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.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Mommy and Dahlia Day

It was another Mommy and Dahlia day today. Dahlia and I both had our haircuts today. Although I have to admit that I had mine done in the morning and she had hers done in the afternoon. She doesn't understand that I need a little me time every once in a while.

I happened to cut mine shorter than it's been in a long time. Dahlia decided she wanted to cut hers that short as well. She now has a chin length bob. I was really worried, but she looks gorgeous (absolutely no prejudice here!)

After she had it done, she was practically glowing. "It bounces in the wind Mommy!" Of course we had to go and get some new head bands, hair clips, leave in conditioner and nail polish. The $10 hair cut was accessorized with $40 worth of stuff!

Did you notice I said nail polish? That's right our Mommy and Dahlia days always include doing our nails. Sometimes we have a girls day in and do our nails. I look forward to the day when Dahlia does mine, after I do hers.

The girl can drive me crazy. She is so stubborn and she has a shriek that I'm sure can shatter glass, but I love that every month to 6 weeks we just reconnect and be the girls. I hope this will allow us to continue to share with each other, further done the road.

When she has these maddening episodes, like tonight's bedtime (she is currently sleeping on the couch, legs up against the back of the couch and her head hanging over the edge. She is the bookend to her younger brother who is sleeping on the other end of the couch!) I hope I can remember they great time we had today and that it carries me until our next Mommy and Dahlia day.

Monday, June 13, 2005

What Memories are Made Of...

We had a wonderful day yesterday. On the spur of the moment we decided to drive to Port Stanley and go the beach.

Carmi had gone for a long bike ride in the morning and I was trying to clean up the basement. I had 3 kids telling me "No don't throw that out, it's my favourite!". Let's just say my frustration level was quite high.

When Carmi came home, he said we needed to do something fun. So we packed up and went off to the beach.

The kids were hungry...what else is new. We stopped off at the "Land of Tim" (Tim Horton's) to sustain them till we got to Shaw's ice cream. Yes, we were having a late lunch and it was ice cream all the way. The kids were incredulous. "You're letting us have ice cream for lunch?!" Why not I asked them. There's milk in ice cream, flour in the cones and peanuts (lots of protein) on the sundae. It's well balanced!

After our sweet lunch it was off to the beach. The air conditioning doesn't work in the van so the windows were rolled down, our hair was blowing in the wind and the CD player was blasting. It reminded us of the old days in the previous car that did not have air conditioning.

The beach was a blast. Because it was later in the day, it wasn't so crowded. Carmi stayed at the shore line the with younger two and I went further in with Zach. We all had fun playing in the water. The time just flew by.

Zach and I saw a huge dead fish floating nearby. We could smell it before we actually saw it. YUCK!! Made me wonder what was in the water that killed the fish. Maybe it's better not to wonder.

We finished the day with dinner at Mackeys-home of the best french fries. We did a drive to see the beach one last time and headed home.

Yesterday, was a day where memories were made. I know that when it's freezing in January, I'll be able to remember this day and it will warm my heart.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

For the Love of the Game

Thank you to all of you for continuing to visit my site. I'm sorry it's taking so long to post something new. I'm looking forward to July. School will be out and all 3 of the kids will be in camp and for the first time I will have all of July to myself....This is a story for another time.

I love playing scrabble. It has always been a favourite of mine. When Carmi and I were dating we often spent a rainy afternoon playing the game. When I my mom visits me or I visit her we almost always play the game. I usually win, but not from my Mom's lack of trying! (sorry, Mommy, I know you read this!!!)

Zach has been bugging us to play. So we turned off the TV and we played. Dahlia, Zach, Carmi and I were the players. Noah was the parental caller. (We were playing on the floor and he was taking turns lying on our backs, and telling everybody the letters that Mommy and Daddy had.) He didn't quite grasp that the letters were a secret.

Zach and Dahlia could not quite understand or want to understand that all the words had to be real. It doesn't matter if you can make the word going down, if the word didn't make sense going across, you couldn't use it.

1/4 of the way through the game I was helping Dahlia make words and Carmi was helping Zach. Zach was quite put out that his score was the lowest. Carmi was able to get a double letter score for a z and eal for zeal a triple word score. Carmi was in the lead.

2/3 of the way through the game Noah decided that after each time you picked new tiles you should get a kiss. Then a kiss and hug. Zach and Dahlia already losing their good humour because they weren't winning, were not impressed. Noah would kiss them and then run away screaming and laughing as they tried to wack him for kissing them.

At this point Carmi and I are laughing and wondering when this game will end. Not soon enough for me!!

In the end, Zach sulked his way upstairs and slammed his door. Dahlia is doing a victory dance because she beat her brother and got over a hundred. Carmi, couldn't place 5 letters and had to subtract 17 points. Noah was dancing around the livingroom chanting "I was a good helper". I was able to beat Carmi by 2 points. (See Mommy, it's really hard to beat me! :->)

I just love playing scrabble. But is it almost bedtime, yet?!