Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Walk.

It slowly dawned on me just after Christmas that I would be for sure walking Rhys to and from school each and every day. That’s there (for 8:45) and back then there (for 11:45) and back. It’s roughly 1 km each way. So that puts me at 4 km’s a day…with Amelia being pushed, pulled, dragged or carried.

I didn’t really think about our proximity to community schools when we were looking for a house. Rhys was two and I figured that by the time he was five I would have a car, or he’d be able to take a bus at the very least. When I found out that his school was a ‘walking distance only’ (meaning no buses) school I completely freaked-out. Minor nervous breakdown. No joke. But Kindergarten was far enough away that I kept reassuring myself that I would have a car by then.

But, as I said, just after Christmas I realized that I wouldn’t have a car and I would have to walk. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE walking. I drag the kids all over the city making them use their big hobbit feet that the Good Lord blessed them with. I’m up for walking in nice warm sunshine, cool crisp sunshine, heck, even a slight drizzle is fine with me, but let’s face it, we live in Winnipeg! Nice, warm, cool and crisp are words that are only able to be used to describe a few months of our weather. Words more along the lines of blizzard, white-out, frost-bite, hazardous-to-your-health-to-be-outside-for-more-than-two-seconds are what we hear for the majority of the school year. This is what I was worried about. Well, I was worried about all of it to be truthful…but in trying to reduce my anxiety over our approaching situation the visualization exercises I performed would inevitably end with pretty little Amelia and I frozen into an ice block mid stride.

Yup, I was panicked. I prayed for a car. Then I prayed for a car again. I prayed and prayed and prayed for a car. It consumed my every thought. And then one day I stopped and realized that even thought I wanted another vehicle we can’t afford a second vehicle. It would be foolish to get a second vehicle and have to pay insurance and gas and maintenance just because I’m panicked about walking 4 km’s a day. My grandparents walked 8 km’s uphill each way just to get to school…at least I think that’s how the story goes.

So I decided to pray about my attitude. I prayed that maybe, just maybe, God could make me excited about walking Rhys to school. That it wouldn’t be such a big deal in my mind. That He would give me a peace about the whole situation. I prayed that and then forgot about it. A few months later I started thinking about the fast approaching school year and didn’t feel panicked. I actually thought to myself, “Hm, that’ll be some good exercise!” What?? I was looking forward to the walk? I was shocked to say the least. Something that I had been so anxious over was all-of-a-sudden the smallest thing in my mind. I remembered my prayer…not the one for the car but the one for God to change my attitude. I remembered my prayer and thanked Him for, yet again, being faithful in even the smallest things.

It’s true, I’m actually looking forward to the walk. I’m looking forward to the fresh air (even if it is during a blizzard), the exercise, the routine, and the walks home hearing about Rhys’ day and what he’s learned. There are some days that might be rushed and frazzled and, well, not so enjoyable but I’m sure it’s nothing that a warm cup of hot chocolate can’t cure. Ten more days and then we start.

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Snapshots Of A Cottage Life.

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Songs to bop your head to – Tighten Up.

I’m taking the kids and heading up to Victoria Beach for a few days of blissful cottage life; bakeries, ice cream, beaches and lazy napping afternoons. What more could you want in life? Nothing. Although, come to think of it, it would all be made just that much better by listening to The Black Keys while doing it. I’ll leave you with an amazing song from them called Tighten Up. If you haven’t heard of them before then you should fix your horrible run-of-luck right now by listening to this song. Their newest album, Brothers, is absolutely, start to finish, perfect. If you’re not into the whole Blues-rock thing then…well…I just don’t know what to say. My heart goes out to you I guess.

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Today.

What happened today you ask?

Well…

I took one of these ↑

And then read some of these ↑

And then grated a whole shwack of this ↑

And then recruited one of these ↑

And then put on some music to entertain them ↑

While my hard work turned into this ↑

(zucchini bread, orange zucchini chocolate chip bread, zucchini bran muffins and zucchini cake…and I’ve still got 3/4’s of the zucchini left! it’s too bad james absolutely hates zucchini, especially in baked goods, because all of that pictured up there is d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s!)

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Can I get an ‘AMEN’?

A friend had posted this on her FB page and I just had to share it! Enjoy.

A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pyjamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and 20 wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife’s car was open, and so was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, break fast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs,stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife.  He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door.

As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys thrown over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and tooth paste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pyjamas, reading a novel.

She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went..

He looked at her bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’

She again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?’

‘Yes, ‘ was his incredulous reply.

She answered, ‘Well, today I didn’t do it…’

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Blank Stare.

{While riding the bus}

Little girl, about 8 years of age, gets on the bus and comes all the way to the back bench to sit beside my kids. She seems pleasant enough with her pretty purple butterfly dress, slightly endearing lisp and more…er…robust size.

This is the conversation that ensues.

Little Girl: What are your nameth?

Rhys: I’m Rhys and this is Ammie.

Little Girl: Do you go to thchool?

Ammie: We’re going to Jen’s house for lunch!

Little Girl: I live jutht over there. If you go behind that thtore and a few blockth that way. That‘th where I live.

Ammie: (proudly holding up her fuzzy white kitty) This is my titty!

Little Girl: I’m a vampire and I can thmell dead people. Are you guyth vampireth?

Blank stares from both kids.

Little Girl: I’m going and theeing my vampire friendth. Are you guyth vampireth?

More blank stares.

Little Girl: Oh, that’s the dithco party. I’m going to the dithco party. Can you guyth thmell dead people?

Blank stares.

Little Girl: I’m cool becauthe I’m a vampire.

Ammie: We’re going to Jen’s house for lunch!

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Off to the thrift store we go!

After much thought I’ve decided to thrift again. Not that I ever really stopped seeing as visiting thrift stores gets my blood a-pumpin’. But I’ve felt the need to simplify and redo this exercise of removing myself from the throngs of clothes-obsessed consumers. I think that my rules with change a bit this time around and my time-frame will be Rhys’ school-year. I have two more purchases to make (a fall sweater and rain boots) and then I’ll be good to go! Expect to see me at your local thrift store come September…anyone want to join me?

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