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Finding the Balance

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Shhhhh.  My 4-year-old daughter is at camp and my 2.5 year old is sleeping.  TV is off and the only noise is the kettle boiling.  Which means it’s a perfect time to plan our fall activities/schedule :)

I have been very fortunate to be able to stay home with my kids the past 4 years.  Being home means that all of our lessons, etc. could be during the day.  Our nights and weekends have been kept reasonably clear and I am thankful for that.  But with my daughter starting school this Fall, it’s time to start our adjustment to the real world.

Not only are we dealing with the calendar differences, but also trying to find the right balance of activities.  At 4 years old, how many activities should she be doing? And what activities give her a wide range of interests?

For my husband and myself, we decided 3 activities were good.  2 during the week and 1 on weekends.  We also want to continue introducing her to new activities.  Which means taking a break from gymnastics and trying something new.  The city Drama School is perfect for my daughter, who loves to entertain.  And it has an ideal time, right after school with lots of time to get home for dinner and play time after.

Singing in the Garden

Singing in the Garden

As well, after a year of skating we’re ready to take the step to hockey.  Before the fall season starts, we’ve enrolled my daughter in Henderson Hockey, who runs a MiniRinx program, giving her a chance to practice skating with all the equipment on.

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The third activity is the one I will always keep on the schedule year-round; swimming.  As a safety factor, both kids will always be signed up for swimming.  An added bonus: it’s always the cheapest activity.

Loves to Swim

Loves to Swim

Lucky for me, I still have one more year at home with my son so I can still do his activities during the day (swimming, gymnastics, and skating).

How do you balance your kids activities?

 

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Not Just a Mom

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I started this blog over 2 years ago to keep my sanity.  It gave me a chance to use my brain outside of diapers, playdates, meltdowns, and midnight feeds.

As my daughter lost her nap, I lost time to write.  I have dozens of half-finished posts, filled with non-sensical ramblings.  Slowly losing time to do something I love I find myself missing that part of my personality.

Being a stay at home mom is the most surprising decision I have ever made, but it is 100% the best decision I have ever made.  As we near the day my daughter starts school full-time (less than 3 weeks!) I am starting to look back at all the extra time I’ve been able to have with her and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  And as that day gets closer I will try my best to make sense of my “first day of kindergarten” ramblings :)

With one more year off of work I am again reminded of how fortunate I am.  When the time comes, I will have had almost 5 years off to be at home.  I have one more year of extra time with my son and I am so looking forward to it.  But within that year I also know it is time for me to start transitioning back to my other job.  Supply teaching will slowly help with the adjustment back to full-time teacher, but I also think making the time to write/blog again will help as well.

Time to start merging mommy-brain with working-brain :)

For other SAHMs, how do you keep your non-mom personality?

Packing with Kids

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stashmom:

One year later and we’re off to the Bahamas!

Originally posted on Mom on the Move:

We recently got back from a family vacation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  My husband, our 3-year-old daughter, 18 month old son and myself were travelling with a large group for my sister’s destination wedding.  A few friends have been asking about what I packed and what I missed so I thought I’d share it here.

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What I Packed

  • Toys – bring lots!  We didn’t bring enough.  My daughter is old enough to entertain herself, however my son needed a lot.  Before the trip I went to the dollar store and got inflatable and sand toys, but I needed to bring more.
  • Swim – I wanted my kids to be wearing some sort of flotation device at all times.  We’ve used the puddle jumpers before but outside of the pool I thought it would limit their arms.  Then I found the Speedo Swim Vest.  By no means a lifesaving…

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Toddler Gym Time

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stashmom:

Brrr it’s cold outside. A perfect time for Toddler Gym Time at the Milton Sports Centre. This is one of our favourite Winter activities. Reasonably priced ($6.75 for 2 kids), lots of exercise for kids, and adult conversation.

Originally posted on Mom on the Move:

I am beginning this post with an apology to my mommy-play group.  I am sorry that I am sharing our new-found activity in Milton.  It’s just too good to not share.

I am always looking for new activities to do with my toddler and baby.  For their sanity, mine and to share on here I like to have at least one activity each day.  That is quite often an idealistic goal, but I try my best.  One problem is that many activities cost $$$.

Now that the Milton Sports Centre expansion is open I was interested in finding out what they have to offer.  My daughter and I have already gone there for the Family Swim, and the original Milton Springers Gymnastics is also located there.  When I saw in the Leisure Guide drop-in activities my interest was piqued.

The drop-in schedule is not listed in the guide…

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Prematurity Awareness Month

stashmom:

Another year has passed and the memories of hospitals and NICU diminish that much more. But it’s important to remember all the other families going through the same thing. November 17 is World Prematurity Day.

Originally posted on Mom on the Move:

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and I felt a strong urge/desire/need to write something for it.

I have lots of posts about the different experiences we had with my pregnancy and subsequent early delivery.  But I still feel like there is so much more to say.

Our son was born at 32 weeks in an emergency c-section.  From about 28 weeks we knew that there was a possibility he would be early due to my placenta previa.  But that still doesn’t prepare you.

I didn’t really cry for days after he was born, maybe even weeks.  As a mom we instinctively go into survival mode and I knew all of my energy needed to go towards taking care of him.  In reality, I don’t think I ever fully dealt with all those emotions until recently, almost a year later.

I recently read a blog about having a preemie…

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How to talk to your daughter about her body

stashmom:

These are great words of wisdom. I wish everyone could teach their daughters (and sons) these things. I know I will do my best with my children.

Originally posted on Hope Avenue:

How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.

Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.

If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:

“You look so healthy!” is a great one.

Or how about, “you’re looking so strong.”

“I can see how happy you are – you’re glowing.”

Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.

Don’t comment on other women’s bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.

Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself.

Don’t you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new…

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Fall Harvest Time

stashmom:

It’s that time of year again! I can’t wait to take the kids apple picking at Willis Family Fruit Farm. A friend went last week and the kids had a blast!

Originally posted on Mom on the Move:

Fall is my favourite time of year.  I love the weather, the colours and especially the food!

There are multiple crops that are ready for the picking come Fall time, and there are so many orchards to choose from.  Major crops in the Fall are apples, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, corn and pears.  I love Milton for so many reasons, one of them being the wide selection of orchards right within our town.

Pear Tree

Although there are still a couple of more weeks to go before the majority of these orchards are open, I am lucky enough to have a friend who lives on a large acreage complete with pear trees and concord grapes.  On top of that, she has her very own mini-petting zoo with goats and chickens.  It…

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