Category: Our Son

Halloween costume regret

Halloween costume regret {Heather's Handmade Life}

I made a huge mistake last Halloween. I agreed to take the kids to one of those pop-up Halloween stores. It might not have been a total disaster except … I was tired and had a headache. They caught me at the ultimate weak…

Homework nagging hack

Now that our kids are in Grade 1 and Grade 3, I’ve noticed this year feels a little different. They’re older students and with that comes more responsibilities at home. Our daughter, who’s in Grade 1, needs to read at least one book every…

How I sew button-up shirts

How I sew button-up shirts {Heather's Handmade Life}

I talk a lot about the clothes I sew for our daughter — we all know she’s my life-sized Barbie baby — so today I thought I’d share some details about the button-up shirts I sew for our son. While I have quite a…

The after-school freak-out

The after-school freak-out {Heather's Handmade Life}

As happy as I am that the kids are back in school, there’s one really annoying part I’d forgotten about: the after-school freak-out.  It happens almost every day, immediately after our daughter gets off the bus. She’s smiling, she’s running toward me, she’s hugging me…

When kids have wedding jitters

When kids have wedding jitters {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our whole family was thrilled when my sister got engaged last August. She asked me to be her matron of honour — yay! — and she wanted our eight-year-old son — her only nephew — to be the ring bearer. He immediately declined, explaining,…

He’s with the band

He's with the band {Heather's Handmade Life}

I was never what you’d call musically talented and I’m almost certainly tone deaf, but I still really enjoyed my three years of junior high band. Well, everything except the itchy, royal blue and yellow polyester band sweaters that I can still feel on my…

Better late than never

Better late than never: a perfect belated birthday party for our son {Heather's Handmade Life}

It wasn’t that we forgot our son’s eighth birthday in early June. Not at all! We celebrated it in style, during our Ontario vacation, by spending the afternoon playing video games and arcade games at Chuck E. Cheese’s. It was clearly one of the…

Our summer of Harry Potter

Our summer of Harry Potter {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was funny to admit that, at 34, I had never even attempted to read one of the Harry Potter books. It’s sort of like how I’ve only ever seen one of the Star Wars movies. (I call it “Star Wars” but people tell…

When your kids learn chess … and you can’t

When your kids learn chess ... and you can’t {Heather's Handmade Life}

When our six-year-old neighbour came over last week with a chessboard under his arm, I was gobsmacked. “You … you know how to play chess?!” I asked, incredulously. “Our kids know how to play checkers,” I thought. “He must be using the set to…

Teaching kids to fall asleep

Helping a baby fall asleep usually involves a pretty steady routine: a warm bath, a cosy sleeper, a soothing story, some milk and a few lullabies. Helping a toddler fall asleep means helping them brush their teeth, wrangling them into their PJs, answering numerous…

Riding in cars (with swears)

One of the nicest things about living in small-town Nova Scotia is that it takes us less than five minutes to drive just about anywhere we need to go. The only “traffic” is twice a day at a handful of especially-busy intersections where you…

When your child says ‘I hate math’

It came out of nowhere. The sadistic monster that haunted me from Grade 4 through Grade 12 was back, only this time it had a new victim: our seven-year-old son. We were sitting around the table eating dinner on a Sunday evening, and casually…