Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A grey day at the beach

It must be the Irish in me, but I love grey days, especially summer ones. I would be happy if there was no sun all season long, and it just came back here and there in the fall. Sadly we will soon be pummelled with sun and humidity for a good few months, but yesterday we got lucky. It was cloudy and cool and so perfect for a morning at the beach. As we were leaving it even started to rain, I LOVED IT.



This boy loves to throw rocks in the water, let me tell you.









What, you don't take pictures of rocks at the beach?







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Those #normalizeit ladies would be so proud of me! Though I always cover up, call me a prude ;)

Anyway, it was a perfect day. Looking forward to many more this summer.
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Sawyer - Four Months

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This little guy is four months old and he's a DREAM. He sleeps so well, he's laughing and trying so hard to roll over. He's SUCH a good sport about his brother showering him with (often way too much) love. We love this little guy beyond words. Sweet baby Sawyer, you are wonderful.
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Friday, 16 May 2014

Bates Motel

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Are you watching this? I'm HOOKED. I'm always late to the game when it comes to new tv shows but I'm not too bad with this one. It's currently airing season 2 on A&E, and Season 1 is on Netflix.

Now go watch. GO!

Image via Collider
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Springridge Farm

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A few days ago Billy took us out to Springridge Farm for the day, and Ben LOVED this place! There were animals to pet and dump trucks. I mean, it was a kids dream.

















Such a cute place, I think we'll have to go again sometime! 

And I'm SO happy that it's almost the weekend, and Billy will be home for a few days! These long work days of his are so long for us too, I can't wait to see Ben's excited face later when he gets home :)
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Mothers.

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I know there are about 768765 posts on all the blogs about the meaning of motherhood, but I have to add my own, because I want to remember what this time felt like when I'm old and grey and sobbing because my boys never call me. So.

Mother's Day was this past weekend, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with my Mom, Billy's Mom, and both of our lovely Grandmother's. We had a little present for each of them and drank lots of tea, it was really great. I don't see my Grandma nearly as much as I would like to. I love her so, so much.

Anyway, the day is all about appreciating Moms for all that they do. And a lot of the time, I admit, I think about how being a Mom makes me sleepy. But no, being a Mom is really everything. I remember working with Moms over the years and they all gushes nonstop about their kids and I thought to myself that one day I would be a mom and I would not do that. Because people without kids don't care nearly as much as you do about how cute it was when your kid said that word in the cutest wrong way or when he drew a circle for the first time. BUT. It all changed. I'm that Mom all the way. I take seven billion pictures of my boys each day and being a Mom has put my entire 'other' life (you know, career, interests, and whatnot) on hold. And some days I get frustrated by that, but it's all so, so worth it.

One day I'll be back at a job and I will miss these days. I will miss fixing us breakfast each morning, filling up cups of milk all day long. Going to the park, the library, washing hands and faces over and over and over. Reading books about bears and trains and dinosaurs. Bathtimes and storytimes and rocking little ones to sleep. It's all SO good.

My Mom and my Grandma are my heroes. I mean, they've done it all. They are both such good examples for me to follow, to strive for. My Mom is the most driven person I know, she is such a hard worker and she never gives up on anything. She has such a positive outlook on things (not my strong suit) and always encourages me to try things again, or to try things differently. Just to try. Because that's all you can really do, right? 

Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there, current moms, future moms, pet moms, everyone. It's such a special thing to be, and we are all so very lucky.
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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Sawyer's Monthly Photo - Three Months!



Three months! Could Sawyer be any more chubby? It's SO CUTE. His little thighs are ridiculous. Cutest chubby thing I've ever seen.

Sawyer continues to sleep like a dream, I'm just WAITING for the other shoe to drop on that one. He's a bit grumpy, I must admit. Much less passive than Ben was, needs lots of cuddles, but we don't mind! He's a great little baby, we just love him so much :)
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Ben's Birthday Scooter

As it happened, Billy had to work on Ben's actual birthday. So, between his big party and our little birthday outing as a family, his birthday celebration was stretched out for about a week. I don't think he minded a bit!

On Friday we too Ben down to the Pier to give him his present from us, a Scooter! He LOVED IT.









We also got some lunch down at William's, one of our favourite places. I don't think there was one tantrum during lunch, success! I mean, taking a three year old out to a restaurant isn't always fun these days, so we take what we can get!







Such a fun birthday week, just love these boys :)
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Benjamin's Three Year Photo

For the first two years after Ben was born I did monthly photos, and after the age of two I decided to continue do them every year for as long as these boys are willing to tolerate it anyway!

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Here is Ben, at three years old. My sweet boy! He has grown so much, it kind of kills me. But, he gets sweeter and sweeter the older he gets. 

Every year on his birthday I also measure his height on the door frame inside his closet. I love little traditions like that! 
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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

THREE.

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Three. Today our sweet Ben is officially three years old. I know every mother in the world is always saying the same thing, but I can't BELIEVE how fast this went. Please, please slow down time!

The day Ben was born, everything changed. Our hearts literally exploded with love for him. I remember being so terrified when I was pregnant, the entire time. Terrified. It just was unimaginable to me, being a Mom. Having this third person around, all the time. But, as those same moms are always saying, it was the best thing that ever happened to us. When I'm old and grey and looking back on my life, Benjamin (and Sawyer, but this is a Ben post) will be what brought so much sunshine to our lives. Billy and I were happy before he came along, but I don't think we knew just how happy we could really be in life until we laid our eyes on his tiny face.

When I think about holding him for the first time, rocking him to sleep all those nights, watching all of his firsts, ugh, SOB. I could just ball my eyes out. Every day he surprises me, impresses me, (drives me mental), and kills me with his sweetness. 

Seeing him now, as a brother, is something I could have never prepared myself for or imagined. He LOVES Sawyer. Like, it's ridiculous. If hes upset or having a bad moment, he just has to remember Sawyer is there and then all is forgotten, and he just wants to kiss him. It's too much sweetness, and it's the best thing in the world.

Benjamin is our gentle little soul. He's the most kind, loving person in the world. He loves to have a 'nice hug', and loves to hold hands and snuggle. He is so smart it scares me, and equally cheeky (just like his Dad...and maybe his Mom too...). 

We adore him more than we will ever, ever be able to express. Happy third birthday, our sweet sweet Benjamin. Thank you for being such an amazing kid. <3
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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Benjamin's Third Birthday Party



Earlier we had friends and family get together to celebrate Ben turning three (THREE!!!) years old. The weather was supposed to be horrific but turned out not too shabby. Cool but no rain, so we can't complain. Such a fun day!



The four of us in a photo together...this never happens!

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This picture seriously warms my heart. Little children holding hands and running through a field is the best thing you can ever see happen in real life. And when one of them is your own little one, no less. Ugh, my heart!!!!



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Spoiled rotten, yes he was. But very very grateful for all of it, I promise!







Was it a Thomas cake? Of course it was!







Selfies with my mom and boys, the best kind of selfie!

After everyone left we stayed a bit and Ben played in, well, the dirt for a while. But I couldn't complain, he was pretty into that dirt.



Thank you SO much to everyone who joined us, Ben was over the moon! We are so lucky to be surrounded but such cool people. 

And here is proof that Ben had a thoroughly fun and tiring day. Dirty knees and all. <3

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