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Family Matters

What I see Dear Daughter

Simpler times
Dear Daughter, As you sneak into our room for yet another night of us playing musical beds, I know I should be convincing you to stay in your own. With your freezing cold feet, kidney kicking and tendency to lay sideways which drives both Daddy and I to the brink of crazy, you force our hand. Sometimes one of us moves to another room..sometimes both..and there you are.. cozy as a bug, snuggled down in the big duvet. You are one smart cookie. Where else should you go when you love being warm and toasty and cuddly? (For the record, I love
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Healthy Living

Peace & the need for nature

Briars Resort
Mom Says: I sit here watching the snow softly stream to the ground below. The retro notes of Madonna's La Isla Bonita playing softly in the background  and a steaming cup of cappuccino on the table. When my dear friend, Leigh suggested getting out of town for a day or two I couldn't say yes fast enough. I love the bustle of Toronto, love the access to culture, sports, entertainment, the vibe and the energy. It's fast. It's dynamic. Recently I have started recognizing that without the influence of nature in my world, I start to feel claustrophobic. The cottage affords us that
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Family Matters

Tea Cup Ornament & memories of a loved one

Teacup ornament
The tree went up this weekend. This could very well be a record breaker. With a hubs who isn't quite as "Christmassy" as I am, normally all Christmas decorations are sequestered until Grey Cup weekend. A beautiful tradition developed over our years together that entails putting on a crock pot of chilli, watching the game and getting ready for the holidays. But something had to give this weekend. Whether it's the intensity of combined projects or the intensity of the internet, I was feeling like I need a bit of Christmas Cheer to lift my spirits. You see for me, Christmas
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Family Matters

Curly Hair Cues & To Do’s

Curl Ambassadors Hair
It was like finding a secret club that took 40 years to discover. I have curly corkscrew hair. On any given day I can do an epic impression of Donna Summer, Carrot Top or Macy Gray depending on which way the wind blows, the humidity, the full moon or god knows what. When it comes to beauty and creating my own fancy hairstyle I am a complete luddite. I appreciate the curls because it gives me some sorta style when I have none. Albeit the style has been the same for 20 years, at least it has some volume. I
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Family Matters

Missed Connections and Corrections

Mayhem at home
Dad Says: Ok, so here is the deal. About an hour ago, Jenn came home with a sore neck and shoulder, needing a fix after a long day of work.  So here is the solution I proposed.  Hot soak in an Epsom salt bath, massage, stretch, relax.. I even drew the bath, nice and steamy to loosen up the muscles. Pretty sweet deal I'd say, even if I wasn't the heart-throb who had implemented the plan. Again, an hour ago.  The water is now somewhere in the lukewarm range which is nowhere near as therapeutic, as Jenn decided that file management was
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Family Matters

The Meaning of Lice: Hello friends

Simian monkey picking
They're baaaaaack. Every year around this time we can count on a few things. A copious amount of leftover candy, fear/excitement/stress over the upcoming Christmas season, general complaints as the weather dips below zero, and that proverbial letter home....The school has seen a case of lice.  By the mere mention of that word, I start scratching my scalp. I can feel that heebie jeebie grossness and am convinced they are everywhere in our house. Chris watches as I go on high alert. Raising it up to Defcon 2 and start mimicking that of a simian monkey mom, carefully hunting for dinner in my
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