Monday, February 19, 2018


We started our day bright and early.

Today was Epcot day. One of our favourite parks. We had a dining reservation for 8:40 AM at the Garden Grill. Just like the last time we had breakfast at this restaurant they didn’t disappoint. A delicious spread served family style. All you can eat bacon, sausage, eggs, Mickey waffles, hazelnut sauce, warm syrup and of course my favourite, skillet style cinnamon buns.

We left the restaurant shortly after 9 AM and made our way to the Seas pavilion where we met up with the Aylsworth family. We all jumped on the Nemo ride and everyone enjoyed it. For some reason I always get weepy on this ride. I think it’s because it’s my favourite Disney movie. After we went to turtle talk with Crush. Sophia got called out again to ask a question during the interactive show from the movie finding Nemo and finding Dory. She asked what turtles ate. The hilariously funny turtle had a smart and educational reply as always.

We Headed over to test track to use our 9:30 AM fast pass.

Today was Epcot’s last day of the international festival of the arts. Nice display of different art from around the world. 

After a couple of Mickey pretzels with plastic cheese we decided to check out colour Topia at the innovations pavilion. The kids really enjoyed this interactive display of colour and the emotions associated with color.

We then met up with the Aylsworth family and road test track together.

It was getting late in the afternoon and the sun was hot. We decided to head back to our resort for a little poolside relaxation. I enjoyed a watermelon lemonade and all the kids enjoyed their soda poolside.

Anxious to see Epcot’s evening show Illumination of Earth. We decided to go back to Epcot via the boardwalk entrance. We noticed that Soarin had a short wait time so we made our way back to the land and waited in line for about an hour and enjoyed the ride.

Cross that one of Sophia’s ride list for this trip.

We made our way back over to the world showcase to watch the night show. It was spectacular. Except Charlotte fell asleep in my arms. Making a very difficult walk back to the boardwalk to the vehicle. However I did get to scope out some of the resort hotels in that area. And from the outside and the lobbies they were beautiful and we can’t wait to stay here during one of our future trips.

Another day of memories in the vault. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Disney Day 1

We started the day early. Checking out of the holiday inn waterpark resort over in the world Center. We made our way over to the Polynesian to check in. We were a little bit too early and our room wasn’t ready.

Perfect opportunity to head over to Captain Cook’s and grab some breakfast. Actually all I wanted was Tonga toast but I had to feed the rest of my family too. We enjoyed a nice breakfast together.

 After breakfast we decided to make our way over to Disney Springs to get our pre trip Minnie Ears.

We stopped in to the Lego store and the kids picked out Small souvenirs. 

I wanted to see what the sprinkles ATM was all about so we made our way over to the newer area of Disney springs. The ATM was down but we popped into the store to see what the big deal was. Super neat. So many options we couldn’t choose. We plan on going back before we leave to pick up a few cupcakes for the ride home. 

We made our way back to the Polynesian. Changed into our bathing suits and jumped into the oasis pool to cool off. It was about 29° this afternoon. Shortly after we got the message to say our room was ready. The Aylesworth family joined us for an afternoon poolside.

We had dining reservations at 1900 Park Fare.

We jumped on the monorail around 4 PM and headed over. A great meal all around. Seafood and prime rib buffet. Everyone was happy with their meal. Plenty of great sides.

Cinderella and her stepsisters joined us for lots of picture opportunities. Lady Tremaine made us all laugh with her sour twist. One of the stepsisters left Wyatt blushing after she commented on her hair. Super cute.

We walked back to the Poly from the Floridian along the seven seas lagoon. A quick stop to see the wedding pavilion. What a beautiful evening the kids laughed and ran and joked and played. The Aylesworth family soon left for the evening. The Kerr family decided to make our way back over to the oasis pool and spend some time in the hot tub. We ended our evening sitting on the beach watching happily ever after fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. Looking forward to the rest of the week.

Holiday Inn - Orlando Waterpark

We couldn’t narrow down what time we would arrive in Orlando on Saturday.  So many variables.

Pit stops, traffic etc.  

Last night we checked into this hotel for one night.  A bridge really, until today’s check in at our home resort inside the bubble.

Really nice hotel - newly refurbished.  I booked with air miles but the cash rate is around $175/night. 

Apparently it’s the old Nickelodeon hotel.  Big water park, restaurants and some shopping.

Superior Customer Service and very close to the parks.

I get asked weekly about planning WDW vacations.  I’ve never been able to recommend a hotel off site but would hands down suggest this one. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Strawberry Picking

Christophers favourite item in his school lunch is a jam sandwich. But not any jam sandwich his moms strawberry jam on his sandwich. On Sunday we made our way to Bramble Berry Farms and picked enough berries to make two batches of jam.

We made a challenge between the kids. We knew that would keep them motivated especially Christopher who loves to be a winner. The tactic worked for a short while and Christopher and Charlotte worked against each other to pick the nicest berries. Sophia on the other hand a.k.a. our little director stood back and made sure her siblings were following directions. She's more of a tell you what to do type of person versus hard work type of person. I suppose the world needs leaders to :-)

The next day we cleaner berries and prepared the jam. We included Christopher in this task so he could see from start to finish how it all comes together. He is such a good helper around the house and loves to learn new things.

Monday, July 10, 2017


Who waits to go camping to make s'mores. Not this family. We sparked up our outdoor fire pit and cracked open a s'mores kit. Or as Charlotte says 'snores'


It has taken me 10 years to actually appreciate the home that we have.  A newer bigger house would always be nicer, but right now I love where we live.

It was a beautiful evening here in Stirling. Slight breeze kept the mosquitoes away. Jason and I enjoyed our keto drinks while the kids indulged in to many sweets. 

We sat and chatted, the kids were getting along. It was a beautiful night.  Even Parker sat quietly at my feet watching the fire.

Oak Lake 

We are so fortunate to live close to this small beach located in the Oak Hills. It's tiny and clean, but plenty of room for my little team to safely swim and play with other kids.   

This day we were meeting up with our good friends Rachel and Ashleigh and their beautiful children. 

The weather couldn't have been nicer. The kids all played together and I was able to chat with some like minded moms who also are moms to three kids.  

We ended our afternoon with a plate of poutine and French fries split three ways. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bouncy Castle SURPRISE!!

Our friends the Dunlops own Extreme Rush - a bouncy castle , rock climbing fun party style business.

Amanda asked about dropping off a bouncer for Sophia since last week was her birthday!

What a great friend. Sophia was thrilled to have her private bouncer.  After hogging the bouncer to themselves for a good hour I began texting neighbours to come and share the wealth :)

Joe showed up, The Aylesworths, our neighbour Lauren, the Monks and finally our friend Shannon and her two kids Hunter and Paeton,