Our Winter Bucket List 2017-2018

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.

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Miss El’s seventh month update

Here we are 7 months Ellie Babe.

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She is entertaining us so much right now.  If I am not cleaning up the puddle in front of her chin then I am literally changing her clothes or bibs 3-4 times a day because she’s blowing raspberries.  She is too quick to grab things (like the salt and pepper shaker from the dinning table, books or pens in my hands and even my coffee or tea mug).  She loves saying “da da” and on occasion has said “na” and “ba ba”.  No “ma ma” yet :(

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She’s always interested in what her sister is doing and loves cuddling us all.  She loves the bath so I am thinking about taking her to the pool once a week before we officially put her in swimming lessons.

She’s been eating at least twice a day – mainly because I’ve been lazy giving her lunch on the weekdays :/  So I am sure she’d take more.  It’s hilarous when she thinks any food going into our mouths is for her.  She’s really into sweet potato, banana and cheesy scrambled eggs.

We finally got her ears pierced although I was in no rush as she has an uncanny resemblance to her Nani (maternal grandmother).  I remember with Miss S, she looked too much like a girl version of the Hubz I pierced her ears ASAP lol.

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She’s really into banging things together, dancing (really its just a little lachak in her hips), claps on demand and has been initiated into the season of Fall with a few colds :(

She loves playing on her tummy and exploring things upright while sitting.  Rolls from her back to tummy and starting to turn to the side when she’s on her back – only if she’s got the right motivation (aka our iPhone).  We love encouraging her to do 360 turns while on her tummy (think: the hands moving around the face of a clock) with the right motivation which is currently a Fidget Spinner.

 

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How a Desi family celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving

We have officially entered that time of year where every family event imaginable occurs one after the other after the other.  Let me break it down for you.

Our wedding anniversary
Husband’s birthday
Rakhi

My sister/brother in laws wedding anniversary
Thanksgiving
Karva Chauth
Diwali
Tikka

My Birthday
My Dad’s Birthday
My brother in laws Birthday
Halloween
My Mom’s birthday
My sister’s birthday
Christmas
NYE

I colour coded it to display events broken down by month.  That is August, October, November then December.  And sometimes this crazy thing is that events may fall on the same weekend or one day apart during the work week or even on the same day!!!! (This year Thanksgiving was the day after Karva Chauth and Diwali is on my birthday).  Also I forgot to mention that majority of these celebrations are celebrated twice (one with my family and once with my in laws).  So undoubtedly it makes for a very busy and intense few months.  It takes a lot of brain power, planning and calmness to make it through these months.  

Now if you aren’t Indian (aka Desi – the word used in the title of this post) you probably won’t know what Diwali, Karva ChauthTika and Rakhi are. 

Anyways on to our Thanksgiving celebration.

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This was my first time hosting.  It was kind of oxymoron because the day after I fasted for my husband we were cooking a faest for 8 adults (well a few items for that feast – we had help because it was kind of a potluck).  We had my parents, my sister and her hubby and my cousin, his wife and their kid – along with us and our mini girl gang.

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On the menu was:

Light Appies
veggies
breadsticks
melba toast
3 homemade dips (Roasted red pepper, hummus and tapenade

Dinner
1 small chicken
10 tandoor drumsticks
Mini corn
Brussel Sprouts
Salad
Vegan Mash Potatos
Spicy indian pasta
Stuffing
Gravy

Dessert
coconut vanilla bean nice cream
mini vegan apple pies
our peanut butter favourite cookies.

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Miss El’s six month update

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And here we are, ½ year old Ellie Bellie.  She celebrated like any baby should – in Las Vegas!  :-P

Right before she turned 6 months she figured out how to roll from her tummy to her back. She’s been trying new foods and grabbing things we are holding in our hands or food we are putting in our mouths!

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She’s really into examining things by moving them from hand to hand, putting them in her mouth or just starting at it intently.  She still loves trees and I think she kind of loves the song “Part of your world” from The Little Mermaid.  She’s trying really hard to sit up unassisted and is not a fan when we take her toes out of her mouth during a diaper change.

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Ellie is really giving us a run for our (parenting) money but from I am understanding that is the natural evolutionary path of adding another kiddo to the mix.

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Miss El’s five month update

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I think mom’s of multiples will agree, it’s harder to believe how quickly time passes after you had more than one baby.  I know I say this over and over again but I can’t believe it and feel I have to remind my future self of this phenomenan.
Our Ellie bellie is 5 months now.  She’s getting more proficient with playing with her toys and enjoys being in her bumbo.  She’s even found a toy she likes in her ‘circle of neglect’ aka the exersaucer.  She’s started baby cereal (we use this one) and has figured out that when a spoon is being moved towards her face she should open her mouth!  Although she seems to get super jealous when she sees any of us eating other than what she’s eating.  She rolled over today, although non of us where near her to see it (I was in the kitchen, where the counter was between her and I, Miss S was having a snack facing the opposite way and the mister was upstairs :P)
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She is very opinionated and always has a lot to say (or shriek!). She still loves watching swaying trees.  She LO0oO0oves watching her big sissy and will spot her from across the room.
On a side note, how have 5 months of my Mat Leave already finished!
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#NiagaraParks + Tips for easy getaways as a new family of 4

This past weekend we took our first over night trip as a family of four.  We had been in talks about what to do and where to go for a few months.  I was toying with the idea of either an AirBnB near a beachfront or the Niagara Fallsview Waterpark.  I am glad we went with the latter.  The waterpark was not crowded (and we went on two days) and walking around Clifton Hill and checking out The Falls is always entertaining.  Thankfully, the hotel we stayed at had breakfast so we filled up on food (twice for some of us) and didn’t have to worry about preparation or clean up!

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This was totally a kid centric trip, meaning we were back in the hotel room by 8pm.  And even though we were on a “stay-cation” we were still parenting (i.e.: reminding Miss S to eat her veggies or use her walking feet and dealing with baby nap times).  It was by no means easy (I mean travelling in any capacity with kids is a challenge) but it was worth it.

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Within minutes of getting into the hotel room, Miss S and Ellie were playing with each.  Miss S would make a funny noise over and over again and Ellie would laugh at her.  Miss S enjoyed the water way more than I’ve seen in the last year.  And Ellie got to take her first dip in the pool as well.

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Miss S got a few piggy back rides and Ellie got more sling time than usual.  We got a few family selfies and got to eat some Sweet Jesus :)

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Even with all the awesomeness there is some crankiness but everything is a learning opportunity.  If you are looking for some mom hacks to get you through a weekend away with your growing family consider these tips:

  1. A double stroller is must
  2. Adults need to have fun too (and not just cater to the kids)
  3. Always ask a stranger to take pictures of you and your family
  4. Look into hotels that offer continental breakfast or complimentary snack bars