First Post on Wonder Blog

This is my first post from my new blog Wonder the World. Head there if you’d like to read more.

I am a traveler. And a mother.

I have learned innumerable lessons on my journeys around the world.

But none so much as my kids have taught me.

One of the greatest being that,

It is the wondering of the world that brings joy, not the wandering of it.

Doing both, a true gift.

For now, travels far and wide are not my reality. That need not mean my travelers spirit sit idle however. No, my itchy feet combined with two curious, energetic girls, means there are boundless adventures to be had. From marveling at seeing our breath in the cold (We’re dragons mom!) to treasure hunting, to dancing with the trees in the wind, seeing the world through the eyes of my kids, makes it the grandest journey of all.

Kids or not, I hope you will join us and share with us the wonders in your world, wherever in the world that may be.

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Gone But Not Forgotten

Hi all. Long time no write. Miss me?

Sorry, I was doing some non-blog writing along with experimenting with another blog. I was waiting to direct you that way until I knew what exactly I was doing with it, and with this one.

Turns out I still don’t know…

So, my new blog is attempting to combine mamma-me with traveler-me. I find myself missing traveling immensely these days, but when I open myself up to it, when I see the world as my kids do, I’m humbled by the wonder and awe all around. Wonder the World is a more niched blog aimed at exploring the world, whether that means in our backyard, using our imaginations, road trips or travels far, far away.

Please join me there! I would love any comments, suggestions and guidance in helping me to shape it into a resource for travelers and parents alike.

Posts here will be light I suspect, but I still plan to add my letters to the girls here amongst other posts. In the meantime there is a whole whack of articles to read at my new site. Enjoy!

http://wondertheworld.wordpress.com/

Boo

For Halloween, a BOO post that has nothing to do with Halloween Boo’s and all about my grumpy “booing”.

As in:

Boo to the Barbie commercial (thankfully airing at 10pm at night but still) that advertises ‘I Can Be…’, a wonderful message, but then showcases a ballerina, taking care of puppies, a baker, a teacher and oh okay, an astronaut. Why does the commercial not show the architect, the supposed Barbie 2011 Career of the Year? Why not the doctor or engineer? Why not a firefighter or superhero? Intentions are good Mattel but how about some follow-thru.

Boo to the socks for 5 year olds that are labeled ‘jock’ ‘nerd’ ‘cheerleader’ and ‘artist’ What next? ‘Loser’

Boo, similarly, to the shirts saying “You have 5 friend requests” or “Tweet me” or “Sugarlicious” or are off the shoulder. They are 5. Just let them be 5!

Boo to dinosaur products being categorized as ‘Boy toys’. Same goes for dolls being labeled ‘Girl toys’ How about we just label them as Dinosaurs and Dolls and let the kids decide what they want to play with.

Boo to the dirty faces at me for my girls mid-aisle tantrum. She’s two. It happens.

Boo to the scrunched up noses of dislike when I share that Kaya wants to be a pink Triceratops Butterfly. Remember imagination and creativity? Go read yourself a little ‘Zen Ghosts‘ by Jon J Muth will ya.

Boo to the rainy day making me all full of Boo’s! I think I needed to just get that out of my system.

Done and done.

Booyah.

Today I…

Don’t ya hate a post that is all ‘Today I did this. Then this. And this.’

Ummm, sorry about this then.

Today I:

  • Drank coffee. Lots of it. 2 americanos and a latte lots.
  • Read O Magazine.
  • Ate Pumpkin pancakes. Yummers!
  • Sat at my computer ALL day long. Literally. Because today Bal took the girls to play and I had a mission to finish (start and finish actually) our 2010 family photo album. Errr, I took A LOT of photos in 2010. A LOT A LOT.
  • Cursed the computer many times.
  • Ate dinner that Bal made
  • Remembered I am commited to write a blog a day this month
  • Curse blogging
  • Curse the computer some more
  • Write an excruciatingly boring post
  • Finish (?) album. Wish me luck!

Sunday Sillies

Have you noticed I’ve been posting every day? Yah, I’ve commited to Nablopomo’s challenge of writing every day for the month. My way to sharpen my writing skills and nourish a creative flow. It has actually been easy thus far. Until today. Today I don’t want to write, don’t feel like uploading photos and am completely uninspired. So here, a couple silly words, jotted in my journal for use in a future post, except I’m highjacking them for today instead.

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“Mom, I have a joke for you and it is perfect since we had our special date!”

“What is it?”

“Where does a cow go on a date?”

“Where?”

“To the Moovies!” Giggle, giggle, snort!

Yah, my girl? She tells jokes now!

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My new favourite word in the whole wide world is Wobbly Pops. I had never, ever heard this term before the summer but will now use it forever. Because “Time for a Wobbly Pops” is so much better than “Time for a Rye.” (Or vodka or gin or cooler or whatever.)

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In a similar vain, my kids enjoy a good game of Spin-until-you-are-on-the-brink-of-vomit. Just watching them makes me ill so I usually pipe up with a “Stop, you’ll get dizzy!” whereby I get a very practical “No, we will get W-O-O-Z-Y and that is fun!”

Isn’t woozy such a better word?

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“That commercial totally freaked me out!”

Said by Kaya.

‘Totally freaked me out’ uttered by a shy 4-year-old both cracks me up,

and kinda freaks me out…

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The End.

Crashing and Burning

Boxing week is supposed to be all smokin’ deals and leftover yummies.

Too bad mine has looked more like these deals I spotted on Boxing day in my local Walmart.

Not so smokin’ or yummy. What the hell?!

Then today, feeling sad and blue, this comes in the mail:
Lovely. Thanks for the pick-me up Funeral Chapel.

Oh it hasn’t been all bad. Kaya has been yammering on and on every time she see’s the Science World BodyWorlds commercial that she wants to see that. I was skeptical. I mean, these are real, dead bodies. But she is fascinated by the human body and what is going on inside, so we decided it would be good for her. She didn’t know they were real dead people. Just a more intricate portrayal then her body puzzle.

At any rate, it was cool, she loved it, especially, of course, the ballerina dead person. Though it was insanely busy, the place sounded like a library as people milled about checking out all the different exhibits. If you know Kaya, you will find this hard to believe, but amongst all that silence, she YELLS to her Daddy who we had lost in the crowd “DADDY, COME HERE! YOU ARE GONNA LOVE THIS!!!” The funniest part was, it was the crudest exhibit there. The face was all cross sectioned up and seperated to see the different layers so it had these crazy eyes sticking out, and the tongue, then the ears waaaayyy out to the side. People laughed. Some people questioned having a child that young here. Others muttered they thought it was great that we brought her.

My thinking is, if you’re kid is curious or interested, it is a fantastic learning opportunity. If not, then don’t push it. It is pretty freaky looking and could traumatize a kid for life! My kid though, loved being able to see what a real heart looked like and where the intestines were that then poops. Totally fascinating stuff!

Unfortunately, Science World was more like a Zoo so it was hard to really enjoy and get the most out of it that Bal and I would have liked. Especially since we couldn’t get in for quite some time and by then, Brennyn was DONE. With one kid crying to leave and the other fascinated but with a short attention span, and a kabillion people around, I left feeling cheated. Ah well, such is the life of mom.

So after 3 hours in Science World, we leave to Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It’s free for us to go in so we wanted to take advantage of that since we’d never been to Canyon Lights before. Both girls fall asleep in the 20 minute drive over. Being the stellar parents that we are, we wake them. They are none too happy for all of 30 seconds when they see the first trees lit up. Then the bridge and the tree walk and the pond and well, it was just gorgeous! Totally worth the wake up!

Most stable shot I could get on the swaying, bouncy bridge!

Exhausted, we head home, whereby I immediately feel ill upon entering our house. The next morning I wake up sick. Puking sick. Puking sick sucks anytime but when you are a mom, oh god, it sucks all the more. Because you know what, they do not really give a shit that you are sick, they just want their oatmeal thank you very much.

Man oh man, I have not felt that bad in a long time. Fortunately, the girls played beautifully together in their bedroom while I layed on the bed. When it became obvious that moving meant puking, I sent Kaya to Daddy’s office to ask if he’d make them breakfast. Phew. Later a friend took Kaya for a couple hours (Thank You!) and Bal took his lunch to feed Brennyn. When Kaya came home from her playdate, I enforced a nap, ignoring the grumbles. We all slept long and hard.

Today I am better but feeling blah. You ever have those days where you just feel negative about everything? That is me today. Even though I know life is pretty damn good, my mind keeps going to the few dark places it can find.

Tomorrow’s my birthday and Kaya is taking me to Seussical the Musical (Sshhhh, it’s a secret!) so I will so totally be snapping out of it. Thank goodness, because I much prefer the happy place!