Saturday was the kind of day we’ve been waiting for in Vancouver for a long time! The sun came out and so did our Native Shoes, the first sign that Spring is in the air! Native Shoes are essentially light weight slip ons with fasteners and super ventilation. They’re easy for kids to pull on because they can be tightened with a draw string which means getting out the door and into the sun is that much faster. I love my grown-up Apollo Mocs for cruising around town on my bike. We are a car-free family and so comfy and functional footwear is essential and my Native Shoes are perfectly paired with my speedy, little blue road bike. I chose an all black pair for versatility because they can be dressed up or down, in my case, mostly down (but the potential is there ; ). All Native Shoes are animal by-product, BPA and phthalate free, and do not contain hazardous materials such as formaldehyde. I highly, highly recommend Native Shoes for the whole family and how often can you say that about a brand?
We biked to the Vancouver Art Gallery for their Family Fuse Weekend where interactive art projects are available for the kids. This is probably the first time the boys were old enough to truly appreciate the activities and we had a blast doing a scavenger hunt and sculpting with clay. They love the old courthouse building that hosts VAG and as we traveled up and down the levels they pretended they were exploring a fancy mansion. After the gallery we explored Robson Square and all the paths and stair cases around the new(er) law courts.
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 was going to let Elasticpantcity go. I started Her Vancouver and fell in love with my slick, new site focused on Vancouver women and other lifestyle topics. Her Vancouver feels grown-up while Elasticpantcity felt at that time of introspection like a simple mommy blog focused on a very specific time frame of my life. Elasticpantcity has always been unstructured with a lot of posts written on a whim based on my current mood or interests. I never followed a posting schedule for any length of time.
Words of wisdom: If your doctor asks, “Do you want the flu shot today?” Don’t say, “Maybe next time.” Do it then and there. I wasn’t prepared to have my kids dosed and we paid for it. The next week we began to drop like flies with a truly nasty flu. Weeks later we still have lingering coughs but we are officially over the hump. The first real moment of light for us was last Friday when we put up the Christmas tree. The kids were so excited and filled the morning with laughter and imagination. They play with the tree like it’s a magic world of discovery and I’m pretty sure if we were to shake it; legos and toy cars would come flying out.
I get a little tic in my eye when I start talking about homeschooling. For one thing the term itself is so often misunderstand or packed with negative connotations. There was a time and it is only just starting to change when a lot of people who asked about my kids schooling, and I would say I’m teaching them at home, would frown with concern about their social adaptiveness. They would not try to hide their misgivings and generally thought we were weird, backward, or even in one person’s words, “abusive.”
This Fall Ben needs to refresh his wardrobe in a big way. I’m so proud of my man! In the Spring, Ben made a commitment to start eating well and exercising regularly. He stuck to his plan like a true sport and has gone down in dress size to the point where his pants hang loose and baggy.
Fortunately we need to look no further than Mark’s to find a great fit and a wide variety of jeans including brands like Silver, Buffalo and Levi’s. Because Ben works in tech and is on his knees a lot he needs a relaxed fit for comfort while on the job. On date nights he prefers a slim, more structured fit suitable for casual dining, or going for leisurely strolls along the sea wall. Mark’s has tons of styles and washes to choose from; keeping Ben covered for any type of denim wearing day.
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.
This weekend I had the privilege of taking my two oldest boys out on separate dates. It was much needed one-to-one time. There’s been a lot of sibling rivalry lately and my parenting style has been frazzled as a result. Isn’t that an officially researched parenting style? I kind of lost it at one point, which I hate to admit. I wish I never yelled or said any thing I regretted but sometimes I do and then it’s time to apologize and move forward.