The second best part of each school day for me (after the greetings I get from my girls at pick up) is the walk to school. Most school days, we pass the same people doing the same things.The family with the black lab who walks himself (holding his leash in his mouth), the kindergartener with Down’s Syndrome who always says “good morning” with a huge grin, the greyhound with the coat who gets walked by the school at the same time each morning by his human who looks eerily like him, the elderly Chinese man who does his morning walk around the school every day and greets us when we walk by, the middle aged dads with bed head, the grandmas with their housecoats and slippers and then all the effusive greetings from the girls’ classmates who know me from being around so much – “Good morning Shayel’s mom!” “Good morning Ms. Makeesha!” “Hiiiiiii!!!!!”. The wet pacific air, the familiar sidewalk cracks, the thump thump thump of the secondary school students doing their morning PE jog around the school, the crows, the beeping of the crosswalk, the endless hum of cars, the downtown skyline, the breathtaking view of the mountains…sometimes it’s good to stop and take it all in and experience a moment of unabashed gratitude.
Aliyah (7) is becoming a really incredible little academic. One of her favourite things to do when her best friend isn’t available to play at recess is sit by a tree and think. She has communicated a desire to be … Continue reading
Shayel continues to rock my socks off. She just finished a season of volleyball. She plays alto saxophone in band and takes her recess time to practice with the choir. She started a novel and is about 2,000 words in. … Continue reading
My oldest daughter is truly a spectacular human being, it’s confirmed time and again. Shayel (grade 5) has been spending a lot of time recently with a boy in her class. He’s extremely smart, a bit awkward and because of … Continue reading
… And this is the aftermath – both knees and ankles have significantly less skin now since she made some significant skin donations to the concrete gods.
Yesterday Aliyah complained about a sore throat, this morning she has a full blown chest cold. Not even a week into school. Sigh. Aliyah’s chest colds are scary too, they tend to send her to the ER with breathing problems from so much coughing. Fingers crossed for a fast recovery. Poor lovey.
The Best Homemade Playdough Recipe EVER
3 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
3 cups Water
2 TB vegetable oil (I used canola, I’m sure it doesn’t matter)
1 TB Cream of Tartar
Food coloring or unsweetened Kool-Aid pkg for color.
Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan and gets too thick to stir (about 10-15 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool until it can be handled. Place on counter or wax paper and knead several times until smooth. Store in an air-tight container.
Need to mix some of this up with the girls over break
My girls’ hopes this solstice include world peace, homes for the homeless, food for the hungry….and flying cars. I think it’s safe to say that my hopes of more whimsy and caring children have already been realized.
Shayel was a party girl and Aliyah was a peppermint. They have 2 more shows tomorrow.