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September 2017

Well…the first blush of back to school has worn off.

Let’s be honest…it wore off in the first week. By Friday I had two very cranky children on my hands.

Three weeks in and now we’ve graduated to grumpy faces, whining and “5 more minutes Mommy, please!”

I don’t blame them though…

Some mornings I hit the snooze button so many times it’s almost become an Olympic sport.

At least the weather has been pretty great. We got the summer weather we’ve been waiting for ALL SUMMER!

Shorts and t-shirts and sunscreen. Thirty-two degrees Celsius…What a scorcher!

Until yesterday…when we left the house and turned the heat on in the car.

Nothing like a fresh Autumn morning to remind you that your nearly non-existent summer is over.

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The Last Days of Summer

Today the girls had a play date with their cousin. I decided to take them to the park near our house. It was like pulling teeth with Diva Girl and her cousin because they wanted to stay inside and play Minecraft. Seriously? Baby Girl and I paid them no mind and got ready to go. They grumbled for a bit but by the time the park was in sight, they had forgotten the video games and made a beeline to the playground. It was cool today, a sign that summer is coming to a close and we were the only ones there for at least twenty minutes. Freeze tag was the game of choice and they proceeded to run and scream and laugh uncontrollably. I was suckered in to being a referee of sorts to ensure that everyone played fair and that Baby Girl didn’t get stuck being ‘it’ all the time, since she is the smallest and sometimes has to work harder to catch the others. After a while, a few other families began to arrive and there was one little boy in particular whose caregiver asked the girls if he could play.

And then there were four…

What I love about children is how open they are to new people, experiences, adventures and so on. Soon they were running and screaming each other’s names. The little boy who was the youngest was jumping and running with the rest. As it is with children when they play so vigorously, there are bound to be some bumps and bruises. Everyone had at least one fall into the wood chips that line the playground area. Baby Girl had a fall that left her in tears and the little boy was quick to offer the services of his dog for comfort (present with the caregiver) and advised her to pet him so that she could feel better.


She was all better after that.

When it was time to go, the little boy said goodbye to them (twice to Baby Girl) and they all yelled ‘bye!’ to him as well.

Summer may be almost over, but beautiful moments can happen any time.


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Back to School 2017

Back to school is right around the corner and the kids are so excited. 


Ya right. They’re filled with dread. Homework, rules, structure, homework…

Parents are happy though, right? Of course!

Fighting to get the kids in bed on time. Fighting to get them up on time. Yelling to get them out of the house on time. Making lunches every day. Asking them why they didn’t eat the lunch you made. 




Let’s hear it for back to school!

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Back to School 2015

Two more sleeps until school starts…
Two more sleeps until my children are back to a routine
Two more sleeps until I can stop spending cases of money to keep them occupied
Two more sleeps people!
Are they prepared?
Who cares?!
I sure am!

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Almost Back to School

Time really does fly doesn’t it?

I mean with wings and all!

One day it was Baby Girl’s 5th birthday and the next we are in August and I’m going through their closets to determine what is needed for back to school.


Back to the regular routine and rushing the girls every morning to get ready…

Arguing about clothes, breakfast and moving just a little faster.

We’ve had a really good summer, I guess that’s why I’m having a hard time thinking about getting back into the school routine.

Who knows…

Maybe it’ll be me that has to be told to hurry up and eat my breakfast on that first day.

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The Party’s Over!

Well, the first week of school went quite well…

How could I forget that it wasn’t the first week that’s the problem!

So, the Diva is in grade 2 and in the same school as last year with her friends so not much drama there.

That means the drama had to be with Baby girl of course; and that’s understandable given that she’s starting JK and it’s a whole new world for her.

Her school staggered the starting date for the Kindergarten kids so her first day was on the Thursday. She was fine and quite excited to get ready for school…new dress, new shoes and a new Tinker bell backpack. Couldn’t get any better than that. She was accompanied by a full entourage, as I took the day off, Daddy took the morning off and big sister was being dropped off at school instead of taking the school bus. Now Baby girl is the suffer in silence type of kid and so she endured all of her sister’s advice with a brave face and put on a smile when I asked if she was okay. I managed to maneuver her away from most of the kids that were bawling their eyes out and the one mom who needed a hug. But once we walked her to her class the tears started.

Fast forward to the end of the day, she was happy to see me and she had a great day! Yay! Friday was a great drop off and a great day AGAIN! Two for two!

Well, not sure what happened between Friday and Monday, but that morning she got up and decided that she wasn’t going to school and that I should call her to teacher to let her know that she wouldn’t be coming. She politely closed her bedroom door and lay down on her bed in her school clothes.


This has been the ritual for the past 2 weeks and every day when I pick her up she tells me what a great day she had.

“So I guess there will be no reason for tears tomorrow, right?”

“No Mommy!” she says as she rolls her eyes. Like…why would she cry???

Then the next morning we start again with her not wanting to go to school and crying at the door. We’ve even progressed to hanging on to my jacket and “No Mommy, no!” as the teacher tries to guide her to her classroom. I guess I should take comfort in the fact that she’s not the only one. On Friday, we passed a father who couldn’t get his child out of the car (they live on our street)…and she’s in Grade 2!

Well, I do remember going through this with Diva girl and so I know that this will pass but if you read about a 4 year old trying to make a getaway in her mother’s car…

I’m just sayin.

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Back to school tomorrow!


What? Too much?

No more trying to figure out how to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble 8 hours a day every day including weekends!

“Mommy I’m bored!” will be reduced to more manageable evenings and perhaps Saturdays and Sundays. But can always be combatted with homework, bath time and early bedtimes.


I can see it now…evenings of peaceful bliss, no squabbling, no yelling or crying. Just the soft snores of very tired children.


Did I mention that Baby girl is starting school too?

Two kids in school = no daycare!

No more daycare = MORE MONEY

Mama needs a new pair of shoes!

Kidding! Stay tuned!

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What’s Happening…

Diva girl lost her two front teeth at the top. She got $8.50 (yes I was scrounging for change) and thank goodness she was happy with that.

Baby girl’s last swim class was today and we can all breathe a sigh of relief (until next Spring at least). Of course the last class was the only one where she didn’t cry (actually scream) through the whole thing. Makes sense…

Diva girl has been introduced to the ‘S’ word, the ‘F’ word and the finger…and she’s only in grade 1!

Baby girl has learned the art of manipulation. She’s realized that a few tears and telling her daycare teacher to call her mommy repeatedly will get me there sooner than normal. Throw in a refusal to eat her lunch and its game over. Until I get there and then she smiles as bright as the sun and eats two muffins in one sitting.

‘Me time’ consists of 20 minutes reading time before Baby girl wakes up on Saturday morning at 6:30 am. Something she and her sister refuse to do during the week when I need to get all 3 of us out of the house on time. If I let them they would both sleep until 8:30!

Tantrums, colds, vomit on the stairs, growing pains and attitude with a capital ‘TUDE’!


That was just the month of October!

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Back to School Expert Advice

I got a frantic text from a friend of mine a few days ago. Her daughter starts kindergarten next week. She had no idea what to pack her for lunches and just needed someone to give her ideas on what she would need in her backpack that first week. She even needed advice on the kind of backpack to send her to school with.


I remember those days. The panic, the worry, the frantic preparation….

Seems so long ago!

I’m a pro now that Diva girl is going into grade one! We’ve got her ‘Phineas & Ferb’ backpack with the ‘Perry the Platypus’ lunch bag, all from her favorite show on Disney XD (good job mom!). We have a very cool blue water bottle (thanks to Nana) and we are completely finished our back to school shopping.

Ha! No problem at all!

So I called my poor friend to calmly give her the 411 on what to do.

Like a good friend I told her to just pack snacks that her daughter would normally eat at home or daycare in re-usable containers. I let her know that it was more about watching what came home in her lunch bag every day that would guide her on what to pack and that once her daughter made friends and started seeing what other kids ate….it would all change anyway and she would either be arguing with her about not eating the lunch she sent or giving in and buying other things that her daughter would request based on her friends’ lunches.

No stress there!

As is my duty, I let her know that the foods that her daughter once loved and were easy for her to make would all go down the drain and she would decide that she no longer liked cheese sandwiches or wraps or lettuce or chicken (unless it was breaded and came in the form of a nugget) or apples or pears…

Oh wait…is that just my child???

Oops…maybe that was why she sounded a little teary-eyed by the time we were done talking!


Guess, I’m not such a pro…especially since Diva girl starts a new school for French Immersion and it’s bigger and she’s nervous and I’m nervous and…it’s bigger and yada, yada, yada…!

Oh man….I need to call a friend!

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We’ve been without reliable internet connection for a while, so I’ve been unable to do a lot of things on my laptop. I realize that I am too lazy and uninterested in blogging on my smartphone or doing anything else aside from occasionally checking my Twitter account or reading emails and sending text messages. I feel so old!

I downloaded Dropbox on my phone and still have yet to complete the download on my computer.

Sigh…by the time I get a moment to myself to do these things, I can think of at least 10 other things to do!

Yet my six and three year olds know how to manipulate the tablet flawlessly and can change the settings on my phone without a second thought. I’ve found countless random pictures in my photo gallery and my ringtone changed numerous times.

I often wonder what the world of technology will be like when they are older.

Will they be begging me to let them implant the chip for a newly invented phone into their arm ‘because all their friends are doing it’?

In September, Diva girl will unwillingly attend her new school where she’ll be in the French Immersion program. A newsletter came home on her last day of school before the summer break to advise us that the school board has implemented a ‘BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE’ program. So now children will be allowed to bring tablets, and other technology for learning purposes at school.

A room full of six year olds with cell phones, tablets and laptops?


I see no issues at all.

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