Did I say that out loud?

Thoughts and musings of a mom

ode to my trailer

‚ÄčI miss camping and…

the scent of an open campfire 

the coolness of an ocean breeze

the closeness of family

late nights and sleeping in

freshly baked donuts just around the corner and reading novels into the wee hours of the night

listening to the waves as they crash upon the shore

open windows and shaded decks

walks after dark

fireworks lighting the evening sky

searching endlessly for beach treasures

melted marshmallows sandwiched between chocolate cookies

starlit nights and full moons over the water

the crispness of the morning and the heat of the afternoon sun

I miss the laziness of summer.

But for now, I’m going to relax here on my porcelain throne in the blessedness of my home for a few more minutes and relish in the fact that no matter how hard I try, it is impossible to wash my hands at the same time.

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Being Thankful during Christmas Break

My kids have been sick with a couple common different ailments for a good portion of our Christmas break. The action all really started on Christmas Eve and hasn’t stopped yet, although I think we are in the home stretch, so to speak. I could be negative about the whole ordeal, but I am going to choose to focus on the positives…or at least try.

1) No hospital visits have been necessary. If I want to pick up any more germs, I’ll just lick my own tv remote, thank you very much. I didn’t even feel it was necessary to get everyone in a fluster and ask what doctor was on call on our local newschaser Facebook site.
2) We didn’t have any Caribbean cruises scheduled, so no big plans to cancel. And no sunburns. Or suntans that would be covered up once I got home because it’s a flipping -97 degrees outside.
3) My kids’ aim is getting better. Three cheers for no extra laundry. And no carpeting. Yah for vinyl flooring!
4) Netflix has a good selection of Christmas movies. They have now watched both the new and old versions of Miracle on 34th Street. And Santa Paws. And an American Girl movie, and…
5) No gas money has been wasted travelling around. Or money spent on eating out. Or Boxing Day sales.
6) Only one of my knuckles is bleeding from cleaning with Lysol wipes and the extra hand washing. And I didn’t discover the bleeding knuckle while transferring a white load of laundry from the washer to the dryer, which is my normal practice.
7) I’ve been able to narrow down the mean time in which my kids are likely to vomit. Their prime hours are 2-5 am. Which is great, really, because when you stick them in the tub at that time of day, there’s guaranteed plenty of hot water coming from the hot water heater.
8) My kids now know what a BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet is, and what their mom will allow them to cheat with. They also know that I’m not referring to their sparkling personalities when referring to this particular diet.
9) We still have three boxes of chocolates in the house, as well as 12 blocks of cream cheese and 8 boxes of crackers. I see me inviting a lot of company over in January.
10) I’ve discovered that I can light up my main hallway like an airplane runway so no one has any excuse as to why they can’t locate the facilities in their time of need. It also makes it painfully obvious that we are home and no one will be tempted to break in and steal any of our germ laden possessions.
11) My kids have been sleeping in until 9am every morning, allowing me to stay up until 2am, when they are most likely to be sick.
12) My oldest has discovered that her mother is sometimes right, and having Vicks on her feet at night will not kill her.
13) My seven year old now knows how to take her own temperature so that when she doesn’t believe her mother’s hand to the forehead method, she can take matters into her own hands.
14) New skills have been mastered. I can now tie my girls’ hair up into ponytails at a moment’s notice from very awkward positions (mothers of kids with long hair know exactly what I’m talking about), and I’ve managed to complete every level of my Mahjong app while waiting for stomachs to settle.
And finally…
15) I didn’t have to take any time off of work to look after my kids in their time of ickiness. Having the time already scheduled off, I may need a vacation from my vacation at the rate we are going though.

It’s back to work/school this week for me and the kids, so here’s hoping and praying, we are done with this mess.

Oh snap! Aaaaaachoo! God bless me!

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My Tenacious Starfish

I took my girls swimming yesterday at our local pool. Because I was not planning on swimming with them, I had to sit in the upper deck to keep a watchful eye on them from there. I had brought a book with me, with the intentions of completing it before the library staff came to my door, demanding it back. In between paragraphs, I turned my eyes back down towards the pool to observe the action below me.

As a mother, I could probably give you an extensive list of the differences between my two children. Knowing full well that neither one of them was switched at birth, it is amazing to experience the differences between them as they grow and mature. The pool is where the playing field is levelled, for my youngest, the daredevil of dry land, would rather “play” in the smaller, shallow pool. Although perhaps, it’s just showing her real age there. While my oldest, who is normally more reserved, keeps to herself, ventures out on a limb, so to speak.

I watched as she, the quiet, almost ten year old, noticed the rope hanging there at the deep end. In sheer determination, she walked to the rope, but because it was strung too far from the edge of the pool, she needed some assistance to get the rope over to her so that she could hang from it and drop into the pool while she flew through the air. There were three or four boys there as well, clearly that many years older than her. They obliged and assisted her in reaching the rope that was just out of her reach. This went on for quite a while, probably a good twenty minutes or more.

She stayed there. She kept leaping from the rope, swimming quickly back over to the side of the pool, joining the boys in a quasi line up, and repeating the same ritual over and over again.

And I watched from the deck.

I was in amazement of this little girl of mine. I wished I could see my almost ten year old self doing the same thing, but I was fairly certain I wouldn’t have. I pictured myself as being intimidated by these boys, their whoops and hollers, their comradery. I didn’t see the self-confidence and tenacity that my daughter so clearly demonstrated.

After a while, more children joined them, and it became too crowded for my daughter, so she walked to the other end of the pool, and climbed up onto a big green piece of foam to float. There she laid out on it, on her back, face up, arms and legs like a starfish, happy as a clam. Peaceful. Restful. Perhaps more like I could picture myself.

As we left the pool afterwards, I didn’t mention anything to her about her adventures out on the rope. I don’t think she needs to know that boys, older children, or anybody for that matter, could be given the ability some day to intimidate her because she’s a girl, smaller or younger. May she always have that confidence, the head strong knowledge, to do what she wants to do. To jump in the water over one’s head, eyes wide open, breath held, arms reaching up, happiness enveloping her.

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Thanksgiving Thankfulness Edition 2013

With Canadians celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, I thought I would share with you the things that I am most thankful for at this very moment. They are in no particular order…at all.

1. I am thankful that God created us to rest at the end of the day. I love to sleep, but unfortunately I do not get enough of it. I’m far enough from my teen years, or for that fact, my pre-children days, that any extra sleep I had in my bank has been used up. I’m currently running on credit and hope my children like to sleep in when they are teens themselves, so that I can sleep in then as well. Of course by then, I’ll probably suffer from chronic insomnia.
2. I am thankful for my job. I am very thankful that I love it and that I don’t have to travel very far to get to it.
3. I am thankful for my husband and my girls. At some point around 4:55 pm, I am not incredibly thankful, but by 5:00, when supper is on the table and all moods have been stabilized, I’m back to being thankful. I love them and want to be the best mom and wife I can be for them.
4. I am thankful that my husband is almost done with his schooling. It has been a long, er, well, very long 26 months, but by the end of this month, it should be completed. I am also thankful that I have not recently fallen and hit my head on a cement block and think that I would like to go back to school. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to go back some day, I just think we need a rest from schooling (tuition).
5. I am thankful that our mortgage was up for renewal this year and the rates were down considerably since we started this mortgage. I probably should be thankful that our banker is more reasonable than I am, and does not share my philosophy that winning the lottery is a good sound financial retirement plan. Of course, part of my problem may be that I don’t actually play the lottery, knowing full well that I will win the first time, and I’m not sure we’re ready for the drastic lifestyle change just yet.
6. I am thankful for this beautiful province in which I live (NB). I love living here and have all intentions of living here forever.
7. I am thankful for our church. I look forward to going each week and enjoy it immensely. I think one of my favourite parts of the week are on Sunday mornings.
8. I am thankful that there are people who cook much better than I do and they make sure I am fed every Thanksgiving Day.

There you have it. This is my 2013 edition of Thanksgiving Thankfulness.

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