It WILL happen…there’s no avoiding it! #YMCCommunity

This morning, like every other weekday morning, I took our daughter to school.

This morning, like every other weekday morning, our 2yo son came along.

Off to school

It had rained all night and the rain was still falling heavily.

We arrived at school, I unloaded the kids and we marched along the path through the playground until we arrived at her classroom. Kisses and hugs were exchanged, the wee man stopped for a drink at the water fountain (he’s a big boy now, Mom) and the two of us headed back out into the wetness.

I thought today we’d take a different route back to the van because I wanted to avoid the massive puddle that was forming next to the normal path.

We veered left, heading towards the field and Captain Poopypants makes a dash for it. No worries, it’s a big field, I’m not afraid that he’ll run out into the road.

Instead, he spies a “raging river” flowing along the edge of the field that I hadn’t noticed due to the slope of it!

The raging river!

A river runs through it.

“MOM, YOOK!”

And, SPLASH! He’s up to his knees, boots are filled and he’s ecstatic! There’s no turning back now, so I leave him to savour this moment of bliss.

Ye big ol' puddle.

Ye big ol’ puddle.

I remember being a kid and loving playing in puddles and streams. My friends and I liked to float thinks along the culverts, watching them pop up on the other sides of the driveways, until they didn’t. We lost a lot of stuff.

I finally manage to extract him from his watery haven and we get back to the van. After buckling him in, he kicks off his boots and the van gets to enjoy the puddle that his boots did.

Ugh! I was going to empty his boots once he was buckled in, but he beat me to it.

Boys! Gotta love ’em. He’s certainly teaching me a lot of what goes through that cute little head of his. Next time I’ll come better prepared by donning him in his full rain suit.

What “fantastic” things have your little boys treated you to?

Rain, rain, here to stay…lots of fun for kids to play! {Giveaway) #Hatley

The school year and rainy season have begun…

Which means the kidlets will be stomping around in puddles and twirling their umbrellas.

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Fall also brings cooler temperatures, so keeping the mites dry and warm are of utmost importance to us parents.

They seem to pick up colds as soon as the school year begins and share them amongst their friends and classmates. There’s nothing worse that having a cold and being outside when it’s damp and chilly.

Hatley not only has a fantastic line of raincoats that will keep the kiddos dry and snuggly, but they have co-ordinating boots and umbrellas to complete the ensemble.

Hatley rain coordinates.

Hatley also carries clothing, and swimwear for babies right up to adults! We will definitely be getting the whole family some jim jams to get us through the Winter months and even some swim gear for our upcoming swim lessons and tropical holiday.

Pyjamas for the whole family

Hatley is a Canadian company that makes quality textiles that will last well through multiple children. When they design a product, they try and ensure it’s made from natural fibers, in an environmentally sensitive way and at a facility that shares their values. All their jackets and boots are PVC-free.

Hatley has generously offered to giveaway a rain jacket to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! The winner can chose from any of the designs available on the website. This giveaway runs from September 23rd-30th, 2014 and is open to Canadian residents only. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Hatley

When it rains…it pours! And those puddles are AWESOME! #Kamik #YMCCommunity

To live in Vancouver, you really need to be OK with wet weather.

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And when it’s wet out, you better be prepared to get wet too.

Puddles turn into small lakes and kids can’t avoid them.  Even grown-ups can’t stay away sometimes.

The other day, we were treated to a spectacular event, brought to us courtesy of Mother Nature. There was thunder and lightening, but best of all…there was a torrential downpour! It rained so hard, that the sewer drains couldn’t ‘t keep up with the amount of water racing towards them. This made for some truly fantastic puddles and rivers to develop in our neighbourhood.

We donned our rain gear complete with our new favourite Kamik Raindrops rainboots.

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The rain was no match for these durable, yet comfy boots.

We splashed around until the thunder started to crash and then made a hasty retreat back to the safety of our home.

With the monsoon subsiding, our galoshes have been put aside until the next rain fall. They will definitely be going to Kindergarten this Fall. The kiddos will be learning and playing outside a lot, and we’ve been guaranteed that they will be getting wet and dirty. So our Kamik’s have been designated the “Official Sock Keeper Driers”.

The made in Canada, Kamik rainboots are not only waterproof, but they are 100% recyclable! When your boots have lived their life to the fullest, you can send them back to Kamik for recycling.

I love these rain boots for the kiddos! I don’t remember the last time that I actually owned a pair of rain boots for myself, so I think that I will definitely scoping out a pair for me too!

Kamik

Keeping the kids dry on the “Wet Coast” #YMCCommunity #PuddleGear

Living in Vancouver, we’ve become accustomed to the “occasional” rainy day.

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The kids have probably come home from school soaking wet or they were driving you insane staying inside on a rainy day that you just had to get them out of the house.

Those nasty puddles or small lakes have a tendency to jump up and grab our little ones when we least expect it and drag them into the realm of “undryness”. Our washing machines are certainly being put through their paces every Spring and Fall when the clouds are at their fullest and can’t contain themselves like an overly full diaper.

An awesome way to help keep your little puddle jumpers dry is Puddlegear rain gear!

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These suits go right over top your kiddos regular clothing and keep them dry in the event of a torrential downpour or if you happen to stumble upon the “biggest and bestest puddle in the entire world”!

Puddlegear is raingear built tough so kids can play outside feeling warm, unrestricted and dry in their great looking rain gear. Turning puddles and rain into nature’s toys. When kids play they lose themselves in their imagination, weather won’t matter as long as they are warm and dry.
Puddlegear raingear is quality and function down to every last button and seam. And kids think its cool too!

100% waterproof
Machine Washable
Tear Resistant
Soft and comfortable
And there is a reflective flash for safety at night!

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