Weekend Activities + Weekly Goals (Part 10)

We are fast approaching the middle of August which means the CNE is starting up and summer is winding down.  This summer as a family of 4 and mom of 2 has been probably the best one yet.  Although I can’t believe I’ve probably only had a handful of cocktails (#NormalizeBreastFeeding)

I know I am a week late with my weekend wrap up but honestly never late then never.  Because let’s be real here – when I do these types of posts, it’s mainly for myself (or my future self I should say)

And I think it goes without saying, I like to document things.  So without further ado, here is a quick recap of our Civic long weekend :)

Friday evening we braved the long weekend crowd and had dinner at our go-to family date night restaurant.  It’s always a little hairy because by the time we get there it’s the start of bed time routine.  Buuuutt we do it anyway, mostly because the Hubz and I are completed clueless about dinner by fridays (that’s a lie, we have the “what should we have for dinner” convo at least 5 times a day) and the change in scenery is a must for all of us.

Saturday, we had lunch with my in laws.  We went to a steak place, but thankfully I was able to find a veggie option that tasted pretty good!

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Sunday we met my family for lunch at my sisters.  Followed by some fun in the sun at a local park.
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Monday, we hung out with friends.  Pretty chill afternoon hanging out in the backyard with all of kids running around us lol.

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Miss El’s three month update

Wow here we are – 3 month old baby Ellie belly!

She has been smiling for a while now and we’ve heard her giggle.  She is now more into PDA in that she makes physical contact with me, the mister or her big sis.

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She has a favourite toy – its a hand-me-down set of play rings lol.  She likes to look a colourful books …along with the two high contrast black and white books we borrowed have renewed 6 times from the library (this is one of them).
I can see that she’s paying attention to us eat and it’s got me a little nervous about starting solids.  She’s found her hands so she’s usually got a few fingers in her mouth when she sees us eating at the dinner table.
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She is keeping her hands open more now and we love watching her kick and move her arms #DoYouEvenLift.
I see more neighbourhood stroller walks and visits to the library coming up in our future (instead of running errands or doing a grocery runs :P) as our Miss El is no longer officially a newborn.
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If you been following the last 10 days, you might have noticed that I’ve blogged everyday from Monday to Friday and, as a goal and personal challenge, will continue to do so for the rest of June 2017.  Check out the posts here.

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You also might notice that I didn’t actually get this post published on time.  I was mentally exhausted on Friday and couldn’t bring myself to type.  But it’s here now :)

Easter Basket Ideas: Big Sis & Lil Sis

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Easter will be the first holiday that I will be celebrating with two kiddos.  Actually that’s not entirely true.  We all wore green for St. Patty’s (albeit Miss El was being worn in my army green sling).

For easter, I’ve already bugged the Hubz to bring up the decor and have been getting Miss S excited for another easter egg hunt :)

As I prepare their baskets I am drawn to matching yet practical gifts like PJs but also cute accessories like the bunny ears!

Miss S has been requesting an umbrella so I picked one up a few weeks ago.  And Miss El could use a new toy (vs previously loved toys from Miss S).

Now here’s hoping I can capture some pictures of these two in bunny ears!

Preschool Valentines Ideas

Hope everyone enjoyed valentines with their loved ones, their kids, families, lover(s), fav bottle of wine ;)

This past weekend, Miss S and I worked on preparing the valentine’s goodies for her friends at preschool.

I know when I was growing up that giving a one sided card was the norm but I wanted to do something special.  I see most of the children in her class everyday (either at drop off and pick up) and I know that Miss S really considers her classmates her friends just by how much she talks about them :)

And, taken that we didn’t do ANYTHING for Christmas (other than gifting her teachers with something special) I figured we could go a little overboard for Vday!

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We packed some #AllergyFree goodie bags with pencils and stickers.  The kiddo DIYed her valentines cards by gluing (or in her words “gueing”) a few hearts onto a card that I prepared (pretty quick and easy: fold a regular printer paper and a pink construction paper 3 times to create 8 parts/cards, cut each section and then glue the white sections to the pink sections – as seen above).

The activity was a great way to practice patience (for both of us – ha!), fine motor skills and counting.  I asked her to count 3 hearts per card, then she had to practice using a glue stick (something I know loves doing lol).

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Yes…we do EVERYTHING in this highchair!

The activity was a success and she really got into the grove of making her cards as she would keep asking me “who is one this for”? :)

Pinterest has some really cute valentines ideas like this, this and this.  I think these might be great I ideas for next year and to get Miss S even more involved.  (Well as long as she is still into it!)

Life Lately

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Life Lately post.  Although I am posting more frequently, I like these types of posts so I can ramble look back and remember all the random things that were going on in life at this time…

Miss S’s room is slowly coming together and by that I mean I think we are just about done decorating.  She’s loving it (we hope) and I plan on taking more pictures of (still regret not taking pictures of her nursery setup).

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Another section of her room.  All the house guests are enjoying story time around the pink couch.

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Some important words I’ve added to my vision board.  The 3rd last one is currently on my mind.

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My FAV art gallery in the whole wide world.  Her art work has really expanded and I makes my heart swell.

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Some “apologies” flowers LOL

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More art work – obviously!  One of my fears is that I will say something as a parent to inadvertently crush her #CreativeConfidence.  This gives some tips for parents on how to avoid falling into this trap.

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And as for me…it’s all about the top knot :)

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And a few new favs that I’ve added to my night routine.  Who knew that a night routine for adults was so needed!

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Christmas Day 2016

Merry Christmas!

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This was by far the best Christmas to date – mainly because Miss S is so much more AWARE of everything that was happening.  We explained to her that Eddie would be leaving us on Christmas Eve and that the cookies we were putting out by the fireplace were for Santa.  She was a little sad to find that Eddie had left but was in shock when she noticed that the cookies were gone, and she even checked the mug to see if there was any milk left!

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We got her a dollhouse (including furniture and a few house guests), a duplo lego set, a book and a purse.  She was pretty content and plays with her dollhouse in the morning and night.  She’s already gone out with her purse and insists on holding it even when she’s eating in her high chair.

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Later in the day we went to my parents house for more gifting, lots of finger food (mini quiche, 3 cheese baked dip, meatballs, veggies and cookies) followed by Christmas dinner (including all the fixings).  We played a few games of spoons and also watched The Accountant. #FamilyTime

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Of course Miss S got completely spoiled by her grandparents, Masi and Massar (aunt and uncle) – but could you expect anything less.