Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Olympics and Chocolate

The Olympics are always a welcomed distraction in our home, as long as Scott gets the old rabbit-earred antenna working. This year was especially fun because it helped us appreciate the weather and Rose truly got into figure skating. Most school nights her and I would cuddle under blankets with the laptop and watch Tessa and Scott. So months later when we visited the Lindt store in KW, it was a treat to have her picture taken with a poster of the famous pair. Why was this cut-out in the chocolate store? Because Lindt is a sponsor of Stars on Ice which we were lucky enough to attend a few weeks after this picture was taken! THAT was a fun day!

And then we got away!

The kids had never seen the Falls, and the grown-ups had never seen them in the winter. They were incredible, we got soaked, outside and inside at the water park we played at. Hotel was lousy but the pancakes covered with candy (ew!!) for dinner at the restaurant made the kids happy.  They were brave enough to ride the highest slides with Scott, while I waited happily at the bottom. I tried some, really I did!

Flying High

He made it for me for Valentine's and the smile's not bad either.

Is it Over?

    The kids were quite resilient this winter. They didn't complain too much about the cold...

and when they were inside, they rarely had trouble finding something to do, even if it meant playing with legos for the thousandth time in months (which is never a bad thing) or making hats out of their pillowcases (new flannel sheets this year were a huge treat for us all!)

Winter Brrs

This winter was cold, icy, snowy, dark, we all know. We had a great time though, we got through it, enjoyed the fires, the books, cozy nights, new games, funny snowy dogs, sparklers in the snow, turkeys in trees (can you find one in the picture below), and all those other things that keep you going and keep you happy, including dreaming of the summer ahead.

The ice storm was probably our favourite day of them all.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

6 years

My baby girl is 6 today and Scott has all the pictures so far on his phone. Not sure how we ended up without a camera and a disappointing collection of cell phone photos over the past six months. We'll fix that before Christmas comes, getting a new camera will be high on our list.

Books! Along with books which are always on my list. I'm reading whenever I get a chance with a dog curled up at my feet or beside me in front of our fireplace. I quit facebook and am watching much less tv. I'm reading Elizabeth Gilbert's novel right now The Signature of All Things, and am enjoying it, a chapter here and there interspersed with an essay from Ann Patchett's new book This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, she's always one of my very favourites. I loved LOVED The Good Lord Bird by James McBride and will be supporting it as a pick at the library in the upcoming weeks. Great read. I also would suggest Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment. Just in case you're looking for something great.

Birthday morning began here before 6am, she was up before the dog! I will get pictures up soon. She opened gifts of books, lego, stuffed animals (such a favourite for both kids right now), art supplies and the list goes on. She stops and reads each card word for word. She stops to draw a picture of herself (as a werewolf of course) with half the gift bags still to unwrap. Watching her draw gives me the same feeling I used to get when I'd watch Mister Dressup as a kid. Her patience and confidence amazes me. She wants to be a scientist she told me the other night. Or an artist, probably both. I bought her her first Ramona Quimby which does look a tad outdated (1968 pub date!!) but she'll devour it.

Books and family. The sum of my days. Running to get things done for them and sitting to read for me. My own written pages are also piling up, for myself, for now.

Good to be here.

Monday, August 26, 2013

England 1 and Things

Me peeking out of the phone booth.

We've been home since the beginning of the month, a month that has passed too quickly. It's hard to believe next week is back to school. But our trip was wonderful and I will write about it all and put up pictures soon. Every second was perfect, the weather, the time alone with Scott, watching Top Gear with tea and crisps and my family, a new book by JK, Cardiff and Doctor Who, seeing Martin Freeman (oh yes I did!), just being in the UK! Sadly, the day we were home Scott's back went out and we've yet to find it. Before, I'd spent the entire month of July sicker than I remember being in years and so besides summer with the kids which is one of my favourite times, the best of our summer was this trip.

Hey, the power just went out.

Something I'm ready to announce and talk about is the book I'm having a small story published in this fall called "Bare With Me". The book is an anthology of stories about breastfeeding, my tiny contribution is rather light-hearted, a specific moment I'm sure all nursing moms have experienced. I love writing those moments, tiny bits stolen and pinned down on the paper like a snapshot. The book is called Have Milk, Will Travel and was edited by Rachel Epp Buller. That would be enough wouldn't it, a first publication. However I get to be part of the Toronto launch for this book, a night sitting on a panel with Rachel, and writers Carrie Synder and Kerry Clare. I will read my piece and do a small talk and wear my amazing new boots and there will be people and wine and food. Scott is coming and we'll stay overnight in the city and make a bit of a fuss. It's a night that will let me dip a toe into the pond, or peek out of the phone booth.

Good, the power's back on.