Reasons My Toddler Cried Today

I said no to McDonalds pancakes for breakfast.
The bacon at home isn’t cold enough.
She is not allowed to open new boxes of pasta to test that gravity still works.
She cut her toe.
She didn’t want a bandaid on the aforementioned injury.
She only had one Mickey Mouse Bandaid.
She only had two Mickey Mouse Bandaids.
She only had three Mickey Mouse Bandaids.
She pulled off all three Bandaids.
The Bandaids won’t restick.
She didn’t want a new Bandaid; she wanted the old Bandaids.
It’s wet in the shower.
Drying off is apparently painful.
Lunch isn’t a hotdog.
Getting in the car will make her nap.
Only two stuffies were allowed to join her for the nap-inducing drive.
She’s falling asleep.

Sometimes I start to lose my patience. It’s easy to feel exasperated when it seems like nothing you do is good enough for a tyrannical toddler.  But the best parenting advice my mother has given me is to parent with empathy.

I, too, have cried over […]

By |January 14th, 2016|Family, Life, Little Ass-Kicker, MOMents|1 Comment

Privacy, Please

As we continue to settle into our new normal, my biggest adjustment is my complete lack of privacy.

Before we moved, Andrew almost never left for work before I did.  We could tag-team the morning routine, and I never had to consider what to do with the world’s busiest toddler while I showered.  So two days in, I was confronted with a very serious dilemma for the first time.  With no TV, no place to restrain the aforementioned busy toddler, and double the square footage filled with boxes and hazards – what would I do with Mackenzie? I had no choice: I had to take her in the shower with me.

This awkward situation was made all the better when M ripped off her own diaper, clambered in before I could, and began to dance. “Shake yo bum!” She demanded as she initiated dance party mode.  In six weeks, these morning dance parties have desensitized me […]

By |January 13th, 2016|Family, Life, Little Ass-Kicker|2 Comments

The New Normal

We did it.  We packed our life into nondescript Uhaul boxes, shed all the things we no longer need, and we moved.

Our life looked very neat in carefully labeled, uniform brown boxes.  And then came the chaotic work of unpacking. This adventure has been so much more than moving. It was not a case of simply picking up a life, planting it somewhere new, and letting it continue growing. How we do life has changed entirely. Six weeks in, we’re still finding our new normal.

People have asked how we’ve settled. And I suppose we’ve settled alright – in the way that things in your junk drawer settle after you slam it shut, jumbling all the pieces. Settled.  But not organized and neat and orderly. A few stubborn boxes have refused to unpack themselves.  Mackenzie has only recently fallen into any semblance of routine. And I still wander the aisles at most stores trying to find my […]

By |January 11th, 2016|Family, Life, Little Ass-Kicker, Musings|0 Comments

A Song I Still Kind Of Hate. And A Truth I’d Like To Ignore.

During my first year of college, I hung out with a guy who put the Rolling Stones on every mix tape. I love the Stones as much as the next girl – probably a tad more, but there was one song that always stuck in my throat: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need
I’d hear the opening of the song – a choral arrangement of child vocal hell – and cringe. Because I was about to get bombarded with a hard truth – one I still struggle to swallow: you can’t always get what you want.

We’re bombarded with this lie that we can do anything we put our minds to.  If we just try hard enough, if we do all the right things […]

By |August 11th, 2015|Life, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mrs.

Our whirlwind romance flourished into a new, exciting engagement in just 5 months – an engagement which dragged on for a painful 14 months. And then, on the most perfect day this May, McDreamy and I tied the knot.

The wedding day passed so quickly, I don’t think I truly appreciated the day until I sat and looked through the pictures for the first time.  We floated through the day, buzzed on surreality, overwhelmed with emotions. At the end of the day, after we had climbed into our getaway car, it hit me that I would never go home alone again.  Goodnight no longer meant a long, lonely drive or hesitant moments before finally hanging up the phone.  I would start and end every day with my McDreamy.

I don’t think anything truly prepares you for what it means to be a Mrs.  You can read every book, attend counseling sessions, get […]

By |August 23rd, 2012|Life, Love, Marriage|1 Comment

Shirking Narcissism: Almost-Confessions of a Lazy Blogger

I wish I could tell you that I haven’t blogged because I’ve finally squashed the narcissistic streak within me.

I wish I could tell you that I’d been off having a grand adventure that kept me from updating frequently.

I wish I could tell you that the three months of cyber-absence were spent making the real world a much better place.

Nope.

If anything, I’ve been hiding from the blogosphere because I didn’t have much to say.  At the very least, what I did have to say was neither  warm and fuzzy, nor humorous, nor pleasant, nor entertaining. I went through a dark period, wrestling with some pretty big issues, and my blog felt very claustrophobic whenever I logged in to delete the zillions of spam comments I receive each week. I even visited my old myspace blog and fantasized about a simpler time in my life when I really did have the freedom […]

By |March 15th, 2012|Life|2 Comments

Red Cup Season

Tuesday was Red Cup Day in Canada.  By Red Cup Day, I refer to the not-yet-Stat holiday on which Starbucks begins serving winter drinks in festive red cups.  I observe Red Cup Day with a near-religious fervor each year.  Truthfully, I’m not sure why. I know that it’s just a cup of coffee and nothing more.  However, I feel like each Red Cup Day is a milestone. A turn of the page. The beginning of something new.

As urban dwellers, I think we have become so removed from creation that we must look for our own markers to draw us into the cyclical nature of life.  Yes, we see the leaves turn and fall and we feel the need for warmer jackets, but we are no longer entrenched in nature to be a part of the change.  Summer turns to fall before we realize it has happened, and fall turns to […]

By |November 6th, 2011|Life|1 Comment

Why I Loved Working for my Dad

Over the past five years, I had the remarkable privilege of working for my father. As a child, I had great reverence for his work. Although I was often frustrated when it seemed he invested more time in other kids, I could never stay upset for long because I was always struck by the thought that my dad was a somebody. When we lived in Scotland, he was local celebrity.  He had been on radio and television and had taken the stage before arenas packed with thousands.  It wasn’t uncommon for us to be stopped in the street by a young person he had inspired.  Atop his shoulders, I would tug at tufts of his hair impatiently – which is why I’m convinced he’s balding now – eager to disappear from the starstruck teenagers that wished to pick his mind.  My dad really was a somebody.  He was generally regarded […]

By |November 1st, 2011|Life|7 Comments

Through the valley of the shadow of death

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

-Psalm 23:4
Often we attempt to rationalize why bad things happen to good people.  We perceive it to be unjust when those who have wronged us appear to float onward with no apparent consequences.  We are enraged when we witness a tragedy befall the upstanding pillars of our communities.  At such a time, it appears inevitable that someone will ask, “How can you reconcile that with a good and loving God?”

In my brief 24 years of life, I have experienced privileges and pains that most people twice my age have not encountered.  Often the two go hand-in-hand.  To be in a position of unique privilege, whether this is an incredible friendship, a challenging career, or a breath-taking adventure, often involves a great amount of vulnerability.  […]

By |October 25th, 2011|Life, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Worst. Fiancée. Ever.

My McDreamy and I eagerly await May 26th, 2012 – the day that shall launch a thousand change-of-name forms.  I will put away the last relics of life as a single lady – my Justin Bieber CD, the tin can in which I still have love notes from grade 9, my Twilight books, and all other adolescent frivolity.  I’ll be a real grown-up. I’ll be Mrs. McDreamy.

We have secured our venue, found a culinary artist to construct our cupcake tower, picked a caterer (whom we still need to book… oops…), and decided upon the general vibe.  On Saturday, I bought my bridal gown and finally talked to my remaining bridesmaids about joining the wedding party.  Things are really coming together.  Quickly.

So quickly, in fact, I forgot that we had booked a photographer to do our engagement pictures.  Again, oops.  Just days ago, I was complaining that McDreamy and I only […]

By |June 23rd, 2011|Life|7 Comments