This Thanksgiving, I am grateful… For a drive through the mountains of northern NB, covered with trees green and gold. For heavy rain on a misty lake. For a potluck turkey dinner with family crowded into a camp. For a walk in the woods, breathing in the earthy scent of fall. For making memories withContinue reading “Thanksgiving”
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Mindfulness Challenge Week 11: Balance
Balancing Act My daughter wanted to do a photo shoot with her American Girl Doll, Rosie. In one of the shots, the doll is literally balanced on a bicycle. Life and parenting are a lot about balance: Time spent between work and family, between taking care of the house and taking care of the children,Continue reading “Mindfulness Challenge Week 11: Balance”
Puzzles and Games
Dawn Blanchard Photography A summer night at the cottage, piecing puzzles and playing Scattegories meant many laughs and memories made. It is a relief to put away the smart phones and the tablets, to talk without texting, to be together without distractions. It is a relief to know that our children still enjoy the simple things. TheseContinue reading “Puzzles and Games”
Not a Video Game
I am happy that my children enjoy a quiet afternoon, playing Scrabble. A board game with family is still more enticing than a video game.
It’s official, I’ve been approved to extend my leave of absence! This means: More time and energy for my children; more time spent with my husband; and more time doing the things I love. This letter makes me very happy.
A snow day on the first day of spring… (First, let me clarify: I am grateful for the day off, not for the snow.) A snow day is a gift of time. Time otherwise spent working or driving to school and activities can be used for relaxation, family time, and catching up. In this case,Continue reading “Snow Day”
I Heart Christmas
I sit in the living room with my little family before Christmas. It is my favourite part of the season: The pretty tree, the anticipation, the visits from family and friends. The time leading up to Christmas is even better than the gifts.
Yes, this is about knitting again. (For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that knitting pops up every now and again; please bear with me.) But this is a new kind of knitting story. Last night, my children asked me to teach them how to knit. Expecting them to loseContinue reading “We Knit”
An Outdoor Afternoon
It took a bit of convincing to get the kids outside for the afternoon. Crisp and cool, it was a refreshing late fall afternoon, too beautiful to be spent indoors. After much procrastination (kids’) and frustration (Mom’s), they were dressed and out. It took about two minutes for them to start having fun. Instead ofContinue reading “An Outdoor Afternoon”
In the Backyard
An August afternoon in my parents’ backyard is filled with laughter and conversation. We sit below the climbing roses, on the deck my father built. The gardens surrounding us have been planted and tended by my mother. Chickadees swoop over our heads and chipmunks skitter by. These fences hold memories. While Sunday supper warms inContinue reading “In the Backyard”