Nerve-wracking excitement

driverslicense

We’re entering a new phase of life with the Albertan drivers age of 14… break out the tums….

Off switch

off switch

An oldie from the Art of Dad archives for Throwback Thursday! There was a time when I really wanted an off switch function…

… whose kidding who. It would still be handy from time to time.

Things you don’t expect to hear your 14 year old daughter say:

brussel sprouts

But we got the last one, thanks to a recipe from Canadian Living. Thank you Canadian Living Test Kitchen! Here’s the RECIPE.

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Magical Moment – LOL

magical moment

Another dinnertime gem. It was clear that he felt really good about being a part of his Principal’s moment of the day, but the idea that he’d actually sing in front of people and read a book for pleasure, well that was too much for the 12 year old brain to compute.

Happy Monday! (Screw you Wednesday).

Wednesdays

On the drive to early morning basketball practice we reflected on the days of the week and the unfair treatment Monday seems to get.

The vitriol for Wednesday was unexpected.

Big Bones

bigbones

If you give it time after dinner just as you’re finishing clean-up, and you’re open to it, marvellous conversations can be had. Logic doesn’t always apply in these cases. Just go with it.

Being there.

Being there

I’ve worked from home for the last 11 years. It’s been a challenge at times being alone, forever looking at the dirt that needs to be swept or the laundry that needs to be folded when deadlines are looming or deadlines are non-existent and need to be drummed up. I sometimes question why I chose this path, why I didn’t go out and work like “most” people do.

Moments like today however, when mere seconds after returning home from school great floods of tears are spilled and I’m there to soak them up, to try and help make some sense of the topsy-turvy life we all live in, that the decision to work the way I do makes all the sense in the world.

Sometimes what our kids need most, is just having someone there.