I’m combining week 28 and 29 of our everyday life post because I’m falling too with the updates.
So the weekend of 28 and 29 we went camping. It was such an incredible experience. Cold and crying baby with excited toddler. I had fun and I believe the children did too. Though AMI complained because he had to sleep on the floor leaving the airbed for me and the children, he still liked camping because he says he can’t wait to go more camping this summer.
Weeks 28 and 29 in detail
Easy week, no meltdown. The most cheerful children I’ve ever had, with a crawling baby in the house.
It's surely getting easier having two kids. AOI can entertain herself and plays with her little brother when he starts crying and I’m busy doing something in the kitchen. Also baby TOI doesn't mind playing on his play mat while I complete a task or two.
Tuesday AOI didn’t have a nap. I went to the paddling pool, when we got back home she was good and curled by herself on the red sofa to just relax. AMI phoned Fort Carlton to check if we can go camping over the weekend.
Friday we were home in the morning under did you go to work I went to the gym but my mind wasn't there. I took lunch went to work I bought my new iPhone five. I made a new contract. My main focus this week was to take it easy. Achieve that and by the weekend I was feeling much content with myself. My sister in law, the one who lives in Scotland, was recovered at the hospital because she fainted couple of times during the week. The doctors haven’t found out what’s wrong so we pray there’s nothing serious with her health.
When my husband told me we were going to Fort Carlton I registered in my mind that we were going to the lake, but minutes before our destination I found out that we were going on a Saskatchewan historical tour. We camped at the campground of the fort under the cold starless night sky. Baby TOI cried for a little, toddler AOI jumped, excitedly, on the airbed, daddy had a tantrum because the kids were not behaving well. "Let's go home." He wined.
"Are you for real?" I curled my eyebrows. It would have been embarrassing to put up tent and then straight away pack up and go back home, of course I wasn't going to do that so we stayed. After a while toddler AOI stopped jumping up and down the airbed for a bedtime story and baby TOI stopped crying for a feed.
Our family tent is flimsy, so light that it gets real cold in the evening. Yes, even in this summer nights. Still, we slept alright. The following morning we had breakfast and then went to visit Fort Carlton. It was there that I got inspired to start writing a new novel. An historical novel set in Saskatchewan. After the visit, we drove to Batoche, a famous Saskatchewan historical landmark, where the Metis won over the British army and then, obviously, lost due to less ammunition and manpower. We had lunch and then with our golf cart visit the place, watched some videos and stayed till they closed at five. I did most of the tour with TOI, because AOI was tired and AMI stayed with her while I went about the place, baby attached to me and big camera in hand.
Another successful week, spent with friendly friends at another campsite.
Monday I went to the dentist to have two teeth filled and one extracted. It was painful, but worth doing because I was having problem chewing and enjoying food.
During or soon after dinner, AOI casually said “I have one finger.” She stretched her left arm forward. Then said “I have seven fingers.” She just smiled then carried on playing. This is the beauty of childhood, the norm is what you know. I hope she will always have this happy-go-lucky attitude as she grows.
Wednesday was hectic. TOI had his 6th month vaccine, he didn't have any side effect but he couldn't sleep well. I had to organize some camping things, clothes and food. After dinner I asked AOI “Guess who is coming camping with us?” “Who?” she asked from her potty “Your best friend.” I thought she was going to say Elefante she came out from the bathroom and with the biggest grin ever “C!” she opened her arms.
Thursday, after lunch, we headed to the lake, joined by C and little C, for our long weekend holiday. We arrived at the campsite alright. Our campground was 137 in Elmview, surround by trees and few steps away the camp playground. AOI was sleeping when we got here but she was exited to see the games and be with her best friend. We had a quick snack then headed to the beach, the beach was quiet; just two other families.
After dinner AOI and little C went to play on the merry-go-round. They were joined by a little boy, J., about four years old. He was strong and turned the merry go round for them. They played for more than half an hour then he noticed that AOI has only one finger on the left hand. "Why she has one finger?" He kept on saying his daddy.
“She was born like that.” I said. I still haven’t found how to respond to little children that AOI was born with what is called amniotic band syndrome. He kept telling AOI “You have one finger.” AOI didn't see any problem with that, she looked at him like to say so what! She carried on playing alone. After a while I saw them playing together. He might have said that she has one finger but that didn’t bother her. He wasn’t nasty to her just curious and surprised. My girl did everything with her one finger and after a while he just forgot about the whole one finger surprise.
Friday, the day started with clouds and cold wind. We walked to a trail that led us to a nearby beach.
We played by the lake, our girls played chance. We all joined in.
On our way back to the campsite, my friend collected some flowers for the picnic table at our campground. Many people camping there made the place look like their cosy backyard. They had lights, outdoor carpets, comfortable chairs. They really do glam-camp.
After lunch the children napped. Andrew had to drive AOI for her to sleep. After nap and snack we took the girls and baby TOI to the beach. I’m sure of you were on the beach looking at me and my friend, you would thought we were two crazy mothers with our cameras snapping our girls enjoying their time on the beach.
Daddy went to try fish something. He returned empty handed, no luck.
The water was so cold but they didn't seem to feel it. Baby boy was on the beach enjoying sand while the cold water caressing his toes. We had dinner on the beach. My sweet girl was onto collecting beach stones. On the way back to the camp we saw a deer and a breath taking sunset.
We love all these little simple things that make everything so special. After a shower we sat by the fire and my friend prepared hot chocolate.
My children sat on my lap.
After a while little C said she wanted to go sleep. It was easy to read a bedtime story time to AOI, feed and put them to bed, they were so tire. Daddy too. Around 10:40pm, after I cuddled AOI until she fell asleep I joined my friend, whose daughter was sleeping in the other tent. We talked until nearly midnight. It was nice talking with her kind of her to answer so many questions that are related to my story.
Saturday we went with the flow. Had chips and eggs for breakfast – daddy’s suggestion.
AOI was tired from the morning. She wanted cuddles.
After packing up our tents we left the campsite and headed to the beach. We wanted to try a different beach but the children had to have their nap. AOI fell asleep in the car, C went into her portable cot with her cuddly/chewy baby and fell asleep five minutes later.
I just laid my children on a blanket under a tall tree and let them sleep.
After nap we all hit the beach, we played with the coarse sand
had ice cream
until it was time to leave. Which was always difficult to do.
But still, we returned home with sand everywhere and fond memories that we want to repeat for our children, because every child has a special holiday place. Mine is Lake Garda in Italy and Lake Diefenbaker reminds me of that childhood magic place.