Yes, I know it’s almost 1am and I should go to sleep, but I wanted to make sure much of the house was ready for the week ahead and that I would be ready for another productive week at the office.
Really, however, I should have gone to bed at 10am when my wife did because this was one action-packed weekend and like my family, I’m tired!
So where to begin?
Saturday! Karate. Both boys did quite well. Linus was a little goofy at the beginning of his class and I noticed that he cannot bring his knees right up to his chest when he jumps, so I’m going to have to work with him, but every other stretch, or exercise, he was right in there with the bigger kids. I’m proud of his development.
Stewie on the other hand really looks like he’s the odd-boy out in his group. He’s the biggest kid in his level and honestly, he’s the most technically sound, which is why they are trying to move him up to his yellow belt, quickly before he gets bored. He received another stripe in that class. That puts him one red stripe and some grading away from yellow. Yay.
It was also this day when I realized my kids refer to “Tim Horton’s” and “Tim-Portance”…
So we came home, cleaned up and had some new friends over for a BBQ. YUM. There is nothing like BBQ’d burgers, dogs and corn. While the food was on the grill it gave me a chance to plant some veggies I bought – okra, beans, tomatoes, beets, and very soon blueberries to got with the raspberries and strawberries.
It’s kind of funny that we spent all this money on nice patio furniture for our extended deck and we’ve only been able to use it once, with all the rain we’ve been having. I found the solution to all the rain, I’m going to buy rain boots for my wife whose birthday is in a couple of days. Once she gets those the rain will certainly stop.
Sunday was the UJA Walk for Israel in the streets of downtown Toronto. Last year it was roasting hot and we took to the streets with a then 6 months old baby in the stroller and 5 and 3 year old boys eager to walk check-point to check-point picking up treats and getting their passports stamped. About 5km into the 7km route, Stewie melted down and we tossed him in the stroller, my wife strapped the baby to her back and with a blister on her foot, we walked the entire route.
This year, we figured with the boys one year older that we could make it through the route if we cut out a couple checkpoints and made sure the they had lots of treats. Last year there were yogurt drinks, chips, licorice, and other such junk, popsicle, that kept the boy moving but this year checkpoint 1 had gum and water. My kids don’t eat gum and we had plenty of water. So this started the “I want a treat” whine from Stewie and he kept this up the entire day. It even got to the point that he rejected chips and french fries because he wanted chocolate, so my wife threw him in the stroller – figuring he’d appreciate the rest and might even sleep,but he originally wanted no part of that, so what she saw was this;