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Family Friday: Cardiac Kids BBQ


Although being a Mom of a child with a congenital heart defect is never a ‘walk in the park’ it certainly can make for a really fun day at the park!  ESPECIALLY when we are invited to a family BBQ with Cardiac Kids- an organization that supports the cardiac kids and families at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Austin was born with an aeortic stenosis- a valve defect that last year needed to be addressed through valve replacement surgery. He did great and ended up the proud owner of a ‘donor’ valve- he now considers himself part Zombie!!

My sweet boy does not like photos so at the beginning of this BBQ he would NOT pose for any photos- by the end of the afternoon all the fun was taking effect and I got a few in- of course his little sister was only too happy to smile for some photos- especially when with her favourite friends!

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Here is my cardiac kid climbing a volcano- he was determined to make it to the very top! The first try he was close. Second try he did it and was VERY proud!


Some yummy cotton candy and a trip to the velcro wall! He even made a new friend – we had such a great time and cannot wait for next year!

Thanks Cardiac Kids!!


Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Family Friday: the Zoo

A fun family day at the Zoo (well minus Daddy who had to work)- what could be better?

This is a local zoo, small but perfect for a quick visit (especially if you have young kids as there is not much walking here).  Ellery has never been to the zoo (well she went to the Toronto Zoo at 9 months but I doubt she remembers any of that).  She was excited and so was Austin. He acts like the big, tough guy but he LOVES animals (especially birds of prey).



They were excited to get started- we bought some food to feed a few of the animals and that was definitely a highlight. Did you know that giraffe’s love banana peel??

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Highlight for Ellery was riding the horse- she had to have the purple one. Threw me for a loop until I noticed the purple blanket. (Cause purple and pink are her favourite colours).


Love summer fun- and one more thing checked off from the summer bucket list!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er