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Are YOU ready for Halloween?!

My kids absolutely LOVE playing dress up.  Lately it’s one of their favourite things, even in the heat (although it’s been slightly cooler lately, at least not a total heat wave at all times...Today it’s actually RAINING, for the first time in ages).
Andrew and I usually start obsessing about Halloween costumes in August so we can get them ordered early on.  It’s like our security blanket that we’re all set for Halloween well in advance!  This year we started looking at costumes online a couple of weeks ago, which looking back I probably shouldn’t have allowed, because Andrew became so fixated on choosing a costume that we HAD to make a decision a few days ago, and as a result, the kids’ 2015 Halloween costumes are currently in transit!
While we were looking into what the girls should go as (with their input...I feel like it was so much simpler when I got to just choose myself, but I can’t help but let them have a say to some extent at least, now that they have their own interests and i…

Playland 2015, round one!

On Sunday my parents came over in the morning to watch the girls so we could take Andrew to Playland.  (We plan on taking them on a separate day, but wanted to take Andrew on his own since there’s a lot more he can do there than what they can).
We didn’t tell Andrew where we were going, we thought it would be more fun to keep it a surprise.  We went to Safeway and picked up some sandwiches and snacks to take with us, and then got parked a few blocks away so we wouldn’t have to pay the $10 parking fee.  As we were walking toward Playland, we told Andrew we were heading to the mountain in the distance, and we were going to climb to the top, and all that would be there would be a scenic view of the city.  We thought he would freak out at the whole idea, but he was so good about it and said, ‘Oh, ok, well I think I’ve got the energy for that!’  He of course saw Playland but figured we were walking right past it, and amazingly was fine with it.  Then we said, ‘You know what, maybe the mount…

Another leak....seriously??

On Saturday morning I was doing up a few dishes in the sink when a bead of water running down the wall caught my eye.  It started underneath the cupboard above the sink, and ended at the lip of the countertop.  At first I thought nothing of it, as my mind was drifting elsewhere, as it tends to do when I’m doing dishes.  But then I did a double take.  Why would there be a bead of water running down the wall?!  It’s not like water could have splashed up from the sink and just so happen to form a straight line!  I wiped the water away at the top, and my heart sank a bit when the wetness came right back.  We had yet another leak.  LITERALLY our 8th leak in 2.5 years living here.
We’re friends with a few of our neighbours and we’ve spoken of the various leaks we’ve had, so I had an idea where to investigate.  I went into the living room (part of which is technically the ‘formal dining room’, although we don’t use it for that purpose.  It shares the wall the sink is on on the other side).  I…

Their very own bikes

We’ve finally had a bit of rain, not enough to end all the water bans I’m sure, but at least the plants and trees have had a bit to drink, and hopefully there won’t be so many fires happening.  Andrew’s starting an outdoor camp tomorrow for the week, so I’m hoping it’s not too rainy for that (but I’m glad he wasn’t doing it in the crazy heat we were having up until a few days ago!)
Last night I scored the best deal ever on two Strider bikes for the girls.  They usually sell used for around $80 EACH, but these were 2 for $30 total, and that included the helmets!  I couldn’t pass it up.  Both Margaret and Emily love to go in circles (because that’s all the space our deck has!) out in our backyard on the tricycle Andrew got for his 2nd birthday.  So when I told them I was getting them bikes, they were over the moon with excitement!  We went and picked them up today, and even though it was raining a bit we stopped at Andrew’s schoolyard and they tried them out.  We brought Andrew’s bike al…

Two weeks into summer holidays already

It’s almost 11pm, which is my ‘quiet time’, the only real time of the day when I am alone.  That’s not to say I don’t ever have time to myself at other times of day, and I do try to get to the gym several days a week still so it’s not like I never have an hour here and there.  But even at the gym, it still feels like it’s part of the hustle and bustle of the day.  It’s hard to find the time to really stop and collect my thoughts.  I feel sad that I so rarely do so, because I’m not recording near what I want to, and I know I say that in pretty much every second blog post.  I wish I was recording so much more of the kids lives than I do.  Right now, in the thick of it all, it feels like I’ll never forget a single moment.  But case in point, a friend asked about something that’s happening in her 3 month old twins lives, wanting advice because I’ve been there, and I honestly could not remember to give an answer!  At each stage there’s so much going on and you feel like that is the be all …

Heat Wave, Canada Day, and other stories...

This past week we’ve just been doing what we can to keep cool.  It’s been so hot that when I’ve taken the kids to the park, they’ve asked to go home sooner than I’d expect.  Actually, they usually get really upset when it’s time to go and I basically have to force them to leave!  But it’s just so HOT.  Luckily the downstairs of our house doesn’t get overly stifling (upstairs is another story) and by late afternoon it’s somewhat comfortable in our backyard.  By the time the kids go to sleep (which is getting later, typically around 9 these days) all James and I want to do is sit out back in the lounge chairs and enjoy the cooler air.
The heat wave has been amazing in some ways, because it’s sort of a novelty here on the usually ‘wet coast’ to have the luxury of spending time outside in the sun EVERY DAY.  But I think the vast majority would agree that the novelty has worn off and we need some rain.  Of course, not too much, just enough to cool things down, water the earth, get us away f…