It’s all about the heroes

When you are searching for costume ideas, where do you look for inspiration? Do you look to books, or movies, or a favourite television show? Do you come up with a way to imitate or honour a favourite character or do you just let your imagination run wild?  Over the last several years, there has been a fairly consistent theme when it comes to costumes, especially Q's outfits. With the … [Read more...]

Walking in colour

Recently, Q and I participated in our very first 5 km fun run.  I have this love-hate, actually let's be honest, it's really more of a hate-hate, kind of relationship with running. I'm not really built to be a runner, nor have I ever really been, but during various times in my life, *ahem Army days ahem*, I have done a lot of it. I know it's good cardio and exercise, and I hear every say … [Read more...]

In defense of the man-bun

Over the last several months, I have heard SO many people bemoaning the hairstyle choices of men, usually in reference to the "man-bun" but also guys with long hair in general and it really got me thinking.  My son Q is one of those guys who chooses to wear his hair long.  He has preferred long hair on himself since he was really young, and now, at almost 8, his long hair is part of … [Read more...]

Tying movies to life with a princess and the frog hunt

It's no surprise to anyone who knows me (or follows this blog) that I LOVE all things Disney. I have loved Disney movies for literally as long as I can remember. My mom loves to tell the story of how I had The Rescuers on record and had listened to it so many tines that I had the entire movie committed to memory. She also loves to remind me that I had to have all of the Disney movies on VHS as … [Read more...]

Beatbugs – connecting generations through music

​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

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

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

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...]