Saturday, October 25, 2014

A year in the life of a 7 year old

Dear Fenner,

Seven years ago this morning I became a Mother and you joined us. To say that it was the first of many learning curves that were inspired by you is an understatement.

This past year has been a series of adventures with you. Adventures both near and far. Adventures in our kitchen, in our neighbourhood, as a family or solo with me. You are game for pretty much anything as long as you know you'll be safe and so we have had a crazy big year.

Even more thrilling to me than your willingness to try new things is your ability to set your own boundaries and stay true to them. It was an epic year to be your Mom and I loved every minute of it.  I can't wait to see how Seven plays out.

I just can't wait to see what's going to be next.



Clyde, Squid Expert

Rail Garden Square Dance

Ravine Love

Wedding Tree Climber

A cyclist is born



Ice Storm Clean Up

Who doesn't love a Stormtropper?

Fresh Snow

Winter Vacation - Allan Gardens

'Oh, Violet. You understand my pain.'

Carrot Skin is Cool

Urban Art

Pottery = Slip Shower


Apple from my Tree.

Christmas Kraken

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Go to your People.

I'm prepping for a short work trip today. It's a moment when everything is pretty idyllic - the girls are chilling out. Jason is puttering around the house enjoying the quiet and I'm trying to collect myself.

We are coming off of almost 3 weeks of semi-normalcy. We've spent the last couple of weeks with friends and each other - lots of birthdays to celebrate and neighbourhood haunts to check out. I've seen more of these people in the last 3 weeks than I have all summer I think. I love these people. We've have wild times and they can pull me back like no one else I know.

I'm still pretty detached from home life. Work and school are duking it out for my attention and I haven't figured out how to be present in all three areas of my life yet.

Since that's no way to live fully, I started going to a Mindfulness Meditation workshop to try and help manage the juggling. I know that meditating won't bend the time/space continuum to give me an extra 2 hours a day it does help me stay in the moment...This just means my work might get done with a bit less distraction, I may study for 2 hours without interruption and that my time with my friends and family might be more sacred.

I guess at the very worst there is more a chance I'll get to be aware of these moments if I start practicing awareness right?  Seems like a pretty low risk solution with a high possibility of return on investment.

And so we practice being together...