Good companies

Many of you know I am an avid basketball fan; and in the past four years I have grown to love the NBA. I feel some sort of obligation to write in light of the drama surrounding Donald Sterling and his racist remarks made public by TMZ. (Most of you must have caught wind of this because it even made my local news- the NBA never makes the local news- especially when it is NHL play-off time). I suppose the sense of obligation stems from a couple of sources:
A) I’ve been fortunate to work with/for/alongside a number of sports organizations that believe in the power of sport to bring positive change to individuals & communities. The NBA Commissioner’s zero tolerance of racism (a lifetime ban of doing business w/ the NBA & a fine of $2.5 million) will make its mark far outside the walls of the NBA I’m sure.

B) My work in human resources often leaves me to examine why people either work in a certain job, or work for a particular company. I’ve been fascinated by the comments made by players, owners, fans, and coaches in the NBA that have supported the Commissioner’s harsh penalty.  It is beautiful to hear people (in all layers of the league) unite to say they are proud to be a part of/ work for/ support the NBA. This is a rarity in my experience; how amazing for the decision to unite a powerful group of owners, a strong & vocal players union, coaches from various franchises & a global fan base. It is inspiring to know that tough decisions are being made to hold up the morality of a multi-million dollar business. I’ve always thought it would be amazing to work for the NBA because I think they run a fascinating business; now I’m even more certain it would be a great company for which to work. Maybe one fine day 🙂

I hope this action taken by the NBA is one more step in eradicating racism in our beautiful world.



Story time

Before Ivy can tell me whether or not she likes reading she is stuck with story time. As many of you know I am an avid reader & of course hope that Ivy will find wonder in the written word as well. For now, it is nice to see her want to hold the book & “turn the pages”.  Grandmama is pictured below enjoying some reading time with the little miss.

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I got the giggles the other day thinking about how much one little bundle of joy has changed my life/ our lives.

I was reading the label on a Tazo box of tea. It advises to steep for 5 minutes, enjoy in a peaceful state of mind by a flowing river etc etc. I laughed. Tea gets downed immediately or sometimes much later & rather cold. But it is still a favourite indulgence of mine (perhaps more so because I could barely drink it due to heartburn while pregnant).

Then there were more giggles one day when I arrived at yoga. As I sat on my mat (surprisingly a few minutes early) I was mortified to note that my yoga pants were on inside out. I leapt up to the bathroom for a quick change before anyone would notice. Only to find out that they were, in fact, right side on.

Sometimes Alvin & I look at each other & say- who’s more hungry? Someone’s got to eat first while Ivy gets entertained. I prefer shift changes to cold soup or soggy cereal though 🙂

People often focus on the most precious or the worst parenting moments; so far I’m enjoying the ridiculous. Well, when there is a moment to reflect anyway.

We celebrated Ivy’s first Easter with the usual suspects. She’s wearing the sweetest Easter dress from Trev, Jen & Sophie. (We made a stop at Grandparents B&G as well- I’ll post photos should any winners get sent to me. Ivy was being quite the entertainer so I’m sure there are a couple of cute ones w/ her Aunt Alaina).

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This pic is not from Easter but is ever so sweet…

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Am I annoying yet? I’m sure*laughing*.

Wild ‘do

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This is how my daughter was returned to me after date night. I’m not sure what ‘Grandmama’ did to Ivy’s hair when she bathed her but that hair would not settle down.
But I’m not complaining- it was lovely to have a squeaky clean little girl to tuck in after a lovely evening with Al.

Swimming etc

Alvin, Alaina, Olivia & I took Ivy for her first swim (too bad the picture is blurry – hopefully you’ll get the idea of just how cute Miss Olivia is). Ivy was great in the pool so I am happily looking forward to spending more time in the water for sure.

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To celebrate my birthday I asked Alvin to take me & Ivy to the Muttart Conservatory. I’m sure he was bored to pieces but I’m glad we went. Ivy was a good sport too moving through the various pyramids. No further photos from the day- as always when the family is together I forget to take snaps. But as I’m writing this I’ve remembered there is leftover ice cream cake in the freezer…I may leave you now to indulge.

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