This weekend, Ron went fishing in Saskatchewan with his friend Darren and Darren’s eldest son, who is 12. Today, the kids and I went for a play date with Sonia, Darren’s wife, and Dallas, their younger son.Â That’s Sonia andÂ the three kids by the tire swing.
A good time was had by all, in the little pool and at the park.
Yesterday, I had to visit the hairdresser and, because Ron is away and our neighbors who sometime babysit were away, I had to take the kids with me. This was a significant milestone. We brought a DVD for them to watch and they behaved like perfect angels for one and a half hours. It probably seems trivial but to me, its huge. It means a bit more freedom. I don’t always have to juggle the schedule with Ron’s so he can take the kids and I can do something I need to do. Yay!
Another really special thing that happened yesterday was the kids chaperoned their Mom as she began to learn how to in-line skate. I was pretty proud of the way they encouraged me and stayed by me, telling me ‘you’re doing great Mom, I’ll stay beside you’. The sweetest moment was when Grant told me ‘don’t give up Mom, its normal to feel really uncomfortable when you’re learning something new’ These were almost the exact words I said to him last winter when he threw himself down on the ice in despair and wanted to give up learning to skate. This little sojourn really made up for all the times I feel like a crap parent. I yell too much, I’m too demanding, etc, etc. It just showed they’ve learned some really positive stuff from Ron and I. Oh, and the in-line skating was just awful at first. I felt like I couldn’t move without my legs wanting to fly out every which way. (For the safety nazis, I was wearing a helmet and protection on all my joints). But, with my little helpers beside me, I persevered and got the hang of it. It took 10 minutes to get to the next neighbours driveway (about 70 feet) but after that I found my legs. We went about half a kilometer and then I figured we’d better turn around because I knew my calf muscles were going to start complaining. Its a whole different set of muscles you use.
Next time-we learn to stop (good plan eh?)
The in-line skating is a good option for me right now. I need to be able to go faster so I can keep up to the kids on their bikes, but I don’t care for biking myself. I also want to be able to walk/run Casper and this looks promising. I got up some pretty good speed at the end of my lesson.
**UPDATE:Â If you would like to ‘hear’ me telling another exercise story from years ago, please mosey on over to Doug Drones on.Â There is some kind of debate about my Canadian ‘accent’ but I don’t have one.