Monday, August 23, 2010

We're HOME

We had a really great time in Toronto Island. It was probably our best "family" vacation yet. I think we finally get how to mix mom & dad time with kid time. A delicate balance indeed!

More will come soon on our trip, but for now I just want to say this:
I am so very glad to be home. Our week away was fabulous, but after a couple of days of sickness and rain, combined with a very cramped cottage where we kept bonking our heads in the loft style sleeping area,... I am so very glad to be home.

Our house feels freaking HUGE. And it's so nice and clean. I tend to obsessively clean right before we go away, and although it adds to the stress before we leave, it is absolutely, 100% worth it when we come back. We literally stepped in the door, smiled at the funny note and sweet card Robyn left us, had some lunch, and slipped straight into bed for a nap. Well, okay, I slipped into bed for a nap while Jeff surfed the Internet, and Kaiya pretended to sleep. She's so excited to be home that she spent the whole time re-arranging her hordes of stuffed animals and telling them stories.

My two favourite people are off buying groceries now, and I'm going to go sit on the couch and browse through Maclean's. Or maybe I'll make a mug of tea in our massive kitchen and then stare at our soothing purple wall in our cozy yet strangely spacious (at least for today) living room.

I love HOME.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


It's a day to mark on your calendars, everyone, oh yes it is!

August 3rd, 2010.

The day we finally got to put Kaiya to bed WITHOUT singing Jingle Bells! Hooray!!

We have been singing that blasted song to her every nap and bed time since mid-December. Yes, we probably could have made this stop earlier, but who's going to argue with a bed-time routine that consists of Rock-a-bye Baby, a hug and a kiss, and Jingle Bells? Admittedly, Jingle Bells three times through... but only the chorus (?!) When you're two tired parents of a very busy two-year old, let's face it, you're just going to go with the flow. Especially when not going with the flow results in much screaming and crying.

Yet as the months dragged on, and it became June, July, and finally August, something simply had to be done. It was getting embarrassing, and I noticed we were singing extra quietly whenever guests were over.

So tonight, with much coaxing, and with Kaiya in an unusually agreeable mood, we ditched Jingle Bells.

And replaced it with... Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Here's to the next six or so months!