17
December

Wordless wednesday – O Christmas tree

The lils on the hunt

Time to cut

Solo cutter, it's going down!!

family fun

Decorating

Decorating

Tree, topped!

No comments yet

10
December

Wordless wednesday – goalie school

Goalie school

Goalie school

Goalie school

Goalie school

Goalie school

Goalie school

Goalie school

Goalie school

No comments yet

4
December

Wordless Wednesday – Goosie’s big day

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

No comments yet

27
November

Wordless Wednesday – Santa Claus parade

Help Santa Toy Parade

Help Santa Toy Parade

Help Santa Toy Parade

Help Santa Toy Parade

Help Santa Toy Parade

Help Santa Toy Parade

Help Santa Toy Parade

Help Santa Toy Parade

Help Santa Toy Parade

No comments yet

19
November

Super Six!

Dear Goose:

Happy birthday! Today you are six years old. You continue to bring joy to every day, into everything that you do. It makes me smile to hear you wake singing in the morning, and watch it continue all day long. You hit a rough patch earlier this year, where that song (and the accompanying dance) disappeared for a while. We were so happy to see that it has returned.

This year has been filled with fun and adventure for you. You have clearly been bitten by the travel bug. Despite the fact that we took three major trips this year (Turks and Caicos, London, and Prince Edward Island), you are always looking for the next adventure. It is so much fun to see you explore the world, and to have you guide out next travels.

Your love for learning has continued to grow. Math is your favourite subject, and I love to watch you work through problems. Lately, reading has become one of your favourite pastimes in the recent weeks, as you have moved into longer stories and chapter books. It amuses me greatly when you shush me, telling me that I am disturbing your reading.

Hockey continues to be a source of great joy for you, and you have progressed really well over the last year. This is most likely due to the fact that you have yet to have had one 7:00AM practice this season; early morning practices being the only thing that you loathe about hockey. This year also saw you master solo swimming, and almost perfect two-wheel biking. I can’t wait to see what you try next!

I hope that the next year is as filled with fun and adventure for you.

All my love,
Mama

a year of goose
Snuggles

Portrait

Sandcastle fun

Skating lessons!

Happy Summer People

Beach days

Happy Summer People

Back to School

Back to School

Hallowe'en 2014

No comments yet

17
November

Seasons change

As the weather has cooled off over the last few weeks, I have been eagerly anticipating the frosty mornings that come with every autumn. They are beautiful, and they are one of my favourite things to photograph. Sadly, for me, it took until mid-November before I got my first frosty morning.
Frosty leaves

I was busy and didn’t have the time to take the pictures that I wanted, but I took a few shots, and planned to devote the time on the next one.
Frosty leaves

Frosty leaves

Frosty leaves

Frosty leaves

Sunday morning we woke up to a light dusting of snow. The lils were beyond excited, and did a little snow dance as we were heading to hockey.
Snow dancing

It continued to snow for a bit, enough to make the last of my brown eyed susans little bit chilled.
Sad flowers

Sad flowers

This morning we woke up to this.
Snowy morn

As the lils always do with the first snowfall, they we geared up and out the door long before we had to leave. They shovelled the driveway until I was ready, then we headed off on our slow walk to school. I took my camera everywhere today.
Yet to fall

snowy road

Get the nets out

Branch

Sadder flower

No comments yet

12
November

Wordless wednesday – where they fell

Fallen leaves

Fallen leaves

Fallen leaves

Fallen leaves

Fallen leaves

Fallen leaves

Fallen leaves

Fallen leaves

No comments yet

5
November

Wordless wednesday – Hallowe’en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

Hallowe'en 2014

No comments yet

29
October

Wordless wednesday – honouring a fallen soldier

Honouring a fallen soldier

Honouring a fallen soldier

Honouring a fallen soldier

Honouring a fallen soldier

Honouring a fallen soldier

Honouring a fallen soldier

Honouring a fallen soldier

Honouring a fallen soldier

No comments yet

24
October

Processing

Wednesday was surreal to me. Living in a capital city, you know that there are obvious targets, but still, this is OTTAWA, my big small town, my safe town, my sleepy town. As I read the reports of what was happening downtown, I felt a momentary fear. It wasn’t that I was afraid that I’d be hurt, or that my family would be; I was afraid that others would be. I thought of friends who work downtown, and wondered what they were going through. It was a long and scary day for many of them.

That fear turned to sadness when I learned that Cpl. Cirillo had died. I cried, for his family and colleagues, for all of those who were hurting because of his senseless murder. He was an honour guard, a ceremonial position that should never have seen any violence. I cried a bit for an innocence lost, even if it was my perception of innocence.

As the day progressed, it became clear that the immediate danger had passed. There was uncertainty, so large parts of the downtown were “locked down”, and many buildings around the city were secured – doors looked so that people could neither enter nor leave. I wanted to go get my children from school, mostly because I was told that I couldn’t, but also because I needed to hold them. Eventually I got to them, but they just wanted to run. So they ran and I talked with some other moms, working through our emotions, relishing the human contact. Processing, a necessary stage. I felt refreshed afterward. No longer the slightest bit afraid, still sad, and more than a little bit angry. This is OTTAWA, who did this man think he was to mess with MY town?

Wednesday night I stumbled on the #MyOttawa hashtag, and it resonated with me. I fell in love with my city through the eyes of others, friends and strangers, those who live close, and those who have never lived here at all. It became apparent to me that an act that was meant to invoke fear and cause divide had failed to do that. Yesterday I watched my city return to business, to normal. There was an unmistakeable calm and quiet resolve here, I felt it as I started my day. This wasn’t going to get us down. Yes, there will be reviews and tweaks, but I don’t think that there will be any large scale changes to life in Ottawa. This will still be the city that I know and love. My Ottawa.

Discovery

Young love

Early Morn

Shinny

Winter's last gasp

Glabar summer fun day 2013

Mer Bleue

Down by the river

Meech Lake

Late fall day

Family skate

Hogs Back falls

GAME ON!!! #sens #mo365

2014 Police and Peace Officers' Memorial

No comments yet

Back to top