May Recap!

Hello, friends!

While I’m never 100% sure what day it is, May seemed to go by in a flash! It’s always such an eventful month, so I’ll recap it briefly here!

The kids

Isla is still working hard on her schoolwork from home. I’m so thankful that she’s a bright girls and has a fairly good grasp at understanding her work; they finished the grade 2 math curriculum in May and started learning a little bit of grade 3 stuff – multiplication! She’s slowly figuring it out, so she’ll be good to go when she starts grade 3 in the fall!

Norah had her kindergarten immunizations at the beginning of the month and she was NOT KEEN on them at all, but she was treated to her choice of donut so all was well with the world after that.

We had the option to send them back to school on a part-time basis starting today (June 1) but I’m opting to keep her at home for the remainder of the year. It just didn’t seem worth it, as much as she misses her teacher and friends. Hopefully everything will settle over the summer and school life can resume normally in the fall!

Isla was supposed to have her final dance shows this past weekend but it sadly had to be cancelled. We were able to pick up her costume, so instead of performing, I did her full hair and makeup and we took photos in the park. Her academy also held a “reverse car parade” where we could drive by the studio and wave/see all the teachers, so she dressed up again and we drove by.

A little glimmer of brightness has come through and the teachers are planning an outdoor, adjusted/socially distanced choreography show so the students can perform for their close family.

DSC_0156

We also bought them a trampoline! It was SUCH a smart investment, especially for Norah since she has endless energy. We had to wait a couple of weeks for it to come back into stock, but we got it at the beginning of the month and had it set up in a couple of days for them to enjoy!

IMG_1278

Life

We/Kyle have been busy doing a bunch of work to the yard! Kyle built a new fence for the back portion of our yard and we got our garden in a couple weeks ago! We planted peas, two types of potatoes, bush beans, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce and radishes.

Photo May 17, 4 07 35 PM
One of the two plots!

We lost a few tomato plants and our zucchini because of an over-night cold snap, but thankfully we were able to find replacement plants.

I also celebrated my birthday at the beginning of the month, as well as Mother’s Day! Kyle bought me an awesome Yeti Rambler and an amazing new crossbody bag for my birthday, and then he and Isla picked out some beautiful hanging baskets and flowers for my planter for Mother’s Day. To celebrate my birthday we had a little social-distance visit in our backyard with family.

Photo May 14, 5 00 27 PM

Hobbies

I finished three books this past month and just started reading The Testaments and am trying to get into it but like The Handmaids Tale, it’s a little tough to follow at first. It’s starting to pick up now, so we’ll see what happens!

I have Emily Giffin’s newest book on preorder and it should be ready to pick up at the bookstore sometime this week – Hurray for summer reading!

Since organized, outdoor races have been cancelled for the remainder of the year, I suppose all this running I’ve been doing has been mostly for fun, haha. I’ve been signing up for a few challenges/virtual races on Strava to keep myself motivated, and it’s been pretty productive. Kyle thinks I’m nuts, but that’s okay! Really, it’s been keeping me sane during all of this craziness, and he understands that.

Looking ahead …

June is already looking to be a busy one. I’ll be returning to the office on a part-time basis starting on the 15th, the girls will both be celebrating their birthdays, and Kyle and I will be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary later this week! At some point Isla will also be performing with her dance studio too. I’m pretty certain June will fly by just as fast as May did!

What was the best book you read in May? Tell me something exciting that happened in your life this past month, or what’s happening this month that you’re looking forward to?

What I’m Reading

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

I’m pretty disappointed by how in love I wasn’t with Big Summer. After Weiner’s last book, Mrs. Everything, I was eager to pick this one up and even pre-ordered it.

So what didn’t I love about it? To me, it felt like an episode of The Bachelor meets My Big, Fat Fabulous Life meets As the World Turns, as though maybe Weiner was perhaps fishing for a movie deal because everything in the book played out so well to be put into a quick B-list movie.

I also felt like there was something missing; while I appreciated the background into Daphne’s history with her health, the remainder of the characters lacked depth.

If anything, Big Summer puts a whole bunch of emphasis on how obsessed society can be with social media, and how far we’re willing to go for likes, follows, and comments, and how much of what’s out there is only perhaps a sliver of what our realities actually are. Weiner did a great job putting everything into perspective, if anything.

My rating: ★★★½/5 stars

What I’m Reading

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.

This was a pleasantly surprising read and so different from everything else I’ve read by Moyes!

The characters were all so amazing and it was easy to really feel everything that was going on, from the friendship to the anger to the sorrow.

The storyline itself builds up perfectly, following Alice who came to the USA on the promise of glitz and glamour only to wind up in Baileyville, full of unrealistic expectations, no rights, and a colour barrier that has yet to be broken.

In an effort to both get away from and spite her father in-law, Alice volunteers to join the Packhorse Library program and finds a lifestyle and friendship that she never expected.

At first I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did, but like I said, the characters were all so amazing and involved. The only person I wanted to hear a bit more from was Bennett, Alice’s backboneless husband who turns out not to be the man she thought he was.

If you haven’t picked this one up yet, get on it! You won’t be disappointed.

My rating: ★★★★½/5 stars