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Summer Fun

Summer is almost over, and I have the feeling of acomplishing nothing.
The work I was going to do with the kids to prep them for the upcoming year, not done.
The organizing I started in the spring that I was going to finish, not done.
The trip down east, not done.
The prep work for my book, not done.
So what have we accomplished? We’ve had fun. We’ve managed to squeeze in 4 camping trips, 1 trip 2 Niagara, 2 trips to Ottawa and 5 trips to Wonderland and there’s still a week and a half left!!!
I may not have done what I intendet to do, but I did have a wonderful summer playing with my children!


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Back in July I posted about Nicholas losing all his toys. Every. Single. One. Apparently toys aren’t all that important to him as he has yet to earn them back. He was doing okay for a while and earned back a handful, but has since lost them all again. It has been a trying summer to say the least. The funny thing is it doesn’t really seem to bother him at all.

I wonder how many phone calls I will get from Mrs. E when school starts in September…

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He’s growing up…

I have been telling Nicholas for months to STOP GROWING. He’s not listening. I have begged, pleaded and even threatened to strap bricks to his head, all to no avail. No matter what I say or do, my baby boy is growing up and loving it! He simply can’t wait to be “big to the ceiling” – his words not mine. Like most kids he is already anticipating many grown up activities, most notably, “When I get big I’m gonna drink beer and watch hockey.” GREAT! Definitely a Canadian kid. Another favourite of mine “When I turn 8 can you please buy me a monorcycle (motorcycle) Mom? I’ll let you ride it with me.” I’ve told him repeatedly that I will never buy him a motorcycle. Ever!

It seems every time I look at him his face is a bit more mature, he appears to be a bit taller and more grown up. Each day I am losing a tiny bit of my baby boy. AT the same time though, I am gaining a sweet, happy-go-lucky, stubborn, insistent little man who is so much fun. He loves to play ball and read and colour and make crafts. Most of all he just loves spending time with his Mommy, Daddy and Sissy.While I miss my baby and sometimes feel sad because he is our last, I am so happy to be able to be home with him, spending time with him, teaching him and just enjoying all life’s little stages, well most of them anyway!

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Nicholas’ behaviour has been…less than desirable lately. Although he is a good kid, he sometimes has issues with listening. On Tuesday he pushed me too far and I had enough. When we came home, I completely stripped his room of toys. He lost everything!! I even took the pictures off the wall ( I actually had tge song from the Grinch running through my head at the time) I then explained that all his toys are priveleges and now he needs to earn them back. For every day he is good, he earns back 1 toy. So far he’s managed 1 toy… This could take a while.

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Summer Vacation is Almost here!

Only 2.5 more school days left! YAY! I can’t wait to have Natalie home with me for the summer! We don’t have anything planned as of yet, she does have a summer day camp, but other than that we are just playing it by ear. I know we’ll be at Wonderland a lot! She is looking forward to summer vacation too. Especially being able to sleep in. In that respect she definitely takes after her Daddy and Nuna. She is a night owl! She can easily stay up until 10pm or 11pm! At least

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It’s important to be Flexible

Flexibility in life is important. Natalie has been taking this theory to the next level. She has been working diligently at improving her flexibility, specifically her middle splits. Tonight she jumped and landed in splits. In a parking lot! Sensei challenged her to train her splits on chairs. As soon as we got home she tried it. I took a photo of her first attempt. OUCH!

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We finally did it! We bought season’s passes for Canada’s wonderland, and the kids are stoked!!! We visited the park for the 2nd time this season on Sunday and we all had a blast! It wasn’t very busy so we managed to get the kids on quite a few rides.

Natalie’s new favourite roller coaster is the Vortex. I forced her to go on with me last time, knowing she would love it. At first she cried “I’m scared, I don’t want to go on” blah blah blah. Finally she agreed and we got on the ride. Welllllll, it was way faster then I anticipated so I was a bit worried about her after the first drop. I was trying to catch a glimpse of her face (no small feat when you’re strapped into a roller coaster) when I heard her cry “This is totally awesome!!!” When we got off, she was grinning ear to ear. She loved it.

Nicholas discovered the bumper cars, a ride designed for little boys. Seriously what little boy doesn’t love cars, and crashing those cars into others. A dream come true.

The only thing that I don’t like about going there is the cost of food. $11 for a kids meal. SERIOUSLY!? Not happening. We’ve warned the kids we’ll pack a picnic lunch and go out to the van to eat. I’m nopt paying $50 for a crappy meal. The high cost is made worse by the fact that you are not allowed to bring any food or drink (save bottled water) into the park with you… CRAZINESS.

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