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Should I Get My Kid A Pony?

Posted July 24, 2014 by Amanda

Anyone who knows my middle daughter, Karenna, knows that she loves horses. The equestrian passion was ignited for her when she was three years old and watched the movie “Spirit” about a wild stallion. She went on to watch it […]

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We got trouble in River City Folks!

Posted June 12, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, this is wrong on so many levels that I hardly know where to begin! Why this wasn’t one of the main election issues is totally beyond me, but then again, people just seem naturally reticent about asking for my opinion about stuff………, and that’s why I started this “Blog!” SO! How do I begin? […]

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Graduation

Posted June 11, 2014 by Lyn Brown
Photo courtesy of Kidlet

Her face was beaming as she grinned up at us from her second row pew. Her dad and foster dog guide Cadet sat behind my hubby and I, all of us perched up in the balcony with a bird’s eye view of the graduation ceremony below.

A vintage home movie scrolled through my mind: flashes of Kidlet’s first day on the ice in her hockey gear; dropping her off at nursery school and helping her find the cubby with her name taped above it; visions of a five-year old Kidlet in her rubber boots digging for earth worms; images of her belting out Seasons of Love at her grade eight grad… and a blurry mashup of scenes from our life.

Her childhood flashed before me in what seemed like moments. And today her dads and I came together, like so many times before, to witness her achievement of yet another milestone in her life and celebrate the woman she is becoming.

How is it then that the face gleaming up at us was that of my five-year old, innocent, fresh faced Kidlet?

The Chancellor’s speech was riddled with advice for the new grads — the best of which was “do something!” So Kidlet, I’ve had twenty-two years to dispense my advice, so no further required. You get it and have everything you need within yourself to create the life you want. And you have the love and support of your parents and sisters as well as your big, extended tribe. You once told me, as I tucked you into your bed, that you were happy you “picked” me. Well Kidlet, I’m glad you picked me too! It’s a privilege to be your mother.

Kidlet’s post-grad Facebook post:

I have to thank my mom for putting up with me for the last 4 years. She edited every single paper I have submitted ‪#‎truth‬. Sometimes at 11:45 pm when it was due at midnight. I appreciate all her time and energy and support. Love you mum.

Today is just one of those days in which I am reminded of the riches in my life; in which my heart is filled with pride and gratitude for the three precious treasures I have been blessed with. Life is indeed good.

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Graduation

Posted June 11, 2014 by Lyn Brown
Photo courtesy of Kidlet

Her face was beaming as she grinned up at us from her second row pew. Her dad and foster dog guide Cadet sat behind my hubby and I, all of us perched up in the balcony with a bird’s eye view of the graduation ceremony below.

A vintage home movie scrolled through my mind: flashes of Kidlet’s first day on the ice in her hockey gear; dropping her off at nursery school and helping her find the cubby with her name taped above it; visions of a five-year old Kidlet in her rubber boots digging for earth worms; images of her belting out Seasons of Love at her grade eight grad… and a blurry mashup of scenes from our life.

Her childhood flashed before me in what seemed like moments. And today her dads and I came together, like so many times before, to witness her achievement of yet another milestone in her life and celebrate the woman she is becoming.

How is it then that the face gleaming up at us was that of my five-year old, innocent, fresh faced Kidlet?

The Chancellor’s speech was riddled with advice for the new grads — the best of which was “do something!” So Kidlet, I’ve had twenty-two years to dispense my advice, so no further required. You get it and have everything you need within yourself to create the life you want. And you have the love and support of your parents and sisters as well as your big, extended tribe. You once told me, as I tucked you into your bed, that you were happy you “picked” me. Well Kidlet, I’m glad you picked me too! It’s a privilege to be your mother.

Kidlet’s post-grad Facebook post:

I have to thank my mom for putting up with me for the last 4 years. She edited every single paper I have submitted ‪#‎truth‬. Sometimes at 11:45 pm when it was due at midnight. I appreciate all her time and energy and support. Love you mum.

Today is just one of those days in which I am reminded of the riches in my life; in which my heart is filled with pride and gratitude for the three precious treasures I have been blessed with. Life is indeed good.

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How to Spot the Parents of a Newborn

Posted February 26, 2014 by Devan McGuinness

I almost forgot what life was like when you have a newborn at home. It’s kind of isolating, a whole lot loud and a little confusing as you balance the frustrations of no sleep and a profound love for this new little life. I have been living this crazy newborn life for seven weeks now […]

The post How to Spot the Parents of a Newborn appeared first on Accustomed Chaos.

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My Answer to “How Do You Know You’re Done Having Kids?”

Posted December 9, 2013 by Devan McGuinness

It’s a question many couples and parents ponder over — one that I’ve been openly seeking the answer to for some time. Knowing when you’re done adding children to your family is such a hard thing to answer because really, how do you know? It’s not like there’s some cap which is enforced on us […]

The post My Answer to “How Do You Know You’re Done Having Kids?” appeared first on Accustomed Chaos.

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Best Crib Alternatives on the Market

Posted November 9, 2013 by Devan McGuinness

I have been busy over the past few months getting the house ready for a new baby. I’ve been doing deep cleaning and organizing, and making sure the kids’ rooms are updated so they don’t feel left out and purchasing all those must-have items for our new bundle of joy, like a baby carrier and […]

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Chaos Parenting Hack #1: When Juice is a Hot Commodity

Posted October 30, 2013 by Devan McGuinness

Juice is a hot commodity in our house. We don’t drink it too often so the kids tend to sip on water or milk during the day with the very rare, occasional root beer cup when we eat tacos or nachos for a Friday special dinner (you can’t eat either without root beer!). Juice is […]

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Getting Ready for Back-to-school: First Haircuts!

Posted August 28, 2013 by Devan McGuinness

The countdown is on for me and it’s started for many of you already  – back-to-school time! This year I am a little more nervous about the start of a new routine because it’s the first year all three of my kids will be going. Both Speed and Raru are going every day, entering into […]

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Mom’s First Day of School Plans

Posted August 19, 2013 by Devan McGuinness

In case you missed them: 10 Smart Ways to Get Over Your Ex| Babble Love + Relationships 12 Things You Should Never Say During a Fight | Babble Love + Relationships The Results of Our 20 Week Scan Shows Not All Is Perfect | Babble Pregnant 12 Dogs Enjoying the Summer Heat | Babble Pets 8 Pregnancy Products Totally Worth Your Money | […]

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