Hi there! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Weekend. I think it was last year that I decided that this was officially my favourite holiday (which will surprise my friends since generally I start getting in the Christmas spirit by the second weekend of November!!) I'm not sure exactly how the switch happened but last year I just remember thinking; my heart is so happy right now
A few weeks ago, when it was kinda-sorta-almost Spring for a day, we had the lovely Alexandra Daprato take some maternity photos of our growing family! I met Alex, the owner of tiny marvels photography, through a local moms group and we've bonded over the usual girly stuff in addition to pregnancy commiseration. I know the mommy circuit on the internet gets a bad rap at times for judgy-mc-judgyness, but it also should be mentioned that we have something other generations of moms have never had access to before:
This past weekend it was the Family Day Long Weekend and so we capitalized on the good weather and the extra time together and spent a few days in my hometown. My sister and her husband have recently got into the Alpaca farming game (which to us outsiders came a bit out of left field. I mean, how many people do you have in your life who just "take up" Alpaca farming?!) But this is why we love them.
I know the whole "stay-at-home" vs. "work" is a hugely hot-topic debate. And I know it's not as simple as "just stay home if you want to!" or "just work if you want to!" It's about money and career choices and just generally how as women with kids we're forced into a really tough position of having to choose. Or not having the liberty to choose! I ran into this issue this past Fall. I've always been so torn. My heart has always said "stay home" but my bank account, my sense of pride and the other grey matter in my brain that has not yet been consumed by motherhood (does that even still exist!? ha!) has beckoned for me to work. And when people ask me "what are you planning for work after mat leave?"
hi there. i'm making a habit of this i fear. popping in now and again when i feel like it; the mark of the worst kind of blogger. zero consistency and sporadic sorts of comments about things. i love having this blog and i'm sad that i don't have a diary to look back on from the past few months - but it was such a whirlwind of a fall and christmas season, i feel like i'm only now just resurfacing! so many days have gone by since that last post - and in them a million different moments.
this weekend we ate a lot of good food. we cleaned parts of the house that hadn't been cleaned in forever. we enjoyed the glorious fall skies that can't be duplicated in any other season. i bought (three!!) pairs of shoes. (which is basically unheard of for me since i'm actually the world's worst shoe shopper and can never commit on the first round). maybe it's the colder weather but we've been craving all the stomach-warming food;
last weekend we went apple picking and no one will ever understand quite how excited i was when mike suggested casually on saturday morning "why don't we go to mountain orchards?". i'll try to explain. first of all, i come from a place that has an "applefest" every fall, so these sorts of cheesy activities are in my dna. my mom used to make candy apples for the street fair and there is literally a lighthouse of apples
I turned 32 over the weekend! My family threw me a lovely impromptu birthday lunch and despite the fact that I was sick as a dog all weekend, it was a great way to celebrate (that's me in my sweats at my parent's house ^^^ I basically didn't take them off all weekend). June got sick at the beginning of last week, then Mike fell and about 24 hours before we were heading into the long weekend it hit me too (perfect timing!!) so we still made the trip, but it wasn't a raging party .... though lets be honest I haven't really preferred raging parties for about a decade (if ever).... and any excuse to stay in pj's is kinda like a freebie so I'll take it!
We’re back in Ottawa! We were away for the weekend for a little family reunion – usually we get together around the Christmas season but this year we decided we just couldn’t wait until November so we jumped the gun and got together when it was still warm enough to BBQ and swim! It was such a lovely and hot weekend so we capitalized on that feeling of sweat dripping down our backs and spent the afternoon yesterday at Crowe River – an awesome conservation area in the Trent Hills and