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louise
canada
mother-of-four, wife, friend, daughter, sister, writer, and eternal optimist
Interests: raising kids, reading, writing, cooking (not baking), DVD box sets, playing songs on repeat, laughing til my face hurts
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A couple of weeks ago, my bright-eyed girl did an assignment in school that her teacher loved so much I was sent a personal note about it. And though it didn't surprise me to read my mighty-hearted girls' words, I still found myself moved by what she wrote: so simple... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at late night plays
Thank you :)
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Debbie: WE loved Tyrell museum and Drumheller is stunning. Enjoy your trip and thanks so much for entering!
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LIsa, you are so good to me. Thank you for holding me up, so I can hold her up xo
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A lack of routine can be so refreshing after a busy school year! Thanks for entering.
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We look forward to our summer road trip and camping weekends so much. Thanks for entering :)
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We havent been throwing fancy dinner parties lately anyway ;)
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We havent been throwing fancy dinner parties lately anyway ;)
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Summer break is around the corner. Can you feel it sneaking up on you like I do? Are you clicking on 1,000,000,000 ideas to keep your kids busy posts on Pinterest? Yeah, me too. The biggest challenge we face every year is entertaining differing interests and ages. So while we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at late night plays
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The other day there was some kind of #bestfriend day sweeping across social media, and I knew it would be hard for you. When you're 13, friends are complicated. Navigating these days and experiences with you has reminded me of my own feelings of wanting to belong and the sting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at late night plays
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In my family, dinner was rarely a surprise when we came to the table each night. We could make a pretty good guess when we opened the refrigerator to get our breakfast in the morning. My mom was meticulous about prepping (and marinating) her food ahead of time, and there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at late night plays
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{Photo credit} She left a tiny heart on one of my photos, the day before she went to sleep and didn't wake up. I have tapped her tiny profile on that photo countless times, knowing it will take me to the snapshots of her life and knowing it will hurt... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at late night plays
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{photo credit} Said the poet, Robert Browning, and so does the antique clock that sits on JB's bedside table—because I had it engraved with that quote for my wedding gift to him. I very seldom write about videos that I see on social media. I might leave a quick comment... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at late night plays
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My oldest child just entered her teen years, which leaves me feeling like I've crossed the bridge to the beginning of letting go—where my influence will continue to diminish and my seat will move higher and higher in the stands and further from the playing field, where I have always... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at late night plays
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Dear Daughter, Happy 13th birthday, my girl. There are so many letters of advice I could write as you head into this new phase of life, because you're ready and wise enough to hear it. But there are some things I don't want to tell you. There are some things... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at late night plays
Woot, woot. Go for it!
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Thank you for your comments, Heather. This piece seems to have resonated with many of my readers and fellow parents of spirited children xo
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2015 on SPIRITED CHILD at late night plays
Great - glad to hear it, Michelle!
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Last March break it was him, this March break it was me. I think the germs can sometimes catch up when you slow down. He is an excellent partner in every respect, its nice to be able to give him some acknowledgement. xo
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2015 on HE MEANT WHAT HE SAID at late night plays
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{Photo credit: True North Trappings} I'm married to a boy scout. And I don't mean that in a what a swell guy kind of way (though he certainly is), but in a literal way. He is fourth generation Canadian on his mom's side, and he grew up in small town... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at late night plays
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He has a very unnerving way of upholding his vows. I mean, I think I do the best I can on my end, but he is sort of unwavering. Last year, on March break, he got sick. And I got irritated. This March break, I got sick. Right after a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at late night plays
What a sweet boy, eh?
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Our 10-year-old son—the shyest of our lot—started at a brand new school this year. It was the best decision for him academically, but it was a move that was not without its risks. For someone who struggles as much as he does with finding his place, it meant leaving behind... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at late night plays
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The first day of school is such an emotional milestone for kids as well as for parents who open their hand to let go of their child's and then raise it in a wave until we see his backpack climb onto the school bus or walk through the doors of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at late night plays
L O U I S E G L E E S O N Writer | Blogger blog: latenightplays.com IG and Twitter: @louisegleeson facebook.com/louisegleesonfreelance 905.330.1116 Oh my goodness, thank you thank you thank you. These comments mean so much to me. I am so grateful that our journey ended well, and now that it has I am grateful for the journey itself xo
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