Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Three Little Chickens Go To School

And five little chickens are laying eggs at our house, do you know that?!

Back on topic, these little chickens started grade 2 and grade 5 today! Rio's last year of elementary school and the boys in a big kid grade. Seriously, grade 2 is for big old kids. How did that happen?!

A few shots of the big day...

Grade 5

Grade 2

Also Grade 2, imagine that

Oh my Gawd can you even handle their cuteness?!

"Show me your toothless grins!"

Rio and her bestie

I love all four of these kids and can't wait to see where the school year takes them!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Out and About with my Clown Baby

Yesterday I posted the following status on my personal Facebook page:

Today a woman stopped me on the street to say her friend has a son in a wheelchair. And now she sees my son in a wheelchair. What causes people to be in a wheelchair??? Because she has a son so she's really worried - is HE going to be in a wheelchair too?!

There are no words...

People were shocked when they read about the ignorance I am faced with, obviously. But you know what? I wasn’t - because I’m used to it. Isn’t that a sad statement? I’m used to people’s ignorance about my child in a wheelchair (or my child with a “different” looking walk for that matter).

Don’t worry, it’s not always comments like that. But it’s always stares. Always. Always. Always.

People are always staring at us.

And in fairness I can say they’re not very often stares of pity. Usually when people are caught staring I can tell their thoughts are “What a little sweetie”, not “Oh that poor dear”. But that doesn’t take away from the fact we are getting stared at all the time. And those of you with exceptionally cute kids, don’t go thinking this is the same as the stares your blond haired blue eyed beauty is getting. I promise you it’s not like that.

Hopefully most of the time Asher and Nolan miss it and are oblivious. But I am not. I am completely aware that I always need to be “on”. I could go on and explain to you what that feels like, but when Mary Evelyn from What Do You Do Dear? has already spoken on the matter so eloquently, I’ll let her do the talking.

Please, have a read here, just what it’s like to be out and about with your clown baby. (Or in my case maybe superhero babies is more fitting!) And a word to the wise - when you think your staring at someone is subtle (we all do it, me included), it's probably not.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Charity Pause

Steptember is just around the corner, benefitting the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, one of my personal favourites. But I'm not participating this year...

Not because I need to take a break from activity. Not because I no longer support these causes. But because I want to give YOU a break.

In the past, I have been unbelievably lucky and successful in my fundraising efforts. Be it cancer, CP, Variety, or the Children's Health Foundation - all charities near and dear to my heart - people answer the call when I ask. So I really want to keep it that way.

I don't want to exhaust all of you - my fundraising support circle. You all have charities that are important to you as well, and most of us do not have endless supplies of money with which to donate to every charity that asks us. So one day, in likely the not too distant future, I will ask you to give generously again. But for today at least, you're off the hook from my end.

In the mean time, go be charitable with your hearts and all the causes that fill them. Being charitable does not always require your credit card :)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Our Summer in Photos

Wow. 6 weeks without a post. That's just embarrassing. I guess we've had a busy summer!

Here's just a little bit of what we've been up to, at least to tide me over til I'm ready to write a real post...

We welcomed our kitten, Jon Snow. Who almost died then came back to life.

We said goodbye to the Hip.

Some piano playing outside of science world

The BC ferries buffet (maybe more than once)

Someone lost two teeth!

We visited Papa in Trail

And worked very hard at physio

Beach house building

And yet another concert

Walking the streets of Nelson

And floating in Kelowna

We're almost ready for back to school...but not quite yet. One week left to suck the marrow out of this summer!

Thursday, July 14, 2016


I've been making Kombucha in all of its probiotic goodness! For those of you who don't know what kombucha is, you can check it out here. Basically it's a fermented tea that's all sorts of good for your guts!

I didn't have anyone to get a SCOBY from, so I grew my own from a bunch of tea and a store-bought bottle of Kombucha. Into the cupboard she went.

About three weeks of fermenting and there she is, lovely lady growing on top.

I then made a new batch of tea,

put the SCOBY in, and let it ferment for another week.

At the end of the week, I decanted it into smaller bottles, added some natural sweeteners*, and let them ferment for another two days. I preserved the SCOBY in the big container (on the left) for brewing another batch - which I promptly started.

After two days we cracked the finished product and it was SUCCESS! DELISH! I GREW A SCOBY AND MADE KOMBUCHA! I'm pretty proud of myself if you can't tell by my yelling!

After my first batch, I've now made three more and its safe to say the family is hooked. Is it making any positive changes to our guts? Hard to say. Is it delicious? Heck yes! So we'll keep going either way!

*To sweeten/ferment further, I've so far tried:
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mint and agave
  • Cherries
  • Candied ginger
  • Elderflower

Thursday, June 23, 2016

School's Out For Summer!

We made it! From the first day of school to the last, these "babies" of mine have finished Grade 1 and 4 with flying colors!

Little Miss do gooder/straight As/junior achiever has already set up "Miss R's classroom" in her bedroom for the summer. And the twinsies finished the school year kicking ass and taking names. There were some bumps along the way, but I could not have asked for a better year overall, finishing with two bright, happy, social boys.

I am so proud of these three shining stars, not to mention myself for getting through my first full school year of many as a M-F working mom. They are ready to take the world by storm - but in the short term we're just going to enjoy a summer of relaxing and refueling their super powers!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Please Help View Royal School!

OMG! It's been almost a month since I blogged last....and what motivates me to do so now? Money!

So I'm making a personal plea. Not just for good wishes, as I often do, but for cash. Cold, hard, cash. I know it was just last September that I hounded you for CP (don't worry I'm not doing it again this year) but here I go asking again for a different cause...

My three kids' amazing school is trying to build an accessible, inclusive playground/outdoor classroom. Given the state of education in our province, please don't ask why the school board isn't paying for this. PLEASE. Because you know there's barely enough funds to give support to kids, much less build them a new playground.

So our school is fundraising for this all on our own. A lot of money is needed, friends. A lot of money. But look at this thing - it's amazing! It will leave a legacy at our school, and in our community! Not to mention a completely accessible spot for Asher, Nolan, and a whole school full of great kids.

Would you consider donating, any small amount, to this cause? You get a tax receipt if you donate $20 or more! Yes indeed, we're not "GoFundMe-ing" - we're registered through CanadaHelps. It's really easy to donate - I can vouch because I've done it already!

If you have it in your hearts to donate, our family, and several hundred other View Royal families would appreciate it immensely. And if you do, would you mind shooting me a quick message so I know to thank you?

Right here. Credit card and a couple of clicks. Aaaaaand GO! https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/27536