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Terry Fox Run

September 29, 2014

Every year, school's across Canada participate in a fundraising run for the Terry Fox Foundation. I loved doing it as a kid and so it's fun to see Kale get really into. And this year, he got really, really (really) into it. Not only does Kale absolutely LOVE to run, but the story of Terry Fox seemed to capture his attention and imagination. Terry Fox's story is so inspiring and heartbreaking, but it's tough to break it down for a four-year-old. Kale, of course, has his own interpretation...



(I know, I know...one day I will learn to turn my phone horizontally to take video...)

Adorable, am I right?

Even though Kale has been doing the Terry Fox run for the past few years at his school, this was the first year that he did more than run in a straight line along the sidewalk in front of his school. This year, his class had to run two city blocks for as many laps as they could. I was so excited that I was able to be there as a parent volunteer to make sure the kids crossed the road safely and stayed on track. I was even more excited to see Kale speed around the track THREE TIMES! Him and one of his classmates were way ahead of the pack and even ended lapping the rest of the class! He was so sweaty and red and took it so seriously. I was super proud of him!

Later that evening we were driving home and he asked me how people get cancer. I explained that sometimes there is a reason, like smoking can lead to lung cancer, but sometimes there is no reason at all. I think he had a hard time getting his head around the fact that sometimes people can get cancer even if they take really good care of themselves (don't we all?). I told him that I had an uncle that passed away when I was younger and that we didn't know why he got cancer because he didn't smoke or anything. Kale pondered this for awhile and then, quite matter of factly, said, "well maybe he was running across Canada beside someone that smoked and they gave him cancer." Gotta love the mind of a 4-year-old.

CURRENTLY [link up]

THE DEAL: 
Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' up with you!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other blogger's linking up - especially my lovely co-host Lindsey from Ot & Et.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
watching, learning, considering, needing, changing

Kale is currently watching Robocar Poli. It's a South Korean cartoon (although is also available in French and Taiwanese) that he stumbled across on YouTube when left alone with the iPad. He is OBSESSED with it and can even sing the (Korean) theme song. Every day he asks me to look online to find the Robocar Poli toys (which, for the record, do exist for hundreds of dollars on Ebay) and is always disappointed when he comes home from school and they're not there. So until the rest of North America catches on to this new trend, I'm going to have one sad kid. 

I am currently learning how to build and re-build (and then build and re-build) lego tow trucks. There's a reason that they put age ranges on the box for lego (5-8 years) - it's because four year old hands will instantly crush the model as soon as their parents put it together. And then the parents have to look up the instructions online because they accidentally threw them out and then they spend nap time for a full week trying to get it back together.

We are currently considering what to do this weekend. Kale has the day off Friday, which means that we'll all be home on a weekday, which is really, really rare. And it's going to be nice out! The options are endless! Zoo? Aquarium? Amusement park? Farm?? 

I am needing mother nature to decide on a season. I just put all our tanks and shorts away and made myself feel better about the end of summer by buying a new fall count and then - BAM! The sun comes out and it HEATS UP. It's all second summer around these parts and I just want to put extra blankets on the bed and a toque on my head. 

Beatrix is currently changing her clothes a hundred times a day. Eating is so messy!! And I never realized how dusty my floors were until a little person in black pants rolled around on them. Between a shedding cat and post-partum hair loss, Beatrix could start a wig business just my wiping down her pants after a good roll. Clearly it's time I invest in a better vacuum and some bibs! 

next weeks themes: 
throwing, drinking, looking, loving, sharing


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September 17, 2014

THE DEAL: 
Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' up with you!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other blogger's linking up - especially my lovely co-host Lindsey from Ot & Et.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
calling, loving, eating, riding, wishing


Kris is currently calling us from Nunavut. He can't call too often because he has to use a satellite phone and there is normally a line up to use it. When he does get through, I always find it hilarious to hear what Kale likes to share in the two minutes they chat. Tonight it was "I had karate today but when you put on your uniform, you have to keep your normal undies ON because there are no karate undies. Isn't that silly?!? Ok, bye!" 

Beatrix is currently loving rolling around and scooting backwards. She is is sooo close to crawling and even did a little forward army crawl tonight, but for the most part, she just rolls around and gets stuck under the couch. Every time I leave the room for a second, I come back to her little face peeking out and grinning from under the couch. It is very, very adorable. 

Kale is currently eating an enormous amount of food at school every day. I pack his lunch to the brim and his dishes look like he licked them clean. At first I thought he might just be dumping what he's not eating, but he assures me that he eats every last bite. We also have conversations like this: 
K: "Mama. I did NOT like that pasta salad you packed in my lunch today." 
R: "Ok. Did you throw it out? There's none left?"
K: "Mama. I ate it all. That does NOT mean I liked it." 

Beatrix is currently riding out a cold. She's had it for a full week and the runny nose shows very little signs of improvement. She also has this little hoarse voice, making her cry about the saddest thing I've ever heard. Babies and colds are such a terrible combination. 

Beatrix is currently wishing she had some teeth. It's pretty amazing what a baby can eat without any teeth, but sometimes Bea watches me eat an apple and I can see the jealousy in her eyes. 

next weeks themes: 
watching, learning, considering, needing, changing


the day Kale [almost] left the family

September 14, 2014

Not only do Kale and I look very much alike, but our personalities are extremely similar. You'd think this would mean that we would get along, which we do, of course, but it also lends itself to some pretty epic clashes. As two bull-headed Taurus's, we are determined and stubborn to a fault. I often find myself wondering how we will ever survive the teenage years, when hormones enter the mix. Well, something tells me I got a glimpse of that today....

This morning Kale woke up at 5am and, the thing is, Kale needs to sleep until at least 6am to be a tolerable human being for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, the 5am wake up has become a bit of a "thing" for him this week, along with waking several times a night and coming into my room around midnight with an armful of stuffed animals and a ladybug that projects stars onto the ceiling. Combine this with the fact that Beatrix hasn't been sleeping very well and I'm on my own this week while Kris is in Nunavut, and well, I'm tired. Very tired.

So at 5am when Kale started bouncing off the walls, I got angry. Like, really, really angry. And in my exasperation, I said, "Kale, if you don't start sleeping better, you're going to have to move out!" "But who will I live with?!?," he asked. "Ugh. I don't know. Another family that likes waking up at 5am," I replied.

Approximately 8 hours later, out of the blue, Kale started to gather his things by the front door. "Kale, what are you doing?" I asked. "Getting ready to move in with my other family," he told me.

Interesting, I thought. Let's see where this goes....

He  pondered bringing his fire truck with the broken ladder, but then I heard him say to himself, "maybe they'll take me to Target to get a new firetruck."

As he selected two coats, a rain coat and a windbreaker, he turned to me and said, "I'm pretty sure they'll have a winter coat for me when it gets cold."

He stopped at the door, sighed a deep sigh, and said, "I'm going now. Bye." And off he went.

When I peeked out the door and couldn't see him, I tiptoed out to the porch and could see him waiting on the sidewalk, struggling to hold his two jackets, fire truck, toy airplane and umbrella.

Eventually I wandered out to ask what he was doing and he just said, "waiting for my new family." When I suggested they might be waiting for him, he picked a direction and started walking. From the sidewalk I watched him drop something from his arms every few feet. He'd stop, collect it, and shuffle another few feet.

Eventually he turned around and I thought he'd given up, but instead he came back only to tell me he needed me to drive him to his new family.

At this point my neighbour stopped her car on her way by to see what was going on. I explained that Kale was moving out. Kale decided to tell his side of the story, explaining that "I woke up like a hundred times last night and my mom was so angry! She told me I need to move out so I'm just going to wait here for a new family." My neighbour stifled a giggle and I just shrugged my shoulders. What could I say? He spoke the truth.

At this point he got the bright idea to move in with my neighbour, promising her that he would sleep in and would help her put together her election signs (she's a city councillor running for re-election). While he juggled his things, trying to free a hand to open her car door, I realized that I was no match for Kale.

It became all too clear to me in that moment that Kale could out-last me in any circumstance. That, even at four years old, he knew it too and he was waiting to call my bluff.

And eventually I had to (because it was the only way he'd come inside). I told him I was joking. He looked me in the eye, my little mirror image, and said, "I know that, mama, I know." And he walked inside.



Beatrix Mae [seven months]

September 12, 2014


I was just getting used to the idea that I have a newborn, that I have a daughter, when all
of a sudden I have a SEVEN MONTH OLD. A seven month that is on the verge of crawling. That wants to stand (supported) more than she wants to sit. That rolls the span of our
house in two seconds flat to get to the cat. Even though she's always with me, I'm still sometimes surprised to see her there, looking so....I don't know, like a 7 month old??

This past month Beatrix proved that she really is the ultimate trooper, as we introduced her to an Ellery-Krahl August. Basically we chill out for June and July and then panic when we realize summer is almost over and try to cram in an un-cram-able amount of stuff. Like camping trips in the freezing cold. Trips to my parents, hanging out with friends, going to every park, days at the pool, birthday parties. Whatever is out there - we're doing it in August. Of course, Beatrix was all like, "that's cool, let's do this" and didn't even complain when rain was dripping on her through the nylon of our tent.

Sleep hasn't been great this month. The turning point was really the camping trip, but that could just be coincidence. She's also trying to grow a tooth, caught her first cold, and is learning about 469 things per day. On top of all that, Kale was home this past month, which meant spending lots of time going from activity to activity, not really offering Bea much of a routine. Now that he's back in school and our days are less rushed, I'm hoping things will settle and she'll start sleeping better.

Bea's favourite part of the day is probably eating. Most days I'm offering her something at every meal, but the amount varies. I'm of the "food before one is just for fun" camp, so I don't worry about her getting "enough." Also, she is huge and one day she ate a yogurt, a bowl of spaghetti, an avocado and a handful of veggie straws. So yeah, she definitely likes to eat.

She is so close to crawling! She spent the first half of the month moving from sitting to face plant, but finally figured out that she needs to put her arms out first and s-l-o-w-l-y move from bum to belly. Now she pushes up with her arms and slides herself backwards or rolls or spins to wherever she wants to go (which, most days, is under the couch). She also loves it when I stand her up and she holds on to the couch, and has come way too close to being able to pull herself to standing in her crib (lowering the crib is on the top of Kris's to do list when he gets home). And she waves! The little open and closed baby fist wave that melts your heart. Kale and I easily spend an hour a day waving and saying "HI BEATRIX, HI!" and she looks at us like we've finally lost our minds for good and every now and then appeases us with a little wave.

I have a feeling this next month is going to be a big one. I can't wait to see what it brings.