Monday, 29 December 2014

From All of Us...

 including Snowy Snowman,

MunchMunch the crazy elf,

from Santa's sleepy helper,

and Luigi himself...

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Doggone it, Yoshi-dn't Bee Late Again!

This mummy is afraid she's fairy late in posting Halloween pics. There's no use pretending. I can't make-up for it, so let's not dwell on the gory details.

I mean, witch would you rather - late pictures or no pictures at all?

That's what I thought…so, let me treat you to them now!

Bee very careful or Taylor will tell you to buzz off!
Two minutes for ruffing! Jack borrowed Bentley's costume from last year.

Um, Carter? Has anyone seen Carter?

Haven't seen him, but there's Yoshi over there with Bentley.

Carter had so much fun dressing up as Yoshi all day at school that when it came time to go trick-or-treating, he decided to opt out. Can you blame the guy? Memories of the cold, rainy walk from last year haunted him. He was having none of that again! That meant that Bentley didn't go out either, so he didn't have to dress-up. Of course, Carter thought that he should anyways...



Way to get into the spirit of things, Bent-shi!

I can't believe another Halloween has come and gone. As we move into winter, here's hoping we candy-pend on the winter going by as quickly as the fall (ya, right!) and that we keep the germs at bay and the coffin to a minimum. Happy November everyone!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Eight Weeks

(to the tune of One Week by the Barenaked Ladies)

It's been eight weeks since J, T and C
Headed back to school. They went 
back and were happy.
For seven weeks I was hired to teach 
At Seneca College - English like I studied.
Three days and I'll be back there,
I got hired again, for another session.
Time flies when I'm this busy.
And in seven more weeks it'll be time to say Merry…

When life gets chunked into seven week stretches the weeks fly by, and yes, when I finish this session Christmas will be just around the corner!

Hopefully before the snow flies I'll have some time to post again. Carter is doing some great things in regards to his communication. I can't wait to share!

Until then, may your next seven weeks be:

Hot like wasabe when you bust rhymes
Big like LeAnn Rimes
Because it’s all about value
(Find the rest of the Barenaked Ladies' One Week lyrics here)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Summer of Carter

You remember the 'Summer of George'? Well, this was the Summer of CARTER!

Carter made the most of his two and a half months off and while he was at it, he accomplished some amazing things. Take a look...

He was loving all the animals he got to see...which started when we camped out over night at the Metro Toronto Zoo!

And then he spent a week at Nova's Ark camp!

He went to his first Birthday PARTY!!!

He got a new bike and spent A LOT of time on it!

Took Mario and Cow for a ride.

He spent some time at the skate park with his bro and sis too (lately he's very motivated by them and he's so pleased to be doing what they're doing).

And that was in large part why…he finally swam independently -- in the deep end too!!!

But alas, the summer (and therefore the summer of Carter) came to an end and it was finally time to head back to school.

Happy 11th birthday, buddy. We couldn't be more proud of you and all that you've accomplished!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Living with a Bunch of Animals

So far, the kids and I have managed to keep busy this summer and can you believe it? We're almost at the midway mark. We're halfway through and I'm still sane. But, earlier this month, I did a not so sane thing. I took all three kids to Serengeti Bush Camp; a one night stay at the Metro Toronto Zoo. 

We had a walking tour of the African Savannah where we enjoyed a behind the scenes look at the rhinos (who we later 'had dinner with'). At dusk, we scampered around doing a scavenger hunt. And after finishing our night off with songs and stories by the campfire, we followed a moonlit path to where we would lay our tired little heads for the night. Then there was nothing between us and nature but the canvas of a Nairobi safari tent!

All three kids had a blast, but being the animal lover that he is, Carter was particularly in his glory. And now that I'm caught up on my sleep, I can happily admit that it was tons of fun - something we will always remember!

Click here or below to take a look:

We've been home from the zoo for some time now, so why is it that I still feel like I'm living with a bunch of animals? Ah well, Hakuna Matata!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A Year in Review (Happy Belated Blogiversary!)

Throughout the busy-ness of winter, I missed my blogiversary! It was on March 25th, but I was in the middle of my TESL course at that time. So, without further ado; happy belated blogiversary to me (cue the party streamers and confetti)!

As I look back over my second year of blogging, it's with some regret that I didn't stay fully committed to my blogging goal.
I did however, manage to get twenty-five posts written for my Not Being Able to Speak series and I'm proud of those posts.

It was around this time last year (June to be more specific) that I stopped contributing to my Not Being Able to Speak series. I blamed summer because let's face it, when you've got three kids around all the time it's more challenging to get anything done let alone be able to write on a regular basis.

Then came my 40th birthday (yes, I'm that old!), and with it a renewed desire to do something more with my time. I volunteered, I job searched; I even submitted a few resumes, but to no avail. And then I made a very last minute decision to go back to school in January.

I finished my course on April 11th and successfully obtained my TESL Certificate for teaching English as a second language. While I would like nothing more than to move on to the next stage of my plan (get a job), we are once again at that time of the year when I will soon have three sets of feet stomping through the house; three active children out of school and looking for things to do. So, I'll continue to be patient and hopefully find employment in September.

People always say how time flies and it's true. Through this brief overview of my year from March 2013 (my 1st blogiversary) to March 2014 (2 years since I started this blog - unbelievable!), I've realized I don't alway recognize the changes (big or small) that are happening around me until I consciously reflect on things. I'm grateful that this blog forces me to do some purposeful reflection because it helps me to see the progress that Carter has made. He's come a long way.

Carter has been in his new school for three years now and he continues to surprise us with his accomplishments. He's becoming quite a young man whose sociability continues to grow. He wants to be included in everything and he loves it when he is.

A huge highlight for Carter this year was being part of Jack's hockey team. The team got him a jersey with his name on the back and he was given #10 in honour of his tenth birthday. His job was to high five all team members before they went on the ice at home games. He loved it and so did I.    It. Was. Awesome.

Here are a few more pictures from some events with the kids that I didn't get a chance to post:

Adapted skiing. Cool helmet Carter!

Happy 9th b-day Jack. Leafs vs. Detroit

(hockey boy bleached his hair for play-offs)

Picture day for dance. The big recital is coming up.

Lawn mower season is back! Sweet new lawn mower, Carter!

Best pals.

Big B spent a lot of time in various arenas this winter - that look says it all (bring on summer already).

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Back to School

It's a biz-busy time of the year. 
With the kids and my hubby
And back to school for me, I'm trying to stay in good cheer. 
It's a biz-busy time of the year. 
It's the cray-craziest time of them all.
With readings, assignments and placements and testing, 
It feels like I may hit the wall.
It's the cray-craziest time of them all!

In my last post, I mentioned my busyness and I eluded to the fact that I would be taking an exam. Yep, I did it! I registered for the TESL (teaching English as a second language) program at Seneca College. It was a six week long adventure!

I wrote the exam on Valentine's day and I've been enjoying two weeks off ever since. But, on Monday I start back for another six weeks to complete part two of the program.

Once I'm done that, I'll be able to teach ESL to adults!

I won't lie, juggling school full-time and all things family wasn't easy. It felt like we faced every challenge known to families during those six weeks. Weather, sickness and injuries were a few of the highlights that resulted in bus cancellations, traffic jams, and visits to the walk-in clinic and emerg. But, I lived to tell about it and in the end it was worth it (I think). I'm looking forward to starting part two of the course because when I finish, I'll be that much closer to getting back to teaching with a renewed focus on communication.