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With Thanksgiving weekend coming to a close – a quiet one for us – I’d say our recurring themes were those of Family, Food, Nature, and GRATITUDE.

Pumpkin Patch

In the spirit of simple family day moments, we didn’t do anything grandiose.  Friday was spent hiking at Cold Creek Conservation with friends.  Saturday found us at the pumpkin patch at Chappelle Farms, running on the hay bale maze, and testing our courage in the haunted barn.  Sunday was a rainy day that kept us close to home, with the kids enjoying time with neighbourhood friends, and followed by our ‘turkey dinner’ (it was actually a roast chicken since a turkey would have been too big for the four of us), followed by a family movie.  And Monday was another beautiful day we spent hiking at Mono Cliffs – a part of the Niagara escarpement.

Audra Pumpkin Patch


Our soundtrack was a mix of Ethan playing his first ‘mastered’ guitar song: Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty.  When he wasn’t singing or playing it, our moments were interspersed with some Dave Matthews, Black Sabbath and Metallica. (yeah, I admit we have diverse taste in music.  Listening to Audra list her favourite bands made me laugh:  Selena Gomez, Hannah Montana, Pink, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Dave Matthews Band)

And we spent lots of time in the kitchen – with Chef Ethan being our primary breakfast cook with his eggs specialty, and with Audra helping me with a dessert experiment of a raw carrot cake with cashew nut frosting (it turned out to be quite yummy) – and of course our regular dinners (sausages and cabbage, pulled pork with veggies, and our thanksgiving dinner).  By tonight, however, I opted for sushi and a documentary.

The documentary – “I AM” – rounded out the weekend quite nicely (although it was only Dean and I home to watch it as the kids were both out with friends)  “I AM” documents the competitive, separate nature of today’s North American society, with interviews from many great minds about the science that exists supporting the truth of connection, collaboration, and how we affect the world around us.  Ultimately, it outlines the fundamental truth that we are all connected – as human beings, and as a part of all of nature.  It makes the point that our every action affects the whole – like an ocean being filled up with single droplets of water.  While there was nothing in the documentary I have not yet seen or studied, it was a welcome reminder.

What we do matters.  Who we are being matters.  Simple moments of appreciation matter.  Simple moments as a family matter.  Time spent in connection with nature matters.

It was a fitting end to a weekend dedicated to gratitude.