Monday, March 28, 2011

A week of Birthday celebrations!

Last week was full of birthday celebrations for myself and Alan (our birthday's are one day apart - and if you take into account the time difference because he was born in Scotland - we were actually born on the same day - kind of a fun fact!). Although Alan was supposed to miss both of our birthday's because of an ill timed business trip to Houston; he made it back to say Happy Birthday and we spent the afternoon of his birthday together.

Our birthday gift to each other this year was also a morning at the Nordik Spa. Neither of us had ever been there before and I have to say it was fantastic! It is situated in the Gatineau Hills and you are literally surrounded by trees and mountains and it is simply beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. I had booked a pedicure for myself and then we spent the morning together in the 'nordic baths'. The Nordic Baths (which is also a really great price and next time we would probably only do them and skip the spa service) are a three step process beginning with either the sauna or the steam room, followed by a dip in a cold pool (outdoors!But we did it!!!), followed by relaxing time - either in the hot tubs or in an enclosed space by the fire. We did the 'process' twice and then enjoyed a wonderful lunch - complete with wine and a chocolate fondue!

Unfortunately, our bliss quickly ended. By the time we reached Alan's aunts' house, who had so generously played with Ewan most of the day, we were seriously sick. The stomach flu hit us hard - for 4 days!!! Each time I thought I was better - I would try and eat - and then I paid for it for the next 12 hours! Thankfully as of this evening I am sure that I am better now. Although it was kind of nice to literally stay in bed for the past few day!

I also have to thank all of the Before School kids and the Nursery School kids for a wonderful day on my birthday - it was so nice to celebrate with all of you!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Blog Post about A Gym Tale!

Thank you so much Lara for such kind words on your blog post, it really means so very much. One of the best parts of this career is being able to get to know so many families in my very own community.

Please visit Lara's blog at

Monday, March 14, 2011

March Break...

It is Monday morning, Ewan and I said goodbye to Alan at 8am and then fell back asleep until 9am! We are now finishing our breakfast at 10am and are getting ready to take Sidekick for a nice leisurely walk around the neighbourhood and take in some of the beautiful sunshine. Our week is filled with play dates and relaxing time at home. This is going to be a good week!

Monday, March 7, 2011


So I have had the book 'Room' by Emma Donoghue posted on my blog over the past week. I actually read this book in three days!! It was fantastic! It was an intriguing story about a mother-son relationship and the life they created living together in an 11x11 room. The book was an intense page-turner and I am still thinking about the story a week later. This was definitely one of the better books that I have read recently.

I then read the book 'Morning Glory' by Diana Peterfreund, also an upcoming movie. And definitely not a great follow up to 'Room' It was a cute, romantic comedy - but nothing great.

I have read quite a few great books the past few months - the Stieg Larson trilogy 'The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo', 'Birth House', 'Secret Daughter' and 'House Rules'. But now I am stuck. I really don't know what to read next. Does anyone have any recommendations?