Finding a balance

This morning has been a nice nice, because I feel like it was wholesome for Joseph and Elizabeth. I signed Joseph up for a little music and song class through Halifax Recreation and we went to our first one this morning. He really loves singing and dancing, so it was so wonderful to see him having fun and learning new things.

I’ve been reading lately, and a lot of it has been focused on parenting. I’ve discovered the richness of reading about different parenting philosophies, and I feel like I’ve really benefitted from it because it has allowed me to reflect on what I believe is important to our family. One of my friends is a behavioural psychologist, and she has always lauded the importance of unstructured free play for healthy development in children. She recommended the book, “Balanced and Barefoot” by paediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom. What an amazing read! Basically, the moral of the book is to let kids be outside because it is good for them. A little by little, allow them to have more and more freedom to be unsupervised. Continue reading

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Can’t see the forest for the trees

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash

I had to drive through Dal’s campus to get to and from Elizabeth’s physiotherapy appointment today. The sidewalks were jammed with students, as it’s only the beginning of the semester, so students are still keen to make it to class. I love the start of semesters. I love the promise they hold. Of new beginnings, the ideas to be learned, of being better, of going places. Had all worked out according to my plan, I was going to be a nursing student this semester. I was overcome with the thought of how fortunate they are to be students. How much I wanted to be walking with them. Continue reading

The Best Of: April 2017

April showers bring May flowers! Baby showers, to be exact, and those little flowers are due any day now. I hosted two baby showers and attended one, so that’s what I’m nick-naming April: baby shower month.

I helped to organize one for my good friend Emily. I left the kids at home and headed out to spend some much needed time with friends – eating food and giving semi-legit parenting advice, sprinkled with hilarious and embarrassing stories about my kids.  Continue reading

Lower Base Shearwater Playground

2 Harvard Drive, Shearwater Nova Scotia.

In my opinion, one of the best playgrounds in HRM. And yet, I can’t seem to find anything about it on Google! Finished sometime in 2016 (based on a 2016 Google map view of it still in construction), this playground has most of the things on my ‘Dream Playground’ list. Multiple heights of slides, different levels of climbing aparati for various ages and abilities,  a teeter-totter, swings (and even an cage-swing that children of every ability can enjoy). Not to mention a rubber landing pad which makes it SO EASY for me to bring my stroller on. It also has a number of tables around the play area, perfect for caregivers to sit, and for kids to come back for a snack.  Continue reading

A Week Without Dad

Josh has been gone for 5 days, and we have survived. Actually, I might even say that we have thrived. A few rough patches, but the kids have been pretty wonderful. I’ve been getting to sleep earlier, and the early morning wake ups haven’t really been that bad. I’ve even managed to shower every day this week. Haha!

Monday we headed out to a playgroup run by one of my best friends. Have I ever mentioned how much I love playgroups? I love them so much. Snacks, toys, and other grown ups. I mostly love how little supervision I need to give Joe. He is pretty free to do whatever he wants, and I think it is so good for him.  Continue reading

Recipe #4: Tikka Masala | The Brisson Family Cookbook

Tikka Masala. Spiced chicken thighs cooking in butter. Onions added to soak up all that butter. Creamy coconut milk. All on top of a bed of basmati rice. Yum!

I find myself, on quite a regular basis, craving some deliciously spicy (but not too spicy) Indian Paired with some lovely rice, this incredibly fragrant food always gets me excited.
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