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One more day before the kids are set free for summer. One more day before I actually have to have plans (and, oh, I have plans.. but they’re not entirely organized yet). One more day to make sure we have all the phone numbers and contact details to keep the boys in touch with their friends over the summer. One more day.

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It’s the first day of summer vacation, I have a fresh cup of tea, and I’m feeling the need for a bit of a meandering ramble.

Yesterday was the last day of school. The boys were pretty wound up and I was happy to get a chance to chat with their afternoon teacher in the morning before school. She is a retired teacher who was brought in for three afternoons a week for the second half of the school year to offer an enrichment class aimed primarily at the SK kids entering Grade 1 in the fall, but #2 was lucky enough to be allowed to participate. She seems to have been quite charmed by the boys and has been very generous in sharing little stories about what all the kids get up to in class. I quite like her — she reminds me of teachers I had as a kid — and the boys really enjoyed her class. It gave me the chance to hand along our little “gift” in person and thank her for the wonderful work she has done with my boys.

All the teachers seemed to enjoy the “apple cozies” I made for them. I had made a couple for the boys earlier in the year, as they refused to eat bruised apples, and the teachers had commented on them. The boys and I thought it would be a nice spin on “an apple for the teacher” if we gave them each one of their own, so we picked out yarn colours and I knitted and felted them and stuffed them all with a nice shiny Granny Smith.

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It’s been a couple of ReallyBusyWeeks since my last post. I’m going to do a half-assed pointform recap here and reserve the possibility of more fleshed out posts on a couple of the things for when the kids finish school. 😀

  • The family and I loaded up our minivan with kegs, bikes, and camping gear and headed down to Camp Pascobac on Belleisle Bay for Big Strange New Brunswick Brew — an annual tradition for a motley (and terribly fun!) group of home brewers. It was a blast — we all got tanned, enjoyed great food and fresh air, the adults got some great beer and cider, and I actually got to socialize this year. Last year, #2 was a bit too “busy” so I confined the boys to the beach for the day and hung out there — very few people even remember seeing me! We’re planning to go for the whole week next year.
  • #1 (age 6) has learned the basics of multiplication and is driving me batty by putting it into action and constantly asking me if he has the right answer. It’s really cute, rather amazing to me, but incredibly annoying!
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  • 3 bags of clothes and Aikido gear for Bodensatz + my Dad’s guitar + 3 bags of clothes for myself and the kids (in addition to the usual assortment of random footwear) + two kids’ bikes and helmets = one freaking full minivan
  • fromageries along the Trans-Canada in Quebec are awesome
  • One week in the Valley isn’t nearly enough time to visit anyone other than family
  • #2 was very impressed when the nasty little dog that bit him was spanked
  • Dad showing off his new-to-him Goldwing
  • Whipped down the road between Saxon Street and Jawbone Corner at 110mph on the back of the aforementioned Goldwing (it was like flying.. major bike-lust going on here)
  • The kids got to ride their bicycles with wild abandon up and down a driveway about half the length of our street here in Ottawa
  • The barlady at the Heather in Stellarton is scary. SCARY.
  • No retailer in Pictou County carries garam masala or whole cumin seed (nevermind the truely exotic, like whole cardamon pods)
  • NSLC delisted Golden Glow
  • Wolfville NSLC carries an awesome range of the Lunenburg County Winery products
  • Simpsons movie. Skateboard sequence. Anything more would require spoilers. (more…)

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