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.


  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.

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

  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 :>)

  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.

  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!

  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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