Thursday, 11 December 2014

So. Ya. Worst blogger. Ever.

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I've been busy you guys. It sounds so funny to write 'you guys' as if anyone is reading, but maybe I'm still stuck in someone's Feedly or something and like three or four people will see this? Well, I have a decent enough reason for my absence. Ready for a story? Grab a tea.

Ok, so year ago, after Ben was born, I got really, really into painting and drawing. More so than ever. So, for a while I was painting. Then I was painting more. Then I was painting stuff for kids. And drawing characters for Ben. And the ideas were really flowing.

I decided I wanted to open a business focused solely on my children's illustrations. I had a million product ideas, and I thought I could really make something of it. And then, Sawyer happened. Lovely, incredibly cute Sawyer. So, sidetracked! The best kind of sidetrack :)

Anyway.....Sawyer arrived, we got used to being a family of four, and the idea returned. And I knew it was time to make things happen.

After speaking with my Mom and Dad, they convinced me to look into this amazing government program that, if you're selected, helps you create a business plan, and implementation plan, and supports you through the whole process. This program involved in class training, a business coach, and a lot of resources not openly available to the public. Very cool stuff.

Well, I applied. And I was accepted. And I went to school. And I finished school. And now I'm on #689354 of my implementation list. It's all happening friends. For real. In a few weeks (!!!!!) I will be able to actually share the shop details. But for now, I'll just say that it's coming. And I REALLY hope you like it!

So, I am going to keep updating, and soon you'll see everything! And updates on the boys to come, of course!

P.S. That Rad as F//k t-shirt is by the one and only Sara of Top Knot Weddings, and yes, you need to buy one.
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ancaster Fair

We spent our Sunday out at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. This time of year is just the best, right?

All fairs are pretty much the same so I'll spare you the details but, we hit a major milestone today. Ben went on rides all by himself! He actually wanted to do it, and he was so brave! I might have cried a bit. Ya, I'm that mom.

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And one with Daddy, so excited about that one!

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Uncle Mike and Auntie Emma came out to meet us, the boys were pretty excited to see them!

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Poor Sawyer had a few bouts of really bad teething here and there. Billy and I took turns putting him in the carrier, but he was still pretty mad about it.

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Bunnies! I want one!!

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As Billy put it, this next picture sums up Ben and Sawyer's relationship perfectly. 

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And, to end, a pretty sky. Because I have a thing for skies. 

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Our 6th wedding anniversary

So six years. WHATTTT? Seriously I'm going to blink my eyes and be an eighty year old woman. #great

But seriously, six years together, and what an amazing six years! Now than Ben and Sawyer are part of our little family, I feel 100% complete. Like, I'm not waiting for anything to happen, and I felt that way for a looooong time. Life is pretty awesome for us these days! And I'm about to embark on a new adventure that I'll write about another time...

Yesterday we spent the day out in Westdale, near where we were married, and it was so perfect. We had a picnic under the trees that I used to climb when I was a kid, ate ice cream, oh it was good.

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Westdale is the cutest place ever. I love living so close to it. Although, I must saw, The 'Westdale Festival' that was going on was a huge let down. The 'festival' basically included some old cars parked on the side of the road and a pita pit mascot walking around. Lame.

On our journey home, Sawyer and Daddy were enjoying themselves at the bus terminal. Too cute.





So that was our anniversary this year. Happy anniversary to my sweet husband. I really, really like you. More than a friend.
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Early mornings. Like really early.

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I've never been great at getting my kids on any kind of sleep schedule. I just go with the flow and complain when they aren't having perfectly timed naps and when bedtime takes forty seven hours. Logical thinking, I know.

The other night I was watching Bill Mahar and Jerry Seinfeld was on, and he revisited his kids' bedtime rant bit. It's hilarious.

"The bedtime routine for my kids is like this Royal Coronation Jubilee Centennial of rinsing and plaque and dental appliances and the stuffed animal semi-circle of emotional support. And I've gotta read eight different moron books. You know what my bedtime story was when I was a kid? Darkness!....Anybody that has kids now, we're just too into it."

I mean, so true, right? Hilarious.

These days Ben and Saeyer are equally not into sleep, and 5 am is the new 6 am. I was alright with 6 am. I had accepted 6 am. Even on Sundays. But 5? Nothing is even remotely interesting before 5 am. Every morning on our kitchen chalkboard we write out the day of the week and the weather. This morning we drew a moon and stars people. And it's still technically summer.

What is going to happen when daylight savings hits? Please helppppp!!
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Monday, 15 September 2014

Supercrawl 2014

Over the weekend we took a little stroll through Supercrawl, a really great local art/fashion event. So much fun! We have a few interesting ties to this amazing event, my Mom is an organizer of the fashion events (and a pretty cool photo exhibit) and Billy's sister Cass is one of the models (the BEST model, if you ask me). So it was definitely something we couldn't miss.

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Perfect weather! Is there anyone who doesn't love September? No. No there is not.



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Does anyone remember/miss the local graffiti contest that they used to have on top of Jackson Square? It was so cool.





There's no mistaking this girl for Ben's aunt. She looks more related to him than I do. 





Food trucks. The true keys to my heart.

Supercrawl, see you next year! 
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Sawyer - Seven Months!

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Month seven is rather interesting for this little man. We are in the thick of teething, and some days/nights are really really tough. But, he's such a trooper about it. There's a lot of snuggles and hours upon hours of nursing but I'm happy to oblige. Poor thing!

Sawyer has really discovered his voice lately and is doing this sort of cooing/singing bit a lot. It's very loud and adorable. Ben thinks it's the funniest thing in the world.

Also, solid foods! Oh we are discovering new veggies and fruits and he's loving it. Except for carrots. And peaches. But peas are a real hit.
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Monday, 1 September 2014

Arcade Fire!

I happen to know this pretty amazing girl named Rachel who I love and adore and who recently invited us to see Arcade Fire. As if I didn't already have enough reasons to love this girl.

We went early and popped in to the CNE. So much fun!!

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And after a terrifying ride on this thing and a lot of very bad-for-you food it was time for the show!!

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Couldn't have had a more fun time. Here's a little picture of us and our handsome bearded men. Not a bad looking group I'd say.

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I'm ashamed to admit that I forgot that Arcade Fire prefer a more theatrical dress code. Whyyyy did I forget this? Do you know how amazing I would have dressed if I had remembered? Needless today, I have since purchased a fancy mascarade mask for the next time they're in town. True story.
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sawyer at Six Months

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Half a year already! This little man is growing so quickly and he just keeps getting more awesome.

This smile that you see is so indicative of how he is. All. The. Time. He is happy and smiling every second of the day, just about. He's moving around so much lately, he's rushing to crawl that's for sure. I guess it's easy to do when you see Ben running around all day.

He giggles a lot and watches Ben all day long with big wide eyes. I can see so clearly how close they will be. Ugh, it's just the best thing ever to see.
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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Battlefield Park

When Billy has a day off and we don't have errands to run, we try to really make the most of it. I hate it when they are filled with boring things like groceries and cutting the grass. The other day we had a day to ourselves and Cass was over, so we wanted to do something awesome. We packed the kids up and headed to Niagara Falls, and then it started POURING. Like, buckets of water non stop forever. So, we packed the kids back up in the car after hiding out under the pizza pizza tent for an hour and drove back to the city. Billy, however, refused to give up, and took us out for ice cream and to this beautiful place. It was still a bit rainy, but it was perfect. 

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This tree. LOVE.

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Do we look like nerdy tourists, or what?

It's easily one of my new favourite places, I can't wait to go back for a picnic. Perhaps with a discreet wine bottle.

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Sawyer - Five Months!

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Oh Sawyer. You're the sweetest little ginger baby in the world. So teething has begun around here, and this little guy is such a trooper! He has some fussy days but overall he's a tough little thing. Still sleeping great, still being adorable. We just love him!!!

He also couldn't be any chubbier. Seriously, the thigh rolls are ridic.
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