Saturday, 30 June 2012

Things change

It's amazing how much we fear change as adults and yet how much we change we expect our children to deal with. I knew that Jack would one day learn to deal with having head covered with water, but I never expected it to come so easily for him. Just weeks ago, he would freak out at the thought of getting his whole head wet while now he loves to dive underwater and swim. While at Oceans of Fun yesterday, he was so liberated to be able to take off his puddle jumper and do the kiddie area free from worry. We even explored the the beginning of coconut cove without it, but it got a bit deep for his above water swimming skills. He was also able to embrace the formerly terrible mushroom waterfall. While I have no pictures of Jack in one, I've included a web picture for your reference. We were also able to do his first tube slide together which he loved, but didn't like waiting in line for. He also tried the Lilly Pads, which worked out well because another little guy, his age and height went at the same time, so they each had a parent assisting.

In conclusion, remember that things change. Something you fear may not be as bad as you remember.

Friday, 29 June 2012


I love attempting to explain things to Jack. I try to be honest and explain things to him in a way that he can handle. For instance, I found myself discussing uterus and birthing canals when I was asked how I was able to have two people in my body.

As we were driving home yesterday, Jack tells me that he wants to marry his dad. I explain to him that he is not allowed to marry a boy, but that I hoped that would change before he could get married. However, even I'd that did change you couldn't marry someone you are related too. This brought on interesting conversations about the fact that you should be able to marry whomever you love and that he thought he could get married at 9. So then, I had to explain that being married means that you are starting your own family and that you have to take care of your own needs by going to work. He absorbs it all and says "Okay, I'll marry Ms. Beth. That way I can live with Joe."

I hope that one day my sweet boy is able to marry someone who makes him happy and delights in his quirks!

The photo below is from my brother's wedding that happened this May.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Why I'm blogging again

I was recently taught by a friend how to subscribe to her blog. I now look forward to seeing her blog email come each day. So if each of you who want to subscribe to my blog, maybe I can provide that smile in your day too. There probably won't ever be anything major in here and most blogs will most likely be closer to a Facebook status update with a picture of Jack attached.

Swimming Pool Fun

Before Jack was born, Nick bought me this little pool so I could cool down in the summer. It never got used much as it took more work to maintain than I got enjoyment out of it. When Jack was littler we worried about him being safe with it in the back yard. Fast forward to last weekend, where we learned that Jack really enjoyed swimming underwater as long as he could touch the bottom. We decided to bring the pool back out and Jack has loved it. We had to take down two of his swings to make room, but we just modified to make a swinging bar for big splashes. It has been a godsend in this heat. I also read online that you could avoid all the expensive chemicals and instead just add 1/2 cup of plain bleach every day. We've had it up for 5 days and it seems to be working well so far! Here are some pics of Jack enjoying it! (Yes, those are lightsabers!)