We owe it to them

I wanted to write something cute and fun for Valentine’s Day yesterday, but no matter how hard I tried, I just kept drawing a blank. At first I blamed it on finding out I have a bad case of strep throat, but then the news broke about the shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida yesterday afternoon and I just couldn’t. How could I make some cutesy post when all of a sudden there were … [Read more...]

Road-trip essentials for painless family travel

There is nothing like an epic family road trip to bring everyone together. Spending hours, or even days, together in a vehicle may not be everyone's idea of fun, but in our family, it is one of our favourite ways to travel. My husband and I have road-tripped together as long as we've been married, and my family did when I was growing up. I guess you could say it's in my blood. Years and years of … [Read more...]

Why we all need to be watching 13 Reasons Why

Have you seen the new Netflix show 13 Reasons Why? It's been causing a lot of buzz and an awful lot of controversy, with some schools and organizations going so far as to recommend that teenagers not watch it, because of the themes covered in the show. When I had initially heard of the show, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to watch it. Not because I didn't want to, but because I … [Read more...]

Inside the mind of my 8 yr old

I've been seeing one of those cute "ask your kids" questionnaires floating around on Facebook over the past few weeks. Basically, the premise is that you ask your child a series of questions, and then record their answers exactly as they say, without any prompting. I had wanted to do it with Q, but wasn't sure just how receptive he'd be. Plus, I was lazy and just hadn't gotten around to trying, … [Read more...]

Picking up the pieces

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to have a career.  When I was 5, my mom tells me that I quite proudly announced to the guy I had decided I was going to marry (as you do) that he could stay home with our children while I went to work and had a career. When I was in high school, I took honours and IB courses so that I could get into a good university. When I was in the Army, I … [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...]

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...]

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...]