10

Aug

Max on Two Wheels

2018

This boy went and blew our minds today! After being incredible on his strider bike, he jumped on a two wheeler and was starting all on his own within an hour. So proud of him and his constant determination!

If this is any indication on how the summer’s going to be, I’m excited!

I may not be the mom who keeps the house the tidiest. I may not be the gourmet chef mom, the baker mom, or the Pinterest mom. But when I see smiles like this one, I know I’m doing my best, and I’m the perfect mom for him and his bro. And that’s all that matters.

 

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Jan

The Day After

2018

He’s almost five, so it was time for his immunizations yesterday. Oh. man, taking a child who is fully aware of what is happening is a whole new ball game. How much to explain, how soon, how much time do I give him to prepare, but not fret and stress about it? I went with honesty, as I always try to do. So when he asked if a needle was involved, I said yes. He’s a brave, brave boy, but as he sat in my lap crying from the pain, it ripped through my heart and I wanted to take away the pain.

The tears were gone in no time, but he’s feeling some effects today. All cuddled up there, it’s easy to remember how small he still is.

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Jan

Outside Skaters

2018

My parents gifted the boys lessons this year for Christmas – skating and skiing. They’re Canadian boys so we definitely want them to get outside as often as we can in the wintertime.

Today we went skating outside for the first time. We live half a block from our community league rink so I’m hopeful the boys will come grab their skates in the afternoon when they are older and go hit the ice.

Grandma and Grandpa came along. What a great afternoon out in the air.

Max falls down over and over and over again, and he always gets back up. His two year old body is exhausted when we’re finished!

9

Jul

Bubbles on the Deck

2017

The boys came home from a weekend with Grandma and Grandpa, Nanny and Poppa, and a whole bundle of family, exhausted and happy and bursting with stories.

We sat on the deck as the air cooled, as they told me the tales of their big adventure, while blowing bubbles and playing with their new bubble guns.

I miss them when they’re gone.

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29

Jun

Soccer 2017

2017

Callum’s first season of community league soccer is officially finished.

My shy, kind little boy had a hard time kicking the ball too hard or ever trying to steal it from anyone else, but man he ran his little heart out, and he defended that net like a pro.

He adored every minute and was so eager to play. We had an amazing experience with his coach and the kids. I’m so incredibly happy it went so well, and he already can’t wait until next year.

Little Bumblebees

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Callum’s biggest fan

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26

Jun

Escape to Elk Island

2017

Friends were camped out at Elk Island National Park, and I invited us to go see them. (ha! We’re friends like that) We took the crazy short drive out to Astotin campground and met them at the beach area.

Holy man it’s changed a lot since we were there last, 8 years ago when we took Gareth’s family out there for a day trip.

We did a short walk around the lake while the kids ran, and soon overheated. A quick stop at the park, and we headed for the water for a swim.

A play on the dock, a caribou spotting (REALLY close!), tons of splashing, and it was dinner time. The evening flew by and the kids were exhausted. It was such a slow paced, calm evening.

It felt like the perfect summer day.

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Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island

Escape to Elk Island