Last week my parents were visiting and we took a little road trip to Boldt Castle. I had never heard of it up until a year ago (which is strange since we live so close!) and when I mentioned it last Spring to my dad as something I wanted to do this year he jumped at the idea (I think all things history and love for old monuments kinda runs in the family). The trip there was so pretty!! the Castle is located on an island just off the shore of Alexandria Bay, New York. From our place in Ottawa it's about an hour and a half drive which makes it the perfect day trip. We drove down alongside the st. Lawrence river (on the NY state side) and the views were spectacular! (I took a bunch of video on the drive down and you can see it in the little clip I put together below or here).Read More
i swear, if there was a way to bottle the energy that toddlers expel (or at least mine!) we could power the world for a week. i start picking things up at one end of the house and by the time i reach the middle, it looks like i've left a tornado path behind me. just this week june figured out how to put the drain stop in the bathroom sink. and with an improvised yoga block on top of a stool, she can now reach the tap. so i'm constantly playing catch up to make sure we aren't flooding our top floor - not to mention the creams she constantly finds and tries to moisturize herself with... my lipsticks three of which have now stumpy tops, really anything that stains or leaves a grease mark behind she has a beacon to find it.Read More
Somehow we're nearly half-way through the summer and Flora Grace is two months old. yesterday I realized I haven't slept more than a two-hour stretch since May 21 and I guess it's starting to show: last week I put the pay-and-display parking slip in my back pocket instead of the front dash. Crossing my fingers that month three means a longer stretch - we can do this baby girl!!Read More
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