DOUBLE TROUBLE IN FLIGHT – 5 Tips for Flying with Twins + 3 Tips for Choosing a Flight

I was sitting in the departure lounge at the airport, waiting to fly to Ottawa to see an old friend (old in that we’ve been friends for a long time, not that she’s old – not that there’s anything wrong with being old 😉 ).  As I sat, I watched my 7 year-old twins play, and I couldn’t help thinking back to how different it was to travel with my twins when they were little.  I realized that I’d learned some lessons that might help others.

Out of that walk down memory lane came these 5 Tips for Flying with Twins, plus 3 Tips for Selecting a Flight 🙂 .

Some of the tips I learned the hard way.  Okay, I pretty much learned all of them the hard way 😉 .

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WHEN LIFE CHANGES – 10 Tips for Handling Big Life Change with Confidence

I recently had the honour of attending the military retirement of a very close friend (almost more of a sister really).  On the day of her retirement, she had served almost 21 years in the Royal Canadian Navy.  A very respectable achievement to say the least.  I was so pleased to be able to be there at the moment when she was celebrating the end of one chapter and readying herself to take the next step; because it’s at these moments, when we’re experiencing big life changes that truly magnificent things can happen.

It’s at these junctions in our life’s journey that we have the opportunity to explore who we really are.  If we can be brave enough to let it happen.

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POSITIVE THINKING: I’m positive I’m working on it. 5 Steps to Positive Thoughts.

Over the course of my life, I’ve been counselled numerous times, by friends, family and mental health professionals, that I need to change the way I think.  I need to be more positive.

The advice is often couched in simple platitudes: relax, don’t worry, everything’s going to be okay; but, what they’re really saying is that I need to change my negative thoughts. Continue reading “POSITIVE THINKING: I’m positive I’m working on it. 5 Steps to Positive Thoughts.”

TWINS – One birthday party or two? A lesson in simplifying

 

The introduction of twins into my life was akin to inviting two tornadoes into my home.

The chaos feels constant.

I try to remind myself to keep it simple – SIMPLIFY is my new catch phrase (or maybe it’s more like a coping mechanism).  But it’s not always easy.

And I’m learning that birthday parties are no exception.

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I DON’T HAVE ASPIRATIONS FOR MY KIDS & NEITHER SHOULD YOU: a reminder of what a parent’s job really is.

As parents today, we are inundated with messages about how we should be parenting our children.  We are told about all the things that our children need to be doing to get the best start in life.  There’s so much information and so many opportunities that it’s overwhelming.  It’s easy to get caught in the trap of parental aspirations.

We want our children to excel. We want them to have a better life than we did. And anything less is a step back and a failure – right? Click To Tweet

Not in my opinion.

Maybe dreaming big for our kids isn’t actually our job as parents…

But if having aspirations for our children to conquer the world isn’t our job, what is?

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Was it really backpacking if it was only 2 km?

If you’ve been reading along with me, you already know that I’ve been obsessed with getting off the beaten path, out of the overcrowded campsites, and back into the serenity of the backcountry with my six-year old twins.  If you haven’t been following along, you can read about our inaugural backpacking trip here and how we prepared here.

But looking back on the adventures of the summer, it might possibly be time for a reality check. Click To Tweet

I’ve been really proud about finally getting my twins out on the trail with their backpacks on their backs and actually backpacking.

But let’s get real for a moment.  From the parking lot to the far end of Mystic Beach, where we pitched our tent, is a grand total of 2.3km (1.5 miles for those of you who don’t do metric).   Does that even count?  Or is that more like a gentle stroll around the block with the dog?

Did we actually accomplish anything noteworthy?

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REDUCING MY BLOGGING SCHEDULE – A lesson in PACING for chronic pain sufferers

Since I launched my blog, thisisallgoingon.com, I’ve stuck to my schedule of posting twice a week, and I’ve enjoyed it, really enjoyed it.  I have to admit I’ve even become a little obsessed with checking my daily ‘hits.’ But my body might be telling me that I need to slow down and start pacing myself.

But since then, I’ve come to the hard realization that it’s going to have to change.  I’m going to have to cut back to posting only once a week.

My health just can’t keep paying the price. Click To Tweet
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SOMETIMES MY SON WEARS DRESSES – And that’s okay

I recently read an article about Disneyland Paris refusing to allow a young boy to participate in the ‘princess for a day’ experience, and it got me thinking.  I realized that I had some things to say about it.  You see, my son wears dresses, so I have an opinion.

This particular case happened in Europe, but I can just as easily see it happening here.

I can understand how it happened.  Despite all the ‘awareness’ that is in the media etc., people still have deeply rooted beliefs about what is acceptable, and what is not, and for some reason, there is still a strong belief that it’s somehow wrong for boys to wear or like things that are viewed as being for girls.

I think this belief, that is still so prevalent in our society, is sad and so very damaging. Click To Tweet

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I’VE GOT TWINS – The evolution of biking

I recently saw a poster with the following quote:

“The bicycle is a simple solution to some of the world’s most complicated problems.” Unknown Click To Tweet

And while I was unable to figure out whom to attribute the quote to, it doesn’t lessen the truth of the words.

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CHRONIC-PAIN- Calling in sick

I called in SICK today.

This in itself is not noteworthy.  You might be wondering why I would even bother to bring it up.

I am sick today.  I will spare you the details; however, it’s important that you know that I’m in fact sick.  I have sick days available to me.  I haven’t done anything against company policy.  I’ve no doubt that my colleagues would agree with me that it was APPROPRIATE to call in sick today.

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