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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Things I Make Them Do

This is how we spent the majority of our Saturday afternoon - standing among thousands of other people, packed together like sweaty sardines in a little tin. 


See, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka. Will and Kate) were in town and I thought it'd be nice to catch a glimpse of them. Normally, when I come up with these crazy ideas, I ask myself a few questions before I bring it up with Andrew - Will it be worth bringing the boys to? Will they enjoy it? Will they learn anything from it?

If you can't tell, that's Andrew, a stranger, me and Nathan standing with Caleb happily seated on the ground in the space between us, playing Minion Rush. 

I was ready to throw the idea out the window but Andrew thought that since it was something I wanted to do, we should do it. And plus, how often will we get the chance to see royalty?

As we were waiting for Will and Kate to show up, Nathan did end up asking a bunch of questions about them - who they were, where they lived, etc. so I guess at least he got a bit of a cultural lesson out of it.


Eventually, they came down the street and the people around us went wild. It's a good thing I had Caleb on my shoulders or he would have been squashed for sure. Even as I stood there with him on my shoulders, people had no problem pushing me and leaning their full weight onto me. It was such a gross experience, if it wasn't for the tiny glimpses I was able to catch and for Andrew's photos, it would've been such a waste.


Kate didn't come over to our side, but she was gorgeous even from across the street. And hey, what do you know, we were wearing the same colours.


We had originally planned to let the boys go for a swim at South Bank after but all the sweat and heat made my eye start to swell again so we settled for ice cream, iced tea and a ride on the City Hopper back to the car. Thankfully, the boys were okay with that.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amazed

It has become a bit of a tradition for us to go ice skating with our friends during the school holidays. I knew the boys would be up for another session, especially after all the skating they got to do in Toronto. The last time I went with them, Nathan was still pretty rigid with his strides and Caleb was constantly lying flat on the ice, or being held up by an adult.


After we strapped on our skates, I expected the boys to be exactly the way they last were but I was wrong.

Nathan immediately took off with his buddies, even before I got my skates on. He was still pretty stiff but once in awhile, he'd loosen up and his strides seemed a little more natural. I reminded him to bend his knees a little and take longer, slower strides. I wasn't entirely sure if he heard me as he skated away with his friends but I decided to just let him enjoy himself.

When I got on the ice with Caleb, I immediately had to hold him up. For the first little bit, his legs were like jelly and going all over the place. I warned him to stand up on his own feet or I'd take him off the ice and immediately, he stood up on his own two feet and started skating. He still lost his balance quite a few times but within the first ten minutes, he decided he no longer needed to hold my hand and decided to take off on his own.


I watched in amazement as he'd take a few strides and start turning as if he was going to fall but he'd catch himself, then keep going. Two hours into the session, Caleb was confident enough to "run" on the ice, turn in a circle and skate, holding hands with the older kids.

As I skated around behind Caleb, I noticed that Nathan would alternate between skating with his friends, playing some variation of tag, and skating by himself. Even when his friends left the ice for a break, he would continue skating. One of the moms commented that it was good he liked skating enough that he would do it even when his friends were not around. When we got to the car, I asked him about the times he skated alone. I personally thought it was because his friends were a little faster than him and he was being left behind, but Nathan told me it was easier for him to think when he didn't have to talk to his friends.


I asked what he was thinking about, and he told me he was trying to think about bending his knees and taking longer strides.

I was so blown away by my boys today. Sometimes I think because I'm home all the time and I spend so much time with the two of them, that I know them so well. But it's times like this that I realize that I don't actually know everything about them and they can still surprise the socks off of me.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sunshine Beach


Even though we don't have the luxury of going away this school holidays, I'm so glad we can do day trips to the beach. I think we're all going to really miss this when we leave. There's something about the sound of crashing waves - it's like hitting the reset button and suddenly everything is okay again.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Great PL Card Massacre

I really should know better than to scrap on the ground and walk away without tidying my things up.


Caleb decided my Project Life cards would be perfect for practicing his newly refined cutting skills. Instead of tossing the pieces into the bin, I pieced the cards back together and stuck them onto a white  background. It's been a while since I've made a 12x12 layout, and this is probably the fastest one I've made, ever. 


Thank you, Caleb, for the surprise dose of inspiration and motivation, but please don't cut up any more of mommy's Project Life cards!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I Like It!

AE Demin Jacket | Logitech iPad keyboard | Essie in Mint Candy Apple | Be Aqua iPhone Case | aloe vera plants | Chips Ahoy! Rainbow Cookies | St. Ives Green Tea Gel Cleanser |  Super Nudie Breakfast Juice 


A real mix of good things on my I Like It! list this month. The weather's starting to get cooler and I broke out the denim jacket the other day and got two compliments - more reason to love it! My iPad keyboard has made answering emails and writing blog posts on my iPad a hundred times easier. The chia seed juice and green tea cleanser makes me cleaner inside and out, a fresh coat of nail polish and aloe vera makes me and the space around me a little prettier and rainbow chip cookies are my guilty pleasure. And Caleb ate the last of my stash!

The only thing I don't have is that iPhone case and I want to have it as a constant reminder to be present. Right where I am.

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