Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last night I saw stars

...or the dangerous part of co-sleeping.

Most nights Jeremy climbs into our bed at some point of the night. He did last night. Nothing terrible or unusual about that really...until about 2 am when I saw stars and was awoken in pain. I'm not sure how, but Jeremy punched me in the eye while he was sleeping - hard!
Fortunately, I don't have a black eye, but my left eye is bruised on the right side, which you can see if I'm looking towards the left. It's sore, but it could have been worse.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Today is gray and rainy cold.
Today is a day for tomato soup and Ritz crackers.
Today is a day for building lego stuctures.
Today is a day for creating with play-doh.
Today is a day for a curling up and cuddling in a quilt.
Today is a day for storytelling.
Today is a day to play go fish and memory.
Today is a day that could be written off but isn't.
Today isn't particularily exciting.
Today is a day fond memories are made of.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Simple Life?

This has been flying around facebook lately and it's worth watching. It's given me a number of random thoughts over the past few days, so take a look and then read my random thoughts.

-I have 3 email accounts (4 if you count facebook) all with a different purpose, username and password. My main one, my old main one which is now mostly junk, my work one and facebook (which is where most people message me anyways) - how is this simple?

-Are we losing our abilility to converse face to face? Have you noticed how more and more often people are in a rush to finish talking and are off somewhere else? Texting at the table? Laptops on during meetings? When was the last time you sat down with a good friend and a cup of tea for a nice long chat?

-Have you noticed how many songs are about the good old days and they aren't our grandparents writing them? Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson (sorry I'm a little country biased here) all have ones out right now.

-Have you noticed how supposedly we should have all this extra time because of all our convenient time savers? Yet more and more people eat out and rely on pre-packaged food? They don't cook themselves because they don't have the time to do it.

-What are you most fond of when looking back at your childhood? Will your kids have the same sort of memories?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

What I love about 5 year old hockey

Last night the kids got to practice bringing the pucks down the rink (width ways) and shooting them into the makeshift 'net' of 2 cones. Elijah lost his at one point when another 5 year old passed him one and said, "Here you go". Where else in hockey would you see spirit like that?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

22 Weeks

1st Practice

Here he is - Timbits hockey is all he has talked about for the past year (when he first found out it existed). Playing hockey he's talked about for much, much longer (and he's only 5!) Anyone who knows Elijah well, knows how much he loves hockey. He watches hockey videos, reads hockey books, plays street hockey, wears hockey clothes, gets excited when he hears the scores on the radio...he just absolutely loves it. I don't know where this love of hockey came from originally. Jonathan and I have always enjoyed hockey, but it's not a priority for us. In fact, most games out here are on after Elijah's bedtime. However it started, the fact is it did - and hockey love has hit him hard. There really was no doubt that he would play this year.
Last night was his very first practice. Not only that, his first practice was at Harbour Station - where the Saint John Sea Dogs play. How cool is that? How excited a child did I have in my house? You can just imagine. He is just so confident that this is something he is supposed to do. In fact last year when we were working on the mechanics of how to skate, he took to it as work, hard work. As soon as someone put a hockey stick in his hand, the work part of it was gone - skating is just part of hockey and he decided he could do it - motivation!
The first steps on the ice were wobbily ones. And he slipped. I was so focussed on watching him and encouraging him. This was the first time he'd been on the ice without one of us beside him. But he did so well and each time he slipped, he just picked himself up again.

I took a look around the arena and all at once noticed one of the cutest things I'd ever seen. All the little hockey players were laying flat on the ice. All of them were determined to get up. All kept slipping down. But it was good. They were happy! They were playing hockey!
I was really impressed with the coaches. There were 5 of them there. All very kind hockey-loving, understanding men. They took their time with each and every one of these boys and girls. Encouraging them to get up. Showing them how to balance. How to use the stick to their advantage in skating. And Elijah started to get it. The stretches he was up on the ice skating increased longer and longer. He listened to all the hockey rules (sticks stay on the ice, gloves stay on the hands and listen to the coach). He stood 'hockey ready' when asked. And they practiced getting up and down over and over again. (Quite funny to see 20 kids all fall down on cue). I must say I was really happy to see Elijah stick with it and not give up. I really am so proud of him.
At the end of practice he was sweaty like a real hockey player and just beaming for the love of the game!
We had to celebrate a little of course, with a hot chocolate and a couple of Timbits!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's official, I'm a hockey mom

In 2 hours, my oldest son starts hockey. Not only does he start hockey, his first practice is at Harbour Station, where the Saint John Sea Dogs Play. If you know Elijah at all, you'll have some inkling of the amount of excitement that is currently in my household. Pictures and stories to come :o)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dr. Jeremy

Just making sure that the baby's okay.

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