Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Springtime Things…

This spring seems to be bringing some interesting things and changes to BJAMS!  The kids and I surprised James and showed up to support him this weekend at the LRUTS run.  The times seem to be changing regarding local races, so we are not sure about the future of this event, but it’s been a good few years and didn’t want miss it!

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I can officially announce that I have been chosen to race the first ever Women’s Toronto Nike 15k!  I registered myself in the draw and was one of many who were chosen to race this event.  A few things drew me to this event, but the deciding factor was finding out this race was benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.  My dad fought this yucky disease – and thanks to his amazing fighting spirit and miracle chemo drugs, he has put himself into full remission.  Without the research team affiliated with this society, my dad may not have been able to fight this disease.  I’ll be proudly running for him on June 14!

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Our poor baby boy had to have a cyst removed today… it’s been bugging him for a while, so I reluctantly agreed to have it removed.  It will heal up just fine and he was a major trooper for the procedure!

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he had his stuffy buddy with him the whole time, and fell asleep sitting up on the car ride home xo

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Ouchie… Sad smile

And…. I am currently in the process of transitioning to a new job.. My mom was informed about a month ago that her contract with St. Joseph’s Hospital was coming to an end.  A much bigger company was granted the contract and is taking over all of the dictation and transcription for the hospital.  Thankfully, I was given the opportunity to apply for a position with this company.  My skills were put to the test after a somewhat grueling interview and testing period, I got through and will officially be contracted through Accentus/Nuance.  A big change for me, but I’m thankful for the opportunity and we’ll see where this takes me…

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thanks Mom!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought this was quite appropriate… Thanks mom, I Luv U!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Godson’s Baptism ♥

Levi was Baptized this past Sunday.  It was a beautiful day all around.  I’m so proud of Levi, he is our little sweetheart!!

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Godparents with Levi’s parents  (Jenn’s brother Tom is Levi’s Godfather)

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Levi’s card from Annika and Selena

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Jenn and her sisters – Aileen and Laura

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Skills

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A little injury..

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Family photo op

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PINK’s dress

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3036838/Pink-SLAMS-Twitter-trolls-criticised-weight-following-cancer-benefit.html

This is one topic that I seem to be so sensitive to.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE??????

I’ve thankfully never been affected by any type of eating disorder – but I know how serious and horrible this illness can be.  I wish people could realize that even the smallest comments focused on someone’s looks can contribute to this illness.

I am always quite flabbergasted at the amount of people in this word who focus on weight.  I’ve had the opposite comments – “you’re too skinny.”  These type of comments are never ok.  People may think that calling someone “skinny” is ok.  Why is the comment even made in the first place?  I don’t like it as much as another doesn’t like being called “chubby.”  I’ve banned the word “fat” from our house, and also banned any comment or conversation based on weight in front of my girls.  I don’t want my two beautiful girls to think that body image or weight is ever something of concern.  Because it’s not.

I don’t control my body weight – I eat what I want, when I want – most days I’m eating all day.  The human body will gain weight and lose weight – why is that such a concern for people?  I don’t understand?

For those of you who are about to make your next comment about another person’s weight or looks – STOP AND THINK!  Keep your negative, judgmental comments to yourselves.  There is never a place for these comments.  The person who you are about to judge is more than likely living a happier life than you.  How about we eliminate the topic of weight altogether.  This world could be a much happier place if we did.

Props to Pink for standing up for what’s right.  I hope this has made people think twice before judging.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Weekend 2015

Easter felt like Christmas this year… not sure that we’ll see another green Christmas followed by a white Easter for a while!  Char and John joined the fun this year.  We went to Mountsberg for some pancakes and syrup and a little Easter hunt for the kids.

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New dresses and coats from auntie

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Let the egg hunt begin!

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Nana in the Sun wanted in on the fun!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Affording a stay-at-home mom

Since my husband is a numbers guy, I thought this article was very cute.  All moms know what’s its like to wake up to immediate machine-mode, heads down and “get the work done” (as James likes to say!)  You do the work without question, without hesitation, without expectation.  Sometimes, at the end of a long day, it’s nice to have a little acknowledgement about the hurdles of the day’s work, but if not, guess what… you wake up and do it all again because that’s what your family needs.

Since I’m lucky enough to be running my own business from my home, I’ve had the best (and worst…)of both worlds – stay-at-home mom combined with working mom.  Yes… some days do feel impossible – like I’m going to keel over at any moment – as if I’ve signed myself up for the impossible – but, I do it, not because I need acknowledgment or because I’m trying to prove some uppity point to someone; but because I love my kids and my family, and I will do whatever it takes to keep my house and family at its best.

I’m sure this article has attracted the big debate of stay-at-home moms versus working moms..  well, wanna know what I think? I believe each individual has his or her own set of unique qualities and whatever it is that person decides to do with those qualities is up to them.  

Here’s the article!

He Can’t Afford For His Wife To Stay At Home Anymore. His Reason? Millions Of Moms Are SHOCKED

By Emerald Pellot

Stay-at-home moms have got it tougher than most. Child rearing and managing a household is not a job for the faint-hearted.

I don’t know how many moms have told me that, while raising their kids is a wonderfully fulfilling job, it is also an often thankless job. There’s no clocking out. There’s no quarterly bonuses. There’s no end to the workload and no stats to gauge how well you are doing, and it hardly ever gets any easier — just ask this mom.

Yet being a stay-at-home mother or father is a huge privilege. Not everyone can afford to have only one parent go to work so that the other can focus on the home.

So when I heard one man wrote a letter about how he couldn’t afford for his wife to be a stay-at-home mom, I expected that reason would be that the family needed another source of income.

What I didn’t expect to hear was this: Steven Nelms says he can’t afford for his wife and mother of his child, Glory, to stay at home.

If more people thought this way, the world would be a mighty different place. What Steven Nelms has to say about his wife and all mothers is something everyone should hear.

Read excerpts from his letter below, and watch the video to get the full story!

Nelms wrote in We Are Glory, "I’ve had this thought in my head for a while now. I’ve been thinking that I can’t afford for my wife to be a Stay-At-Home Mom. Now, I don’t at all mean to offend anyone with this post. I just have to say that for me personally, I can’t afford it… I mean that I quite literally cannot afford my wife to be staying at home."

Nelms wrote in We Are Glory, "I’ve had this thought in my head for a while now. I’ve been thinking that I can’t afford for my wife to be a Stay-At-Home Mom. Now, I don’t at all mean to offend anyone with this post. I just have to say that for me personally, I can’t afford it… I mean that I quite literally cannot afford my wife to be staying at home."

 

"My wife stays home and takes care of our son every single day. She changes his diapers, feeds him, plays with him, puts him down for his nap, and comforts him when he’s upset. And that’s just the bare minimum."

"My wife stays home and takes care of our son every single day. She changes his diapers, feeds him, plays with him, puts him down for his nap, and comforts him when he’s upset. And that’s just the bare minimum."

 

"I am in no way trying to simplify, objectify, or devalue the priceless love of a mother for her child. But let’s be real. Pay day feels good for a reason. Because you’re seeing your hard work appreciated in a tangible way that lets you 'treat yo self.' And this is exactly why I can’t afford my wife being a Stay-At-Home Mom. The national average weekly salary for a full-time nanny is $705. That’s $36,660 a year."

"I am in no way trying to simplify, objectify, or devalue the priceless love of a mother for her child. But let’s be real. Pay day feels good for a reason. Because you’re seeing your hard work appreciated in a tangible way that lets you 'treat yo self.'  And this is exactly why I can’t afford my wife being a Stay-At-Home Mom. The national average weekly salary for a full-time nanny is $705. That’s $36,660 a year."

This is Nelms' break down of just some of his wife's duties.

This is Nelms' break down of just some of his wife's duties.

 

  • Cleaning Service: $50-100 per visit once a week = $5,200 a year.
  • Personal Shopper: $65 per hour at 4 hours a week = $13,5250 a year.
  • Chef: $240 a week = $12,480 a year.

Reference:  http://stay-at-home.littlethings.com/stay-at-home-mom-74k-a-year/?utm_source=hdm&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=inspirational