The lowdown: Use our themes, use your themes - just tell us what you're "currently" up to! This week our themes are: cooking, making, working on, reading, and listening to.
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Cooking in my oven. Or so he wishes. Tonight he told me, "Kale cook in mama's oven and mama cook in my oven. I need the mittens - it's hot!" This kid cracks me up.
Making bracelets. Kale has been absolutely loving putting beads on pipe cleaners and making everyone bracelets. This is awesome for several reasons - (1) it's a great activity for fine-motor skills, (2) it distracts him long enough that I have a solo shower in the morning, and (3) I get to wear awesome jewels to work everyday. Por ejemplo:
Working on sharpening all the pencil crayons. Apparently this is Kale's favourite new activity at camp and the other day he spent a full hour making sure they were all nice and sharp.
Reading The Very Cranky Bear. We read this twice before bed tonight. I'm really enjoying the fact that Kale can make it through a longer story now and we're past the days of board books with only one word per page and absolutely no story line.
Listening to "a hong." When we get in the car, Kale asks to hear a "hong." He's all "put a hong on, mama. I need a hong." This is toddler talk for "I am so over the CBC radio - I cannot deal with hearing another thing about Toronto politics - we don't even LIVE in Toronto!"
Cooking in the heat. It's the worst, right? We are in the midst of another heat wave and when I walk into my non-air conditioned home after work, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven. Unfortunately, I can't predict the weather (can anyone do this?), and I'm a hardcore meal planner and so some nights (like tonight) I find myself sweating over the stove.
Making a Food Access Guide for my community. I try not to bore you folks with my work life, but this was one of those projects that just didn't seem to end. I couldn't have been happier to load it on our website this week and call it DUN-ZO (a la Kristin Cavallari - you watched Laguna Beach, right). In case you're dying for a peek at the finished product, you can check it out here: http://gwpoverty.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2012-Food-Access-Guide.pdf (just don't look at the rest of our website - it's in dire need of a makeover and I'm actually embarrassed to send people to it!).
Working on making some new blog friends! I've had a small surge in followers this week and have loved checking out everyone's blogs. If you're new here, please leave your blog address so I can come say hello!
Reading The Midwife of Venice. It's the first book I've picked up in a long time and I'm lucky to get a page a day in (or every three days for that matter), but it's nice to get my nose back in a book. I used to hate stories that happened before, say 1970, but Downton Abbey helped me see the light and I have a whole new appreciation for the period-piece.
Listening to my gut. Or at least trying to. Last week I started having some serious second thoughts about sending Kale to the new school we have him registered for in September. I decided to visit another Montessori school (I know - we're a small city and have three Montessori schools - lucky!). I loved most of it - but there were things I didn't like either. If I made a pro's and con's list for each school, it would probably be perfectly balanced for each. So I'm trying to listen to my gut and make a decision SOON. I am, however, the biggest over-analyzer EVER and so going with my instinct rarely comes naturally for me. Wish me luck on this one.
Next weeks themes: Enjoying, Learning, Inspired by, Becoming, and Indulging in.
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