Take A Mom ‘Time-Out’

As a mom, life is busy. We work, take care of our family, and don’t forget that there is always something to wash, dry, fold, clean, organize, and rewash. It’s so easy to lose sight of who we really are.
I think motherhood is absolutely wonderful but it can also be a time where an identify crisis happens. We spend so much time making sure everyone else has what they need and put ourselves last. I know I’m not the only one who does this! I don’t mean to, it just happens.

I’m part of a group that’s going through a series by Monique McLean called, ’21 Days Of Prayer’, and one of the topics has been being uniquely you. It got me thinking about what I enjoy doing for me, not for my family. I thought it would be easy to come up with hobbies or activities but when I sat down to write out my list it turned out to be much harder. It made me realize that I need to spend more time on me. I know I might not be the exact same person I was seven years ago before I became a mom, and I may have new interests and think a little differently now (because, you know, responsibility), but I’m still me. After some time I finally came up with a list and I’ve made it a goal this year to make time to actually do them.

This also made me realize that maybe I need to take a mom ‘time-out’ every now and then. No, I don’t mean locking yourself in a room while your preschooler  destroys the house. Get your husband/partner/mom/friend to watch our kids and go out of the house by yourself! But, go out with the intention of doing something for you (not groceries… but kid free grocery shopping is always tempting!).

What’s something you enjoy doing? 

It doesn’t have to be something crazy, it can be something simple like going for a massage. Or, maybe you like doing crafts or shopping by yourself. Go set some time aside and book a babysitter now because booking someone can be the hardest part and can also turn into an easy excuse not to go. Go out and enjoy your feee time. It will make you happier which in turn will make your significant other happy (if you have one) and your kids happy.

It’s a win win for everyone!

Hello, It’s Me!

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Hello again. It’s been too long. The last time I posted a third baby wasn’t even a thought in our heads and now she’s almost two years old! Eeek! There is so much to catch up on! How about I give you an update on our lives right now? Ok, here we go…

march-8-2015-kidsFirst, I guess I should introduce that third baby I already mentioned. Our daughter, Sawyer Elizabeth, was born in March 2015.  For the first year of her life she was the most laid back, easy going baby…until she turned one. Since then she’s given us a run for our money. She has a very big personality and knows what she wants, eats like it’s her job, beats up on her older brother and sister and usually makes them cry. Seriously, she makes them cry all the time. I guess with being the youngest she’s learned how to get everyones attention…and it works.

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Bronson is now FIVE and a half years old and is in kindergarten. He loves Nascar racing and knows what each racer’s car looks like, their name, and number. He’s obsessed with speed. Like any good brother he has already mastered the art of teasing his sisters. Many of you  might be wondering how his health is (read the tab at top of the page, ‘Bronson’s story’, if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and I’m so thankful to be able to say he has continued to stay healthy. He hasn’t had any issues with liver rejection and all of his oncology and transplant appointments have been good! He’s only had one hospitalization in the past few years and that was last year when he had to have ear tubes put in. Just normal kid stuff, not even related to his crazy health history. Otherwise, there is nothing to report…. and it’s amazing to be able to say that.

Miss Kallie will be SEVEN in less than two months! I don’t know how that happened, time goes by way to fast. She is the most loving, caring, and thoughtful girl…although she really knows how to push Bronson’s buttons sometimes. She loves to sing, dress up, and draw. She and Bronson are like two peas in a pod. They do (almost) everything together. I guess since they’re only 14 months apart they’re kinda sorta (not really) like twins. They’re good friends who happen to be siblings.

Life is definitely busy with three kids. With both Jon and I working full time outside of the home and I’ve been working on building a home based busines… life is just plain crazy. But, I’m ok with crazy as long as everyone stays healthy. I know one day I’ll look back and wish for these younger days back 😉

I hope you check back regularly as I plan to be sharing more about motherhood, health & wellness, being an entrepreneur, and just plain old life. See you soon!

Think about ‘What Makes a Real Life Hero?’ #SickKidsHero

Sick Kid’s fall campaign, What Makes a Real Life Hero. launched this week! They’re using the same commercial and print ads that they did last year, but they give a ‘1 year later’ update on all of the kids in the ads. You really need to take the time and read about each of the stories on the website. Each and every child who is treated at Sick Kids endures much more than what a child should and they really are all heroes. 

It’s crazy to see how much Bronson has grown since the commercial was shot a year ago September. He watched it with me earlier today and got excited when he saw “Baby Bronson” with Daddy! 
I know I posted a link to the Sick Kids Foundation last week but they re-launched the website this week and it’s all brand new and looks amazing! Go check it out here and think about supporting the hospital. Sick Kids will always be close to our hearts because without it, we wouldn’t have Bronson with us today. 

Summer, Fall, and Now It’s almost Christmas!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe that it’s the beginning of November.
I have no idea how the year went by so quickly and it feels like a whirlwind of a year. 
Only a month and a half until Christmas is here. 
That means that I really need to start my Christmas shopping!
A lot has happened since I last posted way back in May. Holy moly I can’t believe it’s been that long! 
Our summer was busy with a vacation up to a trailer, many visits to the beach, a broken arm for Bronson, the kids changing daycares, lots of memories made, and my sister and brother both getting engaged! (…not to each other though)
Despite the rain last week on Halloween, we were still able to go out trick or treating. By the time we got to house #6 the rain was starting to really come down but Kallie and Bronson were both ready to come home. It worked out perfectly. They had tons of fun dressed up as a Snow Princess and a Dinosaur and I think they looked pretty cute too! 
 In September I found super cute little boy fabric that I ordered to make Bronson a quilt for his room but I’ve never made a quilt before. So, I bought some cheap fabric from Walmart (pictured above) and did a practice quilt top. For my first quilt top, I think it turned out pretty good! I still have to trim up the edges, and attempt ‘stitching in ditch’ to complete it, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I also learned some things not to do for my next one. Now, I just have to find the time to start Bronson’s quilt! 
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   As many of you know, I am involved with the Sick Kids Foundation (if you click on the link you’ll see a photo of Bronson and my sister in the banner) and volunteer as a Parent Ambassador. Mid September I was asked to speak at the closing ceremonies for the Sears Great Run to End Kids Cancer and share our family’s story with Bronson. The event was held at Blue Mountain Resort and after attending the event we were able to enjoy a day exploring the resort. It was my first time going there and I would definitely go back any season of the year. We loved it! If you have kids, or no kids at all, it’s worth it to make a trip there. 
Little miss Kallie has figured out how to open the camera app on my iPhone and I’m constantly finding tons and tons of selfies of her! Look at those kissy lips 🙂 
She has grown into the most loving and affectionate little girl. She always wants to cuddle and be apart of what I’m doing and I love every minute of it.
Mr. Bronson just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We’ve continued to have good feedback from his transplant and oncology check ups. We only go to OT, PT, and Speech therapy every 6 months for monitoring now. And, since he finished weekly visits for speech therapy in May his vocabulary has really taken off. I think he talks more than Kallie does!
Well, in a nut shell, that brings you up to speed on our lives! 
I hope everyone had a great Halloween with their kiddies 🙂 
P.S – My camera broke in the spring and I haven’t replaced it yet, so all my photos are from my iphone and may be blurry, sorry! I’m hoping Santa (hint, hint Jon) will bring me a new camera!!

May 2013

May was a busy month for us and it was over before we knew it! 

We started the month out by celebrating Bronson’s SECOND BIRTHDAY on May 9th. I still can’t believe he’s two already. The morning of his birthday I had been asked to share our Sick Kids story at a Walmart employee meeting as part of the kick off for their ‘Walk for Miracles’ event. So, Bronson and I were up bright and early and at an Oshawa Walmart by 7:15am. The employees and management were great and seemed to be touched by our story.

 The manager had heard it was Bronson’s birthday so they surprised us with an Iron Man bike with training wheels! How amazing is that? Bronson was super excited and couldn’t stop saying ‘bike’. 

There was cake for their event and since it was Bronson’s birthday I let him enjoy his 8am treat! 

We celebrated as a family later that evening and we gave Bronson a basketball net. He is completely obsessed with basket balls, soccer balls, base balls etc so he loved the net! (That was the best photo I captured… Sorry for the blur!) 

As the month moved along we celebrated Mother’s Day and I enjoyed breakfast in bed 🙂 Jon is an awesome cook so it tasted as good as it looked! 

I tried and tried to get a good Mother’s Day photo with Kallie and Bronson and above was the best I could do. It’s one of my favorite photos now. I crack up every time I see Bronson’s drool dripping onto my forehead.  LOL oh, memories!

After Mother’s Day we spent a lot of time having picnics and playing soccer down at the beach. I love this little family of ours. 

My birthday rolled around near the end of the month and I turned 28 on the 28th. I’m starting to dislike birthdays as I get closer and closer to 30. At least I still have 1 more before the big 3-0! As I already mentioned, Jon is an awesome cook and he made pan fried salmon steaks with lightly breaded grilled onions, lemon, and capers on top of mashed garlic sweet potatoes. YUM! 
As the month of May concluded we received news that Jon’s Nan had suddenly passed away. She was such a sweet and kind lady. While talking with some of the family I found out that Jon’s Nan and Pop had been married almost 69 years. I can’t imagine what it would be like losing your spouse after that many years of marriage. 

We spent a few days with family and attended her funeral. The circumstances were unfortunate but it was nice to see everyone. 

On our way home we stopped by the cemetery and Jon and Kallie placed a white rose on her grave. Although our month ended on a not so happy note  it’s comforting to know that Jon’s Nan is now with Jesus and no longer in pain. 

Spring, Rain boots, and Snow

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and I’m looking out my window and watching it snow. They’re the big white fluffy snow flakes that you look forward to when you’re a kid (because they make the best packing snow for snowmen) but definitely not the kind of snowflakes that you want the day before spring is supposed to arrive! About a week ago we did have some mild days and the kids and I were able to get outside in our rain boots and splash in the puddles and mud. I can’t wait for this snow to melt  and to enjoy the outdoors more often. 

 But, until this snow decides to go away my kids are stuck wearing their rain boots inside. Bronson wears his rain boots at least once a day and calls them his “boo-a”. Almost every word he says he adds an “a” to the end of it. We finished up his last speech therapy session two weeks ago and since then his speech has really taken off. He never ceases to amaze me.
We celebrated Kallie’s 3rd Birthday on February 23rd. I’ll have to post some photos of that later on this week. She was completely spoiled by family and loved every minute of it. She has grown into such a loving and compassionate little girl. I can’t believe that three years have gone by so quickly.
I hope you have a great week….and I promise I’ll do another post this week! 🙂

Snow Day 2013

Yesterday was the snow storm of the year. It snowed, and snowed, and snowed. I honestly can’t remember a winter in the last 5 years with this much snow! The kids are definitely enjoying sledding, building forts (Except for when our dog peed on Kallie’s snow fort), and making snow angels.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend 🙂