I didn’t have time to get these pictures posted when we went, which was a couple weeks ago, so I thought I would take the opportunity now. One of the things I love most about living in Kamloops is the seasons and experiencing all they have to offer. In this case, Fall is absolutely stunning here with all the changing colors and there are a ton of activities happening. The Agricultural Fair was recently and we headed on over to the farm for some fun. Hallie has visited the odd petting zoo but she is only just really getting into them. Such an animal lover! Jackson was his usual mellow self and slept or observed most of the time. He may be slightly inactive but damn does the kid look good in plaid. The farm had a ton of animals including horses, donkeys, cows, ducks, chickens, baby chicks and pigs. There were bounce castles too which Hallie was slightly unsure about. The first time was a fail and she froze like a statue and wouldn’t venture in at all. Round two and three were much better and she jumped around for ages. She even cried when we had to get her shoes back on. I think one of her highlights though was the clown who gave her a balloon – the balloon more so than the clown. He made her a bunny rabbit and I am so heartbroken I didn’t get a picture taken of her expression. When he handed it to her you would think it was made of glass and the most beautiful and precious thing she had ever seen. I think she was speechless for a solid two minutes. Thank goodness she was distracted by the baby chicks when the darn thing popped. All in all it was such a fun event and I highly recommend getting your babies out on the farm as early as possible. The smell of manure is good for the soul!
I’ve said it before and I will say it again – we are major breakfast people in our home! There is just something about the smell of bacon in the morning. Or in the afternoon. Or for dinner. Let’s face it, all things that end with bacon end well. With my picky toddler tummy, it’s always a constant guessing game as to what Hallie will eat today. This week there is a mild obsession with mini mandarin oranges. Last week it was cheese. The minute you feel confident that she loves a certain type of food (for examples, bananas), she will change her mood so fast that you won’t even get home from the grocery store with it and she has decided it’s gross. Bananas are now a mushy form of lotion that she likes to massage into her own hands. Thank the lord I can still get her into a high chair or bananas would be my new living room rug. One consistency Hallie has always remained true to though is toast. Sometimes she just likes to suck the butter off and discard it but 7 times out of 10 she will eat it. Which is why I am a huge fan of French Toast! Bit of protein from the eggs and a dash of fun with cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin spice. What kid doesn’t love it?! I am a huge fan too so it’s a win for everyone. Not to mention the massive side of bacon we can easily pile up on the plate next to it! There is something about the cooler weather & Fall that makes me feel like cooking up a warm breakfast on the daily. No wonder everyone gets a little chubbier this time of year! I am currently on the hunt for some new breakfast recipes too so if you have any to share, please do. Pinterest is such a fantastic resource for such things but these days I don’t exactly have two hours to get lost in the pinning world. Hope you are all having a great Friday and that the weekend ahead is full of bacon and smiles!
I have had people asking me lately about my dish & coffee mug obsession on Instagram! Majority of my dishes and items styled in photographs are from Anthropologie and my favourite mixing bowl shown above here is from Homesense.
Well the day finally came! A little bit early but on Monday, July 4th I started having contractions while marathon watching Season 5 of SUITS on Netflix. On Tuesday, July 5th at 1:35am, my baby boy came into the world! Very quickly and furiously might I add.
Full disclosure: I started writing this post on July 7th…. It is now the middle of AUGUST! The absence is a perfect way to show the chaos that ensued having two babies in the house. Sure, have another baby they said. It will be a piece of cake, your second time round, you will be full of confidence and life will be bliss. SAID NO ONE EVER THAT HAS TWO BABIES. I have to stress the baby factor too. Two kids, I am positive, is a complete shit show of it’s own. Babies are in their own realm of insanity. Especially when one is a newborn and cannot ANYTHING and relies on you for everything in this world, down to their breathing. The other is not even two, has entered the tantrum phase early, communicates in her own language, and is what I can only politely call a ‘very free spirit’. Bless that girl and I love her more than anything but she cannot be trusted. Turn your back for one second and she is dancing on cold cuts of salami in the kitchen, covered in chalk and filling up the garbage can with items out of your purse. It’s raining VISA and gift cards in my house whenever she gets her hands on it. One look at that devilish grin though and my heart melts. It’s a good thing I don’t care too much about my sanity because it went out the window long ago.
So the new guy… Old man Jackson! Jackson Leo Hayward is his full name and my oh my, does it suit him. I don’t think he could have pulled off any of the modern and hip names that made the cut on our list. Jackson is modern but the ability to shorten it down to Jack, really depicts his traditional style. He is the oldest little baby I have ever seen and I just love that old man to pieces. He likes really warm baths, warm feet, being cuddled ALL THE TIME, and making strange noises all night long. Boy does his big sister love him too! There are kisses on the forehead every morning, and mama drama tries to help me all day long. Whether it’s getting a diaper (which translates to dumping a bin of diapers all over her room) or taking his dirty diaper to the diaper genie (I am really hoping they all go in there, and I don’t start finding soiled nappies in awkward places in my house!). I know she just means so well so it gets her off the hook of even the worst mishaps. Blame it on that smile! Honestly, it’s all new and every day a new tornado strikes itself right down in the middle of all that is calm. Till I know what the heck I am doing, there is always coffee and wine!
So to keep things fun and simple while I jump back in the blogging game, I felt it would be appropriate to do a little:
NINE TRUTHS AND A LIE!
1.) Every night that I go to bed I am completely terrified that THAT will be the night my sweet baby boy stops his ‘newborn sleeping’ (which is shitty already might I add) and then I will forever be awake. Deprived of precious sleep that I worked so hard to get back (which I never really got back).
2.) Every day with my darling daughter has been testing my patience. No one warns you about how understanding and patient a mother needs to be. Even when it seems that all you can do is lose your shit, you need to come down to that level and try and figure out what the hell they are trying to do/are freaking out about/screaming and crying about. It’s an even bigger mystery when they cannot talk and communicate to you yet and you end up playing charades with your bawling toddler in the meat department at Superstore, trying to identify what on earth she is trying to say or do.
3.) I know for certain the cashier at that same grocery overheard me call my toddler an asshole under my breathe as I picked up all of items off the floor that she had thrown out of the cart upon checking out.
4.) I may have hid from everyone in my house the other day with a glass of wine in my closet.
5.) I worry non-stop about everyone, even the dog, that they may be feeling left out or not loved enough.
6.) I have heated more food in the oven than I have cooked, but passed off the credit as my own of course.
7.) I am certain the word ‘NO’ has become a permanent part of my vocabulary and it’s actually bumming me out. I need to really think about WHY I am saying it in the first place and how I can redirect this crazy behaviour. Perhaps I need a good parenting book, but who the heck has time to read these days anyways?!
8.) I did not find a dried up chicken tender at the bottom of my purse.
9.) I do not wish every day was Bachelor in Paradise Day.
Can you spot the lie?
(When did the toddler start to look like a GIANT!?)
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
I remember when I used to think of being a mom and having babies, I had all sorts of hopes and dreams for the type of parent I would be. I like to pride myself in being a rather relaxed parent but there are things that I have always been strict about. Bedtimes. Lots of cuddles. Bath time and brushing teeth. After experiencing a newborn baby, an infant, a baby and now a toddler, I feel like I should send out a disclaimer that corrects many things I said PRE-parenting. The truth is, you just have no idea until you are in it. It’s survival of the fittest. If it works, you do it. My little girl was in total hysterics the other day because I took away the disgusting dirty Freezie that had been dropped in the grass seven times while she tried to eat it. She was so upset and it broke my heart so much that I handed it back to her. I have no idea if she played with it or simply ate it but that filthy blue popsicle was all that made her smile in that moment. Don’t even get me started with how happy she was ten minutes later when I am almost positive she ate a dragonfly! I am not saying she is the boss all the time and that the slightest tantrum will win her all battles. I am not saying that at all! I am fully admitting though that you need to pick your battles wisely. Some of them are not worth the tears. With all of that being said, I feel it is the perfect segway into the topic of food! Toddlers are picky as hell. If they like it today, tomorrow it will end up splattered across your face. Or all the way up your walls and all over your crisp, freshly washed white linen curtains. Toddlers also have the ‘chipmunk winter-food-storing-ability’ down to a science. This girl will chew up about fourteen baby carrots, hold them discreetly in her cheeks, and wait until about an hour later when you are cuddling on the sofa and spit them out all over you. What the logic behind this for her is I have absolutely no idea. She sure finds it funny though. As I fight my way through the darkness in identifying what foods will and will not work, I wanted to share a few tasty treat ideas that are a success in our home- this week anyways. I have probably jinxed it now!
These mini pizzas were delicious and a hit with those big and small. I picked up what I can only compare to Naan Bread from our local bakery, infused with spinach and herbs. Drizzled with tomato sauce, topped with prosciutto and mozzarella (some grated and fresh), and baked for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. I even like to grill the top a little bit to brown and bubble the mozza. Slice them up small for baby and serve as is for mom and dad. Bon appetit!
Hallie is slightly obsessed with Munchies Mix – the mix that has sun chips, cheetos, pretzels, etc. Not going to lie, I love them too. Instead of buying a bag of that though I bought a bag of each type of chip in it (more or less) and mixed it all together in a jumbo zip lock bag. I then divided up the mixture into these plastic mason jars. These plastic jars are the best! They store easily, stack, travel well to the park, I LOVE them!!! Very kid friendly too. Oh and husband friendly! Henry cannot open a bag of chips to save his life. We always end up with a long rip down the bag and stale chips, so this is a great solution for him too.
Homemade Guacamole is possibly my favourite snack ever. It may as well be a meal. Today in fact I ate a bowl of guac which consisted of at least three avocados. Good fats right? (Don’t care..) I follow a very simple gauc recipe. Perfectly ripe avocados, lime juice and lemon juice, chopped cilantro, fresh ground pepper and cayenne pepper. Sometimes I will add a few tablespoons of a really nice salsa just to excite things but trust me, it isn’t necessary! Nothing like fresh ingredients. It also helped that a certain little lady LOVED dipping her tortilla chips in it.
Until next week when she decides she hates all of the above mentioned snacks and we need to turn to Pinterest for new ideas. I don’t know if I have thick enough skin though. It slightly hurts my feelings when she hates my cooking or hard work & preparation haha!
What a fun weekend! It was a super busy one for us actually. I worked at the local Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. Though I love the Saturday vibe, it is a bit of an early start. You have to be all set up to go by about 7:45 which means I am setting the alarm to get up at 6:20am… on the weekend! It’s going to be my last one for a few weeks anyways. The markets are awesome but truthfully, this baby belly is just making me a little bit tired. Time to put the breaks on being so busy for the next couple weeks and just wait for baby boy to come I think.
I had the hubs help me out for the market which was lots of fun. Felt like a little date actually. Later that day we had some friends from out of town come over to hang out. They have a baby boy so it was great to expose Hallie to that and see how she interacted with him. She grew more and more affectionate with him as the day progressed and before we knew it, was giving him hugs and gentle head kisses. It was possibly the sweetest thing ever. Made me super excited to see how she will interact with her baby brother. Hopefully those hugs and kisses will be around more often than the playful slaps that tend to come out around the dog lately. I have these awful visions of her wacking the newborn over the head….hopefully that is not the case!
Today was Father’s Day and we had a wonderful one! I feel quite bad as Father’s Day is not really celebrated or recognized to the extent that Mother’s Day is. Dads are the heroes too! At least Henry is in our home. I wanted to make the day super special for him too as we have had our share of stresses round here lately. I wanted him to be able to forget about anything that might be worrying him and just enjoy the day. Oh, and chore free! I made a special effort not to ask him to do anything really hah. We started the day with a cooked breakfast. Not the whole nine yards though – this weekend already seemed to revolve around eating so I wanted to make sure we paced ourselves. I encouraged Henry to then go and have some ‘guy time’ in his workshop, something I know he is always up for. I think he usually feels guilty going to ‘play’ out there when there are so many home projects that we are always working on. Anyways, he took me up on the offer and spent the afternoon making Hallie the cutest wooden wagon… pictures to come of that later because she was overjoyed and now OBSESSED with this adorable miniature wagon. While he was making magic out there, my mom and I created some Father’s Day magic inside. For lunch, we surprised him with an Ice Cream & Special Coffee Bar themed treat. I found the cutest ice cream lanterns on sale at Michaels which kind of inspired the theme. We made mini chocolate cupcakes and picked fresh berries from the garden to go on top. We then made special coffees topped with whip cream, chocolate chips and Reece’s Piece’s; Dad’s Fave. Apparently I was just trying to give everyone diabetes for lunch. Our afternoon consisted of a bit of fresh air and a certain little lady getting dirty in her sandbox. For dinner, my plan had been to try out cooking a rack of ribs. I have experimented with lots of ideas in the kitchen before, but up until now, I had never tried ribs. I opted for the slow cooker method and they actually turned out GREAT! I topped them with a fresh, homemade mango salsa. Summer freshness and meat sweats for the WIN! All in all, the day was a total success and full of love and calories. What more can dad ask for?! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and found special ways to celebrate the hero in your family. I know we love ours so much and are so appreciative for everything he does. Hallie reserves a very special smile for him and my heart BURSTS when I see them sharing their moments. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Just need to prepare myself for the emotional moments coming my way when I see him bonding with BOTH kids. That is going to require some crazy, superhero-strength, mom-tears control…. lord give me the strength to get through that. And labour!!! More on that later… Have a wonderful night everyone and Happy Father’s Day!
36 weeks: Not Long To Go Now!
Well I am finally rounding the corner of the final countdown. Where it’s no longer three months to go, or two more months. We are officially in weeks people! 36 weeks and baby’s due date is creeping up very quickly. I know many women say this but I really don’t think I will make it to 40 weeks. This baby has just been ready to go for too long. He was head down at 28 weeks, which presented a whole world of discomfort that I was not ready for. I have also had this feeling the last couple months that things were just advancing on the quick side. Even my doctor said at my last appointment that the party could possibly get started a little early. I would totally be okay with this too! In my opinion, 38 weeks, let’s get going on this little event. Bring it baby boy! I believe that would bring us a little June Bug Baby and that could also mean some fun Canada Day celebrations for mama! At least a couple cold ones anyways! All joking aside though, if he is ready, so am I. Gear-wise I really am ready actually. I am super excited to try out some new products that I didn’t try with my first too. Here is a little snapshot into some goodies we will be debuting with the new gentleman in town.
K’Tan Baby Carrier – I have heard so many good things about this carrier. With Hallie, I had a long fabric wrap, can’t even remember the brand at this time. It was okay but truthfully, way too much fussing to get in on my body properly, let alone get an infant into it. I think I ‘wore’ her in it maybe three times around the house. One of those three times she enjoyed it and had a small snooze. The other times she screamed bloody murder and turned a dangerous shade of tomato red until I caved and took her out of it. Such a relaxed and chill baby I had there. She was however a huge fan of the Bjourn carrier. I think she just loved having an outside view, looking forward. We would wear that baby for walks and she was so happy. Slept like a champ in it too, even though her chubby cheeks would get all squishy and cute. I bought the Ergo when she was bigger and she liked that sometimes. You just can’t win with babies I swear. This little guy however will loves the K’Tan around the house and will be a dream in the Ergo when we go out. Best laid plans right?! Hah! Here’s hopin…
Modern Burlap Swaddle Blanket: Ice Cream Cone Print – I am in LOVE with this blanket. Trouble is, so is Hallie. I may just have to order a second one for the new baby. If I do, I love the Cactus Print. This swaddle blanket is extra large, perfect for really making a burrito out of that little baby. I just love the muslin fabric too. It will be so nice with our summer heat. Lastly, who can resist those cute prints!
City Select Double Stroller – So very excited about this new stroller! With Hallie, I had the Graco Click Connect and adored it. It was perfect for all of our ‘strolling’ needs and had an extra large shopping bin beneath, perfect for mommy’s shopping needs. When I found out I would be having my second baby and that both kids would be close in age, I knew I needed a stroller that would meet the needs of all three of us. I had my eye on this stroller for some time and was blessed that one of my best friends no longer needed hers. Lucky me! I have been using it with my daughter for about five months just with the one seat. It is a lot heavier than the Graco but has many features that outweigh that one negative feature. That is only with one seat too! I still need to add the other seat so no doubt, the weight will increase too. It does meet all of our needs, including our upcoming needs, and it nice on the eyes too though. Time to suck it mama! Good for the arms right?
4Moms Infant Seat – I am SOOOO excited about my 4Moms Infant Seat. It swings and rocks and is cute to boot! Best of all, it has a small and sturdy footprint. Our place is not big at all so though I loved my Graco swing that I used with my daughter, it took up half the living room. This one is much more compact and I can even have it up a bit higher if need be. Say on the table, out of the reach of tiny toddler hands. I can’t wait to use this baby! Lets hope baby boy loves it as much as I do.
Other than those items, I did stock up on extra cute outfits and somehow a ton of cute little man hats and shoes. I even found a mini Carhartt hat! I admit there is no where near as much cute stuff for boys as there is for girls, but I did manage to find some adorable looking things for this little guy to wear. I also plan to do some serious sewing too – maybe some rompers and anything with a bow tie. I have big plans for baby boy’s wardrobe!
So now we wait…… Can’t wait to get this party started. Terrified of labor but really excited to have him here!
Husband’s Bucket List Item: Take the ol’trailer out for a good ol’fashion family fun adventure!
I am sure many preggo ladies can relate when I say that camping is not exactly high on the to do list when you are four weeks away from your due date. To me camping means cocktails and you can’t exactly take part when the bun is in the oven. Nevertheless, it was pretty high on my husband’s priorities that we go before babe number two joins us. Knowing that things are going to get insanely busy when that time comes. I decided to honor this adventure request with a smile on my face. After all, we did purchase a trailer when we moved to Kamloops last Fall and had yet to break it in. Using the trailer for the first time also meant a good clean top to bottom. And because I tend to get carried away with making things extra cozy and cute, this also mean glamming it up and bringing a bit of an Anthropologie vibe to our little home on wheels. The clean and styling of the trailer took about two days; at the end of it all I was extremely happy with it. I still plan to whip some white paint over the ‘wooden’ cabinets and fridge, perhaps even add a stick-on backsplash. Do I dare even suggest that we lay down some fun faux wood flooring. But for now, it looks super cute, very shabby chic. Unfortunately, even the best laid plans never come through. After a full week of 33 degree weather and burning hot sunshine, we have one soggy weekend of rain on our hands! As I was packing up clothes for Hallie, I laughed as I threw in her rainpants and ladybug rain jacket. Like we would need them!!! Boy did we though! Cold too! I was back in my winter parka, huddled up next to the fire in a Mexican blanket. I mean it is all fun but a little warmth and sunshine would have been much more enjoyable! The planned out menu was promising. Check out ‘camping food’ on Pinterest if you are looking for ideas. We tried out the chorizo sausage, pepper and potato hash for breakfast options. Similar recipe located here. I love the idea of just wrapping it in tin foil and letting the cooking happen itself. Super easy and low maintenance, exactly what you what for camping. You also can’t go wrong with skewered food. It’s easy to cook and eat. I prepped Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs, similar recipe located here. Those are always a big hit with the fam-jam, camping or not. Lastly, a tasty, fire-roasted smokie is a camping stable, not to mention the smores that follow! Mmmmmmm even writing this is making me drool a little; #preggoproblems
Takeaways! Well, definitely pack for any kind of weather. This is an absolute must with small kids. Even at a year and a half, Hallie is ecstatic to be in her gumboots, jumping around in puddles and getting D I R T Y!!! She loves it. The messier things get the better. Which I am more than okay with! It is however no fun if anyone, especially your little kiddos, are wet and cold and bored to tears. The great outdoors can only be enjoyed properly if the right clothing is worn. Brings a good mix of indoor and outdoor toys. At her age, her attention span only lasts so long. It’s a good idea to have a nice mix of things to keep entertained, outside and inside. We had a nice chair and table set up outside so she could hang out with the adults and have her snack. We brought the wagon for walks and of course dragging her toys around. A few balls to play with, her bubble-blowing lawnmower. All great for the outdoor space. For inside I brought her animal card-matching game, some books that she hadn’t seen in awhile, a tea set, and of course her favourite toy at the moment, a huge zip lock bag of coloured straws from IKEA. The jumbo kind. I have no idea why but the girl is obsessed with them. She spent a full hour playing with them on the bed and hiding them behind our throw pillows, laughing hysterically the entire time. Works for me! Towels! Bring lots of towels! Wetness, dirt and mud seemed to follow us everywhere on this trip. I thought I had brought more than enough towels but believe me, if you think you have enough, add five more. Wipes too, lots of baby wipes. After all, they are good for everything really.
The trip ended up being a short one – we had some trailer issues that we could not ignore (a gas leak alarm that kept going off! Turned out to be just old and faulty, no gas leak to worry about. Can’t be too careful with little ones though!) so we had to come home early. Hubby was super bummed. I promised him we would go again real soon and I aim to stay true to that promise. Anyone gone camping with a toddler AND a newborn?? Anyone at all? I welcome with open arms your tips and suggestions! Please spam me with your experiences, the good the bad and the ugly! Aside from calling the trip quits early, and the shotty weather, we did have a great time together. One of our last special weekends as a family of three. Happy campers all around here!
Standard Camping Mom Hair: The Braids
The Dreaded ‘Gas Leak Alarm’ Expression