Thursday, June 11, 2015

Last Weekend in Pictures {and some words, but mostly pictures}

School of Alberta Ballet Edmonton Studios
 Pride parade with some of my favourite people including this one in the womb (can't wait to meet this one Kerry).
Pride Edmonton 2015
 We paraded down Whyte Ave into the heart of Old Strathcona.
I've always loved Pride but pride in our neighbourhood was the icing on that cake.
Pride Edmonton 2015
 Please keep these rainbow cross walks Edmonton, they're too good.
{If you think so too you should sign this petition.}
Pride Edmonton 2015
Immediately after this pic was taken we raced home and got these two off on a road trip with the grandparents.
After that we had beers with friends then dinner with friends then more beers with friends.
And even after all those beers we woke up for a great brunch date at Bluechair Cafe.
If you live in Edmonton and haven't been it's a must.
The weekend delivered the perfect balance of time to rediscover why we like each other so much and time to miss the kids.
And of course be reminded why we like them so much.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

"Fiona's Five" a Fairy FĂȘte

It's happened.
I have a five year old.
And she's fabulous.
But you already knew that.
Fairy Party
Fiona decided on a fairy theme after a heart to heart discussion about too much of a good thing.
We still love you Frozen but I just can't anymore.

I may have added a little "woodland" to the fairy mostly so I could grab 90% of the decorations on a cabin nature walk.
Some ripped fabric added some whimsy to this branch.
This ended up being one of my favourite decorations and has gained a permanent spot in Fiona's room.
Fairy Party
 These pre-bud willows will also take up permanent residence in our home.
{Sans pink flowers.}
Fairy Party
 Fiona couldn't even handle this cake garland.
As I was making it she showered me with positive reinforcement.
Fairy Party
We did flower crowns and woodland elf hats.
I found this foam covered gardening wire at Dollarama and wrapped it around itself to create places to stick flowers.
The flowers and ribbon were also all Dollarama.
After the girls were done decorating I went over the ends with flower tape to prevent my-flower-crown-is-falling-apart meltdowns and secure the sharp wire bits.
They all looked precious and had fun making them but I may have enjoyed it even more.
This craft will have to make a comeback.
Fairy Party
 Flower garlands...
Fairy Party
 And mossy wood hanging from the light fixture.
Fairy Party
 Our picture frames were filled with pink and purple fairies.
I also changed up the chalkboard but neglected to photograph that with the real camera.
I refer you to Instagram if you just can't handle not seeing it.
Fairy Party
 Make a wish baby.
Fairy Party
 There are the little hats I mentioned before.
They took approximately 1 minute each to sew on the machine with little pre-cut felt pieces.
Fairy Party
 As always we had so much fun decorating and preparing but our fabulous friends make the magic.
Thanks to all who celebrated with us.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cedric is 3! {And Has Been for Almost a Month}

When I asked Cedric what type of birthday he would like he gave his answer without a hint of doubt.
Motorcyles that is, for those who don't speak Cedric.
After some thought we expanded a little to motorcycle racing.
Mostly so I could fill the house with these sweet banners.
He didn't mind, of course.  As long as something was "vrooming" he would be happy.
Racing Birthday
Our new chalkboard wall got it's first workout.
A calligrapher I am not, but I had some fun with it.
Happy Birthday Cedric chalkboard wall
This balloon and streamer combo is always a hit with the kids.
Racing Birthday
And who needs party games when you have toy cars and tracks.
Racing Birthday

Racing Birthday
I have been rotating the prints in these frames with free online printables to suit the occasion. had plenty of choices.
Racing Birthday
The cake needed to be motorcycle themed of course and after scrapping many a Pinterest idea I copied this graphic from one of the birthday boy's old onesies.
Racing Birthday
We had a great turnout of family, friends and neighbourhood kids and Ced definitely felt the love.
Thanks to everyone who celebrated {on that day or any other} our boy turning 3!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fiona the Fabricator

Let's call it story-telling.
Sounds much nicer than what I was originally calling this phase.
Which was more along the lines of blazing trousers.
Fine line there, right?
I have heard other moms talk of how their littles lie so was expecting a few falsehoods.
Nothing really prepared me for what we are now experiencing though.
I mean, these are no ordinary lies.
She's not just "no I didn't write on Cedric with Sharpie."
Or all "I didn't mean to violently thrust my leg into Cedric's path as he ran by."
Oh, I've heard those too but what I wasn't expecting were the convoluted tales this girl can weave.
For example:
Me: Feefs, how was gymnastics.
Fiona: Good.
Me: What did you do?
Fiona: Well...<pause>...we went to the roof {it was December}, to the roof trampoline, then it opened and we went under it and there was a pool so we went swimming!
Me: Uhhhhhh...
Fiona: Really Mommy, really, I'm not even lying.
Me: That's nice babe but we didn't bring your bathing suit.
Fiona: Oh...yah...they have some here so I got one and went swimming, really Mommy, really.

You get the idea.
But wait, that's only the beginning.
I don't mind an active imagination aimed at me but it's expanded beyond our household.
As I picked Fiona up from a playdate I was asked if I had a friend who was incarcerated.
Or had we maybe had a break in at our house?

A week ago I arrived to a birthday party that Fiona had been at for a matter of 5 minutes.
I said hello to the birthday girl's Nana who commented how nice it was that Fiona was learning volleyball.
Me: <sigh> She isn't.
Apparently she was boasting how she was learning "bolleyball" from someone who knows everything about "bolleyball".

But friends aren't the only culprits you know.
I was asked by one of her teachers if she has an older sister.
She had been raving about "Leasha" all day.

The cherry on top however was how my Mom was greeted at the school last week after returning from a 2 week vacation.
It was something along the lines of "Oh, thank goodness! Fiona said you had passed away! I'm so glad to see you!".

So, needless to say, we've opened up a conversation about what type of story is appropriate.
Having said that I'm not pushing it and hoping that this too shall pass.
It always does right?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Our 2014 Christmas Gift

Now that it is well after Christmas I feel safe in sharing our family Christmas gift.
I mean, it's January 16th, were you all aware?
I feel like I was just introduced to January and she's halfway out the door. 

We decided to do a calendar for our family this year.
I have been enjoying having a DSLR so much and, even though I'm far from a pro, felt like sharing some of my favourite shots from the year.
Dusseldorf and Amsterdam were a huge highlight so kicked off the first two months.
Yes I am aware that the door this is hanging on is "distressed" and has a mystery splatter from a recent food incident on the right hand side.
Just keeping it real you know.
And who am I kidding, that splatter is probably not recent at all and may or may not still be there.
Moving on.
The birthday kids were featured for the two months following.

Just a handsome boy in a bow tie.
And a beauty in the boat.
Post ice cream at the general store.
Raspberry picking.
Apple picking with Charlie.
Elsa and the Lion.
Down by the creek.
And finally, Christmas jammies.
I created these on the Apple.
I searched many websites and kept coming back to Apple's simple style and large size.
They were amazing quality, a decent price and were delivered within a week of ordering.
We have heard rave reviews from all of the family which I'm sure has nothing to do with the super cute subjects.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

There is just no denying that life becomes almost unrecognizable with kids.
Jeff and I were hyperaware of this fact as we drove past numerous stilettos, mini skirts and pre-drinking partiers on our way to McDougall United Church.
New Year at McDougall United Church Edmonton
 "We spent New Year's Eve at a church "are words that I never imagined saying.
This is, of course, no ordinary church.
It is also known in Edmonton as a great concert venue.
So when we were deciding how to ring in 2015 at about 6pm on Dec 31st and this event showed up on a google search it sounded a little too good to be true.
New Year at McDougall United Church Edmonton
 And it was.
The admission was a mere donation to the food bank and the line up was non-existent. 
Not only was the above set list full of talent, the basement was full of kids activities.
I was so proud of Fiona when she sat down to the colouring table and chatted with a few kids her age.
New Year at McDougall United Church Edmonton
 The face painting was a welcome surprise...
New Year at McDougall United Church Edmonton was the toy selection.
There was also a weaving station, flower pot decorating and a penny toss.
New Year at McDougall United Church Edmonton
 The kids even participated in a parade led by one of the performers.
Surprisingly, Fiona was stoked to stand up in front of all those people, not a hint of shy in her that night.
Cedric is still talking about his Spiderman face and has now taken to wearing a hand-me-down costume of the same {thanks Tessa}.
New Year at McDougall United Church Edmonton
 We were even able to get the kids to sit for some music.
{The hot chocolate and cookies didn't hurt that endeavour.}
New Year at McDougall United Church Edmonton
We didn't make it to the end but caught a few great acts and had a lot of fun.

 The beauty of this place gets me every time as does the comfort.
I was transported back to my childhood.
I have fond memories of Southwoods United and though church isn't a part of our lives now it still felt like home.
New Year at McDougall United Church Edmonton
To cap off this wild evening I watched fireworks from the comfort of our attic while the kids slept and the husband watched a movie.
I hope you also had a great night and wishing you all the best in 2015.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our 12 Days of Christmas {2014 Edition}

I have been wanting to share our Christmas festivities but I must have been too busy enjoying them to do so.
Now here I am, December 31st mere hours to midnight, feeling the need to squeeze all this in before the New Year hits.

1. Ballet.  
The Christmas recital for Alberta Ballet Edmonton Studios included our BFF Charlie this year.
Fiona was also more than ready to attend Alberta Ballet's Nutcracker and loved every minute of it.
 2. Gingerbread house making at Gram and Grandpa's.
 3. Festival of Lights at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.
 4. The Legislature grounds.
Cedric was focused less on the lights and more on eating snow.
Fiona was focused less on lights and more on climbing snow.
 5. Candy Cane Lane.
We always love the lights but were especially taken by the sweet people who decided to give their time to play Santa (on the left in case you weren't sure) handing out candy canes and 3 friends who bought toys to hand out to the kids walking on the lane.
We were blown away by this generosity.
 6. Visiting Santa.
 Love that guy.
 7. JCI Holiday Hamper.
This was our first year participating and it was our partner Chloe who organized it.
It was a humbling and heart warming day and an organization we would support again.
8. Christmas Eve was at our house this year.
I loved having ample time to set out our cookies and carrots.
9. A month worth of early mornings and late nights with background Christmas lights.
10. A beautiful, magical and lazy Christmas morning.
11. A beautiful, magical and exhausting multi location Christmas day.
We enjoyed 2 turkey dinners and lots of love.
Small traditions like the angel carousel below gave the day extra magic.
12. Christmas aftermath.
On boxing day we headed to the lake for some much needed decompressing.
Just like last year we shovelled a rink on the lake and broke out the skates.
The kids were significantly more confident and begged us to get out again.
I brought the tripod out and attempted a family picture.
One small hitch, 10 seconds is not long to walk over snow from the camera to the shot when you're wearing hockey skates.
The result is a shot where I'm holding my 4 year old for support and, you know, I love it.
13. A Christmas miracle.
My sweet boy decided on Dec 22nd that he was done with diapers.
Not just wants-to-wear-underwear done but meltdown-when-we-tried-to-give-him-a-nightime-diaper done.
So we obliged {and frantically re-read the "3 Day Potty Training" manual} and never looked back.
By Christmas Eve he went the day with only one accident and on Christmas morning he woke up dry.
No you didn't hear wrong, dry!
I'm not counting my chickens just yet, this isn't my first kick at the can you know.
We could just as easily go backward but I am so proud of my guy.
He made this decision completely on his own and with a little help {thanks Gram and Grandma} rocked it.
I hope you had a great Christmas and are having a beautiful New Year celebration.


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