Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 Japan Travel Journal

This travel journal is STUFFED with stuff! I put so many different things into it. My travel buddy L asked why I just didn't space them out and use more pages but that just didn't seem like fun so I still have half a book to use for my next adventure.

See my trip posts here (look towards the bottom). What would you have put in the journal?

Some things I put in my journal:

  • plane boarding passes
  • plane menus
  • train tickets
  • reciepts
  • attraction maps
  • attraction tickets
  • (cleaned) snack wrappers and lids
  • stamps from attractions and train stations
  • a (cut up) shopping bag
  • owl feather from the owl cafe
  • little serving spoons and toothpicks
A tip: if you just tape down one side you can have many things on one page and also space to write about the item beneath it.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Open Farm Day 2017: Visiting a Dairy Farm

In August Alberta has Open Farm Days that encourages farms to host visitor days so that people can see how farms work and where their food comes from. I visited a nearby town and went on a bus tour that took us to several farms. One raised goats for meat, one beef cattle, a grain operation, and a dairy farm.

Here's some pictures and info on the dairy farm!

(Here's another blogger that was on the tour and did the evening long table supper.)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Japan Play Box

I picked up some items for a pretend play box while I was in Japan. While of course it's easier to visit a place to make a box it's not necessary; many items could be created, found at dollars stores or thrift stores or printed off. Everything here currently fits in a shoe box.

What would you put in this box?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Question for Bio Family Members for Foster / Adoptive Kids


I found a variety of questions to ask family members and compiled a list of questions I think that I, or my future child, would want to know about their biological family. Some of the questions can be used to research family trees and some are just general knowledge and fun facts.

I hope to have several pages printed out so that I can ask family members to fill them in and pass them to other members I might not have met. I thought having the pages filled in the person's own writing would be nice. For memories it might also be nice to record the storyteller and preserve their voice.

What questions would you want to know about your family?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thinking Ahead to Christmas


When on a budget it's best to plan ahead! There's about to be some big annual sales in my area so it's a good time to think about presents. Click on the "Holidays" tag to see posts from other years.

Here's some ideas for kids:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Alberta Adoption Process

I turned in all my paperwork recently and am waiting for the "all clear" on it and information on attending the training courses that are offered twice a year. I'm cutting it close to get into the upcoming classes so fingers crossed! That puts me on #3.

My adaption worker shared a flow chart with me that I wrote notes on but I thought I could share the process a bit from it.

  1. Apply for application
    1. Use the website to make contact. Include your mailing address and phone number along with your request.
    2. Start filling in your paperwork.
  2. Meet with adoption worker to ask questions and get more paperwork.
  3. Turn in all paperwork.
  4. Attend Orientation for Caregivers Training 
    1. Currently held twice a year. 
    2. It runs for 2 weekend though it can be divided up.
  5. Complete homestudy.
    1. Believe there's typically three visits though it depends on the number of people in the household.
  6. Either you're Approved and carry on this list or you're Not Approved and your file is closed.
  7. Homestudy goes to adoption services where it becomes part of a pool of potential placements for children available for adoption.
  8. Wait for a match. 
    1. The wider your "net" of special needs and/or disabilities the quicker you are likely to make a match.
    2. It was suggested that I widen my ages from 0-10 years to 0-13 but mention a preference of 3-10 as I would not be matched with any 11 year olds no matter how good of  a match it would have been otherwise.
  9. Match is made.
  10. Conference to determine suitability of match.
    1. Done internally, adopters not involved yet.
  11. If a match, info sharing with adopters to ensure full disclosure of child's info/history.
    1. You meet with as many people as possible involved with the child to learn about them, their needs, their history, etc.
  12. Applicants accept the match or decline and go back to waiting.
  13. Visits begin.
    1. Meeting the child.
    2. Everyone still accenting the match? Older children are asked their opinion and can choose to go forward or not.
  14. Placement with adoptive family.
    1. Depending on the child, family, situation, etc placement and transition could take place over a week or over a month or more.
    2. Adopting parents may get more involved with the child such as doing school pick up, bedtime routines, etc.
  15. Once the child is officially placed with you there's a guardianship period of approx 6 months while Child Services is still the guardian of the child and can step in and/or help as needed.
  16. Adoption is finalized.
    1. Legally and forever a family.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Picnic Lunch for Diagon Alley

I packed part of lunch for when friends and I visited Calgary's Diagon Alley, Not only am I cheap (and 2 of 3 friends broke) but I figured that any line ups for food would be insane. My lunchkit holds 3 containers plus room for (frozen) juice boxes. The top portion of my lunch kit held a pop and water for myself. The below was for myself and 3 friends.

(I was trying to do HP names and themes but the final choices fit nicer in the containers and were on hand.)