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the Saturday Sprint

the Saturday Sprint

Milestones, milestones, milestones!  I feel like this is my life chant right now.  With an almost three year old and an almost one year old, we are witnessing so many exciting changes every day.

Specifically this week, Clyde nearly brought me to tears after breakfast one morning as he walked into the kitchen looking very ‘school ready.’  He had gotten his backpack and filled it with a variety of cooking utensils and then took it down the hall to his room.  A few minutes later he came back having picked out his clothes, gotten himself dressed and strapped his bag on his back.  Clyde still has one more year until I really need to shed some tears about him going to school but for a second it was as if we were already there.  A full year early and I was already overflowing with a mix of emotions – namely pride but also a wee bit sad.  Amidst the busy days, it’s moments like this that quite literally stop me in my tracks and remind me to soak it all in.  […and for those that are wondering, he did finally let me close the button on his pants hours later as we were leaving the house!]

Another source of great pride for Super Dad and I is to watch Clyde as a big brother.  Like all parents, since finding out that we were expecting a new baby, we talked to Clyde about how great it will be to have a sibling.  Now that Jude’s here, we talk to Clyde about taking care of his little brother and how they will be each other’s best friend.  I’d like to think that we are the ‘parent sibling whisperers’ but I know that we can’t take full credit for how great he is as a brother.  From the very moment he met him and still today, he is Jude’s biggest fan (next to me, of course) and we couldn’t be more proud.  […and for this reason, it seems only fitting that Jude should wear a sweater that says ‘Clyde’s Cool’ haha!]

That brings me to Jude, my sweet little baby. This boy has two new teeth coming through on the top – so close that his gums are basically a light shade of pink.  He’s recently started crawling on all fours (reverting to the army crawl when he’s really in a hurry) and pulling himself to standing when he can get a good grip.  This skill still catches me by surprise when I turn around to see him up on his feet.  Please nobody mention the “w” word because I’m nowhere near ready.

Having a second baby had me feeling a little nervous in the beginning that I wouldn’t have the same time nor the love that I did with my first.  When I found out that we were expecting another boy, those feelings intensified as I was sure that it would feel like I had ‘just done all of this’ having already ‘raised’ a boy.

Now almost nine months into being a boy Mom x 2 and I feel like a changed woman.  It is my greatest joy to be raising these two blonde, blue eyed beauties and while there’s no doubting that they’re brothers, they are already so different in every way.  This love train is moving full steam ahead through each and every wonderful milestone.

the Saturday Sprint

the Saturday Sprint

May is a busy month over here!  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written a proper post and I’m feeling slightly out of practice.

The first half of this month has flown by.

We’ve celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and Mother’s Day.

We’ve had friends welcome new, beautiful babies and others that are in the home stretch of their pregnancies!  I get to meet the newest addition for one of my closest friends next week and I am counting the sleeps.  Another boy for my two hooligans to grow up with!

So many of my best friends growing up were the kids of my parents’ best friends. I remember being equally if not more excited than my parents to get together with those families so that we could eat endless bags of chips, watch movies and play games.

Nowadays, every time a friend of ours has a new baby, it thrills me to think that the social circle for our whole family is growing!

Case in point, one of our favourite families had their third little boy just eight weeks before we had Clyde and the two of them are the best of friends.  I’m not sure how much longer his Mom and I will be able to hold them up for this annual photo but I can only hope that it will be long enough for them to one day return the favour.

Last week, we got to celebrate Henry’s 3rd birthday complete with Paw Patrol decorations, chasing bubbles, jumping on a trampoline and cheering on our hometown Ottawa Senators in their playoff run.  The party was fun and all but I think that means my big boy will be three in less than eight weeks…hold me!

I’ll admit, while I would love for them to stay babies forever (and ever), I am pretty excited for this warm weather with a ‘big kid’ and a mobile baby.

With the few nice days that we’ve had so far in May, we have successfully played ourselves right out.  We’re rocking picnic lunches, full days at the park, water play, bike rides, endless ball games and tree climbing.

Pictured here is Clyde asleep on the couch (sort of) after a full day of outdoor play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring on summer!

 

 

the Saturday Sprint – Mother’s Day Edition: it takes a village!

the Saturday Sprint – Mother’s Day Edition: it takes a village!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I realize that this edition of the Saturday Sprint is coming a day late but I wanted to take this opportunity, on Mother’s Day, to acknowledge all of the amazing females in our lives.

I have talked before about our willingness to ask for help.  So often, it really is the only way that we’re able to accomplish so many of the activities that we strive for.

Even more than that however, I am personally grateful for the love and influence my family receives from so many inspiring women – Great Grandma, Grandma’s and Auntie’s.

We are so fortunate to share a city with so much of our family – specifically, my Mom (Nana Q), my Step Mom (Grandma Sue) and my Mother-in-law (Grandma Chris).

Our boys see one or more of their Grandma’s nearly everyday and their faces light up at the sight of any one of them.  These ladies are truly a gift to all of us.  They are respectful of mine and Adam’s decisions as parents and know when it’s appropriate to bend the rules as the Grandma.  They are generous, kind and endlessly loving.  They offer wise words of advice after having raised kids of their own.

That next generation that the boys are so fortunate to call their Auntie’s.

My sister and my sister-in-laws are amongst my best ‘Mom friends.’  They love on my boys like their own and never miss a beat in helping me keep them in line. They are the highlight of family get togethers, offering either comic relief or a shoulder to cry on – or both.  Best of all, they are raising the most beautiful best friends for Clyde and Jude.

Last but certainly not least, we are grateful for Adam’s Grandma who celebrated her 84th birthday this past week.  A visit to Nanny’s is never complete without a home made treat for all of us.  It is so special to see the joy that Clyde and Jude bring to her and even more so to see that the feeling is mutual.  We left with videos of Jude belly laughing with Nanny from our most recent visit.

This journey of motherhood has been the most gratifying and challenging experience thus far in my life.  With such a young family, we are in a season of life that requires so much support from others – advice and time being at the top of the list.

I know the time will come when it’s my turn to give back and until then, I will accept help with the utmost gratitude and take notes from the best of the best on how to be an amazing female role model!

It’s really true what they say that it takes a village to raise a child.  Near and far, I couldn’t have asked for a better village with whom to share in raising our boys.

the Saturday Sprint

the Saturday Sprint

HELLO!

Oh how I would love to shout that from a mountain top this morning.  I’m going on day 7 of having no voice.  It finally came back yesterday enough that people can hear what I’m saying but prior to that I was at a whisper for the entire week.  This morning is a little better yet so I have faith that I’m on the mend.

As it happened, last weekend I received a package of loose leaf tea from someone that I lent some baby clothes to.  I’ve never been one for hot drinks of any kind but having lost my voice, I figured a cup of herbal tea would be a good addition to my breakfast routine.  I picked up this little guy as an infuser and low and behold am finding myself looking forward to a cup of tea every morning.

If you’re in the Ottawa area, I recommend checking out this organic and locally sourced herbal tea!

Despite not having a voice, I decided on taking a day-trip to Montreal with the boys to celebrate my nephew’s third birthday!  We were on the road by 8:30am and made it in time to play at the park for a few minutes before lunch.  We spent the afternoon going back and forth from the park playing with sandcastles and dinosaurs.

My sister hosted a birthday party for Chaz that evening with three of his friends and their families.  We were pumped to be there for taco dinner and a dinosaur cake!  Shortly after dinner, I got the boys in their jammies, loaded the car and was back on the road by 8pm.  We came, we played, we ate, we partied!

I was excited to quietly hang (again, no voice) with a friend and creator of Gooseandco Boutique at the party.  If you haven’t yet checked out my review of her Grow With Me pants, you should do that here.  While in Montreal this time, I picked up this mega cute sweater for Jude.  It will be the perfect light weight layer for the spring/summer.

We were all a little tired (read: cranky) getting up on Friday but with the help of a morning playdate, Dad having the afternoon off and an another full day of sunshine, we were all smiles.

We even got around to starting some of our seeds for the garden.  This is our 5th year growing a garden together in the backyard.  At the end of every season, we strategize about what went well and what we’d like to change for the following year.

This year we’re trying something new and using our 30x40ft space to plant mostly root vegetables that we intend to harvest and store in the fall to be eaten throughout the winter.  During market season, we make a point to go every Saturday morning so we will stock up fresh fruits and vegetables while they’re in season.  I’ll keep you posted on our progress as it goes along.

Yesterday we started carrots, beets, parsnips, squash, pumpkins, cantaloupe and a few leafy greens – spinach and kale.  We had help from the kids so…. we’ll see.

Last thing before signing off and heading outside, I want to share about our favourite new bakery.  We started buying from Wilkie’s Bakery at the Carp Farmers Market last spring.  In the fall, we joined their bread share program and looked forward to picking up our two loaves every two weeks throughout the winter.  They recently opened their own bakery in Pembrooke so we made the trip as a family on Monday to check it out!  We enjoyed home made soup, panini sandwiches, a muffin and an amazing sticky bun.  Be sure to look for them at the Carp Farmer’s Market or enjoy a drive to Pembrooke!  Either way, we’re thrilled to be supporting these guys and their delicious food.

Have a great week!  See you Wednesday…by then it will officially be race month.  Yikes!

 

the Saturday Sprint

the Saturday Sprint

Hello and happy Saturday!

This week I spent lots of time reminiscing about our long weekend away with family.  We love to be home and host for special events and holidays but it’s also a treat to be in someone else’s home and have beds made and meals planned for you.  We enjoyed some free time to run, play at the park and of course – hunt for eggs!  Can you spot the ones that Clyde is making a run for?  I loved the magic of hunting for eggs when I was a kid.  We have spent two Easters with Clyde’s cousins and it’s so much fun to watch the big kids help him fill his bag.  This year they got wise and traded him all of his candy-filled eggs for sticker-filled eggs.  Poor guy.  I don’t think he’ll fall for that too many times!

We have a strategy to avoid bringing home candy in the masses at Halloween but haven’t found Easter to be much of a challenge…yet.  So far, we are letting him have candy with his breakfast after the big hunt and then it’s all gone.  I think it’s helpful that the Easter Bunny also leaves a gift so something new is a nice distraction.

This year, each of the boys got a shirt from Farm Life Outfitters.  They are in the process of updating their products so the ‘Little Farmers’ section is missing but check back soon because it should be up any day!  We are proud members of their brand fan team and will release some discount codes once things are back up and running!

While we were gone for the long weekend, a bunch of our avocados had ripened and were ready to eat all at once.  In our house, that’s a cue for guacamole.  Yum!  From there, I decided that tacos in some form would be a good dinner option.  Given that we’re in training mode, I opted for DIY lettuce wraps and I don’t think I’ll ever have tacos any other way.  They were light and tasty and wrapped in lettuce so I helped myself to many, many ‘tacos.’  I should have taken a picture but honestly I couldn’t slow myself down to stop and get a camera.  If you’ve never had lettuce wraps before, imagine a head of iceberg lettuce cut in half and peeled into layers.  Fill each layer with taco ingredients like you would a soft tortilla and fold it accordingly.  Something like this.

While I was on a roll in the kitchen, I also filled the fridge with some new salad dressing options.  Salad dressings are incredibly easy to make and are a far better option than anything bought from a grocery store – often filled with added sugars and preservatives.  If you have an avocado kicking around, try this.  It’s one of my favourites!  For the lettuce wraps, I really wanted a ranch dressing so I made this and was very satisfied.

We store our salad dressings in mason jars in the fridge and typically use them up in a week or so on salads and as dips for veggies.  Later in the week, I made my own version of a Cobb salad and topped it with the leftover ranch dressing and guacamole.  Here’s what dinner looked like for us that night – two adult salads and two ‘deconstructed’ salads for Clyde (2.5yrs) and Jude (7mo).

When not hunting for eggs or assembling salad dressings, we were laying low this week sorting through clothes in anticipation of the warm weather and visiting with friends.  This weekend we are hosting a First Aid and CPR course out of our home so a little down time was in order before heading into another busy weekend.

Once again, I hope that you and your families had a wonderful Easter and get to enjoy some of the sunshine that’s coming our way!  I will leave you with one more cute picture of the boys because bowties and khakis and everything else that is boys all dressed up.  I could just eat them up!

 

See you Wednesday for the next edition of Mama’s Half Marathon.  This week talking about staying active during pregnancies!  …and also a training update because it’s almost race month.  Yikes!

the Saturday Sprint

the Saturday Sprint

Hello and Happy Easter from Barrie!

We took a road trip yesterday morning to spend the long weekend with Adam’s family.  Our plan is always to wake up, load the car and hit the road so when the kids woke up at 5am, we decided to make lemonade and hustle out the door.  Being on the road by 7am got us here in time for a late lunch and a full afternoon and evening of bike riding, trips to the park and playing outside.  So much fun!

We’ve learned that a morning drive is the best time to tackle a long trip with Clyde.  He’s rested, fed and has spent an hour or two running – or biking – around while we packed and loaded the car.  By the time we’re ready to leave, he’s usually content to climb in to his car seat and start a marathon of shows on the iPad.

We continue our weekend tradition of going out for breakfast and choose a spot an hour or more along the way.  On this trip we made it to Bancroft and ate a terrible breakfast at Dixie Lee’s.  It was desperate times.  Fortunately it was warm and sunny so we seized the opportunity to go for a walk while we were out of the car.

In other news, I still find myself marvelling at the sight of grass and the feel of sunshine.  This week we made the most of every minute that passed with no rain and spent it outside playing.  We broke out the gator, the swings and the sand toys and it felt a bit like Christmas!

Probably the highlight of our week was checking out Canada’s largest playground at Mooney’s Bay Park.  My sister in law joined me and the five cousins enjoyed a full morning checking out all of the different structures.  We packed balance bikes and a picnic lunch – it was the perfect kick off to spring!

We are enjoying time with our family today and I hope you are doing the same!

See you on Wednesday for a training update and thoughts on why racing together makes for a good marriage in our house!

the Saturday Sprint

the Saturday Sprint

Good morning!  Is that sunshine I see?  My calendar says that the first day of spring was weeks ago but I think Mother Nature finally got caught up today.  This winter sure felt relentless.  I’m looking so forward to stepping outside without having to layer myself and two others.

I’ve been pulling out spring and summer clothes for the boys only to realize how much they grew over the winter.  Clyde especially!  His pants are suddenly two inches off the ground and his not-so-little feet are squeezing into his running shoes.

Even more so than growth spurts, the last few weeks have had us marking down a few big milestones.

Our sweet Jude turned 7 months old on the 5th.  In the past month he gained a pound and grew an inch.  He is stable sitting up on his own and sprouted his first tooth!  He also joined us for mealtimes and is enjoying getting a taste of real food.  This week I offered him a bit of water with a straw and he drank from it without any hesitation.  That had me back to the drawing board doing sippy cup research.  I settled on the Zoli Bot and so far am very pleased.  Clyde has been having so much fun helping me make purees for his little brother and holding his new cup for him.  We do a combination of solid food and purees.  I use the Infantino Sqeeze Station and often follow recipes from here to make my own pouches.  I keep a stock of them in the freezer and pull one out for both of the boys if we’re going to be out for a meal.  I must admit that it’s entertaining to watch a toddler throw back steamed cauliflower and kale in 10 seconds flat.  Everything is more fun from a pouch (muahaha).

Quick tips if you decide to pick up one of these awesome squeeze stations:
– Once you plunge the food into the pouch, twist the container and plunger off at once before pulling the plunger back up.  Otherwise, you end up pulling some of the food back up into the container and it makes a giant mess.  You’ll see what I mean.
– I use these disposable pouches.  I realize that it’s not a win for the environment but everything I read is that the reusable pouch is impossible to clean properly.  It’s also extremely handy to have them stock piled in the freezer and to toss finished snacks when we’re on the go.
– I didn’t have a good experience with the spoon accessory.  The hole is so tiny that even the smallest lump would cause a clog.  When it did come through, it piled up on the back of the spoon and I had to tap it to the front before feeding it to him.  Instead, I just squeeze it onto my own spoon to feed him or (better yet), Jude has mastered sucking from the end like a straw and he will be self feeding in no time – winning!


Getting back to milestones – and possibly most exciting of all for Jude is that my previously bottle refusing cutie finally decided that being fed by someone other than me might not be the worst thing in the world!  In the past few weeks he has taken three bottles from Super Dad and Grandma like he’s been doing it his whole life!  I can’t even describe the joy that this brings me.  Bring on the pump – and thank you to the Minbie bottle for a great design!  $30 well spent.

Our big boy also has a few milestones worth writing about this week.  All at once, we have said goodbye to diapers and afternoon naps!  We’ve been casually potty training since Jude was born in September.  I figured I was house bound with a sleeping infant so I might as well stick a potty in the living room and get that over with.  Clyde showed genuine interest right away and used the potty a few times but was never willing to commit.  It was a source of frustration for me as the weeks and months went by knowing that he was physically capable of doing it but was still choosing to use a diaper.  Everyone told me that he would do it on his own and sure enough, last Saturday he woke up, asked to wear his big boy underwear and never looked back!  So proud of my big boy.  I hope that this will serve as a reminder for me going forward to have patience for my sweet boys as they accomplish big things in their own time.  We celebrated by letting him choose a toy and without any prompting or guidance he chose a wheelbarrow.  Fitting for our hard working boy after his Daddy’s heart!
Sorry Jude! #picturefirst

We also said goodbye to afternoon naps this week, as previously mentioned.  Since the time change, bedtime was getting increasingly difficult and our not yet 3-year-old was still awake at 9pm pretty regularly.  We switched to a quiet time in the afternoon and he’s now willingly in bed between 6:30-7pm and sleeping a full 12 hours.  It’s been a refreshing change for all of us!  I thought that losing his nap would be devastating but I actually really enjoy knowing that we have a full day available for activities and not having to make plans with time constraints.  That said, it finally caught up with him after a few days and he crashed pretty hard on the living room floor – hat and coat still on!  Is there anything sweeter?

I’m so glad to be home this summer and am excited for all of the adventures ahead with these cool dudes.  Last week we made our first spring trip down to the farm to visit the horses and the tractors.  We are incredibly fortunate to back onto family farm land and it’s a walk that we do daily when the weather is nice.  This was the first time that Jude was able to sit in the tractor and alert enough to acknowledge the horses.  Clyde was so excited to show his little brother all of his favourite things.


Last but not least, I’m proud to share my first successful review with a great Ottawa parent resource network called Kallababy!  Jude and I were given the opportunity to try a class called Salsa Babies and submitted our review for the Kallababy website.  Check out the review here and stay tuned for more!

See you on Wednesday for an update on my half marathon training and why we don’t feed our kids dessert – gasp!

the Saturday Sprint

the Saturday Sprint

Good evening and happy Saturday!  It was an exciting morning in our house because Super Dad was home from having been away at a conference this week.  The days passed much more smoothly than I had anticipated but we’re glad to be back to full strength.

This time last week, Adam and I were enjoying some 1-on-1 time with each of the boys.  Jude got dressed in Dad’s staple outfit – plaid and jeans – to go help Dad at Nana’s and Clyde stayed in his jammies to go out for breakfast with me!  I am always especially proud of my big boy in a restaurant setting (for breakfast).  He sits nicely at the table, is fun to talk with, socializes with people at nearby tables and is comfortable speaking with our waiter or waitress.  Read more about our love for weekend breakfast dates here!

Before leaving the house for our dates with the kiddos, we marked a date on the calendar for ourselves.  On Sunday May 28, Adam and I will be running the Ottawa Race Weekend half marathon!  It’s not exactly dinner and a movie but registering for a race together always leads to impromptu dates running, cycling, swimming or working out together leading up to race day.  My first solo attempt to complete a training run was a bit of an adventure.  You can read the full story and follow along for Mama’s Half Marathon here!

In honour of race day, I chose a healthier dessert recipe this week. Goodbye candied green beans and hello oatmeal almond butter cookies!

I’ve talked before about how willing we are to ask for help and how grateful we are for it.  This week, with Adam being away, Grandma and Grandpa picked up Clyde in the afternoon and kept him for a sleepover.  It’s a bittersweet feeling for me when he goes anywhere for an overnight – I’m excited for him and I know that he’ll have fun (and that I will enjoy the time to rest) but I miss him!  Getting pictures like this in the morning certainly helps.  “Cheeeeeese!”

With our alone time, Jude and I went on tour to visit my Dad at work and then to my work to see some colleagues!  I’m always a proud
Mama bear introducing and talking about my boys.  It was especially heartwarming to see my Dad in the same light as he toured Jude around his office.

We also caught up with a close friend and participated in a baby wearing salsa class!  Keep an eye out for my review of the class on the Kallababy website in the coming weeks.

We finished off our week with another round of “cousinpalooza!”  This time at my sister’s house in Montreal.  My sister-in-law and I loaded up our five kids (ages four and under) on Thursday afternoon and made it in time to celebrate Auntie Jamie’s birthday!  It was a wild 24 hours with all eight kids under one roof again but always so much fun.  Key to success: this time it was an outing to Fundazzle so our crew could run loose!

Finally, an apology for the delay in posting today.  We were all pretty drained arriving home from Montreal last night and then first thing this morning Adam and I were off to the Activate Ottawa Fitness Expo with Jude!

Spring is (somewhat) in the air and we are feeling motivated to shake off the cobwebs from Winter.  Anyone else kicking up their fitness regime?  Be sure to check in again on Wednesday for an update on my journey to Ottawa Race Weekend’s half marathon!

Saturday Sprint

Saturday Sprint

Happy Saturday, gang!

This weekly re-cap post has me feeling lots of feels… I’m enjoying the time to consciously look back on what we were up to but it’s a little startling how quickly the time is passing. Fortunately, this week went by at a much slower pace than last week. (If you missed the re-cap of our wild March break week it’s here.)

On Monday, I kicked things off with a trip to Kindergym at one of our amazing Community Centres.  I very rarely go out to something like this without calling on an army of Mom’s with fellow toddlers but after all of the socializing we did over March break, it felt like going on our own was the right thing to do.  From the smiles below, I think you’ll see that the kids agreed.  It felt so great to sit with Jude while Clyde zipped around on the plasma car – and then to put Jude up in a wrap and chase Clyde from one end to the other.  I so look forward to the social time with my Mom friends at these outings but investing in the kids this time was exactly what we needed.

On the same trend, we also spent some time with Dad!  Hooray!  Working in Recreation means times like March break are busy at work so we were overdue for some after work hangs with Super Dad.

Photo credit on the right to friends that joined us for a walk to the one and only Wes’ Chips!

To counteract the fries, I will offer you the details behind a delicious vegetable dish.  Disclaimer: you can join me on my journey to ignore that these are cooked in butter and cheese thus making them no longer healthy or you can embrace that you’re eating vegetable candy – either way, get yourself some green beans, an onion, butter and parmesan cheese.

Step 1: Make la piece de resistance: the onions.  Recipe here.
Step 2: Melt a generous amount of butter in a pan and sauté the beans.
Step 3: Once sautéed, add parmesan cheese to your liking.
Step 4: Add prepared onions and toss it all together.
Serve immediately (doesn’t reheat well).

Yesterday it was Spring (for a day) and I’m so glad we made the best of it by getting outside on Clyde’s balance bike.  This little bike is a hand-me-down from my cousin and we are so grateful to have it.  Clyde is finally tall enough for his feet to touch.  In the hour that we spent outside with it yesterday, he was getting to be like an old pro hopping on and off by himself and pulling over to the side of the road for cars and buses.  He hasn’t quite figured out the push and glide feature yet but I know it won’t be long until he does and then I’ll be chasing him up and down the street until the first snowfall of 2018.  Godspeed little buddy!

Indoor play is also full of adventure these days as Jude gets to be more interactive.  He is now able to participate in the “hiding” portion of our forever favourite game “hide and seek.”  Clyde picks a spot, I’m to hide Jude with him and then go count and look for them.  Here is a picture of their sneaky spot under the coffee table.

Lastly, some pictures from our family outing (minus Super Dad but plus grandparents!) to Temples last weekend for pancakes and fresh maple syrup.  If you missed the recipe for gingerbread pancakes you should 100% check it out.  We have eaten them every day this week!

 

Saturday errrrr Sunday Sprint

Saturday errrrr Sunday Sprint

This week was a wild one!  Filled with all good things but it is Saturday night at 7:30pm and I am sitting down by myself for what feels like the first time to catch my breath.  Hence why this week’s edition of the Saturday Sprint is brought to you by Sunday.  I feel like weekends are the place for grace though, don’t you?  On Friday you can write yourself the most ambitious to do list for the next day knowing deep down that there is still a bonus day to follow if it doesn’t all get done.  This seems to be where I live these days – on the bonus days, and the bonus time.  Who’s with me?!

On Wednesday, I taught a Physical Literacy course with Canadian Sport for Life.  It was all-consuming for the first half of my week as I practiced and stressed about presenting (in french) but in the end, it always feels good to do it.  As per usual, my bottle striker joined me for the afternoon and thanks to the GoPod and baby wearing, he was the perfect baby.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be influencing the sport community – even if these workshops are just a drop in the bucket.  Canadian Sport for Life is spearheading very exciting changes for sport with Physical Literacy and Long Term Athlete Development.  Some great information and resources for parents here and here!

The second half of our week was full of play dates with friends from near and far!

Also this week, my Mom joined us for story time!  The librarians announced last week that the story for March break would be my childhood favourite, Red is Best so my Mom arranged to have the time off work to come with us.  (Aren’t grandparents the best!?)  As it happened (and as it happens every week), we were racing in a few minutes late and missed the first story.  We waited anxiously with each story to see the familiar cover of Red is Best cover only to find out that it had been read first.  Woops!  Fortunately, my Mom and I are no stranger to these kinds of misses so we had a good laugh and enjoyed our time together at story time.

Is anyone else experiencing bittersweet feelings towards day light savings?  I was singing its praises at 5:30pm when we were outside playing before dinner bath and bed.  Then we get to the bedtime part of this routine and I find myself singing a different tune.  Clyde went from in bed and quiet at 7pm to finally giving in to the sand man at 10pm.  Wasn’t day light savings just one hour difference?  How is it having a three-hour impact!!?  I’ve shortened his nap the last few days to make sure he’s good and tired by the end of the day but it’s still not back to what it was.  Feel free to spam me with your time change words of wisdom.

Adam brought home dinner from Ottawa’s best Indian restaurant (in our opinion) and I powered through bedtime on an empty stomach so that I could sit and truly enjoy every bite.  If you haven’t had butter chicken from Little India Cafe you should change your existing dinner plans and make it happen.  You won’t regret it!

This morning, Adam is taking the boys out for breakfast so that I can sleep in.  Thank the Maker!  If you’re looking for me, I’ll be in bed watching Gilmore Girls until the minute they walk in the door.  Oh yeah…and eating gingerbread pancakes.  YUM!  Recipe here.

Happy Sunday!