Day 47: Adding Some Flavour With More Herbs

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The PL stands for Parental Leave, which I am currently doing for six months.

Another great day of weather in Halifax. It was a day to make the most of it however, as we have some nasty rain coming our way for a good part of the weekend. Better start making a list of things to do inside. Not a lot went down today. Oh, unless you look over the fact that I slept in Harry’s bed for a chunk of the night. He came into our room around 4 am and I took him back to bed and stayed. Next thing I know, my wife is waking us up to start the day. I slept, but my hips were really sore when I got up. Harry’s bed sure is not as comfy as ours. So the day was going on little rest. Charlie and I had to head to the grocery store to get formula. That was the big goal of the day, so we were successful. Now I have to see if I have it in me to stay up late to watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Good luck to me.

Here is the rest of the who, where, why, what for Day 47 on the PL.

Parenting Is A Lot Like Weeding Dandelions


This photo literally gives my dad the cold sweats. 

Ah dandelions, those little yellow bastards that ruin everyone’s lawn this time of year. If you are like me, you are currently having that annual debate whether it is worth taking on the challenge of digging them up and returning your lawn to that pure green colour it should be.

I have the easy-dig stick thing that is supposed to make dandelion plucking fun. I have the interest to de-weed my lawn. I even have the patience to stand outside and do it for an hour or two. So what is the problem?

The problem is, no matter how much work I put into it, I know those little guys that my son calls flowers are just going to grow back and continue to taunt me. I mean, there are about 700 of them in my neighbour’s yard just waiting to come on over.

Yesterday as I was outside trying my best to get every last dandelion patch, it got me thinking. Pulling dandelions is a lot like parenting.

Try as you might to clear the deck of chores, problems, lists and events, there will always be more ready to pop up. Now, don’t get me wrong, these are not all negative things. But dandelion pulling remind me of and old adage that my dad would always use.

“_______ is a lot like painting a bridge. Once you are done, you have to start all over again.”

Again, that sounds like parenting to me.

Day 30: We Were In A Garden State Of Mind

What a great start to the week. I wish every Monday was like this. The sun returned after a dark and rainy day and both boys were as well-behaved as you could hope for.

The day started later than normal which was awesome. I know why my wife and I were so sleepy as we stayed up until midnight watching the Survivor finale. But the boys? They both slept past 7 am.

And the even better part. Harry got up and had a long pee. No bed wetting once again. Since we went commando on the night-time diapers, he has almost been perfect. What a guy. Very impressed. He boasts so proudly about it as well.

After breakfast, naps and a bottle, we decided it was time to tackle the back yard. Weeds, long grass, rocks to move and just assessing what had to be done overall.

While Charlie sat in his stroller, I was able to cut the grass while Harry raked for me. We pulled weeds and cleaned up the garden. It felt good to get it all done before another few days of rain.

We did a quick walk/bike ride to get the mail and it was back for lunch. Harrison “made” his lunch today which meant pouring an open can of Spider-man spaghetti into a bowl. He then went ahead and ate the whole thing (after I heated it up of course).