Sick Days, Sunny Days, Fort Days

After standing strong for many days, I’ve finally succumbed to the cold Peter’s had for the past couple of weeks. I could feel it coming down on me while at work yesterday. Today’s a home day for Pearl and I so while it isn’t exactly a “day off” for me, I do get to stay in my pyjamas. (I’m resisting being one of those parents who are all, “There are no sick days when you’re a mom!!!1!!” because I think that’s super annoying and while it’s true in a way, I also get to stay home and drink tea and remain unshowered and I don’t have to use my brain for anything more strenuous than feeding and clothing a baby. I’ve been sick at work and I’ve been sick as a stay-at-home mom and it’s so much worse being sick at work.)

One of Pearl’s favourite things to do right now is walk around the house and she seems happy to do that while I lay on the couch with a box of Kleenex. I’ve also let her carry my purse around and that makes her inordinately happy. I also let her cuddle her bear while she snacked on cheerios this morning. I’m taking the parenting path of least resistance today.

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This is an awesome time of the year to live on the West Coast because while the rest of the country deals with snow and record-breaking cold, we’re thinking about summer and saying things like, “The daffodils are blooming.” Which is something I actually did say yesterday because it is actually true. I do fall victim to this every year though. We get a couple of days of sunshine and a rise in temperature and we all start to make summer plans and think about the beach. Forgetting, of course, that March can be entirely unpredictable and our rainy season is far from over.

This past weekend was an awesome rainy one. What made it awesome? These brownies

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…doing nothing productive all day. Oh, and turning our living room into a blanket fort/nest of pillows.

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Complete with tunnel.

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I think I’m going to create a blanket fort for one on the living room couch.

Okay, I might let one other little person in for cuddles.

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