Saturday, August 29, 2015

Milestone Moment: Holes in the Ears

Today - after weeks of (seemingly endless) discussion and debate - my 9 year old decided she was ready to get her ears pierced. 
It was a big moment...for both of us. Because these are the moments that mark the passing of time. That mark her growing up.

I remember getting my ears pierced. I was 8 and it was a tremendously hellish experience.

My "ear care professional" was new...didn't know what she was doing...and managed to get the "pain free" ear piercing gun stuck on my left earlobe.

And it hurt like a son of a &%@!#. I don't actually remember how they managed to get the 2nd ear done but I suspect my mother had a hand in that black magic.  I picture myself unconscious on the chair...the offending gun still hanging from my left ear while my mother took matters into her own hand and finished the job herself.

Anyways...I digress. Luckily my daughters experience was quite the opposite of mine.

We went to Claire's and I searched through the staff until I found one that looked closer to my age than my daugther's and whose name tag had the word "Manager" on it.

She walked M through the steps and asked her to choose her earrings. After she chose her April birthstone it was over to the stool in the window.

The whole process was over in about 10 minutes - start to finish.

One of the things I love is that they do both ears at the same time. M knew what was coming when they tried to distract her with questions...but I think she was even surprised by how quickly it was done. 

The smile didn't leave her face for hours after we left the mall.

When we were done with the piercing we took full advantage of the discounts Claire's offers when you get your ears pierced. All their stainless steel earrings were $5 - so M got 4 pairs for when she is able to swap them out.

I have to say our experience at Claire's was really fantastic. They have great information on their website about after care - including a video that my daughter really found helpful.

Mark another milestone down in the books...these moments just keep coming.

I'm not sure I'm ready for them...but I don't seem to get a say anymore.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Becoming an Early Riser...

Over the years I have tried a lot of new workout regimes. Convinced that each one would be THE one. That one that finally worked with my schedule and showed results.

So far I've been skunked. Running has been the closest I have come to finding that right fit for me.

The challenge has been finding the time to fit it in. I don't like running on a treadmill but as I have always had to run at night after the kids went to bed - that was my only safe option.

I have always preferred working out in the morning. But as hubby starts work at 7 getting a morning workout in meant a very early wake up call.

And let me tell you...I am NOT a morning person.

But faced with no other options I decided to give the early morning call a try and started getting up at 6 for a 40 minute brisk walk/slow run every morning.

And I LOVE IT!!! Starting my day off with some quiet time to myself - alone with my music and my thoughts - has proven to be a great way to kick it off.

Plus...I get to see some pretty awesome views.

So far I'm seeing the results in the fit of my clothes and I like the feeling.

6am...I think this is the beginning of something beautiful...

See you tomorrow.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Milestone Moment: Swimming Level 1...check!

My youngest has always had a bit of a stubborn streak. She likes to do things her own way and in her own time.

That's proved to be a slightly frustrating character trait over the years especially when it comes to things like swimming lessons.

My oldest is a fish. Has always loved the water and whipped through the first few levels of swimming lessons without issue.

But with dear little T it's been a bit of a different story.

While she loves the water too - always begging for us to take her swimming and having a great time when we did - there was a clear disconnect when it came to swimming lessons.

The first time we tried she failed because she flatly refused to put her head in the water.  Only for the instructor was this the case...because she'd finish her lesson, rejoin us and promptly put her face in the water.

So...we'd tried again with the same level...and got the same result. Soooo frustrating!  Even her teacher said "we know she's capable...she just needs to show us in the lesson."

We decided to take a break and wait until she was older. And then my friend told me her secret of putting them in lessons in the summer when they can go every day for two weeks. Given that I now had the flexbility in my work schedule I decided to give it a whirl.

And from day 1 I knew it was going to be a big success. She loved her lessons at the outdoor pool. She was excited for each one and proudly showed off her new skills.

Onto Level 2.

Oh...and let's not forget my oldest child. She passed level 7 with flying colours and is a better swimmer than I am.

Better get used to that I guess...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sisterly Love - Part 2

I am absolutely loving the relationship between my girls right now. They have a genuine love for each other and every once there is a moment that really highlights that bond.

They recently decided to share a bed and I was worried it would be a mistake. But so far they have really enjoyed it and so have I.

Every morning I look forward to going in their to wake them up. But this morning I wasn't ready for what I saw.

As I ran to get my camera to capture the moment I just prayed they wouldn't wake up. Pretty sure I took about a hundred pictures before finally waking them up.

They were both sound asleep and neither remembers making a move to hold hands.

oh my heart...

Monday, August 10, 2015

One on One Time: Sushi & Baseball

Tonight I got to spend some quality one-on-one time with my oldest daughter.

I love one-on-one time. And I know that as she gets older it's going to become more and more important to set this kind of quality time aside.

Last year we went to a couple of Vancouver Canadians baseball games and at each one M expressed an interest in attending one without her little sister...the queen of distractions.

And so that's what we did - with a little sushi and conversation to start us of.

We talked her excitement and fear about starting grade 4 and getting letter grades. We talked about boys and ear piercing. And we talked about her feelings about our family...and the separation.

That was tough. Because she was looking for reassurance from me. Confirmation that now that Daddy was home it meant he would never leave again.

And I had to do the dance. Because I don't want to lie but I also don't want her to live in fear or worry. it's a fine line to navigate because she's a smart kid.

Real talk over it was time to watch some baseball...

and to eat:

It was a beautiful night for a ballgame.

And I had a great time with my beautiful first born.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Birthday Love

Part of my new goal of putting myself first meant that I chose to spend my birthday weekend in Victoria without my kids. I don't like to be away from them on special occassions but it was the right decision for me.

And really it was a bonus for me in the end because I got to milk an extra day of brithday celebrations out of them.

We took an early ferry home and that messed up their plans for me. So i spent a couple of hours sequestered in the bedroom as they prepared a special treat for me...

And it was special indeed...truly made with love. I heard it!


Happy 27th (again!) to me!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Vegas Baby!

I can't believe it's been almost 2 years since our Vegas trip.

Despite the fact that I was in a dark place emotionally...there were a lot of laughs and some truly awesome moments.

And we did look good...