Thanks to Kristen, who suggested adding OxiClean to boiling water. It worked! I soaked a turquoise t-shirt with a chocolate stain, a red and white dress with a mildew stain (it was forgotten under a pile of wet towels), a white t-shirt with an unknown food stain just below the collar and a yellow tank top with a blue marker stain. I had attempted to clean each of these items with several different methods and had almost given up. I’ll be boiling up a new batch tonight for another super-soak.
Ding dong, soccer’s done! We’ve made it 13 weeks of going to the soccer field every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. Lisa’s coach approached us last night about putting her into indoor soccer in the fall and winter (said she had natural talent – ahem). She also does Highland Dancing and swimming lessons, so I’ll have to check out what’s involved before I commit. We’re also trying to decide what activities Bart should do. There’s indoor soccer, hockey, karate, gymnastics… He doesn’t really have an opinion, so we’ll probably just pick whatever works best for our schedules (bad parents). Swimming lessons are a must.
I’ve mentioned that I am really nervous about water and pools. Well… Saturday, we went to a pool party for Lisa and Bart’s friends, sister and brother who were turning 6 and 4, respectively. Bart didn’t want to swim, which was fine by me, and Lisa did well without a life jacket, but I never took my eyes off the pool. After awhile all the kids were out of the pool and I relaxed a bit. I was talking to some of the other moms and I just instinctively looked in the pool and there was Bart, bobbing just below the surface of the water. I jumped right in, fully dressed, and lifted him out to another parent’s arms. He was very, very upset, but fine. He obviously wasn’t in there long and hadn’t swallowed any water. I, however, am suffering some kind of post-traumatic stress. That night I woke up at least 5 times in a panic and had a quick flash of my little boy in his Spiderman shirt in the water. I feel like I’m going to cry just writing this. Okay, now I am crying. I may have to burn that Spiderman shirt, because every time I see it, I flash back. I hate pools.
I read too many blogs. The ones that make me the saddest are those that talk about great on-line deals at The Children’s Place and Old Navy and shopping at Target. Now I want to add Steve & Barry’s to my list, because I really want some Starbury shoes. These are not options up here in Canada. We have Children’s Place and Old Navy, but you can’t shop on-line. I just feel like my life would be more complete if I had the full array of shopping options. Perhaps I’ll try to enlist a friend or two to do some cross-border shopping.
Back to School
School starts again on Tuesday. Lisa will be entering grade 2 and Bart will start Junior Kindergarten. They will take the bus together in the morning and Lisa can take it home, but Bart will have to be picked up at 11:30 every day. We live too far away from the school to expect the nanny to walk to pick him up (she doesn’t drive and is pregnant), so it will have to be me or Homer, every day for the next 4 years (Bart is still on ½ days next year, then Maggie starts the year after that). Because the nanny will be on maternity leave after Christmas, we’ll need to make new childcare arrangements (the WORST part of parenting, bar none). I’m hoping to find someone close to the school who can take them all… wish me luck! Also on the BTS topic, I’ll be baking up a storm this weekend making healthy, freezable school snacks (muffins, breads, squares, etc.) I’ll be trolling the blogs looking for good recipes, so post ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!
Man, I was chatty today!