Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring, wherefore art thou?

Just a little update on what's been going on here lately.

We have been trying some alternative therapies with Brennen. I don't believe that medication is always the answer. If it is, great. If not.. try something else! I am open to many options and alternatives. Having worked with a Homeopathic doctor back in my university days, I have witnessed the healing that can take place with a natural approach, and I would much prefer that to heavy, sedative drugs and the side effects that can come along with them. Brennen has been doing well. He still has his moments of getting upset (like I talked about here), but dare I say he seems to be coming around? We will continue on the path that we are going, and I will keep you posted on his progress!

We are anxiously waiting for Spring to arrive! Though the calendar says it began three weeks ago and the hour has sprung forward, we still have 40 cm of snow on the ground. Our poor bodies haven't seen the sunshine in months, and have been buried under thermal layers and bulky Winter coats. We still can't leave the house without boots and mitts, and it just feels like this Winter is dragging on f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

I am aching to get outside, to see green grass and flowers and leaves on trees. I want to plant something!  Have an outdoor barbeque! I am dying to wear a t-shirt! (I would even settle for a long-sleeve at this point!)  I am ready to trade the snow blower for the lawn mower, and to smell the rich scent of freshly cut grass. I want to bust out the pastels, people!

We had a beautiful patio built at the end of last year, to complete our newly landscaped and fully fenced yard, but we haven't seen it since November! I have big plans for that yard! There are planter boxes that will be overflowing with tulips and tons of space for the children to play. We have a new swing that needs to be installed and we have lawn furniture. LAWN furniture!!

I am even looking forward to Spring cleaning. I am typically a very tidy and organized person, but right now our kitchen counter looks like a garage sale. Seriously. From where I am sitting, I can see some tea-light candle holders, an over-ripe banana, an empty cupcake box, papers piled up from tax preparation, a roll of masking tape, and a t-shirt. 

Spring, wherefore art thou? Today, while my mind is on decorating Easter baskets and dying eggs, there is a "Weather Warning" in effect for heavy rain, winds and freezing rain.  Haven't we had enough?  I just want to put on my sneakers and run again on my favourite trails.  I want to take Brennen to the park and stroll along the quiet streets. We haven't been able to do that all Winter. The roads are not friendly to wheelchairs and the sidewalks are non-existent.

Spring will be here soon, but for now, we will keep our warm socks on and our quilts close-by, while we dream of blue skies and warm ocean breezes.

* Thank you to Nicole for these beautiful pictures of my boy!

In other news, Little Tulips is celebrating it's first anniversary!  You can read about that here.

I have received lots of beautiful comments and entries for my Mother's Day Contest!  Thank you so much!  Please continue to send them in, if you haven't already.  The contest is open until the beginning of May.

And finally, I am very excited about the upcoming release of this new documentary!  American Blogger was created and directed by Christpher Wiegand, the husband of Casey Leigh, who's incredible blog I have been following for quite some time.  In this film, Chris travels across the United States connecting with and interviewing a range of bloggers who open up about community, about sharing, and about life.

Bloggers are real people with real lives and jobs and families. Blogging is an incredible way to share your thoughts and to get your story out there. It is a modern form of expression, and one that I have embraced whole-heartedly!

"This documentary will remind you of the value of your voice and the power of sharing your story."

American Blogger Official Trailer from Chris Wiegand on Vimeo.

Just to be clear, I have nothing to do with this film, other than being very excited to see it. However, if anyone wants to create a 'Canadian Blogger' version.. get at me!  ;)

-Julie xo


  1. I hope you write a post soon about what you are trying! I am always up for any new ideas to try or to put away in my head for later. We have big changes coming with needing a new neurologist, Meya having spinal fusion surgery on Aug 5th and major changes happening in her program at school. (changes of staff that I am not happy to lose), so also going to go the homebound route for next year. Sometimes there is just so much to wrap one's head around! I want Spring too - here in our part of Kansas we are actually supposed to get snow tonight! Our flowers are blooming and we even went to the park today and Meya got to swing (one of our parks has two special needs swings) and now snow! Oh well it will melt quickly!

    1. Dannette, I have started taking Brennen to a Chiropractor. So far it seems to be going well. He enjoys it, but he is still not himself. He is still really fussy and just unable to settle. I am at a loss as to how to help him. I am looking into some other options with alternative / natural therapy. I will write more about that soon. I would love to hear about Meya's upcoming spinal surgery. That is something I fear for Brennen. He has a curve in his spine that we are keeping a close eye on. As you said, there is so much to think about (to worry about). I hope you both are doing well, and that you have been able to enjoy some signs of Spring! Please keep in touch!
      -Julie xo