Thursday, April 08, 2010

Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Well hello. Here for the party? Well then, welcome to The Roof! Thanks for stopping by.
This is Corben...he thinks the party is for him, because today he turns three months old. Just smile and nod, and do me a favour and don’t break the kid’s heart, ok? He’s pretty darn cute, and he sleeps at night, and I don’t want to tick him off! (Happy 3 months, Corben!)
This is Dudley the wonderdawg. You may have met him when you came in the door and he tried to bark you right back out. (He’s all bark, don’t worry.) He knows the party isn’t for him...the party is never for him. However, keep an eye on your food plate – Dudley will seize any opportunity to make his own damn party....and eating people food? Now THAT'S a party!
This is Griffin. He used to be cute and mug for the camera. Now he’s 3 and a half going on 13, and anything that’s not his idea isn’t a good idea at all. He doesn’t like cameras. Or hats. But he does like parties! But please, for the love of all things holy, DO NOT FEED HIM SUGAR. I mean, you can, if you really want to, but then YOU get to take him home and YOU get to peel him off the ceiling at 10pm. Y'all have fun with that! (He really is a sweet kid when I'm not forcing him to wear funny hats and have his picture taken!)

And then there's me, your happy hostess. There is no pictures of me in a funny hat, because I'm the kind of person that likes to embarrass her kids, but not myself. (I'm certain I will pay for this later in life.) Plus, I'm in the midst of a horrible hair week, so it just wasn't going to happen! I'm Jenn, mom to these two munchkins and one dog, and wife to one husband (who was at work when the hat wearing pictures were taken, so he too got spared! We're here if you really need a face to the name!) I'm one of those cloth diapering, co-sleeping, home-birthing, babywearing, country living, grow your own food and make your own quilts kinda gals, and I love every minute of it!

The at-work husband, he's Steve, and he'll be your chef this evening. I'm SO LUCKY to have a guy that likes to cook, and even better, he does the DISHES! But more than that, he loves the hell out of me and our boys. (He'll probably try to drag you downstairs to show off his "cinema." Go with him...it's super cool!)

So, now that you've met your fellow party-goers (notice the all boys theme? Yup, I'm seriously outnumbered here;) you’re probably wondering about this Roof place you’ve landed on, huh?

The Roof of Ontario, my friends, is the highest point in Southern Ontario. Starting from Toronto, you just keep heading up and up and up, further and further north, until you get to us. It's windy up here on the Roof, and the weather is usually a few degrees colder than on the rest of the planet, and HOLY HELL can it snow up here! But the small towns sure are adorable, and our country abode on 2 1/2 acres sure does make us happy.

We also happen to have some very cool friends. You can meet our bloggy friends up there (look up!) where it says "Other Distractions." One of them is so cool, that she's agreed to a GIVEAWAY here! What's a party without a giveaway!

My dear friend Gretel, who I have known for many a years, who has shared countless hotel rooms with me when we toured together, and who rubbed my back and held my hand as I pushed out both of my babies, has started her own company making the most wonderful dress up items for kids.

"Fancy Pants Kids designs are constructed from materials that can either be machine-washed, or wiped clean with a damp cloth. Each design has simple lines and construction and avoids gender-specificity. [FPK] uses fun and easy fasteners so that even the littlest kids can don and doff their own costumes with minimal assistance. Best of all, many of the designs can be easily worn by kids of any size – meaning even parents can join in on the fun!"

Gretel has agreed to giveaway one of
Fancy Pants Kid's Classic Supercapes to one lucky commenter!


To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment on this post. For an extra entry, head on over to Fancy Pants Kids and take a look around. Come back here, and leave another comment, letting us know what your favourite item is. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator at the end of UPB 2010. Please make sure to leave a way for us to contact you!

So thanks for stopping by! Stick around a little while if you want. Eat. Have a beer on our porch. Watch a movie on our big screen in the basement. Snuggle a baby, or practice your kung-fu with our preschooler.

And read! This blog is celebrating it's 5 year anniversary in a few months, and there's over NINE HUNDRED posts here for you to check out. I mean, I don't expect you to read them all, but there's some thrilling material here. For example, my deep uterus. You can read all about the insane weather we get up here. You can read this post, that highlights some of my favourite posts from the first 500. You can read about random things that make me happy, or things that piss me off (there's actually a whole category devoted to this!) There's my sewing and quilts. Then there's both of my birth stories, if you're into that sort of thing. Or you can browse on your own. Whatever you do, leave some love if you feel so inclined. And more importantly, please come back! Seriously, stop by anytime. There's usually beer in the fridge and something simmering on the stove, and there's always a fire going in winter (and not just because the fireplace is propane,) and the porch is always open for business in the summer.

Happy Partying!

There's all sorts of other people partying this week, and there's prizes, oh my are there prizes! And I'm supposed to mention what I'd like if they draw my name, which NEVER happens. (I figure I'm saving it up for the big one someday...a couple million in the 649 would do us quite nicely.) So, on the highly unlikely chance that someone picks my name to win anything at all, here's my top pics:

17 – $200 Apple Gift certificate
60 – $200 gift certificate for any Wall Slicks vinyl wall decal
8 – $55 Gift Card for Amazon.com
49 – Mabel’s Labels Label Out Loud Essentials Combo Pack
39 – A $50 paypal cash prize

#5, #10, or #13 would do quite nicely as well!

40 comments:

Beeb said...

Happy UBP '10 - thank you for the giveaway!


~Beeb
supercoupongirl AT gmail.com
Contest-Corner.com
SuperCouponGirl.com

Willa said...

well, hello neighbor, :D. I really don't know how far we are from each other since I'm here in Windsor,On.
Happy 3 months birthday to your li'l boy. I thought I was welcome by an angel bec the rug(?) he was on looks like an angel wings. :)
I'm here from UBP 2010 and to wish you good luck on winning the prizes of your choice. :)

My UBP 2010 Party Post

Prairie Lily Arts said...

Jenn, thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself! Love the party hats! :)

Jennifer said...

Just stopped by for the party and I think I will stay awhile. We have a lot of interests in common and I can't wait to look around more.

Crayon Wrangler said...

You are hilarious (guarding my cake from Dudley!) It's great "meeting" you!

joeandbridge said...

Hi there! Just popping in from UBP to be your newest Google Follower-Hooray! You have a lovely blog! Hope you can swing by mine! Have a super weekend!

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblins
www.groschengoblins.com

Brenna said...

My hubs was born in Toronto! We live in Oregon. Sooo rainy here. SO glad I found your blog. Nice to meet you!

Brenna
http://www.ciaoyellowbird.com/2010/04/ultimate-blog-party-2010-cool-beans.html

Brodie said...

Stopping in from UBP10
joining up to follow your blog
have a great day!
bro2ice at yahoo dot com

Brodie said...

My son would love the Dragon tail costume!

Pattie said...

Ya know, we joke that ND is almost Canada. But you're really in NORTH Canada! So you win for the coldest weather! :) Have a great UBP!

Jen @ Happy LIttle Homemaker said...

Hello from UBP! Thanks for the giveaway-- my DD loves to dress up and I'm sure a cape would fall into the fold quite easily.

Have a great weekend!

Dawn said...

Love your blog, love your humor. I am over from UBP. Think I may give you a little follow...

Erin said...

Wow I'm definitely following you after reading that. I hope you'll come check out our story at http://www.amundsenhouseofchaos.com/ultimate-blog-party-2010/ Hope to see you soon

Haydensmommy05 said...

Hi! stopping in from the UBP! you have a nice blog!!
haydensmommy05@hotmail.com

Staci said...

Loving the hat pics! Such cuties, even the dog!

I have a 5 year old going on 15, who shares a similar sugar issue with yours. Maybe we can feed them both a little and let them run circles until they wear out, lol!

Lisa Mom of 2 Boys said...

Don't tell...I'm sneaking away from my rockin' party at http://momof2boyswifeof1.blogspot.com to come visit for UBP. Great site...you have a new fan.

supreme said...

I'm happy to find a fellow Canadian!

Your 3 year old and my 3 year old (girl) sound a lot a like. Nothing like the terrible 3s, eh?

Have a stop by the "Roost" when you get a chance.

Stopping by from #UBP10.

Melinda said...

Great to meet another cloth diapering, baby wearing, home birthing, country living mom - although my babies are now taller than I am!

Shop with Me Mama said...

Great blog and such cute kids!!! Happy party week!!!

Trish said...

Hi there - just dropping in from the UBP! You have a fantastic blog, and I love your bucket list. The super cape is pretty awesome too; I'll have to check out the rest of her stuff next.

Enjoy the party. :)

Trish said...

Okay, I checked out the site and the green dragontail would win with my son hands down. I love that the stuff will work with bigger kids too!

Making Our Family Complete said...

Just “party hopping!” Very, very nice to “meet you” :) So many blogs, so little time!! LOL!

I always hated party hats as a kid too! Thanks for stopping by our site.

Lois
http://makingourfamilycomplete.blogspot.com/2010/04/ultimate-blog-party-join-in-win-prizes.html

canadiangiveaways said...

That was the best party post I've been to all day!! The kids are adorable, and I have a special place in my heart for poodles - even if they are stealing my food!

Love seeing new (to me) Canadian blogs!
Erin

Kristen said...

A husband that likes to cook and do the dishes? Wow! I'd love it if my hubby just did the dishes without me saying 'pretty please with a cherry on top!?'!! ;-)

Stopping in from the UBP of course!! Hope to see you at 'my place'!

Regina said...

Your pictures are adorable, as always!!

Shawna said...

Nice to meet you. I have a one year old (who does not sleep through the night) and a 4 year old (who loves pictures, hats, make-up. If you've got a camera, she's posing!! If you get a chance please visit my blog -- Teen Lit Review.

Kristin said...

How cool are you! And your boys have such an inspirational mama! Plus I love your humor!

My daughter loves Dinosaurs and dressing up. Also perfect for girls too. LOL

Amanda said...

cute family! isn't three so much fun? Nice to meet you.

NavyBride said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad I hopped on over here. I'll be back soon!

InspiredGifts.com said...

Jenn!! Great stopping by for your party! And thank you for sharing Fancy Pants Kids!! We have some fairytales coming out that may match up great with her dress up costumes. We'll bookmark her site for sure!

We'd love to have you at our place: http://inspiredgiftsblog.blogspot.com

Happy Party Hoppin'

Janel said...

Stopping by from UBP to say hi! Come visit me to! http://amomstake.blogspot.com/

Would love to win a cape! :)

Catherine @ A Spirited Mind said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog for UBP, it's fun to meet you!

Staci said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the costumes!! What a great idea!

Dawn said...

thanks for stopping by my site! as you said, it sure is nice to connect with other canadians in the blogging world. you have a beautiful blog here! looking forward to "following" you.

Carolsue said...

Glad to meet you! Ther picture of your doggie is adorable!

Amanda said...

Thanks for the giveaway - my boys would love a supercape!

Amanda said...

I love everything on her site, but the Dragontail Vest & Firecrown is an especially cool set!

Cascia said...

Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. You have a great site. I would love it if you visited my blog and left me a comment! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

Cascia
The Healthy Moms
http://www.thehealthymoms.net/2010/04/welcome-to-healthy-moms-blog-party.html

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Sooo glad I found your blog! I look forward to reading more!

annulla said...

Just dropped in from the UBP. This is such a fabulous way to find wonderful new blogs. Great to meet you (always happy to meet new friends)! Hope you, too, are enjoying the party!