Bye bye summer! Hello fall!

I know this is a gigantic photo, and it is likely breaking a blogging ettiquette rule, but I wanted you to be able to see the very cool shooting star effect there on the right, and the neat, spooky things happening in the light effects. Taken by Tessa, off the dock.

It’s the last weekend of summer. In a blind panic this week, full of regret over all the things we didn’t do this summer, I took all three kids on a ferry to the islands where we had a picnic and kicked the soccer ball around and made drawings and did not get eaten alive, thanks to layer upon layer of bug juice. The weather was seasonably cool, the sun shone, there was a good breeze.

In the evening we went to a birthday party at one of Luka’s girl friend’s—NOTE GIRL # FRIEND, not GIRLFRIEND, a distinction he is very clear about since teasing about girlfriends is a no-go in his seven-year-old world. The parents had set up Continue reading


Things I Love Thursday: my kids’ attitudes to back-to-school shopping

tilt.jpgThis blog carnival is called Things I Love Thursday. The rules are simple: “pick an actual thing that you love. Feel free to do a product review, but make sure to let your readers know that you have been supplied with the product to review so we are keepin’ it honest.” No one sent me my kids’ attitudes, in fact, I take a little credit for helping them to reach this stage in their development. For more excellent things that we love, check out The

I don’t know what part of the country, or for that matter what country, you reside in, but here, every summer, there’s a television ad that sings out; “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” as a happy dad zooms down the aisles of school supplies, filling his cart. Wal-Mart’s ad has Mom in the front seat reassuring her sulky daughter, “. . . not everyone will be wearing hoodies jeans and backpacks,” only to scan the schoolyard and see yes, not just students but the teachers too are in hoodies, jeans and backpacks. What’s the message? Buy, buy, buy!


Run out and buy the junk in the stores so they can go to school and look like everybody else? Not my three. Continue reading

Works for Me Wednesday: keeping kids’ water cold

wfmwbanner1.jpgWelcome back to Shannon’s Works for Me Wednesday‘s blog carnival! In a previous post, I shared a super-easy way to keep track of how many bottles of water you drink in a day, sloshing toward that Christie Brinkley ideal of eight glasses a day. That solved my problem, and now Tessa has solved the other age-old problem in our house that leads to this exchange in the car almost daily:
“Mum, I’m thirsty’
“I brought bottles of water.”
“I know, I drank that. I need more.”
“You drank three bottles of water?
“I drank half of one, but they’re all warm now. Please, can we stop and buy a cold one?”

second stage
“Ice cold water really isn’t good for you.”
“Says who?”
“Anyone else?”
“There are whole religious movements that believe you should only drink water at room temperature.”
“Do we belong to one of them?”
“So can we buy a cold water?”

Enter Tessa, who rinses out the sturdier plastic bottles, fills them one-qurter full with filtered water and lays them on their sides in the freezer. She stockpiles. When it’s time to go, she grabs them, fills with water and it’s ice cold water for all for at least an hour or more. So, she saves us money.

Wow, a 16-year-old who saves the family money. I think I should call the papers!

Click over to Works for Me Wednesday to find tons more ideas!

Sell-Your-Kid Contest winners announced!

PhotobucketThis is my little guy, Luka, descending the ladder at the dock, slowly. V-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. That speck in the background is me, not hovering, not grasping, not crowding. Giving the lad his time to become one with the water. This is the kid I was selling 10 days ago.
Congratulations to Laura and Anne, tied winners for the Sell-Your-Kid Contest (that title sounds suspect to me now—it was a fun exercise to put down in words what makes your child adorable, now it sounds vaguely like a Rosetta Stone CD for trafficking in child labour). Thank you to everyone who participated—the love just sparkled in your descriptions.

Comments from the judge (staff editor on Canadian Living magazine) on Laura’s entry: “She encapsulated honesty and humour in just a few short words.”

“Joey is a busy 4-year-old boy who always knows exactly what he wants and can negotiate you out of your grandmother’s jewellery. Loves Spider-Man and imitations of same. Will bore you to tears with Scooby-doo imitations. Cuteness and vivcacity in spades which makes up for all of the above. Before long, you’ll be paying me for Joey-time.”

The judge’s comment on Anne’s entry: “What a perceptive gran!”

“I have 3 grown adults for “kids” these days but I also now have 3 beautiful granddaughters …. who should I attempt to describe ??? I think I’ll start with my oldest son & work my way down … Continue reading

Meet-a-Blogger Monday

Mom Blogger JacquelynHello! Welcome to Meet-a-Blogger Monday here at Because I Said So! When I tell people that I write a blog, they often counter with “I’ve always wondered what kind of person writes a blog!” I try to keep from answering, “Oh, you know, a socially maladjusted, merlot self-medicating, don’t-need-a-shrink-but- gosh-let-me-type- until-my-fingers-bleed kind of person!” So, think of this as a blog social, each Monday for the next little while, and I’ll hook you up with some neat people. The only real requirement is that she or he be a parent and be familiar with the Because I Said So! mystique.

I’ve been reading We Are THAT Family for month and months, and the writer, Kristen, is a complete howl. She still has her husband, and they go to rodeos, do home improvement projects, her kids communicate on masking tape, the same kids have CSIed the house, she has fun craft ideas, and has no problem laughing at herself. That’s key to me!

I invited Kristen to write a Continue reading

Friday freedom


The weekend is here. Act like there’s only one week of holidays left.

Things I Love Thursday: personal flotation devices

tilt.jpgThis blog carnival is called Things I Love Thursday. The rules are simple: “pick an actual thing that you love. Feel free to do a product review, but make sure to let your readers know that you have been supplied with the product to review so we are keepin’ it honest.” No one sent me a life jacket. I borrowed my brothers’. For more excellent things that we cannot live without, check out The And read about the blogger there that I spoke about in my post on Monday!

img_2742.jpgI have three kids. The ex swims like a fish, I float like a log. Tessa can swim lengths of a pool, Graydon refined his swimming skills at Camp Oochigeas and can swim out to the lighthouse and back (whatever that means, I’m not sure of the distance but he was bursting out of his skin when he first told us, so it must be a good distance). Luka refers to having a bath as “having a pool” and if that were up to him, that’d be the end of it. He hates swimming. With the aid of five noodles and a flotation device, he’ll play in a backyard pool. At a pool birthday party he once went up Continue reading