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Sunday, October 13, 2019

dear fall

Dear Fall, you know I love you. I love your colours, your smells, your cooler temperatures, your permission to slow down. I love your pumpkins of all different colours and sizes. The pale green and pink Cinderella ones are especially pretty.
Fall, I love how you usher in the slow season, with the invitation to eat warm soups and drink spicy tea. I love that it's ok, to cozy up with blankets and a favourite movie . And that orange twinkle lights on the mantle are perfectly acceptable. 
Fall, I love that you bring us back to the heart of the home. All summer, we play and explore our beautiful province, but in the Fall- we cozy up and find comfort inside this place that we love.
Dear Fall, you are my favourite season of all. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

canoe cove

 We just returned from a week in PEI with our family from Ottawa, and from the island. It was everything I always knew PEI to be. 
PEI holds all kinds of memories for me, mostly beautiful memories of my childhood summers, but also some memories of heart break and disappointment. I'm happy to say, this visit was a happy one. One filled with beautiful memories, that we will tuck away in our heart until next time. 
We stayed at a little seaside cottage in Canoe Cove, right on the Northumberland Straight. The water and sands were warm. The tides came and went. We found star fish, crabs and moon snails. We watched seals play in the water and rest on the sandbars. It was beautiful. 
We also made our way around the island, doing the amusement parks and Anne of Green Gables in Cavendish (I don't love amusement parks, but seeing the kids' faces light up was sweet), and doing some shopping at the PEI Preserve Company and in Charlottetown. 
We also celebrated three birthdays while there, Noah, Nanas and Maya's, and we ate plenty of Cows icecream- Apple Crisp is by far my favourite flavour. 
PEI, you were good to us. You gave us walks on the beach, beach glass to find, delicious food to enjoy and so much more. 
Until next time. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

summer train of thought

Tea with friends. Fires on the beach. Many kms clocked. Jumping in the ocean. Cold prickles all over my arms. Sand everywhere. People who know you best. Changes are hard. Accepting changes can be harder. Ask yourself the tough questions. Summer is fleeting. Grieving what was once. Crying is ok. Back to school shoes. Beginning to plan ahead. Sleep interrupted. Goals and dreams. Overwhelmed and unsure. Tired AF. Envy. Water your own grass. Should we go away? Be intentional. Slow the fuck down. Don't feel pressured. Mint tea from the garden. Chives stored away for the winter. I want slow and simple. My priorities won't change.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

summer thoughts

It's mid July. Summer had a cool and wet start to it, but we are now starting to kick it up a notch, with hot days and all sorts of summery things. 
We just returned from a 5 day camping trip to Ingonish, Cape Breton. We had gone there 2 years ago, when Wes was one and a half. We had only spent two nights there in 2017, so this time, we chose to stay four nights, and it was very nice. 
Lets be honest here, camping with three kids and a dog is not exactly a relaxing vacation by any means, but as the years go by, it becomes more and more apparent, that time is moving by far too quickly, and that these memories that we are making with our children will last forever in their minds. It's hard to believe that we just have a handful of summers with Noah before he becomes too old to hang out with us. Of course I'll still drag him to places with us- but it won't be the same. He's getting older, and I need to enjoy this time that we have. 
As hard as camping was (lack of sleep due to the 5 am wake up call from the crows, bright sun at 5:30 AM), I also see the value of camping with kids. On top of their excitement for sleeping in a tent and having campfires every night, camping made them see that we have to work together as a family to make it enjoyable. We all found ways to help - setting up camp, cooking, washing dishes, making a fire, watching Wes, tearing down camp - as family we had to work together to make it successful. Definitely an important lesson to take from it. 
Over the next few weeks we will be busy, but we will also find time to just relax. Katia will be doing tennis camp, Noah will be attending overnight camp, we have the Nimans coming to visit, a cottage booked with Winslow's sister and family in PEI, and then my sister is coming to visit us for the last week of August. In amongst all that, I hope there will be days at the beach, days in Halls Harbour, ice cream and BBQs, reading, painting and crafts, and just hanging out. We have our little pool set up in the backyard, and we're just waiting for some really hot days so that we can enjoy it. Also, one of my most simple summer pleasures? Drinking coffee on my back deck, first thing in the morning.
Happy summer dear friends, may there be many simple summer pleasures for you! 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

hi there

Oh hi there! It's been a while hasn't it? Life is busy in our household, and while I try to pick up my camera almost everyday, it's seldom that I come here to write. That makes me somewhat sad. I was so good about documenting Noah and Katia's early years, but for Wes, I don't get to do it as much. I should add though, we do have our fun, and I share it quite a bit on Instagram- but a good blog post is definitely in order. 
So what's new in our lives?
This past winter was full of basketball for Noah and hockey and Brownies for Katia. It's definitely been a song and dance, trying to juggle our busy schedules, but somehow we make it work and the kids have had fun with their activities.
I began substitute teaching this past Fall, and continue to do it every week. Right now my schedule only allows for 2-3 days a week, and to be honest, it's a nice amount for us … for now. I would love to get a contract at somepoint, especially if it is for Art, but for now, substitute teaching is just the right amount of work for me.
Over March Break we had a little 2 night family getaway to White Point Resort. We played old games (table tennis, foosball), did crafts, had walks on the windy beach, found bunnies (they are everywhere), enjoyed the music, the bonefires, and swam. There was a lending library of DVDs and card games... and the food! Oh the food was amazing!
What's new with Wesley? Well he's a busy boy, who loves trucks, riding his bike, playing with and BUGGING his older brother and sister. He loves his dog "Ay-wee" (Ryder), and I think it's cute that he gets to spend so much of his time with Ryder. Wes is a bit of a homebody, and takes some coaxing to go out and do things, but more recently he has been up for adventures such a library trips, playing at Cottontale (a local indoor play café) or out with friends.
And for me? I've been challenging myself to be in more photos with my kids. I came up with the lofty goal or producing one Motherhood selfportrait a week, so that is keeping me busy. My goal stemmed from the idea that I really don't get in the frame very often with my kids. Somedays, my shots are of me and the kids, doing regular stuff like drawing with chalk, having breakfast, or skating. Other times, my shots are of just me, down by the water or drinking my coffee- alone! It's just about letting go of my insecurities, and embracing myself as I am (extra weight, grey hairs, leggings and all!).
I also feel the need to share, how over the past year, I have found a real sense of peace and happiness within. I've done a lot of self work over the past year, and feel that I am in such an amazing place in my life. I've made friends here, that truly are the types of people I want to be around, and give my energy to. I'm at a place, where my spending days with my kids, no longer sets me into stress mode- I enjoy our time and days together. Yes, there are still stressful moments- but the way I react (for the most part) is much better. Most important though, I have found a self acceptance that no longer makes me feel like I have a deep void in my life. I used to long for family, someone to help me (us), and I never wanted to be alone. Now I am at this place where I am very happy with the life I/we have. And it feels so good!
The days are turning longer, and we've had a few days of warm sunny weather. We've had our first icecream at Hennigars and two trips to Baxter's Harbour to explore the shoreline. Spring is around the corner and I'm feeling like this is going to be a good one. Hope everyone is having a lovely start to Spring.