Tag: humour

Being a Xennial Parent

| September 5, 2018 | 2 Comments
Being a Xennial Parent

I’m apparently of the “Xennial” micro-generation (Finally, I’ve felt so lost without a designation for years), which means that I was born in the late-70s-early-80s range. Not quite Gen X, not quite Millennial. We grew up with an analog childhood and a digital adulthood (Atari and Super Mario Bros doesn’t count, I guess? Pfft). It’s […]

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Machine de Cirque at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival

Machine de Cirque at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival

Machine de Cirque at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival I was delighted to be invited for the fourth year in a row to bring my family to a show at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival (OICF). This year was the 33rd for the festival, which celebrates the best in live performing arts for children. In addition to […]

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Them’s Fightin’ Words

Them’s Fightin’ Words

Them’s Fightin’ Words My boys are best buddies. They really have fun together and look out for each other. Oh, sure, they fight sometimes.  Oh, Them’s Fightin’ Words! But when they do, it’s always about something significant and worthwhile. Like this actual conversation I witnessed, on the topic of the alternate lyrics of “Happy Birthday”: […]

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Surprise!

Surprise!

“I’m like a vault, baby; locked down.” – Will Smith, Hitch Kids love keeping exciting secrets, like others’ presents. Well, all except actually keeping the secret. When I was a small child at Christmas, my dad came home and I immediately announced that I couldn’t tell him what his present was, ’cause it was PURPLE SLIPPERS WITH NO […]

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Just for Laughs Presents the Fun Show with Cat & Nat ~ #Giveaway 04/03

| March 27, 2018 | 11 Comments
Just for Laughs Presents the Fun Show with Cat & Nat ~ #Giveaway 04/03

Just for Laughs Presents  The FUN show with Cat and Nat !     CENTREPOINTE THEATRE • OTTAWA SUNDAY, APRIL 8   Just For Laughs presents Cat & Nat live – going on tour and bringing The FUN Show with Cat & Nat to Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre on April 8. This hilarious and fun night out will […]

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Favourites

| November 1, 2017 | 10 Comments
Favourites

Quick! What’s your favourite number? Don’t have one? Well, you’d better get one, if you think you’ll be spending any time around kids. Kids have favourites, and they expect you to as well. Sometimes it’s a rank of favourites with careful deliberation, discussed over an afternoon of Perler Beads.   The kids lit up when […]

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Mom’s Dated References

| August 30, 2017 | 5 Comments
Mom’s Dated References

Ice, Ice, Baby came on the radio during one of their Throwback moments, so naturally as a former teen of the ’90s who would never turn down an opportunity for nostalgia (grade 7 dance flashbacks!), I cranked it and got my Running Man going. I’m right in the middle of waxing chumps like a candle and […]

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Bedside Manner

Bedside Manner

  Bedside Manner After every winter I write about someone being sick, it seems, and this time it was me. Two full separate weeks out of commission, a month apart.  It was ruthless ear, nose, throat, sinus  whole head issues that went on for days, relieved only briefly by a Hulk-Smash pancreatitis attack that made me […]

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Hooray for Dad

| January 25, 2017 | 2 Comments
Hooray for Dad

Today is Hubs’s birthday, I thought today would be a good day to express my appreciation for something in particular that he brings to our family. Namely, he has a nonexistent threshold for the kid activities for which I have about two minutes of patience/interest, such as wrestling and snowball fights. I don’t know how […]

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Big Boots

| January 4, 2017 | 6 Comments
Big Boots

Purchasing footwear for kids is always a great reminder of how fast kids are growing. “I can’t believe it,” we say as they tromp around in their new boots.  Well, believe it. They had these adorable little round kid boots last year, and now they have these giant monster truck-tire jobbies with velcro (bought from […]

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Family Game Night

| December 29, 2016 | 11 Comments
Family Game Night

We have a decent collection of board games, mostly from the days when we’d get together with friends for “game nights”. Nowadays, Hubs and I occasionally enjoy a game of Dominion or Lost Cities when we go wild and try something other than Netflix.   Board games are fun. We look forward to playing many […]

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Candy Cane Problems

| December 21, 2016 | 6 Comments
Candy Cane Problems

I can’t unwrap a candy cane without breaking them. Who cares, right? Tastes the same. Not to kids, it doesn’t. It tastes like minty disappointment. There’s no greater ruiner than she who was entrusted with a new candy cane and broke it, and no one more insulted than he whose brother managed to get an […]

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The “Sugar High” Myth

| December 20, 2016 | 4 Comments
The “Sugar High” Myth

Candy-filled Halloween was not long ago, yet we’re already into the Christmas cookie season. Given that, I have a fun fact for you: Did you know that the “sugar high” is not a thing? I admittedly sometimes feel skeptical, especially on Halloween night, spending a good hour being mauled by my two rowdy, KitKat-filled post-trick-or-treaters […]

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If You Give a Kid Some Tape…

| October 4, 2016 | 7 Comments
If You Give a Kid Some Tape…

Do you have a maker kid at your house? I do! The good people at Dollarama probably recognize me as the one always buying armloads of masking tape. No toy can compare to the endless possibilities of tape. I recently had to take apart a pirate ship made of two dining room chairs held together […]

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Listening Skills

| September 13, 2016 | 5 Comments
Listening Skills

Kids have selective hearing. I don’t know how many times I’ve practically had a bullhorn in the kids’ faces and can’t get their attention… but boy, talk about bat-like hearing whenever I’m saying something that’s not as kid-friendly. Next time I need their attention, I’ll just mutter a few swears. Or something about butts.

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Notes from a Five-Year-Old

| August 10, 2016 | 5 Comments
Notes from a Five-Year-Old

Five-year-old Big Bro is making great strides with reading and writing. He never ceases to find an opportunity to write these days, be it making a book or adding CHES!! to the grocery list (“cheese”, FYI; exclamation marks to illustrate urgency). Why, just the other Saturday morning, he he made a “Don’t wake up Mama” […]

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Wakey, Wakey

Wakey, Wakey

I do  love seeing my kids’ shining little faces each morning. But sometimes, particularly lately where the early July sunrise means “it’s daytime, Mama” as of 5 a.m., it’s also nice to dream of a bit of time to come to terms with reality first. Wakey, Wakey! Every so often, I get a teaser. Nice […]

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“Now, Get One with Me In It”

“Now, Get One with Me In It”

This is the scenario I envision when my kids look back at our family pictures in future years. It’s because, like many moms, I am always the one taking the picture. I love taking pictures. Everything around me looks beautiful or adorable or hilarious; something that we’ll want to look at fondly later. So I’m […]

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The Boys and the Beanie Boos

The Boys and the Beanie Boos

The Boys and the Beanie Boos I love it when kids show their caring and nurturing side– boys as well as girls. Though girls are often the ones seen more readily cradling and tucking in their toys/remote control/produce, boys have it in them, too. (And, also, future potential dads and whatnot, so let’s encourage it). […]

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“Ten Minutes Earlier” and Blog Out Loud 2016 #Ottawa

“Ten Minutes Earlier” and Blog Out Loud 2016 #Ottawa

OK, so if you read my last post, you know the Bros are all about their stuffed buddies these days (which includes, but is not limited to, Beanie Boos). These stuffies often want to join us on outings. This makes getting out the door even more efficient, she said sarcastically, as the kids scramble to […]

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Attack of the Kleenex

Attack of the Kleenex

Attack of the Kleenex 6 a.m…. a sweet little hand reaches out in the dark: “Here you go, Mama.” “What is it?” “Boogie.” “AAAGGG” I couldn’t let the winter go by without making another cartoon involving kids and their colds. I did it the last two years, after all. I don’t know why little kids […]

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Mittens

Mittens

Mittens. Everyone needs them for this Canadian winter, but there’s more to think about when getting a kid through the sledding and snowman season with warm hands. Some thoughts on the subject of mittens: – After ending the last 4 winters with only two mismatched lefties to show for our mitten collection (they’ve gone the […]

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Popularity of Toys

| February 16, 2016 | 6 Comments
Popularity of Toys

As a birthday approaches, I wonder how popular the gifts we picked will be. Apparently the magnetic tiles we got are played with every day by kids of bloggers everywhere, and I can attest that they have been a hit in real life. We got a gym mat from IKEA so the kids can wrassle […]

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Walks

| January 13, 2016 | 5 Comments
Walks

It’s been awhile since I sat down to draw a cartoon. Since the move, my tablet’s been in bubble wrap until now.  One of the things I like about our new neighbourhood is all the walking and bike paths. I love walking and have always walked on my own or with company for exercise or […]

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