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Plan To Fail


I’m kind of a free-style girl. I have never been great at orchestrating structure in the home for our girls and usually just kind of take the days as they come. I have to be flexible with the nature of my career so we all just have to go with the flow.

The thing is, eight weeks of upcoming summer “holidays” is little too much FLOW. Like third-day of the menstrual cycle, triple-super-plus tampon, cramps-until-you-cry kind of flow. Not into it.

So, I have a (kind of) plan:

1. No TV until 3 pm. SO DON’T EVEN ASK.

2. There will be two set snack times in the day: 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. No all-day grazing.

3. You can play outside: ride bikes, jump on the trampoline, run through the sprinkler, make mud pies, don’t even think about setting foot indoors.

4. When you arre inside, counting down the hours until you can finally watch TV, you can: colour, do puzzles, clean up your room (hahaa!), play with your 67 dozen toys and don’t bug me.

5. No fighting. Seriously. If you fight I will LOSE IT.

And, that’s all I got for now.

Summer is beautiful and magical and I don’t want it to be a season I view as something to be endured. Even though when I shared that with my mom she said, “Why not? I DID!” and then I felt better because she’s awesome and if even she feels like two months is too long to try to keep kids happy…well then, I’m OK.

How are you planning to make it through savour every moment this summer with your kids?

Shannon popowich - Haaa- I just love you!
PS I am stealing your list! Let me know if you come up with any other brilliant ideas! :)

Erin McKenzie - you should have that list framed and put on Etsy! Pure art!

Toothless Is As Toothless Does

The kids love to hear me tell the story about how once, during a long and terrible family road trip, my little brother was taunting me by jamming my favourite blanket in his mouth (gross) and swinging it around in wild circles so I grabbed it and yanked it as hard as I could and not only retrieved my blanket but also one of his teeth…that wasn’t even loose. Turds get what they deserve, what can I say?

Well, today, Karenna was at a playdate and had her cowgirl lasso in her mouth and her big sister and friend tugged on it (just for fun? kids are weird) and out was wrenched her previously un-loose top tooth. She screamed, cried, and then when she got home we took pirate pictures.



The tooth fairy shall be reporting for duty tonight.

Giant’s Head Run Recap


It’s become an annual tradition for our family to take part in the Giant’s Head Run, a 5.4 km race that weaves through Summerland, as part of the Action Fest festivities. ┬áMy dad drove from the prairies for two whole days just so he could come and kick ALL OF THE BUTTS. He is 60 years old and got third OVERALL (out of over 500 entrants) and gold in his age group (aka: the really old guys).


This is us at the beginning of the race. It was hot that day. Like, a humid 33 degrees Celsius. I hadn’t trained in conditions like that so was pretty much a sweltering mess for the race. I really wanted to break the 30 minute mark but instead ran the race in 32:08 and there are parts of the race I don’t really remember. Also, when I crossed the finish line, something happened. Like, I’m not going to say with 100% certainty that I peed my pants, but it was weird. You know you gave it your all when you collapse in your own mysterious bodily fluids!


This is me a few steps from the finish line. I got 12th in my age group.


Here’s Dad getting his gold medal.


And this year, my mom partook in the race!! Her first one! Nailed it!


Three’s (Fantastic) Company

Sometimes I see families who have two children and I think, “My, that looks awfully civilized. One parent per child. Nice and manageable.”

Three kids is a wild ride, there’s no denying it. It’s triple the chaos, but also triple the wonderful. I am so glad we just kind of took the plunge and Brinley showed up, otherwise we would have missed out on moments like these:


She wore this to school. Not kidding.


Two thumbs up at the dentist. One for each cavity!


And she’s decided she wants to grow out her bangs. So. There’s this neat ponytail going on now.