Mary’s “CHEO anniversary”


It’s hard to believe, but this past summer marked one year since Mary’s accident (see her CHEO story here – Maybe it’s strange, but I wanted to celebrate Mary’s “CHEO anniversary” to remember how far we’d come since that day, and to appreciate the struggles along the way that drew us ever closer as a family.

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A Recipe for Making Decisions: How to make an impossible decision in 7 easy steps


Information and Research

Gathering of knowledge from ‘the experts and specialists’




Weighing of Opinion


Evaluation of information


Gut Instinct



1. Gather as much information as you can through research. Mix this with knowledge and expertise from many sources (e.g. experts, specialists, others who have made a similar decision), placing an emphasis on those who are leaders in the area/topic on which you are trying to make a decision. Be prepared to search this information out internationally.

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How to Get Kids Outside: Epic Winter Lord of the Rings Edition


December in the Ottawa region is about a few things (other than Christmas): first real snowfall, tolerable outdoor temperatures, and epic movies. It’s December 3rd today, and like clockwork, the snow is on the ground and theaters everywhere are filling up to see the final Hobbit movie.

It’s not an easy time of year to get kids to play outside. Ice rinks and canals aren’t yet frozen, and the ski hills aren’t quite in full bloom. But, there are distinct advantages to December, if you venture into the forested regions of our environs.

Did you know that the area within 40 KM. of the MacDonald Cartier airport is 73% covered by forest? So, why not find a way to enjoy this predominant land feature?

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Five ways to make the most of your Christmas moments


Christmas is here again and that is stressful. But it’s also amazing and amazing for many different people and for many different reasons. That’s always been the case for me and my family but even then, I always find myself looking back on the Christmas season and thinking, “I should have enjoyed that more.”

But I don’t do anything about it except shrug my shoulders and plan to make better usage of my time the next year. This year, two days before Christmas, I’m doing something about it. I’m making my own list and I’ll be checking it many times over the next few days to make sure that when I look back on this holiday season  don’t regret my time spent.

1. On Christmas Day, before moving from one activity to the next, extend the moment for 60 seconds

Everything gets rushed on Christmas Day. You open gifts too fast, you eat too fast, you take pictures of your kids and relatives too fast because you’re always waiting to get to the next moment. This year, don’t do that. Sure, you might be in a hurry to get to the next thing, but if you can’t spend an 60 seconds doing something with your family on Christmas Day then you’ve made a wee scheduling boo boo. That extra 60 seconds can bring absolutely anything. it could be a hug by siblings or it could be this…

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Christmas Eve Traditions

christmas eve

Every December we load up the kids in my hubby’s truck, go through the Drive Thru at Tim Hortons to pick up Hot Chocolate and Tim Bits, and then make our way to Orleans to drive down Taffy Lane.  We all love seeing the street that is lit up with lights and decorations covering lawns.

After we have driven through (normally twice to make sure we saw everything) we take a quick drive around a few other streets and then make our way downtown to see the tree’s that are lit up.

Christmas Eve we spend the evening at my mothers’ house with my family, and then we make our way home and get the cookies and milk ready for Santa.  Mr. J’s first Christmas he received a gift from his God-Mother – it was a set of plates and a mug for Santa.

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Raising Active Kids in a Tech World

Mary apple picking

Mary apple picking

I’d like to think of myself as “outdoorsy” and I love nature. But I spend a huge part of my life indoors. Even when the weather is nice! (it’s called working a 40 hour work week). After an hour commute home by bus, I am seriously lacking in energy. My husband has supper ready and after we eat, I’d be happy to lie on the couch and read or watch TV. It’s not that I don’t want to go outside; it’s just that I feel like I might have to have Mary put me in the wagon and drag me home…

So I’ve figured out the way to stop my energy from being sapped – don’t remain seated after dinner! Mary and I tidy up, and then we’re out the door. She’s been very excited about the construction of a new park in our neighbourhood, and even though there’s one right beside our house, we have been walking to the new park together. Mary is happy to play for an hour or so, and I get some much needed fresh air and a bit of exercise.

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