My first born. This beautiful, tall, lean, long physique, gorgeous smile, thoughtful, patient, gooby sense of humour, mini-man. And promptly burst into tears. It has been such a surprisingly long road, it’s not over, but man!
Suddenly he’s 16 and adulthood is around the corner. For him! I can barely believe that I’m no longer the “young adult”. I still can’t exhale. I’m still scared. When he was first born, to the oft asked “How is he? How is motherhood?” I would reply, “Still alive,” not because he had any history of disease, but because it was my new mantra and let’s be honest, many an African violet and bamboo plant have expired in my care. And now I had a human?!?!
I remember my Mom picking me up from school and on the way home she would sing her heart out to Whitney Houston, Bonnie Rait, or Etta James.
I remember listening to her practicing for gigs in the basement, her voice would fill the house. I remember watching her play shows and perform in musicals, she was and is captivating.
I was simultaneously drawn to singing and annoyed by it. I was in absolute awe of her but a part of me wanted to rebel which I imagine a lot of people can relate to. You look up to your parents but you want to find your own path in the world.
My Mom gave me a guitar when I was a teenager. She started playing when she was 12 years old – it was everything to her and she wanted the same for me. I opened the gift and was disappointed. That was not what I wanted so I ended up selling it to my little cousin. Most likely I spent the money on clothes at the mall. Ugh. I cringe at this memory.
Family Day is Monday February 18th! This is one of our favourite “holidays”- how awesome is it to have an entire day dedicated to just being with your family? If you are looking for something fun and free to do in Alberta you are in luck!
Free Family Day Admission:
Holidays are often the times when we finally make the time to get together with friends and family. Unfortunately, this is also one of the busiest times of the year. We are trying to make our house comfortable and festive, provide an abundance of food and drinks, and be great hosts to our guests. Sometimes, we might get stressed out about all these details that we forget the original purpose was to “just” get together with our family and friends.
I admit that I was one of those people that wanted everything to be absolutely perfect for my guests, and I drove myself and my spouse crazy trying to achieve this. (My daughter didn’t know of anything different.) Over the years, I have found some stress free alternatives to the traditional ways of having gatherings. Here are my suggestions:
It’s one of my favourite celebrations – Halloween. Dressing up and candy – what’s not to love? Honestly, I’m not big on the scares though – I had nightmares from The People Under the Stairs – look it up, you’ll probably laugh. Whether you like a good scare or you don’t, it’s always fun to get out there and take in the fun that comes along with the day.
Do you head out and enjoy events around Halloween? Which are your fave?
Here are some great looking events we found in and around Red Deer!
I am a huge sushi fan, so much so that when I gave birth to each of my 3 children my first non-hospital meal was sushi. Die-hard California roll fan right here!
If you’re a sushi lover too and live in Lloydminster, you’re going to want to get in on this deal!
Sushi Sunday at Edo Japan in Lloydminster
“This retreat is like Summer Camp – For Moms!” ~ Maria, Mom of 2
I joined a few friends last year at the Summer Breathe, Women’s Retreat. The retreat took place by Winfield, Alberta at Pure Awareness,about an hour and a half west of Edmonton. To say this place was beautiful is an absolute understatement.
Disney on Ice will be back again in Calgary and Edmonton and this time the show is Dare to Dream!
Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream
Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Dare to Dream will feature five of your favourite daring Disney heroines along with their friends! Join Moana, Maui, Belle, the enchanted castle staff, Beast, Anna, Else, Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and others as they all discover why no dream is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny.
Ticket Prices and Dates
November 14th -18th
11am, 3pm, 7pm show options available
Tickets prices ranging $31.35-$106.55
Buy tickets today
November 29th – December 2nd
**Tickets go on sale July 31st
Last year many of our Alberta Mamas had the chance to attend Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart and it was awesome. Want to read about our experiences from Disney on Ice last year in both Calgary and Edmonton?
Find the Calgary Disney on Ice review here
Find the Edmonton Disney on Ice review here
Bouncy Castle Fun Run
What’s more summer then bouncy castles and runs? Putting both together!
The Mega Bounce Fun Run comes to Edmonton July 28th and Calgary August 11th! This run is Canada’s largest all inflatables course!
This fun run is about having a good time (adult or with the kids). There are 10, YES 10 bouncy castle obstacles to go over in this amazing event. Instead of racing for time I would suggest trying to be the slowest possible myself. (More time on the bouncers am I right?)
So grab a friend or spouse for date night, or the kids for something fun to do and enjoy one of the most fun races!
- Bug spray
- Playful attitude
Check out the course below and regular asked questions in the FAQ section of their site.
I’ll be working full time so I’ll be squeezing every last drop out of my Alberta summer weekends. Here’s what I’m most excited to experience this summer in Alberta.
The Road Trip
Is there anything better than packing up your wheels, stopping for snacks and hitting the open road? Yes, yes there is. It’s called re-living your childhood. One of my earliest memories is playing cards in my grandparents motor home, road trekking through Alberta, to the States into Mexico. Hanging out, while you watch the landscape race by. Snacking, gaming, talking – the journey more important than the destination. The in-laws bought a small motor home and they’re letting us borrow it – squeee!