"The Tightrope Walker"

"The Tightrope Walker" by Jean-Louis Forain

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Things they are a changin'.....

Just as I thought I would get back to sloppily, pouring my heart out I got a teaching position.  YEAH!  All this means that it may be a while before I get back to regular blogging, but I'll have really good classroom stories.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Things have been wild busy and September hasn't even arrived yet.  Here's what has been going on.....cottage trips, Saturday market, the gym, birthdays, back-to-school shopping, potty training (unsuccessfully), library, splash pad, playground, applying for jobs, job interviews (YEAH!), training for a new volunteer opportunity, sleepovers,  BBQs, cake making, gift shopping, clothing sort, and on and on it goes!

Blogging has fallen to the bottom of the priority list, but I sure have lots to get off my chest.  As much as I enjoy summer, time off work and time with the girls I am actually really glad that school starts next week.  I am looking forward to having a schedule again - everything is easier when we all have a schedule.   The girls will be happy to see friends, JD we get back on a regular sleep pattern, I'll make it to the gym again...everything will just be more settled.  Strange how a busy schedule seems more manageable than an open, do anything day!

In other news, I am having my third job interview today for a temporary teaching position for the upcoming school year.  I am really excited and hoping that one of these positions works out.  I am also a little nervous it has been almost six years, seven if you include maternity leave,  since I worked full-time.  The idea of JD and I both being out of the house full-time makes my heart start to race and my head swim.  I can't imagine managing the girls, the house and full-time work.  I'm also really apprehensive about being 100% responsible for 20 plus little minds.  I love teaching and want to have my own classroom someday, but I would love to take baby-steps.  Maybe work part-time to start or share a class with a veteran teacher.  I'm getting ahead of myself though...still need to get the actual job offer.  Keeping my fingers...and toes...crossed!

So, that is August in a nutshell.  Looking forward to September, and hopefully a little more blogging.  :-)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Homemade is better.

Its been weeks since the girls and I took on a crafty project, but yesterday Sophie and I started talking about making cards for JD's birthday.  She decided, completely on her own, that she wanted her card to say I love you from my toes to my nose.  Before I knew the ides were flowing and we ended up with some really cute homemade cards.

First, we took a load of pictures (because moving targets are hard to catch).  Here is a sample...

Then with scrap booking paper, a paper cutter and some glue we made these.....

The outside of Sophie's card.

The inside of Sophie's card.

I love you to the bottom of my heart!

Happy Birthday!
...and yes, we wrote on Molly's bare torso.  She loves to be naked all of the time and where else would a love message come from but your heart - it all seemed fitting.

JD is very anti-greeting card.  He thinks they are a waste of money, a cash grab,  a holiday marketing ploy and all that stuff.  I'm sure he is going to think these homemade cards are better.  Isn't it true though?  I can think of very few things that aren't better when they are homemade.  Now, what can we make next?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

All tied up!

At the end of May we all celebrated as Sophie learned how to tie her shoe laces.  This is a big accomplishment in our world because Sophie tends to be a little awkward about all physical tasks and her feet are quickly outgrowing all possible velcro options.  She first learned how to tie her laces without her foot in the shoe and quickly realized it was just as easy to do it with the shoe on.

Of course we memorialized the even with pictures of both the tied shoe and Sophie with her tied shoe, which is very cheesy I realize.  However, today I found myself wondering how this lovely plaid, sneaker with tied laces has resulted in EVERYTHING being tied up.

Sophie is tying anything she can find to everything else.  Strings to stuffed animals, old tie belts to her bed, the stuffed puppy tied to her bed, her sweater tied around her waist, skipping ropes to fences, ribbon to dolls, and best ever, her sister tied-up as the pretend puppy!  Yes, she tied a leash on her sister!  Thankfully, she was clever enough to tie it to her sister's ankle and not her neck (which she pointed out in protest when I asked her remove the "leash").  As happy as I was that Sophie learned how to tie her shoelaces I'm now wondering if it was such a good idea to teach her.  I'm hoping the novelty will wear and she will stop tying stuff up, if not I'm trying to decide what future knot-tying career she might have.....sailor is the only appropriate on I can think of.  Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I'm struggling to keep it together these days.  I love summer vacation and the sunshine, but we've been so busy that I'm feeling ragged.  The house is a mess, the finances are a catastrophe, the kids are wild and I am  tired!

I realized this week that I'm not just busy tired either.   I'm tired like pulling an all-nighter, tired like pregnancy tired, tired like I NEED a nap in the afternoon....tired like it is 7:45 right now and I'm typing this in bed with every intention of going to sleep immediately after posting.  Tired.  I'm tired right to my core, right down to my soul.

I know you are now asking why?  Why are you soul-tired?  Honestly, a little bit of this and that has led to pure exhaustion.  Maybe I need a little iron pick-me-up, maybe I'm not getting enough sleep or maybe I'm just feeling a little stressed.  One thing I do know for sure is that I'm feeling a little defeated and a lot unmotivated. I'm thinking that it is time to shake things up around here.  Less talk more action is the name of the game.  (Stay tuned for details.)

In the mean time some sleep....and read this please....this is where I am AGAIN.  Will I never learn?

P.S.  I didn't meet the 10 lbs goal by my birthday.  Plus I had my 31st birthday this June and I'm only 6 lbs lighter than I was then, in 2010.  See my problem?  Stuck, stuck in a rut....good night....now insert snoring sound here.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hello my blog!

It has been busy, busy, busy the last few weeks and blogging has fallen by the wayside.  I'm eager to get back at it though because my mental health is suffering!  ;-)  First up a review of my Summer Bucket List, check it out here.

I've definitely made a dent in my list, but I've got a ways to go.  I'm not going to make my gym goal, but for the rest of the summer I'm going to do my best to get there three times a week.  We also bought a gently used double jogging stroller and I'm going to try and use it lots too.  My biggest challenge is a new hobby or skill - just not sure what to try.  Suggestions?

I can't believe that in four short weeks it will be back to school time and summer will be winding down.  Better make the most of the next few weeks....maybe blogging will stay on the back burner...unless it starts raining.