What I Learned in June 2013

Strocel.com What I Learned Last MonthMonthly reviews are one of my favourite traditions. Here’s how it works – every month I come up with some things I learned, and not always the easy way. Then, I ask you all to join in with some recent revelations of your own. And we all learn and grow and what-not. Or at least share a laugh at our own expense, because some of these lessons are both hard-fought and funny. Sound good?

So, without further ado, here is what I learned in June – or some of it, anyway.

What I Learned Last Month

1. I made my own cleaning products from a recipe for the first time. I’ll be writing a blog post to share how that went.

what I learned last month

2. I tasted the first raspberries and broccoli of the season from my garden, and they were sweet, indeed.

3. I learned that having your eyebrows threaded stings like nobody’s business, but it looks good in the end. Here, the fabulous Bianca gets hers done at Bombay Brow Bar in Vancouver.

what I learned last month

4. I watched my daughter perform at her school’s annual talent show, singing in front of 500 people while staying cool as a cucumber, and I learned a lesson in bravery.

5. I made my annual strawberry rhubarb crisp using local strawberries and rhubarb, topped it off with fresh homemade vanilla ice cream, and discovered once again that in the face of such deliciousness I just can’t stop eating.

what I learned last month

6. On our home renovation, I moved from excited anticipation to nervously waiting for this thing to get started, already. I’m hoping that I’ll advance to being supremely inconvenienced as my house is overtaken by workers in July.

7. I had a front row seat when the website I work for held their annual Top 30 Vancouver Mom Blogger celebration, and I was so excited for the fabulous ladies that we honoured.

what I learned last month

8. I felt very proud of my husband, who started a new job (at the same company) in June. It’s delightful when you can celebrate the achievements of someone you love. Plus, it’s easier than having to actually achieve something yourself. 😉

9. Jacob and I learned that when a four-year-old shows up at the farmers’ market dressed as Woody the cowboy pretty much everyone finds it charming, but the rancher who sells his beef at the market finds it really charming.

what I learned last month

10. Every year on the last day of school the kids and I go for Slurpees. It’s the only time we have them all year. This year, when Hannah and I were debating at what point she transformed from a second grader to a third grader, we came to the agreement that it happened after her Slurpee was done. Hannah now refers to this as the Slurpee test, and she made a very solemn proclamation when her Slurpee was finished. In the process I found out that sometimes little inside jokes you share with your kids are the very best kind.

I’ve shared what I learned – what did you learn in June? Leave a comment and tell me! Or, if you’d like to play along by writing a review post of your own, link to it in the comments. And please feel free to grab the button from the top of this post.

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  1. I learned that a car with no insurance, no driver, and the e-brake engaged can still hit your car if a garbage truck hits it and sends it into your car. I learned that just thinking about something sweet that the kids did for me when they were six years old can make me cry. I learned that raising children who voluntarily and out of their own pockets go visit their grandparents is one of the most poignant joys of parenthood because despite everything you did wrong you and your spouse did something ever so right. I learned that nothing sits in the guilty comforts zone like air conditioning. I learned that I have sleep apnea, and with no medical I’m in for a lovely and expensive treat. I learned that every time your children take on adult attitudes and roles you get hit three times; once HEY YOU’RE OLD MOM, twice HEY I LEARNED THIS EARLIER THAN YOU DID and HEY I AM A SEPARATE HUMAN FROM YOU. I learned that whenever your kids do something stupid you still blame yourself and that doesn’t seem to let up with time. I learned that I’d rather fix than replace anything. I learned that if I don’t cook with love it doesn’t turn out, and I shouldn’t cook if I’m not feeling the love. Which is how I learned that I’m still a dilettante when it comes to restaurant scale food production.

    Thanks Amber… it was an awesome list this month!

  2. Oh my goodness! That Woody costume is adorable!!! I’ve gotta get one for my 2 year old, he loves Woody!

  3. Oh my goodness strawberry rhubarb crisp! The best pie without actually having to deal with making a pie! Can you share the recipe?

    As for what I learned, I have no idea. Lemme think about that….

  4. I learned that if you ask for what you want, you might get it! I was reminded that my kids are hilarious. I learned a Scottish saying: ‘Many a mickle makes a muckle’ (mickle means ‘a little’, and muckle means ‘a lot’). Happy July!
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  5. I learned that sometimes doing something you always wanted to do can be fun after all. I had always wanted to climb Mt Baker – my body isn’t happy above 9000 ft so not a lot of fun. Always wanted to run a marathon but got bored with the hours of running. Always wanted to drive across Canada & did that in June & it was great. So I suppose I also learned that just because some dreams don’t work out the way you thought they would, it’s no reason to give up dreaming…. and on a related note….

    I had made a pact with myself that I would visit all the capital cities in Canada. Well I have accomplished visiting all the capitals that existed at that time so have I done it or not? As I was not specific, I guess Iqaluet is in my future!

  6. You’re awesome, I mean making your own cleaning products and that gorgeous crisp?! Pretty fab. Love the Woody costume and congrats to your brave cool cucumber girl, but my favorite is the Slurpee tradition and how that marks the transition of years. So sweet, pun intended!
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