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Staying Calm and Low Stress - Ya Right!

I have been trying to figure out a way to stay calm and not be stressed out around the kids when they start fussing. During this time I find myself getting all worked up and anxious around them. There are times (more frequently lately) where the slightest little whine sends chills down my back because …

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Geocache Diet - Day 100

294 Geocaches Found – 668 km on foot – 25 lbs lost! Wow!! I have been on the Geocache Diet for 100 days and there is only one thing I can think of: I have a long, long, way to go. Over 1800km to go in fact but the big number is the weight. I …

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Geocache Diet - Day 98

I am making a few tweaks to the Geocache Diet to make it more efficient. The main change is that I have relaxed my rule where I can only count the distance walked while geocaching. In order to walk 2500km in the year it means that I have to average around 7km each and every …

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Surviving Terrible Twos (Times Two)

We have a serious case of the terrible two blues. Our inefficient, over sensitive, and emotionally fragile twins are taking over the house and it is starting to get out of hand. Our older daughter, now 5, never really went through the terrible twos. Sure there were some challenges but nothing like this. The twins …

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Gardening is More Fun With Friends

Valerie, Annika and Susan (the Magnolia)

I find that I tend to wander around the yard aimlessly not knowing what to do exactly – not sure where to start. I know I have a lot of jobs that need to be done and I need to think things through to get myself organized. I …

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Geocache Diet - Day 94

278 Geocaches Found – 634km on foot – 24lbs lost!

Some more thoughts and observations along the geocaching trail:

Walking in the rain when you are feeling good is the best. You can really push yourself without getting too hot and when you return all wet and muddy you feel like you accomplished something. …

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Earth Day Birthday Party Activity

Yesterday was Annika’s birthday party. We were so lucky to have the nicest day in the last little while considering what we had planned for the party activities. The weather was sunny and warm and the kids hardly came in the house at all; perfect. They ran around the backyard and played with the outside …

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Our Top 10 Family Lifestyle Overhaul Songs

It is almost a year since we made this huge leap in our lives so to celebrate 1 year of change… time to make a mixed tape!! Here are the top 10 songs from our song library that seem to fit to what we are trying to accomplish; at least in the way that we …

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Geocache Diet - Day 90

268 Geocaches Found – 608km on foot – 24lbs lost!

I have been struggling with my diet lately even though I have been trying very hard to lose weight. The exercise portion of the geocache diet is going very well and I am feeling a lot more fit then I was when I started. …

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Utilizing Old Gardening Magazines

In early March we went to Victoria for spring break and it was beautiful. We had a great time and after being around the all the nice flowers and gardens I started to get excited about planting our garden. My Mother-in-law had been cleaning up her basement and found a whole bunch of old and …

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Relaxing Times During a Hectic Day

After a hard day’s work it is really nice to sit down to a nice meal and slow down, relax, savour some good food, and maybe discuss the events of the day. That is the way it used to work in our house but, like many other pre-kids occurrences, it has been turned completely upside …

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Will Gardening Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables?

I know we are not the only parents who have the daily struggle to get kids to eat their veggies. We are going to test the theory that having our children be involved in the process of growing vegetables will get them more interested in eating them. My kids, ages two (twins) and five, need …

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