my babies.  Maybe that’s the definition of being a better parent, but it’s not about me.  It’s about making sure my littles have an awesome childhood to remember.

Summer 2013 Parenting Goals

1.) A playdate a week

I’m a little anti social.  Now that I’m super busy with our local cloth diapering community, though, I’m making more friends… and these friends have children.  Hopefully, we can continue to meet out at a local park once a week so that our littles can run around and play.

2.) Increased storytime!

Lately, Norton has been all about watching Disney/Pixar movies.  I’d like to spend less time with the TV on (even if it’s just “background noise”) and more time reading stories together.  Storytime three days a week, while not as awesome as Heather’s five times a week, is much better than the “whenever Norton brings me a book” that we’ve been doing.

Parenting Goals Summer 2013 (Cloth Diaper Addicts)3.) Arts and crafts

I’m not a crafty person, but Norton loved arts and crafts time at language playgroup last year.  He got a great kick out of it during preschool, too.  It’s time to make new finger paints, roll out the craft paper, and let Norton and Eudora go nuts.  I’m shooting for an arts and crafts time one day a week.  What’s the point of Pinterest if not to find cool stuff to do with the spawn?

4.) Park time!

While Prince George may be lousy for shopping, it’s fantastic for the outdoors.  There are three parks within walking distance of our house.  Actually, there’s one right across the street.  At least one day a week, we will make it to a park so that Norton can run around and play.

Those are my parenting goals for this summer.  Do you have any parenting goals of your own?

 

 

 

Train Track Tuesday

Now that our wooden train track layouts are so very elaborate, I don’t have enough time to build one every day.  Here’s the first Train Track Tuesday layout.

Train Track Tuesday (Motherhood Looms)

Train track elements used: Chuggington Double Decker Roundhouse, Chuggington Wooden Railway Koko and Hodge’s Clock Tower Set, Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway Echo Tunnel, Maxim tunnel, Maxim Viaduct bridge.

Wordless Wednesday 9/7/11 – Checking Out the Petting Farm

We took Norton to the local fair and let him visit the “petting farm.”  Overpriced?  Yes.  Absolutely worth it?  Most definitely. [Read more…]

Barkerville – A Photo Blog

For part of our stay-cation, we took a day trip out to Barkerville, a historical BC Gold Rush town.  We were going to step into the past by about one hundred and fifty years into the largest city of the Cariboo Gold Rush.  And of course, that means pictures. [Read more…]