Wednesday, October 31, 2012

There Once was A Phantom, A Unicorn and Werewolf ...

Pin It I know it might be hard for you to tell but Olivia is the one in the middle, dressed in the pink unicorn-with-wings costume. It's confusing since she blends in so well with Aiden-the-Phantom and Owen-the-Werewolf... but I assure you, the pink Unicorn is in fact Olivia.


They all look a little on the *poofy* side because it was below freezing here tonight and they were wearing their winter coats underneath their costumes. On the up side it was only snowing lightly and we didn't have to tromp through several feet of snow like we have in years past.

They had fun trick-or-treating but only lasted about 45 minutes. I think we went to about 30 houses total and then they were done and asked to go home! But even in that short amount of time they still managed to get a TON of candy. Ah the delights of Halloween.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Smiling is for Chumps

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Owen clearly did not want to smile in this picture of the boys... you can tell he is just thrilled that I was taking his picture can't you?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

#BlissDomCanada - Basking in the Awesome

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@shasherslife & I at BlissDom Canada - picture by Shash

One week ago I was at BlissDom Canada. I am on staff and even though it was a working weekend I still had a wonderful time. The team of women I am on staff with are truly some of the most incredible and inspiring and delightful women I've ever had the privilege of knowing.

@BeyondCreatives, @PaulaBruno, @BarbaraJones, @zchamu, & me at the Microsoft opening party

My main role with BlissDom Canada was to work with the Community Leaders- another group of incredible people. I can't even begin to describe the awesome that was included in our group of community leaders this year.

And to top it all off I got to listen to a series of inspiring speakers that made me laugh and cry AND meet hundreds of wonderful bloggers from all across Canada.

one of our amazing speakers Bonnie Stewart - @bonstewart

So so good.

 @mombizcoach, me and @shelaghcummins at the Microsoft opening party

I can't tell you how much I needed those connections this month. I needed to be around amazing women who have survived seriously crappy stuff with grace and humour. I needed to hear their inspiring stories and bask in their awesome for awhile.

@Shasherslife, me and @zchamu at the Marilyn Denis show

And I needed to laugh.

me and Marilyn Denis

I REALLY needed to laugh.

@mommykatandkids, @mommymomentca and I at the Microsoft opening party

Because life right now? Not so funny.

 @shasherslife and I at the Flat Rock Cellars on our Wine Country Excursion- photo by Shash

We have been struggling with things like Autism and Individual Education Plans and coming to grips with the fact that even though Aiden is in grade 5 - academically he is only in about grade 2 and how that will play out in the years to come since he seems to progress so very slowly. There is a lot to figure out as we plan for his future.

Owen has been put on medication for childhood depression and anxiety and every time I think about that it feels like being kicked in the stomach over and over and over again. I don't even have the words to tell you how sad I am that I have passed my mental illness issues on to my son.

Olivia is testing out her Diva-side lately and that just doesn't fly with me. She would very much like to be the Supreme Ruler of our household and spend her days bossing us all around and never listening and throwing tantrums when we don't obey... unfortunately for her none of us find that remotely cute and she doesn't get away with it. And I am convinced that she is purposely trying to drive her brothers crazy... and then she batts her eyelashes and flips her hair and expects them to forgive her right away. What she forgets is that they are immune to her charms.

The joys of siblings.

@shasherslife, me and @zchamu - the Canadian Bliss Chicks

There are other things...big things like losing someone I love to cancer this week, and smaller things like that Owen is sick, Aiden's cough isn't going away, Aiden can't seem to grasp the concept of saying kind words about yourself and others and not threatening people, Owen wants to play with Aiden less and less because Aiden takes his anger out on him and that makes Aiden angrier and that makes Owen want to play with him less, Olivia can make a mess faster than any 5 year old I've ever known, the laundry pile is just ridiculous, the house refuses to clean itself and my work refuses to complete itself...

and I'm just not keeping up with everything.

You know that feeling?

my friend Tanya and I photobombing :)

So thank-you BlissDom Canada for giving me a brief respite from real life. Thank-you for the inspiration and the laughs and the delicious food and the wine- and most of all thanks for the wonderful friends. I love you! 

 @zchamu and I - this picture makes me teary every time I see it. <3

Almost all of these photos were taken by the BlissDom Canada official photog- Anna Epp. She clearly is amazing. You can see the rest of the photos she took for us on the BlissDom Canada photostream on Flickr

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

While Mom is Away

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While I was away at BlissDom Canada this past weekend the kids had fun exploring the wilderness with daddy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Put Your Best Dress On

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I am on my way to Toronto today for BlissDom Canada and since I live HOURS away (like 5 hours) from the airport we left yesterday and stayed overnight in a hotel last night.

This was the outfit Olivia chose to wear for travelling.

The kid sure has style :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy 9th Birthday Owen!

Pin It My sweet boy Owen turned 9 years old today.

This is him when he was still a bit sleepy before school this morning- he is just so beautiful with his big green eyes... even with bed head hair :)

Happy birthday honey. We are so proud of you and we love you so much!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Just say No to Snow

Pin It Since there is currently a lot of this going on...

I thought I would share this super cute photo my husband took of our daughter before the hateful snow descended upon our lovely forest ...

sigh. I miss warm weather already. Not even our cat is thrilled that winter is here...

and HE has fur!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Playing in the Snow

Pin It As I mentioned in my post yesterday - we have snow. It is actually still snowing as I type this but theoretically this snow won't last and we will have a few more weeks of Autumn before real winter hits. I hope.

But in the meantime Olivia is perfectly content to enjoy playing in the snow. She was a little excited... can you tell?

Friday, October 05, 2012

Our First Snow of the Season

Pin It This is what our back yard looked like this morning...

It is still snowing like crazy and the forecast is for more snow. The joys of living in Northern Ontario, Canada. As much as I am NOT ready for winter I must admit it IS beautiful ... but I still hope it melts as soon as possible!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

On Horseback

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Olivia got to go horseback riding at her friend's birthday party this weekend. She loved it. 

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