Monthly Archives: September 2013


I don’t know when the last time was that I watched something and felt so inspired and weepy as I did while watching Fabulous Fashionistas. From their sense of self, their love of life, their quirky personalities, their vivacious spirits to their drive to live and love without abandon right until the end, these women fully captured my heart. I feel like my Grandma could be right in there with them. What a great gem for me to stumble upon right before my 30th birthday (that had been looming over my head). I highly recommend you take 50 minutes and watch these ladies talk about style and life and how they’ve kept their spunk, we could all learn a thing or two from them.




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A Conversation with my Inner Self

The title of my post is slightly misleading. I suppose it would be more acurate to say that this is an inner dialoge between Me, Myself (my negative inner voice) and I (my positive inner voice). I’ve had a lot rumbling around in my head (that’s not out of the ordinary though, is it?) and it goes a little something like this (try to keep up, I’m unleashing some serious crazy on you right now):

Me: Oh my GOSH! {Flops on the couch} I’m almost 30!

Myself: I know! Didn’t I say I’d “be in the best shape of my life before I turn 30”? {Eyeballs my body} That didn’t happen.

Me: I did say that…I mean, I did just have a baby 10 months ago.

I: Ya, c’mon! I look great for having 3 kids.

Me: I DO look great for having 3 kids. But, I should really work-out more and eat better.

Myself: Ya, you should get on that right about…6 months ago!

Me: I need to do something with myself. I can’t believe I’m almost 3o and I haven’t done anything with my life.

I: Um, I had 3 kids. Remember the 3 kids I had?

Myself: Whatever, everyone has kids.

Me: It’s true, lot’s of people have kids. That’s not all that special.

I: I think it’s pretty special! Look at how great they are. I’m doing a pretty good job of raising them and it’s hasn’t been a walk in the park either.

Myself: But I’m just a stay-at-home mom. You’d think that by 30 I would have done something awesome!

Me: I know! I always thought that I was made for something great…and here I am, folding clothes and washing dishes all day. Every day! Bummer. That was a bit of a let down.

Myself: Double bummer.

I: Guys, it’s not like I expire when I hit 30! It’s not like I have a best before date stamped on my butt that says “Use by: 13 OCT 2013”

Checks to see

Me: I guess not. Ya, you know what, it’s okay! I still have a lot of time to make my mark in the world and to accomplish the things I want to do.

Myself: Not really. You’re old now.

I: Oh, shut up! Who says you have to have all the fun before a certain age? Grandma went to university and got a degree at 60. I think that I can do whatever I want to do regardless of how old I am.

Me: That’s true! My life isn’t ending. No one is handing out a report card on my birthday to see how I’ve stacked-up to everyone else. I have a lot to offer and so many things that I want to try and do, who cares what everyone else has done.

Myself: But I’m still not in shape.

Me: It’s only 10lbs! Not that big of a deal.

Myself: My pants think it’s a big deal.

Me: My yoga pants don’t!

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Settling In

I slept in a little bit this morning since Eli seems happy to flop around in his crib in the mornings until I come and get him. Thank you Eli, it’s much appreciated.

After making him a bottle and setting him on the floor I made myself a delicious pumpkin spice latte (see for the recipe). Rhys and Amelia are off watching cartoons, the sun is shining, I’m wearing a cozy knit sweater…all is well. I love this time of year.

The kids are enjoying school a lot. We attended the annual back-to-school BBQ this past week where we are able to see their classrooms and meet their teachers.

Amelia has made new friends (which isn’t a surprise at all). She excitedly pulled me around her new Grade 1 room and showed me where her backpack, jacket and lunch kit go. She showed us where she sits and where her folders are placed. We saw the reading corner and the whiteboard. She was beaming with pride the entire time. The initial report from her teacher is that she’s a very eager child who seems to be taking learning very seriously. Good. Amelia is happily settled.

Down the hall to Rhys’ room. Waaaaay down the hall. He’s so far away from the Kindergarten rooms! How’d he grow up this quickly!?

He sits right at the front of the room and decorated his desks name tag with a big city construction scene. He also showed us where all of his stuff belongs and…low and behold…he’d forgotten his lunchbox that day! Typical. We met his teacher whose a younger guy and, thus far, he seems like a perfect fit and Rhys is so pumped to have his first male teacher. It turns out that Rhys is in the Grade 3/4 split class which I was unaware of (James said that it stated that on the report card last year but I have baby brain so…). Rhys will be able to work on some Grade 4 level math and reading, among other things, which he and I are quite excited about. I’m looking forward to seeing how this year goes for him in this classroom. He’s also made a new friend who is from France! James and I were able to meet his parents who live close by. They said they’ve already heard a lot about Rhys and I think our boys have quickly bonded over soccer.

We are settling in to a routine quite nicely. The kids are keeping up with their chores and I’m slowly finding a rhythm to my days with just Eli at home. It makes me happy to see all of my kids learning and enjoying themselves.




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Then He Was 8

Today our boy turns eight.

It’s crazy to me that our little surprise baby that came along and rocked our world is such a big boy now. Every day that goes by it seems he grows up and matures in another way. From speed reading long chapter books to being a whiz at math to joining the running club, he’s no longer a little tyke. I miss toddler-Rhys, but I love seeing the this tender-hearted young man grow up. There are days that I’m not a very good mom to him but since he’s my first I’ve realized that he and I are learning this together.

I hope this year is a great one for him. Happy Birthday Rhys!

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Just Like That

And just like that my days go from crazy and my house from chaotic to quiet and relaxed and clean(ish).

The kids went back to school yesterday, the same day James started a stretch of dayshift. The bus picks them up, Eli goes for a nap and I sit and have a coffee in a silent home. Bizarre. I almost don’t know what to do with myself. Right, clean and do laundry.

I love my kids and think they’re pretty cool little people, but we are all happy for the school year to be here. Rhys needs to learn, Ammie needs her friends and I need a breather.

My hope for this 2013/2014 school year is that I can focus on serving my family better. There are a lot of areas where I can improve upon my “house manager” skills. I need to find a good rhythm in regards to our schedules and daily activities.

For those of you who have kids, do you follow a daily/weekly schedule of what you would like to accomplish or do you just wing-it?

I’d love to hear some tips and tricks of what works (or what doesn’t) for you!

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