London 2015

Family Round-Up

In case you blinked and missed the summer, here’s a quick round-up of what we’ve been up to and some recent kidpics.

July saw the boys go off to sleep-away camp for the first time. It was a great experience! Down on the Belleisle Bay, Camp Glenburn was everything good I remember about camp and none of the crap parts (but those only came later when I entered the dangerous-girl-cliquey-tween phase, which hopefully won’t happen to boys). And in a bit of good luck, near the camp we discovered Kredls, by far my favourite market in all of Canada with the best. bread. ever. No really, I will drive an hour for this bread. Ok, moving on….

The end of July saw the Great Ontario Invasion. My brother’s family came, my parents came, my aunt and uncle came, and an old family friend came (from B.C. but hey they flew over Ontario to get here). The weather wasn’t always great but we made the most of it.

We finished the summer off with a few days in Halifax for a last hurrah before school.

And in between all that, Liam went to a competitive gymnastics camp, Lily to a ballet camp, and, for the first time in 10 years, I finally had a few days where I slept in till nine. 🙂

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The Third Launch

I did something this morning that I haven’t done since late 2006.

I put my shoes on, and only my shoes.

I buckled my seat belt, and only my seatbelt.

I drove to the grocery store, listened to XM (loud), parked anywhere, went in and grabbed a cart without inspecting it for size and seatbelt capabilities, and then almost asked for a cookie, realizing just in time that it would be frowned upon to ask for a cookie for myself.

That’s right, for the first time since the last three months of 2006 I have two childless mornings per week. And Sept-Dec 2006 barely counts because I was immensely pregnant with Liam before he popped out that December. So really, it’s kinda since 2003.

Preschool is great. I loved hated loved hated loved hated my morning. 🙂

One Year Here!

I can’t believe it’s been a year already! Easter was the final holiday that had yet to be celebrated in our Moncton home.

I can’t believe how fast time is going now, too. Since Christmas it feels like we’re running in double-time. April??! Are you kidding me? I seriously think Christmas was late last night!

Anyways, back on topic. How was the first year here?? Overall, Great! The “dreaded” Moncton winter turned out to be a “snowy” Toronto winter. The last one I remember happening was when Timmy was 4 or 5. The kind of winter that’s fun for the kids and not-too-bad for the adults.

Liam has done so well at kindergarten here that there was not a single thing missed in his testing and not a single negative on his report card. I never thought I would love a kindergarten teacher as much as Mrs. L in Toronto, but I am overjoyed to admit that Liam’s teacher this year definitely equals up.

Timmy’s year was a lot harder. As Grade 3 is everywhere. But also, he had a “sit silently at your desk and write” teacher which is a disaster for most 8 year old boys. But we’ve gotten through it and he is doing just fine. He has lots of friends, who tend to show up unaccompanied and tell me to tell them when it’s five so they can walk or ride their bikes home alone to houses I don’t even know where they are. Hmmm. What’s your address? I dunno. What’s your phone number? I dunno. Hmmmm. My reaction: fake it. Calm, cool, and collected on the outside and freaking on the inside that I might have to let Timmy go with them someday!

Lily’s been my constant companion. In September she starts a local preschool program that, although not co-op, greatly reminds me of RYRNS and that makes me happy. We’ve been doing lots of parent and tot swimming and gymnastics. In September I’ll put her in ballet, too.

We’ve taken lots of mini-trips around the Maritimes (just got back from Halifax where I spent an obscene amount on girly Gymboree clothes. Hey, it’s better than narcotics!). But our big trip this year will be to Toronto this summer. Lots of people to see, places to eat (I salivate just thinking about some of my favorites), and I guess, given the previous mention, Gymboree clothing to buy! No really, our list of things to do, eat, see and buy is super long! But I know that once I’m in Toronto, I’ll be craving to get back here and hit the beach. That’s how it works. 🙂

Toronto was a great place for me to grow up. Moncton is a great place for my kids to grow up. And so with that, here’s the most recent picture of them, from Easter Sunday morning:

And FYI, Trevor made a fabulous home movie musical titled “Year in Review” but as we don’t pay to have videos on here we can’t post it. If you’re interested it’s in our DropBox. Email or Facebook us for instructions on how to access it, if you’re so inclined.

Sometimes, as parents….

…it seems that the only peace and quiet we can get would be to hide in a closet. Well, don’t bother. The kids are on to it; clued in to closets. And this is how I know for sure:

Late Saturday afternoon a rare thing happened. I realized that the kids were occupied in various corners of the house, and that my husband and I had nothing pressing to do. Nothing. With a big back deck, comfy chairs, and crystal September air, we did it. We sat. Alone with each other out in the beautiful (quiet!) air. It didn’t last (it never does) but I’d say we got almost half an hour before #1 found us, and triggered the followers.

A little while later I went upstairs for something or other, and noticed all of the closet doors open. Four bedrooms and a bathroom and ALL of the slidy/foldy closet doors were open. So I questioned #1, he denied playing with the closets. I questioned #2 and this is what he said: “Yes I opened the closests….cause I was looking for YOU!” In the most ‘isn’t it obvious’ tone of voice he could muster.

So there you have it. No point hiding in closets. They’re on to it.