Monthly Archives: September 2014
My theme today has been around my son Morgan honoring his birthday. So it could not be complete without an ode to Barney! To say he was addicted to Barney would be an understatement. We were only allowed to listen to one tape (yes tape cassettes) in the car and that was Barney. And our early riser only wanted to watch Barney in the morning. And we had one Barney tape which we watched over and over and over again. Barney you were a lifesaver while also being pure torture.
Today is my oldest son’s 19th birthday. And I’m in shock. How can that be possible? My memories of giving birth to him are as clear as if it was yesterday. Every single (agonizing, joyful, incredible) moment.
This past summer we travelled to Germany as a family. My youngest was playing rugby, my husband was coaching and so Morgan and I spent six days in Heidelberg together alone. I will treasure that time forever. We hiked, we rode bikes (and will re-live my “near death” experience for years to come), we visited castles and I sat in in a pub for the first time with my son.
It was really a gift to have this time with him. When we are in the thick of parenting, the light at the end of the tunnel seems so far away. And we have been very blessed to have two boys who have caused us very little trouble.
But still it has been busy and crazy and suddenly we are in a different kind of relationship. I have another adult in the house. I feel so lucky that he chose to go to university in our hometown as I get to keep him for a bit longer.
I have loved each and every stage my kids have gone through, but this parenting an adult is amazing. So time to put away my helicopter (although I don’t think I was a big helicopter parent, honest… although they would probably say differently), and enjoy sharing adulthood with my son.
Can I still tell him what to wear?? Curfew??
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In honour of my son’s birthday, I thought it would be fitting to post a book that he loved. Now I could have posted Harry Potter (the books that got him reading), but I thought would be better to post about a book that he made us read over and over and over again. Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton with its “Stomp your feet! Clap your hands! Everybody ready for a Barnyard Dance!” This is actually the original cover of the book and I can, to this day, repeat all the words by memory.
What was the book that sticks out for you with your kids? Or your childhood?Share this post!
Go get those headphones, make up a five song playlist and get out there. Now don’t make those songs slow and lovely cause you know your walking pace will match them. Find five songs that totally get you pumped and enjoy a nice brisk walk. My songs for today are:
Simple Minds “Alive and Kicking”
The Killers “Mr. Brightside”
Wham “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”
Stray Cats “Rock This Town”
Neon Trees “1983”
What are your five walking songs?Share this post!
Can you imagine being this smart and confident when you were this age. As described by TED, child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach. Enjoy!