Sunday, June 01, 2008

Single Dad


Tannis is having a dreamy weekend at mountain bike camp and the rest of us are holding the fort here. It's been a great weekend, but I have new respect for single parents (or parents with spouses who don't get much help with their kids). I got lots of help, and it was still pretty intense. A few notes for posterity:
  • Ezra has never gone a night without nursing at some point. We now know that two bottles (1am and 3:30am) also does the trick -- the nights haven't been a big deal.
  • I took the kids to the farmer's market in Penticton yesterday morning. We had a blast, also hitting the art gallery and a fun feast on the patio at the Dream Cafe.
  • Ella, Ezra and I had a two-hour nap yesterday afternoon. Seriously. Ivy read quietly instead (the kid apparently doesn't need to sleep).
  • Nice play session on a warm, calm evening at Peach Orchard Park.
  • My mom hung out with us Friday afternoon, watching the kids after Tannis left and before I was done work. Dad popped by yesterday afternoon, kicking me out for a bike ride while he watched the kids. So I did get some breaks after all...
  • Friday night we did a bit of gardening and farting around the yard before bed. My thumbs are green like crazy.
  • Today my folks took the girls out for lunch, and Ezra and I hung out here. When they got back, I scooted out for another quick bike ride and they tidied our house. I'm not kidding. That's love. Oh, and Mom brought me these ridiculous Thai wraps with the smoothest, most decadent peanut sauce ever.
  • Tonight the Hildebrands generously invited us to join them down at Peach Orchard for a campfire and supper. The kids ran wild and a good time was had by all. I'd say that Tannis missed out, but she was mountain biking in Rossland, so...
  • Pre-weekend, we had a couple of great social engagements -- the Hildebrands (with Lorne's folks from Altona) had us over for Mennonite feast with verenkti on Wednesday (think Lorne likes his new backyard?)...and my good friend Cassandra from Vancouver visited us on Thursday, bringing fancy cheese and wine to share while we gabbed happily for a few hours. Despite playing with the camera for half an hour, we didn't manage to take any photos with us in them. Duh.

4 comments:

Ang said...

Sheesh, your blog is crazy these days! Like hearing the everyday stuff, even though Tannis leaving is anything but. As always we're amazed by the consistently incredible kid's pics. Even my blogophobic hubby snoops through your flicker pics regularly.

Jeremy said...

Thanks, Ang. You've been one of the most supportive fans of headspacej since the beginning. I'm glad to see some new stuff popping up on your blog lately too...

Pearl said...

You are an amazing dad/husband. Besides taking care of the family's needs, you did fun outings. Loving all the pictures.

Jeremy said...

Aww, shucks. Thanks Pearl. As you can see, I had good help. And seriously, your visit here helped usher in a much happier parenting mode for me over the past weeks. So thanks especially for that.