Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Back to School 2016-2017

SIGH

the countdown to Back to School has had me super bummed out.  so many parents are stoked to get their kids out of their hair so they can press on uninterrupted with fights and tantrums and endless food making.  I AM NOT STOKED.  i'll take the fights and tantrums.  i like having them around. sometimes i need to get work done and they need to haul their butts out of my space or as some days would have it, the house, but we were lucky this year.  having kevin at home probably was what made this summer so terrific.  we could take turns with them.  we could barter and trade morning for afternoon, or whole days if necessary.  it was the first time we got to be together as a family all summer.  it was balanced.  the key was balance and it was balanced!  

also, this summer wasn't the gruelling pace of last year.  my body is back and i feel good and i fit into my clothes again.  malcolm isn't a baby that i have to haul around and whip my giant tits out for anymore.  i had all 3 of them ALL DAY, ALL SUMMER as kevin's schedule was basically 16 hour days of going to work and then working on the house/yard.  this was the best summer i've had in my entire life, and it was completely without getting to travel or do anything costly or super exciting.  it was just NICE.  it was relaxing.  i was working but didn't have to kill myself and managed to pay bills.  i got to spend time with friends partying and swimming and having dinners, we as a family enjoyed so many gorgeous evening bike rides and had a fantastic time camping.  we went to Splashdown for the last time before it shuts down, and i got to watch Malcolm laugh and splash for the first time on waterslides.  i felt free.  i felt so damn free.  it felt like the first break in forever for ALL OF US and as the cold weather swooped in this last week in combination with parents excitedly anticipating school,  i wanted to throw myself on the floor and just freak-cry in true malcolm style.  my feet are so cold, my hands are cold and starting to ache, and my chest hurts every time i look at my pile of summer clothes to move into the closet.  

with a heavy heart, i am hopeful for more good things to come, even if it means pushing through a long cold and rainy 10 months.  thankfully, i will be heading to Tofino this weekend for Lindsay and Neil's wedding, followed by a quick trip to Cali with Malcolm (while he is still free to fly!), and then my trip to India at the end of October.  which will bring me to Christmas Sessions, Christmas, Chloe + Malcolm's birthday and into 2017.


moving forward.  peeks into this morning's first day of school...

chloe had been up with me for a while in my bed.  we eventually got up to wake the boys who were grumpy and tired...




moses hiding in the cozy warm blankets



this guy is in the throws of it lately.  crying endlessly over nothing.




endless...




always wearing one of his hand-me-down oversized lego shirts for jams


smart dad made overnight oatmeal



he lost two teeth in two days in early August.
he's got one more beside that centre gap starting to wiggle... 

I know what's going to happen...
I'm going to go back to school with NO TEETH
~ Moses, Age 7
After losing his first 2 teeth



gonna miss those baby teeth


Malcolm unapologetically smashing Chloe with the toy stroller

OH BY THE WAY
WE GOT A NEW DOOR AND IT IS THE EFFING BOMB


morning crew


so thankful for this Mama for inviting us super last minute for one last hurrah over at her place yesterday afternoon for snack, treats, drinks, and a swim in their very heated pool.  the kids and i had a blast!!!!!


i took too long saying goodbye to this one that by the time i ran over to Moses on the other side of the school he had already gone inside.

so happy i forced myself to take these photos...  i love remembering this stuff.



thank you summer for everything.



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Camping 2016: Home + Happy Anniversary




GOOD MORNING!
the usual snuggle-fighting ensued


i think everyone had a wayyyyyyy better night's sleep.  the mattresses were pumped full and it was nice and quiet in the foresty area away from the road.  i wish we could have had a photo of all of us but that would require too much set up. 

  

i love these people


i love that i brought coffee
it was much chillier this morning and it really hit the spot
thanks mc for the press and the grinds


more crack






i went back to the boat launch with the kids while kevin packed us up



so many fish







malcolm went in the water and was soaked.
thank god for big brothers and their sweaters.



farewell!
the campsite was fantastic.  it did not have the facilities of the Princeton RV Park, just single no-flush johns with no light.  there is a tap and water fountain by the johns.  the two ladies that were riding around greeting guests and selling firewood were both super friendly.  not much for facilities but so beautiful.  the roads throughout are smooth and run up and down for kids to bikeride.  we will definitely have to bring bikes next time.  i've never been to Osoyoos or Kelowna, i think next year we will also venture that way.  i'm already so excited.


on our way home we said good riddance to the disgusting tree full of shoes


made me feel so sick like it had a terrible textural disease




farewell town of Princeton

it was a long long ride back.  we detoured through Harrison to visit Kilby, a little itsy bitsy town kevin had visited a long time ago.  it wasn't great.  the kids were getting hot, malcolm was at his wits' end and by the time we arrived (3 hours later), both the campsite and parking lot to swim in the lake were all full.  we cooled off with ice cream from the tiny visitors shop and restaurant before getting back into the van and into traffic.  it was so hot.  the van has no air conditioning and we were pushing 4-5 hours at this point.  poor malcolm was suffering as he had long passed his nap.  we finally arrived at my mom's who so kindly offered to take them overnight.  we took refuge in her cool shady backyard before heading out for dinner. 


it just happened to be our anniversary.  i had thought about heading into vancouver, but we both definitely had enough driving for the day.  we hopped over to The Gudrun which was 10 minutes away from my mom's and enjoyed a cool and quiet dinner together.  SO QUIET.  SO SO QUIET.






cheers to 9 years of marriage
this shit ain't easy no matter how i'm spinning it

we walked off dinner and dessert around steveston.  it was bustling with people, locals and tourists.  driving home, the sunset was calling my name, so we stopped to catch the last of it at Centennial.


still like this guy.  good guy.  very good guy.


and because there are no photos of me ever, here are 3 more



there have been some really hard weeks, months and years
i'm so glad this summer has been a really terrific one
so so so glad

stupid school ugh