Wednesday, December 5, 2012

For Real, Another Fire!?

You wouldn't believe where I am right now. I'm at home, sick with the stomach flu. I'm not really at home though. I'm at the public library because home is evacuated... Another fire in our building. So I'm at the library holding back my stomach contents, missing work, and evacuated from our building. There was a time when I could laugh about this sort of thing and I have three gut churning please-God-keep-that-dry-toast-down hours to try and remember those times. It is pretty ridiculous after all as it is the second fire-slash-evacuation since we moved in eight months ago. It does suck that I had to call my boss in to work for me. The poor thing has seven children and the last thing she wants to do is work my shift. I have a great history of not missing work but I'm a parent now and this is my fourth sick day since I started in September (Little One's sick days are also my sick days). Little One has such terrible anxiety from the last fire that I'm not even going to tell her. I'm just going to say they're doing more renovations (more renovations... Note: If you're going to change the 40-year old dingy carpet, change all the carpet. Right now, it looks like they ran out of money and couldn't finish the job BUT I know that's not the truth because owner #1 drives a Maserati and owner #2 is in Italy). Anyway, I think I will tell her there was a flood because if it is anything like last time, the carpets will be drenched and pulled back and there will be giant fans airing the hallway out for a month. Yes, that's it. "There was a flood Little One! You should have seen it, we all had boats and were rowing down the hallways; there were rainbows and everybody was having a jolly time. I sure wished you could have been there!"

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Babies are so cute and snuggly. Toddlers are like little magical fairies that I love so much. Three year olds are my favorite. And four year olds? They're a fucking blast... She's 4.5 and her imagination is out of this world, she knows all the rules and laws (and enforces them consistently), she's maturing and enjoys time with her friends (but still wants mamma nearby), her sense of style and ability to match colours and patterns together is really starting to sort itself out (good gracious you should see some of the outfits she would put together when she was three) -- and she loves her family to death!

She's laying in her boat while rowing it;

I put out playdough and coloured popsicle sticks...
Ice cream sundaes is what they come up with!

Using every colour in the rainbow;

her super-confident, out-going and funny personality.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Great Article

Little One is officially registered into Canada's state-of-the-art public education system. She will be starting full day Kindergarten (I'll touch on that one another time) in the fall. Click here for an article that talks about the importance of play in education.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

An Interview For Little One

What is your most favorite thing? Princess costumes

How much do you weigh? Um, thirteen

Why did Darci and Kim get married? Because they wrote down their details and they make lots of money and then they bought their dress and then, then then and and then an, an an um they got engaged.

What's the difference between an Aunty and a Grandma? They have different faces

Why does Aunty Shelby have such long hair? Cuz she got a haircut and then her hair grow longer and longer and longer and longer and longer

Why does Simon make so much noise? Cuz he's a dog

What do you think Aunty Heather is doing right now? Making her house smell pretty and cleaning her house

Who is your favorite Aunty? Aunty Darci because she gives me gum

Can you tell me the directions to Grammy's house? Left right straight and then left right straight left right straight, and then straight straight straight and then turn and then straight straight straight and then turn on Willingdon and the you're at Grammy's park and then you turn back on Willingdon and then you're at GRammy's house and if you see any garage that's grammy's house... Turn!!

What does Uncle Garnet smell like? Yucky skunk

What would it be like to be in a band? Um too noisy! (She plugs her ears).

Do you want Grandpa to come visit? Yes,

What will you do when Grandpa gets to Vancouver? Play with him and play hide and seek.

If I didn't play the piano, what would I do instead? You would eat dark chocolate

What does Granny Mac dream about? Forget it, I don't know

What colour is Granny Mac's hair? Brown

What do you like about skiing? That we get to go on the ski hill and then go down really fast and mommy makes it so we can't go skiing cuz we can't go skiing down the hill cuz I have to go around the corner 100 times.

Do you want to go skiing again? Yeah

When are you going to get a job? When I'm 89

When will you start paying me rent? When I'm 39

...Mamma, I don't want to ask any more questions ok?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I took her skiing this week. I have been dying to get her on the hill for years. Grammy bought her her a kid pass in the fall. I couldn't afford to get myself one but as luck would have it I am now employed at my favorite hill...

It was a challenge finding her equipment on such a tight budget; I bit the bullet yesterday and bought her some used equipment from a local used sports store. She wasn't too thrilled by the lack of colour choice but the sales girl gave us a great idea to go buy stickers and decorate her skis. So we did.

Later that day...

Inside the staff hut, I set her up with her new gear and princess stickers she had picked from the Dollar Store. I chatted with the other instructors and got myself ready. When she was done personalizing her skis, I helped her put her boots on. She put her skis on by herself... and then skied over to the door, opened it, and went out the door. I guess she was ready to go.

She loved being pulled around by my poles. We practised a snow plow -- the little smarty pants nailed it right away. Then we cruised over to the lodge and grabbed a snack and had her picture taken for her pass! We ran into a family friend who bought her her very first ski helmet (after the hit I took buying all the gear, I decided we were just going to go old school and wear a toque). Now we were set. We hit the beginner hill where we could ride the magic carpet.

She kicked butt going down the hill, like every kid she only wanted to go fast and straight down. She could make her snow plow and slow down (or fall) at the bottom (most of the time). My supervisor happened to be there and was giving her more ski tips, our friend was taking pictures and cheering her on. We were both too eager to hit the chair lift so off we went. That could have been disastrous as it took 20 minutes to go down a run that would normally take me less than a minute... We were having way too much fun though. Once we figured out her balance, I handed her my poles and she skied beside me as we whizzed back and forth across the hill, 'weeeeee!" giggle, giggle and "Mommy I want to go straight down" is pretty much all that came out of her the whole time. She wanted to go again but I could sense some exhaustion coming on -- from both of us. I took her back to the hut, she rolled snow balls outside while I got our stuff together -- and that was the end of her very first day on the slopes! The end of season is just over a month away so I have one month to catch up on two years of missed skiing with her! Weeeee!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


She is having a great time in my friend's home daycare for the morning and I am sitting in the library whipping up some resumes. In September, she will be entering kindergarten and I will be getting a real job. Graphic design intern? Work in a print shop and learn the nitty-gritty of the printing process? Education Assistant with the school board? Work in that tasty hamburger joint up the street? What will I do to pay off my well deserved, monumental debts and save my now horrific credit rating that I have earned from being a stay-at-home, single mama for the past 3.5 years!?