Our local amusement park has undergone many face lifts over the years but these swings (and the wooden coaster!) remain untouched. While not as thrilling as some of the newer rides, it is definitely the prettiest.
Sadie is six months deep in love with michael jackson – pictures on her wall, dolls on her shelf and a Thriller jacket permanently on her back. I thought toddler love was fleeting but this one has been around for awhile now and shows no signs of waning.
We recently went to an 80s theme charity bowling night so it was a good excuse to bring out our hers n’ hers michael jackson wares.
I spend most of my work week in a windowless office that’s anything less than inspiring. As drab as the space is, it’s located on a large industrial lot turned campus filled with art spaces and studios and heavy machinery schools. At it’s entrance there use to be a large steel spider sculpture that Sadie adored that mysteriously disappeared one day. On a lunchtime walk one day I found the beloved spider (sans legs) behind a building so on the first sunny day that came, which also happened to be the first day of Spring, I promised Sadie that we would go say hi. While she wasn’t that happy about the state of her now 8 legless friend there was plenty of other things to keep a three year old happy.
Because this is a campus where people both learn some trades and create some art, there is quite a juxtaposition of things scattered throughout the lot. Since no one was looking, I let Sadie treat an abandoned train as a jungle gym. It was quite a treat since up to this point she’s only either ridden on them or scene them from a distance zipping along the tracks. Few things make this kid happier than seeing old favourites in a new way.
Further down the tracks we found some steampunk inspired trolleys. My friend Saskia recently told me that according to IBM, the next big fashion trend will be steampunk so we are ahead of the trends here. Sadie asked me what they were to which I couldn’t reply but they look neat don’t they?
Despite the fact that chocolate bunnies were slowly pushing out the valentines chocolates at the supermarket shelves on February 1st, Easter kind of snuck up on me this year. But Sadie won’t let that excuse get in the way of us marking the holiday.
The other day she was lamenting how out house had zero Easter decorations so we went through the craft cupboard and pulled out some tissue squares, clear contact paper and washi tape and made these ‘stained glass’ easter eggs for the window. Super easy, super clean and super cute. We just covered the sticky side of the contact paper with tissue squares, cut them into egg shapes and hung them on the window with washi tape.
While it’s still technically winter it is sure feeling a lot like spring these days. When it’s not raining, sadie and I are spending early mornings at our favourite parks and beaches every chance we get. These hours spent outdoors running around and playing zombie tag help me justify the mini egg eating Peter Pan watching marathons we do most days.
These cold, crisp and foggy winter mornings have been a great excuse to explore some of our favourite parks with camera in hand. The fog on this morning was so thick we couldn’t see across the Indian Arm so it felt like we were on the edge of it all.
Sadie has been talking lots lately about the “airplane museum” that we took her to last spring. In the peak of her airplane phase, we took a daytrip down to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. It was a great day – we saw lots of old planes, explored a vintage Air Force One and pretended to fly in space. At the end of it all Sadie said “museums make me so tired”.
The rain cleared up one morning so Sadie and I made a quick stop to Garry Point before heading to my mum’s house that’s only mere minutes away. I grew up riding my bike to Garry Point and always enjoyed this actual corner of my hometown. It’s had quite a few makeovers since my youth but the mossy bog fields over taken by sea birds, sandy river shorelines and lots of logs still remain.
While the air was crisp, it was quite a contrast to our brief visit to an ontario beach just a month ago. Sadie and I got a mild dose of much needed vitamin d and ran off some of our winter cobwebs.