Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Artists: SARAH http://sarahsatrun.blogspot.ca  &
 CATHERINE http://catherinesatrun.blogspot.ca

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

19 Things We Should Say to Children

I have seen this list a few times on Pinterest...and it really strikes a cord with me.  I try to be the best parent I can be for L and E.  I know that I am short with them at times, a little impatient, raise my voice more than I should...but they know how much I love and adore them (I hope) - Check out this list and see the wonderful things we should all be saying to our children. I recognize a few times when I can use some of the things on this list....

Bronte Creek Provincial Park 03/13
1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving you. Nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that.

2. You are amazing! I look at you with wonder! Not just at what you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one!

Blue Jays Game 08/12
3. It’s all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons: when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry, afraid, or lonely. Big people cry too. I do.

4. You’ve made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes. I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It’s all over. You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you.

5. You did the right thing. That was scary or hard. Even though it wasn’t easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too.

Canada's Wonderland 10/11
6. I’m sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake.

7. You can change your mind. It’s good to decide, but it is also fine to change.

8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come up with that? Tell me more. Your mind is clever!

9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that person. That must make you feel good inside. Thank you!

10. I have a surprise for you. It’s not your birthday. It’s for no reason at all.
Walt Disney World 10/12
Just a surprise, a little one, but a surprise.

11. I can wait. We have time. You don’t have to hurry this time.

12. What would you like to do? It’s your turn to pick. You have great ideas. It’s important to follow your special interests.

13. Tell me about it. I’d like to hear more. And then what happened? I’ll listen.

Christmas morning 2012
14. I’m right here. I won’t leave without saying good-bye. I am watching you. I am listening to you.

15. Please and Thank You. These are important words. If I forget to use them, will you remind me?

16. I missed you. I think about you when we are not together!
Canada's Wonderland 06/12

17. Just try. A little bit. One taste, one step. You might like it. Let’s see. I’ll help you if you need it. I think you can do it.

18. I’ll help you. I heard you call me, here I am. How can I help you? If we both work together, we can get this done. I know you can do it by yourself, but I’m glad to help since you asked.

19. What do you wish for? Even if it’s not yet time for birthday candles and we don’t have a wishbone, it’s still fun to hear about what you wish for, hope for, and dream about.

Christmas Eve 2012

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April 2nd is....


Today marks the 6th annual autism awareness day. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events such as Light it up Blue - Many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part by installing a blue lightbulb or a special filter to buildings existing lights to portray the blue effect.  It's a beautiful way to show support.

While I didn't participate this year with any fundraising, I did wear blue today in support of this very special day.  I also did a little shopping....for the month of April,  Stella & Dot jewellery is donating 20% of total sales from their Autism Awareness Collection to the HollyRod Foundation with a guaranteed minimum of $10,000. To the left is a picture of the lovely bracelet that I purchased - It's called the spirit bracelet.  

New research shows the rate of children being diagnosed with autism continues to steadily rise and that autism is now considered almost twice as common as it was believed to be only ten years ago. A recent report stated that one in 88 children has autism or a related disorder, compared with one in 155 in 2002.  A shocking report from the US this week reports that in actuality, one in 50 children have an autism spectrum disorder.

About 10 years ago, an adorable little boy with brown hair and dark brown eyes was enrolled in my daycare class.  This little boy, Kyle, was an absolute joy - he made me smile every day - Kyle had autism. I enjoyed every minute working with Kyle.  Seeing him learn new things was the most rewarding part of working at that daycare.  A few years ago, I reconnected with his mom via facebook.  It was so great to hear how he was doing - seeing pictures, he has grown into a handsome young man, amazing his family every day....If I'm remembering correctly, he will be 13 at the end of this month. I think of him often and cherish the year that I was able to be his teacher. I learned a lot from my little buddy, Kyle. (update: I am shocked to hear my little friend is actually going to be 14 this month.  Oh my gosh, where has the time gone?)

There are still so many unanswered questions about autism...and sadly there is very little known about the causes. There are thousands of families across the autism spectrum that can use help. So, please show your support and bring awareness to autism and it's foundations.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Weekend 2013

I LOVE long weekends at home with T and the kids.  Our family had an amazing Easter weekend. Here are some highlights:

*cheering on L's teacher at a 5k Good Friday race - L was inspired and decided she would like to do the kids 1km next year...I was also inspired and wonder if I can finally get myself in gear to do a 5k.
Congratulations, K.N on your first 5k race!

* dinner with family at local fish fish
* Annual visit to Bronte Provincial Park for their Maple Syrup Festival -- weather was perfect - company was great, and this year's maple syrup - fantastic.
*sunshine and warm temperatures

*no more training wheels - super proud Mommy moment
*Easter egg hunt(s)
*smiling faces
*dinner(s) with family
*sugar high giggles

Couldn't have been any better!