In the blink of an eye, spring break is over, and I am beyond behind on my 365 post.
We spent the entire first week of spring break in Whistler. The snow this year has just be amazing. The kids both made great progress in a short time. Savanna can now tackle the entire beginner hill on her own without assistance. Josh is leading me down tree runs that scare the crap out of me.
I went with Josh’s class on a field trip today. I must have taken over a hundred photos of the kids. At the end, this one is my favorite. It was the start of the field trip, and the sun light was shining through this old window.
Josh asked me to play Lego with him the other night. I do love Lego, but I am just at a loss of what to build when he plopped a huge box of thousands of pieces in front of me.
I picked up a white shark and a figure, and started playing with them. Then I had this idea of building an ocean scene. I enlisted Josh’s help to make some fish with bricks, we found an octopus and some greens we used as seaweed.
At the end, I was quite pleased with the scene of a great white shark eating this poor man in the ocean.
I stumbled upon this interesting alleyway last week. Today I purposely walked by there to get some photos of the painted walls.
10 days ago, I may have teased you a little with the photo from our visit to the SPCA.
Jewels adopted us and took us home. She’s a 4-year-old short hair and manx mix.
We have been taking our time getting to know her. We really don’t know much about cats. So far, we learned that she loves her hair brushed, she likes the bottom of her chin scratched, she runs to us when we’re eating, and she has chosen Savanna’s bed to be her own.
We are loving having Jewels as a new family member.
I do not enjoy catching up on posts. But I don’t have anyone else to blame. So. Here we go.
You’ll notice Day 57 and 58 are missing. I’ll post Day 57 separately. I am not able to post Day 58–not because I don’t have a good photo to post. On the contrary, I quite like my photo from Day 58. But Josh didn’t have a shirt on in the photo, and he says only people in our family can see him without a shirt on. So I’ve been banned from posting that photo online. You’ll just have to take my word for that it was a good photo.
The last day of our girls’ weekend, I suggested to Savanna we go for a bike ride after dinner. She enthusiastically agreed. We rode to Earnest Icecream to get her a treat, and to get me some exercise. By the way, that hill coming back up Quebec from E.2nd to 10th just about killed me.
As we got into the store, I realized I had forgotten my wallet. Seriously. To disappoint a child right in front of the icecream counter–I get the crown for the worst mother in the world. Thankfully as I was explaining to Savanna that I didn’t bring any money, the lady behind the counter offered us free icecream. Yup, you heard that right. She said, Don’t worry about it; it’s on us. Savanna got her “Serious Chocolate” icecream, and I was filled with gratitude.
Thank you, Earnest lady, you saved my night.
Savanna laid out a dinosaur family and asked me to play. While I have zero interest in dinosaurs, I am so glad she wants me to play with her.
Savanna and I regularly play Zingo and GoFish. Josh isn’t really interested in those games. He is really interested in drawing, and unfortunately I can barely draw a stickman.
The other night, Josh said he wanted me to draw something with him. I stared at the blank piece of paper, and I have no idea what else to draw than a corporate organizational chart with rectangles and triangles.
Yes, I am that sad.
He then came up with this idea that he’ll teach me how to draw. So he gave me a lesson on how to draw a bird. I think I did pretty damn good!
The building across the street from my office looks like a beehive to me, with little busy worker bees. I’m pretty sure they look back at me and think the same thing.
Savanna and I had a girls’ weekend together, while the boys went off to ski in Whistler.
Since we have quickly devoured the brownie crisps I brought home from Trader Joe’s, Savanna and I found a recipe to make the crisps ourselves. These taste like brownies, but they are crispy. We spent Friday afternoon baking and making a mess in the kitchen. Those are the best afternoons!
One day a few weeks ago, I got an email from Josh’s teacher. She said, “Dear parent, your child had signed up for the lip-sync contest at school. Here is the performance schedule…”
I figured the email came to me in error. There’s no way Josh would have signed up for a lip-sync contest. Well, he came home and told me he is going to be in the lip-sync contest and he is going to sing the Pokemon song.
We don’t come from a family of performers. Where did this come from? Well, I couldn’t get to the bottom of the story. He was so excited to tell me that he already picked the song, I didn’t want to sound like a calloused bitch. I just held back my surprise and smiled and nodded.
So on Thursday, he took the stage with his cardboard guitar, and lip-sync’d to “I want to be the very best”. I ran out of a work meeting so I can attend his performance.
Being the youngest contestant, his choreography was the most basic. But I was just beaming with pride through the entire 4 minutes and 8 seconds. He signed up for this contest, learned the lyrics, and choreographed the moves himself. He got on stage, performed, and came off the stage all with his cool and calm presence. The first thing he said to me was, “That was my first lip-sync contest. I did all the moves I wanted to.” I couldn’t help but look at him and smile ear-to-ear.
He is so much more brave than me!