Sticks and stones

#ToddlerLife, Parenting, Personal

I’ve been reading Tiny Beautiful Things for a few days now. The book is a compilation of letters and advice given by Sugar (Cheryl Strayed), the advice columnist for The Rumpus. (I’m also, at the same time reading American Savage by Dan Savage of  the Savage Love column, but that wasn’t planned). Things in these […]

July 30, 2013

Road Tripping

#ToddlerLife, Sponsored

It seems that the end of July is upon us – very sneaky this month of July – and soon we will be loading up our car for camping across the province on our way to a family reunion. I am both excited and terrified. I love to camp out, and it’s been too long, […]

July 29, 2013

Not so super duper

#ToddlerLife, Parenting, Personal

Occasionally I read the kid a book that contains some wording that I don’t like, or shows behaviour that I don’t want her to emulate, but I carry on with the story and usually forget. Today I read a story that has been bothering me since. The story is about a little girl with a […]

July 28, 2013

I had a dream


Growing up I had a million different answers when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a teacher, a lawyer, an archaeologist, a doctor, an actress, a singer, an artist, a photographer, a designer. I’m sure princess was in there somewhere, and who knows what else. […]

July 25, 2013

Unexpected emotional experiences

Parenting, Personal

When I was in Grade 4 I memorized the spelling of archaeologist. I did this because we had to do some sort of report on what we wanted to do when we grew up and archaeology was it for me at that point in my life. I wanted to go to Egypt and discover great […]

July 24, 2013

I was a royal baby watcher

Parenting, Personal

Since I became a mother I have found that I get very excited about other people having babies. It’s this huge and wonderful change in your life when you bring a child into your home and heart – and you change other people’s lives too. Babies are the promise of something great. I am also […]

July 23, 2013

I’m Yours

Parenting, Personal

It’s hard being a couple while being parents. When I was working it was damn near impossible. They say you’re supposed to have date nights and take care of your marriage, but when you’re working hard at everything else it’s just too much to add on. We had no family in town except my sister, […]

July 22, 2013

Dear Jack

Issues, Personal

It’s your birthday. Our second without you. I think of you often. More lately with all the crap that’s going on here. We were talking about you on Facebook, some of us. Your next generation. Your staff who are having kids and passing on your dreams and values. I said there what I’ve said before, […]

July 18, 2013

A place to stand, a place to grow


We had grand plans to travel across Ontario in an RV to get to our family reunion in comfort and style, but things went wrong and we found out with two weeks to go that the RV was not so much happening. Yesterday, suddenly, we were faced with not going on our trip – the […]

July 16, 2013

So you had a bad day…

#ToddlerLife, Personal

It’s been a tough day after a long weekend after a long week. I didn’t sleep much last night, so you’d think I’d be asleep now, but instead I’m lying here thinking about crying. There’s this pressure building and I feel like I’ll explode if I don’t let some of it out. I’ve been working […]

July 15, 2013