Monday, May 04, 2015

The weekend

Weekends for us are usually pretty busy.  I usually work, there are birthday parties, playdates, chores to be done, homework, yoga etc.  And really I like to stay busy.  But this weekend there was very little of the busyness.  I got to spend 2 days with the three men in my little circle.   Don't get me wrong I love my friends and the kids love their friends, but it felt almost like we were on vacation.  We tried a new restaurant and Lucas ate different food and enjoyed it. We watched movies and introduced the kids to  Pee Wee Herman.  And as Nathan would say "He's just weird".   We went grocery shopping all together as a family (and spent a ton of money). 

We got to revel in each others company with very few other distractions.  And it was great cause I so love my family of four.  And I know these days may be fleeting, so I'm enjoying them so much.  I enjoy that they can do most things for themselves and that they help with groceries and chores.  But they still love to hang out with me and there's not a lot of attitude. 

Sometimes I get distracted by the busyiness of life or being involved in the busyiness of life.  When the most important things are right in front of me.  

What a wonderful world. 

Jenn

Friday, May 01, 2015

Bandwagon

My monthly challenges have been going pretty well, except for last month.  Last month I totally fell off the wagon.  I did jump on the Calgary Flames bandwagon!  Go flames Go!  January practicing piano wasn't great but okay... Feburary was good without checking social media (which I think means it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be), March meditating was also good. 

This month I am doing the ab challenge. 




To Nathan on his 7th Birthday

Dear Nathan,

Happy Birthday Bub Bub! Today is your seventh birthday and I'm starting this before we head off to the Apple store to get you an ipod mini.  You've asked everyone for money, so you can save up and buy it.  You are doing really well at math and adding, so all this money has been fun for you.   You are doing well in school in general, your reading is coming along.  You read to us in English or french every night.   You were lucky this year to get the same teacher Lucas had and she is excellent. 

You continue to be cute and have great facial expressions.  You are always making us smile even if it the way you pronouce things... like Tim Portons. Your shrugs are priceless and the way you tell me something as though it's so obvious puts a smile on my face. 

You have become very sporty this year.  We did a lot of skiing this winter and you start on the easy chair and going slow and by the end of the year you were skiing on the silver chair and would ski faster then me each run.  You progressed so well this year.    We also got a new pool table and you are doing well with that too.  I think that having a big brother pushes you to do more.


We did lots of fun family stuff together while you were 6 and you were a lot of fun to do it with.  You don't need a stroller and you love to do all the same stuff as your brother.  Sometimes you are even more up to doing the adventurous stuff.



You are also a very loving, snuggly kid.  When I read books to you at night you like it when I lay down so you can snuggle in.  You also love to give kisses and get kisses.  The other night you fell asleep on my arm and I love listening to the sounds of your breathing. 








Your kid birthday was lots of fun too.  Nice to see you get along so well with your peers.  Matthew is your closest friends, but you do get along with everyone in your class.  You invited both girls and boys and everyone had a good time.  Treasure hunts and crafts and the hit was the chocolate fountain. 

I'm so enjoying the age you are at. We love spending time together and you also enjoy spending time with others.  You aren't demanding of my time like when you were young, but we have so much fun together.  We smile all the time and laugh.  I can rationalize with you and you listen and learn and laugh. 

Happy birthday to my wonderful boy.

love mom. 






Monday, April 06, 2015

Nathan's 7 year old Questions

We did this once when he was 5

My favorite food is: watermelon
My favorite sport is: soccer
The coolest person on the earth is: The ones that I love.
When I grow up I'm going to be: Zookeeper or Scientist
My favorite color is: green
My favorite song is: Travelling Song - Avett Brothers
My favorite season is: Summer
If I could go anywhere in the world I'd go: New York
When I was little I use to: play with balls.
My favorite school subject is: Math
My best friend is: mom
My favorite snack is:  Watermelon
My favorite movie is: Guardians of the Galaxy
I'm really good at: Loving people
My favorite thing about summer is: Going outside
My favorite thing about winter is: Skiing
I love the book: Harry Potter
A food I don't like is: Onions
If I had one wish it would be: to be with my family forever
My favorite thing to do with Lucas is: Play WiiU
My favorite thing to do with Dad is: Play xbox
My favorite thing to do with Mom is: play a board game

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Middle School

This week there was an open house at the school Lucas will be going to for middle school.  Both Lucas and I were excited about going to see what was there.  Actually I think Lucas was melancholie, excited about what was coming but also nervous about getting up early and going to a new school.

Lucas is a thinker and a worrier.  There is a lot that goes on in that childs head, especially when it comes to new experiences where he feels like he has little control or is out of his safe zone.  Sometimes I'm very happy for this trait as it makes him very trustworthy.  He doesn't just jump into things without thinking but sometimes I wish his mind was more at ease and he knew that he could conquer anything that came his way.

The school was big.  Two floors and even within those two floors many stairs to get to half floors.  He gets a locker and has 7 periods and will see at least 5 teachers and change classrooms.  It will be quite the change for him compared with elementary school.  It's also a change for Darryl and I as there was no middle school or junior high in Ontario.  There is part of me that is nervous that he is grouped with the big kids, but I guess we were always grouped with the big kids.  =)

But the school has many cool activities which will allow Lucas to try new things and also expand his horizons.  There is shop and home ec and band and art.  During our information session we also found out that the school will be starting later then what he thought, so he was pretty excited about getting to sleep in a bit more.

When the tour and info session was all done I think we were both feeling a bit overwhelmed.  On the way home a slow song came on that really reminded me of the time I found out I was pregnant with Lucas.  It's amazing how music can bring back those memories.  It was December 2004 and Darryl had gone to Phoenix for work.  I was all dressed up cause I was heading out to a Christmas party.  I was a couple of days late, so I thought just in case I'll do this test.  Of course it was positive.  And I remember sitting down on the steps in our house at Mackenzie Towne and Emma came over and put her head in my knees.  Sarah McLachlan was playing and I remember saying to Emma "Our lives are never going to be the same".  It's amazing that I can remember that just like it was yesterday and now my kid is going to a school with lockers and he gets to pick options and eat in a cafeteria.

Time flies when you are having fun...

A couple of days have passed since then and I think it is sinking in for both of us.  Lucas is still thinking lots about it, but starting to feel more comfortable with the idea (at least I hope).  I think it will be a transition for the next while and especially next September, but hopefully seeing it a couple times first will have helped.

Till Next Time!

Jenn


Thursday, January 01, 2015

Resolutions for 2015

I am a big believer in making new years resolutions.  I don't know that I've done it my entire life, but I love the idea of trying to improve yourself and making goals.  My favourite one was the year I gave up coke for the entire year.  But I find making them on the blog makes me more accountable for them.

Last year I did not do well on my resolutions.  Mostly because they were not specific enough, they were too general.  The other thing I learned this year was that I do well with smaller goals and doing 'monthly' challenges.  Helps me to establish a habit as well.  So this year rather then setting three goals for the year I am planning on setting a goal each month.  I'm not sure what I'm doing for each of the months but here is the ideas for the next couple of months:

Jan: Practice piano for 15 minutes each day
Feb: Only check social media once per day
Mar: Meditate every day
April: Eat at Home Challenge
May: Ab challenge
June: Yoga challenge
July: Take picture with big camera everyday
August:
September: Blog everyday
October:
November:
December:

I am feeling pretty optimistic about it!  Anyone else have any resolutions for 2015?

Jenn

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reflection on 2014

All in all 2014 has been another great year.  Some really fun vacations and family memories made.  I also had a chance to do some fun things work wise.

My biggest change this year was yoga.  As I said in said in the last post it has been something I have embraced whole heartily this last year.  When I look at how I'm going to spend my free time, yoga it is.  Last year if I had a couple of hours I would head out shopping, now I'm much more likely to head to the yoga studio.  My favorite thing about it is how good it makes me feel both physically and emotionally.  There is such an encouraging, family like atmosphere there.  I see my flexibility improve, but I also see my patience and gratitude improve. 

One of my favorite memories of 2014 was a trip we took for my Dad's 60th birthday at Panorama.  On the last day there we weren't sure what to do, most of the rest of party had left it was just mom, dad and our family.  We decide we would go to skiing in Panorama for the afternoon.  It was not very busy, the sun was shining, the runs were perfect.  We closed the hill that day.  

My resolutions from last year did not go great....  Here is a bit of a summary:

1. Personally and creatively I would like to take more pictures with my big camera. 


I did not do very well with this one.  It will be one I'm moving to 2015...  I explain more in the blog post tomorrow. 

2. The other part of that is blogging those big pictures more. 

See comment on #1....

3. Spend less money on clothes and more money on vacations. 


This did happen... although see comment one..... I've got a good plan for 2015

4.  I want to implement with myself and my kids is a healthy snack first. 




This went well this year.  My snack, especially in the evenings has been much better.  There are still treat for all of us, just not as frequetns.

5. Run a 10K race.

Done, check!

6. Parenting, I'd like to have more patience with my children.  Especially with Lucas.  He is a different person then I am and I find it challenging to deal with.  Not that I don't have challenges with Nathan too, but I would like to try and have more patience with both of them. 

This is getting better.  I'm getting better at recognize that Lucas has his own personality and accepting him for who he is rather then trying to change it.  

Here is the yearly video summarzing the awesomeness that was 2014!

Jenn





Sunday, December 28, 2014

December Challenge

It's amazing how in the last year yoga has become such a big part of my life.  In September I did a yoga challenge where I went and did yoga at the studio every day for 30 days.

This month I did a yoga challenge on instagram.  It was a fun experience and caused me to try lots of different poses that I would have normally said I couldn't do, but with this I knew I just had to achieve them for a moment while Lucas got the picture.    Here is a copy of the challenge and the poses I had to do:
 



Day One:
Day Three




Day 24
 

Friday, December 19, 2014

A special 20 hours

In the last 12 hours I had two moments with my boys that I wanted to share and remember for when they grow.

First was yesterday after school, with one of Lucas's longtime friends.  They don't go to the same school so they don't see each other on a regular basis, but probably about once a month.  Yesterday Lucas's bus was late and he was walking home from school.  He saw me waiting for the bus and stopped to chat.  Once Lucas got of the bus, they were chatting and chatting like they had never been apart.  Lucas is lucky to have a few relationships like that where he just clicks with people.  As a mother it's such a good feeling to see your children have those relationships and get a long with people.  I took a picture of them walking together and it makes my heart shine. 

Later we had a dinner (albeit slow) at Swiss Chalet from the activity advent calendar and then went to see the lights at Spruce Meadows, which was yesterdays activity, but Alexis's birthday dinner took priority.  ;)

Then this morning I took Nathan to school and one of the other parents waiting in line asked me if I was Nathan's mom.  I said I was and she proceeded to tell me what a great kid he was.  She has had him twice over the last couple of months in her group at school and she said she told the teacher she can always assign Nathan to her.  He's polite and listens, takes his turn.  She said he was one of the best kids she's been around and she works at a school.  I'm sure I was blushing with happiness.   Again such a satisfying feeling as a parent that we are doing a good job. 

I was lucky to go to hot yoga after with my best friend, honestly the best 20ish hours.

Jenn

Friday, August 29, 2014

summer 2014

As I sit here drinking tea on our last day of summer vacation I am feeling a little melancholy... well maybe a lot meloncholy.  What a wonderful, fantastic, fun summer we have had, yet again.  I love being with my kids so much.  I love the laziness and the summer vacation.  I love getting up when we choose and doing what we want each day.  I love visiting with people we don't normally see and trying new and different things we don't normally do.  I love summer vacation.  I feel grateful that I have a job which allows me most of the summer off to spend and enjoy it with the kids and that I get to be with them rather then at camps etc.  And they love that too.  =)

Here are some of the picture highlights....

Each summer starts out here with the Stampede.  Which we did not go to this year.  I love the Stampede and usually there is a band or two I want to see at the Coke Stage and usually one day I take the kids, but this year they had no interest in going.  I had asked them on a couple of occasions, but they turned it down.  It's interesting as they get older and develop more into their personalities about what they do and do not want to do.  I think it's great, even if it doesn't always jive with my personality, but it's great to see them grow and learn about them.  

Luckily I did get to dress up and go to a Stampede party with my best friend and one of the companies we work for.  It was as usual a great time and we have the picture to prove it.  This of course was taken after a my first and last glass of burbon.



After Stampede we headed out to Kelowna.  This was the first year of fishing we did in Kelowna.  My best friends son got very interested in it, which in turn got my boys very interested in it.  So now I am an angler, although only in BC.  I even have the angler number to prove it.   The boys really enjoyed the fishing.  There is a stocked lake by Oma and Opa's house so we would drive there every other day and catch fish.  By the end of the week all the boys had caught fish.  Although Nathan's first catch was the funniest.  He was so surprised and had no idea what to do when he got the fish on his line.  He handed the rod the my friend's son and had him take it off.  




We also spent lots of time at the beach, playing games with Oma and Opa, playing RC cars, doing yoga and running.  There was also a big forest fire in their city and we spent time watching the airplanes put out the fire.  It was an incredible thing to watch. 



IN our off weeks from Kelowna we filled our time with other things: Science Center, swimming in the mini pool in the backyard, golfing, drumming, baseball games, meeting Darryl for bubble tea, playing with friends, going to Millarville etc.  Again, love summer!!




Over the long weekend Darryl and I went house boating with a bunch of other adults.  It was a good time for Darryl and I to spend a little time together and the kids got to spend time with Grandma and Pop too.   Afterwards Darryl and I took the kids and Emma for our annual Kelowna vacation as well.  Again more beach and fishing and relaxing and running and yoga and playing.




To end off our summer Grammy and Grandad came for a visit.  It was great to have them come and stay and show them lots of our favourite summer activites.   I took Grammy to hot yoga, we took them drumming and to the zoo for the delicious brunch.  







All in all it was a great summer.  Love having two months off with my boys.  

Till Next Time Jenn