The Day After


He’s almost five, so it was time for his immunizations yesterday. Oh. man, taking a child who is fully aware of what is happening is a whole new ball game. How much to explain, how soon, how much time do I give him to prepare, but not fret and stress about it? I went with honesty, as I always try to do. So when he asked if a needle was involved, I said yes. He’s a brave, brave boy, but as he sat in my lap crying from the pain, it ripped through my heart and I wanted to take away the pain.

The tears were gone in no time, but he’s feeling some effects today. All cuddled up there, it’s easy to remember how small he still is.



Outside Skaters


My parents gifted the boys lessons this year for Christmas – skating and skiing. They’re Canadian boys so we definitely want them to get outside as often as we can in the wintertime.

Today we went skating outside for the first time. We live half a block from our community league rink so I’m hopeful the boys will come grab their skates in the afternoon when they are older and go hit the ice.

Grandma and Grandpa came along. What a great afternoon out in the air.

Max falls down over and over and over again, and he always gets back up. His two year old body is exhausted when we’re finished!



Soccer 2017


Callum’s first season of community league soccer is officially finished.

My shy, kind little boy had a hard time kicking the ball too hard or ever trying to steal it from anyone else, but man he ran his little heart out, and he defended that net like a pro.

He adored every minute and was so eager to play. We had an amazing experience with his coach and the kids. I’m so incredibly happy it went so well, and he already can’t wait until next year.

Little Bumblebees

soccer 2017

soccer 2017

Callum’s biggest fan

soccer 2017





Callum earned his first paycheck this week. He desperately wants a Paw Patroller – it’s a toy which we think is really expensive. But he’s adamant! So he now has a chore chart and does jobs daily.

He was so incredibly proud to earn his first $5.00

I am so curious to see how this plays out. If he’ll stay committed to the choice, or if he’ll realize how long he’s had to work.

I’ll keep you posted.

Roughley Originals Photography001-4

Roughley Originals Photography002-2



Hands on Learning


Gareth lets the boys do a LOT that scares the crap out of me. But he’s making them into capable people and that means the world to me.

(and good form Callum!)

hands on  learning



You Are My Sunshine


Ever look at your kids and your heart just explodes? Ya…me too.

Roughley Originals Photography001-7

Max has been so into havingĀ  a ponytail in his hair lately! He sees me pull my hair back, and he wants to copy. Who am I to say no? It’s not about gender or right or wrong or someone thinking he looks silly. It’s about him wanting to feel connected to his mom, to copy my behaviour. I don’t CARE if someone thinks it’s girly or silly or wrong. He’s just navigating his way.

Roughley Originals Photography001-8



Coffee Prep


Gareth gets my coffee ready for me almost every morning. He doesn’t drink it, he doesn’t like it, but he knows I love it and so he takes care of it for me.
The other day Callum asked me – “want me to get your coffee ready for you for the morning Mommy?”
This is a direct reflection on Gareth. He takes care of everyone and is teaching the boys to think of ways to make everyone else’s day easier. Be wild, be a bit crazy, but always be kind my boys.

coffee prep



Blocks & A Digger


Rubble on the double! Between the blocks, his little digger, and his daddy with the big imagination (and construction site experience, because that’s def needed!) Callum is in heaven.