We spent a few days at my sister’s cottage last week. It’s a beautiful place right on the water and we are very lucky that they are always so willing to share it with us. Dale had to work, so the kids and I left Tuesday evening to make it there in time to celebrate the last few hours of Jan’s birthday (good thing, since we brought the cake). We spent the next few days swimming, tubing, waterskiing (even Neve tried skiing but couldn't stay up), eating, and relaxing. My parents were there the first night as well.
|The jumping rock|
|Favourite summer meal|
|Picking blueberries on Blueberry Hill (where else?)|
|Tia learning to slalom|
|The girls taught themselves how to do back dives|
Since we got home on Friday, we’ve been sticking close to home. We went to the Fringe Festival a couple of times – my nephew is part of an Improv show called Parking Lots Presents Strangers & Fiction. It was super entertaining; I admire improv performers immensely. Spencer saw the show yesterday and loved it so much that he wants to go to every future performance, so if you go, you’ll probably see us there.
Today has been a funny/odd day, starting with the outfit I chose to wear. It’s a maternity skirt that I’m wearing as a strapless dress. Enough said. I’m not going to take a photo.
The only time we left the house was to take Spencer to his bari sax lesson. We didn’t do much of anything, yet I somehow feel productive. I spent a good part of the afternoon preparing for our foreign student, who arrives on Saturday morning. She will be taking over Neve’s room and Neve will be sharing Spencer’s room. So not only did I have to clean Neve’s room, I had to clean Spencer’s as well. I pictured the kids helping a lot more than they actually did. They are okay with making their beds and cleaning up their clothes, but when it comes to going through piles of papers and toys and stuff, they are not so useful. Their groans and whining started to sap me of my motivation and energy, so I released them to their activities of choice. Neve has been playing with her Build-a-Bears this week, which happens so rarely that I like to encourage it when it does happen. Those frickin’ bears and their clothing cost more than our RESPs are worth and I don’t feel we’ve gotten our money’s worth yet. Spencer has taken to reading the Bible, which he occasionally takes a break from to read Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and practice his sax. I don’t know where that boy comes from.
To summarize, I feel like our summer is on the right track (you may remember our rough start from a few posts ago). I am reminding myself to relax and enjoy the little moments. I've been reading Harry Potter (now on the third book). I've also been working on my computer on the front porch, which has been lovely. The squirrels and birds concern me somewhat, but I get the kid to come out and sit with me sometimes. Right now, Spencer is sitting here and reading aloud from Quidditch Through the Ages. I hope Dale comes home soon.