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I had a few thoughts about my experience with acupuncture so I visited my dusty blog and posted them there. 
Link in my profile if you want to stop by. 
Also, I can’t remember who originally posted this kidney picture and I can’t find it online to give the artist credit so if it was you or you know who it was please speak up! It was perfect for this topic though.
*don’t swipe left if you don’t like seeing pictures of needles in skin* I had a few thoughts about my experience with acupuncture so I visited my dusty blog and posted them there. Link in my profile if you want to stop by. Also, I can’t remember who originally posted this kidney picture and I can’t find it online to give the artist credit so if it was you or you know who it was please speak up! It was perfect for this topic though.
I almost bought this for Sydney but I think it’s a *little* beyond her reading level. 
Somewhere around a child’s 3rd birthday they are implanted with a chip that limits their vocabulary to mostly being able to ask “why?” but also accompanied with “I’m not tired”, “I don’t like to eat that!”, and “NEVER!”
Most other words and comprehension go away for a while. 
I think this has been proven in a longitudinal study somewhere 😊
Luckily she usually knows the answer when she asks why so I just ask her “why do you think?” and she knows 90% of the time. 
Ahh, my sweet and smart 3 year old!
I almost bought this for Sydney but I think it’s a *little* beyond her reading level. Somewhere around a child’s 3rd birthday they are implanted with a chip that limits their vocabulary to mostly being able to ask “why?” but also accompanied with “I’m not tired”, “I don’t like to eat that!”, and “NEVER!” Most other words and comprehension go away for a while. I think this has been proven in a longitudinal study somewhere 😊 Luckily she usually knows the answer when she asks why so I just ask her “why do you think?” and she knows 90% of the time. Ahh, my sweet and smart 3 year old!
DōTERRA helping me (as usual) by making our play doh smell like cinnamon, wild orange and spearmint. 
Hope the little hands I made it for enjoy it! .
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#doterra #doterramom @doterra @doterraca #oilmagic #smellsyummy #playdoh #homemadeplaydoh #doterraessentialoils #doterrawildorange #doterraspearmint #doterracinnamon
A year ago #CochraneAb got a visit from the @canadianpacific @cpholidaytrain. It was brutally cold so we didn’t last long but if this Holiday Train ever passes through your town or a town close by check it out for beautiful light displays and live music performances. Or check out @neil_zee ’s feed for his stunning pictures of the train in all its lit-up glory. 🚂 
We missed it this year because our schedules didn’t work out but hopefully we’ll see it next year.
#HolidayTrain #CPHolidayTrain
A year ago #CochraneAb  got a visit from the @canadianpacific @cpholidaytrain. It was brutally cold so we didn’t last long but if this Holiday Train ever passes through your town or a town close by check it out for beautiful light displays and live music performances. Or check out @neil_zee ’s feed for his stunning pictures of the train in all its lit-up glory. 🚂 We missed it this year because our schedules didn’t work out but hopefully we’ll see it next year. #HolidayTrain  #CPHolidayTrain 
It’s truth hour (somewhere):
I’m pretty tired. 
My throat hurts and my voice is scratchy. 
The cold that has been lingering as a runny nose in Sydney for 2 weeks has latched on and punched me in the throat. 
Sydney keeps coughing herself awake and crying because I left her. 
So she’ll be in my bed soon. 
I’m a day and a half into solo parenting.  My brain is fuzzy. 
I have to readjust my thinking after today’s appointment. .
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But as I was lying next to Sydney, waiting for her to fall asleep, my magical little ninja of a daughter said “I love you so much mommy. Don’t leave me.”
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And so I’m having a cookie. Bedtime cookies make everything better.
It’s truth hour (somewhere): I’m pretty tired. My throat hurts and my voice is scratchy. The cold that has been lingering as a runny nose in Sydney for 2 weeks has latched on and punched me in the throat. Sydney keeps coughing herself awake and crying because I left her. So she’ll be in my bed soon. I’m a day and a half into solo parenting. My brain is fuzzy. I have to readjust my thinking after today’s appointment. . . . . But as I was lying next to Sydney, waiting for her to fall asleep, my magical little ninja of a daughter said “I love you so much mommy. Don’t leave me.” . . . . And so I’m having a cookie. Bedtime cookies make everything better.
It was nephrology day for me. 
I have been going to this clinic for about two years. Previous to this I was just at a general nephrology clinic connected to the University of Calgary and Foothills Hospital. 
Around the time that I started having the transplant talks and we saw a steady decline in GFR I was transferred to the Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic where I get to see my nephrologist, a nurse, a dietician and, if needed, a pharmacist. 
I still have the same nephrologist which is great because he has gotten me this far, helped me realize it would be possible to have a child and he’s just generally a great doctor who takes his time and actually listens. 
I had an interesting and slightly unexpected visit with this team today but I need to take some time to process this day. It caught me so off guard I almost forgot about our scheduled meet-up with friends at the bouncy castles! 
This clinic is also a haemodialysis clinic so I always send a little extra love to those patients as I go by because I know from many of you what a trick of the universe it is to live through a machine.
It was nephrology day for me. I have been going to this clinic for about two years. Previous to this I was just at a general nephrology clinic connected to the University of Calgary and Foothills Hospital. Around the time that I started having the transplant talks and we saw a steady decline in GFR I was transferred to the Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic where I get to see my nephrologist, a nurse, a dietician and, if needed, a pharmacist. I still have the same nephrologist which is great because he has gotten me this far, helped me realize it would be possible to have a child and he’s just generally a great doctor who takes his time and actually listens. I had an interesting and slightly unexpected visit with this team today but I need to take some time to process this day. It caught me so off guard I almost forgot about our scheduled meet-up with friends at the bouncy castles! This clinic is also a haemodialysis clinic so I always send a little extra love to those patients as I go by because I know from many of you what a trick of the universe it is to live through a machine.
The year isn’t over but these are a pretty good crop of #2017bestnine - includes a lot of my favourite things and wonderful memories. 
The day my life changed and I knew magic was real. 
The mind-blowing picture of the kidney without it’s functional tissue. 
The 1st annual @vaughnsawchukfoundation memorial colour run. 
More kidneys including “K is for Kidney” by @meetlucyandjack. 
My backyard. 
Essential oils &
Wisdom from the wise.
The year isn’t over but these are a pretty good crop of #2017bestnine  - includes a lot of my favourite things and wonderful memories. The day my life changed and I knew magic was real. The mind-blowing picture of the kidney without it’s functional tissue. The 1st annual @vaughnsawchukfoundation memorial colour run. More kidneys including “K is for Kidney” by @meetlucyandjack. My backyard. Essential oils & Wisdom from the wise.
My little wobbler. 
The babe and I are on our own again for a week so it’s time to bring my A game, be extra careful of my energy while keeping us busy, and doing things to make us smile. 
Skating with Santa and some friends helped with all of that. 
#justthetwoofus #justthegirls
My little wobbler. The babe and I are on our own again for a week so it’s time to bring my A game, be extra careful of my energy while keeping us busy, and doing things to make us smile. Skating with Santa and some friends helped with all of that. #justthetwoofus  #justthegirls 
Don’t tell anyone but I was supposed to give these as gifts. I am not sure I can part with them. Haven’t even tried them yet but if I know @lannieraegourmet they will be the best part of mornings over Christmas. 
What flavour should I try first? 
What flavour do you want to try?
Don’t tell anyone but I was supposed to give these as gifts. I am not sure I can part with them. Haven’t even tried them yet but if I know @lannieraegourmet they will be the best part of mornings over Christmas. What flavour should I try first? What flavour do you want to try?
Hands down, the best day we’ve ever had at the zoo. 
Thanks @thecalgaryzoo for always doing everything 100%
Hands down, the best day we’ve ever had at the zoo. Thanks @thecalgaryzoo for always doing everything 100%
I got to go to my mountains to spread some Christmas and birthday cheer in the form of #elfmoviequotes and #homemadebaileys 
It always makes me happy to be in the Bow Valley and to be able to see my mountain friends ❤️
I got to go to my mountains to spread some Christmas and birthday cheer in the form of #elfmoviequotes  and #homemadebaileys  It always makes me happy to be in the Bow Valley and to be able to see my mountain friends ❤️