Tag: family lifestyle

Tolerating Silliness

Annika likes being silly.  She thinks that when she is called a ‘silly girl’ that she has just received the highest compliment possible.  Annika is also not shy at all.  She has no problem going up to people and talking to them.  Sometimes she makes us proud, other times she makes us laugh, and once in a while she loses control of… Read more →

Art Festival Inspiration

When I was driving the moving truck towards Vancouver Island 13 months ago I knew that we had created a huge challenge for our family.  Lisa and I had chosen the place we wanted our family to live and we could picture how our future was supposed to be.  We wanted to work out of our own home on our… Read more →

Father’s Day Take Two

Tuesday was our Father’s Day do-over and it went a lot better the second time around. I got to choose our activity on Father’s Day and it was no surprise to anyone that I chose to take the family geocaching.   I had the whole day arranged and it would start after breakfast for a morning walk and geocache hiding spree.  After an energetic walk… Read more →

The Long Term Effects of Helicopter Parenting

Lisa and I recently watched a documentary called ‘Hyper Parents & Coddled Kids’ which examines the phenomena of Helicopter Parenting.  Helicopter Parents is a term used to describe parents who constantly hover over their children to solve problems that may occur in their lives and make sure they stay safe.  The documentary describes these parents as ‘over involved, over protective,… Read more →

Reduce News Intake and Save Time

We have made a lot of changes in the way we are living since this time last year and most of these changes have gone exactly as planned.  I did not, however,  expect to go from someone who tried hard to stay in touch with current events from around the world to stopping paying attention to most news altogether.  I decided that this… Read more →

Friendliness Quotient

One of the factors that we used when we were choosing the best town as a base for our lifestyle overhaul was something I call the friendliness quotient.  I find that mathematical names make things sound important but it really is not analytical at all instead it is a feeling you get about a place.  How friendly are the people who… Read more →

We Celebrate Earth Hour

Saturday, March 27this Earth Hour and we will be joining in to cut our electrical consumption for an hour.  Last year we put the twins to bed and we read to Annika by candlelight.  Martin and I had a quiet dinner, also by candlelight, while we played some board games.  Two hours went by and we didn’t even realize it.  It was almost a… Read more →