Wednesday, October 22, 2014

~Loves~

~ I'm loving Halloween this year!! Audrey is old enough to "get" it so we have been having fun doing crafts, decorating the house and wearing costumes! If only I didn't forget my camera at the Momstown Costume Parade yesterday :( I never forget my phone but the ONE time I really want to take a picture, I do. Good thing I'm having a small party this week so I have another opportunity to dress the kids up and take pictures.

~ I'm loving that next week I'll be on vacation! So excited to get away, enjoy the heat and have a change of pace. Anyone want to pack for me though? I really need to get started on that...

~ I'm loving that I was able to hang out with my mom and sister on Monday for a few hours. They both had the day off so we met up, with the kids in tow of course. I don't get to spend nearly as much time with them so it's nice when our schedules allow it.

~ I'm loving the current silence as Leo sleeps and Audrey is at the day home. It's rare that it's so quiet I can hear the clock tick! Oh the little things!

~ I'm loving that I had my first run with the Half Marathon clinic yesterday and my knee feels fine! I stretched my hip flexors out which I think is part of the issue. Fingers crossed this continues and I can finally train again for a half in the new year!

~ I'm loving the gorillas at the Zoo. The last couple of times we have been there they have been very interactive with the visitors. Audrey loves them! The Mandrills on the other hand kept charging us and being aggressive. Audrey kept telling me she was scared.


~ I love pillow forts


~ I love this kid


~ I love this kid too!



What are you loving?

Monday, October 20, 2014

~A Little Bit About Moi~

1. I wish I spoke French. I technically, according to my high school diploma, can speak French but I never could. Even with As in my class, I was just never comfortable speaking the language. This is part of the reason why I want to send my children to French Immersion. Hubby did French Immersion and the first time I heard him speak French I was sort of wowed.

2. Growing up I loved to read. I still do but I don't find as much time to do it anymore. I could spend less time on the internet reading but I inevitably get sucked into something on my phone while sitting in bed. So I hope to read a few books while on vacation. Half the time I reach for my Kobo and it's dead, from lack of use!

3. When I was a pre-teen I was slightly obsessed with Anne of Green Gables. I read all the books (there are 8 and I wish I still had my set), and watched the movies. I even made my family check out Lucy Maud Montgomery's house when we were in PEI when I was 13! I also wanted to name my future children after characters in the books! And no, there aren't any Audrey or Leo's in the books, that I recall anyway!



4. Being dairy-free is hard. It severely limits the treats I can have and cheesy entrees. I don't know how people do this forever! I could never do Paleo! And nutritional yeast is not the same.



5. I ate Malaysian food for the first time last week. It was delicious, although a tad spicy for my liking.

6. The messy bun is my new fav hair style. Even though doing my hair doesn't take too long, thanks to curlers, but when I wear it down Leo pulls on it, it gets stuck in my scarf, I get a rat's nest at the neck so it's just easiest to toss it up.


7. Current story of my life...


Laundry is my favourite 'chore', (least hated?) but that doesn't mean I want to do 4 loads a day. It really does never end. As soon as I get the laundry baskets emptied, it's time to start all over again.

Tell me something I don't know about you!! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

~Thankful Long Weekend~

I can't be anymore grateful for this past long weekend.
So much loveliness in 4 days.

On Friday, I took advantage of the gorgeous fall weather we have been enjoying and took the kids for a walk to the Farmer's Market. The playground there is perfect for Audrey and I was happy to find out that Phil & Sebastian's does make a soy latte! My day was made!



"Noooo! Don't take my picture!"

Best buddies in the Chariot- even if they don't look it here!

I also enjoyed a wonderful yoga class in the evening. Perfect start to the long weekend of thankfulness.

Saturday we went to 3 different grocery stores to get the ingredients for the Thanksgiving Dinner we were hosting for my family on Sunday. Well, Audrey and hubby went to 3, Leo and I only joined for the last one. Shockingly, Costco wasn't a complete zoo but as usual we spent a lot of money. Sometimes I wish that store wasn't so close to us! We should be good for a couple months though, especially with our upcoming trip.

We went to South St. Burgers for lunch. I quite enjoy that place. Leo was giving lots of hugs and kisses.






Sunday morning we started prepping for turkey dinner. Hubby did most of it, as usual, and did an outstanding job. He even almost lost a finger carving the turkey :/ Thankfully stitches weren't required. My leftover gauze from my wisdom teeth surgery came in handy though!


 
Nearly impossible to get a good shot of these two. Professional I am not.








It was great hanging out with my family. My nieces and nephew do such a great job entertaining their cousins, which makes the evening so much more relaxing for me. We enjoyed great conversation, tons of delicious food and some good wine. Perfect evening to give thanks for all our blessings.


Cuddling with cousin
Leo and Grandma

On Monday morning, we went to Cobb's Corn Maze. We were joined by a long-time friend, K, who lives out of town and we haven't seen in far too long. It was so nice to catch up with her, reminisce about the old days and just pick up where we left off. I've met some pretty amazing people over the years and she is definitely one of them. Love you girl!!





This slide scared Audrey so much! She flipped over onto her belly halfway down!


K, Leo and I

Attempting to get pumpkin photos





Tractor Ride!!!! Once the tractor started...




Family photo


That night we went over to the in-laws for another filling and delicious turkey dinner. Once again we were surrounded by family and friends that we are so thankful for. Everyone moment we can spend together is precious.

This guy has the best expressions!





Attempting a group family photo.


The weather was gorgeous the entire weekend. It couldn't have been better.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

~If we got together for coffee~



~ I'd drink a vanilla soy latte. I'd wish I was drinking a salted caramel mocha but I probably shouldn't since the caramel contains milk and I'm avoiding that.

~ I'd try to talk less and listen more. I'm working on that.

~ I'd probably be wearing a scarf since it's fall and I love scarves!

~ I'd probably talk too much about my kids. Oops, I can't help it sometimes!

~ I'd ask about your Thanksgiving plans for the upcoming weekend

~ I'd ask you what your favourite thing to splurge on is and tell you clothes for myself and the kids are my weakness ;) And a good purse. And shoes. And...

~ I'd just enjoy the moment, talking to a good friend!

What would you like to chat about over coffee??

Thursday, October 9, 2014

~Numbers Game~

I'm low on content to blog about but I have lots of random things to share.

1~ amazing family photo session with Whitney last night. Here are some teasers. I can't wait to see the rest!



1~ nap Audrey has had all week. I am not ready for her to drop it but she seems to have other plans. At least she plays quietly in her room, for the most part.

Not napping
4~ headbands Audrey is sporting in the above photo.

2~ great visits with friends this week. Love catching up with everyone and seeing our babies interact with each other. If only they didn't grow so quickly!

8~ hours that Leo has been sleeping straight. Hoping this good streak continues, even with him cutting teeth soon.

16.13~ how much Leo now weighs, with his clothes on. Buddy is getting chubby!!



2~ Thanksgiving dinners coming up this weekend. Can't wait to celebrate with family and eat some turkey!! Yum yum!!

3~ episodes on The Good Wife that I'm watching nightly, instead of sleeping. Have I mentioned I love this show? I usually don't get this into a show but I'm loving it!

5~ times I've had coconut ice cream this week. I blame you Alison! ;)

2~ times I tried to workout this week. First run in awhile but I only made it 10 minutes of running before stopping, due to my TEETH hurt. Thanks wisdom teeth surgery for cramping my workouts. I did a brisk walk instead. I also tried doing a yoga video from a link my sister-in-law sent me Do Yoga With Me. It was a little too advanced for me and didn't have modifications so I bailed after 20 minutes. I tried...

76~ days till Christmas. I've done a bunch of shopping for the kids but I still have quite a bit to do. Must get on that!

18~ days till we leave for Phoenix!! Can't wait for the sun, pool and hanging out with family. Is it too early to start packing?

9~ days since we said good bye to Milo and I still cry every day. I miss him so much :(



1~ year since my last half marathon. I'm sad that I haven't done one yet since Leo but I'm just not ready. Hopefully soon I can get back at it.

20 weeks PG with Leo


3~ new teas I've bought lately. Since I can't have cream in my coffee and soy and coconut milk aren't quite the same, I've been having more teas lately.

6~ the new iPhone that I'm wanting! Just have to wait a little longer.

3~ speeding tickets my hubby has received in a 10 day span. Not cool!

20~ things on my to-do list. Must get off the computer!

;)