If I don’t blog soon, I’ll burst

by DaniGirl on March 11, 2008 · 9 comments

in Life in Ottawa, Ottawa's hidden treasures, Tristan

So! Many! Bloggable! Moments!! And no time to blog them all. Oh, it’s like bloggy constipation, and if I don’t get it out soon, I’m quite sure my head will explode.

Here are things that I’d dearly love to blog about if only I had the time. And trust me, in my head, they’re all most excellent posts.

  1. Last Friday, Tristan turned six. SIX! My beautiful baby boy, my first-born son, is six. And I will write him a proper birthday post one of these days, I swear I will.
  2. On Saturday morning, we woke up to the sounds of Simon barfing. Of course. Stomach bugs and birthday parties just seem to go together, don’t they?
  3. Also on Saturday, the snow came fast and furious. Oh my sweet lord, the snow. We’ve had 86 cm of snow (that’s somewhere around 20 inches, I think) in the past week, including a spectacular dump of 56 cm on the weekend. I’ve never seen so much snow at one time. And to make it even more spectacular, we’ve added it to a near-record four METRES of snow that’s already fallen this winter. That’s more than 13 feet of snow, people.

    This was my house on Sunday morning:

    Way too much snow

    Those snow banks on the side of the driveway are about as tall as me. I had to use the shovel as a catapult to heave the snow up higher than my head with every. single. shovelful. Oh, my aching shoulders! Really, I’ve never seen anything remotely like it.

  4. And what else was Sunday? After two hours of shovelling (after Beloved had shovelled for an hour the night before, and I had shovelled for an hour the day before), you might ask? Why, it was Tristan’s sixth birthday party!

    Tristan is SIX!

    Even though half the guests couldn’t make it because of the storm (the sidestreets were impassable until late in the day Sunday and even the parking lot of the party place — Starr Gymnastics, and I can’t say enough nice things about them — wasn’t plowed until half way through the party) Tristan still had a wonderful time, which is good enough for me.

  5. Unfortunately, my brother and his family were trying to make the trek up from Toronto on the weekend, in the midst of the blizzard of the decade. They wisely waited an extra day until the snow stopped falling, but it still took them more than eight hours to make what’s normally a five hour drive on Sunday…. missing the party entirely, unfortunately.

    The good part is that we had all day together on Monday to enjoy Ottawa’s gorgeous Children’s Museum which also deserves a post of its own, but this photo of cousins Brooke (age 14 months) and Simon will have to surmise a fun afternoon.

    Brooke and Simon

    You have to be just a little bit crazy to visit the children’s museum on the first day of March Break, I think, but it was surprisingly easy to get around and have fun despite the crowds.

I’d love to blog it all in detail, but I have another weigh-in this morning with the midwife (Lucas is doing well, gaining slowly but steadily) and Tristan now has the barfy virus. Thank you, supreme ruler of the universe, for heeding my “Please, just not on Sunday!” plea on that one.

Thanks to all for your comments and e-mails wondering how we’re doing. The answer is crazy, but in a good way. If you could find someone to either do my endless piles of laundry, or blog what’s in my head, or both, I’d be most grateful!!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chris March 11, 2008 at 10:22 am

oh.my.gosh. as much as we lust after snow here in texas, even we wouldn’t want snow like that. some of us in this area got 1-6 inches last week and it was all they could talk about on the news!

2 alison March 11, 2008 at 11:45 am

I hear you on the snow front. We stocked up on groceries, library books, wine (for mommy) and videos and rode out the storm in comfort. I shovelled Friday night’s dump by hand, but on Sunday, I fired up the snowblower. It was crazy. Rachel had been invited to a bday party on Sat afternoon, but we had to miss it. I’m glad Tristan had a good time. Wow, six years old, did you ever think you would have a six-year-old? I sure felt that at Leah’s last birthday (how did I get old enough to have an 8-yr-old?).

The kids sure like playing in the snow though, don’t they? Hope you can carve out a bit of time for blogging, for your own sanity of course, we can wait til you’re ready.

3 BeachMama March 11, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Isn’t the snow crazy?? The worst part is that people are actually parking on the streets that are single or one and a half lanes. It blows my mind how silly people can be. And my four car driveway? One lane. My car is buried (good thing we don’t use it very often) and the the snow is piled up behind it due to an avalanche.

Happy Belated to Tristan! Six! Oh my word, where has the time gone. Hope you find a few minutes for you and that you don’t get the barfies, I had them when Apple was young and it was not nice.

4 kgirl March 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

please. no more snow. please.

happiest of birthdays to your little man.

5 Reluctant Housewife March 11, 2008 at 7:59 pm

We were in town hunting for apartments/townhouses/anywhere to live. The snow was unbelievable. It was interesting trying to find our way around in all the snowbanks.

6 Steph March 12, 2008 at 9:17 am

Wow that is a heck of a lot of snow!

7 Theresa March 12, 2008 at 10:27 am

Wow! Glad you managed to finally come up for air! (Literally!)

Hopefully your ‘bloggable’ moments aren’t keeping you laying in bed, awake, composing your superbly witty posts…..!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care of yourself girl!!

8 Sharon March 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Yeah..>I’ve had enough snow. And I was at the Childrens Museum the Thursday before and it was almost empty. It was great! Nop matter how many are there there is alot to do.


9 Janet March 19, 2008 at 1:47 pm

We have that exact same motorcycle shot from the Children’s Museum. Well, except two of my kids are on it, so that’s different (and less creepy than if I had a shot of your kids). ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Children’s Museum in Gatineau is the best I have ever visited. We loved it.

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