Homeschool | Backyard Science

Homeschool | Backyard Science

Today we were looking for sludge. There’s this gross, gooey, living stuff that grows under leaves or in decaying logs. If you put it on a piece of paper across from a flake of oatmeal it will slowly creep towards the food and engulf it. We hunted around our yard and finally found a winning leaf.

Homeschool | Backyard Science

Homeschool | Backyard Science

Posted by: on Oct 27, 2014 | No Comments

Today we were looking for sludge. There’s this gross, gooey, living stuff that grows under leaves or in decaying logs. If you put it on a piece of paper across from a flake of oatmeal it will slowly creep towards the food and engulf it. We hunted around our yard and finally found a winning leaf.

Solidarity | The Common Bond of Motherhood

Solidarity | The Common Bond of Motherhood

Posted by: on Oct 26, 2014 | No Comments

I have been pretty sleep deprived lately and the more I lose sleep, the more anxious I get. Can you relate? I wanted to show you another outfit I wore with the shift top I sewed. I recognized after taking a couple shots that I was suffering from sour face but I can assure you, I wasn’t peeved about any thing; just very, very tired.

With all these viral posts on the WWW about not complaining about being a stay-at-home mom, and hey, it could be worse, I’ve felt deflated in spirit, as though I have to tiptoe around saying the wrong thing and appearing ungrateful.

Mommy Musings | Let Your Yes Be Yes

Mommy Musings | Let Your Yes Be Yes

Posted by: on Oct 23, 2014 | No Comments

I get asked so often how I find time for everything and I’m reminded that a blog represents a very limited portrayal of life. I don’t find time for everything and sometimes I manage life poorly. My family is always the number one priority and many times other activities, plans, hobbies, and work fall to the way side. This month alone I’m embarrassed to say I pulled out of three or four work engagements at the very last moment.

Me and Him | Shifting Gears

Me and Him | Shifting Gears

Posted by: on Oct 20, 2014 | No Comments

Ben tenses up as soon as he sees me haul out my sewing machine. I usually have very grandiose ideas but not always the best execution. Fortunately for him I was sewing a simple shift top for this project. I went to the sewing store for the boys’ Halloween costumes and stumbled upon this vertical striped fabric. Fall/Winter in Vancouver finds me in layers and coats and I wanted something that would pop underneath my cold weather wear.

Mommy Musings | Thanksgiving

Mommy Musings | Thanksgiving

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2014 | No Comments

Do you have one kid that seems more prone to catching various illnesses than your other children? Out of my three boys, the middle man always seems to be coming down with bugs. Right now he is dealing with a nasty one. We’re on day number 4 and praying for a turn around soon. This morning he was up at 3:30 AM

Alone Time | A Knit in Nature

Alone Time | A Knit in Nature

Posted by: on Oct 10, 2014 | No Comments

This afternoon I took some time to myself which I have to say, is pretty precious. I am naturally an introvert who needs alone time and at this stage of life, I am never alone. I am so thankful that I get to have a bustling household and I realized often when I go do my own thing I head to a coffee shop or go to an event where I’m once again surrounded by people. Today I craved real solitude and silence.

Life At A Glance | The Ultimate Vancouver Playground

Life At A Glance | The Ultimate Vancouver Playground

Posted by: on Oct 8, 2014 | No Comments

I’m still flabbergasted that I can’t do the monkey bars any more. If I had known this would happen I would have kept on swinging through my 30s. Regardless, I still make attempts at monkeying around; and pay the consequences. When we discovered Nobel Park on the University of British Columbia campus I was rearing to try the ropes course, monkey bar, climbing apparatus of awesomeness.

The Key to Self-Acceptance

The Key to Self-Acceptance

Posted by: on Oct 6, 2014 | No Comments

On Sunday, November 2nd is G Day in Vancouver. G Day is a social movement anchored by day-long events that emphasize self-esteem and leadership for girls aged 10-12. The first G Day was on April 28th and was attended by 250 girls. Leading up to the event I was asked to write a story about my own adolescence for the G Day blog. This time around I thought I’d post my story here for Elasticpantcity readers.

The Debt Slayer

The Debt Slayer

Posted by: on Oct 2, 2014 | No Comments

I genuinely believe there is a newborn vortex that sucks you in as soon as your precious bundle arrives and then spits you out on the other end of the first year. I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel as Ezra, my 10 month old, has started to sleep through the night and the world grows crisp and clear like a sunny Autumn morning.

A Homeschooling House | Early Literacy and Practical Life Skills

A Homeschooling House | Early Literacy and Practical Life Skills

Posted by: on Oct 1, 2014 | No Comments

A lot of people have asked me how homeschooling is going and what we do so I thought I’d give another brief update. Each morning we do a variety of activities usually combining early literacy with Montessori method life skills. We want to teach our boys to be helpful around the home.