Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer vacation 2011 - Day 1

The weather is still cold so it really doesn't feel like we are on summer vacation, but we are. Today was day one. We all had a bit of a sleep in - except for Tony of course, who is not on summer vacation. :(
I tried to lay down a few ground rules about not too much screen time before breakfast and maybe being dressed before noon. The rules are not too strict as we are on vacation.
We spent most of the morning going through the bags and backpacks that came home yesterday. I am never too sure what to do with half empty glue bottles and broken crayons. What do I keep and what do I throw away? I know a lot of could probably be saved to use next year, but there is just something about all those new supplies in September. There is just something about a brand new box of perfectly sharp crayons that still makes me want to find a coloring book.
But that's enough of that September talk - no more thinking about that for 10 long weeks. And the best thing about today...I did not have to pack any lunches. We sat at the table and all had lunch together. (well, not quite all of us...Cooper had a babysitting job)

And a few photos from Sports Day. Hudson's very last one as next year he is moving on to Middle School. We had an opportunity for all 4 of the kids to be at Sports Day together as the Grade 7 students came over to Sandy Hill to help run the stations. But Cooper's teacher said he didn't hand in his form on time. He claims he never got one. Jury is still out.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Our little girl turned NINE this week. Wow. She has been a our little ray of sunshine in a house full of boys since the day she was born, and she continues to be that for us around here.
We celebrated with family over the weekend and then on her special day she asked to go to White Rock for fish-n-chips. We did the same thing last year for her birthday and it must have been good memories for her.

Let's hope this year brought some of new special memories for her.
Happy Birthday Reagan! You are loved!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A friend

Sometimes when you can't find a friend to play with, you just have to improvise.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I seem to have lost sight of what is important. Don't you find that sometimes life gets in the way of life?
The life that you really want to focus on gets lost in the busy-ness of every day.
Lately, that is what has happened to me. I don't like it. It feels really bad.
Lately... I have forgotten to hug my kids enough.
Lately... I have nagged them too much to pick up their things off the floor instead of getting on the floor with them.
Lately...I have not picked up my camera to record all the things I know that I will want to remember.
Lately...I have been not been blogging regularly.  I miss that.
Lately...I have been overwhelmed by all the things on my to-do list.

Today I will try harder to focus on the little things that make up our days, months, years, and lives.
Lately, I have forgotten.
Here's a moment I won't forget, because I remembered to pick up my camera and that made me slow down and focus on something lovely.

(Cooper has been reading the first Harry Potter book to Taggart at bedtime - not sure who is enjoying it more)