I officially wrapped up editing my last photography session of the year! I delivered it to my client last week, and I definitely let out a sigh of relief. Trying to work on the side (even if it’s only 5-10 hours a week) is an awful lot of work when I’m a mom full time. Even though this was my most successful year and I had a lot of fun, I think I will take 2018 (and possibly longer) off from trying to work. We don’t need the money, and I’m hopeful that I can find other less consuming hobbies to give me a creative outlet. Like this blog for example! I hope I can spend more time here. I’d like to include details about my life that I might otherwise forget!
And food. My whole life revolves around food these days! For the past two months or so, every week I’ve made a menu for our family. It started out in an attempt to help my son out of his picky eating by documenting foods he would try, and coming up with new creative meals and snacks that might spark his interest. But I became hooked! Menu planning has helped with grocery lists, creating variety, and documenting successes (and failures!). Not to mention sanity in my day: I know what we will be eating tonight. Needless to say, there will be food pictures here.
I was really pleased when I got big response when I asked my Facebook friends for tried and true soup recipes. I’ve been on a soup-kick lately, but in a world where Pinterest makes EVERYTHING look amazing (when really it’s not), I wanted some legit recipes that people have tried. In total, there are 17 recommendations! Continue reading
For our morning adventure, today we headed to an unofficial indoor playground run out of a church basement, Halifax Metro Vineyard Church. I like this one because it’s cheap ($2.50 a kid), has equipment meant for preschoolers, lots of toys and a “racetrack” for cars and trikes. The racetrack is Joseph’s favorite feature, and he really looks forward to riding around, often doing it for the full hour and a bit that we are there. However, because he enjoys the bikes so much and because he tends to veer on the more “intense” side of emotions, if someone messes with his bike, he doesn’t respond favourably. Last week, he got off the bike to play with something and another kid was getting on. I couldn’t believe my eyes when he went over and shoved the kid, who then fell. Of course, this same kid had a cast on his arm. I was furious. I pried his fingers from the bike, strong armed him kicking and screaming (Elizabeth too, not kicking and screaming) to the snack room where we took a little time out and ate a snack. He gathered himself together, and was able to enjoy the rest of his time, but episodes like that give me a lot of anxiety. When he doesn’t respond well, I feel myself losing control. Control of not only the situation, but also of my emotions. Needless to say, I dread situations that lead him to freak out, because I’m not confident in my abilities to navigate it in a healthy way. So I will avoid places that have led us to negative experiences before. Continue reading
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
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
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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
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