Archive - August 2013

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My twirly girl has a new BFF!
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I Judged Harshly and I Am Ashamed
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Gymnastics Gold
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The Post Where I Reveal The Absolute Best Toy Ever
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Me and My Shadow — (Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

My twirly girl has a new BFF!

  I hate to think where I’d be without my merry band of friends. They put up with my silliness, puff me up when I’m feeling deflated and they keep me focused. They hold my hand when life is scary and they’re always there to celebrate the little day-to-day joys. As the song says, “You gotta have frehhhhhh-hends…” Without friends, who else is going to tell you that the horizontal striped shirt you just bought isn’t exactly flattering or agree wholeheartedly with you about whatever injustice you perceive has befallen you? Friends have your back. This month I was asked to introduce the newest friends in the Fisher-Price Little People family. Their personalities range from energetic and curious, to imaginative and sensitive. Every child has their own unique personality and this is why Fisher-Price created this diverse group of five new characters. It’s important that children come to understand and appreciate that we’re all a little different.  Can I get an amen to that?       Sofie Loves to daydream and explore new things.  Favourites: the colour green and butterflies.  Koby Makes people laugh and gets into every activity. Favourites: the colour orange, dinosaurs and being silly.   Tessa Born[…]

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I Judged Harshly and I Am Ashamed

  The “Mommy Wars” are ridiculous. Get a life ladies. Don’t judge, just parent. That said, I judged my head off the other day and I feel like a jerk.    I was grocery shopping with my daughter when she stopped in her tracks and announced, “I gotta go!”    “Just a sec, mummy just needs to grab a few more things.” I said absentmindedly.   I continued shopping. I only had a dozen items on my list — all healthy things because this is what we’re doing now. This week anyway. I spotted a larger woman and her bedraggled husband in the aisle ahead of me and I was shocked at what they had in their cart — the junkiest food you can imagine.    I made a snap judgement about them; based on their size, the way they were dressed and what they were buying. I made assumptions about their intelligence and I’m ashamed to even admit what else I thought. “Mummy, I have to go!” my daughter pleaded again. Whenever we shop at this particular grocery store she always has to go. I’m certain it’s because the toilet is on the second level and we need to[…]

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Gymnastics Gold

  She did it and she couldn’t be more proud. And I couldn’t be more proud of her. And my niece too. I have been blessed with two strong little girls to love. Strong as in, determined and strong as in they could easily take me down in an arm wrestling competition without breaking a sweat. My niece is a competitive gymnast. An amazing one. My daughter looks up to her and mimics everything she does. From the way she wears her hair to the clothes she chooses, to the sport she dreams of doing one day. In fact, Avery keeps a photo of her cousin leaping across a balance beam on her dresser. “I do that too, right mummy?” she’ll say as she points to the picture. A few weeks ago when we were visiting my niece and family, Avery got her chance. She wore a leo that her cousin gave her under her clothes all day, waiting excitedly for 3:30 when we would be heading the the gym. Avery sat in the viewing room and watched as her cousin and her teammates finished their practice. Four hours a day, four days a week they train. I sat with[…]

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The Post Where I Reveal The Absolute Best Toy Ever

It’s not a board game. And it’s certainly not a video game or a motorized thing-a-ma-jig. You won’t it find in any store. It often comes in pairs and your children will treasure this endlessly stimulating source of joy and laughter for hopefully many years to come. If your children are lucky enough to have grandparents (or a special aunt or uncle) in their lives, you know how special it is. My kids light up whenever we tell them we’re heading over to see them. How lucky we are to have both sets near by — these people who are genetically programed to love my children; to look out for them and after them. Ahem, built in babysitters *parental fist pump* Not everyone is as fortunate. We know this and we appreciate having our parents in our lives every day. My kids don’t quite understand how blessed they are, but they sure enjoy spending time with and learning from their grandparents. So my number one pick for the toy that is sure to bring a smile to a child’s face is a loving grandparent — the kind that gets down on the floor to play and enjoys spending time with[…]

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