Hi guys, my fellow Canadians and Canadians-in-progress! Hope you all had a restful and productive weekend? Last week saw the temperature drop to 6C with very high wind speeds too! Fall is finally here, I guess. Hello, fall! By Thursday though, the weather was back to highs of 17C which was lovely and a welcome break for us.
So we decided to dash down to the Rideau Centre to get jackets for Fall. We (my son and I) ended up getting windbreakers from H&M. Ever the deal seeker, I subscribed to the store’s newsletter and got 25% off one of the jackets 🙂 Our total spend was about $90 for the two jackets, which I think is fair.
These jackets will only be worn during the fall season though, as once December comes around, and the temperature drops well below 0C, we will need ‘proper’ winter coats then. God help us!
THIS WAY TO THE SUN >>>
The good weather continued through the weekend, so we decided to soak up the sun, well whatever is left of it. We spent our Saturday at a lovely park in Ottawa. I discovered it through a Google search of parks near me.
What I like most about it is that it is open to the public at all times. Also, it is a 20-minute walk from the house, so I am able to squeeze some form of workout into my routine.
The other park that we had gone to previously is part of a school, so we couldn’t go during school hours and ended up only going during weekends. I had been looking for parks to take my son to during/after the school day, and this fits the bill. It is huge and has lots of activities for the kids (big and small). My son loves it so much!
On Sunday, we heard a small rap on the kitchen window. It was our landlord’s cute 5-year-old son (let’s call him M) who wanted to play with my son! My son squealed with delight when I told him he could go outside to play.
Watching him ride the scooter and race after M, I knew that we had to introduce some playgroup or recreational activities into his curriculum.
He was talking to everyone he met on the road, adults and kids. A little boy didn’t want to play with him and I heard my son talking to the kid’s mum about it. She was laughing and couldn’t believe that he was only 3 years old.
My son is a social butterfly when he is in his element. He absolutely loved his school in Nigeria and was very popular there. On Sunday morning, he woke up and started telling me about his dream about a visit to his school in Nigeria.
I don’t think he knew it was a dream though. He was so excited to tell me that he had gone to his old school and that all his friends and teachers were really happy to see him.
This week, the temperature is forecast to drop to 4C! The forecast for the early part of the week is very good, so I am happy! Today we went again to Dovercourt Park. This time, I was on a mission. I went in to make an enquiry regarding available activities and playgroups for preschoolers.
(BTW I love this picture because I was always concerned about what the kids would do for fun during the colder months. But I see that they still play outdoors, they just are well kitted up!)
I am enjoying homeschooling my son, but Mr O and I think it is time to introduce some group recreational activities into his schedule. We had been hesitant to do so previously because we do not have a car and commuting in the cold without a car can be quite difficult or near impossible at times.
Anyway, I found several activities that we can enrol him in at the recreation centre. The best part is that they are all super affordable. There is a $75 unlimited 3month pass which gives us access to unlimited activities such as crafts, science, sensory playtime, gym play, swimming, as well as their daily playgroup which runs from 9 – 11.30 I believe.
I also enquired about discounts for low-income earners and I was told that discounts of up to 75% are available for qualifying applicants. I am so impressed with this country!
Tbh, even without the discount, it sounds like a good deal to me. We are considering taking him in for 2 days a week, but have not decided yet. This means that my routine will be changing a bit, as there will be no homeschooling on those days.
I will wait at the centre for him though so I should be quite productive during these times. Perhaps, I can get more blogging done while I wait for him 🙂
WRAPPING IT ALL UP
On a side note, I love the fall season – the leaves started off a beautiful yellow, orange, pink, red and even purple! My son would point and say, “Look mum! Isn’t that beautiful?” Gradually, the leaves have turned a ‘crusty’ brown and my son now thinks they are ‘dirty’! Lol!
I sometimes want to get a rake and help homeowners clean their lawns. But I understand it though. It is very windy and the leaves fall daily. It is “Fall” after all. So, it is unrealistic to expect that they would clean their lawns every day.
Did I mention that I love Canada? I just love how having a decent quality of life is easily available. I am most looking forward to watching my son in his preschool gym class. He loves tumbling and trying to balance on narrow ledges. The gym will be a safe area to tumble himself silly!
My week has started off on a very positive note and I am excited for what the rest of the week holds. Of course, you guys will be the first to hear all about any new developments 🙂
How is your week going? Any big plans? Sound out below, I love to hear from you all!