Monday, October 15, 2007

I Learned Seven Things Today

  1. If you live on Vancouver Island and it looks like it's going to rain, It Is.
  2. When your instinct tells you to bring two pairs of mitts, don't settle for one just because the other pair isn't right on top of the drawer. Likewise, no matter how much your daughter is convinced that all she will need is her black sweatshirt, bring the coat. BRING THE COAT.
  3. Two little children trudging through the mud in the pouring rain, with their scarves over their heads as makeshift hats and sharing one pair of mitts, can only be held off for a certain amount of time by the promise of hot chocolate. Once that time is up, you'd better be ready to do some piggybacking.
  4. It is possible though inconveniently pinchy to piggyback one 65 pound 6 year old while carrying one 28 pound 3 year old in your arms.
  5. It is wise to check the opening hours of a store you need to visit before dragging two children onto first a bus, then a ferry, then on foot up the purgatorially long hill to the closed and locked door of the shop. In the pouring rain.
  6. Cappuccino huts at ferry terminals on small islands don't take Interac.
  7. If you accidentally use all your bus change buying hot chocolate at the cappuccino hut at the ferry terminal, you will have quite a walk ahead of you. The children will be exhausted. Be prepared to do some piggybacking. See item #4, above.


Kate said...

Oh. My. Good. Grief. That just sucks.
Luckily, you have the strength of a Clydesdale ;)
And tomorrow you are the same age as me again.

Brenda said...

Oh no, I know where you went and that they are closed on Monday! And with two small children under tow, how awful!

Ames said...

Six things that a mother loathes, yea, seven that are as rottenness to her bones.

karen said...

OK, we are going to have to talk Shelly into opening on Mondays. I didn't realize that it was Monday until I was making dinner.Now, I so wish that I had come....another person would have made all of the Sherpa(ing) so much easier -
but never fear tomorrow is a very special day for a very special person and the sun will be shining(somewhere!) and we will celebrate all that is dry and good and chocolatey!!

Jo said...

Yikes. I think I would have had a meltdown.

uberstrickenfrau said...

That was the bitter pill you had to swallow before you could have the teaspoon of sugar today!!
Happy happy happy Birthday! May this coming year be very blessed for you and your family and filled with fibery goodness!( not the shredded wheat kind..)

Anna said...

Happy Birthday!

Gina said...

Happy Birthday Shan! You're my hero - piggy backing both kids - Super Mom to the rescue!

Sandy said...

You have got to be kidding me. You are the most intrepid person I know. I would have needed much more than a hot chocolate to restore my good spirits - I'm thinking a mug brimming with steaming hot buttered rum.