21/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Little Man : Ever since we’ve found out about your probable sensory processing issues, it’s been so much easier to connect with you. We’ve adapted the way we play, the way we move, the way we are in every moment and life has become so much fun. This is one of your favorite things now : We grab every pillow in the house, lay them down and cover them with a king size sheet. Like walking on a cloud. You can play there for hours, it calms you, cradles you. I’ve even caught you falling asleep in them. It’s little things like this my love that will make all of this better. Every adjustment we need to make will be worth it. To have you happy, we would do anything.

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Little Miss : My little flower princess. Every petal is a miracle, every bloom sparks your imagination. What others consider weeds, you consider fields of gold. “I’m the dandelion queen mom!” you told me today. You picked a bouquet so big for me, I had pollen all over my camera. To watch you love every part of nature is truly a gift. You see the beauty in all of it, you embrace what others dismiss. Your eyes and heart will always see things that many do not and for that, I’m truly grateful.

 Joining Jodi for the 52 Project

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Evening Light

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Light is a beautiful thing. When you wake up in the morning, it energizes you, makes you feel like the day is full of promise. As the sun gets higher in the sky, the world around you gets warmer : flowers open, more and more plants unfurl, gardens grow. But evening light is my favorite light. There is a calm that comes over me when the sun lowers, like a warm embrace. Radiant, but not blinding, warm but not ridiculously hot, satisfying, the perfect end to the day.

I love how everything that seemed the same color in the light of day explodes into nuance. How many shades of greens, browns, blues and white are there? The possibilities seem endless. Longer shadows make all things seem bigger than they are, leaving me to feel small, protected, a part of nature.

When most people head in is when we head out. I love bringing my children to the woods when the light is low. They can see things more clearly. Textures, smells, sounds… they seem to amplify when the day is setting. They feel it all.

How I would love to peek inside their dreams at night. I know they must be happy ones because I never hear a peep anymore. Yes, both my kiddos are sleeping through the night now and I credit it all to Mother Nature and her healing magic. Bodies, minds and souls, happily spent, sleep the deep sleep.

Good night everyone.

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20/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Little Man : You have never been happier. Outside is where you were meant to be. You climb on the window sills at 6 h 30 am every morning, begging us to leave the house and you cry when it’s time to come in, even if you are falling asleep where you stand. You are a born nature lover, everything about it excites you. But water is your favorite thing. Every reason, every opportunity, you will jump with both feet and just be happy. Can’t wait to find a real beach for you this summer my love. It will be a beautiful sight to see. <3

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Little Miss : We had a special Sunday morning this week. Your little brother spent a part of the day with grandma and grandpa and we left for old Quebec, just the 3 of us. Ferry rides, long civilized walks, fancy dresses, hot chocolate and fresh baked goods, all decided by you. The last few months have been so hard for you and they are hard still. It’s been difficult to understand all that is happening here, you worry, you act out, we’ve had many less-than-stellar days, but we will find our way and walk this road together. The closer we get to answers, the happier you will feel I’m sure. Very lucky for us all there are French pastries to soften the hardest blows. <3

 Joining Jodi for the 52 Project

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Today, I’m grateful for…

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  • Our first spring garden harvest, oh what a feast it was.

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  • Wonderful doctors and health professionals, making sure that Little Man has the very best care possible during this very important journey.

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  •  Crafting time with Little Miss and a fairy garden in the making.

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  • Old friends, coming back to say hello.

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  • The promise of delicious summertime treasures.

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  • Natural playgrounds, making my kiddos strong and confident.

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  • The wonder of nature, giving us endless opportunities to learn.
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A Mother’s Day gift

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Early Friday morning, although a chill was back in the air, we bundled up and heading out for our morning walk. Both the children have taken a great liking to our little hikes after breakfast, waking up with the sun and birds, getting to run and play in trails often very free and uncrowded.

This time, we went back to one of our favorite spots. I’ve shown you this place a few times here and here. It truly is a magical place. Every time we go back, every season brings us new understanding and wonder. This year, we made it there as the trillium were starting to bloom. We didn’t see many blooms, but the carpets of leaves unfurling are promising a grand display in a few days. I can assure you we will be going back!

As I was slowly walking along the trails, snapping pictures, a kind older gentleman stopped and asked me, smiling knowingly : “You are probably not very often on the other side of that camera are you?” Looking at my beautiful babies climbing on stumps and smelling flowers, I looked back and giggled. “Give me your camera for a minute”, he said, “it’s almost Mother’s Day, I think you should be in at least one picture.”

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I can’t remember that last time I was in a picture with both my little angels.

Happy Mother’s Day to all my amazing mamas out there!

May you find kindness and love from everyone around you. You deserve it!

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19/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Little Miss 
: Oh how you love our morning walks. We have been working on establishing a new rhythm since you have stopped preschool and although a few things still need tweaking, our early morning walk is one thing that will stick throughout the summer. Waking up with nature suits you, you feel at home in the woods. You walk through them asking a million questions about everything : plant names, bird calls, cloud shapes… I couldn’t be happier. You told us this week you would like to work with animals one day, I’m sure you will. And they will be lucky to have such a compassionate and caring friend.

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Little Man : You were more quiet this week. You are either fighting another little cold (who could blame you with 20’C shifts almost every day) or we are seeing the first hints of what could be seasonal allergies. We are looking forward to getting some answers about that soon. But it hasn’t stopped you from climbing, running, playing… these don’t need words or sounds. In that quiet, you can hear better I’m sure. Giving those little ears of yours every opportunity to catch the sounds they can. We’ve noticed some subtleties this week : You don’t seem to hear bird calls, but you do hear woodpeckers. This path we are walking with you is filled with mystery and exploration, I’m so glad we can walk it together.

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Last year… looking back

I have very wise friends.

Recently, I posted a little something about how discouraged I was with the lateness of Spring and the lingering cold. I was worried our garden season would suffer, worried about the lack of green everywhere and I was overwhelmed with a feeling that this cold spell was just never going to end. Since then, we’ve had much more pleasant weather and we are finally feeling the warmth returning. Trees are budding, song birds are greeting us in the morning, evenings are warmer allowing us to enjoy the outdoors well after dinner has passed and we are all getting a lovely healthy sun-kissed glow.

Still, I wanted to take the advice of my dear friend Sally over at Wonky Patchwork and step back in time. This was her comment to me :

“Have you looked back on your blog a year ago to see where you were with the garden then? It could be reassuring – or then again, it could confirm you fears!”

So I decided to do it, and oh am I glad I did!

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This was our yard a few days before Mother’s Day last year. Notice the definite lack of green in the trees?

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This is our yard this morning : Much more alive and vibrant than last year. Our maples are filled with little pom-poms, the neighbor’s weeping willow sporting a light green halo.  

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This was Little Miss ready to leave for daycare on the back of daddy’s bike at 6h30 am on May 7th last year.

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The kiddos at 8 am this past Monday. It was 14’C outside, they were wearing Crocs over light socks and sweatshirts over t-shirts. Not a glove, hat or scarf in sight. 

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This was the pergola at Van Den Hende Botanical Gardens on May 7th last year.

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The pergola yesterday, pretty much the same as last year. (Although, I thought it was hilarious to find that I went to the Botanical Garden for the first time at almost the same date last year.)

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My asparagus on May 10th last year.

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My asparagus this morning : They have doubled in size and tripled in numbers.

So really, who would I be to complain? If anything, it seems like we are doing better than last year. So with this new resolve and a renewed sense of optimism, I’m ready for the season. We’ll be busy this week-end. It’s suppose to rain, but it’s also supposed to be very warm and that is my favorite combination for planting seeds. A perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day if you ask me!

What were you blogging about on this day last year?

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