2021 Highlights: Week 10

As of Friday afternoon, we are officially on Spring Break around here! We got off to a great start by snagging an afternoon spot at the pool for Peter and the girls - the first time back in about a year. Peter and I also made some time on the weekend for some thrift store… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 10

Pearl is 6!

Last week we celebrated Pearl's 6th birthday! There is officially no denying that she's a big kid. She fully embraced the concept of birthday week and we got to spread her birthday celebrations over a few days. It's been a big year for Pearl. Not least that she's started school but there have been a… Continue reading Pearl is 6!

2021 Highlights: Week 6

To Do Lists. To Do Lists basically help me function. I have a weekly To Do List and then write daily To Do Lists and I put the dumbest stuff on my daily lists. Stuff that I am absolutely going to do whether or not it's on my list. But I mix it in with… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 6

2021 Highlights: Week 3

These princesses going for a ride: Rose's crazy hair in the morning: (plus Justin Beaver peeking out between us) Rose and I were walking through the neighbourhood on a sunny afternoon when we came across Pearl's class, on their way back from a local park. I saw them from a distance and was heading a… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 3

Life Lately: Lockdown Week 3

Unfortunately, though predictably, our lockdown has been extended another two weeks (at least) and now includes the entire province. I keep re-writing this post to make it sound less dreary and depressing because really (honestly!) we're doing fine. We are healthy, we are safe, we are together. I will just say that I am finding… Continue reading Life Lately: Lockdown Week 3

Summer 2020

Summer is my favourite season. So I'll cling to it as long as I can (which means as long as the sunshine lasts) but in our household we are shifting into our fall schedule. Peter will be back to work fulltime next week and - the very biggest change - Pearl begins kindergarten soon. (Yes,… Continue reading Summer 2020

Book Review: Hold on To Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate

Hold on to Your Kids - Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate (Vintage Canada, 2005) Attachment theory is at the heart of this book. Children need a safe, secure, and nurturing attachment with a loving adult in order to mature and develop in a healthy emotional manner. As our society becomes increasingly peer-oriented, parents unconsciously encourage… Continue reading Book Review: Hold on To Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate

Life: What We Did in April

So April was...a month. It feels very strange to look back over an entire month full of things I didn't do. We didn't swim at the pool. We didn't get new books from the library. We didn't have friends over or go to anybody's home. We didn't play at the park. I didn't set foot… Continue reading Life: What We Did in April

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Alphabet Books

The alphabet is, obviously, the foundation of literacy. There are a LOT of alphabet books out there for kids, with all kinds of themes and illustrations. These are some of the favourites in our household. Pearl knows her ABCs now and is beginning to recognize a few simple words. Rose remains largely illiterate. ABCers -… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Alphabet Books