Friday, September 30, 2011

Writing Woes

"Mommy, what are you writing about?"


"But you're writing something in your notebook."


"Can I see?"


"Come on, J.P. Let's go!"

A.R gets the hint, and pulls his little brother away. J.P is reluctant and disheartened.

If there is one thing you shouldn't do; and I mean this in the nicest way - do not disturb the writer.
The truth is, I need my space - to think, to write.


An issue I need to address with Mr. O.

But I do whatever I can. Even if it means jotting down my thoughts and ideas on a piece of paper. Or working in the family room.

What can I say? September has been a busy month, filled with appointments.

I guess the only solution is to write late at night, or blog on the go!


- How do you cope with a busy schedule? Where do you write?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fun at Ontario Place

Today may be the last day of summer but luckily, we were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather on the weekend. A day trip to the big city is always an adventure!

A visit to Ontario Place means plenty of fun on amusement rides. J.P took his first ride with his older brother on the Cyclone Speedway, then Free Fall and First Flight rides. We loved seeing his reaction to all of them. Priceless! If there's one good thing about going to Ontario Place during the off-season, there are no line-ups or big crowds. You can go on as many times as you want!

Can you imagine having a water park all to yourself? The water was cold but the boys didn't want to miss out on all the fun at Soak City.

It was the perfect day to be sailing in Lake Ontario, or strolling along the marina. The cool, shimmering waters took my breath away.

We headed over to the IMAX 3D Cinesphere to catch the afternoon showing of Hubble 3D. I think we were tired from all the walking, fun and excitement of the day. It was nice to take a break. However, our little boy was worn out, he fell asleep during the movie!

It was a lovely day at Ontario Place. Thanks to my brother for the free Play All Day passes!

Friday, September 16, 2011

J.P's Crush

An intimate conversation with my youngest son on Monday morning. It caught me off guard but nonetheless, I loved his sweetness and candor:

"Mommy, there she is!"



"Oh, she's very smart."

"I know, and beautiful too."

Huh? What did my little boy say?

I looked at J.P in disbelief; and he beamed as Emily walked by.

My boy has a crush! No! He's only eight!

"Mommy, I held out the chair for her in class."

Nice. My son is a gentleman. I taught him well.
"I even told her I liked her." That I did not teach.

"What? Why?!"

"Well, this is my last year here. I'll be going to A.R's school next year."

Oh, too bad. You'll miss her.
"But honey, you're way too young to have a girlfriend."

J.P nodded his head, "I know. I only like her as a friend."

Whew! Now that's a relief.

The school bell rings, and I give him a hug and a kiss. I watch him fall in line with his classmates.

As I turn to leave, J.P calls out, "Bye Mommy, I love you!"

Yes, that's more like it. Don't forget about me. I love you too.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Summer 2011

Oh, summer! Where did you go?

Won't you stay awhile longer?

I'm back to the normal routine - waking up early, making breakfast, packing lunches and taking kids off to school.

Could this be a bad dream?

Shall we sit and reminisce the good times we've had?

Like the time we took a family trip to Ottawa, and celebrated Canada Day. Guess who came to visit on that long weekend?

There were large, enthusiastic crowds waiting on Parliament Hill to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. And we were in the middle of it. Upon their arrival, cheers erupted and chants of "Will and Kate" greeted the royal couple. There was no doubt that royal mania hit Ottawa!

The month of July was also busy with day trips to Balsam Lake, family picnics, play dates with cousins and watching summer blockbuster movies.

And how could I forget my beloved garden. It provided me with so much pleasure. The perennials I planted did not disappoint. Here's one of my favorites - summer phlox.

In August, we spent the weekends at the beach. Frolicking in the water, playing in the sand and basking in the sun. What a life!

I even managed to do all the back to school shopping ahead of schedule so I could plan our camping trip.

And that is where we ended our summer holiday. Camping at Silver Lake Provincial Park. A hidden gem in Ontario.

My boys were so happy to go camping again this year. They love sleeping in a tent, roasting marshmallows over the campfire and gazing up at the stars.

What more could we ask for?

It was a great summer!