Man it’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks. We travelled to the states for a wedding and have FINALLY celebrated my Mom’s surprise 60th birthday (and finally feel OK enough to talk about it well because it was a surprise LOL).
It’s been quite difficult to concentrate on blogging when I have to pack and plan for a road trip to attend an Indian wedding – which if you don’t know involves at minimum 3 outfits all with matching shoes, jewellery, purses, bindis and other accessories. Times all of that by 3 because well I was packing for my 8 month old, my 3.5 year old and myself!
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE dressing up – especially for Indian Weddings. We had such a good time. And then last weekend we successfully surprised my mom for her 60th birthday. I didn’t take a single photo because I was running the show along with my sis but also taking care of the kids when they didn’t want to be with the grandparents. But man it’s tough to stay focused. But I love blogging, documenting, sharing and reminiscing. So here I am…
And here we are – almost at the end of the year. Christmas is like 6 weekends away? And at first I was dreading it — but my siblings and our husbands have decided to do a Kris Kringle which takes away a lot of the stress of gifting. And on top of that the Mister and I are not officially giving each other anything (there were lots of things we got done around the home so decided to take a break). We also took advantage of black friday sales aaannnd have decided that the girls are only getting one main / big gift and then other stuff they need (clothes etc) and some fun little goodies in their stockings.
I’ve officially watched Office Christmas Party 4 times in the last week and plan to re-watch Home Alone I and II next week. We are putting up the Christmas tree this weekend, although I started putting up some decor today with Deck Da Club on repeat and of course Ellie was into it :)
I’ll leave you with this years Winter Bucket list!
You can also check out last years winter bucket list here.
I love doing these because it gives me ideas of fun things to plan over the course of the next few months. In the past I would just a write a list out on our kitchen chalkboard, This one I actually made into a graphic (love making graphics) and printed it and taped it to our fridge with a piece of gold washi tape. :)
This list is a list for all of us! I am excited to try new things with the girls. Although Miss El is a little to little to fully enjoy these activities, Miss S will definitely soak it all up.
Last weekend was pretty busy as expected. We literally drove from the west end to downtown and back again before heading North to our home. We had to attend a kid’s birthday, drop off Miss S for babysitting (with my parents), attend an engagement brunch and then hustle back to pick up Miss S because she was a hot mess (ahhh 2 year molars) before we headed back home. Sunday I spent the day volunteering at a soup kitchen. It was my first time but something I’ve wanted do since my late 20’s. This soup kitchen in particular operates restaurant style, patrons pay a dollar*, they are given a ticket, they find a table/seat and then they are served by a waiter/waitress. I helped to prepare the serviette package, rice, salad and then I waitressed! I’ve never worked in a restaurant before so this was an interesting experience for sure!
*Side note: to allow for the feeling of dignity
And then yesterday, I met with some of my friends for an “inter-friend-tion”. I don’t know how people feel in these situations, but I felt nervous and nonchalant at the same time. Without giving too much detail, we were meeting with this old/past friend who had been absent for the last year and a half. It is heart breaking but at the same time a relief: to make sure she is “ok” but also to not have that topic of her being MIA hanging over our heads. The outcome wasn’t as expected but we are all adults and in control of our own lives – we just have to do what’s best for us and live the best life we can.
Okay enough serious stuff! I’ve decided I am going to compile a Photography bucket list to motivate me creatively and bring lively new photography content to this blog, my etsy shop and my other media channels: twitter, pinterest and IG.
Oh and I’ll keep the updated list here (because I am sure more will come to mind) with links to where you can find the completed item.
Hot Air balloons
Planes Close up
Spinning Ferris Wheel
Child Jumping in puddle
Night Sky movement
San Francisco Bridge
Macro of a snowflake
Portrait of a Geisha
Under the Pier shot
A lone tree in a field
Self-Portrait (Tripod and remote is a must)
Water drops on a spider web
Toronto Christmas Fair
Eiffel Tower at Night
Eiffel Tower during the day
Shanghai and/or Tokyo Skyline
Do you have a bucket list? Do you find it helps you reach your goals to write a list of them? Send me a link to your bucket list in the comments below!