Officially official: I hate swim wear


You know, I thought it was hard to find bathing suits I was comfortable putting my baby daughter, but that was nothing compared to trying to find a bathing suit I think is appropriate for my preschool-age daughter. Seriously. I don’t like bikinis, I don’t like bathing suits that are designed to make her look […]

January 31, 2014

Listen up all y’all


I’ve been reading a lot of books lately, but today I wanted to take a bit of a break so I grabbed a magazine and got in a hot bubble bath. The magazine happened to be O, an issue my mother bought and passed on. I flipped through the pages, reading when I was interested […]

January 30, 2014

One in a million

Parenting, Personal

Children have this way of throwing you off your game right when you think everything is running along smoothly Today, in the middle of a normal routine, my daughter rendered me speechless. I was zipping up her coat and she said, quietly and quickly “Mommy, why does everyone think girl in her class is the […]

January 24, 2014

In the name of love


The kid is currently taking swimming lessons on a weekday morning and immediately after her Sunfish lessons there is a baby class. All the moms (they are all moms in this class) line up before her class is over and she likes to see the babies get into the pool. She says she doesn’t remember […]

January 21, 2014

Family Literacy Day 2014

Books, Canadiana, Parenting

My goal this year is to read 50 books, not just because I miss reading like I used to, not just because of the ever-growing pile of books on my shelves that I want to get through, but also because I want my kid to see me reading. We’ve spent her life reading to her […]

January 20, 2014

Oh boy


Kid Are you listening to the news? Me: Yup Kid: What’s the news telling you? Me: Different things, new buildings, the weather… Kid: Sometimes the news tells you about bad things Me: Yup Kid: Like killings Me: … yeah Kid: Sometimes the news telling you that people are killing other people Me: … yes, it […]

January 20, 2014

She can’t spell it yet


She turns to me: “I know what respect means.” “Oh yeah?” “It means you treat somebody well, and you love them.” “Well, you don’t have to love someone to respect them, you should respect everyone.” When she gets older we’ll talk about this more. A lot more I’m sure. What if someone doesn’t show you […]

January 19, 2014

Everybody’s talkin’ at me


This kid has always been pretty good at avoiding sleep. When she was a baby she couldn’t help it, obviously, but as a toddler she would occasionally stay up all night, and we have off and on had trouble with bedtime that leaves us wanting to pull our hair out. Still, there’s something I have […]

January 18, 2014

Talking toilets


When we moved into our new house almost two years ago now we were glad to see that two of the bathrooms had dual flush toilets. The chance to save a bit of water was great, but we’ve found over these two years that these toilets also get clogged more than your old-fashioned toilet. When […]

January 17, 2014