Europe with a one year old! Family Travel Tips

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We had always wanted to go to Greece (one of our must see bucket list destinations) so we decided it would be a great experience to enjoy with the newest member of our family.  When I searched for flights, there was a flight on points that had us flying into Athens Greece and out of London England so we figured why not experience another destination for the same number of points!  Of course we wanted to be safe and ensure she had all of her necessary shots so we booked the flight for the day after her 1yr old shots.  I guess you have to actually turn 1 to get the shots, not a day earlier.

At Ella’s 1yr old check-up to get the needed shots, our doctor heard a slight heart murmur.  We couldn’t believe it as we were set to fly out the very next day!   (more…)

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All for French Immersion – is it worth it?

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This past January, I like many other parents had to register my little one for JK.  As I prepared to have Ella get ready to enter “real school”, I started to hear more and more things about French Immersion (FI).  Yes, French is a dying language that is not as useful as say Mandarin around the world these days, but I figured it would be “included” and they had to go to school anyways so it couldn’t hurt – right?  Also, now that we’re starting to look forward to retiring one day (yes – we are getting old), the perks of a government job  with their retirement packages seemed to be a choice I wanted Ella to have down the road.  It’s crazy that at 4yrs old, I’m thinking about her retirement!

So I started to make a mental list of pros/cons to confirm my feeling that I was going to put her into the French Immersion stream. (more…)

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