Yesterday I wrote a post about my daughter listening to news reports about the plane shot down over Ukraine. This morning I woke up thinking about how lucky I am that my biggest concern about the conflicts happening in the world is how my children will react to the news about those conflicts. [Read more…]
When we moved into our house almost four year ago we had a big beautiful tree in our backyard – about eighty feet tall and another tree in front of the house along the edge of the road. We lost the tree in the backyard in our first summer. It was a Manitoba Maple tree and one quiet sunny morning a large branch decided it was time to move out on its own and it escaped from the rest of the tree. In the process it took out the power line in backyard and pulled the line out of the transformer a couple of houses over, which meant everyone in our block lost power.
For the past few weeks I have been coaching soccer once a week through our community association. It is run by parent volunteers, some of whom get sucked into coaching. The first year they get you by asking for assistant coaches to just help out and cover off the “real” coaches when they are on vacation. At the end of the year they ask you to store some nets – then you have to come back because if you don’t bring the nets back, the poor kiddies won’t have any nets to kick the ball towards. [Read more…]
For the past few weeks I have been working with, or perhaps that should be running with, my four year old to help her learn to ride a two-wheeler free of training wheels. She is doing well.
When the sun first emerged and melted the snow we got out her starter bike with training wheels from last summer and discovered that it was much too small for her. Some friends of ours gifted us their son’s old bike which was the next size up. As a bonus it has beads on the wheels that clack when she rides. We added some streamers and a red horn and it was ready to go.