I hope to do this every year with Callum! I can’t wait to see how his answers change over the years.

This is how I write my name:

I am 3’8″ and I weight 42 pounds

My best friends name is: AJ

My favourite thing to play is: Monopoly

My favourite colour: Red

My favourite book: Chapter books! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My favourite movie: Superwings

When I grow up I want to be: An Elephant Keeper

My favourite thing about myself: That I can go fishing with Grandpa

What’s one thing you want to do this year? Go to that place Jaxon had his birthday (Galaxy Land)

What brings you the most happiness? Being with Grandpa

What are you afraid of? Not really anything

When do you feel the most loved? Mommy

If you had one wish what would you wish for? That I was an Elephant Keeper right now

What is the funniest word? Don’t really know

What is the hardest thing to do? Climbing a tree

What is the easiest thing to do? Ride a bike

If you had all the money in the world what would you do with it? Spend MOST of it to go to the waterpark (he really stressed MOST)

What is the meaning of life? So you can do fun things that you like


He bounded out of his room this morning shouting “KINDERGARTEN DAY! KINDERGARTEN DAY!”
He was dressed before breakfast.
He wrote his name
We measured him.
Then it was time to go.
He insisted we couldn’t run to school because he was wearing a backpack.
He quietly observed while the chaos of getting all the kids into the school on the first day of school unfolded.
He followed Mrs. Lee straight into the classroom, not an ounce of hesitation in him.
Welcome to Kindergarten my sweet Callum. May you have a year of adventure and friendship and the most fun you’ve had yet.

Max clapping for Callum. He is Callum’s biggest fan.

Here’s hoping they indulge me and continue to do this photo every year!

In the morning our whole world changes.
My heart is flip flopping back and forth to being excited and thrilled and so happy for him, to just being completely emotional about the end of a huge chapter in our lives.
The boy who made me a mom is off to school tomorrow, and his world is going to open up to whole new experiences, new ways of life, new people.
I keep reminding myself we’ve given him the tools to be successful. That he’s a smart boy and he’s so full of love and eagerness he’ll be just fine.
My mom heart keeps praying he’ll find kind friends, he’ll be surrounded by good hearted people, and he’ll love school.
He’s all packed and ready. He asked for peas, cucumbers and carrots as his snack, and he picked out his own outfit.
Tomorrow we wake up with a kindergartner.



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The lake this summer has been a place for the boys to connect with other kids and experience an incredibly amount of freedom.

This was a lovely change. With no other kids around we played games beside the campfire until they couldn’t play anymore. Callum’s giggle is still one of my very favourite sounds.



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

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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.

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