Weekend Report The May 2-4

This was one of those amazing long weekends where there was a great combination of productivity and fun.  When I started thinking about what all was done this weekend I thought “yeah family HIGH 5″!  We had family time, gardening, date night and  as per usual 500 Zo pictures.  Sounds about right for us.

Friday: I some how miraculously made it home in great time….400 long weekend traffic is no match for this gal!  My Mum and Charlene were home with G and Zo, and we had perhaps the most amazing meal ever.  Mum treated us to some fantastic marinated steaks that Garret BBQed to perfection.  Michele joined us for dinner and some wine and once the Grannies left and Z was in bed she and I made ice cream cakes for a party she was hosting Saturday.  Granted she didn’t let me eat any of the cakes, but it was fun to do some super duper easy baking. Plus she helped clean up the kitchen after so  that was awesome.

Saturday: There was coffee and pancakes at Nana’s, a surprise visit with coffee for G and I and timbits for Z from Papa, a trip to Cookstown KOA for a visit with friends, some garden prep, a dinner date.  Mum came to babysit at 7:30 and G and I walked along the water to Pie one of our fave local restaurants.  We had one of those unscripted relationship building chats that had been building for a while, felt nice to check in, get on the same page and feel even better.  We met up with Jeremy and Ashley for dinner then walked home again after drinking two giant beers. Laughing together the whole way home…perfect way to end the night.  Every now and then I am in awe of the beautiful city we live in….and Sat night was one of those nights.

Working for her breakfast at Nana's!

Working for her breakfast at Nana’s!

Papa brought his own wagon

Papa brought his own wagon

Pizza and beer...one of my happy places

Pizza and beer…one of my happy places

Sunday: Up early with Z surprise surprise.  Mum had got me a gift certificate for a local garden centre for mother’s day so we thought we would go spend it and do some gardening.  Randomly decided to hit up Walmart first and see what their prices were like. We ended up grabbing some plants there and heading home for some intensive gardening.  Mum came over to watch Z so I could help and we managed to get an awful lot done.  We wrote quite the large to do list to tackle this summer…busy months ahead!

G dug us a new garden

G dug us a new garden

Pretty labour intensive to do list

Pretty labour intensive to do list

Someone found something other than garden goodies at Walmart

Someone found something other than garden goodies at Walmart

Planting cedars together

Planting cedars together

Brooklyn's new hangout while I snuggle Z and get her ready for naps/bedtime

Brooklyn’s new hangout while I snuggle Z and get her ready for naps/bedtime

We had a surprise visit from our friends Harrison, Ron and Amanda and it was lovely to see them and catch up–it’s been AGES!  Amanda is like a toddler whisper, not taking no for an answer and getting Z to warm up to her.  Once they left Garret headed back outside and finished digging out the garden along the side of the house.  I can’t believe the difference already.  Our neighbours drove by asking if we were selling since we were clearly uping the curb appeal…just wait til we get around to painting woohoo–curb appeal out the wazoo…then we will never want to move!

Monday: Early morning coffee again at Mum’s place. We were hosting a BBQ mid afternoon and she offered to dogsit to make things slightly less crazy so the Walsh fam wandered over to her place with a stop over at the park. It was much hotter out than we originally thought and so  there was a layover at Nana’a so Z could cool herself down.  The BBQ was a roaring success (we are the hosts with the most(s?) after all)  Every time I want to move I need to remember how amazing our backyard is in the summer. We had a playhouse, sprinkler, kids picnic table and a kiddie pool on the go with room to spare.  Bedtime for Z was a total failure, with her up til 9ish, but all in all the weekend was one of the best.  Couldnt get over the weather…last year we were camping and had Zo in 35 layers as it was just above zero.  Fickle Canadian springs

Walking to Nana's

Walking to Nana’s

The walk seemed like such an amazing idea but it took FOREVER. Z didn’t want to stay in her wagon, didn’t want to be carried, and was getting distracted by every ant, flower, dog, and sidewalk crack we passed

the duck face

the duck face

cooling down

cooling down

BBQ gang

BBQ gang

Selfies!

Selfies! She said “cheese”…I died

20150518_151219Zo and Joan working on sharing crayons while Maddie inspects the playhouse

now she slides by herself...growing up waaaa

now she slides by herself…growing up waaaa

The only one brave enough to hit the pool

The only one brave enough to hit the pool

Zo and her cousin Jacob do some Yoga together

Zo and her cousin Jacob do some Yoga together

The stragglers were my brother, sister in law and nephew. Z and Jacob started doing yoga together and Ashley and I were dying laughing at them.  They were playing with the tea set and somehow we missed the lead up to this but Jacob spit in one of the cups.  This lead to the greatest exchange of the weekend

Ashley “Jacob why did you do that?”

Jacob “I don’t know”

Ashley “say sorry”

Jacob walks over to Z, looks her in the eyes “Zoë I am sorry I spit in your tea set”

Ashley and I were trying to stifle laughter, but oh man these two kids!  Cousin trouble for sure!

Day in the Life: May 12th Edition

I decided to partake in Ali Edward’s DITL challenge this past Tuesday.  I documented a day in our lives in February before I took her class, so this was not my first rodeo.  I must say however, it took a lot more intention this time as I was at work, and with all the insanity that is my end of day I seemed to really trail off.  I felt like now that I had done this a few times, I would be more on top of things, but I really wasn’t!  I am looking forward to her next week in the life play along, so I can see if I can capture more of our every day than I did this time around.20150512_061251 20150512_061306::: 4:37am–So this is how we are starting our day?  At least I have something adorable to take a photo of. ” Maaaamaaaaaa? Mummmmmyyyyyy?!  maaaaamaaaaaa!!!” I hear sounds startling me awake. Why does she never call Daddy in the middle of the night? She is just thirsty and wants a cuddle so we have a little snuggle and I bring her back to bed with me.  How does something so small take up so much room? Garret moves all the way over on his side, promptly falling back asleep, and I am sleeping on a sliver of bed as well.  I don’t think I fall back asleep? Maybe I do?

::: 6am– I shut my alarm off before it can beep, hop over babygate into closet where Brooklyn is sleeping. What to wear what to wear? Curse that I haven’t a) got around to organizing my clothes and b) didn’t put something out the night before.  I get dressed as quickly as possible so that I am ready to go. Run into Z’s room and grab her clothes for the day

:::6:10am–Garret’s alarm goes off, he grumbles and get’s going, where Zo pops right up “MAMA HIIIII!!!!”  Very perky toddler in the early hours.  She insists on opening the gate to let Brooklyn out, and the three ladies tumble downstairs together while G hops in the shower.

20150512_062010:::6:12am–Brooklyn is waiting at the kitchen door by the time Z and I make it to the kitchen. Throw a waffle in the toaster, put some yogurt in a bowl, Z in her highchair and I hightail it to the bathroom20150512_062051:::6:15am–The before shot.  I always wish I had about 20 more mins in the mornings so I could do my hair. Pony tail is my mom hair of choice.  Need some make up to hide these “I woke up at 4:30am bags”

20150512_063828:::6:20am—the after shot. Mama needs some lipstick…and holy crap the morning is flying by and someone is still in her jammies!

20150512_064154:::6:35am–G is out with the dog, Zo has her “moothie” and we are starting the daily “OMG KID LET ME CHANGE YOUR DIAPER AND GET YOU DRESSED” routine.  Lots of my daily anxiety seems to stem from these two  daily out of/into pajama exercises.  She is not too keen on getting into or out of clothes and when we are hustling to get out of the door it makes me insane. Also: tonight we must put that pile of clean laundry away!

20150512_064554   :::6:40am—I manage to get clean diapers and some socks on before she flees to the kitchen to play with her magnets. This is a great keep busy activity for Z lately. My mother in law bought her two sets of magnets and she loves finding the ones I ask for and bringing them to me.  Garret will be back shortly with B and he is going to have to finish getting her dressed.  I get our lunch bags and her daycare bag by the door and try to get at least a onesie on the kid before i leave20150512_065328:::6:52am–EVERY morning I am late these days.  I need to be in the van by 6:50 to get to carpool by 7am.  Doesn’t seem to matter how I swing it I am always late.  There are those organization tricks that I need to be better with from the night before, but some nights I am too lazy and then it bites me in the butt the next day. Clothes need to be out, lunches need to be organized so we can grab and GO.  I need to remind myself when I am tired at night how much those extra few minutes really will help me out in the morning.  No idea where the time goes. mornings are clearly set to time warp Monday to Friday these days.20150512_070927

:::7:08am–Others were late this morning as well so we pull out of carpool lot a bit late.  It always seems that 7am is our intention, but 7:10am seems to be when we can all get our ish together.  Not my week to drive so I doze and chill in the backseat while we fight traffic on the 400.

:::8:10am–I get dropped off at my building and text with my mum for our daily morning check in.  Get to my desk, check some personal emails, my to do list (personal and work) in my day planner and have a look at some blogs before I get down to business at 8:30am

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:::9am–Working away but first let me get a work selfie! I am listening to The Fighter and The kid podcast (G listens to this one a lot so I like listening so we can discuss)  Spend the morning catching up on emails, setting some meetings, and organizing my project files. Seems like I am working on a lot right now and am trying to stay on top of things20150512_124133

:::12:09pm–Lunch. My colleague drives me across campus to meet up with Ashley and we head to Ikea. Quick shop and $2 lunch. What a nice way to spend a lunch break.  Couldn’t find the garbage can that I am looking for so will have to go back again. I LOVE Ikea. Makes me feel like I can organize my whole life if I spend enough time and money there20150512_110831 20150512_113613  :::1:15pm–Back at it!  My colleague went to McDonald’s for lunch and brought me a coffee back. Apparently my lack of mojo this morning was noticed. Oh how I love coffee.  I have a chair fitting at 1:30

:::2pm—Head to the coffee room with Edwina for a break.  Get some water since I have had two coffee’s and should really work on my hydration. Day dreaming of home time…seems like a long day.  Think about what to take photos of  and think that I love DITL more when it is a weekend or I am at home…and then kind of forget don’t get another pic until20150512_172959:::5:30pm–making great time tonight on the commute home.  Think about taking a picture as we are close to getting back to carpool.  We made great time tonight. I head to the park near home to meet the fam….it is starting to spit out so Garret didn’t want to walk home with Zo and the pup.

::: I took no pics this evening…and I am thinking it is not a bad thing. The frantic frustrating after work hours are something I don’t want to totally document fully. It might be ok if years later I look back on this time with rose glasses about family togetherness from 5:30-7pm.

:::5:45pm–We feed Zoë.  She isn’t hungry and is saying noooooo at everything we offer her.  Finally settles on a banana and a bowl of goldfish crackers.  Whatever kid as long as you are eating something.

:::6:10pm–Zoë is screaming…for no apparent reason. She isn’t upset just likes to exercise her lungs. It seems to be at a decibel that makes Garret and I want to lose our minds.  G is making us dinner and I am reading the Elmo book to her.  Trying to get her into Jammies and a new diaper and she is HATING it. I have the least amount of patience at this time of night.  I want to be the Mum that always has calming words but at this point I too am hungry and tired and want to holler as well. I  manage to say “indoor voice please”.20150514_092720

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:::6:50pm–Things get quiet again.  Our nighttime ritual of saying “night night” to Daddy, and having a family hug are completed.. we grab bunny off the couch and head upstairs for bed. Brooklyn follows and hangs out in her new fave spot. Cuddled up on the rug at the base of the crib…waiting for me to deposit her sister so we can head downstairs together and hang out with Garret. I can hear Garret puttering in the kitchen..hurray he is doing the dishes! I love these nighttime snuggles with Zo right now.  She keeps getting bigger and bigger or else the glider keeps getting smaller….haven’t decided which it is yet.  In these moments as I feel her fall into sleep as we snuggle I hate myself for being impatient with her and promise myself that tomorrow I will dig deeper, breathe longer and tap that well of patience that exists somewhere deep inside me.                                       20150512_201102

:::7:10pm–Brooklyn beats me downstairs and takes up residence on Garret’s lap. G and I fart around on our phones for a while. Instagram for me and some scrapbooking blogs, and Garret is looking at a press conference about  Jon Jones getting the boot from the UFC.  G and I discuss if we want to do a quick workout or just relax…ooooh I want to relax.  He convinces me we should workout which I don’t get a picture of.  We did some sparring in the living room, and I realize that boxing DOES help take out some frustration

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:::8:10pm–realize with an annoyed sigh I didn’t take a pic of us so take a pic of the gloves instead.  We cuddle up on the couch with Brooklyn and watch an episode of The Blacklist Season 2.  Zo makes a peep around 8:45pm and we hold our breath, and she seems to settle…phew dodged a bullet there.20150512_214853

20150512_214902  :::9:51pm–Show is over and I catch us both dozing on the couch. I hit the bathroom, do my teeth and so on, trade off with Garret and I head upstairs to bed. Bringing a load of laundry that  we hadn’t got around to putting away like I had said this morning.            20150512_215136 :::9:52pm–Brooklyn has beaten me up the stairs and is quite comfortable snuggled up in the middle of our bed.  I don’t have the heart to banish her to the closet (where we keep her bed)  So I snuggle up

:::10pm–Garret makes it upstairs, also can’t bring himself to kick B out of bed, so the three of us snuggle up chat about the day and fall asleep

Dear Zoë at 19 months

Dear Zoë,

     You are 19 months old.  I was thinking about this last week and then suddenly couldn’t catch my breath thinking that in 5 months you will turn two.  I feel as though your first year went by slowly enough, but TWO my dear is right around the corner. How is that even a thing?  I feel like we waited for ages for you to turn one and it was so crazy, but two is just TWO…..you are fully a big kid at 2 I think?  Sometimes I can’t wrap my head around how time marches on. (and on and on)

You somehow manage to concurrently be the most adorable and yet frustrating being in my whole universe.  Diaper changes have become Olympic style wrestling matches…and as long as it takes me in the morning to wrestle you out of jammies and into clothes, at night it takes me twice as long to get you out of clothes and back into PJs.  You seem to insist on wearing whatever you currently have on. Several mornings your Dad and I have debated sending you to daycare pajama clad, soggy bum and all.  I feel as though our threats about that fall on deaf ears as you never waver. I am trying to pretend that this is all a lesson in how to remain calm under pressure–and you are just an EXCELLENT teacher my sweet Zozo.

Your love for bubbles and the outdoors has grown as the weather has brightened up. You spent most of Saturday morning outside at Nana’s house wearing a onesie, hat and your rubber boots.  It was 30 degrees but you were hollering for your boots when I tried to put shoes on you. So boots it was.  You like going for walks, splashing in puddles, pointing out garden ornaments, bugs, birds and dogs.  Just this past week you learned how much fun swings can be and now you are hooked. Daddy and I might try to get you a swing set for the backyard…we have the room and saves us walking all the way to the park.  You still are not a fan of the bath.  I have resigned myself to being the mother of the worlds cutest smelly kid.  I can deal with that. You absolutely adore stickers, markers and have begun to take great joy in colouring all over yourself.  I left you colouring in your high chair for a few minutes yesterday, came back into the kitchen and your arm and face had you resembling a smurf more so than a Zoë.  You love Nana’s craft room and have proceeded to snap the tip off each of her pencil crayons.  After each break you look surprised, hand her the broken one, grab another and smash that into the paper until it breaks. You still love reading and your favourite at the moment is the series of chat books I have ordered from instagram pictures. You point at and name people in the photos but whenever we come to one of you you say “baby”. Not sure at what point you will realize that they are pictures of you….but in the meantime its a great distraction for you to go through all of the photos.

            As I complain about every month, you still aren’t all that snuggly, but sometimes you will come flying up to us for a huge hug and I just squeeze you back and sniff your neck.  I could completely crush you in those moments with the sheer weight of my love for you.
You are starting to chat up a storm and constantly surprise us with what you can say.  This past week you have said “Walsh, Elliott, ready (for when Daddy is pushing you in the swing) bug, dirt, splash, Elmo” and probably a few others I have already forgotten.  Your go-to words are still “nooo” (with the CUTEST intonation at the end that kills me) and “Uh-oh”  You call both Brooklyn and your bunny “Bud-eh”  Sometimes Brooklyn gets some form of “Brooky” but usually it is interchangeable.

Your appetite is hit or miss…we never know if you will eat a Mummy sized portion of lasagna or just a few bites of goldfish crackers. You have really enjoyed burgers, pancakes, the icing off the top of a cupcake and ice cream as of late.  You know what cupboard we keep the goldfish crackers in and you point to it and open and close your mouth when you want some.  We always fall for it…it’s beyond cute Your nighttime sleep is better but you are still quite the early riser and naps at home are all over the map.  When your Dad and I refuse to let you sleep in in 14 years please don’t think we are horrid…just remember you did this to yourself.

This summer Daddy and I are looking forward to our family adventures. Last year you were the cutest, but obviously didn’t do a lot–this year I see many a splash pad/park date/outdoor adventure to be had.  I just so look forward to the months ahead learning who you are becoming and laughing at the absurdity that is parenting.

Love you to infinity and beyond,

Mama

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I was out networking last week with another young Mum and as we were discussing our amazing daughters she asked “do you have any pictures”?  I opened my phone and showed off a few more recent ones.  The further back we flipped the more I began to feel crazy…I have a never ending photo stream of daughter and dog pics (with the occasional personalized licence plate or husband pic thrown in to break up the monotony) I have two THOUSAND two hundred and forty seven to be exact….as of writing this post.  I did a quell what seems like weeks ago and thought it was down to a more reasonable number.  But really….even for someone obsessed with memory keeping and scrapbooking doesn’t that seem like an awful lot of photos?  Is this normal for other mothers in this day and age?  When Zo is doing something particularly adorable I tend to snap away with my phone with the intention of printing/instagramming the most adorable of the lot.  But then I go back to get rid of some and I CANT….she is just the cutest thing in all the land and how do I pick exactly WHICH photo of her blowing bubbles is the cutest. She has a different look in each one and they are equally Zoëish…and so I then have 47 pictures of one visit to the park #firstworldmumproblems

Do I really need all 4 of these pics?  The answer is apparently "You betcha"

Do I really need all 4 of these pics? The answer is apparently “You betcha”

 I know I can upload them to our external hard drive/shutterfly etc but I never seem to get around to it. And when I do I upload 45 very similar photos…(see above)  Does anyone else have this kind of crazy?

Shutterfly is offering 100 free prints with the code PRINTSFORBFFS and  when I logged in to order some I realized that my 2015 photo uploads so far are January and Easter.  That is a LOT of photos in between that are just sitting on my phone. So then I also worry if I a) lose my phone or b) it dies in protest of housing so many photos. So…in related news this girl is going to be spending some time this week getting all our photos organized.  I am going to go out on a limb here and say organized but NOT deleted!

Weekend Report–Catch up Edition Apr 12th

Saturday morning we headed to the cabin, swapping houses with Kevin.  He got in some quality time with Brooklyn, and we got in some quality time with the outdoors.  The cabin is pretty much one of my most favourite places to be–it’s so peaceful and feels like we have escaped to the middle of nowhere, but can get there in about 40mins from our place.  Perfection!  Last minute plans we were able to round up a few of our friends to come and join in with us.  We did some hiking, an awful lot of kid corralling, some drinking, cooking, dice playing…was a really lovely weekend getaway.

Working on bubble skills with Papa

Working on bubble skills with Papa

The first post sauna jump of the season

The first post sauna jump of the season

ZoDevo and JoanieBone

ZoDevo and JoanieBone

Outdoor bubbles

Outdoor bubbles

Sat morning hiking Crew

Sat morning hiking Crew

Babes and their Babes

Babes and their Babes

Cheese for Instagram

Cheese for Instagram

Cheese

Cheese

getting ready for an epic nap/hike

getting ready for an epic nap/hike

A definite benefit from the running I have been doing lately is having the stamina to go on a 3k hike through the bush with a 27lb sack of sleeping potatoes on my back. She was ADAMANT that Mama carried her…and thusly my motivation to keep getting in shape, has to be this babe of mine!

I need a bigger lap

I need a bigger lap

Miss Z is VERY into colouring these days…she spotted Papa’s pen and note pad by the phone last time we were at the cabin and remembered and made a beeline for it Saturday morning.  I am sure my father in law is delighted with all the scribbley notes she left for him.  Honestly though I am so thrilled she is liking crafts–can’t wait for all the fun creative things we can do together!

Couch snuggles

Couch snuggles

The newest member of our bunch and her Dad

The newest member of our bunch and her Dad

The children formerly referred to as the babies

The children formerly referred to as the babies

I still can’t believe how big these girls are!  We have pics of the mum’s pregnant with these three, and pics of them all hanging out as babies…and now as toddlers.  I feel so fortunate that our group of friends all had babies together!  It is so nice when we hang out as they can entertain/get into trouble together.

Sunday Team Hike

Sunday Team Hike

Sunlight and snuggles

Sunlight and snuggles

How all our family photos seem to look lately

How all our family photos seem to look lately

I did my first big run with Emily and Meg (nearly dying in the process)–photo here

It finally felt like spring….although we did get snow a week later, it felt amazing to enjoy the weather, sitting on the deck, blowing countless bubbles for the kids and reminiscing about previous cabin visits.  We host the same group of friends every winter for Garret’s birthday and they all really enjoyed hiking where we usually snowshoe!  Here’s to many more cabin weekends, and outdoor adventures this season!

Weekend Report– May 2-3rd We Now Live Outdoors Edition

Friday night we had an impromptu dinner party at a local park.  Ashley and I picked up Little Ceasers on the way to the park and met the Dads and daughters.  The two monkeys had a total blast running around and the grownups took shifts between eating and supervising.  I can see this becoming a new Friday tradition for the summer!

Taking a break from all the park action

Taking a break from all the park action

Making a racket

Making a racket

Driving

Driving

Push me Daddy!

Push me Daddy!

G goes along for the ride

G goes along for the ride

We had never been to this park before and it is definitely a step up from the one near our house.  Until recently Zoë was not a fan of slides or swings, but I think watching Maddie  enjoy herself  had her throw caution into the wind.  It was really neat to see her trying new things and having so much fun.

Saturday we were up pretty early and spent a lot of time outside.  Garret helped Elliott get his boat out of storage and Z and I patrolled the backyard, blowing bubbles, bagging leaves and collecting sticks.  We had quite a wind storm a few weeks ago and back yard is covered in debris at the moment.  Zo kept saying “help mama” and she would pick up a leaf and throw it in the bag. She kept wanting to rake, and shovel and do everything we were doing…I think we need to invest in some child sized gardening tools.  They are doing gardening at daycare in a few weeks.  Planting a veggie garden and will be tending to it over the summer.  Hopefully she didn’t inherit my super power of killing everything with a single touch.

Early morning Youtube singalong

Early morning Youtube singalong

Cute and covered in pink

Cute and covered in pink

Misplaced Bunny Friday night, thankfully found her Sat morning, enjoying some early morning rays

Misplaced Bunny Friday night, thankfully found her Sat morning, enjoying some early morning rays

Beep Beep

Beep Beep

It felt good to really attack the yard and garden.  We have a LOT we want to do this year and I feel like we are finally really getting to it. I just really loved Saturday. Z was napping and G and I were in the back yard and had a great chat about life and our home and just where we are right now.  It is so funny, but I think with a small house, we are just on top of each other all winter and by the time spring comes we just are climbing the walls…WE NEED TO MOVE NOW!  Then spring arrives and gives us the use of our giant back yard, and we start to back pedal….this place isn’t so bad, we can make some changes and make it better…learn to live with less…..We have started getting real estate listings sent to us so we can see what we can get for our money when we are ready to move.  For all the things we hate about our house, we also have some great privacy, a large lot and amazing neighbours.  I’m sure our tune will change again come November, but for now I am going to enjoy our yard and live it up with the upgrades we are making

#walshfamselfies

#walshfamselfies

Sunday I slept in (heaven) and by the time we all managed to get rolling into our errands we realized we overshot naptime.  Z fell asleep on the way back to the house, so we ate lunch in the truck and hung out til she woke up.

woke up from her nap and wanted to come hang out with G up front

woke up from her nap and wanted to come hang out with G up front

Covered in Chalk

Covered in Chalk

Pointing at the plane in the sky

Pointing at the plane in the sky

We spent Sunday doing much the same as Saturday, digging out an old garden at the side of the house, Garret aerated the lawn, Zo blew bubbles, chatted up a storm and coloured our whole walkway in chalk.  I am sensing a lot of our summer will be spent this way AND I CANT WAIT