Over a year ago I had written this post, announcing to the world the decision I had made to return to working outside of the home, addressing the question – did I have to? Or, seemingly worse, did I want to? These were the two questions I was asked most when the decision was made. Do … Don’t stop here – read more!
I’ve made a terrible mistake. Two of the many cherished gifts we received on our wedding day – One, the framed lyrics of the song my dad had written and shared with everyone. Two, the speech given by one of my favourite people in the world, tucked away behind a framed photo of my favourite … Don’t stop here – read more!
It’s Father’s Day, the day we celebrate all things “father’s”. As I let my husband sleep in for one of the few days of the year, I’m reflecting on him – who he is as a father, and what an amazing gift he is to each of our children. Here are 10 things I can … Don’t stop here – read more!
Gearing up for Mother’s Day Weekend – one of the rare weekends of the year that is all about you, mom – we naturally reflect on our journeys into motherhood… and realize all that we really do for our kids. The sleepless nights, cold coffees, the extra 20 pounds we carry around our midsections… we’ve … Don’t stop here – read more!
I officially have an 8 year old today. As I sit here wondering how this has happened and where the time has gone… Here are a few things this 8 year old is teaching her mother. 1. You’re the most beautiful woman in the world to her. Act like it. 2. Your singing voice is … Don’t stop here – read more!
A mother would have been always present. A mother would have been a constant friend; her influence would have been beyond all other.” – Northanger Abbey. This is my mom. Isn’t she beautiful? A candid moment captured at my wedding. She has her granddaughter in her arms and her own mother looking across the table … Don’t stop here – read more!
“Pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked.” – Jane Austen through personal correspondence …This post was meant to be about allowing ourselves to fail, and how important that is – how there is reason in our failures – as much or more than in our successes. Thomas Edison “failed” creating the light bulb 10 … Don’t stop here – read more!
Last night our big kids were both out having a sleepover. What did that mean for Caleb and I? Date night! Thinking back, it occurred to me how much the definition of “date night” has changed over time. Life sure is funny that way. Date Night Before Kids: Anytime you get dressed up and get … Don’t stop here – read more!
To wish was to hope and to hope was to expect. – Sense and Sensibility This is one thing I am most guilty of – having expectations. It’s easily done, unconsciously done, but boy is it dangerous. Expectations unknowingly creep up on you where you don’t even realize you have them until you are disappointed … Don’t stop here – read more!
Nobody minds having what is too good for them. – Mansfield Park. Today is my husbands birthday – so in honour of that, I’ve decided to embarrass him with a terrible display of affection, and reveal 10 of the most intimate reasons as to what makes him so special. Why I Love My Husband: 1. … Don’t stop here – read more!
It’s that time of year again – where all of the aisles in Walmart are littered with pink and red hearts – and chocolate – oh the chocolate! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – how will you be celebrating? I really think Valentine’s Day is more fun now than ever before because I … Don’t stop here – read more!
Let me persuade you to follow my example and take a turn about the room – I assure you it’s very refreshing after sitting so long in one attitude. – Pride and Prejudice I do not like Mondays. Mondays are my LEAST favourite days. After “relaxing” all weekend (and by relaxing I mean – only … Don’t stop here – read more!
This weekend will be a big one for the Fricker household. News Flash: Hailey is going on her first-ever friend sleepover. And I couldn’t be more terrified. She’s slept away from home plenty of times – one of our closest friends has been taking her for fun sleepovers for as long as I can remember. … Don’t stop here – read more!
I have not the pleasure of understanding you. – Pride and Prejudice As a parent of four children (officially – I’ve counted them several times over. I assure you there is still four of them… as much as I keep pinching myself), you’d think I’d have it all figured out. Right? Maybe? Not really?… Not … Don’t stop here – read more!
“I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.” – Pride and Prejudice. I was skyping with my family a couple of weeks ago. It was a Saturday morning and Caleb was out playing some pick-up hockey. It was me and the 4 kids. My brother asks me, “what … Don’t stop here – read more!
“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” – Sense and Sensibility. A New Year brings a fresh start and a lot of resolutions. The queen of to-do lists, I would have no problem making a list of all of the things I would love to do differently this … Don’t stop here – read more!
“Time will explain.” – Persuasion We spend a lot of our days with hope-filled hearts full of expectations for a life filled with tomorrows. As children, we grow up, dreaming about what we want to be and where we want to go. Impatient, with the expectation that someday we will have everything we’ve ever wanted. … Don’t stop here – read more!
Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. – Mansfield Park. I’m hoping that this post can serve as an explanation of sorts for my sporadic nature of my postings lately…
“They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life” – Mansfield Park This is definitely one of the perks to being around babies/toddlers/young children… at any given moment – they are experiencing something for the very first time. A fantastic reminder for us to slow down, … Don’t stop here – read more!
It is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible. – Northanger Abbey We all know the world is an awful place. It doesn’t take much to tell us this. Just turn on the TV. Flip through the channels a couple of times. It’s everywhere. Ugly. Sad. Lonely. Scary. I asked Hailey the … Don’t stop here – read more!
“One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.” – Jane Austen, Persuasion They say the problem with having children is that they don’t come with an instruction manual. That may be true – they block off entire sections of bookstores with “instruction manuals” – suggestions/strategies telling you … Don’t stop here – read more!
” One cannot have too large a party.” – Emma We are blessed to have a big and beautiful family. Because of this, on any given month of the year, someone in it is celebrating a birthday. My kids know this, as they often get me to recite for them the list of who’s is … Don’t stop here – read more!
“But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.” – Pride and Prejudice When you’re a child, you dream of the day you will grow up and become an adult. In adulthood you long for the days when you were a child. It’s amazing how difficult it … Don’t stop here – read more!
If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy. – Sense and Sensibility. I’ll warn you now – this post is heart-felt and sappy. Read at your own risk. 9.5 years ago I was introduced to a boy – he was celebrating his 18th birthday. I casually wished him a “happy birthday” and … Don’t stop here – read more!
Here’s a quick “How-To”: create your own mini-journals. I found some really cute scrapbook paper in the clearance section of Homesense and couldn’t wait to use it. I created two different kinds of writing paper – I wanted big, thick lines for Zach’s journals – so he can practice writing his name, and smaller lines … Don’t stop here – read more!
A Ten-Frame is a graphic tool that’s used to show children what numbers “look” like. This is something Hailey needs some reinforcement with so I decided to create my own to work with her at home. Here – download a copy of the Red Chevron Ten Frame Cards, the Aqua Chevron Ten Frame Cards and the Ten Frame … Don’t stop here – read more!
Here’s a quick “How-To”: go about printing onto post-it notes. Step 1: Print out a blank template. You can decide below whether you’d like to download a .pdf version or an editable Word Document (for your future use). Post-it Template (.pdf) or Editable Post-It Template (Word Doc) Step 2: Cover each square with a 3×3 post-it. Step … Don’t stop here – read more!
There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. – Emma. It’s getting to be that time of year. As much as we don’t want to admit it, summer will be coming to an unofficial close (first day of fall isn’t until September 23rd) and kids will … Don’t stop here – read more!
Catherine’s expectations of pleasure from her visit in Milsom-street were so very high, that disappointment was inevitable; – Northanger Abbey Expectations. We all have them. Just yesterday, I expected to put the babies down for a nap in the morning, grab a hot cup of coffee, sit down and write this post. Hmmm… that … Don’t stop here – read more!
If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. – Emma Another quote from her novel, “Emma”. This time – these words belong to Mr. Knightley, as he is finally declaring his love for Emma. I know this is true for me. When I feel passionately about something or someone, … Don’t stop here – read more!
For this week, Her character depends upon those she is with; but in good hands she will turn out a valuable woman. – Emma. The dilemma for any parent. We need to be the “good hands”. We want our children to become “valuable” people. Valuable, that is, in today’s sense, not in Jane Austen’s victorian … Don’t stop here – read more!