Ali's Adventures

April 11, 2011

Dinner time games

Filed under: Monday Moments — by Alison @ 2:20 pm

He sits in his high chair with his hands pressed against his face, covering his eyes. At first we were a bit concerned he was upset or not feeling well. Then it dawned on us.
“Where are you?” we call. “Has anyone seen the baby? He was here a minute ago. I don’t know where he could have gone.”
A grin breaks through the bottom of his fingers.
More confusion from us, his sister checks under the table.
He pulls his hands away, smiling triumphantly. Happy to have tricked us, happy to be able to hide like his sister.

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April 7, 2011

Adding the Adventure

Filed under: Adventure — by Alison @ 2:46 pm

I enjoy alliteration, and that’s why I came up with the blog name. Now I feel I have to live up to it. Just like I’m trying to find fun things to do with my kids to write about for Kids in the Capital, I’m going to try to have an “adventure” a week to write about here. While an adventure is defined as “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity”, I may go easy on the hazardous part, and focus on unusual and exciting. Well, unusual and exciting for me at least.

This week I tried anti-gravity yoga. I joined The Athletic Club last month and hadn’t been to their signature class until Monday. It was the beginner class and it showed me that I am not ready for anything harder. The instructors were helpful, good at explaining the moves and spotting when necessary. I needed help for the first flip. I blame this on gymnastics in grade 8 gym class, I had a traumatic experience with the uneven bars. Once I got over the fear of throwing my body in the air, supported by what seemed like nothing more than a bed sheet, it was enjoyable. Hanging upside down and swinging in the cocoon were the highlights. After the class, I was feeling pretty good. It wasn’t until the next day that I felt like I’d stretched over a rack. I also have bruises in my armpits. Maybe I’ll build some upper body strength before going back.

Help me add to my list of possible adventures.  I’m looking for something that I’ve never done, or something that scares me.

Here are some other thoughts I had for the spring and summer:

  • plant a vegetable garden,
  • try a triathlon,
  • do the aerial walk,
  • eat Indian food,
  • look for a new job,
  •  tidy the basement storage.

Next week my adventure will be flying transatlantic with the kids.

April 4, 2011

What’s that on your cheek?

Filed under: Monday Moments — by Alison @ 2:04 pm

She likes to get herself ready for school after lunch. She rhymes off what she needs to do: bathroom, brush teeth, wash face. I do a check when she’s finished to make sure everything’s okay. Today she still has remnants of lunch on her cheeks. She’s not pleased with being asked to rewash her face, and gets annoyed when I try to do it for her. Her pout is impressive and I think she enjoys her reflection. I take the face cloth and clean her up, then pause “What’s that on your cheek?”. I lean in closer, peering at her face. “Oh, nothing, just a kiss”. She breaks into a grin and tells me I have something on my face too.


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