Friday, May 29, 2009
The correct answer to the question in the last post is indeed Chloe being told she needs glasses. She was giddy with glee. We picked out new frames right away and they were ready today. We rushed over to pick them up after school today. Not only is it a wondrous novelty to have a new accessory, she is delighted to be able to see faraway things clearly. I've never seen her smile so much in one day.
If you want to make her even happier, ask her if she got glasses the next time you see her.
When the lady was adjusting them, Spencer asked her how long Chloe would have to wear glasses for. The lady said, "I don't know. Probably her whole life."
When we left the office, Spencer was quiet and when I asked him what the matter was, he said, "I want the old Chloe back."
One person's joy is another's sadness.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here's the crew I had today:
Actually I only had the whole group for a short time. I had Bella (my niece) all day, but the two neighbour children were only here for an hour. They were all very good (and I'm not just saying that), but I have a whole new appreciation for Siobhan and her home daycare. Bella likes to climb on everything and finds danger in things no one would think to be dangerous, so she had to be watched closely. That still didn't prevent a big cut on the bridge of her nose when she fell while holding a piece of cardboard. It's such a great feeling to send kids home with prominent facial lesions that occur while in your care (or lack thereof). I was hoping it would heal by home time. I hope it's not picture day anytime soon. Sorry, Bella!!
Back to positive-ness. And no, I didn't contain the toddlers in a box (below). The best part of my day* was watching these two play together in the playhouse. Bella was as happy as could be as long as she could be in charge of when and if Reid could exit. He is very good natured and went along with her wishes for the most part. Don't they both have the cutest chubby cheeks ever?! And Bella's wound isn't that visible. You probably didn't even notice it.
... and Chloe is reading. She wasn't just posing for the camera, either. My children are odd. Must be from their father's side.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
- Waking up
- Neve freaking out when I left her at pre-school. It took the strength of two adults to pry the wailing child off of me. Ten seconds later she was skipping happily around the gym.
- Noticing new rolls of fat around my waist despite increased exercise
- Feeling stressed out about a big work project and frustrated about not having enough uninterrupted work time
- Getting a $190 photo radar ticket in the mail @#&*$%!
- Dale working late
- Counting carbs
- Neve’s inability to decide whether to ride her scooter to the playground or to walk. She eventually decided to walk, but second-guessed her decision the whole way to the park and needed to be held while she cried.
- We asked a girl down the block who was playing outside if she wanted to come with us and she brought her cat. Her mom wasn’t home, but her grandma (who’s never met us before) said she could come, no questions asked. I was half expecting the police to come looking for us.
- Having to hold the cat’s leash at the playground while the neighbour girl played. It desperately wanted to run into the bushes so I had to hold it with all my might the whole time. Its leash was all tangled up around itself and the swing set but I don’t really like picking up cats. I was praying no dog would come around. Or no person for that matter; I didn’t particularly want to be seen struggling with a cat on a leash in the middle of the playground.
- Neve didn’t want to leave the playground and plopped down on the muddy ground refusing to move. The other kids went ahead and crossed a busy street while I was still struggling with carrying an unhappy Neve, Brown Ee-ee, a large awkward water bottle that no one even drank from, and my jacket which I had to take off because I was crazy hot.
- Spencer kept driving into my ankle with his scooter. That's my favourite thing ever.
- Having a headache and knowing I have another four hours or so of work ahead of me tonight
And that's the end of the pity party for today. I’m sure life will look cheerier in the morning, once I drag myself out of bed. I definitely won’t be checking the mail tomorrow.
Oh yeah, here are the buds. The wind blew away all the blossoms, so this shrub's days are numbered.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
We spent most of the weekend doing yard work. We got fresh soil delivered so we moved the dirt from our garden to low spots around the house and put the new soil in the garden. My garden never amounts to anything; every year I vow I won’t plant one again, but each spring I am filled with new hope. We’re making it smaller this year so that if it fails, it will be less of a disappointment. We didn’t have time to plant the garden this weekend, but I hope to do that in the next day or two.
Spencer digging a hole for a time capsule.
He wanted to dig ten feet down, but when I told him the ceiling in our house was eight feet high, he modified his plan. He dug about 18 inches down and then went to collect things to put in the capsule. I asked him what he had in mind, and he said, “A DVD and some food.” That should be interesting to dig up in 50 years.
The kids had so much fun this weekend riding their bikes and running through the sprinkler and playing outside with friends. Dale took the two older kids to the carnival at the community centre. They had a midway so the kids went on the ferris wheel and bumper cars and were quite delighted by all of it.They had a less delightful incident on Saturday. We had friends coming for dinner and I needed pop, so I sent Chloe and Spencer to 7-11 to get some. Chloe has walked to the store with friends quite a few times, but Spencer has never gone without an adult before. But Chloe is very responsible and they were excited about going, so I sent them off with the cell phone. A little while later, Dale answers the phone and it’s Chloe, asking for someone to come pick them up from 7-11. She told him that while they were at the counter, some drunk guys came into the store and made a scene. The guys had left the store, but were still hanging around outside and she was scared to leave. Dale handed me the phone and went to get them. While I was on the phone with her, the guys came back into the store and were knocking things over and getting crazy. A man in line behind the kids was yelling “GET OUT! GET OUT!” and physically shoved the guys out of the store. I could hear him yelling over the phone and I didn’t know what was going on; I was imagining the store being robbed and weapons being involved and thinking we didn’t need Sprite that badly. Thankfully Dale got there quickly and the lady at the counter was keeping an eye on the kids and everyone made it home safely. Chloe was pretty shaken up; Spencer said it was “awesome” but Chloe said he was not as confident as he made it sound while the situation was happening. I’m very relieved he didn’t try fighting them. (That reminds me of something he told two younger boys who were following him around and bugging him at a playground the other day: “I’m eight and I know a little bit of karate.” Unfortunately they didn’t stop chasing him, so he went to tell their moms, just like any good karate master would do. When he told me about it later, I suggested leaving out the “little bit” part next time for maximum impact.) Anyway, I’ve never had anything like that happen to me at 7-11, and I feel bad that the kids had to experience it unsupervised. I don’t think Chloe will be asking to go again anytime soon.
I took these bud shots yesterday. Here's hoping for a warm, sunny week that will transform these buds into full blown leaves.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I noticed lots of dead branches on both shrubs today, so I got out the clippers. I think I was a little overzealous because they seem very sparse now. The pink blossoming one is being cut down soon anyway since it’s half dead and in an awkward spot. I always feel guilty for getting rid of growing things though, which is why we still have two enormous, pine needle shedding, light blocking, ground sucking evergreens in front of our house. I could put up with one tree, but two of them mean we have no front yard and you can never walk barefoot without getting pine needles stuck in your foot.
Since I just spent a whole paragraph talking about shrubs and trees, obviously nothing very interesting is going on over here. I’ve been spending a lot of time on a big work project and doing the bare minimum around the house. The weather’s been cool, but we’ve been acting like it’s summer and trying to get outside every day. Dale and I went for an hour-long bike ride yesterday while the kids were at Grandma’s, and it was actually a very pleasant night. So we’re going to stop whining about the weather and be thankful we don’t have to wear socks and that no one's sliding through intersections.
And finally, here are two links my brother sent me recently which I’ve been finding entertaining:
Awkward Family Photos
Odd pictures from real estate listings
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I had my first soccer game on Tuesday night. We lost so badly that no one even spoke of the score, but I didn’t really care because I was just happy that I wasn’t in pain afterward. I haven’t been running much and was dreading the first game, but things went a lot better than I expected. That probably means I wasn’t playing hard enough. Be that as it may.
Thursday night was Chloe’s spring concert (okay, so the school does spread things out a little). She’s now in “Middle Years,” and these concerts are much more enjoyable than the “Early Years” concerts. The only downside is they’re longer, so Neve and Spencer got pretty restless by the end. Spencer entertained himself by taking pictures of Neve (below), Neve’s naked paper dolls, and his friend who was sitting a few rows back.
I know four people whose birthday falls on this very day, including my dear friend Teresa who celebrated by drinking mojitos in a parking lot.
We had a lovely dinner out tonight at La Fiesta, an El Salvadorian restaurant, followed by drinks at Earl’s. Not only did Dale and I not get the memo about wearing black, I am the loser drinking tea. I’m just holding Doug’s beer to look cool, which I wouldn’t have had to do if I’d learned coolness in school. Anyway, happy birthday TLT, the true queen of cool.
On a totally different note, I’m starting a new feature called Bud Watch. Every day (that I remember) I’m going to take a picture of the buds on two different shrubs in our backyard and together we can watch them grow. It’ll be like a webcam, only different.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Then I dreamed that I took my newborn and toddler to the bar one night. I knew it wasn’t a great decision, but I did it anyway. Then the dream ended (it was short).
When I woke up, my children gave me hugs, kisses, home-made cards, pictures and crafts. I felt very guilty about my awful dreams. Which is sort of what Mother’s Day is all about anyway. The kids feel guilty for not being nicer the other 364 days of the year, the mothers feel guilty for not being more loving and patient, and the husbands feel guilty about not doing enough to make their wives and mothers feel special. I suppressed my guilt for the most part and had a nice day anyway. Dale’s family came over for brunch and then I took Neve to ballet. When I got home, Chloe had baked brownies for me all by herself and had arranged them in a special bowl she bought for me at my neighbour’s garage sale. That was the sweetest part of the day. (I'd already dug into them by the time this picture was taken).
My side of the family got together at my sister’s for dinner. Dale got me a bike for Mother’s Day, so Chloe and I rode our bikes there and back (not sure how far it is – I’d estimate four or five miles each way). The bike is awesome; nice and light and easy to ride, but sitting on that bike seat today is going to hurt.
It’s a beautiful sunny day today - hope everyone enjoys it to the fullest! XOXO
Saturday, May 09, 2009
But pictures aren't always what they seem, sort of like family pictures where it looks like everyone's happy but really the parents are threatening the children under their breath if they don't sit still. Since we don't have a strainer, Chloe couldn't strain out the kiwi and strawberry seeds like the recipe said. So they were seedy and not particularly sweet. Spencer hates all things fruit, so this is how he really felt:
Neve loves fruit and she ate it all, but she didn't ask for another one.
Chloe seemed pleased with hers and didn't notice that no one else was too crazy about them.
I can't remember if I've written this before, but I found it on a scrap piece of paper when I was cleaning up today. It's something Spencer said a while back and I wrote it down: "Is it wrong to mutter curses under your breath?"
Spencer and I were playing a game today and when I made a good move that he wasn't anticipating, he said, "Oh man! I thought the cup of happiness was on my lips." He told me he got that from The Pirates of Penzance. (Dale's mom took him and Chloe to see the play last night.)
Neve (after gymnastics): “Did you see me marching? While I was marching, I said, “This is brilliant!”
Neve and I were out for a walk on Wednesday and she was chattering away. Then she changed the subject and said something totally unrelated. After a pause, she said, "That was really random."
I will close with a clip of Neve from tonight. She's pretending to talk to her friend on the phone. It drags on a bit, so don't feel obligated to watch it.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Here’s some of this week’s highlights (with a flower theme).
It was our wedding anniversary on Wednesday. I’m not sharing that to make anyone feel bad for not remembering – I don’t remember other people's anniversaries. I hesitate to write how many years we’ve been married since it makes me feel very middle-aged. However, since it is a miraculous accomplishment, here it is: twenty years!! That was one of the reasons for our Mexico trip in March, plus we went out last Saturday to celebrate, so the actually anniversary slipped by quietly. Dale brought me a big bunch of lovely tulips (my favourite).
My parents, who were the only ones who remembered our anniversary – probably because they paid for the wedding – brought us a hydrangea plant.
Yesterday I went to a birthday brunch for my mom. She turned 70 in February, but since she was in Florida until recently, we celebrated with my aunts and sisters yesterday. The aunts' faces are obscured; I didn't know if they'd be happy about having their picture on the “world wide email thing.” Who am I kidding – some of them are more techie than I am with their facebook and blog feeds and photo editing.
The neighbours let us freeload off their garage sale again this year, so Chloe set up a couple of tables over there yesterday. She made a tidy sum of money, especially considering that the biggest ticket item was $5.00. She plans to donate the majority of proceeds to a project at church involving sending school kits to poor countries.
Today was a beautiful sunny day; I'm officially putting the winter clothes away tomorrow and declaring it summer!