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’m so excited to tell you guys about big changes coming on the horizon. I have a new site launching in the New Year! I’ve been working hard on it behind the scenes, hence my absence from Elasticpantcity. I’m not going to go into too much detail now but I wanted to let you guys know where my attention is at. I’ll be doing little posts here and there on Elasticpantcity until the New Year arrives and then I’ll introduce you to my new passion project!
I know, so vague, but I want to save more information for when everything is up and running!
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.
There are two ways you can go on vacation as far as health and fitness are concerned, and I’ve done both this summer. It’s easy to treat vacation as a break from habits, including healthy eating and exercise. When I was in Harrison Hot Springs I was just recovering from a horrible stomach bug and finally was starting to eat again. Cheezies? Sure! But not just one snack bag, two. I went gluten crazy, partly cause I couldn’t stomach greens yet but also because bread tastes so good. I had an amazing time in Harrison with my family and I wouldn’t trade all that chaos for the world but I did arrive home feeling bloated and lethargic.
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.