Sometimes I have existential crises about the internet and my life on it. I started this blog forever ago not really thinking what it would mean to share my life publicly... and I've been conscious of that and I think I do a pretty good job of filtering out what's "real life" and what would be considered... oversharing (for lack of a better definition but I think you get what I mean?!) It's a hard balance between being transparent and real for the sake building authentic relationships with readers (because if not that, then what *is* the actual point?),Read More
Last week was hard. This week is easier. I think that's probably a common theme of life in general, not necessarily just life with two, but I'm starting there because it's the thing I've learned the most in the past 8 weeks since Flora was born: this too shall pass. It will be sometimes hard, sometimes easy, but in either case, the coin is going to flip and we'll be moving on to something new. I've always known this statement (this to shall pass) to be used when you're going through a tough season.... but this isn't a tough season, it's just a season I've learned so much in a very short period of time, and I know because it's the second time we've been here, that it goes by all too quickly.
So that's where I'm starting: life with two has given me this perspective, i call it my cole's notes to momming - the hard moments really don't last as long as I think they will when I'm in the thick of it. I was totally guilty of this when June had fussy periods when she was little. Or when we were going through sleep training the first time (or second... or third...). My strategy to coping when literally everyone in the house wants me at once, or when June is wailing about a toy she can't reach that's behind the couch and flora won't be put down without screeching her "i'm angry at you" cry, I know it won't last. I know that five minutes from that moment, they won't be crying anymore. I know that in four or five months I'll have more time to myself in the evenings again.. and I know that if june has a really bad couple of bedtimes in a row, it will get better (again.) I know that if flora has a day when she doesn't want to be put down, it likely won't be that way tomorrow, or the next day, and it sure won't be that way next year. Those things were hard to realize in the moment when I was a mom to one. But now that I'm a mom to two, it comes a little quicker for me. Which is good because I definitely have my moments right now.
Life with two also goes by faster - pretty sure were on a different frequency now or have been given a different clock to go by where the minutes are only half as long.... How is it possible that that little flower we brought home 8 weeks ago (*eight weeks*!!) is four pounds heavier then she was when she was born (how babies can multiply that percentage of their body weight that quickly is just a marvel of nature in my opinion) and she's opening up and looking at us and showing us the little person she is. I can't believe how far she's come from that little human that I held nearly two months ago.
I'm sure I'll have more to say on this topic in the day and months (and years!) ahead. But for now I'm just trying to live for the moment because I feeling like it goes twice as quickly <3
We took June and Flora to visit the Rideau Canal locks on the weekend. Even though I've been in Ottawa for almost 8 years now, I still like playing tourist in our city. I think when you live somewhere like Ottawa or Toronto or NY or San Francisco it's easy to take for granted the fact that a lot of other people actually pay money to travel to your home to see the sights ... I know I do anyway. I still haven't visited even half of the museums in Ottawa and there are literally always cool events popping up that I'm like "we should really go to that" but we don't make it (case in point we missed the Ice Cream Festival this weekend. HOW?!Read More
So I've been that annoying mom and instagram-storying a lot of our life lately (I really need to stop this but I just can't yet... one day soon, but not today!) and if we're friends then you might have seen a lot of little video clips of Alpacas. They are not mine, they're my sister and brother-in-laws but if they're careful I might ride away on one in the night because I'm pretty sure that's how all good stories start... or end? Either way! Alpacas are the new unicorns and my sister has 9 of them.
If you think what follows is a bunch of pictures of Alpacas, you're wrong! Ha! Look at me always keeping you on your toes. (But you can look here and here to get your alpaca fix). Maybe next time I'm visiting I'll try to get some good pictures of the herd. Until then I wanted to say a few things about making your hobbies your life and loving what you do.
I've just always been a person with a lot of different passions. Like this blog, like fitness, like running, like healthy living, like sewing, like gardening, like photography and also maybe the most obvious, being a mom... I always seem to have a lot of things I want to pursue and maternity leave makes me want to refocus and narrow in on something, or at least combine them into one passion. And I can't be alone in this but as a mom with young kids, I would love to find something I can do on the side (and no I don't want to be a beachbody coach ;) ) that allows me to channel myself into something. I'm bringing this up because my sister and her hubby have been throwing themselves into their little hobby farm and I love it. I love how they are making themselves fulfilled and have found their happy place. I would love to one day find myself in this place - not that I'm not happy right now but I would love to combine my passions into something. I'm not sure what that looks like yet, but hopefully I can do some soul searching the next little while and figure it out!
Until then we will enjoy the summer! Below pictures of June with cute duckies because what toddler doesn't go to bed at night dreaming of holding her own duck!?
Last week when it stopped raining for like, a day, we went strawberry picking. We all wore white and immediately regretted it because the berries were basically dripping red water from all the rain we'd had the previous night. And not to belabour the rain part but it has rained so much the past few weeks that someone got stuck in the make-shift parking lot in the field.Read More