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Apr

Hands on Learning

2017

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!)

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Feb

You Are My Sunshine

2017

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

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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.

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Feb

Coffee Prep

2017

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.

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Feb

Blocks & A Digger

2017

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.

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Feb

He’s Four Now

2017

A few weeks ago Callum was quiet up in his room for a while…then he came running downstairs – “Mommy! I moved all of my clothes out of my closet! I’m going to need new ones when I’m 4!”

I went upstairs and yep…he had emptied his closet and shoved all of his clothes into his shelving. I was so frustrated! It was one of those days when I felt like ALL I was doing was cleaning up after them.

Fast forward, his first week being 4…and he’s grown 1/2 inch in 3 weeks. And none of his jeans are fitting anymore.
Touche Callum…touche.

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Feb

Be Brave

2017

Callum started swimming lessons in the fall.

Now, this is the boy who loves the water. We go swimming a ton. But this is the boy who, at his second ever swimming lesson, I had to sit at the edge of the water and hold his hand because he was so scared. Not of the water, but he didn’t trust the instructor would keep him safe.

We talked constantly about being brave. About trying even if he was scared. About how we’re still right there for him.

This is how far he’s come, and I’m so damn proud of him.

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Jan

Upstairs

2017

Max locked the gate at the top of the stairs, and Callum was devastated he was separated from Max and I.

So I opened it back up and we took a few minutes just sitting in the hallway, so we could be together upstairs.

These emotions just overtake him, and it cancels out anything else happening in that moment. So we sit until it’s processed.

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Jan

Picture for Grandpa

2017

One thing I want to make sure I remember to do is take a photo of each of the boys – smiling, looking at the camera, so I can capture every detail of them in this moment. They change SO fast.

I asked Callum to look at me and smile – and he said “only if you send it to my grandpa.”

Okay little boy, that can be done.

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