Parenting - Almost six and three and a half


These days are lives are pretty busy with soccer, birthday parties, and end-of-the-school-year events and festivities. It's hard to believe that Soren is turning six in a couple of weeks, but he's had a countdown going for about six months - so it hasn't exactly snuck up on us!

At almost six, Soren is a pretty easy going guy. He handles his sisters tantrums and escapades with ease... typically laughing at her and saying 'Oh Poppy!'. He doesn't like to see her upset, and will go out of his way to make her happy even if it's not exactly fair, such as giving her his treat after she's eaten all of hers in one bite:) This doesn't always happen, of course, but they rarely fight unless she is being completely unreasonable.

Soren's soccer season is off to a great start. He's surprised us by being very good - he follows the play, runs hard, and plays aggressively. He also tells us that he plays everyday at recess with the "big kids" of grade one and two. While I don't get to see those games, it makes me happy thinking that he's old enough to organize unstructured games with his peers. The kindergarteners just started going outside for recess with the big kids, to get ready for grade one next year.

School continues to go well for him, and he's had a series of birthday parties to attend this spring. For his upcoming birthday, he wanted to invite some friends over to our house, have an ice-cream cake, and get a piƱata. Check, check, and check. Academically he's beginning to take more of an interest in writing and learning to read. I think his world will really open up for him once he can start reading independently.

As for miss Poppy... she is sweet and impossibly difficult all in the same minute. On the one hand, she's a great player and can play with her dolls and toys for hours and hours. She makes up elaborate stories, and will casually mention to me 'oh hi mama, we just got back from the doctor. The baby had a check-up', with the baby in question tucked securely under her arm. She loves to paint and draw as well, and brings home beautiful artwork from her Montessori program.

Unfortunately she can fly off the handle over virtually nothing in a split second. Our morning started in tears and screams because she was 'too squished in the bed'... our bed. Tyler pointed out that she could easily go back to her own bed if she was squished in ours... but clearly that did not go over well.

Perhaps its the age - three and a half seems to be a bit of a difficult one. Reasoning is very difficult, and once she has an idea in her head there is no changing her mind about it. Some days are harder than others, and I'll admit that I have lost my patience with her more than once... yelling at her when it would probably be better to hug her instead.

Both kids are soooo excited for the new baby to arrive. It will be fun to see how the dynamics change in our family with the addition of a third. For the most part, I think it will go well, but like all parenting things, we will expect hard days. And lots of sweet ones.

Motherhood interview Q & A


A couple weeks ago a fellow Canadian blogger reached out to ask me some questions about pregnancy and motherhood. She has put together the sweetest article... check it out! Brittany is expecting her first baby in August, and I've enjoyed connecting with her and following along with her pregnancy on instagram. For me, blogging has been a way to document my days with my young family. It's a baby book, of sorts. Getting to connect with other like-minded individuals, and forge real friendships, has been an unexpected added bonus. Thank you Brittany for reaching out... and happy mothers day!

How to survive soccer season


If you have a child in Canada, your family likely takes part in TimBits soccer. Apparently there are over 230,000 children that play each year, and it's easy to see why. Soccer is fun, active, and relatively inexpensive to play. We love how it brings all the neighbours together in our area... people we haven't seen all winter we now see almost every night!

Most 3-5 year olds play either once or twice per week. This is our first year with two kids in soccer, and Soren plays Monday/Wednesdays, while Poppy just plays on Thursdays. All the games/practices are from 6-7pm, so it means a rushed dinner and a little extra planning. Last week was our first week in soccer - and here's what we learned to make things go smoothly:

MEAL PLAN - I can't stress this enough... between arriving home at 4:30/5, and having to leave the house around 5:30/5:45, there is practically no time for dinner. On sundays I like to prep some staples to get us through the week, which include granolaegg salad, muffins, a big quinoa salad of some sort, and lots of fruits and veggies chopped and ready to eat or add to recipes. Last week's menu included pulled pork sandwiches, chicken caesar salad, hot dogs, and scrambled eggs with toast. Simple, easy meals that give the kids energy to run around and don't take long to prepare.

soccer snacks - In previous years my husband has complained about the kids getting sugary snacks right before bedtime... and right after they exercised. I'll admit, some of the snacks are pretty awful - mini bags of oreos, the dreaded fishy crackers, ice cream sandwiches, juice boxes, etc. This year, some parents brought up the idea of 'returning to the orange slice days' and have suggested only healthy, low sugar snacks. It's my turn to bring Soren's snack on Wednesday, and I plan on making fruit kabobs.

coach! - At our community club, you have four options when you sign your child up for a sport. Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, or Club Events. In the past I have signed up for club events, which means you can find me selling 50/50 tickets at tournaments or helping out at the spring fair. This year I signed up as an assistant coach - figuring that as I have to be at all the games anyways, I may as well help coach. I'm one of the assistant coaches on Poppy's team, which she seems very happy about so far.

prepare - As this is not our first season, we now know to come to games with lawn-chairs, picnic blankets, bug spray, etc. Most fields have playgrounds for the non-playing child to play in, but in previous years I had to bring something to entertain the baby. It's a great idea to bring extras for other siblings too... many times Poppy has helped herself to another kids snack or toys, so I'm happy to share with others.

The little kids so look cute in their little uniforms, don't you think? I can't imagine how people manage three schedules... which will probably be us in a few years!