Wednesday, July 30, 2014

~Calgary Folk Music Festival 2014~

For Christmas, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law gifted the family tickets to the Calgary Folk Music Festival. What a great idea!! I had never been before but heard it was a lot of fun so I had been looking forward to this since Christmas.

It is a 4 day festival held at Prince's Island Park, we went on Saturday only. We had low expectations since we had both kids, although it's pretty family friendly which is awesome.

There are 6 stages throughout the island so there is plenty of room. The great thing about music is that you don't have to be up close to enjoy it- I actually prefer being farther away, even if I didn't have children with me.

We met the rest of the family down there at 10:30am, which is when the music started. It was great to have so many child-wranglers with us since it wouldn't have been nearly as enjoyable if we were by ourselves.


We wandered around to different stages, staying at the ones that interested us. Audrey loved it! She was dancing away. She also loved the playground and bouncy castle so spent a lot of time there. She even got her face painted!


Listening to music in the covered stage

 Leo loving Auntie... and his toes



Since Audrey was off running with her beloved Auntie, Uncle and Grandparents, I was able to take some pictures of this little guy!









We hoped to stay until at least 3 or 4pm, depending on how the kids were doing. We were willing to skip/delay Audrey's nap so that we could enjoy more of the festival. She had such a blast playing on the playground with Auntie and Uncle and just running around.


She was so excited when cousin Linda came to join the party too!!





We couldn't have lucked out with better weather. It was a bit cool in the morning for me, since I'm always cold so I wore jeans and brought shorts to change into once it warmed up.

Both Audrey and Leo were still doing well at 4pm so we decided to stick around to have dinner and head over to the main stage. The food trucks were set up all day long so we had Mediterranean for lunch and Naachos (naan tacos) for dinner. So good! We also brought a lot of our own food so we had snacks throughout the day. We brought so much stuff we needed the stroller and the wagon but it was worth it considering how long we were down there for.

Hanging out listening to music


Leo had a few naps here and there but Audrey was having too much fun to miss a second. She started to fade around 7pm so we packed up and headed home. She fell asleep in the wagon on the way to the car!


Everyone had so much fun! Hopefully we can go in future years, although if definitely helps to have extra hands for the children.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

~Three Things Thursday~

1. So my 5 days of solo-parenting turned into 6... someone missed his flight home! Let's just say I wasn't very impressed. Thankfully Wednesday is the day Audrey goes to the day home or else I probably wouldn't have survived. I still had to get her up and ready, along with Leo, to drop her off, which hubby usually does on his way to work. In the end it worked out. I didn't get everything done that I wanted to on my "day off" (like getting Leo's passport- hopefully he will have one in time for our trip in the fall) but I was able to meet a friend for lunch to celebrate her birthday and have a small break.

I'm so exhausted. Single parenting is tough. 

2. Confession: I haven't run since my race almost 3 weeks ago :/ I don't really have any motivation, especially with it being so hot, to get on the treadmill. Hopefully I can get outside for some evenings runs in the next few days. I'll probably run when we are up at the cabin in August too.

3. Leo had his first solids this week! We met with the pediatrician (he still hasn't gained much weight) and she recommended we start solids now, since he's only a few weeks away from 6 months (that can't be right?!). I had a sample of rice cereal on hand so that's what I gave him. He loved it! He wasn't sure what to do with it at first but then he wanted more! I had to make him a 2nd bowl! I'll make some purees for him this week and probably do some baby-led weaning like I did with Audrey also.

How are we at this stage?


Monday, July 21, 2014

~Weekend Recap: Solo Parenting~

Well, I survived the weekend and have not gone completely crazy!

Why, do you ask?

I'm currently solo parenting for the last 4 days, with one more to go.

I.can.do.this!

Hubby is at a work conference in Chicago and will be returning late Tuesday evening.

Let's rewind a few days.

On Friday, I met up with my friend Della, and her two kids. I hadn't met her little guy yet, who was born in April. He is so chubby and adorable! He has the most enviable eyelashes! I loved seeing our little girls together- they haven't seen each other in awhile so it was nice to visit and let the girls play. They were typical 2 year olds and all over the place!








 As per usual, it was impossible to get them to even look at the camera! Silly girls! No time for pictures!

This little guy just slept through all the playing. I was quite surprised since it was LOUD in the play area.



That evening, my lovely sister-in-law came over for a visit (aka bring dinner and help entertain Audrey). She is such a great help and I can never express just how much I appreciate all she does for us. Audrey adores her! Plus she kept me fed for a few meals.

Saturday we spent the morning outside enjoying the beautiful weather, and bird watching. I could hear the robins making a racket so I went outside and saw what I thought was a dead bird on our grass. I thought maybe the cat caught it, since he went out briefly that morning. The robins were still chirping away and flying around like crazy. I wasn't sure what to do since I didn't want Audrey playing in the backyard with a dead bird in the grass but there was no way I was picking it up and no hubby to scoop it up.



I went under the deck to pull out the umbrella since it was really sunny on the deck and as I walked past, the bird flew away, to the back corner of our backyard. I was relieved that it wasn't dead and I didn't have to remove it!

I grabbed the binoculars to get a better look at it. It was young, so likely just learning how to fly. I can't be sure whether the cat caught it or if it just fell while flying and was playing dead. That definitely explains the other robins making so much noise, trying to distract the cat.

Audrey and her doll bird watching

Leo relaxing
A little while later, I noticed it flew to the top of the back fence and one of the parents kept bringing it food while it chirped away.

Squint and you can see birds on the back fence
 Last time I saw it, it was sitting under the small evergreen, and the parent was bringing it more food. Hopefully it flew away safely and is ok.

Hubby appreciated the play-by-play of our morning adventure while in his sessions! Apparently we had a lot more excitement than him.

In the afternoon, we went to Auntie L and Uncle C's house for a housewarming BBQ. Again they served us a delicious meal and entertained Audrey. It was nice to chat with other people and for Audrey to have some kids to play with.

Unfortunately, Leo thought I was getting lonely sleeping in my bed all alone so he decide this was the perfect time to start waking up a lot at night :( So tired! I enjoy the snuggles but not every couple of hours. Plus with no hubby around in the morning I can't stay in bed for a little longer when Audrey wakes up. Yawn!

Sunday morning we went grocery shopping to pick up a few things. Audrey refused to nap in the afternoon so that was frustrating but thankfully my Mom came over in the evening to help out so it wasn't a total disaster.

My friend came over, along with her sister, who gave us a vacuum demo. It was quite interesting and a great investment, but a little out of the budget for right now. My Mom used to have this vacuum so I know how great it is. I'm still hoping to get a self cleaning house one day. It was nice to see my friend though!

Monday morning, despite the grey skies and threat of rain, we headed to the Zoo with some friends. It poured on the drive there but the weather held out once we arrived. The little girls had fun running around, holding hands and seeing all the animals.

Riding the Komodo dragon

Dinosaur

Again, Audrey didn't nap this afternoon. I thought for sure she would after running around at the zoo all morning. Hopefully she sleeps well tonight. I know I will- assuming I don't get woken up a million times!

I think it's safe to say we miss Daddy/hubby!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

~Three + 1 Things Thursday~

1. It's been a quieter week around here due to Leo's cold so we have been laying low. Kind of nice after a busy few weeks but I was sad to miss a get together with the moms and babes from my midwife group. Hopefully there will be more opportunities.

2. I finally put the swing away :( Makes me sad because my both babies loved it but  Leo no longer naps in it and I wanted to make room for more things that will entertain him. Putting it away solidifies that the newborn period is over. Why does my baby have to grow so fast?


3. We have been spending lots of time in the backyard in the new sun shelter and pool since it has been sooooo hot here! Loving it, except at bed time when it's took hot in everyone's rooms to sleep. 



We went to a lake community last night for hubby's work. I don't know what I was thinking not brinin the sun shelter! It was over 30C at 5:30pm and the sun was out. Instead I had to be creative and used my umbrella to shade Leo on the beach. 




+1. Again, my pictures are blurry. They are fine on my phone. A quick google search suggests maybe it's a Blogger issue. You suck Blogger! I hate technology! I might have to start uploading my pictures to a hosting site, adding another step to blogging and therefore making it even harder for me to find the time. What does everyone else do? 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

~Calgary Stampede 2014~

Playing catch up here since I'm behind on posting. I just can't waste this gorgeous weather by sitting inside on the computer!

We went to the Calgary Stampede last Thursday. I was so excited to take Audrey this year because I knew she was going to love it! I've lived in Calgary almost my whole life and was born during Stampede so it's not that big of an event for me anymore but it sure was fun to see it through the eyes of a toddler!

We spent most of our time in the agriculture barns since Audrey loves animals and she likely was too small for the rides. Plus hubby and I aren't big into rides.

She loved seeing all the animals! She was pretty excited to "ride" a horse.



She was all over grooming this fake horse.


I loved showing her all the horses, since they were such a big part of my childhood, growing up on a horse farm.
Arabian
Leo, of course, was with us and he mostly hung out in his stroller. He thoroughly enjoyed people watching.

Audrey wasn't too interested in having her picture taken. She would have much preferred to run around and check out the sculptures behind us.

We decided to watch a draft horse presentation on anatomy. Audrey lasted about 5 minutes and then she wanted to move.


They had all sorts of animals there- pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, cows, donkeys, horses, miniature horses, etc. Hubby had to run after Audrey just to keep up with her.


Audrey had her first corn dog, my favourite! She was skeptical at first but then she devoured it. She had an interesting way of eating a hot dog on a stick!


Audrey milked her first "cow". She thought that was pretty neat.


She wasn't very good at looking at me for pictures. Cute anyway!

She was a little scared of feeding this shetland pony. He was not shy!


Audrey LOVED the miniature horses! She kept going around saying "Awwww they are so cute! They are Audrey's size! I love them!" Pretty much the cutest thing ever! Except I know how much horses and their upkeep costs so she's gotta get a job before she gets one!


We stayed for about 4 hours total which was plenty of time for hubby's feet in cowboy boots! Every year he complains about his feet in those boots! Is it bad that I think it's funny?


There are plenty of things to see and do at the Stampede, even if you aren't into the Midway or the Rodeo and 4 hours seemed like the perfect amount of time for us with 2 little ones in tow. We checked out all the animals, watched a few presentations, ate some delicious fair food, including mini donuts which were a must, shopped a little and let Audrey play in the kids area. It was the perfect visit to the Stampede!