Monday, June 26, 2017

Happiness Is...Summer

Life with a four-year-old and a two-year-old is a lot of fun. I am loving this season of life! Henry and Rosie are not only close in age, but they truly share a close bond. One day we were visiting our good friends and the kids were upstairs playing. Suddenly, I heard Rosie crying and before I got to the top of the stairs to see what was the matter, I heard Henry sticking up for his baby sister.

     "Hey! Don't do that to my sister!" he said. It was the sweetest thing!

These two have had a great start to their summer. At the cottage, we spend most of our days in the water. The kids love to swim, hike and canoe. When we're in the city, we like to attend different festivals and go on adventures with our Homeschool Activity Co-Op. The best part of being a working-stay-at-home-mom is that both kids will be joining me at Forest School this summer. I love spending my days with them and I treasure our time together.

Rosie's new phrase of the week:

     "Mama! I'm happy!"

And I smile every time I hear her say it. She's been diaper-free since March and is a spirited little girl. Meanwhile, Henry graduated from his balance bike to a bike with training wheels. He is very coordinated and is looking forward to starting hockey in September.

Mike and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary this month. We spent the day at the cottage and enjoyed a date night at the restaurant where we held our wedding reception. On the way back to the cottage, we made a quick stop at the cute little church we were married in on June 11th, 2011.

Life with this man just gets better and better! He's an amazing husband and daddy. For Father's Day this year, I threw my Blue Jays fan a baseball themed BBQ. He loved the burgers in a basket idea and enjoyed the sugar free/grain free chocolate torte I made him for dessert.

Speaking of celebrations, my girlfriends and I dressed up as 1960s go-go dancers to celebrate Andrea, the beautiful bride-to-be. I am so looking forward to this wedding in September.

My article "The Trekking Tribe" was published in the summer issue of Ottawa Family Living Magazine and even though I completed the course in April, I just received my certificate for completing the Forest School Practitioner's Course. It's made of wood!

The summer has just begun and I feel like we've done so much already; strawberry picking, the RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremony, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and a visit to Upper Canada Village. I'm looking forward to camping in a national park this summer (and using our free pass), visits with faraway friends, a trip to Toronto to visit cousins and a family vacation at the cottage to celebrate Canada's 150th with our very own fireworks display off the dock.

Ah summer, I love you!


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