Week-end Recap

3/12/2017





These pictures were from earlier in the winter, but it was just as cold this weekend in March. As cute as they look all bundled up and rosy cheeked, I think it's safe to say that everyone is ready to welcome spring.

Poor Poppy, Soren, and Tyler have been hit with the flu. As I type this, I can only hope that I can somehow avoid it, although I have my doubts. We have only one bathroom in our house, and while I've gone through a bottle of disinfectant spray and have started in on another... the germs just seem to be lingering. I wish we could open the windows!

Most of the weekend has been spent in bed, on the couch, or cleaning up after the sickies. The kids had rallied bit by today, so I took them to see Ballerina. It was very cute. Originally, a friend had asked Poppy and I to join her and her daughter, but when Soren got wind of the plans he wanted to be included too. The two of them are such good friends these days. They really seem to enjoy each others company, and will spend hours playing together at home.

I've surprised myself by reading a handful of books already this year. I used to love reading, but since having kids I have not had a lot of time for it. I find it to be such a relaxing way to end the day, much more so than watching something on Netflix. A couple recommendations I have are When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, and Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.

This week we have the infamous Parent Teacher interviews, which are always fun. I love hearing about our kids from someone else's point of view. It will be a short week, with the kids having friday off. I've made our favourite Veggie Burgers for dinner, which yields lots of leftovers for weekday lunches. I've also got the ingredients to make a big batch of cauliflower lentil soup, and maybe some banana chocolate chip muffins. If we don't prep properly at the beginning of the week, usually Sundays, the whole week can get away from me. Enjoy the rest of your week-end!

When you ask a kid to smile...

3/08/2017




A few weeks back, or I guess it would be almost a month, Tyler baked me my annual Valentine's Day cake. If you want to see some old cakes... take a look. He's been carrying on this sweet tradition for TEN years!

This year the cake was not heart-shaped, but it was totally delicious. And we wanted to take a picture... easy, right? "Come on guys - let's take a quick picture and then we can all eat the cake!" Poppy tries, but Soren... not so much. Instead we get weird faces, crazy jumps, or (edited out) pictures of his bum. What happened to this sweet smile ?! He's still sweet... some of the time:)

The big debate in our house right now is whether we should list our house and move this spring. It is SUCH a hard decision! When you have a five-year old that jumps around the house like a crazy monkey, space starts to feel tight quickly. We currently live in a 1400 square foot, 3 bedroom, 1 bath house. We are not 'bursting at the seams', so to speak, but I would really really like a second bathroom. We shall see. I don't really want to move when I'm 8-months pregnant, so the timing is important. We also don't want to give up certain things to live in a bigger (more expensive) house... things like eating well, exploring our city, and travelling when we get the chance. Again, we shall see.

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Season one as a hockey mom

3/01/2017








This week-end Soren has his last hockey game of the season - so my my first official year as a "hockey mom" is coming to an end. At the beginning of the season I expressed some doubts about the big commitment of hockey, especially at such a young age. Well... now I'd have to say that Hockey Canada must know a thing or two about introducing kids to the sport! We had a great year.

First and foremost, we had amazing coaches. They were dedicated parents who enthusiastically led a bunch of five and six year olds through the tough process of learning a sport. They were always happy, always upbeat, and always gave a big welcoming hello to Soren when he arrived. After each game, a coach would give a short speech about the kid who had played hard or demonstrated good sportsmanship, and that child would win 'Player of the Game'! This was a big deal, and included a WWE plastic "winner" belt that the child got to keep until the next game. Soren loved being selected as player of the game.

While I was worried that hockey three times per week was too much, we normally only played twice. Technically there were monday night outdoor practices scheduled, but they were pretty much all cancelled due to poor weather, or rain. The week-ends alternated with one game and one practice, almost all at 8 or 9am. The games were fun because they are just that - games, and the practices were filled with important skill teachings, as well as fun games like British bulldog.

Soren really seemed to enjoy playing hockey. He rarely complained about going, and always gave it his best effort on the ice. His coaches told us that he was easy to coach - always smiling an eager to learn new things. We had fun as parents too - getting to know the other parents, and always having something to do on cold weekend mornings. I have no idea if he'll want to play agin next year, or in five years from now... but we had a great first season, so hockey is going down as a win in my books:)