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


Monday, May 23, 2016

BANOCONUT!

I love baking. I also love eating baked goods. I generally consider myself quite good at both.

I bake a lot - it is my "cooking" contribution to this family. It's also my contribution when we have friends for dinner - Jordan takes care of the meal, I take care of the dessert.

We were having friends over for dinner (one being an award winning chef - no pressure!) and Jordan requested a pie to go with the tropical flavors of the meal. I love pie. I don't love making it however. I definitely don't make terrible pastry, but it's not something I generally feel confident about. Gulp. I decided to go for it.

Since I don't make pies all that often, I decided to document it in photos. Jordan wanted banana cream, I wanted coconut cream, so we compromised. I give you BANOCONUT!

1. Crust - baked with dried beans as pie weights.


2. Layer in the bananas:


3. Cover with coconut custard (made on the stove top) and let cool:


4. Top with whip cream and toasted coconut:


5. Devour


Anyone who knows me well knows I can't stand food photos because they RARELY look as appetizing as they taste. Pretty sure this fits that bill. But I don't care....that pie was GOOOOD! And look at those flakes in the pastry - just look at them!

Pastry credit: my sister Janice, along with some great pointers from chef April Bloomfield
Pie recipe: here

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Rio's 10!

This little love is 10 years old today. Rio, we love you and are more proud of you than you will ever understand. You are an amazing daughter, sister, friend, and leader. You will do great things my sweet, you already are.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Renovation - Exterior

Finally! Almost 18 months since the renovation ended, we're ready to share the exterior of the house!!

It's been SO much work getting it to this place. SO MUCH CLEANUP! Followed by landscaping, landscaping, landscaping; painting; waiting for grass and plants to grow in. There is still so much more to do outside....but if I waited to be "done" before I showed it off, it would probably be in a decade. So here it is. Just a couple of photos to whet your appetite...the rest can be found in an album here.


Front entrance - yard re-graded for access to the house and accessible parking




Back of the house from the yard

Don't forget, if you haven't seen the interior before and after pics, you can find them here. Any questions about doing an accessible reno? I'm your girl, so fire away!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Enter the Stander

STANDING: something most of us get to take for granted. Mostly, because it leads to walking - something else we take for granted. But do you know that when your skeleton was developing throughout childhood, standing was incredibly important to proper bone development?!

Standing is something that has been on our minds every day since Asher was a wee babe. Because if you are unable to stand on your own - but you want your hips, spine and legs to develop properly - you better find some way to support you in doing it.

Enter this little number. 


Asher has borrowed a standing frame since he was a year old. Standing has always been a big part of his routine, and currently, he stands for up to an hour a day at school. But we've finally decided he's old enough that we no longer want to borrow an "ok" one - we want to buy a "good" one.

So for the next few days we're trialling this one. It comes in at the low low price of about $3500 - which is a STEAL OF A DEAL compared to the nearly $8000 model we first looked at. We really want this one to work (because HELLO! price tag!) so can you shoot us some good vibes that this stander is the winner?

So far, Asher's hips have been doing GREAT. So great that at last hip x-ray his doctor said he'd never think they were the hips of a child who is in a wheelchair full time. But it's work, oh boy is it work. And no matter how much we get him standing, it does not mean he won't develop hip problems, or he won't inadvertently break a brittle femur doing a transfer one day. So don't take your ease of movement for granted ok? Cause I have a little dude who works his butt off every day for all the things that come naturally to the rest of us.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Homecoming - 6 Years

Celebrating this day will never get old. It was the happiest and most overwhelming day of our lives. After more than 5 months separated from our babies we were finally reunited six years ago today.

Boys, you have been writing your own story from the beginning. With the start of each new chapter, the circus that is our love and laughter-filled lives never ceases to amaze me. You are wise, brave, hilarious, beautiful, smart, annoyance-inducing, potty-talkers and I wouldn't change a thing about you.

Happy homecoming boys. You deserve to be celebrated.