TGIF v.46

A high of the week was having the sun come out and being able to see blue skies! I know that the forest fires are still running rampant throughout the Interior, but having a break from the smoke has been amazing. We’ve been able to enjoy the yard and walks once again, and I’m so grateful!

We/Kyle has also started doing some demolition work on our back deck; we’ve decided to expand it by a couple of feet to make it more “entertaining friendly.” The stairs needed to be replaced anyway, so we figured we may as well replace the whole thing. It probably won’t be done until mid-September, but hopefully we get some bonus sunny days come the fall so we can enjoy it a little.

A low of the week was having to make some tough decisions in regards to Daphne’s health. In a nutshell, she’s old. (She’ll be 13 at the end of October.) We’ve put her on anti-inflammatories to try and help her aches and pains, but it’s only buying me time to come to terms with some tough decisions more than anything.

An internet find I loved was the Carpool Karaoke series on Apple Music. So far I’ve only been able to watch snippets here and there because I’m not a subscriber, but my mom is, so she may very well find me camped out on her couch one day binge-watching all the episodes!

The best money I spent was no money – my mom graciously gave us two zucchinis, green beans and cucumbers out of her garden, plus our grape tomato plants are out of control and providing us with tons of fruit! I love being able to eat vegetables (and fruit, I guess) right from our own gardens!

My favourite Isla and/or Norah moment was being able to take them outside. Nothing drives a woman more crazy than children who are also going crazy!

A song that has been stuck in my head is allllllll the kids’ songs. Specifically anything from Moana, Sing, and Trolls. Someone hold me.

My meals of the week were barbequed chicken & corn on the cob, heart attack mac & cheese, carne asadas, leftover spaghetti casserole. Nothing fancy!

My plans for the weekend are birthday parties!

I cannot believe how fast summer is going by – How was your week?

Weekend Update

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope it’s not too smoky where you are; it cleared up just enough over the weekend to enjoy the outdoors, although now it seems to have blown back in. (Probably due to the rain – hurray!)

Kyle’s was away so I was in “Keep the kids busy so I can keep my sanity” mode for most of the weekend. Here’s what we got up to:

Friday
Kyle headed out shortly after Norah woke up from her nap, and I had already made the decision to let Isla choose what we’d have for dinner. She told me she wanted sushi for dinner, so I thought it would be TOTALLY manageable to take both girls out to a sushi restaurant and sit down instead of ordering takeout. While there were a few hundred moments where I thought about leaving, we had a good time and enjoyed our meal!

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After they ran their sillies out in the backyard for a bit it was time for baths and bed. After tucking Norah in I figured I’d let Isla stay up past her bedtime to watch the new Beauty and the Beast and have a “slumber party” with me. She had wanted to watch it in the theatre but I’d heard mixed reviews on how scary it was for younger audiences, so I thought I’d “screen” it myself in theatre and just let her watch it at home. That way, at least if she thought it was too scary I could just send her to bed and keep watching it myself.

As it turns out, she didn’t find it scary at all! She really liked it and kept comparing it to the animated original, noting how the songs sounded different. She was pretty tired by the end (it was 2 hours past her bedtime), so she crawled into my bed and crashed hard!

Saturday
There’s an annual classic car show that takes over downtown every year, so I thought it would be a nice change of scenery to take the girls to check things out. I don’t think Isla enjoyed it as much as she thought she would, but she did get a bunch on helium balloons to make up for everything!

There’s an little cafe/donut shop that I’ve been dying to try out, so I finally decided to pop in while we were downtown. I let Isla pick out a donut and it was SO good! If you’re ever in town definitely check out PDK Cafe on Victoria Street!

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We came home for lunch and Norah’s nap and then just relaxed until dinner arrived. Hurray for pizza delivery! After dinner we decided to go for a walk to the playground to burn off some energy. Both girls had fun ripping down the slide but we had to unfortunately head home early as it was starting to get stormy.

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Sunday
We didn’t get up to much on Sunday. The girls watched a movie in the morning and played inside for most of the day. The sun tried to come out but it didn’t stick around long enough to dry out the lawn from the rain that fell overnight. While Norah was napping I tended to the flowers and tomato plants and found this nasty little bugger eating Kyle’s tomatoes:

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Tomato worms, or hornworms, are ENORMOUS and are disgusting! I managed to get it off of the plant and after I took the above photo I promptly slaughtered it. *barf*

The girls went to Kyle’s mom’s for dinner and I headed out to play slo-pitch. It was SO COLD for August and I’m glad I didn’t wear shorts like I had originally planned. Even in capris and my jersey I was still freezing. The heated seats and heat definitely came on in the car when I left the field.

The girls went right to bed after we got home and I watched a horrible movie on Netflix before turning in myself.

That pretty much sums up our weekend! Kyle’s concert is this evening and then he’ll be home on Tuesday! Hurray!

How was your weekend? And how’s the smoke where you are?

Parenting Pro Tips

Anyone who’s a parent has probably received advice on raising kids in some shape or form. Whether it’s good, bad, asked for, or unsolicited, we’ve heard it all, even “advice” that’s just plain ol’ common sense:

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Regardless, there’s definitely some Parenting Pro Tips (PPTs, shall we?) that are not well-known, so I thought I’d dedicate this instalment of Moments of Motherhood to share some of the wisdom that has both been passed down to me and that I have passed onto others.

PPT #1: Say nothing
It’s all too tempting to use a fun outing or special event like a birthday party as leverage to get your kids to behave. What parent hasn’t caught themselves yelling, “IF YOU DON’T SMARTEN UP YOU’RE NOT GOING TO (insert event here)!!!”? However, you can save yourself the tears and tantrums from cancelling an outing by just not saying a word about what’s to come. Most of the time, I won’t tell Isla about a friend coming to visit or a trip to somewhere fun until a couple hours beforehand. This also helps if plans change for some reason and we have to cancel. So while the leverage is great, not having to listen to a 5-year old ugly cry because she can’t go to a birthday party is greater. I like to bank all of my empty threats for Christmas anyway 😉

PPT #2: Warm wipes, cold wipes
I honestly have no idea if babies care if the wipes you use to clean their dirty behinds are warm or cold, and I’m fairly certain that they are going to pee on you while you’re in the middle of a diaper change regardless. There is one pro-tip that will always stick with me though, and it was one that was passed onto me by a friend when I reached out in a somewhat panic when I was about to babysit a little boy and I realized I have never changed a baby boy’s diaper before. Her advice to me? “Use cold wipes when cleaning up poop. You want his jewels to be as tight as possible or else it’s like trying to wipe poop off Jello.” I laughed so hard and this will stick with me FOREVER, so thanks Mel!

PPT #3: Pick your attire battles
This may seem like a no-brainer, and that’s because it is. If you’re sick of fighting with your kid when it’s time to get dressed, there’s a flowchart for that. Are you going anywhere important today? (Important being a wedding or a funeral.) Then let them wear what they want. Lord knows they’re going to spill their lunch on it in a few hours anyway. Alternatively, let them pick their shirt and you pick the pants, or vice-versa.

PPT #4: Take all whining in the car seriously
The only thing that’s worse than figuring out that your kid get motion sickness is figuring it out after they’ve barfed up their banana and Cheerios while still strapped to their carseats on a hot, summer day. For me, it was about 45 minutes into our drive to go clothes shopping. I took Isla’s whines about her tummy hurting as her general whining about being hungry, and not long after she barfed her entire breakfast up and into her lap and carseat. Kids don’t know what being nauseous is, so if they start to say their tummies hurt or they don’t feel good, for the love of God, pull over and get them some fresh air. And then pack Gravol from here on out.

PPT #5: Everything is spicy.
You know what’s more annoying than having to pick every “toxic” bit of food off your kid’s plate? Having to share your food with your kids. I swear, every time I bust open a bag of chips they come swarming like seagulls to a cargo ship. My solution? Tell them it’s spicy, or that it’s flavoured with their least favourite foods. (Mushrooms, onions and zucchini is pretty unpopular in our household right now.) They’ll eventually call your bluff and want to try it for themselves, but at least it will buy you some time to down the bag. “Ooooh, sorry kids! It’s all gone! Better luck next time …”

I think that’s all I have to share with you for now. I’m sure there will be another instalment in the future though, for as our kids get smarter we must too. (Adapt or die, as evolutionists may say!)