Archive for April 2011

I made this simple but deliscious treat for myself to eat while I enjoy some alone time.  We all need alone time don’t we? The kids are at Greek School for a few hours  and I am enjoying the silence.  Don’t get me wrong, one is not better than the other, it just is, what it is.  And it is peacefully quiet presently.  Excuse me while I soak it in and savour my yummy treat . . . . . . .

Bananas, Strawberries, Apples, & Cacao OH MY!

Bananas, Strawberries, Apples, & Cacao OH MY!

 

With every spring there are new beginnings.  Here at offbeatfamily.com we have some new happenings that we are excited to share with you. Please watch my very first video entry below to find out more. I hope you enjoy it!

When my oldest son was in grade two, his class was asked to make a drawing of where they would like to live. They drew their pictures, cut them out, and displayed them at the school art show. I remember seeing all the wonderful drawings of homes. The pictures were two sided with the outside of the home on one side and the inside on the other. When I asked him where his was he showed me a large airplane. It was colourful and full of details. Talk about thinking outside of the box- or should I say house! He was so proud of it that he hung on to it for years hanging it in his room. Read the rest of this entry »


Do you remember when your child was a baby and first started making noises? They would start out slowly as cooing, grunts, or babbles, and eventually they got louder.  Sometimes squeals of delight may have sounded like screams from a horror film because the pitch would be so intense. These vocalizations from your baby would often catch the attention of surrounding strangers, sometimes causing parents to try to “shush” their loud child to conform to perceived social norms (sometimes passed down from generations – “children must be seen not heard”). Of course as parents we know that our baby was trying to find his or her voice. They were experimenting with their voice changing pitch, tone and volume perhaps to see the effects it had on their surrounding environment, but more likely for the sheer pleasure of vocalizing. Its instinctual for them, they practise this as a way of getting use to their voice and learning how to control it to express themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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