Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Canadian Christmas swap 2017: reminder


Hi everyone! Lindsey and I decided to push the link up until next week (December 20th). Canada Post seems to be a bit slow this year, so we wanted to make sure everyone received their package and had time to post about it. Your post can be done on your blog, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 

Let us know if you have any questions :)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

Happy Monday everyone! We had a good weekend, and I can't believe how quickly Christmas is coming.

Monday: while Gabe had his morning nap, Amelia and I baked the gingerbread cookies that I had made the night before. They turned out really well as I never usually have luck with gingerbread. In the afternoon, Brian met us at the mall so we could take the kids to see Santa. I had reserved a time about a month ago, but there ended up not being many people there. Granted we were there around 3:30pm on Monday.


Tuesday: during the day, Amelia had her class. While she was there, I took Harley and Gabe for a walk which was super windy and kind of cold. In the evening, I met up with Nicole, Brie and Alison to see the Bad Moms Christmas movie- it was pretty funny and nice to get out of the house! Thanks again ladies. 

Wednesday: Amelia was at the day home, so I had a quiet morning at home with Gabe. He had a doctors appointment (just a check up with our family doctor), and all was good. In the afternoon, I got dinner ready early so I could go for a run when Brian got home (he was going biking that night with Justin). 



Thursday: after Gabe's morning nap, we decided to head to the library to get some new books. It turned out that they were having a colossal play date and grand opening because the construction was done. Amelia had a blast playing in the shredded paper and checking everything out. They did an awesome job on the children's area. Lots to do now!

In the afternoon, Amelia and I made some salt dough ornaments. They took 3 hours in the oven, so we ran out of time to paint them.



Friday: in the morning, we walked over to the park with my neighbour and her kids. It was a beautiful morning out, and didn't feel like December at all! In the afternoon, we painted the salt dough ornaments that we made the day before. Amelia had fun with it!

After dinner, we took the kids to see candy cane lane in our neighbourhood. They are having an event on the 21st, but it was a nice night out, so we decided to check it out. 







Saturday: we packed up and were out of the house by 8am to make the drive up to Edmonton for our nieces birthday party. After the party, we headed back to my in-laws house and ordered in Chinese food for everyone. I loved watching Amelia play with her cousin who is two months younger. They were hilarious together. 



Sunday: the kids were both up at 6:30am despite going to bed a bit later. We stopped in to see Brian's grandma, and then made the drive home. It ended up taking longer than usual thanks to stopping to use the bathroom (cursing Amelia being potty trained) and having to get some lunch. Once the kids were in bed, I took Harley for a short run.


Tell me: how was your weekend?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

We had a pretty quiet week last week. I wasn't feeling good on Wednesday (was hit on Tuesday/Thursday night with major chills out of no where), but luckily Amelia was at the dayhome so I could nap when Gabe did. Some highlights of our week and weekend:
  •  we ventured out of the house on Monday to the library (we potty trained Amelia the weekend before) to get some new books. She had one accident there, but that's okay
  • Tuesday was her class and she didn't have any accidents there
  • Friday we ran some errands in the morning, which included leaving my wallet at home, so we had to go back. After that, we dropped off the purse for The Winter Giving project. The afternoon was a rough one which included many tantrums from Amelia, and me left feeling so tired.
  • on Saturday morning, Brian went biking with Justin, so I put the Christmas tree up so we could decorate it once he got home. Amelia was so excited to do so! After the kids went to bed, I ran to the mall to return something and then ended up buying three things for myself. Oops. 
  • on Sunday morning, I slept in until 9am (!!!) thanks to Brian. Once I was up and we had our ritual weekend pancakes, Brian and Amelia went to buy a star for our tree top (Amelia picked it out- while it's not what either of us would normally have chosen, I love it because she chose it). In the afternoon, I went for a run with Harley.

she asked for "pretty hair like mommy" one day



I found Amelia in her bedroom one day playing with her stuffies and reading her books




She wanted a picture with Gabe in front of the tree (we hadn't decorated it yet)


Tell me: how was your weekend?

Friday, December 1, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone! So excited for the weekend to be here and for Brian to be home with us. (aka the kids almost made me crazy when I had to do bedtime alone last night)

{one} I haven't shared our meals lately, so here is what we had this week:

Monday: zucchini meatballs and pasta
Tuesday: copy cat lettuce wraps from Joey's
Wednesday: lime shrimp dragon noodles (we double the ramen noodles, plus add vegetables. We also cut down on the amount of sriracha).
Thursday: chicken fajitas 

{two} you may have seen my post on Instagram last night, but I wanted share it here too:

If you are in Calgary and are looking for a way to donate this holiday season, but aren't sure where to donate, I have an idea for you. We all have a purse that is sitting in our closet not being used, right? Ashley is collecting your gently used purse that has been filled with a few required items (feminine hygiene products, hair brush, tooth brush, tooth paste, floss, and deodorant), and donating them to Dress for Success YYC. It is a Calgary organization that helps empower women in need to succeed in the workplace and achieve economic success. 

Ashley and her husband Mark added some incentive: for filling a purse and dropping it off, your name gets entered into a draw for a photography session with Mark Derry photography. Who wouldn't love new family pictures?!

You can find more information on their Facebook page. (they also a provide a list of other items that you can add to the purse if you choose to do so).

{three} I'll do a full post in a couple weeks, but so far potty training is going much better! As terrible as the first failed weekend was, I think it helped us in the sense that it got Amelia used to peeing on the toilet. Since the failed weekend, she kept asking to go pee on the toilet and now gets excited to go. 

{four} we don't have many plans this weekend- Brian is going for a bike ride, and then we are hoping to put up the Christmas tree. I'm so excited to put it up as Amelia gets Christmas so much more this year! After we bought that ornament at the Christmas market, she's been asking to hang it up, so I know she will love decorating the tree. 

{five} I can't remember who talked about it (was it you, Alison?), but I bought some Avon gel polish to try out. I get frustrated when nail polish chips super easily, and had heard good things about this, so I thought I would give it a go. Avon just reminds me of old ladies though, haha.

Have a great weekend!
 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Canadian Christmas swap 2017: reminders


Hi everyone! Just a few friendly reminders:

  • packages are to be sent out by Friday December 1st.  If you are going to be sending yours late, please let your partner know. 
  • the link up will be posted on our blogs on December 13, 2017. Don't forget to share your package either on your blog, Instagram, or Twitter. Any of them work!

Let Lindsey or myself know if there are any questions :) 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

Happy Monday everyone! We had a quiet weekend full of potty training, which thankfully went way better this time!

{monday}: I don't remember what we did in the morning, but I know in the afternoon the kids had a very rare dual nap. That meant I also got one which was fabulous! That night, Brian went to a concert with Justin, so his co-worker came over to "watch" (they were in bed already) the kids while I went to my workout class. 


Someone woke up early and fell asleep in our bed just after 7am
{tuesday}: I signed Amelia up for another session of her class, so she went to that in the morning. While she was at the class, I ran to the Running Room to look for a new sports bra. Gabe ended up falling asleep right after we left, so I took the long way back to pick up Amelia.The rest of the day was spent hanging out at home.


{wednesday}: Amelia was at the day home, so after we dropped her off, we came home and I had a nap while Gabe had his morning nap. After his nap, we did some cleaning around the house before heading to a baby and mom barre class with Nicole + Henry. It was a good class and Gabe was happy the whole time, which makes working out easier. After class, we stopped to pick up a Christmas gift for my dad before heading home. 



{thursday} I honestly can't remember what the heck we did all day. I know when Gabe was napping, Amelia and I made some instant snow that she loved! It went everywhere, but kept her busy for at least 30 minutes which is a win in my book!




{friday} to start the day, there was an absolutely beautiful sunrise!



After Gabe's morning nap, we packed up and headed way down south to check out the Spruce Meadows Christmas market. I had seen a couple people post on Instagram about it, so thought we might as well it was the weather was nice. There wasn't much for kids to do, but Amelia loved seeing the reindeer and horses. I also let her pick out an ornament for our tree, and she was excited to show Brian when we got home. 








{saturday + sunday} both were pretty quiet days as we spent both of them at home potty training Amelia. It went so much better this time, but made for a long weekend inside. On Sunday, I took Harley for a run to get outside since the weather was beautiful for November. 





Tell me: how was your weekend?

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