Thursday, September 18, 2014

Summer Recap 2: Birthday Train

 The Highlevel Bridge Streetcar seems to play a recurrent part in our lives.
And why not, the kids love the ride and the adults love the nostalgic nature.
Not to mention the view.
 Well this time the ride was extra special since we were celebrating a very special person's very special birthday.
Shall I say special again?
Anyways, I'm not spilling the age beans.
 I also take no responsibility for what may have snuck into the following pictures.
Cedric so rarely looks at the camera or stops moving for half a second so I just had to include this shot, messy face and all.
 The party was a surprise and was kept one until that very night.
This is a small miracle considering the chatty natured 5 year old in the birthday girl's home.
It's also amazing that no one accidentally sent a "is the party still happening?" text since that very morning it was snowing.
Yep, you heard me.
 Going over the Highlevel is always great but this time they actually parked right in the middle of it which allowed us to take in more than usual.
I even spotted a few love locks on the bridge and got a look at the new wiring set up to light the bridge.
 We were so thrilled to be included in this intimate group of amazing people.
 And, of course, to celebrate this beautiful-throughout friend.
These days our close friends are more like family.
We really have a sense of the village-to-raise-a-child school of thought especially with this family.
Both our kids, but Cedric in particular, have a sweet love for their "Stace".
{Which just happens to be one of Ced's first words.}
As the sun went down the view became even more spectacular.
At one point the conductors turned out the lights so we could take in just how beautiful our river valley is.
This city just keeps amazing me.

Happy Birthday again Stacey!
We're so glad we could celebrate with you.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Whoa, Where Did Summer Go? Let's Recap.

I have so much to share.
I do not, however, want to photo dump you so I'm going to attempt a summer catch up in instalments.
Let's work backwards though to take advantage of the now first.
 Lake life has been so good to us as always.
We have such a beautiful little world up there.
And just when I think it can't get any nicer, some Pelicans drop by to say hello.
In reality they're probably saying goodbye but let's not go there just yet, I have to catch you up on our summer right?
Fiona is growing like crazy, more mind than body these days.
She is starting to show interest in letters and even a little math.
She sings all the time and recently started "playing" her guitar but only when Cedric is willing to accompany her on drums.
 Cedric is keeping his steady growing pace, he's never been a weed that one.
What has exploded, however, is his language.
He is communicating clearly now and has the manners of a champ.
He never forgets his "pease", "fank you", "wow-come", "sowwy" {lots of sowwys} and my favourite "scuse-ee" with a hint of an italian accent.
 We had such a great summer but {as I've said before} these chilly days of fall are my favourite.
The colours are starting to appear on the trees and the cozy sweaters are getting their workout.
 Our evening walks are just a little darker, the sun just skimming the tops of the trees.
 This summer has also seen a change in Feefs and Ced dynamic.
Sure, they fight more as Cedric is finding his confidence and standing up to his big sis.
But man do they love hard.
It is not uncommon to find them "nuggling" or playing happily together.
I know it will continue to change but I sure am enjoying this phase.
One last recent development I will leave you with is one that my feelings change on daily.
We have decided to list the cabin that we love so much.
It was a hard decision but we have our sights set on a new property.
This place would take us to the same lake as our friends who are actually more like family.
We love where we are but can see so many benefits to moving.
So we're giving it a go even though it's not the best time to buy a lake property.
We are willing to hold out for next year but are staying hopeful.
In the meantime, knowing our time there could be short, we are enjoying it that much more.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Our Garden and My Mom is Super {Obviously}

My Mom is amazing, I'm sure I've said that before but, you know, I feel like I can't say it enough.
There are many reasons but today I'm talking about my Mom the career woman.
My Mom put her career on the back burner when we were young and was home everyday until I was old enough to be home alone.
She still worked part time {which I only recently found out since it never affected us} but did so when my Dad could be home.
She never did go back to full time though, she was always so committed to making our home and our childhood memories beautiful.
{Not that this can't be done working full time all you fabulous full timer Moms.}
Even as a part time dietician though she has changed lives.
I have sat in lectures she has given to my own colleagues and felt so proud that I wanted to yell "That's my Mom!" at the end.
Don't fret, I managed to hold it together.
She has also been doing appearances on television for a while and in the last 2 years has started to post the topics on her blog {my Mom has a blog and yes, that makes her cooler than yours ;)}.
Anyways, the other day she asked for a couple pictures for her most recent post which prompted me to finally get some pictures of our little garden.
Kids in the garden
It's not a big garden but we love it and this is the first year that the kids have actually been helpful in the process.
Read: Not trampling, throwing seeds randomly, ripping out seedlings and overwatering.
Don't get me wrong, all of that still happens from time to time but I'm also becoming a lot more apathetic forgiving.
I am also realizing how resilient plants really are.
Kids in the garden
We are just now starting the picking process since besides the lettuce and spinach we have some long growing times.
Kids in the garden
 Our strawberry plants came back from last year but produced all of 5 strawberries.
Kids in the garden
 Our peas and beans have however been great snacking plants.
We're waiting patiently on our zucchini, beets, carrots, pumpkins and Kale {which I planted super late}.
Kids in the garden
Our future plan is to take advantage of all the sun we get in the front and have an edible front yard since it's not otherwise useful to us being on a major street.
{I planted tomato plants in our front yard planter box this year and they are now basically small trees.}
In the meantime we are enjoying the little plot in the back.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Feefs the Fotog

Last Christmas Fiona got a Playschool Showcam.
She really wanted a camera like mine and when she spotted this pink and purple version she was smitten.
Since then, she has walked around asking for poses and sourcing out interesting subjects.
This thing has held up well and the memory seemed never ending.
Until last week that is.
I hadn't really thought about saving her pictures, I was originally going to wipe the memory.
Then I started clicking through and asking her about the pictures she took and why.
Many of them were well thought out and important to her.
How could I possibly delete them?
A quick google search {I threw out the directions long ago, bad habit} and my own camera cord got all 1200 pictures onto the computer ready to share.
Now you can all enjoy the first post courtesy of Feefs the Fotog.
"That is my seat, I just love the flowers on it."
This is a stool from my Gram so I was ecstatic to find it was just as special to her.
"I loved this heart on my chalk thing."
"This picture is about the doors, I love the painting of the doors."
I'm glad because I also love the distressed look and don't love the idea of repainting.
"I wanted to take a picture of Cedric because he is so cute."
"Oh, that's a picture of my bed.  I love the flowers on my bed."
I love the lighting.  Hey, how'd she do that?
"I took this picture of you because I loved your clothes."
Gee, thanks babe.
 "I was just being funny."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Some Favourite Pics From the Weekend

This was a bonus weekend for us.
I was supposed to work on Saturday then mid week a friend reminded me that she owed me a weekend and that she would take this one.
Well she sure didn't have to ask me twice, I jumped at the chance to get back to the lake.

There was plenty of horsing around by these munchkins which produced this.
I was attempting to get a nice picture of Fiona but these days I get a lot of duck lips.
Then Cedric jumped in with this epic photobomb and now one of my favourite shots of them.
Toddler photobomb
 It was Daddy's birthday last week {kept quiet on strict orders}.
He had been talking about paddle boarding so after searching a bit I found one in our price range.
We both had some fun with it this weekend, definitely a good buy.
The kids insisted on watching him and tested their balance on the floating dock.
Fiona says: "Cedric, you have to balance with your arms like this."
Cedric says: "No Nona."
on the dock
We're used to big skies in Alberta but at the lake they're something else.
Lac La Nonne
Not something I will tire of any time soon.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Color Me Rad YEG 2014

It kills me to write colour without the u but that's the name of the event so I'm sucking it up.
You know how I said I had 10 pictures on my iPhone, well here are 4 of them.
Track and Shield hit the pavement for the Color Me Rad 5K for the first time and it was a blast.
Throughout this race you get blasted with coloured powder at stations that look like this.
No chance of missing them, that's for sure.
 The kids were timid at first and stayed in the chariot {which I'm still rinsing colour out of}.
Once we saw the pink station though Fiona was ready to get blasted and little brother followed suit of course.
{Don't worry I gave her my sunglasses to wear during the blasting.}
 We will definitely do this run again. 
I use the term "run" loosely as it was more like a saunter.
They're hosted in cities all over North America so I would highly recommend finding one close to home.
Oh, and wear cotton.
The colour washes out of it much easier than sport fabric.
I am now the proud owner of a lovely light purple sports bra.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yoga Kids

We have had 2 amazing weeks full of loads of time at the park/lake/pool/walks, pretty much anywhere outdoors.
Read: not in front of the computer.
Finally a rainy day has given me the chance to catch up on this little record of our lives.
One little problem being that I haven't taken out the DSLR since Canada Day and have a mere 10 pictures on my iPhone.
I haven't even instagrammed in a week, shocking I know.
That's how nice this weather is people.
Luckily Melissa at True Yoga came through today with a bunch of pictures of the kids at their yoga camp last week.

I dropped the ball on registering the kids in summer camps.
Cedric, being under 3, is actually too young for most but I missed all the spots for Fiona as well.
We ran into some friends two days prior and they mentioned this yoga camp again.
Obviously too late to get them in right?
Within a couple hours of my email Melissa responded that sure, they could take 2 more.
Surely not a two year old though right?
They'll take Ced too.
I was ecstatic but a little worried about my baby crying for half the day and sulking for the rest in this strange environment.
To my amazement within a few minutes they were both happily waving goodbye.
Apparently a few tears were shed initially but on the remaining days the drop off was smooth sailing.
I even asked Fiona if she would like to come home early with Cedric on the third day {you can do half or full days} and she replied without hesitation "no thank you".
They absolutely LOVED it.
I shouldn't be surprised.
I have always loved Melissa {the studio owner} and every class I have taken at her studio.
I'm so happy that my kids can now have the same great experience.
So happy in fact that we have registered the kids for another week at the end of the month.
They are running 3 more camps over the summer and I'm sure it's not too late to register if you are in Edmonton and have little ones.
The camp consisted of the usual crafts and park visits combined with some {you guessed it} yoga. 
It was good for their bodies but I also feel like it was good for their souls.
Fiona came home with some wish flags {a take on Tibetan prayer flags} upon which were her wishes that everyone have a home and all the trees grow.
She also wished to be old enough to drive, have magical fairy powers and cloudy days {it was so hot} but that is neither here nor there.
Cedric made no flags but apparently made it very clear that he wished to be naked {again, so hot}.
Thanks Melissa {and Vanessa} for this great week for the kids and these sweet pictures.
Here's the link to the website for the camps or if you're just looking for a great yoga studio in Edmonton.

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