I think about this blog from time to time. Something will happen and I think, I need to get this down. But life is a bit busy. And there is that voice in my head that says enjoy, live life, don’t worry about documenting so many things. Another part of me hates leaving gaps. Sure, this blog misses a lot of good moments regardless of how much I post – conversations I have with the kids, intimate snuggle sessions on the couch – but I would like to leave them something to remind them about these early years.
So what happened over the last few months?
Well, a lot of girls have been coming over to my house. I thought it was busy last summer. This Fall/Winter, its felt like Grand Central Station over here. With a gaggle of girls comes girly fun time, such as an evening of Monster High. The new dvd arrived and we had a few of them over for treats and a screening.
And, there were birthdays! They deserve their own, separate posts though (coming soon).
Oh, and how I almost forgot this is beyond me! My neighbour had a bad fire in her garage. It was a rough night. Izzy was at a friend’s house and I was cooking up a storm when banging at our door alerted us to a problem. Alex clued in before Rob and I did. Years of fire preparation came in handy. He had his shoes on and was heading to his safe spot before I could even really register what was going on. The rule is that in the event of a fire, we meet of at our friend T’s house. Alex was there within seconds. Rob went out with a bunch of other neighbours to see if it could be contained (it couldn’t) and another friend came over to help me grab any essentials. This, of course, included the cat, my purse, phone and insurance documents. I have to say, I walked around my house multiple times thinking of things to grab – photos, computers… Nothing mattered. Nothing at all. Everything was replaceable. I turned off the stove. Unplugged the crockpot. Then walked out into the rain and hoped to hell the fire trucks would arrive before too much damage was done.
It was a very long night. Those minutes you see a fire consume the garage in a house attached to yours last forever. My neighbour’s garage was toast. It started in her car started. The rest of her unit suffered bad smoke damage. It was all gutted and she had to live in a hotel for two months. My house was just fine. There was minimal smoke damage in the garage (small layer of soot when we opened the door, hours after fire was out). The firemen were in and out of our unit several times and when we were finally let back in, that same night, I was very aware of how close a call we had. The reason we were kept out of our home in the initial hours was because it was too hot. When it was cool enough to enter, it still felt like a hot muggy August afternoon. Very visceral and very disturbing.
Later that month, Rob and I got away for a much needed weekend alone doing the Niagara wine tour circuit. A rare but lovely event courtesy of Kelly and Albert. A thank-you for helping out at the wedding.
I just adore that guy. My best pal through good and bad. Luckily, the good has been a little more prevalent these days.
There was Halloween. Izzy was Jinna Fire from Monster High (the ongoing obsession with the local 8 year old girls), as were most of her friends.
I made a snack for her class. My specialty is gelatin worms. The teacher wanted healthy treats so I covered a tray of fruit (including lychee eyeballs with blueberry pupils) with the worms. It was a huge hit! Apparently many of the boys refused to even try a worm. A real hoot to all the (supposedly) braver girls.
Alex is at this glorious stage in his life where he and I are beginning to share favourite tv shows together. I have a fellow BBC Sherlock addict. And The Walking Dead too. He was Rick Grimes from TWD. A much more grown up costume over years past.
Here he is all sweaty after several hours of trick or treating.
We discovered the latest crafting craze, Rainbow Loom, and went totes cray-cray, as the little girls like to say. Ok, I like to say it too. Mainly because it drives Izzy nuts and makes her friends laugh.
And Alex got to hang with a polar bear, and his friend Ro, at the Toronto Zoo.
Of course, there is a lot more life going on not documented. I will be back again soon with some wedding pics, birthdays, and maybe even Christmas! :)