Friday, September 28, 2012

song of the week

this week's song is
Microphone by Coconut Records
from the album Davy
Other Coconut Records favourites are:
who am I kidding I love them all! Great albums, great indie band.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

ghill life lately

Life has been a whirl wind. the end.
Busy with kids, busy with work.
Definitely not a lot of sleep around these parts ....for anyone.
Oliver's still doing his between 4-5 am wake up call, pretty much everyday.
Georgie's has her good nights and bad ones too
(like a typical 5 month old baby will do).
Guy's gearing up for a trip across the pond this week and will be gone for about 5 days,
which means I'm gearing up for some solo parenting
and no one to pawn the 4 am morning early-not-even-birds-are-awake shift off to!
But even with all the hustle bustle we manage to slide in some fun too.

1/. Uninvited but much appreciated dinner guests in our backyard
2/. hoodie and jammies all day kind of day
3/. Tool Time
4/. fall fair fun with Captain serious on the bumper cars 
5/. knitted sweater and hat for a cool day
6/. 6am traffic jam
7/. Tiny Dancer
8/. precious baby girl
9/. Me next!  poor Chazy, she sure doesn't get as much attention as she did 2 1/2 years ago!

Friday, September 14, 2012


I stumbled upon this yesterday and it's just too good not to share!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years young, who wrote for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.
 "My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the
...column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

"2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

"3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

"4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Some of your friends and all of your family will.

"5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

"6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

"7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

"8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

"9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

"10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

"11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

"12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

"13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

"14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

"15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry, God never blinks.

"16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

"17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

"18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

"19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

"20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

"21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

"22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

"23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

"24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

"25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

"26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

"27. Always choose life.

"28. Forgive but don’t forget.

"29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

"30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

"31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

"32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

"33. Believe in miracles.

"34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

"35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

"36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

"37. Your children get only one childhood.

"38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

"39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

"40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

"41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.

"42. The best is yet to come.

"43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Regina Brett, I think you are a real genius.
Thanks for spreading some wisdom. xo

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Myth or Magic?

This may be a very premature post but I'm doing it anyway.
Yesterday I went out and purchased Georgie her first necklace!
An Amber teething necklace like this one,
after I have heard and read a bunch of hype, I couldn't resist.
I didn't really have any unrealistic expectations going into this
 all I really had to lose was 20 bones. And so much to gain... sleeeeep!
Sweet, sweet slumber and maybe a happier/less fussy baby?
Yesterday afternoon I put the necklace on her and within an hour she was asleep.
 (she doesn't normally sleep when we are in the office or if she does it's very brief)
She had a solid hour + nap and woke up in great spirits!
She seemed a little calmer and while she still wanted to chew and chop on things like a rapid dog,
she wasn't whiny and fussy as she had been.
Even once we got home from the office she napped for another hour (hardly ever does that!)
woke up in a great mood, played and enjoyed her exercauser a little then fed and went to sleep.
She slept for about 5 hours before waking up to feed again and then slept for another four.
The past month she has been so restless at night wanting to nurse all night
(more just use me a soother) that we both haven't been getting much any sleep!
Last night was so different.
So my less than 24 hour assessment of the amber is MAGIC!
Here's how it works:
Amber is not a stone or mineral but fossilized tree resin or "tree juice" if you want to get technical!
the thick liquid turns into a transparent solid that contains succinic acid
(sounds bad but is really, really good). Amber is a natural pain reliver and anti-inflammatory , it works by warmimg up against babies skin and releasing its healing medicine. It also helps strength their immune system to fight off other ailments .
Taking care of the necklace is simple, keep clean by washing with warm water. The necklace is meant to be worn not to be chewed on and will last for years.
So like I said this is my less than 24 hour review.
We'll see what happens this week but I am hoping for more sleep!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ghill life lately

Holy Hannah things have been busy, busy lately
 but more on that later.
For now here's a snippet of ghill life lately.

1/. georgie girl's solid gold sneakers
2/. Dapper biker
3/. sunday dinner crock-o-matic style
4/. little couch time before bed
5/. big smiles from a little girl

Saturday, September 8, 2012

song of the week

This little ditty has being playing over and over again
on our morning trips to drop Oliver off at the sitters.
A real thumbs up from all three of us!
Guyamas Sonora - Beirut
from the album "The Flying Club Cup"
Nantes is another favourite from this album.
***Just an FYI- I have spelled Guyamas correctly, the video uploader has not.
I realize that nobody but me cares but I hate knowingly having spelling mistakes
I also realize I could just select another video but I liked this one.*** 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Labour Day

ugggghhhh. Was Labour-ous.
Guy left on Friday morning for the great white north, planning on returning Monday afternoon.
Which meant me and the kiddos on our my own for 4 days.
Let's just say "Long Weekend" took a whole new meaning!
I just couldn't get these kiddos to sleep, let alone coordinate naps.
So we ended up missing out on Camp Out that our neighbours were hosting.

We did manage to get a walk in and some visiting with family so the weekend wasn't a total bust.

 And this little lady is officially on a roll! Thursday night (with a lot of effort), manage to roll over.
Then she did it again with slightly less effort, she kept at it until she could do it ease.
 Now every time I put her down she immediately rolls over! Yikes!
She's still working on rolling back onto her back, but let the games begin.
Mobility is imminent.


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