Jacob + 8 years and 4 days

Happy birthday Jacob

On Saturday my son Jacob turned eight years old. Just like every year on one of my children's birthdays, I once again became ridiculously sentimental. How did this happen? How did my chubby-legged little baby turn into this big kid who can ride a … [Read more ...]

The Joys of Napping


My children have never been nappers. They both gave it up promptly right around their second birthdays and didn't look back. This didn't surprise me, because my mother always said I wasn't a napper, either. By all reports I gave it up around the same … [Read more ...]

Celebrating my Roots

bc day buntzen lake

Tomorrow is a holiday here in British Columbia. The first Monday in August is officially BC Day - a date that was chosen both to give everyone a chance to get out and have some fun at the height of summer, and to commemorate the formation of the … [Read more ...]

The Official Summer Slurpee

slurpee summer traditions

Traditions start in a lot of different ways. Some of them are passed down to us - like Christmas trees and birthday cakes and making jack o'lanterns on Halloween. Others are started on purpose, like a picture you take of your child every year on … [Read more ...]

The Best Laid Summer Plans

summer vacation

My kids' last day of school was yesterday, which makes today the first official day of summer vacation. We have nothing to look forward to but two months of fun in the sun. Or, at least, we did. But then my seven-year-old son Jacob fell off our … [Read more ...]

Poem for June: 100 Words About Environmental Education

environmental education student teacher mossom creek poetry

Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but others are for sharing. And so, a blog series is born. And now, here is my latest poem. I am finishing up my teacher training and my minor is in … [Read more ...]

Feeling all the Feels

Hannah and me

My daughter Hannah is 11 years old now. She is increasingly responsible, increasingly independent, increasingly smart and increasingly tall. (Seriously! The kid grew a quarter inch in a week.) She is not a little girl anymore. Hannah cooks now, … [Read more ...]