Sam I Am

We do so love that Sam I am – A blog about the joys of toddlerhood



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Sam has been absolutely cracking us up lately. Now that he’s really talking, and always talking! he comes out with some of the most hilarious statements, and totally leaves us wondering where he gets his material. A few recent examples….

After (unintentionally) flipping backwards off the bed: “I didn’t see that coming!”

While wrestling with Daddy because he didn’t want his (very) wet diaper changed one morning: “I’m not impressed.”

His idea of poetry, often repeated from his car seat while driving: “What about a boot!” (followed by peals of laughter)

At the dinner table: “Wow Mommy, you made a lovely dinner!” (Though dinner conversations can also involve an awful lot of “I want to get down!” and “I don’t like it!”)

Certainly is a favourite word right now. He uses it when he wants to be sure something he’s after will actually happen, like “Sam can certainly have a cookie.” or “Sam will certainly play with his trains.” Speaking in the third person is also a popular past time of his :)

And he loves to repeat phrases his two Nanas use, which he finds endlessly amusing. As in “Snug as a bug in a rug. Nana says that.” and “Nana says ‘Heavens to Betsy!” Also followed by peals of laughter.

I swear he hears phrases and locks them away in his brain knowing they might come in handy at another time then pulls them out. Two is such an adventure of an age. It can be seriously trying at times, but also filled with the most delicious little moments where they just about take your breathe away :)


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Rainy Day Activity #1

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So the weather in Ireland has been pretty darn wet lately. We’ve been lucky, other parts of the country have been hit by devastating floods. We’re just suffering from cabin fever. No comparison.

But finding ways to keep busy and attempting to keep boredom at bay when wind and rain is hammering the house and making it feel as if we’re adrift somewhere in the North Atlantic, means we’ve had to get creative. One HUGE saving grace has been this incredibly large colouring sheet. That it depicts a giant construction site means that Sam thinks it’s just about the coolest thing to colour he’s ever seen. That is is 5 metres long means it’ll keep us busy for a good, long while. He and I (and Dad in the evenings) can happily sit side by side on the floor with our markers for an hour. It’s a godsend.

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We picked this one up at our local German grocery store Lidl for 6.95. Sam couldn’t hold a pen back when I bought it but I had a feeling it would be much loved one day, and I was right. It’s been one of the best purchases I’ve made in the past two years :)

French company Omy make fantastic versions though, and seem to ship everywhere. Happy colouring!



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We’re back!

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So Sam and I have been on a blog hiatus for a while, but we’re back. Christmas is a blur at this stage, but saw us travel home to Toronto to spend two weeks with family and friends. It was both wonderful and ridiculous- an amazing Christmas morning, delicious meals, lots of cuddles with my niece and time with my best friend (who took Sam skiing!) vs. travel delays, an ice storm, a 3 day power outage in -22 degree temperatures oh, and a stomach flu.

Needless to say, January has been spent getting back to normal. Oh and battling sinus colds, another bout of stomach flu, seriously inclement weather and well, January. It’s not a fun month by any means.

But we’re back in great form again and very excited about the new year and all that it will bring. Most importantly Sam’s big role change to big brother :) A new baby will be joining our little family in June and we couldn’t be more excited. Sam included. We only told him last week, but since then he’s just been so precious. He likes to take time out from playing to come over and kiss my tummy and say ‘hello baby’. And you wouldn’t believe how delighted he was in the grocery store on Friday when I pointed out that the new baby would sit in the little seat beside him once he or she arrives. He’s been talking about that non-stop ever since. He makes my heart melt.

We have another 4.5 months to enjoy our family of three before it grows. And to get more projects done in the house. And take a little holiday. And watch Sam continue growing in to an awesome little boy.

A few photos from the holidays…. Happy (very belated New Year!)

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Building our first ever snowman. Thanks to the ice storm, this guy stayed perfectly entact for the full two weeks of our visit :)

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Sam was in love :)

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Playing with his trains on Christmas morning. (When he came downstairs and saw the train set under the tree he said ‘Sammy was hoping Santa would bring him a train and Santa brought him a train!’. Mommy cried :))

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Traipsing through the snow. There was tons of it!

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Our little reindeer at work.

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Checking out the dinos at the ROM.

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Sam on skis! He could not have loved it more, nor looked tinier standing at the top of the hill :) Thanks Katie, you made his whole year!

(Top photo is of Sam and Kevin tobogganing while visiting my wonderful cousins in Inisfil. Sam loved it. Speed is his thing!)


Counting down the days to Christmas

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This Christmas is turning out to be my favourite ever. Sam is just so drawn to everything Christmas-y and is enjoying all of the prep and build up so much. It’s a total joy to watch. Weeks ago I found this terrific advent hanging at a local store and thought it would be a really fun way to count down the days to Christmas. Continue reading