Category Archives: Holidays

Happy Turkey Day!

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To make this cute little turkey below, you need a red apple, big and small marshmallows, cranberries, raisins, a gummy worm and toothpicks. This is a fun craft project for the kids for Thanksgiving!

To make this cute little turkey below, you need a red apple, big and small marshmallows, cranberries, raisins, a gummy worm and toothpicks. This is a fun craft project for the kids for Thanksgiving!

I want to wish you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving. My sister is visiting us and she’s going to get a chance to have a real Thanksgiving meal. Well, “real” may not be exact since I do use some of the same ingredients but I change the recipes. I guess you can call it a French-American Thanksgiving meal!

I’m thankful for many things this year, but here are just a few that come to mind:

  • I’m thankful for my health.
  • I’m thankful for my kids. They are my rock and I’m so proud of them and how they’re growing up.
  • I’m thankful for my kids’ teachers, who do such an awesome job every day.
  • I’m thankful for the internet, which has opened up so many opportunities to connect with people from all over the world for work or leisure.
  • I should add I’m thankful for WiFi, especially when it’s free.
  • I’m thankful for the new work clients who gave me their trust this year.
  • I’m thankful for my camera and the great pictures it lets me take.
  • I’m thankful for PiBoIdMo 2013 (Picture Book Idea Month), which gave me the opportunity to come up with so many book ideas in just 30 days. I’m now motivated to start working on a manuscript for several of them in 2014.
  • I’m thankful for books. All sorts of books, for adults and for children, funny books, sad books, books about real stuff, books about made-up stuff…

What are you thankful for this year?

By the way, we have a white board at our house on which I draw a new picture every few days, usually something funny or unexpected. My 5-year old didn’t seem very impressed with my turkey drawing (I found the original online), which was apparently “BORING!”, so he asked if he could add some “color” to the picture. He ended up with a Thanksgiving, Fourth of July (fireworks), Christmas (snowman) and Easter (basket and Easter eggs) picture. I’m not sure what that holiday would be called, but I think it would be… amazing! Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to you and your family! This is one day of the year I feel sorry for all the school teachers out there, who have to put up with super excited kids the whole day. The other day I feel sorry for them is tomorrow, when the same kids will display their sugar crash and tiredness for going to bed too late tonight.

I’m taking two stealth ninjas trick-or-treating tonight. They’ll be heavily armed with plastic nunchucks and daggers (technically they might be Japanese sai, I’ll have to check with the experts). I feel sorry for those people who aren’t ready to hand out candy right when we ring their doorbell and bang on their door. Hi-yah!

Ninja costumes for Halloween

Ninja costumes for Halloween

I took this picture at the school’s Halloween fair last week. Note to self: arrive at the Halloween fair much earlier next year, before all the good candy runs out.

For the lucky ones who will be coming to our door for trick-or-treating, our super cool surface carved pumpkins will meet them first. This is the first year I’ve tried to surface carve pumpkins and although it was a practice run, it was a lot of fun so I think we’ll do it again next year. The boys choose their pumpkin designs. Note the ongoing ninja theme…

Surface carved pumpkins

Surface carved pumpkins

We’ll be leaving our Halloween candy bowl out and have kids help themselves to it since we won’t be out trick-or-treating ourselves. I leave a note asking them to take 2 or 3 things, and believe it or not, they really don’t take more. Thank you, parents, for making our candy bowl last!

Our Halloween bowl is actually not just full of candy. I gather all the leftover party favors, toys, games and other giveaways I buy throughout the year for birthday parties and school events, and I toss them in the Halloween bowl. Although many kids do expect candy for Halloween, they love to see they can also pick activity books, stickers, tattoos, and little games from our bowl.

Halloween bowl with candy and toys

Halloween bowl with candy and toys

I’m looking forward to an evening of fun and I can’t wait for tomorrow, when I can finally take the gross spider web down. Argh, I hate spiders…

Halloween spider web decorations

Halloween spider web decorations

Happy Mother’s Day!

If you’re the mom of a baby or a grown-up, someone between 1 and 99, one or 20 kids, I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day. Here’s one of the Mother’s Day cards I received this week.

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

But wait, there’s more! And you can see it on my photography website.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The perfect Valentine? Love notes and chocolate, of course!

For the past couple of weeks, love has been in the air at our house. I’ve been taping various love notes and the kids’ Valentine’s cards to our kitchen cabinet.

Valentine's Day love notes

Valentine’s Day love notes

Look, I even got a lovebug yesterday!

Valentine lovebug

Valentine lovebug

I surprised my kids by leaving them Valentine’s cards and chocolate on the kitchen table to discover this morning. I didn’t want to ignite any sibling rivalry so I made them exactly the same cards and gave them exactly the same chocolate.

My Valentine's cards to my boys

My Valentine’s cards to my boys

Apparently they were very excited by my choice of chocolate and both ran upstairs after they saw it to say, “Thank you for the chocolate, Mama!” Gosh, I hope they share some of it…

Toblerone chocolate for Valentine's Day

Toblerone chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Finally, I posted the photo below on my photography website but I thought I’d share it here too. Whether you have someone special to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, there’s always an opportunity to feel grateful for the people dear to you.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Marcel Proust quote - be grateful

Marcel Proust quote – be grateful

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust