It’s September already, folks. Our holidays came and went before I could open a book or a sketchpad (that’s ok – we did lots of beach and forest-walking. All good.) I had a friend tell me the other day “We just came back from holidays and realized — going away on vacation with kids isn’t really that relaxing.” WOW – REALLY! YOU THINK? We probably slept less, cleaned more and lost more socks and shoes than we would have at home but the thing about going away with babies and preschoolers is that the satisfaction of a good holiday comes not from “relaxing” but by “changing it the eff up”. SOOOO nice to cook in a different kitchen. Go to a new supermarket. Drive around in the country and try out new parks. For us people who didn’t have much of a routine before kids, the day-to-day sameness can drive you bonkers and I felt really refreshed from being able to hang out with the family in a brand new sandbox (the chalet we rented had a volleyball court – the kids and I spent a ton of time doing art installation and eating sand).
We went to a small place called “Val-des-Lacs” – just outside of Ste. Agathe. We rented a chalet in the woods with a killer view of a big lake. Reminded me so much of the Muskokas in Ontario – serious cottage country, lakes around every corner.
Now that it’s September I finally have both my kids in daycare – the same, subsidized, at-the-end-of-my-street daycare where I can bring them BOTH while I work. It was a bittersweet moment dropping them both off at the first day – realizing that it’s really the end of an era. My time at home with my babies. Wow.
I’m in the middle of organizing a show with Collectif nene, preparing a large format print for the holiday shows, and trying to remember how to pick out an outfit in the morning. Yowzas!
What are your plans for the Fall?
ps – if you haven’t checked it out yet – be sure to visit my other blog Flo the Comic, snippets of life and hilarity with my 3 year old girl and her year old brother.