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A lot of firsts for the first of the month

Happy new month! The year is going by so quickly, my little family of four feels like the normal I’ve had my entire life, and my little guy is already half way to a year. It’s moving faster than I can keep up with; so many firsts, so many moments, so many memories. We just got back from a short vacation we took to visit my husband’s family who live two provinces away. It was lovely to travel, I missed it and definitely want to do more of it this summer. We got to spend time with family and friends, time outside exploring. We laughed, we ate lots, we didn’t sleep much (sleep when travelling with young kids is always interesting, right mamas? ha!). We felt loved, and we’re back home with a happy and full heart.

In honor of the first of the month, a few firsts from this trip that I want to remember.

  • First successful 14 hour road trip with 2 young kids #majorwin, haha!
  • First time both my babies traveled on a plane.
  • First time my little Oliver met two new provinces in Canada.
  • The first trip with Penelope after potty training…and no regressions and very few accidents!
  • Penelope slept on a floor bed for the first time this trip, and it was also the first time she got out of bed and tried to stall before bed time, ha!
  • A lot of family meeting my Oliver for the first time, and he was such a flirt and stealing everyone’s hearts with his smile.

I am back home feeling super inspired, full of ideas, and with so many projects I want to complete and explore. It’s a happy, happy time!

Happy New Month! xo


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Looking for corny in my life.

One of my favorite romantic comedies of all time is “The Holiday”. I’ve watched is so many times, and I just loooovvve it! Anyone else? One of my favorite lines in the movie is when Iris receives a corsage from Arthur Abbott (who is just the most charming character by the way), and she says “I like corny. I’m looking for corny in my life”.

I feel like that is the motto and description of my life lately. I like corny AND I am looking for corny in my life.

We’re just coming to the end of our May long weekend. The kids are asleep, my husband is winding down watching TV, Una asleep at our feet, and I’m writing. I am feeling recharged and inspired. In the most simple activities and simple days, the weekend was wonderful. We took a spontaneous day trip to the lake, spent time with friends and family, had our first fire of the season, went to the pool, worked on the yard, laughed hard and took lots of naps.

The things I want to remember from the weekend…

  • My husband called me after work on Friday and said “Let’s go to the lake today” and we did; I love spontaneous adventures.
  • Penelope and Oliver’s relationship is blooming, and they laugh and joke with each other in their little baby language all the time, and it warms my heart.
  • I picked up some sticks at the lake for a future DIY I’m thinking of making, can’t wait to share.
  • When the sprinkler is on, beautiful light reflects from the water drops.
  • My pergola is magical in the summer, and I am dreaming of ideas of how I want to decorate it this year.
  • I am almost 6 months postpartum, my body is different and not where I want it to be yet, but I feel so beautiful in my skin lately.
  • My husband has the most beautiful blue eyes, and they stand out so much in the warm sunset light.
  • I love nursing outdoors.
  • My husband and I went out for date night. We  watched a teenybopper movie unintentionally because it was the only one showing at 7:40pm, and that worked well to leave just after the kids’ bedtime.
  • Oliver was spinning on his tummy and moved away from his toy. Penelope stopped doing what she was doing, got up, got a toy, and put it in front of him. Her heart is beautiful.
  • Oliver went to the lake and pool for the first time, all within a couple of days.

I’m paying attention, and I’m looking for corny, and it’s so, so beautiful. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! xo



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We’ve Been Walking…

I haven’t written much lately. A little bit is me over thinking about what I want to write about (I have a lot of half written posts, ha!), but mainly it’s because I’ve been outside…

Spring is officially here, and we’re taking full advantage of it. The days are longer and warmer, and it’s feels like I’m out for walks whenever the kids aren’t napping. It’s been lovely, and a glimpse at what a wonderful summer this is going to be, with my little family of four ( and Una).

Penelope’s personality is flourishing. She is c-r-a-z-y, full of energy, but so. much. fun. She’s a comedian like her father, and always finds ways to make us laugh. Sometimes she’s running away from us full speed (and jumping on every puddle), and sometimes she needs both Mommy and Daddy to hold her hands while she’s walking. I, of course, favor the latter. Her shoes are on a constant rotation of drying in the sun, because she doesn’t care what shoes she’s wearing…she’s jumping on puddles!

Oliver, oh my sweet boy. He’s such a pleasure. I’ve said this before, either it’s a second baby thing, or just his personality, but he really is the most patient, content, adaptable and happy baby. I didn’t even know he was teething, for crying out loud, he’s that chill! ha! He is happy either being worn or in the stroller for his walks, but always actively observing. Sometimes he naps during our walks, and those are my favorite moments, just looking down to see my sweet boy sweetly resting on my chest.

The fresh spring air, the wonderful sun, the walks with my family, it really is food for my soul. It motivates me and gives me so much energy to do things. I don’t even know what these things are, but I just want to do things! haha! Even writing this post just came so much more organically and quickly than the posts I’ve been working on for a few weeks (and I will finish those too, haha), but for now, just a few thoughts and some pictures of my family, and what we’ve been doing lately.

Happy Spring xo


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Time through Walks on a Trail

We live 6 houses away from a walking trail. When we bought our house, we didn’t know the trail was there, but it quickly became one of my favorite things about living where we do. The trail is a few kilometers long, and extends to a large open field before the highway.

Over the years, that trail and field have become special to me.

In that trail…

… I’ve held my husband’s hand before it had a wedding band on it. We talked about our dreams and aspirations underneath a sky of northern lights . We said how many kids we wanted and argued about their potential names. We spoke of the places we’d like to travel to, and the renovations we wanted to complete.

… We taught Una how to “heel” as a puppy. We yelled and ran after her when she chased a coyote through the snow.

… I walked through the early stages of my labor with Penelope. I walked with Oliver in my womb, and in my arms as he met snow for the first time.

The trail becomes a metaphor of the passing of time. Each new season, the experience of our walks change, we grow, and we create memories.

This season, I carry Oliver on my chest, I hold my husband’s hand, and we watch Penelope run in front of us with Una. In another season, Oliver will be walking alongside his sister, but in the end… it’s still just us, on a trail, creating memories, one season at a time.

Happy New Month  xo