Sunday, September 30, 2012

Three Years and Counting...

"You still blog?"

"Yes."

Mr. O is amazed.

Just because I took some time off from writing - doesn't mean I've nothing to say. Do you think I've given up my blog completely?

Are you crazy?

What would I do without it?

I'm a mother of two boys - energetic boys! This is how I keep my sanity!

And I've been blogging for three years, with over two hundred posts under my belt.

Hmmph!

I think I can write whenever I want to.

There's no deadline.

No?

But I do care for my readers. You're all special to me. Perhaps, it's the thought that someone out there is reading, and relating to my experiences.

And how can I forget that it's my family that inspires me to write the most.

See?

No love lost here.

I'm here to stay.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Keeping The Dream Alive

Every year, kids across the country honour a Canadian hero named Terry Fox. He was an exceptional, and courageous young man who ran The Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. Today, my boys participated in the National School Run Day. And this is what J.P brought home.


His grandmother would be proud, and so would Terry.

To learn more about Terry and his dream. Click here.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Talk

How does your child cope with disappointment?

My youngest is still having trouble dealing with setbacks, and he's nine years old.

I know there have been a lot of changes this September - attending a French Immersion school, meeting new people, making new friends and learning a new language. I understand he's going through a period of adjustment.

However, he's been having a meltdown almost every day!

Not typical behaviour for my son.

And no excuse for it!

Yesterday, I had the talk with him.

Here we go again!

I told J.P I wasn't happy with this behaviour. Whether he loses a Yu-Gi-Oh card game, didn't have enough computer time or didn't get a chance to play table tennis. He would lash out, whine and cry.

I'd say he was acting like a spoiled brat!

But I told him he was acting more like a toddler and that he was no longer one.

I went on to say that life isn't always fair, and that there will be disappointments. There are some things beyond your control, and you have to accept what ever happens.

Too deep? Perhaps.

In simpler terms, I recounted my attempts to get Johnny Depp's autograph at TIFF. I explained the crowds were just too overwhelming. Although, I was two feet away from him, I still couldn't get his signature. I was very disappointed but at least I saw him in person! Who knows when Johnny will come back to the film festival? It could be years!

J.P listened quietly as I told him my sad tale.

Sniff. Sniff. Sniff.

Did I make a connection with J.P? I hope so.

Or else, Mr.O will have to do the talking.

Monday, September 10, 2012

TIFF 2012

Back to reality.

Sigh.

And I don't mean summer vacation is over and the kids are back to school.

I'm talking about my weekend at TIFF (or otherwise known as the Toronto International Film Festival)

It all began with a red carpet event, and the movie premiere of "West of Memphis".

Guess who stars in it?


You bet! The biggest star in town. And it was probably the craziest red carpet I have ever attended!

Next, I saw Emma Watson who plays "Hermione" in Harry Potter and a group of up and coming actors such as Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians). Both featured in the movie, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower".

But the highlight of the night was seeing Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins, who star in the film called "Thanks for Sharing". They were all so nice and charming.


My weekend of stargazing came to an abrupt end when I returned home.

To a very messy home!

And a basket of dirty laundry.

Not that exciting or glamorous.

But no worries, there's always next year at TIFF.