As a blogger, I've shared many stories on heart break, parenting, loss, love and marriage, causes and charities to help spread the word for something I believed in and wanted others to care about. I never imagined I would be writing a post that hits so close to home, asking everyone to PLEASE PLEASE SHARE IT! A Devoted Mother. A Loving Wife. Wonderful Daughter. Amazing … [Read more...] about In Memory of Tanya Nicholls Maude
Category: Diary (Just Jodi)
Letting go as your kids grow up is a gut wrenching time for many parents and children. For me it has been an extremely difficult struggle. My oldest is turning sixteen this year, and many changes have occurred over the past several years that have changed the dynamic of our relationship. "From the moment he was born, I fell in love with my son. I wanted a boy so badly, I … [Read more...] about Letting Go As Your Kids Grow Up #parenting
Yesterday our family had such an amazing time at the Stave Falls visitor center filming with Telus Optik Local. Trace loved filming with Mark the cameraman and Melinda the director and producer for the show that highlights incredible adventures for families. Although Trace didn't want to go at first and though visiting Stave Falls to learn about electricity would be … [Read more...] about Our Filmshoot With Telus Optik Local at Stave Falls Visitor Center #telustv
Having a child with Sensory Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, mild Cerebral Palsy, Anxiety and various other special needs issues does not make for good mornings. Trace (my eight) yr old is not a morning kid. He loves his sleep, and hates to going to bed. Two combinations that don't work well together when it comes time to get up and get his butt into the educational learning … [Read more...] about Pulling the Grumpy Monster Out Bed: How to Get Your Kids Up For School
You are probably wondering what I'm doing up at 4:45 am aren't you? Well I had to get up to pee of course. It would be the 95th time during the night my bladder decided to make a potty trip. But that's not the only reason. My shoulder is hurting and has been hurting for the past several months, and frankly I am the point of telling my hubby to --- just cut it … [Read more...] about Just cut it off: Chronic Shoulder Pain
LIGHTS ... CAMERA ... ACTION! That's what I feel like yelling when capturing kids at play. They run and jump, move here and there. Honestly trying to get a great shot with any camera can be difficult when trying to get kids to stay still long enough so you can actually see their smiling faces. But not if you have the Canon Rebel EOS SL1 - the world's … [Read more...] about Mill Lake Water Park Fun with the Canon Rebel EOS SL1 #smstaplesca
The conversation always starts the same when someone wants to know about my husband and I. Corey goes to sleep every night and forgets what happened the day before. Like that movie 50 First Dates ... I tell them, he has a Traumatic Brain Injury. And then it comes... "No I don't," said the man who can't remember squat. Of course it's the … [Read more...] about I Don’t Have a Traumatic Brain Injury Said The Man Who Can’t Remember
Welcome to part three in my series with the Canon Rebel EOS SL1, the first of its kind. It is the lightest, smallest and most functional DSLR camera in the world. Perfect for on the go shots, family photos, or capturing those sweet moments you don't want to miss. This week's post focuses on landscapes, plus some more people shots and flower shots. Take a peek … [Read more...] about Harrison Hot Springs with the Canon Rebel EOS SL1 #smstaplesca
It's hard to believe we parents here in BC are still playing the wait game. Two days before school is suppose to start and we still don't have any answers yet. It's okay by me, just means I get to have my kids a bit longer to enjoy what has been a very relaxing but adventurous summer. This summer we opted to stay home for the most part and enjoy the blazing … [Read more...] about Kindermom Summer Smiles, Adventures and Fun
It's hard to believe September is almost here, and soon October which means Halloween and Thanksgiving. Each year we begin to think about Halloween around this time. My 8-year-old absolutely loves dressing up in different costumes to go trick-or-treating or just for fun to play make-believe. His latest craze caused by the newest Transformers movie : Age of … [Read more...] about This Boy Wants To Be Optimums Prime!
I am so super tired. I mean my eyes are drooping, body wound up tight, can barely stare at the computer screen while blogging. And I feel like taking a nap every day for at least 2 hours. Wake me and I'll kill you! I attributed this sudden tiredness to the fact I'm getting older, turning 41 this year. I have a rambuncitious 8 year old who keeps me on my toes, and a … [Read more...] about Rant: Why I’m a Zombie Lately: Anxiety and Weight Loss
MOTHERS- defined by nature as the caregiver, nurturer, keeper of the house, kisser of the BOO BOO's and giver of advice, one who keeps it all together, lonely mistress to being neglected, unappreciated, unheard, unseen and unknown. Thankless in nature, but rewarded by love, like a ghost she travels through the day and night, loving unconditionally. I love my … [Read more...] about Rave: Have I told you How much I love my Mom?
Those are the words I heard and I will admit my heart kinda exploded as the phrase rolled off my fifteen year olds tongue. I was being replaced, or had been already. So now what? I sat for a bit and thought about it, fretting off the tears that threatened as I watched him walk hand in hand away with his girlfriend to the store. Wow! Just like that, eh? … [Read more...] about Mom you’ve been replaced: Teen Chronicles
I love Easter time. Egg hunts are our favorite, especially for me watching the kids have fun while they search for eggs all around. Each year the co-op we live in does an easter hunt, has fun and activities at the hall, face painting and more for the kids. Of course Trace wanted to go, so we did. The first thing Trace did was get his face painted. He wanted to be a bunny like … [Read more...] about Easter Egg Co-op Fun 2014
I kept my son home today. It's Friday. He's sleeping beside me right now, after a very long night. His emotions ran rampant yesterday, and on a scale of 1 - 10 for bad days for him. He hit an eleven, which isn't unusual for my monkey. In fact this year, being he just turned 8 and is in grade two. It's been quite the norm. Grade two in Elementary School is much different than … [Read more...] about When Education and Going to School isn’t Enough