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Toddler Time At The Log Farm

With Parker and Caity home this summer I wanted to find some new things to keep things interesting. A friend told me about Toddler Time at The Log Farm so we decided to give it a try last week. Despite the rainy weather we had a blast and will definitely be back.

It was easy to get to and parking was free. There was a cute little cabin with bathrooms and a small store full of yummy treats. It’s also where you pay the admission fee ($5/each and under 1 is free). Then you take a path through the woods and into a huge opening with several barns and picnic tables.

It’s not bad to maneuver with a stroller but jogging strollers and wagons seem like the easier option.

One of the open barns had tables full of activities for the kids. There were tables of home made Play-Doh, books, and even a troft full of corn to play with.

There was a separate open area with several picnic tables (and umbrellas) and toys perfect for lunch time.

 

Ottawa Race Weekend

This past weekend I participated in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. I ran the 10k which is the only IAAF Gold Label 10k event in Canada and one of only four in the world. I didn’t know when I registered that I would be running behind some of […]

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Winterlude 2017

Rob and I decided to spend the night away for a little R&R this weekend. With our upcoming vacation it seems a little odd to want a day off, but my stress level was getting pretty high and just a few hours away was the […]

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Our 4th Weekend

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We had such a wonderful 4th weekend. One of the many nice things about living in Canada is that we get to celebrate double holidays often and Rob gets extra long weekends.

The 1st was Canada Day so we decided to try someplace new. We ended up finding this cute little down about an hour away with an Aquaratarium. There were some fish and a few otters but the best part was all of their interactive exhibits. Very child friendly.

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My parents came to visit for the weekend and we decided to make a trip out to our favorite farm and eat pick some strawberries. The kiddos jumped right in and new exactly what to do. That night we have fresh strawberries and home made whipped cream! I also freezed a few pounds to make jam once we get all the materials to can.

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The most exciting event during the weekend was celebrating the 4th at the Ambassadors house. He hosts an amazing event and it was a lot of fun to dress up and eat some amazing food.

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Hope you all had a wonderful 4th.

A Moving Must Have: First Night Box

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So we have been in this house a little over three months and this post is LONG overdue. Honestly, I thought I had already published it but as I looked through my drafts list I found it, almost complete, and decided it was better late then never!

In the last seven years I have moved seven times, six with Rob, and four with kids in tow. These moves included on campus housing –> townhouse –> single family home –> apartment –> hotel –> and now a rental. I have learned a lot about the dos and don’ts along the way that could make or break a move.

Even if you carefully mark your boxes it can be a little overwhelming once the movers have left and you find yourself boxed in. Two or three houses ago moving didn’t go according to plan and we were bringing in the last of the boxes close to midnight. As if moving all day wasn’t exhausting enough we had to spend the next two hours searching for towels, the remote for the bed, and toilet paper. From then on I always packed a first night box filled with items we might need before we are able to get any boxes unpacked.

First Night Box Materials

Make sure your first night box is sturdy and stands out from the rest. A clear plastic bin is a great option that can be used again and again. Your box may vary based on the time of year and size of family. If we are staying in the new place before the movers are scheduled to arrive we take it with us or use the above as a shopping list once we have arrived.  You can go one step further and secure a clear sheet protector on the inside of the box and make a list of its contents. It’s a nice visual place to check off items as you pack helping to make sure nothing is forgotten.

In our most recent move to Canada it was great after a long trip to open this beauty up, grab what we needed to settle in, and get a good nights sleep in our new home.

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Something else that has been really helpful the last few moves was a large Post-It outside each room. Each room had a letter so when someone came in with a box or furniture I could say room C instead of 2nd room on the left. I also listed the large pieces of furniture that would stand out from the rest so they knew where it went if I was temporarily distracted.

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