Almost every night as I’m falling asleep, my brain starts popping up with clever ideas for blog posts. Inevitably, I wake up to a busy day and completely forget whatever it was I was going to say…
(Spoiler alert: I had a great idea but it’s gone now so this is just going to be a rambling post.)
It’s been a while. In short, Italy and France was fantastic. Truly lovely, and I’m looking forward to going through my photos and memories and posting about some of my favourite experiences.
We got back from holiday, and fell into the mad swoop of the end of the school year. Both girls are doing well, although I think E’s heart might break a bit when kindergarten starts and she doesn’t have her (much-loved) pre-K teacher. I’ve tried to explain, but it’s hard to say how much her busy little four year old brain has processed.
Summer holidays are going well. We spent most of the first two weeks at splash parks here in town, then we went to Saskatchewan* for a couple weeks. July was the quieter of the two months; August had a wedding we travelled to, and there’s a family reunion this weekend (again in Saskatchewan**). Next weekend is the playground build here on our cul-de-sac… Did I not mention the playground? I’ve played a very small part in helping to replace the playground here on our block. Raffle tickets, grant applications, and planning, oh my.
I’ve also reorganized the kids’ rooms – from having seperate bedrooms to sharing one! They are both very excited about it; it’s a big thrill and a treat. I suspect the double bunk beds help. :)
This is a panoramic of their room – I didn’t repaint, but the furnishings are new to the room/repurposed. Each bunk has a curtain that can be closed.
These are the steps for the bunk bed – I had one of the step chests from Ikea in E’s room, and I got another (which I merrily chopped down one step), and now there are stairs AND storage! Book shelves for the win!
Each of the dressers are new, and above them I put some of the artwork I feel is special for each of my girls. Their names are really neat – when we were in Hawaii four years ago, there was a street artisan who painted them for us. Each letter is made up of different images.
And the piece de resistance – a disco ball. It rotates, and has little LED lights that are quite hypnotizing. I admit to wanting one for myself, too. Disco ball and dressers and steps are from Ikea; the bed is from a company in BC that ships to Calgary for free. All in all, everyone is delighted with the room.
Their room is the biggest project I’ve finished lately – I keep trying to pick raspberries from the yard, but I tragically forget to take a bowl so I have to eat them all! There aren’t really enough to do anything but eat anyhow. It’s a memorial garden for my Gramma – she had the most extraordinary raspberry FOREST when I was little. The patch is only in its third year; next year I think it’ll produce enough to maybe make one little batch of jam. Until then, it’s berries from the farmer’s market for me. Or a U-pick farm, although I don’t think there’s enough time to accomplish that…
So, this isn’t quite an essay about how I spent my summer, but it’s pretty close, and the laundry is waiting for me. Hopefully I’ll remember the clever blog ideas in future, although you, dear reader, may be stuck with a random slapdash*** for a while.
*This trip, the man and I divided and conquered which means that I drove the kids down seperately. It’s a LONG DRIVE when you aren’t knitting or sleeping…
**This time, we are all travelling together, so I’ll be knitting! Hurray!
***I know, I know. Random slapdash is one of my strengths.