I wanted to share this Five Little Pumpkins Halloween craft I did with my older daughter last year. It is based on the 5 Little Pumpkins rhyme. It’s very simple, we were able to complete it during baby’s nap time. Most importantly, it helps promote empathy and emotional intelligence as well as being educational.
As I’m preparing to go back to work, I am dusting off the cobwebs for all my tricks and tips for weeknight meals for busy families. With two working parents and kids in daycare and school all day long, there will be no one at home to prepare dinner. This is one of the most challenging aspects for me going back to working outside the home. There is literally not enough time to quickly prepare and eat dinner without the right plan for your family’s weeknight meals. No more winging it, I am stocking up the freezer and prepping ahead of time.
Lulu started school a couple weeks ago (two weeks before labour day for some reason, because California is crazy like that). I feel like I blinked and poof, I have a school-aged child! She suddenly seems so grown up too! Here are the five lessons for kindergarten parents from the first two weeks of school:
Becoming a stay at home mom was never my plan. Husband and I briefly discussed it after our first child was born and just as quickly dismissed the idea. Staying at home was not for me. I grew up in a household where my grandmother and my mother worked full time their whole life and that was the norm. But life had other plans.
I worked hard to earn my degree and career and I wasn’t ready to give that up when we started a family. Parenting is the most amazing rollercoaster experience and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. But I also get a lot of satisfaction and fulfillment from being good at my job, checking off goals and collaborating on projects with people taller than 3 feet tall.
This week marks the three year anniversary – our expativersary – since we joined the ranks of Canadian expats in USA and moved to Silicon Valley, California. With the new adventure and our new circumstances, I became a Canadian expat and a suburban stay at home mom, at least temporarily. Which is an adventure on its own. This is Part 1 of my origin story – becoming a Canadian expat in California.