Autumn bucket list!

Autumn (or fall) is my favorite season!

I love it and I’m always looking forward to it.


Jake likes it too 🙂


Scarlet Pen over at 28 and counting inspired me to do this post…

Please take 2 minutes to go see her list!

So here I am… Thinking that I should be able to find 40 things I would like to do this fall…

Between Sept 23rd and Dec 21st 2015 I have 90 days to do the following activities which I divided in 3 categories.

Family activities!

1. Get Emily ready for Halloween – Week 2

2. Visit a pumpkin patch and pick 3 pumpkins – Week 1

3. Spend an afternoon painting pumpkin

4. Go apple picking – Week 2

5. Go to the drive in one last time – Week 1

6. Schedule fall family pictures with Lise

7. Hop on a hay ride – Week 1

8. Go to zombie wars with Jon

9. Buy our favorite Halloween candies and keep them for us 🍭🍬🍫- Week 1

10. On Halloween night, dress-up with Em and catch a movie while eating our favorite Halloween candies

11. Jump in puddles with Em

12. Jump in a pile of leaves with Jon and Em

13. Finish organizing Em’s room

14. Make cookies with Em and let her eat as many as she wants🍪🍪

15. Catch a Wildcats game – Week 2

16.  Trim our Christmas tree 🎄

17. Go on a fall foliage drive to Fundy with Jon and Em🍂🍃🍁 – tried during week 2…

18. Make puzzles with Jon and Em – Week 2

Give back activities (charities, friends/colleagues, fur pets)

19. Send cupcakes to school with Emily just because

20. Help with the United Way campaign at work – Week 2

21. Make binders for Em’s cheer coach with all the info I’m gathering for them – Week 1

22. Bring my “famous” (not really!) tuna casserole to Em’s horseback riding year-end potluck party

23. Make a pumpkin flavored dessert for Sue’s birthday 🎂

24. Take Jake and Maple to the groomer

25. Donate a turkey to the turkey drive

26. Help deliver Christmas food box with my team

27. Buy a wreath from a charity

28. Make Halloween treat bags for my team members 🎃

29. Bring goodies for the next bake sale at work

30. Hand write Christmas cards for our extended family members

Personal growth

31. Dehydrate apple slices

32. Perform a random act of kindness – Week 1

33. Mail the Christmas cards I wrote earlier (yes, I’ve forgotten to do that in the past)

34. Change my hair color

35. Drink a pumpkin spice latté – Week 1

(I’m not looking forward to this but it should make Sue happy to know that I’m willing to try)

36. Drink warm apple cidre

37. Try a new fall soup recipe

38. Bake an apple pie

39. Document my bucket list with pictures (preferably with my Canon T5i but my iPhone pictures will be accepted) – on-going!

40. Blog about my progress weekly

Week 1 – Items # 2-5-7-9-21-32-33

Week 2 – items #1-4-15-18-20

There you have it!  Now I need to print my list and start carrying my camera!

What about you?  What’s on your list?  Is there anything I forgot?

Busy weekend

When Emily was little I worried about her future.


To put this in context, you need to remember that in October 1999…

Just days after the picture above was taken…  Genetic counselors a at the Montreal Children Hospital told us that due to Emily having Cri Du Chat syndrome, her future meant…

No walking!

No talking!

No understanding us!

No showing emotions!

No eating solid food!

At no point did they say this was a worst case scenario.

There was no doubt in their mind that this was going to be Emily’s life and we could see them feeling sorry for us.

We decided to give Emily the best life possible and that we would adjust to her needs and limitations.

This past weekend, was busy…

We had a roofing company over, putting a new roof on our house…

Meanwhile, Emily was starting her Cheer fall sessions.  It was time to talk goals and prepare a lesson plan She loved cheer this past summer so she’s ready for more.  Remember this picture?IMG_2820

An hour after cheer was done, Emily was at her baseball’s team end of summer game and party.  

  Emily and all her team mates got team jackets!  How cool is that?

  We had 39 players this year, divided into 2 groups.
We concluded Saturday with attending a hockey game.

Sunday morning, Emily was volunteering at her riding club. When coaches are tested to move up in their certifications, they need riders and Emily wants to help.


Emily helped coaches from other clubs on Sunday and they loved her 🙂

We had a busy weekend!

None of these would be possible if it wasn’t for amazing people getting together and wanting to provide opportunities for kids with special needs.

Thank you Cheer Olympia

Thank you Field of Dreams

And thank you Cavalier riding club

You are amazing and although I was grateful for this busy weekend to be over, I am even more grateful for the opportunities you are giving Emily and many others.

Thank you to your board of directors or owners and thank you to the volunteers who give their time, energy and positivity.

All of you, are part of our family now!

In the coming weeks, I will share more about Emily’s riding club as she starts her fall session this week and I will let you know more about Emily’s baseball team and our fully accessible baseball field project…