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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 23:59

Car shopping by any other name would be torture

Written by Katy England

Our household is a finely tuned machine. You wouldn't know by looking at it the house is a mess, and most interactions I have with people probably leave them thinking I'm a couple chocolate creams short of a box of chocolates. That doesn't negate the fact that my schedule and my husband's schedule and the kids' schedules are all interconnected like a massive and ever-changing Gordian knot.

Every two months my husband's schedule changes which means my schedule changes, at least if the kids are home. Since they started school there's always a good chance I can have a decent chunk of morning devoted to work a refreshing change, to be sure.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 20:32

Checking it twice

Written by Katy England

I love the holidays. Yeah, I'm one of those people. Pretty much from the start of Halloween until we ring in the New Year, I'm enjoying the weird, giddy mood that infuses this time of year. Look, I agree with most people that the Christmas music needs to wait until after Thanksgiving but once December is here, it's no holds barred on my belting out carols in the car, at home, at work (sorry, boss!).

Shopping has become harder with the three kids - not so much doing the shopping but finding time for it. I tend to shop for the kids in dribs and drabs all year round, and then do shopping for everyone else in my life around this time of year. Lots of preplanning.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:26

Thanksgiving

Written by Katy England

Many people over the years have told us that we are blessed for having three kids at the same time. And it's true for all the craziness yelling, teasing, bickering and whining there is lots to be thankful for. Here's a few things.

Group hugs When I pick up the kids from school, there are raucous calls of 'Mama!' followed immediately by almost flying-tackle style hugs from the girls.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 19:10

Counting blessings

Written by Katy England

We all get into routines it's how we go through life. Kids, as countless websites will tell you, love routines. But so do adults. And when they're interrupted, it makes life complicated.

Well, my routines were interrupted by a car accident the week before last. I won't go into details other than to say everyone is more or less OK and the kids weren't in the car (hooray!). But boy, doesn't that just ruin your normal routine. Even with no major injuries, being sore and exhausted (didn't get home until the wee hours) was going to make the weekend a bit of a trial. You know who doesn't care if you're sore and tired? Three 4-year-olds.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 19:44

Hello darkness, my old friend

Written by Katy England

When the time change hits you know it not so much from the surge of darkness as the surge of angry ranting on Facebook from frustrated parents. Frustrated that months of detailed scheduling and bedtime routines are flushed down the toilet by an antiquated system of time that makes sense to no one.

I rarely come out for or against anything in this column but this is it. The gloves are off. Let's pick a time and stick with it. If you want your extra hour? Keep it. If you like the extra daylight fine. Flip a coin, I don't care, but pick the one you want and stop messing with my brain. And my kids' brains.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 19:55

That's just sick

Written by Katy England

Anyone who is not interested in hearing about kids who are sick should leave now. Seriously.

I thought I understood kids being sick. We've had a wide variety of illness in the house over the past four years, some involving ER trips, some involving various levels of ick. But this was new and long. Ever since school started the kids have had a linger cold. Outside of the usual ick, they were not troubled by this. Routines continued bus, school, home.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 19:07

You want my advice?

Written by Katy England

A friend of mine with a newborn ranted about people giving advice to parents. I don't judge there's tons of crappy advice out there, and there is also an abundance of people who think they have the answers for all kids. I know I don't have the answers, which is why I try to never give advice.

Sure, I can tell you what I did. Well, maybe I can, but I'd probably have to check my notes, because I don't have a clear recollection of what my kids were like as newborns. I remember being a crazy person. I remember dissolving into tears one night at zero-dark-thirty when one of the beans was making it known that sleep wasn't happening, and wondering aloud if I was cut out for this gig. But I no longer have an emotional connection to that memory.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 19:42

Your inner preschooler

Written by Katy England

I've been reading about coloring books for adults - yep, just a grown-up version of images that your kids scribble on. Staying between the lines is, as always, optional. If you're expecting me to make fun of this phenomenon, you will be disappointed. I think it's great.

One of the nice things about having kids is that I get to play with some things that I had packed away some time ago. I know this is something most parents go through, the rediscovery of your own childhood through your kids. The line tends to get a bit blurred with parents really wanting their kids to like what they liked, be it sports or 'Star Wars.' And really, no judgement I get the thrill of having your kids like something you enjoyed as a child. It's a blissful bonding moment. I was stupidly happy when my kids started liking dragons and dinosaurs but it's also fun to learn about excavators.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 23:13

Question the answers

Written by Katy England

I kind of miss the days when I knew everything. Now I have to wonder how much of this world I truly understand. Literally I'm being asked to explain everything from where shoes come from to 'What is nighttime?' Some are easier than others. And things that I thought I had a solid grasp on are suddenly being put to the question.

Like, 'Why does it rain? What is rain?'

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 17:06

Holidays their way

Written by Katy England

This year we will be doing Halloween their way. You know, how the kids want to do it. For the most part. Up until now, most of the creative influence has come from mom and dad, and friends and family. And we've had some great hits The Three Tenors, Three Bears though I think on the first year I went as 'crazy mom of triplets' and simply handed out candy in my bathrobe wearing devil horns. I wish I was joking.

But now they have ideas. They have stories they like and characters they want to emulate and frankly, I'm looking forward to not having to come up with the ideas any longer.

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