Let’s talk. No judgement, no shame

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In this world where we want everyone to only see our best, prettiest, most perfect side, we have made it hard to talk about the the real stuff, the ugly stuff, the messy stuff, out of a fear that others might see us as anything less than Pinterest-perfect. The thing is, though, I don't want to be Pintetest-perfect. My house isn't spotless and always clean, and neither is my life. And I am willing … [Read more...]

Broken…

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I felt defeated. Completely, totally and utterly defeated. I felt like I had lost a war that I hadn't even realized I was fighting, but looking back, had been engaged in for a long time.  I'm not quite sure when it started. Actually, scrap that, I probably do know when it started, or at least when people seem to think it should have started. Over 3 1/2 years ago, I hurt my hand. … [Read more...]

Beatbugs – connecting generations through music

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​All you need is love, doo doo doodledee doo.  The music of The Beatles is one that I'm sure permeates the childhood of most people. They are just so iconic and have been such a huge influence on the modern music scene that it is almost impossible to imagine music without thinking of them. I know that to this day, I still hear songs covered by other artists that I'm surprised to learn were … [Read more...]

Never give up – Q’s views

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Hi, this is Q here and this is what happens when you bang your lip with my knees and bit it at the same time. This happened today at gymnastics training. I am a gymnast and I'm on the conpetitive team. I train 2 times a week right now but soon I will train more. I really love gymnastics. This is how I did it. I was doing a roll and I banged my knee on my mouth and bit it at the same time. Then it … [Read more...]

Confessions of a first time camp mum

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A couple of weeks ago, Q went to summer camp for the very first time. He spent a week there, well, 5 nights and 6 days, I guess, and in truth, it was the first time (aside from his time in the NICU, of course) he has ever spent a night away from either us or my parents in the nearly 8 years he's been alive. So what on earth possessed us to send him, you ask?  Let me back this up a … [Read more...]

All Star Wars all the time – Q’s views

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It is pretty much all Star Wars all the time around my house lately. Q has loved Star Wars since he was really little, and had watched all 6 movies in numerical order ( as in Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) a few times through by the time he was 4. The year he turned 4 he even requested a Darth Maul cake for his birthday. Since then, he has waxed and waned a bit from time to time, but like any … [Read more...]

All about summer camp – Q’s views

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This is Q here. I just went to camp for a whole week. It was my firstvtime ever. The camp was called Stillwood. Sometimes you might be homesick, like me, for two days, but when they let me call my parents, I wasn't homesick anymore.  We did all kinds of activities like archery, rock climbing, pool party and water Olympics. Those were my favourites. We also did outdoor exploration and power … [Read more...]

Family adventures on a budget – Cultus Lake 

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We are almost midway through summer break (gasp!) and if your family is anything like mine, you are starting to get tired of the same old playgrounds and regular day to day activities. I know that we can only visit the nearby school park and scoot around the neighbourhood so many times before hearing the dreaded "can we do something else now?" And with so many days of summer (seriously, I think … [Read more...]