While we were away

Baptism, reading out loud in front of the school, making friends, First Communion, deciding that he wanted his own birthday party with school friends,  getting his invitations out, turning 8, going to New York City for a week, sitting through his first Broadway musical three hours in the theater at night, finishing Grade 2, speech…

Ash Wednesday And The Little Boy Who Could

  One afternoon, four weeks ago, I get a text from Johnny’s EA (Educational Assistant) “Johnny wants to read this on February 18th for Ash Wednesday in front of the school, can you practice with him till he has it down to a fine art please?” I am a tad shocked and quickly text her back and…

Happy St. Valentine’s

For Valentine’s Day instead of giving out ready-made Valentine’s Day cards I like to combine my kids love of being creative with building their fine motor skills. When Johnny was 3, one of the Valentine’s Day projects at Preschool was to use a pastry paper doily, shiny stickers, glue and cut out hearts to make…

I Want MultiColoured Lights Daddy

Multicoloured Christmas lights have become a really big thing for Johnny.   It began two years when we would go for would go and wander in the neighbourhood and check out all the Christmas light displays.  We live in a big city so the houses are very close together so one street can offer many different…

Poppies

  As far back as I can remember Johnny has been fascinated by the tradition of wearing “poppies” once a year on our coats to honour Remembrance Day.  Is it the colour?  Is it because its a predictable tradition that comes again each year like clock work?  He started learning about it when he was…

Dance A Thon

It’s Halloween and that means it’s Dance A’ Thon time again. Since Johnny was four years old and in Junior Kindergarten, his school has had a Halloween Dance A’ Thon.  School dances are loud and filled with lots of movement and for Johnny his first year he could only be in the gym for 10…

Cowboy and Jack O Lanterns

Originally posted on Everything Under the Sun:
This was the first year that I can whole heartedly say that Johnny REALLY enjoyed Halloween.  He had a big smile plastered on his face and he didn’t seem full of anxiety like he usually does when it comes to trick or treating.  When he got off the…

The Santa Claus Myth or Pretend Play On A Grand Scale

~ from December 2013 delay due to storm Johnny loves Christmas and loves Santa Claus.  He loves it when all the Christmas lights go up and the decorations.  He loves all the textures and the colours and how festive everything gets. He loves seeing all the different coloured Christmas lights and how people use them….

2013 Everything Under The Sun In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to take a moment to read what is on my mind and share the journey and successes of my beautiful boy:) Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds…

You Are Missed Daddy

*tissue warning* This is my second Father’s Day without my dear Dad.   He lived with us right up until he passed away and not a day goes by that  when I go upstairs I immediately see his old room and expect to see him there.  I try and focus on the happy memories of…

Backwards Easter?

“I don’t like the Easter Bunny. Easter is done Mommy. I don’t like Easter. I don’t like the Easter bunny.” That’s what Johnny decided to tell me out of the blue on Monday. I thought you liked the Easter basket, eggs, and bunny you got from the Easter Bunny when we were at Grandmas’s? Johnny…

Unexpected Discoveries At The Christmas Market

Better Late Then Never….from December When speech opens up his world. Our new family tradition is to go to the  European style Christmas Market in the historic neighbourhood downtown.   It’s a beautiful experience with the smell of roasting German sausages, veal schnitzel, pretzels, hot apple cider, maple taffy, poutine, and chilli.  Bonfires are strategically…

It’s Still Christmas?

Two weekends ago we went downtown to celebrate my birthday and we discovered Christmas hiding around a corner.

Cowboy and Jack O Lanterns

This was the first year that I can whole heartedly say that Johnny REALLY enjoyed Halloween.  He had a big smile plastered on his face and he didn’t seem full of anxiety like he usually does when it comes to trick or treating.  When he got off the school bus on Halloween he practically tackled…

Christmas Letter 2011

      It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. ~ Charles Dickens. 2011 was our roller coaster year full of incredible moments and sobering reality. Began the year with Johnny at 3 years old beginning to use words again to communicate after losing all acquired language by 18 months….