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Teacher Gifts- Working the Mason Jar

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There are two times a year that I *pretend* I’m crafty. That happens to be at Christmas and at the end of school. Seriously. I can play 10 instruments but my mother couldn’t spare a little crafty gene? I like crafty, I just don’t do it well. We all have our talents, I suppose.
I know teachers don’t expect anything at Christmas or the end of the year but I like to take the time to show them they’re really valuable [...]

A New Addition!

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Tap…Tap… Is this thing on? So clearly I haven’t been around much. I don’t even have a decent reason! In my last personal post about my lovely lump (not my lovely lady lumps, sadly…) There’s no real update on that front yet. I had my followup with the surgeon where I was told it was ‘nothing…at least for now…’ to contact him if it got bigger/hurt or any other weird changes or in 6 months. I assured him I wouldn’t [...]

I’m Just A Spectator…

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Often when I’m reading other blogs that my friends have shared, I think “I really should write about this!” and then file that idea away, and promptly forget about it. It’s rare that I read something and immediately feel the need to write some of my own experiences out after reading a post. Thanks to Lesley for sharing this post.
Rounding a corner in the hall of a hospital yesterday, I was knocked briefly off my feet. No one ran by [...]

30 Things My Girls Should Know- 20 Facts

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Diving right into the questions, today’s topic is 20 Random Facts about their dear old Mom. (Have I confused you yet?! Full list of questions located here) This one is going to be hard for me. Since they’re random, I’ll probably end up saying 90% of what the girls already know. I remind myself of Bill Cosby just thinking about it!

According to my parents, I was conceived in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and born in Victoria, British Columbia. (Are you scarred [...]

30 Things My Girls Should Know About Me

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While I was perusing Facebook this evening, cuddling with a sick Jillian, I came across a post by Lynsey from Moscato Mom. The idea is to prove to our children that we are actually people outside of being their mom. Looks like fun and since I’m making an effort to get back into writing regularly and there are certainly things I’d like them to know it’s a perfect fit.

 
The topics are:
1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears [...]

#TrustYourPower

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Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the last few weeks, you already know that the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 during the last Superbowl. Even I was aware and I’m far from sporty! I had the amazing opportunity to interview May Hamlin last week and it was SO great! In case you’re unfamiliar, Derek Coleman is the first person that has played in the NFL legally deaf and with hearing aids. He’s now also portrayed in the [...]

Your Chances for Mom of The Year Just Got Better

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The date was January 8th, 2014 and I’ve already lost any hope in winning a Mom of the Year award. So your chances just got a lot better! My typical motto is that I’m doing the best that I can and I just hope I’m not screwing them up too badly.
I had the opportunity to go to Halifax in November on behalf of Canada Health Infoway and Holland Bloorview. As I was getting Lauren ready for school, I decided to [...]

Conceivable Dreams- #ohip4ivf #onpoli

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How did you expand your family? Shocking question and none of my business, right? You’d be surprised how many people are asked just that. We were lucky to be able to conceive naturally, but others aren’t so lucky. I feel that infertility is something that isn’t commonly discussed, much like mental health issues. I think it’s about time to speak up since one in six Ontario couples suffer from infertility. I didn’t realize that number was so high until I [...]

And That’s Our Final Answer

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I was talking with Jess tonight and I mentioned that before I began having kids, I wanted 6 of them. Being that I’m an only child, I always attributed that longing for a large family from that. Too bad it won’t come to fruition? When I first met Adam, I was still hung up on 6 kids. He didn’t run away screaming, bonus for him. After we were married, I dropped the number to 4. The Adam almost had me [...]

A Small Issue- except when it isn’t

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Last week, I participated in a group activity on Client and Family Integrated Care. Holland Bloorview has started developing some simulations as teaching tools. Apparently the idea of simulation was started with anesthesiology then moved to surgery and it’s catching on everywhere now. It’s a great learning tool and I’m excited to be a part of it. We were asked to come up with some personal stories to exhibit the 4 core principles of Client and Family Centred Care. They [...]