August 28, 2012
August 27, 2012
August 23, 2012
For me home is a feeling instead of a place. There are some precious souls who make me feel at home, wherever we are. This little sidekick of mine always makes me feel like I'm right where I'm supposed to be.
August 21, 2012
Day 20 photo challenge prompt: Today
I didn't think anything too noteworthy would happen yesterday because it was a typical errands/dog walking/park visiting kind of day. In the morning I had to go to the passport office in Richmond to expedite my passport renewal for a friend's upcoming wedding. While waiting (and waiting) for my number to be called, one of the Real Housewives of Vancouver (Reiko), or as I like to call her, the normal one, sat down next to me. It was a pretty funny dynamic. If you could put a split screen between us, you'd see me juggling a squirming/fussy baby shaking my car keys with crazed fervour while her nanny tended to her daughter as she sat calmly texting on her phone. She was sporting a stylish Louis Vuitton satchel and I had baby bottles sticking out of my vegan purse made from recycled materials. I'm not a materialistic person (which you have noticed by now) but I have never been so aware of how mismatched my outfit was and how un-manicured my toes were, sticking out of my flip flops like gnarled tater tots, as I was in that moment. Of course we loaded up our vehicles at the same time and as luck would have it my dirty (lived in?) truck was parked alongside her sparkling range rover, but the real question one asks is, is she happy? She appeared to be, and fit, and relaxed. But hey, I've got laugh lines and lines to show I've lived, and a waist to show I enjoy food...and.....
August 20, 2012
It is ironic that saturday's photo challenge was "inside" since I spent the entire day outside - here's a quick self portrait on our way out the door.
On a personal note, I'm so happy on the inside these days, I hope it shows on the outside.
August 17, 2012
Once the little one goes down for her first nap, I get my station ready: Breakfast, coffee (mandatory!), a book and my Ipad (I know some people actually skip a step and read books on Ipads, but I still haven't been able to let go of holding a book in my hands yet).
August 12, 2012
I hope you had an amazing weekend! We ventured out to see the Canadians play this afternoon, but it was sold out when we got there - note to self - always pre-order tickets online. But, we picked up some paninis, spread out a blanket and had a lovely Plan B at Queen Elizabeth Park. I missed having a veggie dog and brew in the sun, but it ended up being a great afternoon. We steered clear of the geese in the park, after my new aversion. I'm taking the little bean away for a few days on our first solo travel experience tomorrow, fingers crossed we have no whammies! I'll update the blog on our return. xo
August 10, 2012
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have an amazing weekend lined up for yourselves! I'm looking forward to my first haircut in three months - a small hedge looks better than my head right about now. We're going to take little miss to her first baseball game - I'm wondering if it'll just put her to sleep like it does when she watches it on TV with dad.
August 9, 2012
This was our first trip to Whistler with a baby in tow. It was an awesome getaway and yet completely different from our past trips. For example, this time round, we traded in ziplining for playground time, traded in late night pubs for late night in room drinks/movies, and swapped up downhill biking for hiking. We were able to catch a free Spirit of the West concert in Olympic Park, which was an unexpected surprise (they used to be huge in my university days). They put on a great show. It was such an amazing setting to hear them play with the gorgeous mountains serving as a beautiful backdrop. It really felt like a full circle moment to share a band I enjoyed when I was young with my little girl.
Travelling with a baby takes getting used to because you are challenged by planning your day around their schedule and trying to adapt them to a new environment. The hotel provided a crib, but it was this white cast iron number that looked like something out of a hospital. It was funny, she had a little plastic cup that she was running along the bars like a prisoner in a jail cell. Needless to say, she refused to sleep in it and wound up between us. We would trade off time with one another if we wanted to check out shops/workout and sometimes had to eat in shifts. Life becomes a bit of a balancing act. But it is important to us that we continue to travel. This was our sixth getaway as a family and it gets noticeably smoother (although I still haven't found a way to streamline her luggage situation, sweet mother these babies don't travel light!). We shared one bag to her four (clothes/toys/food/diapers). Taking her swimming and watching her giggle and splash about was definitely the highlight for me. As she evolves, so do we.
On August 7th at 8 o'clock we were sitting down to dinner to celebrate our 13th anniversary. We noshed on Chinese takeout and listened to the crazy thunderstorm outside. Craig is the funniest and kindest man I know, which is an amazing combination. I lucked out that he is also an incredible dad, completely enthusiastic and involved, which is damn sexy in my books.
August 7, 2012
Day 6 photo challenge prompt: writing
Is writing going to eventually become a lost art? It is so strange how the only writing I encountered on Monday (except for my grocery list) was on my Starbucks cup.
I remember when my friends and I used to write (and mail) letters to each other. How old am I?
August 3, 2012
I woke up to four of these little bandits playing in the tree by our fence. The middle photo cracks me up because it's like they are saying, "So, what's our game plan? Should we keep playing or completely attack the bejesus out of this woman?" I hope you have an amazing weekend! We're celebrating my hubby's birthday, Whistler style!
I'll check back in with you in a few days. I hope your weekend is an awesome mix of play and rest, like this guy: the dude was seriously lounged out on my fence.