My man is a true "Mr. Fix it". Better yet, he's a true "Build anything from anything" type of DIYSer.

He is constantly building (or repairing hehe) things for and around our home.

In recent years he has built and fixed computers, everything from hardware down to the software needed to run it.

He's fixed just about every electronic we've owned that's broken down from coffee makers & kettles to DVD players, cell phones and tvs. Basically anything electronic, he'll take a chance to at least try to fix it.

This past summer as many of you readers already know he built a deck & grew us a back lawn. Recently redid the basement turning it from dingey and old to homey and new.

I am lucky to have a man as handy as mine. I couldn't think of half the ideas he's come up with, my Mr. Home improvement.

While mom worries about the piles of laundry, what to make for dinner and everything else kid related, dad gets everything else done.

It's nice to have the type of relationship that both parties are on the same page working as a team. What one can't accomplish the other tries his or her best to take it over. It makes patenting as well as running a household just a little easier.

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1
I love my kids, I adore my friends kids and anyone we know is pretty much welcome in our home.

Last night we had a houseful, 5 kids including my two. I like having my friends over and them being able to bring their children but my own children have certain rules to follow and I expect other children when told by their own parent, to respect the rules as well.

Unfortunately last night at one point rules were not being respected, nor was the mother, my friend who was trying to enforce them. Her child disregarded what was said and continued arguing.

I could see the temperature in my friend rise and the other children sitting and watching this event occur so I took the initiative and told this child she was being rude, I have particular rules for my daughter to follow (such as no jumping in the livingroom or on furniture) and I expect as a guest in our home she respect that as well.

About an hour later she called her mom into the livingroom requesting a private talk with me. I spoke to the girl and explained I think she is a wonderful, sweet girl but she can't act the way she was acting. She apologized for her behaviour and the conversation ended with a smile and a hug.

After that everyone was sitting quietly watching tv allowing us parents a few minutes to have a much needed coffee break.

Children sometimes need to hear it from another adult. I've learned from dealing with my own quite opinionated daughter the best way is communicating with them. It might not always work but you never know when your voice will be heard.

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1


Christmas and new years eve were generally reserved for family, the kids and spent with loved ones.

A great beginning to 2010 with a belated new years gathering with grownups only to watch the first ufc event of the year as well as wish eachother happy new year.

It has happened in the past, in 2009 when we had planned similar events where it ended in nobody showing up for whatever reasons and feeling disapointed time and energy wasted.

This was not the case last night. We had a house full. Four couples and a couple of beers, we had a nice evening laughing and getting the chance to relax a little.

It's nice to have social gatherings but it's even better when you have friends who don't mind coming by because you can't get a sitter to get to them. The friends where it doesn't have to be a wild and crazy party to have fun.

It's wonderful being a stay at home mom, being able to spend a lot of time with my two kids and the whole kit. It's also nice to let go once in a while as an adult with my partner and just have some fun. Its not every day and I'm glad we did, a great way to celebrate the beginning of a New Year!

-- Until next time...Keep Dreaming Always, @iDream1