Monday Words and Pictures (WITL 2015)

Our Monday this week was about awakening to toddler screams at  4:17am…one thing consistent about Zoë is that her sleep patterns are never consistent. Garret went in to comfort her and she did fall back asleep…when alarms go off none of us are springing out of bed.  G gets in shower, I head downstairs to get made up/hair brushed etc.  6:35 still no noise from Zo so I have to go wake her up. I can catch a glimpse of her as a teenager in these moments…that “urgh what time is it?” stretch, she sits up, then throws herself back onto her pillow. I feel ya kid… me too.


 She eats a still frozen waffle while I get lunches in bags, then it’s time to get dressed while she is distracted watching YouTube. (once swore my kid would never watch TV…judgmental non parent I was ahaha)  She has been all about peeing on the potty for the past couple months until this past Friday. What gives girl?! Diaper change and then I am out the door.

DSC_1455Mornings lately have the two of them at the front window saying goodbye and waving. Recent mornings she has been happy, waving and smiling, this morning she looked so sad.  I feel bad that Garret has to deal with her being so sad and I feel bad for me that I can’t just scoop her up and bring her with me all day.

 Daycare drop off went well according to Garret, they each did a beep beep on the keys for the truck and he managed to leave without too many tears.  Many mornings it is just Zo and Maddie at school–the two early daycare kids. So glad that she has someone to play with there.

My week to drive in carpool, we still have lighter summer traffic, cruised down, and then had my morning “coffee” with Mum in the car. I love how our coffee time evolves year to year, but most mornings we have time for at least a 5 min check in re the night before and the day ahead.

mid chat. Glorious action shot

mid chat. Glorious action shot

Work is about avoiding the outdoors today….30 degrees plus humidity. too much!  Wearing PPE gear at Engineering Building and sweating to death on the way back to my office.

Dress, leggings and steel toed boots...ready for action

Dress, leggings and steel toed boots…ready for action

Mon sky

Hurried to Walmart to meet Lauren for our monthly get together….wander around and grab a few fun things to take to the cottage for the kids.  I love that we work close enough that on weeks I drive we can grab a bite and catch up. Usually at Ikea where we take turns treating to $2 hot dog specials.  It is nice having a friend to indulge your “selfie for a scrapbook project” requests


 Work is quiet today hardly anyone in my office…trying to get a lot done to prepare for having a few days off, but am mostly day dreaming about a few days at the cottage.

20150817_095516Dress, bare legs and my dressy non steel toed shoes.

20150817_152324 Ran to the Dollar store on my break and grabbed some floaty toys, and sand toys.
Wrapping up the day and get a text from a colleague that the highway is closed both directions Hwy 9 to 88 for a car fire… So heading home shall be a real treat.

The ride home was a lot of back and forth off and on the highway to get us around an accident.  We got back on at Highway 9 and then had smooth sailing home after that.

20150817_174424Trying to be thankful that even though I had a long drive home, I wasn’t parked southbound on the 400 for HOURS.  The wall of traffic at 88 was intense.  These are the days that I question commuting as my lifestyle choice.  Garret sends me a picture saying that they are home and waiting for me whenever I make it

Just want to squeeze that little bean

Just want to squeeze that little bean

Got home and it was the first night this summer that having no a/c was a problem. I felt gross and slightly overwhelmed.  Part of the overwhelming feeling is just that everything is everywhere in our house. The back room renovation has started and so all things formerly located in there are strewn about the house. I try so hard to stay organized…curse these small houses.  I need to win the lottery and build a garage.

DSC_1454Zoë was clingy and really hot so we attempted the backyard bath option–kiddie pool!  She got a little rinse off which helped cool her down.

20150817_191215We got somewhat organized for the cottage and Mum took Zoë home so we could finish getting our stuff together.  We went out to buy some bee spray (backroom renovation of course came with the discovery of a rotten log housing a billion and one bees) Then headed to Minet’s Point for a dip and I felt my mood lighten as my internal temperature decreased. Lesson is: always listen to your Mama! Home for 8:45–watched TV on the couch, Ballers and Supernatural. I folded laundry, tidied the kitchen, then was ready for bed. 10pm finds us laying in bed looking at my photos from today and enjoying the bedroom a/c unit. Trying not to feel guilty that Zoë is with Mum and hoping that she just sleeps through the night!

question....are my eyebrows crooked in real life too?!

question….are my eyebrows crooked in real life too?!

Picture I didn’t capture….us slowly getting into the water at Minet’s SO cold, but as we got deeper into the water my body temp lowered and my mood raised….so thankful that my Mum took the munchkin so we could escape the heat and have a dip and giggle together.


UFOs and getting ’em done!

I have a somewhat endearing (at least in my eyes) habit. I collect crafts.  I love ALL things crafty and really do not have enough free time to complete all the projects I would like to.  I am trying to be a more financially responsible crafter in 2015 so I have committed to not starting any new projects and actually finishing the ones I have begun. (this has sort of worked…I cannot tell a lie–I have bought some more scrapbooking items, but really, they are for ALL ongoing scrapbook projects so that doesn’t count!)

I have made a list so hopefully by December I can cross off some more completed projects (leaving time for me to start various new projects)

  1. T-Shirt quilt–this was started when I was pregnant, recently brought out again at my Mum’s house. Status: needs backing, and binding
  2. My bridal shower quilt. Guests all brought purple fabric and I am going to make a lap quilt out of this.  Status: pattern bought,  squares have been cut out, need to assemble the top, then purchase fabric for the back and binding
  3. Garret’s hat…I started knitting this after finishing one in February. Currently the ribbing and half of the hat has been knit.  Need to get back at this…current status: on needles in a bag at work
  4. Cross stitch for a friend. Found an adorable pattern several years ago that I started making on a whim for a friend.  Got put away in cupboard and forgotten about. Status: needs outline stitching then is complete….could do in a night!
  5. 2014 Project Life album. Status: nearly complete.  Have sticky notes in it currently re what photos and notes need to be added to be completed.  Again, could do this in an evening
  6. 2015 Project Life album. This will be ongoing as it is every year. Currently 3 months behind. Recently had some photos printed so I just need to spend some time playing with it.
  7. Zoë’s baby book….ok ok, this might be a little behind. This is to highlight her first year and milestones and yeah she may be turning two in 4 months but I still have time to finish this in a timely manner….preferably before I have another baby…so lots of time! Status: have notes on what pics to print and where things are that must be included…again just need to spend some time on it
  8. Wedding album…well we are coming up to our third anniversary this fall, might be a good time to start and or dream of finishing something like that.
  9. I haven’t started my 2015 Week in the Life project (taking place this year in August) but that will have to be tacked on once that starts!

I think that there are likely 5-7 other ones I am forgetting…this list seems doable! ish.

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


:::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


:::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


:::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

December Daily Weekend 20-21 Edition

IMG_20141220_194836_edit Xmas imagejpeg_2 Me and em 20141220_100036 20141220_102801This weekend was about driving to Meaford, some last minute Christmas shopping, and time spent with my mother in law, brother in law and future (we all hope!) sister in law.  Zoë getting spoiled and snuggled and loved on by family. Garret got a new truck, and cleaned our old one til it looked brand new (don’t think it has ever been so clean) Sunday morning was all about getting to go back to sleep while my MIL hung out with our little early riser.  G and I got to go back to bed from 7-9…life changing.  There was a lot of driving around this weekend, some naps in cars, cuddles with dogs, and two chances to dress up.  Not enough pictures taken by me so had to steal some.

This weekend was also about  managing expectations as a parent. Realizing it is TOTALLY OK to bring a 15month old to a party in her super cute Christmas jammies.  Even if you packed a super adorable dress for the occasion…Realizing that life with a walking, clumsy, death defying feat hunting toddler is obviously different.  We cannot just relax at dinner parties any longer. (Unless they are being hosted in a child proof rubber room)  These things are OK, this is our life right now, and if we can manage tag team eating styles, we simultaneously eat and keep our daughter alive, then what more can we ask for.

December Daily –December 16th

Dec 16thToday started off with a bit of a flurry and panic as our dear Z woke up with a shiner (see above).  We didn’t really know what was up so there was some googling and phone calls to a friend who is a nurse and we decided that G would stay home with her (just in case it was an allergy related flare up)  Now we think when she hit  her head on her toy kitchen on Monday night the bruise needed some percolating time.  Nothing says Merry Christmas in photos like your child looking like an extra from Rocky V.  Once we were satisfied that it in fact looked worse than it was, the two of them ran some Christmas errands and I was at work (boo)

After our wee cage fighter went to bed, Garret got back to working on our back splash (photos to follow in another post) and I did some Christmassy things like wrapping presents (under our tree was looking  quite bare.) I absolutely love wrapping presents.  It is a trait I have inherited through my Grandpa–he would take immense satisfaction from successfully wrapping a hexagonal box of Quality Street chocolates.  G and I are just doing stockings for each other this year so I have some teeny things to wrap as well as a few other gifts then will be all ready to go.  We have three Christmas celebration locations this year so now I just need to organize which gifts go where and then I can relax with a large glass of Christmas cheer.

December Daily Weekend 13-14 edition

This weekend was all about getting ‘er done festive style.  Friday night Z and I had a sleepover at my Mum’s place.  Plans were made that once she went to bed we would get our Christmas bake on…as luck would have it, Zo had another molar pop through and was an extremely unhappy girl before bed. By the time we had wrangled her into bed many of the “yay Christmas baking” thoughts had changed into “omg I need to funnel wine”  We rallied and tried one new recipe these salted caramel pecan bars.  They were sticky but completely delicious.  Saturday during naptime we managed one more recipe, and we still have ingredients to try for some biscotti if we can get that done between now and Christmas.  Baking with my Mum is one of those Christmas traditions I have always enjoyed, and this year we were laughing at how things change. Once upon a time we would sip on Bailey’s and fiddle our way through 6 different things. This time it was more like a frantic sprint to get things done before a certain “helper” woke up.  Last year we baked and she “helped” from a strategic vantage point on the counter:


This year she was a little more hands on:

Baking20141213_125430She managed to get her hand on one and took a really impressive sized bite (mmmmmmmmm she says)

Once again I am astounded by how much your world can change in a year!

Garret spent a lot of time trying to finish up our kitchen back splash.  He has finished tiling all the large spaces and is now working on all the tedious cuts…once again making us realize that nothing in our home is square. World’s cutest handybaby:


We did some Christmas shopping together and Garret HAD to make a trip into Babies R Us to get a special gift for Z. I am not too sure what it was but did remind him that a 14 month old doesn’t need Playstation 4!  He was really excited to get a specific gift for her so I look forward to seeing it when she opens it on Christmas.   I love weekends where I feel that we got a lot done AND had the chance to spend time together and visit with friends. A well balanced weekend is perfection these days!

20141211_161053After spending lots of time in kitchens this weekend, Miss Z attempts to bake cookies in her toy kitchen!

December Daily–December 4th

IMG_20140103_131055December 4 20131225_181249 20131224_184052 20131226_075525I got my new cell phone just before Christmas last year and so when I scroll back to the start of my camera feed I can see photos from last Christmas.  It is unbelievable how much has changed in a year.  For instance….trying to take a photo of Z under a tree this year?  I think I will have to lug her out of her crib under cover of night to achieve!  Christmas evokes many feelings I find. Some happy, some sad, and most of them tinged with such a heavy feeling of nostalgia.  This Christmas will be a different one for my family–the first year my Nanny is in a home and won’t be able to join us. Christmas traditions are so special and seem to remain the same for many many years, maybe that is why it feels so foreign to be doing something new.  For the past 8 years we have had Christmas dinner in Meaford with family friends, and this will be our first year having it in Barrie. We are even hosting this year!  It is exciting when things change, but I have also always been the type of person who digs the familiarity of “well that is just how it has always been”.  Looking at the pictures from last Christmas make me sad in how much has changed (my baby is HUGE now)  but is also helping me see that and now that we have kids nothing will ever remain the same…and I need to start taking joy from that.