LEGO Build Your City of the Future

LEGO has been part of my life since I could remember. Back then it was a lot less pain and a lot more awkward anticipation but none the less it was there. I was lucky enough to grow up with an uncle that was only 9 years older than me. He had LEGO, lots of LEGO, and I wanted it all. I imagine I was the annoying brat that kept breaking his masterpieces but when he grew out of his LEGO I was lucky enough to get it (and end the awkward anticipation). Part of his stash included a humongous…

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I am the Parent Holding On + Giveaway #AventMoms

I am the parent holding on. Holding on to used pregnancy tests that ended in both babies and losses. Holding on to cards that are reminders of birthdays, milestones, and life’s little achievements. Holding on to umbilical cords that came from babies born too early and ones that were born in the safety of home shaped into hearts. Holding on to first outfits, first outfits that actually fit and shoes that were never worn because who actually puts shoes on newborns. Holding on to little hands so that they feel safe. Holding on to bigger hands so that they know…

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The Pre-Teen and the Quest to the Doctor’s Office

Ladies and gentleman I have been dealing with what I thought was a hormonal pre-teen in my midst. She stopped listening, was rude when she finally did answer and seemed very reserved and wanting to be alone. I was at the end of the rope, emotionally and physically, because calling someone a dozen times before they answer can do that to you. Can make you almost break. This past month we have been tackling the little victories as parents–eye doctor visits, buying glasses for the oldest, and finally a doctor’s check-up for the whole family. Do you know what it…

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A Story of Inclusion: This is Ella

On World Down Syndrome Day I want to share a story about inclusion, not just for those who have Down Syndrome but those who find themselves different. I want to talk about “This is Ella”. ‘This is Ella’ is a book written by a Canadian mom Krista Ewert from ‘One Beautiful Life‘. Krista herself is a sweet, soft-spoken woman who is also a strong, mama bear advocating ferociously for her daughter Ella to get the same opportunities as other children. When it was time for Ella to go to kindergarten Krista opted to put her into a large French Immersion…

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Road Trips, Motion Sickness, and the Quest to Not Hurt

March Break is the point in the school year where I am reminded that we are almost done. It not only gives me a chance to get a crash course on how Summer will be with the kids all home but it’s a great time for us to do some of the day trips closer to home while we have time together. When we were a family of four we used to take these on-a-whim road trips that meant strapping the kids into the car and driving to Montreal for the weekend. We would rent off-season cottages by Mont Tremblent…

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