Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Get Over It Mommy, I Ain't Nappin'

She hasn't been into napping during the week when the other kids are here. No, she hasn't 'outgrown' her nap as we say; she rubs her eyes all afternoon and the bags under her eyes hang all the way down to her chin. However, we read our stories, the nap tunes come on and everyone gets tucked in. I flop down onto the ginourmous stuffed dog and unicorn next to the soon-to-be snoring children and then...

"Mommy, I'm not going to nap today."

I think, "for real!? This is my time! There's no awake kids in my time!" I say, "if you're not going to nap, you'll be tired and I'll be grumpy later." Up out of bed she goes, as she tip-toes (at least she tip-toes) out the door and straight to her toy shelf. I then choose to be very grumpy for the rest of the day (as though that's going to make her somehow decide to nap the next time?).

This part of the day is obviously her solace as much as mine because while the other children are snoozing away, she is busy putting together 24-piece jigsaw puzzles, a train set, the building blocks, drawing crop circles on the chalk board or... "really Little One? The glue? Why you gotta pick on Mommy like that?"

SO ONE DAY she opens the door to the room just as the last child is right on the verge of falling asleep -- oh she knows not to do that! I get up, take her by the hand and lead her back out into the living room. I'm about to go on a Mommy vent that would have sounded something like this; "blah blah blah, when you open the door so-and-so wakes up blah, blah, blah she needs to sleep blah, blah, blah, I need my break blah, blah, blah now I'm grumpy" but then stop in my tracks when I see this:

Pretty marvellous wouldn't you say? That night we worked out a deal. She can take her puzzles, blocks or whatever else she needs into my bedroom at anytime during the day and spend as much time in there as she needs; during naptime she sleeps. She thought that was cool. Interestingly enough she hasn't actually gone to work on her own in my room at at all, but she has been napping more!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Check out this phenominal valedictorian speech by Erica Goldson.

A student in the US stands up in front of everyone and blasts our archaic public education system and then lays out what we need to do to change it.

I'm tingling with inspiration :)))

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Little One's Birtday Month!

She's turning three this month. Since birthday's are meant to be celebrated all month long, here is her first week of turning three...

Sept. 1 ~ We went to see Jesse Cook in concert. Amazing! She danced, sat on my friend's lap (mommy's was no longer good enough) and as usual was a crowd pleaser. The next morning I put my Jesse Cook CD on to see if she would recognize it and she did. Immediately, a huge grin crossed her face and she started in on her Mother Earth dance moves. (If you can't quite picture how this would look, imagine arms raised to the sun, with a cute little butt groove while her hips sway to and fro -- all while in her own little happy place.)

Sept. 2 ~ We went to her favorite indoor playground at the mall. She loooves going here and although it's only five minutes from our house, we don't go there that much because you know... it's indoors. I ended up feeling yucky so we left the playground within 10 mins but hit the foodcourt for some fuel instead. It was such a highlight for her to eat spaghetti and meatballs. She got to ride the escalators and wash her hands over and over her in favorite sink. Seriously, she skips peeing altogether and just gets to handwashing. As always, she had a blast at the mall.

Sept. 3 ~ Normally, she would goes to daycare on Friday's and I work on homework. By a twist of fate, we ended up having a wonderful morning together instead (well, mostly). My car was at the mechanic and we have been taking transit. I was headed to her daycare and then onto a meeting when we got lost in transit world. Nearly an hour later we ended up back where we started ... by my house. I called to reschedule my meeting (as I would never make it in time at this point), and then asked her, "do you want to go play with your friends or do you want to hang out with mommy today?" Naturally she replied, "I want to hang out with mommy today." I told her, "great, let's go swimming!" So we hit up our favorite outdoor pool.

Sept. 4/5 She was with Daddy.

Sept. 6 When she came home from Daddy's house, I said, "it's your birthday this month!" and handed her her favorite treat -- dark chocolate covered cranberries. She was elated. It had been pouring rain all day so we suited her up in her brand new Muddy Buddies, and headed out to find the biggest puddle we could find. And boy did we find it -- I don't know how we missed this one last year. It's just one block up from our regular puddle. This puddle is so deep it is almost up to her knees. I'm sure she played in there for 45 minutes. As cars would drive by she would yell, "Mommy! Get in the puddle! You will be safe!" Of course the drivers got a kick out of this sight -- Mother and child, holding umbrella's, gumboots on, standing in half a foot of water. She jumped over, ran through, sat in, and asked, "can I drink it?" We went home, dried off, and then she got started on painting her birthday invitations.

Sept. 7 We went to a tea party this morning with our new friend. It was a blast - such an amazing group of relaxed mommy's and kids. Everyone was amazing, happy, and having fun. She made everyone iced tea, worked on playdough, drew pictures at the easel with her friends. They chitter-chattered away and were quite content the whole morning. We went on a marathon transit ride to get there and back . The transit was one big adventure for her and her friend of however not so much for me (but I didn't let on).

That's been her first 7 days of turning 3, so far it's been a blast!

Little One's Birthday Celebrations Continue!

Sept. 8 ~ We were excited to go to Strong Start this morning. We found out the program doesn't actually start until next week. However, after work, we went to visit my friend (who apparently is more her friend now). She got to watch a movie, drink watered down juice, eat dark chocolate (the expensive, good kind), and sip on roobois tea, mmm, what treats! She was given a shiny new purse and got to work on a puzzle.

Sept. 9 ~ We finally visited Granny Mac -- it had been so long! We went to a toy store and Granny found a birthday present for her. She kept Granny and I on our toes while in the store. Afterwards, the three of us went for lunch and then took a stroll along the seawall. Little One gave us a performance on Granny's piano. She's getting very good at the piano. She no longer smooshes down as many keys as she can but will actually line her little fingers up on the keys to play one at a time. She's going to make us rich!

She was not into getting her picture
taken with Granny Mac...

Sept. 10 ~ Our friend had sent us home with some of that delicious dark chocolate. We had it for dessert.... Breakfast dessert that is! I said "happy birthday month!" and handed it to her. Her eyes went huge and then she giggled and took it. What a mess. There was a chocolate rim surrounding her whole mouth and it was dripping right off her chin and onto her shirt. I actually put a bib on her for this extra special occasion.

Sept. 11 ~ She was at Daddy's house, I was making money with Aunty :)
Sept. 12 ~ I stole her from Daddy to take her to her best friend's birthday party. Her two best friends had moved away in the same week -- far, far, away. So, it was fun to spend all afternoon playing together and celebrating her birthday. We were at an indoor playground and their favorite was the super-duper long, steep slide. I used to need a nap and massage after following her up and down the slides and throughout those crazy playgrounds. I was delighted as now that she's such a big girl (sniff sniff) and a strong climber, mommy can stay put and watch while she comes shooting out the bottom of the slide. Every time she landed, she would stand up, jumped up and down on the floor while hollering and laughing away. and then dash back up to the top of the slide to do it all over again. She was sweaty and delirious by the time she was done.

Sept. 13 ~ Today I actually bought her a present. I had her go into her bedroom, close her eyes and when I said, "open!" she was staring right at herself through her brand new full length mirror!! What... You're not excited?? Well she sure was. Right away she found the puffiest skirt she could find and then twirled away. She spent the whole evening going back to the mirror to check herself out and twirl her skirt.

Sept. 14 ~ I was grumpy. By the time bedtime hit I realized we hadn't done anything extra special... Poo on me.

Monday, July 5, 2010

I Knew I Couldn't Stay Away

One year ago, I gave up childcare. For good. I left and I was never coming back. I can be quoted as saying, "I'm never working in childcare again"; "I'm so done working with kids, I'm going to work with computers, at a desk.", or "childcare? I'd rather eat Vegemite".

I've been working my toosh off in school ever since. My end goal was to be a stay-at-home mommy / freelance Graphic Designer but in the end I wasn't sure what the point of all this hard work was. Sure to pay the bills but, really? Ooh, that's a life.

Being a big fan of the Law of Attraction, I finally stopped and asked myself, "what would bring me the greatest joy?" Well duh, to be a stay-at-home mommy, become completely financially self-sufficient through my art, work from home, and have a bumpin' social life like the good ol' days. So, that's what I'm doing. (I still have the bestest friends in the world, but I moved far away from them all, waaah).

I was scared poopless at first even though financially I would be more than OK. What is it with chickening out when it comes to doing what you've always wanted to do? It took me a good two weeks to realize that I could actually do it and then... The fun part!

I decided school was something I was going to do on the side. I'm still taking the same course load but managed to get my school down to one day per week. So long as I'm taking three classes, I get to keep my student loan. I started setting up for childcare and have a a family lined up. I've applied for two Graphic Design gigs off Craigslist -- I didn't get them but at least I'm putting myself out there right!? Take into consideration that I'm soon going to be earning income and not paying childcare fees -- la dee da dee da!!

Do you notice how when you do exactly what you're supposed to be doing (big Law of Attraction guru here), everything falls into place? Well, the stars are aligning and my financial situation is suddenly fine (although it's hard to believe it and I have huge spending anxiety -- I still sneak onto the Skytrain cuz I have to save my tickets for a rainy day, and spend $40/week on groceries.

It's true, I've come full circle. On July 20th my home is officially open for childcare. I don't have to eat Vegemite and oh my gosh, just wait until you see the website I am building for my childcare service!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Your Mom Is The Coolest Mom Ever!"

I was watching my friend's daughter for the evening while they went to watch Avatar. With Little One's BFF over, I was free to sit back while the two of them played happily amongst themselves. My only thought was, "I'm so getting some homework done tonight!"

Well two 2.5 year olds is even more fun than one and I realized that I am just way too involved when it comes to kids (as if there is such a thing!). I sat on my butt for a total of oh, I dunno... 10 minutes? Here's some of the good fun we had:



Stickerin' (and yes mini-trampolinin' too)

Applesaucin' (Aren't they ADORABLE!? Look at her little outstretched arrms waiting to pass the apples to her friend.)

And then, at the end of the night we all snuggled up on the couch with some stories and fell asleep... until her parents came, woke us all up, and snapped me back into the adult world by bragging about what an awesome movie Avatar was.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

And Now For A Little Cheese...

On Children
~Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Doo Mutch Winee

Little One's with her daddy for the weekend and I took off to visit Aunty Shelby. I spent the past four hours completing a homework assignment -- from start to finish -- while Yummy Boy refilled my wine glass three times... and Aunty Shelby talked about farts.

I have to admit that although time consuming, my homework is pretty wicked. This is my third time in college so I can tell you when school work is fun. I have never looked forward to actually being able to sit down and work on homework. It's like meditation. I just traced a whole house on Adobe Illustrator and visualized not only the shiny A+ I'm going to get in week, but also images of a luxurious queen size bed, a refridgerator full of expensive cheeses, and a white Toyota Corolla Sport in the garage. It was a good time.

On the flipside, my teeth are so fuzzy lately I could give them all pet names, and my mismatched furniture is finally starting to irritate me. Seriously, I only have two friends that I ever let in my house. Everyone else gets to meet me at Starbucks.