Weekend Report–Catchup Edition–Easter Weekend Apr 3-6

love this girl

love this girl

really working on the bubble blowing game

really working on the bubble blowing game

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Zo and one of her besties Maddie

Zo and one of her besties Maddie

Egg hunter extraordinaire

Egg hunter extraordinaire

My nephew kept saying "Come ON Zozo, let's go get your Mummy"

My nephew kept saying “Come ON Zozo, let’s go get your Mummy”

Attempt at a family shot

Attempt at a family shot

Good Friday was really nice weather wise and we did an impromptu egg hunt at a local greenhouse.  JUST squeaked in prenap Easter egg hunt at a local garden centre. Felt SO nice to be outside…spring is coming/nearly here!

unwrapping eggs

unwrapping eggs

Getting her colouring game on with Papa

Getting her colouring game on with Papa

Chilly at the cabin

Chilly at the cabin

Saturday we went to the cabin and had a lovely meal with G’s Dad, Mom, brother and Aunt and Uncle. Z was wanting to spend the entire time playing with bubbles and colouring–she was kind of grumpy (which we later learned was from a double ear infection eeep) so early night for her, and funnily enough Garret and I weren’t that far behind.

LOVE these two

LOVE these two

Goofballs

Goofballs

Cousins

Cousins

Sunday we hosted my Mum, my brother and his family and us Walshes at our place.  The weather was kind of dumpy so the kids played inside and Z was not herself.  My Norman Rockwell disease came into effect once more and the gorgeous Easter family meal I had envisioned didn’t quite turn out. Food was delicious, decor was gorgeous, but my little darling daughter did not play the part of adorable child.  Jeeze….kids these days.  It was really nice to have a long weekend at home together–usually we are traveling all over the place, but this year we are making a concentrated effort to spend more time at home.

Winter Woes, Daycare Germs and Busy Beans

Our little Bean brought two things home from daycare last week:  Her first finger painting (eeeeee so cute) and her first cold (less thrilling). She proceeded to cough directly in Garret’s mouth so he quickly succumbed to the illness as well.    Z had a really bad cough which was impeding her already less than stellar sleep record.  Over the weekend she fought her naps like crazy managing to hold off until 5pm on Sunday…a feat worth commenting on for sure.napping Somehow her illness did NOT effect her energy level and she was just as energetic and getting into everything as a healthy 15 month old.  I am finding this age to be really challenging. I love her to bits, but she is redefining the word “Busy”.  She gets into EVERYTHING and her favourite pastimes include emptying things (tupperware drawer, toy box, dogs food/water dishes) and attempting to rip down our blinds.  When I first went back to work I was determined to find a way that I could stay home with her. The mere thought of being apart was damaging to my psyche…now I feel that perhaps I am a better mother for being back at work. She gets her time with other kids (I get mine with grownups) and when her language skills develop more we will have much to talk about at the end of the day!

Peace Reigns Once Again

Peace Reigns Once Again

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.

Hoppy Easter!

ImageHoppy Easter, Love the soon to be 3 Walshs!

I hope everyone had a really lovely long weekend. We got to spend some time with friends and family and heaps of food so everything was lovely here.   3 points to G for happily signing up for all photo ops I request!

Life with my iPhone (or a photo essay of what’s up)

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Mining in the basement

Today my friend Annie commented that I hadn’t posted in a while. I realized it is because it was getting to the point of too many things to post about…so I went through my iPhone and have posted a few photos of what has been going on and I can catch you up!

Garret and Kevin (his Dad) spent some serious quality time in our basement a few weeks ago, insulating the crawl space under the kitchen. It is like an  oubliette down there complete with spiders and dirt and general grossness. The two of them dug  it out and insulated underneath to help make it a more efficient space.  Above is a pic of Garret showing off all his hard work to my Mum.  I threw the miners light on her that my brother Elliott got me for Christmas–useful in many applications that light!

New light

testing new fixtures

We spent several hours  looking for new lighting. I hated our old fixtures  so we installed these snazzy new ones. yay.  They look great and really add a nice somewhat industrial feel to the living room. So everything was going great! We painted, put up new lighting…then this happened:

urgh

G and Kevin changed over some plumbing...which I originally thought would be one small hole. This is them taping up the sheet so dust didnt go everywhere (totally didnt work by the way)

Ok....

Ok, this is kinda scary, but totally fixable right? (also, how nice is our new paint?! way snazzier than gross beige right?)

boooo

Clearly it get's worse before it gets better. sigh

It’s not the end of the world, but DEFINITELY not what I was expecting!  Hoping that we can work on getting that fixed soon. yikes. [ Side note: that show on the TV is “Happy Endings” I think its on ABC? We have become obsessed with it and marathoned through the first season recently. To sum it up in one word? Amah-zing.]

Garret and I have also been really lax with getting wedding stuff off the ground.  My Mum called and nicely yelled at me telling us to get on it since my shower is coming up. So I dragged Garret to The Bay thinking we would have a fun date night…..Wrong

Wishing the zapper thing was a gun as this kind of shopping is apparently not the relationship builder I thought it would be.

It seems we strongly disagree on our vision for the house. I want pretty things and he wants boring things. And I can say that since he never blogs on here so can’t defend himself (HA!) I remind him I am the designer but he never goes along with it. crap.  I was complaining to a friend and she pointed out her philosophy is “she who washes the sheets can pick the sheets” and since a month ago Garret had to ask me where the detergent goes….I think that that means I WIN!  If that also stands true for she who cooks gets to pick everything for the kitchen, then my life is complete.

Moving on….Easter weekend we were the Travelling Wilburys. Barrie to North Bay to Meaford.  The Shwalsh’s have adopted the Walsh tradition of always stopping at Webers when we are on HWY 11 north. And south too actually. In fact anytime we pass by we must stop in….10:00am is no match for our love of burgers. Gross? Maybe, but don’t you judge us! We had our first stop of the season on Saturday, and also hit it up on the way back down on Sunday. (This is not a friend of the operation Wedding Dress diet. shhhhh)

It's that time of year again!

While in North Bay we stopped in with Charlene to see Garret's Grandma. We wore bunny ears into her nursing home which was a big hit. I also won a free coffee on that Timmies cup I am tightly gripping there.

Crazy cool Jello dessert

We left North Bay mid day Sunday and headed to Meaford for my side’s family dinner.  It was a long drive, but 100% worth it to get to spend some time together!  We have done our holiday dinners with close friends (who are at this point really just extended family) for the past 7 years or so. It’s so nice to have a crowd of people you adore sitting around one table.  I didn’t take any other photos with my iPhone of Easter dinner so for now this dessert pic represents an insane amount of delicious food, great laughs and the greatest people I know!

Best laid plans

We had decided that Sunday would be it–the day we finally got around to finishing some of our to do list (frankly at this point I would be happy with starting it!!!!) However we both had a little bit too much fun on Saturday night at a family wedding. The bride looked beautiful and everything was lovely. There were a few drinks, midnight pizza and poutine, a late night dance party, and G, Elliott and Taylor had a 3am swim! (I missed out on that as I went to bed at 2am like the sensible gal I am haha)
I will post some photos as there were a few classic moments for sure— but I only have 1 on my phone:

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My Nanny hit the dance floor and we rocked out to Justin Biebers “Baby” before she retired to drink some beer and people watch.

So Sunday was spent being lazy and eating grilled cheese sandwiches perfectly grilled by my mum. We had ice cream cake for Ashley’s birthday and several naps. Nothing got done but it was SO worth it!

***Some additional glimpses of the night:

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