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Twenty Questions (2015 Version)

Inspired by my late friend, Tracy Chappell, I ask the boys the same twenty questions each year around their birthdays. It’s a fun tradition (they now ask, “when do we answer those questions?” and insist I include pauses and “ums”!) and I love comparing how their responses change (or don’t!) year over year. So in honour of BB#1’s eleventh birthday (I can’t believe it’s been a year since I wrote him this! or that his baby brother is going on eight!), I’m finally posting (it’s been a busy year, more about that later!)

Look back at:

2012

2013

2014

1.What is your favourite color?

BB#1: Green. I think.

BB#2: Probably, I don’t know, purple.

2. What is your favourite toy?

BB#1: Lego?

BB#2: Lego and my Bionicle six arms awesome guy.

3. What is your favourite fruit?

BB#1: Peaches I guess?

BB#2: Peaches and strawberries.

4. What is your favourite TV show?

BB#1: Wakfu. That’s pretty much the only TV show that I watch. [This is a French show he watched on Netflix this summer. We don’t have cable.]

BB#2: (long pause) I don’t know. [See above]

5. What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?

BB#1: I have no idea. Crepes I guess.

BB#2: Pizza.

6. What is your favourite outfit?

BB#1: My black pants that are like jeans and a t-shirt, and maybe a hoodie with a zipper.

BB#2: My all-black outfit.

7. What is your favourite game?

BB#1: I going to say a board game because that’s easier. I think Apples to Apples.

BB#2: Spore. [A computer video game]

8. What is your favourite snack?

BB#1: Crackers and cheese.

BB#2: Dried mangoes.

9. What is your favourite animal?

BB#1: Crested gecko. That one’s easy.

BB#2: A snake. [He wants a milk snake as a pet…]

10. What is your favourite song?

BB#1: I can’t decide between “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zepplin or “One” by Metallica.

BB#2: “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.

11. What is your favourite book?

BB#1: The Kill Order from the Maze Runner series.

BB#2: Harry Potter. [We’re currently reading Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix together.]

12. Who is your best friend?

BB#1: I don’t have a best friend, I have only a bunch of friends.

BB#2: I have two, Jason and Kian.

13. What is your favourite sport?

BB#1: Snowboarding.

BB#2: Basketball, soccer and football.

 14. What is your favourite thing to do outside?

BB#1: Snowboard.

BB#2: Swimming and biking.

15. What is your favourite drink?

BB#1: Pina colada.

BB#2: Lime smoothies, like the ones at Cuba. [Where we spent March Break, and also drank pina coladas. Virgin, naturally!]

16. What is your favourite holiday?

BB#1: Christmas? No, Halloween, Halloween is my favourite holiday.

BB#2: My birthday. [Last I checked, still not a national holiday…]

 17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?

BB#1: My big dog.

BB#2: My one of my tiny dogs and my biggest dog.

Note: all of these dogs are of the stuffed variety.

 18. What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?

BB#1: A bagel with cheese. Unless it’s a super egg sandwich, with ribs on it and bacon and cheese. Because I love that.

BB#2: Waffles!

 19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?

BB#1: (shrugs) Steak I guess. I can’t decide. We kind of eat everything that’s special treat dinner every few weeks. So steak or salmon. [We’re having steak.]

BB#2: Pizza, ribs, or filet mignon.

 20. What do you want to be when you grow up?

BB#1: A rock star? Or a professional snowboarder.

BB#2: A singer.

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These Are A Few of My Favourite Lyrics

A while back I was inspired by this Top 20 List of Legendary Lyrics to come up with a list of my personal favourites. I agree with many of the choices (“Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)” by Green Day would have been our final wedding song, if we’d had a dance. And while I love “Landslide”, I actually prefer the Dixie Chicks cover), but here are some others that deserve mention:

Any line from “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon, of course.

 

Just about anything written by Dallas Green. Genius.

 

“When you say it’s gonna happen now,

Well, when exactly do you mean?

See I’ve already waited too long…” – “How Soon is Now”, The Smiths

 

“So can you understand?

Why I want a daughter while I’m still young

I wanna hold her hand

And show her some beauty

Before all this damage is done.

But if it’s too much to ask, it’s too much to ask

Then send me a son.” – “The Suburbs”, Arcade Fire (and no, don’t read into this that I want a daughter…)

 

“For a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself…” – “Karma Police”, Radiohead

 

“Life is too short, so love the one you got,

‘cause you might get run over or you might get shot.” – “What I Got”, Sublime (recently overheard 7.5 year old singing this line…)

 

“All I ever wanted, all I ever needed, is here, in my arms.” – “All I Ever Wanted”, Depeche Mode (I used to dance BB#1 to sleep to this song.)

 

“Open up your ears and clean out your eyes

If you learn to love, you’re in for a surprise

It could be nice to be alive.” – “Alive”, Beastie Boys (I bought a pregnancy test after this song made me cry. Positive.)

 

“That’s a fine looking high horse

What you got in the stable.” – “Take Me to Church”, Hozier

 

“Did I say that I need you?

Did I say that I want you?

If I didn’t I’m a fool you see

No one knows this more than me.” – “Just Breathe”, Pearl Jam (aka my funeral song)

 

“Some have wine and castle keep

But they can’t watch you drift asleep.”– “I Have You”, Connie Kaldor (mothers, I dare you to listen and not cry.)

 

“People say I’m crazy, doing what I’m doing,

Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin,

When I say that I’m OK they look at me kind of strange,

Surely you’re not happy now you no longer play the game.” – “Watching the Wheels”, John Lennon

 

“Whenever I’m alone with you

You make me feel like I am home again.” – “Love Song”, The Cure (another potential wedding song, except that my husband is not a fan…)

 

“You can’t write if you can’t relate.” – “Loser”, Beck

 

“I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it

It’s something that I’m supposed to be

Someday we’ll find it

The rainbow connection

The lovers, the dreamers, and me.” – “Rainbow Connection”, Kermit the Frog

 

What are some song lyrics that speak to you?

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Twenty Questions (2013 version)

Last year I asked the boys twenty questions. Now that BB#1 is 9 (today!), and BB#2 about to turn 6, I asked them again. Some of the answers have changed, and some have not.

1.What is your favourite color?

BB#1: Either purple, pink or green.

BB#2: Pink.

2. What is your favourite toy?

BB#1: Either Lego, MegaBlocks or Minecraft.

BB#2: Minecraft.

3. What is your favourite fruit?

BB#1: Blueberries.

BB#2: I don’t really have one.

4. What is your favourite TV show?

BB#1: Animaniacs.

BB#2: Um, (“actually write the um part”), Ben 10.

5. What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch?

BB#1: Bacon and egg and chicken and all the other meats on a sandwich with cheese melted on it.

BB#2: Cereal.

6. What is your favourite outfit?

BB#1: I don’t have a favourite outfit, because it’s either my green hoodie with my new [blue] jeans, or my black jeans and my purple hoodie. With a T-shirt under it, I don’t really care which one.

BB#2: I don’t have one.

7. What is your favourite game?

BB#1: Minecraft.

BB#2:Minecraft.

8. What is your favourite snack?

BB#1: Cookies?

BB#2:  Fish crackers.

9. What is your favourite animal?

BB#1: Crested gecko.

BB#2: Chipmunk.

10. What is your favourite song?
BB#1: “Mine it Out” (Minecraft parody song).

BB#2: That one we heard on the way to the cottage, with the lightning thing. (Turns out he meant “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant).

11. What is your favourite book?

BB#1: Percy Jackson, the last book. The Last Olympian.

BB#2: Doggies by Sandra Boynton, because it’s the easiest for me.

12. Who is your best friend?

BB#1: Sasha.

BB#2: Andrew (who is actually a close friend of his big brother).

13. What is your favourite sport?

BB#1: Swimming or skiing.

BB#2: I have none.

14. What is your favourite thing to do outside?
BB#1: Play Spy Allan [a game he plays during recess at school. I think Allan may be a classmate…?]

BB#2: Monkey bars.

15. What is your favourite drink?

BB#1: Either root beer, Pepsi or Coke. [which he’s still not allowed to drink]

BB#2: Fruitopia.

16. What is your favourite holiday?

BB#1: Christmas.

BB#2: Halloween.[which makes the fact his tonsillectomy has finally been scheduled for October 30 really, really bad timing!]

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?

BB#1: Books and stuffed animals.

BB#2: My stuffies.

18. What is your favourite thing to eat for breakfast?

BB#1: Egg sandwich with bacon and ham.

BB#2: Cereal.

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?

BB#1: Steak, the most expensive kind, cooked properly with Barbarian steak salt. [which is in fact what we’ll be having tonight!]

BB#2: Pizza from Pizza Nova.

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?

BB#1: Someone who owns a lot of businesses, and an inventor.

BB#2: I haven’t decided.

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These Are a Few of My Favourite Links – Homework

I question the value of homework, particularly at the primary level, and I am not alone. While I highly recommend reading the book The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn if you are really interested in this topic, here are some great articles and blogs to get you started.

Homework:

Opting Out of Homework (a template of a letter parents can give to their child’s teacher)

Homework: New Research Suggests it May be an Unnecessary Evil

Don’t Sign the Homework

There is No Homework in Finland

Homework: It Fails our Students and Undermines American Education (can apply to Canadian education)

The Homework Dilemma

Homework Stinks (a four-part series)

The Toronto Homework Policy: A Parent’s Perspective

More of my Favourite Links: Education, Parenting, Birth, Sleep, Breastfeeding

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These Are a Few of My Favourite Links – Sleep

Every new parent quickly realizes that sleep (or lack of it) is a hot topic. The BBs forced me to rethink the term “sleeping like a baby”.  Reading about the hows and whys of infant (and toddler, and preschooler…) night-waking helped me to understand, accept, and get more sleep. Hopefully, these articles and blogs will help other parents going through what is, ultimately, normal baby behaviour.

Night-time Parenting

Wakeful 4 Month Olds

Cry It Out (CIO): 10 Reasons Why It Is Not For Us

Co-Sleeping Safety

Eek! Even More Thoughts On Sleep Training and Night Waking (this writer has a series of interesting posts on this topic)

Breaking News: New Study Does NOT Show ‘Sleep Training Babies Causes no Lasting Damage’

Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone

Breastfeeding Tips to Get You Through the Night

Why Your Baby is “Not Sleeping”(an interesting look at changing cultural expectations of infant sleep habits)

Sleep, Changing Patterns in the Family Bed (a great guide to gentle night-weaning that can be modified to your particular situation)

More of my Favourite Links: Homework, Parenting, Breastfeeding, Birth, Education

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These Are a Few of My Favourite Links – Breastfeeding

If you know me or read my blog, you might have gathered how important I think it is that women have accurate breastfeeding information and access to resources and support–things I think are sadly lacking in our society, and unfortunately, among some medical professionals. These articles and blogs are well worth reading, not just for new moms and new moms-to-be–anyone supporting nursing moms can learn a few things, too.

Breastfeeding

How Does Milk Production Work?

Baby Explains—Normal Newborn Behavior

10 Tips for Getting Breastfeeding off to a Good Start

Help! I don’t want to Breastfeed!

101 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Child

The Truth Behind Common Breastfeeding Myths

Watch Your Language

Top 10 Things Non Breastfeeding Advocates Should Stop Saying

Gone Too Far?

I previously rounded up some resources for moms experiencing difficulties (or preparing a support system, just in case) in this post.

More of my Favourite Links: Homework, Parenting, Sleep, Birth, Education

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These Are a Few of My Favourite Links – Birth

I’ve blogged a bit about my own experiences, and what led me to make different choices for my second birth. While no two births are the same, and each woman needs to choose a caregiver, birth location, and plan she is most comfortable with (while understanding things may not go as planned), I think it’s important to be aware ahead of time the impact certain choices can have. True choice must be informed choice.

Birth

Epidurals: Risks and Concerns for Mother and Baby

What to Reject When You’re Expecting

Home Births Safer Than Hospital Births for Low Risk Pregnancies

The Most Scientific Birth is Often the Least Technological Birth

The Symptoms of PPD  (if you are a new mom, or know a new mom, a must-read)

Cheating a bit here: I also recommend the documentary The Business of Being Born. While it is an American film, it’s still very informative and interesting for parents-to-be (whether first-timers or not). I don’t recommend the What to Expect books (among other things, one friend of mine refers to it as “that horrible book” that scared her silly about everything she did, and the edition I had included some pretty poor breastfeeding advice). For a Canadian perspective, check out Ann Douglas’ The Mother of All… series instead.

More of my Favourite Links: Homework, Parenting, Sleep, Breastfeeding, Education

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