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.

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 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

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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

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 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. Just.too.hot. 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.

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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.

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.

December Daily–Dec 2nd

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My friend Erin and I had a decidedly Decemberish date for Bux and Books on the 2nd.  Chapters and Starbucks are both very Christmassy at the moment and the combination of a decaf mocha in a red cup, and sparkly pretty things every where really make a gal feel festive.

I like to start my Christmas shopping early, avoid crowds and all that stuff, but there is definitely some Christmas spirit pumped into the air supply of stores when you shop in December.  (Maybe because I was shopping at 8pm and none of the pushy scroogey people were out and about?)  Shopping earlier in the year just feels like shopping, and tends to make me do more shopping. For instance,  that very bag in the above picture contains several gifts for Miss. Z. Gifts she doesn’t really  need since she has no concept of Christmas or Santa or presents.  In fact I could probably just wrap up some tupperware and her Grandmaman’s glasses case and she would be equally delighted. But… that isn’t going to happen!  There was just something so lovely to be wandering the aisles of Chapters with a red cup of Starbucks, picking up a few goodies for some of the people I love.  (I may or may not have also picked up Mindy Kahling’s book for myself as well)

December Daily–December 3rd

Dec 3Last Christmas I had a wee adorable blob of a 2 month old.  I would put her somewhere and she would stay there, content to stare at the lights on my Mums Christmas tree.  I have a video I should share of her just laying under the tree making this hilarious and oh-so-cute noise.  Dec 3rd due to some unforeseen daycare issues I had a found day at home with Z. We cleaned the house (me not her), had naps (her not me) and then went over to visit Nana for a bit in the afternoon.  My Mum and I were laughing as she dug through the pile of to be wrapped gifts (including some for her) and just played with the boxes….and a small bottle of rum that is going into her Dad’s stocking.  Z’s first Christmas we could do everything around her without her noticing, this Christmas she gets into everything, but definitely is not having any surprises ruined as we wrap gifts with her “help”  Next year presents will have to be hidden away, with a lot more sneaking around to start. I am so looking forward to her being excited about Santa, about sneaking to the mall to find the perfect gift for her Dad, tales of reindeer and wise men and snowmen to come…but I will enjoy this Christmas where it will take very little to make all Z’s Christmas dreams come true.

The Nana and the GG

Last week Zoë and I went to stay at my Mum’s (Nana) for a night to spend some time with her and my Nanny (Z’s GG).  My Nanny hasn’t been feeling very well over the past few weeks so Z and I wanted to go hang out and cheer her up.  It was actually a really lovely visit.  GG had some snuggles, we had some wine and some laughs and my Mum and I got to spend some time together.  My Mum had bought a ton of stuff to make freezer meals and spent a large part of the day cooking for us.  She sent me home with 4 meals to put in the freezer–heaven for this new Mum!  We have already eaten this one an amazing chicken dish…and I am looking forward to the others.  Usually I like cooking but lately meal planning has been a bit of a stretch.  We have had two successful trips to the grocery store, but not having to think about what to make is glorious!

We got a start on Zoë’s baby book as well which was a lot of fun.  Since we both love paper crafting so much we had to find a special way to document her first year.  My girlfriend Carrie suggested Simple Stories which is a less time consuming way of scrapbooking that I am obsessed with.  Mum ordered Miss Z the baby girl line, and I am already having so much fun with documenting Month 1!

GG and her girl

GG and her girl

Nana doing some cooing

Nana doing some cooing

Bath time at Nana's house!

Bath time at Nana’s house! (maybe I should start wearing makeup again?!)

Zoë's foot after we inked it for her baby book

Zoë’s foot after we inked it for her baby book

Memory Keeping and a fair bit o’ cheese

I was thinking today about how much memory keeping is something that has become a habit for me. Something that I like to do and it obviously shows through a lot of my interests: I love to journal and blog,write letters, take photos, scrapbook, instagram etc It is something I have always done. I while back I found a pile of old journals at my Mum’s place and it was interesting to remember some of what I did when I was a lot younger (PS…I was boy crazy at 13 yikes)
It is interesting to me because I feel like if someone asked me what my life was like I would probably describe it as being relatively average, but when I look through my instagram feed or my blog archive I love being able to see all those moments that stand out. The silly, crazy, funny,heartwarming ones that make me realize that my life is more than just average. It is extraordinary. I am working on a new Scrapbooking album called Project Life and it is all about highlighting those special moments and even those mundane once that make your life yours.  There is always the bad stuff that happens, but for right now I have a husband who is so darn handsome I can barely stand it, a wonderful and supportive family/extended family, a beautiful healthy sweet baby nephew, a puppy who already makes me nuts but I couldn’t live without (*see recent vet bill #barf), hilarious and creative friends and a beautiful house that we are making a home (and about a billion other things but let’s keep the list to the essentials) Really cheesy today not sure where this is coming from… but I feel like that little girl in the commercial “I love my hair, I love my Mum, I love my life” It really is great to have hobbies that bring me so much joy as I do them, and can remind me when I search the archives how far we have come.