Well, it has been a long time since I have posted, but I am (still) on vacation and, as I told

, vacation beats blogging like rock beats scissors.

I have been on vacation since the first of August. My youngest daughter is heading to daycare on the 8th of September, and my wife goes back to work (from maternity leave) the same date. So, because we haven’t had an actual vacation in a while, combined with the look in my wife’s eyes that said that if I didn’t take the vacation, I would be coming home one day to find my kids locked in the dryer, I took the month off. The Collective Agreement that my work has is great. Combined with the wonders of the Canadian social network, I am getting pretty much my full salary for the month that I took off.

This is the last week of my vacation, and it looks to be a good one. My wife is at her school, running a training camp for her schools cheerleading team, so I get to play with my daughters all day.

My oldest is almost 3 1/2 years old. She is starting to assert what she feels is her authority. I am papa when she is asking for something, and Marcel! when she is demanding something. If I then don’t answer, I become Marcello!! It is rather cute. She is also demonstrating a surprising amount of intelligence that I wouldn’t expect from a 3 1/2 year old. For example. Last week, when I was staying at the chalet with the in-laws and my daughters (my wife was in town running a summer camp for, you guessed it, cheerleaders), we drove by a rock cliff. My daughter piped up “One day, we will get rope and climb the cliff”. Nothing unusual in that, except for the fact that the only time that she has seen someone climbing anything with a rope is in Robin Hood. Another thing. We were asking her questions about who lived on what lake. When she was stumped with one answer, she told us “Wait a minute, I need to reflect on my answer.”  WTF??

Anyways, more tomorrow. For now, it is bed time.