Dec 13 2011

The Family Meeting

It Appears There Is A Thief Among Us

by: Sharon DeVellis

Dear Family Members,

I've called this meeting because something very disturbing has been happening which we need to discuss.

It has come to my attention that someone in this family has been taking the pens from my desk and not returning them. I'm sure whoever "took them" had a very good reason to "borrow" one of my pens and simply "forgot" to return it because that's the kind of person I am. I like to give people the "benefit of the doubt".

Dec 11 2011

Books For Boys

Stories For Reluctant Readers

by: Sharon DeVellis

Son No. 2 is very much into reading because Son No. 1 is so into reading and sometimes the gods of awesomeness decide to smile upon me and have the younger copy the older’s good habits instead of the bad.  But for a long time, Son No. 1 didn’t like to read.  We read stories with him, bought him books, got him his own library card all to no avail.  He didn’t like to read.  As an enthusiastic reader and a writer it was a little frustrating for me.

Finally we just said screw it and stopped trying to force him to read.

Nov 21 2011

Jump So High You Can Touch The Sky

Lady And The Tramp(oline)

by: Sharon DeVellis

When the email popped into my inbox, I knew I had to go.

It was an invitation to go jump at the newly opened Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park.  There's a bunch of them in the U.S. but this is the first one in Canada. Owner Caroline Irving has five kids so she knows all about the need to bounce off the walls to burn off energy.

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