I took five weeks of leave from work to spend time with my daughters this summer. It has been awesome.
We have gone swimming at the indoor pool, the outdoor pool and at the beach. We went for pedicures, to the main branch of the public library, and to three movies (Brave, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green – all great).
Today was our baking day. I make no secret of the fact that I don’t enjoy cooking or baking or being in the kitchen in general. And considering we started in the morning, even wine couldn’t help. Thank goodness for coffee.
You can send me my medal any time.
We picked out four recipes for cookies: chocolate-chocolate chip, regular chocolate chip, ginger and vanilla. We didn’t end up with quite as many cookies for the freezer as I had hoped, but still, not a bad haul. Some for eating; some for freezing for school lunches.
We are still planning to fit in a trip to the Bonnechere caves and to see the whales at the Museum of Nature before September hits, but then alas, our best summer ever will be over and I will be heartbroken.
Not only did we do a lot of fun things, this summer, but I also managed to get on top of a few things. My girls have their school supplies labelled and packed into their backpacks. They have new lunch boxes (ordered online from Land’s End – love!). They have their school indoor and outdoor shoes, purchased before the stock was dwindled so they actually had their choice of colours and styles.
Also, the laundry is caught up on, the appointment to get our water meter changed has been made, the girls are registered for swimming and piano lessons, and they even have doctor, dentist and eye doctor appointments lined up. This never happens around here and it always feels like we are behind, never to get caught up.
So the girls are taken care of, and I am taken care of too. I spent a lot of time reading and writing over the last weeks, and today I registered myself for not one, but two writing courses through the continuing education programs in Ottawa. So it will be back to school for me too. I am so excited.
The only downside? I definitely do not get five weeks of vacation, and so my leave was taken without pay, though through income averaging, the bite out of my pay cheque is taken over the whole year which helps a lot. Still, we did some costly things this summer and so there is still catching up to do, even if it is of a different sort.
It was completely worth it. I hope your summer was awesome too.