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...]

All about summer camp – Q’s views

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 

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...]

If Q was Prime Minister

Q has always had very strong opinions, and has been a natural leader since he was tiny. In other words, he can be kind if bosdy, but I say this with love. It is one of the really cool things about him. He is also a debater, and can talk in circles enough to make your head spin. We have long said that we could totally see him in politics when he's older - he's been a natural since … [Read more...]

The BFG – a glumptious family film

From the imagination of Roald Dahl, the literary presence that shaped so many of our young reading adventures, and Disney, who infuse magic into everything they do, comes The BFG. This new movie, a family friendly film teaches us that our appearances do to define who we are, and that even though it is difficult, sometimes the right and best thing to do is be who you really are, even when it makes … [Read more...]

Finding Dory -a fintastic family movie

Have you ever felt like there is something important you should be remembering but you just can't? It happens to me all the time, and I'm quite sure I am not the only one. So what happens when Dory, everyone's favourite forgetful fish, finally starts remembering that thing that she keeps forgetting? 13 years after the release of Finding Nemo, Disney Pixar returns us to the sea with Nemo, Marlin … [Read more...]

And then I became a boy mum…

My boys are making me gross.  Let me explain. I've always been kind of a tomboy girl, kind of rough around the edges, totally not a girly girl, the kind of girl who often gets along better with guys. That kind.  In a lot of ways I am glad I had a boy, because I always joke that I would not have known what to do if we had had a girl, especially one who loved shopping, frills and … [Read more...]