Building Bridges

Last night the girls and I went to watch a new bridge being installed near our house in Ottawa. They are widening the highway and had removed the original bridge a few months ago so that they could move the bridge foundations back to make space for more highway. They built the new bridge alongside the highway and last night they moved it into place. It was the largest, heaviest bridge replacement of its kind in North America.

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The work was done overnight so we got there around 8:00pm to catch the show. Read more of this post

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Finding Perfection

Last night we attended a an outdoor showing of The Sandlot at Mike Reynolds’ (of Puzzling Posts fame) house. It was billed as a drive-in, but Mike and Andrea were a little misleading. Unbelievably we actually had to park our cars and carry our own seating into their backyard. I really thought they could have hooked us up with a sound system to plug our cars into and then we could sit in our own steel cages to avoid having to talk to other people. Instead, they provided socializing, beer, popcorn, hotdogs and lots and lots of candy, which helped the kids in attendance make it to the end of the movie. Somehow I have never seen the Sandlot before and it was great. This post is not about the movie or the drive-in/walk-in candy-fest. It is about the perfection that I found in my pocket just after we arrived. Read more of this post

IT IS OVER

Today is the end, the last day, my final chance. I did not do it all. I have not achieved everything I hoped to do. I tried. I had specific goals that I wanted to accomplish during my time, but I had more goals than time and there were forces that conspired against me. Read more of this post

National Breastfeeding Week and Olivia Wilde

Apparently it is National Breastfeeding Week – or so the Facebook people say. Google says it was World Breastfeeding Week August 1 to 7. I missed it, but am going to write about it nonetheless.  It seems that Olivia Wilde sparked some debate with Glamour shots of her breastfeeding her kid .

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As it turns out, I have no idea who Olivia Wilde is, nor do I care if she has her picture taken with or without a baby.

I do however have some opinions about breastfeeding and how we view it.

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Why is Daddy such a Jerk?

The other day I was reading this article about interrupted sleep. Apparently sleep interruption can cause confusion, depression and fatigue. It can also have an impact on attention span and ability to make decisions.

These findings come as a complete shock!

I am reminded of something that our doctor told us shortly before Laura went into labour with our first daughter. He said ” you are about to find out that all the people you thought were jerks are actually just sleep-deprived parents.”

Three kids later it turns out that my kids are the ones who think I’m a jerk. Read more of this post

Learning to Crawl

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Life is full of challenges. Often we know where we want to know, and sometimes the path to achieving our goal is filled with obstacles and challenges. I have often heard that it is about journey, not the destination. In the case of learning to crawl, the destination is all about being able to go on greater journeys. The frustrating thing for those of the learning-to-crawl set is that they can’t even take baby steps on their journey. Read more of this post

The Luxury of Peace

Yesterday I wrote a post about my daughter listening to news reports about the plane shot down over Ukraine. This morning I woke up thinking about how lucky I am that my biggest concern about the conflicts happening in the world is how my children will react to the news about those conflicts. Read more of this post