One area that I’ve wanted to write more about on Elasticpantcity is our homeschooling journey. Now that we have two boys in school, the time dedicated to learning subjects has picked up exponentially. We’ve been challenged to focus on the 3 R’s: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic by our support teacher through HCOS. So old school, but so essential to early learning. Because Ben and I are creatively minded we would rather draw, build and play our days away and frankly our boys seem to be following suit.
I want my kids to know every nook and cranny of Vancouver. If we are going to make sacrifices to live in the city then we had better live! Every outing is an opportunity for adventure and now that we’re cruising around on our cargo bike, the city feel way more accessible.
We’re going car-free! I’ve been trying to convince Ben for a few years that I could manage without a vehicle since we live right in the city and public transit is readily available. We found an even greater alternative in our new cargo bike. I could go on and on about how amazing it has been to have the whole family on a bike ride.
We live in a world of lifestyle blogs, TV programs and cookbooks that are constantly raising the bar. Wherever we look we’re bombarded with images of perfection. In the new film “Let’s Relax”, IKEA wants to start a conversation about the expectations that make our lives unnecessarily demanding. IKEA wants to help people say “goodbye” to stress and “hello” to the joy of cooking, eating and being together. Through the month of August, using the hashtag #letsrelax, Ikea is inviting us to share on social media what we’re doing to enjoy the art of living again.
We spent the past week in Harrison Hot Springs with my parents, siblings, spouses and kids. Eight kids, seven and under to be precise. My parents rented out a ginormous house that was formerly a B & B. It was the perfect accommodations for a group of young families and there was even a separate cabin so my parents could escape the fray. Each room had it’s own bathroom which is fairly essential or at least convenient when you have kids at various stages of potty training. There were huge grounds for the kids to explore and play equipment came with the site.
I could have taken a million pictures of Ezra in his life jacket. It fit him perfectly but was just so miniature and cute! On Saturday our family had the opportunity to go out on a Dragon Boat in celebration of the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival happening June 17-19th.