SIGH. Aaahhhhhh. I feels nice to sit down at the computer to blog. It feels kind of like I am being bad, actually, knowing that I have a so much other work that needs to be done, but instead I succumb to my guilt at having not blogged for nearly 3 months! So, let's get right to the meat...
Back to July...
Jeff got about 9 days off work at the end of July (after using some of his holiday days to go with the Scouts on a camp in... um, somewhere past Hope). Although we didn't really go anywhere, we used them up pretty fast. He came with us to a few parks, went to Lynn Valley and Lonsdale Quay, did Science World and Jericho Beach another day, but mostly we put him to work building the backyard playhouse for the boys! It's October now, and it's not done yet... Have I mentioned that I am already looking forward to days back in a condo or at least a townhouse, where projects and maintenance and yard work don't steal all my husband's free time?!?
Here's some pics of our summer activities:
One of the main reasons we didn't go
anywhere for Jeff's holidays is because we bought tickets for our
family to go to Hawaii in January (Wohoo!), and we figured we'd spent
enough money for a while... Hence the decision for Kelli to get back
into the business of making money! Yes, long story short: I work
part-time(16-20hrs.week) from home as a designer/architect consultant. Originally it began with a
casual conversation with a Mom of one of Max's Preschool friends which
led to a meeting with a builder/contractor in need of a designer which
led to meeting with some new clients which led to spending the next 2
months designing a new home and coach house for their property in White
Rock. I definitely felt blessed
to have such a perfect work opportunity basically fall in my lap. Just
last week, however, that project died (after someone offered my clients a
lot of money for their property that they couldn't say No to). Now, I am working with a friend, who asked me
to collaborate with him on some of his projects in the Vancouver area.
I enjoy the work and it makes me feel slightly more productive than the
other 99% of my life... Ok, maybe just 95% of my life...
Ah yes, the life of a hectic suburban
Mom... You know, I remember when I was pregnant with Callum and I was
honest-to-goodness confused about what a stay-at-home Mom did all day.
I had visions of the baby crawling around on the grass in the backyard
while I productively weeded the garden, or my school kids doing their
homework while I prepared well-planned healthy meals, or maybe we'd have
fun after-school activities that would allow me to sit and watch them
from the sidelines and feel proud... But I really didn't understand
what would fill the day of a Mom who didn't work... HA HA HA HA HA HA...
Let's translate those visions to reality, shall we? On an average
day, my productivity is divided into 3-5 minute segments of time. For
example: I might put a few dishes in the dishwasher, then get
interrupted to get a glass of milk, then start to make a sandwich but
stop to settle an argument, get a few more dishes in the sink before I
need to go down to switch the laundry but on my way down the stairs I
get interrupted to find a missing library book that urgently needs to be
found, then I get going on switching the laundry until the phone rings
and I need to quickly look on-line for a new door-pull for my Dad to fix
our condo closet, but before I can actually choose the door-pull, I am
asked why there are no clean pants in the drawer and I have to find some
in the yet un-emptied dryer, then Simon comes over to scream at me
because he turned off the TV so I need to fiddle with it for a bit, then
I realize what time it is and return to making the sandwich I had
already started while ordering the kids to "please please please finish
getting dressed before I have to yell" at them, then I actually finish
the sandwich, refill the water bottle and find a yogurt before I start
getting punched and screamed at by Simon because I didn't give
him the water bottle and yogurt that is actually for Callum's lunch, so
then I have to pick him up and put him in his bed to listen to him
scream at me through the door while I order again "please
please please get dressed before I have to yell" (though it kinda
sounds like I might already be yelling), so I can then go back
downstairs to actually empty the dryer so I can put the wet stuff in and turn it on,
then actually choose the door-pull and e-mail the info to Jeff, then...
You know, I'm tired of writing this. For get it. It was a hectic
Otherwise, let's see...
Callum wants to be a Minecraft (computer game) guy for Halloween, so we're actually
making it this year. Max wants to be a Vampire (yes! We have that
costume already = no effort required!)
Max is taking swim lessons Tues/Thurs mornings and is doing super great
- he is probably as good as Callum now, just not as confident. I want him to be pretty good before we go to Hawaii.
Callum and Max are both in skating lessons Mon/Wed evenings, and they
really enjoy it. I really don't enjoy putting their skates on and am
not looking forward to the possibility of either of them doing hockey
(Max has started expressing an interest).
I have daycare for Max and Simon on Mondays at a place called Robyn's
Nest which is right next door to Mountainview Preschool for Max, so they
can do the transfer for me and on most Wednesdays they also go to my
friend Erin Singer's for the day. I can get most of my payed-work done
during those days, but I have to confess that I look forward to them a
little bit just to have a bit of peace and quiet (that goes by all too
Simon is a screamer and a hitter and generally drives me crazy, but at
least several times a day I think he is cute and sweet and still want to
eat him up.
I have started running more frequently, in an attempt to prepare for a
10k race in Stanley Park on November 2nd. It feels pretty good to
actually be training for something.
- Jeff is getting worried about being able to ride up Mt.Haleakala in Hawaii with Sven, so he has boosted his work-outs as well... Now if only I could match our improved exercise routine with some additionally healthy planned meals...
Well, time is up! No more sitting down for me...
Just to finish off, here's a couple out of the hundreds of unexplicable photos I find on my iPhone: