Rain and spilled tea

It’s like a November day outside today. Endless, streaming rain, cool temperatures, and pretty much everything I see irritates me: the dandelions are taking over my yard and it’s too wet to cut the grass, there are puddles in places there shouldn’t be puddles, the dog/house/kids are wet and muddy, and all outdoor sports we were so looking forward to are canceled.

When I woke up this morning and saw the gray, foggy wetness outside, I was looking forward to sitting on my couch, tune into the Weather Network, drink my tea and mentally organize my day. Lots of stuff on my plate, half of which will probably get canceled due to the weather. Continue Reading

Another thing to love about tweens

Tweens eagerly embrace independence, right? I know both my kids do, but particularly my older one. He’s 12, had a part-time job this past hockey season, finally owns his own phone, and has been taking public transit to and from school for months now.

He’s also taking me on a pretty fast and furious roller coaster. Not literally, of course…but there you have it. The teenage years are on the threshold…

Ha.

It’s probably not a secret that some tween kids aren’t crazy about school. Maybe some areĀ  (my 9yo), but there are probably a fair amount that would prefer to wile away their days anywhere but IN school. Like this 12yo boy of mine…if there’s a chance to miss school he’ll gladly take it!

On the weekend I told him about an appointment I made for him at 2 pm on Monday afternoon.

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Paying for it: the intricate and complicated details of paying for kids activities

This post was partly prompted by some articles about household money I’ve been reading in various places around the web recently. The topics are especially prevalent when it comes to double income couples who end up single income couples when one parent stays home with the kids. What happens to the money? Is it accessible by both parents equally? Does someone get an allowance? How do people stay on top of the daily flow of cash, particularly when the incidentals become more frequent (with older kids, for example, who join a variety of sports or other activities)?

Every family has their own way of dealing with the household money. We have a way that works for us, but I’ll tell you something, being responsible for the cash flow is neither fun, nor easy.

And the worst part is the checks. Not just the endless writing of them, but keeping track of them. Continue Reading

Random parenting thoughts pecolating through my head

My 12yo has a friend who lives in our neighbourhood, is in the same class, and they take the public transit together to and from school. The boys also take tennis lessons at a local clay court near their school together, and used to be on the same hockey team back in the day.

This friend is a very nice, quiet boy. I have heard him say a total of 5 words to me in the past however many years I’ve seen him in the ‘hood. I mentioned this to my son the other day and he fell off his chair from laughing so hard. Continue Reading

Pre-cooking meals, and how to stretch your meat dollar

Yesterday I went to the grocery store and bought a lot of food.

I am on a mission to stop this endless running to the store every few days. Seems even with my list, I end up coming home without items and then off I go again 24 hours later to pick it up elsewhere. It never seems to end.

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The last push

You know that end of school year feeling, that ‘limping’ you do at the very end? For us here in Canada, last few weeks of school in June are exhausting in a ‘what’s the point of going’ way.

Well a similar kind of exhausting is happening right now, for many of our hockey family peers.

It’s the end of the regular season in minor hockey at the GTHL. Immediately after we play our last regular season game (I believe our 36th game for the year) we will head into playoff season.

The playoff season is when everyone will lose their collective minds. Continue Reading