October 2, 2012

Locally grown organic produce

This summer we decided to introduce our kids to the joys of planting an edible garden.  They have enjoyed a season of running outside and picking fruits and vegetables to munch on at all hours of the day.  Somehow, I thought by the time fall rolled around, there wouldn’t be much produce left in our little plot.  No so!   This morning JD and I went to harvest some of the last fruits and vegetables in our garden.  Here are some pictures of our yield.  Now this is what I call fresh locally grown organic produce!

 

 

 

 

“It is like the seed put in the soil – the more one sows, the greater the harvest.”

by Orison Swett Marden

September 30, 2012

Ryan Gosling Shout out to moms

Hi  moms,

I thought you would get a kick out of this photo!  I had a rough week taking care of two sick babies while hubby was away in Germany on business.  After alternating between both kids bedrooms several times each night when they’d cough themselves awake and couldn’t get back to sleep, I would sit in their beds cuddling them or pacing to and fro while  singing them lullabies.  The constantly interrupted sleep was the hardest thing I did last week (reminiscent of when we had newborns) but now that hubby is back and I’ve had a few good nights of sleep, I realize how much I value those intimate moments with each child, in the middle of the night.

Moms, our jobs are difficult, but the rewards are priceless.  Go forth, and squeeze your kids a little tighter, listen to them a little longer, let your gaze on them linger; soak them in at this moment and appreciate the wonderful blessing that comes with being a mom.  Have a great week girlfriends, you rock!

xo,

Char

September 22, 2012

The beauty of diversity

One of the most wonderful things about living in a city like Toronto is it’s unique diversity of people.  From gorgeous kinky fros, to elegantly slanted eyes, to beautiful brown skin; to remarkable red locks.  We come from all reaches of the globe to form a city, a neighbourhood, a community, friendships; family.  Our bonds are forged of choice, the choice to attend each others cultural festivals, eat each others foods and listen to each others music.  As I raise my children in this place that offers a unique opportunity for connectedness, I will encourage them to appreciate the diversity in themselves and also in those around them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Maya Angelou

September 4, 2012

The Ex

If you live in Toronto, the closing of the Canadian National Exhibition each year signifies the final chapter of summer. You can sense it’s our last hurrah because people flock through its arches in droves, board its many rides, eat its deep fried mars bars, visit its many vendors and kick up their heels at its concerts. Thanks CNE for 134 years of history and fun.

Au revoir to the dog days of summer!

August 28, 2012

Hiking to Killbear Point

We’ve been having a wonderful time camping for the past two weeks with our family. One morning, we decided to have a leisurely breakfast then go for a hike to Killbear Point. The morning started a bit rainy but by the time we got to the point, it was stunningly beautiful. What a wonderful way to spend time as a family and explore a little more of our breathtaking country!