1. Every time I have the pleasure of witnessing my babies reach a new milestone, I realize it’s just another milestone our families have missed. Speaking of milestones, Henry is officially walking. 2. Every time I have the pleasure of witnessing my babies reach a new milestone, I’m reminded of all the milestones we’re going … 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!
I couldn’t be more excited to have my kids home with me for the next 5 days! With Calgary’s teachers going to Convention today and tomorrow, and Family Day on Monday – we get some well-needed (and hopefully lazy) family time. We have declared it an official stay-cation (especially since Hailey has friends travelling to … 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!
“Seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.” – Emma. Zach turned 5 in December. All of a sudden, he’s become this crazy consumer – every marketers dream. Anything he see’s on television is a good idea. Which is why… taco hockey happened. Yes, I said “taco hockey”. … 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!
“Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction,.” – Northanger Abbey. Try telling that to a 7.5 year old. In fact, try telling that to a 27.5 year old postpartum mama. Or try telling that to anyone at all. The way we dress – more importantly, how we feel in our “dress” – plays a … Don’t stop here – read more!
For me, the Nutcracker Ballet has always been an important Christmas tradition, one I look forward to every year. It’s almost impossible to believe that it all began in 1892 Russia. Spanning generations as well as continents, the Nutcracker has become a true symbol of the season. Tchaikovsky’s compositions instantly send us into the Christmas … Don’t stop here – read more!
Advent calendars have most definitely developed into an industry of their own, a far cry from the stale and waxy chocolate I enjoyed as a child. Every major chocolatier has come out with their own version of the advent calendar – from Lindt to Kinder through to Godiva, and not to mention the toy companies. … Don’t stop here – read more!
“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 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!
This is the time of year when we make the transition from summer into fall. My favourite time, I’ve said before, as I’ve always looked forward to the first day of school. Now, having an anxiety-ridden 7 year old, I realize that this is not the case for everybody. Luckily, there are a few things … 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!
Having two energetic kids and two needy infants has made for a very interesting summer. Getting out of the house during the week while Caleb is at work has not been easy. Aside from one trip to a Pancake Breakfast and a trip to a wading pool, every outing I’ve taken with my four children … Don’t stop here – read more!
Another pinterest must-try: making your own Sponge Bombs for water fun!For this you need: kitchen sponges (I used 3 sponges per water bomb) elastic or twine (something to hold the sponge together) Cut each sponge into three equal parts. Bundle them with the twine or elastic (I found I could get the twine tighter). … Don’t stop here – read more!
Unfortunately for us, summer isn’t 2 months of sunshine. These activities were great fun for the times I wanted to hide away inside. Sticky Spider Web: All you need – masking tape and tissue paper. I draped the masking tape up and created a “spider web”. It took probably 3 attempts for me to be … 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!
This week – we explored the principles of heat and energy by creating a “Solar Oven” and used the energy of the sun to cook up some yummy s’mores. Seeing this one all over pinterest – it was definitely a must-try. Unfortunately our pizza box oven doesn’t look as dapper as the next persons, but … Don’t stop here – read more!
Summer is here! And while I would completely prefer to be hiding inside with my two little ones – I have two, rather big ones, who are full of energy and quite enjoy being entertained. Granted, Hailey and Zach have been amazing when it comes to adjusting to life with the twins and are very … Don’t stop here – read more!