Moana Birthday Party

Miss Cordelia turned 6. I’m still not sure how that happened. I swear she was just a little, sweet smelling, squiggle, but here she’s 6 already! And what a 6 she is! It’s utterly amazing to see her vibrant personality shine through in everything she does. It’s no wonder she wanted a Moana themed party this year!…

Is Santa Real?

Do you believe in Santa? Does Santa visit your home? I know many people who don’t wish to lie to their children, so either don’t have Santa visit, or are very sure to express that it’s only a story or a game people play. I believe in Santa. I believe in many things. But mostly I believe…

Ten years of Ella

Yesterday Ella turned 10. Tens years since our beautiful baby girl was born. Every day has been an adventure ever since! To celebrate her birthday she wanted a World of Warcraft themed party, complete with sleepover, movie and gaming Sarah went all out crafting all sorts of things for the party: A quest themed invitation,…

A Great Advent Calendar Idea

Advent is a special time of year for our family. We mark the coming of Christ each evening with the lighting of a candle and a blessing. But as important as those family traditions are, there’s a less religious tradition our children look forward to all year long: The advent calendar!! Each day they open…

Fighting Fear with Love

I feel a depth of emotion about today that I haven’t experienced since that day 15 years ago. That morning I had a Stats class. Our prof didn’t think any reason was good enough to not pay attention. I cried. We all cried. I don’t think she knew. After class, I spent time in Sub…

We’ve been busy

What a month August has been. It’s almost over and I feel like I barely noticed. The nights are darker and the days have been getting colder, though I hope the latter is just a string of bad weather and that September is nice and sunny. I had the good fortune to take most of…

Mystery Birthday Party

  We’ve been loving reading the Agatha Girl of Mystery books, so when we asked Agatha what kind of party she wanted, there was no question. She wanted a mystery party! The invitation was the cover of one of the books, with a few additions of my own. Agatha LOVED it! I have to admit,…

Birthday Traditions

It isn’t everyday a person turns eight years old. In fact, I’m not even sure she’s really allowed to turn eight already! But she assures me that’s the way birthday works, so I’ve got to believe her. Today, after eight amazing years our little baby turned into a bright your lady in the blink of…

Canada Day

Canada’s 149 this year. Pretty cool. Our day started by making a picnic and hauling the kiddos to watch the parade. We made it an hour into the parade when they asked if we could go. Let’s just say this parade was not a Disney parade. 😉 We had so much fun the rest of the…

Dinner and a Movie

Yesterday, June 18th, was our 11th wedding anniversary. Of course we had to celebrate, so we took the kiddos all to see Finding Dory at the theatre. Like most recent Disney/Pixar movies, it brought out the emotions in all of us. The first few minutes were ridiculously heart wrenching as a parent, and then again toward the…

Tomorrowland

Last night we watched one of the girls favourite movies: Tomorrowland. The girls love the adventure, the message, and the fact that the main character, Casey, is a smart, brave, and tough girl. Traditionally when we were getting ready for a Disney vacation we’d have a count down to get ready to go. We would…

Let Her Fly

One of the hardest parts of being a parent, for me, is stepping back and letting go. I know my children can do certain things, but I still often step in and take over. I try very hard not to, but sometimes I can’t seem to help myself. Some days I need to walk out…