Solitude, a late bus, and some crafty independence

So here we are again. Back to blogging. Right?


My propulsion to write is not here. I don’t know where it went. Maybe I’ll find it again, or maybe I’ll write a bunch of drivel, store it in the draft folder, and leave it there indefinitely. Like I have so many times over the summer…

But summer is over now. Never mind the heat wave we’re in, the kids went to school today and we’re back to routine. I have to say, I wasn’t quite sure if I’m ready to leave the lazy days behind…having the kids around all the time hasn’t been as challenging this summer as it has when they were toddlers and preschoolers, and we did have them in occasional camps, but my favorite time is when we’re all together but separate, doing our thing, and giggling and eating together and connecting. The school year is all about schedules and routines and hockey and food and laundry and homework; the summer months were a breath of fresh air.

Yet I welcome the school year, like I do every year. The one thing I missed the most over the summer was my alone-time. Solitude re-charges me, and is essential to my well-being, and as long as I get some peace and quiet during the day, I find I can handle the chaos that comes when the kids get home easier to handle. Or the hoopla in the mornings… Continue reading

First week of summer drivel

Sometimes, it’s the little unplanned events that happen on the spur of the moment that make the best memories.

Take Wednesday, the day after Canada day and a regular work day for the bulk of the working world. I had a chiropractic appointment and was somewhat willing to leave the 9yo at home for the 30 minutes I was gone but had to take the 6yo with me. But I said something to her about going to the bakery after so he heard that and decided to join us too. After all, we can’t have one kid have a baked good and not the other, because…siblings! Kids! Also “NOT FAIR!”

You know.

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Summer vacation started on Friday at 3:15 pm and it’s been a pretty good start so far. We had tennis lessons, a birthday party, a visit or two, and we set up the backyard pool and a new canopy for shade over the picnic table. Which is where I’m sitting right now typing…this, ladies and gents, is my new office.


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Who’s knocking on the door?

So there’s a thing about me you may not know.

I can barely see.

Oh, I can see fine when I have my contacts in, and like all moms, I have eyes on the back of my head which renders me to see who swiped the last cookie or who hid the homework sheet behind the dresser so as to appear like a homework-less child. I can see those things just fine, and I don’t even need glasses. Continue reading

A bit about indoor playground food rules

I met my friend and her kids at an indoor playground called Kidsport today. This was my first time at this place.

We have been to other indoor playgrounds when the children were younger but as our two older ones are entering the tween phase it has become evident that they needed something a little more challenging, and elaborate. Kidsport is suitable for ages up to 12 and my friend recommended it based on previous visits.

The play/climbing structure was huge and in the centre of the playground. It took up most of the playground space, but had other places, and things to do, beyond it, including a room for ball hockey and some pinball machines (which requires coins, which we did not supply to our kids). There were several ball pits, and structures they could not only climb and slide down from, but also hang off of. In the three and a half hours we were there we didn’t see the kids much, and that was part of the appeal. There were separate areas for younger, toddler-aged or preschool children as well so they didn’t have to mix with the older kids. All in all a well thought-out indoor playground for the 6 and 9 year olds in our family.

There was one thing that was kind of irksome though. Continue reading

Taking it day by day

I’m not feeling the spirit here. But that’s ok because there is plenty of other things that are keeping me busy.  Some are holiday related, some are weather related, some are school related, and there’s some hockey related business as well (because, of course there is). Ultimately, we just wing it, and figure it out day by day. Doesn’t everyone do that at this time of year? Continue reading

What is the allure about the family dinner anyway?

Frankly, the family dinner is the most challenging, frustrating part of my day. I don’t understand why everyone is all proactive about keeping the family together for dinner. Family dinners stress me out.

I’m talking about the regular, intimate, nuclear family dinners, the daily ones, not the extended-family-holiday dinners. Continue reading