A Brennyn Post

Brennyn wanted to say hi one last time in January.HI!This month (whatever that is) my Daddy is trying to take my su-su away. I am lucky my mommy likes my naps so much and lets me keep it!Mommy thinks you need muddybuddies (and coffee) to go outside to play in the rain but I don’t like muddybuddies so we haven’t been outside much. She hasn’t had coffee much either so she’s kind of grumpy. One grumpy day I made her laugh by wearing Kaya’s swim goggles outside while we played at the park. She laughed so much she forgot to try to wrestle a muddybuddy on me. I’m so smart! Another day the sun came out which made her forget to put on a muddybuddy, but when we got there the playground was one giant puddle. Mommy made me promise not to fall in so I jumped in instead!Being a little sister is not really fair. I have to go drop off Kaya at dance, at birthday parties, at playdates… Why can’t I go too? I could ski, I know I could, but we just drop her off there too. Oh well, Mommy thinks it’s funny that I’m learning the aprés part of aprés ski before the ski part. I don’t really know why she thinks this is funny but maybe I would if I got to drink the big drinks all the adults have that makes them laugh a lot.

When Kaya skis I get to do fun stuff too. Like swim in the lazy river with spitting bears. Mommy never swims with us so Kaya tells me I am a very lucky girl. I also get to play in the snow and go on Goblin rides! Goblin rides are my favourite because you go so high and up to more snow. Mommy and me even lay underneath the Goblins and sing them songs and have a picnic.After a snack (I always like to snack before doing anything) we roll and slide in the snow and giggle a lot. Mommy wants to take a picture (she always wants to take a picture) so after a couple pouty pictures, I finally let her have a smile.Then make her do a funny picture. We don’t say ‘Cheese’ because that’s really boring. Instead we say ‘Googoo gaga poopoo’ which is so much funnier and silly.Anyways, I guess January has been fun. Lots of sneaky time (moms note- Lil Sneakers play gym) with my best friend Hailey and gymnastics and hot chocolates. Lots of hanging out at home with mommy playing Baby and dollhouse. And reading. My mommy sure likes to read. Me too. My favourite book is Press Here cuz those yellow balls are so funny to press and move around and I get to shake the book all around which is fun because mommy always tells me to be gentle with books and so I like not being gentle with a book.

What? Su-su and bankie time? Gotta go!! Bye!


Adventures in Reading

January has come and almost gone. Throughout it, I have been lusting for adventure. This is as close as I’ve come,

I’ve transitioned from pouting about being house-bound, to falling into the doldrums, to nestling in to a quieter sort of adventure. Where I am immersed in grand stories filled with explorations and discoveries, communicated to me by authors, my kids and even myself.

Oh, how thankful I am to read a really great book, one that sits with me, speaks to me long after the last page has been turned. I began searching for a ‘light’ read. Unfortunately, that led to Sophie Kinsella’s book An Undomestic Goddess which I had on hand. Light, my friends, does not have to mean dumb. Which this book was. To its core. I despised every moment that I was reading it, and in the end skipped to the end to see what happened.

My quest was on to find a smart, light read.

Which I found in Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Absolutely breathtaking, brilliant book. A story in words, and in pictures, part mystery, part character study. I truly was swept away into this world. I look forward to seeing the movie too once it’s out on DVD.

In other big reading news, Kaya is reading now. Whole books! Remember these?

Every time she begins to sound words out, putting letters together, forming words, then sentences, my heart literally clenches, my breath literally catching. Joyous pride mixing with shock at the passing of time.

My girl, she can read!

My girl, she can read?

My girl, well she’s also something of an artist. Taking her home-reading book & buddy, she draws what she read, then writes what she read too.

Yah, my girl she can also print…

Time for Daddy to put away his Tap that Ass Tshirt.

On Friday I asked Kaya what another Mommy helped out with in class that day. She told me they were writing their ‘favourites’ sentences. As in,

My favourite colour is __________.

My favourite food is __________.

My favourite song is ___________.

Kaya told me her answers. Pink, of course.

Bacon. Huh? I ask her why she said bacon. She tells me another girl did so she did. We have another talk about how she doesn’t need to copy everyone else and just to give her own honest answer. She tells me she wants to say rice. That’s my girl.

And favourite song? I ask her. She gets quiet. “Baby Beluga” she whispers. Hmmm, that hasn’t been your favourite song in forever, I suggest. How did you know to write Beluga? “I just wrote Baby” Which is when I knew. Her favourite song was not meant to be Baby Beluga as her teacher had assumed, it was Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ that was her favourite, which Kaya confirms with a twinkle and a giggle. Hilarious.

Brennyn, as always, playing catch-up, reading me stories too, though I’d suggest it’s more in Beat Poet form, mixing wheels on the bus and rainbows everywhere with twinkling stars and oh yes, a little ‘Like baby, baby, baby oh…’ too.

This, actually, forms one of those truly great moments that will forever stay in my brain. Cozied up in bed finishing the last 30 pages of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (another great read though by no means ‘light’) Brennyn comes in wanting my attention. At first, I am annoyed as I just want to finish my book, but I see she just wants some Mamma cuddles so I suggest she goes to get books so she can read beside me too. She grins and toddles off to get some books, then crawls up and nestles in to read beside me. Of course, I get no reading of my own done at this point what with all her beat poet slamming. Then Kaya comes in, Hello Kitty headphones on and Justin Bieber blaring, cozying up amongst us.

I sink further into the pillows, blankets, and my two girls and just gaze at these two kooky, brilliant characters, knowing that I am immersed, this very moment, in the greatest adventure of all.

My family.

This Month Gets a Bum Rap

Not sure why I dread November every year. Sure there’s rain in this part of the world, but also snow and days like today, full of sun and brilliant blue skies that we then truly appreciate.

As promised in my previous post, Brennyn and I headed out on a walk to soak it up. Making up for our last jaunt out where I forget, well, pretty much everything, this time I was set. Extra boots and pants, picnic blanket, lunch, water for both, phone, baby, toques, mitts, Riley and her leash. CHECK!

But of course, last time the only thing I remembered, I forgot this time. Care to guess what?

Yup, my camera.

Oops. Oh well, more time to play and be silly then!

Our walk did not disappointed, filled with eagles, fish, heron, sun and fallen leaves. We picnicked, jumped tandom off rocks, balanced on others, then carved our own hopscotch with a stick in the sand, riverside. Back into the trails, we raced down hills and tree-hugged mossy pines.

Two hours later, almost entirely walked by Miss B, we get home for a story and a deep slumbering nap (I know because I can hear her snoring as I type this!)

Forget all the Black Friday shopping deals, I’ll take a jaunt through the woods any day.

Oh, and since you know I am camera-obsessed, a few shots care of my iPhone.Explorer prints. They just look like regular boot prints here but if you picture the teeny tiny marks amidst the vast sandbar beside a raging river, you will start to understand my need to document them.The girl has never in her almost 2.5 years, ever, NEVER put on a pair of shades the right side up. One of those great quirks that I just ADORE about her!Full of gratitude (and sand) on this fine November day. Wishing you one in the same.

Keeping B Busy

We enjoyed our one snow day while it was here. Well, half day. By mid day it was pouring with rain. While the picture of B in her sled with a rainbow umbrella over top is adorably cute, reality is this:

Brennyn is just waking from her nap as it is time to go pick up Kaya. I hurry her out of bed. This alone makes for misery. But then we have to pile on the snowpants, boots, jacket, toque and mittens. We are late. Brennyn cries. I curse under my breath. It is pouring outside though snow still packs the street. No stroller. So I start to carry her to school. Until I realize how heavy she is. So I run back home. Really late now. Grab the sled. Grab the umbrella. Slight smile from B. She looooovvvves her umbrella. So she holds onto it for dear life. Not onto the sled. She falls out about 5 times. She cries and I vent “Brennyn, get in the sled NOW!” House builders laugh at me. It is POURING. I have no umbrella while I pull the sled with the falling out crying child. Eventually I grab the umbrella away forcing her to hold onto the sides. Crying. Me too. We arrive at the school as the bell rings. Kaya runs out, eyes light up as she sees the sled “I want to go on the sled with the umbrella too!” Not a chance sister. One pouts. One cries. I do both. Upon making it home (finally) the girls friends are rolling snow balls in the pouring rain. To which the girls want to join. 30 more minutes standing in the pouring rain. Giggles from them. Whimpers from me. The end.

Time to hunker down inside instead, where we find some fun stuff to keep us occupied.

Here’s Brennyn stealing Kaya’s show and tell. She seemed to think Dino Bones needed her vitamins! Love.Along with starting our Christmas decorating, mom and tot gymnastics, play gyms, library and many a coffee shop, my B and I are finding plenty to do to fill our days. Now I must go, for today is a clear blue beauty and we are headed outside to enjoy it while it lasts!

Postcard Love

As I was beginning to write this post, I had a sense of deja-vu. Pretty certain I have wrote this exact same thing before, I type in ‘handwriting’ in my search field and oh yes, there it is, a post not that long ago (May) about snail mail.

So I did manage to send Kaya’s handmade thank you cards. Eventually. But I did not send out any more cards like I had intended. Not even birthday ones since I never seem to be on top of it enough and end up jotting down a Happy Birthday facebook message instead. Lame.

What Kaya and I did do this summer though, was send postcards!

I have to tell you, finding good postcards was tough. I may have to do something about that… It is quickly becoming a lost art. Such a shame since picking them, choosing who gets which one, writing them, buying stamps, then plunking them in the mailbox is so darned satisfying! And fun!

From what I have heard from our friends that received them, getting them was even better!

You know what, there is just nothing like a personal note, letter, postcard or piece of art arriving in your mailbox to brighten your day. Because it means somebody went to some effort for you. Not just a quick email or text or facebook message because it was there and easy, but a hand-made, thought-out card. Designed specifically for you. Without spellcheck or cut and paste hiding the authenticity of who it came from.

Love that.

And so we will continue sending postcards and handmade kid cards to the family, knowing the smiles it creates.

*Hint, hint- we love smiling here on this end too…*



This is how I’ve been feeling the last couple of days. A sunflower sad.

Because I miss Kaya.

Because of the weather.

Because with my period comes 3 days of migraines and back aches.

Because I miss Kaya…

I just need a little ray to perk me up. A wee bit of light to have me stand tall and shine bright.

I need tomorrow’s Pro-D day! No school and regardless the weather, we are going to have ourselves some sunshine!

Lessons in First Aid

We went to a family fair this past weekend. We were given a bag full of flyers and promos and discounts.

This flyer was in there.
At first I thought it was a joke. But no, it is a serious First Aid flyer. Since it’s here, it would stand to reason that people actually do the wrong scenarios. Only, who?

1. Who buries their child in a shopping cart and tosses cans on them? Do they toss them on the conveyor belt too? And if so, why would you pay for something you got for free in the first place?

If they are going to do a Don’t, mine would be a picture of Brennyn and I today. She is in the front seat part, not belted, throwing her boots onto the veggies, while I grab an orange, peel it, and feed it to her. Unpaid. Then I grab a cheese bread and she leaves a trail through the store rather than eat it. As I unload the groceries that I am actually going to pay for, she tries to ‘help’ me which results in fruit rolling on the floor that I pick up and still buy. Yah, DON’T do that.

2. Who stuffs their child in a regular backpack and what, goes off for a hike? Or is the Don’t just that the backpack doesn’t have back support?

3. Seatbelts are not to be worn overtop of noses or toeses… Yah, that would be, like, totally uncomfortable… (?)

4. No pretending you are ‘The Claw’ from Toy Story 3. Or a Mighty Machine.

What the hell? I do not even want to ponder that these things do happen but if they do, I would hope that they are extremely rare. And that perhaps the first aid flyer could be more beneficial to the majority of us out there who are good, though not perfect, parents.

Things like installing car seats properly, ensuring straps fit, keeping a first aid kit on hand, and what should be in the first aid kit.

Or how about the perfect ‘kiss the boo-boo all better’ scene. Through trial and error I can tell you

DO give a soft kiss (or like a hundred soft kisses) on booboo (even if you, yourself, can not see it) followed up with an application of whatever cutesy bandaid of the month is in your house (even if there is no blood whatsoever)

DO NOT say ‘Suck it up sister’ no matter how tiny the infraction that turns into a full blown dramatic scene of impending death. Questioning ‘Again?’ or ignoring or placing the bandaid before the kiss all fall in the DO NOT category.

That’s it, I’m totally off to make my own flyer…