Quote of the week 

The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more comfortable you will become.

I was at a parent meeting the other day for Josh’s soccer team and the coach was telling us that this is a quote he always tells the boys. 

Josh’s coach is a real pusher. He’s super intense, which can be really annoying from a “mom’s got other priorities too” point of view, but at the same time it’s great for discipline and passion. And it’s great for teaching the kids that you have to take risks too – smart risks – but risks nonetheless. 
It reminds me of what I’m often telling my clients: you can’t wait to feel better before you do something; you often have to do something, and then you will feel better. It can be scary, or intimidating to get out of your comfort zone. Or you may be feeling lazy, or unmotivated. You may even wonder what the point is? But if you push yourself out of it, you develop new skills that become second nature to you and you grow and expand who you are.

Easier said than done if course, but worth trying to do a little pushing. 

Monthly Snaps of Life 

Busy months as usual. Here are a few snaps: (sometimes when I upload, the order of photos gets messed up, so the timeline jumps around a bit!)

Reggie likes squeezing into cuddly corners:

Playing a new game called Cashflow:

Rob was booted out of bed one night!: 

School semi formal:

Thai date with Sam (with brand new braces!):


Our traditional Valentine’s date and overnight  (at the King Edward hotel this year): 

Celebrating Larissa’s bday: 


Valentine’s gifts (albums):

Traditional Valentine’s  dinner: 

Heart attack:

Gabe was making Kraft dinner one night when we Facetimed him; the next night everyone wanted it too! : 

This is just how we roll:

Writing reports ; he wants to be with me, under my desk!:

Sunday – working on some goals: 

Have to capture this!:

Love the church photos:

Church dance: (with friends! Josh’s first one too!) 

Got the chance to see Blue Rodeo with my friend Carole! So cool that Gord Downie joined in the last song: 

YM Tuesday night activities:


Love our Reggie: 

As per tradition, Rob took the boys to the annual auto show :

They all missed Gabe though; Josh went around collecting all the pamphlets for him as he wanted to send them in a care package to him!: 


Reggie dressed up: 

Josh was interviewed on the news! We didn’t see it, but others did and got a screen shot of him: 

Josh’s bday dinner at the Mandarin: 


Truth: 


This cracked me up; one of Zach’s meme accounts is Edgymormon: 


That’s it for now! 

Family Day Weekend Skiing

We haven’t had the chance to ski much the past couple of years, so decided to sneak away for 1 night and a full day skiing on family day weekend. 

It wasn’t our weekend, but Sam was able to go with us as he loves to ski.

We drove up and stayed overnight at a hotel, where we played some cards, chilled, and they all watched a bit of basketball, while I “rested my eyes”.


Zach trying to prove he can “not be on his phone” for a pic^^^

We had a nice little view of the sunset:



The next day we headed out pretty early and enjoyed the gorgeous “spring skiing”!






Of course skiing always includes poutine and beaver tails:


It was a great day, but we missed our two older guys!

Happy 14th Josh 

It’s hard to believe that 14 years ago this little guy entered into the world.

He quickly grew into this:


And then this: 


I guess he’s not so little anymore! 

He went to his first regional dance the other night with his brother and friends:


I think he’d still rather play soccer than go to a dance!

I love that he is still in the “in between” stage where he would rather play soccer than hang out with girls:) But I can tell it’s all changing  pretty quick….

So much to love about Josh:

1)  His single minded soccer brain.

2)His need to sleep and ability to just get up in the middle of whatever to say he’s heading to bed. He knows himself well. 

3)His big brother training to Sam. He feels a responsibility to “train” him hard! 

4) His little brother stubbornness; not going to let the big brothers push him around.

5) His laugh; when he gets completely ridiculous and laughs and laughs. 

6) His love of sweets and desserts (and puddings cups that we find…when he can’t control himself). 

7) How he introduces himself and shakes the person’s hand. 

8) How he still gives great hugs (when you force him). 

9) When that sensitive side comes out… 

10) His hard work and commitment to what he wants. 

11) His ability to play any sport and his passion for them all.

12) His  love of watching the same shows over and over. I also love watching him sing along to his fave songs! 

13) His  own sense of style; he loves his ties and housecoat and wears what he wants to wear (and looks good!) 

14) His strong sense of self. He’s confident, and he is the same wherever he goes. 

He is growing into being a great man. He makes us all laugh and there’s always a funny story that he’s involved in. He keeps us on our toes, keeps us all honest, and is a strong advocate of justice. He’s the first to share his blankets and pillow with me, will always help me bake, loves a good challenge and competition, and is comfortable doing things with others or alone. 

Here’s how we celebrated:


Then headed out for his traditional dinner at Mandarin:


Then a cake on the weekend:


^^^ and he was done… 

He will forever be my baby barbaloot.


Love you more and always

Mom 

 

Quote of the Week 

In the movie, “One Week”, the lead actor (Joshua Jackson) bumps into the beloved Gord Downie outside a motel on his trek across Canada. The two share a very short conversation. Jackson asks Downie if he is still in love after being married for 25 years and counting. When Downie replies  that  he is still in love, Jackson asks the million dollar question, “how do you know it’s the real thing? ”

I remember sitting and watching that movie, hearing Downie’s  response, and thinking, “that’s the advice I want to give my children.”:

“If you have to ask the question… you’re not.” 

Plain and simple.

As my kids get older and I see their hearts start to turn to others, I can only hope that they find the kind of love that they don’t even have to wonder if this is the right person. But I thought this was great advice too: 

 “My mother once said that if you meet a girl in whose presence you feel a desire to achieve, who inspires you to do your best, and to make the most of yourself, such a young woman is worthy of your love and is awakening love in your heart.” David O MacKay

“One good yardstick as to whether a person might be the right one for you is this: in her/his presence, do you think your noblest thoughts, do you aspire to your finest deeds, do you wish you were better than you are?”  Ezra Taft Benson

Wise words. 

Quote of the Week

“Do you know of a cure for me?

“Why yes,’ he said, ‘I know of a cure for everything:

SALT WATER

“Salt water?”, I ask him.

“Yes’, he said, ‘in one way or the other. SWEAT or TEARS or THE SALT SEA.”

If I had to rank the kind of salt water I want, it’s definitely the salt sea!

There’s nothing like the ocean.

Although there is something very satisfying about work hard, and my family will attest my favourite kind of movie is one that makes me cry… I still would take the ocean any day!

 

Be Grateful 

The past few years, I have picked “themes” for the year and tried to work on them personally. They have hung on our kitchen board, but we didn’t really pay much attention to them. 

This year I selected a theme, and we introduced it at FHE last week. I’m hoping to really focus on it this year. 

Be Grateful.

As I wrote a few posts ago, I have been feeling like my kids are lacking gratitude. Which might mean I have not been demonstrating gratitude enough as an example. 

So, this year, we are going to “intentionally” work on gratitude. Every week, during FHE, we will all share something we are grateful for (according to a weekly theme). 

Today, we each shared what we are grateful for for a person in our family (the person immediately below you in birth order). 

Instantaneously you could feel the whole spirit in the room change to a kind, more loving one. 

Even though Gabe was missing (this week has really sunk in that he’s not here and we have all commented on how we miss him), he ended up sending me the most beautiful text, expressing gratitude, so I’m glad he’s on the same wavelength as all of us CDFs! 

I hope that focusing on gratitude will help us all develop a more grateful spirit and carryover into everything we do. 

Quote of the week 

Traveling makes one modest. One sees what a tiny place one occupies in the world”

Gustave Flaubert 

Any excuse to travel. I travel so that my kids can become more modest. And if you know my kids, you’ll know that they need  to become more modest! Haha.

Seriously, I love going to places and my eyes have been so opened when I see different cultures, landscapes, socioeconomic status, religion, climates, lifestyle etc. I’m grateful that we are privileged to be able to expose our kids to these differences too and hope it inspires them to do good in the world; to serve, to love, to give, to share, to learn, to lead, to follow.

Church 

So we go to church, as you probably know by now.

For us, church is a very important part of our lives.  People often wonder how we get our kids/teens to go. I must say, they go quite willingly. And are always super interested, like today in their YM (Young Men class for boys 12-18):


Rob took these and they made me laugh so hard!

Brotherly love.