Monday, July 30, 2012

Toe Art

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Olivia drew people on her toes yesterday- apparently they represent our family and close friends. Mommy and Daddy are the two big toes, Olivia is beside daddy, the boys are beside mommy... all the other toes change names depending on who comes to her mind at the moment.

I love her creativity :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Things that Interfere With My Blogging Time...

Pin It I love blogging.

I really do- I love writing, I love sharing and I love the community.

You wouldn't know it though this month but I have a really good reason.

We are moving.


I seem to say that a lot.

This time we are only moving across town and you would think that should make it easier- and I suppose in some ways it does... but I still have to pack everything up and that is still a HUGE PAIN.

SO that is what I have been doing in all my "free time" over the past 4 weeks.

And can I just say that having all 3 kids at home for summer break makes packing SO MUCH EASIER!

Anyway, we are excited about our new home because it has a YARD! A big and glorious yard- 2 acres of space for the children to run and play in that is not inside my home. Delightful.

The house is a single family dwelling (our current home is a duplex) and there are neighbours only on one side so it is even quite private. Our new landlord seems very nice as well and that is always a huge bonus. We didn't have to move but we just couldn't resist such a great place.

I will show you all some pictures of the new place once we move in but in the meantime I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Haircuts!

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( Owen, age 8 and Aiden, age 10)

Just in case anyone was wondering I don't require my boys to cut their hair- they asked to get their hair cut and they chose the style and everything :)

And in case you are new here... this is what their hair looked like just last weekend when we were camping...

(all pictures taken by my husband Doug)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Pin It We went camping this past weekend and my husband took some pictures of the kids playing at the lake.

(photos by my husband Doug)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nominate Someone Incredible for the Dove #CelebrateMom Contest - I Did!

Pin It This post is part of's support of the Dove® Celebrate Mom Contest. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors. You can nominate inspiring moms here:

Did you know that only 9% of Canadian girls (ages 10­‐17) are most comfortable using the term "beautiful" to describe their looks? A positive role model can make a world of difference by helping a girl develop a positive relationship with beauty and encourage her to achieve her full potential. When girls feel they have a role model, they are less likely to let anxiety about looks hold them back.

Role models don't need to be perfect to be wonderful.

Visit by September 4th to nominate a role model who inspires women and girls in the Dove Celebrate Mom Contest. Four inspiring women will win $2,500 for herself and $2,500 to be donated to the charity of her choice.

There are dozens of women who I could easily nominate for the Dove Celebrate Mom Contest - my grandmother, my aunt, my mom, friends far and wide- but the one I have chosen to nominate today is Tanis, the Redneck Mommy.

Why Tanis?

I adore Tanis.

She faces the crappiness of life with strength and humour and a determination to be herself and fight for what is right. She advocates on behalf of her special needs kiddo and special needs children everywhere with passion and intelligence. She embodies the truth that beauty is so much more than skin-deep. And she is darn funny.

I know many of you are familiar with Tanis' story but for those of you who are not - Tanis started her massively popular Canadian blog, The Redneck Mommy, 4 months after the sudden death of her young special needs son back in February of 2006. She and her husband (and two older kids) then went on to adopt another special needs son. Her blog chronicles her life with her three kids and her life in rural Alberta.

I found Tanis' blog just after I started my own blog almost 6 years ago- while I was in the midst of my third bout of post partum depression and we were in the process of having my oldest son diagnosed with Autism. Finding her blog and following her story encouraged me to find the humour and hope in my own life, to find the beauty in the midst of the crap, and to be thankful for all of the good- even in the midst of the truly awful.

Tanis is one of the inspiring women in my life that I know to be an incredible role model to her children and the girls / young women around her. Who are the amazing women in your life?

And don't forget - you are being watched! We all have the opportunity to be a positive role model. Make sure you are sending the right message to the girls in your life.

Every time you buy Dove, you help raise a girl's self-­esteem. Research by the Dove Self­-Esteem Fund tells us that positive female role models can play a powerful role in nurturing self­-esteem (more so than friends or the media). Help introduce young girls to real role models who inspire women to reach their full potential by participating in the Dove Celebrate Mom Contest.

  1. Visit by September 4th to nominate a mom who’s an inspiring role model to women and girls in the Dove® Celebrate Mom Contest. Four inspiring women will win $2,500 for herself and $2,500 to be donated to the charity of her choice.

    And check out more stories on about amazing role model moms:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

at the Beach

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We took the kids to the beach this week for a lovely relaxing afternoon. 

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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