Mackenzie’s First Birthday!

Today we celebrated Mackenzie’s first birthday.  It seems impossible that a year has gone by since she was born.  It feels like no time has passed since that gorgeous, sun-shiny July day exactly one year ago.

When Andrew and I got married, he adopted my family’s dessert-for-breakfast-on-birthdays tradition.  He loves desserts, so it wasn’t hard to convince him that cupcakes for breakfast is a fantastic way to start a birthday. Since then, we haven’t had a single birthday at Chez Janzen without a sickeningly sweet dessert. Today was no exception. We kicked-off birthday festivities with presents and cupcakes. M is a good eater, but she has very particular taste. I don’t give her a lot of sweets or processed food, so she didn’t love the cupcakes. She had several bites, but I think she found them too sweet.

Mackenzie’s love for animals is becoming increasingly marked. We celebrated by taking her to the […]

Thought of the day | April 22, 2014

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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A Season of Gifting?

I have very fond memories of growing up on the west coast of Scotland. Faint, and probably very idealized, but amongst the haze of a childhood exploring highlands and castles and playing in farmers’ fields, I have a few crystal clear memories.  My mum and I walked everywhere. Unless it was raining; and then we might have taken the bus.  On one particularly drizzly day, we had been at the Well Park in Greenock for a walk.  The park has iconic gates, the only feature of the park I really remember. As a child, the huge stone frame of the gates and the tall, iron grates seemed so imposing, and a little ominous on a grey and gloomy day.

As we left the park, a little drunk man stumbled towards us. He slurred his speech and seemed to struggle staying upright.  His stooped stature made him seem so much smaller than my mum, […]

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