Tag: humour

Fall Decor

| October 28, 2015 | 4 Comments
Fall Decor

In the effort to keep things minimal while we’ve been trying to keep our house looking show-ready, I didn’t do any of my usual fall decorating this year. Other years, this usually includes a runner with spider-web motif, metallic pumpkin, and the clichéd decorative farmers-markety gourds. Faux-fall foliage wreath on the door, that sort of […]

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Again!

| September 23, 2015 | 2 Comments
Again!

Sometimes I’ll say or do something cool or funny for the kids, like giving them flips or blasting them with my hairdryer or reading The Book With No Pictures. Just a one-time thing for fun. ONE-TIME. We all have a little laugh, then we move on, or at least that’s what I imagine. I should know […]

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Extreme Home Staging: Parent Version

| September 15, 2015 | 6 Comments
Extreme Home Staging: Parent Version

We’ve sold a house before, but we didn’t have two kids under five the last time. Preparing the house didn’t involve washing chalk off the exterior last time, for starters. We’ve been looking to move to a place that has, among other things, an outdoor space that’s more conducive to being outside– especially for the kids. When […]

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Ego Boost

| September 2, 2015 | 9 Comments
Ego Boost

With small kids, I don’t always have the time to fix myself up each day. That, and it’s not too motivating (or practical) to put on the face and flat-iron the hair for a day of horsing around at the playground or digging at the beach. But I do try to be presentable in public. […]

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3 No-Fail Summer Boredom Busters

| August 17, 2015 | 9 Comments
3 No-Fail Summer Boredom Busters

August already! So, has the infamous “Summer Boredom” set in? I know it applies to school-aged kids, but I still see it in my newsfeed often. What do do when the kids complain that they’re bored while home for the summer? My kids are only 2.5 and 4, but I wanted to offer you some […]

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Closet Door Slams and Donkey Slams

Closet Door Slams and Donkey Slams

So we spent Friday at the emergency department at CHEO. Little Bro had his finger slammed in a closet door, and there was much bleeding and freaking out. Long story short, he needed stitches, and the finger is fractured. His big brother did it, but it might not be what you think. Big Bro was […]

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Touchy Feely

Touchy Feely

Kids learn a lot about their world by touching. Poking, turning things around in their hands, squishing, squeezing, shaking, seeing how far something can twist or pull before– oops. I mean, that’s why you see so many Sensory Bin ideas  on Pinterest. Young kids love to touch stuff. It’s true, and it’s a wonderful thing. […]

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Michel Lauzière at the Ottawa Children’s Festival

Michel Lauzière at the Ottawa Children’s Festival

Earlier in the Spring, I was contacted by the Ottawa International Children’s Festival and invited to take my family to a show of our choice in exchange for cartooning about our experience. How’s that for an awesome deal? I was honoured and psyched all at once.  In case you aren’t familiar with it (and I […]

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Knock, Knock

Knock, Knock

“WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO TEACH THEM KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES?!” -Hubs My older son loves jokes, as I’ve written about before, so I had the bright idea to introduce him to knock-knock jokes. Against my better judgment, we got a book of (the lamest ever) knock-knock jokes from the library and had a good time going through those. […]

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Picky Eater… Sometimes

Picky Eater… Sometimes

I see a lot of articles about picky toddlers. They don’t pertain to me, though, because I don’t have one of those. In fact, there are only two things my toddler doesn’t like: 1. Produce 2. Protein OK, maybe there are a few other things. Maybe he doesn’t even have to be at the table: […]

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Circadian Rhythms

Circadian Rhythms

Do you have kids with different circadian rhythms? It seems I have one “rooster” kid and one “owl” kid; in other words, one is a morning person and the other a night person.   I’ve always been a morning person, myself; at the age of three, I’d be up having porridge with my dad before sunrise, […]

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Sentimental

Sentimental

Three years ago, I wrote this sappy post about Big Bro turning one year old.  If you do the math, that means my big boy is about to turn four. In my post of 2012, I mentioned the feelings of sentimentality mixed with looking forward to and enjoying what each new age has to offer. […]

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Playdates: Just Call Them What They Are…

| March 25, 2015 | 3 Comments
Playdates: Just Call Them What They Are…

…“Fight Club”[1] This week, after an early volleyball game, my team and I went to a local pub to hang out and extend the festivities. We hit upon an interesting topic. Playdates. It was actually a very interesting topic to be having late into a weeknight considering only about fifty percent of the table were […]

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Nooo, Don’t Lick That

Nooo, Don’t Lick That

Parents of very young kids: Do you ever feel that your grand efforts to avoid the winter illnesses are exercises in futility? Yeah, me too, sometimes.  

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If it Can be Done, They’ll Do It

| January 20, 2015 | 11 Comments
If it Can be Done, They’ll Do It

The kids got a trampoline for Christmas- One of those little ones with the handle. I remember last year’s stir-crazy January vividly and thought the kids would enjoy a trampoline to play with on the days it was too Polar Vortexy outside (such as this past week). I couldn’t get over the amount of warnings […]

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The “Christmas Magic” Fail

| December 22, 2014 | 10 Comments
The “Christmas Magic” Fail

My early years as a big sister have taught me some lessons about kids, one of which I am reminded of this Christmas. My sister is just over 8 years younger than I, and I just loved seeing myself as her mentor, role model, camp counselor, activity planner and all-around mother hen, whether she liked […]

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The Time We Lost a Shoe at IKEA

| November 26, 2014 | 9 Comments
The Time We Lost a Shoe at IKEA

I guess I asked for it when I decided to take the kids to IKEA. By myself. On a Saturday afternoon. It’s not the most gripping tale, but the only thing that got me through it with a sense of humour was knowing I could cartoon it later. So, here it is. The Ottawa IKEA, […]

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Scary Stuff

| November 12, 2014 | 8 Comments
Scary Stuff

So, we just had Halloween. A time when people have fun with ghosts and zombies and all things frightening. Since we’re on the topic of things that are frightening, let me tell you a tale. I love taking pictures of the kids, and am delighted that today’s smart phones means I always have a camera […]

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Gotta Move

| October 2, 2014 | 5 Comments
Gotta Move

Once I came across Big Bro at the table, working on an activity page like this. I’m sure he started out seated. He was focused on his activity, but it looks like the rest of him was trying to take off (that’s my guess, at least). Big Bro enjoys many sedentary activities such as dot-to-dots, jigsaw […]

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The Netflix Date Night Hangover

| August 26, 2014 | 9 Comments
The Netflix Date Night Hangover

Sorry I haven’t been posting as often lately. I’d say it’s because I’m so busy with the kids (which is true), but truth be told, it’s more because we finally got … dun dun dun… Netflix. I’d be there at the computer after the tykes were in bed, about to get my cartoon on, only […]

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Budding Comedians

Budding Comedians

3-year-olds can be quite the cut-ups. Their sense of humour starts to emerge around this age, and they know it. Humour is a form of intelligence, and it’s pretty fascinating to watch it develop and share laughs with one’s budding comedian. (Well, the first few hundred times…) Do you have a little funny man or […]

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Story Time

Story Time

I am a firm believer in reading with kids, pretty much as soon as their eyes can focus on a book. I loved being read to as a kid. Richard Scarry’s Nursery Rhymes was an old favourite– including the Two Cats of Kilkenny, who fought and fit and scratched and bit until instead of two […]

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Diggers and Dump Trucks and Cranes, Oh My!

Diggers and Dump Trucks and Cranes, Oh My!

Vehicles and heavy machinery… they continue to delight and amaze. We have new-home construction going on behind our house, and I tell you, it’s hours of free entertainment. I can put the kids in front of the window and go out for a pint get ready in the mornings. I’ll even find myself pulling up a […]

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Say “Cheese”

Say “Cheese”

I’m not teaching Little Bro to say “cheese” when I take his picture. I’ve learned my lesson. My older son is a gorgeous fella (if I do say so myself) with beautiful brown eyes and the longest eyelashes you’ve ever seen, but ever since he’s been told to say “cheese” for the camera, all my […]

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