Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Field Trip to Funworx!

Or should I say “exhaustworx”…


This just about sums up my day and what I looked and felt like at 3:00pm when the bus arrived back at the school.

60+ kids to keep track of…plus 200+ other kids from multiple schools mixed in, in one indoor playground makes for very frazzled teachers and parents!

Everyone survived and the kids had fun, which is all that matters :)


Annika with one of her best buds, Megan, on the bus home from Funworx

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer Solstice

Can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Summer Solstice!



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First rose on my new rosebush




Lavender incents

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Friday, June 21, 2013

JK Graduation

We proudly watched Annika’s graduation performance at Colonial Park yesterday.

Her JK teacher, Mrs. Duffy, was phenomenal and a huge positive influence on Annika this year.  It was incredible to watch Annika transform not only academically, but her confidence grew more than I could have imagined over the school year.  We realized just how important a good teacher is.  We couldn’t be more proud of our little sweetheart ♥




A prayer of thanks x


Standing “O”vation for the JK Grads!


Principal Asselin and Annika’s teacher, Mrs. Duffy


Picnic lunch with our sweetie, and nana, papa and Timmie!

“What Kind of Cat are you??”  This was one of the songs they performed for us :)

For the past while, Annika has been asking me what kid of cat I am….I had no idea why…and now it all makes sense! haha!


What kind of cat hangs out in your house? HOUSE CAT!
What kind of cat hangs out in the alley? ALLEY CAT!
What kind of cat is a chocolate candy bar? KIT KAT!

What kind of cat are you? What kind of cat are you?
Tell me tell me true, what kind of cat are you?
I'll give you some clues. What kind of cat are you?

What kind of cat has the first name of Tom? TOM CAT!
What kind of cat is really really scared? SCAREDY-CAT!
What kind of cat hangs out at the copy shop? COPYCAT!
What kind of cat is actually a fish? CATFISH!
What kind of cat breaks into places at night? CAT BURGLAR!
What kind of cat hangs out with Bat Man? CAT WOMAN!
What kind of cat has a thousand legs? CATERPILLAR!
What kind of cat is a big expensive car? CADILLAC!
What kind of cat is a great big disaster? CATASTROPHE!
What kind of cat is an even bigger disaster? CATACLYSM!
What kind of cat rhymes with that and is a long religious recitation?
What kind of cat is connected to the engine of your car?
What kind of cat facilitates a chemical reaction? CATALYST!

What kind of cat is a group of things that are similar? CATEGORY!
What kind of cat comes in the mail from Sears? CATALOGUE!

What kind of cat is a whole bunch of cows? CATTLE!
What kind of cat throws stuff over the wall of a castle? CATAPULT!
What kind of cat tunnels under the castle? CATACOMB!
What kind of cat floats on two pontoons? CATAMARAN!
What kind of cat takes a picture of the inside of your body? CAT SCAN!
What kind of cat obscures your vision? CATARACT!
What kind of cat is being followed by a moon shadow? CAT STEVENS!
What kind of cat is the capital of Nepal? KATMANDU!
What kind of cat carries your golf clubs? CADDY!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


This month has been one filled with many eventful days!

Annika was invited to two birthday parties in the same weekend!

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Lucas’ (family friend) 5th Soccer themed Birthday! 

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Abigail’s (friend from school) 5th Birthday!  All the girls from Annika’s JK class attended….had some scaverange hunt fun!

We went to Uncle Rob’s school Family Fun BBQ night.  The kids got some cotton candy, hotdogs, doggy balloons and bounced in a bouncy castle!

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One early afternoon our neighbour noticed a baby deer wandering down the street.  We were able to lead it into the backyard of my neighbour’s house where it found a comfy corner to nap in all day, and then must have found its way back to mommy in the night :)  The Humane Society reassured us that leaving the deer be was the best thing, and that more than likely mama deer would come right to the backyard in the night to get her baby.  Being the concerned mommy that I am, I of course had to read up on fawns and what to do when you find one…and sure enough, everything I read said the same thing.  Mommy deer often leave their babies in a particular spot all day long and only return at dusk and dawn to feed them.  The babies have no scent, so in order to keep predators away, mommy and daddy deer stay away to keep baby safe.  Very neat stuff!

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Here’s our pretty baby deer…must have been spooked or curious about something to lead him/her away from the resting spot her mom would have left her in..

Next up on the agenda – Daddy’s Day!  Each year Father’s Day is quite the adventure for us Loarings.  James can’t pass up an opportunity to attend Greek Fest in Windsor, with John and Char, and then Leamington Trithalon on Father’s day morning.  We head straight back to Guelph to spend the rest of the day with my dad.  All in all, it was a good weekend.  The kids being a little older now with slightly longer attention spans makes traveling a lot easier :)

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Daddy and Papa were showered with a few little presents to show our appreciation for being such awesome dads!!! xo

Last but definitely not least….the winemaker is coming out in me!!!!!  30 bottles of wine with my name on them ~ drink of choice for the summer ~ and super yummy too!

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Last touch will be labels and a couple more weeks to settle.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Perfect Quote!


….what every parent should live by…..

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Parents of Small Children

I found this article through a friend of mine who had posted a link on Facebook…..I love this article for many reasons….mostly because of the truth it tells – that life isn’t all fairytales and rainbows….real life includes the hard days, the tough things and the reality that everyone lives with difficulties at certain times in their lives.  It’s what we learn from the hard times that really matters.

From a parent’s perspective, this article will most likely hit home to pretty much anyone who is willing to admit it

….while we’re currently trudging through yet another round of (about the 11th or 12th) cold/ear infection/fever in the past six months, I’m relieved to know that I’m not the only one that feels like they may be going a little crazy….


To parents of small children: Let me be the one who says it out loud

March 12, 2013

I am in a season of my life right now where I feel bone tired almost all of the time. Ragged, how-am-I-going-to-make-it-to-the-end-of-the-day, eyes burning exhausted.

I have three boys ages 5 and under. I’m not complaining about that. Well, maybe I am a little bit. But I know that there are people who would give anything for a house full of laughter & chaos. I was that person for years and years; the pain of infertility is stabbing and throbbing and constant. I remember allowing hope to rise and then seeing it crash all around me, month after month, for seven years. I am working on another post about infertility that will come at a later date.

But right now, in my actual life, I have three boys ages five and under. There are many moments where they are utterly delightful, like last week when Isaac told my sister-in-law that “My daddy has hair all over.” Or when Elijah put a green washcloth over his chin and cheeks, and proudly declared, “Daddy! I have a beard just like you!” Or when Ben sneaks downstairs in the morning before the other boys do, smiles at me, and says, “Daddy and Ben time.”

But there are also many moments when I have no idea how I’m going to make it until their bedtime. The constant demands, the needs, and the fighting are fingernails across the chalkboard every single day. 

One of my children is for sure going to be the next Steve Jobs. I now have immense empathy for his parents. He has a precise vision of what he wants — exactly that way and no other way. Sometimes it’s the way his plate needs to be centered exactly to his chair, or how his socks go on, or exactly how the picture of the pink dolphin needs to look – with brave eyes, not sad eyes, daddy! He is a laser beam, and he is not satisfied until it’s exactly right.

I have to confess that sometimes the sound of his screaming drives me to hide in the pantry. And I will neither confirm nor deny that while in there, I compulsively eat chips and/or dark chocolate.

There are people who say this to me:

“You should enjoy every moment now! They grow up so fast!”

I usually smile and give some sort of guffaw, but inside, I secretly want to hold those people under water. Just for a minute or so. Just until they panic a little.

If you have friends with small children — especially if your children are now teenagers or if they’re grown – please vow to me right now that you will never say this to them. Not because it’s not true, but because it really, really doesn’t help.

We know it’s true that they grow up too fast. But feeling like I have to enjoy every moment doesn’t feel like a gift, it feels like one more thing that is impossible to do, and right now, that list is way too long. Not every moment is enjoyable as a parent; it wasn’t for you, and it isn’t for me. You just have obviously forgotten. I can forgive you for that. But if you tell me to enjoy every moment one more time, I will need to break up with you.

If you are a parent of small children, you know that there are moments of spectacular delight, and you can’t believe you get to be around these little people. But let me be the one who says the following things out loud:

You are not a terrible parent if you can’t figure out a way for your children to eat as healthy as your friend’s children do. She’s obviously using a bizarre and probably illegal form of hypnotism.

You are not a terrible parent if you yell at your kids sometimes. You have little dictators living in your house. If someone else talked to you like that, they’d be put in prison.

You are not a terrible parent if you can’t figure out how to calmly give them appropriate consequences in real time for every single act of terrorism that they so creatively devise.

You are not a terrible parent if you’d rather be at work.

You are not a terrible parent if you just can’t wait for them to go to bed.

You are not a terrible parent if the sound of their voices sometimes makes you want to drink and never stop.

You’re not a terrible parent.

You’re an actual parent with limits. You cannot do it all. We all need to admit that one of the casualties specific to our information saturated culture is that we have sky-scraper standards for parenting, where we feel like we’re failing horribly if we feed our children chicken nuggets and we let them watch TV in the morning.

One of the reasons we are so exhausted is that we are oversaturated with information about the kind of parents we should be.

So maybe it’s time to stop reading the blogs that tell you how to raise the next President who knows how to read when she’s three and who cooks, not only eats, her vegetables. Maybe it’s time to embrace being the kind of parent who says sorry when you yell. Who models what it’s like to take time for yourself. Who asks God to help you to be a better version of the person that you actually are, not for more strength to be an ideal parent.

So the next time you see your friends with small children with that foggy and desperate look in their eyes, order them a pizza and send it to their house that night. Volunteer to take their kids for a few hours so they can be alone in their own house and have sex when they’re not so tired, for heaven’s sake. Put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eyes, and tell them that they’re doing a good job. Just don’t freak out if they start weeping uncontrollably. Most of the time, we feel like we’re botching the whole deal and our kids will turn into horrible criminals who hate us and will never want to be around us when they’re older.

You’re bone tired. I’m not sure when it’s going to get better. Today might be a good day or it might be the day that you lost it in a way that surprised even yourself.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

You’re not alone.

~Steve Wiens


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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Weekend Love

James and I celebrated our 5-Year Anniversary on Friday – Movie and Martinis :)  Annika and Selena were lucky enough to spend the night with nana and papa – of course on arrival they got some new goodies to play with, and had nana’s famous pancake breakfast in the morning

We then celebrated Meaghan and Karsten’s engagement on Saturday!  A huge feast and pool fun filled the evening.  The love birds will be tying the knot next year.

Last week our baby Robin made his/her departure into the big world….watch this video to see some neat footage I ended up getting.


..and some recent pics of our garden

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