Archive - September 2012

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Pirates and Play Dates
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The Wonder of Wonderland
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Blog-orphans
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Therapy As Play—Joyful Learning
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Cancer Is Crap So Fight Like A Girl

Pirates and Play Dates

  When I write anything; whether it’s an email, a Facebook update, a letter, or a blog post, I try to keep it real. I want the person reading my words to hear my voice. I also want them to trust it. Recently a friend asked me about review blogs. “Are they for real?” she wanted to know. “I mean, people seem to love every single thing they get. How is that even possible?” The answer is…it’s not. When I’m asked to consider a product or service for review I only ever write about the ones I would recommend to a friend. I mean what I say and say what I mean. Fortunately I’ve been able to connect with some quality brands I love like Fisher-Price. Mom Central acts as the “middle man mom” between the brand (Fisher-Price) and the blogger (moi). They connect brands with bloggers who they believe align authentically with a brand’s message and products. Mom Central tries to ensure that toy testers receive Fisher-Price products that suit their age, gender and interests. This month we received a bounty of toys suited to my daughter’s developmental age, but apparently not all of them suited her current interests. This kid[…]

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The Wonder of Wonderland

Amusement parks are amusing to say the least; the expectations, the thrills, the not-knowing how the day will unfold. Canada’s Wonderland just north of Toronto is filled with wonders to explore and memories to be made. This is me, after such a day at the amusement park with my family.   Kidding. This is actually a photo from the Canada’s Wonderland website promoting their no scares-spared annual Halloween Haunt. If you enjoy having the bejesus scared out of you, check it out! There are all kinds of creepy things lying in wait including zombies and “psychotic clowns.” But, if you’re a ‘fraidy cat, STAAAAAY AWAAAAY (read in a spooky voice…but not too spooky. I want to be able to sleep tonight). Though you needn’t stay away from Wonderland completely. The haunt is only in effect at night on weekends in October. During the day, the park runs in its usual family friendly way so we you don’t need to be afraid. This is what I actually looked like after a recent trip to Wonderland with the family. See? Not scary at all. Except maybe for the weird way I’m sticking my hip out. And, how my husband’s hand is sort of hovering over our son’s[…]

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Therapy As Play—Joyful Learning

  When your child achieves a new milestone, it’s a true wonder. You think, “How are they doing this all by themselves?? Where’s my camera?!” Whether you share these pivotal moments; blog them, Instagram them, Facebook them, scrapbook them or simply hold them in your heart, they’re worth celebrating. My daughter started grade one this year. Though cognitively she is approximately age four, she’s holding her own with her peers. She relies less and less on her Educational Assistant (who we are so thankful for by the way) and she’s making decisions, following routines, and learning with increasing independence. From being warned that our child may never fully integrate into a class of her peers, to…this? I can’t express how thrilled we are. So how did she come this far? An initial diagnosis isn’t always the eventual reality. Sheer determination and moxy also factor in. Never underestimate moxy. It’s fierce.  Family and friends have also been instrumental by providing us with the support and confidence we’ve needed to see us through challenging times. My father-in-law refers to us as, “Team Thornbury.” He’s right. We are a team. We just need jerseys.  And finally, our community. If our child had been born[…]

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Cancer Is Crap So Fight Like A Girl

* Originally posted on Yummy Mummy Club September 14, 2010. Reposted today in honour of the amazing women and men who are walking this weekend. Especially Dee.  And for Jan. I love you.  There isn’t anyone who hasn’t been touched in some way by breast, cervical or ovarian cancer. Last weekend I participated for the first time in the Weekend To End Women’s Cancers. Along the 60 km route there were plenty of heart wrenching and heart swelling moments. The experience was, in Jann Arden’s words, a Beautiful Pain. The weekend left me feeling powerful and loved, humbled and hopeful but most of all, grateful; for my family, my health, my friends, my life. And, for amazing people like those who support the walkers. The unsung heros are the volunteers and supporters who come out to cheer, honk and hand out treats, high fives and hugs. We all chose to walk this year for our own personal reasons. I was inspired by my teammate and friend Karen and by two special ladies in my life. You inspire me every day. I would walk a million miles for you… Here is my experience in pictures. *Music: Beautiful Pain by Jann Arden

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