Sunday, April 29, 2012

In Pursuit of Happiness

I recently watched "The Pursuit of Happyness" with Aaliyah. I have watched this 2006 blockbuster movie before, but watching it with her gave the movie a whole new meaning. In the movie Will Smith and his real son portray a real life journey of a father and son, from rags to riches. After months of struggling and facing adversity with courage and determination, comes a moment of happiness. This moment of happiness, is a life changing moment for them and that is where the movie ends. What continues from there is their pursuit of happiness.
Now, happiness is

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day at King George Park

Normally, this would have been just another Earth Day observed in April like every other year. However, being a Mommy to a 5 year old gave it the importance it truly deserves or had deserved in the years past. Earth Day is that special day where we thank Mother Earth for all its bounties and in return do something good such as planting trees, keeping our surrounding clean, saving water and energy and following the green mantra-"Reduce, Reuse and Recycle." I had a pretty "green"

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Learning and the Brain Conference

Attended a conference today at McNeil Secondary school. It was called Learning and the Brain Conference. Being Successful Parents-Connecting with 21st Century Kids. Organized by the Richmond School District , City of Richmond, the Richmond District Parents Association and other community organizations. The keynote speakers were Jesse Miller and Tom Schimmer. They had different parenting workshops after the speaker sessions. Complimentary coffee  and refreshments were provided by Tim Hortons Coffee. Various vendor tables were also set up in the lobby area with information and resources for parents. If only they could come up with a manual of how to raise

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ready Set Learn

Attended a Ready Set Learn event held at Tait Elementary school in Richmond. Wow! Was I impressed by the school? It was so modern looking and so inviting. Colorful murals and artwork by kids, inspiring quotations on the wall, state of the art computer lab, an open library and a sitting area under a canopy of colorful flags. In short a really neat school tucked away in the quietness of a beautiful residential neighborhood. One of the quotations that I really liked was "It is not who we think that holds us back, it is what we think we are not." Now this is profound. Indeed our mind is a very powerful entity which pretty much dictates who we are, what we do and who we become.
Moving onto the main highlight of the event-Will Stroet. The famous

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hippity Hopping At Aberdeen Mall

 Took the kids out to the Aberdeen Centre mall today. The mall had organized a colorful Easter themed display and had different Easter mascots such as a bunny, a cute little baby elephant, a chipmunk etc. for families to take

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Lois Lanes Bowling Field Trip

Kinderfun organized a field trip to the Lois Lanes bowling center located in West Richmond. Never drove to that part of town so it was a little bit of a sightseeing trip for me. The bowling alley was located in a quiet neighborhood within an awfully quiet shopping complex. Once inside the bowling center it was a fun cosmic bowling experience. The balls however, were adult sized balls. I wish the balls were smaller and lighter. They just did not have lighter kid sized balls. The one good thing that they

Monday, April 2, 2012

I need my hand

Pretty good day so far. After dropping off Ayaan at his preschool, I stopped by at Aaliyah's school, parked my car and watched Aaliyah from a distance. They were having their lunch break. As soon as the bell rang all the kids and these are 5-6 year olds, lined up in front of their class doors and waited for the other friends to join in. They started counting each other to make sure there was everybody. It was just amazing to