A future farmer, mechanic, crash test engineer, athlete and veterinarian all started school today. We’re five for five this year for ‘back to school’ pictures for the first time ever! College, high school, junior high and elementary school x2 - oh my 😱 #TheKeswickBlog #MomLife #MumLife #whyihavefivekids #backtoschool
I’m not a good mother, I just play one on social media. *************************************************************It’s the last big weekend of soccer. Two of my boys are playing on two different teams, two games a piece. Two wins, a third win due to forfeit, the fourth, still in progress. *************************************************************But it’s raining and rain is wet and I like to be dry, unless I’m swimming, showering or sobbing. So like a petulant prima donna and most unlike a seasoned mother of five, here I sit, in my mum minivan watching one of his last games of the season and cheering like no one can hear me. Because they can’t. Their hearing is impaired by falling rain, giant umbrellas, and their own smug sense of superiority.
************************************************************But, being the mother that I am, my kids will have WAY bigger scars than this to heal in therapy when they are in their 40’s.
#TheKeswickBlog #MomLife #MumLife #MediocrisyMaster #Summer2018 #Winning #Parenting #Twitter
I live with the guilt of my violent attack and the sorrow of my loss.
But in the infamous word of Scarlet O’Hara, “...Oh! I can’t think about this now! I’ll go crazy if I do! I’ll think about it tomorrow. But I must think about it. I must think about it. What is there to do? What is there that matters?...” “After all tomorrow is another day.” In other words, I’ll solve the bra issue first and worry about the rest tomorrow 😏
#TheKeswickBlog #Twitter #momlife #mumlife
Even woodpeckers wanna hang at the beach today. This dude was tap, tap, tapping right above my head. Usually I hate it when we go to the beach and it’s all but empty and someone will decide to set up camp thisclose to us. This time though, meh, it wasn’t so bad. Turns out being crowded out by an animal is far better than being crowed out by humans. Go figure, right?
#TheKeswickBlog #Summer2018 #BeachDay #birdwatching
Year three, kids are at camp for the week. The house is eerily silent. And getting tidier by the moment. It’s not as awesome as one might imagine.
We dropped them off yesterday and missed them like crazy before we even backed out of our parking spot. This is why I never wish for freedom and a day of complete silence. Both are over-rated once you have kids. But I know they are having fun beyond fun, so I’ll suck it up and keep my self-pitying tears to myself. #mysmalls #thekeswickblog #whyihavefivekids #mumlife #momlife #Summer2018
So, um, yeah. Well, welcome to Sutton. For your dining pleasure, we’re serving up samples of the local residents’ spit and other delicacies they have projectile ejected from their oral orifices, at no extra charge to you. Please enjoy your visit and come back again soon! 🍒🤢 #TheKeswickBlog #LocalFlavour #SometimesFreshIsNotBest
Because everyday we hear how other drivers frustrate their fellow drivers on the road by not following the rules of the road and practicing basic courtesy. This time, I was one of those “other” drivers.
#TheKeswickBlog #Summer2018 #MomLife #MumLife #Apologies
When your youngest two kids beg you to take them out for a jog in 30C weather, and you realize in that moment that they couldn’t possibly be related to you, but you’ve become accustomed to and super attached to them at this point so you keep your mouth shut about the whole “switched at birth” thing and just take them for their fricken jog (but of course you walk while they run because, well, boobs and dignity). #TheKeswickBlog #MumLife #MomLife #Summer2018 #FrugalFun #whyihavefivekids #MySmalls #KeepingItClassy
The ‘spa’ was open! Four wiggling, whinging, sometimes smiling and sometimes moaning, non-paying yet demanding customers today. All survived with a minimal amount of trauma and tears. Closing up shop now and kicking them all out to play (read: fight with and torture each other) while I clean up the homemade facial mask carnage (oatmeal, egg, water, and herbal tea leaves). On the upside, #mysmalls
are all super-excited to look five years younger 😂 #TheKeswickBlog #mumlife #momlife #whyihavefivekids #Summer2018 #FrugalFun
These two-year-old Persian sisters adopted us a month ago and have mostly been as grumpy as they both look in this picture ever since. But, I’m hoping that we’re finally turning the corner with them and that they’re about to shower us with all kinds of affection instead of this unrelenting (c)attitude. Don’t worry, I’m fully aware and am prepared to be disappointed. As much of a pain as these two have been, that flat little face and the enormity of the fluff factor have a little bit stolen my heart (and of course #mysmalls
LOVE them). Introducing #AgnesMartha
and #WoolyBully #TheKeswickBlog #catsofinstagram #cat
I had no idea what I was doing when I had my first baby, I was just a kid myself so naturally I thought that I knew EVERYTHING. Meh. It turns out, that I had so much left to learn and still do and while I’m not sure that I’ll ever truly be the mother I want to be, but I do know that I’ll never stop trying to be a better mother. Some people were born to be doctors. Others were born to be CEOs, astronauts or world leaders. Me? I’ve (mostly) come to terms with never setting the world on fire with my brilliance. I always wanted six, I got five. Sometimes you really don’t get what you want, but you do get what you need. I was born to be their mama and knowing that makes my heart happy. #MyFiveReasons #mumlife #momlife #TheKeswickBlog #GrowingUp #MyFive
I have voted in every election, at every level of government since I turned 18. I’ve never before been faced with so many poor choices and not even one mediocre one. So, seeing as time is limited, and the way things are going, Miranda’s Magic 8 Ball is as good a way as any to decide how to vote today. #TheKeswickBlog #OntarioElection #2018 #KindOfKidding #JustVote
This past weekend was ‘kick off’ weekend for the Lake Simcoe Soccer Club. I absolutely love and adore how #MissMoon
came completely prepared for the days’ games. She packed her own bag and spectated like a boss. This girl is my #goals
all day long. Her brothers all played amazingly well and can’t wait for their next games, proud mama! 👦🏻👦🏻👦🏼⚽️#TheKeswickBlog #mygirl #whyihavefivekids #MumLife #Spring2018
Sometimes something will get me so riled up it makes my hair hurt. Send high calorie, sugar-laden snacks. Or don’t because I’m already uncomfortable enough in my “fat” pants. So, instead just raise good humans who are not as entitled and useless as this greaseball. #TheKeswickBlog #RaiseGoodHumans #Twitter
Anyone wanna bet that today the neighbours will NOT be (falsely) claiming ownership of the trees planted on our side of the property line? Hmmm? No takers? Yeah, me neither 🤔 #TheKeswickBlog #TreeDown #Spring2018 #Storm
By the looks of this, someone has been getting into the Harry Potter books again. 🤔 This had better be the beginnings of the spell that will make me skinny once and for all 😂 My oh my, the things I find when I venture into the boys’ room to vacuum 🤷🏼♀️ #TheKeswickBlog #MumLife #MomLife #WhyIHaveFiveKids #HousewifeLife
When I was growing up, all the cool girls had French braids. My parents met while they were both attending Bruno’s hair dressing school. My hair was never French braided. #Irony
. So, I naturally figured it must have been one of those super-complicated-only-the-chosen-can-attain skills. Like finger whistling (which I can do) or back hand springs (which I definitely cannot). So I turned French braiding hair into this impossible task that I could never learn how to do. Except that today I did learn. And while it’s not perfect, it looks pretty darn good in my estimation. And while #MissMoon
has always been my absolute definition of ‘a cool girl,’ being able to do this to her hair for her is the icing on the cake for me. —————— #TheKeswickBlog #MyGirl #MumLife #MomLife #StopSayingICant #firsts #WhyIHaveFiveKids
When you have frustrated your postal delivery person to the point that she leaves you a broken key and no other way to collect your parcel from the community mailbox, you have two choices. I’m choosing to take the road less travelled here and saying “well played, my worthy adversary, well played.”
A relatively quick call to @canadapostagram
and the kids should have their socks and undershirts that are currently being held hostage in that tiny compartment sometime next week... ——————— #TheKeswickBlog #MumLife #MomLife #OnlineShopping #PostalMishaps #ItsAllGood #LaughDontRage
Dear Winter, thanks for visiting, but it’s time for you to move on now. We’ve had our fun, will cherish the memories made, but I’m done. It’s not me, it’s you. 💨❄️
This is one of the easiest break ups EVER. Now if the other party would just get over it and leave...
#TheKeswickBlog #Winter #Spring2018
Our kids are watching and listening to everything we do and say. Even when we’re positive that they’re not and we’re just raising a pack of sociopaths. They are taking everything in and all of talking, behaviours and beliefs come out in little moments like these. The rabid, feral moments are part of the journey but if we stay the course those moments will not be the final destination.
#TheKeswickBlog #MumLife #MomLife #WhyIHaveFiveKids #KeepAtIt #KindnessIsContagious
I wrote out a two week menu plan almost, well, two weeks ago and stuck it on the fridge. I want to pretend that I did it because I’m a unicorn riding, rainbow jumping goddess, but that would be a lie. I did it so I could point to the fridge any time one of #MySmalls
asked me (at breakfast time, mind you), “Mumma, what’re we having for dinner?”
The real news is though, I have stuck to the plan and not flaked out once. I think that after almost a quarter of a century doing this “Mum” thing, some lessons are finally sinking in. Like menu planning works when you follow the menu - duh. 🤦🏼♀️ ————-
#TheKeswickBlog #MumLife #MomLife #WifeLife #Menu #SoImNotAChalkBoardArtist
The whole story is on the blog today, but the shortest version is to know your prices before heading to the store, and then double check the store hasn’t played silly bugger with their prices 🙄. Link in profile #TheKeswickBlog #Rexall #HousewifeLife #Frugal
I dropped this container of toothpicks not once, but TWICE in a row while making dinner tonight. It was a magnificent example of my graceful, confident and competent culinary skills. Not. And sadly the spills also did not result in a stellar display of my genius, but rather my extensive repertoire of colourful and not-child-friendly language. Oops!
I’m not ashamed to admit that I cannot see scattered toothpicks without getting the urge to learn how to count cards and then watch Judge Wapner. #TheKeswickBlog #Rainman #MumLife #MomLife #KlutzLife
Despite the title and cover art, #HowToFight
is about anything but violence. It is a beautiful little #book
encouraging and teaching #Mindfulness
through developing insight into our feelings and reactions which in turn aides us to grow into more compassionate and open citizens in the world in which we live. I always thoroughly enjoy reading his meditations and prose, I’m always left with a great deal of thinking to do about how I can be a better me; for the benefit of not only myself, but more importantly for the benefit of those around me. —————
#TheKeswickBlog #KeepReading #LoveMyLibrary #FreeLearning
Extremely high-tech #MealPlanning
happening here. 🤓 With all the toys, tech and convenience, I remain, forever, a slave to my paper and pen. On the bright side, I’ve managed to stick to this menu plan four days running, which takes a ton of stress away from dinner prep!
#TheKeswickBlog #MumLife #homecooking #FridayIsForPizza
Happy birthday wishes and strawberry (daiquiri) kisses. 70 years. I wish you were here to celebrate. The party would have been tremendous. #TheKeswickBlog #CraigRussell #GoneTooSoon #LifesADrag @theaidsmemorial
has been sneezing. Our kitty has a cold😿 so I guess that’s why she’s hanging out with me in front of the fire. During warmer weather she’s a total outdoor fanatic, complete with hunting and other Bear Gryllis-like survival skills. Once the snow starts to fly, she’s the indooriest cat ever and acts as though outside doesn’t exist 😹😹 #TheKeswickBlog #Winter #catsofinstagram
My pizza addiction is seriously the root of 99% of my life choices and bad decisions. At some point I may need to take control of it, but it won’t be this week 💁🏼 #TheKeswickBlog #Pizza #SoWeak
is learning self-advocacy skills, speaking up for what she wants and is beginning to really develop a sense of justice. 😍 This is a note that she wrote to her teacher this morning, following last weeks’ desk ban in her classroom.
“Can we Please have a desk? But not the people who Put Milk in it, food and lunch Bags. It is not fare for The Other People who do not do that. Can we put our duotang in our desk and pencil case Please? and some of our Pencil from home Please? From Miranda
#TheKeswickBlog #LetKidsSpeak #MomLife #MumLife
We had us a wee (50lb!) visitor for a sleepover last night. Kids were thrilled, he was perhaps less so, but he survived our madhouse unscathed. And now the kids and I wanna have a doggie too! 🐶 😂Although our cat, #LucyLiu
was right pissed off about the whole situation, I’m sure she’ll talk to us again soon. 🙀😾😽#TheKeswickBlog #SunnyJim #Beabull #InstaDog
This Lysol Power & Free spray cleaner smells so bad. Like bad bad. Like so bad that my sons who are regularly exposed to each others rank-smelling feet, cover their noses and leave the room as soon as I take this out of the cabinet. 🙊 Oh, and the stank sticks around for HOURS. So not worth the “power of hydrogen peroxide” to put up with the mass exodus and irritated noses. Into the bin it goes! 🙅🏼🕳 #TheKeswickBlog #MumLife #MomLife #HousewifeLife #JustBleachEverything #ByeFelicia
I have this ANCIENT little stereo (notice the kick ass tape deck!) and for the second time this month it has just spontaneously turned on. It’s another room. I’m the only one home and bang, it’s playing. I don’t mind telling you, that either we have a ghost or someone is gaslighting me in the worst way. #AtLeastPlayGoodMusic #TheKeswickBlog