25 July 2014

Chillin’



…in the summer heat. With A/C blasting almost 24/7.  Missing Canada and time spent with family there.  But, for today at least, Josh has a few Harry Potter DVDs to go through and I am going to finish the whole Season 5 of Downton Abbey…  Zoë will be busy looming, as she has a few orders on her list. (She has been making animal charms and everybody’s been asking for one!)

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23 July 2014

Home



Finally.  Feels good to be home.  I relish the familiar texture of our sheets, the gentle firmness of my pillow. I’ve missed our sofa and the way the cushions softly hug me as I sink down to read a book.  We miss the family, though.  The kids definitely wish that we could stay the entire summer and play more with their cousins.  We are slowly getting used to the hot and humid weather again.  Slowly slipping back into old routines, checking out our old haunts.  Hoping each night that we sleep through and not be wide-eyed at 3am. 

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We still have about a month to go before school starts.  A couple of camps to attend.  A few play dates planned and more to be arranged.  Maybe a visit or two to the beach.  Plenty to do.  Plenty to look forward to. 
How is your summer coming along?

 

16 July 2014

Berry Summer



We went blueberry picking last week.  The very first day when the farm opened up for U-pick.  The blueberries were plump and big.   So many of them.  Instead of just looking for ripe berries, the kids were on the hunt for the biggest, plumpest blueberry.  They would yell out when they think they have found one.  The others would come running over and compare it with the giant ones that they have found.  So cute. 

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Each one of them had along either a bucket or a basket and we got over 10 pounds of blueberries –just between the kids and my husband, not counting yet what the cousins and my in-laws got!  That’s a whole lot of blueberries, you’d think, but we’re down to just the bag of blueberries that my MIL has frozen.  All the fresh ones have been consumed!

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Of course, we just had to treat ourselves after all the hard work of picking berries!  They have these really yummy berry waffles at the farm and we just had to have some.

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09 July 2014

Alternatives to Electronics




Summer. With the cousins.  All crazy about Minecraft.  If we let them, they could be on the computer or the tablet or playing Wii the whole day.  But we don’t.  They get one hour.  There are groans and there are attempts to get us to extend their time.  But there’s the backyard, the ball, books, sidewalk chalk, games of pretend, annoying the girl cousins…  They find something to keep themselves occupied.

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02 July 2014

Ah, Summer!



The kids are out of school.
We are officially on our summer holiday.
For about three weeks.
Before we go back to ‘reality.’

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It’s always lovely to have time off with family. Taking it easy.  Chillin’.  Enjoying the outdoors, away from the muggy humidity back home.  I love breathing in the fresh air.  I love that the kids get to spend time with their cousins. It’s such a treat for Josh and Zoë having a 24/7 play date with cousins that they see only once a year.  We’re all looking forward to camping out, berry-picking, and all sorts of fun stuff over the next couple of weeks.  Happy, happy summer!





25 June 2014

Bringing Back the ‘Old’



There was a time when children were content to play with marbles and little plastic toys.
There was a time when ‘toys’ did not have buttons or switches.
When ‘toys’ were not electronic.

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That was the time before apps.
Before iPads and other electronic tablets.
Before cell phones and Wii.
Does anyone remember
how much fun we had?

 

18 June 2014

Almost There…



A week and a bit more to go and school is officially over and summer (for us) begins!  Josh and Zoë are excited about seeing their cousins and spending time with them again this summer –camping, berry-picking, swimming, hanging around.  Basically, just having a 3-week non-stop play date.

They are also excited about moving up another grade. Josh will be in Year 5 and Zoë will be in Year 3.  They will be meeting their new teachers and classmates today.  I am just as excited to find out who their new teachers will be.  So far, both Josh and Zoë love school and are learning heaps.  I just pray that whoever they get for the next school year will continue to nurture their love for learning and joy for going to school, that the teachers’ teaching styles will match well with Josh’s and Zoë’s learning styles.  I love their school and I love the teachers that they’ve had so far, but a little prayer that we get the optimum match won’t hurt.

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I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
~John Steinbeck

 

11 June 2014

Temple



I am not a big fan of visiting temples, but once in a while I come across ones that fascinate me.  I like the ones with lots of burning candles and lit lanterns and burning incense (as opposed to simply ones with statues and flowers).  These are the ones that makes the temple feel more ‘alive’ for me. Like it’s not simply a structure housing items of worship, but almost like a sanctuary where people come to seek solace, to commune with the spirits.  (I might be wrong about this, but that is what it seems like to me.)

This one below was taken at the Man Mo Temple along Hollywood Road.  It seems full of life, probably in part because many tourists also visit to check it out.

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