WITL 2016: Friday

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FridayJessSam

6:11 AM I’ll love you forever, my baby you’ll be. This little person is growing up fast. All moms say this, I know but part of the reason, I will always make time to complete #weekinthelife is to document growth.

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8:02 Fun fact: As soon as breakfast is done, I put on my jacket. I do this most days just to make sure when it’s time to go we can leave the house. It’s silly and I am often sweating by the time we head to school but it’s just one more thing, I check off my to do list in the mornings.

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8:49 AM One of my not so great traits is that I can be indecisive. This is especially true when it comes to getting myself and the kids dressed in the morning. Add in a week long photo project and confusing weather patterns and I become a stressed out mama before school drop off. Good thing Rowan doesn’t mind being dressed in head to toe rain gear when it’s hot and humid. The reason she likes it? She gets to jump in muddy puddles.

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9:00 AM With a flat tire in the blue car, Aaron takes the black car to work. This means I will walk to meet a friend for lunch. Good thing the rain is going away! I am looking forward to the walk. Fun fact – I walk more than 8 km today!

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10:40 AM Early and we found a spot in the back at the Lazy Daisy cafe. Sam is taking this advice literally as he is taking his morning nap in the stroller.

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11:01 AM Someone wakes up and discovers the train table by our chairs. Sam is in love. I see more of this in our future.

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11:41 PM Catching up over brunch and coffee.

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2:51 PM Sam is still sleeping and we are going to be late for pick up. I hate to wake him, but it must be done.

FridayEds

3:49 PM Off to Eds Real Scoop for a cool treat. This is  a Friday tradition with out kiddos and mamas group. Rowan has strawberry and I get raspberry / coconut. Sam loves both.

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FridaySamshutter

5:31 PM WE are at home and having too much fun playing. As I wish for someone else to make dinner, the little man figures out how to open the shutters. Needless to say he’s pretty excited.

FridayDinner

6:01 PM Dinner prep. BBQ tonight.

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6:21 PM Running in and out to check on dinner. It’s busy but I am relaxed. Charlie try to sneak out the door. Hoping Aaron arrives home to enjoy some of this!

FridaySamAaron

7:15 PM I love Fridays and after dinner dance parties. Tonight we deviate from our normal routine. We divide and conquer putting the kids to bed.

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8:21 PM She is done by Fridays. We let her watch some Paw patrol before bed. Ten seconds after snapping this picture she cries and has a bit of a meltdown. This is typical and we know its gonna happen. C’est la vie! As Aaron puts her to bed, I clean the kitchen, loading the dishwasher. I head upstairs to blog and watch some Netflix. I am tired, so I head to bed early.

Friday Reflection

Today is the first day that it has felt like summer. Minus the rain in the morning, the whole day was sunny and somewhat humid. From walking to school drop off, to walking to meet a friend for coffee, to walking with the moms / kiddos to get ice cream, I spent most of my day outside. To me, summers can be pretty magical. As a child, I got to spend summers at home with my mom as she worked at our school. On some level, I realize that this will be my last time I will have an entire summer off until I retire. Pretty crazy when you think about it that way. I want to enjoy the rest of my maternity leave and soak up all these little moments I have with my kids.

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful for birkenstock sandals. If I could only wear one pair of shoe for the rest of my life – these would be it.
  2. I am thankful for new traditions and the opportunity to watch other kids grow.
  3. I am thankful for a change of pace.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Being outside, soaking up the sun with my kids and friends.

Week In the Life Intention 2016

To capture the fullness of our life right now

 

WITL 2016: Thursday

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ThursdayBreakfast

6:15 AM We are up and at it early today.

ThursdayBook

7:59 AM I remember that it’s library day at school. I feel like I am going to win mother of the year! Let’s be honest, I totally forgot about library day, most weeks. I put this book in Rowan’s back pack as soon as I remember and pat myself on the back.

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8:41 AM As we leave the house, Girlie asks if she can take “And then it is spring” book for show & tell. She is excited as the JK class is learning about spring & the seasons. In the evening, Rowan tells Aaron that teacher read the book to the class. She was so excited! I hope she always has a passion for stories & books.

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9:54 AM Oh hi! Feeling kinda like a rockstar. Sam plays in his stroller as Moni aka Ufirstwellness pushes on my feet to work my core / abs. It’s a beautiful day by the beach and I am feeling at ease mentally if my body isn’t. Ha! This was just another reminder to stay focused and present. Although I don’t have abs of steel yet, I am getting there!

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10:03 AM Cherry blossoms. They are a rare sighting in Toronto this year, given our long winter. I could take so many pictures of these trees…..

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10:15 AM …And I do take lots of photos! So gorgeous against the blue sky. There is something magical about springtime and being outside with the flowers. I feel so alive.

ThursdayLunch

12:02 PM Sam and I play until lunch. We have eggs again. I spice mine up with some “Mad Mexican” salsa, my favourite brand.

ThursdaySamNap

12:43 PM Our nap routine goes as follows: We read a few stories and sing a few songs. Today we read “Each Peach Pair Plum” & “Zingy”. After I sing “Twinkle, Twinkle”. Sam smiles and rubs his eyes. Although Tuesday and Wednesdays are busy with both kiddos, I appreciate the one on one time with my main little man today. Sam loves to sleep on his tummy. Although he looks like he’s having a meltdown in the crib, he is getting some much needed sleep.

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3:15 PM. School Pick up. I stand in the kindy yard, chatting / laughing / joking with other moms. I have met an incredible group of mama friends since September 2015. It is through these interactions that I am able to feel sane. It kinda awesome to hangout with your friends, 5 days a week!

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3:47 PM Rowan shows me her “rock collection”. Thanks to the Little Mermaid, we have learned about the concept of “collection”. Most days, Rowan loves run and a dig in the dirt. Her nose always has a little proof that she’s been outside. A real nature lover that one. Also – we are trying to teach her the difference between left and right. Here she is sporting “banana feet” as Auntie Megan likes to call it 🙂

ThursdayBubbles

5:30 PM After dinner we head outside to blow bubbles. I am relaxed know that I have the night off and appointment to have a facial. Hooray for Mother’s Day gifts! I may or may not be counting the minutes until Aaron gets home! Girlie plays in the yard while Charlie chews a stick. Sam and I hang out on the porch.

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7:37 PM More lovely flowers to in the neighbourhood to admire as I walk around, enjoying my baby free alone time. It’s the little things, right people?

ThursdayAaronRead

8:41 PM When I arrive home, this is what I see. The books change often, but one thing is for sure, this man loves to read. I bring home take out for dinner. He has a chicken burrito and I have a southwestern quinoa salad. We chat about the day and plans for the weekend. Afterwards I go upstairs to blog and he sits at the kitchen table to work.

Thursday Reflections

Today felt like someone hit the refresh button. From the extra help in the morning with the kids, to working out after drop off to having a facial in the evening – I feel at ease. This is a stark contrast from Tuesday. Somedays I am able to go with flow, others not so much. Overall, I would like to be a more patient person. Sometimes I have a hard time balancing my kiddos wants and needs, with my own. What can I say, I am human. If I could, I would blog and scrapbook all day long – but that friends is a dream and not a reality. In the meantime, I am shooting for somewhere in between. I am just hoping to be “good enough” parent / wife / daughter / friend/ social worker / crafter /  human.

Gratitudes

  1. I am grateful for fresh air and playing outside after dinner.
  2. I am grateful for reminders to stay present & mantras to keep me focused.
  3.  I am grateful a little “me” time in the evening.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Feeling generally well physically and emotionally.

Week in the Life Intention 2016:

To capture the fullness of our lives right now.

WITL 2016: Wednesday

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WednesdayBreakfast

4:30 AM My alarm goes off early. Last night, I was too tired to finish writing yesterday’s blog entry, so up and at it, I get. I wasn’t joking about being a morning person!

WednesdayCharlieBreakfast

6:00 AM Sam starts to stir in his crib and the pup is eager to go outside. I take both boys downstairs and start morning routine. After giving Sam a bottle, I let him crawl around as I prepare breakfast. Somedays we have hide Charlie’s dishes so that Sam doesn’t knock them over.

WednesdaySamFeet

7:21 AM Gah – I love baby onseies with cute feet! Sam has recently gone through a growth spurt. Currently wearing 12 – 18  month clothing. I picked this pair up on a luxurious trip to the grocery store by myself.

WednesdayRo&Mama

7:32 AM She wants to be picked up and cuddled more these days. This morning, after I picked her up, she told me that she loved me. It wasn’t until recently that girlie spontaneously told us that for the first time. If I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn’t have been as stressed.  She is coming out of her shell.

WednesdaySchool

8:41 AM …And we are out the door! On our walk to school, Rowan chooses to ride on the piggyback board that’s attached to Sam’s stroller this morning. “The board” has been the best baby gift we have received. So happy to have my maternity leave to walk Rowan to and from school.

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WednesdaySamPlay

10:30 AM After coffee and a quick trip to the grocery store, this little man and I are back home playing. Right now, he loves anythings with wheels on it.

WednesdayToys

11:41 AM  I hear Rowan playing with her Cinderella figurines. It follows the typical story except for one small detail.

WednesdayLunch

12:02 PM Lunch. More scrambled eggs.

Wednesdaynap

12:44 PM Beth arrives and read to Sam before nap time. Let’s do this kid!

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2:48 PM I lye down when Sam goes to bed. I wake up with a start. Clearly this mama needed the rest. Before Sam wakes up and Rowan is done, I start to prep snack. I make a peach coconut milk smoothie for myself.

WednesdayRoBeth

3:03 PM Rowan is finished and Beth reports the activities of the session. Beth is positive and comments that she has seen improvements in Rowan’s speech over the past three weeks.

WednesdayCollection

3:03 PM Rowan shows me her drawing and collection of items from her scavenger hunt.

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4:37 PM I take the kids out to get their passport photos taken. With our trip to Iceland booked we are running out of time to get everything in order. Afterwards we visit the toy store and head to the park. We run into Ro’s friend O. We chat with O’s family and make plans for a playdate in the weeks to come. I put Sammy in the swing and he immediately starts clapping.

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5:13 PM Rowan has noticed that I have taken lots of pictures lately and when I go to snap a picture of Kew Gardens, she run past and says, “Look at me Mommy! Take my picture!” This is every scrapbookers dream! Ha! Fly, girlie, fly!

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5:23 PM Walking along Queen St, I am excited/relieved that Aaron will be arriving home soon. The kids are fascinated by all the traffic in the Beach.

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5:37 PM We arrive home later than expected. We arrive home later than expected. This guy is feeling better and is ready to play.

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6:52 PM And he is home. With gifts, no less! Aaron puts Rowan to bed, reading her stories. Afterwards we order sushi and talk about his trip.

Wednesday’s reflections

It’s the middle of the week and I am feeling like I am hitting a grove with my documentation. Given that it is my 6th time participating in this week long photo project, I know that if I don’t get my thoughts down somewhere, I will likely forget the specifics of the day, hence getting up early to write. They told me at the hospital, that they would FED ex my memory back to me after giving birth, but I am guessing it is lost in transit? Of interest, I am still fighting the gremlins in my head about needing more photos, or “good” photos. Down time makes all the difference to me. Sam had a 2.5 hour nap and I was able to rest too.  As such, I am patient with the kids and which is reflected how I parent them.

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful for sunny days & planes that arrive on time.
  2. I am thankful for playgrounds in walking distance of our house.
  3. I am thankful for afternoon naps.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: In addition to Aaron coming home, feeling at ease that I had “successfully” solo parented two kids and the dog by myself for three and a half days.

Rowan: “Daddy, came home! He’s here!”

Sam: “Gah Wa?…”

Week In the Life Intention 2016:

To capture the fullness of our lives right now.

WITL 2016: Tuesday

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6:30 AM Everyone is up and we all head downstairs for breakfast. The sun is shinning and I feel more organized today vs yesterday. As part of my morning routine, I boil water and cut up lemon. I actually like the taste of this combination. I’ve limited my coffee intake and I am surprised that I don’t necessarily need my morning cup of joe first thing. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my overpriced espresso drinks!

TuesdayBreakfast

7:11 Making oatmeal in my housecoat. Although we have been experiencing springlike weather in Toronto, the mornings are still cold. Rowan is eating Shreddies & Cheerios at the counter, while Sam is holding and drinking a bottle.

TuesdayBed

7:45 AM After helping to get girlie dressed, Sam and I head upstairs so I can have a shower. I make the bed which is something Aaron usually does. Although I miss Aaron, I am not gonna lie, I like having the bed all to myself.

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8:58 AM Someone is perfecting their “Blue Steal” look at school drop off.

TuesdayTulips

9:06 Admiring neighbourhood tulips as we walk down to Queen St to get coffee.

TuesdayBeach

9:46 AM The weather & and conversation is too good to stay inside. We walk along the boardwalk pushing strollers. Sam naps and I am in heaven.

Tuesdayvet

10:44 AM After running into more parent friends, walk back to home to pick up Charlie. The pup has seasonal allergies and ran out of medication. Charlie pants anxiously as we wait for the vet. We are “on the go” this morning and I am happy to have packed a bottle. Mama win!

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11:34 AM Tuesday is garbage day. It is also one of the two days I pick Rowan up from school and bring her home for lunch and a therapy session. With everyone in tow, Rowan, Sam & Charlie, Girlie runs ahead picking up rocks and stones.

TuesdayRowanBoots

12:01 PM Yes kiddo, that’s exactly where I asked you to put your boots! All joking aside, I am so glad I bought these last fall. Rowan loves them and when he is older we will pass them on to Sam.

TuesdaySamPlay

12:22 PM Play time until lunch.

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12:37 PM Kids have turkey, avocado, peppers and bread. I have a turkey quiona salad. Same ingredients different ways. I could totally eat avocados for every meal, in addition to eggs. Rowan eats the bread and a little avocado, while Sam eats everything.

TuesdayLunch

12:41 PM I would like to say that Charlie doesn’t beg, but I would be lying. This is typical behaviour from our pup. Two seconds later, Sam feed him a cracker. No one they are best buds. Sigh.

Tuesdayrowansilly

3:12 PM Sam didn’t nap and Rowan is done her session. The sillies are out and I can already tell it’s gonna be a long afternoon.

TuesdayDishwasher

4:32 PM Dinner prep. Someone is “helping” me unload the dishwasher. I can’t get over home much food I cook for our little people.

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5:12 It’s the witching hour – for me or the kids, I am not sure. Just another relaxing dinner. Ha! Also – don’t everyone ride their scooter in their kitchen?

TuesdayChaos

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5:47 PM To burn off some energy we go scooting in the school yard. It helps to talk some of the edge off.

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6:58 PM Sam is in bed and I caved and let her watch a show. We are downstairs as to advert a meltdown. The iPad is not charged so we watch one episode of Peppa on our big TV in the basement. Rainbow Dash insists on sitting between us. After Rowan goes to bed, I clean the kitchen and go upstairs to fill out the Census. I enjoy the quiet time, alone.

Tuesday Reflections:

Generally I am a morning person. I don’t know if I get it from my dad, but I always have been that annoying person who has lots of energy when I first wake up. Today started off great. I felt organized and on top of things. Funny – by the evening my mantra was, “Just keep swimming”. Essentially I felt like trying to keep my head above water. Today was a busy day and parts of it were not typical.  Normally, I would play volleyball on Tuesdays nights. Usually Aaron comes home and relieves me of my parenting duties and puts the kids to bed. I get to relieve my frustrations on the court while also talking with other adults. Looking back, I can tell Sam napping is key to recharging making me feel more than just a mom. I guess this is the delicate balance of parenthood. I am thankful that I start fresh tomorrow.

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful that I have mama friends who make me laugh.
  2. I am thankful for podcasts & popcorn.
  3. I am thankful for both quiet and active moments of my day.

Favourite Moment of the Day

Jess: Walking along the beach with mama friends as Sam napped.

Aaron: “Seeing new landscapes from his work trip. ”

Rowan: “Playing outside”

Sam: “mmma ma….?”

Week In The Life 2016 Intention:

To capture how full life is right now.

WITL 2016: Monday

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6:30 AM With Sam in his sleep sack and in my arms we take Charlie outside for his morning bathroom break. I wish I could say that I woke up refreshed however, with  Aaron up at 4 am, leaving for a business trip, I had a hard time falling back asleep.

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6:58 AM Rowan comes down for breakfast. I will often tell her to entertain her brother while I accomplish some goal like  cleaning up or getting ready to leave the house. You name it, girlie is a good sport and does it. Good thing Sammy loves  his big sister. This morning she is singing him the “bippity boppity bo” song from Cinderella.

MondayOatmeal

7:15 AM I am trying to form new habits, one of them is sitting down to eat with my kids, especially at breakfast. My favourite go to simple meal is oatmeal with banana, walnuts & maple syrup. No joke, I have ate this religiously for breakfast for the last four weeks. Yum!

Mondayschoolam

8:50 AM School drop off. It’s a gorgeous morning, but a little cold. Rowan does one lap around the playground before we head inside. This morning she take in her bike helmet for show and tell. The class is talking about all things spring. We practice what she is going to say as we walk up the steps. She is going to talk about riding her scooter in spring, when the temperature gets warm.

Mondaybeach

9:04 AM Walking down to the beach after school drop off for my workout with Monika. Hoping Sam will sleep in the stroller. It’s incredible how physical activity can change my mood & mindset. There were a few moments that I thought I couldn’t do anymore moutain climbers / squats but I tried to clear my mind and focus on being strong. I am super grateful for these sessions and for Moni for the guidance. When the session is over I feel peaceful. It’s amazing to do something for yourself especially first thing in the morning, in the busy season of raising small kiddos. I hope to keep investing in myself in the years to come.

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10:25 AM After my workout, I walk back up to Queen St. I give Sam his bottle and head to Starbucks for a reward. This morning, like so many others, I am having a grande coconut milk latte! I see Kelly and Brenda and chat. I then head back home to shower, so I can run errands before naptime. Here is a no make up/ post workout selfie.

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10:53 AM Can you tell we are in the “into everything” phase? Hard to believe I use to shower by myself.

Mondaydrive

11:13 AM Driving to the camera store to pick up a lens that I am renting for this project. Being on maternity leave, I am use to walking everywhere. Driving is a novelty, so when I am stuck behind a streetcar, I don’t seem to mind. Sam is also fine as he is chatting away in the backseat. For the most part, Sam is pretty happy / ok with being schlepped from place to place.

Mondaysky

11:47 AM I don’t want to jinx it, but I think spring has finally arrived in Toronto.

MondaySamDish

12:06 PM We arrive home from our trip to Vistek. This boy loves Charlie and especially enjoys playing in the pup’s water dish. He is currently making a b-line for said dish. He does the best expressions! This open mouth gasp is his go to reaction for most things.

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MondayEggs

12:15 PM Lunch. So happy that Sam is eating real food vs purees as it makes meal preparation much easier. On today’s menu: scrambled eggs with a tomato & avacodo salad. I think I could eat this for every meal.

Mondaylunch

12:34 PM We listen to CBC radio over lunch. I am eager to hear what is happening in Fort McMurray and somewhat relieved to find out that they have cooler weather and rain in the forecast. After we finish, I do a quick sweep of the floor and take Sam up for his afternoon nap. We are later than usual but better late than never!

MondayNuts

1:45 PM Although I am tired, I work over naptime photographing some special scrappy project. I have some spiced nuts and a apple for a snack. The time to myself always seems to go by quickly. I blink and realize we are running behind. Sam sleeps so well that we are almost late to pick up big sister at school.

MondayRowanRun

3:33 PM She’s covered in dirt from head to toe but loves running around outside after school. Here she is playing chase with her friend J. I like this time after pick up to socialize with my mama friends.

MondayRowanIpad

4:45 PM Someone needs some downtime. Girlie always chooses to watch the iPad at the counter vs something on tv, downstairs. Currently is watching Peppa Pig. Her favourites include Paw Patrol and Jack and the Neverland Pirates. Of course, she’s also into The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Snow White.

Mondaykidsbath

6:22 PM A rare moment, when these two are sitting still trying to grab the water. We Facetime Daddy who has arrived safely at his destination. I am somewhat excited that it is the end of the day that I will soon have time to myself.

MondayJessparent

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9:15 PM When the kids go to bed, I listen to the WTF podcast while I clean the kitchen and take out the garbage. I head upstairs to work some more. My body is aching slightly from this mornings workout. It is also saying to go to bed. I have a bath and finish the day texting with Aaron.

Monday Reflections:

With Aaron traveling for work, I am solo parenting the kiddos for the next three days. Although I was feeling very discouraged and unprepared for the start of this photo project, as the day went on I became excited. Renting the 24-70 mm lens from Vistek has help to motivate me to take pictures. And that’s what this is really all about, isn’t it? Just taking photos & writing down some stories.

Typically – Monday’s are my jam. I like being organized and feeling like I am in control. However, during morning routine I kept thinking, “what do I need to do next?” Although we were up early, I felt like I was rushing every moment until we got out the door. I felt stressed which soon melted away after working out.  It is during these busy times, I often wonder to myself, what did I do with all my time when I had no children? How did I ever think having one kid was hard?

Gratitudes

  1. I am thankful for my body & for taking the time to workout this morning. As a mama of two, I don’t always put myself first. It is a real treat to be able to do something for me at this stage of the game.
  2. I am thankful for our neighbourhood and I get to live so close to the beach.
  3. I am thankful for new mama friends who continually make me laugh on a daily basis.

Favourite Moment of the Day:

Jess: Treating myself to a grand coconut milk latte after my workout with Monika.

Rowan: “Playing with Cole”

Sam: “Ah gah….!”

Aaron: “Facetiming with kids, having a nap & breathing the fresh air on his work trip”

Week In The Life 2016 Intention:

To capture the fullness of our lives right now.

Episode 18 : Diana Sanchez

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On today’s show, I am speaking with the incredibly inspiring Diana Sanchez aka The Lovely Pear. Living in Midland Texas with her husband Shawn, son A&J as well as  two dogs & two ducks, Diana is currently on the 2016 Becky Higgins Project Life Creative Team. As a Project Life newbie, Diana has only been scrapbooking since June 2015. Her passion and enthusiasm for pocket page scrapbooking reminds us to “just start”. Check out Diana’s drool worth Instagram account or  her amazing 2016 title page – one of my favorites!  In this conversation we discuss how Diana got started scrapbooking with Project Life, the resistance her friends express to scrapbooking & how she styles her finished layouts for social media. We also chat about her favourite actions.

Enjoy our conversation!

 

Episode 17 – Emily Webster

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On today’s show, I am speaking with the charming and clever, Emily Webster (aka Emily Records). Living in Northern California with her husband Jeremy and daughters Sienna & Riley, Emily learned Photoshop in highschool and now is a digital scrapbooker. Currently she creates for Paislee Press & One Little Bird Designs. Formerly she was on the Ali Edwards Design Team – her first design team ever! What I love about Emily is her resourcefulness and “can do” attitude. In our conversation, listeners will learn Emily’s three mantras for scrapbooking & how she uses her smart phone and computer for completing weekly layouts. This is a great conversation for anyone interested in scrapbooking on a budget using pocket pages.

Enjoy our conversation!

Project Life 2016: January Layouts

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It’s alive! Yes, a few weeks ago, on Periscope I hinted at the fact that I was going to start my own Youtube channel. I am happy to say that is finally a reality – Eek! Yes, it took too many hours & days to figure it all out but, I did it. Check it out my first video here. Basically it summarizes my approach to my 2016 album and takes you through 4 layouts from January. As always, thanks for all your love and support. Have a great weekend!

His & Hers: February 2016

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Ah, my two favourite little people! Here they are in the only snowstorm we experienced in February. I wanted to be a “fun mama” so I decided to take them to school by sled. Rowan’s smile says it all – she loved riding with her brother and still asks if we can go by sleigh. Although Sam looks shocked, he “talked” all the whole ride. Here is a glimpse of some of the kiddos favourite things / experiences from last month.

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She wears a purple cat hat while he wears a blue puppy toque. Both were Christmas gifts from Nanny & Bobba.

FebWall

She has a purple gallery wall filled with favourite family photos & arts prints from the stylish Penny Paper Co. He has a blue gallery wall filled with various nautical themed art. Both walls include their birth dates.

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After a fun filled weekend with cousins. I love how they are slumped over in similar positions their carseats.

His & Hers is a monthly year long photo project that showcases glimpses of my children’s lives through the lens of my camera. Currently, I am learning to shoot in manual mode of my Nikon D5000. I occasionally use my iPhone 5s from time to time. 

Episode 16: UK Emma

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On today’s show, I am speaking with the sweet and stylish, Emma from the website Create the Simple. Living in the UK with her husband, Emma works in London in finance and carves out time for memory keeping on evenings and weekends. Currently she creates for Ali Edwards Design and Kellie Stamps. What I love about Emma and her layouts, besides her clearly defined colour schemes, is how she has adapted her process & pages to fit her memory keeping goals. In our discussion Emma tells us her favourite fonts, why she switched from 6×8 to 6×12 and when she is most productive. It was a pleasure to talk with Emma!

Enjoy the show!