Saturday, June 29, 2013

Finding fun

Thank you.

I feel a lot better. Your encouragement has meant a lot, really it has. I have been making an effort to spend my time with the girls enjoying them, finding real joy in the small things and then letting myself feel what sadness/worry I need to feel just briefly at the end of the day before moving onwards and upwards. I still cry a lot, but let's face it-- I am 35 weeks pregnant. Who wouldn't cry at the drop of a hat? 

We have been celebrating summer and birthdays, which are big deals in my world regardless of whatever else is going on. I wrote out a list of fun things I'd love to do, quintessential Ottawa summer things that, for me, make the season feel richly experienced. This week I crossed off "run through sprinkler" and "buy lemonade from kids at a homemade stand." 

Still to do:
- Take the kids swimming with my grama at Bearbrook Pool
- Go to Lac Phillipe for the day
- Make the effort to get our produce from local farmer's markets. Today we bought zucchini, green onions and sweet little carrots.
- Play with sparklers with Abby late at night
- Wake her up to watch a thunder and lightening storm from the garage
- Go to a backyard barbecue with friends, the kind where the kids run around being crazy, dirty, wet and happy
- Sit around a campfire
- Go to an outdoor concert
- Eat some dinners outside
- Go on the Petrie Island turtle tour with my friend and her sister, who runs the program
- Swim in a lake
- Have this sweet little baby and find out who he or she is!

It's a list in progress, but it's a good exercise in turning my frown upside down and finding some genuinely fun things to do with the girls and for myself.
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9 comments:

  1. keep it all in perspective, don't sweat the small stuff, when life hands you lemons...and all those other words of wisdom you can buy on plaques and magnets.

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  2. The girls are so big already! They are beautiful and today is sunny my dear! Yeah...

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  3. Here's wishing you all a wonderful summer! I can't wait to hear more about your adventures (the best stories have at least some tears :>)

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  4. I live in the Yukon and look at blogs thru Urban Yukon. As someone who likes good writing I look in on your blog and feel slightly guilty, although I shouldn't't because I read short stories in the New Yorker as a way to get glimpses into contemporary life. Now when I see a police officer doing hiis or her job I have feelings if tenderness towards them because I see the kind of home they are coming back to and I'm rooting for them. Your blog taught me this.

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    1. What a lovely comment from the person above. Wow.

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  6. I'm glad you're feeling a bit better. I'm always here if you need to chat or a shoulder to cry on. Everything will work out. Don't worry! Can't wait for our Petrie Island day!

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  7. I love that you're talking about places that i grew up going to like Bearbrook pool, Lac Philippe and Petrie Island! Hope you're enjoying being home!

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