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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ebb and Flow

Ebb and flow, ebb and flow.  These words have been flowing in and out of my brain this week as we all adjust to our new "normal" for the summer.  I am fortunate that I get to spend the summer with my kids.  I get to enjoy time with them outside and inside.  We revisit old favourites from previous summers and Sarah will almost always ask, "Did we used to go here when I was a little baby?"

We also check out new places and create memories on new adventures.  It is what I strive for because when I look back on my own summers of childhood, there are so many good memories.  I remember playing outside with my sisters riding bikes, playing kick the can, going to the beach.  I remember family vacations of camping and driving across Canada.  I am sure within those moments there was screaming, crying, embarrassing moments at restaurants, sunburns and mosquito bites.  But those things have fallen to the cutting room floor of the film that has become my summer memory reel.  The movie that plays in my head as I watch my kids enjoy summer.

This week there has been many good times, some great times and there have been tough and frustrating moments.  Times where I wanted to give myself a time out.  In the whole scheme of life these tough moments were small, not a big deal.  We are not talking about fighting cancer or having to stay inside all summer.  Sometimes I need to remind myself, my tough moments are not a big deal. We are talking about screaming fits, fighting siblings and tantrums.  This week I was told that I am a mean mommy and I am not liked, but I was also snuggled tightly and told I am the best mommy in the whole world by the same four year old.  Ebb and flow, ebb and flow.

It was impossible not to catch Sarah's over flowing excitement about her first ever ballet class.  Monday afternoon it was operation ballet outfit search.  We found her the whole outfit and I practically had to rip it off her Monday night before bed.  Her first ballet class was a huge hit.  Unfortunately, I watched very little of it because Jack was screaming like a banshee to go to the park and the instructor said, "You're going to want to take him out."  Rats!

The ebb and flow of our night time and sleep patterns continues. Just a few weeks ago, Jack slept in his own bed all night and by himself six out of ten nights.  But with a poof, that pattern disappeared and he is back to waking for snuggles and sleeping partners.  We love his snuggles, but are constantly trying new things to get him to stay in his bed.  Sarah sleeps with a stuffed wolf.  It is to keep away the tiger that is in a recurring dream that she has.  We are hoping to get Jack to feel the love for a stuffed wolf and then he will feel less lonely in his bed.

Update:  Jack fell asleep hugging his wolf.  Let's see if he stays that way.

What's summer without marshmallows to hold and squish and eat?

This is just a snippet of our summer so far.  I know there is much more to come.  Places to visit and memories to create.  I am sure there will also be forgettable moments.  More moments for the cutting room floor.  It's all about ebb and flow.
Let's BEE Friends


  1. Really enjoy your posts Sarah!

  2. Lisa, your kids are so darn cute. I love the photos. Great photography:) I hear ya on the tantrums and the sibling fighting. The sleeping issues have gone through my house as well. Little H sleeps with pinky, her stuffed animal. Whatever it takes to make them more at ease and comfortable at bedtime:)

    Glad to read your Summer is going well:)

  3. Lovely! Sarah's photos remind me of my ballet classes way back in the day...

  4. Looks like a fun Summer so far! My mum was a teacher and growing up I really loved having her at home during the Summer vacation....well, until I was in highschool ;)

  5. My daughter has been getting up super early in the morning (like middle of the night morning) to come into my bed for cuddles. I enjoy the cuddles, but really don't sleep when she's in the bed (since her cuddles usually involve a boot or two to my gut). Must be the age since she's the same as Jack I think.

  6. Margaret ChoinskiJuly 18, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    I'm still working on creating those day to day summer memories with to the summer house, to the beach, Steveston park, a movie, bowling, swimming lessons. Looking back over the years the boys (now 11 and 13) love the things we do over and over...and now it's all new because one is taller than I am and has a whole new perspective!!
    Enjoy and reap all the lovely benefits down the road.