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As the new baby dust settles I find I have a tad more time to write my blog. Having two is like increasing your child quotient exponentially. Really, it’s like having 4 especially at the beginning. Even in these first few months I have noticed a distinct sibling pattern emerge between my girls. Thankfully Miss [...]

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The day before last I finally completed the 2011 Census and I think it was the short form for all of those who remember the hoopla of the long versus short form. Anyway it’s really easy and you can do it online. Right after I was asked to participate in another voluntary household survey and [...]

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It was a brunching weekend! After two delicious brunches with perfect company, I have to say I am completely satisfied with the last two days (the time change notwithstanding as man it sucks to lose an hour!) On Saturday we had our friends and their little ones over who are all about the same age [...]

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I have never been a girly girl. I’ve never been into frilly things, unicorns or becoming a princess when I was little (at least as far as I remember it). Hair bows, sweet dresses, doll houses, flowery patterns, make-up and nail polish just didn’t interest me as much as other things did.  I was more [...]

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My high school was a huge brown building with loads of kids and very few windows. It was a place that was both formidable and exciting to a young whippersnapper at the tender age when we leave the cushiness of elementary school behind and become thrust into teenage life.   Once you arrived you learned [...]

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Happy Family Day  (and a Happy President’s Day to my American friends!) I hope everyone enjoyed their much needed long weekend. I so appreciated this relatively new holiday (at least to Ontario) not only because it gives us a welcome repose in the  gruelling end of the harshness of our Canadian winter but it also [...]

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Happy Chinese New Year everyone! It is the Year of the Rabbit and therefore a tranquil, calm year where the better things in life will shine on everything and diplomacy will be high. SIGH! I am happy because our second child will be a rabbit and therefore possess one of the most fortunate horoscopes out [...]

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“A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.” ~Laura Bush I can ignore any political leanings when it comes to the appreciation of books for kids which is precisely why I’ve started off my post with this quote. I believe [...]

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I was planning on completing a post yesterday but mid-afternoon I was pleasantly surprised by my darling husband.  I had been eager to get a massage my blossoming body has been feeling the effects of pregnancy and was unable to get an appointment. So unbeknownst to me, my honey of a hubby arranged for a [...]

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Johanna Skibsrud is the winner of the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her book The Sentimentalists. This prize is the only Canadian literary event broadcast on national television and honours the best in Canadian literature. The 30-year-old Nova Scotian’s book is based on the story of her father, Olav, who was a Vietnam War veteran. [...]

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