5 Things to Do in Fairmont Hot Springs

Being in a Teacher family means being a slave to the school holidays. We are rarely able to take vacation outside of those days dictated to us by our school districts, which means we often have to pay premium rates for travel, accommodations and activities. It just means we need to save a little more […]

What Does Family Day Mean to You?

Let’s face it. February has gotten a pretty bad rap as far as months of the year go. It just hasn’t had a lot going for it. For starters, it’s short. Of all the months of the year, it is considerably shorter than all its eleven siblings. And by a whole two days! Here in […]

Snow Days are the Best Days!

Today we’re having a snow day. We’ve had snow for the last four days, almost unheard of in our part of the world. Here on Vancouver Island when it snows, people start circling the wagons and rationing their provisions. No telling when we’ll be able to get out to the store again! It can actually […]

Who is Your Hero?

Do you have someone you’d love to emulate, or someone who’s values and integrity are what you aspire to? Do you have someone who saved you, who dragged you up from the depths and made you whole again? Or maybe someone who just inspires you? Do you have a hero? I have a hero. Howard […]

Disconnecting at French Beach

We recently spent a nice weekend camping at French Beach Provincial Park, a little out-of-the-way campground on a lonely stretch of beach between Victoria and Port Renfrew, on Vancouver Island. The beach itself is a typical West Coast mix of cobblestone and sand, and the water is FREEZING! That doesn’t seem to stop my ever-adventurous […]

Do Your Kids Emotions Matter? Big Time!

I have a confession to make. Sometimes I discount things my kids say. It’s true! I know, hard to imagine, me, not really paying attention to my kids and their sometimes over the top ranting, complaining, explaining, detailing…but I do. As I mentioned in an earlier post, our children have a way of making everything […]