Friday, April 29, 2011

A New Royal

Congratulations Wills & Catherine!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

I woke up pretty darn early to catch the nuptuals live and i am so happy that i did.
Lovely, from start to finish.

Did you get up to watch the wedding?
Did you at least Pvr it?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Advice Needed Please

We have a little situation going on in our household... and short of telling Miss Beebo that no one likes (or enjoys) a tattle-tale, i am out of solutions.  The tattle-taling has reached record proportions!  She'll even be sitting in the exact same room as i and still feel the need to tell on her poor brother.

"Um, Miss Beebo...i am sitting right here.  Please do not tell on your brother when i am right here, because if MommyO thinks what he did was inappropriate or dangerous, MommyO will deal with him."

"Okay Miss Beebo, thanks for telling me that your brother did that...but the time has passed, i didn't see it happen...let's move on."

I am unsure if the tattle-taling has reached school.  Sheesh, really hope it is only ALL about her brother.  And why, oh why, does she only tell on him when what he is doing isn't really worthy of a) discussing or b) punishing?

Then on Tuesday night, i was watching an episode of "Raising Hope" called 'Sleep Training'.  In the episode, Jimmy is trying to figure out why he is so afraid of 'Dog Man'-- something that he has feared since childhood but can't really explain.  A flashback of Jimmy and Maw Maw (played by Cloris Leachman) show them watching tv together, and a 'Dog Man' appears on the tv, scarring a young Jimmy who flees under the table!  Maw Maw takes this opportunity to tell the scared boy that "The Dog Man eats children who do not keep their rooms tidy and especially loves to eat kids who tattletale!"  Jimmy is super frightened and never forgets this.

So-- could i be this mean?  Should i just tell Miss Beebo that there is a 'Tattle-tale Monster'??  Seems wrong to me, but for real, i am going to go crazy listening to this non-stop telling of tales.

What would you do?

Synonyms of Tattle-taling: betrayer, canary [slang], deep throat, fink, informant, nark [British], rat, rat fink, snitch, snitcher, squealer, stoolie, stool pigeon, talebearer, tattler, informer, telltale, whistle-blower

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wanna know your Royal Name?

Okay, i'll admit it...i am a fan of the Royal Family! I can hardly wait to drink tea all day on Friday-- and to enjoy one of the biggest events in recent history! When i was 4 years old, i remember getting up early to watch Lady Di and Prince Charles wed. Then again a few years later, for Fergie and Prince Andrew. It is likely, that i'll be one huge bag of tears watching Prince William wed Kate Middleton. (Pretty sure my kiddos will think i'm a whack-job, but oh well.)  I've grown up waiting to see who Wills might choose (i think Kate is a lot like his mummy!)!  What a day!

Do you think the Queen will choose to call Kate, Kate or Catherine?? I vote Catherine as it is very proper, but it'll be interesting to see what the Queen will choose for this 'common' gal.

Here's a bit of fun:
Want to know what you'd be called, if you joined the Royal Family??

Mine is (using my maiden name):
Baroness Samantha Hadley Preece berton of Calgaryham

Come back and tell me yours!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Getting Tired...

It has been a little over three weeks since i broke a few ribs on my right hand side. Those three weeks have been filled with crap sleep and i am starting to get rather grouchy. *Sorry* those who love me. I am used to doing things for myself. I beat most 2/3years old at 'let me do it, i can do it!' I constantly must remind myself to sit down, take a load of, don't reach for that and for the love of sheesh... do not turn to look at the child behind you when you are driving! That is really painful! I have been given extra help (thank you Bestie!!), but she is gone now and i am living life. Poor me eh?

There is little one can do to make this whole broken-rib-thing comfortable. Aside from popping percacets (for which, i was given 5... and they are since long gone and obviously, i could NOT drive or do much of anything else on a perc!), i take ibuprofen while admitting it doesn't crack a dent.

I need to sleep people!

I need only 7 hours (though 8/9 hrs sounds nice too!), i ain't asking the world... but lying in bed actually hurts. A LOT. Not to mention, i stiffen up; making a quick pee trip agonizingly challenging. I do sleep, it is just not good sleep- you know? (And i am not totally into taking a pill to accomplish said sleep.)

I'll stop now.

The one thing i am really getting tired of however, is bandaging myself up- a la Gwyneth in "Shakespeare in Love". But it is the only thing that reminds me to not push it. And, it actually feels really nice to not have your ribs falling out all over the place.  But for real, i'd love to wear a bra again.  Good thing, i do not have huge knockers!

Just in case, you do not know the bandaging to which i refer... about 1:15 in.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter! *Photo of the Day*

Hunting for Easter eggs....
with his ass hanging out of his pants.

Unknown Mami

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Day Coffee!

Visit Starbucks tomorrow,
with your reusuable coffee mug in hand.

(Also applies to an Earth Day tea!)

FREE coffee.

Click HERE to see more!

Looking for something to do this weekend?

If you are looking for something to do this long weekend, i highly recommend you and the family attend Disney's newest adventure, African Cats!  Beebo and i attended a preview on Monday night, and we loved it!
The cinematography is stunning- i was definitely in awe of the landscape beauty.  And i'll admit, i sure learned a heck of a lot!  You'll follow a pride of Lions, led by King Fang...and the other male lions led by Kali across the river.  Sita (mommy cheetah) and Layla (mommy lioness) will show you all about being a feline mommy~ these gals rock!
It is a documentary style film, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, so do not be shocked to see a lion chase down (then eat) a meal.  I promise that stuff isn't overdone however.  The film is rated G, so *most* kids will be just fine seeing it.

Disney's African Cats!
In theatres, Earth Day- April 22, 2011

Watch the trailer HERE!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Life is in bloom...

Well, at least INSIDE the house it is!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ford Tested Part 2- Testing Not Taken Lightly

I want to apologize for all of these videos upfront. Normally, i would not post so many all at once; however, I was fortunate enough to spend a whole day driving the crap out of Ford's NEW F150 with Ecoboost. As an intro to this fantastic engine (3.5L Twin Turbo V6 Ecoboost with 365 Horsepower), you NEED to see the lengths Ford went to, to ensure this product is truly awesome!  VROOM!

MEET Engine #448AA...

24hrs of towing at Nascar






Engine Tear Down


Are you convinced this engine is top-notch??

I recently spent the day towing and drag racing a 2011 Ford F150 with Ecoboost. It was a day i will never forget-- complete with a whole new appreciation for one of North America's home-grown companies!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ford Tested Part 1- Introducing The NEW F150 Ecoboost Engine!


And to start off the Ford Adventure...
let's check out this Ecoboost engine!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

African Cats- In Theatres Earth Day April 22, 2011

"An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna.  Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.  Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”).  An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011."  DisneyNature

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wordful Wednesday

The kitty cat really wanted in!

She was actually at kitchen window height,
then slipped down when we went to get the camera.

Guess all the meowing wasn't working??

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Birthday Party

My little Beebo turned five years old this past March. How does time go by so fast? It was very hard to believe that we had reached this milestone. Five whole years with kids- Wow!

All emotions aside, Beebo had not had a proper shindig since age one. Family had always decorated the day, but the little lass needed a BIG-age 5 kinda day! Blessed with a big space to host our day at home, DaddyO and i decided to rent a Bouncy-type house for the event. After all, it was still very much winter here and what-to-do with all of these kids!?

I began the research for a bouncer, soon realizing that Calgary was very much filled with rental companies. All prices seemed to be very similar. All products and styles were also very similar. Whose was best and cheapest wasn't the only issue, availability played a bigger role (can we say procrastination?).

The problem: No company returned my calls. Okay, i lied- one company did.... about 36 hours after i inquired. I am sorry, but these days, i really do not have that kind of time. I move on. I continue the research and continue the inquiries. Company after company, i was searching for the piece to my puzzle.

Enter "Bouncy Town Party Rentals". When i reached their website, i was ecstatic! Their bouncers were different and they provided videos of their bouncers in action!

They even....(wait for it) had a site capable of confirming date, time and bouncer---ALL without calling anyone! How efficient is that?

The whole process of booking with Bouncy Town Party Rentals was seamless. Within only a few short minutes, i was able to finish this part of the party planning. The company emailed me a receipt of booking quickly and followed up later in the week to confirm the details.

The bouncer was delivered on time the day of the party and set up by the delivery driver. All the kiddos had a fantastic time--- albeit me, huffing and puffing with worry that someone may get hurt. I get a little queasy around trampolines (limbs broken, nose bleeds ACK) and being responsible for all of these little bodies was nerve wracking. But that was my issue.... (wimp!)

Thank you Bouncy Town Party Rentals, for realizing that the way to a customers heart these days is online. I fully appreciated the service you provided and I was certainly pleased to not have to play the 'waiting game'.

Would i recommend Bouncy Town Party Rentals to my friends?? Of course.

Would i order again? Of course.

If you live in Calgary and area, and have a bouncy-rental need (private or public), please contact Mark & Jasmine on their fantastic website . I promise that you'll be as happy with the services they provide as i was.

*Peek Thru Our Window decided to write this review based solely on exceptional service. No compensation was provided by Bouncy Town Party Rentals. I simply wanted to share this fantastic company with Calgary and my readers.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday In My City

Last weekend, the snow Gods decided that Calgary and area had not had enough snow. (shock*) We were dumped with about two feet of snow in just under 24 hours!

As the snow fell, the temperatures were fairly mild. So we got outside to do some building in the snow! (Hoping it would be our LAST opportunity to do so...right??)

Let the igloo building commence!

And of course, having a fire always adds a nice touch!

Unknown Mami

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and the rest of the gang this week!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Infertility Awareness Month

April is Infertility Awareness Month! 

Peek Thru Our Window was happy to host our first
Guest Blogger this month. 

Please see THIS POST to share in Tara's story. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


The word i'd use to describe my day of towing 11,000lbs
drag racing beautiful NEW 2011 F150's w/Ecoboost!!

Watch for my upcoming posts on this all day adventure!

(psst...i am 2nd from the left.)

And...we have a WINNER!

Congratulations go to Tanya, for the $150 Lay's Giveaway Prize Pack!

Giveaway Prize Pack includes~

• New Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips (all flavours)
• Bamboo serving bowl
• BBQ set
• Apron
• Fresh herb garden
• Portable picnic blanket

*Winner has been notified.*

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Reminder of Health

A reminder to ALL Moms.  A reminder to myself....

(Over the weekend i broke 3 ribs.  I feel dreadful.  And tired.  I also have a cold, which means coughing/sneezing/sleeping ALL suck!  And blogging and tweeting even hurt...)

This was an article that someone sent to me just before i injured myself.  I posted it on my Facebook to remind all Mommies out there that we need to take care of ourselves when ill.  We tend to discount how sick we are and muddle through, just because Mommies do not get many 'sick days'. 

As i sit here, loafing around in pain-- waiting for my best friend to arrive to help take care of my household, my kids and me (Read: I NEED someone to put on my socks for me-- and to help me up when i can't get up.  And DaddyO needs to work. Darn ribs!),  i remind you to take a load off.  If you have a cold, just sit the heck down.  Who cares how messy your house gets, it can all be fixed later.  Take a nice hot bath and remember that you too, are important.

Oh and hey, if you feel like winning something, pop over to THIS POST and enter the $150 Lay's Kettle Cooked Prize Pack Giveaway!  Ends tonight, @9pm MST.  Open to all Cdn Residents.

Friday, April 1, 2011

WestJet- Another Reason to Love This Airline

In case you missed this circulating, WestJet (who calls Calgary home) has made a new commercial.  Today they introduce new $saving technology to their fleet!

LOVE it!

Happy Friday!
and more importantly,

Happy April Fool's!

PS- Today Peek Thru Our Window was proud to host our
first Guest Blogger. 
To read that post, click HERE.

Guest Post: Miracles Do Happen Part:1

Forward: Have you or someone you know had trouble conceiving?  It is a most unbelievable experience, when for most of our lives we grow up believing how truly easy it IS to get pregnant.  But when one can't, the rollercoaster ride is full of emotion and sadness. Please welcome Tara- a guest blogger who has a pretty amazing story to tell.

I can’t say our story is a new one, but it is definitely one not shared in society very often and definitely one my husband and I never thought would become ours.

We were married in June 2006 and had the same dreams as most newly married couples: travel, pay off our debts and start a family. In September 2006, my husband was hit by a drunk driver and seriously injured;  spending the next 3 months in the hospital and another 7-8 months from there at home on disability, regularly attending specialized doctor’s appointments and physiotherapy.

While his healing progressed, we decided that life was too precious to wait and we started trying for a family. After 18 months of being unsuccessful and finally being seen at the fertility clinic, it was determined that the car accident had taken away our chances of conceiving a child on our own and we would have to continue forward with a donor option. Honestly, as heart breaking as it was to hear and as much anger as it brought back regarding the drunk driver, we both knew we would not let it determine how the rest of our lives played out. We both wanted a family more than anything, no matter what options we had too look at.

After 5 failed IUI (inter uterus insemination) attempts, 2 failed IVF (invitro fertilization) attempts (over 4 years) we were drained; both emotionally and financially.  We knew that there was still a family in our story to be had and after some research, we decided to move forward with the adoption process. By December 2010 we had completed our adoption process and had been approved. It felt wonderful to know that there was going to be a light at the end of our seemingly dark tunnel!  Even though we didn’t know when, we knew that there was a beautiful child out there for us and waiting didn’t seem so hard anymore.

In the midst of the adoption excitement we were contacted by the fertility clinic informing us that we still had one donor sample remaining and our “free” storage on it was coming to an end.  We needed to decide if we would like to continue the storage for a fee, use the sample, donate the sample or destroy the sample. Knowing we had already put a lot of money into the purchase and previous attempts and no longer having that feeling of loss (with the knowledge of an adoption in our future), we talked about it and thought “why not use it? what did we have to lose?”.

A few weeks later we took a pregnancy test  not really expecting anything and very used to it showing negative for the last 4.5 years.  To our surprise, 2 little pink lines showed up!  We couldn’t believe our eyes!  It was positive and we, of course, proceeded to take 4 more at home tests... and a doctors appointment to assure ourselves it was real and we were not crazy!  It was a MIRACLE-- we were PREGNANT : ) !

At 7 weeks we had our first ultrasound. We were so excited to see the little person we had created inside. The ultrasound seemed to take forever and we both were starting to get a bit nervous.  The tech didn’t say a word the whole time either.  I just kept praying that everything was alright and I was just letting my nerves get to me. Well let me tell you... We were way off!  Not only was everything okay, but the reason it took so long was because 'Baby A' was not alone. There was also a 'Baby B'-   We were pregnant with TWINS!

Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined we'd be so overwhelmingly blessed. Those years of loss were so hard. We hope our story is of help to others struggling as we had.  Never give up.

~is a 30 years old, local, soon-to-be-Mommy of twins!

*To read Part 2, click HERE*