This Monday morning we are downstairs by 6am watching PJ Masks. Thank you Netflix. They have both been waking up so early lately I am going slightly mental. This morning breakfast was Shreddies for Z, bear paw crackers and yogurt for Sloan, and coffee for me. Mornings used to be so rushed that I try today to focus on being thankful we can lounge in PJs and have semi hot coffee, and pack lunches before the day starts. I want to remember that I hate packing lunches at this stage. That I procrastinate for no apparent reason. That Zoe doesnt like anything in her lunch ever and I occasionally feel like a mom failure as all I can put in her lunch is snacks. This Monday morning things are still crazy and loud, and no one is listening but we are able to get organized and out the door on time for school drop off. I am so thankful that this is now part of my day. I have become friendly with some of the other Mama’s and I love being a part of this! Sloan has taken to bringing random items to drop off…today it was her water wings. We met up with her daycare lady at the school and she took her home.
This Monday I forced myself to get outside and power walk with Brooklyn. I am so thankful we live somewhere near the water. I listened to a podcast and got myself motivated to get back home and work. I am thankful for these new changes in my life that already feel like they are making such a difference. I usually have a hard time getting too much done when working at home, but today I gave myself permission to overlook piles of laundry and really focus on getting my to do list on the go.
This Monday after school we went to the park. It was like Happy Hour at Cheers but for kids. Everyone was yelling “Hi Zoe!!! Hi Sloanie” it’s nice to go where everyone knows your name. We were home by 4:20, I threw dinner in the oven and we hit the back yard for some water table fun and planting in the garden. I am so thankful for this change in the weather, thankful for little girls who are determined to dress themselvs, and for big sisters who just want to help so so badly.
This Monday evening we ate a “fridge/freezer clearing out” kind of dinner. We are going away next week and I dont want to shop! Zoe worked on her site words at the table and Wowed us with her reading. This book loving mama was so excited to see her loving to read. This Monday evening Garret took the girls to the park so I could get some work done. Which I did with wine, because…well…I love wine. When they got home we divided and conquered. G took Sloan up to bed and Zo came with me. Lately our bedtime routine is that she hops on the couch, I piggy back her up to bed and then we snuggle and read. Tonight was Mix it up by Herve Tullet and Strawberry Shortcake scratch and sniff baking book. These are all fine and good but I CANT WAIT FOR HARRY POTTER!!! This Monday evening Brooklyn comes and lays with us for story time. She comes downstairs with me when Z falls asleep, but I love that she just takes a quick power nap on the bed until it is time to go downstairs.
This Monday night saw Garret and I having a hot tub AKA Marriage counselling, and then hang outs on the couch looking to book some more camping for the summer. This Monday I am thankful that even though it still is a rush, its a different rush. Life feels very “transitioney” as of late but I really think that is ok.
We missed month 18 entirely! Time is flying at the Walsh home. You are teething again, which oftentimes makes the days and nights blur into one long never ending day. You are so happy and cute, you have started “jumping” which I must capture on video. You bend in half and fling your body as high up as you can. It is very dramatic as you yell “YUMP” and nearly fall over. You get into EVERYTHING, and I don’t recall being this busy with your sister. You climb on everything, the doll stroller, the diaper genie, the ottoman. If you want something you can’t quite reach, you run into the bathroom, drag your stool over to the counter and hop up. Your problem solving skills will get you far in life.
You have a giant love affair with the Wiggles, (mostly Emma) you try to sing along and do the actions. You are loving finding Buddy our Elf each morning. You and I are usually downstairs first—the early morning crew. My hand is grabbed and I am dragged around the downstairs on a hunt for Buddy. My Christmas décor dreams have been brought down a notch or two thanks to you and your destructive nature. We have lost one ornament due to your excited play, and now the tree is only decorated only above your reach. You love Books and having stories read to you. Pages are turned faster than we can possibly keep up and then you declare “all done” and go grab a new one. Stuffed animals and “guys” are your favourite play items right now. Nana showed you how to smell one of her Christmas candles and you then spent all of last weekend with your whole face in there sniffing.
Daddy says you’re our little meatball…and it’s so true. You will finish your dinner, and then head on over to one of us and demand more bites of whatever we are eating. You are just so flipping cute. We know those round little cheeks won’t be here for ever so we are enjoying kissing them and pinching them while we can. You have no idea what all the excitement in the air is right now….Christmas is coming and your sister is vibrating on a higher frequency. You are picking up on it and flying high yourself. I cannot wait until the 25th. This year will be chaotic and messy and loud and insane…and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Love you sweet pea. You complete our family in the cutest, loudest, silliest, stickiest way possible.
Ugly sweater party for the win! We had some (ok maybe a little too much) holiday cheer on Saturday night with some great friends. Lots of laugh, great food and a few quality bevies. We had a hard time finding sweaters and G ended up grabbing two from Giant Tiger….in the women’s section. I am unsure how, but the boys commented on the neck line and he was razzed for the rest of the night for wearing a blouse. I am thankful for an awesome group of friends who all love to laugh with each other. It was just so nice to dress silly and hang out. We attempted to take the Canada DD home but due to our location we had to wait 1.5hrs for our ride home. So thankful for my Mum babysitting, and the comfy couch I napped on while waiting.
We ventured out post nap for the annual visit with the Big Guy. Sloan gave him a high five (which was beyond cute) and Zoë did as well after minimal prompting. She wasn’t as scared this year, but definitely wanted us in the photo again. She smiled and told Santa what she wanted “An LOL Doll, a Hatchimal and a monkey thing” and she told him that Sloan wanted a rocking horse. (First time we heard about the rocking horse!) I love our Santa picture collection, this has quickly become one of my favourite Christmas decor items. I love watching how our family changes one year to the next!
December started with a festive bang. Chocolate Advent Calendars from Papa; and a Tsum Tsum and Crayola one were brought by Buddy! This was easier last year as I was home on mat leave and we had the time to do the craft each morning…this year we will attempt one each night. The Tsum Tsum one presented a challenge as it was the first of December and only one toy…we may have opened a few from next weekend when Zoë will be away so that each kiddo had one to play with. Sloan was VERY excited about the morning chocolate and was saying “mo!!! MO!!!” while signing “more” We have to finish decorating and also get the tree up, but this feels like the first step in feeling Christmassy
Thanksgiving weekend was a real mix of weather and emotions. Sat we had some rain, but got the kids to the park so they could burn off some steam. It was so nice to get out and still walk downtown. Centennial park is open now and I love being right down by the water. Sloan made a bee line several times for the shore but luckily I am faster at running in rain boots than she is! Slide races and “Higher Daddy Higher” swinging, and then home for some dinner.
Sunday we went to the cabin and hung out with the Walsh side. We went on an adventure walk looking for fairies in the forest, and then took the dock out for a spin. It was warm enough that the girl’s had their toes in the water! A completely gorgeous day…weather wise that is. Zo was miserable…note our family photo for some very good evidence. She was so off all day and I was not at my ultimate Mumming capacity. We left and I felt so frustrated that we brought “that kid” to family dinner.
Tuesday we got a call from the school that she was covered in hives. Seems that she was having a reaction to her chicken pox vaccine, and one of the side effects is a change in disposition. SO we are writing off a grumpy Thanksgiving to that and aiming higher for Christmas! Onward and upward for moody members of the Walsh crew