Saturday, October 31, 2009

Smoocheroo, I Love You!

It's our "thing"... it's what we do, it's what we say... "Smoocheroo, I Love You!" First thing in the morning we say it, when they get on and off the school bus or when I leave for work we say it. It's our thing. I just said it one day when Carter was really really little, and it has stuck ever since. If I'm in a hurry and try to just yell it up the stairs to the boys before leaving the house, they freak out and come running because they tell me you can't just say Smoocheroo, I Love You, you have to DO Smoocheroos too, and thats where I get my little boy kisses that I love so much.

I've often thought about what things will look like when my boys grow up and wish I could just freeze time right now for a little while longer. I know they won't stay little for long and so I really, really enjoy my kids. Some people aren't fortunate to realize this until it's too late and they miss out. I find comfort in knowing I'll have no regrets there. I do worry that once the kids grow and have their own lives, schedules and even families that what I have now will be gone. Will they want to come running to me to tell me about their day? Will they have a big smoocheroo for me in return when I kiss them as adults? Who really knows, but I have hope because of what I heard someone say the other day.

He is a grown 25 year old guy who was giving me a run down of what he figured his Friday night was going to look like. He had a blind date but said he hadn't seen his Mom in days because they had both been so busy and told me very casually he just wanted to run home first to kiss her and check in on her before heading out.... From a Mom perspective, those words make a mommy melt!! MELT! OMG! It can happen! They can grow up and still love their mommies like little boys are supposed to! Obviously his Mom did her job well and I'm hoping my boys feel I am too. I won't expect them to say "Smoocheroo, I Love You" at that age but if I can get the love, respect and acknowledgement his Mom gets from him.... I'll know I raised them right!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

“Beauty is...elusive and eternal. It is many things: strength, confidence, passion, grace—a sense of style, a turn of head, a state of mind.”
Rona Berg

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A life without cause is a life without effect. via Twitter @greensisters @paulocoelho #quote

This is so true... so very true!

When your thoughts are completely filled with positive purpose, there is no room for fear. ( via twitter @luvnnature )

Inner Peace

I had a conversation with friends on the weekend on Inner Peace. Clearly they haven't spent nearly enough time contemplating what that might mean to them as there were a few jokes made about it and of course "Jenn thinks too much" blah blah blah.

I believe Inner Peace means something different to everyone. For me, it's all about balance, boundries, fulfillment and gratitude amongst other things. It's an experience of knowing oneself and it can only come from within. Filling your mind with positive thoughts, living with simplicity & gratitude and being aware of how you and your actions impact this world, can all contribute to creating this state of consciousness..... in my opinion anyways.

My beautiful friend Susie, sent me this email today....


I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me today, and we
all could probably use more calm in our lives! Some doctor on the TV this
morning said that the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you
have started. So I looked around my house to see things I'd started and hadn't
finished and, before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of
Merlot, a bottle of shhhardonay, a bodle of Baileys, abutle of vocka, a pockage
of Pringlies, the res of the Chesescke a n a box a chocolets. Yu haf no idr ow
frigin gud I fel. Peas sen dis orn to anyy yu fee ar in ned ov inr pece.

So, she passed it onto me. Nice. I have wonderful friends. Hilarious, they are.... spiritual they are not.

Monday, October 26, 2009

X-Ray In Two Languages

Carter, who has begun learning cursive writing at school, was showing Callum how he can print and write. He wrote the word x-ray twice, printing it once then handwritten the second time. He then proudly said "See Callum, I can write x-ray in two different languages."

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Some might call them weeds. Not I. These yellow beauties that pop up all over my grass during the summer are sometimes the highlight of my day.

When I send my boys out to play, they pick them for me. They come running into the house with big bright smiles on their adorable little faces saying, "Mom! Mom! These are for you!!" They are full of pride when they hand them over and it makes me happy to know they are learning how wonderful it feels to give. I even have a special Dandelion vase that magnets to the fridge where I can keep them in water. (Yes, I keep my "weeds" in water.)

I do love Fall but now that Summer has come to an end, the Dandelions gifts from my kids are few and far between. I am treasuring every last one I get these days.

Ellen Rapping

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I had this sent to me in an email today.... I like it.


When I stand up for
Myself and my beliefs,
They call me

When I stand up for
Those I love,
They call me a


When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts
Or do things my own way, they call me a


Being a
Means I won't
Compromise what's

In my heart.
It means I live my life MY
It means I won't allow anyone to step on me.

When I refuse to
Tolerate injustice and
Speak against it, I am
Defined as a


The same thing happens when I take time for
myself instead of being everyone's maid, or when I act a little selfish.

It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I 'should' be...

I am outspoken, opinionated and determined. I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that!

So try to stomp on me, just try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce
of beauty I hold within me.
You won't succeed.

And if that makes me a
bitch, so be it.
I embrace the title and am proud to bear it.

B - Babe
I - In
T - Total
C - Control of
H - Herself

B = Beautiful
I = Intelligent
T = Talented
C = Charming
H = Hell of a Woman

B = Beautiful
I = Individual
T = That
C = Can
H = Handle 'anything'

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

@lifecruise "If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?" - Abraham Lincoln (Love this!)

They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin' hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot

They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them
No, no, no, don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parkin' lot

Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples,
Leave me the birds and the bees - please
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Hey now, they've paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Why not?

Listen, late last night, I heard the screen door swing,
And a big yellow taxi took my girl away
Now don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Hey now now, don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got till it's gone
They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Why not, they paved paradise
They put up a parking lot
Hey hey hey, paved paradise and put up a parking lot

I don't wanna give it
Why you wanna give it
Why you wanna givin it all away
Hey, hey, hey
Now you wanna give it
I should wanna give it
Cuz you're givin it all away, no no

I don't wanna give it
Why you wanna give it
Why you wanna givin it all away
Cuz you're givin it all givin it all away yeah yeah
Cuz You're givin it all away hey, hey, hey

Hey, paved paradise, to put up a parking lot
la,la, la, la, la, la, la ,la ,la ,la ,la
Paved paradise, and put up a parking lot

Save The Seals-Jennie Garth

Celebrities Speak Out Against the Seal Slaughter. Learn More.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Gotta Love Alicia

Alicia Silverstone has written a new book called The Kind Diet, promoting vegetarianism and saving the planet. Click here to read the interview she did for the Huffington Post.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

You Da Meanest Mommy Evah!!

Yep. I've heard it before and I'm sure I'll hear it again. "You da meanest Mommy evah!" (Callum) and "Wutz you pwobwem anyways?" (Kaitlyn) and also "I'm so sick of you" (courtesy of Kaitlyn again) I have heard these words come from the mouths of the children I love and devote my life to.

Today we spent the afternoon at the SPCA animal shelter at my neice's birthday party. It was a great place for the kids to be as they can really learn a lot about compassion, giving and gratitude at a place like that. There were so many dogs, cats and other animals waiting to be adopted. It was hard to read all of the little blurbs posted on each of their kennels about where they came from, their characteristics and why they are there. Although they are all very unique in their own way, they all had in common their search for a "Forever Home."

I clearly explained to my family before going in, that we were NOT going to be bringing a pet home today. We have had a dog before and I was not ready to have another one yet. Admittedly, my heart sank a little as I watched my kids (especially Callum) gaze at the pets as they walked past each cage.

We successfully left empty handed but not without a struggle. I was expecting to hear the children tell me I was the meanest Mommy ever. I was expecting them to put up a fuss about not getting a pet, even though they were warned ahead of time. But they didn't. It is my husband who is giving me a hard time!! The mood he has been in since leaving there and the lines he has thrown at me in reaction to us leaving empty handed is unbelievable. He basically had all the dogs he would like to have picked out and all I had to do was choose one. Wasn't that sweet of him? He was letting ME choose!?! How very considerate of him! His behaviour was worse than any of the children's and his arguments for wanting to get a dog today were very weak. I am the one who will be home with it all day and a new dog is like having another baby in the house. I already do home daycare... I don't need to have another baby around right now. I am the one who would have to walk it and be home for it. We wouldn't be able to take off for weekends away without planning for someone to take it. I hardly ask anyone to baby-sit for me. Just how am I supposed to ask for someone to dog-sit for me? I am not ready to make these commitments yet. One of these days, far, far from today, I imagine we will once again have a dog in the house but today is not that day.

Animal lover he is. Push over I am not. Guess today I'm da meanest wife EVAH!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Have A Lot To Be Thankful For

This photo was taken Thanksgiving Day at my in-laws place. We all got together for dinner and you could see in my MIL's face how important that was for her to have everyone gathered together. She did a quick toast to us all telling us how lucky she is to have such a wonderful family.

For the past 5 years, Chris and I haven't left the house on Christmas Day. We decided that it is the only day of the year that Santa comes and to tear them away from their new stuff they just got and rush around all day, was not going to happen. This obviously has caused mayhem each and every year but as we explained to everyone, there are many days over the holidays to get together and there are a number of other occasions throughout the year to have dinner as a family. This one day each year was to be a day at home in our pj's, a day to play, a day to take in the magic and avoid the chaos of a child's Christmas. As children, Chris and I both remember opening our gifts, then rushing to get ready to go somewhere and wear itchy, dressy, uncomfortable clothing. On the years we were hosting at our house, my mum couldn't get to the kitchen fast enough after opening gifts and she really missed out on the day by cooking it away. Call us selfish, call us untraditional but we are happy we did what we did. My only regret is that our absence caused some hurt feelings towards some of the most important people in our lives. If they don't already realize, then I hope they'll someday understand why we did what we did.

Two years ago, I promised my mother-in-law we would start venturing out on Christmas day again, the year Callum turned five. So, this is it. We're going there Christmas Day this year. As we've been approaching the holiday season, I was starting to feel like maybe we shouldn't have made that commitment just yet. Maybe we should be staying home for at least another year, but after being at her house for Thanksgiving, I'm glad we're going. Our boys are older now and they are ready to experience the chaos Christmas brings. My MIL is very proud of her family and has been looking forward to this year for a long time. The closer we get now, the more I'm looking forward to it as well. I will NOT be dressing my kids in itchy, dressy, uncomfortable clothing though.

What If Environmentalists Had Written Star Wars?

If Star Wars had been written by environmentalists, it would look like this.
"Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception." (Buddha)
via twitter @vegan_one

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kyle David Miller 2002-2005

The Importance Of A Five Point Harness is a very powerful video. I had Callum in a booster when I first viewed this video but went out and got the seat in the video once I realized there was one for his size on the market. I often go back and watch it as it puts things in perspective for me. My son was born only a few days before Kyle and when I get angry at him for little things and for little reason, I remember this video and how lucky I am to have my boys. The Miller's have put together a new video of Kyle and it is equally as sad but beautiful to watch. RIP little Kyle David Miller.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

“We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.”
Anne Lamott

Monday, October 12, 2009

“Dressing is a way of life. It brings you joy. It can give you freedom and liberation, help you to find yourself and to move without restraint. Isn't elegance forgetting
what one is wearing?”
Yves Saint Laurent

Mother-Roger Waters & Sinead O'Connor

Shame On You-Indigo Girls!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

“Health is wholeness and balance, an inner resilience that allows you to meet the demands of living without being overwhelmed.”
Andrew Weil, MD

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Apple Dip

2 cups of plain cream cheese
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
(Beat these ingredients together)
Place in a serving dish and top with caramel sauce and Skor
(I use Smuckers Caramel Topping and Skor bits, sold in the aisle where the chocolate chips are. Alternatively, smash up 4 Skor bars and use those)

Serve with sliced green apples. Yuuuuuuummmmmy!

Monday, October 5, 2009

So, I Might Just Be Wholesome Afterall.

A fairly new friend told me last week that he didn't believe me when I said the only thing fake about me is my nails. He claims "no one can be that..... wholesome!"

The word "wholesome" sorta stunned me at first because if he thought I was putting on some sort of persona for what ever reason, I was surprised he viewed it as being "wholesome." I have no one in this world that I need to impress except my children and my husband. I am a social person and I like to be liked but I certainly don't need to be liked. There is a difference. I want to be a role model for my kids but I don't try to be someone I'm not. I'd say I "found myself" way back when I was twenty-ish and haven't changed much since then. Either he doesn't know me well enough yet or he's just never met anyone like me. (I was born in the 70's hippy era so could that have an impact on who I am today? lol)

I was confused by what wholesome really meant so I looked it up. (I know..... loser!)
This is what I found on Merrium-Webster Online....

Main Entry: whole·some
Pronunciation: \ˈhōl-səm\
Function: adjective
Date: 13th century

1 : promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit
2 : promoting health of body
3 a : sound in body, mind, or morals b : having the simple health or vigor of normal domesticity

The more I look at these meanings, the more I realize it does describe me. It echos how I live my life. I'm not perfect, I have bad days, I have skeletons in my closet and I do get frustrated but generally speaking I try to be a positive person. I do not have a true hatred for anyone and I'm always looking to do things that are good for my soul. I don't know if these are the same qualities my new friend saw in me and doubted, but the more I think about it, I wonder if I might just be wholesome afterall, damn it!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Inspirational Website

This is a very cool website..... search through the quotes..... really inspiring.

We Remember The Days....

Susie & I have been friends since high school. We used to dream together what our houses were going to look like and all the nice things we'd have in them. Then, our oldest boys were born (two weeks apart!) and we would put the babies in the strollers, go to the mall and shop. Shop, shop, shop. Every Wednesday. We'd have lunch and coffee that was HOT.... That was a great year.

We now have 5 children between the two of us and life has changed. Our outings are very different. In fact, we usually prefer "in ings" where we just get together at each others places, stay in and let the children run wild. We take turns doing this because our places get so trashed that it often takes days to recover from such get togethers. We have to heat and re-heat our coffees because we are constantly being interrupted and distracted. These gatherings are complete mayhem. But we continue to do them. Like ourselves, our kids are all good buddies.

This past month has been a bt of a turning point for me. Both of my kids are in school and so are the kids I have been providing child care to for the past 5 years. I have some new found freedom. The other day, I stopped by Susie's place (who also does home daycare and her youngest is almost 2 now) while the little ones were asleep and all the older kids were in school. I walked into total silence.... for the first time in 7 years, it was quiet. We took a minute to enjoy that sound as we drank our HOT coffees. (which all moms know is a treat!) I went to place my coffee down on her table and this is how her table looked. Her table that I remember her proudly telling me she got for her new place many years ago..... One of those "nice things" we had dreamt about for our houses back in our before children days. I commented on how I like what she has done with the furniture and walls.... we laughed, then sorta cried for a quick second then laughed again. Would we have it any other way? Would we really want to go back to the days of before children and have those perfect homes we once almost had? Not a chance. (but going back to drinking coffee while it's hot on a regular basis would be great!)

The Apple Of My Eye (one of them!)

Apple Picking is something I take the kids to do every year. It's one of my favourite things to do in Autumn!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By Carter

When Carter got off the school bus, he had his hand in his vest as if he were hiding something. From his adorable smiling face I knew it must be innocent and then he told me to wait til we get to the door because he has a surprise for me.

From his vest, he pulled out this flower and said with much enthusiasm and excitement "Mum! I found this for you at school!"

Judging by the root, I'm guessing he found it in the garden at school... still growing!!

Nevertheless, how sweet it is to be loved by him!

Friday, October 2, 2009

“He who has health has hope,
and he who has hope has everything.”
Arabian proverb
“Above all, style begins with a sense of who you are
and your self-confidence.”
Kate Spade
“Our essential purpose is to
become the best version of ourselves.”
Matthew Kelly

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Vegetarian Pad Thai Noodles
* 1 pound Asian-style rice noodles

* 1 / 4 cup soy sauce
* 1 / 2 cup lime juice
* 2 tablespoons peanut butter
* 2 tablespoons hot sauce
* 1 / 4 cup sugar
* 1 block tofu, diced
* 1 onion, diced
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 tbsp sesame oil
* 1 / 2 cup bean sprouts
* 1 / 4 cup chopped or crushed peanuts (optional)
* 4 green onions (scallions), sliced
Cook noodles according to package instructions.
Whisk together soy sauce, peanut butter, lime juice, hot sauce and sugar.
In a large wok or skillet, sautee tofu, onion and garlic in sesame oil for a minute or two, stirring frequently. Allow to cook for another minute or two.
Add cooked noodles and peanut butter and soy sauce mixture. Stir well, and allow sauce to thicken as it cooks for about 3 minutes. Top with peanuts, bean sprouts and green onions and serve hot. — Source: http://vegetarian.

World Vegetarian Day on the Twitterverse

When @granvillemag in Vancouver asked which of their followers were vegetarian, I replied. Then they posted some of my @jennjam tweets on their blog! Pretty cool.... read about it here.

It's World Vegetarian Day!

Although this is something my family takes part in DAILY, it's nice to have a specific day where we can celebrate and create some awareness around animal cruelty and take pride in how we contribute to this Earth. My sister and I grew up on a vegetarian diet and I have been raising my boys vegetarian since birth as well. Happy World Vegetarian Day to my fellow Vegetarians and Vegan friends! Conceited or not, the world is a better place because of us!

Happy World Vegetarian Day!

Although this is something my family takes part in DAILY, it's nice to have a specific day where we can celebrate and create some awareness around animal cruelty and take pride in how we contribute to this Earth. Happy World Vegetarian Day to my fellow Vegetarians and Vegan friends!

About Me

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Life-long Vegetarian and proud to be Canadian. Really, I'm a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint (I do not feel ashamed) I'm your hell, I'm your dream (I'm nothing in between) You know, I wouldn't want it any other way..... (I'd like to think that song was written about me! lol)