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A kid with a cold and a broken dryer

Yesterday Andrew skipped his dance class due to having a headache and a stuffy nose.  I couldn’t argue with him not feeling up to doing acrobatics with a headache! I figured the day of rest would be enough to get him feeling better in time for school on Monday.
This morning the girls came charging up the stairs at the sound of me getting up, as they generally do.  Margaret informed me that Andrew was sick and I inquired as to what kind of sick. He called up from the couch in a pathetic voice that he had a stomach ache, headache, his ears were hurting, and he wasn’t well enough to go to school.
This would not be Andrew’s first attempt at milking a common cold for all that it’s worth.  He has been known to stay home over a hangnail in the past! He plays up whatever small symptom he has and makes it seem as though he may not make it through the day.  I was concerned this was one of those times where he’d just rather stay home and play video games and watch movies and be waited on hand a…

Looking forward to summer!

Yesterday I went out and bought a bunch of pretty flowers to plant in the garden, but the weather isn’t nice enough to be out doing that.  I’m hoping tomorrow it will start getting nicer again. Last week we were spoiled with a sudden bout of really warm weather. It went from being so cold and wintery to more like summer than spring, and now we’re back to the typical dreary grey of Vancouver.  Not that we have any right to complain given that other people in Canada still have snow on the ground!
I look forward to getting flowers planted and enjoying all the colour in our yard.  I have my fingers and toes crossed that the rodent issue isn’t so severe this year, as I really want us to be be able to get out and enjoy our yards as much as possible.  I did buy several peppermint plants as well, which are meant to deter rodents, so we’ll see how well they work.
We have several plans already made for the summer and I feel excited knowing we have some fun adventures to look forward to.  It loo…

Kids need to play outside with their friends

It’s only been recently that I’ve become okay with the kids going out and playing down the street to play without myself or James supervising.  Andrew has been allowed for a few years now, but I didn’t feel comfortable with the girls going without being watched. They’re 5, but still quite little, and while of course they could go play in the yard on their own, or even the neighbours’ yards for a period of time when they were 4, down the street where there are cars going by and not necessarily any adults watching out for any of the kids there is another story.
I’m trying to give them a bit more independence, and for the most part it’s been going well.  We’ve told them the rules about not playing in the road and being mindful of cars, not expecting them to automatically see you or even stop if they do.  They know the limits of where they’re allowed to play, and they know they’re not allowed to go off with anyone, or go over to anyone’s house without asking first so we know where they ar…

Mother/Daughter days

This morning after school drop off I came home for a bit and got a few chores done around the house, got a parcel sent off (Canada Post is so expensive, it’s beyond a joke) and then picked up my mom.  I had bought a few new things last month at Reitman’s because they sent me a 25% off coupon for my birthday, and at that time I got coupons for 30% off my next purchase, which would be expiring this weekend.  I know it’s all a marketing ploy since I otherwise probably wouldn’t be shopping there right now, but it worked both in their favour and in mine! I ended up getting a new raincoat, two nice tops, and a sweater for just over $100, tax included.  The jacket alone was $99 regular priced, so it was a steal of a deal! I’m pretty pleased with myself. I was just saying I wish I had a nicer jacket for Spring, because I’m always wearing a fleece one that makes me feel underdressed and just kind of blah, and it also did nothing for me on the many rainy days we have!  So I’m happy and also …

Snowmaggedon came and went!

Today at school drop off the girls’ teacher announced that there will be no more family reading in the morning moving forward.  The usual routine is that parents can stay till 9 or just after to read with their child(ren) before they get settled for the day.  In some ways I’m OK with the new rule because there are times when the girls don’t even seem all that thrilled to have me there, but on the other hand it’s the end of an era and I feel a bit sad knowing that’s it forever!  When Andrew’s family reading time finished when he was in Kindergarten, I knew I had it to look forward to a few years later with the girls.  Now it’s done forever!
I came home and got to work making a crock pot veggie lasagna that will be ready just in time for when James gets home from work.  I also decided that today was the day I would attempt to make homemade dinner rolls.  Yes, it’s true, I’m admitting it, I have never successfully made my own bread or bread-type product.  I tried to make a loaf of bread o…

Birthday Extravaganza #38

I meant to write about my birthday and somehow the days managed to fly by and it didn’t happen (story of my life, it seems).  It was such a great day, I don’t want to leave it forgotten!
At Christmas time James opted to take a few less days off so he could take my birthday and the day after off.  At the time I was happy on the one hand that he would have my birthday off, but also wished he had those extra days at Xmas.  It turned out to be a good thing in the end, though, because we were so unwell after the holidays, we wouldn’t have been able to do anything fun while he had that time off.  Miraculously all the stars aligned and everyone was relatively healthy on my birthday!  I was worried because Andrew caught a cold just a few days before it, but he wasn’t too bad off and no one else caught it.  (Margaret did, however, end up with an eye issue that may or may not have been a mild case of pink eye, but thankfully that cleared up from her getting it after my birthday to when James and…

Serena Ryder at The Vogue

Last night James and I took Andrew to see Serena Ryder at the Vogue theatre in Vancouver.  It was Andrew’s first real concert (unless you count seeing The Wiggles live, when he was about a year old!)  It was such an amazing experience, I can’t say enough good things about it.

My parents came over at dinner time to watch the girls, and James drove us downtown so we wouldn’t have as long of a commute home afterwards as we would if we took transit.  As it was, we knew Andrew was going to be getting home way past his bedtime on a school night!

About halfway there and it started to snow - right after I said we were lucky the weather was better than what the forecast had called for!  Luckily it stopped, though, and while we waited in line for 15 minutes for the doors to open, it wasn’t doing anything and didn’t even feel as cold as it had been the past few days.

Andrew was just surprised to see the hustle and bustle of the downtown nightlife...and that was on a Tuesday!  We told him it gets ev…