What happened in between

I haven’t blogged in a really long time. Almost six weeks, which isn’t the longest that I have gone without blogging but it very close. I have been around but blogging has been really low on my list of things to do.

So here is what has happened since I last blogged (in no particular order. This is just as I remember things):

  • Mats won the principals award. He has been doing really well this year. He is now the “big” kid in his class. He has taken on more of a leadership role and his teacher really likes that. She wants him to start practicing for next year now. He knows the curriculum really well and having him review is not helping him anymore. So he needs to start working on the curriculum for next year so he doesn’t get bored. Based on all this, his teacher decided to give him the principal’s award at the last celebration assembly. He was pretty proud of himself, as he should be. He was telling us for about a week before the assembly that he would be getting the award but he didn’t know the exact date of the assembly. It wasn’t until his teacher sent home a note that we knew when it was all going to go down. Since I was back at work, I could not go but Millhouse and Beanz went that morning to see him get his award. He was super excited to see that he had a cheering squad and he held up his award proudly for them to see. That night we had bacon pizza for dinner because how else would you celebrate getting the principals award when you’re five.
  • The NP was on TV. Well, she was on more than TV, she was in the local paper and on TV. Her drum squad was featured for being the youngest group in the province to actually perform and compete for drumming in the province. Which is pretty damn cool. But the fact that she is also the only girl in her squad is also a pretty big deal. She has been drumming for forever now and she holds her own against the boys and now she is being recognized for just how good she is. It is a pretty cool accomplishment she has achieved.
  • Trinidad happened. I LOVED it. It helped heal me. I needed it. LOVED IT.
  • Millhouse discovered a ghetto version of Dave and Busters about two blocks away from the house. It is a small laser tag/mini golf/arcade type place. It doesn’t look like much from the outside and the inside is really small but for what it is, which is a place for the kids to burn off energy, it is really good. It is the type of place where we can take the kids on a Sunday afternoon when they are bored out of their mind and it will keep them busy. They have been a couple times and they seems to really like it. Mats gets really exciting about getting to go there. I think it is because he is finally getting included in some big kid adventures. I thought it was expensive until I found out there was a wagjag deal for it. Now that I have coupons, we will be going there more often. J

Going Hiking – Kid Version

Ninja Princess (11 years old)

“Hiking?!?!?!”

“But I need to finish watching this you tube video and then there’s this thing that I need to do on the ipad and then the computer thing with the things!”

“Fine. I will go but only because you are making me.”

“Why can’t I wear my raincoat, shorts and a duck hat?!”

“Fine. I will wear long pants and my running shoes.”

“I CAN’T FIND MY RUNNING SHOES!!”

“I found my boat shoes instead. I am going to wear those instead.”

“I don’t want to sit next to Maks. We fight.”

“I will sit in the middle”

“Can you turn up the radio?”

“New song”

“Are we there yet?”

“New song”

“Finally!”

“Ahhhhhh! Bugs! Don’t let them get me!!!!”

“But we’ve walked so far already…”

“Ooooooohhhhhhh, a deer”

“That was fun”

“Can we have Swiss Chalet for dinner?”

Maks (7 years old)

“Hiking?!?!?! WHY!!!!!!”

“I don’t want to. Can I run?”

“Fine. I will go but only because you are making me.”

“Why can’t I wear my new shoes?! They are brand new and haven’t been broken in yet so they would be perfect”

“Fine. I will wear my old outdoor shoes.”

“I want to sit in the back.”

“Can you turn up the radio?”

“New song”

“Are we there yet?”

“New song”

“Finally! Let me take off running as soon as my feet hit the ground.”

“Bugs! Can I squish them if I catch them? Let me take off running and see if I can catch them.”

“But we’ve walked so far already…”

“Ooooooohhhhhhh, a deer”

“I can catch it. Just let me run into the woods after it. I am going to make a mad dash into the woods to see if I can catch it.”

“Why can’t I run off into the woods to get the deer? It would fit in the car?”

“No fair. We can’t take home the deer.”

“Can I bring my bike next time?”

“Can we pizza for dinner?”

Mat (3 years old)

“Yay!! Hiking!”

“Can we leave now?!”

“I don’t have to go potty!!”

“Can we leave now?!”

“I don’t have to go potty!!”

“Can we leave now?!”

“I don’t have to go potty!!”

“Can we leave now?!”

“I went potty!!”

“I put my shoes on.”

“No I do not have duck feet; they are on the right feet.”

“No I do not have duck feet; they are on the right feet.”

“I am overloard of all things and I say THEY ARE ON THE RIGHT FEET!!!”

“OK, I will switch them around.”

“I’m ready”

“This car ride is so zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

“Unhand me woman!! Why are you waking me up?!”

“But we’ve walked so far already…”

“Carry me”

“Ooooooohhhhhhh, a deer”

“Carry me”

“That was fun”

“Carry me”

“I want to go to the dollar store now.”

So I Put The Kids In Fat Camp

I need to preface this post by saying that neither of the big kids; Maks and the NP, are overweight.  They are both very fit children.  Maks is stockier than the NP.  And even though he does have a bit of a tummy, he is a very active and solid little boy.  The NP is a waif.  She is tall and very slim.  She has a healthy appetite but she does not have an ounce of fat on her.  So neither of these children are in danger of being overweight or in need to going to a camp that encourages healthy eating or exercise.

I signed them up not really realizing that the camp I was sending them to was “fat” camp.

The camp description was appealing because it was very active.  The kids go swimming, to a fit zone with rock climbing, dance, play games, and go skating every day.  My thinking was having them do all of this would tire them out and bedtime would be easier.

Really that was my plan.

Run them like crazy during the day so that when bedtime rolls around I have less resistance to sleep.

It never occurred to me that this camp was tailored to a specific percentage of the population.  It wasn’t until Millhouse pointed out that the camp the kids was enrolled in was not really a fit camp but a fat camp, that it all clicked.

And then I started to get nervous.  I was worried that the kids would stand out because they are not overweight.  I didn’t want them to be left out because they are fairly active to start with.

But I didn’t have to worry since the majority of the kids that are in the camp with them are not overweight either, they are just movement impaired.  Since this winter has been so long and pretty horrible, most of the kids are starved for physical activity and this camp is really popular because it is giving all these kids the opportunity to get in loads of physical activity.  Turns out that this camp is even more popular this year because it is giving the kids more options to get moving and other parents are taking advantage.

So far, the kids are coming home exhausted so the camp seems to be doing what it is supposed to be doing.  And I am even thinking or re-enrolling the kids in “fit” camp for the summer as well.

Tis the season for Christmas concerts

This week we had two Christmas concerts and we have one more this weekend.

Mat had his first Christmas concert at the new daycare on Tuesday.  It was held in the gym and this year it was more than just a bunch of toddlers ringing bells wildly.

His class sang three songs, wore costumes and danced around.  From start to finish, the concert lasted about 15 minutes.  It was 15 minutes of adorableness.  Some of the kids were dressed up as presents, while others were angels or reindeer.  Mat was a reindeer and he totally rocked his reindeer look.

The Ninja Princess had her Christmas concert last night.  She is in the grade six band so she didn’t sing, she played the drums.  And how awesome is this, there are 6 kids that play the drum.  There are five boys and my niece.  And she is the most skilled drummer that they have.  I think that it just beyond fantastic.

On Sunday, we have the Ninja Princess’ drum recital.  She killed it at her summer recital so I am thinking that this Sunday; she is going to blow it out of the water.  It is always funny to see my niece all dolled up in pink and purple sequins rocking out like a badass on the drums.  I just love it.

Maks is supposed to have a concert next week but he still isn’t sure what time or what day that is happening.  Once we go to Maks’ concert that will be the last concert for 2013.

When dreams make you cry

Beanz sent me a text telling me that she had a dream that I had killed the Ninja Princess.  The same night I had a dream that Beanz was harassing me for shoes.  Now, I think that my dream had a very to the point meaning behind it; Beanz is really good at harassing me about shoes and my subconscious can’t escape the harassment even when I sleep.

Beanz’ dream was a bit more complicated and so I turned to dream translator Google and this is what I came up with:

If you dream about the death of a child, then it implies that you need to let go of your immaturity and start being more serious. As your child reaches certain milestones and grows into an adult, dreaming of their death may be symbolic of their own self-discovery, transition and transformation into a new stage of life.

So I emailed that over to her and her reaction was for me to stop emailing her.

She wanted to cry.

The whole idea that her child is actually growing up, even on a subconscious level upset her that much.  I have no idea how she is going to make it when she has to take the NP shopping for prom dresses .  And much to her chagrin the NP is going to need a prom dress at lot sooner than Beanz expects.  I personally can’t wait until the NP is getting ready for her prom and is rocking a fantastic ensemble.

But I think Beanz can wait.

She may try to put her in a onesie instead.

Graduations x 2

See these two here.

They both graduated last month.  Maks graduated from Kindergarten and the Ninja Princess graduated from Grade 5.  I don’t know where the time went.  It seems like they just started school and now they are both moving on to bigger things.

Both of these are huge steps in their lives.

The Ninja Princess is on her way to Grade 6.  That means in three years she’ll be graduating and getting ready to start high school.  In two years, she will be officially turning into a teenager.  In a year, she can legally start staying at home alone.  That is beyond mind blowing.  I am extremely proud of her.  It looks like her middle school career will firmly focus on her love of music and she will continue on with her drumming lessons.  When she was little, I knew she would be artistic but I thought that she would go the way of glitter and paint.  I never guessed that her form of expression would be the drums and music.  I love that that is the path she is choosing to follow right now.  She is a beautiful, intelligent, creative young lady and it is amazing to watch the transformation from curious and chatty to eloquent and articulate.

smilesMaks is on his way to Grade one.  He’s going to be starting the French immersion program this September.  He graduated twice from Kindergarten, once with his old class and one more with his new class.  The graduation with the old class was the one that made me cry.  This is the group of kids that he has the longest history and realizing that this is the end of their time together is sad.  The kids have been a huge part of each other’s life for so long but it’s finally time for them to move on and start new paths.  Maks has grown so much since he started daycare, some obvious changes that come with growing up and some not so obvious ones.  He likes Science and Math.  He is more of a numbers guy than a words guy.  He is creative and innovative.  He is shy and keeps to himself.  He is growing so much and the move to grade one is going to bring so many more changes and I am not sure that I am ready for them.  But he says he is and that’s all that matters.

Happy Mother’s Day

“Behold the only thing greater than yourself”

In the book Roots, this was what Kunta Kinte’s father said to him on the day that he was born.  He held him up to the heavens and told him; “behold, the only thing greater than yourself”.

To so many people that could mean so many things but to me it means that there is no person in this world that is greater than you.  The universe is the only thing that shall ever be above you.  No other person has the right or the ability to be better than you or held in higher esteem.  You hold yourself up so that only the stars are given a priority.

I told this to Maks on the day that he was born.  I tell him this on his birthday.  I told this to Mat on the day he was born.  I tell it to him on his birthday.*

I never want them to forget this.

If they take away one thing from me, in this lifetime, this is the message that I want them to learn.

So on a day, when the boys chose to celebrate me, I chose to remember that being the best mother I can be means instilling values into my children that will carry them through the hardest parts of the their lives.

It’s a hard thing to remember sometimes.

So today and everyday, I wish all the moms out there infinite patience, love and communication.  May your hugs always chase away the fears and may yours kisses always fix the booboos.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY ALL YOU FABULOUS MAMAS!

*I don’t tell this to the NP.  I tell her so many different things.  Her struggle will be different from that of the boys.  She will face different obstacles and I tell her things, that I hope, will prepare her for those trials.

Rockin’ Out!

The Ninja Princess has been taking music lessons for almost a year now.

Now most kids I know take music lessons.  Some of them play piano or guitar.  Some of them sing.

The Ninja Princess is the only one that I know that plays the drums.

In fact, she’s the only one in the entire music school that plays the drums.

That’s pretty damn badass!

Apparently she uses a visual sound system or something.  I am not too sure on the specifics of the actual system itself but I know that for the Christmas recital she rocked out on stage with her music teacher to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”.

I was a pretty awesome site to see.

We got Snow!

Santa brought the Ninja Princess something pretty awesome this year.

A guinea pig that she calls Snow.  Millhouse calls the guinea pig Rhino.  So she technically has a first and middle name.  The initial plan was that she live in the Ninja Princess’ room where things are quiet for most of the day but she is full grown and really big and wouldn’t fit in the room so she is living in the kids playroom, which is anything but quiet.  So she has some adjusting to do.

Right now, she’s still really nervous and hasn’t been very social.  She tends to hide for most of the day in her cage and only comes out in the evening with just about everyone has gone to bed.  If she sees me coming down the stairs, she’ll run and hide.  She makes sure that no one is around before she comes out.

The only child that wasn’t so good with her at the beginning was Mat.  He wasn’t sure what was in the cage when she was unveiled because the cage looked empty when we took the cover off.  But when he finally saw her, he screamed.  He’s gotten used to seeing her now but he is still very apprehensive.

I am hoping that she will get more social as time goes on.  The kids are very enamored with her, so that is a good thing.  It gives me time to for myself and I can research things like the Peter Glenn ski shop.

Gender roles are for the birds

For Mat’s birthday, he got a lot of stuff.  And of that stuff, this was his most favourite gift.

Yup.

He loves his toy vacuum, broom & dustpan and complete pot and pan set.

LOVES IT!

Mat and his big brother also have the fanciest nails of all the boys at the daycare.  Both of them have their fingers and toes painted various colours, including hot pink.

And last night, both boys decided that I needed to look beautiful so they sat down with my make up and gave me a make over.  And during the time that they were putting make up on me, they ended putting some make up on themselves too.

And, no it doesn’t bother me.

Some people think that it should.  Some of the teachers in the daycare have told Maks that boys are not supposed to wear nail polish.  He came home upset that day and told me all about it.  I told him that his teacher was wrong, that boys can wear nail polish.  It is not just for girls.

I don’t think that the boys playing with nail polish, or make up, or a plastic vacuum is wrong.  Nor do I think that a little girl that plays with dump trucks and tools is wrong.

Play is play.

I believe that a role of a parent is to let their children express themselves by whatever means they feel most comfortable expressing themselves and if that means pink nail polish and a feather boa, that so be it.  It bothers me when people tell me that my kids should not play with the things that they play with because it will hurt their development in the long run.  I think that inhibiting their creativity hurts their development in the long run, and that is something that I don’t want to do.

So in this house there are no gender roles.  The Ninja Princess is a huge wrestling fan, Maks loves to fix my hair and make up and Mat loves to have his nails painted and play with a toy vacuum.

These kids are super creative and I am proud that they are in my life.

*once again, crappy picture via my phone.