Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Life is a journey, not a race!

These past few months have been tough, we have gone through various extended family member’s health issues and the unexpected loss of a friend. All around us it has seemed we keep hearing of one more tragic event if not in our lives, then in a friend or family member’s life.

What has this meant to me?

It has shown me that you just never know what will happen. One day someone is here, and suddenly they aren't.

We are all headed to the same end, but how we get there is a different story.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One Of The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done....

While I have been through my share of difficult times in my life, I would have to say that what happened on Monday is right up there as one of the hardest things I have ever had to do.

Never before have I had to be the one to notify a friend that someone close to us passed away.

As hard as it was when I found out the tragic news on Sunday, I knew I had to be there to tell my friend and her mom.

For this young man worked with her autistic son as his educational assistant at school.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Back to School: Tips for getting ready

It is now the time of year when I start to prep for back to School for the kids. School supplies have been bought and now the work of going through my kids closets and drawers for outgrown clothes begins. Despite that,  I am only cautiously optimistic that they will actually be back in School in a couple weeks.

You can read a detailed timeline here of the events here  however, basically back in April the Teachers, having voted in favour of job action back in March, started Phase 1 Job action. This meant they refused to communicate with school Administrators, would arrive no more than an before and leaving an hour after school hours, and would not supervise students outside of class time. 

This last point  resulted in about a dozen school districts across BC cancelling recess. In May Phase 2 Job action started with rotating strikes. By June teachers voted again on escalating and on June 17th Phase three Job action started, meaning that a full-scale strike commenced.  So Parents who dropped their kids off at School that day quickly learned that it was actually the last day of School.

Korean Beef

I admit that Summer Meals around here sometimes consist of some more hastily thrown together meals especially during hot weather. Once Fall comes and the cooler temperatures with it, I get back into making some of our favourite meals that can be cooked indoors instead of on the grill. Given that Fall is also the start of school and activities we tend to also look for quick, nutritious meals. This one fits the bill and is loved by us all. It is also easily doubled for when we have company for dinner. I like to serve it with steamed carrots too! I originally found this recipe over at Lizzie Writes and adapted the spices used for our taste buds. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kid's Say The Darndest Things!

When it was on air I loved watching Bill Cosby on the show “Kid’s Say The Darndest Things”, it was always good for a laugh. Lucky for me now that I have kids of my own they provide in home entertainment with all the funny things they say! 

In fact, Many years ago when my son started talking I started a little journal that I keep to record those funny moments. I figure we can look back on them and laugh when they are older, either that or I will have some great stories to tell at their weddings!

Here are some recent Things that my kids have said that in some cases literally left me speechless:

 1.  Karensa and I were having a conversation recently about babies and we talked about how her and her brother had been babies in my belly. She will sometimes point at my belly and joke that I have a baby in there. This day we happened to talk about how I won’t be having any more babies. She looked at me and said “Don’t worry Mom, soon I will have babies and you can hug them”…At five years old that “soon” is a long ways away my dear!! She has also been telling people this week that she is going to grow up, have babies and then be a firefighter.