Monday, April 30, 2012

Together Again

Finally, some good news.

Last Thursday, A.R and his teammates competed in the Battle of the Books Regional Championships, and placed in third overall.

What an accomplishment!

Last year, the school team finished fourth, so it's wonderful they improved this year.

That same day, my youngest son came home with a letter, stating he'd been accepted to his brother's school - J.P  will be enrolled in the grade four extended French program this coming September.

And I hope J.P will like his new school. I know he will leave behind some of his friends, and start anew. It will be an adjustment for him but knowing that he has a sibling there will make the transition easier.

And it also means a new routine, J.P will take the school bus with his older brother.

Oh, how I'll miss taking my boy to school!

Sigh.

It has been a long three years; the boys going to separate schools, having different schedules and school events. At least, they can now share them and more importantly, they'll be together again!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dream Garden

A few days ago, I went out to the garden to rake, weed and clean up the flower bed.

I was so happy to be outdoors, enjoying the fine weather.

It was delightful to find that my climbing roses, and poppy survived the winter. I even discovered a new leafy plant - I hope it's not a weed!

There's still amending the soil, dividing and moving plants. And overseeding the lawn - a job for Mr. O to tackle.

And although I spent two hours in the yard; working hard to clear up all the leaves and removing old blooms. I must admit, it was time well spent.

Once inside the house, I took out my gardening books. This is where the planning and magic begins!

I'm so inspired.

What perennials will I plant this year?

Peonies? Daisies? Aster? Lavender?

And to think it was just a plain backyard nine years ago. I have no regrets creating a small garden - expanding the borders and adding new plants every year.

Now, It has grown to be a patch of heaven.

Slowly, it is becoming my dream garden.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

In Training

"Mommy, the Easter bunny didn't come today!"

No? Really?

Truth is, my boys are too old for egg hunts and egg decorating.

It's hard to let go but it's time to move on and grow up - especially for my twelve year old boy.

I think he's been pampered, doted on and spoiled far too long.

I stopped doing things for him. A.R prepares his clothes for school, packs his lunch, and washes dishes. When we dine out, he orders and pays for his own food. Soon, he'll do laundry and learn how to cook.

Even our youngest boy is in training too.

I would do everything for my boys but I wouldn't be helping them.

I have to step back, and teach them to be independent. As parents, it's not only our responsibility to give them shelter, food and love but to guide them and teach them life skills for the future.