Big Boy

This week we took our big boy to school. That’s right SCHOOL! It was the parent and child information night. I thought I was ready. Excited even. Turns out I was the was overwhelmed and everyone else was fine. C1, C2 and C3 played at the exercise stations while I took in all the info. The teachers were amazing. Two female teachers who seemed full of energy and very fun. I already signed up to volunteer in the classroom (yes, I am THAT mom) and took down a short mental list of the things that will make both teacher and student’s life easier. (For anyone with kids starting school take note)

– easy to open, labelled lunch containers (snack 1, snack 2)

– velcro shoes

– no snap or tough zippered pants

– limit buttons when possible

– mabel labels on everything

C2 may be, but am I ready for him to go to school???

 

 

Free Weekend

We started our weekend with no plans, no daddy (headed to Kingston for two shows), no cleaning or laundry to be completed and no yard work to do (gasp! with all the beautiful weather we are all caught up) Could it possibly be? A completely free weekend with nothing to do? You bet! Funny how you can fill your time so quickly……

On Saturday We:

  • Went grocery shopping at 7:30 am (thank you Metro for being open early and luring us in with your fresh baked bread) 
  • Wandered through our Farmer’s Market (Ptbo’s is awesome) picked up lots of fresh veggies (kale, asparagus, lettuce) and a few non-veggie items (a homemade donut and some Taste of Russia perogies) 
  • Stopped at Fabricland (I did exercise restraint) and purchased some new fabric for C2’s lightweight summer sleeping bag/sack (this kid always needs to be sleeping in a bag of sorts) 
  • Purchased some balloons for a Pinterest project (see pictures below) 
  • Visited with the neighbours 
  • Walked to the park 
  • Snuggled in bed and read Alligator Pie 
  • talked about our favorite parts of the day

On Sunday We: 

  • Slept in
  • Made berry kale smoothies
  • Played in the backyard (filled the sand and water table up and then proceeded to empty it of  all its contents – that’s a boy for ya)
  • Played in our cozy cottage
  • Made fruit and coconut water popsicle (just chop up fruit, place inside a popsicle mold and fill with coconut water, freeze) 
  • Had a two-hour family nap
  • Visited with Daddy when he came home
  • BBQ’d yet another awesome dinner
  • Went for a family walk and a trip to the park

Perfection. I think we may start having “free weekends” more often. 

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:: Thankful ::

I am thankful. So thankful. Every now and then I think we all need to take a day to reflect on how truly lucky we are. I am thankful for so many things, in no particular order:

My Children: They are truly the light of my life. I wonder how I functioned or what I did with my life before they entered it. I love them so much it is sometimes overwhelming. They make me smile, laugh, cry. They make me feel whole.

My Husband: My best friend, partner, co-worker and rock. He is MY person, and he is amazing. We have been together almost 15 years. We tick together and have grown together. He works hard to provide for our family which allows me to raise our children the way we want. He is a wonderful father and watching him care for and play with our children brings tears to my eyes. He is so helpful and even after a full day of work, comes home to help bathe, read and cuddle. I don’t know what I would do without him.

Family and Friends: As quirky as they are (yes my mom just called for the second time this morning and still forgot what she needed to ask me) I love each and every one of them. My parents, my awesome sisters and sister-in-law, my fantastic in-laws, cousins (that really are like siblings) and my friends. Not sure how I lucked into having such incredible friends but thank you to whomever sent these amazing people to me. They have been with me through everything and I can’t think of a hard time or amazing adventure that doesn’t include them.

My Health: Something we all take for granted. I am grateful to be healthy and well, to be able to exercise and come and go as I please, play with my children and go through life medication and problem free. I have been blessed with the ability to conceive problem free, have amazing pregnancies and wonderful (though painful) all natural deliveries resulting in the most beautiful chubby healthy babies. Fingers crossed for number three.

Time: It is the ultimate gift. Not having to rush, drive back and forth, time share, hustle. Having my son ask me if we can have pancakes for breakfast and then go to the park and being able to say “sure” because we have no where to be is truly priceless. I know that not everyone has this luxury, and once again I am truly grateful. I am able to stay at home with my children, raise them on our terms, spend time with them, watch them grow and mold them into amazing little people.

Comfort: Being able to cuddle up in a warm house, to grocery shop, cook and eat amazing food, to go to bed knowing my family is safe, to be able to put money away for our children’s education, take a vacation, treat ourselves. People feel entitled, but the fact is we are lucky, so lucky. All you need to do is watch the news, just one night, and you know.

Coffee: Yup, just had to put that one down here. Things were starting to get heavy and sentimental. I love coffee. It is delicious, and although I despise the smell, flavour and thought of it in the first trimester of any pregnancy, things come around and I fall in love with my dark friend again. Thank you coffee for allowing me to wake up, have energy, and get shit done! ha

 

 

Hello Sunshine

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The sun has arrived. From now until frost you can find me outside, relaxing on the deck, mucking in the garden, dipping my feet in the water, having teddy bear picnics, sitting on the park bench supervising the frolicking and basically anywhere the sun goes.

Taking Stock :: May

This week I had a chance to get caught up on all the blogs I follow. I really enjoy the opportunity to get a glimpse into someone else’s world, to see what inspires them and to get creative ideas from another mind. I stumbled upon a blog from a girl I knew of in high school (I was totally creeping your following blogs RM 🙂 This was a little blonde girl I remember flitting around Sydenham, popping into the grocery store to buy a few things for her mom and always seeming so tiny and cute. Well, sometimes I have a habit of forgetting that I am not the only one who ages. Sometimes I bump into my friends’ little siblings and I am totally taken aback by how grown up they are. This girl in particular (who’s blog I stumbled upon) is now a beautiful grown woman, wife, mother and photographer. Yup, I feel old! ha ha Anyhow, she “Takes Stock” every now and then and I think it is a fabulous idea. I am not the only one because I see others are now taking stock as well 🙂 Here it goes (I hope she doesn’t mind…..she strikes me a gal who would be happy to creatively inspire others 🙂

Taking Stock

Making : muffins (I make a least two batches a week)
Drinking : water, to wash down my ice cream
Reading : “Wild” (Cheryl Strayed) and book club book “Reconstructing Amelia” (Kimberly McCreight)
Wanting :answers for my sister, and for her to feel well
Looking : at our photographer’s cd of photos and trying to decide which ones make the wall
Sharing : nothing, my kids are sleeping and I am and eating Haagen Daaz!
Playing : Strumbellas

Sewing : curtains and matching napkins for the kitchen

Wishing : I could be a stork and bring all those wanting children a baby

Enjoying : the warm breeze and little people who take afternoon naps together

Waiting : for my plants to bloom

Liking : that all my friends have/are having babies and they all get to play and grow together
Wondering : if I am preparing and teaching my children as best as I can
Loving : my husband, he is beyond awesome and so good to me and our family
Hoping : that my family remains healthy and happy
Marveling : at how smart a 13 month old can really be
Needing : a hair cut, but patiently growing out this mullet
Smelling : my fresh line dried towels
Wearing : costco yoga pants (they truly are the best) and a hoodie
Following : blogs, Pinterest and the news regarding the meteor that hit (it was pretty cool, the boom had all our neighbours out in their yards)
Noticing : my ceiling fan dust (eeeww)
Craving : another girls night out (I had one Saturday and I already want another)
Bookmarking : MLS houses for hubby to look at when he gets home
Opening :another box of kleenex (I must have allergies)
Feeling : thankful

 

Spring Fever

It’s here. Spring that is. Not sure about anyone else, but I honestly felt as though Winter was never going to end this year. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of being cooped up in our cozy little home with my babes cuddling, baking, watching movies, doing crafts etc. We are generally outdoors people, that said, bundling up three people to go outside for a mere 30 minutes was really starting to get old. So now, the beautiful weather is upon us. I don’t mind the rain because it brings with it the colour that I crave. I have been absent from the blog, I haven’t even been keeping up with my book club book (gasp) I have been a naughty girl getting caught up in spring cleaning and de-cluttering (it does feel amazing to organize doesn’t it?) and getting the yard spring ready. 

This week I have been getting caught up on all the blogs I follow. I truly envy the way people can so effortlessly put words on paper (or on screen I guess I should say) I am stealing a good idea (others have as well, I’m sure she doesn’t mind) so I am off to “Take Stock” stay tuned 🙂