#InstaFarce

I snapped a photo of the kids outside painting this afternoon and was about to post it on Instagram (’cause why else take a picture) when I realized the absurdity of the situation. The picture shows how these kids are happy, healthy (eating a nutritional snack), creative and outdoors. By all rights, I am portrayed…

Happy 9th Birthday Moxie!!

Moxie-licious turned 9 today! We started the day with our traditional donut breakfast and then I sent all 3 kids off to Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts theatre camp (Amazingly appropriate – and just plain amazing) on a sugar high!  Afterwards there was the usual (but never boring) dinner, cake and presents!! I can’t believe that…

Taking Time

During her first visit to our new home, my 8 year old daughter looked out at the row of backyards and asked, “Do you have to have a clothes line to live in Peterborough? “Yes, it’s the law.” Not having had a clothes line myself since I was a kid, I am slowly learning the fine…

And so it begins…

Team Adventurers are on day 5 of our new life adventure in Peterborough (#ptbo). I’ve taken these days to unplug, unwind and unpack. (and unpack and unpack..) I’ve unpacked enough boxes that we are no longer tripping over them (this rule does not apply to the basement) but there are still some key items are…

Freedom 39

Today was my last day of work (at the organization we’ll call, E**) where I have supported kids with physical and developmental disabilities and their families for the past 13 years.  It was also Rain’s Grad 5 graduation, which turned out to be way more emotional than I had anticipated (so proud of that lil…

Progress – The House is Sold (And we Are Never Cleaning Again!)

Team Adventurers have made another step toward our new adventure and move to Peterborough. We have sold our house! {Ta-Da!!} As I take small reprieve between staging and packing, I reflect on the last couple of weeks. It has become quite clear that as much as Team Adventurers love a great adventure, we are also…

Shit is getting real

 Erica Richmond @pixiepaperdoll7 Team Adventurers are about to embark on our biggest and most exciting adventure yet – We are joining families with my dreamy beau, Keith & his cool kid Kai, and we are moving to Peterborough, Ontario!!! Making the decision to move was the easy part, getting the house ready to sell on the…

Hoop’s Memorial Hockey Game

Last night Team Adventurers were thrilled to attend a Memorial Hockey game.  Rain and Moxie’s Dad (Hoop) has some amazing friends who put together an impressive show and after party in his honour.  The proceeds (a whopping $4,466) are to be transferred to a trust fund for Rain and Moxie. To make the evening even more…

#BellLetsTalk Day

January 28th, 2015 is Bell Let’s Talk Day; A day to talk openly about mental health issues. January 28th, 2015 also marks 267 days since Jason (my ex-partner and father of our kids) took his life. 267 days of grief. 267 days of heaviness that fades but never goes away. 267 days of regret. I’ve…

It was the best of times.. It was the worst of times..

Wow. This year seemed long. And yet I remember very little of it prior to the tragic day of May 6th.  Our lives have truly become divided into BDD (Before Daddy Died) and ADD (After Daddy Died). Up until then, I would have said my hardest year was the year after Jason and I separated….