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Opening Doors for Children & Families

December 2011

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You know that glorious feeling when you're lying in bed and you are juuuust about asleep? You feel weightless, your mind is shut off and eyes closed, about to drift off into dream land. Well that's exactly where I was the other night when my cell phone rang. First of all no one calls my cell phone past 8:00pm. It startled me! I have ailing grandparents and my mind always jumps to them when I am not expecting a call at an odd hour. I glance at my phone and it is my brother calling. Now I really am fearing the worst!

So I answer the phone with a quiver in my voice "Hello?"

Of course my brother...

I have four nephews, ages 5, 4, 3 and 2. They are crazy about superheroes!!! Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Green Lantern, Black Vulcan (YES Black Vulcan??? That is the curve ball superhero thrown at us by the 2-year-old, his favourite.) Just when I had all the Thomas the Train's memorized we switch to superheroes, it's hard for this Auntie to keep up!!

When I talk with my sister on the phone in the background the boys are always singing superhero theme songs (like ALWAYS, as in ALL OF THE TIME.) It's no wonder that my sister begins speaking in superhero talk, it's like subliminal messaging...

Bruce Perry. When people in the early learning field hear that name it stimulates great conversation. If you don't know who Dr. Bruce Perry is you should google him and then purchase every book he has ever written. He is pretty much one of my hero's and one of the most fascinating people I have ever heard speak. He is a rock star in our field, and I can't help but be nervous around this child brain development rock star. One time after watching him speak he was doing a book signing. I was having my book signed and he asked me for directions to the airport. I clearly know where the airport is...

When I was a child, my parents used to spoon on the couch when we would watch TV as a family. Actually to this very day my parents spoon on the couch when they watch TV (awwwww...) The crook of their legs was the most sought after spot in the whole house. In our house we called that spot THE SANDBOX. As soon as my parents would even look like they were heading towards the couch one of us would yell "I get the sandbox!" It was warm and cozy and the best place to sit to watch TV. And then to make it all a bit sweeter, a large blanket would be thrown over all of us. What a great place to be as a...

Joy

Christmas Eve is tomorrow!!! (insert Jaw's theme music here.) Sorry I had to be one of those people who reminds you of tight timelines. This year I will be spending Christmas WAYYYYY up in Northern Alberta with my family. My sister's family will be absent, which means we will all get to sleep past 8:00am.

Let me tell you about my Christmas mornings as a child. My sister is an early riser and can function on very little sleep. My Mom is kind of like this too but my Mom only does this when she has to, my sister seems to thrive on it. From as early as I can remember there was one Christmas...

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