Bedtime conversations

Sloan and I were snuggled in bed with Zoë tonight doing bedtime. Zo asked if Sloan could stay for a sleepover. I said not tonight she is too small, but when she is bigger she would stay every night and they would share a room–Sloan can sleep in your old crib!!

Zoë thought for a minute and said “no Mama she can sleep right here” and patted right next to her. We all stayed in Z’s big girl bed until she fell asleep and when I went to get up I noticed that she had fallen asleep touching her sister. I hope that they always love each other like this.


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.

Dear Zoë at 20 months

Dear Zoë,

Time marches on…and now it is 4 months until you are TWO…(and Mama commences her panic attack over here.) This month has brought many changes for you. Your vocabulary has really started exploding, and you are talking a lot, most times we have no idea what you are saying, but you are adamant about getting your point across.  We cannot tell the difference between “Brooklyn” and “Bunny” so we often guess and hope we know who you mean.  Daddy and I are so excited for the months ahead as you start to be able to communicate more about your needs.  You have started saying: Sticky (wanting your hands washed after eating), Bug, Ew, Watch, Soap, water, and you can now list all the kids names from daycare.  Your  favourite friends are Mannie (Maddy)  AYA (Aria…for some reason you always yell her name. Very enthusiastic of you!) and Paul.

First hair cut

First hair cut

Nana and I took you for your first hair cut a few weeks ago.  That mullet you were sporting needed to be taken care of.  Much to our surprise you sat in the Nemo chair and loved it.  The hair dresser was very impressed as you sat there for your trim, ponytail and glitter hair spray.  (Clearly it is my superior parenting skills that kept you from freaking out) Your Dad wasn’t too impressed that I let her give you bangs, but dang it you look adorable!

LOVING the baby

LOVING the baby

Auntie Meg and Uncle Reg came for dinner with baby Kaelyn and you loved her.  I wish I had got a better photo, but you kept saying baby, and giggling at her little toes.  You were less than thrilled about me holding her, so I just looked from a distance.  I love seeing you start to notice and take an interest in those around you.  Maybe this means you wouldn’t object to a sibling at some point?!

Face washing

Face washing

We recently bought you a stool so you can stand up at the sink in the bathroom and you love brushing your teeth and would happily wash your hands for hours at a time.  I cannot comprehend your love of water in that way when you still detest a bath.

Dressing yourself

Dressing yourself

You enjoy dressing yourself to some extent. Thank goodness Boston Terrier Rainboots go with every outfit these days.

First time face painting

First time face painting

I'm sorry sweetie, I promise no more toilet pics on the internet

I’m sorry sweetie, I promise no more toilet pics on the internet

Much to our surprise you have been a huge fan of using the potty at school. They had us send in big girl undies for you (Nana bought you some adorable Minnie Mouse ones) and they are going to be working on that with you there.  You have NO interest when we ask you at home, but we are not going to force it and just let this happen naturally.  But my darling, should you choose to potty train early and easily? Well,  Mummy will be eternally grateful and might get you a car for your 16th birthday. (Might!!!!!)

Mornings are still a crazy shuffle around the house, and when I look back on this time I want to remember how much you LOVE smoothies for breakfast, but just looking at the blender totally freaks you out.  We have to be in the other room when Daddy starts blending and even then you cling to me like a spider monkey until it is over.  You have started taking on some responsibilities in the home which you take very seriously.  You feed Brooklyn, and if we would let you you would keep that bowl filled to the brim.  You wipe down your high chair when you finish eating, and enjoy wiping down all surfaces (definitely take after Grand-maman and Nana in the cleaning department)

Great time killers for you right now are moving magnets from the fridge to the dishwasher, playing with bowls of water and measuring cups on the floor, looking at pictures, playing with stickers and going through wallets.

You constantly amaze us, exhaust us, and delight us. Never change sweet girl.

Love Always


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


April 1st something completely random and un-me happened.  I started running. whaaaa?!!! I’ve been wanting to do something for a while, and a local acquaintance posted on Facebook about running, so I messaged her and joined in.  We went for two runs, then our schedules differed a bit and somehow I kept pushing myself and kept going.  I have been documenting my runs on Instagram with #runjulesrun and silly post run pics which are keeping me motivated.  Who doesn’t like a good selfie for motivation?!  I’ve been running the same route for about a week, then on Saturday I did a crazy hilly run with some very fit girlfriends. That was really a big push for me but I felt such a sense of accomplishment at the end.  I have signed up to run the girlie version of Tough Mudder this summer (which is a 5k with obstacles) and I really want to be able to push myself and do a good job…soooo here I go training for a 5k. whaaaaa?!!!!  Last night I ran with a friend who has just started  training (now that I am such an advanced runner)  and the slower pace made me really notice how far I have come.  Which, to be honest, is AMAZING.  I have never been one for too much physical fitness.  In fact I have wanted to buy an “I run marathons…on Netflix” Tshirt. But noticing my endurance has increased really has been a phenomenal motivator to keep going!
I am finding it difficult with the balance of work, exercise, clean house, good parent, enough sleep, meal planning struggle, but G has really stepped up in other areas and is being supportive of me getting out as much as possible. Hey let’s ride this motivated train as far as it will take me.  My Mum would always tell me to just get out there and that I would start reaping benefits right away.  To which I said “umhmmmm” rolled my eyes, and reached for another cookie.  As I am finally learning in my 30s, she is right about most things so I should have tried this earlier.  [My current excuse is that the winter was cold and terrible and hibernation was totally in the cards] So yeah…guess I am a runner now?  In funny and rather-me news, I am running in pajama tops because I don’t have any workout Ts/long sleeved tops.  Perhaps I can add “cute new workout clothes” to my ‘what is currently motivating me’ list.

First Solo run. Headphones started dying, not impressed...but first let me take a selfie

First Solo run. Headphones started dying, not impressed…but first let me take a selfie

First night run April 1st. SO COLD...

First night run April 1st. SO COLD…

Made it home to collapse in a heap on the front porch

Made it home to collapse in a heap on the front porch

We ran hills. I nearly died.

We ran hills. I nearly died.

Last night team Muderella...we rocked it. Finally nice weather and gorgeous sunset to run alongside

Last night team Muderella…we rocked it. Finally nice weather and gorgeous sunset to run alongside

I realize that it is somewhat narcissistic to be posting mad selfies glorifying my not so phenomenal new habit, but it works for me! Tonight we are trying to tackle a full 5k. Cant currently run the whole way, but will see how it goes.

Weekend Report: The Spring is coming edition

March 8 weekendHad lots of fun this weekend with the fam, and even more fun playing with this template from Cathy Zielske. Really getting into digital scrapbooking these days–something I can do on my lunchbreak at work! woot woot ALSO how cute is my Z? (Hubs is a bit of a looker too if I do say so myself)

The One With the Books

I have a sickness.  It manifests itself through the purchase of many many books from places like Chapters.  Garret hates this particular sickness as my vast accumulation of books are heavy and since he is the heavy lifter in the house…he is the one who has to move them.  (at least this is what he complains about, but we have really only moved twice so I fail to see why this is such a big deal)  I have always loved reading and buying books. In fact, my bestie and I go on dates to Chapters, where we grab a Starbucks and read book covers to our hearts content. Yup…watch yo’self….super crazy party animal over here!  In our quest to be frugal debt repayers in 2013 one of the decisions I begrudgingly made is that I will not buy any books. (That does not mean I will not accept gifts of books…please note this those who buy me presents!)  This probably sounds silly to most people, but this is so hard for me to do!  We were killing time before G’s cousin’s surprise party on Saturday so we hit the mall (GREAT place to go by the way when you are trying not to spend any money)  G browsed some magazines at Coles while I wandered around manhandling books I want.  The sheer willpower it took for me to leave empty handed was immense and therefore I am blog patting myself on the back.  I am going to join the local library soon and so I took some pictures of some of the books that will be on my “to read” list.  They all sounded really interesting and I can’t wait to get cracking with the reading!  If you have read any of these or have opinions on something else to add to my list let me know!