Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Aiden's 11th Birthday!

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Aiden turned 11 years old today. I kept looking at him and thinking... wow... how is it even possible that I have an eleven year old son? 

I am so incredibly proud of my boy. 

This year he chose not to have a birthday party with friends- instead he asked for a bigger birthday present. He wanted a Nintendo 3DS. So that is what he got. He was thrilled. In fact he was SO excited that he started waking up this morning at 4am. He wasn't too impressed that he had to go to school on his birthday either but apparently he had a really good day. 

After school we went out for Pizza with family friends to celebrate Aiden and tonight he was so exhausted that he fell asleep within minutes of his head hitting the pillow. I think that counts as a successful first day as an 11 year old!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Last Swim Meet of the Season

Pin It My boys had their last swim meet of the season this past weekend. They both have done so well this year and I am so proud of them!

Here are some pictures my husband took of Aiden and Owen swimming during the meet...

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Welcome to The Ultimate Blog Party! #UBP13

Pin It Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party! I'm so glad you've stopped by to say hello.

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Please, come on in - you don't want to catch a cold out there in all that snow.

my deck (and the neighbours garage) last week
As you can see it is still winter here in Northern Ontario, Canada. We are all longing for Spring though so hopefully we won't have too much longer to wait.

Here, have a warm drink to warm you up...

Let me introduce you to my family. This is us...

My husband Doug and I have been married for 14 years this summer and he is the manager of our local food bank in our tiny town. This is what we looked like when we were practically children

My oldest son Aiden turns 11 at the end of this month (!!) and is creative, funny, intelligent and also has Autism and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. My younger son Owen is 9 and a wonderfully kind artist with a great imagination. He also has a general anxiety disorder. My daughter Olivia is 6 and loves all things girlie and pink. She is loving and smart and as far as we can tell  her only major "issue" is a tendency towards diva-ish-ness.

I have been blogging since October 2006 - all of Olivia's life. I started blogging when I was on bedrest with her!

I have blogged my way all the way through her life, through my 3rd bout of postpartum depression, through the entire process of getting Aiden diagnosed with Autism and parenting a special needs child, through several moves, through my husband being laid off from his job and being unemployed for a year, through all the multitude of ways we are incredibly blessed ... this blog is a veritable treasure trove of craziness I tell you.

Currently I am working as a Virtual Assistant. For those of you not familiar with what that is it basically means I am a sort of secretary from home. I personally specialize in social media so I take care of things like writing blog posts and tweets and facebook updates and newsletters for small businesses who don't have time to take care of it themselves. It is a job perfectly suited to me since I am rather addicted to social media and I need to work from home so I can be available at any time for the special needs of my kids.

I think that about sums it up for me. Please say hello to me on twitter as well :)

I hope you enjoy the rest of the party - there are so many wonderful blogs out there to visit.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

What #Autism Awareness Looks Like In Our Family

Pin It Today is World Autism Awareness Day.

This is the face of Autism in our family - beautiful right?

If there is one thing I would love for everyone to be more aware of it is this: kindness matters.

So please, BE KIND and teach your children to be kind too.

That's it.

And this applies to all people. Not just people with Autism. If we all could just remember to be kind to each other - no matter how "different" the other person is from us - this world would be a much brighter place.

Join in the Ultimate Blog Party #UBP13

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What is the Ultimate Blog Party?

The Ultimate Blog Party is just that — the ultimate place to party and meet new friends, (but no babysitters, airplanes, or tickets necessary.)

It is super easy to participate -- all you do is write a party post on your site, sharing a bit of what you and your site are all about.

Here are a few of my "party posts" from years past to give you an idea of what I am talking about...

Ultimate Blog Party 2011
Ultimate Blog Party 2010
Ultimate Blog Party 2009
Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Once you have written your post you head off to the main party post at 5 Minutes for Mom and add the URL of that party post to the applicable linky list so others can find you and “meet” you and your blog.
There are also linky lists for your Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

After you have posted and linked up, start partying! Blog hop your way through the linky lists, leaving comments and making friends as you go. It is a fantastic way to meet new bloggers and engage with the blogging community.

Each year the Ultimate Blog Party always generate a HUGE Prize Pool. They expect over $10,000 in prizes this year!

There are also live events again this year -- a Twitter party Monday, April 8 at 9pm Eastern and a Google+ Hangout Tuesday, April 9 at 9pm Eastern. They will be talking blogging tips and tricks, answering bloggers' questions, and giving out prizes.

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