Archives for June 2006

Proud Moment

Yesterday evening, Hannah took off her diaper and handed it to me.  Luckily, it was clean.

My little girl is growing up (sniff!). 😉

My Logo

It occurred to me that I haven’t shown you my logo.  We had it designed professionally, and we’re quite happy with the results:

Flying Blind

We’ve had quite a go of it around our house this week.  Hannah is cutting her second set of molars, and it’s been hot, and quality sleep has been at a premium.  Jon asked me, based on all the parenting books I’ve read, how to resolve sleep issues.  In 50 words or less, no editorializing.

I had to explain to him that there was no answer.   That many people take many different approaches, but for a pre-verbal non-reasoning child, there’s only so much you can do.  And that what works for one person, or what one expert wrote a book about, does not work for every family.

I think this is the best and worst part about parenting.  At the end of the day, you’re flying blind.  The best thing you can do is listen to yourself, your child, and your partner, and try to balance everyone’s needs.  It’s a hard juggle, though, and there’s no telling what the consequences of your actions will be.  And, unfortunately, intuition and foresight are not my strong suits.

The good news is that it cooled down last night, we dosed Hannah up with children’s Advil at bedtime, and things were much better.  The bad news, though, is that we remain baffled by much of this parenting business.  I’m sure, should we have a second child, we’ll remain baffled.  I was a Brownie leader for long enough to know that each new person brings something to the table to trump all of my experience in one fell swoop. 😉

Summertime Fun

It was a sweltering hot day today at Casa de Strocel.  Jon was off covering some Whitecaps games, so Hannah and I were on our own and feeling grumpy.  She wanted to go outside at about 2:00, but it was just too hot to play in the shadeless playground near our house.  I was afraid to drive to one of the seaside parks, because I was fairly certain they would be packed.  So, I did what any enterprising mom would do–I stripped my kid naked, and set up the sprinkler in our back yard.

Hannah had a great time playing in the water, eating fresh raspberries, and playing chase.  I got a happy toddler, a handful of raspberries for myself, and some time outside in the cool shade.  As I was out there with my kid, I thought that this is what summertime is about.  I think that our romantic notions of Summer are formed in our childhoods, when it was all about no school, long evenings, and outdoor fun.  Popsicles, sundresses, and sprinklers.  Trips to the lake, watermelon, and wading pools.  Walking along in an ice-cold stream until your feet are numb.  Salmonberries, blackberries, and the PNE.

I’m so excited to share all of this with Hannah.  I can’t wait!

Edmonton Recap

We survived our first plane trip with the kiddo.  Here are the high points:

  • Hannah sleeps from before takeoff in Vancouver until we land in Edmonton, parents are overjoyed. 🙂
  • Car seat installation woes with the rental car reinforce our decision to buy Japanese imports.
  • Help Wanted signs reproducing at an alarming rate in Alberta, including beautiful full colour billboards in front of McDonald’s.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart in Edmonton is huge, and carries groceries like bread, milk, and cheese.
  • Eating in restaurants with Hannah is Hard Work.
  • Other little girls in West Edmonton Mall have very cute hairstyles, which they do not constantly pull out.
  • Hannah learns the concept of ‘mine’, if not the actual word.
  • Christy has a nice apartment in a very nice neighbourhood.
  • Old Spaghetti Factory completely booked up on Father’s Day, we resort to the Elephant and Castle.
  • Hannah is awake for the first hour on the flight home, parents survive to tell the tale. 😉
  • We forget to take any photos, denying grandparents and other relatives photographic evidence.


I was just reading through some old posts I wrote, and they made me smile.  The first one, here, was a speculation regarding Hannah’s personality when I was about 5 months pregnant.  It turns out, I was bang on.

Another post, here, has an update.  Since that time we have seen the gas mask-wearing driver a couple of more times.  Still no clue as to identity or rationale.  However, she is, in fact a woman.  And she shops at Save-on-Foods in PoCo.


It’s ant season again in our neighbourhood.  Hundreds of tiny ants pour in through the smallest cracks, and march in a great long line across our kitchen.  Every year, we go through a few weeks of fighting to keep them at bay, and failing.  Inevitably, we win the war, because that’s the way it goes for ants.  But it’s really creepy in the meantime. 😛

I’m all for nature, as long as it stays outside.  Uninvited insects, I’m afraid, are not welcome in my home.  Especially when they outnumber the human occupants 100 : 1.

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