Canadian Life First Hot Chocolate, Ottawa, December 2014
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The hol­i­day sea­son is in full swing, and even though I am the self-described “mother who sucked at Christ­mas”, I’m try­ing to get in the mood. Sort of. So here are our hol­i­day sea­son wins and fails so far.

Canadian Life May The Force Be With You... Mark, December 2014
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We called more day­care centres—all with inter­change­able cutesy names involv­ing “love”, “chil­dren”, “wee” or “bear” —book­ing tours if they didn’t hang up on us. We drove to places well out­side our neigh­bor­hood, fill­ing up end­less forms—“what do you want from a day­care?”, “list the three main ways you want your child to grow”, etc.

Canadian Life Christmas Decorations at the Mall, Ottawa, November 2014
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Mark doesn’t care about the Santa book I’m hold­ing and the great speech I had pre­pared. Hope­fully I will have more suc­cess with the heart-to-heart mother-to-son con­ver­sa­tion we will have one day about where babies come from.

Raising a Canadian-Chinese-French Kid Mark Fighting the Force, Ottawa, November 2014
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This isn’t a blog time machine, you haven’t jumped into the future and lost twelve years, Mark isn’t a moody teenager yet—just a tod­dler who entered the “no phase.”

Canadian Life First Snowfall, Ottawa, November 2014
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Just a few years ago, on the first snow­fall of the sea­son, I would have taken dozens of pic­tures. I briefly con­sid­ered snap­ping shots of yel­low leaves on snow and bare trees in black and white but I couldn’t bring myself to, mostly because the arti­cle I had in mind would have con­tained way too many exple­tives to describe my feel­ings about early winter.

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There’s an app for that.…..” The mod­ern answer to all pos­si­ble ques­tions has given us…

Raising a Canadian-Chinese-French Kid The first time I saw the "fake limb" prank, New York State, 2011
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On Octo­ber 30, Feng and I were scram­bling to find a Hal­loween cos­tume for Mark. I had been sick all week and I didn’t have the chance to plan ahead. So while I was look­ing for last year’s pirate hat in the closet, Feng drove to Dol­larama to buy a few accessories.

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