All went smoothly, and I think our twins mostly had a great time. ...We had one 'throw up on Mommy on the airplane incident' but luckily, I had a change of clothes for everybody with me. You know, par for the course when travelling with a couple of five year olds...
So, here are a few things to catch up:
Here's my latest piece on the CBC, which ran while we were travelling. It is (surprise!) about priorities...educational ones. How do we decide which students get priority? Why do some misdeeds related to stealing intellectual property get seriously penalized while others are ignored?
International students pay more, get less at University of Manitoba
Also a matter of priorities...how do you know when to salvage something, how to mend it, and when to give up?
This is a mending job I did recently on a beloved quilt. It belongs to one of my twins, it was handmade for him and has his name quilted right into it! However, some of the stitching came out. So, I made a very obvious repair. I used matching embroidery floss and stitched it a bit like a crazy quilt, so that it was clear what I was doing. I knew I couldn't make the repair invisibly, so instead, I fixed it like I meant it--in the tradition of meaningful mending that makes beloved textiles last a long time.
By contrast, I've developed a "two time and you're out" method when it comes to kids' pants. I started by using cloth wipes left over from our cloth diapering days. These are clean bits of well-used fabric, I hemmed and stitched them across knees as necessary.
Then, as the patches loosened, I went with iron-on patches on the back and front to keep the patch in place longer. The patches are random; I bought a big bag of them, so I don't always choose a perfect match. (at this point though, the priority is to keep the pants in circulation, so I don't focus on high fashion!)