Coming up next month there is an election here in Canada where we vote for a federal party. In Canada there are 3 main parties, Conservatives, Liberal and National Demographics. At the moment it looks like they are in a pretty close 3 way tie. Which from a lets get stuff done standpoint I don't think is the most helpful.
I listen to enough news to feel like I have a pretty good idea of what is going on, but the things I really don't like about politics is all the negativity around it. I don't want to hear about all the bad things about the other parties I want to hear about the good things with your party.
I live in Alberta the home of conservatives and they have done some good things over the last couple of years. I like that they reinstated the child benefit tax cheques. At this point in my life that is more important then affordable childcare at 15$ a day per child. I put that money towards the kids RESP and the governement contributes 20% more when I do that as well. The liberal would like to pro rate that amount based on how much you make. And there is part of me that really agrees with that and part of me that likes that it is equal, no matter how much you make.
I also like that the conservative are being strict with terriorsts and working to get them out of our country. I would like it if they worked towards bringing in more refugees from other countries, but I do also think that the screening is necessary.
I also like when politicians are open and accessible. I'm looking at you Naheed Nenshi, you are awesome at this. And the conservatives don't seem to be like that at all. Liberals seem much more accessible. And really I like people with awesome hair. I'm looking at you Justin Trudeau.
I also think living in Alberta my biggest concern is the economy and the liberals seem to be focused on that, which I also like... I've done some research with a couple of different online tools. This one is different and this one I do like better and this one is long but good as well.
Really I'm not totally decided yet. And there is still a couple of weeks to research and learn.
Fall has such lovely colors. Especially from "Nannie's Tree". Which turns shades of red, yellow and orange. Here are some fun shots from today.
We thought it would be cool to do a slow motion video of the us throwing leaves. I thought we'd just do it once. But the kids kept going... I kept waiting for Darryl to stop. And when I finally gave in and decided I would throw them again, Lucas attacks Darryl with the leaves and Darryl stops the camera....
I have so much in my life to be grateful for and while sometimes this month I feel like I've been struggling to maintain my usually joyful self, in the busy-ness of back to work, after some yoga last night and a fantastic morning I spent some time sitting in the sunshine going over the hundreds of things I have to be grateful for.
It was parent teacher interviews this morning and both teachers had really good things to say about the boys. Nathan's teacher talked about what a fun and happy kid he was. How he's not allowed to sit on the carpet with his best friend cause they talk to much. But he shows so much love to all the kids in his class. He is kind and generous.
Lucas's teacher said a lot of the same things. He always volunteers for things and how there was a new girl in his class and Lucas did a great job of making her feel welcome and included. She really appricated that and so did the girl.
I'm so grateful for the amazing children I have. I know part of it is my contribution and part of it is Darryl and part of it is the community that have helped to raise them. But I also think a bit of it is luck.
Yesterday I got to go to yoga with my best friend. And that sentence has so much to be grateful for. While I did miss my mom there, I was still so happy and glowing, especially after a busy week. A week where my balance was off again and trying to find it has been my challenge this month. I don't think I'm quite there yet, but certainly trying... and enjoying the beautiful weather, sounds of my good children and looking forward to seeing my awesome husband on this Friday.
Today I ate a ton of junk food, pizza for dinner, food court of lunch. Pop and not water. french fries not fruit. I really should have brought an apple. They are in season now and the perfect travel food. When I went to yoga my practice was not as good as normal. Which I'm sure has to do with the food I ate and also the fact I haven't done yoga for days now. But I committed to eating better when I came home. So my bedtime snack was yougourt with dried goji berries and a handful of almonds.
After waking very early one morning this summer to get Nathan signed up for swimming lessons we have started them again this year. I love to take the opportunity when the kids are swimming to swim laps myself. Swimming is one of my favourite activites, so I'm feeling so happy about being in the water again. There's something about being in the water that makes my heart so happy. It' like I was born to be in the water. I feel so light and so graceful gliding through the water. I can get into a rythm of breathing and over the last couple of years I've become good at turning my head to both sides when breathing.
I feel the same happiness and content anytime I'm in the water. I love the beach and swimming in the water there. I'm sure the sunshine and the vitamin D help, but something about having water all around me that makes me happy. Maybe living by the water is something I should plan for in my retirement.
Around these parts we do something called 'yes day'. It comes from a book
And in this awesome book the parents say 'yes' to whatever the kid requests. This of course is within reason. But if you want ice cream for breakfast - yes You want to stay up late -yes.
We started this tradition with our family on our birthdays. Whomever birthday it is gets to have their yes day that day. Now my birthday was on a very busy Tuesday so we had it yesterday instead.
Did Nathan get me a bowl of cereal- yes
Did I go to yoga - yes
Did Darryl make me brunch when I got home -yes
Did I get to spend all afternoon shopping -yes
Did Darryl make me afternoon tea - yes
Did I get to have delicious steak and wine from the keg -yes
Did I get both boys to give me a foot massage - yes
Did I get to watch whatever show I wanted and no cartoons - yes
I have a really great husband and I know it. Here are two example of why...
1. On his birthday my grandparents phone to wish him Happy Birthday. Darryl doesn't love to talk on the phone, but he called them back. And it's not even his grandparents. Plus he did it while I was at work. When I got home from work he told me all about their conversation.
2. After our first week of craziness of September, back to work, more then I normally work, so Darryl really had to step up with the kids and the cooking and cleaning. So after me being gone lots during the week, when we woke up on Saturday morning he still asked "What yoga class are you going to?" Love how he is so supportive he is. I do lots and lots of yoga. And work and stay busy. I'm glad he is so supportive of all of that.