Parenting Thoughts: Moraine Lake

moraine lake canoe Darren and I sat on the covered porch at Moraine Lake Lodge, sipping tea while we watched hikers scramble for cover from a sudden downpour. It had been a lovely day in the wilderness, but I was suddenly struck by how many people there were out here with us! Moraine Lake is a gorgeous glacier […] Continue reading →

Parenting Thoughts: Introverts and Extroverts

Guitar I’m an introvert. My daughter, Tasha, is an extrovert. Darren and Kaitlyn are more “in the middle” – a little on the introverted side, but less so than me. I’m going to start off by clearing up one giant misconception: introverts aren’t all shy and extroverts aren’t all friendly. I’m an introvert AND I love […] Continue reading →

Hot Air Ballooning in Arizona

A view from the top of the balloon as it is inflating. Another Family Travel Adventure with Kids. Darren, Kaitlyn and I went hot air ballooning and we had a WONDERFUL time. All of us would definitely go again. And we all agreed that we wouldn’t recommend it for young children (I’ll get to that in a bit). The Hot Air Ballooning Experience We went first thing […] Continue reading →

D and K Get Detained!

Heading into overtime in game 5 at the Honda Centre. Another Travel Adventure with Kids Background: Darren and I swapped days this year just for kicks – we celebrated Father’s Day on Mother’s Day and we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day in June. It just worked out better to treat dad in May plus it was a fun and silly thing to do. So for “Dad’s […] Continue reading →

Multigenerational Travel

victoria-butchart Welcome to the sandwich generation! No, Darren and I are not PB&J addicts — we’re middle aged parents with dependent children and grandparents who need a little of our help too. Our exposure to this new type of lifestyle has just begun. It started when Darren’s dad passed away a little under a decade ago. […] Continue reading →

Setting Travel Expectations

mickey-and-minnie The first time I learned the importance of reasonable travel expectations. Tasha, age 5 and Kaitlyn, age 1 On the first and worst trip to Disneyland that we ever took as a family Darren and I pulled the typical young parent stunt of surprising everyone with a gift of a trip to the “Happiest Place […] Continue reading →

Dog-Sledding in Canmore, Alberta

view-from-the-sled (not so) Extreme Travel Adventures with Kids Hi everyone, We just got back from dog-sledding and I decided that I can’t wait to share the experience with all of you. It was AWESOME!! After our fun trip dog-sledding as a family, I was inspired to add a Siberian Husky paper craft to the website. About […] Continue reading →

The Importance of Remembrance Day

canadian_soldiers_juno_beach_town Remembrance Day is an important tradition on a global scale. It is a time to put aside our international differences and honour the soldiers that fought in combat in order to secure a brighter future for us. In Canada we are especially privileged to live our lives with such significant freedom and equality. These soldiers […] Continue reading →

Halloween Scarecrow Pumpkin Carving

pumpkin-carving-cut Leanne has been designing pumpkin carving patterns for the site and I have been carving them for over a decade now.  This year is no exception and I have decided to tackle a new pattern, the scarecrow. Before diving into my pumpkin I like to gather the required tools.  I print the pattern that I have chosen from […] Continue reading →

Halloween Math Activities

Scaries And Tally Sheets In Progress Math isn’t always fun, in fact math is rarely fun, but it can be! Math activities that give kids a way to view math visually are a really inspired way to educate kids. These Halloween math activities use Scaries to promote math in a new and creative way by demonstrating simple statistics and data collection with yummy treats! […] Continue reading →