Attempting to be slow

We had a parent and tot music class scheduled this morning for 10.  I decided to skip it. The decision to bail felt unnatural, yet so easy at the same time. Elizabeth was having her morning nap. I knew that if I woke her up, and tried to rush everyone into the car to make it on time we would all be cranky. I just couldn’t rush this morning. So instead, we took our time.

I let Joe paint while Elizabeth was sleeping. We used an old bouquet a friend brought over and used the flowers as stamps. He loved it! Eventually he used his paintbrush, but I really honestly did love seeing what he created. You know why? We weren’t in a rush to move onto the next thing. Continue reading

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The Best Of: September

One of the most iconic sights in Halifax is Citadel Hill. You can’t miss it as you drive downtown, and its a huge tourist attraction. Funny enough, we’ve actually never visited in the whole seven years that we’ve lived here. I mean, Josh and I have both run UP Citadel Hill as part of running training, but that’s different. Considering admission is free to all National Parks, we decided to check it out!  Joe loved it. It was a bit freaky to have him running around on the fortress wall, but he did a pretty good job staying safe. I even managed to maneuver the double stroller up there. We stayed long enough for Joe to get a lolipop and to hear the noon canon.  Continue reading

Finding a balance

This morning has been a nice nice, because I feel like it was wholesome for Joseph and Elizabeth. I signed Joseph up for a little music and song class through Halifax Recreation and we went to our first one this morning. He really loves singing and dancing, so it was so wonderful to see him having fun and learning new things.

I’ve been reading lately, and a lot of it has been focused on parenting. I’ve discovered the richness of reading about different parenting philosophies, and I feel like I’ve really benefitted from it because it has allowed me to reflect on what I believe is important to our family. One of my friends is a behavioural psychologist, and she has always lauded the importance of unstructured free play for healthy development in children. She recommended the book, “Balanced and Barefoot” by paediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom. What an amazing read! Basically, the moral of the book is to let kids be outside because it is good for them. A little by little, allow them to have more and more freedom to be unsupervised. Continue reading

Can’t see the forest for the trees

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash

I had to drive through Dal’s campus to get to and from Elizabeth’s physiotherapy appointment today. The sidewalks were jammed with students, as it’s only the beginning of the semester, so students are still keen to make it to class. I love the start of semesters. I love the promise they hold. Of new beginnings, the ideas to be learned, of being better, of going places. Had all worked out according to my plan, I was going to be a nursing student this semester. I was overcome with the thought of how fortunate they are to be students. How much I wanted to be walking with them. Continue reading

The Best Of: April 2017

April showers bring May flowers! Baby showers, to be exact, and those little flowers are due any day now. I hosted two baby showers and attended one, so that’s what I’m nick-naming April: baby shower month.

I helped to organize one for my good friend Emily. I left the kids at home and headed out to spend some much needed time with friends – eating food and giving semi-legit parenting advice, sprinkled with hilarious and embarrassing stories about my kids.  Continue reading

Lower Base Shearwater Playground

2 Harvard Drive, Shearwater Nova Scotia.

In my opinion, one of the best playgrounds in HRM. And yet, I can’t seem to find anything about it on Google! Finished sometime in 2016 (based on a 2016 Google map view of it still in construction), this playground has most of the things on my ‘Dream Playground’ list. Multiple heights of slides, different levels of climbing aparati for various ages and abilities,  a teeter-totter, swings (and even an cage-swing that children of every ability can enjoy). Not to mention a rubber landing pad which makes it SO EASY for me to bring my stroller on. It also has a number of tables around the play area, perfect for caregivers to sit, and for kids to come back for a snack.  Continue reading

A Week Without Dad

Josh has been gone for 5 days, and we have survived. Actually, I might even say that we have thrived. A few rough patches, but the kids have been pretty wonderful. I’ve been getting to sleep earlier, and the early morning wake ups haven’t really been that bad. I’ve even managed to shower every day this week. Haha!

Monday we headed out to a playgroup run by one of my best friends. Have I ever mentioned how much I love playgroups? I love them so much. Snacks, toys, and other grown ups. I mostly love how little supervision I need to give Joe. He is pretty free to do whatever he wants, and I think it is so good for him.  Continue reading