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Camping in September

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I went camping this past weekend with the famjam and it went a lot better than I had braced myself for.

We left late Friday and arrived at Presqu’ile around 630pm so we scrambled to get our tent set up, the air mattress blown up and playpen positioned.

It took about 2 hours to get the tent set up (of course we had a space heater because of the wee lad) and stocked up with our necessities.  It was pitch black out by the time we sat down for dinner….

Saturday was gloomy, rainy, drizzly and blah.  It didn’t stop our camping group from playing bocci ball, ladder golf and dominos.  We certainly made the best of a wet day – many, many tarps kept us dry.

Has anyone camped with a toddler before?  I suggest you do – I loved having my little guy outside, in nature and with some of his family.  Lucky for us, Jay’s dad has a tent trailer (equipped with a furnace no less) and little D had his naps in there saturday.

I didn’t get an opportunity to take any pictures until Sunday…it was so beautiful after such a crappy night of down pouring rain (we stayed dry in the tent, booya!).

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I took a little walk around, we were steps away from lake ontario and if anything was going to remind me of the Atlantic (minus the lack of salty air), this was it:

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Since we were there for only a short time, I’d like to go back maybe next July and give it another shot..maybe bring the bikes so we can travel around the park without having to fire up the car (there’s a lighthouse at this particular park that I would have loved to see).

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Next time, we’ll also be a little more picky about the site…sleeping on an angle wasn’t so much tricky as it was annoying…the site we set up on was actually the neighbouring site.  Our site, we went in on with Jay’s cousin but the slope of the site was so bad only one tent could set up to take advantage of the flattest part…

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D slept so well Friday and Saturday and above is his morning nap Sunday!

I think we’ll continue taking our little guy camping…he loved being outside as much as we did.  I don’t know what it was that made it easy (despite the weather) but I can’t say enough, take your kids camping at least twice in one summer to see how your family does (the first time is like a trial run and the second trip you’ll know what worked, didn’t work, if you had too much or too little of something).  It’s soooo worth the planning and the memories are second to none.

Our camping season has come to a close and with that has left me with excitement for the next season (and the idea that maybe we should save for a tent trailer should our family ever get bigger lol)!

Catching up

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I’ve not intentionally taken a hiatus…some more changes are taking place in order to achieve our goal of buying a home.

I will officially be working from home starting Sept. 10th!  It guarantees me enough hours to squeak by and meet the requirements.

My original position with the F.I. will remain the same (I’m casual so a few hours here and there will keep me afloat there).  My 2 direct sales jobs are also status quo…trying to keep up with the bare minimum until I can get settled with this new job.

My soon to be toddler took his first solo crawl around the house…today he’s throwing things and chasing after them…and holy crap can he move…I’m going to be in BIG trouble when he transitions from his knees to his little feet.  The good news? There’s my cardio!

So not only am I now in pursuit of specific office equipment, I need to get those baby gates and plug covers and drawer clips that we’ve been procrastinating on getting.  Oh and child care? ouff.  It’s now not a matter of *waaah my baby has to be with someone else all day* it’s: *waaah, how the hell am I going to find someone in a week and a half to babysit part time*?!

So things are a tad bit out of sort around here….I was literally offered a position minutes after the interview process which took place on a Friday.

I was scrambling last week to get a desk, hot pursuit of a telephone head set that doesn’t cost over $100 and at the same time meets the specs of the company. oh ya, and have the worst cough of my life…maybe it was bronchitis? who knows, don’t have time for the doctor lol.

Today, I feel like things are actually coming together (aside from the babysitting)…my home office is coming together (still have to take pictures and send them to the company along with model/serial #’s of my equipment), we have a birthday to go to today, I think I found a headset compliments of Ebay (I felt like myself 8 years ago combing ebay instead of kijiji which was kind of cute), my cough is better though my muscles are still angry at me and we go camping next weekend!  Did I mention my kid had a double ear infection? He’s much better after day 7 of 10 of medicine, eating me out of house and home and crawling everywheeeeere.

PS. We’re still totally in love with our Journey.  Just sayin’.

I also took on another baby, well, toddler as of tomorrow she is.  Just until I start my new job so this house has been cray cray with babies!  I’m thankful every day that I did not have twins!  But also thankful to have an opportunity to give D a little playmate in the comfort of our home 🙂

Anyways, I have limited time to get a grocery list together, my kid down for a nap and fed again before the birthday get together and tidy up the office and take pictures and maybe do some laundry….

side note: my kid is killing himself laughing right now sitting in front of our tower fan…not sure what’s so funny?!

Have a wonderful Labour Day weekend everyone! It’s a beautiful day today in my area and it’s supposed to rain and thunder tomorrow 🙂

On the drive home

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Have you ever gone to visit friends or family (who live within driving distance) and aside from the welcoming hugs and acknowledment of how it’s been too long, realize on the drive home how much you enjoy/miss their company?

I had this happen saturday night on the way home from Ottawa.
How is it that time slips by and despite how much we love and care for people, we don’t make time to see them?

I’m not intentionally doing this, I love travelling and visiting and even hosting friends and family (though our current space doesn’t quite accommodate).

Time is so precious and having a baby around makes me hyper aware of the speed of life.  It’s unsettling.

While my little one sleeps

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This picture was actually taken July 13 in Ottawa.

So today I went to put D down for his nap (in my bed so I could lay down too and give my back a break) and I didn’t turn the t.v on – I just had his soother and his little scout dog playing environmental sounds (love the dog btw).

I literally snuggled my boy until he fell asleep (surprisingly, he let me).

It didn’t take very long, maybe 10 minutes for him to settle down but I watched him drift in to sleep and it was the most beautiful thing I’ve experienced as a mom.

The whole giving birth thing was a gong show and a story for another day….

I cherish the days that he remains solely dependant on Jay and I because one day I’m going to wake up and my little boy will say to me, “see ya later mom and dad, I’m going out for the day with my buds”.  Though I see that as bittersweet and maybe a mini right of passage, it will be the moments like I had today that I will fondly remember and be proud of the man he’s growing up to be.

*tear*

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