Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Moments of Gratitude - February 8, 2016

I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)

See previous Monday moments of gratitude posts HERE.

Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

Early morning cuddles. I say this every week don't I? This and bedtime are my favorite times. Sleepy snuggles with the family (daddy was missing this day because he had to work early). There's just something about being warm and cozy in bed with my babies. 

Grandpa's visit. My dad came and spent the day with us on Monday. Mini-me couldn't have been happier because this meant she had a playmate for the day. Worked out well for me because I could get a few things done around the house while he entertained the children. 

Mini-me's date with her grandparents. Can I tell you how freaking adorable it was to see how excited mini-me was to go on a date with her grandpa and grandma? They took her to the mall and out for dinner. She came home still excited, beaming and sporting a new princess dress AND a stuffed animal for her and little man. 

Valentine's fun. Figured I'd get a jump on Valentine's so mini-me, my mom and I put together Valentines for her daycare friends AND baked cupcakes. Mini-me just loves any kind of 'helping' and to be honest she was actually helpful putting the bags together!

Getting pictures from daycare. Mini-me goes to daycare two days a week (to hold her spot and maintain my sanity to give me one-on-one time with little man) and I get updates throughout the day, including pictures. I can't tell you how much it makes me smile to see how much fun she's having with her little friends. It does make me miss her but also comforts me knowing she'll be somewhere that takes good care of her and little man when I return to work.

Picnics. I'm that mom that doesn't allow food/drink (other than water) anywhere but in the kitchen (after bedtime is a different story :). WELL, I figured we could bend the rules Saturday morning and have a picnic. Can I tell you how excited mini-me was? There's something so beautiful and pure about her excitement around things like this. Seriously, it was like she won the lottery (which of course made me feel as though I had - you know, minus the money and all).

Date night. Mr. B called me from work Saturday morning to tell me his mom was going to come after the kids go to bed and that we were going out for dinner. A date? WHAT? We haven't been out sans children since BEFORE little man was born. That's almost 7 months ago people. 7 MONTHS. Yes, we spend time after the kids are in bed every night, but going out is just different. Instead of dressing down, we dressed up. Instead of snacking on junk, we ate gourmet. Instead of watching a monitor, we looked at each other. Instead of wondering if every sound was a crying baby, we enjoyed the noise around us. Instead of sitting beside each other, we sat across from each other. We enjoyed each other. We reconnected with each other. *sighs* we needed that. 

yes... best we could do for a couple selfie lol. Note: my head is not as large as it appears in this picture, I SWEAR.

Family time. What a better way to follow up date night than the one day a week we get to all spend together? Parenting is so so much easier when there are two sets of hands. Props to the single parents out there. For real.

daddy cuddles, the only way to get mini-me to nap

Again, a pretty fantastic week and I'm feeling pretty lucky right now. 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

A day in the life of me (and family)

A few of us at The Blended Blog thought it would be fun if we picked a day and documented what "a day in the life" of each of us looked like on that day (January 23rd to be exact).

If you're stopping by via the Blog Hop and Nicole's Blog, WELCOME!

This is going to be a pic HEAVY post but you know you want to see what a Saturday in my life looks like... right?!

**timelines are loose (to say the least) because I didn't have time to keep track #momlife

6:45 - Annabelle is up, snuggles for a few minutes and then let Mr. B and Annabelle snuggle while I get ready for the day (before Oliver wakes up)

7:30 - well HELLO little cutie! Oliver is up and at 'em

8 - quick breakfast. This is kinda funny, Mr. B thought we needed to ALL be out of the house way earlier than we actually did so he rushed around getting Annabelle fed/dressed/ready.
(note: she normally feeds herself but Mr. B was trying to hustle)

8:15 - Feeding Oliver before we attempt to go out for breakfast because Mr. B and I decided it had been WAY too long since we went out for breakfast (it's my favorite meal to go out for for some strange reason). 
Yes, I'm posting breastfeeding pics on the internet. Take notice: there's actually no visible boob, crazy huh? Kinda makes you wonder what all the fuss is about.

8:30 - Breakfast! Mini-me loving her smoothie and fruit (this kid is a fruit MONSTER!)

Little man's first breakfast out AND first time in a highchair at a restaurant. All around success!

9:50 - dance recital time!!! Mini-me was soo excited. She didn't quite follow the instructions (at all) but had a blast and was very entertaining to watch. 

11:30 - LUNCH time!!! Breastfed first then onto solids. This kid can EAT!!

A little playtime before nap.

12 - nap time for little man and momma leave the littles to get some kid-free grocery shopping done! (to be clear: I left them with Mr. B, not by themselves lol)

I get home and little man and daddy are just chillin'

Mini-me is the best little helper! She LOVES emptying the grocery bags and 'helping' me put everything away ( by 'away' I mean everything on the counter lol). I think she's secretly assessing my shopping skills. She was pleased that I bought her Zoodles for a treat.

ALL day mini-me asked to go outside... we FINALLY obliged and daddy took her out to shovel the deck. She was beyond happy.

She did pretty good!

Meanwhile, inside, Oliver is eating AGAIN!

Sometimes we are silly after we eat :)

Daddy and mini-me play outside while mom cooks supper and little man plays.

Mini-me was NOT happy to have to come inside and was a more than a little sleepy after all that fresh air.

Dinner time!!! Not my best picture, but that's roasted potatoes, steak (covered in mushrooms and onions) and brussel sprouts!  

Mini-me wasn't keen on steak and potatoes so she had "princess pasta" (aka Zoodles) with some whole wheat bread and a fruit plate for dessert.

Frozen Gummies (aka multi-vitamins)! Parenting tip: you can use gummy vitamins as a reward for a well-eaten meal :) She has no idea they're good for her!

I don't bath little man every day, but now that he's eating solids it's hard to not lol

6:30 - We had family story time (no phones allowed) then off to put little man to bed. He eats, lights out, then I sing twinkle little star and put him down. He's getting better at just going to sleep after that.

6:45 - good night cuddles/quiet play with mini-me. We say our goodnights and she's allowed to have quiet play in her room until 7:30/8 (depending on if she napped or not - she didn't this day)

7 - workout time!

Someone had posted this on Facebook so I thought I would give it a go.... I have the longest name EVER and this workout nearly killed me. I did my first, middle AND last name.

This is my "I'm going to puke" face.

I had a shower... sorry, no pics of that.

8pm - wine and blogging time!!!

Google Hangout with some of my favorite bloggy friends!!!!! Clearly I caught Lana mid-sentence lol! We chatted about all things and shared quite a few laughs! Love these ladies!


I missed lots of things but it's hard to take pics by the minute especially with the littles. What you missed: a few cups of coffee, some snacks, what I ate for lunch (at this point, I don't remember what that was lol), me driving my mom home, chatting on FB with my mommy friends, some snuggles etc.

Next stop on the hop, Deena's blog!!!! Check out a day in Deena's life HERE.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

what I REALLY wore this winter

Most of you know, I live in Canada (Central Ontario to be precise). Typically we get quite a bit of snow (no, we do NOT live in Igloos). This year has been abnormally mild; however, we still have snow and it's still below 0 almost all of the time.

As much as I like to post outfits with me wearing cute shoes, the reality of the situation is I'm usually wearing a winter jacket and winter boots when I venture out of the house. So, yes, any pics of me in anything other than winter boots, well... I'm changing my shoes shortly after :) gotta be practical people, nobody likes snow in their shoes.

Practical winter wear:

winter wear

Here's how I wear it:

There it is... what I really look like heading out and about... actually, add a diaper bag, a purse, an infant car seat (baby included) and a toddler and that's about accurate... oh and coffee, there's always a coffee.

What do you really look like this winter?

Link ups: The Pleated Poppy//Pumps and Pushups//Mix & Match Fashion//Tucker Up//The Mummy Chronicles//Shopping My Closet

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January in numbers

A day late but here is a peek at what my January looked like... in numbers

1 - kick-ass snowman built. Yes, that warranted some strong language, take a peek and tell me we didn't go a great job. Okay, maybe I'm overselling it, but mini-me and I were quite proud.

6 - number of months old my little man turned. WHAT?! How the heck has half a year passed?!

3294729384 - the number of times little man smiled. It feels like I have a new child, he went from a Grumpy Gus to the happiest little thing. Yes, I miss dairy, but it's so so so worth it.

8 - the number of consecutive hours little man slept. Sweet glorious sleep. I missed you... even more than I miss cheese.

4 - number of playdates. Playdates are my favorite... the kids even have fun too.

1 - dance recital. Cuteness overload. She didn't follow hardly any instructions but she's 2.5 and she was a rockstar.

8 (ish) - dance parties at home. When in doubt: dance it out. Works EVERYtime! Grumpy? Let's have a dance party! Throwing a tantrum? Dance party time! Don't want a bath? Dance party in the bathtub!

1 - dinner out with a friend, as mentioned in my Monday Moments of Gratitude post. I need to get out more... like WAY more.

2 - movies watched. Man, I used to watch a lot more movies. Mr. B and I watched "Straight Outta Compton" and as a family we watched "Inside Out". Both movies were AWESOME for completely opposite reasons lol. I highly recommend you watch either/both.

15 - the number of workouts I did. Not even lying folks, I worked out 15 times!!!!!!

1 - number of trips booked. That's right friends, this momma is taking a vacay! Well, technically I'm attending a conference but I'm still getting away for 4 days in April!!! Where to? VEGAS!! I've never been so I'm looking forward to checking it out though it won't be the kind of trip I always imagined Vegas would be... I think my wild days are long behind me. I look forward to attending the conference, drinking some wine and perhaps lounging by a pool without worrying about a child falling in.

1 - google hangout with awesome blog friends who I'll be meeting in person for above-mentioned Vegas trip!! FUN!!! Check out The Blended Blog for more info on our upcoming trip!

In January  I made a choice, I made a choice to become happier. You know what? It's working. When I think back about this past month there were definitely stressful moments/events etc. BUT those aren't what stand out. I am trying to be more positive and not just saying that's what I'm doing but actually doing it and it feels good. I feel good.

I hope you all had a wonderful January and here's to an even better February *raising wine glass* (and yes, I actually DO have a glass of wine - shocking, I'm sure).

Make sure you check out my sweet friend Deena's blog Shoes to Shiraz (aka my Vegas travel companion) as she's hosting a linkup for the "month in numbers" posts!

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