Adventures of Motherhood

I am a harried mother of three kids who move at light speed and a husband who lives in a world of words. If that isn't enough, I teach in an elementary school as I slowly watch my hair turn gray.

Monday, July 31, 2006

My Baby is 6 Today!!

My baby is 6 today and I can hardly believe it. When did we go from a young family with 3 little children, to these giant children? I'm not old enough to have children this old. Well okay, maybe I am, but I don't look it, right!?

Noah, my Lovebug celebrated in style this weekend. My parents were here from Montreal. We had Carmi's sister and her family here as of Sat. and then last night our best friends and their children came back to our house after the party. We were 16 for supper. He had the big birthday bash at The Little Gym. What a blast for both young and old, alike.

Today, his actual birthday is a little more low key (thank goodness!!) We went out for breakfast and now we're just playing in the house. When Daddy gets home we will go to a restaurant of the birthday boy's choice.

I can't help but feel nostalgic and teary when I think that he is 6. I remember watching him as he was born. He gave this little mewling cry as they placed him on me and I held him for the first time. Due to complications I never got to hold the first 2 right after they were born. I was the very first person to hold him (not counting the doctor who caught him) He was so beautiful and still is. Carmi calls him Sunshine and he really is.

He is a beautiful child both inside and out. He is gorgeous, sweet, caring, kind, so smart and funny. This kid makes me laugh. We have this conversation over and over:

Noah: You love me the best.


Mommy: I love Zach the best because he is my oldest, I love Dahlia the best because she is my girl, I love you the best because you are my baby.


Noah: (he thinks about what I said then looks at me with a smile and a twinkle in his eye), yeah but you love me the best!

I made him promise that he'll always be my baby or he couldn't turn 6. "I'll always be your baby, even when you're dead Mommy...but will you still love me then?" he says.

Yes, Noah I will always love you. You fill my heart with pride and joy.

I hope this is the best birthday, yet. May the coming year be filled with only health and happiness and may all of your dreams come true.

I love you, Lovebug! It has indeed been your mother for the last 6 years and I look forward to all the wonderful years to come.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

So That didn't go over well...

Well nobody in my house really went for the no cleaning up except if company is coming rule, so I'm off to clean. I'll be back when it's done!! :)

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I've decided never to clean again...

I've decided never to clean again, well except when I'm expecting company.

I figure what's the point? Every day while the kids are in camp I tidy up. Not 5 minutes after we're home the house looks like a tornado has been through it.

I used to have the following quote by Phyllis Diller on my fridge (I apologize to those who have been reading me from the beginning because I think I've used it before):

"Cleaning your house while the kids are still growing,
is like shovelling the walk before it stops snowing."

I wish I could leave the mess, but it would drive me insane! :) So I'll leave you for now as the clutter is calling my name!

Michele's Site of the Day!

I had a migraine yesterday...maybe lack of sleep from the day before, and I had not even opened my computer. Imagine my surprise and delight to have been chosen site of the day. Thank you Michele!

The headache is still there, but the mood is uplifted. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments. I'm going to try my best to get over to all of your blogs, today.

I have too much of a migraine residue to be witty so I will try and be a little more witty tomorrow. Thanks again for stopping by!

Have a happy Tuesday!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I'm tired this morning!!

It was a very rough night. Noah woke up at about 2 am. He had a bad dream and couldn't find his blanket. He lay in bed with us for about a 1/2 hour until I kindly suggested that he go back to bed. "Please find my blanket...I can't sleep without it."

So at 2:30 in the morning I searched all through the house for his lovely blankie. While I search, everyone sleeps except Noah who is happily playing Game Boy in his bed. "Did you find it yet?" I hear from upstairs. "No, x%#@!" I mumble under my breath.

All three of my sweet children have a special something. The boys both have blankies and Dahlia has a bunny (half stuffed animal and half blanket). I would be a very, very, very wealthy woman right now if I got a dollar for every time I have searched for one of them.

At 3 I accidentally woke up Zach while searching for the blanket. At 3:20 I told Noah to forget it...I'm not looking anymore.

I get into bed and at 3:25 Zach comes upstairs, his ear hurts. Okay, downstairs we go, take some medicine and shoo him back to bed.

3:30 finally back in bed.

3:35 Noah comes in, tears streaming down his face. (At this point I really don't care!!!) He climbs into bed with us. "If I can't sleep with my blankie I need you mommy". (Okay, I care!!). He settles into bed with us.

3:45 Zach is back in our room. "I can't sleep Mom" UGGG!!! As every concerned parent says, "Go watch TV!"

3:46 my head is finally on my pillow. 3:47 I am out cold.

Dahlia and Daddy sleep through the entire episode.

11:30 am...Daddy saves the day. Noah accidentally dropped his Game Boy down the side of his captain's bed. Daddy moves the bed to get the game.... low and behold there under the bed is Noah's blanket. "Look Mommy, Daddy found my blanket!"

Yeah! Can I go have a nap now?!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Tooth Fairy

I am a very bad mother/Tooth Fairy. I forgot to visit the little princess who lost not one but two teeth yesterday. I may be a bad mother/tooth fairy BUT I think quickly on my feet. Dahlia refused to go to bed last night and finally closed her light at 11:30 pm. I just told her that she went to bed too late for the tooth fairy. She has to get to sleep by 12 to be rested enough to fly around and pick up all the teeth. Then I strongly suggested that the young lady go to sleep on time tonight so the tooth fairy will be sure to visit.

All evening I reminded myself to play my part. We have a fancy tooth fairy in our house. I (I mean she) always write a note in a tooth shape thanking the children for their tooth and remind them to brush their teeth and listen to mom and dad.

I'm off to write the note. I know she's really not sure if it's real or if it's me but I'm glad to play a long. It means she still a little girl who is not so grown up. I know she'll always be my little girl but she's in such a rush to be a grown up and this just gives us a little more time.

I look forward to this role all over again with Noah.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Israel

We have so many friends and family living and visiting Israel right now.... watching the news each night fills me with worry and anger.

I know you can understand the worry...but the anger? I am angry with the one sided reporting. Carmi tells me each night to calm down...nothing is going to change.

The news on TV and our local paper are filled with the plight of the Lebanese people. Don't get me wrong...I feel for them as well. I know this sounds trite, but their "leaders" set them up to be martyrs. Why else would they infiltrate civilian areas and deliberately put the citizen at risk? You don't hear about the Israeli people. Missiles are hitting their country as well.

The Israeli people want to live in their country in peace. They are surrounded by enemies who want to remove them and all Jewish people from existence.

A friend of mine sent me this in an email. Read it and tell me what you think.

From: The Jews: a.k.a. The Chosen People
To: The Lord G-d Almighty a.k.a. Ha'shem, Shadai, Elohim, etc.
Subject: Termination of Contract/Special Status (Chosen People)

As you are aware, the contract made between you and Abraham is up for renewal, and this memorandum is to advise you that after, yea, those many millennia of consideration, we, the Jews (The Chosen People) have decided that we really do not wish to renew.

We should point out immediately that there is nothing in writing, and, contrary to popular beliefs, we (The Jews) have not really benefited too much from this arrangement. If you go back to the early years of our arrangement, it definitely started off on the wrong footing. Not only was Israel and Judea invaded almost every year, but we also went to enormous expense to erect not one but two Temples, and they were both destroyed.

All we have left is a pile of old stones called the Western Wall (of course you know all this, but we feel it's a good thing to account for all the reasons we wish to terminate the contract). After the Hittites, Assyrians, Goliaths, etc, not only were we beaten up almost daily, but then we were sold off as slaves to Egypt of all countries, and really lost a few hundred years of development.

Now we realize that you went to a great deal of trouble to send Moses to lead us out of Egypt, and those poor Egyptian buggers were smitten (smote?) with all those plagues. But, reflecting on those years, we are at a loss to understand why it took almost forty years to make a trip that El Al now does in 75 minutes. Also, while not appearing to be ungrateful, for years a lot of people have asked why Moses led us left instead of right at Sinai? If we had gone right, we would have had the oil!

OK, so the oil was not part of the deal, but then the Romans came and we really were up to our necks in dreck. While it's true that the Romans did give us water fit to drink, aqueducts, and baths, it was very disconcerting to walk down one of the vias, look up, and see one of your friends or family nailed to a three-by-four looking for all the world like a sign post. Even one of our princes, Judah Ben Hur got caught up with Roman stuff and drove like a crazy man around the Coliseum. It's a funny thing but many people swore that Ben Hur had an uncanny resemblance to Moses...go figure.

Then, of all things, one of our rabbis (teachers) declared himself "Son of You" (there was nothing said about this with Abe) and before we knew what was what, a whole new religion sprang up. To add insult to injury, we were dispersed all over the world two or three times while this new religion really caught on! We were truly sorry to hear that the Romans executed him like so many others, but, ...alas, (and this will make you laugh,) once again WE were blamed. Now here's something we really don't understand. That our rabbi really came into his own. Millions of people revered and worshipped his name and scriptures. ..... and still killed us by the millions.

They claimed we drank the blood of new born infants, and controlled the world banks (Oy! if only that were so.) We could have bought them all off, and operated the worlds' media and so on and so on. Are we beginning to make our point here?

OK so let's fast-forward a few hundred years to the Crusades. Hoo boy! Again we were caught in the middle! They, the Lords and Knights, came from all over Europe to smack the Arabs and open up the holy places, but before we knew what hit us, they were killing us right, left, and center along with everyone else. Every time a king or a pope was down in the opinion polls, they called a crusade or holy war, and went on a killing rampage in our land.

Today it's called Jihad. OK, so you tested us a little there, but then some bright cleric in Spain came up with the Inquisition. We all thought it was a new game show, but once again we and, we must admit, quite a few others were used as firewood for a whole new street lighting arrangement in major Spanish cities.

All right, so that ended after about a hundred years or so... in the scheme of things not a long time. But every time we settled down in one country or another, they kicked us out! So we wandered around a few hundred years or so, but it never changed. Finally we settled in a few countries but they insisted we all live in ghettoes...no Westchester's of Moscow for us. There we are in the ghettoes, when what do you know?

The Russians come up with the Pogroms. We all thought they made a spelling mistake and misspelled programs, but we were dead wrong (no pun intended). Apparently, when there was nothing else for them to do, killing the Jews (a.k.a. The Chosen People, are you getting our drift?) was the in thing.

Now comes some really tough noogies. We were doing quite well, thank you, in a small European country called Germany, when some house painter wrote a book, said a few things that caught on and became their leader....whoo boy what a bad day that was for us...you know... your Chosen People.

We don't really know where you were in the earth years 1940 to 1945. We know everyone needs a break now and then.....even Lord G-d Almighty needs some time off. But really...when we needed you most, you were never around.
You are probably aware of this, but if you have forgotten, over six million of your Chosen People, along with quite a few unchosen others were murdered. They even made lampshades out of our skins. Look, we don't want to dwell on the past, but it gets worse!

Here we are, it's 1948, and millions of us are displaced yet again, when you really pull a fast one. We finally get our own land back! Yes!!!

After all these years, you arrange for us to go back... then all the Arab countries immediately declare war on us. We have to tell you that sometimes your sense of humor really eludes us. Ok, so we win all the wars, but it's now 2006 and nothing's changed. We keep getting blown up, hijacked, and kidnapped. We have no peace whatsoever. Enough is enough.

So, we hope that you understand that nothing's forever (except you of course) and we respectfully would like to pull out of our verbal agreement vis-à-vis being your chosen people.

Look, sometimes things work out, sometimes they don't. Let's be friends over the next few eons and see what happens. How about this? We're sure you recall that Abraham had a whole other family from Ishmael (the ones who got the oil). How about making them your chosen people for a few thousand years?

Respectfully,

The Committee To Be UN-Chosen

Thursday, July 20, 2006

And then there was none

The last little fishy had died. I feel terrible...it was doing so well swimming on its own for the last 2 days. I looked at the bowl and Flipper was swimming around then a little while later he was doing the upside-down backstroke.

I'm too squeamish to remove it from the bowl so it will have to wait until Carmi gets home. Sorry Flipper, sorry kids.

Speaking of Carmi (did you like the seg-way??) I was very proud of my honey. He did an amazing job on Canada AM yesterday. I was so worried that he wouldn't hear the alarm that I would look at the clock about every 10 minutes. Once he finally got up I was worried that he was going to be late. Once he left for the studio I was worried that I would fall asleep and miss it. Yes we taped it, but I wanted to watch it live. He did me proud.

Have a happy Thursday!

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Saga Continues....

We had to tell little man (Noah) that his fish died today. My heart was breaking as I was holding him, his little body shaking as he sobbed. "Why did it have to be my fish that died?" he asked.
It didn't seem to bother him this much this morning when the dear departed fish were his brother's!!

I hope my hugs and kisses helped a little.

Sigh.... it's been a lousy Monday so far.

And then there were 2...

I am very sad to report that another little fishy is lying on the bottom of the bowl.

I'm sorry little fishy. Thank God I am a better kid mother than I am a fish mother. I hope the other 2 will still be swimming by the time the kids come home from camp....with my reputation you never know!! :-(

And then there were three...

Yes, fish killer that I am is here to report that 2 of our little fishies are in heaven via the porcelain god in the bathroom. I was on this vigil last night, watching and praying that at least some were going to be swimming in the morning.

There was one little fish that seemed to have settled on the bottom and from experience (unfortunately lots of experience) I knew it wasn't good. Another fish would come and lie next to it and then swim away. It would swim around the bowl and then go and guard this little fish. I swear it died of a broken heart.

I came downstairs to hear Noah ask Carmi "Can I flush now?" I was worried about the kids and they are excited to let me know that 2 died.

Of course the younger ones weren't too upset. After telling me that 2 died, they qualified by saying the 2 were Zachary's! How could they tell? They all look alike!

Let's hope the other 3 enjoy the comforts we're providing. A small plea to the 3 remaining fishies; stay in the middle of the bowl. Don't lie on the bottom and please don't do the backstroke at the top. I can't handle the stress!!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

We have new additions to our family!


Yes, we have new additions to our family. Before you get so excited it's not what you're thinking…

We have 5 new little goldfish!

These are not the pets of choice. I wanted a puppy!

When I picked the kids up at camp on Friday, they were filled with excitement. In their little hands they all had a bowl with water filled Ziploc bags. In their bags swimming happily (or not...they are in a tiny snack bag sized bags!) was a single goldfish. Zach volunteered to take the last 2 goldfish that nobody else wanted. OH JOY!

It would have been nice if they asked the parents, but back to the story!

If you are a reader of my husband's blog ... you probably know we don't have a very good track record when it comes to fish. Yes, I admit it (sniff) I am a fish killer.

But being the good mommy that I am...I dropped everything I had to do (we were 10 for dinner Friday night!!) and went out to buy a fish bowl. The bowls the kids decorated were tiny and we have heard from friends that the other fish have jumped out and have attempted to commit suicide rather than exist in these tiny bowls.

Fish committing suicide, I ponder.... I could let the fish kill themselves this time. But then I looked at those little faces, the pleading eyes and was suckered in once more.

I come downstairs every morning, okay every time I come into the room, I make sure nothing is floating to the surface. I pray they last a little bit longer and we don't have to send them to porcelain god in the bathroom!!

I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I feel so lazy!!

I feel so lazy...now that I have decided not to do any work, I don't have the energy to do anything. I have had a nap 2 days in a row and today I spent an hour reading on the deck.

I forced myself to tidy the kitchen, make supper and throw in a load of laundry. It's kind of nice. I'm afraid I'll never want to go back to work!!

Now a complaint...I am beginning to feel like a taxi service...I know all of you parents who have gone through this are smiling. I wish my social life was half as exciting as my kids. The 2 younger ones each had a party 2 weekends ago. This weekend all 3 had a party in the morning and then Dahlia had one in the afternoon. This coming weekend Dahlia and Noah each have a party at the same time in 2 totally different places. THis is a tough task when we have only one car. Once you add in the play dates that they have, all the relaxation I experience during the day is lost. I'm exhausted from driving all around the city.

Friends of ours have a babysitter every Sat. night. Every weekend they go out on their own or with friends. We rarely go out on our own. I'm embarressed to say we usually only go out on our own when one of our parents are visiting.

How do you and your significant other find time for each other? How frequently do you go out on your own?

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Why Can't I Just Relax?!

I don't know why I can't relax. I have been on vacation for a week now. I've been to school twice since school let out last week and have spent countless hours on the computer looking for ideas for the fall.

In my defence I had to go to school. I won't be teaching kindergarten next year and I had to clean out my classroom. I then had to clean up my grade 2 classroom because of all the junk I brought over from the kindergarten class. I have no excuse for spending hours looking for stuff on the web!

My friends think I am crazy...I think I am crazy. I made a promise to myself I wouldn't use my computer for any schoolwork for at least 2 weeks. I know some people think teachers are so lucky that they have the summer off (and we are), but we really do a lot of prep work over the summer. Some are crazy like me and have to force themselves to relax.

I am really trying to do some things for myself. The kids are in camp for the next 3 weeks and then I will have them all at home...I might be wishing to go back to school in about 4 weeks!!
But I digress...I am relaxing...I had a nap on the couch this afternoon. I was thinking of all the things I had to in the house as I was falling asleep...but I did sleep!

How do you relax? Please give me some pointers!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Here is a favourite photo that Carmi and I took on our date (a whole day on our own!!) while vacationing in Florida this winter.

As many of you know, Carmi and I celebrated our anniversary yesterday. I am not a gifted writer like he is, but I couldn't let the day pass without sharing my thoughts.

I can hardly believe that 14 years of marriage have gone by. I feel as though it went in a blink and yet I look around at our children and our life that we've built together and I am truly amazed.

I look at Zach, Dahlia and Noah (who all look so much like their daddy) and I am truly amazed that we made them. They are quite awesome in their own ways and they constantly make us laugh and fill us with pride.

I look at the life we have created here in London...it was not an easy road to take.... leaving all our family and friends in Mtl. There's no one else I'd want to share this journey with.

I look forward to the many more adventures that lie ahead.

Happy Anniversary, my sweet!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A New Favourite Quote.

As some of you know I have joined LA Weightloss. It's a weightloss centre that opened not far from my house. I go in 3 times a week and meet with a variety of counsellors. They are teaching me to choose healthy foods in the right quantaties. It has not been easy, but I am proud to say that I have lost 24.6 pounds. I am almost halfway to my goal.

I keep a photocopy of my before picture on the fridge, as well as this quote:

"It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not."

You can only make this life change if you are ready to make a change. I want to be healthy and I want to be a good example for my kids. They are my inspiration!

What are you working hard to achieve? What inspires you to keep striving towards your goal?

Monday, July 03, 2006

I'm on vacation...sort of!

Hi everyone,

I am happy to report that I am now on vacation...well sort of. As any mother will attest...I am never really on vacation, but I don't have to go into work. Well, I am going into work tomorrow. My assignment for next year has changed and I need to clean out my kindergarten classroom. I have graduated from Kindergarten...it took many years!! I will continue to teach the secular part of the grade 2 class and I will take over the French program. I will now have grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 for French. Oui, je suis nerveux!...Yes, I am nervous! But it will be great.

I am supposed to be on vacation...however I am already scouring the teacher websites for new ideas for fall. Okay...I have to let go. I promise to not do any teacher or school related activities for at least a week, starting after tomorrow!

On another note I am happy to report I have now lost 24.6 pounds. I am almost half-way to my goal. I can't believe it sometimes. It's hard, but I am really proud of myself.

If you live in Canada..I hope you had a wonderful Canada day...if you're in the US have a happy July 4th tomorrow and if you're anywhere else...have super, summer day!