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Parent Vacations

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It is amazing how these 14 things do give you that undeniable “vacation” feeling!  I  feel myself being able to breath deeper and actually think for myself during these moments – it’s fantastic!  Never really thought to consider them my daily “vacations!”…. I like it!14 “Vacations” Parents Take Every DayGoing to the supermarket without your kids feels like a week in Jamaica.1. When you’re the first person in your family to wake up.Those eight minutes before your kids come barreling into the kitchen asking for breakfast are yours and yours alone!2. Pumping gas.The 90 seconds when your kids are inside the car and you’re outside of it offer a wonderful chance to unwind. Take a deep breath (but not too deep because, you know, gas) and let your troubles fade away.3. Being on hold with the bank.Your kids generally know to leave you alone when you’re on the phone, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the feedback-y version of “Waterfalls.”4. Waiting in line without your kids.That long line at the p…

Elena

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Today is the day of extra warm thoughts and love for my mother-in-law – 11 years ago today was the day James lost her.Still, always wishing I could have known her, I am always reminded of her in very subtle ways every day of the year.   I see her through our girls, through James’ expressions and little shoves of direction when I’m having a difficult day.We don’t celebrate just her elegances – we celebrate her entirety – the goods, the not-so-goods - her love, our connection and the lessons that she has left with us ♥

Two Months Old!

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Happy Two-Months to our handsome Levi today!  The little man has been home from the NICU since December 31 (a perfect  New Year’s Gift!).  He’s been growing and staying healthy, and weights over 6 pounds now!  He’s been keeping his mommy on her toes at night… poor Jenn is a little bit sleep-deprived (…. or actually, a lot..)Annika and Selena have been so excited about their new cousin.  This weekend Annika was excited to hold Levi!  She’s going to be a great mommy one day – she’s already asked me when she’s allowed to have a baby…..Saturday morning at nana and papa’sShe’s got such a genuinely caring and nurturing heart ♥Selena… a little perturbed that sister was  holding Levi for the picture …and then there’s Timmie – who will not let any man go near Levi without freaking out and giving the stare-down.  David went to give Levi a kiss and this was Timmie’s reaction haha!xoxAnd then to David and Jenn’s on Sunday!  Annika made Levi some presents and was showing him the art she drew him –…

New Year’s Marriage!

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For all of us married folk… found this blog entry rather cute How to Have a Happier Marriage -- Without Changing a ThingJanuary 1st. The day of fresh starts and new beginnings. The day we vow to eat more green vegetables, actually use our gym membership, and try, once again, to lose those hard to lose pounds.As we look to the new year, we often focus on ways to be "better" -- resolving to do more of what's good for us and less of what's not. To (at least most of the time) come from our best.For a good many of us, finding ways to have a more satisfying marriage is high on our list.But in our rush for improvement, we overlook this key fact: Much of what makes marriage challenging is the stuff that's not easily changed. The stuff that's more about who we are and what we value. The stuff that can, unfortunately, drive us totally nuts.Such as a spouse's need for order or solitude, or another's call to adventure. A tendency to dawdle or multi-task, a pencha…

Bird’s-Eye View of Facebook…

…The reason why I’ve never been a huge fan of Facebook.  Although it’s great to be in touch with many people who I’d otherwise not be if it wasn’t for Facebook, and it gives great exposure to small businesses who would otherwise not be able to afford marketing…. the delusional perspective it gives to people’s lives has always bothered me.  This little article and video perfectly portrays what I’ve always seen in Facebook.  I rarely scroll down my feed anymore and I’m not one to post many things anymore.  I don’t want people thinking I live a life that’s not accurately displayed, and, do people really need to know what I do on a daily basis??  Could Facebook be the cause of the rising cases of depression??… maybe… just maybe..“Everyone on Facebook looks like they're having a great time. Fun adventures, deep romances, amazing jobs. It's enough to make you feel inadequate, but it's also a lie. Nobody is really as happy as their Facebook wall claims, as this piercing short fro…

Happy New Year!

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We rung in the new year in style with friends!  Meaghan and Karsten came for a tame night and lots of  laughs over “Cards Against Humanity!” and a great cheers at the stroke of midnight!  Our second bash (belated two days) included our very first visit with baby Ava!  Miro and Coleen brought Ava Tot into the world eight weeks early, on October 18 (the same day that James proposed to me seven years ago).  Ava had a 38-day NICU stay at Grand River (the same hospital baby Levi was eventually transferred to).  Ava is doing fantastic, it was so nice to finally meet her ♥  All these tiny babies are giving me baby-fever! (but… no… we’re not having another one…) The girls! (just missing Ava) – Selena, Annika, Gwyneth and Emma.  What a concidence that two of James’ close friends (Miro and rob) have all had girls!James and I, as always, celebrated another year together (our original anniversary was New Year’s Eve)! Can’t wait to see what this new year brings!  I never overdue my resolutions, an…